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The Taste Of Freedom - A Trip Down Under  
User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1054 posts, RR: 15
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Greetings fellow a.netters. It's been a long time since I last wrote a report. As I have mentioned in my previous reports, I was enlisted into compulsory military service here in Singapore and recently, I finally finished my term and regained my freedom. 2 years flew by. Sure that sometimes it crawls slowly but when you think back, the memories are everlasting. Lots has changed ever since I wrote my last report. I got my driver's license, got a car and finally going to university. Now, enough of that. Let's proceed on with the report!

But before that...!

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Presenting my new car! Not a performance car by all means, by it does what it's supposed to do


Introduction


Apologies for not having tons of photos for the flight as I was initially not planning to do a trip report. Rest assured I will take more of those in the future. Meanwhile, please enjoy the destination shots.  

Back in the first half of the year, my best buddy Adrian and myself were discussing if we were to go on a trip together after we finish our military service, or in another term, ORD (Operationally Ready, not Chicago O'Hare!).

A - Adrian

Me: Shall we go on a trip when we ORD?
A: I don't see why not.
Me: Where shall we go? Somewhere near like KL?
A: I was thinking somewhere else we've never been to, like Vietnam?
Me: Sure, I'll do a check.
A: Hey, Scoot has wonderful fares to Sydney, let's go there instead!
Me: For sure!

It was definitely great news for me. Australia is my favourite country in the world and I did not have the chance to walk around Sydney on my last visit there so this was a good chance to do so. We paid around S$550 per person inclusive of super seat selection, premium meals and booking fees. Pretty cheap to speak of. However, just around 2 weeks after we booked our tickets Scoot had this promotion whereby you could get the return ticket free when you book a one way ticket with them. Argh, it only costs S$300+ that way! Bleh, what's done is done.

Pre-Flight


On that day, we garnered the help of my friend, Edward (who will be featured in my next report, if there's any) to send us to the airport using a passenger van. Arriving at the airport at around 10.30pm for a 2am flight, there was more than enough time for us to check in. Surprisingly, there wasn't much of a queue and seeing that we were only on the Fly fare, the check-in process was made even faster.

After checking in, I went on to look for a fellow a.netter, 9V-SVC a.k.a Charles. With him were 3 other av geeks like myself. Always nice to meet more av geeks, isn't it? The airline he was queuing for (didn't want to reveal it, just in case) had a pretty chaotic check in process with people cutting queues and such. Thankfully, he managed to check in at last and even grabbed some baggage tags for me. He will be staying landside for some time so Adrian and myself headed airside for some food at Cedele.


Spinach and Mushroom Quiche


Blueberry Tart


Shortly after finishing our food, Charles came over to join us. We had a pretty interesting chat and agreed to meet up on my next trip on Scoot (on 6th Sept) at the destination since he'll be there too. Yes, that is one hell of a long trip for him! After a nice chat it was time for him to board and so we also decided to head off to our boarding gate which has not opened yet.

The Flight


Scoot Flight TZ 2
Origin: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Destination: Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD/YSSY)
Registration: 9V-OTE (Scootalicious)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER
Scheduled Time of Departure: 02:10am
Actual Time of Departure: 02:12am
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 11:40am
Actual Time of Arrival: 11:21am
Airborne Time: 7h 09m
Class of Travel: Economy
Seat: 23B

The gate was not open when we reached so we decided to sit down and have a rest. When the gate was finally opened, a long queue formed to do the security checks. Boarding began at around 1.15am, pretty early for a 2.10am departure. What I could not get was that the passengers in my cabin were scheduled to be boarded last, unlike my previous flights with Scoot last June when they just started that we were told to board with passengers seated at the back of the aircraft. Since the cabin is located between doors L1 and L2, there should be no obstruction from us to the other passengers if we were to board first.

When we arrived at the seat, we were pleased to see that the aisle seat was still empty. Sadly, our happiness was short. Right after we placed our baggage in the overhead compartment and sat down, a slightly stout man sat in the aisle seat. His shoulder was broad too and the 3-4-3 configuration on this Boeing 777 did not help.

We taxied to runway 20C for takeoff and was airborne at 2.12am, just 2 minutes after the scheduled departure thanks to a very empty airport. It seems like Scoot has changed their policy on serving meals on their Sydney flights. Instead of serving the meals right after departure, they now serve it around 3 to 4 hours out of SYD to allow passengers to sleep for the first half of the flight. Drifting in and out of sleep for the entire flight, I was woken up by a Scootee (that's how they call their FAs) when her cold hands gently touched my arm and jolted me awake. Alright, not her fault that her hands were cold but the way she woke me up was pretty gentle.

Having booked the premium meal, I was curious of how it looked like. Here's the answer:


Premium meal - Spinach Frittata with Sausage, Hashbrown and Sautéed Mushrooms


The meal was great and I thoroughly enjoyed the fruits that came with it. However, the cereal was a little on the hard side. On a side note, they had an interesting name for the milk that came with it - long life milk. Let's see if I'll live to 100 years old!

We touched down on Australian soil at 11.21am local time, almost 20 minutes earlier than scheduled with a flight time of 7h 09m. According to flightmemory, this is the fastest flight of my life with an average speed of 881km/h. Interestingly, my last fastest flight was also set by Scoot, also on SIN-SYD.

