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SQ 334 SIN-CDG  
User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8109 times:

OK then. Like, barely 24 hours I arrived back from LAX, I was off to Paris. So some of you are asking why did I choose the longest ever possible way to get to Paris from Los Angeles? (LAX-TPE-SIN-CDG)

Firstly, being away from home for 10 weeks at a stretch is just too much for me. That 24 hours at home did make me feel a whole lot less homesick. Also, both my USA and Europe sectors were all redeemed using Krisflyer miles so pricing was not a problem since they were FREE!

SQ334 SIN-CDG ETD 2250

I did a phone checkin and was given seat 39D which is one of those seats in front of the wall where babies are usually put but THANKFULLY there were no babies on this flight! Got to the airport at 2200, dumped my luggage at checkin, said my goodbyes and hugs and i love yous and headed straight for gate E24.

I was one of the last people to board the aircraft 9V-SMR so I just headed straight for my seat without having to queue. Hot towels were served, our pushback was on schedule at 2255 and the safety video was screened. One of the leading stewardesses sat at the emergency exit seat which was diagonally across from where I was. We took off at 2310 just before the Air France 777 which was also headed for CDG. A Singaporean guy who looked my age and seated at 39C (opposite her) started making small talk with her and I had the feeling he was flirting with her.

Now this stewardess is not your average SIA stewardess. For the approximately 20 mins from the time before takeoff to the time the seatbelt sign was switched off I eavesdropped on their conversation. They talked about a whole range of stuff, from Singapore politics to why she disagreed with the new law that would award demerit points to drivers who fail to have their rear seat passengers buckled up to the World Cup...... Also, that guy said he was going to France to study.... so after the flirting stopped I asked him if he was from my university blah blah blah and it turned out that we were on the same programme. cool aye?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy And yes, he was flirting with her.

Supper was served. OK I have to repeat this but it had an Asian selection or a Western selection and I chose the Asian selection. It was quite good, and the same went for breakfast so i shall NOT repeat details of breakfast later! What was newsworthy about the meal service on this flight was that it was served in new serviceware that looks much better than the ghastly old red ones they used to have.

There was a German guy seated next to me (I gathered that from the German edition of a Tom Clancy novel that he was reading) Halfway through dinner, he took 3 sleeping pills and fell into a deep sleep over his food, and looked hilarious. He was like slouched foward at first, after which he twisted towards me and leaned on me. I had to push him back to his seat. This cycle repeated itself about 5 times. And he was one hell of a heavy german man!

Anyway at the 6th time he was about to start the same old cycle, he somehow pushed his entire tray table onto the floor. The elderly Chinese couple next to him screamed in shock. I looked at him and was trying not to laugh because all the tea had (very nicely, mind you...) spilt into his shoe. And there he continued in his usual slouchy position (He did look dead, actually) like nothing was wrong.

I pressed the call button and this Indian stewardess (from India) came along. I was like "This guy here has spilt everything on the floor could you please do something about it?" And she decided to wake him up. "SIR.... SIR SIR SIR SIR SIR DO YOU STILL WANT YOUR DINNER?" followed by tapping his shoulders and the tapping turned into somewhat violent shaking. Now, it was highly obvious that this gentleman was not the least bit interested in his dinner. I mean, he shoved it onto the floor. And his tea was in his shoe.

"Sir, would you like to eat off the floor?"
or perhaps "Sir, would you like to drink your tea off your shoe?"

But she persevered till he actually woke up. If anything, we should award her a prize for actually managing to wake a person who has just taken what seemed like an overdose of sleeping pills. And he said NO and went back to sleep. She cleaned it up.

There were 2 members of the cabin crew who spoke French. Their accent sounded somewhat OK when they made the landing/take off and turbulence announcements. Didn't actually get a chance to conduct a real conversation with them in French, not that my French is all that good anyway!

Oh well that was all the excitement for the rest of the flight which was 12 hours 45 mins. I watched Marry a Rich Man starring Sammi Cheng whom I adore. Watched it twice actually. There was no French movie on Krisworld in June. After which I took some Melatonin but DID NOT manage to sleep at all! Every 15 mins or so one of the cabin crew would walk down the aisles offering all sorts of things to the passengers who were awake, who numbered very few.

