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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14176 times:

NORTHERN EXPOSURE PART 1

This is the continuation of a series of flights I took for my sabbatical. The Perth portion was covered in an earlier trip report. After reporting back to base in Singapore, there were still a few more flights to complete mainly up north to KUL and BKK. I seldom lump two trips into one report but seeing how these sectors have been covered ad nauseam, I will just do a quick run through of the flights. SIN to KUL / BKK is after all one of the busiest routes one can experience in this region!

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 – Kuala Lumpur International LCC-T
Air Asia Berhad
AK 716
Airbus A320-214 (9M-AFE, ABL-Jet)
1910 – 2015H
Duration 1hr 5min


Mainly pictures for the outbound flight with limited narrative. I thought the return journey would better to write about since I flew out from KL’s LCC-T.


Renovation for Terminal 1 is more of less complete. Now it looks like a scaled down Terminal 3 so we’ve lost the iconic clack-clack gigantic FIDS.


Terminal 1 airside… Looks green enough. What are missing are apes hanging from the ceiling.


Some of the sights out into the busy apron include an unshowered Frenchie and a Lion who loves getting his tail scratched.


Let’s see, who’s going where tonight?


Jetstar recently started SIN-AKL / MEL with a pair of daily A330s. No wonder SQ is getting her underarms damp trying to get into the long haul LCC game. With Air Asia X up north - and in SIN we have Jetstar and Durian Emeritus Airways (who knows what the new SQ LCC will be called?), very interesting times ahead.


I know there’s rioting in London at the moment, but come on! Margaret Thatcher would definitely throw her scented hanky over this shit!


Here’s my ASEAN Basketball League vessel. No sweaty players on board, just indifferent passengers like me getting from point A to B.


A quick glimpse of my fellow passengers – included a pair of proud parents photographing their first child’s every moment to a Falungong disciple who thinks she can attain enlightenment by meditating sitting crossed legged on the floor facing a pillar. This is an A380 ready gate which explains the larger than normal space for a departure holding lounge.


And in we go….


Air Asia hosties in tightie-reds.


Seat pocket junk. That’s a lot of crap!


Approach to KLIA saw us journey up north towards KL before turning back south.


Arrival at 2015H saw this as one of my longest SIN-KUL flight to date, no thanks to airspace congestion.


With no check in baggage to claim, I headed straight for the exit to look for that elusive shuttle bus which would take me to an express train station to end up in KL Sentral. No luck, a sign at the ticket counter read “CLOSED. PROCEED TO DOMESTIC ARRIVALS”. Headed to domestic arrivals but to no avail. Didn’t see any sign for this mentioned service so ended up in the side terminal to take another bus directly to KL Sentral, negating the need for a train transfer. No big deal.



Kuala Lumpur LCC-T – Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1
Air Asia Berhad
AK 719
Airbus A320-214 (9M-AFL)
1950 – 2050H
1hr



This trip up to Kuala Lumpur was at insistence of friends up there who were determined to get my butt into the throbbing nightlife that has come to be associated with this city. Thus, this rather out of habit flight to KL was part of the itinerary. It is actually much more convenient to drive up there from Singapore. Fun, there were lots. Food, there was even more. Clubs, there were only that many I could humanly grace. Plans for a “Sunday brunch” were thrown into disarray when I was rudely roused from bed at 4pm on a sultry Sunday afternoon.

“WAKE UP!!! You are supposed to be at the airport!!!”

Crap… I was running late.

Pathetic, I did feel like an aging party animal in this aspect. Didn’t even get a chance to shower, we hastily dressed and rushed out into the car for a quick sprint to KL Sentral. Thank God I was a t-shirt / jeans type of man and had little hair on my head to tease.

“I thought you were supposed to wake me up for brunch?” I asked my friend
“I thought you were supposed to wake me up so we could go?” was her response

There was no winning this. In record time, I made it from bed to train in 30 minutes.

While the area for flights check-in was a picture of upmost tranquillity, radiating the charm of a mausoleum…

… the central atrium where several lines of inter-suburban trains meet was teeming with activity and human traffic. KLIA Transit was relegated to this area.



Hell bent on trying the KLIA Transit to LCC-T, it involved a ride on a hybrid express / commuter train to Salak Tinggi (this train eventually goes to KLIA via a few stops en route) before a hop on a shuttle bus for the final leg of the journey to LCC-T. Unlike the inbound, this time everything fell together seamlessly with well posted signs to show the way forward. There was no guessing involved where what was, and what was where. If only all facilities in Malaysia could be like this.

Malaysia’s federal administrative centre, Putrajaya.

Salak Tinggi train station, before a bus transfer to LCC-T. Looks like a view we’d see after coming through the slimy birth canal of a giant bitch ALIEN and our face ends up in between her legs looking out. Ripley, here we come!

