The Flight - Takeoff / Cruise
We were right behind a BA
B777-200ER also heading to Singapore.. We'd see her again later on.
The A380 took off like a rocket towards the north-west. We blew past the southern suburbs, passing the CBD, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour. I had a realization then that my holiday was ending...
View of the CBD and the prominent landmarks
Once reaching FL100, seatbelt signs were turned off and the crew proceeded to pass around the noise-cancelling headsets and amenity kits. SQ
have been giving out these amenity kits for quite some time but it was and still is good enough for me. A short while later, the post-takeoff drinks were served as well. Putting on the sockettes from the amenity kit and removing my shoes, I started watching Get Smart on Krisworld.
Post-takeoff snacks were also given out and at the same time, orders for dinner were taken.
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- Marinated prawns garnished with assorted tomato salad
choice of cocktail dressing or chardonnay vinaigrette
- Seared lamb loin with jus, braised puy lentil and potato mash
- Gaeng chu chee pla
snapper in red curry served with seasonal vegetables, steamed rice
- Grilled chicken breast and roasted chicken thigh with dried fruit served with natural jus, broccolini, celeriac puree
- Pho bo
Vietnamese beef noodles in soup with vegetables
- Toffee vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce
- Gourmet cheese with garnishes
- A selection of fresh fruit
- Gourmet coffees & selection of fine teas
Not knowing what to eat, I asked FSS
Elis for her recommendation. She recommended me the snapper in red curry. I was not to be let down!
Dinner was served shortly after. Upon noticing that you have finished the course, the crew would bring it away and serve the next course. I had 3 FSSes attending to me. Ahh.. the joys of an extremely underoccupied cabin!
The main course was absolutely wonderful. Definitely a very good recommendation. I enjoyed it and I should have thought of asking for another serving.
One letdown though was the fact that plastic knives were served on board. Granted, this is a requirement of flying into Australia and a grim reminder of the times we live in, but it would have been good to be able to use metal knives like during my flights to many other places. I just can't imagine using a PLASTIC knife to cut through a well-done steak..
All in all, dinner was a splendid experience. Dinner service ended around 1830 and I began watching my second movie, Mamma Mia! Bottles of Mount Franklin mineral water were given out shortly after for the comfort of passengers. Whatever happened to the Evian I used to get?
Very empty J cabin
During the movie, I decided to change the seat into bed mode. It was quite a simple procedure and I discovered another pillow and blanket hidden inside the seat.
Seat in bed mode
Watching the movie while lying down in bed mode was extremely comfortable. After a while I got bored though and decided to explore the rest of the plane, going to the back of the upper deck where YCL was and down the famous spiral stairs to the lower deck YCL section. I was suprised to see that YCL was completely full and that meal service was at that point, just being cleared. What a contrast from JCL where it was less than half-full!
Going back upstairs, I felt sleepy and decided to take a nap on the extremely comfortable bed, waking up only at 2115h.
Finishing up Mamma Mia! which I left paused before sleeping, I started to watch Love Actually, which is still one of my favourite movies of all time. Have watched it twice, all on SQ
and still loving it!
At 2225h, the cabin lights were turned on in preparation for the second meal service.
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To nibble on
- Warm shaved glaced ham, brie cheese and roasted artichoke in rustic turkish breat served with rucola
- Glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaf with chicken, black mushrooms and salted egg yolk.
Elis again came around to take my order, and I chose the "lor mai kai", the local term for the glutinous rice and a glass of Coca-Cola.
The lor mai kai was very very good, though a tad too salty. I was still sore about my plastic knives though, but oh well.
The supper service was cleared at around 2315h in preparation for descent. My movie was about to finish soon, allowing me to switch to Airshow mode.
Descent began at 2355h and we came in towards Changi Airport from the southern islands. Landing on Runway 02L at 0030h was extremely smooth and we quickly left the runway for our gate at Terminal 3, chocking in at 0035h.
Within 10 mins, I was out of the plane, cleared a very quiet immigration, shopped at duty free and after that on a taxi home. Nothing sure beats Changi Airport efficiency!
I definitely enjoyed my A380 flight. Although it was in JCL, I'm sure I'd have enjoyed YCL in the A380 as well.
Thanks for reading!