Airline’s Reviews

Flying with Korean Air to Seoul

This is a #throwback post. Correction, #waythrowback should be a more precise word to describe since it has been 18 months since I’ve flew with Korean Air to Seoul for the first time during February last year. That being said, I will be heading back to Seoul in another 2 months’ time for an Autumn experience.

So, what got me to choose Korean Air?

Same reason as why I flew Cathay Pacific to Taipei previously. However for this Seoul flight, the amount wasn’t just slightly extra as compared to AirAsia yet it wasn’t too pricey as well. Since I would be going to the airport right after work on a Friday and would be flying overnight to Seoul, the comfort that I will be enduring for the entire 6 hour flight matters. I don’t want to be looking crappy & extremely exhausted upon touch down because everyone looks good & almost perfect in Seoul (pun intended).

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Our night flight was at 11.59pm and to my surprise, it was a full flight. We can totally tell from the line during check-in so the little hope of getting the entire row to ourselves was dismissed. I still managed to get a window seating (yays) so I wasn’t too bothered about it.

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Like every other overnight flight, tidbits, juices and toiletries were distributed for customer to freshen up. Korean Air’s toiletries pack consist of not only toothbrush kit, they also have disposable slippers. Plus point for those who prefers to take their shoes off when you are on board – this lessen the trouble for you to have your shoes on and off whenever you need to go to the loo.

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On the entertainment aspect, I wouldn’t say they have the best database but it was not too bad. Movies are pretty up to date (note: it was 18 months ago, thus what you are seeing on the photo is definitely not LATEST) whereas on music wise, it was quite limited. I was expecting to throw a couple of K-pop songs into a playlist and then put on my headphones to sleep the 7 hours away on repeat mode but that didn’t happen. I ended up creating a list of English songs – those that I listen to frequently on a daily basis. Meh.

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When I was given the choice between Western or Korean breakfast, I quickly made a decision to opt for the latter because I want to have the complete feel of flying with a Korean Airline with a local delicacy & not sausages, eggs, etc. Though after while I thought to myself – why porridge? I don’t even fancy having porridge for breakfast moreover after seeing the portion on the tray when the stewardess handed them to me, I regretted for a bit. But you know, for the sake of experience so why not?

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So yeah, I had Juk – Korean porridge. It comes with a packet of vegetable seasoning so by mixing them together, it gives you a taste of the traditional breakfast without too much heft. Lil’ sista had the western breakfast – omelette, sausage, potatoes & peas. Their croissants were fluffy & nice too, I wanted/needed more! I am a sucker for buns on board. LOL.

While on my flight back to KL from Seoul, without a doubt I went for the western meal.

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Imagine after having these Korean food (like as above) for 3 meals almost every day throughout my 9 days in Seoul, the desire to have non-Kimchi kind of food is overpowering. I couldn’t remember what I had, it could be either fish or chicken but I definitely still remember the cheese cake ice-cream that they served for dessert.

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Overall, my experience flying with Korean Air was just alright. I have no complains but nothing to shout about either. One more thing that I would like to highlight would be their baggage allowance. Passengers on economy are only given maximum 23kg and trust me when I say this is not sufficient for those travelling to Seoul for shopping. I didn’t exactly do much shopping yet my luggage came up to 28kg.

I believe it’s always important to check on your luggage allowance before booking a flight because you wouldn’t know how much space you need at the end of the day. I personally feel that 23kg is just not enough, even if I wasn’t going for a shopping trip – what about my bulky clothing for the cold weather? But no worries, on average other airlines are mostly offering 30kg baggage allowance for economy these days.

Now that you’ve heard about my thoughts on flying with Korean Air, feel free to check out my experience on other Airlines as below :

Cathay Pacific Airways
Royal Brunei Airlines
Singapore Airlines
Thai Airways
Vietnam Airlines

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Flying Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi

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My first mother-daughter only trip to Vietnam with mummy!
And that would mean dad & lil’ sista stays home to look after the dog. Hehe.

Anyway, the idea to spend the weekend over at Hanoi one week before our birthday was planned pretty much at the eleventh hour. It was exactly right after the Phuket trip that I came across a decent deal so I thought to myself – WHY NOT? It’s about time I visit Vietnam for some authentic Pho since KL doesn’t offer much good places that serves one & if it’s not obvious enough, yes. I am craving for it! That say.. if any of you who is reading this knows of any delectable Vietnamese restaurants in KL, do feel free to share with me yea.

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We flew with Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi and had an evening flight on
VN680. If I was given a choice, I would definitely go for early morning flight but as that this was the only VA flight to Hanoi daily, I was left with no other options. Since it is going to be just a 3 hours flight, I was telling myself.. if it happens to be a bad flight;
I will just sleep it through. As easy as that.

We flew in Airbus A321 and I have to say that the seats were somewhat spacious as compared to the Boeing’s one. I have decent leg space as well and I am definitely pleased about it.

