5D4N Philippines Day 1 : Tune Hotels, KLIA LCCT Airpot, Travel 3 Sixty, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Smart Buddy Sim Card, Jeepney, DM Residente, Savers Mall, Jollibee, Catsup, San Miguel Light, Fields Avenue, Pagcor, Burger McDo, Palabok

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05.23 am – After about 2 hours of sleep, we woke up. I didn’t really get much sleep because you could hear the doors of other guests around the building banging shut at Tune Hotels in LCCT-KLIA. Pretty much like what I experienced in Tune Hotels Kuta, Bali.

I took a shower first.

Then roomie.

05.32 am – 10 minutes later, we were on the feeder bus from Tune Hotels to the airport.

5 minutes later

we arrived at LCCT-KLIA and I was VERY SURPRISED to see SO SO SO SO MANY people at the airport at this time of the day.

05.46 am – Collected everyone’s passport and

proceeded to check in. I was surprised to see SO SO SO SO many middle aged Indian, all men only, lining up for the same flight as us.

15 minutes later, we got our boarding pass.

06.06 am – Had breakfast at the FOREVER CROWDED McDonald’s.

Forever crowded lines by the counter.

Big breakfast it is.

06.52 am – Proceeded to the international departure hall to wait.

07.06 am – Boarding call.

07.11 am – What an early flight!

As our names are arranged in alphabetical order, Chris sat beside Andy the giant and Anthony the manatee. It was pretty uncomfortable sitting beside 2 giants.

5 minutes later.

08.20 am – Started reading AirAsia’s interesting in flight magazine, Travel 3 Sixty.

10.46 am – Had a packet of my favourite AirAsia snack, the cheap RM2 Shandong peanuts.

Filled up the Customs Declaration form. One word of warning for first timers. Please do not bring Philippine Pesos exceeding PHP 10,000 as the corrupted immigration officers will ask you for your wallet and check you. And if you exceed PHP 10,000, they will hold your passport and ask you for bribes. I had to pay PHP 500 / RM 35. Pukimak, lanciao!

11.21 am – Arrived safely at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

12.02 pm – First thing I did after getting out from the airport was to buy a sim card.

Smart was the no.1 telecommunication company in Philippines so we just opted for it.

12.05 pm – Advice : look for the airport’s jeepney stand as the taxis are very expensive.

The jeepney is the MOST POPULAR mode of transportation in the Philippines.

Our first ever jeepney ride!

Cloudy.

The wires above the buildings remind me so much of my Bangkok trips.

12.50 pm – Arrived at our hotel, DM Residente.

Only 1 room was ready at the time and we left our luggages in it and went out for lunch.

In trikes! haha. What an experience!

Arrived in Saver’s Mall.

01.02 pm – Jollibee, Filipino’s favourite fast food chain restaurant.

Lined up for our first ever Philippine food experience.

The counter.

Order a set of Jollibee spaghetti with yum burger.

Impossible! Cat soup?

Haha. Actually, catsup = ketchup.

The utensils and sauce counter by the side.

Us in Jollibee.

Spaghetti bolognese with yum burger.

4D3N Bali Day 1 : Sunrise, AirAsia Check In Kiosk, Airasia 2010 Menu, Bali With Dean, Drivers With Distinction, Pawon Pasundan, TuneHotels Kuta, Uluwatu, Made’s Warung, Bintang Draft

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04.49 am – I was actually awake since 4am, but only decided to take breakfast at 4.49am.

05.52 am – Reached the airport. I have never woken up so early and reach the airport so early before in my life.

Checked in and got out boarding pass.

06.35 am – Was on the plane by this time. (my watch is about 15 min faster)

07.00 am – Loved the clouds.

Watched the sun rise from above the clouds. Life felt perfect.

07.44 am – Arrived in LCCT KL.

The entire place was pretty empty.

07.51 am – Saw AirAsia’s check in machine.

Tried to check in to my next flight.

Touched ‘Check-In’.

Touched ‘Scan Itinerary’ and amazingly, it recognized the bar code printed on the paper. Awesome stuff.

Selected ourselves and

touched ‘Confirm’. And then it asked to scan our passport and this was where it failed. It just couldn’t scan our passport properly, no matter how many thousand times we tried, no matter from which angle. WTF?

And so we had no choice but to line up and check in at the super long queues.

Less than 10 minutes later, we got our boarding pass.

08.22 am – Headed towards OldTown and had breakfast.

Everyone’s favourite nasi lemak ayam rendang.