2h45 mins before touchdown in CDG, somewhere over Eastern Europe, Breakfast was served. As promised I shall not dwell on the details of breakfast since they're the same as before. The guy seated across the aisle from me at 39C had apparently gone to the galley a couple of times during the flight to talk with the leading stewardess. Apparently he does it on all flights (according to him) Actually he had done a detailed analysis of every single female member of the cabin crew on our flight and he didn't hesitate to share it with me. So collectively we conducted our own joint detailed analysis of the female cabin crew on our flight. We both decided that the Indian one had a very big attitude problem since she didn't smile one bit throughout the flight.... And come on, waking the German man up was not worth the trouble!

The leading stewardess sat opposite him for landing again. This time both of us talked to her about everything under the sun. To the behaviour of the French to how the French lost to Senegal to the Louis Vuiton shop that all the SIA girls frequent at Champs Elysees.

And she had nice motherly parting words too. "You boys behave yourself and do what you're supposed to do and not do what you're not supposed to. It's very tempting when you have all the freedom in the world!"

Awwhhh wasn't that nice? And during disembarkation that guy had obviously fallen so in love with her he (and I as a result) waited and chatted with her till every single passenger had left the aircraft.

Paris CDG AEROGARE 1 is the most ugly airport I have ever been to in the developed world. AEROGARE 2 is so much better but of course Air France has the pleasure of that terminal all to itself. The immigration queue wasn't that long and French immigration officials hardly ever ask you any questions especially when you come from low risk countries like Singapore. Our baggage came out after a 20 min wait and we headed to the arrivals area to wait for our friends coming in on CX, TG and MH. SQ 334 is the first flight to arrive in from East Asia every morning at CDG.

I know none of you are train freaks but at 5 that evening I took the TGV from Gare de Lyon in Paris to Grenoble (a town 100km east of Lyon and 2 hours west of Geneva) where I spent the entire month of June with a French family and at French classes.

Once again thank you for reading. Sorry if i was boring! Merci et A Bientot!



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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8010 times:

Great report Docpepz,

There is actually a stark difference between Leading Stewardesses and your standard run of the mill girls in blue.

I recall my last flight with the company, I was seated in F and had difficulty deciding which of the 4 main courses to choose from. The LSS invited me to the galley during transit (there was no crew change and we weren't allowed to disembark) and laid out all 4 courses to help me decide. I received the best inflight service ever on that swansong flight. After dinner, I spent the rest of the flight in the galley with her, the Chief Steward, a steward and his boyfriend (a leading crew in Y) having the famous satay party.

Whereas those in blue are still struggling with their new found accents, those girls in green can be a joy to chat with. Their experience really shows on long haul flights.




There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8015 times:

Salut!

Merci beaucoup Docpepz! Tu parles francaise? The crew who spoke Frence, were they de Singapopour? Singapourien? I used to know two stewards who attended the Frence Course at the Alliance Francaise Singapour so that they could concentrate on SIN-CDG flights.

Anyway, your report is tres magnifique et tres bien! Je parle francaise mais je ne parle pas tres bien...  Sad I am still trying!

Cheers
Ryan



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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7991 times:

Ryanair,

oui je parle francais mais pas tres bien. j'ai commence etudier francais il y a 1 ans a l'Universite National de Singapour. Et toi? Apres j'ai passe 4 semaines en France, je pense que mon francaise a ameliore un peu..... Parce-que tous les jours il faut parler francais, je ne parle que francais.... haha.

mon report etait tres magnifique? ah c'est pas possible parce-que je pense que il etait tres ennuyeux.

N'oublies pas m'envoyer un email, s'il te plait! L'adresse est:

chcsq288@hotmail.com

Quand tu vas a l'aeroport Changi, peut-etre je peut aller avec toi parce-que l'aeroport est pres de chez moi.

Je m'excuse pour les fautes de grammaire.

Merci et A bientot!

Docteur Pepz.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7986 times:

Mon dieu!,

Mon amie, your French is better than mine. J'ai commence etudier Francaise il y a deux ans a Poly... mais je ne parles pas avec mon amie. So I have lost touch in a big way!