Configuration of the transfer bus had a most peculiar configuration. Makes it more comfortable, actually!



Arriving at LCC-T, I was keen to explore a little bit more of this airport because my last experience was rather horrendous with all the renovations going on, really a construction cess-pool. By now it should have been completed.



From the exterior, the LCC-T looked similar from what I remembered. However, real changes were on the inside. It has been expanded perhaps two or three fold. Retail and F&B options seem to have multiplied with all of them well placed at different locations with a little bit of something for everyone.

However this being the hazy, cloudless and sunny day it was, the very high late afternoon temperature outside was easily conducted by the metal structure of this terminal building into the interior. Air conditioning was having a difficult time coping with large parts of the terminal engulfed in a stuffy stench which was hard to hide from.



Heading into international check in area, it was filled with nothing but Air Asia signs and counters. Different areas were allocated depending on where your flight was headed to and mine bound for Singapore, was lumped together with flights destined for Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Brunei. My preferred aft window seats were all taken so no choice but to take the ones in front of the aircraft.

I find it very difficult not to be impressed by Air Asia’s achievements judging by their growth pattern and balance sheets especially in such a short time.

Not wanting to feel left out, MAS and subsidiary Firefly inch in on the action despite not flying out of this terminal.



As Air Asia moves towards a self-serve modus operandi, there will be less of manned check-in counters in time to come – with more self-serve kiosks being placed throughout. My last experience with the latter was unfortunately unsuccessful because it failed to recognise my non-Malaysian passport. Hopefully this issue has already been resolved.

All thanks to the quick commute and fast check in process, I had time to indulge in a pet weakness of mine – Sheperd’s Pie! But not before freshening up by brushing my teeth first!

I’d kill a guy for Sheperd’s pie! I’d die for Sheperd’s pie! I’d cry for Sheperd’s pie! More importantly, I love to taste Sheperd’s pie from all over to see how it doesn’t compare to mine. Hahaha…

Soon it was time to head airside.

A glimpse into the distance at KLIA’s satellite terminal…

Thought I spotted someone familiar…

Oh hello, 9M-MTD! How have you been since we last met on my flight back from Perth a few weeks ago?

There was nothing but MAS planes there but the immediate vicinity of LCC-T didn’t yield anything more interesting either – it was full of Air Asia planes.



I did mention earlier how the interior of this building has changed. The difference between then and now is like night and day. Airside alone has expanded into the horizon with ample room for passengers to wait for flights, unlike the morbid mad house it was before. More shops have opened up (of course) with island counters peddling anything from Tune Mobile’s (Tony Fernandes’ telcom business unit) items to tasty Malaysian “kueh”.

Now…

Now…

Now…

Then… Mar 2009.

At the rate Air Asia is expanding, it isn’t any wonder why a brand new LCC-T has to be built nearby. Unfortunately this airline is being held at the mercy of feet-dragging government officials and the new airport’s operationally-ready date has already been pushed back many times. At least some signs of construction have already begun.



At roughly 30 min past 7pm, boarding call was announced for my flight and an orderly process was ensured. To make sure we didn’t walk to the wrong plane, the assigned gate was flashed on the LCD screen beneath our flight number albeit slightly smaller in fonts. I wonder if anyone had boarded the wrong aircraft seeing how there weren’t any ushers along the way?

9M-AFL, my ride home to SIN.

We could choose to board either from the front of rear doors, although there didn’t seem to be any specified pattern as to which one to choose.

Air Asia’s interior needs no introduction. Typical LCC layout clad in smart black leather for all its fleet covering every franchise. It was indeed a full flight and I was relegated to the front just ahead of the aircraft engine. Boarding was completed very quickly but we still had to wait for our slot for pushback despite us being about 10 min early.



Sun had crept below horizon by the time we taxied. Since it was a night flight, views out of windows were rather limited to lights from sporadic kampungs and cars along the highway. Really nothing interesting other than looking at my seat neighbour’s knees and observing how different they looked from mine.

Cruise time of slightly over 20 min, there were people who actually ordered meals. Perhaps they didn’t know how short airborne time was.

Cabin darkened for landing in SIN. Some passengers across the aisle were still wolfing down their food quickly as we were on final approach into SIN. Take a note people, KUL-SIN flight time only allows you half a fart, at most.



2050H: Docked safely at Gate C11 which is about as close to immigration as possible at Changi Airport Terminal 1. I do wonder about these budget carriers sometimes who get assigned to these “golden gates” at airports. Do they pay an extra premium for it? This flight was really too short to experience any proper service. The Air Asia hosties did all they could and as far as I could see, not much fault to be seen. Although, I did encounter a Filipina stewardess on this flight. Could a Pinoy Air Asia be in the horizon? I sure suspect so…


NORTHERN EXPOSURE PART 2

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Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Thai Airways International (code share with Air Madagascar)
TG 404 / MD 1180
Boeing 777-3D7 (HS-TKA, Sriwanna)
1240 – 1350H
Duration 2hr 10min




Before I could get settled, I found myself heading to the airport again after a day – this time bound for Bangkok. With bags packed and raring to go, I hopped into a cab for a quick ride to Terminal 1 again for the 2nd time in so many hours.

