Lunes, Pebrero 20, 2017

Korea Trip 2017: The Arrival

Around May last year, I chanced upon a Cebu Pacific Promo Fare on Facebook with January - March 2017 travel date and tried my luck booking via their very busy website. One of my BFFs, Rose, and I have always planned to travel abroad together and I thought this would be a really, really great time to do it (kasi Hello Promo Do! ^_^).

I had three options: Hongkong, Bangkok(Thailand) or Incheon (Korea). Rose has already been to HK so that is out of the picture. I wanted to go to Thailand but Korea seems to be a better choice. Since we are planning to go around January, it would be winter time by then and it will be great to experience snowfall.

So Korea it is!             

I was able to book our tickets for only Php 6,000+ Round Trip each (Cebu-Incheon, Incheon-Cebu). My sister, Veron, and our other friend, Aubrey, also joined us for the trip.

As early as May 2016, we were already very excited and looking forward for this trip. We processed our VISA around December (will write a separate How-To post) and got approved! 

By second week of January, I was already able to book our studio-type apartment via AirBnB. It is located just 300 meters away from Seoul Station and Lotte Outlet. More info about our apartment will soon be posted on a separate blog post.

Our flight for Korea was on January 27, 2017, at 3:40PM. However, our flight was delayed and we were able to depart at around 5:40PM.  

While waiting for our flight bound for Korea.

With my sister Veronica. Agnas na besh! Hahaha

Seoul, KR at 1200 altitude

We arrived in Incheon International Airport at around 11:30PM. Good thing I had requested our host to book us an airport pickup and our friendly driver, Mr. Kim, was already waiting for us when we got out of the Arrival Area. My friends went to the money changer to change their USD into KRW while me and my sister went to a convenience shop to buy T-Money. 

The obligatory Airport Photo

How long did we stay in Korea? 4 days! And we had this much luggage. Lol

Incheon International Airport was nice although we weren't able to explore it more. It was already very late when we arrived and Mr. Kim had been waiting for almost 3 hours now so it would be inconsiderate if we make him wait a little longer.

We exited the Airport terminal and we were welcomed with iced, cold breeze. Mr. Kim then briefed us that it snowed yesterday and that the temperature as of that moment was -4 degrees. It was so cold that my hands are actually shaking!

The Incheon International Airport was an hour-ride away from where we were staying. During the ride, I couldn't help but notice how beautiful the Korean cityscape is.  They have awesome bridges with amazing lights. They have smooth roads. I love it! 

Finally, we arrived at our apartment building and Mr. Kim helped us get in our elevator. Our room was located at the 12th Floor and was really cozy.

A sneakpeek of our apartment near Seoul Station

The apartment is located near convenience stores and we decided to buy our dinner/midnight snack there before hitting the sack.

Stay tuned for my next blog posts. I'll be sharing with you guys our 4 day Itinerary and Budget and a Daily Summary of our Korean Adventures.


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