Getting a local SIM card was our priority and we headed over to the Optus counter straight. After settling our payment and such with the great customer service representative at the counter, we made a call to our transfer, Airbus Sydney to let them know that we have reached. We were met by their representative and brought to the coach bay to await our 14 seater Toyota Hiace Hi-Roof Van, surprisingly available in a manual transmission model here as compared to only automatic in Singapore. The van has a small trailer at the back for our baggage. The driver of the van, a cheerful man which sounded like he is from Hong Kong greeted us and helped us to load our baggage. While loading our baggage, he asked for our destination.

D - Driver

D: Where are we going today?
Me: Y Hotel Hyde Park
D: Ah, we call that Y on the Park. Alright, give me your baggage and enjoy your stay in Sydney!

In around an hour's time, we were brought to our hotel's doorstep and assisted with our baggage by the kind driver once again. No reason to ask why I love Australia, eh? I would highly recommend Airbus Sydney for your transfers upon reaching Sydney if you have not booked any. It is cheaper than taking the taxi and more convenient than taking the train. Their website can be found at http://www.airbussydney.com.au/ and they charge a flat rate of $13 AUD for a one-way or $26 AUD for a return trip to the airport. However, it seemed like they have increased their price to $15 and $28 respectively.


The van that brought us to the hotel


As we approached the reception counter, we were greeted by the receptionist.

R - receptionist

R: Good afternoon Sir!
Me: Good afternoon, we have a hotel booking.
R: May I have the surname of the person who booked the hotel please?
Me: Yes, it's (my buddy's surname).
R: Adrian XXX?
Me: Yes.
R: Alright, your room is now ready for check in. It is with a double bed right?
Me: No, we requested for twins.
R: It's ok, we'll do something about it for you but you will have to wait for some time. Meanwhile, you can take a rest at the sofas and I will let you know when it is ready.
Me: Sure thing, thank you!

Being sorta hungry, we decided to have a simple lunch at the hotel lobby. It turned out to be pretty nice.


Portugese Chicken with Chips and Salad - A$8.50


After lunch, our room was ready and we proceeded to room 511 which will be our home for the next 3 nights. First impression of the room was that it is pretty small, but cozy enough. However, I do not get why they gave us 3 single beds. I took the single bed which turned out to be a pretty good decision.


2 single beds on one side


My solo bed on another


With a decent toilet too!


Being tired from the flight, Adrian and I decided to rest for around 45 minutes inside the room and I decided to take a short nap to catch up with sleep that I lost on the flight. After some attempts to wake me up by Adrian, we finally got ready to embark on our adventure of the largest city in Australia.

Our first stop was the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Who can say that you have visited Sydney but not seen any of those? We enquired with the receptionist at the lobby and he suggested that we take a nice walk to Circular Quay (where the Opera House and Harbour Bridge is at) instead of taking the train or bus since it is cooling and we can see more sights and sounds along the way. We were handed a detailed map of the city and shown the way to walk. He also suggested that we have a look at Queen Victoria Building, a shopping centre with a pretty nice English decor.


Just the start of our walk, the building opposite our hotel


Hyde Park, where we were told to cut across


Queen Victoria Building


Interior


Some random square on our way there


Oh man, expensive parking there! But the cars here are almost 100k cheaper than that of Singapore's


We have reached Circular Quay!


Needs no introduction


Looking back from the Opera House


A cruise ship passing the Harbour Bridge


All the goodness in one picture!


We were slated to meet our friend at Darling Harbour for dinner so after some time walking around, we decided to head on to Wharf 5 for the ferry to Darling Harbour. While waiting for the ferry, I noticed that Australians do not mind waiting for you if you express that you are going to board the ferry even when the gates are closed. I saw this several times that the lady manning the gate opened the gate for those that came when the ferry was just about to leave. If only we do see those in Singapore! As our ferry came, we took the chance to get an outdoor seat at the back of the upper deck.


Let the flag fly high


About to approach the bridge


Pretty lucky to have captured the silhouette of this lovely couple with the beautiful sunset


The other side of the bridge


Too beautiful!


We were slated to go to Hurricane's at Harbourside, or Cockle Bay Wharf. It was quite a walk there and I managed to capture some nice pictures along the way.


Sunset over Cockle Bay Wharf


The dinner was great and I would certainly recommend any rib lovers to go to Hurricane's to have your well deserved dose of pork, lamb or beef ribs. Sorry, did not take any pictures as it was pretty dark inside and I could not wait to tuck in to the ribs. :P

We had an early night on our first day as we had something else to look forward to the next day... The Blue Mountains! We walked to Central Station after having our breakfast at the hotel lobby. Tickets with the explorer bus was A$44.90 per person. The train ride to Katoomba Station was roughly 2 hours and we used the time to get some shut eye.


Train bringing us to Katoomba Station


Cabin shot


Yes, we've reached!


Quiet platform at this time


There were signs telling us to exchange our paper tickets for a Blue Mountains Guide Book which also acts as our ticket to the Explorer Link bus. We did so and was persuaded by the lady to purchase tickets for the rides at A$35. The rides were namely the Blue Mountains Railway, Cableway and Skyway. Our first stop was to take the Blue Mountains Cableway.


The Explorer Link Bus, a Volvo Olympian 2 Axle which is going extinct on Singapore roads soon


Arrival at Stop 9, where we can take the Blue Mountains Cableway


Launch off!


Beautiful waterfalls!


The "Orphan Stone", as mentioned by our guide on board named Happy (yes, he's a very happy person too!)


Our next stop was the railway, the steepest funicular railway in the world with an incline of 52 degrees (adjustable to be steeper or not so steep with controls by the side of the seats)


This is how steep it is!