Quick summary of the outbound is in order.



Check in was a leisurely affair this being a mid-afternoon flight. Elsewhere around the empty terminal, the other island which had any sign of activity was – of course, the Air Asia one.

How lovely Terminal 1 looks now…

Sky rockets in flight, afternoon delights.

You’ve got to be kidding me. Have they started Business Class AGAIN after how many failed attempts?

I miss the GIANT black clacking flipping FIDS. These LCD ones are so boring!

Terminal 1, airside.

It’s time for Air Asia to tell everyone to kiss her butt because she’s just bought a stake in Malaysia Airlines!!!

Feeling lost, Jimmy wonders what to do after waking up from a slumber to find out he’s missed his flight…

Dee khaaaa… The royal jumpee awaits my arrival.

I really love the way Terminal 1 looks now.

HS-TKA looked immaculate from the inside out. This plane, I am assuming, is TG’s very first 777-300 which was delivered way back in 1998.

And in we go…

Look at this picture, makes you want to savour the floral scented scenery doesn’t it? Makes you want to sniff your computer screen, no?

A TG welcome by the ladies is always unparalleled. So I was a little perturbed by a steward who was thankfully on the other aisle who remained in that same expression throughout the flight.

Oh hello, knee shot time!



Safety video failed to start leading to an urgent announcement “Flight attendants! Oxygen mask, seatbelt, lifejacket… Manual safety deee-monstration positions, please!”

As these poor girls ran to get their equipment and stood at their assigned locations, the video came back on leading to the stewardess near me to silently mouth something in Thai which I assumed could only mean “WTF?”. Hahahaha…

Off we go into the sky.

All the 3 terminal in its entirety.



When you have 3 seats to yourself, make the best out of it!

Stretch out!

Past FL100, meal service preparation began in earnest.

Cabin was pretty empty where I was.

Very quickly - even before we reached Kuantan, meal trays were already being distributed. Two choices were offered (chicken or fish).

Fish curry… Succulent, flavourful, rich! Came with a Thai taro dessert and tuna salad.

Dessert was most interesting. A layer of glutinous rice with smashed pieces of tako (yam) held together with coconut milk, topped with a jelly fruit cocktail cocktail. The yellow garnished was best described as a heavily jasmine flavoured jelly shaving (??). Whatever the name of this is, I want more of it!

This caused service to be halted. It was bad enough for flight deck to yell over the blower for everyone to be seated, including flight attendants. The roller coaster ride caused spilled drinks on our meal trays, but it wasn’t anything I have not encountered before.

Strapped in during turbulence, same expression from before – yes? Should he join the ranks of Wilma from EK? Madame Tussaude bound? Definitely not customer service oriented. Just as well he had a double chin.

By the time lunch and turbulence played themselves out, we were approaching the Gulf of Thailand.

A bit of shut eye after lunch.

By now, these ladies have changed out of their lovely Thai outfits into the ground uniform.

Coasting in over Meuang Rayong.

OMFG, is that a ghost of EK’s Wilma creeping about?!



I wanted to try the express train to Makkasan this trip so decided to head to the bowels of this airport.

Of course, the interior cannot be compared to KLIA Express.

Nice view of the airport compound as train sped away from Suvarnabhumi.

Makkasan station. Felt like I had to talk in whispers because it was so quiet.

Overall the train + taxi option to the hotel saved me about 100 baht (USD3.00). On a quiet day like this with no traffic jam, I’d say hop into a taxi directly from the airport and save the hassle of lugging your bags on and off the train. Savings is not worth the trouble.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport – Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1
Thai Airways International
TG 401
Boeing 777-2D7 (HS-TJF, Phanom Sarakham)
1940 – 2250H
Duration 2hr 10 min


Recalling my unsuccessful nightmarish commute attempt to Suvarnabhumi during a weekday rush hour about a year ago, I decided to cater ample time for the taxi ride this time without any last minute diversions to Makkasan. While the express train to the airport is a God-sent for a city like Bangkok, it just isn’t THAT much cheaper considering you still need to take a taxi to the station.



Check in was a little adventurous. Since I was travelling with a friend, the agent informed us we got assigned separate seats in the aircraft. However, he was nice enough to put a remark in the system for us to be seated together once boarding commenced. Apparently, this flight was 100% sold. Not surprising this being a Friday evening, it would have been a popular flight for those here on work trips returning home to SIN.

