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Shanghai & SQ:These Are Some Of My Favorite Things  
User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 10353 times:



This report is about Shanghai and Singapore Airlines... two things that are very close to my heart.

Shanghai, the Paris of the East, was a city where I started my career with my first employer almost a decade ago. As a young SQ executive, wet behind the ears, I was eager to experience life as a 'foreigner' in my 'mother land'. I fell in love with this city then, and still am to this very day.

I first came to Shanghai when the city was still at the cusp of an economic boom, when relocating to this city was considered a hardship assignment. Today, a posting to Shanghai is akin to a posting in New York (to Singaporeans at least). It's where the action is – the financial hub of China, a city lined with beautifully designed skyscrapers next to old communist style family quarters. Where modern entertainment complexes are a common sight, and where you are no longer persecuted as a capitalist dog if you leave your home decked in the latest designer clothes and accessories.

There's a certain charm about Shanghai that I cannot put my finger to. But they say a picture say a thousand words, so perhaps these pictures will speak for me...

The Shanghai everyone sees...













The Shanghai that locals see...








An idyllic summer afternoon in this bustling commercial hub...

There's a Chinese saying – a grain of rice breeds a hundred different kinds of people. There is no other way to describe how I felt after a week in China. It is not difficult to differentiate a northern Chinese from a southerner. We have different facial features, attitudes in life, eating culture and even the trajectory of our spit varies. Yet, at the end of the day, we are one common race, read the same Chinese characters, but somehow end up pronouncing them very differently (to trained ears).

Despite being yellow-skinned like everyone else on the streets, I often found myself lost in Shanghai, not understanding a single word spoken by the locals... the Shanghainese dialect was to me, a foreign language that had no relation to the Chinese language; Shanghainese cuisine was heavy and too greasy for my Southern palate, and I could never understand why rice was typically not served TOGETHER with your meal but AFTER. I quickly realized how different Chinese from different geographical locations can be.

My trip to China included stop-overs in two other cities in the Jiangsu province - Nanjing and Suzhou. Both cities were accessible by China's equivalent of the Shinkansen or Bullet Train, albeit at a much slower speed. Not exactly your Orient Express, but the ride was pleasant and clean – a huge contrast to my rides years ago when locals wouldn't think twice about expelling their phlegm onto cabin floors.




Shanghai train station...


The 'first class' cabin...



While not as commercialized and developed as Shanghai, one senses that they too have quickened their pace of development. Nanjing's skyline resembles Shanghai's a decade ago, while Suzhou's industrial parks have expanded way beyond the perimeters of the very first industrial park that Singaporeans had gone in to build in the early 90s.

NANJING
A trip to Nanjing would not have been complete without dropping by their most important attraction – the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum.


The number that China and Japan have yet to see eye-to-eye on...








View of Nanjing City


A brand that has stood the test of time

SUZHOU

Home of the Suzhou-Singapore Industrial Park, Suzhou has also been an important centre for China's silk industry and continues to hold that prominent position today. The city is renowned for its beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens which have contributed to its status as a tourist attraction.


Suzhou railway station

A cheaper mode of transport in Suzhou

The Suzhou National Museum is a must see, only because it is designed by world renowned architect, IM Pei. Architecturally, the museum is a masterpiece. However, the Chinese have yet to master the art of running and maintaining their facilities. It's amusing how such an important attraction only provides its visitors with black & white photo-copied 'brochures'. Of course, a made in China English brochure is never complete without spelling and grammatical errors. It is equally interesting how one does not need directional signages to know where the nearest lavatories are in this museum or anywhere for that matter... your nose will always be your best navigator.





PVG-SIN

After a hectic week of work and revisiting the paths that I had walked years ago as a young expatriate in Shanghai, it was time to return to a more sedated and, I can't believe that I'm saying this, cooler Singapore (I've never perspired as much in Singapore as I did in China!) The ride from Puxi to Pudong International Airport took approximately 40minutes by taxi, and cost 160 RMB. The Maglev would have been a faster alternative. However, that would require me to take a taxi to Lujiazhui in Pudong, get off, queue up with the masses for tickets, lug my bags across the station, wait for the train.... At the end of the day, I went for the most convenient and comfortable option. The time saved wouldn't have been significant anyway.

