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To The Other Side Of The World, Part 3:SYD-SIN-ZRH  
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11995 times:

Dear readers,

Welcome to the third and final part of this series, covering our special holiday to New Zealand and Australia. In case you missed the first two installments, here they are:

To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL (by infodesk Jun 10 2012 in Trip Reports)

To The Other Side Of The World Part 2: CHC-SYD (by infodesk Jul 18 2012 in Trip Reports)

The end of part 2 left us in Sydney. After a good night’s sleep in a very comfortable bed, it was time to get out and explore. During our stay in New Zealand we got talking to a British family who had emigrated to OZ and the wife gave us three must-dos in Sydney: Bridge Climb, Manly & Taronga Zoo. So, we did exactly those things!

On day 1, we explored Darling Harbour, close to the hotel….

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A piece of home!


Then we walked through the streets of Sydney and headed down towards the city’s most famous sights.

Here’s the Sydney Tower Eye

Old & new
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Skycrapers


When we finally reached the Rocks and saw the Opera House for the first time, it was a very special moment. It had been a lifelong dream of my husband’s to visit Sydney and he was rather overwhelmed by everything.

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Who could forget the Harbour Bridge?
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Circular Quay
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And again by night
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In the afternoon, we decided to do the Bridge Climb, where you get to reach the very top of the bridge on foot. There are 3 different routes available, most taking around between 2-3 hours. You go in a group and have a safety harness which keeps you attached to fixed ropes the whole way. Because of safety issues, no cameras can be taken (imagine the impact if you dropped it from the top and it smashed through someone’s windscreen), you get to wear a very sexy boiler suit and even have to remove your jewellery. As long as you aren’t afraid of heights it’s a fantastic thing to do, well worth the price tag and a real experience of a lifetime. This New Year’s Eve I can proudly say I‘ve stood where all the fireworks go off at the top of the bridge!
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On this photo you can make out a group on the bridge, which gives you an idea of how high you go!
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The next day we took a 30 minute ferry ride out to Manly, a suburb of Sydney with a really wonderful beach, very popular with the surfers.

Sailing past the Opera House
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…and the Harbour Bridge
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Arriving at Manly
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Manly beach

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Manly promenade
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We found another excellent Greek restaurant. The food was so good, it even beat a few meals I’ve had on this island (and that’s saying something, isn‘t it Eric?)
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In the early evening we took a ride up the Sydney Tower Eye. I personally preferred the views from the Harbour Bridge and felt the whole ‘tower' experience was better in Auckland.


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On our last full day we visited Taronga Zoo, which has to be one the nicest zoos I’ve ever been to. Again, we took the boat, although this time from Darling Harbour as it was closer. This gave us the advantage of being able to sail under the Harbour Bridge.


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From the boat station you take a cable car up to the top and then work your way down through the zoo.
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En detail
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Of course the most special part was seeing these fellas :

Kangaroos


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And now to the koalas. I was so excited about seeing some koalas that we booked a special meeting session, you get about 10 minutes where a keeper tells you lots about them and answers any questions and of course you have your photo taken. We meet Felicity & Coral and they were quite possibly the cutest things I’ve ever seen.


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What a location for a zoo!
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Bottom entrance
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When we returned from the zoo, we took the opportunity to climb a few stairs to Pylon lookout on the Harbour Bridge. Here you can clearly see the route of the Bridge Climb and a group on the left making their way down.


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I’d looked at the programme for the Opera House before our holidays and saw a concert of Rogers & Hammerstein pieces was to take place on our last evening. This interested me, but not my husband so much. A friend at work had suggested we took a guided tour of the Opera House, as this was very informative. Well, it was our last day in Sydney and we tried to decide which option would be better. Both of us were exhausted from all our sightseeing, our trip was drawing to a close and neither of us could make a decision. So there we stood, in front of the Opera House and argued about what to do. I knew at the time it was ridiculously stupid and now we laugh about it. Anyway, eventually the concert won, so we went and purchased tickets and ended up having a lovely evening.


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The concert consisted of songs from some of Rogers & Hammerstein’s most famous musicals, such as South Pacific, The King & I and of course The Sound of Music (one of your favourites, right Nils?). The finale was Climb Every Mountain, which is a moving song at the best of times, and even before it started, I knew what the outcome would be.
When I heard the following lyrics:
Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
'Till you find your dream.
…well, my emotions got the better of me and I sat there in tears. Here I was, on the other side of the world, in one of the most iconic buildings of all times and I had to pinch myself to remind me it was real. What a way to end our stay in this incredible city.


Leaving Sydney
Here’s a look at today’s route, courtesy of gcmap


The next morning we took another taxi back to Sydney airport, leaving in plenty of time as it was rushhour.
Arriving at SYD T1
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Lots of flights to New Zealand, can we go back?



Our flight, departing 1115


We immediately proceeded to the SQ check-in desks, where we didn’t have to wait long. After handing in our bags, I mentioned the seat reservation & we were asked would we be prepared to help in an emergency and soon after we had our boarding passes.

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Boarding pass
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Lots of light and space here
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Definitely wouldn’t fancy working at that desk!
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I’d spotted some signs for a viewing terrace, so we went in search of that. It was free of charge, no security to pass, but then apart from the view it wasn’t very special and in need of some TLC. After that we went to the nearby restaurant for a late breakfast of toast and marmelade.
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Old….
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..vs new
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We proceeded through security & immigration where there was only a short wait and no problems, to then be dumped in duty free, as seems to be the norm now at so many airports.

Snaking our way through duty free

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Nice airside atmoshpere at SYD and a good selection of shops

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Bit more exotic than my usual branch at MAN!

Never seen a Lonely Planet shop before
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There were some quite good spotting opportunities, always a bonus
Love the Quantas livery
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FIDS
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Heading to gate 61


Big and small…our A380 with an exotic neighbour
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Such a beauty!
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….and again


For Suryo
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China Eastern
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Air China departure, for Markus
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Time for some last minute souvenirs
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"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 12075 times:

11.5.12
SYD-SIN
SQ232
STD 1115 / ATD 1129
STA 1740 / ATA 1738
A380 9V-SKH
Seats 44H&J
4th flight on the A380, 1st on this aircraft


Boarding started at 1045, somewhat behind schedule. The gate area was quite cramped for an A380, and our flight wasn’t even full.


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It may have been my 4th A380 flight, but you still have to stop and stare

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Sadly not for us!
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On board


Our block of three seats, one of which remained empty  http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/New%20Zealand%203/OZ-SIN652.jpg

There’s that huge wing again!


Legroom anyone?


Captain Simon Won weclomed us on board and told us the flying time would be 8hrs. Weather enroute was partly cloudly, with some turbulence expected for the first hour as well as on approach into SIN due to storms over the South China Sea. Distance to SIN 6500kms.

Hot towels, menu cards and amenity kits were distributed before take off again.

We had an Indian family sitting in the row behind us, some members were also in the centre block of 4 seats. They didn’t seem to care what the kids got up to during the flight, there was a lot of stomping and running around and playing of noisy computer games. And of course the dreaded kicking the seat in front of you (which, of course, happened to be mine).

The load on this flight was pretty bad, I would say the aircraft was not much more than half full.
Cabin shot
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Magazine


Safety card


Seat pockets and a spare pillow & blanket


Pushback was at 1106. FA Alice came and took a seat opposite us. Before doing so, she checked the toilets were empty, but an Indian lady slipped in there unnoticed. As the crew were now all strapped in, I told Alice that someone was in the toilet, to which the passenger was firmly told to go back to her seat.

Take off was at 1129. Once again, we had a tear in our eye at leaving Sydney, where we’d had a lovely few days. It’s a super city which is well worth a visit.

During take off I took the opportunity to chat to Alice about her job with SQ. She was happy to talk and told me about the working hours and different length layovers they have: 1 night for Asian destinations and 2 nights for European ones. All cabin crew work 3 different aircraft. She gave us some tips for our short time in Singapore.

As soon as the crew had been released and Alice had to return to work, out came the camera.


Headphones
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A little bit of progress!
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My new friend, aptly named Sydney, was a bit sad at leaving his home. He didn’t know if he’d find euycalyptus leaves in Switzerland!
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The vastness of Oz


Cabin shot, note how many screens aren’t turned on.
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Despite there being Y Class seats on the upper deck, they remained cordoned off for the first part of the flight


Where is everyone?
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A drinks service commenced after take off and this time I opted for a fruit spritzer – apple juice and Sprite.


Our inital cruise was at 30000ft, no doubt due to the turbulence mentioned. Later we climbed to 36000ft and then 40000ft. Our route took us to Darwin where we left Australia, then over East Timor and Indonesia.

I passed the time with the IFE, putting together a playlist as I had done on the previous flights. Once settled with my headphones, I was having a bit of an air guitar moment only to be nudged by 44H, telling me that Alice had just walked past and given me a strange look!

This time round I noticed that I didn’t get a meal sticker. I wasn’t bothered at first, but when I saw the people around me getting their special meals, I queried it with the crew. I needn’t have worried, a few moments later my tray appeared with my name and seat number on it.

Meal choices

My vegetarian: mediterranean pasta, salad & fruit. It was very good.
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44H’s choice, chicken & mash
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My husband didn’t eat much of his chicken. He seemed a bit wary of it after the sickness incident in Auckland. Alice seemed rather concerned when she collected his tray, asking whether everything was ok. I don’t think she believed his ’not really hungry’ comment, as she responded ‘Are you sure?’. Great attention to detail here again SQ.

After the meal, the cabin crew came round the cabin with ice creams, this formed the dessert. I was told, politely but firmly by Alice, that strictly speaking I wasn’t entitled to one as I had already had a dessert with my vegi meal (hey, fruit is not dessert for me!). If she had any spares though, she would bring me one later. I’ve noticed on most airlines that when you have a vegi meal, you always end up with a dessert much more boring than the regular one. I did think it was a little petty, but soon enough Alice reappeared with the basket and offered me one, which I gladly took. Sadly, though, 44H had developed a 6th sense for ice creams on planes by now & didn’t have a beer with his dinner which meant there was no second ice cream for me 

Over Queensland
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Still a long way to go!
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Cabin shot, upper deck
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Good for exercise

That huge wing again

Halfway there
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Bye bye OZ! It puts into perspective just how huge the country is when you spend half an 8 hour flight flying over it.
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Leaving land near Darwin. I got up to take a walk and wave goodbye


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Cabin lights had meanwhile been dimmed, but once again I couldn’t sleep…..
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…and preferred to watch the moving map….
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….and play some games
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Over Indonesia
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2 hours before landing the lights were turned up again and hot towels were handed out. Not long after a snack was served with tea and coffee.

Snack choices

My neighbour chose the pie
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Here’s my vegetarian – a toasted ciabatta with cheese and grilled veg - very tasty it was too


The pilot gave us some more information at 17.00 local time. We were just starting our descent and had about 170miles to go. It was a pleasant 29C in Singapore and our ETA was 17.35, with an estimated 5-10 minute taxi to the gate.

Transfer information for connecting pax at SIN
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Getting closer

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Some big clouds on approach


And sure enough, we touched down at 17.38, 3 minutes later then the ETA from the cockpit, not bad.
Deboarding, well it’s never quick on an A380, but it wasn’t full either, so not too long to wait. I had some more chat with Alice, thanked her for a nice flight and bid her goodbye.

Our neighbour at SIN
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Thanks and bye SKH

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SINGAPORE

The familiar quiet and calm of SIN was waiting for us once again.
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Have you ever seen a more beautiful immigration hall?
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Belt 47 for us (if you can find it amongst all the greenery!)
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What an airport….just spotless

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By the time we made it to immigration most of the other passengers had already passed. We had a short wait, but my passport was scrutinised very closely. Eventually it got stamped and I was free to enter.

Singapore was the only one of our destinations where we’d booked a transfer. And sure enough, there was a lonely guy in the arrivals hall holding a nameboard waiting for us. He was so friendly and we received such a warm welcome. A long wait for the lift to the carpark as the trolley men were busy and blocked it for a good 5 minutes. When we finally made it to the carpark I felt as if I couldn’t breathe, it was so hot down there. Into the big black Mercedes, a/c on and off to downtown Singapore. It all seemed a bit surreal, the heat, the traffic, the skyscrapers. After about 20 minutes we reached our hotel, the Naumi.

Our choice of hotel here in Singapore had caused a household debate, I was for the Naumi and my husband for the new Marina Bay Sands. However, I’ve learnt from experience that big, impersonal hotels can rarely match small, family run ones and I had no desire to be in one of over 2500 rooms. So, I won the battle after some help from Trip Advisor and the Naumi it was. Stepping out of the car, I knew it had been a good decision. We were greeted with a handshake, out bags were whisked away and we were offered a seat at reception and glass of iced water. This is what hospitality is about. After the check-in procedure, we were shown to our room and the staff explained how everything worked, even the coffee machine. The fridge was full of ice cold drinks, all free of charge.

It’s the little touches that make a place special:
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Room
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Bathroom

I squealed in delight at the Molton Brown goodies
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We didn’t venture far that evening, just far enough to get some dinner, although thank to the heat and humidity, we weren’t really that hungry. I found eating out in Singapore to be expensive (well, certainly the places we ended up in were). This isn’t helped by the fact that VAT and a service charge are added to the prices you see on the menu.

The next morning we were ready for breakfast, which was a fine spread. I enquired about a late check-out, which was granted to us until 14.00. We set off on foot towards the Marina Bay Sands, which took us about 30minutes. The heat was, for me, unbearable. On reaching the hotel, we wandered through the lobby, seeing queues of people waiting to check-out and completely stressed out staff. This confirms some of the comments left on Trip Advisor. Aynway, my husband was desperate to visit the deck at the top, which you can do as a non-guest for 20$. I had no desire to go, so amused myself with some window shopping in the mall opposite.

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Mall opposite Marina Bay Sands

View from outside mall
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After we met up again, we headed to the nearby Singapore Flyer, as seen above. This was more to my liking. After queuing for about 25minutes we got to the front and entered the cabin, where there’s room for about 20 people. The whole circuit took just over 30 minutes and gave us some great views.

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On our return we had some delicious Italian ice cream, at a Singapore price of over 5$. It was really, really yummy though. After this we headed back to the hotel, packed up our bags, left them with reception then checked out and headed towards Orchard Road.

The malls along this stretch are just mind-blowing. They never stop! And yet I was just too tired from the heat to take it all in. However, my spirits lifted when I saw somebody carrying some familiar green M&S food bags. A short while after, a bus whizzed past with an advert for a new M&S branch. I located the mall on the map, was horrified to find out it was at the other end of Orchard Road and so decided to jump in a taxi. Well, 5¬$ didn’t break the bank. It was so surreal to be in a small M&S food department and feel you were at home, when actually you’re all those miles away. I stocked up on some nibbles for the flight and left feeling very happy.

Orchard Road

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Souvenirs
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M&S!
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From here we wandered all the way back, it was a busy Saturday afternoon and the crowds were everywhere. We did manage to find some souvenirs on the way. Exhausted, we made it back to familiar territory and headed to Raffles, home of the Singapore Sling. The service left a lot to be desired as our order got forgotten, but the drink was good (ok, I admit, I chickened out and had the alcohol free version, thanks to the heat & my empty stomach).

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In Raffles. It’s a tradition to throw the nut shells on the floor!
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We returned to the hotel and spent a couple of very nice hours up on the rooftop pool as it got dark. Then it was time for something to eat, I had a great club style sandwich with chips where you could choose all the ingredients yourself.

Rooftop pool by day
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and by night
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Dinner
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Our pick up was booked for 22.30, the driver arrived early though and we said a rushed goodbye and thank you to the staff. The sadness at leaving was soon forgotten as our driver drove like a maniac. Any rules of the road that may exist were completely ignored as he raced to the airport at a horrendous speed, overtaking anything he could anyway possible.

We breathed a sigh of relief when he pulled up at the terminal and gave him a tip as a sign of appreciation that we were still alive.



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11988 times:

Homeward bound

The route for the last leg of the journey, again courtesy of gcmap
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Entrance to Terminal 3
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FIDS
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Terminal 3, row 3 for us
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I love the feeling of space at Changi
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We had about a 5 minute wait at check-in. There were common check-in desks for all SQ flights. The guy in front of me turned round and asked me whether he was in right queue for Milan. I told him as far as I knew he was. I was perplexed as to why he’d chosen to ask me, had the mysterious i on my forehead reappeared? My husband had the answer – it was my Swissair bag that caught his eye.

When we handed our bags in I couldn’t believe my eyes – they weighed in at 39.6kgs, the allowance was 40kgs. Fancy that, travelling for 4 weeks and I managed not to have any excess luggage!

The check-in agent was so friendly. We had seat reservations for this leg although not the exit row this time as they were all full. We were on a block of 4 where there was a seat missing on the row in front, hence extra legroom for my husband again. When the agent noticed this, he said he’d block the seat on my right to give us some more space, great work here SQ.

Boarding pass, not sure what all the ticks are for!
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I was intrigued by the viewing mall, so off we went….

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The view airside

Some activities for the kids (or aircraft enthusiasts!)
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Shopping

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Fellow A.netter Suryo suggested we visit the butterfly garden, so we did. Obviously because it was dark, we couldn’t see a lot, but it’s a nice and unusual airport feature




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A novel way of keeping yourself amused. Oh wait, was this meant for kids?


Waiting for the gate to open
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Ready to proceed
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Once the gate (B4) was finally opened, we headed through security as the tiredness was really beginning to hit. It was then I realised it was the same gate area as our Auckland flight had departed from the previous month. I cast my mind back 4 weeks, remembered the anticipation and excitement of what lay ahead. And now, here we were, the trip of a lifetime drawing to a close. The combination of that and the tiredness was just too much and I sat there with tears streaming down my face.

Gate area
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I took a walk over to the window to try and catch the registration of the plane but that didn’t make me feel any better, as it was the same bird that brought us from ZRH! It was impossible to get a decent picture though.

13.5.12
SIN-ZRH
SQ346
STD 0120 / ATD 0137
STA 0800 / ATA 0755
A380 9V-SKP
Pax: 307
Seats 48D&E
5th flight on the A380, 2nd on this aircraft



At 0045, boarding began. I witnessed a scene which I hadn’t seen for the last 4 weeks. Queue jumping. There was no system to it, just a mass of people at the gate, all pushing and shoving as if their life depended on it. We waited until the scrum had passed!
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Down the airbridge
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We took the right hand aisle this time
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Our seats
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My legroom
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And 48D’s legroom


The crew came round with meal stickers again and I saw the male FA hover around our row and then peer at his list. He tried desperately to say my name correctly which made me smile and he apologised for his pronounciation, which I though was really sweet. Menu cards and headphones were again distributed before take off.

Ready for take off
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We received a welcome from the flight deck –Captain Jackson and FO Lim Ching. The estimated flying time to ZRH was 12hrs20. Take off would be to the SW and the weather enroute was good, although he warned us there could be some clear air turbulence from time to time.

The cabin announcements were repeated in German, this was really funny as you could barely understand them, but still a nice touch.

Pushback was at 01.22. I closed my eyes and was about to head off to dreamland, when I felt the aircraft start its take off roll. I peered at my watch, 01.37 and forced myself to try and keep awake for this part of the flight. I noticed a young guy on my left by the window who has snapping away with his camera, there must have been some nice views.

Once the crew were released, I closed my eyes again, only to be woken by a tray being handed to me. I really didn’t want any food and although it was a genrous tray the meal wasn’t really to my liking. However, it was a long flight and I forced myself to eat some of it.
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Menu

48D’s choice, the chicken
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First bit of progress
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I slept for maybe 3 hours and came to find my husband in a bit of a sulk as his headphones weren’t working. We swapped our sets round and found that his really were broken. As I’d turned my light on, the crew came to see if we needed any help. The broken one were immediately replaced. Well, as I was now awake, I took a walk and went and looked at the snacks in the galley and took some rather fine chocolate chip cookies.


I tired to sleep some more but just dozed on and off.
Over India
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Toilets




During my next wander I was feeling pretty peckish and helped myself to more cookies and some Toblerone. It was completely the wrong time of day/night to be eating them, but they were just what I needed!

Afghanistan
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Getting back to Europe
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Daylight!

3hrs to go

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About 2hrs 30 before landing the cabin lights got brighter and hot towels were brought round.

Over the Black Sea
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My breakfast, not dissimilar to what I was served out of SIN on the way to AKL. I found the catering out of SIN to be not as good as the meals out of ZRH & SYD, but that’s just my personal taste.
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Western breakfast for 48D


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When will Switzerland come into view?
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The Captain gave us some information about our arrival – we were 215miles east of ZRH, where it was fine but a chilly 7C. ETA was about 10 minutes early.

Ok, now we’re getting close!
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What a long way!
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Flying right over the German border. Who can spot the mistake on that map?
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Taking the scenic route. There’s another mistake here too!
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At 07.55 SQ346 landed on Swiss soil with a bit of a bump. You’ve come halfway around the world and land 5 minutes early, incredible, isn‘t it?

On deboarding, a gentleman who’d been sitting on a exit row caused a bit of a hold up as he had bits of fluff on this trousers from the blanket. He told the crew and said he needed somethign to brush them with. They obliged, but he made such a scene about it. Quite frankly, after a 12 hours flight, I couldn’t care less whether I had a few bits of fluff on my clothes, I just wanted to get home to bed!

9V-SKP back at ZRH….again
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Swiss, I missed you!
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Which way? Follow the signs!
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Down to the Skymetro


Crew luggage
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Belt 27, especially for the A380.
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After such a long night flight, I felt so messy that I didn’t even visit the desk to say hi to my colleagues. However, we did get a surprise, as the in-laws were waiting for us and had decided to welcome us back and drive us home. We were very grateful for this.

It seemed strange to drive back through the Swiss countryside, seeing how green everything was in comparison to when we left. Once we got in, we broke the golden rule of trying to avoid jetlag, by going straight to sleep!

My final verdict

Firstly, SQ. Well, they gave excellent service on all our flights and I wouldn’t hesitate to fly with them again. The crew are so polished and I really don’t know how those Singapore girls manage to still look so gorgeous after a 12 hour flight. I loved flying on the A380, it’s a great aircraft (if a bit too quiet). I felt safe and well looked after at all times.

Sydney is a fantastic city and somewhere that I guess everyone should see in their lifetime. Such a magical combination of skyscrapers and green spaces, sandy beaches and iconic monuments.

Singapore too was a pleasure to visit, I’d love to go back and explore more.

Something else
I’d like to dedicate this series of trip reports to my Dad. If he were alive, he’d have been glued to the computer following the progress of all our flights. Instead, he was watching from a better place.

Thank you always for reading, it was another long report this time. If you’ve made it this far, then please leave a comment, they are much appreciated!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11874 times:

Hello Hannah!

Great return report on SQ, It was a pleasure to read. Service on both flights look amazing.
I flew MAN-MUC and was very impressed by SQs service as well, even for a shorter flight.
IFE is generous, food was great!

Nice you where able to visit Singapore and Syndey as well. Enjoyed the pics.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11733 times:

Hola Hannah!

