The following is the 2nd plane trip i took, which also the first 747 trip. some details are missing but at least there's more detail than the first trip on PAL in 1990. First Plane Trip: Nov 1990 PAL KUL-HKG Rt (by KULatICT Mar 27 2005 in Trip Reports)
For some unknown reason (for being a good boy may be), my aunt and her husband (uncle as is) decided to take me along on their family trip to Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast Trip and paid all my expanses. I was 15+ at that time. My dad drove me to Subang Airport T1 along with my aunt’s family (cousin who is 7 hours younger than me, and his brother, 11 years old at that time). We met the tour leader and he settled our check in and all those stuff while we were hanging out at the café by the counters. Soon, we entered the immigration area and waved my dad goodbye.
Jan, 29 1995—KUL (Subang)- SIN
QF 31 - - Y Class
(Flight time: ~1 hour)
We were hanging out at the duty free stops and did not make any purchase (may be except my uncle who probably bought some cheaper cigarettes, can’t remember the glory detail). Later, we boarded the QF plane and I found out that my seat was at the very last row of Y and by the window, and I was nice enough to switch the seat with my 11y-o cousin since it was his first flight(after all, his dad paid my ticket). The plane took off around evening hours and I’m very excited to be able to onboard a QF plane (one of the 15 or so airlines I wished to fly). Didn’t remember much of the flight except there’s no meal for sure and perhaps some drink was served. Enroute, I saw the site where the KLIA would eventually be n told him about that and when we about to arrive in SIN, I saw that pretty cool long queue into SIN. Then we passed the beach, a park, and some flats n landed in SIN.
QF 6- - Y Class
(Flight time: ~8 hour)
We ate some food at the Changi’s food court and don’t remember what’s next and the only thing I remembered was at the gate, I saw this LONG line (some 50-60 people at least) into the restricted glass waiting room. The adjacent gate (another QF 744) had equally long lines. After some 15-30 minutes wait in the waiting room and yet another long line, we boarded the aircraft. I was soooooo excited cuz it was the B747-400 and would be the first in my immediate family to fly in the jumbo (and to brag about it and made my brother envy). My seat was at the left aisle (50 something D) and right behind the bulkhead and I thought it was cool until my seat mate came. She was a 20-30y-o Indian lady with an infant (visiting her husband I presumed) and my cousins were sitting 2 rows in front of me right at the exit (seat A, B). The flight was jam packed and the heavy thing took off around 10pm or something. Now back to the Indian lady n her infant, the infant was crying horribly since the plane took off (presumably the pressure changes annoyed her, let’s assumed the infant is girl) and the lady just can’t stopped the infant’s crying. The infant just went on for like 30 minutes at least n I was so annoyed and prayed for the infant to stop crying or else I won’t be able to sleep on this 8 hours flight. When the stewardess hand out the menu, I had to accept it for her n placed it onto her seat pockets and helped her to set up the baby rest thing right in front of me… she just can’t handled it. Then about 45 minutes into the flight, I heard a man was talking to my cousins about changing seat cuz his girlfriend/wife was sitting with my cousins n he hoped one of them would switched with him. Fortunately my cousins refused (brothers just wanted to stick together and their parent was right behind their seats) and I quickly offered my seat and he accepted. (Thank God that I can get away from the crying baby) I then went to my new seat which was a middle seat by the right side of the plane (row 70 something J). The tour leader (a pretty hot Malaysian gal was sitting at the aisle and a Japanese guy was at the window n he almost slept all the way thru with saliva rolling down all the way to his neck. Didn’t get much sleep and tasted my first coffee (which I eventually can’t live without in my college years). Oh, back to the infant, she cried numerous times during the flight and I could hear pretty well despite she was seated 20 rows and a galley away from me. The guy that took my seat must have hated me for that lucky seat. Anyway, breakfast was served sometimes before the descent and the sky was pretty bright (summer in down under after all) and then the jumbo landed in SYD around 6.30am. While rushing down the runway, I saw a pretty modern terminal was under construction. The plane then parked at the gate right beside an UA 744. The terminal was deserted and the baggage claim area and arrival hall looked pretty old, outdated and not appealing at all.
We then travel around the city in the tour bus n the driver (aka tour guide) took us to Bondi beach with no one around, some parks that can take picture of the Opera House, n a lunch cruise that I eventually fell asleep after meal while the boat driver introduced us the homes of the famous around the bay. At night we went to Chinatown n sort of celebrated the Chinese New Year and took the LRT around the harbor and went up to the tower. The next day the driver took us (the group of 30 plus M’sian tourists) to Blue Mountain n the way he drove and spoke on the tiniest road around the hillside freaked me (and everyone else I think) out. On the 3rd day, he took us to the SYD airport for a short hop to Brisbane.