I still remember with fondness the old Hong Qiao Airport – with its crowded halls, long immigration lines, rude authorities, slippery washrooms, and sleazy looking stairwells connecting the departure and arrival levels that were manned by chain-smoking officers. That was my first brush with China.

Today, Shanghai's gateway to the world is served by 2 massive terminal buildings in Pudong. Terminal 2, aka the Star Alliance Terminal. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu – the same Paul who designed the part of Charles De Gaulle Airport that collapsed a few years back.

As a Singaporean, making comparisons and benchmarking almost everything against everything else in my country is like taking a shower at least twice a day – it is darn necessary. There's only one way to be the best - by learning/emulating/copying from the best. I was eager to assess how the new Pudong terminal 2 stacked up against Changi.


The impressive but gloomy dark driveway leading to the departure hall... versus

The bright driveway that offers little shelter from the elements... Changi 0 – Pudong 1


Unique ceiling panels offering lots of natural lighting, giving the whole terminal building a sense of space...versus





Sea gull inspired ceiling panels with warm color tones that gives the whole terminal a cozy feel. Overall design reminds me of ICN and HKG airports... Changi 1 – Pudong 1.

The overall feel of the new terminal was definitely better than terminal 1just across the complex, which despite being less than 10 years old, was already showing signs of wear and tear. There's one thing that Singaporeans excel in, and that's maintaining our building facilities well. Work on Changi terminals 1 and 2 were always on-going. Repairs are done the moment faults are spotted, retail outlets are always changing and spruced up to offer up to date merchandises and toilets, even on the busiest days are consistently clean and odorless. Heck, Changi's terminals 1 and 2 had gone through several minor and major renovations even before terminal 3 was built. Pudong terminal 1 in contrast, had retail outlets that resembled street stalls. Souvenir shops selling identical merchandises haphazardly displayed that clutter the walk-ways, giving the terminal an unsightly and disorganized feel. I do apologize for not having any photos of Pudong terminal 1, so you just have to take my word for it.

Fortunately, Pudong terminal 2 is better managed, although I do not know how long this will last before the airport management start losing control over how each shop displayed their goods. While all the shops were new, they lacked the variety that Changi or Chep Lap Kok had. I do wonder how much non-aeronautical revenue Pudong earns compared with Changi, which incidentally accounts for more than 60%. Needless to say, I was bored within 5 minutes of entering the air-side, and was soon desperately searching for my last remaining pack of cigarettes, which I later realized I had stupidly checked in by accident! With no ciggies to take my mind away from my boredom, the lack of 'entertainment' facilities in the airport became even more stark! It's times like these that I appreciate Changi even more. Where are the butterfly and cactus gardens, movie theatres, foot massage machines, games arcade, shopping mall when you need them???


I degenerated to analyzing the carpet on the floor – which looked identical to EVA Air's seat covers on their newer A330s and B77Ws!




Typical airport seats compared to Changi's lounge chairs (pictures of Changi's designer chairs can be seen in my earlier report - http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/133128/ ).


Almost bare transit area... void of facilities to entertain the most jaded traveler


An Air China in Olympic Livery ready for push-back

Terminal 2 claimed to have free wireless hot-spots, but I found logging into any connection almost impossible due to the weak signals. I scanned my laptop for all available unsecured networks, from those in the Dragon Air lounge to the Star Alliance lounge, to some airport authority network. None worked, and I gave up trying. So it was back to roaming the rest of the terminal...




There were lots of poorly lit corners within the terminal. It was as if the architect never planned for the airport to be operational after sun-set! Needless to say, reading anything was next to impossible under those dim conditions.

My ride was already at the gate by the time I arrived at my gate. Taking me home, and away from this excruciating boredom was 9V-SQI (AVOD equipped). I'd never felt so relieved to be leaving an airport before... okay maybe once when I was transiting in FRA...


9V-SQI being loaded with meals from the MU flight kitchen.

Having selected online a 2 seater at the back of the aircraft the previous night, I was now regretting my choice and hoped that the flight would be empty enough for me to snag another 3 seater/personal lie-flat bed.

