My Traumatic Experience as an Alleged DRUG TRAFFICKER in Bali Indonesia

For first time readers..
My name is Chyng Reyes. I graduated with a degree of Electronics and Communications Engineering in a state university in Intramuros. I work in a BPO company in MoA complex as part of Systems Development team. Im a blogger who frequently travels.
And Im an individual who has never taken prohibited drugs.

mga BINTANG-ero kayo!


My friend Dyanie and I planned an SG-Bali trip for our birthdays. We took Airphil's Manila-SG flight last May 26, 2011.

Dyanie was held in the Immigration simply because she cant present her company ID. She was suspected na mag-paiwan sa SG to work, and never return to Pinas. This experience alone was heart pounding- though it's only a matter of being approved and being declined to fly to SG. So what more if it's a matter of life and death...


Last May 28, we flew from SG to Bali via Airasia.
Airasia's airbus was full of different nationalities. But Dyanie and I were the only Filipinos on board. We landed in Denpasar airport at almost 11:40pm. We lined up in the Xray machines for our luggage to be scanned.

The moment the officer saw my Philippine passport - he carried my luggage. He asked me "is this yours?" I said yes. I started thinking what could be wrong with my luggage..
Then the officer scanned our hands too. We don't have any idea what's that for so we asked him. He answered "secret".


After he scanned our hands with that stick, he looked at me and said "come and follow me." He looked at Dyan and said "you also."

omg. what's wrong?!


So in front of all passengers of Airasia that night, kami pa ni Dyan ang mukhang may drugs! We followed the officer because we dont have a choice. We obeyed him, as if we already did something wrong. All other passengers were staring at us..

syet.. anong meron sa bag ko. at anong marks ang nakita nya sa kamay namin? kinabahan ako. this inst just the usual immigration thing. i felt this is something serious!


We entered the holding room. There were 3 officers inside. 2 males and a lady officer.
"Meet my Filipina friend. She was caught hiding packs of heroins in her luggage"
said the officer. Sabay turo sa picture frames sa wall nila. It seemed like a gallery of recently caught drug traffickers all over the world. He also reminded me that DEATH is the PENALTY of those drug traffickers.

Paksyet. It's a matter of life and death in the hands of these Indonesian Police Officers. Im 100% sure Dyan and I were clean!


They offered something to drink but we refused.
Yoko nga, baka dahil jan sa drinks na yan magkaron pa ng drugs substance sa katawan namin..


"Do you know her?" asked the officer as he was pointing to the girl in the picture frame. - I answered no.
"Did you take drugs?" - Of course not!
"Did you have drugs hidden in your body?" - What?! Never!

nagpanting yung tenga ko. galit na galit ako. at the same time nalungkot. bakit ganun, tagged na ang pinoys as drug traffickers dahil sa kasalanan ng iilan..


"Let's check your bag".
The officer searched my things thoroughly. I was just looking at him. He checked every compartment of my luggage too.


Ang lakas ng kaba ng dibdib ko. I knew he could frame me up. At wala na kong laban if that happens. Nasa teritoryo nila kami.
Ansama sama ng loob ko. Dahil lang Pinoy kami, instant suspect na agad kami.


After he messed with all my things and found nothing, I asked the officer what could be wrong and why was he checking us. He just answered "because the 2 of you are beautiful girls."

putangina mo, nakikipag-cooperate kami sa inyo. naabala at napahiya na kami kanina pa. kaya sana sumagot ka ng maayos kung may tinatanong kami.


For the 3rd time, we went outside the holding room to scan my luggage. I was really very nervous (and irritated). I could imagine him almost saying that he found something in my bag. Remember, he was holding my bag all the time. I never had the chance to touch it again..

you dont trust us. and we dont trust you either. ang advantage lang, nasa Indonesia tayo. at kayo ang may authority.


Now they looked at Dyan.

"Are you hiding drugs inside your body?" No!
"Why is your belly big?"

My friend was offended. But she answered politely. "Because I'm fat. And in case you don't see, my arms and legs are proportion to every part of my body."
The lady officer wasn't convinced, she ordered a body check on her.



as narrated by Dyan:
Gusto ko man magsabi ng ayoko ng body check, wala akong nagawa. Bansa nila yan. So sunod lang ako sa gusto nila. Pumasok kami sa Body Check Room. Inikot ko yung mata ko to check if there are surveillance cameras. Tapos ni-lock ko yung pinto. Tinanong ko si lady officer kung bakit namin to ginagawa. May 3 pinay daw na nahulihan ng drugs sa loob ng tyan nila. Sympre di ko alam kung totoo nga yun. Pinahubad nya ko ng damit. As in HUBAD lahat. Body search. Pero ang only body part na hinawakan nya ay ang tyan ko. Pero nakaka-harassed pa din. Wala naman siyang nakitang kakaiba sakin.



no offense pero meron ba silang extensive training na by just touching a body part malalaman na kung may drugs dun? ang hirap maniwala. they never had hightech machines to start with. and why cant they even afford a drug-sniffing dog?! mayabang lang sila. pero wala silang masyadong alam.


Now back in the holding room, I was with the other 2 male officers. They started bragging that they captured all the drug traffickers in the picture frames. Im still not sure what will happen next as they deprived us from telling anything.

What now!? gusto nyo lang may mapatunayan kayo at may madagdag kayong picture jan sa wall nyo?!


Im so proud of Dyan. She went back in the room and still didnt breakdown. I knew I will start crying too if I see her terrified.
pero sa totoong buhay daw, sobrang takot na nya na masesetup kami.
Dyan said I dont look scared at all too. I just look very irritated.
pero sa totoo lang, nafi-feel kong anytime sasabihin ng officers na may nakita sila sa bag namin at ibibintang nila na sa amin yun.. at di na kami makakauwi ng Pinas. =(


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Yes, the policemen could frameup us.

Just like what has been featured in National Geographic's Locked Up Abroad.
Locked Up Abroad tells true stories and first hand experiences of unsuspecting travelers who embarked on what they thought would be a vacation, only to barely make it home alive.

This is a must watch.



Chris Parnell was arrested in Bali, Indonesia while on vacation with his family and friend, Doggy. He was accused of smuggling 12 kilos of hashish. Went to prison for 11 years!

source: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/4385/Overview#tab-Videos/06671_00

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After 1.5 hours, they finally let us go. Wala silang nakita. They thanked us for being cooperative pero di ko pinansin yung hand shake offer nila. Galit na galit ako. Pero alam ko bawal ako magsalita. Hindi rin sila nagsorry sa abala na ginawa nila. Para san pa, wala na kaming gana na pumasok ng Bali. Sirang sira yung bakasyon namin dahil sa ganitong pagwelcome nila sa Pinoy.
Sabagay their sorry wont be enough. Kulang yan sa kahihiyan, sobrang takot, trauma, at paranoia na inabot namin dahil sa kanila. Ang sama sama ng loob ko. Putangina nyo!


We met the hotel driver who's been waiting for us since 11:40PM. We finally got out of the airport at 1:30AM. I thanked the driver for waiting for us. He wasn't surprised that we were the last to go out. Sabi nya, kapag Pinoy chinecheck daw muna.


Ah ganun..
Dahil lang may mga Pinoy na drug trafficker, lahat ng Pinoy drug traffickers na agad?!


So it's also fair to call all Indonesian Policemen RAPISTS?!


Indonesian Policemen RAPISTS!
http://en.rian.ru/Religion/20100114/157540293.html



Indonesian Policeman CHILD RAPIST!
http://arsipberita.com/show/indonesia-police-rapes-nine-yr-old-girl-206964.html




How about call all Policemen DRUG DEALERS because of this?

Indonesian Officers DRUG DEALERS
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/anti-narcotics-officers-busted-for-drugs/442310




Or can I tag all Indonesian ADDICTS sabagay 51 thousand locals nila ay junkies?

51 Thousand Drug Addict Indonesians
http://equal-life.blogspot.com/2009/05/thousands-of-people-die-in-indonesia.html



..a dose of their own medicine..

I hope if an Indonesian visits Pinas, ma-tag din sila as RAPISTS, DRUG DEALERS, and ADDICTS instantly! Maramdaman nila sana yung treatment nila samin.. Yan ang rules nila di ba?


Sa sobrang takot ni Dyanie, she cried to sleep that night. Tulala. Di nagsasalita.
Sa sobrang galit ko, di ako nakatulog. I started vomiting. Hinika ako sa sama ng loob.
Wala pa kaming 2 oras sa Bali pero gustong gusto na namin umuwi ng Pinas.
We felt we were unwelcomed visitors.


Putangina nyo! Naging praning na kami everytime may police kaming makikita. Or everytime dadaan kaming xray, iba na ang kabog ng dibdib namin. Gabi gabi, paulit ulit na naming pinapagpag ang bawat damit namin - just to check na walang naisingit na drugs sa gamit namin. We're so traumatized that we wont be planning to go out of the country anytime soon.

DEATH for DRUG TRAFFICKERS
and it wont matter if the DRUGS found is really yours
ako na ang praning



We swore not to go back to Indonesia again. We already suffered a lot.
We regret the day we entered this country.

And if you are planning to go to Bali too, well good luck. The next suspect could be you.

..yes you may share this post.



Updated: 06/03/2011

All I wanted is to write my traumatic experience, and to warn my co-Pinoy travelers, specially those who travel solo, that they could be the next "random suspect".

It never crossed my mind that this incident would reach the media and the government.

Initially, I never wanted to file a case, be seen on TV, be heard on the radio programs, and be read on the newspapers. It's really beginning to be stressful now. But the messages Ive been receiving have challenged and pushed me to file my case. Thanks to Ms. Susan Ople, for filing the case on our behalf, and to DFA USEC Rafael Seguis for the support. Hearing the words directly from them gave me more courage to pursue this.


Dyanie and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Ms. Susan Ople for filing the case on our behalf. We truly appreciate it. This help is what we truly needed. It's glad to know that someone who has the right knowledge about this matter has finally confirmed that this is a case of disrespect.



the case was filed and was received by DFA last June 3, 2011



FYI (specially to those unidentified / anonymous commenters na nagmamarunong lang) do yourselves a favor and stop humiliating
yourselves and showing off your ignorance by leaving nonsense comments. Those are being deleted anyway.
PS. paki-sampal na din to sa pagmumukha nyo. =)




For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV


..ayon sa Blas Ople Policy center, hindi makatarungan ang tratong iginawad ng Indonesian Police. Ito raw ang unang pagkakataon na nakatanggap sila ng ganitong kaso na naganap sa Indonesia...

Sumulat na sila sa Department of Foreign Affairs para hingan ng paliwanag ang Indonesian Embassy sa insidente.

