6D5N Taipei Day 6 : Ximending, McDonalds, KFC Egg Tarts, Angry Birds Plush, Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodle, Aiyu Jelly, Betel Nut Beauty, Taoyuan Airport, Honbaryu Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, AirasiaX, Chicken Lasagna

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09.17 am – Woke up and took a loooooooong walk by myself around the hotel’s surrounding. Although I’m still physically here, I’ve already started missing Taipei so much!

Passed by the fresh brunch stall by the hotel.

Checked out the menu. Didn’t seem to find anything that interested me.

~aah~ the nearby Ximending on a Tuesday morning. Empty.

Ximending police station.

A huge billboard of Eason Chan by the entrance of Ximending.

Breakfast at McDonald’s crossed my mind as no fast food was consumed during the entire trip.

The streets being cleaned.

KFC occupying the upper floors.

One of the very few breakfast shops opened.

I had all the intention of the world to give this auntie some business but there were 2 problems. One, I cannot read Mandarin. Two, I cannot speak Mandarin. =(

It just didn’t cross my mind to check out Japanese food in Taiwan. Didn’t feel right I suppose.

Walk walk walk.

A free newspaper stand.

However, it is unlike theSun back in Malaysia as it was choke full of advertisements!

09.32 – And so after about 15 minutes of walking around Ximending, I finally settled on McDonald’s.

The counter.

The dining area.

Hot pancakes, egg mcmuffin, hash brown and a cup of coffee for breakfast.

Actually, I didn’t notice this throw away area until I saw people taking their trays here after eating. I think that’s why we found the dining area of the 7 Eleven near our hotel barricaded from the 4th night onwards. (for not clearing up after ourselves)

Ximen station, the starting point of many of our journeys night and day.

10.14 am – Started packing. So sad!!!

Unused voucher during our trip up Taipei 101. Taiwan beer float didn’t sound that inviting.

Targeted places missed during this trip. Ningxia road night market.

Jinquashi gold mine that was closed when we arrived on Day 2.

Missed shopping for clothes in Wufenpu and Raohe night market.

Missed Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall.

Missed Beitou Hot Springs + Hell Valley. Mannnn.. 6 days just ain’t enough!

Missed Primo night club. =(

Didn’t get the chance to experience Spark or Twiice too. Actually, we missed so much that when we come back for the 2nd time :twisted:, it’ll still be like a totally new experience!

Souveniers, souveniers. The glutinous rice balls and pineapple tarts were so good!!!!!! Totally heavenly!!

11.59 am – Went to Ximending for the second time after everyone woke up.

12.13 pm – Last minute souvenir shopping.

The complete collection of Angry Birds.

If you notice carefully, Geoffrey and Gabriel, both who are sitting down, are getting conned to buy super expensive pens to support the “so called girls who need the money for studying”. hehehehehehehe

12.16 pm – I just couldn’t help it.

Just had to have a bowl of Ay Chung flour rice noodles before leaving.

It’s just sooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!

Love it!

12.35 pm – At this point, we all splitted up to do our own exploring and last minute shopping.

Passed by an aiyu jelly shop.

Just couldn’t help it.

Zoomed in and out the mini lanes of Ximending, checking the products on display on both sides of the street.

A rather famous Taiwanese beef noodles shop.

Didn’t eat any as I was so damn full from ay chung. So damn.

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.

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.

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

10D9N Melbourne Day 1 : Travel 3Sixty, LCCT, McDonald’s, OldTown White Coffee, Eraman Duty Free, AirAsiaX, Airbus A330, AirAsia Comfor Kit, Smokey BBQ Chicken, IndoMie

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05.51 am – Woke up to a heart healthy breakfast.

Bags packed and ready to go!

06.59 am – Reached Penang International Airport.

Put a luggage through security check.

Checked in and got our tickets.

The Leslie’s girlfriend, Leslie and Vivian.

07.50 am – Waited by the boarding gate.

08.20 am – By this time, we were up in the sky.

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.

Hungry people.

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. =(

Her meal.

My meal.

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.

Ciggies.

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

the incoming passenger card, just like during Bali 2010, Bangkok 2008 and Bangkok 2009.

After that, the stewardesses started handing out the comfort kit which I bought online at AirAsia.com for RM30.

5D4N Kota Kinabalu Day 5 : Tesco Custard Cream Biscuits, Hotel Eden54, AirAsia, Mount Kinabalu Coloured Certificate, McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme

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07.00 am – Woke up, showered and had biscuits for breakfast.

Made a mad dash packing up

at the same time.

Almost done.

08.00 am – Gave in our key cards,

paid for our 2 nights’ stay and checked out. RM53 pp/night is DAMN CHEAP, the hospitality of Rosanne & Ling Ling and the super strategic location of Eden54 makes this hotel THE PLACE to stay in when in Kota Kinabalu. Believe me. Rosanne/Ling Ling, if you are reading this, THANKS A MILLION FOR EVERYTHING!!!!

08.20 am – Started our journey to the airport.

Bye Kota Kinabalu. It was awesome while it lasted!

08.25 am – It only took us 5 minutes to reach KKIA.

The fcuked up thing when we arrived at the check in counters was only 1 was open, hence, the long queue. Come on, AirAsia!

800 grams lighter compared to the first day.

I learned a luggage this small cannot be more than 15kg,

so it’s usually enough to fit into AirAsia’s strict tiered luggage policy.

