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Jetstar New Zealand Review

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Okay, I haven’t been updating my blog much or AT ALL…because I have been busy getting used to being pregnant.  My husband and I just came back from a Babymoon (a new term for modern parents) in New Zealand.  We had a brilliant time exploring Middle Earth and basking ourselves in the beauty of this virgin land.  Amazing and we love it!!

Anyway, before the trip, I planned our entire travelling itinerary.  We drove through North and part of South island.  Due to our limited time, we had to fly to certain places.  I was ecstatic to discover that Jetstar fly domestically in NZ!!  Nothing more welcoming than the discovery of a low-cost airline during this financial crisis.  Anything to reduce our cost of travelling.  Besides, Jetstar is rather reputable in Australia, that was my thought before arriving in NZ.  Little did I know that they just started operating in NZ 2 weeks before we arrived!  Naturally, as for any new operation, there are always teething problems.

As soon as we arrived in NZ, the first thing that I saw in the local news was how unreliable Jetstar is.  Rescheduling all the time, refusing late check-ins and their planes are not equipped with an anti-fog system!!!  That was why flights to and  from Queenstown were regularly cancelled.  Imagine how worried I was as we had 2 flights with Jetstar, Wellington to Christchurch and Queenstown to Auckland.

In order to avoid any surprises, we called Jetstar a few hours before our scheduled departure to reconfirm and went to the airport at least 1 1/2 hours before to check-in.  Despite many swore never to travel with Jetstar again (that was how bad it is), we had quite a pleasant experience with Jetstar.  Both our flights were rescheduled once and that was it.  They did inform us in advance, once through email and another through text message.  They even called me in Malaysia to inform me!!  A day before our scheduled flight, they would text us to remind us that the check-in will close 30 minutes before departure and advice us to check-in on time.  In a way, it is fair for them to reject those who arrived late.  Punctuality is an important trait but unfortunately not many posses this trait.

Therefore all-in-all, we had a wonderful experience with Jetstar and they do provide the lowest fare.  I believed the initial boo-boo that they made with some of  the passengers were due to teething problems.  Give them a few months to accustom themselves with the NZ system.  I am sure they will only improve with time 🙂

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Twilight DVD (Malaysia) Redeemed?

I have not seen it myself but according to a fellow Twilighter, Malaysia recently released a Twilight 3 disc Deluxe dvd.  It is said to have superb picture and sound quality and beautiful albums.  Since it came in 3 discs, I am sure there will be more than just the movie.

I will try to obtain it and write a review asap.

Twilight DVD (Malaysia), Crap!

I am sure the American release is worth buying but warning to all Malaysian Twilighters, DON’T BUY THE DVD LOCALLY!!!  Such a waste of my money.

First of all, you would think the picture quality of an original DVD to be crystal clear.  How deceived I felt.  I’d paid premium price for a copy of DVD that could easily be obtained as a pirated version.  In fact, the pirated version may possibly be better in quality!  Unbelieveable.

Secondly, original DVDs are suppose to come with special features, interviews and deleted scenes.  Na-da!  Nothing of that sort are incorporated into this DVD.  The only two things the DVD comes with is a poor quality flimsy Twilight bookmark and a 20% discount voucher with TIMEs bookstore for the purchase of the Twilight saga.  How pathetic!

To all die hard Twilighters’ fans in Malaysia, please either order your DVD from the internet or get a friend from oversea to buy you a copy.  It is guaranteed that you will be deeply disappointed with the local edition.

Three Days of Rain Regrets

James McAvoy returns to West End

James McAvoy returns to West End

Alas!  After months of planning and hours of clicking in order to obtain the perfect seats (middle of the stalls, first third row to be precised), my dream came crashing down when I found out that I won’t be able to make it to the play 😦  This is the one chance that I could meet one of my favourite actors, my Scottish darling, James McAvoy live!!!!  A chance to speak to him personally and judge for myself is he truly as cheaky and humble as all the interviews had portrayed him to be.  These privileges shall not be wasted, therefore I had given both my tickets to my friends in London.

