After 4 planes and many hours of waiting in between, I finally stepped out of the Penang International Airport at 3.30pm on Tuesday, 1 November 2011. That's a total of 40 hours of traveling!
The actual flight time was only about 32.5 hours. The rest of the time was spent waiting in transit. We even had to spend a night in Manila because there was no connecting flight to KL when we arrived at 5pm.
To complicate matters, Hawaiian Airlines would not hold luggage for more than 4 hours so we could not check through our luggage all the way back to Malaysia. We had to collect our luggage and check-in again the next morning at 4am!
That was the start of our problem. We were only allowed 1 piece of luggage weighing 20 kg per person on Malaysia Airlines whereas we checked in 2 pieces of luggage on Hawaiian Airlines from Maui to Manila.
Malaysia Airlines wanted to charge us for excess weight. Thank God for steady Jean who stood her ground and went on like a broken record insisting that they allow us to check in 2 pieces of luggage each because we were coming in from the US. They finally gave up and she got her way. Kudos to Jean!
Moral of the story: It pays to trust in the Lord, persevere and have two ohers pray while you fight the battle. Reminds me of Joshua and Hur holding up the hands of Moses.
2 pcs check-in luggage + 1 pc hand carry per person
for the 3 of us added up to a huge mountain of luggage
All that's left of our luggage after we won the check-in battle.
That's super steady Jean with me.
Last snapshot of the 3 Haggaians at KLIA before Jean left
to collect her luggage. Boey and I had a 3-hour wait
for our flight to Penang.