Mention helicopter and the first thing that will come to my mind will be the Bell Helicopter or the Nuri of the Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia that hover above in the skies during my younger days. I never thought that some of my official journeys would put me in one of these flying machines. So when I finally did fly in one, there was no time to think. In my heart I was terrified of helicopter rides. In fact I have never been in one throughout my life. But when its part of one's duty, you just have to think positive - and pray hard.
I suppose the air above this land of Hornbill is also Celcom Territory. I was able to SMS and MMS to my family throughout the flight. Maybe it was out of the need to feel connected because I was scared and wanted to focus on something else - just wanted to occupy my thoughts on other things and not on the fact that we are two to ten kilometres above land
Bintangor from up above
Sarikei - the almost completed Nyelong Bridge
Flying over Saratok - Betong area (wondering where this is) UNIMAS new campus and the Sarawak International Medical Centre
Jalan Song area
Tabuan Dayak area
Tabuan Jaya - Ibraco HQ in sight
Bangunan Sultan Izkandar Another view of Bangunan Sultan Izkandar at Simpang Tiga - if you can find where Swinburne University is and the EPF building is tHe Spring - Kuching's latest landmark
Kuching Municipal Flats - Ban Hock Road
Padungan Road - Kuching Park and Kingwood Inn in view
Can you make out the MAS Office building?
Holiday Inn and Riverbank Suite Hilton & Kuching Waterfront
The new Dewan Undangan Negeri Building
Tips needed to enjoy a helicopter ride for guys: Don't drink or eat too much before the flight. There is no washroom in a helicopter and neither can it land at the nearest washroom. If you have to pass water, you will have to bring a large empty bottle to pee in. If the passenger across you is a lady or you are in company of ladies in the heli, I supposed you have to hold your breath till you turn blue.