Feb 1, 1995 -- SYD – Brisbane
QF 51 – Y Class
(Flight time: ~1 hour)
Gosh, I’m so lucky to board yet another 744 and the domestic terminal looked much better than the international terminal. I had a window seat with some younger folks around my age from the tour group sitting together… right side of the plane for sure….Forgot almost everything that happened during this flight except I took some pretty cool on the winglet and the coastline. About 1 hour later, the flight landed on Brisbane and we had to get off via stair. Right before we disembark, the F.A.s gave each of us a small pin with QF logo on it. (I’m still having it in my house in Malaysia; hope my brother didn’t trash it when my family moved.) QF 51 then headed for SIN.
Yet another driver/guide took us to downtown n then drove for like 2 hours to Gold Coast. The next day, we went to Seaworld. After some rollercoaster rides, I was embarrassingly felt like crap and had to sleep on the sidewalk to make the motion sickness go away. My uncle taped the whole ordeal down n everyone back home was more than laughing at me when they saw the video. By the way, my uncle, aunt and me left Seaworld much earlier and went to a sidewalk café that had a better than great deal of seafood platter cost A$68 and there’s every imaginable edible seafood u can get onto one huge plate. It was yummy and we headed back to the hotel. The next day, we went to Movieworld. At the gate, one of the folks in the group recognized a female star from Hong Kong who was standing under a shade like 50-60 ft away from us. Her name is Joey Wang (she played mostly the role of beautiful ghost in HK movies, pretty famous at that time, but her affair with a married millionaire a few months back made her notorious… this kind of thing is pretty taboo in HK even today) and she was wearing pink. When we were like walking towards her for photograph or something, a woman beside aware that we were approaching the star and she signaled us to stop and we respected her privacy and let her alone. Unfortunately, we didn’t bump into her in the park. In there, we saw the behind the scene of the effects like superman n such (kind of like Universal Studio in 2003 minus the rides). We left like 6pm and the younger ones (6/7 of us) hang out at the smooth sandy beach until 2am. On the way back, we were frightened by groups and groups of drunken Aussies celebrating pay-day or something.
Feb 4 1995 -- Brisbane – MEL
QF 623 -- Y Class
(Flight time: ~2.5 hour)
The driver dropped us off at the domestic airport and this is the beginning of the end of a wonderful trip. We hangout at the modern and new domestic terminal and boarded the plane eventually. During the flight, if I recalled correctly, we had some meal and I also proved the rumors I heard right: the domestic stewardess in domestic flights for “western” airlines are old, some of them who served this flight was almost as old as my grandma. The flight was uneventful and landed at MEL around noon.
Upon arrival at Mel, the domestic concourse wasn’t that busy and we sneaked into the international departure hall without hassle. Honestly, at that time I was a bit surprised that the departure hall looked like shopping mall and they even charged for the damn trolley. Anyway, we went into the restricted area and waiting for boarding.
MEL – SIN
QF 9 – Y Class
(Flight time: ~7 hour)
The flight took off some times around 1-2pm or something. First they announced that there’s problem with the electronic system that they can’t show the movie (Stargate, which I planned to watch). Then, midway, the plane hit really bad turbulence and it lasted forever, and it made me sooooo sick at one point, I had at least 10 vomit bag around my chest and my naughty uncle taped it down and mocked me.(no vomit occurred, thank god) Didn’t eat anything (when I felt like vomiting, I just refused to eat cuz I’m kind of afraid to puke) until the plane landed in SIN around 11pm. We had only like little more than 1 hour to connect and he had to transfer terminal ( from T2 to T1 or the other way around, whatever) and my hunger finally caught up on me and unfortunately there’s nothing much left to eat that hour n we had to settle for some vegetarian noodle or something.
SIN-KUL(Subang) -- B737-400
MH 643—Y Class
(Flight time: ~1 hour)
The plane departed and drink was served and a short hour later, landed in T2 of Subang. By the time the plane landed, it’s like the last flight of the day and all the shop was closed, so there’s nothing to buy n the custom was pretty lazy n didn’t check much n let us go. Wished everyone well and bye, my parents waiting outside the arrival hall and we went back to our home and that’s the end of the trip.
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