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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Airline Competition



A lot of competitive airlines nowadays are emerging in the market. And one of them is Etihad Airways.


Preparation for the Flight


I had 2 months ahead prior my vacation to decide which airline I need to book. Of course, I need to find any promotional offer. A relative of mine offered me a discount.

Which is which?

Emirates Airline, Philippine Airlines, Etihad Airways, and Cebu Pacific are available however I  decided to go with Etihad Airways as I heard a lot of positive reviews from this airline.

Decided...




Etihad Airways is a flag carrier and the second-largest airline of the United Arab Emirates. Its head office is in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi International Airport. 


Accessibility...



Since I am residing in Abu Dhabi (City Centre) it is very easy and convenient for me to drop off my luggage and proceed to an early check-in into the City Terminal (near Abu Dhabi Mall) 24 hours before the flight.



All travel documents will be provided once your check-in is done, including your boarding pass.  
You have the option as well to do online check in to there Etihad Mobile App or direct to there website (hassle free).

Timings...




My flight was 10 AM the other day so I had still plenty of time to prepare for my flight.
The bus which is going to the Terminal 2 of Abu Dhabi International Airport is Bus A1. For more information about the bus timing, you can download the DARB Mobile App.

Upon reaching the airport, I reached out to the counter for my check in and was advised to proceed next to the security control section. 

Everything was on the smooth process, After the security check, I proceeded to the assigned gate (22).
I got the chance to see some planes while I'm on my way to the gate - Planespotting. 




Waiting time for the gate to be opened was approximately half an hour.
A service bus picks us and went straight to the tarmac where the plane is waiting.


The Etihad Boeing 777-300er





The plane was A Boeing 777 - 300er with a seating configuration of 3 x 4 x 3.
It comes with a Pearl Business for Business Class and Coral Economy for Economy Class. 

This is my second time to fly with Etihad Airways, The first one was my Kuala Lumpur Trip way back in 2015.


In-flight Amenities


In-flight amenities 





It's not good nor bad. For the IFE (Audio and Video). The headset is perfectly working. 



The E-box (the personal entertainment system) was having some issues with the touchscreen panel. There is a latency everytime you touch the screen. Even the controller is a bit confusing to use for navigational.



However, I love the movies being played on there IFE (in-flight entertainment) Hollywood to Asian movies and some latest music (western to middle eastern music) Taylor Swift's Album is available as well. Kids Entertainment such as Peppa Pig is also available.


AC Port



All seats in this aircraft have an ac power port. I tested to charge my iPhone via USB and it's perfectly working. However, It takes longer to get fully charged.


Meal



salty biscuit and cola


water and fresh towel (wet wipes)


Before, during and after take-off, they served the food. That consist of salty biscuit before the flight, Dinner is served during the flight and some snack (sandwich and juice or soda) is served before the landing. I requested for another cup of coffee with fresh milk and sugar too after lunch. Fresh towel and water are being offered as well before take off.

Lunch
sandwich and apple juice before landing

coffee after lunch

with fresh milk


They Offer European,  Asian and Middle Eastern meals. The food was perfect. They have a menu as well for your reference. Etihad offers as well with any in dietary needs, just inform them prior to the reservation 24 hours before.
I love how the flight attendant caters the passenger in a timely manner. 
They offer on a full meal and I didn't complain at all. It was a wholesome experience.


Lavatory





The Lavatory of the Aircraft is okay.
Nothing to see much, but they maintain the cleanliness and its odor free. 
The space of the lavatory is just right for you to move freely inside, hand sanitizer, the tissue is available as well.


Seats



Though I didn't pay for extra legroom. There was a sufficient space for the seat as the coral economy seat's width is 17.5 and the pitch was 31. It's just right.



Additionals




Etihad provides a blanket, neck pillow and an amenity kit as well which consist of eye mask, face tissue, ear plugs and toothbrush with toothpaste during the flight.

We experience a mild turbulence. As the Pilot advised us to fasten our seatbelt for safety reason and the cabin crew was doing the same.


Travel time from Abu Dhabi to Manila takes 9 hours and 5 mins (depends if not late) And it is non stop.







The IFE has the feature to provide the estimated time of arrival to your destination (ETA) as well as the camera viewfinder of the aircraft to see what is below the aircraft.


Cabin Crew Service


Etihad is well known for its highest class when it comes to service. No wonder they were rated by Skytrax as a Certified 5 Star Airline. Though I find the cabin crew service was not excellent but it's good. 
Another cabin crew was in a hurry to distribute the food and without smiling at all. Just a straightforward question which food do I need to eat. That's all. No other question nor a smile to her face. 

I was able to sleep for a few hours  before landing to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)


Verdict...







So far, My whole travel experience for the second time with Etihad was good.
Though I find that the Aircraft looks aged already.
Food was good.
IFE was good
Overall service includes the Cabin Crew Service was Good.

Do I recommend flying with Etihad?

It's a Yes. But make sure to check some promo offers before flying with them as the ticket rises up especially during holidays.

