clementfromsg
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SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:19 am

Hello fellow a-netters!

Hello, I'm Clement, 19 year old student from Singapore. Been lurking on this website for well over 4 years! Anyway, I shall break in to my recently purchased membership with a trip report  

Introduction

Last year, the school of chemical and life sciences of Nanyang Polytechnic organized an 18-days expedition project to Nan, Thailand. This expedition is actually supported and very generously funded by the Singapore International Foundation (SIF.org.sg) as part of their Youth Expedition Project (YEP) program which encourages youth to venture out of their comfort zone and give back to the international community.

The Singapore International Foundation actually funds numerous such expedition projects in a year and it is quite common to see schools undertaking such projects, either to tsunami-struck Sri Lanka or Indonesia, or to rural villages in Thailand. Anyway, like I said before, this foundation provides generous funding hence making such a trip well within the reach of most Singaporeans, hence the popularity.

The Expedition was originally slated to start on the 5th of May and if we were to leave on that date, we would have flown on Thai Airways. Something I must compliment about Thai Airways -- They agreed to fly our cargo (well over 800kg of computer (monitors and what not) and used books and clothes that we collected -- for free!) Hence if you were to see my team's banner later, you would notice that Thai airways logo is on it even though we flew SQ in the end. Yay TG!!

Anyway, the expedition was pushed back to the 7th seeing how two of our team members (two nursing students) aren't able to join us on the 5th. Unfortunately, all flights on TG were full so our team leader (Dr. William How) frantically made a few phone calls and we were all put on SQ. Can't complain there, it has been years since I flew SQ, the last flight I took with them was LAX -- SIN and that was in 1997, a year after they introduced Kris world (if I can recall correctly). Been dying to experienced the AVOD they advertised  

SQ60
7th May 2005 (Saturday)
SIN -- BKK
8:40AM -- 10:40AM
Economy


As I mention earlier, we had a lot of cargo. Singapore Airline was very kind to give us 40kg of baggage allowance for each of us and to fully utilize it, our team leader has instructed us to only bring our personal belongings as carry ons. So we were only allowed a backpack, the size of which MUST be allowed as carry on.


We had to be in school at 4am to transport the boxes from our school to the airport.

I managed to meet this target by forgoing toiletries (e.g. towels, toothpaste, soap, etc) basically the stuff I would most likely be able to buy when I reach there. So fully utilizing out 40kg of baggage allowance, we still had 800kg in excess when we fully checked in our stuff that morning. I can't remember how much exactly but if we were to pay for the excess baggage, it would have cost us well over $8000!


18days worth of clothes in that small green backpack

Thankfully, the kind, extremely kind SIA check-in desk supervisor closed one eye (that¡¦s quite a stretch) and wrote off the $8000 in excess baggage. ƒº yay SQ!!


Team¡¦s photo. Notice the TG logo on the banner even though we were flying SQ


Lovely 9V-SYI that¡¦s gonna take us to T-Land  


Yay Kris world! Just like what it was 8 years ago when I flew SQ.







The flight attendants were really friendly and caring too! Half-way through the flight one of my team members who was seating beside me wasn¡¦t feeling too well and went to the toilet to puke or something. Well, she did not return for quite some time and we got kinda worried. Seeing how we were in the midst of breakfast and it was rather inconvenience for us to leave our seats. So we called the nearest flight attendant which happened to be the ISS (green sarong kebaya, am I right?)

She was in the middle of handling out breakfast when we approached her. Immediately, she stopped what she was doing and when in search of our friend ¡V knocking the toilet door asking if she was alright. My friend was fine tho, just a little air sickness.

Anyway, breakfast was alright. We had a choice of carrot cake (a local specialty) or the English breakfast which I chose the former. I remembered it was warm, crispy, just like the kind you can get at a local hawker centre.

I was a little disappointed with the AVOD, it¡¦s way too laggy for my taste. You pressed, you wait, it slowly fast forward. Maybe I¡¦m inpatient or something, but it was a let down  . But I must admit, I was a little spoilt with the huge collection of movies, music, games and television shows available. A real pity my flight was only 2 hours.

Anyway, the rest of the flight was uneventful. 2 hours flew by and next thing you know, we were landing at BKK.


BKK! Finally


I¡¦m on the right



It took us well over 1 hour to clear immigration and collect our cargo (a shitload of them) and head over to BKK¡¦s immigration office or something where we had to declare our cargo -shipment of computers, and to present our letter of don¡¦t-tax-us-please.

By the time we reached the arrival hall. It was 11am.

[Edited 2006-04-06 18:25:08]
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clementfromsg
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:23 am

BKK – Nan, Thailand
9Q846
1420 – 1520 (delayed tho!)


Btw for those wondering where Nan is.

Pushing 40 over boxes from the international terminal to the domestic terminal is no easy feat! There’s no direct route, no bus service or any bus service that can accommodate our huge loads. So there we were, pushing 40 huge big bulky boxes! We went up couple of floors, over some big long walk way, and proceeded down to the check-in desk of PB Air.



2nd level of the domestic terminal, waiting for the lift. Heh, it was an interesting sight at the terminal tho. Lots of Caucasians with saraong-party-girls (local girls) in arms.

When we reached there, PB air hasn’t opened their check-in desk. Goodie for us too, we all could use the little break. Anyway, like TG and SQ, PB air has kindly and generously offered to fly our cargo for free! Yay PB Air!