On the way back up with another load of happy passengers


Bus brought us to Stop 14, Echo Point to view the famous Three Sisters


View outside, nothing much other than the Three Sisters


Lunch at the Three Sisters Cafe, the Three Sisters Gourmet Beef Burger for A$18.50

Devonshire Tea, with English Breakfast Tea and Home Made Scones for A$8.50


Some apple juice to quench your thirst?


We took the bus to our next destination, the Gordon Falls Lookout at Stop 18. A pretty quiet place with nice scenery but tons of steps to go down (and climb up after that)


Just before we began our trek back up


Time to head back! We got to Leura Station to get onto the train back to Central


Slightly busier, but still quiet


Back to Central Station!


Quite beautiful in the evening


Fish n Chips for our dinner at World Square. At this point in time I was a little afraid of chips already, having them for lunch and dinner for 2 days in a row and in enormous amounts


Our itinerary for the next day was what I was looking forward to, the Sydney Fish Market! We decided to take the light rail to the Fish Market Station and that would mean a walk to Central Station once again. Onboard, we were met by a kind conductor who is Asian himself and took great care of us. I would not mention how, in case I get him into trouble. It was an orgasm for our tastebuds as we went on to savour the various seafood available! Look below to see what we headed straight for and what else we had!


Looks attractive from any angle!


I can't believe I'm looking at this in person!


Just upon entering the market


The outside seating with lots of seagulls fighting with you for your food, specifically sashimi. It was fully occupied at around 11am, within 2 hours of our arrival though


Some nice and succulent South Australian oysters for A$18.99


Nice and juicy!


Some beer to wash the oysters down. It's in the morning at 10am, but who cares?!


Some fish fillet, without the chips


Lots of seafood for sale too


Mini seafood platter with 3 oysters, half a lobster and 3 juicy prawns for A$28.50


After the visit to the fish market, we took the light rail to Paddy's Market but found out that the things there did not really interest us so it took us less than 5 minutes to get out. We took the free bus, 555 back to our hotel and took a nap before meeting our friend for dinner at Pancakes on the Rock. The food here was great too! Not forgetting to mention their service was just as good. There was one event whereby my fork dropped accidentally and immediately a waitress approached me, took the fork away and replaced it with a new one. Something I have never seen in Singapore yet! Plus 1 for Australia!


Pancakes!


Ribeye Steak, medium. No chips but with wedges, thankfully


Some after dinner chat at Guylian, with their nice and smooth Peppermint Hot Chocolate


With their wonderful soup!


Soon it was time to head back to our hotel and prepare for our flight back home. It was a wonderful trip and we did not want it to end so fast but we have to move on, ya? We had Airbus Sydney pick us up at 9.30am to the airport the next morning, having a flight at 12.50pm.


Bus to the airport (taken at SYD upon arrival), a Toyota Coaster bus driven by a kind Australian old man


The Flight Back Home


Scoot Flight TZ 1
Origin: Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD/YSSY)
Destination: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Registration: 9V-OTA (Barry)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER
Scheduled Time of Departure: 12:50pm
Actual Time of Departure: 1:15pm
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 07:00pm
Actual Time of Arrival: 07:03pm
Airborne Time: 7h 48m
Class of Travel: Economy
Seat: 22A

Check in for our flight was once again pretty fast and we got airside to do some last minute shopping, including buying my favourite Manuka Honey and Macadamia Nuts. Boarding was called and off we go! Home sweet home.


Barry bringing us home, 2nd time on this plane


We lifted off Australian soil from runway 34L, similar to my trip last year. Meals were served shortly after the seatbelt signs were switched off. I noticed that Scoot serves the premium meals way before the normal ones despite both being pre booked. I wonder what is the protocol behind this, but always good to get my meal early!


Cabernet Lamb Stew, excellent in taste!


Excellent view along the way, this is West Island in the Northern Territory according to Adrian


I fell asleep once again after my meal at around 12pm Singapore time. Waking up at around 12.45pm, I was shocked that Adrian's normal meal has not been served yet. What are they up to? Well, it eventually came at 1pm though. After the main meal service was over, I once again fell into a deep slumber (yes, I was THAT tired throughout the trip!). After falling in and out of sleep a few times, I decided to order another meal since I was getting hungry. At around 4.30pm, I went for the Thai Red Curry set meal to curb my hunger pangs. I was told that I have to wait 15 minutes for my food to be ready. Hmm, 15 minutes to heat up a meal? It eventually came and the taste did not disappoint.


Not a bad meal, just that this is vegetarian. Highly recommended!


Some interesting cloud formation along the way


We touched down on Singaporean soil at 7.03pm, signalling the end of my Sydney trip. Unfortunately, I failed to clock the longest flight of my life as this flight was only 7h 48m long and my longest currently is 7h 49m, also on Scoot SYD-SIN. Just a minute more! Was hoping for a go-around although it did not happen.

After clearing immigration and getting some duty free liquor, we headed home on a cab.

Conclusion


Choosing Sydney as a destination was definitely the correct choice. I got to see how wonderful the country of Australia is and how kind the Australians are to outsiders. I felt like home. Even though the cost of living may be higher than that of Singapore's, I do support having a minimum wage (around A$20 per hour in Sydney's case, I heard) to help maintain a normal life. Honestly, I was even seriously considering moving to Australia after just 4 days there! Being back in Singapore after being in Australia is just heaven and hell.

Scoot has definitely jumped onto the learning curve fast since the last time I flew with them. Their Scootees seem to know much better of what is happening and handle passengers to ensure that they are well taken care of. This airline has got great potential ahead.

