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 4 : Rumah Makan Bamboo Corner, Matahari Kuta Square, Tune Hotels Kuta, Ngurah Rai, AirAsia, Indomie, Bintang, Kopi Luwak

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07.23 am – As the 24 hours to my bike rental was still not up yet, Vivian and I took a ride around Jl Poppies 1 to check out the many, many restaurants that we came across during the night. However, only very few were open and Rumah Makan Bamboo Corner was one of those.

A pretty simple restaurant with the prices written on blackboards around the outer walls.

The menu.

The breakfast page. Although operation starts at 9am, we were served nevertheless.

Balinese coffee.

Nasi goreng.

Mie goreng.

A piece of banana honey pancake.

Total damage.

09.34 am – Returned the bike and took a walk around Jl Pantai Kuta for some last minute shopping.

Walked into the already opened Matahari Kuta Square for last minute souvenir shopping.

The foodstuff section.

The Indomies.

10.39 am – Filled in the Tune Hotel Kuta’s guest feedback form and checked out.

Got ourselves a transport to bring us to the airport.

Our luggage.

Our extra luggage.

Bye Tune Hotels. It was good while it lasted.

The Balinese altar by the exit.

10.49 am – And off we go into the streets of Kuta.

The chariot sculpture nearby the airport.

Ngurah Rai again.

10.57 am – Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Went to AirAsia’s airport guest services counter,

took out our passports and

got our itinerary printed out.

The many, many Australians by the check in counters.

The check in counters to our AirAsia flight to Kuala Lumpur was still closed.

The amount of IDR left.

Went to toilet and saw aquariums above the urinal.

Cool.

Checked out the super expensive souvenir shops around the area.

And we waited.

11.53 am – Finally, we checked in our luggage and proceeded towards the departure hall.

Got our passports stamped.

Saw this sign while walking around

Bali airport’s departure hall duty free section.

Went to toilet again.

Potpourri by the washing area.

The free internet counters.

01.46 pm – And off we go. Bye Bali! I will miss you lots! Will definitely be back, but not so soon.

Airasia flight attendants doing their safety demonstrations.

It was a cloudy day.

02.30 pm – By 1pm we were actually pretty hungry as we decided try out AirAsia’s meals.

Bangkok Trip 2009 : Day 5

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09.30 am – Freshly brewed coffee.

Breakfast.

Cereals.

10.00 am – Room 406 punya bed.

The non bed area.

The toilet.

My roomie.

11.30 am – The fellas who made our stay awesome.

Bangkok 8.

The street billboards.

Singha, the leading beverage brand of Bangkok.

The biggest ad board I have ever seen in my life located at Suvarnabhumi airport.

12.00 pm – The 4 of us arrived first.

Collected everyone’s passport,

went to row E and

checked ourselves in.

12.30 pm – Went to the hidden Magic food court.

Sebenarnya, the place is BIG.

Couldn’t help it.

I just had to order myself a plate.

Bangkok pork leg noodles.

Paid a visit to the dessert corner.

Bought a plate of mango sticky rice again.

01.30 pm – Entered the departure terminals.

Our departure gate.

Goodbye DTAC.

My neighbours.

See you again, Bangkok. Will be back again for John’s bachelor party. Hopefully.

05.00 pm – Arrived at Penang International safely. =(

Had Dad redo a new sim card for me as I lost mine at Bangkok.

3G.

06.30 pm – Unpacked.

08.30 pm – Had some bolu gulung.

A type of Indonesian cake given by

Dad’s friend.

Dinner.

11.00 pm – zzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz (I miss Bangkok so much!)

Malaysia 41% Petrol Price Increased On Wednesday

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08.30 am – Woke up. Breakfast. Showered.

09.30 pm – Dropped by TheStar, TheSuperficial, ChanLiLian, Soccernet. Found out that Obama has won the Democratic presidential nomination. It’s now Obama vs. McCain for U.S. President.

10.00 am – Worked on the draft for rangit.com.

12.00 pm – Lunched.

lunch

Bought one on the way back.

papaya

01.00 pm – Wanted to update famouschris but imageshack was slow as hell. Instead, I went blog hopping to Narrowband, kenny, IQG, Ringo (Shawn saw her before in Lim Kok Wing), Pam’s.

02.00 pm – Settled the payment for the Bangkok trip’s hotel.

Paid with Tune’s Money’s Visa prepaid credit card.

tunemoney visa prepaid credit card

Took out my passport to check on it’s condition.

passport

02.30 pm – Imageshack returned to normal. Continued updating famouschris.

03.00 pm – Nap.

04.00 pm – Read The smokescreen of Malay unity. Updated bangkok trip details.

06.00 pm – Dinner. Found out petrol prices increase from RM1.92 to RM2.70! MCB. PKM. KNN. CLP. PTK.

Mandarin Cafe’s claypot chicken rice.

madnarin cafe claypot chicken rice

07.00 pm – Showered for Py.

07.30 pm – CS.

08.30 pm – Went to pick up shuttlecocks from Shawn’s house. He’s sick.

09.00 pm – Badminton with buddies. There was only Andy, Daryl, Gabe and I.

Daryl opening the serve to

daryl koay tze yang

Andy.

andy tai khing khoon

11.00 pm – Teman Andy for supper at Mandarin Cafe.

11.30 pm – Had a nice long shower.

12.00 am – Midnight snacking.

Saw a bucket of this while walking into the kitchen.

basket of peanut chang

Couldn’t help it =P

peanut chang

The peanut chang is white, different from the brownish bak chang.

peanut chang

It tastes sweet instead of ‘meaty’ like the bak chang.

peanut chang

Something warm to achieve the ‘full’ feelilng.

ensure milk

01.00 am – Tido.