Et oui, your report etait tres magnifique. Jesus... I am trying!

Your grammar is, thus, pardoned... hee hee!

cheers



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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7988 times:

Ah oui, mais pourquoi pas je ne peux pas parler le français aussi?! eh eh!

C'était un très bien reportage. C'est agréable pour lire que les Filles Singapourienne sont excellent. Mais, je pense que la Fille Indienne était un peu rauque quand elle disait à l'homme à côté de toi. C'est pas bien. Je ne m'impresionne pas. Je pense que tu as besoin de plaindre à customer_relations@singaporeair.com.sg

J'attends avec impatience pour votre reportage prochain.



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7980 times:



Aussi Le Table Favori De Hemingway.
Le Dôme Boulevard Du Montparnasse. Metro À Vavin.
SQ À Paris.

Je ne pouvais pas résister! (I could not resist!)


Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineBhtchuo From Malaysia, joined Nov 2001, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7970 times:

gutten tag

wait a mionute... mind to talk in simple english. find its hard to understand. please lah.

obidesey
p/s thats all i know.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7939 times:

Singapore_Air,

Some how I am not surprised, tu es de Vietnam? Non?



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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7941 times:

Ryanair!!!
Oui, c'est vrai. Mais, je suis né ici en Angleterre, mais mes parents sonts Vietnamiens.

Mais, j'adore ton compangie aérienne national.

Singapore Airlines - Le Meilleur Chemin Pour Voler
Tout autour le monde, la fille Singapourienne, tu es un chemin de voler fantastique

(rough translations)



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7896 times:

Where's that babblefish when u need that URL.. damn!




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User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7901 times:

Ah ha....
So, SQ772, your last station must have been one of these: CAI, IST, JNB, KHI, LHE. Chances are it was KHI or LHE, ya? I'm onto you!!


User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7892 times:

Tsentsan:
Be careful what you wish for. The Babelfish is reputed to have caused more inter-galactic wars than anything else in the known galaxy.

The Douglas Adams fans out there will know what I am talking about  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 7831 times:

Ex_SQer...

je sais... sorry, I mean, I know where SQ772's stations were. How about hanging a bait in front of me? hahahaha....


Cheers



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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 7838 times:

Ex-SQer...eh....throwing smoke screen was my forte in NS and SQ  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

You think I am not aware that you "beh song" because I know your stn but you don't know mine is it?  Wink/being sarcastic

If you want exact stations, no problem, just not here. You're so resourceful, finding my contact should be chicken feet.




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User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 7833 times:

SQ772:
Very easy for me to find out - I just need to ask someone. But no lah I got better things to do than that. So there.

Ryanair!!!
What kind of bait are we talking about here? Will Coco Ng's head on a silver platter be enuff?


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 7827 times:

Ryanair!!!, bien sur, the crew who spoke French were ne a Singapour ou Malasie.  Wink/being sarcastic That was my best shot...hahah pardon moi sil vous plait.


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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 7836 times:

Ryanair!!!, I am trying to get that dagger out of my back...can you help me drive it in deeper?



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 7818 times:

SQ772... What were you tallking about? Dagger? Now why would I do such a thing? Aww... me? C'mon!

Er... for me, Coco Ng's head would do nothing for me coz she would still be smiling blankly, not knowing what hit her. I would like the heads of all the nasty, bitchy, pinkerton-esque, vegeterian-dishing, insincere SQ Girls, and feed them to the participants of Boot Camp.

Merci Beaucoup!



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User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 7823 times:

Bonjour...

Any comments on the aircraft itself?

Take care,

alvin



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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 7800 times:

The aircraft was 9V-SMR which would make it nearly 10 years old. However I could hardly tell cos it was very well maintained and kept. There are some SM series Megatops from SQ that are quite badly maintained in the interior but this was definitely not one of them.

eh you all why you never rate this post one?


User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 7800 times:

You bet! VH-OJG I flew on in March, much better than the younger 9V-SMS!