Previous Trip Reports


Flying 5 Star - SQ SIN-CAN-SIN (2009) (by Initious Mar 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Sardines In A Can - Jetstar Asia SIN-HKG-SIN (by Initious Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
Away We Go - China Southern SIN-CAN-WUH Vv (1/2) (by initious Apr 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
Away We Go - China Southern WUH-CAN-SIN (2/2) (by initious Apr 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
Oldest Vs Newest: Royal Silk Class On Thai (by Initious Jun 13 2010 in Trip Reports)
First On Airliners.net - CZ Shanghai To Shantou (by Initious Jun 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
18 Hours Of Royal Orchid Service: Thai PVG-BKK-SIN (by initious Jul 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Good Morning Borneo! - Where Silkair Unwinds... (by initious Oct 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Irama AirAsia! - Kota Kinabalu To Singapore (by initious Oct 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 1 - Propping To Luxury (by Initious Mar 23 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates (by initious Mar 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 3 - The Arabian Adventure (by initious Apr 15 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Finale - Brothers In Bangkok (by initious May 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Orange Star Monopoly - SIN-SWA On 3K (by initious May 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
China Southern SWA-CAN - Do They Deserve 4 Star? (by initious May 21 2011 in Trip Reports)
A Dream Come True - SQ Business Class CAN-SIN (by initious Jun 13 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Boleh! - To Malaysia With 3K And AK (by initious Jun 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Flying On My Birthday - The Triangle In SEA (by initious Jul 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR (by initious Nov 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
People: They Make An Airline. Cathay SIN-HKG (by Initious Jan 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cathay, Make Up Your Mind! HKG-SIN On The A333 (by initious Mar 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
1 New Airport, 10 Steps Forward. Jetstar SIN-SWA (by initious Apr 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
China "Sudden" Airlines SWA-HKG - 4 Star? Really? (by initious Apr 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
Celebrities In Asia's World City - Jetstar HKG-SIN (by Initious May 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
Get Outta Here! With SCOOTitude - Down Under! (by Initious Jun 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Flying In OZ On A Virgin Kangaroo - SYD-MEL-ADL (by initious Jul 2 2012 in Trip Reports)
Exploring Unknown Lands - Wonders Of South Aussie (by Initious Jul 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
Scoot - Where's The SCOOTitude? (by Initious Aug 2 2012 in Trip Reports)
The Definition Of Awesomeness - With D&Y To M'sia (by Initious Oct 16 2012 in Trip Reports)


One way I will fly around the world!
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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 months 5 hours ago) and read 10546 times:

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Having booked the premium meal, I was curious of how it looked like. Here's the answer:


Premium meal - Spinach Frittata with Sausage, Hashbrown and Sautéed Mushrooms


The meal was great and I thoroughly enjoyed the fruits that came with it. However, the cereal was a little on the hard side. On a side note, they had an interesting name for the milk that came with it - long life milk. Let's see if I'll live to 100 years old!

The fruits and cereal are exactly the same as what is served on SQ! Guess Scoot and SQ use the same caterer.

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My past and future travels - http://www.ba97.com/ba97/calendar/report.asp?handle=ycp81
User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 566 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 months 4 hours ago) and read 10404 times:

Hi Initious,

Nice to see another trip report of you again. Congratulations upon your ORD. No worries, the lack of flight pictures was certainly compensated by the detailed descriptions you have written.  
Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
We paid around S$550 per person inclusive of super seat selection, premium meals and booking fees.

Considering all the meal and seat selections you have included, that is a deal for sure!

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
they now serve it around 3 to 4 hours out of SYD

How did you find this meal service arrangement? I'm not sure how other passengers would see it, but having flown this route several times I would dislike this arrangement, rather being served right after take-off or just before arrival.
Anyway, the meal looks well presented in both sectors.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, I failed to clock the longest flight of my life

That was very close. My longest flight so far was also on this route.

I have also enjoyed the awesome pictures of Sydney you have posted.
Thanks for sharing this report.

Regards,
Dirktraveller.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 months 3 hours ago) and read 10236 times:

Hey Daniel. Nice to finally see the report up, didn't expect you to write one  

Congratulations on graduating from the army. I suppose the last time I saw you was the last time I'll ever see you in a uniform  
Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Presenting my new car! Not a performance car by all means, by it does what it's supposed to do

Well who needs a performance car anyway when the roads in Singapore are so congested? Though I suppose in the late evenings when the roads are empty it might be tempting to floor it. But then again there's the problem of the speed cameras…

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Registration: 9V-OTE (Scootalicious)

Better than Barry at least.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Premium meal - Spinach Frittata with Sausage, Hashbrown and Sautéed Mushrooms

That looks delicious, and as the previous poster said I'm also suspecting SQ's caterer to be the chef behind this meal. My guess is that they serve the same dish on SQ in Economy.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
We touched down on Australian soil at 11.21am local time, almost 20 minutes earlier than scheduled with a flight time of 7h 09m

I guess that's a good thing when seated in Economy  
Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
It is cheaper than taking the taxi and more convenient than taking the train.

That is cheap indeed, and I guess it's even cheaper than the bus if you are enough people to fill the van. Unless they charged you per person?

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Some random square on our way there

It looks rather grey and chilly. I'm guessing it was still winter back there.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Looks attractive from any angle!

Well to me it looks more like a bus that has accidentally ended up on the railway tracks. 
Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Some nice and succulent South Australian oysters for A$18.99

That's a good price, seeing that oysters are normally quite expensive.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Some beer to wash the oysters down. It's in the morning at 10am, but who cares?!

I'm guessing that was one of the few occasions when you drink alcoholic beverages?

