Abode of Peace [13 – 14 August 2011]
The bus decided that it was the furthest he would go and turned around after dropping us off. Both of us felt that the situation was quite weird but we just sucked it up and walked towards the terminal building.
Five minutes later we reached the Departure terminal.
Like most places in the kingdom, the airport seemed a little underwhelming.
Our bags were scanned before entering the enclosed area and check-in had already began.
There was also an airport tax of B$12 to be paid at the counter. The lady at the check-in counter refused my S$1 coin and forced me to break a B$10 note.
Passing the immigration was hassle-free and we were in air-side in no time.
The washroom was located in a disabled-unfriendly location.
Outside the toilet the counter for rental of day room was unmanned.
The transfer desk in the waiting area wasn’t staffed as well.
A glance at the FIDS revealed that BWN wasn’t a busy airport at all.
There was an advertisement which caught my attention.
After clearing the security we settled in the gate area waiting for our plane to arrive from KUL.
Our ride finally arrived.
S and I both got aisle seats. I was willing to swap seats with the mom of the family who sat beside me but she insisted that it wasn’t necessary.
I spent most of my flight reading while S spent his sleeping.
I couldn’t recall much from the flight except that when we disembarked both S and I made a point to walk faster in order to reach the immigration ahead of the rest.
We were subjected to yet another round of Malaysian immigration and the process was slow as usual with the biometric scanning in place.
After the immigration counters I realized that there was a good place to take photographs of AirAsia’s planes.
We decided to have dinner at the food court which was located beyond the Domestic terminal and the shuttle drop-off point.
The hygiene level wasn’t best and my hotpot noodles was disappointing at best. I was wondering how great the business of the stalls would be if their food were half-decent considering how many passengers pass through KUL LCCT daily.
After dinner it was almost time to check in for our final flight.
A sizeable queue had formed up in front of us.
Although the queue was long, we still had time to hit McD’s after getting our boarding passes.
The queues at the immigration weren’t as bad as the one entering Malaysia despite the biometric scanning.
The inbound from Singapore arrived only after our boarding time. I knew we were in for a delay.
We took off late but I thought we could make up for time while flying.
However the captain came onto the PA when we were closer to Singapore and informed that due to heavy congestion we would be circling around for quite a bit before we could land.
Finally we were almost half an hour past our scheduled time of arrival when we landed.
The late arrival had an impact on how I got home. We managed to catch bus 27 out of the airport but the last bus from Tampines towards my place had left.
It meant that I had to spend S$5 for the short cab ride home.