Nakakabahala ayon sa DFA ang insidente. Konting Pilipino lang daw ang nahulihan ng droga sa Indonesia para masailalim sa racial profiling ng immigration doon. Uutusan daw ng Philippine Embassy sa Jakarta para tingan kung maaring iprotesta ito sa Indonesa...
Link
Payo sa mga Pilipino, turista man o OFW, bago umalis ng bansa, siguraduhing
alam nyo ang contact number at address ng Embahada ng Pilipinas sa bansang inyong pupuntahan. Ito'y para mabilis nyo silang macontact at madali kayong makakahingi ng tulong sakaling inyong kailanganin.

- 24 Oras, GMA 7, June 3, 2011

http://www.gmanews.tv/video/81125/24oras-2-pinay-inakalang-drug-mules-sa-indonesia-airport



Inquirer News | June 5, 2011


read full story here:
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/tag/bali



a PRESS RELEASE from DFA | June 6, 2011




as of this morning, Ambassador Cherry Aguinaldo already went to the consulate in Jakarta to forward our government's concern.

source:
http://www.gov.ph/2011/06/06/philippine-embassy-to-provide-assistance-to-two-filipinas-suspected-as-drug-mules-in-bali/


The Indonesian Ambassador apologized for the traumatic incident. The Indonesian side had promised to look into the incident and to take appropriate steps to correct it.


..and finally the Indonesian Ambassador's statement | June 21, 2011

this case has been heard. the ambassador has spoken.
and it just all started with a blog.


Again, all I wanted is to write my traumatic experience, and to warn my co-Pinoy travelers, specially those who travel solo, that they could be the next "random suspect". I never wanted an apology, seek revenge, be compensated for the trauma, or anything. Being heard is enough.


- Being a victim is a choice, and I chose NOT to be one..

now let's all move on, shall we? =)

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Chyng said...

only serious comments are accepted. expect your comment to be deleted kung magjjoke ka lang or pagsasabihan mong OA kami sa reaction namin. you have no idea kung ano pinagdaanan namin sa kamay ng mga officers na yun!

JeffZ said...

It was really terrifying.. yun nga lang na nasa ibang teritoryo ka at paghinalaan ka, what more sa ibang bansa?.. hmmmm.. I agree with you na mejo mag maangas naman ang Pinoy for the reason na inaagrabyado nila tayo eh.. Hindi lahat ng Pinoy pare-parehas.. maling judgment call yun.. and to think na they didn't explain what they're after at bigla na lang kayong papupuntahin sa room without knowing the REAL SCORE, it's harassment na.. I am with you with this, Chyng.. I'll help you spread the word..

victor said...

I felt very mad when i read your ordeals with those illiterate indonesian immigration officers!!if you by chance see them here sa pinas, ituro mo sila sa akin..and i will be more than glad to treat them like they treated you gals

shegothim said...

kahit alam ko na ang kwento mo sis naiiyak at nagagalit pa rin ako sa nangyari sa inyo.

hindi ibig sabihin na dahil Pinoy tayo at merong drug traffickers na pinoy at nahuli sa bansa nila eh lahat ng pinoy ay drug traffickers na.

hopefully kumalat ito at mabasa ng kinauukulan ang mga pinag-gagagawa ng mga indonesian immigration officers sa ating mga pinoy tourists abroad at sana rin tumigil na ang mga tunay na drug traffickers sa ating bansa kasi nakakasira sila ng pangalan nating mga pinoy.

nakakagalit, nakakainis pero buti rin at wala silang nilagay na anuman sa bag nyo. tama di rin sila dapat pagkatiwalaan tulad ng ginagawa nila sa atin.

wish ko lang di na maulit ito.

Calvin said...

olats naman to. may embassy naman tayo dun diba? pag sa ganitong sitwasyon ba pwede munang mag call a friend sa embassy naten dun?

at tsaka... wala ba silang trained drug-sniffing dogs? hindi pwedeng porke pilipino ganyan ka extensive kaagad yung mga pag-check nila. ok lang mag random check pero wag dahil pinoy ka automatic na. at saka maging magalang naman sila wag yung mayabang. kala ko mo kung sino kung manindak eh.

di muna ako bibisita ng indonesia kung ganyan din sila. hmm or baka makalusot itsura ko na di mukhang pinoy.

Aleah said...

OMG Chyng, I really can't imagine what you've gone through. It's good there were two of you! I usually travel alone, and I CANNOT IMAGINE what I would feel and what I would do kung sa akin nangyari yan.

I wonder if it's just in Bali? I've been to Indo (Jakarta and Yogya) and no hassles naman. I guess your point is that it's all so damned RANDOM, and anyone (any Pinay) can be affected! I got scared myself just reading your story! :(

lakwatsera de primera said...

Both of you deserve an apology Chyng or more. One pinay was mistakenly accused of carrying drugs in Aus before, but it was just a packet of ice tea and they weren't able to prove anything. So they sued the immigration officials for all the psychological trauma they caused her. In the end she won the case and got compensated thousand of dollars. They can't just do this to suspected Filipinos or any citizen for that matter. And if it's a routine check-up, they should at least be professional handling it. Wala pa lang kasi nagcocomplain, makakahanap din sila ng katapat nila.

kahitanoito said...

That's totally unfair! I really felt bad when reading this entry because of their actions. I almost had a similar incident sa San Francisco airport when they inspected all my bags and even swipe my shoes for any bit or speck of prohibited drugs. They just told me that it is a random check but I could sense that it is not really random. Good thing they never detained me that long as I was even actually flying out so if ever I really carry one they should be happy that I'm leaving their country. I really hated that airport. I was on other airport in the US but they never treated me like that.
I could relate how afraid you are that they can just simply say that they found something in your things and you will be in jail. It is really traumatic and we are suffering this kind of discrimination because of the mistakes done by a few people.

Thank God you and your friend are still safe.

pusang kalye said...

shit to them!!!! these Indonesians are starting to behave like they are somebody when in fact they are not.Sad no, na tinatag na tayo as drug traffickers. We have some of our countrymen to blame din though so shit din sa mga drug traffickers na Pinoy kaya nadadamay lahat. And we dont even know if the majority of those drug traffickers caught or convicted in other countries are really drug traffickers coz as you said--pag si-net up ka---wala ka nang kawala. My guess is that most countries are tagging us as drug traffickers and they are taking advantage of that para pagka-perahan ang mga Pinoy.so nung nasabi mo to sa fbwall mo napa-isip ako---and I also had 2nd thoughts of going to Indonesia. What's with Bali ba? I would rather go to Bora or somewhere else. Ouch. I don't want to be avictim din and naku--magdadala nako ng padlock lagi--siguro good tip yan--dapat laging me lock ang luggage mahirap na talaga with all the drug trafficking issue around baka isiksik lang bigla sa maleta mo patay kana.
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Nung tinanung nga ko ng immigration officer sa Naia ng kung anu anu why I would go to Hk at kung makanu dala ko pera I felt irritated na. So I can imagine the whole hellish experience Chyng.

Hell with them---The PHILIPPINES has more beautiful places to explore--travel nalang tayo muna more sa sarili nating bansa. lets promote local tourism, the places with the likes of Bali dont deserve a space in our blogs--para ipromote natin sila? hell.

unless they do something about this. call me emotional but this is really irritating and for somebody who knows you personally Chyng I take more offense in what they did--esp their arrogance in the manner they inspected you.

I say--boycott Bali--Boycott INDONESIA!!!

Anonymous said...

Chyng, I'd like to share this to my FB. So that my friends can read this and be cautious, para na din sa mga kakilala kong taga dun baka sakaling mahiya naman sila. Ok sana kung may english translation para hindi ko na need iexplain sa hindi marunong mag-Tagalog, you know...

Ferdz said...

Hi Chyng! I can't imagine how traumatizing this can be for you and Dyanie. It's great both of you held one.

I guess Filipinos especially Pinays should be careful. With the wake of the recent drug traffic events involving pinoys, it's best we know the Philippine Embassy contacts in case this happens to other people.

alexandrea said...

Sis, buti na lang you and your friend are safe! My gulay!!!

I experienced discrimination na rin both sa Heathrow and Frankfurt airports, pero wala pa rin yun sa experience ninyo.

It's just soooo sad kasi napaka-common na story na ang discrimination against Pinoys sa airports, iba't ibang degrees nga lang. Ganun na ba talaga kababa ang tingin sa atin???

Photoblogger said...

DAMN! Now Indonesia is now in my never-to-go list of places. tsk tsk.

:( that's a really really sad story.
that sounds a lot like a racist thing to do.

You guys deserve an apology and compensation for that traumatic experience.

mabel said...

potek katakot, trip ko pa naman pumunta dun, but nevermind, i will never even try going to Indonesia again..leche sila..

chyng kalma lang...

dapat ito makarating kay pnoy ng maisip nya na agrabyado na tayong lahat sa ginagawa ng konting pinoy, we should take this seriously..

nagagalit ako...

anyway, belated..ingat lang lagi...

Aileen said...

My blood is boiling while reading this entry. Nakakainis! I do understand security checks, but this one was plain harassment. They did not even answer your questions decently. It's very sad that we are all judged by the mistakes of a few.

You and D were very brave and I truly admire how you both gracefully handled this horrible incident.

Happy Blue Thoughts said...

OMG! Such a traumatic experience. Natatakot tuloy ako to push through with our trip to Indonesia come August. :(
I'm glad you ladies are now okay. It could have been worse!

blissfulguro said...

i feel for you guys... isang malaking haaaay... yung sa singapore pa lang badtrip na yun eh pano pa yung sa bali?! natakot tuloy ako dahil mag Kuala Lumpur kami ng nanay ko... grabe talaga... lahat ng pangyayari sa buhay natin ay may dahilan, yun na lang ang tignan natin... pero ang trauma eh matagal mawala yan sigurado... i'm not a psychologist pero chill muna siguro... kaya yan chyng...

adventurousfeet said...

thanks chyng for your story, this is it. i say no to Bali. i'll share this to all my friends. and i'm happy you're back here safe. This is not a joke.

Bino said...

this is shit! grabe ang ginawa nila. ganun na lang? nakakapaginit ng ulo ang ginawa nila sayo. mga walang pinagaralan! magalit na mga indonesians pero fault nila un!

Debbie said...

That's really f*cked-up. A lot of people talaga (and sadly, officers) are prone to racial profiling. I'm glad you blogged about this. So sorry about what happened. That's unheard of, that kind of "inspection". Mag-invest kaya sila sa mga electronic detectors or whatevs.

Their loss. Ikalat natin 'to at mawalan sana sila ng tourists. You seemed really excited for this trip pa naman.

Hope you guys feel better.

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

OMG! Eto na third story narinig ko na Pinoy na hinold muna because of that. Kung random lang ito, parang sobrang random naman na puro Pinoy, diba? You guys deserve an apology from them. I'm glad you guys are home safe. I can feel your pain and frustrations with your blog entry. God bless.

Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...

Chyng, you deserve an apology from no less than the Indonesian government. I will do my part in spreading this post. I'm glad you're now safely home in 'Pinas. God bless!

doi said...

Hi Chyng,

Nakakabad trip talaga and to think you were supposed to have a happy day in Bali for your birthday! :-(

Bilib ako sa tibay ng loob nyo ni Dyanie at di kayo nasindak sa kanila and never brokedown inside the holding area. Di biro ang malagay sa ganung situasyon but you were able to control yourselves till natapos yung napakapait na nangyari sa inyo.

I'm happy that both of you got home safe and thank you rin for sharing your story so that everyone will know that they should either avoid going to Indonesia or be extra careful every second. and that being cautious should also be applied when travelling to other countries too.

Marie said...

grabe ang nangyari sayo sa Bali, i cant imagine myself na andun sa ganung sitwasyon... napaka unfair ng mga indonesian police porket pinay/pinoy drug trafficker na...
bilib ako sa tapang na ipinakita mo at ng friend mo, and both of u handle the situation pretty well.
im planning a trip pa namn going to bali by next year, upon reading your blog, ayoko na..
thanks for sharing. and thank God both of u r safe...

marie

Lawstude said...

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Kristel said...

Grabe Chyng, ramdam na ramdam ko yung hurt and galit sa part niyo. Pati ako feeling helpless and galit din because people with authority should know about this. Discrimination against Pinoy and harassment against you two. Nakakalungkot at nakakagalit.

Ang masama lang, third world country din sila. So kung may demandahang magaganap, I'm sure di uusad in our lifetime. Grabe lang talaga.

I flew to Jakarta October of last year pero wala namang ganitong aberya. Although via PAL so marami kaming Pinoy nun.

The best that we can do is to spread the word. Para na rin ma-warningan ang mga fellow Pinoys who will visit the country.

Thanks for sharing. I admire you both for staying strong.

Jose said...

im getting furious with what has happened with you guys!!!
they're all crap!!! im looking forward pa naman to my Bali vacay on Oct!

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

grabe yun girl! Mabait pa rin ang Diyos sa inyo dahil hindi kayo napasama sa mga nahuhuli, or should I say, na-frame up nila. Ibang trauma talaga kung mangyari man sakin yun. It's a relief na ok ka friend. So ano pala yun, may pacontest sila ng paramihan ng nahuhuling pinoy ganun?!?! Kaya ang yayabang nila!?

Nakakalungkot lang talaga na nadadamay ang mga walang muang like you sa katarantaduhan nila.

Me too.. I'll repost this on FB. Kahit sa kaaway ko hindi ko gugustuhing mangyari yan.

carlotta1924 said...

chyng, one thing i really, really despise is for anyone to be accused/suspected of being someone they're not just because of preconceived notions. iritang-irita talaga ako habang binabasa ang ginawa nila sa inyo. but am glad you and your friend are safe and sound. thanks for sharing this. sana talaga umabot ang kwento ng ordeal niyo sa mga kinauukulan para naman ma-ensure ang safety ng mga pilipinong turista lalo na abroad. those indonesian police did an awesome job in making their country lose a good number of prospective tourists.

bulakbolero.sg said...

chyng, can i share this stories to others? I can't cancel my trip to indonesia this month but after that i'll not go there anymore.

ngaps, diba sabi mo kontakin mo kami pag punta mo dito?

mishi said...

Seriously, I was considering Bali to visit since lapit lng nya sa Sg. Pero after ko mabasa kwento mo, nkakatakot at nkakahighblood!!! I can't imagine reaction in Gil kung kmi nasa situation nyo. Good thing you were able to control your temper khit gusto nyo nang manapak. Mas angat pa rin nmn Pinas sa Indonesia, haller! kakainis ha! Sana mkarating 'to sa media!! Glad both of you are safe chyng!

Lloyd said...

Hindi ko inexpect na ganun ka grabe ginawa sa inyo..ang kapal ng mga mukha..kala mo kung sinong matinong bansa...

malu said...

My God! This is crazy. Grabe nmn ang discrimination or sadyang praning lng cla n my mklagpas n nmn s knila? Ang labo nila ha? Nkakagalit! Para clang d professionals kung kumilos dapat jan mkarating s kinauukulan both here in the Philippines and in Indonesia. Sad lng alam b ng govt nila yan? Na yang ginagawa nila ai d nkakatulong s turismo nila. Thanks for sharing this, dream ko p nmn mkapunta s Bali, ngaun never ever d bale na! Bora's still the best haha! Thank God you're safe!

Leah said...

Damn! Napaka traumatic. Napaka unfair naman ng treatment. Porke't Pinoy, yun na agad? Drug traffickers na kaagad? Prejudice. Nakakainis.

I admire both of you for being very calm.. Hindi kayo nag panic.

I'm going to share this post, if that's okay with you, Chyng..

Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing this post and sharing your experience. I was planning a Bali trip and I'm going to cancel it now. Kakatakot!

I hope na hindi na magspread yung reputation of Filipinos as drug traffickers. Sana the government would do something about employment para hindi na kapit patalim ang mga tao. At sana din huwag ng gawin ng iilan sa mga kababayan natin yan.

Manileña Mom said...

Actually ang tanong ko sa mga kinauukulang kaylan magkakaron ng backbone ang Pilipinas laban sa ganitong klase ng abuse? Or dahil kapag sila naman ang nag eenjoy sa Bali Indonesia okay lang kaya dibale na isacrifice ang ibang Pilipinong hindi kayang lumaban. Yun lang naman yon eh. Sorry to be negative but unless magkaron tayo ng tamang isip to vote our government officials wisely, yung taong kayang ipaglaban ang karapatan natin at hindi lang pa-cute sa tv at kung ano anong mura ang sinasabi hindi tayo magkakaroon ng totoong dignidad. Yun lang nag masasabi ko jan. Nakakapang galit itong nangyari na to, nobody deserves to be traumatized like that tapos okay lang na me hand shake? kung lahat ng trauma at inconvenience eh nasa satisfy ng handshake, dapat lahat tayo masaya. sorry nakaka gigil.

misyelpi said...

This is terrifying. I have a sole trip to BKK this August and sobrang natatakot na ako. Baka ganun din dun.

Report niyo kaya ito sa DFA? Or maybe dapat sa consulate/embassy? Hay. Dapat may gawin sila. Kung policy ng Indonesia to check on Filipinos,wala tayo magagawa dun. Pero baka pwede na meron presence ng isang Filipino consulate/ foreign officer/ DFA/embassy personnel habang ginagawa yun, para naman hinde sobrang wala kang kakampi yung feeling. hay.

~Char said...

You and your friend are really brave and strong to go through this ordeal..It really is such a shame...I visited bali in 2009...It was a wonderful experience...but after reading the Sh*t they put you through...they have tainted their own tourism....You are very right, who are they to wrongly accuse and judge? How dare they...This should be raised with the Embassy...ridiculous..makes me angry.

vin said...

sorry to hear about your experience chyng. will be avoiding indonesia muna just to be safe. thanks for this update.

Anonymous said...

let's admit the fact that it all started dahil sa kagagawan ng kapwa natin pinoy. we can't blame them for doing that to every pinoy. thanks to you sally and company. you made us all proud pinoy.

den marco said...

awts..traumatic experience nga yan..pero hanga ako sa inio..kahit takot na takot kau. u'r still able to be on focus..hirap tlaga pag wala ka sarali mong teritoryo..lintik na mga indonesian officers yan.

jimmy ray said...

i hope your story reach the government and our government needs to act to see to it that justice be done to what you experienced, and also protect pinoys going to indonesia in the future. something must be done and should be done in cases like this. branding someone because of their nationality is definitely a no-no. and hopefully, we don't do the same branding to others. hope all is well with you and your friend. i will support you and future actions against the injustice that you received from those indon bastards.

Robbie said...

When Anton posted this update on FB, I didn't want to comment agad kasi I didn't know the full story pa. Ang naisip ko nun, those guys are just being safe and are just doing their jobs.

But after reading this, I really feel disappointed. The fact that they assumed that all Filipinos are drug traffickers are insane and this cannot be overlooked by the PH embassy there.

I understand your anger. If it happened to me, I would probably throw out every expletives I know on my blog. But still, I wouldn't go as far as generalize Indonesians the way some commenters here did.

Nakaka-trauma to. Hope you and Dyan feel better soon! *hugs*

Brian said...

Thank you for sharing your experience in Bali, Indonesia. This serves as a warning for everyone not only Filipinos. Thank God you're both safe and sound pero syempre nasira na ang bakasyon nyo.

I hope this will not happen anymore or else wala ng pupunta ng Indonesia!

penfires said...

This is actually my first time to drop by your blog kasi a friend of mine posted a link sa facebook nya and sa one liner pa lang nagagalit na ako. Something should be done about this treatment to filipinos in indonesia, hindi naman sila ginaganyan dito sa atin. Nakakagalit.

markg said...

racial profiling? hmmmmm....

The Gasoline Dude said...

I can't blame you for feeling that way. Sarili mo kasing experience 'yan, and I respect that. KUDOS to you and your friend for maintaining the strength and composure while in that terrible situation.

BUT, sana naman 'wag tayong magalit sa lahat ng Indonesians. Medyo nagulat ako sa ibang reactions ng commenters mo. Meron pang nagsabi na iboycott 'yung buong country. I don't think it's fair. I have some Indonesian friends and also Indonesian clients, at lahat naman sila mababait at maganda ang tratuhan namin sa isa't-isa. I actually enjoy talking to them kasi friendly sila. So hopefully huwag naman tayong mag-generalize. Not all of them are like those Indonesian police officers you and your friend encountered.

Nanggaling ka na pala ng Singapore, hindi ka nagparamdam. I was actually planning to treat you sana kasi isa 'yung birthday pic greet mo na nagustuhan ko. Remember me pa-contest ako nun? :)

Mel said...

I feel your anger and hurt. I would feel the same way, maybe even more. I'll share your post so others may be warned. Racism does exist everywhere, kahit Southeast Asian brothers pa naten ang kaharap. Bravery and knowledge na lang panlaban. Good to know you and your friend got back unscathed.

Nikko said...

WTF?! Pupunta pa naman ako Bali next month!

lc said...

That is seriously the scariest thing that can ever happen when you're traveling. I don't know how you guys managed to not freak out, and to keep your cool. Nakakabagsak ng loob naman, nang dahil sa mga iilan na Pinoy. Tapos kasalanan niyo pa na dahil maganda at Filipino kayo, pinaghinilaan na? What kind of logic is that?

