So… apparently I’ve posted a blog post about my first day at Pocket Gems here.
Soooooo many things happened that make me confused what I should write.
I think I would talk about my day 0. A day before I start my first day, a day where I arrive at San Francisco. After I arrived at the airport, I go to the customs, which was going well, and I took my luggage, which was going well, and then I bought my simcard, which actually a quite not well, because it is so pricey (70$ or so), but I really need it because my simcard can’t use data and I need it to access google map and contact my office, and then I use BART which was going well (I ask around and looked at the people how to buy the ticket). I go to my office by using BART, while bringing my luggage, it’s okay, all road can be accessed by wheelchair user, and fortunately I am using suitcase, a really big suitcase. I think I can put myself into it. 😐
I was at Narita for 8 hours or so. I arrived at 7.25 AM, and got into the next flight at 3:00PM. Narita have 2 hours differences from Indonesia Western Time. It is 2 hours faster than Indonesia. Here are some pictures that I took while there.
I’ve been abroad to Singapore, Malaysia, Arab Saudi, and Thailand. But never been alone. The smallest group consist of two people, to Singapore.
So this trip to San Fransisco to intern at Pocket Gems is my first trip abroad with myself. You might be remember that I have been invited to intern at Pocket Gems and passed the interview test, and I have some problem with getting Visa. Thursday, 1 week 4 days (yes, I count every day passed) after interview with the embassy, I got a phone call that told me to send my passport to embassy, just put it to nearest RPX office (FedEx). So I went to RPX and give my passport to be sent and contact Pocket Gems. At Monday, I called the embassy again, asking for my Visa status, and they said it haven’t been finished yet. Fortunately, without any news, at Tuesday, the 3rd office day after I sent my passport, the courier bringing my passport knocked my door.
I give the news to Ellen, Pocket Gems HR that I keep contact with. An hour after I give the news, she told me to be ready for flight that night, 12 hour right at the time I read the email. Panicked? Kind of, I’ve already packed my belonging since two weeks before, I just worried what I might forgot to bring. But 6 hours passed and she still give no confirmation. So I told her that it’s impossible for that night flight. I got the ticket for the next day, and will return to Indonesia at Sept 9, 2 weeks after schools start.
The flight transits to Tokyo (Narita) first, before continue the flight to San Fransisco 8 hours after arriving. Right now I am at Narita, after arrived with Japan Airlines with flight number JAL 726. I will continue the flight with Delta 208, and scheduled to arrive at San Fransisco at 9:35AM local time. I don’t have any photos yet, my phones battery are low so I can’t catch any pictures. I will update later with some picture of quarantine transit room at Narita airport. I can’t get out from airport, unfortunately.
Please wish me a safe trip! 🙂
Beneran deh, bingung, serba salah. Kalau ini, imbasnya ke sini, kalau gitu ntar jadi begini. Kira-kira gimana ya?
Jadi ceritanya nasib saya yang katanya mau kape ke SF bakal menggantung. Dokumen yang akhirnya lengkap hari Jumat kemaren, ternyata tidak cukup meyakinkan kedutaan agar memberikan saya visa J-1 sebagai izin masuk ke negeri seberang…
I will have internship at Pocket Gems, San Fransisco.
Kok bisa sementara bilangnya kemaren gagal? Let just said I am lucky, really. 😉