5D4N Philippines Day 0 : Philippine Peso, Stephen Hawking The Grand Design, Malaysia IC, Airasia, Boarding Pass, Penang International Airport, Tune Hotels KLIA-LCCT Airport, Feeder Bus, Decanter

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10.51 am – Started packing.

Replaced my wallet with the relevant stuff.

11.00 am – All packed up and ready to go.

07.35 pm – Printed out Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design for reading in the plane. Turns out, I only had time to read 1 chapter for the entire 5 days and four nights. =(

09.54 am – Arrived and this guy was the earliest. Usually, Anthony is slow as fuck but today he was no.1 to arrive in Penang International Airport.

Thanks for the ride, John!

1 minute later, Shawn arrived with his polished shoes. This guy only gets his loafers shined for trips like this.

Another 5 minutes later, Andy arrived in his pyjamas. How convenient!

Another 5 minutes later, Elton John arrived.

10.07 pm – Collected their identification cards and proceeded to check us in.

[picture of Identity Card (Malaysian IC) removed]

Boarding pass, check.

10.25 pm – Hung around

McDonald’s.

10.54 pm – Proceeded to wait by the boarding gate. One thing I noticed is that last flights from Penang to KL are usually delayed.

11.12 pm – Boarding time!

11.24 pm – Listened to instructions.

Chinaman goatee!

12.16 pm – Touchdown!

12.30 pm – As soon as we landed, we went straight to the Tune Hotels feeder bus and

boarded it.

Sleepyheads.

Paid RM1 for the journey from the airport to Tune Hotels LCCT.

The journey took 5 minutes.

The bus stopped and dropped us at the back door.

12.46 pm – First thing I did was pay for 12 hours worth of air conditioning @ RM13.49 and towel with toiletries @ RM5.

Suddenly, John started to feng tau.

12.56 pm – After we were done with all the room stuff, we met up with our 2 KL brothers and shared drinks

by the open space in front of the hotel.

Decanter’s price of drinks were reasonable.

2 jugs of Tiger beer for RM60 is really reasonable.

So is a full pint of Guinness Draught for RM19++.

01.05 am – Went to fill up my stomach with a sandwich from 7 Eleven

and a bottle of drinking water.

03.00 am – zzzzzZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

4D3N Bali Day 0 : AirAsia Add Baggage, Print Itinerary, Pack Clothes, Cut Nails, Prepare Notebook

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08.38 pm – Made breakfast.

12.53 pm – Printed out the finalized AirAsia and TuneHotels itineraries.

01.05 pm – Starting cooking porridge and

slicing up the carrots.

Super bland lunch.

I’ve actually been stuffing myself with food like these for the past few days, hoping that I’d recover from diarrhea fast enough in time for my Bali trip.

03.21 pm – Started packing.

Since it was a 4 days trip, I packed 4 t-shirts for the 4 days.

3 for the 3 nights.

2 shorts and 2 plain white t’s for sleeping.

1 pair of shorts throughout the entire trip. 1 underwear just in case. (I don’t actually plan to wear any undies during the entire trip. Hot ma..)

The chargers.

The eye wears.

Toiletries.

The very important stuff.

03.37 pm – Cut my

nails.

03.46 pm – Prepared the laptop

for traveling. Inserted all sorts of entertainment like movies, songs, etc.

Dinner.

11.00 pm – Went to bed.

12.00 am – Cannot sleep.

01.00 am – Too excited.

02.00 am – I think this was the last time I checked before zzzZZZZZZZzzzzzzz….

Day 1 Langkawi Trip : Pondok Keladi Guest House, Langkawi Cable Car, Suspension Bridge, Durian Perangin Waterfalls, Wonderland, Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall

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06.30 am – Rushed back to Island Glades from Batu Maung for this.

07.08 am – On the way back to Batu Maung, PCJ’s accelerator got stuck.

It just didn’t want to come back up.

Luckily it happened at a safe location. Had Dad take care of it. Thanks, Dad! Thanks Mr Tan for helping me push it to a safer location.

07.20 am – Had a quick breakfast of oats (Thanks Mr Tan) and

apples (Thanks Vinny).

07.44 am – Was on our way to the airport. Thanks Mr Tan for picking us up.

08.00 am – Checked in in time.

