3D2N Muar Day 1 : AirAsia Boarding Pass, Travel 3 Sixty, Shandong Peanuts, KLIA Transit, KLIA-LCCT, My Budget Inn

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03.04 pm – Started packing 2 hours before flight.

04.14 pm – Arrived at Penang International Airport

with this fella 45 minutes before our flight departed.

Cool thing was, I had already checked in both of us 4 days ago and printed out the boarding pass.

So we just walked into the departure gate and waited for our plane to arrive.

How convenient!

05.10 pm – I liked the fact that AirAsia uses the loading bridge when it rains in Penang International Airport.

05.22 pm – It was cool to get to read October’s Travel 3 Sixty barely 5 days after I read September’s version during 5D4N Philippines.

It would be cool to have your face there. Really. Cool.

Jian Loong immersed in the travel articles.

05.50 pm – Had my favourtie RM2 Shandong Peanuts snack on board.

06.30 pm – Landed.

Went straight to the KLIA Transit counter which was closed.

Then proceeded to bus stand no.6 where the buses are.

So we just bought a ticket from

the person sitting down at the at bus stand

and waited until 6.55pm

before we boarded the bus.

07.26 pm – Arrived at Stesen Salak Selatan KLIA Transit.

07.37 pm – Boarded the super fast train to/from KLIA and KL Sentral.

07.49 pm – 10 minutes later, we arrived in Stesen Putrajaya/Cyberjaya KLIA Transit and were met by Boon Keat and Chim.

08.06 pm – We wasted no time and traveled straight to Kian Haw’s new house.

08.26 pm – Hung around until it was time to meet the rest in

McDonald’s for dinner.

11.33 pm – After 2½ hours of driving, we arrived at My Budget Inn in Muar, Johor.

The entrance.

The hallway to the rooms.

Kar Fei and my room for the next 2 nights.

12.27 am – After settling down, a few of us went over to Ching Hwa the groom’s house to see him and catch up.

We also watched the video that was shown during the wedding in Klang a week back.

01.07 am – Dropped by 7 Eleven for bottled water before heading back for some sleep.

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.

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.

4D3N KL Day 1 : Firefly, Skypark Subang, Super Kitchen Chilly Pan Mee, IKEA, Tak Fok Hong Kong Seafood

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08.25 am – Had apples,

a cup of milk and

soft boiled eggs for breakfast.

09.32 am – Was already at Firefly’s check in counter.

The boarding pass.

Firefly’s ATR 72-500.

10.20 am – Bye Penang! See you in 4 days.

Muffin and

apple juice served onboard.

Nice.

11.02 am – Landed in

Subang’s Skypark Terminal aka

Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah.

12.28 pm – Got picked up by Kar Fei the jobless backpacker and headed for KL’s famous chili pan mee restaurant.

We went to Batu Road’s branch, one of four around KL.

The simple menu.

The awesome crazy hot chili flakes. 2 teaspoonful was more than enough for me.

Super kitchen’s chili pan mee.

The small bowl of soup that came with it.

01.16 pm – Next stop, Ikea. (Ikea did say that they will open 2 more branches in Penang and Johor 2 years ago, but until now, it still has not become a reality. Proof lies here.)

Cool stuff. Expensive, though.

Bought 3 interesting items.

03.06 pm – Next, we walked over to [email protected] to check out what’s on offer at The Library for New Year’s Eve.

Everybody, say hi to my buddy Kar Fei.

04.25 pm – Reached Kar Fei’s house.

The damn small tv.

07.23 pm – Went to Tak Fok Hong Kong seafood for dinner.

Delicious fried mantou.

Delicious pork.

Super delicious cheese crab.

Stir fried vegetables.

Stir fried mantis prawn.

09.23 pm – Went to IOI Mall’s GSC for a movie.

Sherlock Holmes. Best. I’d give it 8/10.

01.00 am – zzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

The Sunday I Ate Shihlin’s Happy Ricebox Set

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10.14 am – Had plums, starfruits,

sausages,

kiwis and

soy bean curd for breakfast.

11.01 am – Sorted out the IDR into good and crumply notes.

01.13 pm – Lunched at Cargas Cafe.

Awesome nasi campur.

01.50 pm – Had a can of Pokka vanilla milk coffee for fun.

03.04 pm – Started making vanilla v10.

05.47 pm – Went to see off Vivian’s cousin who was going to USA.

07.52 pm – Went to Queensbay’s Shihlin for dinner.

Ordered the very delicious happy rice box set that came with

a bottle of drink.

Total damage.

08.46 pm – Went to Sticks Fire Bistro for the first time.

The happy hour menu.

Had a pint of the world’s healthiest beer, Guinness draught.

11.00 pm – zzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

The Friday I Used Thai Fish Oil As A Condiment For Soft Boiled Eggs

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10.30 am – Had peanut buttered toasts,

a papaya,

oats milk and

experimented with a teaspoon of Thai fish oil

as condiment for soft boiled eggs. And guess what, it tasted ‘fishy’.

02.00 pm – Lunch.

Iced Nescafe.

07.00 pm – Picked up Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe.

07.30 pm – Had them checked in their luggage.

07.30 pm – Dropped by Pinang Kopitiam for dinner.

Ordered a RM7.70 nasi goreng padprik.

It tasted okok nia.

Bye guys.

See you next time around!

11.00 pm – Took a walk around E&O Hotel.

The quiet hallways.

11.30 pm – Drinking @ Zenzibar with buddies.

Our table by the walkway.

The gangsters.

The equatorians.

03.30 pm – Nasi beratur for supper.

~yum

05.00 am – zzzzzZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzz

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!)

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.

05.00 am – zzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Wednesday I Upgraded All My Sites To WordPress 2.6.3

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08.00 am – Had breakfast. Ate Ibumie’s Har Mee ho liao!, a milo, a slice of bread and the usual glass of apple cider vinegar with honey. It was good. Thanks Vinny.

10.00 am – Upgraded rangit.com

and odyb.net.

10.30 am – Took Dad, who was heading for Bali, to the airport.

11.30 am – Tapau-ed a packet of Cargas. The crowd was already starting to build up. Became my brother’s driver for a while and delivered some stuff for Dad before heading home. What a tiring afternoon.

Penang Style. Support!!!!!!!!!!!!

03.00 pm – Took a nap.

04.00 pm – Watched Bleach 194.

07.00 pm – Went for a jog.

08.30 pm – Had a Big Mac with fries for dinner.

A PapaBread vanilla cream puff for dessert.

09.00 pm – Upgraded famouschris.com as well.

12.00 am – zzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz