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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
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Singapore Airlines Ltd.
Singapore Changi Terminal 3 (SIN) – Adelaide International Terminal 1 (ADL)
SQ269
Airbus A330-300 (9V-STB)
ETD: 2350H
ATD: 0020H
ETA: 0910H
ATA: 0940H
Flight time: 6 hr 40 min

DEPARTURE DAY

12 Feb 2010

Just as I was lambasting the world at the loss of my SQ-privileges in my last trip report, I was strangely embarking on a journey down under with the airline in question. No matter how much I like to make fun of the SQ femme-bots, they are always a welcome respite from my much travelled on LCC flights of late. If Air Asia had a frequent flier program, I would probably be a Lifetime PPS Solitaire by now…

REASON FOR THIS TRIP

Back in Aug 2008, I applied for a temporary residence visa in South Australia and the process was so smooth, an approval seemed imminent. So smooth the process was that the green light was given by the state government within 6 months. Unfortunately things began to unravel and stall once the federal government got involved. Between then and now, the world got crippled by a serious financial crisis so I was given the bad news in Nov 2009 all applications had been put on hold until the Australian economy improves. Strangely, the only states affected by the crisis were New South Wales and Victoria since global-commerce dependent Sydney and Melbourne were situated there respectively. A short sighted knee-jerk reaction by the Rudd-administration, perhaps? I digress…

I had booked this trip last year as one to settle administrative stuff like bank account, housing etc but now it was just another holiday since I wasn’t “legal” enough to do anything else. I would have chosen QF but my parents wanted to tag along since they wanted to sniff out property investment opportunities for their retirement. So they thought SQ was a more comfortable ride although the same aircraft type and maybe the same seats were being utilized on this sector.

“Where are my keys?”
“How the hell should I know?”
“I passed them to you…”
“No you didn’t!”
“Yes, I did.”
“When?”
“Just now…”
“Just now WHEN?! You didn’t pass me anything!”


Travelling with my parents require a certain amount of patience. The constant arguments going back and forth are comical to me but for any on-lookers watching the spectacle, they begin to wonder where do I muster up such tolerance. Normally, a threat that I would leave them stranded on an Australian highway should they continue bickering would shut them up. And interestingly, they normally do. This role reversal of disciplinary action is somewhat an interesting observation as I continue to prod on in life.




Terminal 3 is the latest pride and joy of Changi Airport. While many hold the design concept in high regard, I find the decoration somewhat of an overkill. From the patterned marble flooring to the louver flaps installed around the ceiling, my eyes begin to cross and lose focus whenever I step into this terminal. There is just too much going on.

Still, it didn’t stop me from feeling excited about this unplanned holiday. I was destined for Adelaide and Melbourne, and not to mention the road trips I had in store for us in between. It was basically the same journey I had embarked on back in Jun 2009 but in reverse.



The common check in area for all flights is a concept held true for SQ as in Terminal 2. It is easily navigable with ground staff stationed to assist the moment you look lost. Such is the efficiency of Changi Airport. We had already checked in online and printed out our own boarding passes so it was just a matter of dropping the bags off to be tagged. All completed in seconds.

The logical thing to do afterwards was to head airside. Then my dad asked my mum…

“Passports?”
“I didn’t take anything…”
“But I thought I gave it to you?”
“Give it to me for what when you are such a control freak?”


Recalling the last time my dad handled their passports was at the check in counter where we dropped off the bags. True enough; two passports were left on the counter with the check in agent looking apologetically at me, empathizing with all her might. Sigh, I just grabbed the two passports and ran back to the two old foggies before the verbal assault escalated.

“Hey! Hey! Hey! Australian highway, pick a choice…”

Truce logically prevailed.




Christmas was just over and now Chinese New Year celebrations were in full swing. As with the Chinese, it is all about money, money, money… Must be funny, in a rich man’s world. Changi Airport was not about to be left behind in the festivities so motifs depicting this festival (think giant gold coins, blood red peaches and plum blossoms) adorned the central atrium rather sparingly.




There was even Chinese dance with ladies gracefully twirling colourful fans and agile men flying about in mid air. Weary travelers on transit would have welcomed this momentary splash of vibrancy on an otherwise run on mill journey. If Terminal 3 was the supposed “white elephant” it was described to be, it certainly didn’t look like it that evening.



My plane was docked at a very distant gate A15. The eye-popping design theme of the check in area somewhat subdued itself when you are in your respective departure concourse. Now it looked more like a modern Zen inspired environment where monks gather to meditate compared to the Shaka-Zulu tribal madhouse it was before. Even the individual holding lounges before you board the aircraft was similarly adorned, clean lines and such – just the way I like it.




My ride tonight was on the year old 9V-STB. Interesting note, I last flew on 9V-STB when it was still rego’d on the A310. The A330-300 seems like a perfect fit into the airline’s fleet and it seemed this type was a late entrant because the older versions didn’t appeal. Thank god for the A380 delays, SQ now has a fleet of leased A330-300 to abuse before the arrival of the A350.




Boarding for the flight was already in its advanced stage when I sauntered into the holding lounge. Thus, I wasted no time and headed towards the aircraft. Boarding through Door 2L, I walked towards the inner aisle and then I saw her…

SQ FEMME-BOTS, GO AHEAD… MAKE MY DAY

Like no other airline, SQ has mastered the art of factory producing picture perfect i-Apps compatible Daisy-dollies who are apt at militarily consistent, subservient service at the snap of your finger. Not a single strand of hair is out of place, nails are always perfectly painted, and make up is always on although slightly garish for the newbies who have not learned how to dispense the eye-shadow brush with finesse they end up looking like an opera singer. What SQ cannot control, mostly – is how these girls interpret good service and SOPs. Add in an overly enthusiastic one eager to show she thinks she has mastered the skill of the Western slang with totally wrong placements of intonations and pitches (if you are old enough to remember mouldy cassette tapes getting tight),…

“gOOd eVEning, sIR!”

… you have one heck of an SQ Girl who seemed to have slipped though the SIA Fanny Factory QC Department. It was painful but at the same time amusing to listen.

I present to you, FSS Teo Sze Yin. This girl worked very hard, make no mistake. With every greeting, there was a quick bow, sometimes a curtsey. At times she became confused and could not decide between a bow and curtsey, it became a “bowtsey”. Through it all, she never forgot to smile nervously.

“GoOD eVEnING, sIR. *bow* CaN I HEP CHew wiF baGS? *curtsey*”
“No worries, I will put it under the seat.”
“mOSt CerTAinLy… *bowtsey*”


For those unfamiliar with the SQ culture, the cabin crew have been trained (wait, perhaps I should use the word “indoctrinated”) NEVER to respond with “ok”, “sure”, “uh-huh”, “waddup!?”… But it has to be an old-schooled “Certainly, Sir / Madam.”



And with this, I was zealously ushered to my seat by FSS Teo. I settled in 34K while she skipped off like a Geisha would and began bowing at other passengers along the aisle to see if she could further “hep” them with their bags. Meanwhile, my parents were already seated in front of me and my dad started to finger his PTV because he thought it was touch screen.



Together with FSS Teo, FSS Johanna (although similarly ranked, she was somewhat an improved version of the SQ femme-bot; more human) worked the same aisle with her that evening completing my complement of SQ Girls who would keep me satiated and placated for the rest of my journey to Adelaide. Flight deck came on to announce a delay because of ATC congestion. True enough, the taxi traffic in the vicinity seemed to have come to a standstill. The whole charade of hot towel / menu dispense was carried out while we were waiting to be inched from the gate.

0020H: We finally push back, one day late. Well it is a new day past midnight, no?



One thing I noticed about the new SQ safety video, they have decided on a rather generic depiction of an aircraft which can be best described as a plan view of a wide bodied 737 with 4 CFM engines. Come on, dearie. Illustrate it properly, please.

The crawl towards runway 02C that evening was accompanied by a whole array of other SQ A330, 777 and A380 – you know you are used to the giant aircraft when you can mention in rather nonchalantly in a sentence like that. Finally, the engines spooled up and we were on our way thundering down the runway to begin our journey.




The flight took a southerly turn after takeoff to bring us directly over the Indonesian archipelago peppering the region. It is really a nice feeling to be away from home again after a particularly heavy work period.






The seatbelt chime went off after FL100 and this was a cue for Team SQ Orchestra to begin their performance for the evening. On the dot, FSS Teo suddenly appeared seemingly from the ceiling with a tray of juices and water – just like that.

“SiR, wHat WOulD jEw like TO drINk?”
“OJ, please”
*blink*… *stare*… *processing*… *processing*…
“Orange juice…”
“MoST CerTAInly.”


Evidently it was difficult for her to even bow or curtsey balancing a tray filled with cups. FSS Johanna followed very closely behind with headphones, peanuts etc.

0135H: In-flight meal commenced



There was no need to pre-book any meals as far as I was concerned, yes I do mode-toggle between LCC and full serviced frills very easily. Foods on SQ have seldom disappointed. Ever since new service protocols were introduced a few years ago, the airline has thankfully decided to do away with silly names in the menu like “Main Event” and “Wholesome Beginnings” to denote their meal offerings. Sometimes less is more.

One, two, three, three, two, one… Which is the bottle I really want?

Service this evening commenced from the front with FSS Teo in charge of the cart. She stood for a while tapping her nails around the drink bottles and other items on her cart as if to recap the inventory she had. It was an awkward 60 seconds for the passengers seated in her vicinity.

FSS Teo went into femme-bot hibernation-mode for a mere moment while the i-Inventory application loaded within her ample bosom. Reboot……. START!

“Sir*bow*, WOUld JEw bE having ThE chicken OR deh noODErrrrs?”
“Chicken, please.”
“CerTAinLY *bow*… DriNKs?”
“Tea please, thanks.”
“mOST cERtAinLY, I bE MoSt Glad…*curtsey*”


The self-reboot function didn’t do any good, apparently. I be most glad? I be most glad? Like a CD track on repeat, this went on for the rest of the aisle. Bow, bow, curtsey… Bow, bow, curtsey… Bow, bow, curtsey…



The meal, lovely… What more can I say? The straight lined shapes of the containers efficiently used up the space around the tray leaving no wasted corners (unlike the strange shaped casseroles and bowls used on EK). The salad / appetizer pushed the boundaries of what I am used to. Terrine? I do not usually touch it but I have to say it went very well with the salad on this occasion. Succulent tender pieces of paprika cumin chicken thigh were the main star, well marinated (or “rubbed” as described in the menu) and cooked; vegetables were very flavourful retaining the natural flavours whilst nicely savoury. Making sure no one would starve to death foaming at their mouth from malnutrition, a cup of yogurt accompanied the meal topping it off with cheese and crackers. Again a noteworthy comparison has to be made with EK because the meal I had with them out of SIN was horrible although substantial.

Midway through the meal, it was an opportune moment to fire up Krisworld to see what was in store. I have been so busy I hardly spared time to watch any movies (last one being 2012) so perhaps this was a great chance for me to do it. There are more movies in there than one would know what to do with. Dizzying selection of not just English movies, but Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic, Mandarin ones as well further sub-divided into other genres. Woah… My nose was bleeding trying to decide on what to watch. Before I could burst a blood vessel, I thought the thriller suspense Law Abiding Citizen would be fitting to how I was feeling at that point.

More than half the plane from what I could tell was connecting passengers from Europe so most declined tea / coffee and drifted straight to sleep. FSS Teo began in earnest to clear the meal trays while offering the hot beverage. When I decided more hot tea was in order, I was handed back my entire meal tray with the opened wrappers and empty bowls just so it could hold my tea cup.

“Huh?”… I was mystified…
“TuRrbuRrENce… sAFer dIS Way, sIR.” she justified.

I have learned never argue with a member of the cabin crew. Fair enough, she was looking out for my well being despite the flight being smooth as silk thus far. I am sure a new application downloaded from i-Store allowed this model of femme-bot to foretell CAT occurrences as well.



By the time the trays were cleared and cabin lights darkened, Java was astern and the Indian Ocean was beneath as we roared our way towards the barren Australian coastline just a few hours away. After the delicious Gerard Butler said his peace and movie credits rolled, I seriously needed a pick-me-up so I looked to Wanda Sykes for help. Unfortunately, my system decided it was fun to do random channel change on its own. No biggie, FSS Johanna was on hand to help me reset.




Man, Wanda eventually didn’t disappoint. One cussing, vulgar, barb-infused line after another, I was struggling to contain my laughter. Many a time I wanted to turn the PTV off because I was always on the verge of losing control… Still, I managed to sit through the whole performance and towards the end of it; I was perspiring all around my forehead from trying to hold my chortles in. Wanda, darling – I take my hats off to you.

Throughout the whole night, FSS Johanna and FSS Teo took turns to walk through the cabin with trays of water. I am sure snacks were on offer if I wanted to but I was kept occupied by the PTV until we reached the state line of South Australia.




There is one thing I dislike about these red eye flights to down under. You cannot get a decent sleep because the flight isn’t long enough. Therefore I elected to stay awake doodling around Krisworld. Not like there was anything to gawk at outside in the dark. Unfortunately, Adelaide is perhaps the only destination on SQ’s Australian network which doesn’t have a daytime service. Otherwise that would have been my preferred choice.

