Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Daily Trip Recap : Day One - Touchdown!

Early Monday morning on Nov 24th, 2014; we took a cab which we had reserved through MyTeksi App (I tried calling airport limo which I've always used before but couldn't get through) at 5.30am to KLIA2.

The taxi was nice and new and the driver diligent and punctual. Good to have so early in the morning.

A nice ride to KLIA2 from our home and it cost us only RM48.00 by using the taxi metre for the ride. We got a discount of RM5.00 for using the MyTeksi App for the first time and the driver reminded us about it (kudos to the driver) so we paid only RM43.00. Compare this to the amount we paid when we return from our trip of RM78.30 by buying the taxi coupons from the airport! @.@

We arrived to KLIA2 and saw a busy, bustling airport and it was only 6.00am. This was our first time using the new KLIA2 since we don't really travel that much. ^^
We couldn't decide on breakfast and finally decided to head to Marrybrown, thinking of getting their porridge for breakfast.

Just our luck, they ran out of porridge by the time it was our turn to order so I ordered the toast set.

I know I can't expect much from airport food but seriously? Those were toast? They were cold and chewy. Probably the bread was put on the grill for three seconds and left to cool down for half an hour. Hmph.

Our flight to Nagoya was at 8:35am and upon boarding, all we look forward to was to catch some sleep and get some rest. We only managed to sleep a few hours since Friday!

I attended a company dinner on Friday and got home late while the boys did some last minute shopping for the trip. 
Saturday and Sunday saw us (yup, all three) stationed at Taman Rimba Alam manning a check point and support station (CP4) for the inaugural Putrajaya 100 Miles Ultra Marathon.
Raimie was a huge help with recording the time of arrival and departure of runners at our CP. He had fun playing "camping" too, I must say. ^^

Later on Sunday evening, we made a trip to the newly opened IOI Mall in Putrajaya and were there till closing time! Clever, huh?

In the flight, we were only up to eat as we had pre-ordered food when we booked our flights. Otherwise, it was ZZZZZZ time.
We had chicken teriyaki shortly after take-off for our brunch.
And the Uncle Chin' chicken rice for tea-time. ^^

Now I'm seriously missing what JAL offered! Beggars can't be choosers. Huhuhu

We arrived to Chubu Centrair International Airport a few minutes early than expected and getting through immigration and baggage claim was fast and painless. As one would expect from Japan. ^^
Welcome to Nagoya!

We enjoyed the free wi-fi at the airport available for a bit before catching the train to Nagoya Station because well, must read FB updates of friends and declare to everyone that we've arrived. Hahaha
Family wefie in the train! Hehehe
The train fares from the airport to Nagoya Station was 870yen for adults (one way) and half-priced for kids below 12. It took us about 30 minutes for the trip using the Meitetsu line (Nagoya Rail). Very very smooth ride to Nagoya Station, as expected. ^^

We only had a few hours in Nagoya as we had to take a midnight bus to Tokyo at 10:15pm. 

I know. I know. It is perhaps perplexing for some on why we bother to buy a ticket to Nagoya instead of choosing Narita or Haneda. I mentioned this earlier, it was simple economics. Tickets to Nagoya at the time we bought our tickets were the cheapest option and this was after counting the midnight bus fares.

Anyway, since we arrived to Nagoya late evening, there wasn't much option of stuff to do for the first day anyway... and the bus trip saves us on a night in a hotel. ^^

We got lost trying to find the location of where we were supposed to board our bus so in the end Zaini decided to look for a nearby Toyoko-Inn to use their free internet for the direction of the bus station.
Plus we had dinner at a nearby place which had almost the same modus operandi as Yayoi-Ken. 90% same. I think so lah because otherwise, it looked like a non-updated version of our favourite chain. ^^

It uses the older version of food ticket vending machine that Yayoi-ken used to have and the staff uniforms are different.
Pretty soon it was time to board our bus.

We used Willer Express for our trip from Nagoya to Tokyo (Shinjuku) and had made online reservation for it. 

I sure heaved a sigh of relief after we got on the bus and off we went to Tokyo! Time for ZZZZZZZ... Bliss, I tell you. 

Next : Midnight Express Bus special. Now Ru. Behave. Hihihi

Oh yeah... before I forgot, check out Nagoya's manhole cover!

And oh yeah, here's a summary ( click link here) of what we did during our vacation there, if you find my trip report updates too slow. Hehehe

10 comments:

  1. Thambee can't even afford meals onboard AA.. he always "smuggle" food he bought from AEON a day before and feast on them when food is served to passengers.. jom buka puasa together la tu, hihihihi ^^

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    1. LOL

      So cute. But we never dare to smuggle food wor. So baik, dunno why. Hahaha

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    2. I also avoid buying food onboard AA but my wife also cannot tahan! She would pester me for cup noodles!! Adoi.

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    3. I also want cup noodles! Hahaha

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  2. yeah, tickets to Nagoya is way cheaper and why not take the opportunity to visit another place, albeit just for a few hours?? just like travel agency would already count that in as probably two places in the package - Chubu Centrair and Nagoya!! huhuhuhu ^^

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    1. That's how we feel also. At least got fe tge plavet for a few hours.

      Can take photos also to show proof we visited the place. Ok what! Hihi

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  3. I am actually shocked & happy to hear that MyTeksi is so cheap for wee hours ride. I always felt the pain to take cabs home that costs me almost RM100, so i would hop onto the KLIA train and take taxi home at same total cost but shorter time.

    I like the airports in Japan, whether big or small ones but they work faster than most countries! I also developed the habit to use their free wi-fi everywhere esp in Fukuoka where they give anyone free 10 mins which is a bonus & useful to help lost tourists like me! After 10 mins up, log in sekali lagi and lagi! So shiok, sayang Jepun!

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    1. Now even train stations provide wifi. So syiok...

      I was also surprised our taxi fares was cheap & with no surcharge. Happy surprise. :)

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  4. Wow! You were very busy to come to Japan. Did you have nice days in Japan?

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    1. We enjoyed ourselves very much. :)

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