Thanks for reading my flight review.

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--Ceddy











Monday, October 15, 2018

Malaysia: Truly Asia

Year of Festivals & Endless Celebrations 



PETRONAS TWIN TOWER

This was my first time to travel out of the country. And the first country that I ever visited was Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia 3 years ago *2015.

Finally, I was able to write this content after 3 years, Thanks to Apple Support, I able to retrieve all the pictures on my previous iCloud account.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Me at the KLIA Arrival




Before heading out to the United Arab Emirates, I decided to have a tour first in Kuala Lumpur for 3 days and 2 nights. 

Travel Time


The travel time from Iloilo City, Philippines via Manila to Kuala Lumpur takes 6 hours and 55 mins.
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay peninsula and the island of Borneo.





I booked the trip alone without any accompaniment and so when I arrived at the KLIA Arrival, a representative is waiting outside holding a signage with my name on it.

Hotel Accommodation


The hotel is rated 2.5 by Trip Advisor. The hotel is so simple, no fancy things. If you don't expect anything but for sleeping only, this the Hotel that I can recommend. The hotel is near to the shopping complex and the place was quite also near the city center. Bed and breakfast are also available.

Day 01


Since It's my Day 1. I decided to take some rest a bit and went to the City Center to check some food to eat.
It's 12:35 AM,  no shops were open and I am in a hurry and starving, so I decided to buy some cup noodles in a 24/7 convenience store. Went back to the hotel and took rest.


Day 02


Bed and Breakfast


Breakfast Timings was 8: AM. I was alone in the morning and none other guests were available at that time. Omelet egg, coffee, bread, and beans.

I waited for half an hour for the driver to pick me up.

This was A half day SIC City Tour.
The trip was a journey through the central city to view the Moorish Architecture.

First Stop :


Istana Negara: King's Palace

ISTANA NEGARA


The King's Palace is so beautiful. We are on the main gate. And outside the gate were guards stand still which is similar to the British Guards. It was the residence of the King, way back in 2011.
Were allowed to take a photo of them. I had even one.



Pictures below:












Second Stop:


National Museum


Much of the National Museum’s original collection of artworks was razed during a World War II bombing. Its impressive collection starts with ritual weddings, the way how Malaysian lives before (fishing, weaving and more).

There's a life-size traditional house as well. I am not sure what is the name of that traditional house, however, the house was fully decorated with gold and silver ornaments. And it comes with very intricate detail. There are also traditional musical instruments in the museum.

Here are the pictures that I took within the vicinity of the Museum:































Third Stop:


National Monument






The National Monument was built in dedication to Malaysia's Soldier who died during the emergency struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960.

A spacious massive land with a perfect landscape will welcome you. The spot is overlooking the City Center. If you want to unwind and spend some time with your Family or have some short walk. This is the best place to unwind.

Some pictures below:













Fourth Stop:


Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station





After Petronas Twin Tower the famous landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Next to it is the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. It's the unique Anglo-Asian architecture in the region.

Had some pictures below:






Fifth Stop:


Malaysia Batik



Malaysia Batik is a textile art in Malaysia.
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to the whole cloth.

It is the national identity of Malaysia, there National Costume and its part of their cultural heritage.

Interesting pictures below:

















Sixth Stop:


The Chocolate Kingdom



If you are a chocolate lover, this would be your chocolate heaven.
We stop over to Beryl's Chocolate Kingdom to sample some local chocolates.
Wide selection of chocolates to choose from dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate.

An interesting exhibition and if you have kids, surely they will love this place.
Note: I was not able to take more pictures as my phone's battery was about to die. My spare battery was left on the bus. :(


Here are some of the pictures:












Seventh and Last Stop :


Petronas Twin towers



The Twin Tower is named after Petroliam Nasional Company, as the company owns the towers, and the Tower One is fully occupied by the company as its headquarters.  The Tower Two, however, was leased by some of the giant companies, to name a few were Microsoft and IBM.

Unfortunately, the spot we took a picture was too far from our location, and the weather condition was foggy. It's just outside of the chocolate kingdom.  Good thing, I was able to take a few snaps before as the service van was able to pass by near the Tower before the tour began.

Here's some of the picture below:









After the tour, I transferred back to the hotel and at leisure.
So I still have the time to discover and roam around the City Center.

At Leisure:


Berjaya Times Square




One of the largest shopping mall in the region. It has a large food court, amusement area and has an indoor roller coaster. You can ask for a bargain from selected shops which is comparable in the market outside the mall.

Branded boutiques are available as well such as Burberry and Giordano to name a few.

Here are some pictures below:
















Day 03:

Breakfast and Free day


I still have a few more hours for my check out and I got the chance to roam again in the City.
Bought some souvenirs and returned back to the hotel.

Some pictures around the city center:

























Check out at 12:00 PM and transported to the Airport.


So far, that's my 3 days stay in Malaysia.  I think 3 days is not enough to visit all the places and there are still more beautiful spots to visit.

Thanks for reading my content.

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--Ceddy

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