In Transit at KLIA

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Thought I'd take Kuala Lumpur's International Airport up on its free internet to post a message. One last thought before I hit Australian soil.

It's been 24 hours since I awoke in Amsterdam. Since then, I have walked to Amsterdam's Central Train Station, caught the train to Schipol's Airport, caught the 1 hour flight to Gatwick, caught the 1.15 hour, 18 pound express bus service to Heathrow's terminal 3, waited 3 hours for my international flight to KL, flew the 12.5 hours from Heathrow to KL and now here I am... awaiting my 5 hour flight to Perth. It's 3.25pm local time, my flight leaves here at 5.55pm. Arrive into Perth at 11.15pm.

Can't wait to hit the sack tonight at my mum's place!

Anyway, Malaysian Airlines is excellent value for money but, in my opinion, does not rate up there with the likes of Cathay Pacific and Qantas. The service was very ordinary. It's the little things that make a difference... like no moisturiser in the toilets, using milk sachets instead of fresh milk, not providing toiletry packs as Cathay Pacific did, and being quite brash in their service. The attendants were quite bland... no smiles. The seat didn't recline as much either. For the first time, I had a bit of air sickness... felt like I'd have to rush to the toilet but luckily got through the 12 hour flight unscathed. The rude Irish woman next to me decided to take up 3 of the seats in the 4 seat row and tried to take over mine as well... kept knocking into me with her feet. I'm over Irish people now!

KL's airport is unreal, and its great to be back in SEAsia, if only for 3 hours. I think its refreshing that the airport provides free internet, even though this terminal is the only one working and I have people milling around me waiting for it! Instantly, I have felt the warmth of the people. The cleaner for example, gave me a few local coins to ring Quin, my mate here in KL... good talking to you Quin. I'm sure we will meet up soon when I return for a proper visit. I know I should be doing duty free shopping, but to tell you the truth I can't be bothered.

London was absolutely horrible... so glad I only had 5 hours there. The woman at the immigration counter (Gatwick Airport) interrogated me, even though I was only to be there for 5 hours... in transit. She rates up there as being the WORST immigration person I've had to go through. She asked to see my 'lost' passport... is she stupid or something? I had to go through the whole scenario of what happened to it, as well as what I've been doing for the last 5 months, how long I was planning to be in the UK, when I was here last etc. I couldn't believe it given that I was in transit from Gatwick to Heathrow... I gave her my mind but that didn't help... made things worse. I didn't think that I would have to explain myself given that I was only to be in the country for 5 hours. In many ways, I'm over the UK, and especially London. Apart from Wendy and James, I have no reason to ever visit the British Isles again. I can think of many other beautiful and relaxing places to visit. Is my tiredness starting to take over the content of this post?

Anyway, looking forward to returning to Perth... have absolutely no idea where I'm heading at this stage but I suppose that makes things interesting... keep reading... for you never know what's around the corner, except to return to the best country in the world... and probably the best city. We are truly lucky to live in such a fantastic country... its only when you travel internationally do you realise how fortunate we are. Home... here I come.
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