It was Xmas day (25th December 2009) in Singapore when I took the flight to Australia. I needed to be in Sydney but with my pathetic budget, all I could get was a return flight to Melbourne. It cost me 600 bucks on Malaysian Airlines and surprisingly that was much cheaper than any budget flights offered. What’s the catch? I had to make a transit in Kuala Lumpur , which happens to be in the opposite the direction. That extended my flight experience by about 3 hrs each way…
The upside, I celebrated Xmas with random strangers on the plane and had the whole middle row of seats to myself, allowing me to sleep on a “bed”. Oh, and also not forgetting the gift that awaits me. 🙂
By the time I landed it was already Boxing Day. I felt a slight Jet lag somehow but managed to stay alert till my next flight to Sydney on Tiger Airways with the Girlfriend! Yeah, I planned the trip to spend my mid-year school break with Mariam who was studying in Australia. And I know I won’t get this chance again, ever…So off we go to Sydney!
Finally, I set foot on Sydney, New South Wales.First thing I noticed was neither the decor of the airport nor the duty free departments. I was actually very appalled with the number of Indians I came across since I stepped out of the plane. From the Immigrations officer to the Subway Sandwich stall staff. They were everywhere. Almost thought that I flew in to the wrong country but then again I guess it was a good thing for me as they were very hospitable when they recognized me to be another fellow Indian. It is probably sentiments of the same flag. 😉
There wasn’t much choice of in-flight meals on board the plane and hunger has really striked me. So I dragged Mariam to find me some food before I become the damsel in distress instead. And to my sweet surprise, we found Halal Subway! I had never imagined how Halal food was easily available in the airport itself. Especially when Mariam has always told me that it was difficult to find Moslem food in Australia. Though there is a major difference with how the Moslems handle their food over there. Like from the same kitchen and using the same utensils, they can provide you Halal food, ON REQUEST! It makes great business sense though I am sure many Moslems from my homeland will find this arrangement taboo. I am simply happy enough that I can enjoy a nice Subway Sandwich without feeling any guilt because it has a Halal stamp on the poster.