Great TR, as expected, I was glued to the whole trip from the very beginning, even following your first flight on www.flightradar24.com until it disappeared from the screens somewhere over Romania...

Beautiful countries visited and great pictures to follow up.

Sydney looks a great city and some of its features remind me of Barcelona, eg. the easy access to the beach, although much more exotic there. Your idea of getting over the bridge is a great one, although I could not do it myself as I am quite scared of being in high open spaces... so I would pass on that one. The tower would be fine for me.

Singapore is a place I have sometimes thought about visiting but I am not sure about it, lots of humidity, way too hot for my taste... I still do not know, I think I will wait and have a stopover on a longer trip, like you did.

What to say about SQ? Well, I think they lived up to your expectations... but, come on SQ! How on earth can you deprive a vegetarian passenger from an ice-cream? That does not sound fair. Nice meals though and great of the checking agent in blocking the seat. How did turbulence feel in such a plane?

Now tell me, will you ever fit in a narrow body after so many flights with A380s? You are probably the a.netter that has flown more of them in a row... Congratulations on that.

Thanks a lot for the reports and keep the coming.

Hope to meet you again in ZRH, BCN or.... ? Who knows.

Viele Grüsse!

Roger



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User currently offlineFlyFromMEL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11713 times:

Quote:
Once the gate (B4) was finally opened, we headed through security as the tiredness was really beginning to hit. It was then I realised it was the same gate area as our Auckland flight had departed from the previous month. I cast my mind back 4 weeks, remembered the anticipation and excitement of what lay ahead. And now, here we were, the trip of a lifetime drawing to a close. The combination of that and the tiredness was just too much and I sat there with tears streaming down my face.

I know this feeling!

I love travelling and going on holidays, and one of the best things about it is all the anticipation you have before you go - including all the months leading up to it and the anticipation and the dreaming you have about your trip while your stuck at work. Then you go on your holiday and have a wonderful time, and all of a sudden it's all over, and there you are on the plane coming home. All of a sudden it's finished, all that anticipation, all those days when you are counting down to it, and the awesome time you actually had on your trip - all suddenly over!! The best remedy for that is to book your next holiday ASAP!!

I enjoyed reading your trip report, as I myself have a trip of a lifetime that I've just booked and am already counting the days to - a 3 month trip to europe leaving in May 2013. I will fly Singapore airlines as well - from Melbourne to Amsterdam and I am looking forward to it immensely - I know I will be as excited as you!

Did you have the opportunity to visit Melbourne as well when you were in Australia?


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11657 times:
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Hi Hannah!

What a fantastic report to conclude a great series on your trip down under!
Looks like you had a couple of good flights with SQ, they took good care of you. All the food looks pretty good too, for "economy" food.
Love your pictures of Sydney what a great city must visit there once in my life. Same to Singapore airport, what a great airport!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

There’s that huge wing again!

Amazing!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinecx777fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11605 times:

All three of your reports of this trip have been a pleasure to read. It's so refreshing to see this part of the world - including my home town - from the eyes of someone so excited and enthralled by travel. Not to mention the obvious joy of the trip to get here on SQ. For those of us who live in the southern hemisphere, the trip to Europe os often is just a long, uncomfortable drag, so thank you for bringing back a bit of the joy and excitement of long haul travel.

User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 999 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 11547 times:

Nice report as usual! Looks like SQ took good care of you on the way home.
Destination pictures of Sydney and Singapore look great too!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 11492 times:

Very nice report Hannah...looks you you had an excellent trip! Lovely photos of Sydney and Singapore.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
…well, my emotions got the better of me and I sat there in tears. Here I was, on the other side of the world, in one of the most iconic buildings of all times and I had to pinch myself to remind me it was real. What a way to end our stay in this incredible city.

Sounds like a wonderful end to your trip!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Despite there being Y Class seats on the upper deck, they remained cordoned off for the first part of the flight

Did you not want to get a seat up there? Wasn't too full was it?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I was told, politely but firmly by Alice, that strictly speaking I wasn’t entitled to one as I had already had a dessert with my vegi meal (hey, fruit is not dessert for me!)

That seems a bit harsh....I'm sure the ice creams were meat free! (as are most desserts)

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
What an airport….just spotless

I love Changi...such a great place (although I don't like the at gate screening)

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
This isn’t helped by the fact that VAT and a service charge are added to the prices you see on the menu.

I hate it when they have a price then "++". The ++ isn't optional, so please PLEASE include it! Same as US sales tax.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
new M&S branch. I located the mall on the map, was horrified to find out it was at the other end of Orchard Road and so decided to jump in a taxi. Well, 5¬$ didn’t break the bank. It was so surreal to be in a small M&S food department and feel you were at home, when actually you’re all those miles away. I stocked up on some nibbles for the flight and left feeling very happy.

They have branches in off places. I remember finding a very small branch on a side street in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (the capital away from the bucket and spade people). I used to love going into the HK branch to stock up of Percy Pigs!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
And 48D’s legroom

I believe there is an emergency hatch where 47D should be

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Once we got in, we broke the golden rule of trying to avoid jetlag, by going straight to sleep!

That's why I avoid late night West bound flights like the plague....you get terrible jetlag



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User currently offlinekingfisherfly From India, joined Mar 2010, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11213 times:

Thoroughly enjoyed reading all the parts of your trip report !!!!
Final words were really touching.

Hope to read more trip reports from you soon. Cheers !!!!


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1339 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10987 times:

Nice report Hannah!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
A piece of home!

My dad stayed there when he was in Oz. The phrase he used to describe it was "so bad even the cockroaches moved out!"

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Never seen a Lonely Planet shop before

Ive seen one somewhere in Europe, but cant remember where?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Big and small…our A380 with an exotic neighbour

Great pic to show the size comparison.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
They didn’t seem to care what the kids got up to during the flight, there was a lot of stomping and running around and playing of noisy computer games. And of course the dreaded kicking the seat in front of you

Dont you just hate that?! There was a 3 or 4 yr old (dressed as a princess, complete with fake tattoo's - or at least i hope they were fake anyway) on my last flight back from MCO who's parent just left it to do what it wanted... and it did, including introducing herself to everybody on the upper deck, crawl up and down the storage bins along the side then fall asleep in the middle of the aisle. You could tell the crew were getting a bit fed up with, but when they tried to tell the parent, she just replied "oh, shell tire herself out in a minute" 5 hours later...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
cast my mind back 4 weeks, remembered the anticipation and excitement of what lay ahead. And now, here we were, the trip of a lifetime drawing to a close.

Always seems you spend months looking forward to a trip only for it to be over in no time.

Till next time...



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10825 times:

Hi Hannah,

what a fantastic conclusion to your epic journey, really enjoyed the whole series very much. Well done to include a visit to Sydney and to Singapore into your trip, great cities.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We meet Felicity & Coral and they were quite possibly the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Indeed, these are lovely animals. Usually I am not that much interested in zoos, but when I was in Australia I really enjoyed to visit them as well, mostly because of the Koalas.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
On this photo you can make out a group on the bridge, which gives you an idea of how high you go!

Wow, what a great experience that must have been.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I was for the Naumi and my husband for the new Marina Bay Sands.

Isn't the Marina Bay the one with that huge swimming pool on top? I think that alone would be a good reason to stay there. But then you are of course right, most of the times these smaller, independent hotels just offer a more personal and relaxed atmosphere.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
A novel way of keeping yourself amused. Oh wait, was this meant for kids?

I guess yes   ... But then a great souvenir. And really amazing to have a butterfly garden at an airport, that must be unique in the world.

And finally it seems you had again two enjoyable flights on the SQ A380, great service.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 10278 times:

Hello Hannah,

First of all, how sweet and touching of you to dedicate this report to your father. I am sure he must have been flying along with you as a guardian angel all the way from Switzerland to New Zealand and back through Australia.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
three must-dos in Sydney: Bridge Climb, Manly & Taronga Zoo.