08.15 am – Was already waiting at the gate.

08.17 am – 2 minutes later.

Firefly’s ATR 72-500 propeller planes.

The seating arrangement of 2 by 2.

The Firefly branded buckle.

08.28 am – Our first holiday away from Penang. hehe.

08.40 am – A birds eye view of Penang.

The clouds.

08.42 am – I liked the fact that there was a stewardess serving us free drinks on the plane.

Mango and blackcurrant juice.

Holiday mood officially : ON.

08.47am – Spotted a rainbow.

09.07 am – The big ass Langkawi airport welcoming sign.

Headed towards arrivals.

The crowd.

09.20 am – Got ourselves a taxi van for RM24.

I don’t really know why they’d need such a big van for the 2 of us but I didn’t mind as long as the price was the same.

Our driver for the day was Encik Mohd Hanif Bin Abd Rahman. Thanks for the lift.

10.11 am – Met the host of our stay at Pondok Keladi, Marc. Thanks for showing us around the place.

Was showed around the very green and peaceful Pondok Keladi.

I liked the concept of the common area.

Pretty wide and spacious. Equipped with a full kitchen and wifi.

Got acquainted with the other residents like Gadget, who was the most lovable dog of all,

Ben,

(sorry, forgot your name) and

Melissa.

The pathway to my room, guarded by a sleeping security guard.

The pathway to the other rooms.

Slept in “ENAM” throughout our stay Langkawi.

The RM95 per night double bedroom.

The mini fridge.

The luggage stand.

The window overlooking the trees.

The shower and the toilet seat.

The sink.

11.03 am – Our car for the trip arrived, arranged by Marc. Got it for RM50 per day.

11.10 am – Fueled her up.

11.18 am – 1st stop. Restoran Nasi Kandar Tomato.

When I arrived, I noticed that the variety was wide but was skeptical towards the quality.

Only after tasting it did I realize that the stuff here is delicious!

12.17 pm – Drove over to the Oriental Village for the cable car.

The bridge connecting the village and the car park.

The super simple map and directions.

Eh? This ain’t Bangkok, is it? kapppppp

12.21 pm – After a bit of weaving through the boring Oriental Village, we arrived at the entrance and got us a pair of tickets for RM15 each.
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The Thursday Eve Before Bangkok

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09.30 am – Woke up. Showered. Breakfasted.

orange, bananas, milk

10.30 am – Dropped by malaysiakini, kennysia, chanlilian.

11.00 am – Found out that the only 2 difference between cappuccino and cafe latte is that cafe latte contains 3 times more milk and a layer of foam at the top.

  • Cappuccino
  • cappuccino

  • Cafe Latte
  • cafe latte

12.00 pm – Lunch with Gabe and Jason in Kampung Jawa.

After Jason picked me up, we went over to pick Gabe up.

intel penang

As Gabe,

gabriel yeoh chun hoong

Jason and I was feeling adventurous, we went to try the left corner coffeeshop at Kampung Jawa.

jason ng wen huan

Picked fried chicken, lady’s fingers, mix vege and pig’s intestines as dishes and

economy rice, fried chicken, lady's fingers, mix vege, pig's intestines

ordered a plate of char koay teow to share. Although it’s nice, it’s pricey.

char koay teow

02.00 pm – Made further preparations for Bangkok.

Identified our destinations in the detailed road map that Anthony gave me.

bangkok map

Packed all liquid and toiletries not exceeding 100ml / 100g into a clear Ziploc.

toiletries

Packed only a bit of clothes as I plan to wear after buying some in Chatuchak.

clothes to pack

Made sure the trip timetables were printed correctly for distribution among the 7 of us.

timetable

06.00 pm – Finished packing.

packed bag, pouch and timetable

06.30 pm – Went jogging with Andy at Botanical Gardens to keep ourselves as fit as possible for the trip.

andy tai khing khoon botanical gardens

07.30 pm – Dinnered at Goodall Cafe.

andy tai khing khoon

Had my usual snapper teriyaki.

goodall cafe snapper teriyaki

09.00 pm – Went online and chatted with the other Bangkok 7.

01.00 am – Tried to sleep but couldn’t. Was excited. Too much, in fact.

02.00 am – I’m guessing that this was the actual time I stepped onto Dreamland.