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Saturday, May 07, 2011

The imposing trip from Jeonju to Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur

Just boarded the plane. Gonna be another half an hour before ... on Twitpic

The whole thing went like this:

From Jeonju, I would take a bus to the Incheon airport. There's no other way to get there. The bus ride could last 3 and a half hours, or 5 hours if you were unlucky and got trapped in a jam.

My bus, which left Jeonju at 4:30am, arrived at Incheon airport around 8am. (3.5 hour journey)

I then took the 11am flight back to Tokyo, arriving at Narita Airport around 1:30pm. (2.5 hour flight)

Then the bus from Narita Airport to Shinjuku, leaving at 2:05pm and arriving at Shinjuku around 3:35pm. (it's a 1.5 hour bus ride)

From Shinjuku, I caught a bus that stopped right in front of my place. I think I arrived at my place around 4:15pm. (it's 0.5 hour bus ride)

At my place, I unloaded my luggage from Jeonju, continued packing my other luggage, tried paying my rents, went Four Seasons Hotel (it's situated right next to my place) to buy the bus ticket to Haneda Airport. Had some light dinner at the canteen in my place.

At 8:15pm, I headed back to Four Seasons Hotel with my heavy luggage (I later found out that it was 27kg, 2kg heavier than allowed)

The bus arrived at 8:45pm, and reached Haneda Airport at 9:45pm (it was a 1 hour bus ride).

Finally, the flight from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur took off at 11:45pm, arriving at the LCCT airport 7 hours 15 minutes later.

As a child, when I was exposed to abridged versions of literary classics from Jules Verne, AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS was always my favourite. I liked the idea of this crazy rich dude and his sidekick/manservant, traveling around the world, running into one adventure after another, romancing a beautiful princess, saving lives etc. Adventures of sheer romanticism that capture the imagination of my young mind. Sometimes I feel as if I were living it, but without the beautiful princess, nor the saving lives, nor the manservant, and I barely traveled around the world. But this whole running around, changing one transportation to another in one long day, as tiring and annoying as it can be sometimes, can be pretty fun.