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Mini seafood platter with 3 oysters, half a lobster and 3 juicy prawns for A$28.50

That was rather overpriced though, since the plate looks very small.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
With their wonderful soup!

What? You ate soup after your "dessert" drink?

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Being back in Singapore after being in Australia is just heaven and hell.

Well I very much enjoyed Singapore, and the singaporean lifestyle (which of course includes the oh so yummy food). So I wouldn't mind living there. But I suppose you'd might have gotten tired of the place since you've lived there for so long  

Thanks for sharing!



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (11 months 2 hours ago) and read 10108 times:

Hi Daniel,

interesting report with many nice pictures! Good to see you back here.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
As I have mentioned in my previous reports, I was enlisted into compulsory military service here in Singapore and recently, I finally finished my term and regained my freedom.

Congratulations!

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):

Having booked the premium meal, I was curious of how it looked like. Here's the answer:

That doesn't look bad!

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Too beautiful!
Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Beautiful waterfalls!

Amazing pics!

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
It's in the morning at 10am, but who cares?!

Perfect time to enjoy "Weißwürste, Weizen & Brezen" in Bavaria.  



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 months 1 hour ago) and read 9931 times:

Very nice report! Scoot's premium meals almost look like SQ economy, also very nice pictures of your trip! I've lived in Australia before (Sydney specifically) - it is lovely when you're on holiday, but a different story if you live and work there.I always enjoy visiting Australia and Sydney specifically, but cannot imagine living there permanently.

User currently offlinelammified From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9421 times:

Great report! I was in Sydney in March for Top Gear Live, and did the fish market stop among other touristy things. I actually find Sydney (esp. the CBD) very gloomy and depressing most of the time, but I'm also a little biased since I'm currently based in Melbourne.

BTW, congrats on your ORD! That pink IC probably never looked so good before.

Cheers

V


User currently onlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5203 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8753 times:

Hi Daniel

Fantastic report!

Scoot look surprisingly decent, and I was really interested in seeing your pictures of Sydney

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
We paid around S$550 per person inclusive of super seat selection, premium meals and booking fees

That is an absolutely incredible price!!! Well done for catching it, and while $300 is even better, that is nothing to complain about considering that the "normal" options are, what, double that (?)

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Some beer to wash the oysters down. It's in the morning at 10am, but who cares?!

You're on holiday, who gives a stuff!  
Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Oh man, expensive parking there!

I'm sorry, I had to laugh at this comment. $3/hr in the middle of Sydney is an absolute bargain! Normally you will be looking at well over $10, but notice that you can only park there after 6pm and on Sunday.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
Scoot has definitely jumped onto the learning curve fast since the last time I flew with them

That's good to hear, as I have heard negative things about them in the past. While it looks like there is more room for improvement (such as delivery of the "standard" meal service) it is good to see that they are making progress.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
I got to see how wonderful the country of Australia is and how kind the Australians are to outsiders. I felt like home. Even though the cost of living may be higher than that of Singapore's, I do support having a minimum wage (around A$20 per hour in Sydney's case, I heard) to help maintain a normal life. Honestly, I was even seriously considering moving to Australia after just 4 days there! Being back in Singapore after being in Australia is just heaven and hell.

Well, I for one am jealous of - among other things - your MRT and AMAZING food!!! Nowhere is perfect, and Sydney (and Australia generally) does have its problems, but I'm really glad that you had a good time here!  

As others said up-thread, moving is a big commitment and exposes you to the downsides (I'm not Australian by birth). I have loved living here and have no regrets, but other people - who think they will love it - end up not doing and move back home after a while. Each person is an individual, and appreciates different things  

As for our minimum wage, it is officially $16.37 (and is the same nationally) but many of the people who you would encounter is service jobs (wait staff, sales people etc) are on what we call "casual" contracts so, yes, they are earning over $20 an hour (most likely $22 +/- $1)

Once again thankyou for the great report, and congratulations for "graduating" from national service. I look forward to your next report.

Happy flying,
Alex



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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2009 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8593 times:

Great report and it's always fun to see a place I almost take for granted (Sydney) from the eyes of a visitor. I was amused by your positive comments on the service levels you experienced in Sydney because if you read the local newspapers the locals have nothing but gripes and complain that the service is always so much better in Asia. I'll personally reserve judgement because I've had good and bad service in most countries of the world.

I still think the Scoot main courses look like they are straight out of a supermarket freezer, but as long as they taste good that's the main thing. I think I agree with delaying the service outbound from Singapore due to the terrible departure time. Does anyone really want breakfast before 6 am?



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User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8451 times:

Hi everyone,

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Nice to see another trip report of you again.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
interesting report with many nice pictures!
Quoting docpepz (Reply 5):
Very nice report!
Quoting lammified (Reply 6):
Great report!
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Fantastic report!
Quoting allrite (Reply 8):

Great report


Thank you for your kind words, I will continue and improve on my reports in the future!  
Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Congratulations upon your ORD
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Congratulations on graduating from the army. I suppose the last time I saw you was the last time I'll ever see you in a uniform  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Congratulations!
Quoting lammified (Reply 6):
BTW, congrats on your ORD! That pink IC probably never looked so good before.

Once again, thank you!   To lammified: And yes, the pink IC never looked so good before. (In fact, you may think I'm sick but it smelt just as good :P).

Hi dirktraveller,

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Considering all the meal and seat selections you have included, that is a deal for sure!

Definitely! Never imagined myself paying so little for a 7-8 hour flight. In fact if you minus off all the amenities I bought it'd easily cost around 450.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
How did you find this meal service arrangement?

