For this post I am just going to share some of the highlights of getting to Singapore and back.
We flew Korean Air and it was pretty much the same as any other airline with a few exceptions.
First off, the flight attendants were adorable! There were several sitting together in the airport waiting on the flight and I asked them if I could take a picture. I was denied. So I will just use someone else's photo while giving them full credit, of course!
The second difference was the food we were offered. They had boring choices like beef or chicken and then they offered us bibimbap. Ooooohhh, that sounds fun!
Having no clue what it was they handed us instructions on how to assembly the bibimbap.
Hey! It's a rice dish! We found out later that the word bibimbap literally mean "mixed rice". So there you go.
The rice is in the tub on the bottom left. The veggies and meat that you mix the rice with is in the bottom middle. The other things are a broth soup, water, fruit, and some kind of pickled vegetable (still not clear on that one, possibly a type cucumber).
They also gave us a tube of gochujang.
It is a Korean hot pepper sauce and it was soooo good. So good in fact that as soon as we got home I went out and bought some for myself! It is spicy, but delicious. It does have something fermented in it, but still tasty!
When you are on an airplane for over 20 hours (counting both legs) they like to give you a lot of snacks. Believe it or not this was the first time I have ever had peanuts on a plane! American companies give out pretzels because of a potential peanut allergy, Korean Air gave out peanuts and other exotic delicacies such as the following:
A crispy snack in the flavor of shrimp and they really tasted shrimpy! At first it was like, ew, but then it grew on me.
This was a compacted version of bibimbap. Basically, it was seasoned beef stuffed in rice. Not to shabby but not as good as the first version of bibimbap I had.
A third thing I had never encountered on any other flight were these stickers.
We thought they were so wonderful that we brought some home to decorate something. Still waiting to find that perfect spot, but it will come, it will come.
Most of the other things we encountered were pretty typical, so the next part I would like to share is about the two airports we visited (I'm not counting Houston because who would do something like that??).
It just so happened that we visited the top two airports IN THE WORLD according to several sources. Incheon Airport is on an island just outside Seoul South Korea and it is considered the second best airport in the world.
Just the view for the plane flying in or out is beautiful!
But once you are inside, the thing that impressed me the most was the cultural areas they had for visitors. There was a place to try your hand at Korean cafts, a place to check out traditional Korean clothing, and even a place to hear traditional Korean music.
But before we got there we had to fill out a customs form.
Basically it says the following, "Hey, there! Welcome to Singapore! Bring drugs in and we will kill you! Enjoy your visit!"
Sunflower garden on the roof!
Butterfly garden in its own enclosure in the airport.
Butterfly cocoons in different stages.
The cactus garden was closed, but that is ok, we see plenty of those in Texas.
The rest of our time in the airport has now blurred since we have returned. I think we found the resting lounge where it was dark and a TV was on. We sat there mind-numbed staring at it for awhile. Then 10:30 PM rolled around and we boarded a plane that took us to Korea and then another that took us to Houston. All in all a fun little 24 hour trip home.
In my next post I will tell you about our first day in Singapore and all that we experienced. I hope you will return to read all about it.