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Singapore to Manila Flight

Singapore to Manila Flight

I fly from Sinapore to Manila tonight in one hour with Cebu Pacific, the flight cost about 68 US. They required me to buy a ticket in the airport out of Philippines, what a pain.

Manila to Bangkok on 15 December with Cebu Pacific for 4500 Pesos.

Nice to leave Singapore, not my kind a city. A great place for people who are shopaholics, or people from China.

I am in the Budget Airport and using free internet access.

Andy HoboTraveler.com

Singapore to Manila Flight


2006 June 27 Enter Singapore


2006 June 27 Enter Singapore
 
Tuesday, June 27, 2006, I have left Manila and entered Singapore, not one of my favorite countries. I am only here for one night visiting a Canadian Expat who works for an internet site making business. He is what they call a SEO expert or Search Engine Optimization.
 
2006 June 27 Enter Singapore


Thanks

Andy of HoboTraveler.com
Daily Diary or Travel Journal
http://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html


The Rat Trap


The Rat Trap
 
Hello,
It is maybe not a rat trap, it is a maze. I am in the Singapore Airport, I will spend the night. Everything is a bump on my nose, I lead myself down one path and bump my nose, stop, back up and go another direction and bump.
 
I spent a wonderful night here on the way to Indonesia.
 
I flew with Singapore Airlines, my bag was forwarded to Indonesia, I had a boarding pass and all was great.
 
They will not let me into the International Area, I cannot even enter the Budget Airline Area, I am trapped outside the entrance, inside Singapore, but not leaving the Airport.
 
I have discovered that Singapore and Tiger Airways do not play together, it is not a friendly transit.
 
There are two Internet places outside, from 5 til 11:20 the Kids have dominated the McDonald's free place and the only choice really. I get on and worried, will the let me get to Yahoo Mail.
http://www.mcd.com.sg/
 
Or will I be stuck on the McDonald's site.
 
I am here and it is working.
 
There are three terminals, 1, 2, and Budget, the budget is decorated like one of the first McDonalds and corny.
 
I returned to the main expensive airline terminal and have steadily bumped my nose. There is a maze, I sometimes believe the fun of an airport is how to find the lift and get my free airport carts up from 1 to 2 to 3, etc. They constantly make it like walking in Sears, there is not straight path from A to B.
 
Oh, well, I have figured it how.
 
Internet is difficult outside the International Transit Zone, I needed to be inside, this did not work out.
 
I had 13 hours of time in Singapore.
Minus 2 for transit to the city.
2 to be early for the morning flight.
 
I would have nine hours in Singapore, not worth the effort to enter, or the huge cost and stress. It would just be another bump on the nose, I would be a rat.
 
Sometimes I think the brilliance I may have is not begging or asking for stress, most travelers do volunteer for a headache, I would rather be bored, then just busy.
 
Plan B
 
I had a Plan B, if I did not get into the good International Zone. I purchased 5 movies, I have watched 2, it took me about 30 minutes to find a plug that was good.
 
I am in a location the floor above the McDonald's and just outside the Post Office, there are some chair, peace, and an English plug type.
 
All is good.
 

The Rat Trap


Singapore Airport Transit


Singapore Airport Transit
 
I fly from Bali to Singapore tonight; I have a 15-hour layover in Singapore, the fly with http://www.tigerairways.com to Clark Airport in the Philippines.
 
International Transit Question?
 
Play or no play, there is a unique or somewhat of a quandary being developed for me and I would suppose other people. There are these LCC or Low Cost Carriers that travel agents cannot sell ticket for, or do not use travel agents.
 
I fly from Bali to Singapore with Singapore Airlines, not a low cost carrier.
I fly from Singapore to Philippines with Tiger Airways for sure a LCC.
 
I wish to check one bag from Bali to Philippines, or I wish to check to Singapore, then retrieve my bag in Singapore and re-check the bag in the morning about 5:35 am for this flight with Tiger Airways.
 
Friday, 16 Jun 06  Flight TR 500
Depart Singapore (SIN) at 07:35 and arrive in Manila (Clark) (CRK) at 11:10

 
Now, the kicker is this, sometime you have to leave the international zones to go to check in.
 
You would think this would be clear to me; however, I know that nothing is standard in an airport, they can change.
 
IF I enter Singapore, I may have to pay an exit tax or airport tax. I am trying to avoid the airport or exit tax, fee or whatever you call thisÂ…
 
Where is check in for Tigers Airways, is there one on the inside of the international transit zone?
 
Will I be able to check the one bag from Bali to Clark without a problem? I know for sure or I am 100 percent sure you can never predict if you can check or not check all the way through. Yes, I can figure it out with enough time and maybe I could call the Singapore Airlines. Nevertheless, there is always a difference between what a person says on the phone and what really happens.
 
