#2 Backpack me : You don't need a Gym Membership, just walk around Kuala Lumpur International Airport

in #travel3 years ago (edited)

I was thinking about getting a gym membership but after I landed in KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Aiport) I don't think I'll need a gym membership.

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I previously had the thought to sign up a gym membership cause I want to get back in shape after whaling myself - eating excessively for the last couple of days. But then, I already booked flight to Malaysia so I dropped the plan.

This is a bit funny for myself because the round trip flight from where I am currently residing to Kuala Lumpur cost the same as a monthly gym membership. It was roughly about 90$. And I will tell you why going to KL is better than the gym membership especially if you're random and irregular visitor like I do.

It was actually a short flight; 2,5 hours but because everyone can fly, they delayed it up to about 6,5 hours where I have to wait at the airport surrounded by people who spoke in a distinct language. So I was just sitting at the airport hearing the chatter, watching people's gestures and seeing them moving around. It was a bit boring until the flight attendant's were telling that we're going to be on board. As many of the passenger were exhausted, the crowd cheered the announcement and soon lined up to get their ticket checked. Also,Prior to my arrival, I texted @joannewong and @aaronleang about my departure time so they would arrive when I landed.

Long short story, I arrived in KLIA. I was very happy that it landed safely despite the bump here and there. And as I got off from the alley connector between the flight and the airport, I was completely clueless and mesmerized by the massiveness of it.

Then, while I walked toward the exit, I kept on telling Z " look, I don't need gym membership. I can come here once every 2 week and get myself in shape and have some fun" I said.

Okay, so I don't know what they call that but to me it looks like an escalator and I encountered couple of them. I tried to be tough by walking on the normal pathway but man, It was really exhausting. So I decided to just stand comfortably until I I finally reached the immigration counter.

On the immigration counter , the lady was very nice. She didn't ask anything and just stamped my passport. Then, I soon find myself mesmerized by gift shops and people. It got me very anxious to be in the crowd. Chattering here and there, people moving around, it was such a lively place.

Then I texted @joannewong that I had arrived at nearby the simcard counter as I had to purchase an Internet plan. I was purchasing an internet plan from Digi that cost me 20 MYR ( 5$) for 7 days which again the same cost at where I live with almost the similar plan.

But, I was very stupid that I didn't ask the guy to help me put it on my phone.So I was struggling with the Wifi and the connection. Based on my experience, there are certain spots that can only catch the Wifi so always make sure you do all the Internet activities there i.e Pickup service and stuff there and have some fixed place to meet.

So, I told Joanne that I was lost! I didn't know where I was other than after getting the simcard, I was distracted with subway. It's like I tried everything but subway. That time, I had the opportunity to eat it as I was also starving.

I am not huge on food picture but that picture was taken because I wanted to show off my best friend that I finally tried subway. I got a half sized sandwich that cost about 14 MYR ( 3,54). Well I'll tell you, I still can't understand the currency. I thought everything was like cheap because back home, everything cost like 10000, 50000 and with zeros I can't even imagine. So downsizing the zero made it look like cheap but actually it's not.

I actually freaked out a bit because I couldn't find the exit gate and I didn't know where I was or what name was it. So, went to the ATM to only find out my main card was denied. My primary bank account is always a troublesome. I might have to stop using that and open account elsewhere. however, I didn't freak out that much as I had exchange some cash back home. But I was just pissed because the bank said I could withdraw anywhere and that was a bollock.

I found myself nowhere and I was like, uh where was I. Then I decided to go back to digistore and there I saw joanne looking at her phone back and forth to make sure she was seeing me.

" Joanne!" I asked

" macchiata!" she exclaimed

Then I shook her hands and we talked and walked towards the exit gate. There I saw Aaron was on the car and we hopped in. They were giving me such a nice hospitality. Being on a foreign land, feeling like a lost puppy in a massive airport, they were such a great help and I feel very blessed.

It was such a good exercise, walking from the start to the exit. If you need a heavy exercise you can run a round, jog or maybe plank. Since the backpack is usually heavy, you can consider that as lifting weight while running, walking or jogging. Or you can also do a brisk walk around the airport - window shopping.All in all, you only need KLIA not a gym membership.

Then, Joanne and Aaron drove me to the hostel where I was staying which turned into a rather nightmare. I'll tell you more about that in the next series.

