I would be flying alone on this return flight as my father would take Malindo Air (OD) flight to SZB that scheduled to depart earlier than the FY flight.
In the Airport
From Kota Bharu town, my aunt drove and dropped us at KBR. We waved goodbye to her and proceeded to check-in counters. After we got our boarding passes, we did some window shopping and had some drinks in 1 of the cafes available in the airport. At 11:30am, my father made his way to the airside to board his OD flight. I spent the rest of time by surfing internet through my mobile phone.
About 1 hour later, I walked passed the security check and went to the gate where my flight would be departed, Gate 3.
I was there for only few minutes before the boarding process started. All passengers were called based on their rows and later had to walk to board the aircraft.
Walking towards our plane that will bring us to SZB. An AirAsia A320 which bound for KUL is taxiing on the runway.
Settled down in my seat, 16F. Finally, a window seat for me! The seat pitch, however, felt much tighter than the seat pitch in the previous flight.
The views out of the window. The wing of this propeller plane can be clearly visible.
We will be taking care and looking after by 2 cabin crew, Yasmin and Eshah on this flight. The load seems 100% full.
After the last passenger boarded the aircraft, the door was closed and our aircraft was readied for takeoff. The cabin crew did the safety demo while we were taxiing to the runway.
A short taxi later, our plane took off from the runway and we were soon airborne.
Reaching higher altitude.
Around 15 minutes later, the inflight service started. Cabin crew, Eshah walked through the aisle to serve drinks with a choice of Mango Juice & Soya Bean Milk. We also received a pack of Vanilla Cream filling Croissant from another cabin crew, Yasmin. I really liked the Croissant and it was definitely tasted better than the cold Curry Puff in the outbound flight.
Cabin crew, Yasmin then walked through the aisle again to distribute a pack of Salted Peanut to all passengers. It was a very nice gesture from the crew as we had to choose only 1 light snack out of 2 options on the outbound flight, but in this flight, we received both!
The rest of the flight went uneventful and 50 minutes into the flight, the cockpit crew announced that our plane has begun its descent and we will be landing SZB shortly. Cabin crew did the trash collection for the 2nd time and the final check in preparation for landing.
New housing project development near SZB.
We were flying low above a traditional village which I believe is the "Kampung Melayu Subang".
We were safely landed in SZB few minutes ahead of STA. Our plane parked at the tarmac and from there, it just only a short walk to the terminal. But due to some unknown reasons, it took quite a long time for our luggage to arrive (almost 30 minutes).
Finally, I got my luggage and made my way to the landside of the terminal.
SZB seems more happening and bustling in the afternoon.
I met my father at the same Kampong Kravers Cafe located on the 1st floor of the terminal and after that we walked to the car park to get into our car.
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The Royal Museum, Kuala Lumpur
From the airport, we drove back to our home and safely arrived 30 minutes later. I took my luggage into my bedroom, had a quick shower and I went out from my house again to visit an attraction in KL city. I decided to visit The Royal Museum, 1 of the museums in KL that I havent been to before.
The admission fee to the Royal Museum is RM5 for Malaysian adult and RM10 for non-Malaysian adult. It is open everyday from 9am to 5pm and closed on the Eid holidays. From the ticket counter, you need to walk to the gallery buildings, but you can also take the buggy service with RM1 fee for a return ride.
The Royal Museum (Malay: Muzium Diraja) also known as "Old National Palace" or "Old Istana Negara" (Istana Negara means National Palace in Malay) is a beautiful, yellow colonial building which located in Jalan Istana, Kuala Lumpur. It was the former National Palace and the official residence for Malaysian King & Queen from 1957 until 2011 when the new National Palace of Malaysia in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (was known as Jalan Duta) was built. It was converted into a museum and officially opened to the public in 2013. The exhibitions of the Royal Museum are divided into 2 gallery buildings; the Palace and the Balairung Seri Gallery.
The Palace building was the former official residence building for the Malaysian King & Queen. Built in 1928 as a private residence for a rich Chinese tin tycoon, the building was then acquired by the Federal Government in 1957 to become the National Palace for the newly-independent nation. The interiors of this building are mostly retained in their original positions where visitors will able to see the lavish living hall, dining room, the King's office and the royal bedroom. Unfortunately, photography is strictly prohibited in the Palace and thus, I wasnt able to take any photos of the exhibition inside.
After I exited from the Palace, I went to check out the exhibition in the Balairung Seri Gallery building which located on the right side of the the Palace building. Built in 1980s as the extension to the Palace building, the Balairung Seri was the official venue hall for any formal royal ceremonies of the Malaysian King & Queen.
And the great thing is that visitors are allowed to take photos here. The photos of Malaysian past Kings & Queens were hanging on the wall of the Balairung Seri Gallery.
Different temporary exhibition relating to the Malaysian royals will be taking place here from time to time. And of course, there will be many personal collections belonged to the Malaysian royals displayed in the exhibition.
The main feature of this Balairung Seri is the royal throne that was used by the Malaysian King & Queen in the official royal ceremony in the past.
The royal throne.
Besides the Palace & Balairung Seri buildings, the Royal Museum also features a gift shop that sells various souvenirs and merchandises at an affordable price. Overall, although this Royal Museum in KL is not so huge compared to other royal buildings that you can find elsewhere, it is still worth and interesting to be visited especially for the foreigners who would like to gain more information and better understanding towards Malaysian monarchy system.
Thank you for your time to read my flight report. See you guys soon in my next flight report!
Kota Bharu - KBR
Subang - SZB
Firefly -Another great flight with this small regional subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. Lovely crew, well-maintained cabin and complimentary light snacks which were highly appreciated. I wouldnt mind to fly with FY again on the future when the price and time are right.
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