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The Budget Airlines Battle

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Thanks to the budget airlines available nowadays. It is no longer a dream for someone average poor like me to fly to places that were once inaccesible by land transportation. Moreover, it is so cheap now that you can even use it to replace the typical land transportation!

With the rise of Air Asia in the region, Malaysians are happy to see chances to go for longer and better holidays to better location even with their limited budgets.

Destinations

To be honest, the three major budget airlines that I am going to discuss later has their own interesting points.

 Air Asia

Being one of the most successful Malaysian company in the world, I am definitely happy to promote Air Asia to you all. In fact, for all the 6 flights that I’ve taken in the  past 2 years, it’s all Air Asia. One of the major reasons I chose them was just because I am staying in KL and thus very near to take the flight there. 

Air Asia has definitely expanded huge enough now, with future flights to Taiwan and more China’s destinations are definitely a very interesting thing to see for a Malaysian like me! =P You know what’s the BEST thing here?! Flying to London now may cost you less than RM1500 for 2-way!! How amazing isn’t it?!

 

 Tiget Airways

Well Tiger Airways is quite similar to Jet Star so I would focus more there. =P

 

 JetStar

Another budget airline (Australian company based in Singapore) that actually served quite a lot of interesting places. Where else you can get two-way ticket from Singapore-Perth for only SGD178 all-inclusive???!! (That’s like RM400!!!) If you’re going to Australia for a fun holidays, I would recommend JetStar!!

By looking at the destinations that each airlines can offer, obviously Air Asia beat the other two by offering more choices to other places while Jetstar is concentrating on both Australia and New Zealand. But JetStar still need to work more on as those who stay in KL and Singapore still cannot access direct flight to New Zealand.

Air Asia, being the first budget airline in the region surely has an advantage in exploring new routes and thanks to their effort we can now fly to Europe and Beijing!!

So Air Asia wins the first round!!

Air Asia 1 – JetStar 0 – Tiger 0

 

 

KL – Singapore

I am going to focus on the air fares particularly on the route KL-Singapore on March 30 to make a comparison on their usual charges. There is no annouced promotion for any of the three budget airlines (Air Asia, Jet Star and Tiger Airways) thus far and I am just purely searching through for their ‘normal’ price and what they can offer me if I decided to go back suddenly from KL – Singapore (or vice versa) in a 2 week advanced notice.

First, their price.

i. Ticket ‘Base’ Price

I browsed through 3 airlines for a ticket from KL to Singapore on March 30 and chose roughly the same time for the lowest airfare that they can offer. Surprisingly all of them offer a very good and low price even there is no promotion! In fact both JetStar and Tigerairways offer ZERO-AIRFARE while Air Asia lost a little bit with RM1.00 price ticket just slightly lgging behind.

But… !!!

Air Asia

Tiger Airways

Jet Star

I bet you can see the difference now clearly. Though both JetStar and Tiger offer zero airfare, their admin charges and taxes are obviously higher than Air Asia. Eventually the air fares become…

Air Asia – RM48.50

Tiger – RM57.00

Jet Star – RM68

Airasia wins again this round by clear mile!! Followed by Tiger.

Ticket ‘Base’ Price: 

Air Asia 3 (+2) – JetStar 0 – Tiger 1 (+1)

 

 

 

ii. Food Menu

Again, I browsed through the 3 airlines for their food. To be honest with you, I’ve not tasted all three of them and so I cannot judge them by taste. But I searched through their menu and the results are …

Air Asia

Since last year they have revamped their menu and now it has quite a variety of food available from local delicacy like Nasi Lemak to Western Chicken Folicia. “Heavier” meal costs RM7 if you booked online together with your ticket and RM9 if you bought it onboard. Quite reasonable I can say.

Tiger

Surprisingly there is no “heavy” or hot food served onboard. I’m not sure whether it’s good or not but the price seemed reasonable for a Singaporean but much more expensive than the already-expensive-AirAsia’s food.

The only good thing is that… They serve liquor onboard while Air Asia don’t… (Air Asia X do serve liquors) But doesn’t matter as I’m not an alcoholic and I can live without alcohol for a simple few hours flight!!