It’s been a nice getaway and having 3 weeks’ worth of holiday time at one go, that is pretty rare for someone like me. It seems as if everyone I knew was in BKK for the weekend because of a long holiday ahead, so I was glad to be avoiding the crowd. As I headed out for lunch earlier, throngs of eager Singaporean shoppers were already within earshot, evidently having arrived on the first few flights. Just hearing them already sent my blood pressure rising into stratospheric levels.



Not sure if I have gotten used to how shitty this airport looks airside, but it doesn’t seem to offend me as much these days. Is it my imagination, or have they solved the air conditioning issue? No more warm spots experienced.

Just as I was mentioning how everyone is in BKK, I heard my name being hollered across the hall and there she was – a friend from Jakarta was in transit bound for Brisbane. F&B options were never the highlight for me at Suvarnabhumi, so we settled down at Mango Tree for a quick dinner which was good but not fantastic. I do miss the old Don Mueang Airport where TG operated a few splendid restaurants dotted about the terminal serving awesome curries and other mouth-watering Thai staples.



Meanwhile, my other friend who was travelling with me and didn’t join us for dinner had already boarded first. I received a cryptic text on my phone from him which left me puzzled…

“I am going to kill you!”

Not knowing what that meant, after a shrug of my shoulders and a few looks into the mirror to make sure I looked gorgeous – the boarding gate D7 beckoned.



“Good evening Mr Soh…” ok, the gate agent seemed happy to see me.
“Hello.” I replied, ego slightly boosted from this unexpected hospitality.
“Your friend inside plane waiting already. Now I put you two together side by side, ok?” she smiled.

Ok? Of course it was ok. It was all “OK” until I saw her scribble “50E” on my boarding pass. Oh no, THAT’S THE MIDDLE BLOCK! NOT JUST ANY MIDDLE BLOCK, BUT RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE-MIDDLE-BLOCK!

“Wait, wait… I want….”
“Bye bye Mr Soh, preasant fry ok?” she shooed me off.

As I held on to my boarding stub looking out into the dark towards the 777-200 waiting for me, it felt as if I was forced to purchase something I didn’t ask for. I bought a pair of Calvin Klein killer boxer briefs which would have made me look like Mark Wahlberg back in the day, but instead when I got home - all I found in the bag was a pair of winter leggings meant for the Olsen twins with a little Hallmark card embellished with words like “let us remind you about our no return / no refund policy due to stupidity…”.



Now my friend’s SMS suddenly made sense to me. You see, both of us are plane fanatics and window seat whores. This being an evening flight, we had already planned for him to take the window seat since there was not much of a view outside anyway so no big deal for me. But now neither one of us could stare outside – what’s worse...

“Mr Soh, welcome on board!”

TG assigned a non-PTV 777-200 on tonight’s flight to SIN.

As I arrived at 50E, my friend was already there at 50D with a pseudo stroke looking all contorted and unhappy.

“Enjoy your middle seat”, he quipped dryly



Looking at the bright side of things, at least it was a bulkhead so it wasn’t THAT disastrous after all. But my PTV… Where’s my PTV? I had one huge white screen in front of me which I had to be a Chinese acrobat in order to look at it, either that or a giraffe with a really long neck. It was totally useless.

Seriously miffed about the seat mishap…

I……. can’t…….. see…….

With that drama behind us, it was time to take in the surroundings of this refurbished plane. HS-TJF belongs to the first batch of 777s delivered in 1997. As TG rebranded herself some 7 years ago (Geez, has it been that long?), interior refurbishments were carried out in earnest resulting in this multi coloured concept for YCL.

Taxi out to the runway was painstakingly slow due to heavy traffic. Or it just felt like that since I had no window to get a gauge of our position?

For the first time in a long while, I had really no idea which runway we departed from. It was just a blur of lights from distant windows flashing by in a darkened cabin. From what I could tell, these undeserving window seat passengers weren’t interested in even remotely perusing that hole in the fuselage.

Cologne in a YCL toilet. Not bad!



As much as I have raved about TG’s catering prowess in the past, this is probably the first time a correction has to be made.

Dinner service commenced quickly as soon as we stabilised on climb and none too soon, a steward appeared and asked if we liked the prawn or chicken. Recalling the tasty orgasmic prawn curry from a last flight, I immediately opted for the former while my friend the other option.



Lifting the foil off, a hot casserole dish contained fried rice and an omelette.

“Where’s the prawns?” I remarked rather loudly
“Sir, it’s inside the egg.” said the steward who was still nearby and heard my diva-esque tantrum

It was absolutely tasteless. The rice, omelette, dessert… I could not even finish the meal. Chicken was a stir-fry type with plain rice which wasn’t a culinary delight either. Goodness TG, what’s wrong with you? Did you run out of ideas - Fried rice and omelette? And that panna-cotta dessert - did you forget sugar? Dessert needs to be sweet? Hello? Ding dong bells… Anyone home?

Horrendous, horrendous, horrendous. Thank god for Mango Tree earlier on because I would have hated to board the plane with an empty stomach from an all-day meeting only to be presented with this meal.

