I must say, the whole experience with China Eastern Airlines flight is awesome. Flight attendances are very nice and helpful, in flight meals are delicious and legroom is comforting. A+ when it comes to the services on the plane but D- when it comes to dealing with the ground staff
I always love to try out different airlines and hence this time, choosing between Cathay Pacific and China Eastern Airlines, I chose China Eastern Airlines. Not to say purposely choose CEA, reason being Cathay Pacific arriving time to Seoul is kind of late in the evening whereas CEA arriving time is before evening and plus point I have never travel with CEA so yea, thats the decision. However I used Cathay to Hongkong few years back and the experience is excellent! Highly recommended!
So back to the topic. I am flying with CEA to Seoul transiting Shanghai. Flying to Seoul is somewhat smooth and happy, problem came when you are heading back to Malaysia from Seoul. So initially the ticket went like :
China Eastern Airlines:
Seoul 4.20pm depart and reach Shanghai at 5.30pm
Transit Shanghai 1h55m
Shanghai 7.25pm to Kuala Lumpur 1.10am
6am flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching
Our flight delay from 4.20pm to 5pm boarding. I was worried like we have to rush or run for the connecting flight so I seek advise from the flight attendant at Incheon Airport, they said should be ok but if I missed the flight, then I can go to the counter and change to the next flight back to Kuala Lumpur. So after settled and 5.20pm its ready to fly. In flight service is awesome and we finally touched down at Shanghai around 6.30pm. (Pls be noted Seoul is one hour behind Shanghai and the flight from Seoul to Shangghai is 2h10m) I was like thinking ok we just need to rush to the counter, and we are good to go but unfortunately i think the airport land is kinda crowded and the plane took half and hour pacing around before we are allowed to get off. We need to board a bus to bring us to the terminal and the bus freaking took 15 mins to reach there with a lot of traffic stop.
By the time we were at the counter, its 7.20pm and they do not allow us to board anymore even though its a connecting flight and so on BUT you know how the situation went;
We walk through the gate showing our boarding pass. The lady without looking at our face or even smile said two words. JUST two words : HUAN PIAO (means change ticket).
I was like ha? Because i din’t hear it properly and she said again, “huai piao” without even bother to explain to us or even look at us. YOU THINK I AUTOMATICALLY KNOW WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO DO BY SAYING THAT TWO WORDS ISIT?? NVM! Luckily i asked the crew at Incheon Airport earlier and they gave me the whole instruction already. We figured out the counter to change tickets and HOLLYSHIT such a long line. People missing flight to New York, Kunming, Japan, everywhere… So we waited around half and hour for our turn..
NEXT FLIGHT. 8.55am NEXT MORNING. One line!! HELLLOOO??? YOU ASSUMED I KNOW THE PROCEDURE AFTER CHANGE TICKET ISIT? NOT EVEN a little helpful to explain to us or anything. I have to ask how about the stay, how about the meal and so on so on.. You know la… i ask one sentence he answer one sentence. Nvm.. this is not the worse… at least he is not yelling or shouting just not smiling.
So we have to go through immigration with the temporary visa and collect out luggage because we din’t board the plane the luggage also will be going down as well. We can’t find the luggage because its not in our designated luggage line so I asked the baggage man, he say, I am not sure. You find yourselves around line 8 9 10. Nvm.. this one consider polite d. After we took the luggage, it was already 8pm. We have to go to the transit office to don’t know how and why..
So we queue at the service counter trying to ask : 1) WHATS NEXT? 2) HOW TO GO TO THE HOTEL YOU ARRANGE? 3) WHAT HOTEL ARE WE STAYING 4)HOW ABOUT MEALS 5)NEED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE?
But its TRUE. MOST OF THE CHINA PPL DONT BLOODY QUEUE. We got cut queue by 4 person, just like that. WTF, simple manner la diu!
SO we finally squeeze through our turn. The guy just say, go wait there and try to ignore us, we have plenty to question like wtf i’m so confused but they get so impatient, say just wait there the bus will come and send us to the hotel. We asked about our flight back to kch like its burnt and normally good airlines like Turkish airlines or Emirates they do compensate for flight missed caused by their airlines, but this guy just say this is china follow china rules. Ok he is correct also but hello, i din’t owe you money can you at least talk properly. NVM. We din’t get the worse treatment. While we were queuing and numerous people cutting our queue, we saw a lot of horror stuff.
