Sunday, May 01, 2011

Chapter 258 - Fly to Seoul Part I

What a wonderful trip. South Korea is magnificent! I wish to visit it again some other time. Maybe next time, I'll be going with my wife and kid ^o^

But Im not sure whether the wife want to visit there again. It was a slight nightmare for her as Seoul is an adventurous terrain. A lot of hills, subway stairs and scarcity of Halal food. I've been there for 7 days and throughout it, no meat consumed. It weakens the body a bit. Apart from that, it is a beautiful place. Unfortunately, I was there during the season shift. So it was neither spring nor winter. Flowers still in their buds. Slight chill from the winter still lingering in the air.

My flight is at 1355. Going from Kota Damansara to the LCCT is so much easier these days as there is a shuttle service from OU. Tickets were purchased somewhere in last August, and I booked for the economic seat. Well, it is either economic or premium for AirAsia, right? Lucky for us, the flight was good. Bit of airpocket, but not too serious. Arrived in Incheon at 2115, and as per mentioned by the captain, "the weather is good with temperature of 3 degree celcius". It is a 3 friggin celcius!! Upon arrival, we fetched our luggage and head straight to the Info booth. I showed the hotel booking slip, and the info lady called the hotel for us. I spoke to the hotel dude and we arranged to meet somewhere in the airport within 10 minutes. Though these people speaks english, but it is still hard for us to understand them. Their slangs and grammar pretty much need to be deciphered. Well, it didnt went well. We waited at arrival floor, while he was at departure. It is pretty a common sense that we were at arrival, since we just arrived. No harm done, we still excited just being there.. waiting. Haha. The dude was actually nice and friendly. The drive took about 5 minutes and while on it, we chatted. He told us that it was snowing the day before and it is very rare to snow past winter. We stayed at Incheon Airport Guest House. The guest house is an apartment actually. It was a pleasant stay indeed. View of Incheon Airport from the room, complete amenities provided and so much clean. I went down to buy some juice as we only took out mineral water from the plane. There were frozen icicles on the streets from the snow yesterday and better to watch where Im stepping on.

Arriving at the Airport

Pasangan Nike

Thirst quencher

Remains of the snow

Me looking for WiFi at the Guest House

We had a good night sleep and woke early. Anxious to meet Seoul, but our shuttle to the airport is scheduled at 1045. So, me and wife went to strolled on the streets. The sun and the chill just hit the spot. There is actually nothing to see and visit around the guest house. We just walked for about 15-20 minutes and went back to the room after we bought a bread loaf and Nestle Choco 3 in 1. Breakfast was roti cecah choco. We packed our bag and head to the parking lot for the shuttle. We shared the MPV with 2 other local tourists. Arriving at the airport, we straight went to the Airport Railroad. We got 2 free T-Money card from the Info booth and just reloaded some money in it at the 7E. T-Money serves just like Touch n' Go or Octopus Card. There are 2 kind of trains to pick for. 1st is a direct train to Seoul Station, and 2nd making couple of stops until Seoul Station. The 1st one is more expensive than the latter. No rush needed, so we took the latter train.


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