“Welcome aboard, Mr SQ772!” the cheery Chief Steward's voice boomed as he glanced at my boarding pass.
“Hi there” I faked a smile – I was really tired and dying for a ciggy.
“ How was Shanghai?” he asked – either faking interest or genuinely interested. With SQ crew, it's quite impossible to tell.
“It was HOT!” I replied...recalling the weather and the pub that I got totally drunk in the night before.
“Haha.. it sure was! But it's cool in here” he assured me.

As luck would have, this looked like another half-filled flight. I waited by Door 3R as the remaining passengers boarded, looking for an empty row to occupy. An enthusiastic Flight Stewardess (which Singapore Girl isn't??) assumed that I was lost, and asked if she could show me to my seat.

“Are there any empty rows?” I politely asked.
“Flight not full, should have lah! You can move to any seat once the cabin door is closed” she advised and fleeted away to assist other passengers. I thanked her and found myself an empty row in the forward Y cabin when I noticed that almost everyone was already seated.


I settled into my seat and began reading my Sunday Times and catching with the latest news from home.

“Oh there you are sir, was looking for you!” the same Singapore girl chuckled appeared by my seat... “just want to tell you that all passengers already boarded and you can seat anywhere you like... but I guess you have lor!” she continued, in her splendidly fluent “Singlish”... 

I loved the fact that she felt comfortable enough to lapse into her Singlish (instead of BBC English) with me, and even more impressed that she remembered that I was searching for an empty row earlier and bothered to look for me to follow up on my request. That's SQ on a slow day or you. They give their best every chance they have. I assume that the only reason why many people think that SQ's service delivery is robotic is due to the fact that all these girls move and look like Stepford Wives – all poised and impeccably well groomed. Where nothing is too much trouble, and fulfilling a customer's needs is in itself an orgasmic experience. It's no wonder that they do it over and over again. Without doubt, SQ still offers one of the best inflight service standards in the airline industry today... but I digress...

The usual hot towels were handed out before the cabin lights were dimmed for the safety video and push back.




Night view of Pudong Terminal 2 ... and body shot. With this, knee cap shots are officially passe!


Keeping myself occupied by checking out the latest movie offerings as the aircraft taxied to its take-off position... with 80 movies, 106 TV programmes, 180 CDs to choose from, deciding on my selection was going to take longer than usual...

Lift off and menus were handed out once the seatbelt signs went off.




Givenchy kits with sockettes and toothbrush sets were distributed... followed by several rounds of drinks and mixed snacks.




There's nothing better than an iced-baileys to cool me down.


I was feeling really exhausted from the hectic week in Shanghai, and partying till dawn the night before exacerbated my fatigue. I was dozing off while watching the movie that I had painstakingly chosen for this flight...

I was looking forward to the dinner service so that I could get it over and done with before turning my humble Y seat into a lie-flat bed. Once again, two carefully put together meal choices served on Givenchy designed serviceware were offered.

International Selection

Pasta and ham salad
Seared fish in tomato oregano sauce with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes
Cheese and crackers
Roll and butter
Ice cream
Coffee-tea or any drink under the sun


OR

Oriental Selection

Chinese duck salad (tried that before on a SIN-TPE flight)
Stir fried chicken in garlic sauce and fried vegetable rice (yawn inducing for sure)
Chinese snack (on hindsight probably a nicer name for melamine laced pineapple pastry??)
Roll and butter
Ice Cream
Chinese tea or any drink under the sun


No prizes for guessing which meal I chose.














I was struggling to keep awake once dinner was cleared and cabin lights dimmed....and fell asleep in a fully horizontal position for the rest of the flight. Here are two pictures of my flight - just before I 'lost consciousness'...






Conclusion

What's wonderful about SQ's inflight service is that it is CONSISTENT. Consistently good or great depending on one's threshold for quality. It's therefore difficult to write a trip report about SQ because it typically ends up sounding and looking the same no matter what spin one puts to it. For those who follow SQ trip reports closely, you'll come to know that hot towels are always handed out and collected moments before the safety video comes on.... that the first thing after take off, headphones, menus and where applicable, amenity kits will be distributed...followed by drinks and meal service and so on and so forth. It's comforting because you know whichever batch of crew you get on your flight, they will be there to do their job, and they will do it well 99.925% of the time (don't you just love numbers plucked from thin air?!!   )

Thanks for taking the time to read my report. Your comments are welcomed as always...