Can’t take another bite

With no IFE, we resort to our own.

Some of you might say “Oh if you fly in the US, see you if you even get a meal blah blah blah…”. But darlings, this ISN’T the US of A. This is Asia, where passengers do not get urinated on while they sleep.

Thank god the meal was cleared away in no time and cabin darkened for passengers to take a cat nap before arrival.

Sigh… What sort of entertainment is anyone supposed to have on such an aircraft?

In no time, the aircraft nose inched downwards and arrival process commenced. By now, the TG Girls would have magically transformed themselves into their ground uniform as if by magic and giving out brooches of fresh orchids to female passengers.

One thing which didn’t fail on this flight was the service. Regardless of male or female, this team was very much together in putting up a concerted effort to please.

That’s the end? I am afraid so.

Yes, this concludes the end of a series of flights I took for this rather lengthy holiday of mine. No matter how long a holiday is, going back to reality is always a pain. But going back to reality feeling all recharged is another matter altogether.

THANK YOU FOR READING!


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User currently offlined3funct From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 14007 times:

Love the humour, shame about the last meal - thanks for a nice TR!

User currently offlineB738FlyUIA From Kazakhstan, joined Dec 2009, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13828 times:

Quoting d3funct (Reply 1):
Love the humour....

Oh yes... ))) Very nice TR must say....

Only BA should be ashamed to send a 744 in that terrible state!!!


User currently offlinev jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13631 times:

Best trip reports ever Ryan, thank you. I have to ask what is that on the sad bread rolls mouth?   

User currently offlineretrolivery From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 12884 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
OMFG, is that a ghost of EK’s Wilma creeping about?!

HAHAHAHA. Your acerbic wit in these TRs is always appreciated.



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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 12810 times:

Excellent trip report, I would to be so disappointed to be flying a non-PTV a/c, also middle seat ! thanks goodness , its 3-3-3 !

Cheers
Ryan



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User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12560 times:

As always I enjoyed your trip report!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Durian Emeritus Airways

What an AWESOME name for an airline...They wouldn't even have to ever clean the planes...if they started to smell the FA's could just say "Oh that is the Durian!"

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I’d kill a guy for Sheperd’s pie! I’d die for Sheperd’s pie! I’d cry for Sheperd’s pie! More importantly, I love to taste Sheperd’s pie from all over to see how it doesn’t compare to mine. Hahaha…

Really?! You know for many of us Sheperd's pie is what they serve at school lunches on Friday to disguise the fact that they are just using the leftovers from Monday - Thursday.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
As I held on to my boarding stub looking out into the dark towards the 777-200 waiting for me, it felt as if I was forced to purchase something I didn’t ask for. I bought a pair of Calvin Klein killer boxer briefs which would have made me look like Mark Wahlberg back in the day, but instead when I got home - all I found in the bag was a pair of winter leggings meant for the Olsen twins with a little Hallmark card embellished with words like “let us remind you about our no return / no refund policy due to stupidity…”.

Um...um....wow...Olsen twins? Really?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Sir, it’s inside the egg.” said the steward who was still nearby and heard my diva-esque tantrum

I love that you are at least self aware!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
This is Asia, where passengers do not get urinated on while they sleep.

Thank goodness that never happens here in America...oh..wait....um....um...awkward...


User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 12237 times:

Ha! So nice to see another report from you Mr Ryanair. I giggled my way through much of it - your descriptions so spot on and entertaining! I also would have been horrified with the seat on the last leg - my worst nightmare. The look on your face sums it up perfectly !!

I remember flying on sistership to your flight up to BKK (HS-TKB) back in 2000, and even though the aircraft was quite new, the cabin was like stepping back in time to the mid 1980s! Glad TG has finally got around to refurbishing those now much older birds.

Thanks again - are you travelling again soon?

P/jet



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 11801 times:

Hi all...

Quoting d3funct (Reply 1):
Love the humour, shame about the last meal - thanks for a nice TR!

Thank you, thanks for stopping by.

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 2):
Only BA should be ashamed to send a 744 in that terrible state!!!

I KNOW! I guess with every flight completed, the state of it becomes worse.

Quoting v jet (Reply 3):
I have to ask what is that on the sad bread rolls mouth?

What's that? Its a surprise for someone who neither spits nor swallows! Hahahaha... It was dessert leftovers.

Quoting retrolivery (Reply 4):
Your acerbic wit in these TRs is always appreciated.

Thank you, glad you enjoy it.

Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 5):
I would to be so disappointed to be flying a non-PTV a/c, also middle seat ! thanks goodness , its 3-3-3 !

Could have been worse... 2-5-2.

Quoting burj (Reply 6):
if they started to smell the FA's could just say "Oh that is the Durian!"

