The Remarkable South Sulawesi (Part I: Arrived in Makassar)

by Febryo

Last January, this year, me and two friends of mine went to one of my favorite island, Sulawesi. We were involved in a company orientation program, you know such program to introduce the company working-environment to its junior engineers, for around two weeks.

I always love the atmosphere of the brand-new place I visit. That was the first time I step my feet in South Sulawesi Province. 2.45 hours flight from Jakarta to Ujung Pandang (a.k.a Makassar) felt like a minute because of my enthusiasm. Arrived in Sultan Hasanuddin Airport (I love this airport, newly built, looks like Changi airport in a very little percentage), we went for late lunch at KFC on the corner of the building. Then, we directly rode a cab to the bus agency, Bintang Timur, 30 minutes from the airport.

Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar

Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar

The bus agency lies right in front of Makassar Town Square (Matos), one of the most popular shopping center in Makassar. Unfortunately, we didn’t have adequate time to explore the mall, besides we brought some big bags (no one wants to go to mall with such big bags).

We waited for the bus about 30 minutes before its departure to Sorowako at 6 pm WITA (Makassar time). And of course we didn’t want to waste our precious 30 minutes, so we did pray, and answered the call of nature. And spada! I found that in Makassar, the water is freakingly bad. The color of the water is not clear, but brown-yellowish colored. Here I post the picture.

The brown-yellowish colored water in Makassar

The brown-yellowish colored water in Makassar

At 6 pm o’clock, the bus started to leave for Sorowako. The bus was quite comfortable. The seats were wide, and there was a leg holder under the seat. Very comfy! And to keep our precious stuffs safe, there was a locker for each passenger, big enough to keep our notebook bag inside. Yeah, time to sleep, see you in Sorowako 😉

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