Still, it's the fault of several Filipinos who actually brought illegal substances into foreign territories why the innocent ones are suspected of doing the same thing. Because they're assholes, tayo tuloy naabala.

Anonymous said...

grabe that was indeed a terrifying experience. at least man lang they should have apologized sa inyo. hindi nman yata justified ang pag-stereotype nila sa mga pinoy. tayo lang ba ang namumukod-tanging lahi na drug traffickers? maybe you should inform the authorities of your ordeal. baka other pinoys wouldn't be so lucky as you. mahirap nang ma-setup.

Lois said...

Omg! Thanks for the heads up Chyng. Glad to you are safe despite your ordeal. Chichi and I will be flying to Bali in July and we never want to go through anything remotely like that. I just hope there is something we can do about it as Filipinas traveling to Bali. We've never had any problems with any other country we've visited before.

Thanks for having the temerity to share your learning and hopefully this can help other Filipinas traveling there in the future. Or else, baka may post din kami na katulad nito. Sob.

Nicole said...

Hay naku! Kakabad trip sila! May araw din sila chyng! Hanga ako sa inyo ni Dyanie.
Share ko ito.

Eric said...

Hi Chyng,
Sori it has taken me a while to visit your bloghouse, I was disconnected for a month.Something wrong on the connections,anyway, like your photo header kala ko c Wonder Woman, at natawa at the sametime sa mga terms mo sa blog and sad as well.
Hope that terrible experienced you had with your friend won't prevent you still to love and visit our Asian brothers(country), kahit din naman satin may mga ganyan din. Knowing that many Pinoys are pasaway kaya pati tayo na dadamay. I guess, napag tripan lang kayo nun kc nga sexy at maganda kayo, I admired your bravery that you didn't panick nor hysterically reacting at those baseless questions....cge lang hayaan mo na, mas mayaman parin tayo sa kanila. You forgot to mention how odorous they are (Indo) di naman lahat pero usually maamoy sila....at least aware na ako sa nangyari, second thought of visiting Bali bka kc ma experience ko rin. I Retwit this entry.

dong ho said...

such a big disappointment for an island with some of the best accommodations. i believe we need to do something or else lahat ng pinoy na papunta dun dadaan sa ganito.

let's see what we can do.

buti na lang at nakabalik na kayo.

gillboard said...

tsk tsk tsk.

did you go to the embassy? dapat nireport niyo yung ginawa sa inyo. harassment yun ah.

i know airport officials sometimes do random check sa mga passengers, pero hindi ganyan yung pinagdaanan namin before.

that is just wrong.

BON said...

ay nakakatakot naman! baka may nilabag na silang procedure dun ah!

pusang kalye said...

I say boycott Bali---Boycott Indonesia--until its already safe to travel there. If other countries issue travel advisories to their citizens should they feel that there is threat to them, why cant we warn Filipinos that indonesia is singling us out as drug traffickers and its obviously not a safe country to travel to. just spend your money home.makatulong a tayo sa mga kababayan natin.

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pusang kalye said...

let it be told--I will blog about this incident for my readers to know---(kahit ilan lang readers ko.hahaha) ---we obviously have different approach to this but I say---1. NOT INDONESIA for the meantime. 2. bring a padlock if you really have to travel outside the country. hahaha---- seriously, people need to be told of the situation and ako personally, my stand is----it's not safe to be there. so I will not go there soon. I think some people agree with me.until the situation improves. pardon me for generalizing but orders of custom or police officers usually originate from the top. My readers deserve to know. Maybe me asking for a concerted effort is too much. But I prefer not to risk myself going there just to promote goodwill.

yuliang said...

sounds bad, i traveled indonesia afew times and never had this experience. maybe u should lodge a report to embassy or something

Jnl said...

Hi Chyng, been following your blog for quite some time. So sad to hear what you and your friend went through in this supposedly beautiful place. This type of incident is not one to be shrugged off. This is a serious matter, you were so close to losing everything you've got going on here. But I do hope you don't lose your love for traveling. Good people will always outnumber the bad ones. And though it will take a while for you to get over what happened, I hope well-wishes from the people who care for you, including your readers, will be enough to hopefully move on. God will bless you more, and He'll take care of those people.

des said...

may i post this on my fb account? thanks!

Dyanie said...

@pusang kalye- antoniooow!!! may mga padlocks ang bags namin pero we heard na kahit may mga padlocks ang bag mo, they can slit the bag and insert something. kaya yung backpack ko, naging frontpack! ayoko na ilagay sa likod ko dahil nakakapraning!!!

blankPixels said...

Waaaahhh while reading this, tumatayo balahibo sa katawan ko, feeling ko ako yung nasa sitwasyon nyo. Baka hinimatay na lang ako nun waaah. And uminit ulo ko. Hayyy...

Bali pa naman is one of the places I wanna visit someday. But, after reading this, I don't think I'd be going there na lang. Gosh.

And I agree, you ladies deserve more than an apology from them. I hope the Indonesian government will get to read this and take action. *sigh*

bernardumali said...

nakakagalit naman to. dapat boycot muna sa bali at dapat makarating to sa kinauukulan. lets volt in. pashare ha, forward ko blog mo.

Dyanie said...

Hi commenter,

YOU didn't know what we went through so YOU don't have the right to oppose on what we feel. YOU weren't there so YOU didn't know how they labeled ALL Filipinos as Drug Traffickers!!

Nina said...

i feel for you and your friend. Yon ngang SOP sa other airports na i-swipe bags at i-run yong samples gc nakakatakot na kasi baka ma-frame-up. We experienced that in London and JFK.

Then at JFK, my hubby and I were "randomly selected" for thorough search. Yong carry-on ko, binulatlat lahat ng laman. Katakot kasi pinili lang kami among others, special lane daw then we were brought in a holding room then we realized what will happen. Though, hindi naman umabot sa point na pinahubad kami ng damit. But man, it was terrifying enough. Tapos wala din explanation na binigay pero napansin namin yong mga parang latino features ang pinipili at yong mga tipong gaya namin namin bound for middle east.

Then, nag-search ako sa net. Ganun pala yon, Kahit sinasabing random search, parang may profiling pa rin. Kasi may traveler sa US na lagi siyang naseselect for "random search." Galit na galit din sya kasi nga naman kung random bakit lagi siya naseselect...

I think, kailangan ito ma-icomplain sa DFA or sa Philippine embassy sa Indonesia.

KUMAGCOW said...

I will never go to Indonesia, taga nyo sa bato yan! Sa kanila na lang yun! (at wala akong pakelam sa mga ibang opinyon kasi hindi naman kayo nagbabayad ng ticket ko no!) Walang kwentang immigration authorities! Hope people like them (the ones that did this to you) BURN and ROT in hell!

upto6only said...

hi i fell so sorry for you and dyanie. grabe dapat ma-report sa embassy natin ng malaman nila ang harassment na ginawa nila. wag nilang i-stereotype ang lahat ng mga pinoy. gusto ko pa namang pumunta sa bali pero ngayon ayoko na.

good to hear that you went home safe pa din :)

*mOmOt KuYiT* said...

sobrang kupal nila ha! buti nalang chyng at nilakasan nyo loob nyo at baka kung bumigay kayo dun kung ano pa gawin nila senyo... leche sila!

Jaderated said...

tumaas ang BP ko habang binabasa ko to. I'm speechless. good thing nothing happened to you girls. parang gusto kong manakit ng unang indonesian na makikita ko. grrr

Anonymous said...

Nakakainis... lalo na yung mga stupid responses nila na "secret" and "because you are beautiful" grrrr... buti nalang they did not do anything to you or your friend other than those checks.

Naku my sister experienced something similar in HongKong. She heard the xray inspector say "Filipina... better check" and they exhaustively checked her luggage and questioned her a lot. All that hassle because she was a Filipina. They thought mag TNT sa HK.

Nakakainis. The discrimination we all go through because of a few incidents from our fellow pinoys. Na ge-generalize na tayo agad.

I am glad to hear both you and your friend got home safely after that traumatizing ordeal.

leana-ceb said...

hi gurls..i have the same experienced with u..although not as a drug tafficker. But the way they treated me as a Filipino, it's a big hayyyyy... I was in Germany last week,by the time I arrived in Frankfort airport in Munich then I gave my passport to the officer and then the officer ask me what is my purpose of visiting their country and I said for business. And then the officer asked me if I can understand english or should I need a translator???? waaahh nkakapraning xa...nag-uusap na kmi in english saka pa xa magtatanong ng gnun?? ano un??? and then he asked me how much money do i have?? and so on... gosh... as in grabe ung discrimination tlga nila sa pinoy :( sana our govt will do something about this...

LetsGoSago.net said...

all I can say is I'm glad you're safe and back. :) *hugs

andoyzki said...

good to know both of you are safe ... back in my grad skul, i was warned by my prof that corruption on indonesia especially in airports are very scary daw ...

Brenna said...

no words can express the sorrow or disgust that i feel for those people that did this to you, chyng. that's no laughing matter when it's your life on the line and to by harassed in that way like your friend? that's no joke. don't even blink at those people who think you're overreacting, because you have every right to feel the way you do. they don't know anything and it is your blog.

i hope justice will prevail somehow and you can move on from this incident. stay strong girl and keep traveling. :)

Lizzie said...

OMG. I was terrified. As in I read everything through this post at napapaput*ng ina rin ako!Sa Malaysia at Singapore pa lang ako nakarating. Nung sa SG,nahold ako dahil sa keychain at kinuha nila iyon.. :( Gift pa naman. Dapat this June 1 punta akong singapore. I have tickets nga eh. Something came up lang kaya di ko natuloy. Pero after reading this, parang nakakatakot magvisit sa ibang bansa. Well, Singapore is different. Pero Bali, Indonesia... may balak kaming pumunta dun!

Fauxx said...

I would be one of the people who would support and encourage you to seek legal advice regarding this. To fight for this and make it one of your life's advocacies. Show them they picked the wrong girls to pick on.

This is the perfect opportunity for you, as a travel blogger and as a Filipina, to turn this nightmare into the best thing that ever happened to your life. Or to Pinoy travellers.

Be strong and God Speed~

RON said...

tanginangshit!!!
i cancelled my trip next month in protest!!!

at dahil dyan, gusto kita padalan ng tofu fries!

Lovely said...

OMG! Nakakagalit talaga to Chyng. Lalo na nung nabasa ko ng sabi nung driver na kapag daw pinoy eh chinecheck talaga. Hindi lahat ng pinoy ay drug traffickers. Madami din mga pinoy ang may pinag-aralan at can afford mag-travel. This has changed my plans to visit Indonesia. I'm glad that you and your friend got home safely.

Go Tara Lets! said...

ang hirap ng lagay ng mga Pinoy sa ibang lugar ngayon at sobrang nakakatakot ang na-experienced niyo but still Thank God that you 2 were back home safe and sound.