0505H: Sunrise…



The sun was now slowly creeping above the horizon, beautifully bluing up the sky outside on this early summer sunrise. A quick check on the flight path we were presently just peeking into South Australia, about slightly more than 90 mins away from our destination. The cabin lights slowly faded on and a hot towel service swiftly carried by FSS Johanna, in preparation for breakfast service.





I swear these femme-bots have the ability to stop time like Hiro Nakamura because once again, FSS Teo puffed in my vicinity like a ninja complete with the meal cart… But I am sure this time-travel warped her ability to pitch her speech properly because now she was almost mono-toned, just almost…

“WOULD JEW LIKE TEA OR COFFEE WIF YOUR CONTINEN-turr?”

My seat mate requested for coffee with his Continental breakfast but evidently the i-Inventory application had failed so FSS Teo didn’t have any of it on her cart.

“MOST CERTAINLy, I GIVE YOU COFFee… SURE FINISH SERVICE I GIVE YOU LATE-err…”

Obviously, even i-Speech was intermittent at this point.



It didn’t take long to consume whatever was given to us on the tray. The surroundings were now visibly brightened with the sun racing up into the sky scorching a rather hot and cloudless Aussie outback, parching everything in its path brown and dried. I can’t wait to get off the plane!


This has been my travel bible for more than 10 years.

0628H: Flight deck announced we were getting ready to descend and asked that the crew ready the cabin for arrival.

FSS Johanna and FSS Teo were now scurrying up and down the aisle to ensure the cabin was all spic and span, urging window shades to be up, seats to be upright, footrests stowed and seatbelts fastened. I fail to understand why some people inadvertently never understand the meaning of seats upright because after several rounds along the aisle, FSS Teo was still catching some of my errand neighbours with their seats in an incorrect position.

The arrival flight path from the north extended out over Gulf of St Vincent before coasting in over the northern parts of Adelaide making it a rather picturesque approach. Passengers of the starboard side of the aircraft would have been treated to a view of the CBD before touchdown whereas all I saw were the sprawling suburbs, and more suburbs.



0710H: Touchdown Runway 23.

It was a hot and sunny day in Adelaide that morning. Aircrafts in attendance were a handful of excited Virgins and a jaded Malaysian diva docked at the international gate. It seemed like a quiet time, but really is Adelaide International Airport ever busy at all?

There have always been anecdotal reports of how Asians always spring up from their seats to retrieve their belongings from the overheads as soon as the aircraft slows down from landing. Perhaps the demographics of Adelaide bound passengers are the exception because now the Caucasians were mostly guilty of it.

FSS Teo’s i-Holler activated instantly – back snapped upright, chest cavity heaved, eyes popped wide open and filled with an intense glare of horror, arms raised and all inhibitions downloaded into her ample bosom by SQ i-Apps IT Department defaulted… as she ran out of the galley from her jumpseat…

“EVERYONESITDOWNAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIeeeeeeeeee!!……”

0715H: Gate 18, local time was now 0945H.



Dad was singled out at immigration because he chose to colour the boxes on his immigration card instead of marking it with an “X” as instructed. He was sternly told to fill up another card while Mum and I were processed first. Hahahaha…

As I smiled through it all, Mum lamented, “Sometimes I really don’t understand what the hell is wrong with your father.”

Arrival process was quickly completed at the rather compact international area. There was ONE grandeur baggage reclaim carousel which handled all international arrivals which I thought was rather quaint. Dad eventually caught up with us there after appeasing immigration with his new card nicely “X-ed”. Border security didn’t even bother picking bones with me this time and they just waved us through. My parents theorized it was probably because I looked harmless next to them.



Adelaide Airport is a gem to use. It is relatively new and compact. Truth be told, it is one of the nicest Aussie airports I have seen next to Brisbane (BNE still tops my list). Sad to say I wasn’t given an upgrade on my car rental this time round. I was really looking forward to a Holden Commodore again but I guess I could make do with a Toyota Camry – albeit a tad yawn inducing.



[Edited 2010-02-25 08:26:59 by diamond]


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 24229 times:

THE RETURN JOURNEY

Singapore Airlines Ltd.
Adelaide International Terminal 1 (ADL) - Singapore Changi Terminal 3 (SIN)
SQ268
Airbus A330-300 (9V-STB)
ETD: 1305H
ATD: 0020H
ETA: 1705H
ATA: 0940H
Flight time: 6 hr 30 min

A summary of the return flight is in order. Won’t be as detailed, I’ll just let the pictures do most of the talking.

ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

After dropping off the rental car, I tried positioning myself at various locations around the airport compound trying to get a vantage shot of the terminal building. I figured it was near impossible because of the driveway ramp which overwhelms the compact structure. This was the best I came up with…



… Hahahah I know.

The departure concourse was teeming with activity and the spacious confines were pleasing to the eyes, layout simple and it looked like a large Ikea showroom, honestly. Warm, beckoning, and non-threatening.



REX counters were used for SQ’s check in this morning. This is the area where the international flights are handled at this largely domestic airport.



In the center of the departure concourse, there is a main security check point shared by domestic and international passengers.



As I have mentioned earlier, Adelaide has one of the better looking airports in Australia after Brisbane. It is not overcrowded with duty free products being pushed in your face; rather there is ample space for you to take a relaxing stroll like as if you were in a suburban mall.



You do not need to produce a boarding pass so there were family and friends sending off their loved ones at the domestic gates which is a sight sorely missed post 9-11.



After the initial din of domestic airside, the passengers will be further segregated as international bound ones would be channeled into a small room where a handful of immigration counters are there see you through.



After passing immigration, I realized we were now officially sterile and boxed into 2 holding gate’s worth of space, and there were no shops other than ONE duty free stall. Immediately exiting immigration was Gate 18, SQ’s boarding gate. I see that the airline’s logo has been placed there so does this mean they permanently operate out of here? The wooden trimmings were very stylish, I must say!



Next door, Cathay Pacific had just completed boarding CX104 bound for Melbourne and Hong Kong. See what happens when dim sum meets fried noodles…



… they haughtily ignore each other.

The tension was too much for the Virgins to take so they scuttled off rather quickly…



After CX left, the situation normalized and SQ was the only one left basking in the sun.

1225H:Time to board…



9V-STI was to carry me back home. She is a new bird… So new she was I could smell her in the aerobridge.



While boarding, I bumped into an old friend who happened to be serving in Business Class today. He would see that I was taken care of very well for the journey.



Seeing how it was after Chinese New Year, the aircraft’s load was surprisingly not full. I had an empty seat next to me which was a bonus! Hot towel followed by menu was given out while we were waiting for pushback. I love the SQ-Consistency, don’t you?

1251H: Push back… We were early. I guess no point waiting since everyone was already on board.



