Originally, I was supposed to cruise from Singapore to Yokohama, the plan was to take my mum along with me.. but alas, I was too late to book it.
The most maddening thing was that the night after I booked the flight, the cruise was back on the cards! I can’t cancel the flight as I would lose the points and the money… so no go on cruise.. otherwise it would have been an awesome way to get to Japan, spending 2 weeks visiting several countries! 😔
The week I spent in Singapore I will not write, as it’s mostly catching up with friends and family.. not for sightseeing.
The flight I booked was with Cathay Pacific, economy. With 30kg bag allowance, I was way under. Even then; I was worried I was overpacked.. I would have loved to have even less items/clothes packed.
The flight overlays in Hong Kong 🇭🇰. When booking, I dithered on should I have 1 hr layover or 3 hrs. I should have gone for 1 hr..
The reason was, my flight was at 8am from 🇸🇬, i was so nervous and excited that I couldn’t sleep! I was planning to nap for 2 hrs, then waking up around 4ish, leisurely shower, have the soy bean curd I bought the night before; catch the Uber I booked for 5am, getting to airport before 6am.. instead, I woke up at 5.30am to a message that my Uber was cancelled due to no show.
I panicked.. jumped into the shower, got out in no time flat, took out the clothes and sheets I had put on wash and dry at my friend’s place, who offered a room whilst I was in town (whom I inadvertently stole a wash netting bag, sorry Jasmine!); packed and left the house about 6.15am.
Luckily there was an Uber 2mins away. Ther driver managed to get me to the terminal within 20mins! (Thank you Vincent!)
I wasn’t too late and was able to check in about 75mins prior to flight.
Got through the immigration checks and stuff, getting to the gate 50mins before flight.. by then I was sweating like a pig.. in an air conditioned environment…
Flight was reasonably on time, but I couldn’t even nap! I spent the whole flight watching 3 movies.. by the way, my JBL headphones were the best! Cups were so comfy!
When I got to Hong Kong 🇭🇰, I got to the gate in less than 30mins! I wasn’t attracted by anything enroute to the gate.. I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t meat that appealed to me (I was definitely not having a pub lunch, I was pecking; not hungry)
So I sat at the gate, connected to the free WiFi they have at the airport and shortly.. fell asleep!
When I woke up, it was time to board.. OMG the queue was so long!! I was hoping to score a free seat next to me but alas.. was squeezed with a Muslim family. I had the aisle seat, which wasn’t so bad, I had thought they would be getting in and out of the seats (which I wouldn’t have minded) but I think they didn’t wanted to disturb me (I hope they did not held it in too much.. not healthy to the body)
The matriarch sat next to me on the middle seat most of the flight, which was good; but towards the end of the flight, they swapped seats as the patriarch had gotten up for the loo. He sat on the middle seat.
Unfortunately, as both of us are not exactly small sized.. my torso ended up leaning in the aisle.. not the most comfortable way to end the flight.
We touched down on time around 8.25pm.. the immigration queue was horrendous! By the time we got out, all shops had shut down.. it was after 9pm.. I was hoping to get a sim WITH voice and data to tide me over as I am collecting my rented MiFi from Asakusa the next day (this will be another blog post).
By the time I left the airport (with a data only sim that should last me till I fly to South Korea in May, itinerary to date will be another post) it was after 10pm. I manage to buy a ticket to Asakusa for about ¥2200, which was really good.
Raining at Asakusa by the time I arrived at the station, but I manage to walk my luggage through and found my accommodation via google map (so accurate with pricing too). Checking in.. it was close to midnight.. I really wished I took the earlier connecting flight!
This is where I’ll stop for now.. this is REALLY a long and rambly post..