Saturday, March 22, 2008 & Sunday, March 23, 2008
Edmonton – Vancouver –
Seoul – Singapore - Perth
Edmonton - 4 degrees
Seoul - 7c cool & rainy
Singapore - 27c hot & humid
Woke up around 7:00am - ready to start our adventure. We fed the
cat, had some breakfast and got ourselves ready. At 10:00, our driver
(Walter) picked us up for our 11:30 flight from Edmonton. We had a bit
of a glitch when checking in. Apparently we did not have our
Australian entry visas associated with our passports - even though Aeroplan
had told us that they had submitted our visa application months ago when we
originally booked our tickets. (they had said that if they submitted
the visa application through them, it wouldn't cost us anything - otherwise
it would cost $25 if we did it at the airport). So, needless to say,
we were a little surprised that Aeroplan hadn't actually done this.
The nice Air Canada agent (Ian) was very helpful and submitted our visa for
us (it cost $25 each). But, it's a small price to pay so that
Australian Customs didn't refuse our entry (which would've seriously
shortened our holiday!!). Ian
even ran over to us while we were clearing security to provide us with the
confirmation number for our Visa applications.
Because that took a while to get all arranged, by the time we got
through security, it was time to head pretty much straight to the
gate (no time for the Maple Leaf Lounge). Our flight to
Vancouver was uneventful. Luckily we had some chocolates from
my sister to nibble on - because even in business class they didn't
provide a whole lot to eat during the flight.
in Vancouver, we went to our gate for our Singapore Airlines flight
and traded our Air Canada boarding passes for Singapore Air passes.
We learned this from
previous Singapore Airlines flights. We browsed through
some of the duty-free shops, but didn't see anything that we needed.
We did have time to go into the Maple Leaf Lounge for a quick drink,
then headed back to the gate - arriving just before they started
Once on board, we were offered some champagne (very nice).
Then we were off on our flight across the Pacific (departed at
1:30pm). Our flight from Vancouver to Seoul was just under 11
hours. Ugh. They served us a lunch shortly after taking
off. I had the Korean spicy prawns, and Randy had seared
chicken in sage jus.
was a long flight. I watched about 3 feature movies and a
number of TV programs. I tried to sleep for a bit, but wasn't
successful. About 2 hours before arriving in Seoul, they
served us dinner. This time I had the grilled fillet of cod
and Randy had the Korean style braised beef short ribs.
The flight path for our
journey took us north towards Alaska, and across the Allusion
Islands and then down to Seoul. At one point I was looking
down and there was tons of pack ice on the ocean. Pretty
We finally arrived in Seoul at around 4:00pm Sunday. Even
though the plane was continuing onto Singapore, everyone had to
de-board and go through a security check before being allowed back
on the plane. We had about an hour before the flight re-fueled
and left again, so we decided to check out the airport. We
wandered around, and were quite surprised to see nothing but duty
free shops. We were hoping to maybe find some souvenirs to
pick up - but the only shop that sold anything other than perfume or
leather goods was super busy - plus the fact that the souvenirs in
there were rather tacky and cheesy.
The Seoul airport is really
beautiful, but other than the plethora of Duty-Free shops, the
obligatory KFC & McDonalds, there really wasn't much else.
We quickly popped into the Singapore Airlines SilverKris lounge -
then headed back to the gate -where they were already boarding.
We got back on board for our flight to Singapore (over 6 hours).
Most of the same folks on
the Vancouver-Seoul leg were the same ones on the Seoul-Singapore
We were offered champagne again this time. However, because
I was tired - this time the champagne triggered a migraine.
So, I took some drugs and stretched out to get some sleep right
after we leveled off. Since I wasn't feeling well, I didn't
even bother having the meal (plus I was still full from the previous
flight). Randy had the seared sirloin.
Best Steak I've had on a
About 3 hours I woke up - and felt much better. I watched
some shows and tried to sleep a little more. Randy also
managed to get about 3 hours of sleep - so we were feeling a little
more human by the time we arrived in Singapore at 11:30pm (Sunday)
(whatever time that is at
We had to change planes in Singapore - and the flight to Perth
was out of a new terminal that we hadn't been to before
So, we wandered around and checked that out for a bit (even stopping
at the Hard Rock Cafe there to get Randy a pin). Again, we
quickly popped into the SilverKris lounge - but didn't stay long -
since we had to head to our gate.
The flight to Perth left at 1:10am (Monday). We had the
option of having breakfast right after take-off, or having it 2
hours before arriving in Perth. We decided to have ours right
away. I was getting a little hungry (since I had missed the
meal between Seoul and Singapore). We both had the American
breakfast (eggs, hash browns, chicken sausage). After the
meal, we both stretched out and managed to sleep for a couple more
hours. Which was good, since we were both pretty much running
on fumes by this time.
Of course I had to chat with the flight attendants for a bit too.
Please note that we didn't take another picture of ourselves at
the end of our travel day - since we both looked much too rough by
then! We may have
looked like this...
A couple of Monsters
running thru the airport.
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