This post is part of a series on our Asian mini-trip last December 2012, during my four-week home leave. After four amazing days in the Island Paradise, Boracay, we jumped on a bus to spend the night at Clark, Angeles City to catch our early morning flight commencing our 8-day trip around Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – Hong Kong and Macau. 🙂
Our transfer service from Tune Hotel dropped us at the Clark Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) around 430 am. Obviously still dark and yes, we were both sleepy maski excited. 🙂
It was my first time to see Clark DMIA. It was small, looks relatively new, clean.
We went straight to the check-in counters. SEAIR staff were pleasant and promptly issued our boarding pass.
We queued next to the counter where to pay travel tax. Yes, also a first time. As an OFW, we are exempt in paying travel tax whenever we travel back to Bahrain, we present an OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate) instead. However, this exemption does not apply when your destination is not your place of work hehe. Kaya lagas ang Php 1,620/- each namin ni Buboy. Ouch! 🙂
Next queue, counter where to pay Terminal Fee, Php 450/ each.
Next counter to pay, just kidding. We got those white cards to fill out and then queued for immigration. At ewan ko ba kung maaga pa talaga o may period ung IO na natapat sa amin. Ansungit! Hehe.
He asked for our purpose of travel, I told him for leisure. Taas kilay siya teh! Ouch. Mukha kasi kaming jologs ni Buboy? Hehehe. Told him politely that we’re starting with Singapore, with Hong Kong as our last stop.
He asked for proof of employment. I told him we’re OFWs in Bahrain, with valid resident permits / visas stamped in our passports. Umirap-irap pa teh, habang nagastamp ng departure Pilipinas. Hehehe. Polite naman kami ni Buboy all throughout. Problema nya na kung ba’t sya masungit. Basta kami excited. 🙂
Sa wakas, nasa boarding area na kami. Ang hina ng Wifi! :p
At medyo masikip ang area so we chose to sit on the floor at sumandal sa pader. Inaantok talaga. Hehe.
Our flight was 630 am but we didn’t board until around 625 am. The sun was already shining oh so brightly. 🙂
Travel from Clark to Singapore is around 3.5 hours. We had some time to sleep! 🙂
The flight was smooth and lulled as to sleep…zzzzzz….
10am – We’ve arrived! We rushed thru Changi (very beautiful airport, will explore you more later) and went thru Immigrations on a breeze. Singapore Arrival stamps, check!
Exchanged some USD to SGD at the airport exchange and bought our MRT EZ link cards.
If you’ve been following these blog, you already know I am stingy on taking cabs. I adore MRTs / LRTs and public transport. 🙂
Check out Singapore MRT/LRT system’s website: http://www.smrt.com.sg/
So we got on the first train from the Airport and went down at Paya Lebar Station.
From there we walked a few minutes to our accommodation in the Lion City, Betel Box Backpacker’s Hostel located in Joo Chiat Road.
Very affordable, with the best service, very warm staff especially Uncle Tony, Betel Box is highly recommended for your stay in Singapore. Check out their website on the link for more info. 🙂
We dropped our bags on our beds and went to the hostel’s spacious common area / lounge where you may eat, drink, read, net surf, watch TV, converse with staff and other guests, play games / billiards, et al.
There’s also a small pantry with some free tea/coffee items. We took out our baon cup noodles, bread and had our brunch. Buboy felt a bit shy (that we had baon instead of dining in the hostel’s bistro downstairs) and insisted to buy some canned drinks at the lounge’s vending fridge, hehehe.
Full and energized, we’re ready for our next destination – SENTOSA, Asia’s favorite playground! 🙂