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Trip to KL, Day 1.5: Welcome to Jetlag

I bolted awake at 3AM this morning. The connecting flight from Taipei yesterday happened in a startlingly newer plane than the one from SFO. For a start, it had the nicer seats with back support, and had the little TV screens with in-flight entertainment on-demand. Even the food was better. It was presented in an appetizing manner (read: didn't look like patients' dinners from a public hospital) and wasn't nearly so awfully microwaved-flavoured. Unfortunately, scanner_darkly got a regular aisle seat, which gave him zero leg room and had him hunched forward for 5 hours. He was unable to enjoy the added back support, and had no real means to lean back. By the time we arrived in KL, he was in chronically bad back pain.

My mother greeted us at the airport. In her bustling, mommy way, she immediately got us bottles of water and coffee and made us sit down and wanted to make sure we were absolutely comfortable and got lost on the way to the elevators to the carpark, and was altogether very sweet and welcoming. My father arrived from his flight out of Bangkok about 15 minutes later. Dad was also very welcoming, but wanted all our attention now, and needed to show us his latest odd gadget and insisted on driving after skipping 3 time zones and having a total of 5 hours sleep in the last 3 days and got lost on the way to the city from the airport and has trouble reading signage and drove in a scary manner. My parents almost immediately began working together in their peculiarly cohesive yet divisive manner in the car, while Seth was straining to listen to their questions over his back pain and I just got rapidly irritated and sarcastic, as much as I would prefer not to react that way to my parents.

The hotel room we got was sweet. It's surprisingly roomy, very well-lit and the tub is most awesome to people with repetitive desk job injuries. We had to shell out extra for a King-sized bed so Seth would have leg space, but the same room came with a view of KLCC's garden and the Twin Towers in its full, shiny glory. It also came with free breakfast at the hotel's restaurant every morning of our stay -- which, as we discovered this morning, was an excellent buffet breakfast, with a wide variety of foods to cater to every taste. They had chawan mushi, four different kinds of rice congee with trimmings (kimchi! crullers!), cold soba and soup noodles, among all the regular things like eggs, yoghurts and breads. Seth and I both had very good waffle, crisp throughout, with just enough bite in the middle. I had to have congee. My throat was too constricted not to have something that comfortingly smooth to swallow. I got a nice, large pot of tea (none of that skimpy one-person round pot business) to go with. It's good to have breakfast that makes you feel healed.

We leave for the airport again in about half an hour. My parents have us set up for Sabah, so the next time I write, I'll likely be holed up at a beach resort somewhere. We return to KL in 3 days. Goodness, trains, planes and tea ceremonies. I saw the dresses Mom will have me in yesterday. They're pretty, the husband thinks they're elegant and lady-like, but dresses. I think my mother takes far too much pleasure in dressing me up like a girl.


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May. 13th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
haha your parents sounds so cute! ^____^!
May. 14th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
They are. :)
May. 13th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
Photos! Of Everything!
May. 14th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Photos! We took 'em! Though he put them up first.
May. 14th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Your facebookery is locked to me, for I am not a facebooker.
May. 18th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Oh gnoez! I'll need to poke around and see if I have some kind of photo-trimming programme about, and start posting photos to LJ.
May. 18th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'll make Maggie show me. She's of the facebooking.
May. 19th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for Maggie of the facebooking!
May. 13th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
I'll be flying for about 12 hours this Summer...
And this is my first flight...
I hope my legs and back won't give up XD

And I hope jetlag won't take too much to go away, my vacation is short and I'd like to enjoy it fully (-.-)
May. 14th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
So long you get some sleep on the flight, it's not so bad. The worst is trying to find a comfortable way to sleep sitting up in the seats on the plane.

Jetlag is sometimes not so bad too, especially if you end up waking up early in the morning. It means you'll get to see lots of things before other people are awake! You're heading to Japan, right? (Sorry, your posts have been mostly in Italian lately, so I can only sort of get bits and pieces of it!)
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