Langkawi Trip – Part 1, First Flight Of My Life, With Malaysia Airlines (MAS)

I have traveled and walked around Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for few times but in my 25 years of life I have never boarded a plane before..

Last Friday, 9th Ocotber 2009 was my first time to board a plane and of course, travel in it..

It’s almost year-end with the Cuti-Cuti Malaysia fever is in the air, Dale and I decided take a short break before the start of my internship..

So we checked out the availability of the safer flight and at a reasonable price, MAS Get-The-Deal packages..

After much search and discussions, we devided to make a wasted weekend trip to Langkawi, at just RM69, not inclusive of tax..Quite reasonable I would say..

My first and last trip to Langkawi was in 2006, traveled on land and sea (bus and ferry)..It was quite fun..I could’ve guessed this trip would also be a simple yet fun one..

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*Dale and I checking in at KL Sentral*

We booked for the 2.15pm flight so we checked in at KL Sentral at 11.45am..Now only I know that if we were to check-in at KL Sentral we have to do it 2 hours before the flight..

If we were to check-in at KLIA we can do so 1 hour before the flight..Hope I’m right about this..Do correct me if I’m wrong..

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*KLIA Express*

Since it’s a Friday and no one could give us a ride to KLIA, we took the KLIA Express happily..RM35 per pax and we reached KLIA in just 30 minutes..That’s pretty express..

If we have like 5 people I think it’s better to drive..Otherwise, KLIA Transit or KLIA Express is the way to go..

I did a bit of panning while sitting in the train as well..

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*We arrive at KLIA*

That’s our flight MH 1446 Pulau Langkawi..Before you board the plane, if you are bringing any hand-carry bags do remember to put in any bottle of liquid, cream, or solid-liquid items into the re-sealable transparent plastic bag..

I bet you don’t want to be mistaken for a 9/11 terrorist right?

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*Check-in point aka Departure Gate*

At the departure gate we have to empty our pockets and put down our bags into the scanner..

Then we proceeded to Gate B3 to wait for our flight..More photos on B3 and Boeing 737 as soon as we landed Langkawi Airport..

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Plane Spotting @ KLIA With MAS

PLANE SPOTTING FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU~!!! *raise your hands up in the air and profusely shaking crotch*..

It’s been some time since my last Hard Gay gesture..FUUUU~!!!!

Last Saturday, 22nd of August 2009, was the day where I go against all odds to wake up at 5.30am, instead of going to bed at that time (which I’ve been doing in recent days)..

That is also the day after I’ve awaken for 32 hours for my final 2 papers, before going to bed at 1.30am on Friday midnight..

Dale was the driver that day, fetching Wingz, Jess, and yours truly, from Cheras all the way to KLIA..

Million thanks to MAS for getting permission for some of us, so-called photographers to shoot at KLIA runway..

By right and by law, pedestrians are prohibited from stopping at the roadside and taking pics of the hangars and runway in KLIA..

With MAS’s PR department, we were able to do so, and to be able to attend it, MAS selected a group of about 20 so-called photographers for this event..Thanks a bunch..

The meeting was suppose to start at 7.30am but due to the early-ness of the meeting, some of us arrived a bit late and some got lost..

Then we gathered up on a hill facing the runway..

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*Some of us*

The hill was quite strategic because it covers the runway..Unfortunately, we couldn’t really see planes taking off nor landing because it’s in the middle of the runway..

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*MAS Kargo hangar*

Soon after that, the PR people, Jonathan, Jung Yee, and Salina, asked the officers on-duty whether we could go to another site that could feed our fetish, somewhat..

The officers right on asked us to hop on our cars, drove all the way to somewhere behind LCCT, where we were just beside the runway..

Quite close indeed..

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*MAS plane taking off*

This photo is taken from my many batch of bursting photos..Very hard to capture it as it was moving quite fast, very good for panning..

With the range of our lenses, even zoom out to maximum of 210mm or 300mm, we couldn’t really focus on the plane..

A lot of cropping needed to be done..

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*High up in the sky*

The weather on that morning was quite gloomy all the way..It made the background wasn’t really that great due to the dark clouds..

So the photo above is the result of cropping, level adjustment, and curves adjustment as well..

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*Some snack courtesy of Salina from MAS*

Thanks a lot to Salina from MAS for preparing the snacks, home baked orange and chocolate muffins, and some hotdogs..

It’s very nice of her for doing it, and she’s the one who’s fasting! LOL~!! STIM~!!

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*Maneuvering*

Caught it maneuvering, somewhat..

Other than all these highly processed photos due to the weather condition and usage of lenses, I’ve played a bit with Continuous Shots a.k.a burst mode..

With this Continuous Shots and with the help of Photoshop, I’ve made them into GIF images..

Recently I have a new fetish, that is Continuous Shots, or Stop Motion or Time Lapse works..Whatever you call it..

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*Aaron skodeng-ing the plane*

Aaron was standing at the edge and I saw the plane incoming..So I tried to get a bit of angle from this photos..

Continue on~!!! There are 5 more GIF images..

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