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Intra Malaysia Kuching In Golden Club With MH  
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8615 times:

This is my trip report #9 in Airliners.Net and it is a Malaysia Airlines trip report.  cheerful 



After spending 4 days with my family during the Chinese New Year break, it was time again to return to work in Pontianak.

Since I decided to return to Pontianak via Kuching, I have to take the earliest flight of the day so that I won’t miss the connecting flight to PNK. Coincidentally, since it was the Chinese New Year ‘peak’ season, MH has scheduled a few extra flights to KCH, including the flight that I am going to take, which was scheduled at 04:30 hours. On normal operation, the first flight to KCH from KUL departs at 08:00 hours.

I decided not to burden my family (to send me over to KUL 70 km away in the wee hours) so I took the last KLIA Express train from KL Sentral to KUL at midnight. Then, while waiting for the check in counter to open, I planned to surf the Internet at KUL, since the airport provides complimentary WiFi connections.


PRE FLIGHT

As planned, I arrived at KL Sentral at around 23:45 hours on 19 February 2007, just in time for the last KLIA Express train to KUL.


A mock up unit of KLIA Express train being displayed at KL Sentral.

I paid MYR 35 for a one-way ticket to KUL and by midnight, I was on the train, on my way to the airport. The load on the train was very light. I counted less than 10 people onboard.

 checkmark  USD 1 = MYR 3.50


KLIA Express train’s waiting area.


The train arriving in fast speed.


View over the KLIA Express cabin. A very light load on the last train at midnight.

At around 00:30 hours, I arrived at KUL. I disembarked the train and went straight to the 4th floor, the Departure level, just to have a look at what was happening there. KUL was indeed very deserted at that time.


KUL at midnight with the lanterns for Chinese New Year decorations.

While browsing inside the terminal, I saw someone is manning one of the counters in Check In Row D.


Information over Check In Row D.

Row D is a group of dedicated check in counters for premium passengers traveling with MH. The décor of the check in counters alone significantly distinguished itself from the remaining check in rows at KUL.


View over Check In Row D.

I went to her and asked whether I can check in at that moment. The female agent asked for my name and flight particulars before she said, “Yes”, to my joy. I checked in my luggage and in return, she handed over my boarding pass and the invitation card to the Golden Lounge at the Main Terminal Building. I asked her at what time does the lounge open to which she replied “02:30 hours”.


My boarding pass, the lounge’s invitation card and the e-ticket.

Since I have about 2 hours to go before I can enter the airside area, I decided to spend the time surfing the Internet (and A.Net of course) at the Burger King restaurant in the Arrival level, one floor below the Departure level. They have comfortable tables for notebook computer and generous power points. While on my way, I stumbled upon this uber beauty, a grand prize for the shopping campaign KUL is currently offering to the passengers traveling through the airport. I wish I owned it.  drool 


My Brabus. What a beauty!


MALAYSIA AIRLINES’ GOLDEN LOUNGE AT KUL MAIN TERMINAL BUILDING

At around 02:30 hours, I left the Burger King restaurant and headed straight to security screening. Afterwards, I proceed to the MH’s Golden Lounge at the Main Terminal Building. The lounge is situated along the walkway to A Gates, to the right side of the terminal. MH has 2 Golden Lounges at KUL. The other one, which is also the superior and premier is located at KUL Satellite Terminal, which caters for international flights.


Exterior of the MH’s Golden Lounge at Main Terminal Building.


Entrance to the MH’s Golden Lounge at Main Terminal Building.

Surprisingly, I was the only guest at the lounge at that time, a first feat for me. I was greeted by a male receptionist, to whom I handed over my boarding pass for administration and soon after harbored in one of the comfy dark blue sofa in the lounge.


The receptionist.

This lounge is HUGE and it consists of several sections. The main sitting area is full of sofas. The sofas were arranged next to the windows, which promise fantastic views over the apron. Too bad it was dark outside.


The main hall/sitting area.

Telephone booths are also located nearby.


Telephone booths.

Next, there is the dining area, which separates the main sitting area with the second sitting area at the furthest section inside the lounge. The dining area is of course, located next to buffet area.


The dining area.


The buffet area.


The second sitting area.