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Refreshing tissue was served immediately after takeoff and of course, it’s time for the passengers to fidget around with the in-flight entertainment isn’t it? Well, for this aspect. It works a little different in Vietnam Airlines for their short haul flight.

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There were no individual in-flight entertainment system but only a shared overhead monitor for passengers to watch (that would also mean you can’t pick what you want to see on that screen). So yeah, earphones were handed out and if you are not keen with the movie that was shown on the overhead monitor, just enjoy the music on your iPod like I do.

For meals, I would say their food was fairly good and is more towards Asian cuisine rather than having western served on board but hey, no complains. After all, I reckon 95% on board were Asian & 90% from that amount of people are probably Vietnamese.

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Lights were dimmed after meals and shortly after I woke up from my one hour nap, we reached Hanoi. Hopped into our chartered taxi and after checking in, we called it a night.

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Overall, I would say it was a pleasurable experience flying with Vietnam Airlines. You are paying for a price almost equally the same as AirAsia but plus point with VA is that you get a complete meal served & unlimited drinks if you had to. Oh, and also more leg space. That is something that I should highlight about in regards of this flight.

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I have also previously written about my on board experience on other Airlines,
feel free to check them out below :

Cathay Pacific Airways
Royal Brunei Airlines
Singapore Airlines
Thai Airways

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Flying with Cathay Pacific to Taipei

 Usually I don’t find the type of Airline as an issue for me when it comes to booking a flight to somewhere, as long as the price is reasonable. Of course AirAsia would always be the first option whenever I feel like going for an impromptu getaway – CHEAPEST (sometimes) & FREE SEATS!

They sure do know Malaysians best when it comes to capturing our attention with such bombastic keywords like CHEAP & FREE. But that’s not about it. They might not be the cheapest as they claim/state they are.

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While me and lil’ sista decided to go #YOLO and travel to Taiwan (a country where people mainly speak Mandarin Chinese and we are not good at it), we had the thoughts of flying Hello Kitty Eva Air but came to realized the route was only from Taipei to elsewhere.
Of course we were dissapointed. Since it’s pretty much exclusive to only Taiwanese.

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Anyway, while looking into Eva Air – we were browsing through other premium airlines’ website and got pretty much attracted to Cathay Pacific. Why you may ask? Because mum mentioned before that one of my credit card is running promotions with them and they are offering 30kg baggage allowance too.

30kg baggage allowance + shopping in Taiwan sure do sound persuasive.

Thus, a little thinking and comparison was made and then,
we decided to settle down with Cathay Pacific with the difference of RM300 as compared to AirAsia, (EXCLUDING fee for baggage allowance + meal on board + entertainment).
I really don’t mind paying that amount to get refillable drinks with comfy pillow and blanket. Plus point, we get to stop by at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

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We flew in Boeing 777-300. I guess it wasn’t Airbus A330 or A380,
because our flight is not considered long haul;
looking at the fact it was a less than 5 hours flight, not including transit.
As they’ve won World’s Best Cabin Staff – we were greeted with big smile by helpful steward & stewardess.

Did I mention I managed to get myself windows seat again? YAYS.
And despite it being a morning flight, they gave us blanket and plushy pillow to huggles too! Then, we were served wet towel and refreshment.

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Also, I have to compliment them on their selections of entertainment on board.
Some latest movie was already offered in the list and how could I not watch Super Trio TV show while on board with Cathay? It’s like a classic variety show that I’m pretty sure everyone who watches TVB knows of it. Hong Kong represent!

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And I really do appreciate Airline that offers plug point.
That way, I can save up my Power Bank to use later while navigating myself around in a foreign land. The meal on board was good as well, no complains.. really.
As long as they give me extra buns when I request for them, I am contented.

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While on our transit flight from Hong Kong >Taipei > Hong Kong,
we were served this pretty authentic Chinese noodles that I don’t even know what it’s called but it was damn good. Everyone slurped it in so quickly and we were given packet Oolong Tea to go with the noodles – a perfect combination.

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Triumph in the Skies, indeed.
I don’t usually sleep that much on board (unless it’s a night flight),
so I’m always prepared with my camera to snap such views that could make me tear on the spot. LOL okay I exaggerated but truth is, I am mesmerized.

If you ask, will I fly with Cathay Pacific ever again? Answer is YES, most definitely.
Possibly for a long haul flight so that I could experience their Airbus A380, heard it’s the best though. In addition, feel free to check out my experience on other Airlines below :

Royal Brunei Airlines
Singapore Airlines
Thai Airways

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Shihlin Night Market & Taipei City

 I went to Taiwan one week after
I got back to Melbourne from Malaysia.