Obligatory knee shot.



One final look at Adelaide… It was so freaking hot that afternoon!



Take off on Runway 23 brought us out towards the coast, overflying Glenelg.

CRUISING…



Champers compliments of a friend working up front.

LUNCHTIME

CONTINUE CRUISING…

Since I was in the mood for some “kimchi”, I watched two Korean movies. I went from an excellent “Good Morning, Mr. President!” to an absolutely horrendous “Haeundae” – the latter about a town to be inundated by a towering tsumani. 90 minutes of overacting later, the tsumani came and wiped out the town in 20 minutes. Those people deserved it, I tell you; for the bad acting.

Urgh…



An exploration of the cabin revealed the different colour theme depending on which part of the aircraft you were seated in. You can choose to be with Singapore Airlines…



… Or Air India…



… So which one do you want?



The Aussie Outback continued to roast beneath us as we cruised.



Coasting out over Western Australia…



Sometime after lunch the cabin was darkened while some people got a bit of shut eye. Surprisingly there was no over-zealous effort to have our window shades down so we could play pretend it was a red-eye. The SQ Girls were constantly on hand to make sure we were well hydrated with several round of drink service on trays.



As we neared Java, the cabin was brightened and we were greeted with more hot towels!

2ND MEAL SERVICE

After hearing about cutbacks, I was not very hopeful especially after experiencing the tin foil special EK was dishing out. But alas! I was not disappointed!



After experiencing the dry, Australian summer for a week, I was glad to be back in the tropics.

ALMOST THERE, THE ARRIVAL AND HOMECOMING…

1905H: Descend

I don’t think I have ever seen something like this before in all my years flying, or perhaps it just slipped my sight. I saw the wings icing up and thawing on several occasions which I thought was rather interesting to witness.

1914H: Cabin secured

TOUCHDOWN! BACK ON HOME TURF



While taxiing around Changi, it felt as if I was back in Adelaide. The dry weather and strong sun had caused the grass around the airport to be parched brown.

1940H:On chox, Gate B7. Local time was now 1710H.



It felt good to be back on Singapore Airlines after all this time. I know, femme-bots and all. But still, it was good fun to have them around. Without them, what would a trip report be? EK has the Wilma Madame Tussaud’s wax figure; SQ has their femme-bots – simple as that. Consistent service is what SQ is famous for and if you do not expect the world, it is pretty do-able.

That being said, this also marked the first flight I have experience the new generation Economy Class on this airline. While the sparkle of new technology is something to be gawked at, I felt the seats were really hard and not very comfortable to sit on. Perhaps these planes were still very new and the cushion hasn’t really been “broken in “ yet. If given a chance I would probably jump on an SQ A330 again because they are some of the nicest planes gracing our skies today.

Kudos to SQ for introducing this aircraft type in its fleet, the timing could not have been better.

So join me next time should I embark on another journey again. Meanwhile…

tHank yOU For rEAdINg!

Feel free to look through a selection of my other trip reports as well.

1. Final Piece Of The Puzzle: Indonesia Air Asia!
2. Ryanair Does Emirates: G'day Melbourne & Adelaide!
3. Now Everyone Can Fly Xtra Long! Air Asia X KUL-PER
4. Bienvenue à La Xanadu: Air Asia X PER-KUL
5. Klia - The World's Best White Elephant
6. MH Is NOT Malaysian Hospitality. The Return.
7. MH: More Than An Airline Code... SIN-BKI



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 24042 times:

Some pictures of the trip.

Some smart alec suggested we head straight for Adelaide Central Market after we landed for some supposedly fantastic laksa – something easily available back home. It cost 3 times the price and tasted like crap.

La Loft Serviced Apartments complex. Beautiful!

Sunrise at Tailem Bend, South Australia. En route to Melbourne on the highway.

Out with the boys at Railway Hotel, Melbourne. I swear the wardrobe similarities weren’t planned.

The thermometer topped 41deg in Melbourne that day, still it didn’t stop people from coming out.

I loved showing my parents around Melbourne, even if Vic Market was closed. Hahaha…

Now you know where I got my crazy streak from. Great Ocean road, en route to 12 Apostles and Adelaide.

So here I am back here again in less than a year.

The weather in Adelaide wasn’t any cooler than Melbourne. It was SWELTERING!

I naturally brought my parents back to Hahndorf for more German meat platter. My mum commented “Wah! Heart attack on a plate! Quick, feed it to your dad…”

Posing really runs in the family.

Glenelg, South Australia.

Always wear a seatbelt, even when cycling.

A moment of tenderness goes a long way.

After sunset, Victoria Square, downtown Adelaide.

After sunset, North Terrace, downtown Adelaide.



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3189 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 23780 times:

Thanks for the trip report, I just happen to be stopping by at the right time.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Dad was singled out at immigration because he chose to colour the boxes on his immigration card instead of marking it with an “X” as instructed. He was sternly told to fill up another card while Mum and I were processed first. Hahahaha…


Haha; good one; I thought only kids would do that, seems like oldies get bored as well and don't follow instructions.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):
showing my parents around Melbourne, even if Vic Market was closed. Hahaha…


You will have to come back again when its open.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):
Some smart alec suggested we head straight for Adelaide Central Market after we landed for some supposedly fantastic laksa – something easily available back home. It cost 3 times the price and tasted like crap.


Most food stuff costs double in Australia compared to Singapore, except the can of coke I brought in Little India Singapore last month; I didn't look like a local so I am sure he doubled the price.

You have seen parts of Australia that I haven't seen yet.



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2694 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 23625 times:
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Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Next door, Cathay Pacific had just completed boarding CX104 bound for Melbourne and Hong Kong. See what happens when dim sum meets fried noodles…



… they haughtily ignore each other.

The tension was too much for the Virgins to take so they scuttled off rather quickly…



After CX left, the situation normalized and SQ was the only one left basking in the sun.

Hahaha!!  I've really got to stop reading your trip reports in class!

Fantastic trip report as usual. I've never been to ADL, but it seems that the airport itself is streets ahead of PER.



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User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 23523 times:

Hey Mr Soh!

Another nicely written TR.....hey I see when u arrived in Adelaide one of my MH beauties was already there to great u huh! ehehehehhe.....too bad you had to 'enjoy' the nice heat down under. At least when I sent home to Perth during CNY it was not too hot, max was 30 degrees! Anyways.....looking forward to your next trip to CGK. Let me know in advance as I have quote a few trips to do in March too!

Cheers bro!


User currently offlineLYchemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 23049 times:

Thanks for the nice pictures of Australia. I went in the winter which was chilly for the Barrier Reef. Wow chicken kiev in economy you will never see on the airlines I fly on.