This second sitting area is equipped with Osim’s massage chairs. I sat on one of those for quite sometimes.  tongue 


Osim’s massage chairs.

Back to the buffet area, to the left side of the area there is yet another sitting area, the third sitting area.


The third sitting area.

Behind the third sitting area, there is a room dedicated to little travelers, the Steadler’s Creative Kids Corner. The room is like a kindergarten, where kids can play with crayons, singing along to Old McDonalds and such.


Interior of the Steadler’s Creative Kids Corner.


Another view inside the Steadler’s Creative Kids Corner.

The writing on the wall, “Age 1: As a baby, you just begun to crawl.” Isn’t it cute?  cutie 

Travelers with infants can also change the diapers inside the room.


Baby’s section.

Opposite the Steadler’s Creative Kids Corner, there are the washrooms and the Muslim prayer rooms.


Male and Female Muslim prayer rooms.

The pleasantly decorated washroom is very spacious, comfortable and comes complete with shower rooms.


Interior of the Men’s washroom.


Another view inside the Men’s washroom.


One of the shower room.

Like most lounges, there is also a business center equipped with a fax machine, a scanner, a photocopier, a Bursa Malaysia Index kiosk, computer terminals and workstations. The business center is located next to the walkway in front of the receptionist area.


Interior of the business center.


Another view inside the business center.

While waiting for my flight, I sampled some of the hot, fresh from the oven dishes being offered at the buffet area. The buffet spread was quite impressive. There were…


Nasi Lemak, Malaysia’s favourite breakfast dish with a selection of chicken rendang and sambal ikan bilis (anchovy paste).


A selection of sandwiches.

I recalled having tuna, egg and sardine sandwiches.


Cereals.

and…


A selection of breads, together with flavoury muffins .

As for the drinks, there were the normal selections; coffee, tea, Nescafe, mineral water, juices, milk and canned drinks.


Drinks selection.

Overall, having the lounge all to myself was a special experience.  tongue 

At around 15 minutes before 04:30 hours, the receptionist came to me and alerted that boarding has commenced. I pack up my belongings and rushed to Gate A11, the further most gate.

While having my boarding pass being checked by the ground staff, I was told that the flight on that day is very light. Only 3 people onboard, to my shocked!

In keeping with the tradition, traveling in MH’s Golden Club Class, I was the last of the 3 persons to get onboard. I could not locate the other 2 passengers in YCL while boarding.


FLIGHT'S DETAILS

Date/Day: 20 February 2007/Tuesday
Flight Number: MH 2546
Carrier: Malaysia Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 737-400
Aircraft Registration No: 9M-MMW
Route: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kuching (KCH)
Departure Time: 04:30 hours Malaysian time (GMT +8)
Arrival Time: 06:15 hours Malaysian time (GMT +8)
Seat Number: 2A (Window Seat)
Journey: 1 hour 45 minutes
Distance: 603 miles
Class of Travel: Golden Club
Fare Category: C (Full Business)


I got onboard and was greeted by a female flight attendant at the entrance.

I proceed to my seat, which is just nearby and placed my hand luggage on seat 2B. Again, just like the outbound trip, I had the whole business class cabin all to myself. Is it becoming a trend or it is just me?!


My seat, 2A.

I stretched a bit and freezing the moment. Today the cabin is mine again.  tongue 


MY business class cabin.

As usual, as I settled down on my seat, the flight attendant came over and offered me a welcome, pre take off drink to which I choose the pink guava juice. I was addressed by name.  cheerful 


My welcome drink, a pink guava juice.

Then, the flight attendant came over and explained to me about the emergency procedures in person and moments after she finished, the aircraft was being pushed back.

Then there were the welcome addresses and safety demonstration procedures in Bahasa Melayu followed by in English. After a long taxi, the aircraft then rolled and rotated smoothly in the dark.

The flight attendant came to me and asked on what I would like to have for breakfast. She had 3 dishes on offer and I opted for ‘roti canai’, another Malaysia’s favourite. Several minutes later, after preparing my table, she served the breakfast, which came in nice chinas.


My breakfast.

This was the first time I savored ‘roti canai’ onboard an aircraft. The ‘roti canai’ they served onboard was smaller and thicker, compared to the normal on-the-ground ‘roti canai’. Since it was relatively smaller, 2 pieces of ‘roti canai’ were given instead of 1. It was served with the traditional ‘dhal’ with anchovy paste.