Thanks for the tip.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It had been a lifelong dream of my husband’s to visit Sydney and he was rather overwhelmed by everything.

The moment must have brought tears in his eyes.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
you get to wear a very sexy boiler suit

No photo?  


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As long as you aren’t afraid of heights it’s a fantastic thing to do,

I have fear of heights, but if I would get that far, I would certainly not want to miss it.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Kangaroos

I envy you. I never got that close with a kangaroo.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We meet Felicity & Coral and they were quite possibly the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

They must have brought you an idea to adopt Sydney.   


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Here you can clearly see the route of the Bridge Climb and a group on the left making their way down.

Oh dear, that’s… high!   


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Anyway, eventually the concert won, so we went and purchased tickets and ended up having a lovely evening.

Glad to hear that! Did your husband wear black suit and you long dress?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
'Till you find your dream.
…well, my emotions got the better of me and I sat there in tears. Here I was, on the other side of the world, in one of the most iconic buildings of all times and I had to pinch myself to remind me it was real. What a way to end our stay in this incredible city.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
The combination of that and the tiredness was just too much and I sat there with tears streaming down my face.

Oh Hannah, I know how you felt. Luckily, you were not on your own and your husband was there to comfort you.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Lots of flights to New Zealand, can we go back?

Anytime!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
we were asked would we be prepared to help in an emergency and soon after we had our boarding passes.

Interesting. We never got asked that when we were assigned emergency exit row seats.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Definitely wouldn’t fancy working at that desk!

Is that the only infodesk for a huge airport like SYD?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Nice airside atmoshpere at SYD

The ceiling panels are gorgeous, allowing natural lights to shine through.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Never seen a Lonely Planet shop before

Me neither. Could it be the only Lonely Planet outlet in the world?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Big and small…our A380 with an exotic neighbour

Nice picture!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For Suryo

Aww, thank you!   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
It may have been my 4th A380 flight, but you still have to stop and stare

So do I while asking myself when I will get on board of A380.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Sadly not for us!

One day, Hannah. One day…

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Legroom anyone?

Me! Me!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
And of course the dreaded kicking the seat in front of you (which, of course, happened to be mine).
Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
FA Alice

You have met Alice in Wonderland of A380! Was she a Flight Stewardess or Leading Stewardess?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
As the crew were now all strapped in, I told Alice that someone was in the toilet, to which the passenger was firmly told to go back to her seat.

Way to go, Hannah!   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
She gave us some tips for our short time in Singapore.

Did you go to the places she recommended?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
My new friend, aptly named Sydney

Miffy must be happy with Sydney’s companion.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I was having a bit of an air guitar moment only to be nudged by 44H, telling me that Alice had just walked past and given me a strange look!

Haha, you should have seen me while listening to Pitbull on board of Cathay Pacific.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Alice seemed rather concerned when she collected his tray, asking whether everything was ok. I don’t think she believed his ’not really hungry’ comment, as she responded ‘Are you sure?’. Great attention to detail here again SQ

Alice’s a gem of FA!   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Sadly, though, 44H had developed a 6th sense for ice creams on planes by now & didn’t have a beer with his dinner which meant there was no second ice cream for me  

Oh dear, hopefully 44H would not develop a 6th sense for window seat.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Have you ever seen a more beautiful immigration hall?

No, but how about ZRH?   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I was for the Naumi and my husband for the new Marina Bay Sands.

We were looking at the Naumi as well before deciding on The Sultan at the end.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I squealed in delight at the Molton Brown goodies

So did I when I found out which brand was displayed at our hotel bathroom in Dubai. Bvlgari!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
In Raffles. It’s a tradition to throw the nut shells on the floor!

Raffles Hotel in a nutshell. Literally!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We breathed a sigh of relief when he pulled up at the terminal and gave him a tip as a sign of appreciation that we were still alive.

Oh dear, it’s not really what I expected from a Singaporean driver.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
My husband had the answer – it was my Swissair bag that caught his eye.

You must be proud of his inventiveness.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
When we handed our bags in I couldn’t believe my eyes – they weighed in at 39.6kgs, the allowance was 40kgs. Fancy that, travelling for 4 weeks and I managed not to have any excess luggage!

Good job, Hannah! Ladies, do you read this?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
When the agent noticed this, he said he’d block the seat on my right to give us some more space, great work here SQ.

Indeed a great service of him.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
Fellow A.netter Suryo suggested we visit the butterfly garden, so we did. Obviously because it was dark, we couldn’t see a lot, but it’s a nice and unusual airport feature

Thank you for sharing this. I did not get the chance to go there myself.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
Queue jumping. There was no system to it, just a mass of people at the gate, all pushing and shoving as if their life depended on it.

People, the plane would not leave with you all.   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
And 48D’s legroom

SQ should install more stretchable footrest.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
As I’d turned my light on, the crew came to see if we needed any help.

It’s truly service other (airline)s talk about.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
It was completely the wrong time of day/night to be eating them, but they were just what I needed!

No worries!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
Western breakfast for 48D

Looks nice, though I would rather opt for the Asian one.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
He told the crew and said he needed somethign to brush them with. They obliged, but he made such a scene about it.

How pathetic ! He should bring his own blanket next time!   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
the in-laws were waiting for us and had decided to welcome us back and drive us home. We were very grateful for this

What a nice surprise! Welcome committee from the family!  


Thank you for sharing this wonderful read for Saturday morning. But, why do all good things come to an end?  

Anyway, nice to see that you were back home safe and sound. I am still stuck somewhere in Australia…

By the way, the magic works! No dots at all!   


Have a great weekend,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10158 times:

Hi Hannah,

great last part of your series with many nice pictures! Sydney is indeed an amazing city. Good to see you also enjoyed your stopover in Singapore.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Big and small…our A380 with an exotic neighbour

Very exotic neighbor!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Our block of three seats, one of which remained empty

Very good for you!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My husband didn’t eat much of his chicken.

The main course doesn't look good at all - didn't they remove the chicken skin?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Here’s my vegetarian – a toasted ciabatta with cheese and grilled veg - very tasty it was too

No that looks much better than the pie! How was the pie? I had some strange ones in Scotland...enough for the next few years.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Once the crew were released, I closed my eyes again, only to be woken by a tray being handed to me. I really didn’t want any food and although it was a genrous tray the meal wasn’t really to my liking.
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
48D’s choice, the chicken

The food doesn't look really good in both cases - I'm a bit disappointed by SQ.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I loved flying on the A380, it’s a great aircraft (if a bit too quiet).

Definitely too quiet!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10064 times:

Hi Hannah

What a great ending to your trip report series of your adventure to Downunder. And thanks a lot for all the lovely pictures of Sydney, which is one of my favourite cities.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There’s that huge wing again!

That wings is enormous. Doesn't look like you can see anything much if you have a window seat on the lower floor.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
M&S!

This really made me laugh. I'm in Kuala Lumpur right now and from my room I can see the Petronas Towers and the mall which houses an M&S. First thing I did when I put my bags down was SMS my mum that I could see M&S from my room!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
My vegetarian: mediterranean pasta, salad & fruit. It was very good.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
44H’s choice, chicken & mash

If you don't mind me saying, I think you certainly made the better decision with the veggy dish. From what I can tell 44H's chicken still has the skill on it. That's vile!

Well, it looks like you enjoyed your trip. I certainly enjoyed reading it and looking at the lovely pictures you took. So thanks for that!

Where will you be heading next?

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10023 times:

Hi Hannah,
Great continuation of your story. How cool to take in a concert at the Opera House while in Sydney. What might be said to be "Eine nie wiederkehrende Gelegenheit".

