WL Ong

Joined May 2016
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    Sepang, Malaysia

    October 19, 2016 in Malaysia

    No matter how many times I have done a domestic transit it always feels like the first time I stepped out of a train in Japan. Super confused and always mentally cursing the guys who designed the place.

    The KLIA transit experience was surprisingly easy, especially since MHA provided a lengthy explanation of having to take the aerotrain from the international terminal to the domestic terminal.

    Also my last memory of KLIA was one of extreme scents, and you know those memories last forever. Seet and I were finally on our way back from Koh Tao (so 3 years ago?) transiting in KL from Surat Thani. Without any ringgit at all and starving, we were - hippie looking backpacks and all - trying unsuccessfully to withdraw money from one of atms. Thats when the scent hit me...I'm sure it was a combination of the heat (which also hit me earlier) and the throngs of locals using the toilets. But the waft of layers of dried piss and the layers of air freshener that was a bleak attempt to cover it up travelled at least 500 metres past the toilets, through the walkway, past the atm attempting to escape into the world. I'm amazed I could still feel hungry after that.

    So comparitively, this KLIA experience is infinitely better. Although I can still smell the sickly sweet frangipani scent of air freshener and I don't know if it's just in my head.

    Pros: plenty of toilets, cleaner than expected, decent views, loads of natural sunlight for frozen, shagged out selfies
    Cons: 10 degrees too cold, no smoking rooms!

    Literally minutes after I wrote that glowing piece the brilliant airport staff moved everyone from one gate to another, only to discover it was wrong, and they moved everyone back again. And 20 minutes before the flight is expected to leave, the plane is still not at the gate 😫
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    Singapore

    October 19, 2016 in Singapore

    I made it to the airport with two hours of sleep and heavy rain!! Next milestone is making it to the gate before it closes 😂

    The guys at Petrie/Datai did well! Hooking us up with business class seats on Malaysian Airlines even though its only for an hour plus.

    Sitting in the pretty full SATs lounge, I'm wondering who all the people there are. There are some guys who look like they've been there chilling for half a day. Think airport lounges could be an interesting premise for a sitcom?

    Update: MHA biz class is falling apart..wonder what the economy looks like
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  • Day2

    Koto, Japan

    June 28, 2016 in Japan

    To be fair, Kana gave pretty good directions but not nearly intuitive enough. For instance:

    The keisei express train does not stop at every station on the line. Im blaming her but I know its because I was stoning. Still...i cant be the only one it has happened to.

    At the ground floor of the apartment theres a lift but she says to take the stairs to the second floor. Its slightly confusing.

    Of course I'm just unhappy about her being super unhelpful re studio ghibly and her unclear directions re pasmo. Seriously could she be more vague?
    K: i do not recommend pasmo
    W: why ah? Is it nore expensive?
    K: yes because you have to pay 500 deposit first
    W: so....what do you recommend?


    500 yen is like one cup of coffee so its not really that critical is it?
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  • Day2

    Narita Airport Terminal 2

    June 28, 2016 in Japan

    Finally touched down after gazillion hours of being in the air. Honestly, still didnt manage to sleep much despite the comfy seats and walk i took around taoyuan airport. If not cos I'm on a budget, i would have zero qualms about upgrading my seat. Its only 90 bucks more...feels much saner and they even fed me twice in 9 hours or so. Think its worth the risk of booking a basic ticket without any luggage and then trying to upgrade it.

    Manage to get my simcard and pasmo without incident. Still would have been cheaper getting it from JTB but not worth the hassle. Same with Pasmo. Suspect kana was trying to tell me that pasmo has a deposit but oh well...i alrd paid for scootbiz..how much more can i save? #highmaintenancemuch?

    Side note: sales girl at the phone shop was eugenes-sarahs doppelganger. Shoulda realised she was chinese sooner.
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    Singapore

    June 28, 2016 in Singapore

    Off I go! For my first (non-work) solo trip to favourite ever Japan! After weeks of intensive planning, I still managed to leave without printing my itinerary, buying the data SIM or knowing whether I should buy the Pasmo card. It's gonna be exciting for sure.

    Got sort of persuaded to bid for my first ever scoot biz ticket also. With captain lam! For 90 bucks i get to check in my backpack *gasp*, sit alone (hopefully), get food and one alcohol and maybe wifi?

    I need to watch GOT! Itunes is so so so unreliable. I managed to transfer all episodes of HACF and OITNB but not GOT. Unacceptable! And for that I dont dare to read any news or browse facebook.

    Customary Guinness for the road!
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    Didn't really remember much from our first trip to the market but actually thought there was a lot more to see today. Even though the shops were selling pretty much the same souvenirs.

    The walking street connects one end of Saigon River to City Hall. Which also passes by the office of Phu Bao Tours.

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    Hurriedly checked into the hotel and discovered this welcome gift on my table - from the guys at Phu Bon Travel. Then rushed out again with my cute guide, Jack (aka Luan). He had thoughtfully rerouted my itinerery given that we were not staying at the Art Hotel anymore. My loss cos it looked really awesome.

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    Saigon Day 1: Cobalt

    May 10, 2016 in Vietnam

    Decided to have a nightcap despite needing to wake up at 5am.

    Theres a live dj and pretty good crowd up until 10pm. I did the annoying thing of asking the waitress to recommend then not going with the recommendation. Lol

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    Dinner @ Ngon

    May 10, 2016 in Vietnam

    Ngon which means delicious in Vietnamese was truly yummy. Set in an old french colonial house, the decor was rustic and can accommodate large groups. The pork chop with broken rice came with yummy bits of steamed pork skin.

    Jack suggested that I have some tea before sleeping in case my stomach cannot handle the oil. He obviously doesnt know my poison.

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