Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Lost in Changi Airport, Lost in Translation

We arrived at the Changi Budget Terminal at past five in the afternoon. After going through immigration, getting our luggage, having our money changed to the local currency (I suggest bringing in USD over PHP), and locating where the free airport shuttle to Terminal 2 is, we headed out and turned right, just in time to board an incoming airport shuttle. Unlike in the Philippines, it was still bright outside and the sun didn't look like it was intending to set anytime soon.

Free shuttle sign
You won't miss it. There's a sign.

Huneeesh standing with our luggage. He/we didn't know that he/we could leave it at the luggage compartment under the bus.
Budget Terminal Shuttle to Terminals 1,2, and 3

We were headed for Belt 37 at Terminal 2 where, opposite this, we would be picked up by Grand Mercure Roxy's complimentary airport shuttle. Call us stingy for not wanting to spend on the taxi but riding a taxi in Singapore is expensive.

We got off at the drop-off point at Terminal 2, went inside the terminal to ask for directions, asked a lady officer (she was in uniform) how to get to Belt 37, and she pointed us right back to where we got off. We retraced our steps (I was carrying Euna all this time) and looked for Belt 37, waited for 5 minutes or so, and finally deciding that this is not Belt 37, went back into the terminal. We were going to look for Belt 37 ourselves. We took the elevators up but when we saw the sign leading to the Skytrain, we had to give it a try. So goodbye Belt 37, we got on the Skytrain to get to Terminal 3 where Grand Mercure Roxy also had a pickup point right beside the information counter. We thought that should be easier to locate than Belt 37! In retrospect, I think the lady officer misheard me and thought I was looking for Bus instead of Belt 37!

Skytrain
Skytrain connects all 3 terminals at Singapore Changi Airport.

Euna and I aboard the skytrain from Terminal 2 on our way to Terminal 3. I think she enjoyed it (or was it just me).
Aboard the Skyway train

A shot of the control tower taken through the train's window.
Control tower

We got off at Terminal 3 and this is what greeted us:
Sculpture
Artwork! Artwork in an airport! Amazing! The sculpture btw is named Flora Inspiration by Han Sai Por.

Wow!
Again, wow! I like what they did to the ceiling, the detail. Can someone please tell me if these have functional value as well or is it just for aesthetics? While my husband was taking this, I was off in search for a map to locate where we were in the greater scheme of things.

terminal 3 directory

Euna was finally getting antsy from all that walking and I was tired as well. Waving the white flag of surrender, I asked my dear husband to go find help while I fed her.

With Euna at Terminal 3
Oh yes, that's me indeed (discreetly) breastfeeding my daughter in public because I was too tired to find a nursing room. All that walking and transfers finally got to me! As it turned out, the information counter we were looking for was a floor below us. So after taking a breather and feeding Euna, we went down in search for the information counter and found it - at last! We were told to wait for the shuttle. For the first time in my life, I was happy to wait.

Ubiquitous McDonald's
The ubiquitous fastfood chain - McDonald's! Taken while waiting for the airport shuttle.

Complimentary Airport Shuttle
Did you notice that it's turning dark outside? Well, this is past 7 in the evening already (around 7:25 pm) and we've been wandering around for over 2 hours! I've never been so happy to see an airport shuttle in my life! I could just grin at the thought of Belt 37 though! :D


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Elizabeth J. Neal said...

We took the elevators up but when we saw the sign leading to the Skytrain, we had to give it a try. So goodbye Belt 37, we got on the Skytrain to get to Terminal 3 where Grand Mercure Roxy also had a pickup point right beside the information counter. We thought that should be easier to locate than Belt 37! In retrospect, I think the lady officer misheard me and thought I was looking for Bus instead of Belt 37! Sacramento airport shuttle El Dorado Hills

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