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User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 11367 times:

After receiving a rather generous bonus pay in March, I began to devise a plan for a much needed mini break. We were originally looking at going to Bangkok on one of the two long weekends, but then my girlfriend was told that she had to undergo training in Hong Kong for three days in late May. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we could stay in her company-paid hotel room for three nights and save the hotel money for shopping and food!

25 May 2006
SQ 860 SIN-HKG
0830-1215
B777-200 9V-SQJ

I got up at 0500 on the morning of May 25, did some last minute packing and cleaning up, and was finally ready to leave for the airport at 0610. I was very excited, as I haven’t had a real holiday for almost two years now.

The taxi driver dropped me off at T2 Door 4 after the 15-minute taxi ride and I found that SQ had consolidated all Economy Class check-in at Rows 7 and 8 with the Express Check-in counters at Row 9.





The queue at Row 7 was the shortest so I went there and was called almost immediately after joining the queue. The pleasant check-in lady confirmed that I had already checked-in online asked if I was okay with the seat selection. I asked her if the middle seat beside me would be empty and she said it would be as the flight was not very full. The check-in formalities were completed in just a little over five minutes and it took me another five minutes to clear immigration. It was now around 0645 and I had just over an hour to kill before boarding began.

First stop was the I-Connect Internet stations on level 3 where I spent about 15 minutes sending emails to my boss to remind him that I would be on leave for two days and to the interns to cover for me while I was away.


I-connect Internet station

Next stop was the duty free shop while I bought two cartons of ciggies, which I would smuggle back to Singapore. This set me back SGD 40 as compared to SGD 220 had I bought the same number in the city. A steal!

Then off to the Sunflower Garden to feed my habit (filthy and disgusting, I know!).


sunflower garden


sunrise at Changi


nothing but SQ birds in this part of the terminal

It was about 0720 now and I decided to explore the terminal a little bit.

The new transit lounge structure looked particularly impressive.





Made my way to Gate E25 around 0730, making a quick stop along the way to exchange SGD 53.10 for HKD 250.



E25 is a bus gate, and certainly one of the smallest gates in SIN. As hundreds of people began filling in the holding room, there simply weren’t enough seats.



Boarding began at 0801 for First, Raffles, and passengers traveling with small children. There was only one bus ferrying passengers to the aircraft, which was simply unacceptable. 0810, it was boarding for passengers on rows 52-57. The rest of us waited and waited and hundreds of impatient passengers began crowding the door leading to the tarmac. 0820 the bus finally returned and boarding turned into a rather chaotic free-for-all affair.

The bus ride was more of a tour of the tarmac as we went quite far, up to the T1 end of the airport.










my aircraft on the right


a great day to fly

We finally reached our aircraft, which was 9V-SQJ. The exact same aircraft I flew on the last time I went to HKG almost 4 years ago.

Made my way to 50K. By now it was certain that we would miss our departure time. By 0835 the captain came on the PA. Doors were closed shortly and we pushed back on 0840. Hot towels were distributed and the safety video began playing.


taxiing out to runway 02C


the Budget terminal

We lined up at 0854 after a short wait and began our 3 hours and 20 minutes hop to HKG.


take off!


leaving the Singapore coast…


…and entering peninsular Malaysia.

Fasten seat belt sign was turned off after 15 minutes and menus and headsets were distributed.


the menu



The service started with OJ and brunch followed shortly after. The main course choice was omelette with chicken sausage or seafood noodle. I chose the latter. Accompanying the main course were a fruit dish, a roll with butter and jam, and a dessert of sweet corn pudding with vanilla sauce. My drink of choice was coffee and OJ. I was rather disappointed that they didn’t serve ice cream for dessert.


the meal

Didn’t find any movies that interested me so I settled watching Will and Grace and CSI. The meal was cleared 1.5 hours into the flight, which was most welcome as I wanted to take a nap. The stewardesses also asked that the window shades be lowered and dimmed the cabin lights after the meal service.

Woke up after almost an hour nap and found the lovely, ever-smiling stewardess serving my aisle making water round.

We flew mainly above the South China Sea after we left the Eastern coast of peninsular Malaysia, skirting the coast of Vietnam.

10 minutes to 1200 we started our descent to Chek Lap Kok. The sky was gray and the approach was a bit bumpy at times.





Didn’t know the runway we used, as I wasn’t familiar with the airport. But we approached from the East and landed on 1215.


touch down!

and after a somewhat lengthy taxi, we docked at Gate 21 on 1228.


taxiing to Gate 21

The immigration queue was about a mile too long but the upside was that my bag was already waiting on the baggage carrousel when I had cleared immigration.

Bought a two-way Airport Express ticket to Kowloon and the spotless train arrived just as I reached the station. The ride to Kowloon took around 20 minutes and there was a free shuttle bus, which I took to the Sheraton where the missus was waiting. She had already arrived the day before.

