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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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Cafe Cartel – Pork Ribs and others…

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Sorry for making your saliva dried this week with so many food comments. =/

Last Sunday, due to loneliness, me and Andrew decided to go on a date at IMM, Jurong East.

No lah!! You don’t seriously think I’m curved…

We then “shui-bian”-ly walked into one of the cafe and congratulations… My salary is donated to the profitable fund of Cafe Cartel…

Knowing that Cafe Cartel is one of the premium western cafe and restaurant in Singapore, my 2nd visit to this IMM branch was so-so. Especially the service, all I got was some cold look without a smile and most of the time I needed to exaggerate my actions to be noticed. 

OK. Into the topic of the day. The food is ok. Much better than New York New York in Jurong Point. Seriously I had my first ever Pork Ribs in New York New York, Jurong  Point and I was disgusted by it. 

But they are having promotion here in Cafe Cartel and each Pork Ribs meal costs only SGD13.80. Which is a bargain compared to other meal available on the menu. So I decided to give it a try again though in my mind I kept telling me DON’T!!

It turned out to be MUCH MUCH better! It saved my impression on Pork Ribs forever! =P

The sauce was good! The meat was good! Everything was upto standard and tell you that I never regret ordering this! Haha… The meat didn’t stick to the bones like what the New York New York did. And it was softer, much more softer compared to New York New York! Seriously, and the most important, IT DOESN’T GIVE YOU STOMACHACHE afterwards! ( 🙂  you know what I meant.. )

Free-Flow-of-Bread provided with any order.. Taste Good too!

Then I think it’s almost the end of the day so they were having half-price promotion for their soup and the cakes!! Hohoho… it’s GREAT DEAL but at the same time it injured our wallet…

Soup of the Day… so-so… =/

Orea Cheese Cake ordered by my dear Andrew… so-so…

My Blueberry Cheese Cake… ok ok lor…

And guess what?! Today is MangoDay!! Both of us ordered Mango-related drinks… =.=” how lovely…

I hope you all won’t misunderstand anything after this post. T.T

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February 25, 2009 at 9:04 am

Wala Wala ? or Geylang ?

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Dude.. I can’t make up my mind now.

I’m stuck in making a decision of which place to go for this coming Friday night!! It is much anticipated night for the week, after 5 days of working and of course I need to relax myself.

It all got down to 2 choices, namely the very famous “Wala Wala Bar” and the infamous “Geylang”.

(1) Wala Wala Bar

Introduced by Kenny Sia. (Amazingly a lot of my Singaporean friends doesn’t know about this place!! Makign it so mysterious that I must go down to have a look) Scored 8 out of 10  in many many Best Bar review. It is surely a gem that I want to try to have fun and relax in the great music that they offer each night.

 

Range between SGD15 – 25 of price per visit. It provides great finger food and pizzas for friends to gather and have fun with the rock music that you can’t simply resist! The service are so good that people keep coming back for more and some reviewers suggested that you come early or you won’t find any vacancy from 8.30pm onwards til midnight! What’s more?! If you order your drink before 9pm, it’s Happy Hour and you will get 1 more for free!!

 

Given so many priviledges and tasty looks. I seriously feel like giving them a visit!!

 

 

(2) Geylang

Giving the infamous name, “Geylang”, this is one red district place that you MUST VISIT in Singapore when you are here, not for the prostitutes but for its food at least. 🙂

 

This place is SO-LIKE Malaysia that sometimes I won’t realise that I am in the kiasuland. The street. The traffic. The shops. The people. And the food here is so like Malaysia that you might forget that you are not in Malaysia anymore!!

 

It is also a place where you can a good bargain of getting a durian for 50 cents!!! One of their most famous dishes here is the Frog Porridge. I’ve tasted it once here and seriously speaking, though I was afraid and hate the frog, the whole porridge tasted unexpectedly well to me! =)

There are so much that the streets can provide to you. Eventhough you are not on appetite, NO AFRAID as dessert are well served anytime at the corners of the streets!!

 

Eye-dessert served after meals =)

 

 

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Seriously, I can’t make up my mind now. I’ve been to Geylang a few times before so I might not be so keen on going there but the traffic and the dynamic of the streets there will surely make a different experience if I ever go back again.