User currently offlinespootter10 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 22753 times:

Thank you for this lovely Trip Report!

Your trip pictures at the end in particular remind me of my trip to SA 2 years ago. Being German I had to make a detour to Hahndorf as well and was impressed that the food was just as good as at home.

I kind of liked Adelaide Airport, not too big with a very spacious and new interior.

[Edited 2010-02-25 09:56:07]

User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 902 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 22638 times:

Too cool!

You really cracked me up! I have somewhere to be but couldn't stop reading...I was waiting for the fem-Bots to be confronted with something they weren't prepared for and bet the BSD (blue screen of death) but I guess as they seem to be Apple products...no danger of that!

It is nice that you are able to travel with your parents and all get a long and have a good time! (On a related note, did you plan not to sit all in the same row? Probably a good idea!)


User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2989 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 22609 times:

Hi Ryanair!

Excellent TR!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Where are my keys?”
“How the hell should I know?”
“I passed them to you…”
“No you didn’t!”
“Yes, I did.”
“When?”
“Just now…”
“Just now WHEN?! You didn’t pass me anything!”

Travelling with my parents require a certain amount of patience

For a moment I thought it was one of those everyday conversations of my parents.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Passports?”
“I didn’t take anything…”
“But I thought I gave it to you?”
“Give it to me for what when you are such a control freak?”

Recalling the last time my dad handled their passports was at the check in counter where we dropped off the bags. True enough; two passports were left on the counter with the check in agent looking apologetically at me, empathizing with all her might. Sigh, I just grabbed the two passports and ran back to the two old foggies before the verbal assault escalated.

“Hey! Hey! Hey! Australian highway, pick a choice…”

LOL

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Like no other airline, SQ has mastered the art of factory producing picture perfect i-Apps compatible Daisy-dollies who are apt at militarily consistent, subservient service at the snap of your finger. Not a single strand of hair is out of place, nails are always perfectly painted, and make up is always on although slightly garish for the newbies who have not learned how to dispense the eye-shadow brush with finesse they end up looking like an opera singer. What SQ cannot control, mostly – is how these girls interpret good service and SOPs. Add in an overly enthusiastic one eager to show she thinks she has mastered the skill of the Western slang with totally wrong placements of intonations and pitches (if you are old enough to remember mouldy cassette tapes getting tight),…
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
the cabin crew have been trained (wait, perhaps I should use the word “indoctrinated”)
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Team SQ Orchestra to begin their performance for the evening. On the dot, FSS Teo suddenly appeared seemingly from the ceiling with a tray of juices and water – just like that.

“SiR, wHat WOulD jEw like TO drINk?”
“OJ, please”
*blink*… *stare*… *processing*… *processing*…
“Orange juice…”
“MoST CerTAInly.”
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Reboot……. START!

“Sir*bow*, WOUld JEw bE having ThE chicken OR deh noODErrrrs?”
“Chicken, please.”
“CerTAinLY *bow*… DriNKs?”
“Tea please, thanks.”
“mOST cERtAinLY, I bE MoSt Glad…*curtsey*”
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
have learned never argue with a member of the cabin crew. Fair enough, she was looking out for my well being despite the flight being smooth as silk thus far. I am sure a new application downloaded from i-Store allowed this model of femme-bot to foretell CAT occurrences as well

LOL, really entertaining. I must say you guys are spoilt by SQ. I guess it is time you make some 5-6 trips on Air India on their COK - RUH/ CCJ - JED/ TRV - DMM etc and then make another trip on SQ. You will definitely feel the difference 

thanks for sharing



A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 22516 times:

Hi Ryanair,

Again I can skip the next Pilates class after reading your trip report! 

Truly entertaining from the start till the end. I love it.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 22123 times:

I really must stop reading your reports at work! I nearly spewed water, then chai, on my monitor at least three times, and I know my boss would've been furious! You and your parents seem like really fun people  .


"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is temporary; the evil it does is permanent" - Ghandi
User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1575 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 21984 times:

As usual ryanair great report.

Good to see you made the trip down to my part of the world. I like the compact design of Adelaide airport too. Also not needing a boarding pass to get airside is good for those middle of the summer spotting trips to the airport when the temp is nudging 40 degrees.

The SIN-ADL flight is also familiar to me and the new A330s are nice and modern compared to the tired 777s that were used on the route previously. However, my stay in Singapore is usually short while I catch my breath and prepare for the 13 hour slog to the UK.

I have also left the passports behind (dad actually) in Liverpool flying to Amsterdam. Thankfully we got them back as someone handed them in at a newsagency.

It seems that your parents carry on like little kids sometimes. Next time you go on holiday, don't forget to organize a babysitter for them.



South Australian Spotter
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 21673 times:
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I had this big smile on my face before I even started reading the report, and by the end of it I was in tears of laughter!! Ryanair only you can cause such craziness with your trip reports.

I know these have already been quoted but they are just too hilarious not to quote again LOL LOL

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
On the dot, FSS Teo suddenly appeared seemingly from the ceiling with a tray of juices and water – just like that.

“SiR, wHat WOulD jEw like TO drINk?”
“OJ, please”
*blink*… *stare*… *processing*… *processing*…
“Orange juice…”
“MoST CerTAInly.”
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
FSS Teo’s i-Holler activated instantly – back snapped upright, chest cavity heaved, eyes popped wide open and filled with an intense glare of horror, arms raised and all inhibitions downloaded into her ample bosom by SQ i-Apps IT Department defaulted… as she ran out of the galley from her jumpseat…

“EVERYONESITDOWNAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIeeeeeeeeee!!……”

The tension was too much for the Virgins to take so they scuttled off rather quickly…

The pic that went with that line, really captured the emotions LOL

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
EK has the Wilma Madame Tussaud’s wax figure

How can we ever forget EK's Wilma "Tank you Sah" LOL LOL. The memory of Wilma is still very much alive in my mind, and brings a smile to my face every time I think of her.


User currently offline9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 21278 times:

Great report! I was laughing out loud during the escapades of the SQ femme-bots!

9V-SPJ


User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 6134 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 21248 times:

I love it, you nailed the SQ Femme-bot accent to a tee.... 
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“EVERYONESITDOWNAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIeeeeeeeeee!!……”

nice....I'm glad you had a good flight on SQ Air.



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 21181 times:

Wow, what a great report. Loved your sense of humor and the great pics of sweltering hot Australia.

I agree that the Changi T3 looks like a visual overkill, wouldn't like to be there without sunglasses on a hangover day!

I've only flown once on SQ, their shortest route SIN-KUL on the triple seven but can definitely understand what you mean when talking about the SQ girls. Even on that short hop their Stepford Wives -like behavior and appearance was impeccable.

