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My Asian Adventure! Part 1, (lots Of Pics!)  
User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8132 times:

Hello all, i took this trip in November, and i have been procrastinating the trip report for some time. but since most of my trips are dull, i thought it appropriate that when i take an interesting one i report it!

As it was a few months ago, i dont have all the details, but i have airlines, and destinations and a lot of pics! so here we go.

My family owns a machine shop in ohio, and we buy many of our machine tools from south korea, and this fall we bought one from taiwan. Also, we are looking into buying raw material from various places in China. So, my boss (also my dad) decided we should take a trip to asia. and since i am the last of my brothers to go, i got the honor of the 12 day trip.

the booking process was complicated as we tried to coordinate scheduled visits and flights....needless to say Bob and Yvonne at Oceana Tours in chicago were very helpfull.

We started out in CLE, taking a VERY early flight to ORD. We tried to get on a later one, but due to some technicalities, we couldnt get the later one. I believe we left for the airport at 4:00am, for a 6:30 flight. Of course we arrived at ORD at about 6:45 central time, and our flight wasnt until i believe 1:00. we got some breakfast, and then i nosed around the international terminal a bit, hoping to see some interesting stuff. Unfortunately, it was a pretty dull day, and i didnt see much. We flew korean air to ICN first.

Here is our bird.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01153.jpg

We were pretty far back in economy, the only nice thing being that we were in one of the rows that only had 2 seats in it. I got a window, and had a little extra room to store stuff. This was my first time on a 747, and it was quite an experience. perhaps next time i will go upstairs for my ride!
This is the view from my seat way in the back
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01154.jpg


After a bit, a lunch was served, they offered a western style and a korean style. I opted for the western style, while my dad got the korean style...he is weird like that.
Here is my meal, i enjoyed it with some complimentary white wine.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01155.jpg
and he is my dads korean style...the soup smelled like seaweed....because, well it was. and i know this makes me sound like snot-nosed kid, but i just have never liked the smell of seaweed.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01156.jpg

The flight was better than expected thanks to Korean Air's video on demand. this makes for a much better experience, as i learned later. I watch Talledega Nights, and the devil wears prada. i also watched a program that had the highlights of the recent world cup.

later we got our dinner. my father and i both chose the western chicken. Note the actual metal silverware!
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01159.jpg

They allowed the windows to be open for awhile, and i snapped a few shots of some beautiful clouds.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01160.jpg

We arrived at ICN and it was about 4:30pm on saturday afternoon, and i think i had gotten a little bit of sleep on the plane. We were picked up by a good friend of ours in Seoul, and he drove us to our hotel to check in. then we went and got a late dinner. Before we left the airport, he helped us reschedule our outgoing flights to Busan, as we wanted to tour Seoul on sunday, rather than spend it in Changwon. This was no problem for them, we just had to fly out of Gimpo the next night instead of Incheon. this was no problem, and i had wanted to see both airports anyway.

Sunday we had a nice tour of sights in Seoul, and got to Gimpo for our flight to pusan.
the flight board
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01291.jpg
Our bird to Busan
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01292.jpg
We spend a few productive days in Changwon touring factories, and overseeing the progress of some of our new machine tools. Now it was time to go to the next part of the trip, a brief stay in Taiwan. It was suggested to us that we fly to ICN late in the evening the day before our flight, as fog in Changwon often delays flights. So we did.
This is unusual and exciting for an american like me!
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01372.jpg

This flight was lightly filled, and i got an exit row to myself! it was economy class luxury!!
Views from the flight
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We got to ICN and took a shuttle to our hotel, which was called the Incheon Airport hotel, which was a bit of false advertising really...after 40 minutes in a shuttle bus, we got to a hotel on the outskirts of incheon. we rode with some ultimate fighters, who have travelled more in their lives than i ever will i expect!

Early the next morning we got up and hit the shuttle back to ICN.

We were headed to Taipei on our last korean air flights.
Gates at ICN
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01381.jpg

Some more shots from ICN
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This is the meal from korean air, which was ok.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01388.jpg

The flight was ok, and i didnt know what to expect going to taiwan. It turned out to be the highlight of my trip really.

views from the window
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01389.jpg
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We were picked up by an associate, and we took a 3 hour drive to Tainan, to visit some factories.
then, we headed back up north to visit the last, and most impressive factory. then we enjoyed a great meal, and settled down in our hotel.

We got an early taxi ride to the airport, and prepared to take dragon air to Shanghai, by way of Hong Kong.
Our dragon air bird
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01463.jpg
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01466.jpg
This is a neat little area near the boarding gates.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01464.jpg
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01465.jpg

This is down some stairs, and to the jetways.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01467.jpg
I spotted the hello kitty plane by EVA Air.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01469.jpg
And nearly as disturbing was this meal.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01470.jpg
Some views on taxi into hong kong
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01471.jpg
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01472.jpg
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01473.jpg

We arrived at Hong Kong pretty much on time, but this was our shortest connection of the trip, or so we thought. the brakes on the plane made a lot of strange noises on landing, and we were happy to get off of it. Then we checked our boarding gate for departure, and it was the same as we arrived at...it was the same plane!!
Then we noticed that the flight was delayed, due to the fact that they were changing the wheel! this caused to miss our window, as a chinese military exercise was tying up the whole east coast of china! we ended up sitting for 2 extra hours in hong kong, and then an hour on the plane before we took off.
but during the 2 hour delay in hong kong, i had a chance to get a Whopper at burger king, which was a welcome bit of food! that is what i love about airports...like tiny bits of home, wherever you go!
This is the gate area in hong kong.
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01474.jpg
and some spotting
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01475.jpg
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01476.jpg
I dont know what it said, but they were lying!
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01477.jpg
While we were waiting to push back, we overheard a chinese man talking to a FA in english. He was complaining about the delay, and raising a bunch of hell. He was demanding to be put on another flight, even though it was a military exercise keeping us from going. He called the airline disgusting, and said he would never fly them again. he also demanded to speak someone high up in the company. i understoon his point, but if he was so important, why was he flying with us slobs back in coach? so after that discussion, he calls someone on his phone, and explains to them about the problems with dragon air, and we hear him say, "ok, thanks Yvonne!" it was Yvonne from oceana tours!
My view from my seat...a little disheartening!

