Selamat Datang

"Selamat Datang" is what Malaysians say to welcome their visitors.  It's like "Mabuhay" for us Filipinos.  There's just something about Selamat Datang.  Everytime i hear it I really feel the sincerity of the greeting. 

Last June 29, I flew to Kuala Lumpur upon the invitation of Tourism Malaysia.  I was part of a group invited to witness the opening of Floria 2012, Malaysia's biggest garden show, and Magic of the Night, a spectacular fluvial parade held in Putrajaya.

I flew to KL on Malaysia Airlines(MH).  The last time I took this airline was way back in 2007 when I went to Langkawi.  The aircraft then was an A330.  The inflight service was good but I was a bit surprised when i found out that there were no individual PTVs.  Five years forward my whole flying experience with MH changed totally, for the better of course.  This time the aircraft was a brand new B737-800.  A very powerful bird with a spacious cabin.  Check in was quick and easy.  The flight departed on schedule.  The leather seats had a wide pitch providing full comfort.  The meal service was good.  I liked that it came with a bar of chocolate.  However, what truly amazed me was the inflight entertainment.  Each seat was provided with an individual PTV.  The entertainment menu was varied, catering to all sorts of passengers - young and old, Asian or westerner alike.  During the four hour flight, I chose to watch the Wrath of the Titans, a movie that I missed when it was shown rcently in the cinemas.  I almost forgot to mention that upon boarding the aircraft a lovely flight attendant wearing a traditional Malay dress greeted me Selamat Datang and from this time on I knew that this trip would be an experience in a Truly Asia fashion.

 (L-R, top to bottom: In-flight meal, MH Check-in counter at NAIA, MH exterior/livery, MH interiors, my travel docs, In-flight entertainment.

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