Durian isn't smelly. Only your side of the world feels so  
Quoting burj (Reply 6):
You know for many of us Sheperd's pie is what they serve at school lunches on Friday to disguise the fact that they are just using the leftovers from Monday - Thursday.

See, I make my pie from the scratch. No leftovers used. Mine is cheesier, more butter, and basically more of everything.

Quoting burj (Reply 6):

Thank goodness that never happens here in America...oh..wait....um....um...awkward...

You don't say! LOL!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 7):
I remember flying on sistership to your flight up to BKK (HS-TKB) back in 2000, and even though the aircraft was quite new, the cabin was like stepping back in time to the mid 1980s! Glad TG has finally got around to refurbishing those now much older birds.

Yes I have flown the the old TG config before and it wasn't exactly the most comfortable ride. Can't imagine them flying those planes to Australia!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 7):
Thanks again - are you travelling again soon?

No immediate plans to at the moment. But then again, that's what I say everytime I finish a trip report and someone asks me this exact question.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 11801 times:

Deleted due repeated post

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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 11802 times:

More of the other non aviation related photos to share...


Reason why I ended up in KL...


Bangkok


I was trying to avoid an old friend but he just would not leave me alone.


Really? Since when?


My serviced apartments in Suan Phlu, Sathorn.


Street food is the best...


I must say again... Street food is indeed the best!


Sathorn


View out of my bedroom.


Foot massage isn't really my thing, as you can tell. It feels too Final Destination for me.


I would NOT want to bump into this superhero.


Got invited to dinner at this retro looking, run down little restaurant close to Chinatown. But by golly the food was fantastic!

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User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 11767 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
Durian isn't smelly. Only your side of the world feels so  

Oh I see...and that is why they aren't allowed on the S'pore MRT? For me the smellier...the better tasting!


User currently onlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 369 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11472 times:
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I'm sorry, but I am one of those people who would say, "but if you were flying economy class in the US on a two hour flight............" I am really jealous of people in other parts of the world who fly on full service carriers and actually receive full service. I was amazed at what was offered on Thai. It looked better than what is served in First Class on a comparably distanced US domestic flight!! Flying really sucks here in the States!! It has turned into something to be endured rather than enjoyed. Ok, rant over. Enjoyed your TR very much and I look forward to reading your next installment. Please keep them coming, because when it comes to flying, we need to have something to dream about here in the US.

User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11437 times:

Loved the buns   Thanks a lot for sharing!

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11228 times:

Hi

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing. Loved the views and the read   .


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2196 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 11136 times:

Hi Ryan,

I don't get it. Brilliant Thai catering into Thailand, crap exiting it? Shouldn't it be the other way round or don't they want you to leave?

That was my experience too.

As for middle seats, Dear MH, how many times do I have to tell you that I want a window seat and two aisles? Got it? No? Stop reverting me!

Maybe you should have asked if they had any spare colouring books to amuse you on your flight back.  

At least the bus to the KLIA LCCT looks like an improvement over the clap trap mess that it used to be.

Loved the photos. Brought back so many recent memories. Did Tom offer to use an e-meter on you?



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 10963 times:

Hi all,

Quoting burj (Reply 11):
Oh I see...and that is why they aren't allowed on the S'pore MRT?

As much as I don't hate durians, I would not want the smell of it in my car. Barring it from MRT trains is a good thing because the pong of it stays lingering in air-conditioned environment for days. Once when I was in Bangkok, my relative brought durians to the hotel room and we were happily tucking in. It wasn't long before housekeeping was going from door to door knocking to see who was the culprit who brought that offending fruit to the premises.

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 12):
It looked better than what is served in First Class on a comparably distanced US domestic flight!!

I empathise. Hahahaha... Yes all I see are like roast beef sandwiches and chicken salad.

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 12):
Ok, rant over. Enjoyed your TR very much and I look forward to reading your next installment. Please keep them coming, because when it comes to flying, we need to have something to dream about here in the US.

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting reifel (Reply 13):
Loved the buns Thanks a lot for sharing!

Yes, I loved the buns too which was why I could not bear to eat them.  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 14):
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing. Loved the views and the read

Thank you for stopping by.

Quoting allrite (Reply 15):
I don't get it. Brilliant Thai catering into Thailand, crap exiting it? Shouldn't it be the other way round or don't they want you to leave?

TG does a double uplift from BKK on their flights to SIN with the exception of TG401 (my flight back) which overnights here and goes back the next morning as TG402. Yes this meal was a one off as far as my experiences with them goes.

Quoting allrite (Reply 15):
Dear MH, how many times do I have to tell you that I want a window seat and two aisles? Got it? No? Stop reverting me!

That would be MH call center in Australia? All their calls get routed to Adelaide... But I understand they have already closed that call center, or are in the midst of doing so. Cost savings...

Quoting allrite (Reply 15):
At least the bus to the KLIA LCCT looks like an improvement over the clap trap mess that it used to be.