JetStar

Tell you what. Their menu is so mysterious that I cannot find anything on what they served onboard (for short course) but based on the internet user review. Thumbs down! I give them a thumb down too for not disclosing anything on the internet!! Oh gosh?!! What era is this?? Is your food so mysterious that you want to keep it secret to surprise your passengers onboard?!!

 

Definitely go for Air Asia for their HOT FOOD and reasonable price!!

Air Asia 4  – JetStar 0 – Tiger 1

 

 

iii. Add-On Services

And there are lots of add-on services like seat selection, luggae add-on, insurance etc that just work the same way like your Telecommunication Company that plan to suck as much money from you as possible. Anyway I’m going to explain how it worked in these 3 airlines.

For all 3 airlines basically they worked roughly the same in Seat Selection where you select a seat that you like, pay a nominal fee and there you go!

Air Asia just introduced this system 1 or 2 months ago and this definitely relieved their passengers as I need not to walk faster or run or splint or jump or scream or whatever to get on the plane fast enough to get a window seat.(Anyway window seat isn’t any better either..) Simple enough, pay RM25 for ‘special’ seat or RM5 for other seats.

Tiger charges the most expensive fee for seat selection. That’s RM12.50 for standard seat and RM62.50 for ‘HOT’ seat. Hot your head!!

For Jet Star, they only charge if you are choosing those ‘special’ seat for RM45. It’s RM20 more expensive but what’s good about their system is that they don’t charge for all other normal seat that you choose. How good, aren’t they?! It’s like the dracula’s fangs have reached your neck so close that they just let you go ’cause they stok stok don’t want to suck your blood anymore. (maybe they suck somewhere else…)

 

Other add-on services offered by Air Asia are insurance that comes with the online booking system which allows you to suck the money back from them if they ever fuck mess up with your holiday schedule with plane delay, luggage trouble or etc. And the bus service from KL Sentral is a lot cheaper if you booked together in the online booking system for just RM6.50 (normal price RM9). 

Do you want to buy a medical box onboard?!

Air Asia just won’t let go of a chance to earn the money…

 

Really… Air Asia is my BIG CHOICE kicking the other 2 airlines’ asses so hard!!! Now I shall annouce the winner of this battle…

 

To be fair, all the data I’ve got are at the time of publication of this log post was made. If any of the marketing officer from the any other airlines that would like to make clarification or sponsorship or anything, you may do so via my email address that you can find on the top right corner of this blog.

Since Air Asia did not pay for this post. I cannot let them win so easily!!

*****Air Asia Marketing Officer can choose pay certain amount of premium to take down the section below*****

Try Malaysia Airlines too!! They are having promotion too!! Though the price is more expensive but what you get is totally different!!

I’ve checked. Air Asia ticket final price costs me RM55.50 w/ food w/o insurance. While the better service MALAYSIA AIRLINES offer you RM99 for all the comfort that you may get onboard. Choose yourself!!

 


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Somethin’ you luv’ and hat’ it…

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second post of the day!! must update you all… got promotion from airasia again!!

AirAsia… Makes Everyone Can Fly Real Cheap…

It’s something that you love and hate..

You love it, because it gets so cheap that sometimes it would be cheaper than a bus trip!

You hate it, because you get so frustrated with their booking system especially when they opened up their special promotion period, that sometimes you will smash your computer and instead of getting cheap air tickets, you need to pay for the repair fees for your laptop that you smashed.

They are having it now! So quick!!

I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop, for 3 hours straight, kept on refreshing the screens, kept on typing my family details, then the system crashed, then retype, then system crashed again, then retype, then when i proceed to the last stage, the seats had been taken and then retype again…

I keyed in my family details (total 5 of us) for more than 10 times I think. Now I won’t forget their birthday FOREVER.

After almost 2 hours of tense and frustration, I got through finally.

Tickets from KL – MACAU – KL for a family of 5, in December, TOTAL RM688.

I guess it’s something worth sticking your ass to the chair for hours.

HONG KONG + MACAU … HERE WE COME!!

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February 10, 2009 at 1:57 am

I’m Tired of all the Politics

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Hey… Enough is enough!

