Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Travel Happy!

Whenever we travel abroad, one of the things I look forward to is arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The moment we reach the airport, I'd be on immediate vacation mode; anticipating the wonderful
in-flight entertainment on my flight and another exciting adventure with B by my side. We always try to get to the airport early to try secure the best seats on the flight and after checking in our luggage, B and I would go around the airport to browse through all the cool duty-free stores. Smiley

On our last
vacation in Japan, we were fortunate to have airport transfer service provided for us upon arrival. So the moment we got through the Immigration Counter, we were greeted by our designated driver from our hotel. There was no need to go out and hail for a cab or figure out directions to our hotel in a strange country. Of course this was all pre-booked and arranged by B's company.

Our weekend getaway in Bandung was a whole different story altogether. That trip was last-minute so I did not put much planning into airport transfer, which I regretted to this day. No offense to my Bandung friends but B and I were a little pissed off for being short-changed by our cab driver who drove us from the airport to the hotel in Bandung.

We got a cab at the airport to take us to the Grand Preanger Hotel and were told that it would cost us 40,000 Rupiah (Rp). I remembered thinking the price was reasonable but had a complete change of mind when the cab driver short-changed us of 5,000 Rp for this journey. He seemed like a dependable professional guy but this cab driver took us for a ride alright!

Two days later, we left Bandung to head back to KLIA and were upset once again when our cab driver (a different one this time) demanded 100,000 Rp for the ride to the airport instead of the 40,000 Rp initially quoted. So that's twice cheated! Shame on us for not booking proper airport transfer prior to the vacation and shame on the cab drivers there too for taking advantage of tourists!

That's why we now place emphasis on proper
airport transfer for our getaways. I don't mind putting in more effort by arranging for airport transfers now rather than to arrive at our destination on a bad note if we fall victims to irresponsible cab drivers again. For your next vacation, ensure you don't get cheated. Book proper airport transfer from reputable companies like Shuttle Direct. It will save you a whole lot of mental fatigue and strain, trust me!

Time to Travel

-FC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-



LadyJava,  April 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

hiya GP...
Just got back and now nak kluar lagi..nak visit FIL
catch you later eh..

Shemah,  April 13, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

Hey Marzie!! :) Most ppl usually book their seats when they buy the tickets, that way they don't have to rush to the airport to get good seats. dunno whether still boleh buat macam tu tak now.. but as far as i know, boleh lah.

And sometimes tu seat ada tau, but they block just in case orang bawak baby datang lambat.. so they release the seats lewat! hahahaah.. how i know this because i lah dok check in orang last time in MAS! LOL!

Anyways, i'll keep your advice in mind the next time I plan to travel! ♥

elaiski,  April 13, 2010 at 7:42 PM  

:( :( :( :(

David Funk,  April 13, 2010 at 7:52 PM  

Hi Mariuca! :* :* :*

As someone that flies regularly for my line of work, you hit the nail on the head. I've only ever had to use taxi service twice(once in LA and once in Chicago), and the last time it was because of a flight cancellation in which I had to fly out of another airport on a holiday weekend no less. The other time was to simply get to my rental car place after a mishap with a shuttle that caused me to be late picking up my car.

Every other time, a shuttle was used to take me to a rental car place. I always take a shuttle and have a rental car on my trips.

I like browsing the airports as well, and will pick up some items at every one of them except on those connection flights that don't leave me much time.

And of course, lovely pic of Mariuca, too! ;) :)

Marg,  April 14, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

Reading your story makes me glad I don't travel at all. I just don't have the money and getting away from all my animals is really hard. Hard to find someone to take care of them. But it looks like you really know what you are doing. I do like to watch people in the airports. So much fun seeing people and where they are going etc. Hope you had a good trip.

elaiski,  April 14, 2010 at 12:22 AM  

itlog here, marzie!

elaiski,  April 14, 2010 at 12:26 AM  

btw, we have the same PB. :-D :-D :-D

Monica,  April 14, 2010 at 12:45 AM  

i ve this PB oso! :-D :-D

Monica,  April 14, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

eh where's Bandung ah? i mean which part of indonesia?? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Monica,  April 14, 2010 at 12:50 AM  

when i stayed there for 1 month, i've never had to use taxi service coz my dad has a driver :-D :-D

Anna's Adornments,  April 14, 2010 at 1:54 AM  

You look real cute in your travelling clothes and smile in front of the aircraft!
Looks like a rather small plane.
Best wishes,

Lil,  April 14, 2010 at 5:23 AM  

I've been to Bandung before but Puncak is better, it on a highland and the weather is more or less like Cameron Highlands and Genting.