Couple 1 :
Same flight as us but their are transiting to Kunming, they changed their ticket and will be flying in half an hour but they cant find their bags, went to the counter and got blast, say want to wait luggage go luggage area not here, then the couple its like.. but they ask us to find out here. The guy look at them, do u see any lugagge here? No. then continue ignore. The couple is like.. my flight taking off in 10 mins I can’t missed it anymore. The guy just say : do you understand my language? do u want your luggage? do u? Go there wait. Then I have no idea what happen. Its the attitude and tone that they treat them. So OMG
Aunty 2 :
Try to change her flight to tml morning to ZhangJiaJie because got important things there. Rude guy just say; no flight, you want then wait dont want then dont go. Win liao
Girl 3 :
Missing luggage but no one guide her and no one help. Asked if she make any police report she say she has no idea what to do next because everyone is ignoring her
So we waited from 8.20pm to almost 9pm and no bus and no instruction given. To be honest, everyone is raged and fed up. There is one guy missing his flight to New York said he waited for the bus to go hotel since 730 until now. He is a foreigner, he tried to ask but then they just do what they do the best, ask him to wait so he kinda fed up already. The indian group flying the same flight with us got so angry and he ask if i could go to the counter with him to ask some questions.
So we went to the counter, asking some people there how long should we wait. They said, half and hour more. Of coz, everything is commerce with a very rude attitude like as if you are a slave or begger asking for something. So 9.30pm and the bus is not around, everyone get so tired and I guess because no one give us proper instruction of guidelines it kinda pissed us off. So indian guy ask me to get the headquarters number from those people so he could call and complain how ridiculous their attitude is. So I asked, and guess what they say?
WE ARE THE HEADQUARTER? YOU CALL NOW AND COMPLAIN I WILL ANSWER THE PHONE. GO AHEAD and with a smirk. WTF! I salute you ppl. WORLD CLASS SERVICE AND ATTITUDE.
So the indian get pissed off and say : Do u know we haven been sleeping the whole day and we were tired with all the delays and now its 9.45pm and tomorrow we need get up at 5am for the 8am flight. No rest how to go for morning flight tml???
GODLIKE RESPOND from the counter guy : TAKE AFTERNOON FLIGHT
I duno if i want to laugh or what!! HAHAHAH WTF these people. But in the end, we got to our bus at 10pm, reach a very run down budget hotel at 1030pm. Not to mention from only us around 10ppl waiting for the bus until we have a full bus of 45 passenger boarding the bus to the hotel. wow! And I get to rest at 1pm after settling all the thing. Wifi is not working well so i have to go to the lobby to get the line connected to check tickets for the next flight etc etc… and since the receptionist is friendly, I asked her why is it so many people checking in. Her epic reply cleared all my doubts.
They have actually a few motels nearby to just cater those passengers who missed their flight. She also mentioned that everyday the motels were full. They do not even have spare rooms to welcome the walk ins.
As Shanghai is the major connecting flight cities, I guess its very common for everyone to miss their flight. And the ground staff maybe have to handle like 1000s of confused passengers thats why their service and attitude is like SHIT. not to forget maybe thats their best way of providing services already because most of the china people are already crowned one of the rudest citizens in the world.
We reached Kuala Lumpur and lucky for me I have my jimui to help book our flight back to Kuching but as for my brother, no flight for that day and he needs to stay one more day in KL before he can catch the next flight back to Singapore. #walletbleeding
But we are grateful for the safe flight and no missing luggages! Positive vibes!
Moral of the story : I will not take china airlines anymore in all my upcoming trips!
I just come back from Korea and realised I have too many back dated post! OMG!
Maldives is all about scenery, I guess I will bored you guys if i just posted up zillion photos of me with the scenery so that’s why I decided to merge two days in a post.
Even two days in a post also show no much content. HAHAHA!
Breakfast for the champion! Still in love with the mashuni! I will have that everyday for the whole week and that is how good it is. We decided to just chill and explore a bit for that particular day, went snorkelling for a while and enjoy the sea for the whole day! That’s basically the plan for that day. I know.. I know…
We get our gears ready for snorkeling.. not the best piece of ocean for snorkeling at maafushi but still mesmerising!
Spend around 2 hours snorkeling and we were all worn out already! +_=
We head back our room and hibernate for a while before the evening. Told you it was a really chilll day. Snap some photos and we are ready for dinner. I’m kinda run out of words now so I think I’ll just let the photo to do the talking.
And I especially wanna talk about the red ink on my face.. the day we went to Maldives was their Eid ul Alhaa Festival which lasted for 4 days, the activities or culture for the festival is that the guys can throw red ink or green ink or any kinda ink to the ladies that they want
or maybe they think i’m cute muahahahaha! I have no idea what i got into during the first day when i got thrown a bag of red ink as if i’ve been sliced so scary and i freaked out and washed it at the seashore but at last got to know from our hotel owner about the tradition of throwing inks or wiping ink on the ladies.
