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June 2016

Family time

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We landed in Kuala Lumpur [Kuala-Lumpur-travel-guide-1096867] 30 minutes earlier around 0400. I attempted to put the three hours into good use by going landside to try replace my SIM card which was stolen in Buenos Aires a few weeks back. Unfortunately, the Celcom store couldn’t assist as their systems only come alive at 0800.

Heading through the check-in area it was bedlam. The queues were unreal even though it was 6 more days till Hari Raya Puasa. I felt lucky I had been through-checked and could go straight through to domestic airside where I had some kwayteow soup before killing the rest of my time.

The flight to Kuching [Kuching-travel-guide-1096915] took me home to be with family for 9 days and to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa with my Muslim friends.

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Flying flat

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With a 1930 departure to Kuala Lumpur, I headed to the airport before 1600 expecting to be in the midst of the rush hour. Fortunately it didn’t take too long.

At the airport, I walked straight to the Premium queue for check-in. There was one person already at the desk who was having problems. He had bought a ticket AKL-KUL-MNL but wanted to get off at KUL (forgetting MNL) then use a separate ticket to ICN. That wasn’t allowed, as with most regular airlines, but with AirAsia the fares are somewhat additive so it shouldn’t have been disallowed.

I got to the front quickly enough and had my bags checked all the way to Kuching, went airside and relaxed in the lounge for about 1h30 before boarding the flight to Gold Coast.

At that time of day, I ate my meal and read all the way till landing. Seated in row 1 of the aircraft, I exited first and went through security screening and was a the boarding gate in five minutes. We reboarded pretty promptly in time for the 1h15 turnaround.

The second sector took off from Gold Coast around midnight NZ time. I had planned on having my included meal for breakfast but I was hungry enough to eat it before popping a sleeping pill, then making full use of the inclined flatbed (about same price as economy on other airlines). Flying flat, I slept soundly till about 30 minutes before landing!

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