Those koalas do look cute and it is fortunate that they were awake and active. They can be rather sleepy during the day.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I was having a bit of an air guitar moment

Quite appropriate, at FL360   How kind of Alice to ensure that you did get an ice cream after all. Shame that H cottoned one and didn't order his beer so that you missed out on seconds.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Who can spot the mistake on that map?

Must have been quite a job relocating all those people from Frauenfeld and Dübendorf. I like the fact that the map features German as well as English on the SIN - ZRH sector.

Last time I flew into ZRH it was aboard an SQ 747 back in May 2006. It is pleasing to see that SQ has maintained its high standards and its attention to detail.

Thanks for sharing your very enjoyable experience.

Regards,
Roy / Quokka


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27108 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9932 times:

Hi Hannah  

What a lovely ending to your amazing trip .

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
On day 1, we explored Darling Harbour, close to the hotel….

Nice monorail .

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We found another excellent Greek restaurant.

Not a shortage of those in SYD or MEL  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Definitely wouldn’t fancy working at that desk!

No indeed. You would get anything and everything there !

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Big and small…our A380 with an exotic neighbour

That looks like a rip off of Caribbean Airlines livery .

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It’s the little touches that make a place special:

Arr Iced Gems . Have not had them for years  

Did you find the prices in M&S cheaper than Europe?

Nice flights on SQ Hannah . Decent meals and service .

In closing Id like to thank you for taking us on your journey and loved every report and photo.

Im sure your Father would have loved it too and Im sure he was keeping an eye on you along the way  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9912 times:

Hello guys,

Great to see so many replies, thanks for taking the time to leave one!

Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Great return report on SQ, It was a pleasure to read. Service on both flights look amazing.
I flew MAN-MUC and was very impressed by SQs service as well, even for a shorter flight.
IFE is generous, food was great!

I still really hope to fly that route one day as it’s so exotic. The C-Class fares aren’t too bad either, I guess it would be my best chance of trying out SQ business.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Nice you where able to visit Singapore and Syndey as well. Enjoyed the pics

Yeah, certainly a good way to end the trip.

Hola Roger,

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 4):
Great TR, as expected, I was glued to the whole trip from the very beginning, even following your first flight on www.flightradar24.com until it disappeared from the screens somewhere over Romania...

How very kind nice of you.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 4):
Sydney looks a great city and some of its features remind me of Barcelona, eg. the easy access to the beach, although much more exotic there.

There’s certainly something attractive about coastal cities with nice beaches, you have the best of both worlds. I don’t know how anyone could fail to like Sydney.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 4):
Singapore is a place I have sometimes thought about visiting but I am not sure about it, lots of humidity, way too hot for my taste... I still do not know, I think I will wait and have a stopover on a longer trip, like you did.

The heat & humidity was certainly an issue for me, but I’m still glad I had the chance to see the place. Next time I’d perhaps stop for 2 nights.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 4):
What to say about SQ? Well, I think they lived up to your expectations... but, come on SQ! How on earth can you deprive a vegetarian passenger from an ice-cream? That does not sound fair. Nice meals though and great of the checking agent in blocking the seat. How did turbulence feel in such a plane?

Well, I got my ice cream in the end so I guess I can’t complain! We had very little turbulence, only a few bumps. When I flew AF on the A380 between CDG-LHR it was far bumpier than any of the flights on SQ and I was surprised at how much such a big plane bounced around.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 4):
Now tell me, will you ever fit in a narrow body after so many flights with A380s? You are probably the a.netter that has flown more of them in a row... Congratulations on that.

You think so? Well, not a bad feat I guess but I still have a long way to go until my A380 tally equals the A319 flights I’ve taken!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 4):
Hope to meet you again in ZRH, BCN or.... ? Who knows.

We’re a jetsetting lot, aren’t we?  

FlyFromMEL

Quoting FlyFromMEL (Reply 5):
love travelling and going on holidays, and one of the best things about it is all the anticipation you have before you go - including all the months leading up to it and the anticipation and the dreaming you have about your trip while your stuck at work. Then you go on your holiday and have a wonderful time, and all of a sudden it's all over, and there you are on the plane coming home. All of a sudden it's finished, all that anticipation, all those days when you are counting down to it, and the awesome time you actually had on your trip - all suddenly over!! The best remedy for that is to book your next holiday ASAP!!

Your words are so very true. When you book the trip you think the time will never come. It does, it passes in a flash and then you’re back home. I couldn’t agree more though about booking your next holiday asap, it’s what I usually end up doing too!

Quoting FlyFromMEL (Reply 5):
I enjoyed reading your trip report, as I myself have a trip of a lifetime that I've just booked and am already counting the days to - a 3 month trip to europe leaving in May 2013. I will fly Singapore airlines as well - from Melbourne to Amsterdam and I am looking forward to it immensely - I know I will be as excited as you!

That’s great to hear. I’m sure you will enjoy every minute of it.

Quoting FlyFromMEL (Reply 5):
Did you have the opportunity to visit Melbourne as well when you were in Australia?

Sadly no. We settled on concentrating on NZ for the trip with a visit to Sydney as a bonus. If I get my way through I’d love to explore more of Australia!

Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
What a fantastic report to conclude a great series on your trip down under!

Thank you !

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Looks like you had a couple of good flights with SQ, they took good care of you. All the food looks pretty good too, for "economy" food.

Oh yes, SQ completely lived up my expectations.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Love your pictures of Sydney what a great city must visit there once in my life. Same to Singapore airport, what a great airport!

Sydney is a must do. Well and SIN as well, especially if you like nice airports.

Cx777fan,

Quoting cx777fan (Reply 7):
All three of your reports of this trip have been a pleasure to read. It's so refreshing to see this part of the world - including my home town - from the eyes of someone so excited and enthralled by travel. Not to mention the obvious joy of the trip to get here on SQ.

Thanks for your kind comments. It was such an adventure for me as it was my first real longhaul trip, so there were so many new things to take in.

Quoting cx777fan (Reply 7):
For those of us who live in the southern hemisphere, the trip to Europe os often is just a long, uncomfortable drag, so thank you for bringing back a bit of the joy and excitement of long haul travel.

It may not be as glamorous as it used to be, but we’re still incredibly lucky to be able to fly around the world so easily.

Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 8):
Nice report as usual! Looks like SQ took good care of you on the way home.
Destination pictures of Sydney and Singapore look great too!

Thanks & indeed, we were taken very good care of.

Gab,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Very nice report Hannah...looks you you had an excellent trip! Lovely photos of Sydney and Singapore.

Great to hear you enjoyed it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Sounds like a wonderful end to your trip!

Oh it certainly was!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Did you not want to get a seat up there? Wasn't too full was it?

It did cross my mind, but by the time the cordon was removed a lot of people had already spread out. And let’s face it, out seats were still better than most.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
That seems a bit harsh....I'm sure the ice creams were meat free! (as are most desserts)

I think it’s the dairy issue and therefore airlines play safe. On my recent LX flight in C everyone else got cake and I had fruit again 
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
I love Changi...such a great place (although I don't like the at gate screening)

Yeah, it’s perhaps not perfect, but my experience was that it was only 1 flight at a time, which meant the queues weren’t too bad.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
I hate it when they have a price then "++". The ++ isn't optional, so please PLEASE include it! Same as US sales tax.

Totally agree. I hadn’t even realised that this was the case in Sinagpore until we got the bill for the meal.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
They have branches in off places. I remember finding a very small branch on a side street in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (the capital away from the bucket and spade people). I used to love going into the HK branch to stock up of Percy Pigs!

Ah, now you see I didn’t realise there were any in Tenerife until it was too late. I managed to visit all the branches in Malta and the one in Strasbourg used to be my regular haunt until it closed down about 10 years ago.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
I believe there is an emergency hatch where 47D should be

That’s good to know, I had no idea why there was a seat missing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
That's why I avoid late night West bound flights like the plague....you get terrible jetlag

Well, you’re the expert, I’m still learning  

Kingfisherfly,

Quoting kingfisherfly (Reply 10):
Thoroughly enjoyed reading all the parts of your trip report !!!!
Final words were really touching.

