This is another story from the road. It is about the 3 things which happened with me while travelling in Malaysia. Just a quick insight, these are not something which are scary or something like that. These are things that made me realize how helpful people can be and the world is not that scary place for a solo traveler. They also taught me how careless was I during this trip. They can also happen to you while travelling. The only reason for writing this blog is, you can be careful and same things don’t happen with you while you are visiting Malaysia or any other country.
Lost My Debit Card in Kuala Lumpur.
This is your biggest nightmare if you are travelling alone in a foreign country. There is nothing scarier than this. It was my third last day in Malaysia and I had just come back from the Heli Lounge Bar. It was 7 in the evening and I was about to go to some restaurant for dinner. Realizing I had only RM 30 (Rs.524/$7.3) left in my pocket, I decided to make an ATM withdrawal. After entering the ATM premises, I took out my wallet and it occurred to me that my debit card was missing.
For a moment I was really shocked and didn’t understand what to do. I tried searching my backpack and was trying to remember where I kept my card. After searching for almost half an hour I gave up and realized that I have lost my card. At first, I didn’t know what to do because there were still 2 days left for my trip and I had only RM 30 (Rs.524/$7.3).
The first thing I did was went online and blocked my card and checked my balance to see whether my card was stolen or being used. Luckily, there was no unknown transaction on my card. The only thing I could conclude was I must have left my card in the ATM machine at Kuala Lumpur Airport. I had a backup credit card but I never thought I would withdraw any cash from it. The charges are very high if you do a cash withdrawal on a credit card. I didn’t had any option and I knew I would have to pay the extra charges. For a cash withdrawal of RM 150 (Rs.2625/$36.7) I had to pay extra RM 51 (Rs.900/$12.6).
If you don’t want to deal with same situation make sure you keep your debit card with you every time. Don’t be an idiot like me.
Dropped The Lens Cap of My DSLR Into The Sea.
This is a very interesting story. I was in Penang National Park at the turtle beach. There was this bridge where the ferries used to pickup tourist for the monkey beach. I had just come to this beach and I was clicking some pictures of myself on this bridge. After a while I saw a ferry coming towards the beach. At the same time there was this guy running towards the ferry. The guy riding the ferry asked him to go the bridge and wait there.
He came to the bridge where I was standing. He was from Australia. Seeing me click pictures he came to me and asked what I was doing. He was curious because he was also a photographer. He started telling me that he was very tired after the long trek and wanted to go to monkey beach and take a swim there. Because of the jellyfish, swimming was not allowed on the turtle beach. The guy was very frustrated and wanted to leave that place badly. He said it had been almost more than 2 hours he was waiting for any ferry passing by. They are not used to the heat, and at this time of the year it would be snowing in Australia.
While waiting, the same ferry came to the bridge and he asked how much will it will cost him up to the monkey beach. The guy said he was waiting for the people who booked the ferry. He came up, anchored the boat and we all started talking. He was an interesting guy, he was doing this business for around 6 years. Also, he asked us how we came to the beach we said we trekked. He gave a smile and said I have been here from almost 10 years, back then his father used to sail this ferry and not once in those 10 years he trekked to the beach.
After chatting for a while, I went on to click some more pictures and during that process my lens cap just slipped out of my hand and went into the sea. He looked at me and we both started laughing as we knew there was no chance, I was getting it back. We couldn’t jump in the sea because of the jellyfish and there was no chance the cap was coming back to the shore. The people who booked the ferry were coming towards the boat.
Being very disappointed with myself I decided to talk a walk around the beach. While walking towards the beach the boat guy came to say good bye as he was leaving. Seeing me little upset he asked what was the matter. I told him the situation and without any second thought he said I will take you on the boat and we will search your cap. I was shocked I didn’t expect this to happen. Me and the Australian guy, we both went on his boat and then we searched for the cap for almost 10-15 mins. And yes, we were successful in finding the cap. He smiled and without even charging a single penny from me he left me on the same bridge and went away. This was a very new experience for me. I have never seen people help anyone without any selfish reason.
If anyone is familiar with the TV series F.R.I.E.N.D.S. There is a scene where Joey tells Phoebe that “There Are No Selfless Good Deeds in The World”. I will have to disagree with this statement here. The thing which happened with me was totally a selfless good deed.
Almost Forgot My Camera at Kuala Lumpur Airport.
This was the last day of my Malaysia journey and I was about to board a flight back to India. It was 3:30 p.m. and I just completed all my formalities before boarding. At KLIA2 Airport they have these computers and charging points which are for the travelers. You can use them if you don’t have any internet connection.
I went to this place and kept all my devices for charging. At the same time, I was searching for the buses to go from Jaipur airport to Jaipur station. I left that area around 4:15 p.m. and went in front of the gate. My flight was around 5 p.m. At 4:40 p.m. they opened the gate from where I was supposed to board.
I went in and while I was waiting there, I realized I didn’t have my camera with me. Without any second thought I ran back at the gate, the guard said that if I want to go, I have to leave my boarding pass with him. My reaction was like take it and even if I miss my flight, I don’t care I just want my camera back. I ran like crazy and went to the same charging station where I was sitting.
While running I was 70% sure that someone might have took my camera as it was almost over half an hour since I left that place. I reached the station and you wouldn’t believe my camera was in the exact same spot where I left it. It was unbelievable that even after so much time no one took my camera.
With a smile on my face I went back to the boarding gate, and the guard asked did you get it? I was like yes. He gave me my boarding pass back and I was in. I boarded the flight on time and flew back to India.
The purpose of writing this blog was to tell people to not make these silly mistakes. I know most of you are careful with your belonging but I also know there are also some people like me who are careless sometimes. I know I was very careless during this journey. Make sure you don’t do these same mistakes on your trips.
That’s it for today’s blog.
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