[Edited 2008-10-03 12:50:17]


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10176 times:
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Great report and pictures, really enjoyed it,

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
the trajectory of our spit varies



Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
years ago when locals wouldn't think twice about expelling their phlegm onto cabin floors.

- I've been to China once (hope to revisit next year), love the place but hate the whole spitting thing, quite nasty!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineBigMac From Suriname, joined Nov 2003, 318 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10092 times:

What a great and refreshing trip report. It was really fun reading your report (not filled with "I saw this airplane and that airplane" nor a million pictures of them). Your pictures were amazing as well. Keep up the good work!!!


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User currently offline123 From Bolivia, joined Nov 2003, 743 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9942 times:

Fantastic report!

In a few weeks I will be flying BCN/MXP/SIN/HKG and back, in C: Do you have an idea what I can expect, how the amenity kit in C looks like, etc.?

My trip will be a little bit longer, actually: CBB/VVI/MAD with 5L, MAD/BCN with UX, the indicated SQ flight, then, HKG/TSN with Air China, TSN/PVG (?) and then KA for PVG/HKG. Should be interesting and the main part for me is the SQ leg.


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9864 times:

Hi SQ772,

Another GREAT report! A story well written, with a touch of humour embedded within.

I have been reading more and more SQ trip reports lately. My curiosity is getting the best of me. I am also due to travel to KUL next week, and while i am currently booked on EY, i have to arrive earlier than planned, and it looks to me as if SQ could be the alternative. Let's just say i was 5 years old when i flew SQ last  Smile

You are right though, all SQ reports show absolute consistency!

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
“just want to tell you that all passengers already boarded and you can seat anywhere you like... but I guess you have lor!”

I do know 'lah' and i also know 'alamak,' but that is about as far out as my Singlish would go. But what is 'lor' ? is that another Singlish term?

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
with 80 movies, 106 TV programmes, 180 CDs to choose from, deciding on my selection was going to take longer than usual...

I know the feeling! With over 1000 of those to choose from on EK's ICE, it's so difficult to decide on just one!

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
Stir fried chicken in garlic sauce and fried vegetable rice (yawn inducing for sure)

ROFL! I impatiently await Ryanair!!!'s response to this  Smile


Thanks a lot for sharing!

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9859 times:

Great report. Beautiful pictures. These kind of reports (with some more information about the location) are always very nice to read and look at. I must do the Shanghai run one of these days. Thanks!


Wherever you go, there you are!
User currently offlineLu From China, joined Aug 1999, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9687 times:

Welcome to Shanghai. Enjoy yourself.

User currently offlineJoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 802 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9652 times:

Hi

Great TR. I was in Shanghai a few weeks ago and Loved it.

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
The Maglev would have been a faster alternative. However, that would require me to take a taxi to Lujiazhui in Pudong, get off, queue up with the masses for tickets, lug my bags across the station, wait for the train.... At the end of the day, I went for the most convenient and comfortable option. The time saved wouldn't have been significant anyway.

I agree.

We caught the Maglev from the airport, however there really is no saving. Gotta love the taxies!!


User currently offlineLu From China, joined Aug 1999, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9469 times:



Quote:
I could never understand why rice was typically not served TOGETHER with your meal but AFTER.

Maybe u can often hear "Plaese eat meal before the rice", cause the meal is so different in China. Before ur rice, your tounge will taste all kind of cuisines.First deliciouse meal, then rice fills your stomach, also can cancel the rice.


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9360 times:

Hello everyone, thanks for taking the time to read this report...

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
- I've been to China once (hope to revisit next year), love the place but hate the whole spitting thing, quite nasty!

Tell me about it. I must admit that saw less of public spitting in Shanghai this time, compared to years ago. Spitting was still pretty prevalent in Nanjing and Suzhou though. Perhaps it was due to the Olympics. I was told of many public education programmes prior to the Olympics, educating the locals on 'civilized behavior'. Apart from spitting in public, the other "no-no", especially for the games volunteers, was "never wear white socks with leather shoes and business attire!"