Overall it was another good flight with SQ and Changi Airport was a joy to use as usual and though the fact that we were using a bus gate was a bit troublesome, it gave me an opportunity to take a tour of the tarmac.

Hong Kong itself is amazing - the striking buildings, the old and decrepit apartment blocks, the gloomy weather, the narrow streets with multicolored neon signboards. Somehow it has a certain underlying energy that Singapore is sorely lacking, and it is dirty enough to make me feel comfortable on the spot. I will be back for sure.

Thanks for reading my trip report. Comments, good or bad, are certainly appreciated.


SQ*G BD*S
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User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11228 times:

Nice report and pics. Brought back many happy memories of SQ flights and Changi Airport.


My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineZoom1018 From Vietnam, joined May 2005, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11225 times:

Good report!

I like how to described Hongkong  Smile I will definitely go to Hongkong again...


User currently offlineZoom1018 From Vietnam, joined May 2005, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11225 times:

Good report!

I like how you described Hongkong  Smile I will definitely go to Hongkong again...


User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11225 times:

Great report and excellent pictures  checkmark 

Thanks for sharing



Coffee - Tea or Me?
User currently offlineMalmoaviation From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11188 times:

Nice report! Did you travel in Business or Economy? I didn't find out that. I like the pictures too.

User currently offlineCaptainTim From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 11118 times:

Quoting SIA fan (Thread starter):
SQ had consolidated all Economy Class check-in at Rows 7 and 8 with the Express Check-in counters at Row 9.



Quoting SIA fan (Thread starter):
The queue at Row 7 was the shortest so I went there

he was obviously on economy

1. he said he qued on row 7 at the check in and he speciicially said that row 7 was for economy class  Smile

2. he said that he had to wait endlessly for the bus to take them out to the tarmac to the 777... first and raffles would definitely be on the first or second bus..

3. the plane is a 777 he's too far back taking a look at the window seat to be in raffles..

4. his menu says economy

5. the food.. definiltey economy =]

great report thoguh btw.. lveod the pics of the approach into HKG.. great pics of the Gold Coast hotel

btw where did you stay in Hong Kong? nice room?

-tim



Gulfstream Planeview Cockpit: "why have hundreds of buttons when a CCD does the same thing and more?"
User currently offline3201 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10955 times:

Quoting Malmoaviation (Reply 5):
5. the food.. definiltey economy =]

The presentation especially -- everything on one tray at one time with the little plastic covers.

Regarding the food itself, does anyone know whether the "chive omelette, served with chicken sausages, roasted tomato and hash brown potato" is essentially the same food (from the same kitchen no doubt) as the "chive and vegetable omelette with mushroom ragout -- chicken sausage, roasted new potatoes" that UA has in C on SIN-HKG? The quality/size of the mein looks like a UA C-class main.  Smile

Quoting SIA fan (Thread starter):
We flew mainly above the South China Sea after we left the Eastern coast of peninsular Malaysia, skirting the coast of Vietnam.

Probably this route, along airway M771:



Quoting SIA fan (Thread starter):
Didn’t know the runway we used,

Looks like 25R.

Nice report, great photos, I enjoyed reading it!


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10693 times:

Fab report, brought back many memories of my recent SQ flights  Smile

Changi is surely a great airport don't you think? Big grin


Quoting SIA fan (Thread starter):
The new transit lounge structure looked particularly impressive

From my trip report - We stood in nearly the same spot  Smile



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10405 times:

Everyone, thanks for your comments!

Malmoaviation: I was in Economy class.

CaptainTim: I stayed at the Sheraton in Kowloon. It was nice, the location was GREAT and the room looked like it was recently upgraded but was a bit on the small side with absolutely no view whatsoever. But I'm not complaining since we only had to pay for one night, the other two nights were paid by the company my girlfriend worked for.

BMIFlyer: Yep, Changi is surely a great airport. The best in the world IMHO. And looked like we stood in exactly the same spot!



SQ*G BD*S
User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 940 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 10352 times:

Very nice report and high-quality pictures. I'm flying BKK-HKG tomorrow and this report has set me in the right mood for the trip.


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10111 times:

Thanks Christao17! Have a nice flight tomorrow!


SQ*G BD*S
User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9864 times:

This is an impressive trip report, indeed. And SIA fan, if Christao17 comments on your trip report, feel very special. With the attention you've gotten with this trip report, let's hope your girlfriend gets a lot more travel opportunities!

3201, you amaze me. Only someone as "finitely picky" as I would catch and question the little things like you. I wish you would contact me directly.

Thanks all,

Rod


User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9666 times:

Tbear815, thanks for your flattering comment! My girlfriend does indeed get a lot travel opportunities, alas I can't always tag along all the time.

Thanks again to those of you who commented on my trip report!



SQ*G BD*S
User currently offlineCX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 9536 times:

Great report. Reminded me of all the reasons I love HK - love the comment about HK having an energy that is lacking tin Singapore. I couldn't agree more!

