From Seoul to Incheon Airport Back to Singapore on Singapore Airlines - Economy Style and some Mini-Drama

Like I mentioned earlier on my post from Singapore to Seoul, airfare to South Korea on Singapore Airlines is not really cheap, but still possible when the timing is right. The average ticket costs about S$1000+ and it was over the budget (well, that would just mean spending less on the other things). Fortunately there was a promotion, so we managed to get the tickets at S$705! And yes, because it was on promotion the timing was a little early for my liking. The journey back to Singapore started at about 0600 in the morning. 

Having explored N(amsan) Tower the night before and seeing the sights, I was too hyped up to actually fall asleep. So while DramaQueen dozed away, I was actually packing and re-packing until it was time to leave for the airport! I guess the adrenaline was keeping me awake because once I was on the plane I was totally knocked out! 

Getting a taxi in the wee morning in Seoul from Lina's Loft was easy. The moment we were on the curb, we spotted a cab and hopped on. One good thing to note is to remember the name of Incheon Airport in Korean. I just told the driver "인천 공항" (In-chi-on Gong Hang). Do note that you would have to give/prepare additional for the Incheon Bridge tollgate fee (~7,700 won). The standard fare from may cost from 60,000 to as much as 80,000 won and may vary depending on your destination. It cost us 54,000 won to reach the airport that morning. 

Incheon Airport
At the SIA counter to check in and get our tickets
Incheon Airport
After checking in the luggage we made our way to immigration
Incheon Airport
It was here that the mini-drama began to unfold, along with some panicking and running about

One bad thing about packing (and re-packing) only being sustained by adrenaline (well, actually it was more of the lack of sleep ha) is making mistakes. I remember my friend telling me that facial products (e.g. toners, washes etc...) should be in the checked in luggage not in the carry luggage, else they would be confiscated. Needless to say, some mini-drama ensued when we arrived at the airport with the facial products in the wrong luggage. It was an experience meant to be experienced only once and a humbling experience. Thank God the airport staff were polite and nice, even leading me to the right place to check-in the luggage. They must have encountered so many similar situations, but they were professional and re-assuring throughout.

So while I was running on adrenaline remedying the silly mistake, a blurry eyed DramaQueen waited for me inside immigration. It was my first time having a special pass to go out of immigration and enter in again from the 'special' entrance by passing the already growing queue (there went my effort to try to get to the airport early to explore). Nevertheless, the problem was resolved and we made out way pass immigration towards the departure terminal. But before that, we stopped by the tax  refund corner to get back the refunds in cash. It was a simple and fast process, and thankfully not much of a queue at that time. The terminal was further than I though, since we had to take a shuttle and it seemed like forever to arrive, but we arrived in good time.

As with my previous experience with Singapore Airlines (to Paris), when it was time for boarding passengers were called in and orderly fashion: the First Class, Business Class, PPS, followed by Economy Class passengers with families, then Economy Class passengers (section by section). It wasn't long before we were on the plane and ready to fly back home. The journey back was pleasant and the stewards and stewardesses on board were attentive and helpful (and also very smiley, which was nice).

Incheon Airport Singapore Airlines
Some seats and the entertainment system! Really a wonderful thing ^^ I even managed to catch Monster Hotel Transylvania while catching up on my sleep.
Incheon Airport Singapore Airlines
Along with the usual pillow and blanket package. With the entertainment system, it definitely beats budget!
Incheon Airport Singapore Airlines
Ready for take off!
Incheon Airport Singapore Airlines
But not before checking out what was going to be for brunch!
Incheon Airport Singapore Airlines
Panfried chicken in mushroom sauce served by the friendly steward and stewardess on board
Incheon Airport Singapore Airlines
Along with sometime with a Korean Flavor Kimchi Pork and rice with slices of toufu
Incheon Airport Singapore Airlines
This would have to be my absolute favorite part of the meal! Cheesecake ice-cream

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