Quoting BigMac (Reply 2):
It was really fun reading your report (not filled with "I saw this airplane and that airplane" nor a million pictures of them)

I'm glad to hear that!  

Quoting 123 (Reply 3):
In a few weeks I will be flying BCN/MXP/SIN/HKG and back, in C: Do you have an idea what I can expect, how the amenity kit in C looks like, etc.?

Hmm... how should I put it, SQ's business class passengers will only receive a pair of socks and eye shades that comes in a draw-string cloth bag. Nothing else. That's the only thing that SQ's competitors have done better. Other than that, you'll have the new super-wide business class seat on your BCN-SIN flight. You'll have to experience it yourself, and don't forget to share them with us by doing a trip report!

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 4):
My curiosity is getting the best of me.

Stop hesitating! I am eager to know what you think about SQ's product. The hardware may have changed significantly since you were 5 years old...but the quality of the service probably hasn't changed much.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 4):
I do know 'lah' and i also know 'alamak,' but that is about as far out as my Singlish would go. But what is 'lor' ? is that another Singlish term?

You probably haven't heard of "leh" as well...haha
What does ''lor'' mean...hahaha...that's a really tough one. The difference between lah/leh/lor is just too subtle to explain! According to www.singlishdictionary.com -

lor /lo, lɒ/ int. [poss. < Mand. 咯 lo a final particle, used for 了 le (which is used at the ends of sentences or at pauses to expr. affirmation, the emergence of a new set of circumstances, or to hasten or dissuade); compare Mand. 是咯 shì lo it is so, that will do; 完咯 wán lo done, finished (Chi.–Eng. Dict., Giles)] An exclamation used at the ends of sentences for emphasis.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 4):
ROFL! I impatiently await Ryanair!!!'s response to this

We have very different taste in food...and many other things for that matter  

Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 5):
I must do the Shanghai run one of these days

Depending on your interest, I may have just the link (to places of interest) for you!

Quoting Lu (Reply 6):
Welcome to Shanghai. Enjoy yourself.

Thanks! I enjoyed myself tremendously in Shanghai! Are you from Shanghai too?

Quoting Joffie (Reply 7):
We caught the Maglev from the airport, however there really is no saving. Gotta love the taxies!!

Taxis in Shanghai are one of the best modes of travel - cheap, clean and very often you'll get really chatty and knowledgeable drivers. They are generally very honest too.

Quoting Lu (Reply 8):
Maybe u can often hear "Plaese eat meal before the rice", cause the meal is so different in China. Before ur rice, your tounge will taste all kind of cuisines.First deliciouse meal, then rice fills your stomach, also can cancel the rice.

Thanks for the explanation. With that, I can probably conclude that you're not from the south?  

[Edited 2008-10-03 20:45:56]


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User currently offlineLu From China, joined Aug 1999, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8966 times:



Quote:
Thanks for the explanation. With that, I can probably conclude that you're not from the south?

You are smart enough guessing where I am from. Living in Shanghai from my born.


User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 8698 times:



Quoting SQ772 (Reply 9):
Depending on your interest, I may have just the link (to places of interest) for you!

Bring it on!

I travel solo (mostly) and what I always try to do some photography while I'm there. I like authentic places (as you say > like the locals see it; great b/w pics by the way!) but I like 'over the top architecture' as well (love your first pic!)

I would also like to travel out of the city and see the 'old China'. Beautiful impressive landscapes are also a favourite.

And - of course - there is food... Big grin



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User currently offline123 From Bolivia, joined Nov 2003, 743 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 8029 times:



Quoting SQ772 (Reply 9):
business class passengers will only receive a pair of socks and eye shades that comes in a draw-string cloth bag. Nothing else

Let´s call that from now on, "Staralliance standard".... with LH, it´s not much different, they do however grant you a toothbrush as well...


User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7800 times:

Awesome pics man!
The night and B&W ones are fantastic!


Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
Shanghainese cuisine was heavy and too greasy for my Southern palate, and I could never understand why rice was typically not served TOGETHER with your meal but AFTER

Yep, can't appreciate Shanghainese too. Actually except for Cantonese/Guangzhou cuisine, the other Chinese cuisine are not that inspiring. I notice about the rice served last too. What's the reason?

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
Pasta and ham salad
Seared fish in tomato oregano sauce with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes

These are just as boring too!
Arghh . . . the look of the ham screams chemical and preservatives
The fish dish is nothing more that tomato sauce that used also in pasta.
It's high time the Executive Chefs at inflight services come up with a better menu.
Nice . . . ice-cream from China. Ok, it malamine laced, but I find dairy from China really yummy. The yogurt drinks are the creamiest!

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
Keeping myself occupied by checking out the latest movie offerings as the aircraft taxied to its take-off position... with 80 movies, 106 TV programmes, 180 CDs to choose from, deciding on my selection was going to take longer than usual...

Damn . . . I'll go bonkers too. Not many can come close to SQ's offerings.
Anyways, I like the pattern of your shirt.

I think it's nice FA slipping to Singlish if they know you're from home too.

Seemed you had a blast in Shanghai.
Catch up with you soon.


User currently offlineFlyingKangaroo From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7704 times:

Fantastic report SQ772!!

I lived in Shanghai for 3 months back in 2002 and absolutely loved the city. Your great photos really make me want to return!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
- I've been to China once (hope to revisit next year), love the place but hate the whole spitting thing, quite nasty!

I agree! Same with the Subcontinent where the phlegm is combined with the beetle nut.

But yeah, awesome report!

flyingKangaroo



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7432 times:

Hi, SQ772,

great story.
I like your good mix between aircraft/airline related and destination pix.
Not bad, it seems its time to visit China.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDraigonair From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 708 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7360 times:

Great report!

Lived in Shanghai for 5 years and flew SQ many times (also lived in Singapore) and sure is great  Smile Thanks for the report and nice to see some photos from Shanghai again!

cheers
Nick



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7227 times:

Finally you got the return report done. Nothing like playing hard to get and making all of us wait for Part II of what is an excellent report with equally pleasing shots of the city and beyond.

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
Today, a posting to Shanghai is akin to a posting in New York (to Singaporeans at least).

Not just us, but to anyone headed for China, really. Shanghai is THE place to be! I might be heading there in Feb for work and honestly, I cannot wait!

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
Not exactly your Orient Express, but the ride was pleasant and clean – a huge contrast to my rides years ago when locals wouldn't think twice about expelling their phlegm onto cabin floors.

Ah... The charms of a Chinese city. Some things have not changed.

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
Of course, a made in China English brochure is never complete without spelling and grammatical errors.

Hahahahaha... Steam crap? A map with a red dot indicating your location that says "POSITION ON YOURSELF"?


This photo looks awfully similar to the northern departure concourse of HKIA, doesn't it? The right side is where Regal Hotel is.

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
Are there any empty rows?” I politely asked.
“Flight not full, should have lah! You can move to any seat once the cabin door is closed” she advised

It is always endearing that a crew would lapse into Singlish with you. It makes me feel so at home and I know with a reassuring sigh that yes... I am heading home safely (unless they plow into some more construction equipment on the runway! Hahahaha).

Quoting SQ772 (Thread starter):
Chinese snack (on hindsight probably a nicer name for melamine laced pineapple pastry??)

You just had to huh...?


This ice cream bar is a dairy product, no? MELAMINE!!!!!  Smile

Quoting 123 (Reply 3):
Do you have an idea what I can expect, how the amenity kit in C looks like, etc.?

Sure... It looks something like this...


Quoting Ronerone (Reply 4):
ROFL! I impatiently await Ryanair!!!'s response to this

LOL... Come one!

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 9):
We have very different taste in food...and many other things for that matter

Yes we do and Ronerone, drop by if you can while you are in KL next week and perhaps you can see the difference in the both of us.



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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6857 times:



Quoting 123 (Reply 12):
with LH, it´s not much different, they do however grant you a toothbrush as well...

Well, SQ's (and I guess LH too) logic is that all toiletries that you need are provided for in the lavatories, from toothbrush sets, to shavers, to branded moisturizers to cologne. But still, I believe airline lovers like us would prefer a toiletry bag of sorts to take home, even though most frequent flyers would basically discard the bags after the flight.

