jeudi 26 août 2010

Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia

Malaysian Airlines

So, I booked my flights some time ago. Originally I was taking Singapore Airlines with a stop over in Singapore (duh) but on the day I wanted to book the price mysteriously went up by a lot so it was out of my reach so I had to choose a cheaper flight. I really wanted to go to Singapore because I have several friends who live there and since Malaysia is literally only next door I took the cheapest flight I found with Malaysia Airlines (Paris via Kuala Lumpur).

I'm quite happy with my choice because Malaysia Airlines was named World's Best Economy Class for 2010. (second being Qatar Airways and third being Singapore Airlines). I have taken them before and admit I didn't think they were that special. Legroom is never a concern for me since I'm not that tall nor fat (even though it seems that's what 90% of people gripe about) so for me it's all about the service and I didn't think it was very good at all! Still, I am willing to give them another shot, this time with an open mind.

The World's Top 10 airlines in 2010 Awards : 

1.   Asiana Airlines
2.   Singapore Airlines
3.   Qatar Airways
4.   Cathay Pacific
5.   Air New Zealand
6.   Etihad Airways
7.   Qantas Airways
8.   Emirates
9.   Thai Airways
10.  Malaysia Airlines

Air Asia

I was originally going to take a bus from KL to Singapore and back but decided it would take too long. Why not take advantage of a budget airlines' cheap fares? (I know RyanAir and Easyjet get a bad rap but I haven't taken them so I can't compare). I don't know if this is cheap or not but I'm not complaining!

KL - Langkawi*:  MYR/RMB$143.50 (USD$45.66/AUD$51.52/€35.97)
Langkawi - Singapore:   MYR/RMB$103.00 (USD$32.78/AUD$36.93/€25.82)
Singapore - KL**:   SGG$53.90 (USD$39.74/AUD$44.77/€31.29)

Prices include taxes and some extras like *a meal and **extra baggage allowance.

Anyway, where was I? Skytrax has also named Air Asia world's best low-cost airline for 2010 (second Air Berlin and third Virgin Blue).

I feel very happy with my choices of airlines now. Just got to wait and see if the reality matches up with my expectations!

First picture from this interesting SMH article about Flight Attendant School.

French, language learning, travel related BLOGS

I refrained from doing this for a long time but now I have decided to add some favourite blogs that I read to my sidebar. :) Enjoy!

Autrefois, je m'empechais de faire une liste de blogs sur mon blog propre, mais maintenant, j'ai decidé d'ajouter quelques blogs intéressants sur mon sidebar. :) Amusez-vous bien !

mardi 24 août 2010

Going the Distance - Drew Barrymore Justin Long - film review

I admit I have been pre-occupied with thoughts of my relationship of late and it's hard to think about anything else. About a week and a half ago I was just googling random keywords and clicking and clicking and then I came across this movie Going the Distance that was due to be released worldwide very soon. Considering the film is all about a long-distance relationship I decided I had to see it!

When I found out that my local cinema had a special preview session for $20 which included a goodie/sample bag filled with various things (including this book Textbook Romance by Zoe Foster). I had to go. I asked my darling if he wanted to come with me and he agreed so away we went. It was my treat too since he always pays for everything.

I cried about 5 times during the movie and he admit he was teary too (but being a guy, held it in well). The movie startled me because it felt realistic and not contrived and fantasy-like like most romantic comedies. In fact it just seemed WAY TOO REAL for the both of us. We're about the same age as the 2 main characters, and both working in 'fickle' and 'unstable' type fields (as were the 2 characters) and not where we want to be in our careers yet. That, and we both also met about 6 weeks before one of us is due to fly away to a far away place...

I didn't have any great expectations per se but I did want to enjoy it as I have enjoyed watching both Drew and Justin in other films before.

I kept wanting to scream out, "But you're both still living in the same bloody country!!! and you're 'only' 4 hours apart by time difference not 8/9 hours!" But all in all I did enjoy the film. There were a lot of sweet moments and a lot of hilarious moments with the sidekicks (Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) who play Garrett (Justin)'s two friends and Christina Applegate who plays Erin (Drew)'s neurotic OCD sister.

Both my darling boy and I thought it was very realistic (I know I've already said that) and after the movie we spent a long time discussing us... It started off with him thinking that it wasn't going to work and I had to reassure him that it would. And then the tables got turned and I was the one freaking out and crying uncontrollably and then he had to console me! Ha! I guess the film did raise a lot of issues that we hadn't thought about (or hadn't wanted to think about) or talked about yet with made the reality seem all the more painful.

I've never ever been in a long distance relationship (LDR) and either has he but we have faith that it will work out and whatever happens, happens for a reason!

7/10 for the film. Comes out in September in most countries (2nd for Australia, 3rd for USA and 23rd for France).

PS In real life Drew Barrymore and Justin Long seem to have an on again/off again relationship!

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