Welcome to my 4th trip report.
About 7 months ago my best friend's dad asked me if I would take his daughter to Paris for 2 weeks (all paid for) for her 21st birthday, and after much much thought decided that for once I would put someone else first and reluctantly agreed :-P
Originally she wasn't supposed to find out until the day we were going to go however she was planning to start University so we told her and she postponed starting till next year. Anyway this worked out better because we changed the holiday from 2 weeks in Paris to a trip around the world with 1 week in Paris, 2 nights in London, a 2 week transatlantic cruise and a week in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort.
So what to get my best friend?? We purchased our tickets online so obviously assumed we were going in economy, however about 2 months later I made a visit to the Singapore Airlines office here in Auckland to upgrade our tickets to business class. For the next 4 months I had to bite my tongue - very hard!! I couldn't wait till our departure so I could tell her. Prior to leaving my house, as her parents picked me up we watched a DVD I made for her with photos and videos of all the things we were about to visit over the next month and some photos her friends. At the end of the DVD was the Singapore Airlines new economy class video - just to make sure she knew we were in economy in case there was any possibility she knew. However after the economy part finished the new business class video began and I removed a blanket covering her present. This could quite possibly be the worlds biggest boarding pass.
So a stunned best friend and I headed out to the airport to begin our month and 4 day long adventure!!
Check In at Auckland Airport
Departure Board - Singapore and Paris here we come!!
A very empty airport made check in and security a breeze and we headed up the the Air New Zealand lounge where Singapore Airlines passengers relax before boarding.
Our aircraft to Singapore 777-200ER
A detailed boarding announcement was made and as Business Class passengers boarded immediately to get a much champagne down before take off!
Menus and Headsets were already placed in the seat pocket and the stewardesses came round with newspapers and magazines. The now old Spacebeds are very comfortable with plenty of pockets for your belongings.
Still in Auckland
Socks and eyeshades were then given out.
After take off a bar service was offered and we both ordered the first of many Singapore Slings
Auckland >> Singapore
A Savoury Note
Garden salad with marinated scallops and avocado
A selection of breads was offered and opted for garlic bread
The Main Event
Seared beef fillet in mushroom-madeira sauce, roasted shallot, green bean, garlic confit and boiled potatoes created by Matthew Moran of Aria Restaurant Sydney
New Zealand style chicken stuffed with apricot and cheese in red wine sauce, grilled bacon, spinach mousse, carrots and fettuccine pasta.
The third choice was Braised cod with Oriental black peppercorn sauce, beancurd, asparagus, carrots and fried rice.
A Sweet Note
Fresh fruit savarin
The Cheese Board
Gourmet cheese with garnishes
A Connoisseur's Choice
Selection of tea
The service was completed just about half way across the Tasman
Feeling very very bloated we both reclined our seats into sleeping mode and watched a few movies while drifting in and out of sleep. After about 3 hours I brought my seat back upright - big mistake as it was to remain that way for the rest of the flight as my seat broke. Unfortunately the bug seem to spread to my friends seat but she couldn't bring her seat up, however unlike my seat could be adjusted manually but choose to leave it down to avoid the risk of it not going back down. I was a little disappointed but no dramas - thats life and the U$200 duty free vouchers we got each made up for it.
A range of snacks were available throughout the flight but we never ate anything from it because we were so full.
About 2 hours out of Singapore, breakfast was offered.
Auckland >> Singapore
A Fresh Start
A choice of apple, tomato or freshly squeezed orange juice
A range of bakery was also on offer
A Heathy Note
Choice of cereals or yoghurt
Cornflakes with milk or Birchermuesli
Plain or fruit yoghurt
The Main Event
Cheese omelette with chicken sausage and sauteed mushroom
Also on offer was
Oriental style friend noodles with pork char siew and vegetables
Shiitake mushroom quiche with roasted tomato, asparagus and grilled venison sausage.
Tea and Coffee was offered throughout breakfast along with bakery items
Flight Map and Statistic
Touching down in Singapore very early in the morning we headed for the transit hotel to have a few hours sleep. We picked the day flight to Paris to make it easier to adjust to the huge time change as we planned to be awake the whole flight so once in Paris we could go straight to bed. After 4 hours sleep we went to the Silverkris Lounge to freshen up and change clothes as well as grab a drink and a few nibbles.