That blessed morning, I was in the office doing my daily job, my usual routine, when suddenly an email came in and it was from Cindy, the manager at Tune Hotel. When she informed me that I have been selected to go to an all-expense paid trip to Kuching in conjunction with the International Bornean Frog Race 2014, I straightaway applied for leave from my employer.
25th June 2014
Finally, the day arrived. I was so happy since the trip means that I will soon set foot on my 13th state in Malaysia and that I can proudly call myself a Malaysian… a true Malaysian who has been to all the 13 states in the country.
The flight that will take me to Kuching was Air Asia and I was so lucky that I was given the Hot Seat. Throughout my life flying with Air Asia, never before had I flew on the Hot Seat. Hot Seat is amazing since there is bigger legroom and I was sitting on the front row which was very convenient.
Apart from yours truly, other bloggers who joined this flight was Anis from Five Foot Traveller and Emily Tang of My Lifestyle Blog 马来的生活. I felt so tiny since I was a nobody sitting on the same row with somebody more well known and prominent.
The flight took off around noon and I was so glad that I managed to arrive at the LCCT on time. I was late (I arrived at the airport at 11.30 am) and I literally ran from the parking lot to the boarding gate. I did not even manage to drop my baggage since the flight was already ready for boarding when I arrived. Anis kept texting me asking for my whereabout, since she was really concerned I might missed my flight. Gladly, I did not!
Soon after the flight took off, the cabin crews welcomed all passengers on board and welcomed us, the bloggers on board. Since the flight would be more than an hour, we were given lunch set to fill in our hungry stomach. I received a pack of Nasi Lemak Pak Naseer with the famous prawn sambal.
I really love the nasi lemak as it really debunked the myth that in-flight food was lame. The nasi lemak was truly awesome and I did not even mind to have a second pack had I given the chance to.
Souvenirs were also sold and they had clearance sale on that day. I intended to buy a lanyard but unfortunately, it was sold out. It was fun looking at how cheerful the cabin crews were. They really love their job!
After an hour and 40 minutes, I could see the glimpse of Borneo island.
“Kuching, here I am!”.
I would like to personally thank the Sarawak Tourism Board and Tune Hotels for making this trip possible and to Planet Borneo for the hospitality throughout the trip. This trip was held in conjunction with the International Bornean Frog Race 2014.