“We Plan to have AirAsia in every ASEAN country” says Zaman Ahmad,the Regional Head of Customer Experience of AirAsia in Malaysia during a short talk in their office. I was sitting on a bean bag surrounded by a few stuffed angry bird dolls and some tall stools for sitting. The meeting room was definitely a ground where playful imagination and ideas can run around. Must be why AirAsia had been successful as a low-cost carrier when it started – they were having fun doing it.
Gotta hand it to AirPhil Express for tying up Star Cruises to make a South East Asian Cruise accessible to Filipinos. From their invitation, I along with a few bloggers and media people from print were able to experience their Double the Adventure! Fly and Sail (Fly to Singapore the Sail to Malaysia) AdvenTour Package from AirPhil Express. Here’s a recount of that 4-day tour to give you an idea of what happens during this exciting cruise.
I woke up from the faint light emanating from the window. It was already past 5am. I looked out beyond the frosted glass and it was completely blue. The ship seems to be approaching Port Klang, Malaysia slowly through an overnight cruise. Aside from the disjointed snores inside the room, I barely noticed the movement while I was sleeping. We got ready for breakfast as we’ll soon disembark for a short tour around Kuala Lumpur.
It was 8-days of fun and discovery at Malaysia. I’m grateful to Tourism Malaysia for showing us around and giving us the opportunity to get to know the country more. We were even lucky enough to experience their Merdeka Celebration. While we went to a number of places, I could say we only scratched the surface and aroused our curiosity to explore more. Another reason to trackback on those places in the near future. As my usual practice, here’s the summary for the Malaysia Chronicles from August 28 to September 4 2009.
It’s only fitting we visit one of the biggest tea producing companies when we were in Cameron Highlands. After our visit to the Rose Center, we headed to one of the large tea gardens from BOH Tea Company, the first tea company that set up a highland tea garden in Malaysia in 1929. We were supposed to visit this garden near Rose Center but it was closed so we had to drive a little longer south to where their BOH Tea Factory is located.
It’s basically our last full day in Malaysia. We arrived in Cameron Highlands late in the afternoon the day before so this day would be our only time for exploration and at the same time we’ll be on our way back to Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon. It’s a tight schedule honestly but I must remind myself that this is a familiarization tour and if I ever like the places, I should just go back and explore further.
We continued on the road to Pahang after our brief stop at the Batu Caves. The ride to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur was said to take around 6 hours. Somehow it reminded me of the trip to Baguio. But thank god we were comfortable on the van with each of us having our own rows and could sleep off in between talks and in-ear happy music. But the road to Cameron itself has some interesting stops as all of us, Nina, Martin and I would be visiting for the first time.