Traveling with one's parents can be a pain, luckily I haven't done that for more than 15 years now.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
No biggie, FSS Johanna was on hand to help me reset.

Nice to see they are running Red Hat Linux.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Dad was singled out at immigration because he chose to colour the boxes on his immigration card instead of marking it with an “X” as instructed. He was sternly told to fill up another card while Mum and I were processed first. Hahahaha…

Hah, serves him right! I can just imagine the expression on the immigration officer's face - probably trying hard to suppress his/her laughter...  

Thanks for posting.


User currently offlineKFly From Australia, joined May 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 21107 times:

Haha, another masterpiece Ryanair!!!  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Obligatory knee shot.

I'm assuming you're not a short guy, but that's a pretty generous leg room !

You didn't mention much about your road trip, but hope you had a great time with your parents  


K



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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 21100 times:

Lion!!!

I am still on the floor laughing at how FSS Teo dropped from the ceiling with the juice tray!
However, i felt that the crew you had were not as robotic as neneng and the gang on my flight last year.

While i am not the biggest SQ fan around here, i must say that i find their A330's to be rather seductive   ...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
The common check in area for all flights is a concept held true for SQ as in Terminal 2.

Does this also apply for USA flights?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
There was even Chinese dance with ladies gracefully twirling colourful fans and agile men flying about in mid air. Weary travelers on transit would have welcomed this momentary splash of vibrancy on an otherwise run on mill journey.

Quite interesting for something like this at a terminal!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
If Terminal 3 was the supposed “white elephant” it was described to be, it certainly didn’t look like it that evening.

Definitely was a white horse when i was there! But it was during the day.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
unlike the strange shaped casseroles and bowls used on EK

LOL, the shape of the 'main event' plate (and even the smaller ones i guess) are supposed to resemble the Burj Al Arab  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
a cup of yogurt accompanied the meal

Yoghurt for dessert?
I find that a little odd.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Dad was singled out at immigration because he chose to colour the boxes on his immigration card instead of marking it with an “X” as instructed. He was sternly told to fill up another card while Mum and I were processed first. Hahahaha…

That is worse than US immigration!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Next door, Cathay Pacific had just completed boarding CX104 bound for Melbourne and Hong Kong. See what happens when dim sum meets fried noodles…

ROFL .. i wonder what would ooze out as a result of this encounter  


Cheers!
Roni



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User currently offlineAsiaflyer From Singapore, joined May 2007, 1164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 21016 times:

Dude!
I was on the same flight out as you, SIN-ADL.  
Fun to read about that flight here.
Was seated in 33A , so was not captured on your pics.

Went back on Feb 16.
Can't see the date for your return flight, but recognize the TK A330 on the taxiway from your shot!

Anyway, thanks for a great TR with alot of good pics.  



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User currently offlineDocPepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 20996 times:

HAHAHAHA Super Entertaining report.

I notice you go to Australia for holidays regularly. To me, Australia is nice for a week or two, but stay there for longer than that and I get utterly bored. Lived in Sydney for nearly 2 years and nearly died of boredom. Can't imagine what other places would be like! (I don't do hiking and all that stuff, nor do I care for beautiful scenery)

I mean I'm in Saudi Arabia now right..... and to me besides the fact that you can't see women, Australia (esp Perth) is only slightly more exciting than Saudi Arabia. I mean after 5.30 and everything's shut in Perth.

Oh and kudos for going on a holiday with your parents. I try VERY hard to avoid family holidays because it almost certainly ends up with my parents nearly divorcing each other and disowning me after us spending a few days together in a confined space. So I am pleased to learn that your parents' marriage and their relationship with you are still in tact.

Also, you exagerrated for effect right... the way the SQ girls speak...... It's super hilarious though.

I had a very good flight with SQ from SIN to DXB last week. They spoke quite well though, not the ah lian types.


User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 959 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 20931 times:

Good God Ryan, such irreverence... on so many levels; no wonder you need to move to another country! hahaha

Thanks for entertaining us yet again with another hilarious episode of "Ryanair!!! does... " Totally enjoyed it!

That aside, the SQ style and standards seem to be intact in Y class. Does make me want to try their A330 now on a longer flight to see if it's still "a gate way to fry".

Regards and Xin Nian Kuai Le!
airpearl

[Edited 2010-02-26 01:50:03]

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6457 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 20837 times:

Hi Ryan,

As soon as I saw this TR up here, I started giggling. And that giggling didn't take long to turn into complete laughter! Great, entertaining and very humourous report as usual! Great pics too.

Food looks quite nice, although it looks like it's a little on the small side. The breakfast looks far from filling.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
At times she became confused and could not decide between a bow and curtsey, it became a “bowtsey'

Haha. The name sounds cute. What a life those FAs must lead having to conform with such formalities which make SQ what it is. It'd take me a while to be whipped into shape - I think I would prefer to stick with another carrier!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
my dad started to finger his PTV because he thought it was touch screen.

They aren't? How surprising. One day if he flies EK, he'll be surprised to see that pressing on the screen will actually do something!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
You cannot get a decent sleep because the flight isn’t long enough

I wondered if those flights were long enough.. I guess I'd have to try for myself. At least the ones to AKL are 10+ hrs.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“EVERYONESITDOWNAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIAIRCRAFTSTILLTAXIeeeeeeeeee!!……”

Made my day!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Truth be told, it is one of the nicest Aussie airports I have seen next to Brisbane (BNE still tops my list).

Yet to try either out (BNE was done 13 years ago so I hardly remember).. Hopefully one day!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
After the initial din of domestic airside, the passengers will be further segregated as international bound ones would be channeled into a small room where a handful of immigration counters are there see you through.

Just like OOL. I guess you make the most of the space and allow just enough room for international flights if they happen to be so few and far between.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
The tension was too much for the Virgins to take so they scuttled off rather quickly…

LOL. Is it just fitting that the registration is 9V-STI?  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
an absolutely horrendous “Haeundae” – the latter about a town to be inundated by a towering tsumani. 90 minutes of overacting later, the tsumani came and wiped out the town in 20 minutes. Those people deserved it, I tell you; for the bad acting.

Haha. One more film to add to my black list  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
… So which one do you want?

Very interesting. I'm sure they could have done it more subtly..

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
So join me next time should I embark on another journey again.

Can't wait to laugh out of my skins again. Thanks again!

Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 20491 times:

Gosh people... Thank you so much for your patronage!

Quoting BNE (Reply 3):
Most food stuff costs double in Australia compared to Singapore, except the can of coke I brought in Little India Singapore last month; I didn't look like a local so I am sure he doubled the price.

You have seen parts of Australia that I haven't seen yet.