But the Wala Wala Bar is so decent and cool with relaxing music in the background while you chat with friends about anything along with the chilled beer served!! (some more buy 1 free 1!!! lol)

Why not you give me some advice?? Post your comment down below and I will post with my review of my Friday Night experience afterwards!! Yay!!

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February 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

“Sir! Do you want a massage?!”

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OK. I didn’t approach a massage girl in Thailand nor being approach by one.

Just that when I came back from KL, I took AirAsia’s express bus called STARMART (NOW they want to make some profit from land transportation huh?) ‘surprisingly’ caught on the “MASSAGE COUCH”. (my father bought it and I didn’t know about it) 

I was thrilled because I had never had a so called ‘luxurious’ trip between Singapore and KL before. All I took was usually no frill budget bus that is cheaper and sometimes I would run over to JB to take them.

So I was excited. And on the bus I discovered this 4-button panel.

I pressed the first one. It went,

“DUP DUP … … DUP DUP … … DUP DUP …”

I pressed the second one. It went,

“DUP DUP DUP … DUP DUP DUP … DUP DUP DUP …”

Weird… And out of curiousity, I pressed the third button…

“DUP DUP DUP DUP … DUP DUP DUP DUP … DUP DUP DUP DUP …”

 

Shoot… Just the rhythm different only lor… =.=” I slept all the way…

This bus cannot make it la … Spacious but that’s all.

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February 11, 2009 at 12:03 am

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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

i bought something from Taiwan

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(written on Jan 23, Friday, by this time I should be in Penang cleaning my grandma’s house or snoring like a dead pig…)

I bought 2 DVDs (YES, I’VE CHECKED thatthese DVDs cannot be bought elsewhere in Malaysia nor Singapore) also for pre-order I would get a free collective 2009 calendar!! Haha… Guess what? Yes.. I bought the ORZ Boys movie!! Haha…

Hopefully it would be nice.. Or I will kill myself from buysing this nonsense all the way from Taiwan. By the way it’s cheap la… I won’t spend much money if it’s too expensive. So don’t think I’m getting rich because of my industrial training or whatsoever and don’t try to contact me for any free meal !!

Also… They used DHL service!! Just to tell you that even the financial crisis struke heavily on the whole world… DHL is still a very promising company that still carry on their flight as usual, delivering goods on time. Below is an evidence:

The package was picked up from the premise by 3.26pm yesterday in Taipei, and it departed Taipei by 11.27pm that night and reached Singapore by6am this morning (while I still snoring like a pig…) and it arrived at the delivery facility in Singapore and now I think the package is readily waiting for me with honey on !@$%&^!^&*(*&@^#yVYHJd!%7632$^#%@ CENSORED ……. in my room by the time I got back from work. =P Can’t wait!!

Perhaps I still can watch a movie before taking the bus back?!

Ciao! And safe journey home!!

#UPDATE: Before I go back from my office, I checked for awhile and AS MY EXPECTATION, It has already arrived and waiting for me in the room covered with HONe….. !@%#^$&*(*#&@^%!$%^&* CENSORED…

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January 24, 2009 at 9:24 am

Balik Kampung!!

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“Balik Kampung” – means back to hometown in Malay language. It also mean this…

 and this …

 and it has been like this for years … Malaysia Boleh!!

I’ll be joining the super dumbing fcuking terribly horrifying damn freaking long traffic (@%$^#!@*&^%!) going back to KL from Singapore 7pm later. And from KL my parents will be waiting for me and going back straight to Penang. =P (another freaking !@%#^$&*(&^$%#@! traffic jam queue)

Penang is a nice hometown. So nice and so kampung that I won’t have internet access for the coming 5 days. But no worry. I will do some pre-blogging so that you will still enjoy. So be sure to come back tomorrow and the day after tomorrow for some really funny that I’ve written for you!! Hahaha… enjoy that when you got no life during this coming CNY festival, you can still visit my blog and leave comment!! =.=”

Go Get Some Life!! It’s Chinese New Year!!

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January 23, 2009 at 9:24 am