Sweat…

We came home to Sibu on the 9th day in the morning. I had offers to send us to the airport but I turned them all down as I would not want to drag anyone out of bed so early on a Sunday morning and we could easily get a cab from the hotel, no problem at all.

We got there early – before the counter for our flight opened so we went here…

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…for breakfast. It was so crowded and I felt ill at ease that we had to leave our trolley with our luggage outside. Anyone could just grab something and make a run for it and conveniently disappear in the crowd – we certainly wouldn’t have the chance to nab the guy, I’m sure.

Melissa only wanted the eggs…

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…and I was quite put off by the fact that they were served with their yolks already broken. I would think for such a place, this was such an utter disgrace. Any kopitiam (coffee shop) in town would be able to do a much better job in serving that, I’m sure – with the yolks all intact, and at a very much cheaper price. Tsk! Tsk!

I can’t remember what my missus had…

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I think it was their har mee (prawn noodles) except that there wasn’t a single prawn to be seen. Well, at least, she said it was nice so I guess that was all that mattered.

I wish I could say the same about my dry chicken hor fun though…

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I should have ordered the soup version as I tried the complimentary soup and it was great!

As you can see from the above photograph, the airport was terribly congested and if there was any air-conditioning, I certainly could not feel it at all and my sweat was gushing out from every pore. Finally, when the counter was opened, I quickly went to get our boarding passes verified and drop off our big suitcase. I had to walk to one end of the check-in area to get the bag through security and the queues there  were so long…and knowing what people here are like, there would be some to whom the word “queue” was of no significance whatsoever. Having done that, I had to go back to yet another side and join the queue there…

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I really cannot understand how they can think it is more convenient to check in online and just get our boarding passes verified at the airport and to just drop off our baggage when we would need to stand in line like everybody else. The only thing would be the fact that we would not need to pay the RM10.00 per pax for checking in at the counter.

Well, at least, I went early…but my cousin, back from Perth, was on the same flight and she came a little bit later and was so put off by the hassle and the lack of any proper system at security check and the check-in counter. They were running out of time and only at the eleventh hour did they open an extra counter or two to handle the rest of the passengers waiting in line. In the end, she only got to the departure gate around 15 minutes before take-off. Maybe that is why their flights are always delayed – just add 10 minutes to each flight and by the end of the day, the plane would be delayed by at least one hour already, if there is no untoward incident that would stall the plane even longer.

We did not proceed to the departure lounge right away as we were told to go in at around an hour before take off…so we went and sat at the seats provided beside the arrival gate which brings another question to mind? Why aren’t there any seats at the departure side and yet they have some at arrivals? I thought passengers arriving would make their way out of the place right away and would not be sitting around – not when comfort is the last word to describe the place in question?

Well, things weren’t much better at the departure lounge, I’m afraid. Nobody could sit in the front row for obvious reasons…

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This certainly gives a whole new meaning to what they call “hot seats” including the ones for the disabled, the elderly and expectant mums. Probably whoever designed the airport thought that those glass panels…

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…would help make the place brighter and they would be able to save electricity on the lighting. Unfortunately, it brought with it this problem and besides, the radiation also contributes greatly to the heat in the already hot and stuffy place.

I am pretty sure that it does not take a genius to figure out that the airport authorities make quite a bundle considering the amount they charge per passenger and there are so many passengers leaving and arriving at this airport in particular and it would not be half as bad if they could at least put in some effort to make things a bit better. This was the toilet INSIDE the departure lounge…

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…used by people who can afford to fly! I dread to imagine what the ones outside would be like! Shudders!!! And just look at the little flies on the wall…

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…and the graffiti on the door…

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The public toilets in the little rural town of Selangau would put these to shame, honestly. In fact, it is not even a town – they call it a “pekan” which simply means a bazaar.

Well, the consoling fact is that they will open a new terminal soon…

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…but if this is the general attitude of the individuals concerned and the way they run things round here, I really do not expect it to be very much better…