It really depends. Fresh local produce down under is actually far cheaper compared to what we have back here. Do not forget in Singapore, we import practically everything except for the air we breathe. But it is expensive to eat out in Australia, although you get the amount's worth you actually pay for in dollars.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 4):
I've really got to stop reading your trip reports in class!

Turn off that i-Phone, you should not be surfing in class anyway unless you want an i-Detect capable SQ Girl to single you out in the lecture hall!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 4):
I've never been to ADL, but it seems that the airport itself is streets ahead of PER.

ADL is indeed a very nice airport. Like I mentioned, it really felt like a suburban mall especially at airside. Think Kath and Kim's Fountain Gate and Kel's fine meats is just around the corner. I am sure Tru and Pru are snobbishly sipping "cinos" somewhere too... Care for some panini?

Quoting thaia345 (Reply 5):
Let me know in advance as I have quote a few trips to do in March too!

As of now, my dates set for JKT are 19-21 March.

Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 6):
Wow chicken kiev in economy you will never see on the airlines I fly on.

Now which airline would that be, you poor thing?

Quoting spootter10 (Reply 7):
Being German I had to make a detour to Hahndorf as well and was impressed that the food was just as good as at home.

There is something about Hahndorf which attracts me back there. Maybe it is the cute little curio shops they have, or the sweet smelling Beerenberg strawberry farm... Or maybe it is that cholestrol adding meat platter?!

Quoting Burj (Reply 8):
It is nice that you are able to travel with your parents and all get a long and have a good time! (On a related note, did you plan not to sit all in the same row? Probably a good idea!)

My parents and I actually love travelling together. Dad and I are window seat connoiseurs so we are never in the same row. We suffer from this if-I-don't-get-a-window-seat-I'll--puke syndrome.

Quoting ojas (Reply 9):
For a moment I thought it was one of those everyday conversations of my parents.

Awesome! So you can relate!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Again I can skip the next Pilates class after reading your trip report!

I still think you're chicken for not attending body combat...  
Quoting LH459 (Reply 11):
I nearly spewed water, then chai, on my monitor at least three times, and I know my boss would've been furious! You and your parents seem like really fun people

Tks tsk tsk... Never have liquids in your mouth for a long time. After a while you have to choose whether you want to spit or swallow! So which is which?

Quoting Ryan h (Reply 12):
Also not needing a boarding pass to get airside is good for those middle of the summer spotting trips to the airport when the temp is nudging 40 degrees.

This is something not possible at many airports these days. I'll keep that in mind the next time i am back in Adelaide so I can go spotting there. It beats hanging out at the carpark along the highway or Harbourtown Mall!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
I had this big smile on my face before I even started reading the report, and by the end of it I was in tears of laughter!!

Hahahaha really? I am glad I made your day...  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
How can we ever forget EK's Wilma "Tank you Sah" LOL LOL. The memory of Wilma is still very much alive in my mind, and brings a smile to my face every time I think of her.

Wilma was very much a character, who can forget her? I guess now you will remember FSS Teo as well. rIGht?

Quoting United1 (Reply 15):
I love it, you nailed the SQ Femme-bot accent to a tee....

Dude... I do live in the same country as they do. I am surrounded by them!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Even on that short hop their Stepford Wives -like behavior and appearance was impeccable.

If you saw them on a SIN-KUL flight, they were probably on some turn around schedule like SIN-KUL-SIN-PEN-SIN-CGK-SIN-BKK-SIN. At the end of it all, they still look the same. They go through a lot of pain to make sure no matter what happens even if their arm falls off, they will still look well presented.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Traveling with one's parents can be a pain, luckily I haven't done that for more than 15 years now.

I am sorry to hear that... hehehehehe. As I mentioned, I love travelling with my parents. It helps that they too can appreciate toilet humour like I do, especially my mum.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Hah, serves him right! I can just imagine the expression on the immigration officer's face - probably trying hard to suppress his/her laughter...

As far as the immigration officer was concerned, she wasn't amused. "Sir, I know you meant to say "no" but you didn't mark "X". It is clearly stated you have to do so. I will process them (points to mum and I) first and please fill up a new form over there. You can come back to me afterwards, you do not have to join the queue."

Quoting KFly (Reply 17):
I'm assuming you're not a short guy, but that's a pretty generous leg room !

I am not short, but I do not think I am terribly statuesque either. Yes the legroom wasn't too bad.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
Does this also apply for USA flights?

I have no idea, the last time I flew SQ002 to SFO was pre 9-11. Back in those good old days, all check in desks were assigned individually in Changi.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
LOL, the shape of the 'main event' plate (and even the smaller ones i guess) are supposed to resemble the Burj Al Arab

It is Burj al-wasted space as far as I am concerned! That hotel looks good as a building, as a sail shelter in a roof terrace, or as an individual serving bowl in a posh restaurant. But placing it on a serving tray for an inflight meal is just a waste of inflight real estate. You saw how MESSY my EK meal tray looked.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
ROFL .. i wonder what would ooze out as a result of this encounter

Get someone drunk and work it!

Quoting Asiaflyer (Reply 19):
I was on the same flight out as you, SIN-ADL.
Fun to read about that flight here.
Was seated in 33A , so was not captured on your pics

YOU WERE?! Geez... You MUST have seen me with the camera!! It was strung around my neck the whole time! I returned on 19th Feb.

Quoting DocPepz (Reply 20):
To me, Australia is nice for a week or two, but stay there for longer than that and I get utterly bored. Lived in Sydney for nearly 2 years and nearly died of boredom. Can't imagine what other places would be like! (I don't do hiking and all that stuff, nor do I care for beautiful scenery)

Dude, so far I have lived and worked in Rockhampton, Tamworth and Pearce. I loved every second of it so I am fine with having a slow paced life. In fact, that is what I hope to have one day.

Quoting DocPepz (Reply 20):
So I am pleased to learn that your parents' marriage and their relationship with you are still in tact.

Hahahahaha... Thank you. It is very much intact, thank you. We have a trip together to Japan planned sometime for the end of the year, actually.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 21):
Good God Ryan, such irreverence... on so many levels; no wonder you need to move to another country!

Nooooooo... me? Irreverent? Really? I am really a princess when you meet me in person, ask Roni. I am prim, proper... and I fart and burp with such grace the Queen of England would be so proud!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 21):
That aside, the SQ style and standards seem to be intact in Y class. Does make me want to try their A330 now on a longer flight to see if it's still "a gate way to fry".

For this sort of Stepfordly robotic service, it is fine in YCL but somehow I don't think it would go down well with the folks in JCL/PCL. That being said the A330 was really decked out very well. Makes the 777s and 744s look so sad and passe.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Food looks quite nice, although it looks like it's a little on the small side. The breakfast looks far from filling.