On Stage

On Stage

On the 31st of March 2009, 7:30pm, while I was dreaming about the play in Malaysia, my friends went to watch the play in the Apollo Theatre.  True enough, they were both blown away with not only McAvoy’s intense performance but also Nigel Harman and Lyndsey Marshal brilliant portrayal as a New Yorker and a southern American.  Despite the tough comments from the critics, the play undoubtedly captivate most of the audiences with their vibrant staging and amazing actors.  I regretted terribly that I couldn’t make it.  Then again, it wasn’t totally in my control.  At least two of my close friends had a brilliant time 🙂

Behind the Stage

Behind the Stage

Of course, the condition that was attached to my tickets was for them to take lots of pictures of McAvoy after the play.  Not only they hung around like a couple of teenagers at the back entrance of the theatre, they managed to get me an autographed program too!!!  In the process, one of my friends told McAvoy that this is for her friend in Malaysia and he answered one of these:

  1. “It’s a bit far for her to come isn’t it?” (according to friend #1)
  2. “It’s a bit lazy of her to not to come isn’t it?” (according to friend #2)

Well, he does have a very sexy Scottish accent and it takes a little getting used to it.  Knowing McAvoy through watching all his interviews, I think answer 2 is more likely because he is a cheaky little bugger 😉

All in all, yes, I was devastated that I couldn’t make it but I was also extremely thankful for the effort my friends went through to materialise part of my dream.  Can’t wait to see the pictures and my autographed program!! 🙂

Please click the link on the side bar for the pictures.

RasaRia Ocean Wing Review

Ocean Wing

Ocean Wing

For our third registration anniversary,  Yuen and I decided to spend a night in the new luxury Ocean Wing, RasaRia Resort.  It costs us RM 1170 nett for one night.  Sounds a little hefty?  Well it is… because you are paying for a premium accomodation.  However, I can assure you that you will not be able to find another 5-Star Shangri-La’s suite in this price.  It is value for money.  The room is 968 square feet, that is like larger than my apartment!  It is impressively well equipped with your very own Nespresso machine.  A Nespresso machine!!  Of course, you have to pay additional for the capsules, RM 8 per cap,  which I thought wasn’t too bad.

Hello Nespresso!

Hello Nespresso!

For those that travel with their personal hairdryer will be pleasantly surprised by the powerful Vidal Sassoon  that they equipped your room with.  It dries your hair in a blink!  Needless to say, your room comes with a 36″ flat screen Sony television and DVD player.  Wireless internet access in the room and pool area.  IPOD stations are also available at the Guest Relations Desk.  You may think these are not sufficient enough to warrant a value-for-money title and… you are right.  I am just getting to the best part of the entire experience.  The highlight of the room is the balcony. They have turned half of the room into a balcony with a private 5′ by 4′ bath tub or more like a bath pool facing the west where the sun set.  Imagine…taking an aromatherapy bath in your very own private open pool while watching the sun set!  Amazing experience…

The Bath Pool

The Bath Pool

The Balcony

The Balcony

Being in the premium wing comes with other premium advantages such as, the Ocean Wing’s swimming pools are specifically for the Ocean Wing’s guests only and breakfast isat state of the art Coast Restaurant instead of the Coffee Terrace.  Rather than a complete buffet style breakfast, Coast Restaurant strive to maintain their luxury reputation by offering an alacarte breakfast menu for all hot items.  The cold items are served in a buffet style but the chef will prepare each and everyone’s cooked breakfast.  Guess what I had for breakfast, egg benedict!  Yum, yum!!  Pretty impressive breakfast menu too.

The Pool Area

The Pool Area

The interior design of the room is nothing spectacular, similar to any other Shangri-La’s resort.  What makes Ocean Wing worthwhile is the absolute privacy and relaxation indulgence they successfully introduced into your very own balcony.  You are able to enjoy the nature while taking a dip without having to leave the comfort of your room.  I think this is worth every cent of its rate.

We had an amazing little romantic getaway and we are definitely coming back.  These pictures may not demonstrate the full impact of the place, you need to be there to feel what we felt…

The Balcony 2

The Balcony 2

Sunset

Sunset

The Bath Pool 2

The Bath Pool 2