Trip to Chennai, India (Nov 4 – 17, 2007) – Day 1 & 2

November 6, 2007 kAcAng

4 days into my job, I was sent to Chennai, India for two weeks training. It was not a place I wanted to go but it’s not my call to say no unless I say NO to the job.

My flight was scheduled to leave at 8.05pm, Nov 4 but it was delayed for 2.5 hours. I was so hungry as it was dinner time, all passengers were given a meal voucher to eat at some restaurants in KLIA. So, I went to an Italian restaurant for a quick pasta and headed back to Gate C14. At the time they were announcing their final call to flight MH 180 to Chennai. But they didn’t board us until 9.30pm. The flight finally took off at 10.30pm. An Indian guy was seated next to me. We chatted for a while. He was going to Chennai to accompany his in-laws that have never been to Malaysia. It would be their first time.

I was so tired, so I dozed off as soon as the flying wasn’t so bumpy. I skipped ‘dinner’ which was served at almost midnight. I didn’t sleep well tho, until the plane touched down at the Chennai International airport at 2.15am (11.45pm Chennai time). After the immigration check point, I waited about half an hour for my check-in baggage. As I was walking out from the airport, I saw a whole village of Indians. I’ve never seen so many of them before. The journey to Asiana hotel took about 40 minutes. By the time I’m settled in the hotel, I was exhausted but couldn’t sleep. So, I switched on the tv, flipped the channels, and finally dozed off in the wee hours.

Day 1
I woke up at 6am CT (Chennai Time), took shower, packed my bagpack and went down to Caramel restaurant for breakfast. I had American breakfast. Then went to the office by the courtesy car provided by the hotel. I had ‘vegetarian’ lunch in the cafeteria in the office building that cost 29 rupees (about RM2.50). I was expecting to see lots of vegetables but I was wrong, all I saw was RICE, RICE and RICE. There were sweet rice, sambar rice (rice with curry) and white rice, with some potatoes, sourish gravy, dal, and some rice crackers. First lunch at Karapakkam’s office

Gosh…I’ve never had so much rice in a meal! So, I decided to dine in the hotel during dinner. I ordered the hotel’s club sandwich for dinner, the fries was the best I’ve ever tasted. As I was having my dinner, I called home via Skype to talk to my family. All my son asked was ‘Mummy, got Thomas and friends or not?‘ JT was spending her second night with the nanny so I didn’t get to hear her voice. I miss them very much but I’m glad that they are doing ok without me.

Day 2
I woke up at 7am, brushed up and walked down to Caramel for b’fast. Again, I had the American breakfast but with no eggs since I had eggs yesterday. The day went by with peace. The only thing unusual was the office pick-up wasn’t there on time and I got panicked. It was 20 minutes late! But the driver, Bhaskar, was very chatty and friendly. He speaks quite well. So, we chatted on the way back to the hotel. When we got back, the hotel was experiencing a power failure. Good thing it has a generator, so the guests need not worry about it. I headed straight to Caramel for dinner. I had Chicken Chettinad, a spicy chicken in gravy served with steamed rice. Yum! Dinner was excellent altho it was a little spicy, the rice was superb!

As usual, I talked to my family via Skype for a while. It’s about time I should hit the sack now. My eyes are tired. Nite, nite!

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  • 1. squ33z3  |  November 7, 2007 at 6:38 am

    HEHEHHE, with that amount of rice you’re eating, you’re gonna be one round ball when you come back to Msia. HEHEHEHEHHEHEHE….

  • 2. squ33z3  |  November 7, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Oh, and I forgot to wish you HAPPY DEEPAVALI. HAHAHAHAHA…………………

  • 3. atti2de  |  November 7, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Glad to hear you’re okay. Enjoy the rice dishes… and a Happy Deepavali to you! HAHAHA

  • 4. kacang  |  November 7, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Yeah, I know. I will only had that much rice ONCE. Happy Deepavali to you gals too!


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