23 December 2016

Christmas in the Middle East!

ERL KLIA Transit
Sentral Railway Station
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Coordinates: 3.134160, 101.686569

It’s the eve of Christmas Eve and indeed, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is upon us and we can hardly contain our excitement as we get ready and prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

My sister Ginny and her husband Vincent (Sern for short) have invited us to spend Christmas with them in the United Arab Emirates. We could hardly believe our ears, and I cannot stop pinching myself.

Our flight to Abu Dhabi departs at 2:35AM from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and is due to land at 6:10 AM in Abu Dhabi. Since we’re four hours ahead of Abu Dhabi the flight will actually take us seven and a half hours. Oh my, the longest I’ve been on a plane is less than two hours and a feeling of trepidation crept in.

Brendan is not new to this, having been to Abu Dhabi on two separate occasions. Once on his own (when he was twelve years old, and was treated like royalty throughout his flight) and once with my other sister Vivien and her husband David when they went vacationing to Dubai a few years back.

Extremely eager and excited, we actually reached the KL Sentral Railway station by 9:00pm and quickly checked in our luggage at the Etihad counter there. We boarded the Express Rail Link (ERL) headed to KLIA at about 9:30pm feeling tremendously enthusiastic.

we boarded the ERL
as the excitement builds



here's to a safe flight

In less than an hour we reached KLIA, and with practically four hours to burn we sat at a café anxiously awaiting our turn to board.




From this point onwards there were no photos taken, especially once we got to the gate to board. The flight was very relaxed and uneventful with little turbulence which calmed me down somewhat.

We touched down in Abu Dhabi a quarter to six in the morning, and by the time we collected our luggage (intact), cleared immigration and customs it was almost 7:00am.

I’ve never flown long distance before but due to the excitement I guess I wasn’t feeling the effects of jet-lag. We saw Ginny and Sern’s beaming faces at the arrival hall and knew in our hearts that the adventure of our lifetime awaits!

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