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Terminal 3 Changi International Airport in Panorama

Terminal 3 Changi International Airport. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Samsung Galaxy Note

Last month, I flew Garuda Indonesia airline from Singapore to Jakarta. The time in Departure Terminal of Terminal 3 Changi International Airport (SIN) Singapore was worth spending. I also spent a little time waiting in SATS Executive Lounge prior to proceeding to boarding gate.

For me, reading and writing while waiting for the flight is worthwile. But spending time for going around and shooting with my mobile phone brought so many things to be memorized and shared.

Here are some shots that you might get if your flight departed from Terminal 3 Changi International Airport Singapore:

Terminal 3 Changi International Airport. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Samsung Galaxy Note

Terminal 3 Changi International Airport. Photo by Kristupa Saragih. Taken by Samsung Galaxy Note

SATS Executive Lounge in erminal 3 Changi International Airport. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

SATS Executive Lounge in Terminal 3 Changi International Airport. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Interior SATS Executive Lounge in erminal 3 Changi International Airport. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Interior SATS Executive Lounge in Terminal 3 Changi International Airport. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Waiting hall in departure Terminal 3 Changi International Airport. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Waiting hall in departure Terminal 3 Changi International Airport. Photo by Kristupa Saragih


Ambon to Host Two Photography Events This May

Ambon, the capital of Maluku Province, Indonesia is to host 2 big photography events on May 2011. Maluku Underwater Photo Competition (MUPC) 2011 is going to be held on May 5-7, mainly sponsored by Garuda Indonesia. On the following week, there will be Dell Ambonesia Photography Competition, May 14-17.

MUPC 2011

MUPC 2011

Garuda Indonesia as Indonesia’s flagship airline has a great concern on Maluku, as they open 1 daily flight which serves Jakarta and Ambon, the capital of the province. Maluku’s underwater world is well-known to divers as underwater paradise in The Spice Islands. MUPC 2011 provides a total prizes of IDR 35 million for 3 winners. The prizes also include Jakarta-Singapore vv and Jakarta-Amsterdam vv flight ticket.

Admission fee for MUPC 2011 is IDR 4,750,000 which includes return flight ticket Jakarta-Ambon, 4D/3N accommodation in twin-sharing basis, shuttle service hotel to dive sites, boat, divemasters, tanks and lunch. Participants are obligated to show a valid diving license, with Advanced Open Water license as minimum grade. Participants presence in technical meeting on May 5, 2011 in Ambon is also mandatory.

On land, there will also be a must-attend Ambonesia Photography Competition (APC) 2011, sponsored by Dell. The itinerary includes various interesting photography sites and subjects. There are Natsepa Beach, Liang Beach, Pintu Kota and Cape Latuhalat which are must-visit beaches in the island. Participants will also attend the annual Pattimura Festival, Bambu Gila (crazy bamboo) attraction, and to visit clove-ship building yard.

Admission fee for APC 2011 is IDR 3,990,000 which includes return flight ticket Jakarta-Ambon, accommodation in twin-sharing basis, local transport and meals. Admission to local attractions is also included. There are 2 categories: DSLR and pocket camera. Total prize for both categories is IDR 65 million.

APC 2011

APC 2011

Please visit official websites of the respective organizers for more information. In Twitter, follow @mupc_diving for MUPC 2011 and follow @wondersofmaluku for APC 2011.

I will attend both events as jury.

Find additional info and discussion of both events in Fotografer.net:

Maluku Underwater Photo Competition 2011 in Fotografer.net

Dell Ambonesia Photography Competition 2011 in Fotografer.net


Jadi Anggota Platinum Garuda Frequent Flyer

Garuda Frequent Flyer (GFF) Platinum. Difoto dengan BlackBerry 9700 oleh Kristupa Saragih.

Setelah 8 tahun menjadi anggota Garuda Frequent Flyer (GFF), tercapai pula tingkat keanggotaan Platinum. Tingkat keanggotaan tertinggi GFF ini diperoleh atas frekuensi terbang pada jumlah tertentu menggunakan maskapai penerbangan Garuda Indonesia. Anggota GFF harus melakukan aktivitas dengan Garuda sedikitnya 55.000 tier miles atau terbang 55 kali eligible flight dalam satu tahun keanggotaan agar menjadi anggota Platinum.

Selama tahun 2010 tercatat ada 76 penerbangan bersama maskapai penerbangan kebanggaan Indonesia ini.

Melihat catatan aktivitas selama 2010, sebenarnya frekuensi terbang lebih dari itu. Banyak penerbangan domestik dengan maskapai lain lantaran ada rute yang belum diterbangi Garuda, semisal rute Yogyakarta (JOG)-Surabaya (SUB) dan Yogyakarta (JOG)-Bandung (BDO). Penerbangan internasional selama 2010 tercatat belum ada bersama Garuda.

Pertama kali jadi anggota GFF pada September 2002, saat itu benefit yang dibutuhkan semata-mata bagasi ekstra. Sebagai fotografer, peralatan yang dibawa untuk pekerjaan memotret bisa mencapai 20 kg bahkan lebih. Tahun 2002 itu, seingat saya, batas maksimum bagasi kelas ekonomi adalah 20 kg. Dengan jadi anggota GFF Silver, seingat saya pula, bisa dapat tambahan gratis 10 kg bagasi. Saat itu, belum ada tingkat GFF Blue, jadi begitu mendaftar langsung dapat keanggotaan GFF Silver.

Keanggotaan GFF Gold baru diperoleh pada 2007. Lebih banyak benefit yang diperoleh daripada GFF Silver. Berat bagasi tambahan bisa lebih banyak. Selain itu ada jalur khusus di check-in desk yang terpisah dari GFF Silver. Selain itu, ada fasilitas akses gratis ke GFF Lounge di seluruh Indonesia yang hanya bisa dimasuki tingkat keanggotaan minimal GFF Gold.

Per November 2010 keanggotaan resmi ditingkatkan oleh Garuda menjadi GFF Platinum, meski kartunya baru diterima Januari 2011. Semua benefit GFF Gold masih diperoleh ditambah fasilitas akses gratis ke Singapore Airport Lounge, 25 tier bonus, dan tambahan bagasi sebesar 20kg. Selain itu, sebagai anggota GFF Platinum bebas pula dari biaya perubahan tiket alias cancellation fee dan biaya pembatalan tiket alias refund fee.

Memang ada jenis keanggotaan GFF Platinum yang bisa diperoleh lebih mudah dengan mendaftarkan diri jadi pemegang kartu kredit Citibank Garuda. Tapi bagi saya pribadi, meraih keanggotaan GFF Platinum dengan cara mengumpulkan frekuensi terbang lebih menantang. Lagipula, ini merupakan penghargaan Garuda bagi pelanggan setia dan memang bermanfaat bagi frequent traveler.

Bagi saya, keanggotaan GFF Platinum ini adalah hadiah tahun baru dari Garuda Indonesia. Terimakasih.

Semoga sayap Garuda Indonesia makin mengepak gagah menerbangi rute-rute seluruh dunia membawa identitas ke-Indonesia-an kita.

Garuda Frequent Flyer (GFF) Platinum. Difoto dengan BlackBerry 9700 oleh Kristupa Saragih.

Garuda Frequent Flyer (GFF) Platinum. Difoto dengan BlackBerry 9700 oleh Kristupa Saragih.


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