I don’t care whether you are the opposition or the government, angels or demons… Enough is enough! 

Enough dramas or whatever you guys are putting up!! We, the citizens of Malaysians, are tired of all these stupid sketches you all did. Economy is in bad shape now. The country is moving backwards. Why can’t you all just concentrate on those matters instead of crazily fighting over for the power over the government?!!!!

Why?!! Why no one to step out to tell those people to shut up and just do what they are supposed to do?! Politicians are elected to bring the country move forward, not to act in front of the world like there’s no tomorrow!

I say again, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

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February 5, 2009 at 12:06 am

Balik Kampung TRAFFIC JAM VERSION

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What you see here was happened during the midnight when my family was going back to my hometown in Penang from 2AM – 6AM in the freaking morning on the highway!!

“Abang.. Sudah pukul berapa?? Belum tidur lagi??”

“Tak ada lah.. Balik kampung mah…”

“Apa?!! Dah pukul 3 pagi lah… You sedang pandu sekrang?”

“Bo huat la… Sekrang pandu kat highway oh.. Ada 10% + 10% diskaun!! Jom balik kampung MIDNIGHT!!”

“… …” 

3, 4am also can drive with this speed… GENG OR NOT?!!!

All cars ‘conincidently’ want to go toilet at the same time… =.=”

I wonder.. After so many years we pay the tax and the tol charges, they never improve and extend the services?!?!

Malaysia Boleh!!

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February 1, 2009 at 8:45 pm

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Now Everyone Can Fly … Real Cheap!

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Gong Hei Fatt Choy!!

How’s your CNY ? I had a so so and okay one. A lot of touching stories and thoughts in my mind and I can’t wait to share with all of you. But I need some time to figure it out and arrange them nicely before posting here.

Here I would like to share with all of you a great news here. Now you can fly real cheap this year!! Both FireFlyz and Malaysia Airlines are having promotion right now and it’s really really very cheap to fly with them!! Haha.. Only RM70 (FireFlyz) or RM78 (MAS) two-way to any location in Peninsular Malaysia departing from KL and the fees are inclusive of everything!! Means no more extra charge!! Haha.. I already got my two-way ticket to Kuala Terengganu (yes.. to Redang!!) in July for only RM70 with FireFlyz… hahaha…

the * asterisk star actually means … no more extra charges!! 🙂

Quick ya!! Promotion ends tomorrow!! By the way, MAS didn’t pay me a cent yo… lol… purely sharing with you guys ya!! Haha… 

Also I “accidentally” put a prank in my booking… lol

Can you spot any “FUNNY” thing??

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Yes… I am officially DATO now… lol

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sweat…

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January 31, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Days in Singapore

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More and more reflection during these festive seasons as I am too free so I can think more about what is my future and which direction I am heading. I guarantee that this entry will be superbly inevitably LOOOOOONG … Please bear with me for 10 minutes as I took hours to write these down with my heart.

This pose is somehow VERY SIMILAR to some infamous politician in Malaysia… hmm… I wonder who will that be?

Talking about memories… I am going to put up some long-time-never-been-seen photos up here back to the days where I just reached Singapore for my studies. I remember that I don’t have a camera to take down every moments but I’m sure I still remember every moment vividly in my mind til now.

I still remember my parents watching me walked into the night KTM Train heading for Singapore that night. I noticed my sister dropped a tear right at my back. I knew I was not away for very long. Singapore is not far, but still it was one of the checkpoint in my life, where I needed to leave my family and started my new chapter in somewhere else with my family far away.

Flowers for me? Or flowers from me? Nah! I don’t have a girlfriend…

No more mother waking me up for school each morning. No more breakfast prepared nicely everyday. No more people to remind me something I usually ignored. No more help from parents as it used to be. No morefree transportation I usually picked up from my father. No more nice home lunches and dinners. No more a warm greeting and care from my mother I got once in a while when I was too tired studying. No more brothers and sister bothering me with their stupid homeworks nor other idiotic small issues.

