flight tickets, check..
pocket money, check..
We went to NAIA terminal 3 for our afternoon flight. It is better to go there early and check-in your baggage so you wouldn't worry about your bags.
The gate numbers were changed on the last minute due to airport traffic. So it is really better to go to the airport early.
The flight to Korea was about 3 hours but due to the 1 hour time difference we arrive there at around 8pm. The captain told us that the temperature outside was 17degrees! WOW! It was my first time to hit the road with that temperature. We are in store for a lot of firsts.
Upon checking out of the airport, we tried to find a money changer because we only have dollars. It is better to check the exchange rates in advance.. We found out that G25's (like 7eleven here) rate is higher than those from the banks. But we opted for an exchange booth just outside the baggage carousel area of the aiport.
Our next stop was to find a City Pass, which can be used for MTR, buses and cab rides. The price of it was 2500won then you have to add credit to it. There we had our first (but good in the end) mistake. We asked the cashier to load up our cards for 100,000won. Talk about being rich in another country!!!!
Our destination, Yellow Submarine, 3mins from exit 3 of Hongdae station. We were not sure of where to proceed when the map from the accommodation's website failed us. We were stuck at an intersection! For 10mins, we walked in circles until we decided to ask a local for directions.
Good thing that we chose to stay in a university area with so many students living around, therefore conversing in English is easier. He/She helped us almost by locating our guesthouse in her phone... but she got confused with the direction as well. After a few minutes we decided to continue walking the street next to the main road and it turns out that we were 20 steps near the place, without us knowing. Sadly, language barrier still can make you get lost.
Luckily, the owner/caretaker of the guesthouse waited for us even if it's already 11pm. Sheesh! We were showed to our room right away which is just beside the common cr. The mattress is soft and the comforter is warm! Thank God. I was already having chills while walking from the station to the guesthouse.
It was just the first night and I already felt that the comforter and I will be having a good relationship within the week. This is a good sign of an adventure right? hehehe
Next stop: Palace tour on Day 2 (A South Korea Trip)
Notes: Yellow Submarine 45,000 won/night for 2