I find it good, since the departure time is at an ungodly hour and allows me to get some shut eye.

Hi Jonas,

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Well who needs a performance car anyway when the roads in Singapore are so congested? Though I suppose in the late evenings when the roads are empty it might be tempting to floor it. But then again there's the problem of the speed cameras…

Haha yes, I avoided all the major jam periods on your visit so you haven't seen the worst of the jams yet. Try checking Google maps traffic at around 6-8pm Singapore time daily, you'd be surprised at how many red lines there are. :P

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
I guess that's a good thing when seated in Economy

Yes, I was severely lacking shoulder space so it was good to have the flight end early.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
That is cheap indeed, and I guess it's even cheaper than the bus if you are enough people to fill the van. Unless they charged you per person?

Well we were charged per person so it doesn't matter. The van was full though. They easily make a revenue of A$200 on a trip.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
That's a good price, seeing that oysters are normally quite expensive.

Yes, one of the few things that are cheaper than Singapore's!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
I'm guessing that was one of the few occasions when you drink alcoholic beverages?

Yup! Not an alcoholic by any means.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
That was rather overpriced though, since the plate looks very small.

Well it was worth every cent! Can you imagine having a whole lump of lobster flesh in your mouth?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
What? You ate soup after your "dessert" drink?

The drink came first, followed by the soup. Of course I drank the soup first.  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Well I very much enjoyed Singapore, and the singaporean lifestyle (which of course includes the oh so yummy food). So I wouldn't mind living there. But I suppose you'd might have gotten tired of the place since you've lived there for so long

Haha, it's so stressful to live here for a long time. Everyone's so rushed, no time for even simple formalities like giving way be it on the roads or walking. Most Singaporeans have a pretty selfish mentality, I must say, even though being a true blue Singaporean myself.

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
That doesn't look bad!

Yup, taste was just as nice. In fact, I got into this whole premium meal thing because of your TR on the Condor's premium meal.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Amazing pics!

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Perfect time to enjoy "Weißwürste, Weizen & Brezen" in Bavaria.

Don't really understand that, but sounds interesting anyways.  

Hi docpepz,

Quoting docpepz (Reply 5):
Scoot's premium meals almost look like SQ economy, also very nice pictures of your trip!

Yup, pretty much similar. Thanks for your compliments too.  
Quoting docpepz (Reply 5):
it is lovely when you're on holiday, but a different story if you live and work there.I always enjoy visiting Australia and Sydney specifically, but cannot imagine living there permanently.

Ah, you're the first Singaporean to tell me that actually. I've had lots of Singaporean friends living/working/studying in Sydney and other parts of Australia and they are so not willing to come back to Singapore.

Hi Iammified,

Quoting lammified (Reply 6):
I actually find Sydney (esp. the CBD) very gloomy and depressing most of the time, but I'm also a little biased since I'm currently based in Melbourne.

Haha, yeah pretty quiet sometimes, but just the way I like it! Don't really like crowded places. I always wondered how's Melbourne as my only contact was a walk from the international to the domestic terminal on a transfer. Would love to visit Melbourne one day!

Hi RyanairGuru,

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
That is an absolutely incredible price!!! Well done for catching it, and while $300 is even better, that is nothing to complain about considering that the "normal" options are, what, double that (?)

Well normal prices could be around 800? SQ's is sky high at around 1200 sometimes so I'd say I got quite a bargain.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
I'm sorry, I had to laugh at this comment. $3/hr in the middle of Sydney is an absolute bargain! Normally you will be looking at well over $10, but notice that you can only park there after 6pm and on Sunday.

Haha, it's ok. We're used to seeing like $0.50 per 30 mins parking here and most go up to $2 or $3 per hour max in the city. That's why I'd say it's expensive. However, cars here cost much more. Easily up to 100k difference (e.g. 20k in Australia, it'll cost 120k-130k here) if you do not take in currency difference. Google "Certificate of Entitlement" or "Car ownership in Singapore" and you get the answer.  
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
That's good to hear, as I have heard negative things about them in the past. While it looks like there is more room for improvement (such as delivery of the "standard" meal service) it is good to see that they are making progress.

I did not expect a flawless service since they are still in a "newborn baby" stage. But I do expect better quality each time I fly them. The first time I flew with them, when they were less than a month old was pretty bad though. Have a look at my previous reports.

Get Outta Here! With SCOOTitude - Down Under! (by Initious Jun 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Scoot - Where's The SCOOTitude? (by Initious Aug 2 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Well, I for one am jealous of - among other things - your MRT and AMAZING food!!! Nowhere is perfect, and Sydney (and Australia generally) does have its problems, but I'm really glad that you had a good time here!  

Haha, the MRT is basically a can with humans as the sardines nowadays, if you get me. I have not taken it for a long time ever since I started driving but the roads aren't better off either.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
As others said up-thread, moving is a big commitment and exposes you to the downsides (I'm not Australian by birth). I have loved living here and have no regrets, but other people - who think they will love it - end up not doing and move back home after a while. Each person is an individual, and appreciates different things

Haha, all my friends who've lived in Australia had no regrets too. I'd say it's better than Singapore in most aspects especially in the way that Australians treat others. I always feel so relaxed and happy in Australia. I appreciate a slower pace of life and chances to interact with people, but the lifestyle in Singapore doesn't really allow that. To quote an example, a nice Australian couple (I assume they are Australians, from their accent) was at the Blue Mountains when I was climbing up some steps just huge enough for 1 person. As I reached the top, both of them looked at me, smiled and even said "Hello". Never ever had that in Singapore!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
As for our minimum wage, it is officially $16.37 (and is the same nationally) but many of the people who you would encounter is service jobs (wait staff, sales people etc) are on what we call "casual" contracts so, yes, they are earning over $20 an hour (most likely $22 +/- $1)

I love how Australia has a minimum wage scheme. I guess after taxes the hourly wage is still enough for a decent meal? Here in Singapore we do not even have a minimum wage and sometimes for the lowly paid jobs like cleaners you get paid like not even S$4 an hour, not really enough for a nice meal seeing how expensive things are becoming.

