19 August, 2017

i went to Tokyo: KLIA2 to Haneda Airport

Assalam and hello.

i suppose my posts about the Tokyo trip will be very detailed and long instead of simple and concise like what every blogger supposed to. but whatever, it was my 1st trip after more than a decade, so i decide what i want to blog.

and i hope you read it like a diary that you secretly read too.

somewhere in Taito, i think.

so the flight was on 29th June 2017. just 5 days after Eid Fitr. a week before the trip, i've already told the people closest to me that i'd go to Tokyo with my sis. all i want at that time were their blessing for a safe trip. tho my sis was still a bit secretive about it but she did tell her closest friends about it.

2.30pm was the time for our plane to depart and so we arrived at the airport around 11am. we actually had some payments to do even though i said before that we only handcarried our bags to the airport.

firstly, we had to pay for the our check-in luggage for the flight from Haneda-KL. at first we thought 7kg of handcarry bags was enough cos like a show-off of poor people, we thought we wouldn't do any shopping.

hahaha. for someone who went there for only 4 days, 60000yen is actually too much. so we decided to just pay for the check-in bag but only for the departure flight to KL. mind you, because we paid it after the booking time, we had to pay extra RM30. original price is about RM70, i think. so we ended up paying RM102.

that wasn't all. few weeks before the flight, my dear little sister suddenly said she wanted to sit with me in the plane. so we had to pay more. luckily, there was no extra charge than the original price for the seats, but still, it was so last minute, i kinda cursed at her. apparently, she wanted to put her head on my shoulder when she sleeps on the plane so she needs me beside her. nway, the price of the seats for one person for both return flights was about RM78? i wasn't sure now. but *sigh* about that price.

i tell you, ok. last minute plan before a trip that require money is a bloody no no. but hell, i had to.

all of these were paid at the Customer Service Counter. we didn't have any check-in luggage so avoided those counters.

thanks dear AirAsia staff who was so kind to us during this time. 

and lastly, we went to take our portable WIFI. we booked a portable WIFI from Samurai Wifi. it was recommended by JTB at AEON Shah Alam. so we booked it from the website and took it on the day of the flight at KLIA2. by the way, they don't accept cash. luckily Alisa still have some money in her debit card, so we paid using that. i think the price for 5 days at Tokyo using the Samurai WIFI is about RM160. plenty money, but if you want to explore Tokyo freely and safely without worry, i suggest you to have this WIFI. and oh, and a powerbank. the thing only last about 10 hours.

oh, before we went to the departure hall, we went to McDonald and bought 2 burgers and fries to eat inside the plane. at this time i noticed the McD staff there were mostly old Indian women, which i really don't mind them for being Indian, but they were so slow!!! like hell, you have plenty customers, so work faster!

funnily enough, after we went inside the departure hall, there's a McD there and the same kind of staff were also there, and again they were so slow. i kinda guess that maybe they only hire these people to work at the airport?

oh. as i said, i brought handcarry bags only. i have 2 bags with me. a backpack with my clothes inside, and another small backpack for the camera, phone, powerbanks and purses. by the way, i recommend you to bring a small pouch for the Japanese coins cos they use them so often and you also can keep your SUICA card in it.i mean, the SUICA card is so good that the machine can detect the card even inside the purse. TouchNgo also can do that but the machine in Malaysia can't detect them as fast as those machines in Japan do.

i know cos i already tried. the difference is the fast or not fast. but still, usable and detectable inside the purse.

ok back to the airport.

oh we borrowed AhHin's and her sister's SUICA card. the card still usable even after 2 years of not using it. unlike TouchNgo that is unusable after you haven't use it more than a year or so. i think.

really, back to the airport.

oh, i had Ayam Goreng McD for my lunch before the flight. that's how i saw the slow staff.

as it was my first time checked into the departure hall, i was a bit in awe. like, yeay, another step closer to Tokyo! like that. i suppose there were about 3 kinds of check-ins to the gate. 1st, the passport check-in. then the this security/custom check-in. the guard there wasn't so strict by the way. at this time, i was wondering when will they check the weight of our bags.

then the 3rd check-in where it was a bit stricter but we still easily went in with no problem. it was satisfying at that time. i guess the guards saw my excited face, first time and all, so they mostly smile.

smile. the one thing that can easily lighten up a person's mood.

saw our gate. still wondering why they didn't check the weight of our bag.

then, off to our plane.

this is the time when i finally tell the world that i was going oversea
as i mentioned before, we paid for our seats, both for KL-HND and HND-KL flights. apparently, there were so many empty seats in the plane, my sis said the most obvious thing "if we know this, we won't even pay for our seats"

the plane was so empty, that there was a Japanese women who should have seated beside me, asked the stewardess if she could change her seat or not. the stewardess said "there are many empty seats, so she can change her seat. so the Japanese lady took her bag and told me "i'm going to seat elsewhere so that you can easily go to the toiler, ok?" i was like "oh, ok"

so-excited-to-meet-Tokyo moment
maybe cos the Japanese people are not that fluent in English and even the most fluent have the same quality of speaking English like me, so i felt like "wow, my English is brilliant" and i thank my years of listening to the interviews by non-English footballers and managers that play/ed/s for Liverpool FC for the understanding their weird English.

thank you, Rafa Benitez, Xabi Alonso and Jurgen Klopp.

2.30pm, in the plane, flying to Haneda Airport, Japan. the feeling was like being in a bus after lunch hour. a 6-hours flight that have plenty empty seats. i actually got bored after watching an episode of 1N2D, an episode of Fight My Way and an episode of Queen for 7 Days. so i ate the McD fries. some people already pre-booked their meal.

i also have that picture of clouds-when-i-am-flying
then, there was dinner time, which i ate a McChicken. i suggest you prebook a meal if you fly with AirAsia. the smell of the food was so good, that the McChicken can't even beat it. so both Alisa and I asked the stewardess to give us one. we used the only available Ringgit cash that we had. i forgot what we ate but it was good. very very good.

i also have picture of sunset-while-i-am-flying
then, we arrived. the smoothest landing of a plane that i ever had. maybe the Japanese road or what but the landing was so smooth. i saw a Star Wars plane by the way. and i think they have longer path to the taxiway than KLIA. and i never saw that many planes in one place before. like, wow. plenty.

oh, there was an announcement about checking the weight of our bags. we were like "finally~" and also the announcement "welcome to Haneda International Airport, Japan" in that formal common Japanese tone.

we arrived and the first thing we did was went to the toilet...


....i used it. Alisa also used it. i went out first, and Alisa went out of the cubicle too. we looked at each other and we laughed, HARD. "CANGGIH GILE TOILET DIA, ALIA!!!!"

and i'll end this here.

ps: might have small post about Haneda airport later