SQ looked good (as always) on this route. I'm impressed how they are just as consistent on these short intra-Asia trips as they are on their long haul legs. I flew BKK-SIN a few months ago, then SIN-SYD. Service was good on both (had a trainee serving in our aisle on the BKK-SIN run. She was a bit slow and clumsy, but didn't stop smiling).

CX on the other hand I think sometimes drop the ball on their short hops. TPE to HKG a couple of years ago, and HKG to BKK last year are two flights I remember thinking that things weren't full up to CX standard.


User currently offlineTifoso From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 9490 times:

Very nice report, and the pics were fantastic as well.

Quoting SIA fan (Thread starter):
The service started with OJ and brunch followed shortly after.

Was OJ your choice or is this the only drink on offer (I suppose in addition to water  Wink)?


User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9115 times:

Thanks CX777Fan and Tifoso for the comments!

CX777Fan: Indeed, SQ's service has always been consistent even on the shortest intra-asian routes. Maybe that's why some people are calling them robotic.

Tifoso: OJ was the only drink on offer during the bar service. I guess it was the time of day (morning). On the return flight, OJ along with white wine and beer were on offer for the bar service. You could always ask for another drink though, but it will only be brought to you once the FA finishes his/her drink round.



SQ*G BD*S
User currently offlineDocPepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8923 times:

Great report, thoroughly enjoyed it!

However, I don't mean to be a party pooper, but I need to warn you about the penalties for smuggling cigarettes into Singapore. The fine is $100 per packet! Hope you made it/make it through! For 20 packets it's $2000. Ouch ouch! Don't know how picky they are these days, but you do know that once in a while they'll just pick a random person and make a huge example of him in the papers as a deterrant to others........

There are no duty free allowances for cigarettes into Singapore. The most you're allowed to bring into Singapore is two packets, for personal use. And they are very, very strict on this (unlike for wine where you can bring in many bottles and the customs officer won't mind if you don't declare them).

Other than that, keep more reports rolling in!


User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8806 times:

Hi Docpepz,

Thanks for the heads up on the ciggies!  Smile I do know that they will either confiscate the duty free ciggarettes or have us paid the fine. Lucky for me, I've 'smuggled' duty free ciggies countless of times into Singapore and never once I was caught.

I do know that nowadays, the customs guys picked passengers randomly and send them to the X-ray machine even though they walk through the green lane. In fact, one of my friends was caught bringing 1 carton of ciggies, but she played dumb saying she didn't know the rules, etc, etc and in then end 'only' had to pay about S$ 100.



SQ*G BD*S
User currently offlinePieinthesky From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 392 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8580 times:

Quoting SIA fan (Reply 18):
Lucky for me, I've 'smuggled' duty free ciggies countless of times into Singapore and never once I was caught.

I am sure this is something you are proud of and while personally I have no problem with it, I don't think bragging about it on a public message board is particularly wise. This is Singapore we're talking about, and you never know...

Nice trip report BTW.


User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 940 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8498 times:

Quoting Tbear815 (Reply 12):
And SIA fan, if Christao17 comments on your trip report, feel very special

Whaz' that mean?  confused 

BTW - stay tuned for the BKK-HKG-BKK trip report in the next week or so. Lots of pics to sort through.



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineRaventom From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8269 times:

Cool report! Hope you enjoyed the Sheraton. The pool on the roof is just amazing ain't it  Smile


I love the smell of burnt kerosene!!!!!!!!!!!!
User currently offlineCX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8074 times:

Quoting SIA fan (Reply 18):
I do know that nowadays, the customs guys picked passengers randomly and send them to the X-ray machine even though they walk through the green lane. In fact, one of my friends was caught bringing 1 carton of ciggies, but she played dumb saying she didn't know the rules, etc, etc and in then end 'only' had to pay about S$ 100.

Last year, the boyf and I had one carton of duty free ciggies between us - we were honestly totally unaware of the rule in SIN. We were pulled aside for a random X-ray check, then sent over to a little office, where we were given the choice of either a) paying duty on the spot (around S$70 from memory), b) having customs "look after" the carton for the 3 days we were in singapore and handing them back upon departure (a lot of paperwork and a daily charge) or c) Abandoning them to customs staff.

In the end we chose C because it cost nothing, and was the least paperwork. After an evil flight from NRT on UA, we just wanted to get in a cab to the hotel!


User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7897 times:

Raventom: We didn't have time to use the rooftop pool. Beside the fact that our days being packed with activities, it was also raining intermittently during the last two days we were there.

CX777Fan: Option C looks like the choice I would also take if I was caught (knock wood!). Although a duty of S$70 is actually still somewhat cheaper than buying 10 packs in the City.



SQ*G BD*S
User currently offlineGDSer From Uruguay, joined Oct 2004, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7547 times:

Great report. Great pics.

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