05.37 am – Andy arrived at my house. Actually, I could HARDLY sleep the whole night. I think I only slept like 3 hours. Woke up at around 4. Too excited!
05.48 am – Shawn in the car.
06.15 am – Arrived in Penang International Airport, met with YK and took a seat in McDonald’s as Anthony’s fat hands appeared out of nowhere.
One of his primal instincts kicking in.
06.43 am – By this time, we were already on the plane from Penang to KLIA-LCCT.
Began reading the super cool in flight magazine.
First and last flights to and from Penang are usually full flights.
And off we went into the air!
08.04 am – And then we landed.
08.30 am – Met up with the KL brothers and proceeded to LCCT Food Garden for a heavy breakfast.
Tastes crappy but we had very little choice.
09.01 am – Check in to International departures were quite easy as I’ve checked us all the way from Penang to Taipei and back.
Oh, and another thing, Airasia is VERY STRICT with their 7kg maximum carry on policy. All of us got stopped and had the weight of our bags measured. Although most airlines allow 10kg, none of them can match the amazing low fares of AirAsia. So I guess this is where they try to make back the money. Fair enough, I suppose.
09.39 am – Walked to our Airbus A330.
The guys walking up the steps.
All of us were in a row.
It was a really full flight and the experience was like in the wet market. All the aunties and uncles standing around and talking. Kesian the stewardesses who had to remind them to be seated every now and then.
10.01 am – Started watching Jackass 3D.
And this was my favourite scene of the whole show!
12.07 pm – Lunch time!
Very delicious Smokey bbq chicken!!
01.17 pm – Everyone in dreamland.
02.47 pm – Welcome to Taipei!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Having our usual toilet break right after arrival.
03.06 pm – The first thing we did after leaving immigration was going straight to buy ourselves a prepaid card each.
Filled up a form, paid TWD 360, showed our passports and driving license and received
our Taiwan mobile prepaid card, preloaded with TWD350. Believe me, with that amount, it can last me up to a month!
03.22 pm – After settling our phone numbers, we proceeded to the tourism counter to apply the Taiwan Youth Card.
How it looks like. With this, we can get up to 50% discount for admissions into many, many popular tourist destinations. Applicable if you are between 15-30 years old.
03.34 pm – The van came and we started loading our bags.
I remember we were so busy trying to get each other’s phone number in the van.
04.25 pm – About an hour later, we arrived in TS Hotel aka Ta Shun Hotel.
Got us registered into our rooms.
04.54 pm – I was assigned single room 505.
I LOVED IT! It was just big enough for 1 person.
Also, it came complete with a television, hot water facilities, a fridge, a humidifier,
and a clothes stand.
The bathroom was modern looking and very clean!
There were 4 different types of water outlets in the shower stall.
I didn’t use any of the 5 breakfast coupons as I ventured into the streets of Ximending EVERY morning in search of the authentic Taiwanese breakfast experience.
05.26 pm – 7-Elevens were everywhere.
Bought myself a very delicious sesame seed bun.
05.49 pm – Began our tour of Taipei from the very nearby Ximen MRT station. Very, very near to our hotel. Very near. So, so, so convenient! Notice the very BIG billboards in the background? That’s the entrance of Ximending.
Inside Ximen MRT.
Went straight to the information counter and bought 8 Easy Cards for each of us. It cost TWD500. Each Easy Card came filled with TWD400 credit as TWD100 is subtracted for the refundable deposit.
Waited for the train to…
06.29 pm – Shilin Night Market.
Candy coated strawberries. Just by looking at it makes me feel diabetic.
Saw many people lining up for this stall. Should be nice I guess.
Some cheese coated thingy.
Super fried chicken.
The smelly tofu stall which I stood in line for 30 fucking minutes.
I NEARLY fainted.
Papaya milk juice stall which also had lots of people lining up for it.
08.15 pm – And so we bid farewell to Shilin and proceeded back to our hotel for the second part of the night.
08.36 pm – Arrived back at the front of Ximen MRT.
I did some calculations and found out that our hotel is approximately 3 minutes away.
09.52 pm – The early birds waiting outside the hotel for the late birds.
Taking the MRT to club! What an experience!
10.54 pm – Finding Lava was easy. Just look for the crowd at the Neo19 building.
And so we stood in line like the rest of the young Taiwanese clubbers, waiting for our turn to pay TWD700 for a truly free flow of ANY drink you point to on the menu. So cool!
