Scoot’s TR 2058 ( $806 FlyBag ), a red eye flight, is to take us into HK on the wee hours of 13 Dec 2016. I had bought the tickets on Scoot’s website. The flight is code shared with TigerAir, a fact that didn’t mean much to me until I tried to check in online for 24 hours without success. Scoot’s customer service hotline was terribly inadequate and only after upteen times did my call get through then did it dawn upon me that Scoot does not have the online check in facility for this flight into HK. I eventually made the check in at TigerAir website only to discover that our passports and important details were not ported from Scoot to TigerAir. It was resolved with a call to TigerAir customer service who did everything else on the phone for me. Unlike the mother airline, Singapore Airlines, Scoot is far from qualified to say “ A Great Way to Fly”.
Our flight is at 2 am Terminal 2 but we had an early start simply because we wanted to try taking public transport to the airport. Bus 106 came very quickly and soon, we found ourselves on the eastbound train to Changi from Clementi Station. It may be almost 10 pm when we approached Tanah Merah, but the train was packed from town onwards and remained so when we alighted at Tanah Merah to catch the connecting train to Changi.
By 10.20 pm, we found ourselves in Terminal 2, it being connected by 2 great escalators from the MRT station. I was terribly pleased with ourselves, having saved about $20 on taxi fare.
Ibis at North Point was just off the North Point bus terminus and a n easy walk even with our luggage. Mapme confounded me and Pat did most of the navigation. Our room was not ready and we left our luggages in their care and decided to paint the town red.
It was almost 12 nn but my ambitious plan was to visit the walled city of Kowloon. It was a long walk in the blazing sun ( 30C ! ) some 1 km east. Not much was communicated between us by then because we were so exhausted. The walled city and its former stories could not be felt among the manicured gardens and sculptured new features. If there was anything of note, it was the lovely bricked walls that fenced up the huge garden.
We took another walk downhill towards Wong Tai Sin Temple. It was another 1 km walk in the heat. WTS was all people, hopeful devotees, tourists and smoke. We captured folks seeking for a cure and other miracles amidst the smoking incense regularly replaced by caretakers.