08.50 am – Took a free newspaper from the stand and read the news

while waiting for the next flight out from LCCT to Bali. One advice for Bali go-ers. You can wear shorts all the way. No need for long pants as the weather is super hot in both Malaysia and Bali. It’s lighter and you have more space in your luggage that way.

09.35 am – Was already by our departure gate, T12.

Connected to LCCT’s free wireless internet and did some time wasting there.

09.57 am – Our plane.

10.05 am – Checked out AirAsia’s new 2010 menu.

mmMmm…. Looks delicious…..

~yum~

Can’t wait to try it on the way back!

The drinks and the instant noodles. The best instant noodles are the ones served on Thai AirAsia. I had it once during my 2nd trip to Bangkok in 2009.

(You should check out my 1st trip too (2008), if you have not seen it.

11.09 am – We were given Indonesia’s customs declaration form and arrival/departure card to fill in.

11.09 am – Caught an aircraft’s contrail.

11.13 am – Felt thirsty.

01.25 pm – And we landed. yay!! I was so damn excited. Like a little boy.

The first Balinese structure that I came across while on the way out of the arrival hall. I noticed that all the gates at the entrances to everywhere were sort of like divided into half symmetrically.

01.43 pm – And as I left the airport, I saw my name held by someone who looked like a character from a Lat comic strip.

Everyone say hi to Dean, the highest rated driver in Bali as reviewed by thousands of his previous customers in

TripAdvisor.

The man behind the group called ‘Drivers With Distinction’. Definitely value for money. Paid a total of RM300 for 1½ days tour.

The dashboard of his newly bought

Toyota Kijang aka Innova.

Caught the first few glimpse of Bali.

Bali teens.

01.56 pm – First stop was Pawon Pasundan in Jl Kediri 2, Kerobokan.

At first, from the looks of the outside, I thought I was gonna be ripped off. The place looked pretty well maintained compared to the other surrounding buidlings.

The surrounding scenery was nicely done. One of the nice stuff was the nice looking bridge by the nice looking pond. Nice!

Got ourselves a nice private hut.

Had a waiter to serve all of our needs. Need chili? Ask him. Need more water? Ask him. Need extra plate? Ask him. Best service!

A picture of us.

The menu.

The food.

The drinks.

Nasi Oncom. RM2.

Cah Tauge-Tahu-Ikan Asin (bean sprouts with salted fish). RM4. Cheap.

Sapi Serundeng (beef with fried coconut shreds). RM3. Cheap.

Flying Gurame (flying fish). RM13. Cheap! Definitely worth your money. I will definitely recommend this place to anyone arriving in Bali’s airport during lunch hour as Pawon Pasundan is near the airport.

Bangkok Trip 2009 : Day 1

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07.30 am – Had soft boiled eggs,

a cup of oats milk,

an apple and

a loaf of bread.

08.30 am – This fella arrived.

Off we went in Dad’s car.

09.30 am – 6 of Bangkok 8 having breakfast at

Pinang Kopitiam. The other missing 2 consisted of the smoking one who was keeping the hiding one company. 😈 Sorry bro, had to pecah ur kang tao when checking in cause Tonkap teman-ed me.

My boarding pass.

The arrival card for international travelers arriving into Bangkok.

Wen huan : “I’m going to Bangkok, Ma!”

My roomie. Felt like sneaking a scissors in and cut out his fringe.

10.00 am – Everyone successfully passing through the boarding gate.

10.30 am – Our plane.

Look at the smile on everyone’s face. That’s what happens to anyone who travels to the ‘Land of Smiles’.

Airbus A320’s computer system.

Looks new, smells new.

“Take a peep and throw this jacket up into the air if you feel excited.”

As it was just a week after the Bangkok protests, the last 15 rows at the back of the plane was empty. 4 of us conquered ourselves a lot of space. On my left was Gaekap and

Tingkap at the

back.

In front of me was Jaekap.

AirAsia’s in flight magazine. Nice.

The air cond was so cold that you could see the smoky coldness coming out from the vents. The picture isn’t really clear. You gotta be in there to see the coolness of the smokiness.

10 minutes later.

Couldn’t help it. I just had to order this. I missed it the last time. Couldn’t afford to miss it this time around.

Had a bottle of Mount Fleur. hMMmmm…. fleur… sounds familiar.. 😈

Spent my first 1000 baht.

Another 15 minutes later.

Our champion again.

Got my water and

tom yam when the food tray reached my spot.

MY GAWD!! It smells soooOOOOOOooo gooooooooooooood!

11.30 am – And we have landed! woooOOOOO!!!! Bangkok 8 in Suvarnabhumi airport.

We just couldn’t wait to get out and breathe in some Thai air.