Malasya airlines 747
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01479.jpg
I had the beef

One of the only redeeming things about dragon air!
http://web.mac.com/dimoko/iWeb/Site/air%20travel_files/DSC01481.jpg


This wraps up my first part of my trip, the next is all of my travels in china, on many chinese domestic ailines, so stay tuned!


"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8038 times:

I had the beef

I love the look of your meal on board KA! Hehehehe...

Great report. How did you like the long trip to Asia? Is this your first time venturing to this side of the world? I will always rememeber the first time I set foot on US soil. It was an exciting experience that made my heart pump so hard as soon as I stepped off the plane, a JAL 747-200 in Honolulu International Airport way back in 1987.



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User currently offlineVC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1035 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7906 times:

Wow, you're right. The "Hello Kitty" jet and the KE meal are both pretty disturbing...

User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 7512 times:

My god! That beef looks like diahorea!  Sad

User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 7338 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
How did you like the long trip to Asia? Is this your first time venturing to this side of the world?

Yes, it was my first time in Asia. Other than the long flights in economy, it was very nice. I met a lot of great people, and learned quite a bit.



"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8467 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 7338 times:
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Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 2):
Wow, you're right. The "Hello Kitty" jet and the KE meal are both pretty disturbing...

- The plane looks ok, but that meal, no way I'd eat that, looks awful!

Liked the pic's, brings back great memories of trips out east spotting Smile

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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 7140 times:

Good show! Looks like a blast.

User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 7051 times:

Funny report. I actually laughed a little at the "nearly as disturbing" meal.


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User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 7044 times:

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
My view from my seat...a little disheartening!

Did you ever find out what that was?
Besides that, your trip looked quite fun and the pics were great.

WN230



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User currently offlineZoom1018 From Vietnam, joined May 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 7001 times:

Nice pics, the noodle looks yummy haha

User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6920 times:

Nice report...and the beef look disturbing.

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
We got to ICN and took a shuttle to our hotel, which was called the Incheon Airport hotel, which was a bit of false advertising really...

Tell me about it! Asiana put us up here for a day and the name make's it sound like a neat hotel. Turns out it's a shack of a hotel....Hope you didn't try their food. lol

The meal your dad had out of ORD is the famous Korean Bi-bim-bap. Pretty good if you don't add the seaweed soup to it. That's all I eat on my OZ flights.


User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6467 times:

Quoting WN230 (Reply 8):
Did you ever find out what that was?

someone said that it was done intentionally to prevent cracking, but it looks pretty strange to me

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 10):
Tell me about it! Asiana put us up here for a day and the name make's it sound like a neat hotel. Turns out it's a shack of a hotel....Hope you didn't try their food. lol

i didnt eat the food from those strange vending machines.



and they also had these large bookshelves with VHS tapes in them...but there were no tapes, just sleeves...very odd indeed.



"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlineHeeseokKoo From South Korea, joined Jan 2005, 632 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6234 times:

Quoting Dimoko (Reply 11):
i didnt eat the food from those strange vending machines.

Wow the bending machine looks really fun. At first sight, I thought it is not in Korea, but.. I've never seen that kinda odd bending machine even though I lived in Korea almost 20 years. It should be a motel, not a hotel.


User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6216 times:

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 7):
Funny report. I actually laughed a little at the "nearly as disturbing" meal.

LOL I laughed as well with this part.


Though there was no beef picture?!


Anyway, great trip report and great trip! Keep up with the good job.



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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1458 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4867 times:

Quoting Dimoko (Reply 11):
Quoting WN230 (Reply 8):
Did you ever find out what that was?

someone said that it was done intentionally to prevent cracking, but it looks pretty strange to me

Judging from the looks of it it either looks like cracked paint or if it is metal then yes its a process called stop drilling.
My job is a Aircraft Structure Mechanic and what the stop drilling does is when you have surface cracks and you drill a hole the cracks usually crack until they reach the hole its the easiest path and they usually dont carack much more. However depending on what the Structure Repair Manuals may say you can only drill so many stop drill holes or a certain the cracks can onll be so long before you remove the component/part.

The reason I said cracking paint is because the picture looks real close its hard for me to 100% say its metal cracks unless I was actually there to inspect it, But just suppose its cracked paint the flaps or certain flight controls can aalready have drain holes that came with the part the drain holes are there to let water liquids etc.. drain out to prevent internal corrosion.


Sometimes the rivets come loose from constant G-forces or stress on the surfaces from all the hours of flying and the rivets work themselves looser until they fall out during flight or something else.

Just my two cents.

[Edited 2007-05-18 07:18:48]

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7084 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4752 times:

Nice Pics man. Thanks for sharing and glad to hear you had a good time on the 744. It's my fav aircraft  Wink

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