LIKE THIS. Gracefully being wipe! hahahaha!
Oh… not to forget to play a bit of this swing too! hahaha! Toooo funny! OK bye! Dinner was great!
Next : OMG-so-beautiful island coming up next!
So after my previous post on Things you need to know before you go Maldives, I’ll proceed to my Maldives Travel Guide now. So as this trip is a very spontaneous decision, we cant get hold of the preferred airlines we want. I booked this trip via the “Flight + Hotel” section from Airasia after a lot of quick research on which hotel we wanted to stay.
Tips : If you are a “seek for comfy” person like me, 4 hours flight with Airasia is killing me. The space are soooo limited I can feel the pain in my backbone. So if next time you were to book a trip, I suggest to book earlier so you can opt for other airlines.
So as I mentioned, there is no need any visa application to go Maldives. All you need is to fill up the visa on arrival form. And if you arrived Maldives after 3pm, there is no speed boat or ferry to go to the Island therefore you need a one night stay at Hulhumale which is where the airport located. There is no need to go to Male. Hulhumale is good enough. There’s one very unique thing in Hulhumale Airport (Velana International Airport), if you din’t see your hotel personnel waiting for you or we have any problems or any confusion, just head to the information counter and they will solve everything for you. There’s a telephone at the information counter and if you need to call whoever, just use the telephone for free at your own conveniences. We din’t see our hotel people at the arrival hall because our flight is delayed for an hour, we went to the information counter and they just ask me to call the hotel. Problem solved. Even later the next day when we were waiting for the speedboat transfer, the gathering point is at the information counter as well. All Hail Multipurpose information counter!
We booked a guesthouse call Elite Inn which is just located near Eastern Beach at Hulhumale. Hulhumale is a very small and reserved little town, very peaceful and quiet. People around the Island is friendly so if you do not know where to eat when you first arrived, you can either ask the locals for suggestions or just go near the beach for the beachfront restaurants. Since we arrived at Hulhumale around 9pm, (airport is just 10 mins drive from Hulhumale main area) we went to bed early.
We booked Elite Inn for USD 60 per room with simple breakfast included and airport transfers. Breakfast served to your doorstep!
As you can see, simple continental breakfast like that is never enough for the hungry monsters… I mean in term of satisfaction! We want more food!
We woke up
very early around 9am and ready to explore this little town of Hulhumale. Honestly speaking, there’s literally nothing except the beautiful beach.
Oh THE BEACH IS SO BEAUTIFUL especially the sand. Its so clean and white. I would say I actually prefer the beach here compared to the one at Maafushi. Maafushi has beautiful sea as well but the sand is not as clean.
We wandered around taking lotsa picture before we settled down for a breakfast place alongside the beach.
AND HERE WE FOUND ONE OF THE BEST DISH THROUGHOUT THE TRIP — THE TUNA STEAK! OH MY GOLLY! The tuna steak is so fresh the meat is still soft but al dente. A simple char grilled with salt and pepper seasoning is enough to do justice.
Another famous Maldivian breakfast, “Mas huni” which is made up of shredded tuna and coconut, onions and chilli. All of the ingredients are chopped and grated finely eaten normally with roshi or chapati. I eat this everyday throughout the trip.
Happy Tummy Happy Family! A lot of people ask :” Why go Maldives with Family? So weird eh.” No no no its not weird at all, my family is the best travel partners of mine because
they follow my planning they are very sporting and we can play and eat all sorts of things together. I have my favourite three travelling groups which I can stick travel with them for the rest of my life. 1.) My family 2.) My Secondary Jimuis Yuenni & Laomao and 3.) My Dearest Debbie & Tracy. So any place with either three groups will make the whole travelling happy memorable and satisfying!
We loitered for about another 2 hours before we head back to the hotel for the airport transfer. There are two stations for speed boat transfer to Maafushi; one is at the airport and another one is at Male city jetty. We booked the speed boat transfer for USD 25 per person for one way at the airport jetty and it took us around half an hour to Maafushi.
THIS IS THE MOST BLUE-ISH sea i’ve ever seen! Or maybe the weather on that particular day is extremely hot so it makes the sea so ultra blue!
I very suaku
Strawberry Ice cream from Dairy Queen! We had a 10 mins stop at the Male jetty to collect another batches of passengers. They said the visibility of Maldives sea is 25 meters and I totally agreed with that! Look at the fishes!! At first i thought those were some dried leaves or something~
Half and hour speedboat ride to Maafushi island and you can already see your hotel personnel waiting for you at the jetty.