The transfer bus between LCC-T and KLIA is still the same smelly bus I was on in Mar 2009.

Quoting allrite (Reply 15):
Loved the photos. Brought back so many recent memories. Did Tom offer to use an e-meter on you?

This one went over my head. Tom?



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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2196 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 10946 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 16):
This one went over my head. Tom?

Tom Cruise, Scientologist.



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User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 10927 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 16):
As much as I don't hate durians

.....

I'm actually quite surprised that Durian isn't sold in tupperware or some other airtight container so the smell doesn't get out...and I suspect that some people are more sensitive to the smell than others...


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2196 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 10907 times:

Quoting burj (Reply 18):
I'm actually quite surprised that Durian isn't sold in tupperware or some other airtight container so the smell doesn't get out

I'm amazed where durian is sold. To be expected in street stalls in SE Asia. My wife will sit down behind a cart of durians and happily devour one. It's usually frozen Thai durians in Australia, but even our local Woolworths supermarket sells them in a predominantly European area (my wife's family aren't enough to sustain the trade). Walking through Shinjuku in Tokyo and I could smell durian in a fruit stall. Streets of Shanghai and I'm wondering which is worse: the sewer smell everywhere or a durian and suddenly I smell the latter hanging from a fruit stall.

But even if they are sold in an airtight container, where do you eat them? I remember my wife purchasing some durian from a street stall in Hong Kong. She started eating one outside an office building and got dirty looks. We had to go high up into the hills to let her eat it in peace.

It's not just that durian should be sold in airtight containers. It should be eaten in them as well. With deodorisation upon exit. I've smelt rubbish dumps nicer than durians.



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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 10576 times:

Hi Ryanair!!! (and another exclamation mark for the nice-to-see-your-TR effect) !

Again, very much delighted to read your TR and though I can recall hazily your previous TR on Thai on the same route previously, I am glad you did a double TR that allows me a great insight between budget and full-service travel from SIN! Great pictures that step-by-step show me the differences between dainty LCCT versus Suvarnabhumi and all its prestige, as well as no-frills in fiery-red suits versus legendary Thai hospitality in their colourful traditional dresses! Glad to hear that the crew on your flights (whether lo-co or full-service) were good (except for double-chinned Mr Wilma). I thoroughly enjoyed your pictures!

The food outbound on Thai looks great as usual but I was quite horrified to see how poor the catering is on the flight back! It certainly don't look appetising at all! I once swore by Thai's catering and now I've to swallow my words (literally).

Its been a while since I flew with both carriers and thanks really much for the update on how are they faring these days. Apparently still great though your flight outwards seems quite empty (strangely, all my flights with Thai on SIN-BKK-SIN have always been packed!)

Also, thanks for sharing your pics in both metropolises! Looks like you had a fun time in both!

Again, wonderfully written and excellent pictures, as always!

Greetings,
RvXKaz



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10430 times:

Hi all...

Quoting allrite (Reply 17):

Tom Cruise, Scientologist.

Ah so neh!... Mr Katie Holmes.

Quoting burj (Reply 18):
I'm actually quite surprised that Durian isn't sold in tupperware or some other airtight container so the smell doesn't get out...

Even here in Singapore, if you get durians from super market, they come all de-shelled with the creamy fruit tightly gladwrapped into a styrofoam box. And STILL the smell seeps out. Its relentless, I tell you.

Quoting allrite (Reply 19):
I remember my wife purchasing some durian from a street stall in Hong Kong. She started eating one outside an office building and got dirty looks. We had to go high up into the hills to let her eat it in peace.

Poor B, mouth full of durian and nowhere to go. Did you avoid kissing her afterwards? I am sure her fingers would have smelled for days. I haven't even began to touch on flatulence yet... Very warm and full of aroma. LOL!!!

Quoting allrite (Reply 19):
I've smelt rubbish dumps nicer than durians.

I guess I hate the smell of fried smelly tofu like you do durian. I see people crowding around a pushcart selling such a delicacy on the streets of HK and I can smell it from YARDS away... I cannot even bring myself to BREATH let alone go close to the cart to buy some and eat it!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 20):
Hi Ryanair!!! (and another exclamation mark for the nice-to-see-your-TR effect) !

LOL... Glad you enjoy my TRs.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 20):
Again, very much delighted to read your TR and though I can recall hazily your previous TR on Thai on the same route previously,

I see you are referring to this trip report. Yes it was the same set of flight numbers too (TG404/401).

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 20):
The food outbound on Thai looks great as usual but I was quite horrified to see how poor the catering is on the flight back! It certainly don't look appetising at all! I once swore by Thai's catering and now I've to swallow my words (literally).