Mia said...

I know how you feel. I got my bag checked VERRRY thoroughly at a Hong Kong airport, right down to my make-up kit! It was embarrassing having other people look at me like I was trying to sneak something into their country. They didn't speak English well either. T_T

Mirage said...

There's bias everywhere and because there are people who really screw up...Twisted! I feel you even a bit...we were once in Qatar because snow delayed us that our connecting flight left without us...we have to stay in Doha for 13 hours...among the passengers ako lang ang may inspection sa separate room, sobrang kainis yun feeling...mas lalo yan sa inyo na you accused na agad ang tingin.

I agree with Manilena mom, walang magagawa ang pacute at dahil lang nagkaisa ang mga pinoy dahil sa nanay nya sa ganyan sitwasyon...

Azrael Coladilla said...

thanks chyng for sharing this story..di pa ko nakakapunta ng indonesia.pero il avoid going there na..

nakakatakot talaga ma ganun

glentot said...

Hi Chyng I hope you still remember me. Buti nalampasan nyo itong episode na ito without any serious damages (aside from mental torture probably)... This should serve as an eye-opener for anyone who's planning to leave the country anytime soon. Sobrang injustice yung nangyari and you're right, it's not gonna stop with you.

pmgomez said...

Interesting. There's actually a whole book written on this. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hotel-Shocking-Inside-Story-Notorious/dp/0857382683

noni said...

What they did is really an abuse of authority and I hope their fellow indonesians will experience also what you've felt coz that is the best way to pay the price of what they done....

Jepoy said...

I feel you. Ako nga simpleng questioning lang na trauma what more yung nangyari sa inyo.

I have friends na naka experience ng rude officers sa Indonesia. Girl din sila,na hold sila for 24 hours at ang babastos ng mga officers na nag interrogate sa kanila.

Indonesia is known to have a very rude immig officers, nakakasad lang kasi hindi nyo masyado na ejoy yung Bali trip nyo. I heard maganda daw sa Bali.

Uhmm, sana lang mabasa ito ng embassy natin sa indonesia so atleast they can do something about it, maraming mga Pinay ang nabibiktima nila. Sobrang traumatic talaga.

*Hugs* Bloggers in SG were expecting for you sayang hindi mo me na message para atleast nameet ka naman kasama friend mo. Don't worry I'm sure mawawala din yung trauma.

and to indonesian immigration officer who don't know how to treat tourist. Go TO HELL (apektado tuloy me, parang blog entry na comment ko)

Judd said...

Hi Chyng, I'm glad you handled the situation well. I think that yes, this is a very serious matter that deserves you some compensation for what happened.

Do you have any plans of filing a complaint against the Indonesian policemen? If so, best of luck to you and your friend. I do hope you guys get justice for getting harassed there.

Alex Dizon said...

I'm so sorry to hear all these nasty and annoying stuff. I hope You two are coping up well.

One of the Asian countries I've been dying to visit is Indonesia, but after reading this, I think I'll say pass na lang muna.... Nakakalungkot na nakakainis nga ang nangyari sa inyo.

Hugs!

♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

I feel bad for your friend. I think regardless of how long has been this thing happened, you guys need to go to go to some kind of counselling. Being naked in front of someone,let alone a total stranger, is already traumatic, how much more the reason that goes with it.

Anonymous said...

kahit dito may ganyan kahit walang dala drugs i set up para magkapera mga pulis

Tsinay said...

Thank you for sharing this story with us Chyng. This article made me feel mixed emotions --- angry, terrified, and sad all at the same time. I'm just glad that you and your friend Dyan are both OK, and they didn't set you up. I just hope we Filipinos don't have to go through hell in other countries because of the few who were caught doing illegal stuff. I don't think I'll be going to Indonesia anytime soon. It's a huge turn off how they could treat tourists like that. So sick!

Annetotz said...

super traumatic! 'yan lang masasabi ko... thank God at safe kayo... nag-dadalawang-isip ako now if itutuloy ko pa trip ko sa Bali this October, lalo pa at solo ako... anyways , thanks for posting this... can i share this sa FB? para ma-warn ko na din ibang friends ko na may plan magpunta sa Bali...

Shie said...

its terrifying to go through that ordeal! ang sarap nilang sampalin!!! Pinoys going overseas should be prepared to handle this kinds of situations and those abusive authorities and you blogging about this is a good wake up call! Anyway Indonesia never interests me!

Pink MagaLine said...

I totally felt bad for you and your friend. If I were in your place, I think I would've felt and done the same. IMO, the behavior of those officers was unacceptable. I mean, telling you that you are beautiful that's why they have to search and investigate on you? They could've said a better explanation. Also stereotyping huh?! Not all Filipinos are drug pushers!! Hellooo!!!

I traveled abroad and been to a number of international airports already. I traveled alone and with my family, but nothing really serious happened. Thanks God!

Oh, the only odd thing that I experienced was being held by some HK police for a search and interview cos they mistaken me as an illegal alien from Nepal. Booo!!!! But, they were being friendly tho.

earthlingorgeous said...

OMG! This is so scary!

Actually during my Solo trip last January coming from Malaysia to Singapore mahigpit narin sila eh I also went to their holding room but I'm glad that I wasn't alone because there were caucasians with me in three who were on hold for bringing smokes. I was going to SG for a quick day trip. Natakot din ako nung nahold ako eh buti nalang may isang white guy American soldier na naghihintay sa akin sa bus namin :( Gosh. And I was traveling alone pa ha.

This is really a form of harassment maybe we can file something to the UN ? maybe? I dunno this is really harassment and very much racist. Hay kasi naman kasalanan ng isa kasalanan ng lahat.

Ang ibang bansa sobrang makapagdiscriminate sa ating mga Pinoy tayo ang babait natin sa kanila sigh.

Tiborsho said...

kinakabahan ako while binabasa ko yung blog mo.. buti na lang walang masamang nangyari..

Reg Rodriguez said...

hi, my friend posted the link of your entry on facebook. i'm so sorry to hear that :( ang scary scary nga, you and your friend are really brave to have survived that ordeal!!! did you report it na?? you should!!! it's an insult not just to filipinos but to women as well!!!

glad you got home safely! keeping you in my prayers!

FoxyReign said...

This is just wrong

Andrew said...

Something similar happened to me last year in Indonesia too, but your experience was far worse than mine. I'm glad that you wrote about this. Hang in there!

Roch said...

It's infuriating what you've gone through.

Glad you girls are safe and kudos for being calm and patient during that time.

redlan said...

Pwede pa-share sa FB? para maging warning to sa gusto magpunta ng Indonesia.

Natakot naman ako sa experience nyo. Nakakatakot kasi baka i-frame up ka nila. Buti na lang nakauwi na kayo. Huwag na isipin ang nangyari at least ligtas na kayo.

Nabasa ko sa mag ni sharon na never rin siya bumalik sa Indonesia kasi nawalan siya ng mga bags na nabili niya sa SG. Kahit nasa room hotel nanakaw pa.

Happy birthday to both of you!

witsandnuts said...

grabe! nakakakulo ng dugo yung pagtrato nila sa inyo. this needs to be elevated to the embassy, you deserve an apology. i admire you and dyanie for handling that horrible situation.

Anonymous said...

it ain't fair! while i was reading your post i could imagine what you are going through when you were in the holding room, and if i could just punch all those Indonesians including the lady police, i would!!! i am just new to traveling, i am full of hopes and excitement for i've never been to other countries, but then i realized safety should always on top of everything. its just sad that because of the mistakes that few Filipinos made, many of us our affected and in your case was judged by something your totally not guilty of. Hay nako... :(
thank you for letting us know about your traumatic experience, i think this is not just an issue of a Pinoy traveler, but the government should look on this deeply, we as Filipinos are always misjudged, abused and maltreated officials should find a way how to equilibrate our status as Filipinos as against other nationalities.
-from afellow PEXer

Anonymous said...

it ain't fair! while i was reading your post i could imagine what you are going through when you were in the holding room, and if i could just punch all those Indonesians including the lady police, i would!!! i am just new to traveling, i am full of hopes and excitement for i've never been to other countries, but then i realized safety should always on top of everything. its just sad that because of the mistakes that few Filipinos made, many of us our affected and in your case was judged by something your totally not guilty of. Hay nako... :(
thank you for letting us know about your traumatic experience, i think this is not just an issue of a Pinoy traveler, but the government should look on this, we as Filipinos are always misjudged, maltreated and abused. officials should find a way how to equilibrate our status as Filipinos as against other nationalities.
-from a fellow PEXer

framelessworld said...

i commend your courage during that scary situation chyng... nakakagalit nangyari sa immigration... im very happy that they've finally let you go and that you're able to go home safely... 'hope you dont mind me sharing your story in my networks... as ive said before sa PM ko, i think you can report it sa gov't offices nila and sa atin...

gorgeousmama said...

hi chyng,

ir really feel for you and your friend, as i was reading your blog i feel my blood is boiling, i can imagine how helpless you were,,, fuckin shit,, its so sickening that we filipinos are being treated like that!!!

anyways, let not this horrible situation affects you and dampen your spirit!!.

enjoy life as you always do!!,
hard as it seems but you can!!

just look at the bright side !! be thankful that they did not frame you up!!!

May God help you to deal with that traumatic experience!!!

Tala-Chan said...

grabe naman sila! kung makadiscriminate ng mga pinoy kala mo kung sino itong mga indonesians na ito... I felt mad while reading this... hope mabigyan kayo ng justice for mistrating you and your friend...

flipnomad said...

same as what others have said above chyng, i suggest you consult legal actions after this, like a legal complaint probably to a govt office...

but more than anything else, bilib na bilib ako on how you were able to handle the situation...i know how scary that situation is...

ps: i hope you dont mind me sharing this post to my other networks... take care chyng...

Anonymous said...

Thank God both of you came out unharmed out of that ordeal. I'm not surprised. Me and a friend experienced the same discrimination in Malaysia, and to think stopover lang namin yun to go to England! Feeling talaga nila basta Filipino, kriminal. No exception. Filipinos should be warned if they plan to travel to these prejudiced, pseudo-developed and illiterate infested countries. Spread the word, brave Chyng, and we will do the same...

mozilla said...

nakakagalit ang nabasa ko na ito...sobrang unfair naman just because pinoy tayo paghihinalaan tayo ng ganun...

i felt sorry for you and for your friend for what happened...your trip was ruined just because of wrong/unfair accusation..hindi po biro yung dinanas nyo doon truly nakakatrauma, kahit ako na nabasa ko yung sinulat mo, i can really feel you and your friend's traumatic experience...

Anonymous said...

In fairness 'teh, kabogera dahil talagang confeeeeermed ang beauty nyo!

