Published: July 3rd 2012June 17th 2012
It was 2.30am, the voice from 2guys talking in other room woken Me up. The room is ok, but the wall is too thin to keep the voice in their room. Luckily it is not too long as I fell to sleep again after 30 minutes.
5.30am I am ready to leave the hotel as we were planned to leave for airport by 6am. I walk to reception desk and checked out. The restaurant still not open according to the restaurant staff,the restaurant will open at 6.30 for breakfast. What a late opening for a business hotel cause most people staying here are on transit.I find out that I am the 1st person to check out from my group, so I need to wait for the other to come.
6.15 am, everyone is checked out. Without waiting any other minutes We are heading straight to Airport. Mas Wings in KKIA encourage it's passenger to use self check in machine. I can see most of Mas Wings check in counter only accepting bagage drop. They don't accept passenger that haven't checked in using the machine. It is making less people queuing on check in counter, but the bad side is
some people meade another people waiting abit longer on self check in counter because the person need time to addapt and understand how to use the machine.
Because none of Us had breakfast in the hotel this morning. So we take a short stop in Restaurant Asian Delight KKIA for a drink and sandwich. The flight to Tawau depart on time. The cabin crew serving drink and peanut on board. There are 7 flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau. We take the first flight t 7.25am with a stop in Sandakan (other flight are direct). Because it is a morning flight, most of the passenger holding news paper on their hand. I can't read the news paper longer than 6minutes. My eyes feel tired and I fell to sleep soon.
I woken up when the aircraft flying lower when approaching Sandakan Airport. And my eyes opened wider when the Aircraft touching down the runway, it is a bit rough but i am not sure if it is because of the run way or the pilot or the wheather.
Sandakan Airport is a small sized one. surounded by palm field as Malaysia famous with it's palm oil. The
airplane stoped for about 30minutes to drop some passengers and load some others. For passenger with Tawau as their last destination, not allowed to leave the airplane. I feel boring to seat there, so I use this chance to go out of plane and roaming around the airport building.
The flight continue flying to Tawau, drink served again in this flight,but I've got none because I was fell to sleep again until a few minutes before landing.
Tawau Airport is as small as Sandakan, but the traffic seems bussier than Sandakan Airport. I can see a MAS Boeing 737 on the gate and an Airasia plane landing not long after we landed there.
Only 25 minutes in Tawau, We board again to the plane bound to Tarakan. The flight is using the same airplane and We also meet the same cabin crew. Not bad for a new destination, the flight to Tarakan was full that day.
10.40am, We arrived in Tarakan. The airport still do not have airbridge, a bus taking Us to the terminal building. the arrival hall is too small even for small aircraft passengers like MAS Wings ATR. A local represantative from local
MAS Wings GSA waiting for Us in the arrival hall. He bring Us to a bus that took Us to Tarakan Plaza Hotel where We will spend Our 2night in Tarakan.
Lunch is provided in the hotel, but I went out and take "sop Konro" from nearby restaurant.