Thanks for your kind words and I’m pleased to know you liked the report.

James,

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
My dad stayed there when he was in Oz. The phrase he used to describe it was "so bad even the cockroaches moved out!"

Oh dear, now that really does sound bad!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
Great pic to show the size comparison.

Really puts in in perspective, doesn’t it ?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
Always seems you spend months looking forward to a trip only for it to be over in no time.

Oh yes, but as already mentioned, at least you have an excuse to go and book the next one….!

Captain,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
what a fantastic conclusion to your epic journey, really enjoyed the whole series very much. Well done to include a visit to Sydney and to Singapore into your trip, great cities.

Danke schön. SQ made it so easy with their stopover options, it would have been a waste not to.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
Indeed, these are lovely animals. Usually I am not that much interested in zoos, but when I was in Australia I really enjoyed to visit them as well, mostly because of the Koalas.

I agree, sometimes I find zoos quite sad when you see how the animals live. Taronga was different though, they all seemed to have lots of space. As for the koalas, how can you not fall in love with them? They’re just the sweetest things.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
Wow, what a great experience that must have been.

Memories to last a lifetime.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
Isn't the Marina Bay the one with that huge swimming pool on top? I think that alone would be a good reason to stay there. But then you are of course right, most of the times these smaller, independent hotels just offer a more personal and relaxed atmosphere.

You’re right, it is. At the moment the pool is (rightly) only open to guests, but that apparently will change and anyone can access the pool if they pay.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
guess yes ... But then a great souvenir. And really amazing to have a butterfly garden at an airport, that must be unique in the world.

So many innovative ideas. I’m not surprised Changi wins so many awards.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
And finally it seems you had again two enjoyable flights on the SQ A380, great service.

Top notch once again.

Suryo,

Good to read your reply.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
First of all, how sweet and touching of you to dedicate this report to your father. I am sure he must have been flying along with you as a guardian angel all the way from Switzerland to New Zealand and back through Australia

He did an excellent job, no doubt.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
The moment must have brought tears in his eyes.

Oh it did!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
No photo?

Not for sharing here!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
They must have brought you an idea to adopt Sydney.

Even before we set off on our trip, I knew that I just had to buy a koala in Australia.


Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Glad to hear that! Did your husband wear black suit and you long dress?

Well, not quite, 20kgs luggage didn’t allow that, but we certianly had our smartest things on.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Oh Hannah, I know how you felt. Luckily, you were not on your own and your husband was there to comfort you.

And I was trying not to sob in the quiet bits …..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Interesting. We never got asked that when we were assigned emergency exit row seats.

I actually thought that they were obliged to ask you? They did in ZRH when we checked in and I also noticed it on my KLM flights.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Is that the only infodesk for a huge airport like SYD?

No, I’m sure there were others but I didn’t photograph them.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Aww, thank you!

My pleasure.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
So do I while asking myself when I will get on board of A380.

You will do. And it will be worth it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
You have met Alice in Wonderland of A380! Was she a Flight Stewardess or Leading Stewardess?

She was a flight stewardess, but deserves promotion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Did you go to the places she recommended?

Yes (Raffles) and no (zoo night safari, not enough time)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Miffy must be happy with Sydney’s companion.

My collection is multiplying at an alarming rate  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Haha, you should have seen me while listening to Pitbull on board of Cathay Pacific.

Glad I’m not alone then!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Oh dear, hopefully 44H would not develop a 6th sense for window seat.

No no no, they are reserved for me  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
No, but how about ZRH?

No match for SIN.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
We were looking at the Naumi as well before deciding on The Sultan at the end.

Well, if you’re ever back there, the Naumi is well worth a visit.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
So did I when I found out which brand was displayed at our hotel bathroom in Dubai. Bvlgari!

Ok, you win, definitely better than Motlton Brown!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Good job, Hannah! Ladies, do you read this?

Maybe I should write a book revealing my secrets?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Thank you for sharing this. I did not get the chance to go there myself.

Well, thank you fort he suggestion. I might have missed it otherwise.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
People, the plane would not leave with you all.

And it’s not free seating either!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
It’s truly service other (airline)s talk about.

Without a doubt.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
What a nice surprise! Welcome committee from the family!

It was indeed very welcome.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Thank you for sharing this wonderful read for Saturday morning. But, why do all good things come to an end?
Anyway, nice to see that you were back home safe and sound. I am still stuck somewhere in Australia…

Well Suryo, all things have to come to an end so that you can start the next adventure…….Looking forward to reading more about your Australian trip.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
By the way, the magic works! No dots at all!

All thanks to you  

Once again, thanks everyone. I’ll comment on the other replies shortly……..

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9859 times:

So, as promised! Thanks gentlemen for your comments, much appreciated.

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
great last part of your series with many nice pictures! Sydney is indeed an amazing city. Good to see you also enjoyed your stopover in Singapore

Glad you enjoyed it. I loved Sydney, just a fantastic place. We certainly packed a lot into those few days.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
The main course doesn't look good at all - didn't they remove the chicken skin?

No, they didn't. Now I know why most of it was left!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
No that looks much better than the pie! How was the pie? I had some strange ones in Scotland...enough for the next few years.

Well, the pie got eaten so it was better than the chicken! My husband once had a pie on England which he hated so I don't think he'd risk that again! SQ's version must have been better.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
The food doesn't look really good in both cases - I'm a bit disappointed by SQ.

Well, at that time of night I wasn't too bothered, but the catering out of SIN was definitely less to my liking.


William,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
What a great ending to your trip report series of your adventure to Downunder. And thanks a lot for all the lovely pictures of Sydney, which is one of my favourite cities.

Thanks to you for your feedback. I can understand why Sydney is one of your favourite cities.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
This really made me laugh. I'm in Kuala Lumpur right now and from my room I can see the Petronas Towers and the mall which houses an M&S. First thing I did when I put my bags down was SMS my mum that I could see M&S from my room!

Lucky you! So it seems your family is just as big a fan of M&S as mine. Are you going to buy some goodies?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
If you don't mind me saying, I think you certainly made the better decision with the veggy dish. From what I can tell 44H's chicken still has the skill on it. That's vile!

Yes, PH already mentioned that one. It's saying something if my husband leaves it, he'll eat most things.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
Well, it looks like you enjoyed your trip. I certainly enjoyed reading it and looking at the lovely pictures you took. So thanks for that!
Where will you be heading next?

Not quite as exotic as this trip, Biarritz with AF and then LGW with EZY!

Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 16):
Great continuation of your story. How cool to take in a concert at the Opera House while in Sydney. What might be said to be "Eine nie wiederkehrende Gelegenheit".

Das ist richtig!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 16):
Those koalas do look cute and it is fortunate that they were awake and active. They can be rather sleepy during the day.

Yeah, they said they sleep for up to 20 hours a day. What a nice life  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 16):
Quite appropriate, at FL360

How very true, I'd not thought of it like that before!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 16):
Must have been quite a job relocating all those people from Frauenfeld and Dübendorf. I like the fact that the map features German as well as English on the SIN - ZRH sector

Correct, Dübendorf is one of them, but there's another one lurking there.......

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 16):
Last time I flew into ZRH it was aboard an SQ 747 back in May 2006. It is pleasing to see that SQ has maintained its high standards and its attention to detail.
Thanks for sharing your very enjoyable experience

I really wish I'd taken the opportunity to fly the 747 between ZRH-MAN back in those days. Thanks for leaving your feedback Roy.

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Not a shortage of those in SYD or MEL

Certainly no shortage and a good reason to go back on future trips!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
No indeed. You would get anything and everything there !

It would be a nightmare. You'd have passengers coming at you from all sides.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
That looks like a rip off of Caribbean Airlines livery .

