Annyeong from Seoul, South Korea!
It’s 2am here, but I just can’t resist giving you all a heads up on what has been happening with us, so far (not that there’s a lot). I’ve just had a gruelling 13-hour trip with a 5 hour-45 mins. layover in Narita Airport, Japan, but since I mostly slept during the trip (including the layover; the lounge chairs at Narita are too comfy to resist…), I am still wide awake now. Rizza, Tita Susan and Tita Remy have called it a day already.
Anyway, I don’t want to bore you all too much with stories about security checks (nobody told me that shoes will have to be removed! I would’ve worn something easier to remove and re-wear) and ignorant airport security personnel who doesn’t seem to have seen an award ticket before (I mean, NWA has credited me with the miles, and has issued a ticket for me already… why grill me about how I got the damn ticket???). I got out of Manila and that’s what matters.
So how did I spend my 5+ hours in Narita?
Number one: I amused myself with their ‘shower toilets’.
I’ve heard so much about these toilet seats with various buttons on them, so I got giddy like a kid when I saw one. I just had to have a photo taken.
Of course, I got curious with its various features. Like, how different is the ‘shower’ button from the ‘bidet’ button? I was afraid to press one, and I kept looking above me if there’s a shower head that will suddenly spurt water all over me. But ah! As soon as I sat down, I promptly got my answer:
So apparently, the ‘shower’ is used to wash the ‘posterior’. Thank goodness for amusing instruction manuals. They make good bathroom reading material, too.
But of course, I did not spend the rest of my 5-hour layover inside the bathroom. I also killed boredom by taking photos of the awesome skyline:
…and some self-portraits, too.
I therefore conclude that Hip-hop is not me.
I just have to say, thank goodness for airports with large TV screens showing J-dorama. So what if I didn’t understand a thing, at least I had something to kill time for. Just waiting for those Kimura Takuya CFs is fun. But I got a surprise when a Korean on a Japanese CF suddenly appeared onscreen. Of course, that Korean is none other than Bae Yong Joon.
Back to the plane for another short ride from Narita to Incheon. I did nothing but sleep during the flight from Manila to Narita, but this time, I got the time of my life because the plane had so much entertainment options even for coach passengers. We had our own little screens where could play games and watch movies like were in Business Class. Awesome!
Too bad I didn’t discover it sooner, so I wasn’t able to finish Finding Nemo. Maybe on the trip back…
This is my dinner: a sushi bento. Nice!
Finally, I met Rizza, Tita Susan and Tita Remy at Incheon. They were accompanied by Rizza’s new friend who assisted us with riding the bus to Seoul. I was looking around for the first celebrity CF that I will see in Korea (aside from the ones in the airport, which happened to be Hyori’s Anycall CF). And the first one was… Kim Dong Wan on a billboard in a bus. (That one’s for you, Mommy Flor!)
And for our first (mis)adventure in Seoul: we got lost looking for our hostel (amusingly called Holiday In Korea. Which is really cool, coz if ever someone asks, we could pretend to be billeted in a 5-star hotel. “Where are you staying?” “Oh, at the Holiday In. [Korea]” :dizzy:). But first, we had to cross the street via the underpass, which means having to lug our heavy bags down and up the stairs:
And then, while Rizza was asking the street policeman for directions, a guy whom we shall call “Appa Jeong” coz he looks like Appa Jeong suddenly approached and offered to take us to the hostel. Needless to say, he was a great help for us coz if not for him, we’d probably still be in the middle of the cold streets looking for the hostel.
And when we finally got here, we got a couple of pleasant surprises. (1) There’s a stack of tourism information cards with Bi’s cute face on them at the counter (which we are planning to ‘steal’ one by one within the next two weeks); and (2) the really cute front desk manager.
Here’s us at our little home for the next two weeks (well, me, Tita Susan and Tita Remy, to be exact).
Lots of things are still going to happen, so stay tuned.