Hi allrite,

Quoting allrite (Reply 8):
I was amused by your positive comments on the service levels you experienced in Sydney because if you read the local newspapers the locals have nothing but gripes and complain that the service is always so much better in Asia. I'll personally reserve judgement because I've had good and bad service in most countries of the world.

Haha, seriously? Maybe the "Asia" mentioned does not really include Singapore. Minus the touristy spots, I'd say at least 60% of the people whom I've interacted with here needs to improve on their service levels. The other 40% were pretty ok. However in Australia, I'd say 100% of them (including those in Adelaide and Melbourne) made me feel welcomed, although it may be inaccurate seeing that I visited more of tourist sites.

Quoting allrite (Reply 8):
I still think the Scoot main courses look like they are straight out of a supermarket freezer, but as long as they taste good that's the main thing. I think I agree with delaying the service outbound from Singapore due to the terrible departure time. Does anyone really want breakfast before 6 am?

Yes, as long as the taste is good and my stomach doesn't disagree. I do agree with the new practice of delaying the service outbound too. Would find it weird having a meal at 3 or 4am. Will it be supper or breakfast? :P

Regards,
Daniel

[Edited 2013-09-04 09:01:23]


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User currently offlineNDiesel From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8248 times:

Hi!

I thoroughly enjoyed your report - especially your travels in and around Sydney. I can't wait to go myself.

All the best!



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User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 962 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8095 times:

Daniel

Thanks for the trip report - makes Sydney and surrounds seem worth visiting.   It made a lot of tourist locations seem far less touristy, and even the fish markets not as butt ugly as they really are. And a tourist who took the risk of using our trains - very daring.

I can't promise I'll do your MRT the same justice with my first visit to Singapore in two weks time!

Kent


User currently onlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5203 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (10 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7846 times:

Quoting Initious (Reply 9):
the MRT is basically a can with humans as the sardines nowadays, if you get me

True, but I like has frequently it runs. That's the worse thing about Australian public transport, especially off-peak their can be quite a wait  
Quoting Initious (Reply 9):
Google "Certificate of Entitlement" or "Car ownership in Singapore" and you get the answer

Yes I'm familiar with your obscure car ownership laws, and it definitely makes sense that cars are a lot cheaper here, although many people here complain as well! Of course everything is relative, but most imported models will be cheaper (sometimes much cheaper in Europe or North America)

Quoting Initious (Reply 9):
all my friends who've lived in Australia had no regrets too

That's really great to hear, I'm glad about that  
Quoting Initious (Reply 9):
I always feel so relaxed and happy in Australia. I appreciate a slower pace of life and chances to interact with people, but the lifestyle in Singapore doesn't really allow that. To quote an example, a nice Australian couple (I assume they are Australians, from their accent) was at the Blue Mountains when I was climbing up some steps just huge enough for 1 person. As I reached the top, both of them looked at me, smiled and even said "Hello"

I know what you mean, there is something quite enchanting about the friendliness of the people and the more "chilled" vibe. I think it is very easy to lose sight of those attributes when you experience it all the time, so it is good to go abroad for some perspective  

When I lived in the American South it was the same, I would go to the North East to remind myself how much I loved the South (despite all of its many faults) for its legitimately friendly and caring people and sedate pace of life

Quoting Initious (Reply 9):
I guess after taxes the hourly wage is still enough for a decent meal?

Obviously it depends on where you live, as real estate isn't exactly cheap, but - to use an example that I know well - my girlfriend works about 25 hours per week in a supermarket for ~$22 (while a student) and has enough money to pay rent (in Canberra no less - very expensive real estate here), have her own horse, pay a loan on a brand new car, and still have enough money to have lunch out occasionally, buy coffee on a pretty regular basis, and go to Europe for a month at the end of the year!!! If you didn't travel, didn't buy a new car, and didn't have a horse then you could probably live quite comfortably!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7621 times:

Quoting Initious (Reply 9):
In fact, I got into this whole premium meal thing because of your TR on the Condor's premium meal.

Nice to hear!

Quoting Initious (Reply 9):
Don't really understand that, but sounds interesting anyways.

It stands for white sausages, wheat beer and pretzels, traditionally served in the morning hours before noon. I recommend to try that when you visit Bavaria one day.


PH



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2739 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (10 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7571 times:

Hello Initious.

Very nice report on Scoot and Sydney, a place I long to visit since... well since I can remember  planning to go there either next or the year after, you gotta save a lot for OZ!

The meal in TZ looks nice enough, how was the seat pitch? and I totally understand about people intruding your personal space (stout man with broad shoulders) gets tiring after a while of having to sit sideways and pinned to the window.

Quoting Initious (Thread starter):
14 seater Toyota Hiace Hi-Roof Van, surprisingly available in a manual transmission model here as compared to only automatic in Singapore.

