Malaysia Airlines Review

Hey Guys!

So I recently flew back to Australia from London with Malaysia Airlines, which I for one was incredibly anxious about doing for a few reasons but anyway, I thought I would write a little review on flying with them.

Let’s start with the planes, they were both clean, the seats reclined back a decent amount which is what you want on a 13 hour and 7-hour flights! The first flight from London to Kuala Lumpur left on time, however, the pilot made an announcement letting everyone know that there was a fault with all the toilets on the right-hand side of the plane were out of order and that they were hoping the system would reset itself and they would be able to be used, which from what I could see that happened during the flight and people were eventually able to use those toilets. Another issue we had was the entertainment systems weren’t working until about 40 minutes into the flight after the reset the systems and whatnot to try and get it to work, and thankfully they did otherwise it would’ve been a loooooooooong flight with no entertainment! Not even going to lie, all the system faults that stopped the toilets from unlocking and the entertainment systems from working had me thinking the plane was just gonna fall out the sky and disappear because you know they’ve had that happen before.

About an hour in dinner was served and the food was actually really good, I had the beef curry thing and it was so tasty which is always a good thing on a plane! As far as that trip went that was about it, I literally slept for 9 hours, which for me is literally unheard of but I was able to get comfy and warm with the little pillow and blanket they give you and really had enough room to be able to sleep. About 1.5 hours before landing they wake you for breakfast which was not as good as dinner, they had a choice between shrimp curry which I couldn’t eat because I’m allergic or eggs and I hate eggs so much, but I went with the eggs and just ate the potato hash brown thingy and the yoghurt and whatnot that came with it but really I was still hungry but oh well!

Our plane landed on time which left us with a 4 hour stopover in Kuala Lumpar airport, our next flight left from the same terminal we landed in so we didn’t have any rush or anything. We spent our time getting a massage in the wellness spa and having some food and drinks, just nice and relaxing before our next flight.

Our flight from KL to Adelaide was delayed 40 mins and once we’d gotten on the plane the pilot made an annoucement that we would be delayed further because we were waiting on about 40 passengers from a delayed connecting flight which ended up having us sitting on the tarmac for about another hour before we ended up taking off. I found the staff on this flight slighter ruder but oh well. Again about an hour in the dinner was served to my disappointment the food was different this time and I got the chicken which when I opened it, it was not something I would like so thankfully my boyfriend swapped his meatballs which me, which were actually pretty yummy! I found it harder to sleep on this plane, mostly because the lady behind me keep pushing my seat up which was just the worst, so I ended up just binge watching The Big Bang Theory – I think the most annoying thing about the entertainment on the Malaysia Airlines planes was the they didn’t have an entire series on there so you would get to a certain point and not be able to continue BUT there were a huge range of movies and whatnot. Again about 1.5 hours before landing we were woken for a snack, not really a breakfast, which was a little chicken pie thing, again not something I would eat so my boyfriend ate mine! I also made the mistake of getting a coffee which tasted slightly of mould? or dust? I dunno just wasn’t any good!

So overall, Malaysia Airlines wasn’t the worst airline to fly with for a long haul flight and I probably would fly with them again if like this time they we’re a crazy amount cheaper than any other airline, but they wouldn’t be my frist choice.

Ratings:

Plane: 7/10

Food: 6/10

Staff: 7/10

Entertainment: 8/10

Malaysia Airlines

What’s In My Carry On – Long Haul Flight…

Alright guys,  were at that time, its time for me to head back to Australia! Which is all very exciting, but does require 22 hours of flying!

I use the same carry on bag no matter how long the flight I am taking is, I just find its the perfect size, you can fit everything in it without putting too much in it if that makes any sense. I like using a backpack as my carry on instead of a smaller luggage bag or handbag purely because is so much easier to walk through a crowded airport with and it leaves you with both of your hands free.

I like to keep things in my carry on that I really couldn’t afford to lose or go without if, for example, my checked luggage went missing. I also like to take things that will obviously make the flight a lot more pleasant and enjoyable!

Whats in my bag:

  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Charging cables for electronics
  • Kindle/Book (I have been travelling with a Kindle lately just because it’s so much easier space wise)
  • Passport
  • Chewing gum/mints
  • A change of clothes! (I always like to dress comfortably getting on to a flight, so I’ll always pack something more presentable to change into before landing)
  • Skincare (Nothing like recycled plane air to dry your skin out):
    – Makeup wipes (I take either the Simple Quick Fix wipes or Neutrogena)
    – Hydrating sheet masks (sheet masks are great because they don’t require you to wash them off)
    – Brightening eye masks or a caffeinated eye serum ( none likes landing and looking like a zombie!)
    – Hand Cream
    – Lip Balm
    – Hand Sanitizer
    – Concealer + pressed powder ( I am not someone who feels comfortable travelling for long hours with a face of makeup so I tend to go barefaced and add just a little concealer and pressed powder before landing to make myself look a little more human)
    – Deodorant!
  • My own water bottle (ask an air steward to fill it up and I find it easier to stay hydrated!)
  • A pen! (I seem to always have one but they’re super handy on flights just in case you need to fill in any paperwork)
  • Painkillers (in case I start to feel a headache coming on)
  • Comfy socks
  • Headphones – I like to have both over-ear headphones for just general listening but I do find them quite uncomfortable to sleep in so I always have a pair of in-ear headphones (generally just the earphones that come with my iPhone)
  • Neck Pillow

And that is essentially what I have packed in my carry on for a long haul flight!

