Malaysia Airlines – The Way I See It As A Passenger

Malaysian Airlines
Malaysian Airlines

 

I can’t remember when was the last time I fly on Malaysian Airlines (MAS) since my organization changed our travels to Airasia. It was in the mid 90s. Since then I had no opportunity to fly on MAS until recently.

Mot much changes on the outfit of MAS except with the addition of new plane to its fleet and changes on their body paints.

I saw this original MAS paintwork on one of their aircraft at Kuching airport with their original Wau Bulan Logo. It is a good idea to keep this original design as a nostalgic monuments in the history of Malaysia Airlines after their separation from Malaysia singapore Airlines in 1972

Original Desing on Malaysian Airlines Plane
Original Design on Malaysian Airlines Plane
among ther earlier MAS fleet of aircraft, with the original design
Among the earlier MAS fleet of aircraft, with the original design – Photo from Going Places April 1997

During my last flight to and fro Kota Kinabalu from KLIA I was ware the changes in crew attires and also the interior finishing of their new fleet pf boeing 737-800. I fly Malindoair to Kuching two weeks before and both on the same type of aircraft. MAS had changed from their batik motif seats to the leather look with tone of maroon (on the plan I was on) Not sure if all their 737-800 fleets has the same colouring.

Meals on board not much changes only that the present caterer is Brahim’s istead of MAS Catering. Well, is MAS Catering still in business? with Brahim’s, the Briyani Chicken was superb and the smell caught the nostrils immediately when the crew starts preparing to serve when the seatbelt sign was switched off. I did not take any pictures of the meal sets since there not much difference from the last.

Touch Screen facilities for your In Flight entertainment
Touch Screen facilities for your In Flight entertainment

When I was on Malindoair flight earlier I thought they had outsmart MAS but my thoughts was wrong. In fact maybe all Boeing 737-800 comes with inflight entertainment facilities.  So if your mobile gadget is running out of battery juice, just remember to bring along your USB cable to charge and of course its included in your airfare.

With the entertainment screen in front of every passenger, there is no more opportunity for SOME male passengers especially to voyeur on the cabin crew demonstrating the safety procedures. (LOL)

There’s a selection of entertainment to suit all passenger if not 100%. Movies, Music, Cartoon all in the package. There is also the Quran on screen if you want to read the Quran while in flight. Musics include most genres including Nasyid and after finishing The Heat acted by Sandra Bullock, I entertain myself with Nasyid number from Maher Zain. flying on MAS will now not be a boring one unless you want to doze off all the way.

FYI, I still keep this copy of Going Places, a special Wings of gold Commemorative Issue for 50th anniversary of Malaysia Airlines. I know it will be an antic publication many-many years to come and I will keep it for monetary purpose. I have two copies of the issue, but trying to locate where’s the other one.

 

Traveling To Kota kinabalu



This is my first trip to Kota Kinabalu on Firefly. I was one of the fortunate flyer to be able to land a cheap fare at just RM 294 for a return flight.

It is a new experience since I have never fly this airline before. The flight was not full and it’s too bad that part of my family have to fly on Ariasia due to fare differences. So I have to buy them Airasia tix and we fly to Kota Kinabalu within 1/2 an hour difference departure.

Management at the holding lounge before embarkation seems to be well managed even though passenger still practice the Malaysian attitude of rushing to go first even with the seats allocated. However the personnel managing the gate carried out his task well and follow the SOP in allowing passengers to go on board according to seat location. However the normal passenger with kids to board earlier were not given the priority. Its a small matter though.

Inside the cockpit, there is no difference as on board Airasia with jus one Class and the black leather seat (mmmmm, is it leather?). So, I am not going write anything more.

Actually I later found out that I did not claim our meals because of ignorant. The tix was bought for us by my daughters friend and I was not inform about the meals acccompanied. The stewardess were checking some passengers boarding pass and I thought if our tix come with meals, the stewardess might come and ask for our boarding pass. I thought Firefly might be one step ahead in identifying passengers who buy meals when purchasing the tix. I am sure the chief steward were provided with the full list of passengers and there is details of meals ordered so the flight has enough meals to cater according to orders. So we miss out our pre ordered meals for three person.

This post will be updated later when I go home later.
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Seafood In Kota Kinabalu

I went to Kota Kinabalu last December and a friend took me for a seafood dinner at the Seafood Restaurant in Kampung Air on Jalan Laiman Diki. It is one of the most popular seafood restaurant within the Kota Kinabalu City.

Seafood restaurant KK

These are some of the dishes ordered.

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Its called elephant snail. Mmmmmm….not because it is big. Who can give a clue? Why is it called elephant snail?

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This is scallop. Its the first time I tasted this seafood.

scallop

This vegetable dish is named Sabah Vege. Its fern shoots and a specialty for Sabah just like the Midin in Sarawak. If you go for dinner or lunch in Sabah don’t miss this vegetable since its a specialty for Sabah.

sabah vege

Except for the first and last dish, the rest are a first time experience for me. 

First Visit To Kota Kinabalu

Strabucks Coffee, Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Waiting for flight bound for Kuala Lumpur.

This is my meal for breaking of fast at Starbucks KK International Airport. Just a few cents to make it RM 20.00.  
No! Not actually a first timer to this Land Below The Wind but a first time this year. Have travel to Labuan earlier of the year and this time back to Kota Kinabalu. 
Stayed at the Kompleks TH in Sembulan. Did not know that the complex has hotel facilities with 108 rooms. It has three type of rooms ; Standard (Triple), Superior (Twin) and Deluxe ( Twin). Besides it also has Executive Deluxe Room. All rooms are provoded with facilities such Astro, Fridge and coffe making facilities. The tagline for the hotel is “Berorientasikan Hotel Islam“. 
Beside accomadation, the complex also has 8 rooms to cater for functions suh as seminars, conferences, meetings and banquets. 
 

The reception

I stayed on the 8th floor facing the sea. Its a view with Sutra Harbour  Resort.

The view from the room and on a clear day can view the sunset.