Always beware when travelling to any part of Indonesia, even when I went out to town especially Jakarta, especially when there were big crowd I dare not even wear my watch, too dangerous!

It is really scaring when I travelled to Indonesia, I was always alert because I've heard of so many unpleasant incidents.

I like your pic up there with your sweet smile. So be careful if you travel, there are ppl who like to take advantage of tourists!

Now looks like I am chained here with all the cats, if only each family those who love animals, take one cat each from me, I would be free and have back my good life!

:) ;) 8-) :* :*

Eddie John,  April 14, 2010 at 8:10 AM  

GP!! When it comes to cabbies its all down to luck. In comparison, in Bali both my airport cabbies were very nice and did not overcharge us at all. This one time I went to the US the airport cab driver got lost though and you could see that she was genuine. I think she was new and she kept asking other cabbies for help. I was however dead tired from the flight and just wanted to rest but she kept going round and round until she found the apartment over two hours later. She didn't bill be the extra of course but I gave her a big tip for trying because the apartment was tucked away from the main road and a little hard to spot too. I'll never forget that ride LOL Cheers!

Your Daily Cute,  April 14, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

Traveling is the best!

Haaziq Zahar,  April 14, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

8-) 8-) 8-)

Haaziq Zahar,  April 14, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

You look beautiful Marzie!

I think the cabs in Malaysia aren't that good too. It just we rarely travel by using cab here in Kuala Lumpur. I heard the taxi drivers are rude and menipu too. I have chartered a cab in Singapore and it's very convenient, with a GPS and pleasant driver. Hopefully one day, the cabs especially in Malaysia will follow Singapore steps too!

Evan's Mom,  April 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM  

Bad cab drivers! They try to cheat on everyone, I think, not just tourists. I've heard complaints from people I know about taxi services there >:o >:o

I've never been in a cab while visiting Bandung so don't know the real fare, but 100k is way too much (you could go around town with that) and Preanger should have provided you with reliable taxi company.

Evan's Mom,  April 14, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

Why Preanger, by the way, were you on a business trip?

Anyway, next time you plan to visit here let me know and I'll tip you with what you should or shouldn't do, including the recommended taxi company ;) ;)

LadyJava,  April 15, 2010 at 2:08 AM  

I agree.. SG taxi drivers are way better than the ones here.. and I’m not saying coz I’m from there.. !!

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

:* :* LJ Meow 1!

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

Shemah Meow 2! :* :*

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

TH Meow 3! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

Thanks for all da chops meows, and happy travelling! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

:( :( :( :( Elai!

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

Yeah la Elai, itlog here, kamon! Get one chop in for da month, go Elai go! :* :*

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

Ha ha yay for RM PB then Elai and I see urs is out too! :-$ :-$ :-$

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

Hey Shemah, nice to see u here, ex-MAS staff he he! Yeah cause usually book through B's opis kan, so cannot la memintak2 if ya know what I mean, so we try (keyword here is try LOL) to get to the airport early so can get better seats mah! When is ur next vacay? Jadi tak gi Singapore? I hear byk travel packages for Sing...best kan Sing? :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:15 PM  

Have a good visit and catch u later then LJ! ;) ;)

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:19 PM  

Hi David, as always a very good comment from u here... thanks! I appreciate u taking the time to read and comment. :* :* :*

We too try to prepare our transportation prior to landing at our destination, just to avoid situations as such. It was a bad experience that's for sure, hopefully never again! I love airport-shopping ha ha, and cause they're duty-free, I tend to buy a lot of perfumes whenever we visit any airport he he! :* :* :-$ :-$ :-$ :-[ :-[ :-[

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

Marg! You should definitely go on a vacation one day! Leave ur kids behind, get someone to fend for them..for a week or two.. and get lost in a totally foreign city/country..I love travelling and I hope to go on another one this year... of course, I need to fatten up my vacation piggy bank first! :-D :-D :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

:* :* :* Monica!