The meals also came with a selection of bread (bun and croissant), which were offered with butter and jam, mixed tropical fruits and a yogurt. As for the drink, I choose again the pink guava juice and another glass of plain water. The breakfast was very filling and satisfying.  yummy 

Once finished, the flight attendant came and cleared my table. I spent the rest of the flight reading the newspapers and took a nap.

Just some standard facts, the seat pitch on MH’s Golden Club Class is generous, at 36 inches. As for the inseat publications, there were MH’s inflight magazine Going Places, the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 brochure and the safety card. The load on business class, well… was 6.25%, a percentage that I made up. Overall, given only 3 people onboard the 144 seaters aircraft, the load was amazingly low at 2.08%. I could never be that specific!!!


Inseat publications.

Soon, the flight began descending. The captain made some announcements about the weather condition and the expecting landing time in KCH. The weather throughout the journey was fine but it was still dark.

The aircraft landed smoothly and began taxiing to a gate. The whole journey was uneventful. I bid goodbye to the flight attendant and proceed to the immigration clearance area.

The flight was the first one to arrive in KCH on that day and the airport was completely deserted. Only a few cleaning workers can be seen.


KCH in wee hours.

Sarawak is a bit unique, as all non inter Sarawak flights’ passengers need to clear immigration. I cleared immigration in seconds. Then I proceed to the baggage collection area. The baggage came out quickly, since there were only 3 bags to be unloaded from the aircraft.


Baggage collection area.

In minutes, at around 06:30 hours, I was already at the landside area with no one in sight. So, the journey was full of experience of being (almost) alone in the KLIA Express, alone in the Golden Lounge, alone in the Golden Class Club cabin and alone at the KCH airport. Where have everybody gone?


Me alone at the airport.

My journey back to Pontianak continues.  wave 


’Kucing’ in Kuching. Literally, in Bahasa Melayu, Kuching means cat. So, Kuching should be the capital of all feline in the world.  tongue 


Feel free to read my other trip reports:
Istanbul Winter 2006 With MH (Photos) Part 1 (by 9MMAR Dec 19 2006 in Trip Reports)
Istanbul Winter 2006 With MH (Photos) Part 2 (by 9MMAR Dec 19 2006 in Trip Reports)
Intra Asean Jakarta In Business With MH (by 9MMAR Jan 1 2007 in Trip Reports)
Intra Indonesia Pontianak With Batavia (Photos) (by 9MMAR Feb 13 2007 in Trip Reports)
Intra Indonesia Jakarta With Sriwijaya (Photos) (by 9MMAR Feb 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
Intra Asean Kuala Lumpur With MH (Photos) (by 9MMAR Feb 27 2007 in Trip Reports)
Intra Asean Jakarta With MH (Photos) (by 9MMAR Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
Intra Asean Kuching With Batavia (Photos) (by 9MMAR Mar 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Intra Malaysia Kuala Lumpur In Golden Club With MH (by 9MMAR Mar 22 2007 in Trip Reports)


9MMAR

26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8524 times:

As usual another great trip report 9MMAR. Looking forward to your next one. Keep it Up  Smile  thumbsup 

User currently offlineAmritpal From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8474 times:

great trip report sir. hope to see more ... have a great one.


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8353 times:
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Great report and pictures!!

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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8321 times:

Thank you so much VHVXB, Amritpal and 767747 for the kind words and for reading my trip report.  wave 

User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8143 times:

Oh Azizul, congratulations on your trip to cat town Kuching !!! I very much love that city !!!

Very nice TR and wonderful photos as usual.

Jeez, you now really made miss the pink guava stuff !!! It was always my favourite boarding drink on every single MH flight that I took !!!... And after take off... Chivas, of course !!!  Wink

Remain looking forward to having your 10th trip report on A.net !!!

Best regards



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User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8055 times:

Very nice Trip report! Food selection seems to have improved at the lounge since I last visited there, or maybe it's just my imagination?


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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7938 times:

XA744:
Hi Horacio,

Quoting XA744 (Reply 5):
It was always my favourite boarding drink on every single MH flight that I took !!!...

