OK I'm not tired now. I'm using a laptop that I'm horribly unfamiliar with, so pardon the spelling errors.
Anyway we had to clear Hong Kong security and that was done in a jiffy. The shopping area in CLK is truly impressive! The number of shops were comparable to a shopping centre. Made our way to the Silver Kris Lounge which was quite impressive for an overseas station for SQ. It was divided into J and F class areas, and from what I understand, it has just been renovated.
Headed back to the boarding gate at 2140. The scheduled time of departure was 2155. A different set of crew was there to great us on boarding. This time the plane was nearly full, I would say Y class had less than 10 empty seats. So I had to get back to my old seat, 39K.
As with the first leg, they served hot towels before pushback and played the video etc. Flight time to SFO was 11h 30 mins. The FA serving my area of the plane was an Indian female FA, who spoke very articulately(don't most Indians?) and was very pleasant.
Oh forgot to mention this for the first leg, which applies to this leg as well. Announcements were made in English, then in Mandarin. (The FA who did it in Mandarin was the one who spilled beer on the American passenger) As far as I know, most Hong Kongers speak Cantonese and don't even understand Mandarin. Thus I feel having mandarin speaking FA on this flight is irrelevant. It's like putting a French speaking FA on a SIN-FRA flight.
Supper consisted of the usual appetisers and bread rolls, but was without dessert. It was a choice between Stir fried fish fillet and braised beef in red wine for the internationall selection, and Okra stir fried with mango powder, red beans masals and saffron pilaff, curd and pickles for the indian selection.
Food was OK, just as the first leg. Not horrible, but not horribly tasty as well!
Have they taken out cheese and biscuits as well? cos I they were not available for dinner nor supper.
Flight path took us across the straits to Taipei, then over the east China sea, off the eastern coasts of the main Japanese islands, past just east of Tokyo into the Pacific (Great circle route). The sun came up about 5 hours into the flight, and about 6 hours into the flight we crossed the International dateline, and from 8.47am on 11 May, it became 8.47am on 10th May. (I think)
Was beginning to doze off so I don't have a strong impression of what went on after supper. Though I did wake up and stretch for a while, which was when one of the FAs were offering snacks to passengers who were awake, which besides me perhaps numbered another two or three in the cabin.
They did walk up and down the aisles every 15 minutes or so, which was probably a standard requirement.
About 2h45mins before landing, a meal called 'before touch-down, from hong kong to san francisco" was served. It wasn't named breakfast, nor dinner, nor lunch. I suppose it was cos of the weird timing of the flight. Anyway it's obvious from the menu that it was breakfast!
There was a fruit appetiser, and a choice of either pork noodles, hotcakes and syrup, or deep fried iindian cottage cheese with chappati. And of course assorted breakfast rolls and chinese tea/coffee-tea.
Chose the noodles which was very delicious. Wasn't expecting that!
They did inflight sales about an hour before landing, but I didn't see anyone who actually did buy anything. I did the usual "May i go to J class since mummy's there" thing and one of the FAs brought me there.
By then, I was REALLY tired and jetlagged and was practically floating, so I have hardly any recollection of what went on.
However I do remember that the landing in SFO was smooth and nice. It's a spectacular landing too, coming in from the bay. Makes one feel that one's gonna land on the sea!
We landed at exactly 1900 on 10 May, 25 mins ahead of schedule and technically about 3 hours BEFORE we left Hong Kong!
Made a long 15 minute taxi to our gate and parked next to a Lufthansa A340. A ground staff came on board and made a welcome announcement in English-and CANTONESE (not mandarin).
SFO is a very very boring airport. Reminds me a bit of Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur. Anyway we cleared immigration very quickly and were met by the friendliest immigration (female) officer I had ever seen in my life! Hardly asked us any questions and wished us a wonderful holiday.
We got our bags pretty quick since it was priority tagged, but the First bag on the belt was tagged "Raffles Class" and NOT "First Class". It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that it should be the other way round!
All in all I had a good flight with SIA, though I feel my SIN-CHC and CHC-SIN flights were better (I did write reports for these sectors 3 months ago, if any of you remember) The most important things when I go on long flights are: PTVs and nice spanking new aircraft. I believe SIA is the only airline operating the SIN-SFO route, on a same plane service, that can offer me that. What's more, it leaves at a more sane hour, unlike the other two airlines that do this route, who leave at 6.30am or 7.00am.
Thanks for reading. I may have left out heaps of seemingly trivial details that some of you may want to know so please feel free to ask! And sorry for the spelling mistakes, I know there're heaps. Hate this laptop.....
My next trip is on Sunday: San Jose-LAX on Southwest!!! (It's a one way ticket so I know I'll practically have to strip naked for security checks!