Seriously, I think they have every right to uphold their laws and protect their national security. However, it must be carried out in a professional and dignified manner. If you were indeed drug traffickers, you still merit a humane treatment and must be accorded due process --- no harassment kahit verbal man lang.

I applaud both of your composure because I was totally appalled of what I've just read. Na-imagine ko sarili ko and malamang sa nag-wala na'ko pero alam kong mas delikado 'yun kase baka mang-frame up sila. Kaya super *clap clap* para sa inyong dalawa.

I know this experience might have squashed the travel bug in you for quite some time pero go lang ng go. I hope may mangyaring maganda (na outcome) pero good thing na nabasa 'to ng mga tao. Caveat na lang para sa lahat ng travelers. Be vigilant sa gamit! Wag magtiwala basta basta and keep your cool. <3

Photo Cache said...

so sorry for your experience chyng. ganyan naman talaga eh. mayabang sila.

alam mo ba nung 2008 sa singapore very rude yung immigration officer doon. my hubs look like indian and i am a pinay.

i think he judged us by the color of our skin eh brown din naman sha.

tapos nung i present namnin passports namin (US) nagulat sha at naging very courteous sa pag istima sa amin. i think it's really unfair.

btw, wala bang travel advisories in pi about this? kung wala dapat mag lagay na para di ganyang na tro traumatize legal visitors.

Anonymous said...

i agree with one of the comments here. don't generalize that all indonesians are like that. i have indonesian friends and they all are nice. the experience is frightening indeed. maybe you should contact the philippine embassy in indonesia so they will know that this is happening and that it should be stopped.

dean said...

chyng... it's been a while since i last visited your blog. not sure if you still know me. sa blog pa ni chuvaness.com ko pa tong entry mo nabasa. nung nakita ko yung name mo, alam kong post mo yun.

anyway, i'm glad you're safe now. buti na lang hindi mas grabe nangyari.

Don Garcia said...

Hi Chyng, I have your post posted on my FB account and asked my friends to repost it so that everybody can read have an idea of what might happen to them if they enter indonesia.

Dennison Uy said...

Chyng, thank you so much for sharing your experience. Gusto ko pa naman pumunta ng Bali, pero dahil dito nagdadalawang isip na ako. While I understand and respect authorities for doing their jobs, there is something about your experience that's just wrong. I'm no human rights expert, but I'm sure there has to be a violation there somewhere. Perhaps you could consider approaching certain groups, but I'm not sure if that would do much. At the very least, you shared your story which leads to awareness. Thank you.

The Engineer who Bakes said...

Hi Chyng. Welcome back & belated happy birthday.

Nagulantang ang aking pagbbabysit nang malaman ko ito.

While I am all for performing a full body cavity search on all Indonesians entering or residing in the Philippines, I believe your best course of action is to lodge a formal complaint with the appropriate gov't agency in Indonesia via our Department of Foreign Affairs.

Granted, DFA's track record has been absolutely pathetic. Still, it would be best to have a formal complaint filed while we do a massive & worldwide smear campaign on Indonesia.

So hanggang maka-recover tayo sa trauma: explore the Philippines!

hdm said...

Hi Chyng,

Kinover din ni chuvaness story mo..

http://chuvaness.com/

Hazell

ro anne said...

This is sad... i had the chance to visit Bali last year, but thank God hindi naman nangyari sa amin ito.

I know how you feel, i've had the same experience when i entered mainland china. Good thing you stayed calm, kasi as long as you know na wala ka kasalanan hindi naman talaga kaylangan mag freak out. Mas napapag-initan kasi usually yung mga lumalaban pa.

As for my Bali's experience, yep i can attest that their officers were mukhang maniac. But all in all, Bali is still a great place to visit and visitors before hand should know that Bali is considered as one of the sinful countries and necessary precautions should be taken seriously.

This is an isolated case, like what happened to Manila Bloodbath last August. It could happen to anybody and any countries, but bear in mind that as a traveller, as soon as you step out of your comfort zone, kakambal na agad ang risk o panganib sa bawat kilos na gagawin and be ready to face and embrace everything.

If you can only hear stories of other people's experience here, i could say na maswerte pa rin kayo.

Be thankful for the experience and learn from it. On a positive note, things like this can be part of you growing as a traveller and adventurer, you'll soon realize that without the hassle, a trip can sometimes be a boring one.

continue to discover the world...

almira said...

urgh! i feel so sorry for you!!! i could only imagine how terrible and frightening that ordeal must have been! =( i can't blame you for 'blacklisting' indonesia from any future trips - i would have done the same. i hope your blog post goes viral and catches the attention of people in 'high' places and pray that it sparks some change.

i'll send you an email. me gots an idea.

Gorgeous Biatch said...

hi chyng! thank god you arrived safely back to pinas. such a traumatic exp for you and dyanie. thank you for posting this and warning us who wants to travel to indonesia. now im having 2nd thoughts if i would want to visit the country or not in the future. they are so judgmental and generalizing all filipinos as drug traffickers. not good at all to think that they are officials of their country. hope our government can do something about this.

marvintiu said...

putang-inang mga indonesians yan! hayop!
grabe sila!
buti nakaya nyo at saludo ako dun!
hay!
ang sama pala ng image natin sa ibang bansa!
pero di naman dapat ganun ang way ng pageevalute nila sa mga pinoy tourist na pumupunta don...
kaloka!

Issa said...

OMG! I am so sorry to hear that....I am so mad while reading your story! I hope our government will do something about this! we Filipinos, don't deserve to be treated that way!

Firewinter said...

How I wish Filipinos have their pride to be this extensive in their search and inspections on foreigners, but unfortunately they would even welcome all with flowers on their necks. Not that I belittle Filipinos, it is just how I see it sometimes. INDONESIANS are BULLCRAP!

I share your sentiments. If it was me I think I already broke down.

RJ said...

I feel sorry for what happened ate, ill share this. :((

Sounds like you didnt have a birthday blast too.

tornphoenix said...

I'm very proud of you and your friend, Dyanie. Very glad to hear nothing happened, and I honestly think they were trying to frame you up, but you didn't give them any chance. This scares the hell out of me, now that my boyfriend and I are planning to go back to Singapore real soon. Will help spread the word. Found this through Rizchell. Mabuhay ka!


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Khantotantra2 said...

nakakasad ang pangyayari na naganap sa dapat ay enjoy birthday moments mo at ng iyong friend.

Sana ay may magawa ang dfa sa ganitong cases kasi baka hindi lang kayo ang makaranas nito.

Parang ang paglipad sa ibang bansa ay kailangan ng dobleng ingat na baka mapag-bintangan as drug mule/traficker.

ihcahieh said...

I think you should write to the Philippine embassy in Jakarta or the Indonesian embassy here in Makati. Para lang malaman nila na may ganitong nangyayari, but I think even if you don't the Internet would do it for you. Trabaho naman nila yung security check pero harassment na itong nangyari sa inyo sa totoo lang. Nakakainis na nakakagalit malagay sa ganyang sitwasyon, power tripping AMP. I was just reading the article and ramdam na ramdam ko yung tension. Surely it was nerve-wracking for you since you were the ones who experienced it. At least you are now safe back home. I hope this does not kill your Wanderlust for good.

Jherskie said...

I'll share this through FB. I do not feel you deserve such treatment. And I'm crossing out Indo among my list of places I want to visit. Let's hope many people will get to know what happened to you, and that our authorities will take actions when there's public clamor.

ria lui said...

ANG YABANG NG INDONESIA. FILIPINOS WILL NOT DIE IF WE DO NOT VISIT THEIR COUNTRY. WHO WILL LOOSE TOURISM? E DI SILA!

WHAT THEY DID TO YOU & YOUR COMPANION IS AGAINST HUMAN RESPECT...I HOPE YOU CAN ALERT DFA PARA NAMAN THEY GIVE YOU & OUR COUNTRY ESPECIALLY TAYONG MGA BABAE JUSTICE.

DI TAMA NA I-TAG NA BASTA FROM PHILIPPINES AUTOMATIC E DRUG MULES NA.

BAKIT WALA BANG CRIMINAL @ MANDURUGAS SA KANILA HA!

PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT NOT ACTING TO THE HARRASSMENT THEY DID SA INYO WILL MEAN WALA SILA PAKIALAM KUNDI PUMWESTO LANG.

DI TAMA YAN!

EVERY YEAR WE GO TO SINGAPORE. MALAPIT NA THIS MONTH. I AM ALSO PLANNING TO GO FOR A DAY OR 2 SA INDONESIA FROM SINGAPORE. PERO MADAMI NAGSASABI MANDURUGAS MGA TAGA THAILAND & INDONESIA SO I AM HESITANT.

MAS LALO NA NGAYON...MAHIYA SILA...CAST A STONE ON THEM!WAG SANA SILA MAGKAMALI SA PINAS!

Cza said...

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. Grabe naman yan. Why why why??? Kahit ako galit na galit nung binabasa ko. Pinaplan pa naman namen ni Arvic bumisita ng Bali sometime soon. Wag na pala. I'm happy you're both okay. Kung pwede lang ireklamo yan kung san ireklamo na. Pero tingin ko as usual NR ang goverment pero it wouldn't hurt to try. Pero grrrrrabe talaga. Harassment na yun sa tingin ko!!!

Ms. Chuniverse said...

This is scary. Scenes from NatGeo's Locked-up Abroad flashes through my mind as i was reading your entry. I don't know you or your friend but i'm glad you both got home safe.

Definitely, Bali is off my vacation list na.

:)

docgelo said...

i was reading the post to tina and my senior colleague here in faculty room and we all sympathize and emphatize with you and dyanie.

malala pa sa pelikula ni claire danes before na brokedown palace ang naranasan nyo.

lesson learned not only to you but for all of us traveling anywhere- be it local or abroad. nakakatakot talaga at nakakainis mapagbintangan ng hindi mo ginagawa.

i know it will take time before you overcome the trauma and might need professional help or more ventilation but you and dyan will make it through, move on after the experience.

thank you for sharing.

jeff said...

Upon reading your blog, Naiimagine ko habang kinukwento mo ung nangyari sa inyo I can feel your emotions.. Grabe ung mga indonesians na na nag check sa inyo, nakakagalit! dapat sa kanila turuan nang leksyon!. I do travel also, pero hindi pa out of the country. I'm very thankful that you shared this experience to us, It could happen to anyone!..
In positive view thanks God nakauwi pa din kayo ng matiwasay dito. I'll help you spread this....

Grace said...