Me too. I guess it must be because of the limitation to get the drink on the ground. Pink guava juice is very hard to find on the ground. The usual guava juice sold on the ground is the green guava juice. Pink and green do taste differently.

Quoting XA744 (Reply 5):
Remain looking forward to having your 10th trip report on A.net !!!

I am currently working on it.  cheerful 


Chrisrad:
Good day Chrisrad,

Quoting Chrisrad (Reply 6):
Food selection seems to have improved at the lounge since I last visited there, or maybe it's just my imagination?

But I always thought they can further improve the present selection by offering a few more dishes, like maybe some noodle based meals and perhaps traditional kuihs. I think they should benchmark their food selections with the offerings of 5 star hotels (maybe lesser in quantity, but that's the idea).


Thank you so much Horacio and Chrisrad for reading my trip report.  wave 


User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7900 times:

Nice report liked your pictures and the food at the lounge looked delicious.


"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" Samuel Johnson
User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 821 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7642 times:

hmm nice report...I am reading it with an empty stomach (too nervous to eat thinking about the election tomorrow here in Paris LOL.)..) so the photos about the food really make my mouth water. The nasi lemak brought positive memories and emotions !!! dont know the roti canai, is it typical malaysian ? dont remember it from my visit to KL though.
I am surprised that the flight was not cancelled with only 3 pax....how was it having a flight attendant all to yourself in the C cabine ? i guess I would feel a bit self-conscious lol.
do you know if pontianak airport is a VOA port for foreigners visiting indonesia ?
i wanted before to take AirAsia from KL to Bangdung (BDO?) but had conflicting infos about VOA facilities so decided not to chance it and flew via CGK
Again, nice report....


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7630 times:

LAXspotter:
Hi Nafees,

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 8):
the food at the lounge looked delicious

Indeed, it was especially the Nasi Lemak.  yummy 



Parisien:
Good day Mr. De La Ville,

Quoting Parisien (Reply 9):
The nasi lemak brought positive memories and emotions !!!

I still remember our conversation about Nasi Lemak in one of my previous trip report.  Smile

Quoting Parisien (Reply 9):
dont know the roti canai, is it typical malaysian ?

Yes, 'roti canai' is very typical Malaysian, although slightly Indian oriented. It is also known as 'roti phrata' in Singapore. Do you recall any restaurant with Indian/Malay chefs playing with a dough and bake it on a flat pan? That's 'roti canai'.

Quoting Parisien (Reply 9):
I am surprised that the flight was not cancelled with only 3 pax

I NEVER had any flight cancellation experience with MH whatsoever after flying with them in 79 segments, throughout a period of 15 years. Plus, I guess the aircraft had a scheduled trip from KCH to a point in Borneo afterwards, so it will be going to KCH with or without any passenger after all.

Quoting Parisien (Reply 9):
how was it having a flight attendant all to yourself in the C cabine ?

Yes, I had a flight attendant all for myself (again) and it was nice and quite 'heavenly' feeling actually. (Again) as I experience the same situation too in the outbound trip, which was better in term of service compared to this trip. The other 2 passengers in YCL also got a flight attendant all for themselves too. Infact, 1 of the flight attendant in YCL was left idle without any passenger to serve (3 flight attendants in YCL).  tongue 

Quoting Parisien (Reply 9):
do you know if pontianak airport is a VOA port for foreigners visiting indonesia ?

Although I can confirm that there is no visa on arrival desk at PNK, I suppose if you are entering Indonesia for tourism purposes, you will be given a social visit visa which is valid for 30 days (but you have to check whether France passport holders fall into this category or not). If you are entering Indonesia for business purposes, the single/multiple entry business visa can be obtained before hand at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur or the Indonesian Consulate in Kuching. Based on my experience, even if one should be entering the country with a working permit but facing problem in getting it, he/she can still go with the social visit visa. My former boss did that all the time!

Pontianak is a good airport actually, WAY better than the corrupted CGK. I had only 1 bad experience while travelling through PNK throughout a period of 2 years. The payment of fiscal of IDR 1.000.000 is not applicable in PNK as well, as opposed to CGK. I hope the information helps.


Thank you so much Nafees and Mr. De La Ville for reading my trip report.  wave 


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4752 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7565 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Exterior of the MH?s Golden Lounge at Main Terminal Building.

