Do you remember the story of Ika Permatasari? This woman from Surabaya chose to live on a ship and sail around the world.
Ika’s experience of sailing from one water to another was shared via her TikTok account. On social media, he also often answers netizens’ questions about his life on the ship.
Bubun has contacted Ika and was given permission to report her story. This time, we will discuss Ika’s experience of almost being deported.
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He shared this story while answering netizens’ questions regarding his role on the ship. In this content, Ika explained that his presence on the ship was not due to work.
Yes, this is because the ship he was on was privately owned. Not for businesses that transport passengers or goods.
“I don’t work on a ship, I just live on a ship and this is our private ship,” he said, quoted from the TikTok account @ikathesailorwoman.
Regarding this, Ika then revealed her experience. He said, there were people who did not understand their role on the ship.
To the point, Ika had to deal with immigration authorities. Due to this incident, he was almost deported.
“At that time, many people didn’t understand that I was living on a ship, not working on a ship. They thought that working in Europe (ships) used a Schengen Visa,” he said.
“Some people reported to immigration that I was working illegally on a ship, so they almost got deported,” he continued.
Furthermore, he explained that while he was on the ship, he could be whatever he needed. Starting from mechanics to cleaners.
“As someone who lives on a ship, sometimes you can be first mate, deckhand, mechanic, stew, or cook.”
“Even if needed, he could be a cleaner,” he answered again.
Quoting from CNN Indonesia, Ika is married to a Norwegian man named Oeyvind Olsen. Ika and her husband have lived a nomadic life, aka moving around, on a yacht for several years.
Not a few people wonder about his decision to live on a ship. Even so, Ika admitted that the adventure with her husband on the boat made both of them happy.
“The first day of sailing, suddenly the ship was hit by a storm and I immediately wanted to go back. Only after a while I discovered that sailing on a sunny day turned out to be better and I was hooked and have continued to this day,” said Ika.
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