And it happened! 🙂 We just had our first family trip abroad last week as part of my 9th-month celebration, as well as Mommy and Daddy’s 2nd year wedding anniversary, and I oh-so enjoyed it! I hope to be able to tell you all the things that we did, part by part. I’m quite a busy baby, too, you know (i.e. eat, drink my milk, sleep, play with Mommy and Daddy, etc.). Happy reading!!!
It was my 9th month last Thursday, September 14, 2017. I thought that we will just celebrate it like the usual manner we did the months before – cake and maybe some pasta – but no! It was much more glamorous! 😀
We left home around 9 in the morning en route to NAIA Terminal 3 where Cebu Pacific Air resides in. It was my first time at the airport, and I was so amazed by everything I saw there! There was this machine which was able to scan everything in our big luggages, to the nice-looking uniformed aiport and airline personnel, to the interesting items for sale at the duty-free shops… everything was so amazing for me! Daddy and Mommy have been flying several times before, but today was different. This time, it would be our first family airplane trip!
We had a quick lunch before boarding. As everything was airport-priced (read: expensive 🙁 ), Daddy and Mommy only ate a little, saying they’ll just binge eat once we land.
We entered the boarding area of Cebu Pacific flight 57 805 once our flight was called. Passengers with infants, senior citizens, and disabled members were called first. There was still quite a while before we finally entered the plane, so Daddy took the opportunity to have our first set of pictures:
We were seated at the very last row, which actually proved to be great since we have enough room to move around. Whenever I got bored, Daddy carried me and we had a little stroll in that roomy area behind the back. Imagine the smiles on the faces of our co-passengers every time they saw me passing by! Am I really that cute? 😀
It was also the first time I saw clouds! Mommy said clouds were like cotton. Daddy said they were water vapor which condensed into ultra-fine dust particles suspended in the air. Guess who among my parents is the Science teacher. Hahaha! Anyway, here’s my looking at them:
According to Mommy, one of the best things about flying with Cebu Pacific is the on-board games! Before, it usually was a “Bring Me” game. Now, passengers have to guess the title of the song lyrics the flight attendants will be reading aloud. Guess what? Daddy won! He was able to correctly guess “On The Wings of Love”! He got some sort of a belt pocket or something, but instead of wearing it on himself, he thought of something better:
I also had the chance to have a photo op with the pretty Cebu Pacific flight attendants! Whenever they were free, they were playing with me since we were seated near them. Thank you for making my first airplane trip so un-boring!
The flight took a little less than three hours. We landed at Changi airport at around 5 p.m. Daddy was not able to take a picture of the airport exterior anymore, but when I saw it, I was so amazed at how grand it was. And I was even more amazed when I saw the inside when we disembarked the plane!
Now, getting to our hotel in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, actually was easy but quite tedious in our case. Daddy was able to research that there actually are buses going directly to JB CIQ (Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex), however, since we had a lot of things brought with us (including my favorite Safety 1st Compa City stroller!!!), we took (the more expensive option to ride) taxis going to it. The first taxi we hailed was from Changi Airport going to Queens where there was a station there of taxis which could cross the border and go to JB. We took another taxi here, passing through the Pan Island Expressway (PIE), both Singapore and Malaysia immigration (we just stayed inside our taxi; the immigration people just took a look at our passports and that was it!), and after close to two hours of land travel, finally, we arrived at our hotel for our Malaysian leg, the New York Hotel.
Despite of its ageing looks, New York Hotel (visit its website here) still lived up to what we expected of it. We booked a superior room via Agoda, and true enough, we were more than satisfied when we first stepped in our room. It was soooo big! The queen-size bed had more than enough space for me to roll all over, and it was so springy and soft! The entire room was covered in carpet, and it had central airconditioning, making the entire room cool evenly.
We had a small sala set beside our bed where we could lounge off while watching with our oh-so-big LED TV! We had a bathtub in our bathroom! And the best part was that we were booked in the 17th floor of the building, and we have an overlooking view of the entire city!
Apologies, Daddy and Mommy were so tired from the travel that they were only able to take a few pictures of the hotel when we arrived there:
We rested for just a few moments at our room, and since Daddy and Mommy were already starving, we went down to have dinner. The hotel had its own restaurant, however, they decided to try whatever’s outside as we will be having breakfast in there the next morning anyway.
Daddy was hoping there would be Singapore-style hawkers near our hotel, and true enough, although it was not a hawker, located right infront of the hotel was Banafee Cafe. Banafee Cafe was, from my inference, a Persian-themed open-style restaurant (though when you see it, it looked more of a leveled-up carinderia, if we’re talking about Philippine standards). Aside from the restaurant, it also had an adjacent Banafee carwash. Anyway, Daddy and Mommy took no time in ordering their dinner:
Talk about authentic Persian food! The ones we’ve had here in the Philippines tasted nothing like these. Maybe because of the authentic Persian people who prepared it, or the authentic locals around us eating these as well? Anyway, that was one delectable dinner, as simple as it may be.
We went back to the hotel after our dinner, and had our much-needed rest. I enjoyed our bed! 🙂
Day 2 of our family trip soon!
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