I always thought that the domestic lounge's entrance is very nondescript compared to the awesome facade of the international one.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
The buffet area.

You can never fault MAS for thei lounge catering in KLIA. My goodness, what a spread for that time of the day!

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Osim?s massage chairs.

I would have thought that MAS would have taken that patriotic route and gone for Ogawa instead!

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
In minutes, at around 06:30 hours, I was already at the landside area with no one in sight. So, the journey was full of experience of being (almost) alone in the KLIA Express, alone in the Golden Lounge, alone in the Golden Class Club cabin and alone at the KCH airport. Where have everybody gone?

You have entered.... THE TWILIGHT ZONE! *cue* music.... tee nee nee nee tee nee nee nee....



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4752 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7450 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 10):
The payment of fiscal of IDR 1.000.000 is not applicable in PNK as well, as opposed to CGK. I hope the information helps.

From what I understand, if you are a resident of Kalimantan, the fiscal fee of one mil is not required. So I guess only residents of Jakarta are slapped with this ridiculous fee? Somehow, this fiscal fee is not very strictly enforced in CGK. My friend has managed to get discounts from the "Paks" there by flashing her cleavage... Dont know how she does it, but it works almost all the time as she only pays part of the one mil (no receipt of course).

TII indeed!



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7437 times:

Ryanair!!!:
Good day Mr. Soh,

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
the domestic lounge's entrance is very nondescript compared to the awesome facade of the international one.

Yes, they should at least put a fountain or flower garden in front of the entrance to enhance the facade, don't you think so?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
My goodness, what a spread for that time of the day!

Indeed. A massive buffet spread at 3 in the morning! All are hot from the oven.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
MAS would have taken that patriotic route and gone for Ogawa instead!

Maybe if Ogawa decided to market their massage chairs in the lounge (for free of course).

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 12):
From what I understand, if you are a resident of Kalimantan, the fiscal fee of one mil is not required. So I guess only residents of Jakarta are slapped with this ridiculous fee?

No, it is not about where does one resides, it is more on the point (airport) where one is leaving Indonesia. If one KITAS holder who resides in Jakarta but leave the country via Pontianak, he/she won't be charged with the fiscal payment. The same goes for me, who reside in Kalimantan, if I decided to leave Indonesia via Jakarta I am subject for the payment. I don't know whether the fiscal payment applies in MES, BTH, JOG, DPS or SUB. I'll check it out later.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 12):
Somehow, this fiscal fee is not very strictly enforced in CGK. My friend has managed to get discounts from the "Paks" there by flashing her cleavage... Dont know how she does it, but it works almost all the time as she only pays part of the one mil (no receipt of course).

WHAT!  eyepopping 
Maybe I could try to drop my pant the next time in CGK. The payment has to be made at the Bank Mandiri counters opposite the check in counters. A receipt will be issued by the bank and this has to be produced at the Fiscal Checking counter before immigration clearance. Did your woman friend flashed her cleavage at the officer who manned this counter?

Thank you Mr. Soh for reading my trip report.  wave 


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4752 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7335 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 13):
The payment has to be made at the Bank Mandiri counters opposite the check in counters.

She ignores the Mandiri counters and goes straight to the FISCAL Check counters before the immigration.



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7293 times:

Good trip report, 9M. However, I’ll stick with AK for my internal Malaysia flights: the other day I could get KUL-BKI-KCH-KUL-JHB-MYY-KUL for about £40 (MYR274/US$90) including everything.

[Edited 2007-04-23 19:59:31]


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User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7254 times:

That is how a lounge area should be. Welcome to Europe and see the difference...  alert 

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7232 times:

Ryanair!!!
Hi Mr. Soh,

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
She ignores the Mandiri counters and goes straight to the FISCAL Check counters before the immigration.

I thought so. Is she Malaysian or Singaporean? Just curious.



Pe@rson:
Good day James,

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 15):
I’ll stick with AK for my internal Malaysia flights

I will fly AK too if cost is the determining factor. They indeed offer very cheap prices. With MYR 300, I can get a return KUL-KCH ticket, where with MH, one couldn't even get an economy one way seat with the same amount.



Bofredrik:
Hi Bofredrik,

Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 16):
Welcome to Europe and see the difference...

