Landed Incheon Int' airport at 8+p.m. To our horrors, there was a long queue in the immigration check-in and took us almost an hour to get a chop in our passport. We booked a night in the hotel nearby. Makes perfect sense as we were late, hungry and cold. And we planned to take the free shuttle bus to get us there. With instructions in broken English from the helpful info counter staff, we thought we'll get to the hotel soon. But we waited and waited and no sign of our bus coming! I called the hotel to ask, where
the h*ll is the bus.The reception told us basically, sorry, you are too late, you missed the bus. Conversation ended. We dragged the kids to the waiting cabs nearby. They told us, Sorry, your hotel is too near. What??!! Few more calls to the hotel and another 15 mins to wait for the taxi. By the time we arrived in the hotel, it was 10.30pm, and ended up forking out 10,000 KRW, for 5 mins ride!!
Best Western Incheon is nice and clean. Until we step out of the hotel. The stench is unbearable. It's something like 'ikan kering' (dried fish) meets garbage truck smell. Oh yeah, we also found out there was a public parking lot opposite the hotel which had a free shuttle bus from the airport. And we could have taken the bus last nite cos that was the only bus which was still running!!!!
Anyway, the stench drove us to the restaurant next to the hotel for lunch. We couldn't bear walking out any longer. The restaurant was run by a mother and son co. The duo started to admire with ooh-ahhs of my girls. (There were lots of them like this as we travelled more later). She whipped up really good homecooked-like food for us. The meal made us all happy & dandy and ready to set out for Seoul.
In Seoul, we stayed in Artnouveau city Yeoksam and is situated right smack in a business district. We did our booking in where else but booking.com. Our review for the hotel is in here with a score of all-time high of 9.6.
|Open the door and you get this and this and this!|
The subway is 15 mins walk down the road, with kids. 10 mins walk without kids. Everywhere we went, we had stares, smiles and candies from passing-by strangers. They were really amused by the girls. Darn, we should have done a street show to recover my 10,000 KRW. Why didn't I think of that?
Day 3 was actually when we started our tour in Seoul. The first 2 days were more of finding our way to the airport, hotel and good food. We were almost always rewarded with good food in the end. However, it was not all cheap, but the walk and search in the windy spring weather was always worth it. One thing I still can't figure out though is why Koreans are really into their kimchi. They are proud of it as Malaysians are proud of our durians and sambal belacan.
|Why Mom, we can't have this back home?|