Oh man you have no idea how disappointed I was! I was really looking forward to some prawn curry but instead, I got something which I normally whip up in the kitchen quickly at 2am in the morning to soothe a hunger pang. A cup noodle would have been a better option.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 20):
Apparently still great though your flight outwards seems quite empty (strangely, all my flights with Thai on SIN-BKK-SIN have always been packed!)

I have learnt to appreciate heading to Bangkok on a weekday. For one very simple reason, NO SINGAPOREAN SHOPPERS. Thus, this route being very heavily EQV, TG sends a myriad of aircraft types during the weekday and sometimes it could involve a very large aircraft with a small number of passengers. As evidenced from both my TRs of the same flight (TG404), because these flights were flown on during non-peak days of the week. I am guessing TG404 would be packed on a Friday or an eve of a public holiday.



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User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10363 times:

Quoting allrite (Reply 19):
It's not just that durian should be sold in airtight containers. It should be eaten in them as well. With deodorisation upon exit. I've smelt rubbish dumps nicer than durians.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 21):
Even here in Singapore, if you get durians from super market, they come all de-shelled with the creamy fruit tightly gladwrapped into a styrofoam box. And STILL the smell seeps out. Its relentless, I tell you.

O.K. maybe there is some weird genetic thing where some people are much more sensitive to the smell than others... Or it smells different to different people...

Because I (and plenty of other people) don't find the smell nearly as offensive as y'all...because we love the stuff and eat it with zeal!


User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2981 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 10040 times:

Just the TR I needed to de stress myself after a hectic week ..... great job. Just a suggestion .. please post TRs in multiple posts and not single ones ... selective quoting becomes a pain.   

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Terminal 1 airside%u2026 Looks green enough. What are missing are apes hanging from the ceiling.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
know there%u2019s rioting in London at the moment, but come on! Margaret Thatcher would definitely throw her scented hanky over this shit!

LOL!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I miss the GIANT black clacking flipping FIDS. These LCD ones are so boring!

My dad still has a picture of himself under the giant FIDS at Changi back in 1987. I really miss that sight!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
OMFG, is that a ghost of EK’s Wilma creeping about?!

ROFL! ... Just add yabba dabba doos and we have a modern day Fred Flinstone.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Not sure if I have gotten used to how shitty this airport looks airside, but it doesn’t seem to offend me as much these days. Is it my imagination, or have they solved the air conditioning issue? No more warm spots experienced.

Has it been rectified? had a terrible time back in 2008.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Seriously miffed about the seat mishap…

That look was something like you thinking how to avoid another global economic crisis.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Goodness TG, what’s wrong with you? Did you run out of ideas - Fried rice and omelette? And that panna-cotta dessert - did you forget sugar? Dessert needs to be sweet? Hello? Ding dong bells… Anyone home?

Maybe as a FF they really are concerned about you putting on weight ... good customer service :P

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
With no IFE, we resort to our own.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
By now, the TG Girls would have magically transformed themselves into their ground uniform as if by magic and giving out brooches of fresh orchids to female passengers.

LOL

Quoting burj (Reply 6):
diva-esque tantrum

drama queen would be more appropriate :P

Thanks for sharing your TR



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 9791 times:

Hi all...

Quoting burj (Reply 22):
O.K. maybe there is some weird genetic thing where some people are much more sensitive to the smell than others... Or it smells different to different people...

I do not find durians offensive, I'm just not too crazy about it to exchange a newborn baby for a big basket of that thorny fruit.

Quoting burj (Reply 22):
Because I (and plenty of other people) don't find the smell nearly as offensive as y'all...because we love the stuff and eat it with zeal!

Nice to know you love durians... As long as you do not smell like one. Hahahaha...

Quoting ojas (Reply 23):
a suggestion .. please post TRs in multiple posts and not single ones ... selective quoting becomes a pain.

You must have got me mixed up with Roni Hawi. I'm smooth, with no goatee...

Quoting ojas (Reply 23):
My dad still has a picture of himself under the giant FIDS at Changi back in 1987. I really miss that sight!

One last giant FIDS is still surviving in Terminal 2 so it will last a while more before the next renovation seeing how the refurbishment was completed in 2009. .

Quoting ojas (Reply 23):
Has it been rectified? had a terrible time back in 2008.

BKK's a/c issue seems to have been solved.

Quoting ojas (Reply 23):
Maybe as a FF they really are concerned about you putting on weight ... good customer service

Like I said, maybe they just ran out of ideas?

Quoting ojas (Reply 23):
drama queen would be more appropriate

Same difference, darling.



Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
25 beowulf : Ryan, I enjoy your trip reports. They are a lot of fun to read. Thanks!!!
26 gabrielchew : Hahaha, thank you for providing some entertrainment for me this moring! I think there was a post on FT about that exact aircraft looking like it had j
27 Ryanair!!! : Hi all, Glad you like it, thanks for stopping by. You don't say! You somehow get used to dirty Air France planes but this from BA just takes the cake!
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