(***Important things you want to know when travelling in the Philippines)
DAY 23 KOREA
I have a 10-hour layover so I registered for another day tour. This time I was more relaxed because I had been here before. It was easier. From Incheon, we went to Seoul by tourism bus for about 45 minutes. We visited Gyeongbogkung Palace. “Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. (wikipedia). For Korean drama lovers, this is the filming spot of Rooftop Prince, Queen In-Hyun’s Man, Moon Embracing the Sun, Heartstrings, The Goblin and a lot more.
The tour was satisfying and the meal was great. I didn’t know what I ate, I knew it was a Pho with Beef, we called it Number 2.m and spent 7,000WON (7 USD)
Time to travel to Vancouver via Air Canada. The flight was on time.
It was another 11-hour flight from Korea to Vancouver. I sat by a Korean girl maybe in her 30s. I was near the window again but near the washroom, and closer to the bulk seat. I was disappointed with my TV because it was malfunctioning. I just relax my eyes to sleep. I felt like my seatmate was feeling unease like she was unable to sleep. I’ve seen her drink then asked for a wine. In a few hours, she stood up and went to the washroom. That’s when she fell that almost everyone on the plane panicked. The stewardess called for a medic, nurse or doctor. The response was fast, I saw her back to consciousness again. She said she was okay just felt sleepy after drinking sleeping pills and a wine. These two should not be mixed together. She was treated with first aid and when she was fine she’s back to her seat besides me. I asked her if she’s okay, she nodded. The flight attendants were speaking to her in Korean. She seemed okay but they said she would be monitored by the attendants every now and then so I wasn’t able to sleep properly. I was also a bit concern so I sometimes checked her too.
Seemed like a fast trip, I was already at Vancouver airport. This was my country of destination so this is where I would pick up my checked-in baggage again to check in again. Canada border security is stricter when entering rather than when going out. Declaration was done online. Please visit the website to know what’s allowable and not. http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ifcrc-rpcrc-eng.html
Here are some examples of what’s need to be declared: (Source: CBSA)
Firearms and weapons: You must declare all weapons and firearms at the CBSA port of entry when you enter Canada.
Food, plants, animals and related products: All food, plants, animals, and related products must be declared. Food can carry disease, such as E. coli. Plants and plant products can carry invasive alien species, such as the Asian Long-Horned Beetle. Animals and animal products can carry diseases, such as avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease.
Explosives, fireworks and ammunition: You are required to have written authorization and permits to bring explosives, fireworks and certain types of ammunition into Canada.
Vehicles: Vehicles include any kind of pleasure vehicles such as passenger cars, pickup trucks, snowmobiles and motor homes, as long as you use them for non-commercial purposes. There are many requirements that apply to the importation of vehicles.
Consumer products: The importation of certain consumer products that could pose a danger to the public (e.g., baby walkers, jequirity beans that are often found in art or bead work) is prohibited. Canadian residents should be aware of consumer products that have safety requirements in Canada. Many of these safety requirements are stricter than requirements of other countries.
Some people just don’t declare all. The risk is if they find it out, you will be in trouble of concealing and you might pay the penalty so you better declare all. I have to go to Customs to declare that I brought two cans of liver spread and a raw hide for my dog. They thanked me for my honesty, allowed the liver spread but confiscated the raw hide. I didn’t have to pay anything.