Glad you guys made it through. So scary. Now makes me wonder if you can actually decline a body search and what legal rights travelers have to protect them from these situations. Grabe. Also maybe you guys can see if any human rights or UN law have been violated.

throwcautiontothewind said...

writing must have been very difficult for you too, chyng, since you have you recall the trauma of the experience. But others need to know about this. This is harassment and discrimination at its worst. I'm so sorry you had to go through this ordeal. Habang binabasa ko, ako yung takot na takot. haaay. Stay strong chyng. -ella

throwcautiontothewind said...

writing must have been very difficult for you too, chyng, since you have you recall the trauma of the experience. But others need to know about this. This is harassment and discrimination at its worst. I'm so sorry you had to go through this ordeal. Habang binabasa ko, ako yung takot na takot. haaay. Stay strong chyng. -ella

JPS said...

I could not keep myself silent on this. Ito na ang resulta ng kapabayaan ng ating gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Hindi tayo kayang ipagtanggol ng ating mga opisyales laban sa mga banyagang ito. Tanging tayo lang ang nagtatanggol sa ating sarili. Paano na lang kung frame up nga? Hindi makatarungan. Sana meron kang picture ng mga yun para mai-blog din natin. Para matauhan ang mga immigration officers na yan.

Leah@theorangetub said...

Yes, you should file a complaint to the Philippine Embassy in Indonesia. Abuse of power at hindi man lang nag apologize or nag offer ng explanation! Terrifying and traumatic, indeed.

peachkins said...

OMG! Nakakatakot naman..
Ayoko na tuloy pumunta sa Bali..

doods domingo said...

I was really fuming mad while reading your story. I am a teacher in an international school here in jakarta and I couldn't believe that a fellow filipino would be treated unjustly and maliciously in Bali. This is so saddening to know. INFURIATING to the highest level. Thank GOD you and your friend managed to survive this ordeal. with what happened to you, I've already changed my mind inviting friends to visit Bali anymore.

Jessica said...

Harassment to the nth level! I’m sorry to hear about your experience. Indonesia seems to be a nice country. Now I’m discouraged to visit them.

Ang high and mighty nila, di naman sila first world country...

jeena.protesta said...

OMG.. Sounds terrifying.. Actually we're having a trip to Indonesia (Jakarta) on July.. I hope this will not happen to us.. anyway it's Cebu Pac and I think there will be lots of Filipinos with us in that flight. I doubt if they can all hold us and do what they did to you. If ever that will happen to us, I dont think kaya ko ung gnawa nyo.. Baka magpanic ako ng sobra at mgbreakdown. Let's all hope Indonesian will stop treating Filipinos like Drug Traffickers...

xyzaspeaks said...

While reading this post gustong gusto ko pasabugin ang bungo ng Police na yan.hay!

Put@ng ina sila. akala mo kung sinong nakaka angat.. grrrrr sobrang nakakagalit!

Thank God your back in Philippines and Safe. Nangarap pa naman akong magBali. Pero nakakatakot pag ganun na ang assumptions nila. hay

klaris said...

reading this made me fuming mad. napag-tripan kayo. =(

i do not wish for them indonesians (or any other nationality) to end up with the same plight here in our country (to get even?), instead, i wish that abuses like these would stop.

funny, too, that our society puts an emphasis on "don't get harassed" as opposed to "don't harass."

after this debacle, i suggest you plan another grand trip so all the negative vibes you got from your bali trip would be washed away.

mike said...

i hope that both of you are ok. i can't imagine the feelings/emotions that you two felt during the interrogation. but don't let this stop you from your travel adventures.

suburbandude said...

Also, Bali is overrated.

Anonymous said...

i hate to say this, but i think that many (not all) security personnel have low IQs and undesirable attitudes such as prejudice. when i was a kid, i was stopped by a security guard on my way out of uniwide simply because i was a kid that didn't dress well and was stereotyped as shop lifter. i mean "wtf?" i am not that stupid and he had no evidence in the first place. what embarrassment, fear, annoyance, anger... and you can't fight back to the man with a gun. if he's stupid enough to interrogate me without evidence, who knows what more stupid things he can do. it's always a losing battle with stupid people, they'll drag you down to their level where they are best (quoting from my friend). of course it is much much worst in your case where no one would help you. i just like to emphasize another angle which applies to any security personnel in any country. i can't avoid being "jobbist" (in analogy to racist). certain types of people will go to certain types of jobs. i hate it that so much power can be given to people in jobs that don't require a high educational background. the same also applies to abusive CAT/ROTC officers. these are usually those who are not so bright in academics, the jocks so to speak. i'm thankful you guys are safe now. to everyone, be careful around people with such jobs, where ever you are. and of course, these type of people shouldn't be the ones showcased to foreigners by making them airport personnel.

Phoebe said...

OMG, grabe naman ang Indonesians na yun...Di hamak na mas mabait pa pala ang immigration sa South Korea..I was there last April, and solo lang ako nagtravel pero walang masyadong tanong sakin. Di rin nghanap ng hotel accommodation voucher, etc...And walang katulad ng naexperience niyo..Actually, yun ang isa sa mga worries ko nung pagtravel ko. Pero buti na lang at di kagaya ng mga Koreans ang mga Indonesians na yun.

Dins said...

Hi Chyng, I am a frequent reader of your blog. I may be a nobody but thank you for sharing this to us. Grabe ang experience nyo at baka dahil dito, hindi na rin ako pumunta ng Indonesia. Mga hayup sila.

ps im sharing your post in fb.

Dek said...

grabe ung experience nyo chyng! lalo na nung friend mo when she was instructed to go inside for a body check..sobrang discrimination naman un, buti nalang din nakapagpigil kayo na hindi magreact sa mga accusations nila..always be careful lalo na on your future trips.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Hi Chyng!
This is a horrible horrible experience and I feel so bad this is how Indonesian immigration officers look upon Filipino travelers. You have every right to feel angry about this experience and I do hope this does not happen to anyone else again!

Lilliane said...

This is so scary! Glad that you girls are safe. I was solo traveling in Indonesia in 2009 and fortunately didn't encounter such when I arrived Bali midnight.

I'm posting this article at the Visit Indonesia Tourism Board in Facebook.

johx the explorer said...

Im glad i didnt pursue when i had my travel .. buti na lang pala Singapore - Malaysia lang .. we were planning of adding Indonesia buti na lang talaga hindi natuloy .. or else :(
so sad to know sa nangyari sa inyo ..

Lissy said...

I've always wanted to go to Bali and explore the place... but after reading your story, I realized that it just ain't worth it. I feel for the terror you must've felt during those hours, but I also admire the courage you showed whn faced with such a situation. I only pray that I can be a s strong as the two of you if ever ako naman ang nalagay sa situation na iyon, God forbid.

PX said...

Im canceling my trip to Bali this November. It's supposed to be my bday gift as well, but I dont want to take the risk. Bali is a lovely place, no doubt, but i dont wanna gamble.

I feel sorry for you & your friend, Chyng. Experiences like this taught us something. I know you know that. Best of luck to you.

Im sharing this with my FB friends.=)

Joan said...

Nakakatakot ang experience nyo, I'm glad you're okay though. Sana lang we can do something to correct what the world think about us Pinoys. It's sad that they generalize us, it's sad din na dahil sa kalokohan ng ibang tao affected na ang reputation nating lahat.

I'll share this sis so my friends would be warned too.

Markyramone said...

Part of that interrogation was to break down the individuals, since you two were innocent after all you both confronted it with courage and this gives us travelers also the hope that whatever happens, we'll just think of what the two of you went through and just act in calm manner though frightening coz its a freaking death sentence staring at you and the chances of planted evidence are always present.

Thank God, you two got out of it and blogged about it to spread this power tripping and uncalled for stereotyping of Filipinos as 'drug mules'

chinchanlakwatsero said...

i dont wanna go to indonesia then.. kakalungkot...

Allen said...

This is horrible. Before doing the "search" they should have explained it to you guys or at least asked apology for the inconvenience as it is part of their job.

But they did it in a very unprofessional way. Yung tingin ko sa Indonesia, rock bottom na sa sobrang baba, pero dahil sa kwento mo, bumaba pa ng sobra to the point na maghuhukay ka pa. Kainis!

rabsin_d said...

tangina! shit is madness...gusto ko pa nman pumunta dun...sigh!

dms27 said...

This is "what's wrong with the world?" mga RACIST!!!

God is so good that he never let the both of you down.. I admire you both for being STRONG!!! keep safe everyone... Mabuhay tayo'ng mga Pinoy..

Anonymous said...

We went to Bali last october 2010 with a group of friends and we have not experienced that kind of things. Its just sad that bad things happen. Nilalahat na nila kasi pag pilipino ka ngdadala ka na ng drugs. Blame it sa mga taong gumagawa ng masama at iniisip lang nila sarilu nila. I hope our government do something about this! We dont deserve to be treated like thant! I mean in the first place you guys dont deserve sumthin like that! Im glad you guys are ok now! And i hope hindi na mangyari ulit un. Hayy

Berniemack Arellano said...

I was thinking of suing them if I were on your place. The trauma it caused and the taint they paint in all of us Filipinos is indeed something not to be taken lightly. Aanhin ba naman ang visa-free ASEAN traveling kung ganito lang pagtatrato nila sa mga turista?

Tina said...

Holy smoke.. what a traumatic experience you've been to.. and considering Bali pa.. the country's tourist destination...

its a pity that we as Filipinos are tagged as drug traffickers.. its the fault of the few that the rest of the suffer in the end..

hope you are okay now.. cheer up!

nathalie said...

Kainis nman sila e' porket pinoy drug traffickers na!

Di ko ma imagine if ever nangyari to sa kin baka hinimatay nko... when most of the time I travel alone, buti na rin may kasama ka...

will defifnitely share this..

GENC said...

kaya nga wala akong tiwala sa lahat ng may authorities...tlagang gagamitan ka ng position nila..pag sinabi nilang may kasalanan ka...wala ka ng magagawa. Sana magfile kayo ng complain sa kanila...kahit pa ginawa lang nila ang trabaho nila pero sa maling akala...nagkamali pa rin sila...sila nman ang kasuhan nyo at para maghinay hinay sila sa pagbibintang

Adhara Lazaro said...

Hi Chyng. I am deeply saddened by what i've just read. But just the same, I wish to thank you for sharing this valuable piece of information.

I am a Pinay (single & enjoys traveling a lot) just like you...sobrang na-bother talaga ako sa naging experience ninyo sa Indonesia.

Bali is actually one of my most favorite travel destinations here in Asia...I have been there at least three times. My last was in 2008 though.

After reading your blog (and putting myself in your shoes) I just couldn't help but get so bothered...

Anyhow, I pray that you and your friend, Dyanie, would be able to recover from such a traumatic experience. God bless you!!!

darwin said...

OMG Chyng. I would not even know what to do if that happens to me. Bali is one of the place na gusto ko ring mapuntahan, pero parang ayoko na. But Im glad youre home now.

it pissed me off with their replies, "secret" and "beautiful". Nakapagbiro pa sila ha..kainis!

