|Little India, Singapore|
When I arrived I had the message handy and re-read it to make sure. No passing through Customs, GOT IT. I followed the other passengers to claim my baggage, all the while looking for signs to Skytrain or Terminal 1 (T1). Nothing !! I did end up at the Immigrations Counter and wondered if I should pass through but my text hadn't mentioned not going through Immigration and it was the only way to the baggage claim. I followed the other passengers to claim my baggage, all the while looking for signs to Skytrain or Terminal 1 (T1). Nothing !! I passed through fine and went to get my luggage. I looked all around the baggage claim and there was NOWAY to get to Terminal 1 or the Skytrain from there. I could only go back through Immigration (but wasn't allowed) or go through, (you got it), Customs to the outside world. I asked the Customs Officer what to do, I showed him the text and advised that I had a hotel room in Terminal 1. He advised that I had to go through Customs and into the arrivals level of the airport. That was the only way to the Skytrain and Terminal 1. (FYI -- At the luggage belt there is a money changer )
I had a bad feeling but there was nothing else that I could do. It was 12:30am, I had been up for 30 hours and traveling for 19 of them. I was tired and edging towards crankiness. I pulled my luggage, laptop bag and backpack through Terminal 2 toward the Skytrain. It seemed to take forever. It was a long walk to the skytrain for T1 or T3. You have to go upstairs and then follow the signs. You pass a lot of coffee shops and even a Burger King. At midnight the airport is not busy but its not empty either. The skytrain runs from 5am to 230am.
I finally got to Terminal 1 but guess what? I was not allowed to enter the secured area to get the Ambassador Transit Hotel. Why you ask? Well that's because I did not have a boarding pass to enter security. Easy fix right? I will just get a boarding pass for the next flight. But alas, that was not to be. I couldn't get a boarding pass to enter because I couldn't check in for my next flight yet. WHAT A NIGHTMARE !! Check in wouldn't open till 7 am and because I had luggage to check I was unable to get a boarding pass any other way. I explained my situation to the Security Officer (calmly) and he advised that I had to go the Information/Help desk. That of course was on a different floor, so off I went carrying all my stuff. By this time I had passed cranky and was heading full steam ahead to the twin towns of Angry and Bitchy.
|Little India, Singapore|
I got to the Help/Information desk and advised the situation. The lady there said there was nothing she could do (completely unhelpful woman). So off I trotted again to security via the Valuair Counter to make sure I couldn't get a boarding pass. They (Valuair) said no. This time when I got to Security I was not so calm. It was after 1am and I was tired and beyond frustrated. I explained the ENTIRE situation again to another Security Officer. This gentleman said he could see what he could do. (I had offered to leave my bags somewhere and be personally escorted to the hotel and escorted back out in the morning). A little while later the security officer came back and said that someone would be up to help me. Shortly after a new "Help Desk" woman arrived, named Anney, and asked me to follow her to the Information Desk. Once there I explained the entire situation AGAIN !!!! Seriously I was sounding like a broken record at this time.