11.21 pm – Found ourselves a spot by the side of the bar. It was near the drinks counter and it had a good view of the stage.
Saw lots of promo around the club for the Taiwanese branded Jellybird gelatin shots.
My first few consisted of Vodka limes and
my last few were cans of Bodingtons English pale ale. I think tonight was the night we drank the most compared to other nights. Free flow ma.
The rest of the guys saw ‘it’ but I didn’t cause I was too busy lining up to get my refill. 😥
‘It’ being the sexy dancers on stage taking of their bra, dancing with their hands covering their nipples! So out of this world! and I missed it!
(it simply means I’m DEFINITELY going back to Taipei) 👿
03.47 am – And then we had supper by the convenient 7-Eleven opposite TS Hotel.
Today, I did AirAsia’s web check in for the first time in my life and it made life so much easier. My flight was in 4 days time but I’ve already checked in. I liked it as I no longer have to be at the airport much, much earlier before departure time to check in. I walked into the departure gate 30 minutes before departure time and I still made it. As long as you have access to a printer, web check in!
Step 1 : You can always log in to ‘Manage My Booking’ to check out your booking details if you ever forget them.
Step 2 : Go to checkin.airasia.com and you will see the page below asking you to fill out just 3 simple details. Where you’re from, where you’re going and what’s your booking no.
Step 3 : After your details have been confirmed, you will be asked to tick and check in the people that are tied to the booking no.
Step 4 : Details of the flight will be displayed again for reconfirmation.
Step 5 : Accept the terms and conditions. (You have no other choice anyway)
Step 6 : Ta da! Ready for printing. And if an error ever happens after you’ve checked in, you can always go back to Step 2 above and ‘Reprint’ your boarding pass.
Step 7 : Boarding pass in your hands from as early as 7 days before departure to as late as 4 hours before the flight. So convenient! And if you are carrying large luggage, you can always drop them at the AirAsia ‘Baggage Drop’ counter located at the airport.
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.
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.
Due to watching the World Cup semifinal match between Spain and Germany.
Browsed through AirAsia’s awesome in flight magazine.
09.26 am – We landed.
Walking pass the looooooooooooooooooooong corridors
towards the arrival hall
of the low cost airport.
Took us 4 minutes.
09.43 am – After collecting our luggage (10 minutes),
we went to the always-full restaurant for a meal.
Ordered a McValue Sausage with muffin set.
After I was done with breakfast,
I took the an empty bottle and went to
get it refilled at 1 of 2 water fountains in LCCT.
This one was located opposite Starbucks.
11.03 am – Not long after, this girl arrived.
The 4 fellas traveling to Melbourne (plus me).
11.13 am – Started queuing up.
The yellow sticker was the one from Penang Airport. I only learned that you would have to go through LCCT’s security even though you may have passed the one in Penang.
11.35 am – 20 minutes later,
we arrived at the front.
Got our boarding pass and proceeded to OldTown,
one of my 2 favourite places for a meal in LCCT.
Vivian searching for her
camera. One thing I liked about this trip was every one of us carried a camera, a total of 4, which was good as no one was left out in pictures. How I wished my circle of friends would carry a camera each time we go on trips. =(
Bought boxes of cigarettes from Eraman’s duty free shop at the departure gate for friends in Melbourne.
12.34 pm – The LCD screen outside the departure gate.
Don’t really know what to say.
And so we waited outside till it was time
cause inside was already so damn packed.
01.25 pm – After about 1 hour of waiting, we finally boarded AirAsia’s Airbus A330. During my trips to Bangkok, Bali, Kota Kinabalu, etc, AirAsia only uses the smaller Airbus A320.
This is my first time on an aircraft so wide, by Airasia. It was 9 abreast with 3 at each aisle. The back was more spacious as it was only 7 abreast.
Even the menu was different.
Look at that. Huge variety.
Meals found only in the Airbus A330.
Drinks not found in the Airbus A320.
RM3 for a bottle of mineral water. Later, I found out that the mineral water bought a-la-carte was more in volume compared to the one that comes with the meal.
The snacks set.
Was pretty tempted to try the smoked chicken focaccia but wasn’t sure if it was filling enough.
01.45 pm – We took off.
As soon as the plane stabilized itself in the air, foreigners to Australia were given
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 ‘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…..
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.
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.
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.
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.