Ingats nalang!

Rodel said...

Indonesians are fucking shit!!! Who they think they are! I don't like what they did to you. That's fucking crazy!Its just because we are Filipino in their country they treated us like that? The hell with them, their nothing but ugly shit!
Now that i know, thank you very much for the information..I will spread the word STAY AWAY FROM INDONESIA to the clans and many other friends.Fuck all Indonesian airport officers!Give them a trash!

Anonymous said...

i can feel your fear. good thing you and your friend were not harmed physically but i know mental abuse can be as traumatic as that. take care.

Leave the Cube said...

This article was shared to me by a friend, and it was good he did. Plano ko pa nman mag ayos ng itinerary para sa indonesia trip, pero not sure pa ako ng Bali or Jakarta. But now, after reading this drug accusations, i need to reconsider.

Grabe sila pa naman ang unang makikita ng mga visitors, tpos ganyan ang trato nila. What a bad face for indonesia. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Thanks for this warning.

Jade said...

OMG this is truly a horrible experience. I can imagine how terrified you were especially pareho kayo babae. Ako nga lagi ko kasama mag travel hubby ko pero ingat pa rin kami sa mga ibang lahi na customs officer...you never know what they can frame you for talaga.

Buti at nakauwi kayo ng maayos. I'll talk abou this in

Chip said...

Chyng,

Now I am worried about our trip next week. It won't be in Indonesia, but I am praying we don't get treated the same way. We will be facing immigration officers 5 times as we will be hopping from one country to another; I hope we don't come across such discrimination. :(

God bless you, Chyng and Dyan.

aboo said...

nakakapang-hilakbot ang nangyari sa inyo, Chyng. I cannot imagine the fear and trauma that you guys experienced with these incompetent and nincompoop Indonesian officers =( (>_<) If you don't mind I'll post your article on my fb page.

Anonymous said...

That should be a lesson for you, there are so few places in the world that are not aware of what filipinos do and act like. Better just stay home or go to enchanted kingdom, otherwise if you can afford business class and dress well you will not mistaken for drug smugglers. Hindi lang naman kayo, europeans, aussies and others are also treated like that. Those kasi who go to far off places and those off the beaten track in pursuit of adventure usually find the wrong kind of adventure waiting. Curb your wanderlust or face the consequences. You young people are bored with your lives.

Frank said...

I can feel the anger and the humiliation that you had with the Indonesian "authority". Maga walanghiya talaga... It makes me so mad of this stereotyping that they imposed on our kababayans.
Let's boycott their country, discouraged our kababayans not to visit this wayward country. I hope our government should do something to eliminate things like these, who knows we might have our kababayans na na framed up na in the past.

Let's tell the world what happened... I will..

Anonymous said...

Hi there, a friend of mine reposted your entry in FB and good thing I was able to read this. This is horrible and terrifying. We were planning pa naman to visit Bali early next year but thanks to your entry, i will have to think twice again. You can file a complaint regarding this. I'm not just really sure about the procedure pero dapat maturuan ng leksyon yung mga indonesian na yun. karmahin sana sila ng bongga!

Aenna said...

grabe! putang ina nga yang mga Indonesian na yan!! dapat pag may Indonesian din na pumunta sa bansa natin gawin din natin ang ginagawa nila..! At Wag nang pumunta ng Bali.. tsk tsk..! nakakatakot.. parang nagtritrip lang sila! mga Paksyet!!!

tina said...

Grabe gurls, if I were on your situation di ko din alam ang gagawin ko. Thank God ur both safe and home na. D*amn those people!

An sad lang tlga kc for just a single mistake of a Filipino, branded na tau all as drug traffickers and the likes.

So hopefully, kung me ibang tao ppunta sa ibang bansa, consider your being a Filipino and all.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chyng,

I've have friends who went there in indonesia frequently...pero ngayon ko lang narinig yung naging problem nyo...i hope okay na kayo ngayon...Thank God at di kayo naframe up...Salamat sa babala, atleast others may know may ganito palang kalokohan sa indonesia...

Sana makaget-over kayo ng friend mo...to support you i posted it on my wall...sana maka move on kayo with peace of mind...kahit mahirap...

James

vantotski said...

OMG!!!

i know how you guys feel. nastuck din kami sa immigration sa singapore naman. as in ang tagal tagal kaming ni-hold dun. its because the filipino before us faked his ticket going back to the philippines. so since pilipino kami ayun nihold din kami at nicheck ng bonngga ang passport at tickets namin. buti na lang hindi as traumatizing as you guys have experienced pero nakakatakot pa din kasi puwede kaming makulong for something na wala namn kami kasalanan and all because of a kapalpakan ng isa pang filipino.. :(

Mr. Chan said...

Chyng,

I've heard so many traumatizing experience of our fellowmen sa immigration ng Indonesia. Mas malala pa ata kasi sakanila ang mga drugs and human trafficking at money laundering.

Magandang maghigpit ng security but they should be sure kasi mashadong demoralizing kapag napagbintangan ka lang. magpasalamat na lang tayo at ok kau ng friend mo and I hope nag-enjoy kayo sa Bali trip niyo. Ipagdasal na lang natin yang mga officers na yan.

As for the Philippine immigration na sobra kung maka interrogate, wla silang karapatang hindi ka paalisin at puro suspetsa lang pinapa-iral. Dpat wag ka ng kabahan next time at tarayan mo yang mga officers na yan.

Bottomline is mg buwaya silang lahat!!!!

Cheer up! :D

SunnyToast said...

Chyng...the moment that I read Dyan facebook status natakot na ako for both of you and I patiently waited to hear the whole story from her at isa lang masasabi ko punyita tlga sila!

Nakakainis yung sinabi "because the 2 of you are beautiful girls" dammit! That's borderline abuse already and hopefully those na natulad sa inyo ay mag speak up din para maging aware ang DFA at maayos ito.

Thanks GOD both of you are safe

JACOBY said...

Wow. I saw the link to this blog through FB. Glad you and your friend are safe.
I was just wondering, maybe next time when you travel will it help if you guys bring a long a male friend?
I don't do a lot of travelling but I will certainly not visit Indonesia.
I'm glad you shared this very traumatic experience in your blog. I know a lot of people will learn and be informed from your experience.

AudreyRose | Lagawan said...

It was really terrifying and so unfair what they did to you and your friend. Di porke Pinoy ka e drug mule ka na. And you should complain about it in the embassy/dfa para they can take some action regarding this. Grabeng harassment na to sa inyo ng friend mo.

Anyways, it's good to hear na safe kayo nakauwi dito sa pinas. At hanga ako sa pinakita nyong lakas kasi kung ako yon baka hinimatay naako sa takot. I'll help you spread this ...

Anonymous said...

Ampotah nila. Magsamapa ka ng kaso! Grabe sila! Di ko matatanggap yan ganian. Thank goodness at d kau nframe up and also buti matapang kau kc the more na pkita mong nttakot ka, the more na mananakot cla...

Anonymous said...

i read the link through cecille zamora's blog and i fully salute the both of you for being able to hold your nerves in that most difficult and petrifying situation thus avoiding any further complications.

benjamin

Dang Villanueva said...

This is really terrying. I always feel nervous in airport checks because I know they can easily set me up, so I can imagine what more pa kayo. =( So sorry to hear your experience, and grabe parang ayaw ko nadin mag-Bali ever. =( I hope you & Dyan recovers soon. Thank God for keeping you safe padin.

-Dang
www.neurochiq.blogspot.com

empi said...

Ang saklap naman ng pinagdaanan niyo ng friend mo. You only have to visit their country at mag unwind tapos yan pa ang nangyayari sa inyo.

Ang sama naman! Hindi naman lahat ng pinoy ganyan, kung makahusga naman parang ang linis linis nila.

Dapat ganyan din ang treatment na ipapakita ng Pinas kung sila ang pupunta rito.

Sana okey na kayo ng kaibigan mo. *hugs*

andi said...

Hello Ms. Chyng! I don't think we know each other. Just followed a FB link to this post.

Thank you so much for your courage. In going through all that with incredible dignity and in sharing your story and even allowing strangers to pass it forward. Your strength is inspiring and we Filipinos, who are so used to cowering before foreigners and hiding away our "embarrassing" stories of victimization, need more of it.

I'm no expert on international law, but this could well be the basis of official government action toward Indonesia. I'm linking to your story on FB in hopes it will get the (let's hope, official) attention it deserves.

Thank you again for your shining example of grace under fire. I'm so sorry it happened to you. I hope you do believe that you lost nothing because of the shit they pulled. They're the ones who showed just how pathetic and depraved they are. I am furious on your behalf, for whatever that's worth.

Take care, and never stop traveling. :)

Pepper said...

This is really scary. :( I am scheduled to go to Jakarta soon to teach. And I think I should inform my employer about this incident para lang maiwasan yung ganung pangyayari. Puro babae rin makakasama ko papunta sa Indonesia. Baka pag-trip-an din kami. Hay...I guess, powertrip yung ginawa nung mga Police officers sa inyo. Ang sama lang talaga kasi naging judgmental sila agad porket mga Pinoy. E sa kanila nga nanggaling yung mga motorcycle riders na nangha-hablot ng bags eh. Argh!

But thank God walang masamang nangyari sa inyo. Thanks for sharing your experience. It served as a warning to all of us. God bless!

Between Bites said...

OMGosh! I cannot believe the terrible ordeal you and Dyan went through.

And I seriously loved Bali when I went there last year... and promote it to friends who are meaning to do Asian travel. Now I'm thinking twice about going back. Twice, thrice, shoot............ I'm so stunned. I'm so sorry to hear that this was such a traumatic experience. And I commend you for being strong girls while in there.

It's so sad how the Balinese/Indonesians treated you. They should be more diligent in checking background before casting suspicion.

Best,
Janey

Kessa Thea said...

OMG Chyng!!! I am just glad you are back home safe na. I was terrified while reading your blog.

I am really really glad you survived the ordeal. I hope you get over this traumatic experience. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

I feel so sorry for what happened to both of you. It's a shame that the mistake of other filipino,,lahat tayo is branded that way by the Indonesian authority. Mga racist sila kung ganyan ang trato nila sa mga filipino na tourist. I admire your courage for sharing your story, this give us all the idea not to visit their country and be more cautious when we travel.

jØsh said...

kahit di sya horror ang scary naman ng experience nyo sa Bali.

ang hirap lang talaga ma-typecast kang drug traffic anywhere in the world dahils a kasalanan ng iilan...

Toni said...

This is so traumatic. I won't go to Bali anytime soon. Thanks for posting this and hope you won't mind if I repost this on my Twitter and FB. Thanks and God bless...

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