 

If you’re only fly a short haul flight then check out my post on What’s in My Carry On – Short Haul Flights!

Day Trip to Capri

Hey Guys,

Back again, this time with some information for about a day trip to Capri from the Amalfi Coast. Heads up, there’s a ferry from Positano and it will be easier than doing what we did and heading into Sorrento, but alas travelling is all about learning!

Let’s hope you start your day trip off to Capri on a better note than we did, I was dead sure that we were going on a Wednesday, but on the Tuesday, luckily I woke early and was up and doing stuff and then about 8am I got back into bed and saw the prepaid ferry tickets next to it and I just had this feeling. Looking at the tickets, I was right we were meant to be going that day and had to be on the bus into Sorrento at 8:30, my boyfriend was still fast asleep and so I had to wake up, get dressed and be out of the door within 10 minutes. Anyway, long story short we made it into Sorrento for our 10:45am ferry with literally like 20 minutes to spare because the traffic was so heavy it took so much longer than it was meant to getting in. What we didn’t realise and perhaps was scared of, was that buying tickets on the day seemed to be an alright thing to do, we prepaid for ours out of fear that it would sell out and we wouldn’t be able to go. Maybe in the height of the Summer season, it would be a good idea but for this time of year (early June) it didn’t seem necessary.

The ferries are fast, it take’s around 25ish minutes to get to Capri from Sorrento, but it’s not a smooth ride, it’s rough and they do roll around a bit, these boats are built for speed, not a leisurely cruise, so if you get sea sick take some tablets beforehand!

 

Pulling into Capri, you’re greeted with a sight of colourful buildings, bright blue oceans and so many people, I honestly can’t imagine what it is like in the height of summer. Moving onwards to the next mistake we made, walking up to the town from Marina Grande. Don’t do it, just take the Funicular or the bus, it’s literally just 20 minutes of steep stairs and incline walking. It’s not fun and you’ll no longer look cute enough to take photos of yourself there. That walk was brutal it was hot and I’m unfit and I almost died, not to mention our morning was so rushed we hadn’t eaten or had any coffee so I was barely a human at the end of it, which meant the first thing we did was find a little restaurant to have some food and get some caffeine into our system. We settled on . what was probably Capri’s cheapest place to eat, I think we ended up spending about €50 on two pizzas, three espressos and a coke, be prepared for the inflated prices of Capri. We had about 6.5 hours between when we arrived and when the ferry we had booked home was and so we decided to take one of the tours around the island, where they show you tbe grottos and whatnot. Capri is famous for its Blue Grotto which I’m sure you’ve all seen photos of, however if you’re interested in going inside it make sure you check what the tides are like before you head over because the day we were there the tides were too high and you couldn’t get in. From what I heard, the day’s that it is open, if you’re on a tour you will sit there for at least an hour while everyone goes in and out so just be prepared for that.

 

Walking around the main town of Capri, you realise it’s set up for the rich, deisgner shops and exclusive hotels everywhere, waiters dressed head to toe in proper uniform’s which inculde matching shoes. It really is such a lovely city to just walk around and enjoy for what it is.

By about 4pm we were done and exhausted, however, our ferry back to Sorrento wasn’t until about 6:30pm so I thought I’d try our luck and head to the ticket booth and see if we could change our ferry for on that was about to leave, and luckily enough the nice man at the SNAV ticket counter let us exchange our ticket for an eariler ferry and we were off back into Sorrento.

Capri

So here’s the thing, Capri is beautiful but unless you’re staying on the island you’re probably going to need less time there than you think. Depending on whether or not the Blue Grotto is open and you do a boat tour you’ll really only need 4 hours there no longer, unless you’re up for some seriously expensive shopping! Which unfortuntely my bank account and I were not! There are other parts to the island, and they have buses that run all over Capri and Anacapri so there is more to do there than just what we did, however, we just wanted a day of chilling, seeing some things and swimming and to be honest the water was so rough that even at the beaches you really couldn’t swim and just chill which was slightly disappointing.

The Anxiety of Self Promotion

Just a quick post today, about something I really struggle with and honestly any advice anyone has to deal with this would be amazing.

They say in order to create a successful blog you need to promote it, here’s the thing though what happens, if like me you have such high anxiety about what people would think. It’s almost like I don’t want people I know to know about this blog in case they judge me or they make fun of me or something along those lines. I mean though this anxiety extends further like I honestly struggle to do things like posting on facebook groups I am apart of, I am constantly worried about someone saying something or upsetting someone or being wrong that I just stay silent and lurk.

I watch people who can just constantly promote themselves with what seems like no issue, whereas I’ve had to create a separate Instagram and Twitter in order to promote myself, accounts that no one I know, knows about which means I am starting entirely from scratch on all social platforms, instead of being able to use the following I’ve already got. I know that blog growth isn’t the main goal and I don’t need 100s of readers, but I mean, I guess it would be nice if someone read it hahaha.

I feel like this blog has helped me get over a slight amount of anxiety when it comes to posting on facebook groups or on a public forum space and I love being able to sit down and post on here, I could just never post it somewhere people I know could easily find me.

How do you guys deal with this sort of anxiety? Do you guys even get this?