Actually, it was yet another impromptu decision to head over to Taiwan.
One fine day, when I was trolling around in the city doing some shopping in Swanston St,
I came across a tram written – ‘ Time for Taiwan ‘ on its advertisement. So I sort of stoned for a bit like I always do,  then suddenly I recalled my cousin, Sharon is going to Taiwan after Chinese New Year. And this is where my urge of tagging along comes about.
Reason being is because Sharon’s boyfriend could read and converse in Mandarin really well. So yes, mind me. Pretty obvious I was riding on this advantage to pay Taiwan a visit.
As I am not much of a mandarin speaker myself and I can’t read traditional Chinese characters. Plus the fact that I would never ever thought of heading over to Taiwan unless under two circumstances,

1)  Someone who could speak and read chinese well comes together for the trip.
2)  if I win free trip to Taiwan. Wtf haha oh god please make this for real tomorrow!

Anyway, this is where it all begin.. I started looking for flight tickets to Taiwan.
Of course my flight ticket would be really pricey because I booked pretty last minute.
But heck, I was determined to go so I decided to fly with my top most favourite – Singapore Airlines. It was a long haul flight. 12 freaking hours plus all the transit hours in between, it was 16 hours. I could fly to UK already with that kind of hours I kid you not.


I always opt to take night flights because all I want to do is JUST SLEEP on board and coincidentally, all my previous flights and this one falls around 1-ish in the morning.
I got aisle seating this time and was so not happy about it.
Even at the counter, when I was requesting for windows seating for my flight from Singapore to Taipei, they told me the flight was full and there was only middle seating available for me.

THE HORROR! I was so upset that I literally wanted to pay extra to have windows seating.
But of course there was no such policy so all I could do was wait until I get to Changi Airport and then to double confirm at the transit counter again. Urgh.



Scrumptious flight meals, Singapore Airline never fails to impress me. See. I’ve got two bread rolls because I requested for one extra and they gave me. Unlike Brunei Airlines, who said they couldn’t give me extra because they are shortage of buns. BOO!



Randomly taking photos at Changi Airport while waiting because it was 6am in the morning, the airport was pretty empty and lifeless and I was half awake feeling sleepy.
Couldn’t wait to get on my another flight to Taipei soon because I wanted to sleep so badly.
And I managed to get the windows seating that I wanted  by the way. How lucky!
I didn’t finish my meal on my flight to Taipei from Singapore..
Just had two bites of the omelette and some fruits and then I dozed off.

Reached Taipei at about 1pm and had to wait for the couple to come over from Malaysia,
which happen to be an hour later flight, so it was not too bad.
The line at the passport control was CRAZY I tell you. It was super long and I’ve waited for 20 mins! And I thought it was after holiday season already that people had stop traveling. Had some confusion meeting up with the couple after they’ve arrived Taipei because we were in different terminal and etc.
So yeah. Wasted about 30 bucks to make the phone calls just to look for each other.
Then cousin’s boyfriend’s colleague in Taipei came and pick us up from the airport.




Our hotel room provides us with condom, VERY NICE.
Too bad the couple couldn’t put it to good use because I was freaking there.
HAHA. I feel like such an ass for crashing their trip that they couldn’t put this to good use.
Instead of a couple trip it became a threesome trip. The more the merrier what. No?

Headed over to Shihlin Night Market after we checked into our room and etc.
Was so excited to go over to Shihlin because I’ve heard so much about this place.
Yeah, damn right it was the food over there that I heard about. Too tempting.
I shall let the photos do the talking.
Yummy yumm yumm! ♥













Tummy was so bloated that night after eating those scrumptious foodies.
Rubbed tummy and went to bed happily that night.
and then comes day two – a whole day dedicated to shopping only, my favourite past time.
I realized most of the things in Taiwan was cheaper.. as in their Uniqlo, Daiso and Face Shop. In Malaysia, everything in Daiso is RM5 but in Taiwan, its everything for  NT$39 (RM3.90). Also, the nail polishes at The Face Shop over there is just NT$48 (RM4.80).

I know its just RM1 and RM0.20 difference but if you buy in bulk,
the differences is BIG OKAY!




Even their branded goods like handbags were much cheaper. We explored Coach, LongChamp, Nine West and a few others. All were reasonably cheaper and especially when they have discounts during sales. And plus we get to have VAT refund, so that makes us more tempted to get our hands on those babies.

So I bought tons of mask because they were so cheap and smells so fruity-ly good.
And 2 winter boots because they were freaking pretty, cute frame glasses, fake awesome lashes, and the list goes on and on. Shopping is paradise in Taipei and I have to admit,
I’ve not done enough shopping there and are dying to go back for MORE.

Headed over to the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall for a while on our way to Taipei 101.
As I am not very much a museum kind of person and my main intention was to only shop in Taiwan, I just chilled outside at the park while waiting for the couple who had ventured into the memorial hall. As usual, all I did was just stone and stares in reminiscence (I’m getting pretty good at that already wtf).







Phew. I totally couldn’t feel my feet after a whole day of shopping.
But it was all worth it because I got myself few good stuffs.
Will continue blogging about my Taiwan trip in the upcoming post,
Got to run some errands now. Toodleoo!

Stay tuned.

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