True, definitely some similarities now I've compared them.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Arr Iced Gems . Have not had them for years

I hadn't either! I didn't even know you could still buy them.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Did you find the prices in M&S cheaper than Europe?

No, everything was very expensive. I'd thought about buying some clothing as a souvenir but the prices put me off. So I stuck to the food department!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
In closing Id like to thank you for taking us on your journey and loved every report and photo.
Im sure your Father would have loved it too and Im sure he was keeping an eye on you along the way

My pleasure Philip. Thanks for your kind words too, very touching.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1744 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9859 times:
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Dear Hannah,

Wow, what a way to end these series of great travels! Lovely report, thanks for your time to make it.
SQ: definitely top notch and the A380 remains a sight to behold, even from the inside and as opposed to you: I like it's quietness inside  
Sydney: the pics remind me of my vacation some 12 years ago, I was all alone there and had a great time.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
three must-dos in Sydney: Bridge Climb, Manly & Taronga Zoo.

I didn't do the bridge climb as I found it a bit expensive (traveling on a student budget you know  )

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
the Opera House

An iconic building it is. And you're lucky twice as it was a good decision of yours to have a look as well inside as outside!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We meet Felicity & Coral and they were quite possibly the cutest things I%u2019ve ever seen.

They really look like cuddly toys, my daughter would love to pet them - or rather, pull their fur out   

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The Sound of Music (one of your favourites, right Nils?)

Oh yes!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Definitely wouldn%u2019t fancy working at that desk!

Hey, this a holiday for you, not a work prospection trip 

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There%u2019s that huge wing again!

It is really gigantic. One wonders how this whole thing gets up in the air. And man, look at the flex...!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
They didn%u2019t seem to care what the kids got up to during the flight, there was a lot of stomping and running around and playing of noisy computer games. And of course the dreaded kicking the seat in front of you (which, of course, happened to be mine).

Oh how annoying. The crew or yourself didn't address them?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
He didn%u2019t know if he%u2019d find euycalyptus leaves in Switzerland!

No leaves I guess, but mountains: YES  

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
After the meal, the cabin crew came round the cabin with ice creams, this formed the dessert. I was told, politely but firmly by Alice, that strictly speaking I wasn%u2019t entitled to one as I had already had a dessert with my vegi meal

Is this common practice? I can't believe the crew would not let you have that ice cream  Wow!
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Cabin shot, upper deck

So you did sneak in there, did you?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It%u2019s the little touches that make a place special:

   Iced gems? Yummy, one of my favourite cookies!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Any rules of the road that may exist were completely ignored as he raced to the airport at a horrendous speed, overtaking anything he could anyway possible.

I bet you were not afraid and had a good travel insurance.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Down the airbridge

That's quite a large jetbridge, was this really the moving part?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I’d like to dedicate this series of trip reports to my Dad. If he were alive, he’d have been glued to the computer following the progress of all our flights. Instead, he was watching from a better place.

Sweet. How nice of you to honour him this way, I'm sure he appreciates it from wherever he might be.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9849 times:

Hi again Hannah,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Not for sharing here!

That is fair enough.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
I actually thought that they were obliged to ask you?

I did not know better that the procedure was only mandatory on board.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
You will do. And it will be worth it!

I believe you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
no (zoo night safari, not enough time)

A good reason to come back to Singapore?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Well, if you’re ever back there, the Naumi is well worth a visit.

I will certainly considerate the Naumi next time.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Maybe I should write a book revealing my secrets?

A good idea. Something like ‘Lady’s handbook for traveling’. Do not forget to get your book copyrighted.  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Well Suryo, all things have to come to an end so that you can start the next adventure

Hannah, I love the way you put it.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
.Looking forward to reading more about your Australian trip.

I am doing my best.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
All thanks to you  

My pleasure.  


Enjoy your weekend and please pass on my regards to your husband,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9502 times:

Hi Hannah!

Great final to your report series of the big trip.  
Also glad to see that you enjoyed another couple of flights on the superjumbo. SQ sure seems like a great airline.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
During our stay in New Zealand we got talking to a British family who had emigrated to OZ and the wife gave us three must-dos in Sydney: Bridge Climb, Manly & Taronga Zoo. So, we did exactly those things!

Nice to see that you tried the Bridge Climb, I remember seeing a feature about it on a tv-show a long time ago, and I've since been thinking that if I ever get to Sydney I will try it.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Our choice of hotel here in Singapore had caused a household debate, I was for the Naumi and my husband for the new Marina Bay Sands. However, I’ve learnt from experience that big, impersonal hotels can rarely match small, family run ones and I had no desire to be in one of over 2500 rooms. So, I won the battle after some help from Trip Advisor and the Naumi it was.

Glad to see that Naumi was a nice hotel! When I was in Singapore we did stay at the Marina Bay Sands, and while it might indeed have been a little impersonal it was a pleasurable experience nonetheless. The only real downside was the lack of any cheap breakfast alternatives nearby.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
At 0045, boarding began. I witnessed a scene which I hadn’t seen for the last 4 weeks. Queue jumping. There was no system to it, just a mass of people at the gate, all pushing and shoving as if their life depended on it. We waited until the scrum had passed!

Shame to hear it wasn't handled better at their hub.

Martin


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9421 times:

Hi Hannah!

Nice to see the final report in your New Zealand/Australia series!

Pictures are fantastic and it looks like you had a great time in Sydney.

I don't think I would have been okay to go up the Harbour Bridge but glad you did. It looks like you did a lot in those days that you were there.

Great that you stayed a day in Singapore as well. Lots to see and do there as well.

Flights seem nice and nice to see at least a picture of a 777 in this report   Singapore seems to be getting better but odd that your special meal comes with a desert; the special meals should come without a dessert and then no problem to get ice cream. Mustafa had the same problem when he had his moslem meal.

Looking forward to your next report whenever that may be!

The777Man



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2068 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9184 times:

Hello Hanna

Thanks for the excellent report. It reminded me of my first A380 flight back in Oct 2007.

Nice to see you stayed at the Naumi. They have a nice rooftop deck.

Btw, I was sorry to read your husband paid the S$20 to go up the viewing deck. You can just tell them you're going to the Ku De Ta bar and can have a beer or cocktail for about S$15 with the same views   

Cheers
Coal



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25 Post contains images infodesk : Morning guys, Great to see some more replies! Thank you for taking the time to read it and leave a reply Nils. I can understand it’s a different mat
26 JL418 : Hi Hannah! I read the entire series in one stand, fuelled up with caffeine after a 4.45 AM shift (you know the feeling I guess). What can I say? A mos
27 flightsimboy : Hello Hannah, And here we have the final installment of your trip out of Sydney to Zurich. I was particulary waiting to read this one as I flew the SQ
28 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Fabrizio, Thanks for your kind words and as for reading all three parts in one go, wow, you must have needed a lot of caffeine! Well, I suppose if
29 Post contains images win1290 : Hi Infodesk, Thanks a lot for sharing your holiday experience, absolutely a nice read (also for part 1 and 2 as well ) Singapore Airlines seem to offe
30 FLIEGER67 : Hoi, H., back on the followers front and that´s exactly what I´am looking for, after the last days in Asia. Great story and pictures, you´ve found
31 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Win, Thanks for your feedback. Oh, service with SQ is certainly of a very high standard, onboard & on the ground. Enjoy your trip on the A380,
32 lukeyboy95 : HI Hannah. I have enjoyed all three instalments of your sojourn across the world. Both aviation and non-aviation parts - it looked like a fantastic br
33 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Hannah, Good to read the final part of your epic trip Down Under! Great shots from Sydney, it looks a very nice place and yes, I've always wanted t
34 Post contains images infodesk : Good to see some more replies! Luke, Great to hear, thank you. It was indeed a super, super trip. WOW! I never knew anything about those fares. What a
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