09.00 am – Went in to wait by the boarding gate.

We are just so proud of ourselves.

If you are a Malaysian who can still run around and have yet to climb Mount Kinabalu, please do it.

The view of the stars and bed of clouds at the top is worth every drop of sweat.

09.23 am – Walked towards our plane.

Minutes after take off, John missed KK so much

he stayed up and took

pictures of the

Sabah sky while

Geoffrey couldn’t take it anymore

and neither could I.

12.10 pm – Arrived at LCCT-KLIA.

Cool pic below, right? Guess who took the shot. 👿

Walked towards the domestic arrival gate, collected our luggage and bid Geoffrey farewell.

12.24 pm – John and I went to the forever packed McDonald’s for lunch.

Ordered 2 of exactly the same meals for both of us as the kitchen and cashiers were so busy I didn’t want to confuse them.

Chit chatted till it was time to check in for our flight back to Penang.

02.40 pm – Checking in.

Got our boarding pass.

04.25 pm – While in the air, we ordered ourselves a box of Krispy Kreme.

I took a peppermint stripe while

John took the chocolate drizzle. ~mmMMmmm~ delicious!!

06.00 pm – Home sweet home. Unpacked and rested. Whew! What a trip! Loved it!

Next, winter in Melbourne! 😈

The Monday I Ate McDonald’s Prosperity Burger

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08.12 am – Had a chuka tako chumaki for breakfast.

All time favourite chumaki.

12.32 pm – Lunch.

05.54 pm – Afternoon break.

Includes a glass of fresh milk.

07.00 pm – Badminton with buddies.

08.59 pm – Late dinner @ McDonald’s Greenlane. 1st time there since the 2009 major renovation.

Looks colourful yet elegant,

bright and simple,

and also pleasant to look at.

Spent RM12.45 for their

in season Prosperity Burger.

The curly fries that came with the meal.

12.00 am – ZzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Friday 30th October 2009

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08.33 am – Breakfast.

09.40 am – Withdrew cash from Western Union

at Public Bank.

My queue number.

12.18 pm – Lunch.

06.04 pm – Afternoon break.

07.35 pm – Nasi Melayu masjid taman free school for dinner.

~yum~

08.01 pm – Got a choco top from

Greenlane’s McDonald’s.

09.15 pm – Lie To Me s02e05.

10.00 pm – Gossip Girl s03e07.

12.00 am – zzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Wednesday I Changed RM6618 Into THB64000

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08.30 am – A cup of milo,

Mi Sedap,

soft boiled eggs and

tnee chang for

breakfast.

11.00 am – Took out these from

my wallet.

Added a VISA debit card.

12.30 pm – Met some of Bangkok 8 in Tesco’s McDonald’s.

My McValue.

01.30 pm – Daryl and I went down to Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and changed MYR into

THB.

05.00 pm – Tea break!

Had tnee chang dipped in honey.

08.00 pm – Had fried fish,

steamed fish,

stir fried vegetables,

dip for fried fish for

dinner.

09.30 pm – Printed out the important phone numbers, map and itinerary for the trip.

10.30 pm – Met some of the Bangkok 8 at Old Town.

Chit chatted about the fun to come and distributed the money and itineraries.

01.00 am – Finished packing.

02.00 am – Was sooOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!! Took me some time to fall asleep. =P

The Friday I Had Esplanade’s Mee Sotong Goreng For The 2nd Time

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09.30 am – Had soft boiled eggs (2nd successful attempt! yay!)

buttered toasts and

bananas for

breakfast.

01.30 pm – Went over to Esplanade’s Food Court for it’s

super duper delicious

special mee sotong. ~sedap

02.30 pm – Let myself be serenaded by Romeo.

06.30 pm – Went out for a jog around Island Glades

for half an hour.

07.30 pm – Had dinner.

09.00 pm – Collected the tickets for Bolt.

09.30 pm – Went down to McDonald’s for a quick bite

before heading back to the cinema. I liked Rhino the hamster a lot!

FC Rating : 8/10

Rhino rocks!

12.00 am – Went over to Upper Penang Road’s Tiger Arms for a few rounds of Guinness.

03.00 am – zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz

The Saturday Where My 6 Year Old Mouse Died

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08.00 am – Woke up. Showered. Breakfasted.

09.00 am – Hi5-ed, Facebook-ed, Soccernet-ed.

10.00 am – Watched a self improvement video.

12.30 pm – Anthony and I decided to try out the new chicken/duck rice shop in Island Glades.

I ordered both duck and chicken. Kesimpulannya, the duck tastes better.

This guy (below) came 1 hour later.

*clap* *clap*

02.30 pm – Went to One Stop. Andy wanted to check out the DVDs while I wanted a new mouse and Anthony wanted a new monitor.

03.30 pm – After that, we went over to New World Park’s Old Town for some coffee.

Couldn’t resist the fruits stall at the food court when we passed through.

05.30 pm – Lepak-ed in my room.

30 minutes later.

My dead mouse.

The new replacement mouse which costs RM29.

07.00 pm – Dinner at Green Lane’s McDonald’s, the place where MLM zombies and insurance agents carry out their plans to recruit their armies.

Had a beef foldover and

2 pieces of chicken.

08.30 pm – Continued with the self improvement video.

10.30 pm – MOIS.

03.30 am – Nasi tembok.

04.00 am – Balik.