Wednesday, July 29, 2009

the trip begins...

the crazy haze in KL

AK336’s ETD at 4.45pm remains expected. After failing making myself comfortable in one of those chairs and me whining about having to wait, we finally departed at 7.30pm after walking to the other end of the airport runway.

what do you do when you're bored in the airport? take pictures of course!
Why didn’t they park the plane right outside the terminal building like the other planes remains a mystery to me.

The infection on my eyes became worst and I was worried I would have problems at the Custom counter. You think with the H1N1 scare people would be more careful kan, but thank goodness no one cared! *woohoo*

people at their airport... waiting and waiting.

There are many people who are still ignorant about the seating assignment with AirAsia. What the airlines should do is to inform the guest personally when they check in because it is a hassle to argue onboard about the seating arrangements. It’s more annoying when you have to face arrogant people as well. The couple we had to face didn’t even bother to check their tickets when I told them they were at our seat and had the nerve to roll their eyes at us. Goodness!

If the airlines want to make more money, then please go ahead but do find ways to keep the guests well informed. You ask for our contact details and yet no one bothered to send a notification out. Sayang my time only to key in my email address and mobile number. *rolls eyes*

The 3-hour long ride was tiring but an hour before landing, I was greeted by what looked like a seas of stars under the airplane only to realised it was fishing boats. It was breathtaking as the stars in the sky and the lights below create an illusion of endless garden of stars. It was beautiful.

We arrived at Denpasar around 10.30pm and with the queue at the Indonesian Custom counter we only walk out of the arrival hall at 11.15pm. I was worried our airport pick-up would leave us at the airport and I nearly hugged Hafiz with joy when I saw him holding a card with my name written on it.

Hafiz was sweet. When I asked if he waited long, all he said was “lumayan”. *LOL. A very friendly chap who tells us the things to do at Bali and patiently answered our questions like a bunch of jakun.

Generally, Bali people are warm and friendly. Of course they are a few who does “funny” things but like everywhere else, you just need to be careful. Mostly could speak English but Bahasa Indonesia is very similar with Bahasa Malaysia and if there are words that you do not understand, they would be more than happy to explain it to you.

Bali is a BIG island and our guide Rey told us we would need at least 3 full days to cover all the tourist attraction. The most happening area would be Legian Street where all the pubs and the B&Bs are.

Talking about B&Bs (Bed & Brekafast), it is advisable to book your accommodation before reaching Bali. We decided to just try our luck by booking for the first night and we ended up wasting half morning, everyday looking for accommodation because most of the B&Bs are full or otherwise didn’t fulfil our very minimum requirements; Cheap & Clean!

Since I could not find a blog with useful info of Bali, I’ll do this in stages, based on my personal experience and observation.

I must applaud the Airasia people at Denpasar. They are so organised, attentive and efficient too. They informed us on the delay and arrange the passengers to go in according to their seating arrangements. This certainly is useful as we don’t have to wait too long for people to settle down in the plane.

However, they need to train their staffs who makes the announcement. We could clearly hear them asking the name of the pilot, the flight number and one even giggled. What is so funny in their cabin area, I do not know but I do know we, the passenger, laughed because it was idiotic.

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