Connection……

I suppose the only connection between East and West Malaysia would be by air unless one wouldn’t mind sailing in some cargo ship from here to say, Port Klang and unfortunately, there is only one direct flight daily from KLIA to Sibu and back via the national airline but thankfully, there are some five or six flights if you choose to go on the so-called cheap airline. There is a new airline now but I have yet to give it a try…but when they first advertised that they would be flying this route, those who logged on to their website right away were disappointed to discover that seats on their flights during the school holidays were “not available”.

That is one problem that we face over here and the flights would be extra expensive during these peak periods and with the Gawai Festival at the time, the tickets were not at all cheap – I had to fork out over RM700.00 per person for us to go over for Melissa’s convocation and the holiday that we had after that. This is one thing that people on the other side do not realise, it seems, especially the people in the ministry concerned who would fix dates according to their whims and fancies and change them whenever they feel like it…and we would be the ones who would have to pay the hefty penalties for any changes made to the bookings.

Anyway, at least with the available connection by air, it is relatively easy for us to fly over anytime – all we have to do is to fork out the money – and the other day, we went over using this aircraft…

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They have a very good system here at the airport in Sibu now whereby they will check the boarding passes first and make the passengers queue in three groups – those in the hot seats, the ones in the seats at the back and the remaining passengers in the front. When it is time to board the aircraft, they will direct the privileged ones to board first followed by the second group using the back staircase and finally, the latter using the front staircase. When we went that day, I thought that was very good and everything was done in an orderly manner…unlike at the LCCT where despite the seat numbers being pre-allocated, there was still a mad rush like commuters boarding the LRT or the public buses.

There was a Korean stewardess on duty (the Korean flag was on her name tag) that day but I don’t think I managed to snap a photograph of her. It certainly was not this one…

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…and I guess most everybody would know that their uniform is different on weekends and they would be dressed in something more casual and comfortable.

The flight was on time…or ok…there was a slight delay of 5-10 minutes, both ways, but that would be pretty usual, I would think. We just have to give and take a little. Oops!!! The overhead stowage compartment fell open by itself during take off…

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– luckily, none of the bags inside came tumbling down.

I pre-booked all our meals for our flights and for my missus, I got her this green curry…

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…and this spaghetti was for Melissa…

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…but she felt like having my bryani instead…

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…so we swopped what we had and I finished mine in no time at all. She did not quite enjoy hers as it was a bit too strong on those (Indian) spices…but too late – the pasta was already all in my tummy. Hehehehehe!!!!

I don’t think it is cheaper to pre-book your meals though – the only thing would be the fact that you would be able to get what you want to eat from their menu and not restricted to whatever extras they may have on board. Besides, you will get complimentary mineral water – but, no, you do not get those small bottles (half the size of those small ones sold in the shop) anymore. All that you will get these days is just a little cup that is sealed ever so tightly that it is so difficult to open without spilling the water all over. I wish they would give that thin straw that normally comes with those little cups of water so people can easily poke through the plastic and drink the water without any hassle at all.

This was the aircraft that we used on our flight back to Sibu…

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…and for once, we did not have to walk half a mile to board the plane, thank God for small mercies.

There was a Korean flight attendant on this flight too – a steward this time…

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…though in my opinion, he did not look quite as Korean as those guys that we see on tv or in the music videos. LOL!!!

For our return flight, I got my missus the roast chicken…

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…and a slice of pizza for Melissa…

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That looked kind of small and I wanted to give her my panini instead…

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…but she said it was enough for her and she quite liked it actually.

We did not have any problem whatsoever flying over and coming home other than the grouses over the not-very-pleasant place that they call an airport terminal…and I must say I loved the landings on both flights. It was smooth and it was like the plane(s) just glided onto the runway unlike the jolting bumps that I’ve  experienced when taking the national airline.

Well, it looks like this is the last post on our 9D/8N holiday break in the peninsula…so the regular posts will resume tomorrow.   Now, was that a huge sigh  of relief that I heard all round? LOL!!!

STOP PRESS: DISCLAIMER!!!
This headline appeared in one of the local newspapers yesterday: “Lovers jetty collapses” [SIC] and if one can recall, I was there a few weeks ago on the 28th of May…

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No! No! No! It wasn’t me! This has nothing to do with the fact that I was there not too long ago! LOL!!! In fact, this was as far as I went – where I was standing to take the photograph of the jetty and the beautiful sunset and I think the part that collapsed was a little further up, past the sign – you can click this link here to see the photograph and read the full report.

As a matter of fact, I had goosebumps just going that short distance along the jetty as I thought it was kind of narrow and there were no rails, nothing to hold on to…and I quickly made my way back to where it was safe and sound. Hopefully, now they would do something about that…