Boeing747 万岁!
User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7709 times:

Let me guess ex-SQer.......its Incheon. It's in his email :P

9V-SVA



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User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7694 times:

9V-SVA... how was I supposed to know that? He witheld the email address in his profile. What a wanker. hehehe.

User currently offline9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7696 times:

what you can expect from Darryl Chua, hehehe.  Big thumbs up Great report doc!

25 Post contains images Nicolasrolland : Bonjour a tous, C'etait un beau petit vol que tu as raconté... Was also very fun to see all of you speak in French your all getting good... especial
26 Post contains images SQ772 : 9V-SVA... how was I supposed to know that? He witheld the email address in his profile. What a wanker. hehehe. Ex_SQer...a case of pot calling the ke
27 Ex_SQer : Hello, Mr. Kettle, I presume? How very pleased to meet you. Let me introduce myself. I'm Mr. Pot. Such a privilege to finally get to know you.
28 Post contains images SQ772 : The pleasure's all mine... I have a nice pot of tea brewing, come over for some cream puffs and scones whenever you are in the area , will ya?
29 Ex_SQer : Only if the scones come with real clotted cream. By the way we used to serve those on MAN-CDG when those flights departed in the afternoon. Big hit wi
30 Post contains images Carmy : Scones are usually dripping in saturated fat. And the butter and the cream, ewrgh. No good at all. It'd take hours of running to get rid of all that o
31 Post contains images SQ772 : Carmy, how is Tekong? Think I know your answer already...probably loving every moment of it As for scones, clotted cream or what not....I am sure just
32 Ex_SQer : Air conditioned ferry?!? Good grief, you guys are pampered, I tell you, spoilt rotten! When I was a Camp 1 it was a dump with dusty swirls. Everyone h
33 SQ772 : Speaking of buddies... my buddy and I went a long way together... same sec school, BMT buddies, same unit/company, same course in uni, same job in SQ,
34 Ex_SQer : Well after ITD MY blur f*** buddy went to the Transport school where he was out-of-course for being a potentially dangerous driver. He was a complete
35 SQ772 : For the well being of Singapore's (or where ever he decides to settle down) future, just pray that he IS gay so that he doesn't ever feel the urge to
36 Ryanair!!! : Unfortunately, these clones are out there... contaminating every intake of BMT recruits. Watch it... the truth is out there... I had every version of
37 Ex_SQer : Sad part is, he didn't "geng". He was genuinely f***ed up and incompetent.
38 Post contains images Carmy : Ok it's the weekend again and time for me to reply once more. About the blur f***s that exist, my gosh, to quote a friend of mine I met the other day,
39 SQ772 : Sounds like so much fun. Here's my take of the situation in your coy. And gosh, the number of guys who have bellies at this tender age is simply amazi
40 Carmy : Obese platoon?! Horrors, haha, no lah it's just that there're some guys who look perfectly fine until you actually see them topless and realise they a
41 Post contains images SQ772 : "White Horse" aka some big shot's son. I had 2 white horses in my coy during BMT, one was the son of an MP, the other the son of a Minister. You never
42 Ex_SQer : SQ772: 8.15min for SOC? I kowtow to you. Oh, and White Horse status is more common than you think. You don't have to be a minister's son or something.
43 SQ772 : 8.15min - with the threat of staying back on Saturdays for SOC training, hell, even if my lungs burst, kidneys malfunctioned, I would still sprint to
44 SQ772 : Oh, forgot to mention swimming... I hated swimming lessons in BMT! The lessons were primarily for the non-swimmer folks and therefore there was no rol
45 Ex_SQer : That's a surprise - during swimming those of us who passed the test on the first lesson were allowed to hang out at the pool and play. They gave us a
46 SQ772 : God forbid, a W.H. picking leaves?!!! They probably scheduled a non-WH platoon to do it.
47 Ex_SQer : Please lah, W.H.'s are a dime a dozen. I should know - I became an S1 after OCS.
48 Post contains images SQ772 : Just out of curiosity. At what stage are Singaporean males identified as WH? Does MINDEF track some big shot's son from the moment he is born, or does
49 Ex_SQer : W.H. status is assigned before you start. I don't know the exact mechanics of how they assign it, but I would guess that some data in your background
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