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 13):
I notice about the rice served last too. What's the reason?

As Lu had explained, the main highlight of each meal is the food. Rice is there to fill whatever space is left in your stomach. I think it's more polite not to request for rice after each meal as it goes to show that the host had provided adequate food to fill you up. Quite a different dining concept from us Southerners.

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 13):
Arghh . . . the look of the ham screams chemical and preservatives

Yes, when I saw the ham, I was highly suspicious if it was really ham. It looked so artificial! I wonder what kind of meat was it made of. I suppose this is the famed "mystery meat" that many people talk about!

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 13):
Nice . . . ice-cream from China. Ok, it malamine laced, but I find dairy from China really yummy. The yogurt drinks are the creamiest!

And the mystery is now solved as to why they are so creamy and taste so yummy!!!

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 13):
Anyways, I like the pattern of your shirt.

Hahaha... bought the shirt in KUL Lot 10! Frankly, Shanghai is a shoppers' paradise for clothings.... visit any of the Hot Wind chains throughout the city. Most of them are basically factory over-runs of famous brands. Got myself a couple of Zara, Pink, Hermes business shirts there.

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 13):
Seemed you had a blast in Shanghai.

Blast is an understatement  Wink

Quoting FlyingKangaroo (Reply 14):
I lived in Shanghai for 3 months back in 2002 and absolutely loved the city. Your great photos really make me want to return!



Quoting Draigonair (Reply 16):
Lived in Shanghai for 5 years and flew SQ many times (also lived in Singapore) and sure is great

Agree. Shanghai is a vibrant city that makes you wanna live there. Am trying to get myself on another permanent assignment there soon...hopefully. Competition is so intense for postings to China!

Quoting FlyingKangaroo (Reply 14):
I agree! Same with the Subcontinent where the phlegm is combined with the beetle nut.

You should see the public area outside the departure hall at KHI Airport... the floors are dotted with blood red beetle-nut spit! It is DISGUSTING!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
I like your good mix between aircraft/airline related and destination pix.

Thanks. Judging by the number of members saying that they want to visit or return to Shanghai, I think I've succeeded in boosting Shanghai's tourism figures for the next 1 year  Wink

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
Nothing like playing hard to get and making all of us wait for Part I

I'm not that easy... if that's what you're getting at.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
Hahahahaha... Steam crap? A map with a red dot indicating your location that says "POSITION ON YOURSELF"?

I was on the lookout for those weird translations frankly... but you know what, I couldn't find ANY in Shanghai. It was less perfect in Nanjing and Suzhou though...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
Yes we do and Ronerone, drop by if you can while you are in KL next week and perhaps you can see the difference in the both of us.

Apart from the fact that we look like we're both 3 months pregnant...  Smile



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User currently offline123 From Bolivia, joined Nov 2003, 743 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6674 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
Quoting 123 (Reply 3):
Do you have an idea what I can expect, how the amenity kit in C looks like, etc.?

Sure... It looks something like this...

That looks nasty. I will ask the SinGirl to give me one from Y, they look nicer (as per photo in the trip report).
Thanks for infos!


User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined Jul 2001, 1301 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6251 times:

Great report ! I've spent 6 months living in Shanghai this year, and this city has a special place in my heart. I was also glad to see pics of 9V-SQI as I flew on that very aircraft last April from CGK to SIN.

Just one thing: T2 at Pudong airport wasn't designed by Paul Andreu, but by a team of Chinese architect. However you're right in saying that it's Andreu who designed T1.


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5502 times:



Quoting 123 (Reply 19):
That looks nasty. I will ask the SinGirl to give me one from Y, they look nicer

The J class amenity pouch isn't too bad really. They come in handy as a pouch to throw your knick-knacks into... my 7 yr old niece uses it to keep her crayons etc. In contrast, the Y class bag is a little more flimsy.

Quoting AOMlover (Reply 20):
T2 at Pudong airport wasn't designed by Paul Andreu, but by a team of Chinese architect

Thanks for the clarification. The layout and design looks quite identical to T1.



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