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Changi Airport

On my recent trip to Singapore on December 2019, I visited Changi Airport before taking my flight back to Kuala Lumpur. This airport is one of the largest transportation and transit hub in the Asia region, which help travelers connect to over 400 destinations around the world.

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Trinity College Tour and Stay

During my trip to Dublin in Ireland, I spend my first night in Trinity College student hostel at Goldsmith Hall. It is a great place for me to start because my first-day trip is to visit Trinity College and the famed Library. The hostel is just right next to Pearse Station and near the Science Gallery.

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Malesti and Nyepi Day

On the second day of my Bali trip, I was at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple when this special purification named Malesti, the biggest purification ritual done by the Balinese Hindu people was performed. The temple is still open for the public to visit, so it has been a great opportunity for me to witness and observe how they perform the ritual ceremony. It is also known as Melis or Mekiis and held 3 days before Silence Day or Nyepi Day in March or April each year.

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Airasia: The Best Budget Airline…For Real?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

“AirAsia being the best low-cost airline”

Seriously?

Since 2008, AirAsia was won the awards for the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ for over the past nine consecutive years at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. You can be surprised how this airline has beaten other low-cost carriers, such as Tiger Air, Jetstar Airways, Aegean Airlines, Southwest Airlines to name a few. Although they flew on different routes in other countries or continents, they provide a similar level of services to passengers.

AirAsia sure sold promotional or last-minute deals from time to time. However, you need to think of other costs which are not included such as baggage allowance, meals, beverages, seat selection, in-flight entertainment, in-flight comfort and travel insurance (Tune Protect). The minimum cost will estimate about RM 130 per way. So, the fares do not make any cheaper than its competitors after all, every now and then.

It used to be one of my favorite airlines and have been traveling for the long-distance journey. During my uni holiday breaks, I frequently fly from Perth in Western Australia back to my hometown in Kuala Lumpur to visit my family, relatives and friends. I also traveled to Beijing in 2008 and Hong Kong in 2016 by this airline.

But, a bad news hit me this year not just once, but twice after booking a flight for my next year’s March trip from Kuala Lumpur to Bali. The airline runs a special promotion for passengers who booked their flight in June 2017 and travel during January to July 2018 period. I saw this amazing deals offered and was felt with joy that had the opportunity to visit the beautiful beaches, cultural sites, paddy fields and its big volcano.

My planned itinerary was to visit Bali and Labuan Bajo, the island known for Komodo dragons. The last flight of the day is 2.20 p.m., therefore the only option is to take the earliest flight with AirAsia which is 7.45 a.m. This gives me sufficient time to collect my baggage, get a quick meal, pass through the immigration checkpoint, recheck-in to another airline (Air Nam) and board the plane.

Bali Airport is one of the busiest airports in Indonesia which handle thousands of passengers. Travelers especially from Australia flock in every day just to enjoy its tropical climate and surf on its big waves. Being the first time there, I decided to book a 7.45 a.m. flight, just to play safe. Which means, it gives four hours for me to transit.

On the mid-October, an email was sent to me to notify me that my flight was canceled and reschedule automatically to 10.30 a.m. and with indefinite would not be able to catch my connecting flight. I contacted the call center via Live chat and re-booked my new flight timing to 8.20 a.m., the latest earliest flight. I was glad that staff managed to get a seat immediately with no much problem and my e-ticket has been reissued and confirmed. It seems a little rush and given only three hours, but I take my chances.

Now just only two weeks before Christmas, I received another email, telling me that my flight at 8.20 a.m. has been canceled and reschedule again to 9.30 a.m. Feeling half panicked and half frustrated, I contacted them again to check the next available and earliest flight. The agent informed me that 9.30 a.m. flight is the earliest flight and arrive at 12.35 p.m. I totally have no chance whatsoever to hop-on to my connecting flight. An even more stupid question I was asked if I would want to reschedule to travel on 16 March!

Is this a joke?

My trip is less than three months. My domestic flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo (Komodo Island) has been purchased. All hotel bookings were made. Local tours and transportation also have been pre-arranged with the local travel agents. The Airasia staff expects me to reschedule everything. That’s ridiculous!

Okay. Enough is enough.

So, a quick decision has been made. I told the staff to cancel the flight and asked for a full refund. The agent cannot promise anything if a full refund will be given or the time frame to get the refund back. Anyhow, the matter with AirAsia will be put on hold and see what news will bring. I book with another airline, Malindo Air which is slightly cheap and same flight timing at 7.45 a.m., although I have not use it on the long-distance journey before.

At Christmas Eve 2017, AirAsia finally got some answers and will take 30-60 days to process the refund. Well, I have to wait and see now.

My point being said that when it comes to the part when everything starts to ruin your holiday plan, you have to go for an alternative. Either it has been named or awarded as the best airline, cruise ship, hotel, resort or tour company. Choose from other option or never go for the same idea again after having a terrible experience with a company.

Lesson learned.

 

Share your AirAsia experience if you flew with them before. Drop your comment and love to hear your story. Good or bad, doesn’t matter.

Happy Traveling!

 

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Experience the Airbnb Style

Airbnb has been added to my top list and the new choice of my travel experience since 2016 when it comes to choosing a place to stay. I had been using Airbnb on my recent trips when visiting these cities in Guangzhou in China, Hong Kong, Penang in Malaysia and Bangkok in Thailand.

The type of lodging that you can look into includes vacation houses, apartments, homestays, hostel beds and motels. Prices are very reasonable, enough there are a few of them are more luxurious and expensive one. Yet again, it is absolutely cheaper than living in a 5-star hotel or resort that cost hundreds of dollars per night.

Living with an Airbnb host has given me an opportunity to get to know the people better by interacting with the host and the locals, meeting new friends who live together, recommend or even take you to their famous local restaurants to eat, understand the local culture and norms and see what the locals are doing in their daily life.

 

Simply the Best

One of my greatest experiences that I love to share was during my visit to Guangzhou, China. I stayed in the apartment with my host, Tanya Lu and she is very friendly, hospitable and helpful when it comes to asking for travel tips around the city. Although Tanya and I do speak Mandarin, she still communicates with fluent English which makes it easier for me as well.

Her apartment is very clean, tidy and was well decorated with many collectible items from all around the world when she was traveled. It always makes me feel just like home. Her place is situated above many food stalls, opposite a mini grocery shop and a 15-minutes walk to the subway station that can get mostly anywhere in the city.

More interestingly, I saw some ladies sitting on both sides of the walking path near the entrance of the apartment selling vegetables, fish and flowers to the residents. During the morning weekends, there are some elderly doing tai chi in the park and children playing in the playground.

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Dining Area

Happy Traveling!!

 

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Visit Turkey During Winter Time

This is something I love to share when I went on holiday to Turkey with my family. It’s been ages since the last time I took a vacation overseas with them, especially to Europe. The tour group consists of mostly young people, three couples (including my parents, of course), and one elderly lady.

We visited many amazing cities, countryside, and historic sites during this 9-day and 8-night trip. Here’s the fact worth knowing: Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, which separates Europe and Asia. The journey started from Istanbul, to Canakkale, Asklepleion, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, and Ankara before the trip ended in Istanbul. The entire journey of this trip was close to 7,000 kilometers!

Before you get too excited about going to Turkey the first time, be sure that you are packed with these important items so that it wouldn’t ruined the holiday. Winter season falls between November and January.

Windbreaker

Upon arriving at Istanbul Ataturk Airport early morning, we entered the arrival hall and suit up immediately with our windbreaker that was taken out from the hand-carry baggage from the cabin compartment. The rain has just stopped and the sun became visible behind the Sea of Marmara. Still, the weather was cold but does not hinder young adults like me from the adventurous tour.

As we head to Ankara city on the mountain road, the temperature hits -2 Celsius during the daytime. Outside was completely covered with snow which is believed to had happened yesterday or two days before (Darn! We missed the snow time).

Long pants

The best way to avoid the cold at night is to wear long and thick pants during bedtime, although most hotels have heaters in the rooms. Do get a warm shower after a long day outside before curling yourself into the nice comfy bed. It can help you to avoid getting flu or cold the next day.

Headscarf 

It is compulsory for women to put on the headscarf when entering some mosques in the country, as a respect to their religion regardless of your own belief and religion.

Don’t worry if you forgot to bring it. There are some shops selling headscarves to tourists near the entrances. Some mosques do rent them for visitors, but make sure to return once you left the premise.

Food

It may come as a bit of culture shock when you arrive at Turkey and notice that do not serve any kind of Asian food at cuisines, restaurants, and even hotels. You must know that Turkey is a Muslim country with 99% of its population being Muslim.

So, most eateries are pork-free. Although they don’t serve your home country’s favorite dishes, you still definitely have to try their delicious Turkish rice and tomato soup once. If Turkish food isn’t what you expected to eat throughout the trip, then you can bring your own cup noodles or cereals (most hotels have this with milk). It is also a good idea to bring some snacks when taking a journey from point A to point B that takes several hours before stopping and have your next meal.

Medication

It will be handful to carry some medication like aspirin and cold medicine, especially if you travel from hot to cold country. Some people may take time for the body to adapt to a new environment and easily catch a flu or headache for the first one or two days.

Planning A Trip to Turkey

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