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:23 PM  

Morning Monica! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:23 PM  

Yeah poor R lost his laptop kan, in da cab? >:o >:o :'( :'(

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

I got one DPB for meows today Mon yahooo! :-D :-D :-D :-$ :-$ :-$

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

*DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* Hmmmm not too sure la but it is the capital of West Java it seems, he he.. I looked it up lol! :-[ :-[ ;) ;)

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

Of coz la if got driver, I oso don wan to take cabs he he.. wah how come stayed in Bandung for a month? What were u doing there??? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

Anna, thanks for always leaving me cute pics here when u visit, meow! :* :* :*

LOL yeah dis is def one of the smaller planes so it is actually pretty small. But it got me to my destination he he! Thanks for coming by sweetie, have a good weekend! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

Lil! You can still have ur good life back, can still go for vakasi, of course can! Think of it as a slight delay...now u have to jaga ur cats and make sure they have proper loving homes, then once ur back to "normal cat mode", you can slowly start planning ur vacay..one day at a time and u will soon be back on track! 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)

Big meow hugs for you and I'm glad u like my pic, yay! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

Tell me about it Cute! I am looking forward to my next trip, wherever and whenever that will be! *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

8-) 8-) 8-) Haaziq!

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

Hey Adrian, thanks! I hope ur feeling better from the flu. Wow sure sounds like an unforgettable ride indeed but from ur story, she sounds genuine. Dis one, we asked edi before hand but when reached our destination, different story...twice...weird!! I wanna go to USA too, when oh when?? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* O:-) O:-) :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:38 PM  

I've not taken a cab here in years Blue... hmmm LRT oso tak pernah actually ahaks! =-O =-X =-X :-[ :-[

I love Singapore! I actually did mention the cab drivers in my post here, efficiency is what I love and that's Singapore! :* :* :*


Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:38 PM  

Hellllllo LJ, helllo Singapore! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:42 PM  

Hi EM!! Yeah, the first time we got cheated.. I had my sinus attack in da cab, so I didn't wan to make a fuss and just wanted to go to my room to rest. The second time, we were leaving Bandung edi so didn't want to leave on a bad note.. some more the cab driver was friendly and all dat...jsut that when we arrived, he demanded for 100k instead! Sigh.... :-E :-E :-E :-E :-E

Mariuca,  April 16, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

It was pleasure and not biz EM lol..we liked the sound and look of Preanger online, so we booked that hotel. I will surely get ur advise next trip to Bandung, thanks sweetie! :* :* :*

Monica,  April 16, 2010 at 11:53 PM  

yeah R lost his laptop in the cab! :'( :'( :'(

Monica,  April 16, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

woo hoo DPB for meows! syabas!! :-$ :-$ :-$

Monica,  April 17, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

no, not Bandung...i stayed in Sumatra for a month (every Dec) coz last time my dad worked there mah...car, driver, hse, maid, etc everything's provided :-P :-P

Mariuca,  April 17, 2010 at 12:04 AM  

If I, sure cry nonstop..then won be able to enjoy my trip, how to concentrate?? Grrrrr.. :(

Mariuca,  April 17, 2010 at 12:05 AM  

LOL thanks Monica, suddenly only got many PBs for me la! Come to me iphone or BB or new phone LOL… I also got 3 from PPP after sooooooooooo long!! Did u get any from them?

Mariuca,  April 17, 2010 at 12:15 AM  

Wow like queen, sure la nice… what did u do for entertainment there??

Monica,  April 17, 2010 at 12:50 AM  

wahh for PPP, u need to chop for ops or just wait for their email??
On Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 12:06 AM, Echo <

Mariuca,  April 17, 2010 at 1:22 AM  

I didn chop, they sent me email! Then u can see if u wan to do or reject the PB..The rent-a-home one at WOAFS is from PPP! :)

Bill,  April 18, 2010 at 2:25 AM  

i had that problem with the taxi drivers also Marzie when i went to the Philippines. The see a tourist and try to get any money they can. Great picture of you also Marzie very beautiful. ;)

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