Okay… So, today was bizarre. Imagine, going to bed on a plane and waking up in a totally different place, two hours ahead from the country of origin.
My journey began on a flight from Kuching to Singapore via Air Asia. I regret purchasing the Red Carpet service because it is pointless in Kuching. No lounge. No priority entrance to the plane as promised. The escort person was friendly but I still needed to queue and well, the most I got out of the escort was a friendly conversation. I could have just stuck with my priority seat, I would still get to board the plane first. In short, I wasted RM80.
The Red Carpet check in counter… Meh
The flight was alright, smooth and quiet. I met a friend of mine, Adam, who was co-piloting the plane. He gave me a complimentary mineral water. Lol. This is one of my solo flights this year, Aslan left for Singapore with his family last Friday and now waiting for my at the next destination.
The country I visited many times this year.
Still, I must give credits to Air Asia’s Red Carpet service. It was not completely hopeless. My bag arrived the moment I reached the baggage carousel. Haha. I met up with Rapik, whom was in Singapore since Saturday before I checked in with Emirates and then went to the departure terminal. I put on my best poker face at immigration clearance. The officer didn’t ask anything. No sarcastic remarks.
At this point, this would be my shortest Singapore trip, half an hour. Hahaha.
Accompanied Mr Diva at Burger King Changi International Airport Terminal 1 where he had dinner.
Rapik will be flying there using a different airline. This will be his first trip to that particular country. Since his flight via British Airways departed at 755pm, we had to part ways again.
Bye Rapik, have a safe journey…
Then I had at least 2 hours plus to roam around before I can go to the departure lounge. Luckily, I was upgraded to Business class! I utilized all the facilities in the Emirates lounge, even showered, believe it or not!
The almost empty Emirates Business Class lounge at Changi Airport T1
I didn’t take many photos of the lounge because I was extremely shy. Don’t want to appear to sakai in front all of the professionals. Awkward.
When it comes to food and drink, there was quite a variety. I didn’t eat anything because I was still full from last weekend’s wedding.
After Skype session with Aslan on my iPhone (probably internet connection was a bit too weak for Skype through the laptop), I decided to go for a shower.
One of the shower rooms.
Posing before the shower. :p
Honestly, I felt so out of place in Business class. Mostly old men in business suits. I was wearing a casual batwing top from H&M paired with tights. Traveling alone sucks. Boohoo.
Initially, I was given a seat at 7K but then I moved to 7A because I wanted more privacy and space.
Before the move
The seat in Business Class is alright, just the right size for me. Thank goodness for the mattress, it helped made the whole journey more comfortable as the seat can be quite firm after a few hours.
Touch screen control for the seat adjustments, lighting, media player, massage mode etc
After the move to 7A
The official language for Emirates is Arab, so the announcement will always be in Arabic first.
Happy but extremely tired.
I must apologize for the lack of airline food photo or any other photo on the flight. After the plane took off, I blanked out completely due to the exhaustion gathered from last weekend. Trust me. I slept all the way.
I woke up to this amazing view…
I was about to watch some tv series on the ICE systems but then the pilot announced we would be landing shortly… Meh.
Perhaps on the way back…
Ladies and gentleman, after almost eight hours of flight, I am now in…
Hehehe. I never thought I would be seeing Melbourne again! Immigration clearance was fast since the counter for International passport holder was very short compared with Australian passport holder.
By the time I arrived at the luggage carousel, my bag was not there yet. I had to wait for at least five minutes before it arrived. The best thing about this holiday was when I was reunited with my one and only, Aslan! Imagine, almost six days not seeing each other. RINDU!
We then waited for about half an hour for Rapik to arrive from Sydney. His flight to Melbourne had to go through Sydney first. Rapik had an interesting journey. First of all, he was stopped by the immigration officer for questioning. I’ve been to Australia for quite a number of times as well as travelled solo to this part of the world twice and I’ve been fortunate, I was never stopped for questionings.
Apparently, Rapik was asked a lot of questions. Rapik was amused and nervous at the same time. I know the officers were simply doing their job. If I were them, I wouldn’t let anyone to enter my country. I think it was just Rapik’s luck. Rapik told me he answered every questions honestly and behaved like he normally would. The officers also took his phone and looked through it. Rapik is a very happy go lucky person and he didn’t make a fuss out of the whole deal. He found the whole experience as something he would never forget, just too funny.
The questioning took almost half an hour, at the end of the session, the officer complimented Rapik’s friendly attitude. I laughed so hard when Rapik reenacted the whole ordeal, his body language was too hilarious! Due to the questioning, Rapik missed his connecting flight to Melbourne. Luckily for him, they put him on the next flight. Just when he thought everything would go smooth, his luggage arrived later. Hehehe. Qantas was very apologetic about it and offered to send the bag to the hotel.
It felt so surreal to be back in Melbourne. This stay would be slightly different as we rented a car.
Driving gives a different perspective of Melbourne.
Aslan and Rapik!
The journey from the airport to the hotel took around 45 minutes. The last time Aslan and I were in Melbourne, we stayed at TriBeCa Serviced Apartments at Albert Street. I look forward to our hotel this trip!
Located at Collins Street, Westin Melbourne is ideal for those who likes to stay in the CBD.
Right in the city center, shopping at your doorsteps!
The workstation, tv and minibar + coffee tea making facilities
The very comfortable and soft beds
The bathroom area
I love the room at Westin, so chic and comfortable! Stay tune for the next part in this series.