Originally PB Air has arranged for us to fly our cargo in 2 rounds, half today half the following flight. But seeing how the loads on today’s flight were rather light, they were able to accommodate all of our cargo.

PB air has the loveliest lounge! It was so bloody close to the tarmac. Orgasmic! In time spend waiting for our flight (it got delayed), manage to spot 2 LH and 1 BA and numerous others.




See how close!

Soon it was time for us to board. Remote stand! HAH, another chance for me to be even closer to airplanes.


Sister plane that was also departing.


Love the ERJ 145 LR


All aboard!


Beautiful ain it?


If you look close enough, you can actually see the flight attendant ‘wai-ing’ to the passengers.


The ERJ 145 LR, has THE biggest window I ever seen. One question tho, I was seated at the emergency exit row and I noticed that all the other windows were downward closing, meaning you have to pull the shades DOWN where as mine was upward closing. You pull the shade UP to close it. Is there any special reason for this arrangement?

PB Air = TG / SQ in disguise

Even thought it was a short flight, we were still served a snack (some spicy fried fish cake – ‘otak’ as what we locals refer to them, delicious nonetheless). I was very very impressed with the service on PB Air. All along I assume that because it was a domestic flight, we’re probably gonna receive the domestic inflight service, you know, a drink and that’s it.

But having a snack and numerous rounds of coffee/ tea and juices was..Wow! All this in an hour’s flight! Simply amazing!





Anyway, the rest of the flight was uneventful, as usual except for some severe turbulence as we were approaching Nan Airport.








FINALLY! NAN!


Anyway I’ll stop here.
I’ll post my return trip tomorrow heh.

(edit, added map)

[Edited 2006-04-06 18:26:08]
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767747
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:16 am

Nice report! PB Air looks to be very nice. Good pictures!
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clementfromsg
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Fri Apr 07, 2006 12:33 pm

Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
Nice report! PB Air looks to be very nice. Good pictures!

Thank You Big grin
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:53 am

Welcome to the forum (not that I've been here too long, either  Wink).

Quoting ClementFromSG (Thread starter):
So fully utilizing out 40kg of baggage allowance, we still had 800kg in excess when we fully checked in our stuff that morning. I can't remember how much exactly but if we were to pay for the excess baggage, it would have cost us well over $8000!



Quoting ClementFromSG (Thread starter):
Notice the TG logo on the banner even though we were flying SQ

Well considering that SQ saved you guys $8000, don't you think they need to be on the banner too  Wink  tongue 
 
clementfromsg
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Sat Apr 08, 2006 2:18 am

Quoting Tifoso (Reply 4):
Well considering that SQ saved you guys $8000, don't you think they need to be on the banner too

Hohoho.  angel  Well originally we were supposed to be on TG but due to some unforseen circumstances, we were switched to SQ 3 days prior to the start of the expedition. In that short amount of time we're unable to reprint the banner. Heh, besides I doubt SQ minds us ommiting their logo.

Anyway I'm making it up to them by telling you guys how kind they were!  bigthumbsup 

so everyone, go fly SQ!
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Sat Apr 08, 2006 8:33 am

Wow - great report. I'll go read part 2 right now.
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:09 am

Nice report and pics, but may i ask? Why did everyone use cardboard boxes?
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ba747yyz
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:03 am

Great report, yeah why did everyone use boxes?
 
clementfromsg
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:09 pm

Quoting BA747YYZ (Reply 8):
Great report, yeah why did everyone use boxes?



Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 7):
but may i ask? Why did everyone use cardboard boxes?

 Confused The cardboard boxes contained the computers we were bringing over to Nan. Our stuff are all in backpacks
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:33 am

Quoting ClementFromSG (Thread starter):
and I noticed that all the other windows were downward closing, meaning you have to pull the shades DOWN where as mine was upward closing. You pull the shade UP to close it. Is there any special reason for this arrangement?

Because it is a window in an exit door. You need like 15 inches of space for the shade to be when it is pulled UP, and the emergency door probably isn't that big, there is more room for the shade and the container of it below the window. Makes sense, eh?
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:48 pm

was a little disappointed with the AVOD, it¡¦s way too laggy for my taste. You pressed, you wait, it slowly fast forward. Maybe I¡¦m inpatient or something, but it was a let down

I think the AVOD os starting to show its age. It didn't use to be like that but now it seems to be slowing down a lot.

You pull the shade UP to close it. Is there any special reason for this arrangement?

The door doesn't have enough space to hide the retracted shade above the window, as compared to below it. And hence the upward closing shade.

some spicy fried fish cake – ‘otak’ as what we locals refer to them, delicious nonetheless

It is known as hor muk.

I was looking at the cabin shot of the ERJ... is that a person with green hair? Eew...
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Mon Apr 10, 2006 11:49 pm

Wery nice report! Nice to also see a new airline for me, PBair. Big grin
 
clementfromsg
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RE: SQ (SIN - BKK), PB Air (BKK - Nan)

Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:29 am

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
I was looking at the cabin shot of the ERJ... is that a person with green hair? Eew...

Yeah, it's green. hah, He had a hair-dye experimental malfunction a week before we left. It fades to a rather tame blonde by the end of the expedition tho.

Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 12):
Wery nice report! Nice to also see a new airline for me, PBair.

Thank you Big grin
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