Day 2: London -Local Highlight

There’s an ASDA supermarket near my place, and I decided to drop in to see what they have on the shelves. The ASDA is just one DLR stop away from my Airbnb. So coming from Heron Quays, I simply got off one station earlier. There are a lot of self-checkout lanes, more than manned counters…

Day 2: London (13 Mar) #4

Literally right behind HMS Belfast from the direction that I was coming from was the Tower Combo: the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London as most would know them by. From HMS Belfast, the Tower of London is going to be on the opposite bank of the Thames, on your left right after you…

Day 2: London (13 Mar) #3

After lunch, my next stop was to be HMS Belfast. I originally scheduled my lunch to be after HMS Belfast, but there’s no harm in mixing up the schedule a bit. The weather was fine, a little chilly and windy in the morning but sunny in the afternoon. Still, I kept my hand warmers going….

Day 2: London (13 Mar) #2

Leadenhall Market made my list partly because of its intriguing architecture, and also because of its ties to the HP world. It isn’t too far of a walk there, and by 11am the morning rush hour was already over, it was quite pleasant. Leadenhall Market was much, much smaller that what I imagined it to…

Day 2: London (13 Mar) #1

First full day in London. I took the DLR headed for Bank, leaving at 8.45am in the midst of the morning rush hour, only to realize halfway that I did not have my London Pass with me. I had to turn around at Limehouse to go get it. First stop is scheduled to be 30…

Day 1: London -Food Highlight

One of the “very British” things that I decided to try right off the bat was fish & chips. Having scoured the Internet for the best place to go for the dish, I came across this place in Greenwich, very highly recommended by TripAdvisor and various other parties. Since I was planning to go to…

Day 1: London (12 Mar)

Upon exiting Heathrow Terminal 4 arrivals, I headed for the Heathrow Express platforms. To get to Paddington in central London, one has to take a free Heathrow Connect service between Terminal 4 and Terminal 2,3, then switch trains on the same platform for the Express going towards Paddington. The trip was quick, about 15 minutes…

Second Leg (MH2) #5: Remainder of the flight

After supper, the lights were turned down as it was nearing 0200 MYT. Anyway, since we’re flying from east to west, we’re essentially running away from the sun: the 14 hour flight would be entirely shrouded in darkness. Not quite sure what’s going on with cabin environmental controls, but there were frequent drops in humidity…

Second Leg (MH2) #4: Supper!

Supper waa served at 40 minutes past departure. And as per usual, it is chicken or fish. It was YC who ended up asking every passenger in this section There’s plenty of beverages to choose from, including white and red wine, Coke, Sprite, juices and beer as well. Just before supper, I checked my thermometer/hydrometer….

Second Leg (MH2) #3: Grounded?

All aboard! Pushback commenced nearly 30 minutes behind schedule at 23:55 AND the towbar became stuck when the tug tried to detach it. Engineering staff had to be called to the scene and there was plenty of odd noises, jolts and flickering lights as they tried to resolve the issue. Another half an hour passed…

Second Leg (MH2) #2: A380- First Impressions

Malaysia Airlines A380s have a purple/dark red themed interior. The A388 is a twin-aisle aircraft and my seat 75K was on the right side of the aircraft close to the back, and directly behind the much recommended *EXTRA LEGROOM* 74K. Contrary to what you would expect on the world’s largest passenger jet, the aisles aren’t…

Second Leg (MH2) #1: Check In & Boarding

It was finally time to check in for my second leg of KUL-LHR. I must say though, the food at KLIA’s Food Paradise is both terrible and expensive. The epitome of airport food, I know. I simply did not expect it to be so bad. Having had done my web check in two days in…