Are the LCC and the Publish Fare Airlines playing and working together? There is a new world of airfares and it is not always clear.
 
Singapore Airport Transit


Travel Theft Post


Travel Theft Post

Craig from Travelvice.com has posted one of the best explanations of travel theft I have read.
http://travelvice.com/archive/2006/06/burglarized.php

I was with Craig in the Caribbean, he is a careful traveler, I think one of the best.
99 percent of traveler and tourist volunteer to be robbed and their post are long complaints, blaming the person that robbed them for their stupidity. Craig has given a detailed, honest rendition of what happened.

He is smart, very smart, it it happened to him, then anyone else is a soft target.
By the way Craig, I think the total value of theft....

I mean, I think you have passed me for total lost value or total amount of money lost.
I am at 100 Dollars of pure theft loss or value of what was stolen.

One of my bragging points is this, unfortunately few are capable of understanding.
- I have traveled for nine years and never had my backpack stolen. -

He has an Ipod and a PDA, I think, I am cooking with a 500 Dollar Camera, and a computer...

Most long-term travelers are robbed, they do not admit and conveniently forget.
 
Thanks Craig for helping the traveler, I will remember...
Of course, I will also remember to ask total value...?
 
Travel Theft Post
 
 


Blog by Email

I have been blogging by email to a blog where I use
blogger.com to collect information on Malnutrition
Research.

I was thinking, you can send emails by cell phone, or
I am told you can. I never find a vender that speaks
English well enough to explain this feature to me,
however if this network works anywhere on the planet,
I could blog with them text messages...

I hope.

However I need to make sure nobody spoofs this email
address.

I am not sure if I can post photos by email blog, lots
of toys for all us big boys.

So this is a test.
I am on a Mozilla Firefox browser so no spell check...
heehehe. Does not work with Yahoo Mail.

I need to remove my signature, there are a lot of
small things to remember.


Getting Lost in Singapore

I went for a morning walk as is often my custom, Singapore is great place for this, I have to say this must be the dream location for an Architect. They can see so many type of building it is a wonder. I was told the other day that the Singapore government... I do not know this is true... owns 70 percent of all the buildings and that is why they are all so special and unique.

No doubt this city is a great skyscraper viewing city, one of the best.

I think though they have almost hidden the older interesting colonial building, I will keep walking though, there must be a more interesting historical area somewhere. I suppose I can also resort to reading the guidebook. Hard for me to get excited about Singapore, more of a good place to set an Asian Corporate Business Headquarters than a popular place for Backpacker. There are almost no tourist or backpacker presently so my guess is this is low on the list for most people. The problem is cost, people do this.

Laos 5 Dollars
Cambodia 5 Dollars
Thailand 5 Dollars
Malaysia 5 dollars for a ROOM

Singapore 20 Dollars for a room.

Indonesia 5 Dollars for a room.

All was U.S. Dollars not Singapore.

It is a skip...
El Salvador is skipped in Central America for only one reason, they charge 10 dollars or used to charge 10 dollars to enter or the tourist permission card.

Nonetheless, I got totally lost in Singapore, however I just followed a TALL building home.


Argumentative Comments on Blog

Ash commented before I was able to delete some dingalings comments so we will let them roll...
Thanks Ash.

However sometime it is fun to read some of the provoking and argumentation comments or emails I receive...
hehehe

I do not know if the persons that subscribe with Yahoogroups.com or by RSS or Atom Feeds get or know about the comments. I think for sure my Mother and Father do not know they can post comments on the bottom of blogs.

However for those who are really bored, need a rush from arguments, here is a blog post "permanent" link, go to the bottom and post a comment. Mom look for the little hand that pops up on the word "comments."

In my opinion 85 percent of the population have trouble understanding some of these points, I am working to try to explain, however difficult.

Enjoy
Ash commented before I was able to delete some dingalings comments so we will let them roll...

However sometime it is fun to read some of the provoking and argumentive comments or emails I receive... hehehe

I do not know if the persons that subscribe with Yahoogroups.com or by RSS or Atom Feeds get or know about the comments. I think for sure my Mother and Father do not know they can post comments on the bottom of blogs.

However for those who are really bored, need a rush from arguments, here is a post link, go to the bottom and post a comment. Mom look for the little hand that pops up on the word "comments."

In my opinion 85 percent of the population have trouble understanding some of these points, I am working to try to explain, however difficult.

Enjoy.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/2005/10/singapore-hostel.html

IF you go to the Home Link of this blog you can alway see many of the comment links and permanent links.

I just discovered yesterday that there is a way in blogger to forward these links to friends... aagh, I think I can, however now I cannot find the link.