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The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland

September 2017

Right out of Edinburgh airport, the first attraction on our itinerary is a visit the Kelpies located in Falkirk about 19 miles away. The Kelpies are two 30 metre high horse-head sculptures made of stainless steel. Each weighs 300 tons and took only 90 days to erect. They are the largest equine sculptures in the world. After a ½ hour drive, we reached the Kelpies.

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Towering over the greens as seen from the car park.

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Pathway from the car park to the Kelpies.

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Side view of one of the horse’s head from the canal.

The Kelpies is part of ‘The Helix’, a land transformation project to improve the connections between and around 16 communities in Falkirk district. It’s a unique outdoor space that includes woodland, canals, a central park with lagoon and a network of cycle paths, walkways, ‘The Kelpies’ and another piece of engineering marvel, ‘The Falkirk Wheel’ which we will be visiting next.

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The canal along side the Kelpies.

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Vegetation along the canal.

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The fragile vegetation and the stainless steel Kelpies.

The Kelpies is set in a beautiful park standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron. Entrance is free. Parking nearby the sculptures cost £3, otherwise free parking is 15 minutes walk away. The sculptures are a wonderful feat of engineering towering from the ground up. We visited during the day but have read that they are lit at night which would be even more spectacular. Tours are conducted that will take you inside the sculptures at a price, of-course.

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From afar, the grass surrounding the Kelpies.

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Small group of visitors during our visit. Expect large crowd during rest days.

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A sense of dimension with a couple of people standing at it’s base.

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From a different angle.

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The Kelpies are almost surrounded by water.

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Close-up of one of the Kelpies.

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Another close-up view.

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Magnificent piece of art or is it engineering.

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The two horse’s head as seen from inside the cafe.

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Edinburgh airport

Scotland, United Kingdom

September 2017

Scotland is our road-trip destination this year. Flying Turkish Airlines form Kuala Lumpur takes 10 hours & 40 minutes to reach Istanbul with a transit time of 2 hours and 5 minutes before proceeding to Edinburgh for a further 4 hours 25 minutes of flying. It was a misty morning when we landed at Edinburgh airport at 9:45 a.m. In Scotland, road-trip will cover Glasgow, the highlands, Isle of Skye and ending our road trip in Edinburgh.

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Baggage drop at KLIA.

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Waiting for our bags at the carousel, Edinburgh airport.

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As the sign says.

First thing after arrival was to get our rented car. All car rental companies are situated in a dedicated building about 5 minutes walk from the terminal where you’ll walk under a covered walkway. Once rental documentation finalised, we were handed a 5 door Hyundai i20. Quite a nimble right hand drive, manual car. No problem driving as in our country, vehicles are also right hand driven. As my own car is also in manual drive, we just need to set our ‘HERE We Go’ offline map & GPS apps and we are set to roll.

NOTE: Malaysian driving license is valid in UK. You do not need an international driving license. If you have the new license with English translation, you do not require to obtain an official translation from JPJ.

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Way to the car rental centre.

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You’ll only see this after the ‘Airlink 100’ bus pick-up point. It’s located between the terminal exit & the car rental centre. The tram stop is close by to this location, just a little further down.

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Side entrance to the terminal.

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Approaching the car rental centre building.

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The ATC tower as seen from the car rental centre.

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The Hyundai i20

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Paperwork for car rental completed.

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A hefty price to pay.

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Starting odometer – 2328.

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Off we go.

If you require to get into Edinburgh by public transport, you could either take the ‘Airlink 100’ bus which waits just after the airport exit to your left or the tram situated further down between the exit & the car rental centre. The ‘Airlink 100’ bus would cost you £4.50 whilst the tram £5.50

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The ‘Airlink 100’ bus to Edinburgh town, located to the left of the terminal exit.

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Other buses stop to the right of the terminal exit.

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The tram stop before the rental car centre.

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An empty tram waiting for passengers.

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MH124 PER-KUL Business Class

MH124 PER-KUL Business Class

October 2016

After 10 nights in Perth/Western Australia and 7 days on the road, it’s time to return to Kuala Lumpur. Although we flew Economy into Perth, we flew Business on our return. On this flight, there were 16 passengers out of the possible 27 in Business. The check-in was a matter of walking up to the counter and be attended to immediately. Our MAS A330-300 flight departs at 3.50 p.m. and arrives Kuala Lumpur at 9.30 p.m. Perth & Kuala Lumpur is in the same time zone.

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Business class check-in, Perth T1 airport.

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On-time departure.

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Mind your business.

A short while after airborne, lunch is served. It starts with MAS signature dish, satay. Coming from a family in the satay business ourselves (previously), the chicken satay was tender and good. The peanut sauce can definitely be enhanced. For appetizer, poached prawns was served followed by the main course, pan-seared chicken breast with mashed potato and vegetables. Dessert was ice-cream (very nice), cake & fruits. And in-between, there were nuts and endless fruit juice.

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Lunch menu.

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Fruit juice and plain water served in glassware. No plastics.

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MAS signature dish, chicken satay, cucumber and peanut sauce.

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Appetizer, selection of bread and fruits. Foods served on real plates.

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The main course, chicken breast with vegetables.

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This mango ice cream originating from Australia was really nice.

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Business class seats towards the back. You get a sort of ‘mini cabin’ to yourself.

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The leg room that goes under the seat of the front passenger. This allows you to fully stretch in reclined position.

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A 1-2-2 configuration on some rows and a 1-2-1 on others. Note the leg room.

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Lights dimmed, seat fully reclined flat and time to doze off till we arrive in KUL.

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Credit:Malaysia Airlines

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Goodbye Western Australia. Perth aerial view.

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Priority luggage tagging. Luggage was already on the carousel in KUL when we came to pick it up.

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