Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review of Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT)

Low Cost Carrier Terminal, in many ways did contributed to the countries' economies. That is definitely a plus point! However, talking about the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Kuala Lumpur, it is the worse low cost terminal which I have been so far. Starting from the waiting point to the plane with no shed to the closing of the airport from 1230am until 3am. 

1. No Shed - We always have to walk from the plane to the airport and from the waiting point to the plane in LCCT KL. How inconvenient!  It got worse when it rains with no shed and having to get wet before entering the plane. It is still fine if it is drizzling, what if it rains cats and dogs? Dont the architect who built this building even thought of those basic things?

2. Restaurants in LCCT - My flight was scheduled to be at 6.30am to Hanoi, therefore I took a flight from my hometown to LCCT KL and reached at mid night. I will have to wait approximately 5 hours in LCCT. Before hand, my mom asked me whether there is any need for me to buy some snacks first before reaching there. I confidently rejected that offer and told her that I can get food in the restaurants in LCCT. When I reached, I was stunned. All of the restaurants in LCCT were closed! Even McDonalds! How could that possible? I thought this is an airport??! The only place we could get food was outside of LCCT where the small stalls stood. Thats it. FULL STOP. No more! How could those stalls possibly feed thousands of people awaiting at the airport during that time?

3. Airport closed from 1230am until 3am - The nightmare is, this airport closed from 1230am untul 3am. I do not know what is the purpose, but yeah IT CLOSED FROM 1230AM UNTIL 3AM! The officers shooed us out from the airport and closed the main door of LCCT. So where did we go? We had no where to go, we had no choice but to sit outside of LCCT next to the sidewalks for freaking 3 hours! Do the place have chairs? NOOOOOO. Not a single chairs and most of us have to sit on the floor. Some had no choice but to sleep on the floor! What an eye sore! No air conditional for 3 hours, sweating, uncomfortable! I practically could not sleep the entire 3 hours.

4. Insufficient chairs - How many people in the airport and how many chairs they have? Those chairs are not even enough to accommodate quarter of the passengers. Those chairs were the most uncomfortable ones I have ever sat on. Passengers would have to sit on the floor most of the time. This is an airport, mind you! 

5. Waiting point - After our luggages have been scanned, obviously we could not bring in bottles with water. I thought I could purchase a bottle in the shops at the waiting point. However, there is only one shop available there, which is the liquor shop. How tragical!   

Overall, I am so disappointed with the standard of LCCT. It has became bad to worse! I feel so ashamed. I do hope that THESE can be improved fast.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Chain of Travelling

Dalai Lama once said "Once a year, go some place you have never been before". I would nod in agreement. Whether it is some where near your home or whether it is some where far away from home, just take some time off to go to that place, to experience another side of the world which you have never seen or been. I am a person who enjoys travelling, not because I can be in those planes. It is because I love the fact that I can walk around in those new places, exploring their cultures, witnessing the way of their lives by capturing that through my camera lenses. Also, getting lost in the big cities with maps in my hands. It is not pleasant to be lost, but being lost in cities are part of the journey of travelling, I would say.

Magnificent Wat Arun in Bangkok 

The Ferris Wheel in AsiaTique in Bangkok

The traffic jams in Bangkok

The great pork rice in Bangkok

The yummy cakes in "After You" restaurant in Bangkok

Halong Bay in Hanoi

Cathedral in Vienna

Political objections from the people in Thailand

Be it the ancient temples or the excellent food, another reason why I love to travel is that I can always meet new friends from other countries as well as to meet up with my friends. Those people do make the travelling extra fun!

Feem, my buddy

from left to right: Angeline, me, Jeremy, Pop, Fuiyen

Cute Mint! :)

Viet & Hwa

from left to right: Lily, John, Fuiyen, Viet

from left to right: Le, Lily, me, John, Fuiyen

dinner with Joe & Plan

dinner with Ai & Ice 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hanoi Backpackers Hostel

I have always wanted to back pack in few countries and YES! I did it! This time around, I went to Hanoi, Hua Hin and Bangkok for 10 days. As this trip is a budget trip, thus my friends and I decided to stay in a Backpackers Hostel in Hanoi. I have read few reviews regarding to that particular hostel and I just gave it a try. There are 3 Backpackers Hostel in Hanoi. The "Orignial" and the "Downtown" hostel is situated in Hanoi and the "Imperial" is at Hue. Rooms available including "Mixed Dorm", "Female Dorm", "Male Dorm", "Private Room" and "Queen Size Dorm Bed".  I stayed in the Female Dorm in the "Original" Hostel throughout my 4 nights stay. Staying in the downtown area was quite an advantage to us travelling around the city. It is easy to access to food, historical sides and buildings etc. The price is affordable and cheap which only cost me for one night 7USD inclusive breakfast and free wifi. Below are the photos which will help you to get a better picture of the hostel. 

48, Hanoi Backpackers' Hostel

Front part of the Hostel

The registration counter

the dining and hang out area

the rooftop bar which is at the top of the building. They have free drinks from a certain time of certain days. a nice place to chill and to talk to other backpackers.

the female dorm. each dorm will have its own washroom and bathroom. this room can accommodate 10 people.

After staying for four nights in this hostel, I therefore rate them accordingly: (poor, average, good, excellent)

1. Hygiene - good
2. Food - average
3. Location of the hostel - Excellent
4. Staff - poor
5. Facilities - good

The staff is not as friendly as I thought they are. Well, maybe they are friendly towards the other foreigners but I personally do not think they are friendly towards us, the Asians particularly. Otherwise, the facilities including the internet wifi, four desktops for the backpackers, water dispenser etc are well.

Below are the link where you can do your booking.