LOL, a very popular van in Asia, and in Hong Kong they are all blinged out (Tinted windows, chrome all over, TVs inside, rims)

The views of Sydney and the Blue Mountains is awesome! even the fish market (and I am not a seafood person)

Like many people here have said, visiting a place is one thing, having to deal with it on a daily basis is another, I have been to Singapore 3 times already, and I do like the place, the safety, the cleanliness, MRT, and the buzz (food too) but I´d think if I moved there, I would be a bit fed up after 6 months, it´s just too much.

But then again, there´s another factor. The ¨Feel Good¨ 6 years ago I started visiting Barcelona, I fell in love with the city on my first visit and started thinking about moving permanently... there was something in the city that made me feel at home, I took the plunge and moved in 2007, best decision ever!

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1661 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (10 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7529 times:
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Hello initious,

Good to see you on the writing side again and many congrats on the end of your term as a ‘soldier’. It did fly fast! What better way to celebrate this than to take a flight out and have some holidays! Sydney for sure is an amazing city, your photos bring back memories from when I was there in 2000, back then KLM still operated AMS-SIN-SYD on the B744. Scoot doesn’t look too bad either although I cannot get convinced of the lowcost model on longhaul. But perhaps I should give it a try one day and see it for myself?

Sultanils



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User currently offlinesia747megatop From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 281 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

Hi,

Lovely trip report, thanks for the crisp photos! My favourite ones were those of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I think I'm craving a seafood dinner tonight, loved the look of those oysters!



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User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7203 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 14):
Very nice report on Scoot and Sydney, a place I long to visit since... well since I can remember planning to go there either next or the year after, you gotta save a lot for OZ!

Hi MIAspotter, thanks! Well, I guess from Europe it's pretty far for you.  
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 14):
The meal in TZ looks nice enough, how was the seat pitch? and I totally understand about people intruding your personal space (stout man with broad shoulders) gets tiring after a while of having to sit sideways and pinned to the window.

I booked the super seats, which had 35 inch seat pitch. More than enough for me. Sadly, I wasn't on the window seat on my SIN-SYD flight. My friend had it instead. Imagine how irritating it was!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 14):
LOL, a very popular van in Asia, and in Hong Kong they are all blinged out (Tinted windows, chrome all over, TVs inside, rims)

Haha, we do have lots of bling bling Hiaces here too, especially hi-roof ones.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 14):
Like many people here have said, visiting a place is one thing, having to deal with it on a daily basis is another, I have been to Singapore 3 times already, and I do like the place, the safety, the cleanliness, MRT, and the buzz (food too) but I´d think if I moved there, I would be a bit fed up after 6 months, it´s just too much.

Yes, try living here for 6 months and you'll be begging for a ticket back to BCN. :P

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 14):
But then again, there´s another factor. The ¨Feel Good¨ 6 years ago I started visiting Barcelona, I fell in love with the city on my first visit and started thinking about moving permanently... there was something in the city that made me feel at home, I took the plunge and moved in 2007, best decision ever!

I guess for Australia the "feel good" factor applies pretty well. Were you from another part of Spain or another country? Unfortunately not that easy for me to move into Australia.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Good to see you on the writing side again and many congrats on the end of your term as a ‘soldier’.

Hi Nils, thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Sydney for sure is an amazing city, your photos bring back memories from when I was there in 2000, back then KLM still operated AMS-SIN-SYD on the B744.

Probably a visit again soon? :P Sadly other than BA and VS no other European airlines fly to Australia any more and the only "exotic" airline between SIN and SYD is BA. I am somehow hoping that VA will make their way into SIN.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Scoot doesn’t look too bad either although I cannot get convinced of the lowcost model on longhaul. But perhaps I should give it a try one day and see it for myself?

Well, just imagine flying on an airline without PTVs (say, UA's old 744?) for 7-8 hours and paying a little extra for food and baggage. That's about it. Get the super seats for S$30 (SIN-SYD, cheaper for shorter sectors) and you're good to go! I didn't spend a single cent on my SIN-SYD flight but I did spend on another meal on the way back.

Quoting sia747megatop (Reply 16):
Lovely trip report, thanks for the crisp photos! My favourite ones were those of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I think I'm craving a seafood dinner tonight, loved the look of those oysters!

Hi sia747megatop, thanks! The pictures of the Sydney Harbour Bridge were my favourite too. So, did you have your seafood dinner already? Hope it included oysters! Although honestly, they aren't the cheapest in this little red dot.

Regards,
Daniel



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6805 times:

Hello, nice report! Some great destination pictures, I would love to visit Sydney and Australia. Nice shots also of the service of Scoot - an interesting carrier for sure. Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6137 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Hello, nice report! Some great destination pictures, I would love to visit Sydney and Australia. Nice shots also of the service of Scoot - an interesting carrier for sure. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Robert, thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed the report.  



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User currently offlineLXa332 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5926 times:

Hi there!

I loved this report. I was in Sydney, Katoomba, and Leura in July 2013. Looking at the pictures was like deja vu! Sydney is my favorite big city. I will have a TR of my adventures soon!

-Chris


User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (10 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5428 times:

Quoting LXa332 (Reply 20):
I loved this report. I was in Sydney, Katoomba, and Leura in July 2013. Looking at the pictures was like deja vu! Sydney is my favorite big city. I will have a TR of my adventures soon!

Hey LXa332, thanks for reading! Looking forward to your report!



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User currently offlineYYZAMS From Canada, joined Feb 2011, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4142 times:

Great report! Thanks for the tip on taking the train, shuttle bus, and visiting the mountain.

User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

Quoting YYZAMS (Reply 22):
Great report! Thanks for the tip on taking the train, shuttle bus, and visiting the mountain.

Hi YYZAMS! Thanks for reading!



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