GILI&LOMBOK -Enjoy the unexpected (although we got SCAMMED!!)- PART III
April 13, 2016
Indonesians are honest.
That was my first impression on Indonesians in general and I was impressed with them when I came to Indonesia for the first time. Since then, Indonesia has always been my favorite country.
That was one of the reasons that I decided to come back to Bali and stay there for a while.
I was getting to trust people in Bali even more as I had been living there.
Yes, I was losing my sharpness.
When do you get into a trouble?
It’s not when you are in one of the cities listed in “The Most Dangerous Cities in the World.”
You can be in trouble wherever you are when you lose a sense of tension and cautiousness.
(Feel free to quote!:P)
We stayed in the beautiful villa in Lombok and we were leaving for Gili Trawangan from Bangsal Terminal. After we bought a ticket, we changed our mind.
“We haven’t seen Gili Air yet. Why don’t we visit that island instead of going back to Gili Trawangan?”
While we were waiting for the boat, this idea popped out in our mind.
Should we get a ticket going back to Bali from Gili Air now?
We’d been having NO plan during our trip and we ALWAYS missed a boat. We must go back to Ubud today as I need to go pick up my passport tomorrow. For the first time during our trip, we planned ahead. I went to the port and asked a guy there about a ticket to Bali.
He said, “Oh, if you are going to Bali, it’s better to get a ticket here so that you have a seat for sure. And it’s even cheaper instead of buying a ticket in Gili Air.”
Whatever. People say the same thing all the time.
We negotiated the price and got tickets from Gili Air to Bali.
Gili Air had atmosphere of somewhere in between Gili Trawangan (The Party Island) and Gili Meno (The Honeymoon Island). There were a lot of cute restaurants and resorts along the beach but good countryside kind of feeling was still there especially inland where the community of the islanders exists. Again, the place reminded me of my beloved small village in the Philippines where I spent two years.
But I saw lots of construction was going on…in a few years, the island might lose its good local atmosphere…
We explored the island!
We found a Bintang Tree on the beach! I wish I had this tree in my garden :P
And then we chilled at cafe by the beach…I was in the paradise.
The sea was so shallow that there was no way even for a person like me, who had been sucked under a wave and almost killed in Kuta beach, to get drown.
But it was almost the time that we had to leave this paradise.
We went to the port and waited for our boat to come…but we couldn’t find it. And I asked someone at the port where our boat was and she told us we needed to go to the office of the boat company, which was a few hundred meters away. Oops! We rashed to the office.
And a guy at the office said…
“Your ticket is not for our company.”
The time schedule attached to our ticket was the one from that company.
But the ticket itself was not from them. There was a name of a different company on it.
How is that possible?
I started feeling nervous. I called to the number that was written on our ticket…a guy answered, “our office is in different side of the island.”
It was already past 2:30pm, the time our boat was supposed to leave for Bali.
We looked for their office feeling tensed. After we walked about 1km along the beach, we found the office. We showed our ticket at the counter.
“Where did you guys get this ticket?”
“We got it in Lombok.”
“(Sigh…) Your ticket is invalid…you are not supposed to buy a ticket in Lombok. It’s got to be purchased here.”
“…You mean it was a scam!??”
The ticket used to be used by the company before, but now they no longer use it. So our ticket was invalid and we couldn’t get on the boat with that ticket.
WE GOT SCAMMED.
Oh my god…I can’t believe this is happening to me.
I’ve been traveling around the world but that was the very first time that I got scammed.
I thought I could tell when someone had a bad mind and tried to scam me.
But I was not cautious enough as I stupidly assumed everyone in Indonesia was honest.
He took my money. He betrayed my trust. He destroyed my plan. He offended my pride as an experienced solo backpacker…all these anger were taking over my mind.
But now we have to make a decision.
Should we go back to Lombok to punch the face of the f’cking scammer?
Or should we stay in Gili Air tonight and find a cheap boat going back to Bali tomorrow morning?
Or should we pay again for a speedboat, which is not cheap, and go back to Bali anyway?
I kind of wanted to go back to Lombok to kill that scammer.
But Tom was better at keeping his head clear and said “I believe that f*cker’s already gone even if we go back there.”
Yes. He is right.
And I must go to Denpasar tomorrow to get my passport…
If I cannot punch the scammer, then I want to go back to Bali by any means, at any cost.
The last boat to Bali was leaving at 3pm.
It was 3:05pm already. A guy at the office called to the boat and told them that we were coming. We paid whatever it cost and rushed to the port!!! I couldn’t catch up with Tom, a tall Dutch guy with long legs, but anyway we could make it!! Finally…
Our great memories of the paradise island was ruined by a f*cking scammer in the end. But what Tom was saying was very interesting.
“I have a feeling of punching on his face and breaking his nose. But I feel this much of anger against him because he took our ‘money.’ If it was just a betrayal of trust, maybe I wouldn’t feel as angry as I am now. The fact that my anger is driven by loosing money means my mind is caught up with money or I am materialistically obsessed. No, I don’t want to let myself to admit that. I’m not gonna let wonderful memories to be ruined by the anger I feel for being obsessed with money.”
Ummm…that makes sense...a lot.
Yes. I was feeling anger mixed with disappointment for others and myself. All sorts of negative feelings were occupying my mind, but he’s right. It’s stupid if I let these feelings to control my thoughts and emotions. No. I don’t want that.
I should reflect on what happened and be more careful so that I won’t repeat the same mistakes again.
But I should not be controlled by negative feelings.
This is a life lesson.
(Well, I actually always forget whatever bad things happen to me after I sleep for a night…and this scam incident? I totally forgot about that by next morning. lol)