Cheers to many more flights,
With love, @macchiata

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Cheers !

I think they call that thing a "travelator"... which is a silly name really. "Moving walkway" is probably a better name. Sounds like you can have an adventure without even leaving the airport. Safe travels!

@churdtzu,
For a person like me, as simple as shopping mall and airport can be an adventure itself. The other day I got stuck in H&M store for about 3 hours just because I can't find the exit door ! and it was such a maze.

Loved the food pic! You're a natural!! :)

@elteamgordo, I am not a professional and that I don't have the habit of taking picture of my food. So i was like " sure yeah, let's just take the plastic bag picture"

Can't agree more with the walking distance in the airport to the exit! Glad to meet you in the Myjuniors event :D Keep in touch and stay awesome <3

@notimetospace, I am so looking forward your posts about where to eat and visit in Malaysia!
It was such a short trip and I wanted to do more because the hospitality that I've received.
Please keep in touch and you too stay awesome! <3

Wew... You really have fun!

@mariska.lubis, well this was just the very beginning. I'll be writing more of it soon :D

haha, for the uninformed, KLIA can be a maze! Yup, I figured if you fly in and out on a daily basis from that airport, you'll get all the 10,000 steps you need!

@maverickfoo, I was dead tired and I had to walk, so I kinda bitch about all of that. Now I figured, it wasn't that far and I can pretty find things easily if I am not tired :D

since I had map everything in my head about the airport, next time in my visit, I am sure I'll find things more easily!

Ah, but then you'll loose your "gym membership"! haha. Hope to catch you the next time you're in KL.

@maverickfoo, definitely! because your event were actually the one I use to read!

so next time I hope to catch you and learn how to teach people about steemit without sounding too lunatic about it. It is a bit problematic for me because whenever I go, I try to approach and talk people about steemit but in the end, the look at me like I am some nuts.

Have a great day!

Walking from one point to another point along the city can be an alternative to the gym. Especially if you carry heavy luggage, wandering is quite interesting as well.

Lost and confused at the airport, it happens to the best of us!

Most airports in big cities are huge and we faced this at KLIA too back in August. Lots of walking as we believe they put all the Air Asia/low cost airlines and regionally flights the further away. It's their saying of 'You get what you paid for' hahaha and the Qatar/Emirates/Singapore flights come in right where the immigration queue is. We're just kidding, but there must be some logic to it.

We're glad you found Joanne in the end and hope you are enjoying your time with her and Aaron :)

@travelling-two You're right! it doesn't matter but I was tired since my flight was delayed for 6.5 hours.Dead tired and then I had to walk to reach the immigration; that wasn't fun. Anyhow now I can map out the airport pretty well so next time, I am sure I won't get lost!

It was such a relief I finally found Jjoanne! Stay tuned for more of my fun stories, tho some like @nomadicsoul, @aaronleang even @zord189 have written about it but I am sure you'd like to read my perspective :D

I like reading everyone's different perspectives of the same event! It's super cool

A night at the airport is a fun experience (said no one) and you would have had a story to write at least!

We'll look out for your fun travel stories and hey, it's your perspective and the way you write makes you unique from everyone else. Take inspiration and learning from others, but don't compare yourself, be you!

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Haha, times flies and you'll be heading home tomorrow already... I hope you enjoyed your time in Malaysia and do come back to visit us k?

@zord189, now I'll remember your ID perfectly. Thank you for hosting me during my stay in Malaysia. It was a great experience meeting you in person. You're such a cheerful and fun to be with!! I'll definitely come back to Malaysia very soon!

I had a good time meeting you too! And to think that your all-inclusive trip costs 150$..... You can spend more on food next time. :D

Lol try an international flight at KLIA2 and ull feel like running a marathon! Lol hope you had fun in KL! :)

@kymio, Oh you're right and that was slight terrible since I was very sleepy and grumpy. Well it's good that I can visit anytime :D I enjoyed my stay because the food are super good and delicious not to mention it was also cheap!

Hahaha, agree with your title! Walk 2 - 3 hours can reach 5,000 steps because it is so big and can get lost easily. It happened to myself too, lost in KLIA 2. Can't find where is the exit and it is too far away from the arrival hall.

No, you're not stupid. It is just an experience. Looking forward to have you back in Malaysia again. :)

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well good writing i mean like this

Hahaha plank!

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