Don't concentrate on the main, but look at the meal tray as a whole. Once you have consumed ALL the bits and bobs, it is actually very filling. In fact I didn't finish the dinner roll. Come breakfast, you would still be full from dinner so I didn't mind the small portion of CONTINEN-turr brekkie.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
I wondered if those flights were long enough.. I guess I'd have to try for myself. At least the ones to AKL are 10+ hrs.

SIN-AKL is officially 10hrs 30 mins. That is long enough for a sleep.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
LOL. Is it just fitting that the registration is 9V-STI?

Or it could have been 9V-STD!



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 20358 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 23):
I still think you're chicken for not attending body combat...

I wish I could. The plan to reintroduce body combat at my gym has been shelved.  



Friends forever
25 jeffrySkY : Absolutely hilarious, but seriously, I really value SIA's consistency in its product. China Airlines, for instance, has a reasonable in-flight product
26 Post contains images tk747 : That was hilarious. Loved the dialogue. 10 stars
27 mtaabq : Ryanair, your TR's never fail to entertain. Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for the pics -- who knew you had such nice guns?
28 767ER : Ryanair, Another stupendous effort. You didn't happen to be in SYD this weekend for Mardi Gras? Only reason I ask is that I was strolling down Oxford
29 cesarv777 : Hands down the funniest trip report I've read! Great pics throughout. Love the SQ Fembots!!!! "server processing..." Hillarious. Sounds like you took
30 Post contains images SIN7 : Hi Man, one damn TR! See what you have missed on SQ after travelling on the cheap for so long. The food, IFE, brand new a/c and the i-bots. All I want
31 Ryanair!!! : Hi guys... hehehehe... All jokes aside. Pilates isn't as easy as it looks. I am actually trained in ballet and before I started, I used to tease guys
32 Econojetter : Thanks for an entertaining report. There really isn't much more one could ask for; SQ Y class service is about as much frills as it gets. I agree. Too
33 Post contains images SQ772 : It's been a while since I last set foot on this forum, or any non-work related sites for that matter. It's 1am on a Monday, and I just finished a whol
34 Post contains images abrelosojos : An absolute delight to read! I thought I am harsh on SQ ... but you take the cake. Actually, I personally find SQ to be consistently good ... not grea
35 nqyguy : Hilarious- thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it!
36 Ryanair!!! : Thanks for reading! Ohhhhhh... you should have smelled STI. It smelled so factory fresh it made me want to do something to destroy it, you know? It is
37 ronerone : This doesn't make sense. Where is the 'Middle East' bling bling in 'Singapore' Changi T3? And why would 'Singapore' deck its terminal out (whether on
38 lukeyboy95 : Perfect as usual Ryan... Your powers of observation are wasted by flying LCC carriers so often... I'm glad you had your SQ vacation. and sanity. I tra
39 Ryanair!!! : Hey Luke, thanks for reading... LOL... I wished I made more money so I can fly SQ whenever to wherever. It is very expensive for us to fly SQ ex-SIN b
40 Post contains images Fabo : Incredibly readable report. Almost makes me wish I could sponsor your flying so you could write more
41 Post contains images Ryanair!!! : So what are you waiting for? Anyway guys, here are more photos from the trip... State border between Victoria and South Australia, en route to Melbou
42 Post contains images abrelosojos : = Now now ... when have I been PC on this site ? You have such high expectations from me . = Look at those pics. You don't think its "bling bling"? .
43 Post contains images T8KE0FF : Great trip report!! One of my favourites. Great to see some more a.netters off to adelaide as I lived there once. And I have done this route many time
44 V Jet : Great trip report Ryanair. One of the best!
45 Post contains images surfandsnow : Or try UA on the ORD-Hawaii runs - a flight almost as long (9 hours), on a 2-5-2 777, but with no IFE, no food (just BOB snackboxes) and legendary U.
46 jayeshrulz : Wow, simply awesome TR. Coool.I enjoyed reading this.
47 Post contains images Ryanair!!! : Hehehehe... I expect nothing but the best from you seeing how your occupation requires nothing less. I have been to Adelaide many times prior to this
48 ycp81 : Entertaining report! Ever notice how SQ's continental breakfasts served in economy out of SIN has been the same for the past 10 years (maybe even 20?)
49 Post contains images SQ772 : Hahaha...how I miss our banters...Ah well, for old time's sake...here goes... I would highly recommend that do so next time...you really should Aw...
50 Post contains images Ryanair!!! : Hi all... As much as breakfast is never the meal of attention, yes I do yawn and get heavy eyelids at the mention of "continental breakfast" not just
51 PlaneHunter : Hi Ryan, excellent report with countless nice pictures, great Saturday morning entertainment. I recently took my first SQ flights again after a break
52 9V-SVC : Great trip report Ryan, you look alike with your parents ! No doubt the A330 is the best in its class, its a good thing SQ gotten it now rather than y
53 Post contains images Ryanair!!! : Thanks for reading... I am not dismissing the fact that EK's Burj-bowls are not pleasing to the eye. Just that they weren't very practical to effectiv
54 chepos : Ryanair!!!! WOW great trip report, a very interesting and enjoyable read. Keep in em coming, can't wait to read your next trip report. Regards, Chepos
55 mandala499 : I think we should meet up... an a.net Jakarta meet when you're here ! LOL... besides, it's been a long time mate! (And you too Thai345!!!) Anyways, a
56 Ryanair!!! : Hi all! Thank you Cheapos... You should really make your way to my part of the world now so you can experience these femm-bots for yourself. Hahahaha.
57 SOBHI51 : Funny, witty, sarquastic, parents acting as all parents do, great pictures. Oh it is Ryanair again. Thak you Ryan for a beautiful report, was reading
58 Post contains images Ryanair!!! : Salam Sobhi, Thank you, you are too kind. No shit.. And you witnessed it?! Wow... Aeroflot? Czech OK? It has been delayed, sufficed to say I have move
59 SOBHI51 : Was flying BEY-CAI on Egyptair but the plane was a leased TU-154 and really it was so long ago i can not remember what airline it was. Also i remembe
60 Post contains images a1ring23 : Ryan! Good to see you back in Oz...D7, EK and now SQ! BAHAHA, unfortunately I know this all too well!! God, I love SQ's equipment. But it is very arti
61 Post contains images Ryanair!!! : Sobhi, you are too kind. You also forgot MH, QF and GF. Heheheh... I have TR-ed them too to Australia. You must understand, Adelaide as a destination
62 Post contains links 777way : Singapore girl Jaoanese version by Pam Ann http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCX6VqeZp-A&NR=1
63 Post contains images ryanair!!! : Heheheheheh... Yeah I have seen this one. She is actually "Lily" and she isn't Japanese. It is just another poke at a generic Chinese flight attendan
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