My life is no more the same as it used to be!

yea.. My life has never been the same ever… Always become ‘daddy’ for other people.. even in drama.. =.=”

The days I spent in Singapore has formed another side of me. I won’t say that I’ve changed much after staying at this place for almost 3 years but what I agree is that I’ve changed. More or less, I’ve changed!

wow, I didn’t know I was so buff that time… =.=” .. ORRRRR have I ever been?? =.=”

I have friends, coursemates, groupmates, professors, lecturers, colleagues, aunties, uncles, babies etc… told me that I am more Singaporean that I used to be. I was like .. “What the fuxk?” “Really?” I would swear LOUD LOUD in a very AH BENG voice “WHAT LAR!!!? I AM STILL VERY MALAYSIAN OKAYYYY?!!!” But to be honest to my own self, for the sake, deep down in my heart… I try to reflect hardly. Which side I am really at?

I am a little struggle on figuring out that one. After staying almost 3 years in Singapore, my accent more or less changed. I didn’t realise that one, SERIOUSLY!! But I still have friends that would tell me that I still have the heavy MALAYSIAN CANTO accent, but when I spoke less Mandarin and more English I’m totally Singaporean.

Sunset in NTU…

I give another BIG CONFUSING LOOK “HUH?!” What do you mean by that?? I thought English IS SUPPOSED TO SOUND THE SAME in all regions especially in Malaysia and Singapore?! Aren’t they?!

Or I swear and complain too much in English that make me very Singaporean nowadays. It’s one of the very ‘good’ habits that you won’t want to forsake for your own good!!! Any problem? Any trouble? Just complain lar!!!! You don’t like your neighbour listen to loud rock music when you are studying?? Complain lar!! You don’t like people gather around together having their own sweet moment while BBQ-ing??? Complain lar!! You don’t like people blocking your way in the office while everyone is so busy walking around?? Complain lar!! Don’t like the phone service?? Complain lar!! SERIOUSLY I BET YOU CAN EVEN COMPLAIN YOUR OWN PARENTS IN YOUR HOME THERE~~~ (seriously I’ve seen people doing that okay?!!!!)

Or does it matter? Does it matter how Malaysian or how Singaporean I am?? I am holding a blue Malaysian IC. I am holding a browm passport with the big PASPORT MALAYSIA words on it. I still remember LAGU NEGARAKU whenever it’s played. I still remember the Lima Rukun Negara (ok, I gave up this one…) I concern for Malaysia news. I concern for the development of Malaysia. I am still planning to come back to serve the country. (crap lar!!! Don’t fake fake lar…) Anyway I am still 100% Malaysian in me. Singapore and Malaysia were once together. Or should I say, we are the people of the world!! (*whoa…)

Really, I don’t want to go further into that because it would be another huge long story. But staying here in Singapore has made me a little bit different from what I was in the past. 

Here… I learn to be more professional.

I can’t say that I learn to be more stylish but at least more professional… (the SAD FACT: NO MONEY TO BE STYLISH…)

Wait a minute, I do have a sense of fashion… haha… Check my hair color …

Once upon a time, I dyed my hair okay?!!! hahaha…

Not only that, as my age is nearer to join the working force, I got more chances and opportunity to see the real work force.

My first ever big company interview in SHELL Singapore office…

I get to know more people from really really diversed backgrounds, from ang mo to fellow Malaysians, that happily live ever after. Unlike universities in Malaysia where students fight to take over the student power in the campus. I won’t say it’s bad but I believe that the government should provide a better environment for students to study and involve more in the intellectual or whatever regarding their and the country’s future, BUT NOT TO DRAG THE POLITICS INTO THE CAMPUS!!! Man they won’t understand after all these years!! *sad…

Wy Leong, one of the best mates I have in NTU…

Frau Geiser – My German teacher for 1 year…

By the way, I had the opportunity to learn German and French. So now I am officially a 5-language-speaker!! (shoot… My German and French still sucks la… haha)

I learn to have real fun. Fun at anything. Eating… Playing… And even giving back to the society!!