As soon as we got out, I went out to get maps from

the counter here.

6 of us bought ourselves a prepaid SIM card for THB100.

And Happy it was.

My Thai number.

Minus 1 hour from my watch.

Jaekap, Gaekap,

Songkap and I were in the same taxi.

01.00 pm – Half an hour later, we arrived at All Seasons Siam Bangkok. Nice hotel.

Nicer than our previous one. But not as strategic location wise.

02.00 pm – Left for Grand Palace of Bangkok. My taximates and I arrvied first. The other car was lost. The taxi driver ‘got lost on the way to Grand Palace’. Cockshit. How can you not know where Grand Palace is?

Anyways, we found our coffee shop

right next to Thammasat University and

went in first.

We were so hungry we could eat a whole Tonkap.

Our first authentic Thai meal. Mee krob.

Ka mu tom yam.

The rest arrived about half an hour later.

By that time, we’ve already finished.

03.00 pm – We almost got conned again. We almost decided NOT to check out the Grand Palace because of the touts standing at the entrance.

Luckily we decided to U-turn and managed to get in smoothly. As you can’t wear shorts in the vicinity of the temple, we paid the deposit and rented a pair of capoeira pants each.

The entrance.

The only group picture taken of the 8 of us together.

I took lots of pictures.

Lots.

The architecture of the Grand Palace was so beautiful.

Amazing.

Breathtaking.

How do you think I look in my capoeira pants?

I thought of making fun of the soldiers, but didn’t dare to.

I didn’t wanna die.

Arrived at the pants centre first and returned my capoeira pants. It was so hot that by the time I took them off, my nuts were already roasted crisp brown.

Dress code.

Saw a mini coconut ice cream stall outside and bought ourselves some.

~yum. However, I still prefer Midlands Park’s. More flavour.

05.00 pm – Arrived at Siam Paragon. ~ah, air cond at last.

(Side note: while writing this draft, I felt so much the urge to go back to Bangkok. I hope that we can go back there together some day. For someone’s bachelor party hopefully.)

Took a rest at the food court.

Taxi fare settlement.

05.30 pm – Took the juniors for a walk around the place. =P

7 of 8.

06.00 pm – Took a BTS Skytrain from Siam station to Nana station.

And then Gaekap bought

a pair of sandals for himself.

06.30 pm – Arrived at Foodland Supermarket and

went shopping for

cartons after cartons of water to last us till Day 5.

Paid 54.50 baht per carton.

07.00 pm – Found Took Lae Dee, which was part of the supermarket, and had dinner there.

The menu had so many choices of food.

In the end, I settled for phat thai.

The cool thing about this place was that patrons ate on a counter.

As such, it was pretty difficult for us all to sit next to each other.

10 minutes later. It was sooOOOOOOOOOOOooo delicious!!!!!!! Crazy delicious!!!!!!!!! I miss! I miss!

So was the caramel custard.

09.00 pm – Went back to the hotel straight after dinner, changed and came out again. Was caught in a road block. Thank God our taxi guy wasn’t a ‘red shirt’.

09.30 pm – Arrived at Grand Centara. Took the first lift up to the 22nd floor.

Went out of the halfway point and took the other lift to

Red Sky.

~fuh. I tell you. The view from here is magnificent man. Superb.

The internal structure of the restaurant was planned out so damn well.

Songkap said he felt at home. Home as in places where the high society in Bangkok hang out. nah ..|..

Ordered myself Red Sky’s very own cocktail creation. The Centara Pearl.

While the drinks were being prepapred, we took a tour around the restaurant ourselves and discovered several interesting items.

First was this HUGE, and when I say HUGE, I mean DAMN HUGE wine cellar.

It was 2 floors high.

Next was this light thingy on the floor.

So cool. Macam volcano lava flowing to the floor, forming the words RED SKY.

And then my drink came.

It looked pretty fruity.

11.00 pm – Went to THE place where cowboys of Bangkok go to.

Soi Cowboy.

Man. This place is choke full of Thai girls. And foreigners. Both men and women. Young Americans, British, Europeans. And old grannies too. Surprisingly.

I saw pretty eye opening stuff that I have never ever seen before in my life. Before this, I’ve only heard of them before in travels of my friends and relatives.

03.00 am – Went back to the 7-Eleven nearby our hotel and

bought an instant stir fried chicken with basil and rice for supper.

Tonkap deciding among the choices available.

Had to buy a prepaid card by this time as my credit has already finished.

It smells good man, I tell you. Tastes good too! Man, I miss it so much. I miss the availability of pork everywhere I go.

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