After one of the many rows I have had with my mother when I was 12, the furthest I went was the lift lobby of my HDB block before she dragged me back into the house by my ear.
However, after a family argument, a 12-year-old boy in Sydney stole his parents’ credit card, tricked his grandmother into giving him his passport and flew to Bali on his own.
He spent four days in Bali, where he checked into an All Seasons hotel, hired a scooter and drank beer before a friend alerted his mother to a geo-tagged video of himself playing in a swimming pool.
It is reported that the boy’s holiday cost his parents about S$8,000.
The argument with his mother started when she told him that he could not go to Bali.
Angered, the boy stole his mother’s credit card and made all the bookings required. He then coaxed his grandmother into revealing the location of his passport, which has been hidden by his family after his previous two attempts to fly with Qantas and Garuda failed.
The 12-year-old was initially turned away by both airlines as he went against policies that require 12-year-olds to present a letter from a parent when traveling alone, and they allegedly notified the Australian Federal Police and Border Force about his attempts.
However, he realised after researching that the budget airline carrier, Jetstar, had more relaxed policies and he proceeded to book a flight with them.
He packed his bag with clothes and told his mother he was going to school. Instead, he took a train to the airport and hopped on a Jetstar flight bound for Perth before heading straight on to Denpasar, Bali.
With only a single bag pack, he checked in for his flights using a self-service terminal. Amazingly, the only time he was asked for his student ID and passport to prove he was over 12 was at Perth’s airport.
Upon his arrival in Bali, he lied when he was questioned about his companionship, or the lack thereof, that his mother was waiting outside (presumably the arrival hall).
After exiting the terminal in Bali, Drew hopped onto a Go-Jek motorcycle to get to the All Seasons hotel where he checked in. He lied again to the hotel staff, that he was checking in early and that he would subsequently be joined by his sister.
Over the next four days, Drew rented a motorcycle, even though he did not hold a motorbike licence, and was allowed to buy beer. He was familar with the area as his family had taken annual trips there.
While the young champion was having the time of his life in Bali, his family were frantically looking for him after the school reported his absence.
It was not until one of his friends alerted his mother of a video that was geo-tagged to his holiday location that they discovered his whereabouts.
The family immediately flew to Bali to retrieve the boy.
In an interview with ‘A Current Affair’, an Australian TV programme, the boy’s mother, Emma, said “We disciplined this child, we (did) everything possible. We didn’t fail in any way; People failed us. It’s about how the system did fail us to a certain extent.”
“We screamed, we begged for help (from Australian authorities) for weeks on end,” Emma added. “When the first attempt to Indonesia took place, we were told his passport was going to be flagged.” “They’d never done their job. He was never flagged, this shouldn’t have happened if they’d done their job,” she told the program.
When asked about his experience, the boy told the programme “It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure.”
It certainly was an adventure amazing in every aspect, boy- amazing enough to earn my admiration. Somebody cast this boy for the next season of breaking bad already.