One of my first projects in Singapore, performing for the children in several libraries…

Hmm… Also one of the most expensive meals I ever had in Singapore (and my life…)

Well I hope I was not influenced by Singaporeans’ mentality then? lol… But if allowed, I would rather work hard, play hard, work hard, play hard, work hard, play hard and die… than work hard, save hard, work hard, save hard, play a bit, work hard, work hard … and die. =.=”

Also thanks to my university life (not particularly to my university because so far it has contributed NOTHING to my overseas trips thus far) I have been able to travel to several countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China (Macau) and Macau. I am really grateful that I got such chances to go overseas and see so many stuff. Really… All these happened only after I first got my passport to Singapore for my study… 

Cambodia… My second overseas country to step on (after Singapore)

The trip really opened my eyes onto what is the real definition on DEVELOPING COUNTRY. We, Malaysians, are way too fortunate than them. 

Also I realised that they might need the toys more than us, so before I departed for the Cambodia-Vietnam trip, I packedand gathered a full bag of OLD toys from relatives and friends and brought over to them! 🙂 You can see from the picture below where Haksym helped me to distribute to the kids!! If you looked carefully my friend is holding my name… so paiseh…

Vietnam… Another faithful trip…

A very interesting city… And I had my first ever ALMOST-GOT-ROB experience here in the middle city of Ho Chi Minh…

I was here to have a 2-week community service project. It was mind-opening, heart-warming and totally a very special experience for me!! And I met a really really special kid there… If I were allowed I really wished I could take him home… Really…

I don’t know if I had told you all this but I will surely tell you about this again. After visiting this orphanage place, I couldn’t stand the kids’ living condition that I cried non-stop… Really I just couldn’t stand it anymore even though I told myself that I must hold my tears because I AM A MAN AND MAN CANNOT CRY (and damn i screwed that…)

Hong Kong, Shenzhen + Macau … the most expensive trip I ever had (i had only 2 trips anyway)

Wow… I didn’t expect the length of this entry can be so… AMAZING!!! Sure will enter the final of longest blog entry of the century… So that’s all I wanna share!! See ya!!

 


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January 28, 2009 at 12:08 am

The Great Debaters (2007) – Movie Review

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刚看了一部戏《The Great Debaters》,我觉得事后刚刚好。在奥巴马刚刚被任选为美国首位黑人总统后看着一部戏的感触更是异常地深。

《The Great Debaters》是一部改篇自真人故事的电影。戏中描述一位不屈不挠的老师,对在当时美国社会对黑人不平等对待那种永不放弃的精神,将他学校的全黑人辩论队推上高峰,并还在1935年打败了当时的全美国的全白人辩论冠军。

我不理会戏中哪些属于事实,哪些属于虚构。(现实中他们成为冠军,但并不是打败哈佛,而是南加利佛尼亚大学)那些并不重要,重要的是,美国的黑人能有今天的地位,并不是上天赐给,也不是他们幸运,更不是美国人慷慨解囊、不分种族意思,而是这些大大小小的英雄烈士们奋斗出来的。是他们努力的奋斗、不停的争取,得回来的。

有时候,我会埋怨。自己出生在一个不平等的地方,不曾受过平等的对待,也十分怨恨那些根本没有理由的制度。但是自己却有心无力。都会说,“怎么样?我们那里有办法?再吵多一点就会被抓了。”是的。我敢说,不敢做。就算是说,也是远远的说,怕怕地说。勇敢一点站起来说??就要怕这个怕那个的。。。

我会问当地曾经给了我什么,但是现在我要问回自己,“我做过了什么?我凭什么跟别人要平等?!凭什么要别人让个首相的位子给你坐?别人civil right movement牺牲了多少人?付出了多少血汗!!你又做过了什么?!你凭什么?!”

对!!没有付出,就不要期望有结果。看来我只有两个选择,一是离开我的出生地,永远不要回来。最多在遥远的远方希望着有这么的一天到来。二是。。。成为ISA的牺牲品。自己选。。。

这部戏真得非常激昂!!!也很喜欢最后一场辩论的题目,现在又燃起心中的那一把火。有谁得空要和我练习练习一下??

Civil disobedience is a moral weapon in the fight for justice.

*如果你不知道,我以前曾是学校辩论队(英文和马来文)的代表。=.=”

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November 13, 2008 at 6:39 pm