I will keep that in mind and hopefully I can 'savour' a lounge in Europe soon.


Thank you so much Mr. Soh, James and Bofredrik for reading my trip report.  wave 


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4752 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7228 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 17):
I thought so. Is she Malaysian or Singaporean? Just curious.

Neither! She is a very proud resident of Pondok Indah in Jakarta!



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User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7155 times:

Hi 9MMAR, very nice trip report and photos! The Golden Club lounge looked simply amazing! If that's the domestic lounge, I wonder how nice the international lounge must be! And good thing MH didn't cancel your flight given that there were only 3 people on board!  Wow! Did it get lonely when you were in the lounge and on the plane?  Wink Big grin


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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7142 times:

Ryanair!!!:
Hi again Mr. Soh,

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 18):
Neither! She is a very proud resident of Pondok Indah in Jakarta!

Oh yes, I forgot that the locals have to pay the fiscal as well whenever they are going abroad. I wonder if Mr. Kwee did something like that before?  tongue 



SIA fan:
Good day SIA fan,

Quoting SIA+fan" class=quote target=_blank>SIA fan (Reply 19):
If that's the domestic lounge, I wonder how nice the international lounge must be!

Yes, that is the Domestic Lounge. There were a few photos of the International Lounge at KUL Satellite Terminal in the following trip report. But since it was crowded at that time, I didn't explore much enough as I did at the Domestic Lounge.

Intra Asean Jakarta In Business With MH (by 9MMAR Jan 1 2007 in Trip Reports)

Quoting SIA+fan" class=quote target=_blank>SIA fan (Reply 19):
it get lonely when you were in the lounge and on the plane?

Not really, since I was too busy playing with my camera and snapping photos at wee hours like a mad man.  tongue 


Thank you so much Mr. Soh (again) and SIA fan for reading my trip report.  wave 


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7139 times:

Hi again 9M,

Yeah, AK can have some unbelievably cheap deals. I have seen some surprisingly cheap fares with MH, e.g. under £10 all-in for a one-way KUL-PEN flight. But that was probably a one-off.

How busy was your KCH-KUL flight?



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4752 posts, RR: 26
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7089 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 20):
I wonder if Mr. Kwee did something like that before?

Does he have enough boobs to form a meaningful cleavage?

Anyway, CGK is going through a revamp and they now have new LCD screens, brand new flat screen computers at immigration, and even the hideous yellow SILA ANTRI signboards have been removed above the counters making the area more spacious looking now.

If only they could do something about the gloomy lightings...



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7048 times:

Pe@rson:
Hello again James,

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 21):
How busy was your KCH-KUL flight?

You mean the outbound trip? I was alone in the Golden Club class but there was about 70% load on the YCL. As for frequency, I fly on the route at least once a month. This is the trip report.

Intra Malaysia Kuala Lumpur In Golden Club With MH (by 9MMAR Mar 22 2007 in Trip Reports)



Ryanair!!!:
Hi Mr. Soh,

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 22):
Does he have enough boobs to form a meaningful cleavage?

 laughing  I wonder where is him.


Thank you again James and Mr. Soh for reading my trip report.  wave 


User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 821 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6993 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 22):
CGK is going through a revamp and they now have new LCD screens, brand new flat screen computers at immigration, and even the hideous yellow SILA ANTRI signboards have been removed above the counters

Actually, I was wondering about the computerized system there...my passport is never swiped (except when you buy a visa at the VOA counter), and they seem to type something (infos from my passport) to the invisible computer...do they have to type in all the infos ? that seems like a huge time to spend on each person.

I dont emember the hideous yellow signboards ...As someone said before, CGK looks prettier for departure than for pax arriving...and I love those smoking kiosks in the departure areas (smoke going everywhere and I think signs saying that the benches are for smokers ONLY !)

I wish they would open more VOA counters and make it such that you pay and get the visa sticker at the same counter...with a plane load of pax the wait gets to be quite long.


25 Kretek : You lucky man! The golden lounge is all yours. No one else there. If it was me, I would makan2 (eat and eat) til you drop, try out all the beverages,
26 Post contains links and images 9MMAR : Parisien: Hi Mr. De La Ville, Yes, I saw that too. It was featured in my other trip report. The yellow signboard reads, "This bench is for smokers ONL
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