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We checked out of the Crowne Plaza Hotel around 5 AM January 25th and headed to the airport. Back home it was 3 PM on January 24th. If our flights were on time, we would land in Chicago at 3:10 PM January 25th (5:10 PM Singapore time on January 26th).
Our flight wasn't until 8:20 AM, but we didn't know how long it would take to go through immigration and security. We also wanted to get something to eat before our flight.
As is typical on international flights, we would be served multiple meals on our flight from Singapore to Tokyo. We did want something light in the meantime, however. A pastry shop was exactly what we were looking for. Splitting a Palmier was just right. It was ironic that we were thousands of miles from home and yet found a pastry which was one of our favorites back home.
There were several other choices including local favorites which you could purchase at Burger King or other locations. Some of these Asian breakfast items can be seen in this photo.
The immigration and check-in process went very quickly so early in the morning. By 5:22 AM we were headed to check our baggage and get our boarding passes. There wasn't anyone in line, so we were done quickly and on our way.
Less than 30 minutes later, we had already had something to eat and were sitting outside our gate. The gate doesn't open until about an hour before the flight.
Waiting for our Flight
You might not be able to see from the photo, but the security screening occurs right at the gate. We'd have another hour before the security and airline personnel arrived and started checking passports and hand bags.
Unlike airports in the states, once you pass through security you are now in a controlled waiting area. There are rest room facilities there as well as limited charging stations.
We sat near one of the charging stations so that our phones were recharged before boarding the plane. Boarding for our flight began at 7:50 AM.
Allowing 3 hours at the airport before our flight gave us plenty of time to leisurely have something to eat and get to our gate. We'd rather be early than rushed and stressed.
Changi Airport Singapore
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