Maafushi is a public island and it is small enough that you can finish exploring the whole island in 15 mins by walking. We stayed at Kaani Beach Resort and its located at the beach front. I opt for full board with the price USD 168 per night and honestly speaking, half board is sufficient because the lunch option is very meh and its not in buffet style. However, breakfast and dinner are served in buffet style.
We checked in and had our lunch. They let you choose between two choices for appetisers and mains. Clock wise : Chick pea soup, Fried cheese rolls, vegetable rice and Maldivian fried rice. mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh~ =_=
We wanted to explore the island to see if there is any street food to munch on but NOOOOOO…. Huhuhuhu! Foodie like me was like… T.T but the beautiful scenery save my soul. Ok I forgive you for not giving me enough food.
The sea is just overwhelmingly beautiful. Pictures can’t really do the justice because if you see it with your own eyes, the ocean is much clearer and blue. Stunning white beach with blue ocean, so much love!
The colour of the ocean is quite inviting, some part of the sea is more to clear and greenish blue, some is just pure baby blue like this!! YOU SEE!
papa & mama
We spend the day just purely exploring the island and snap a lot of photos and then we headed back to hotel for the dinner buffet.
The food is mostly served in a combination of western, Maldivian and Indian cuisine. It was raining heavily that particular night so we ended the day gossiping in the room instead. 😀
Hello! Just came back from a 5D4N trip to Maldives and here I am sharing some tips for you guys. Here are some general sharing or things you need to know before you go Maldives. I hope it helps in your future trip planning to Maldives
1. There is no need a Visa to enter Maldives. You only need to fill up the visa on arrival
2. Maldives is a 100% Muslim country. There is no pork and beer available in the main island but alcohol and pork is served in private island.
3. Bikini is not allowed in the main island. Only allowed at beach area or private island.
4. Male, Maafushi and Hulhumale are public island. Maafushi is the main public island people goes to.
5. Male is a town that you can skip totally.
6. Airport is located at Hulhumale. You can go to Male with the public ferry for USD 1 but like I say, you can totally skip male. Hulhumale beach is so much nicer.
7. No ferry boat or speed boat service after 3pm daily. So if you arrived at Maldives after 3pm, stay at a nice budget hostel at Hulhumale.
8. There is no public ferry on a Friday. So if you want to save on transportation and use public ferry instead of speed boat, don’t travel on Friday.
9. Public ferry from Hulhumale to Maafushi is around USD 3 but it took 1 hour 45 mins. Speed boat is USD 25 and it took half and hour. You can book speed boat from icom tours (icomtours.com)
10. You have to prebook speed boat to secure the travels. Or ask the reception to reserve for you
11. Maldivian are generally friendly, helpful and approachable.
12. Maldives are generally very safe country
13. Famous Maldivian food will be Mashuni (tuna, onion, coconut chopped finely and mixed well) for breakfast and tuna curry for others
14. You will eat a lot of Tuna dishes in Maldives.
15. USD is widely used in Maldives but they have their own currency call Rufiya as well. 15 Rufiya = 1 USD. Both currency can be used combinely
16. Beginning of September is their Eid ul Alhaa festival which last for 4 days. People around the island will throw you will red colour or green colour water bombs or use red ink to rub your face.
17. You can opt for staying at the public island Maafushi which is more cost saving or opt for private island which is more magnificent in view and more expensive,
18. If you opt for public island, it is advisable to take a half board service as you might go for excursion and lunch is normally provided. There is not much food choices in the island but you can always go adventurous.
19. If you opt for private island, please choose your private island carefully as it will affect you cost of transfer and everything. Private island is generally more beautiful but there is only one resort in ONE private island. So if you choose that particular private island, there is probably only one restaurant one excursion provider and you will be stuck with that. Full board or All-Inclusive packages is highly recommended. Full board means all 3 means included. All inclusive means all 3 meals plus transfer and so on. Please contact and check with the resort before you purchase because some island is too far to go with speed boat and you only can reach there by sea plane which cost as much as USD 365 per person one way. Please take note.
20. A short stay of 5D4N to Maldive is sufficient.
21. To save cost, you can also stay at public island Maafushi and go to private island as a day tour. Buy an excursion and they will bring you to a private island for a day. Price ranging from USD 130 to USD 200 depends on which private island you go.
22. Activities such as dolphin cruise, snorkelling with dolphins or coral or sharks, picnic at sand bank, fishing or all water sports can be bought on the day itself. There is no need to pre book as you can buy when the weather is good.
ANYHOW, all the beaches and sea water is beautiful but I personally recommended the Private Island or at least one day to a private island because it is really different. Don’t come back with regrets!
Airport Island : Hulhumale — Eastern Beach
Public Island : Maafushi
Private Island : Adaaran Club Rannalhi
Next up : Budget Travel and Luxury Travel to Maldives!