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Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:39 pm

INTRODUCTION


Dear fellow A.netters,

When you have family members living on a distance of 14,000 kilometers, it can be worthwhile to pick one place in between to meet up.

My partner has got his twin brother living with his family southbound of Perth. Since my brother-in-law and his wife were in Bali to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary, four of us decided to spend the last two days of our holiday together.


BOOKINGS


The Seri Villas Seminyak


My brother-in-law took up the bed and breakfast arrangement up on himself and booked a two bedroom private pool villa for two nights for USD 750 (about EUR 617).


WEB CHECK-IN


As soon as the Qatar Airways online check-in facility got opened up 30 hours before departure, the end of our summer holiday was marked up. As a guest of The Seri Villas you can use the company’s laptop at the back-office free of charge without any time limitation. For sure, I made a grateful use of it.


Seat selection screen



Welcome to the fifth and final part of my trip report series Finally Asia




The structure of my report t is again twofold. The non-aviation part consist of our stay at The Seri Villas and short impressions of Seminyak. The aviation part consists of our adventure at Ngurah Rai Internaional Airport of Denpasar and our QR flight to Singapore.
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:41 pm

THE SERI VILLAS SEMINYAK




My partner and I arrived at 12.30 from Ubud. Lovely Chandra greeted us as we entered the premises towards the front-office desk despite the published check-in time from 14.00.
“Good afternoon, Sir,”
“Good afternoon. I think we are too early for our check-in,” I said.
“Never mind, Sir. Please have a seat. I assume you have a reservation with us,”
“That is correct. But the reservation is made by my brother-in-law. He and his wife are underway. We have got a copy of the confirmation receipt with us,”
“That is fine. Can I have the confirmation and your passports?”
Chandra took our documents and continued “Please fill out the form while I am going to make the copy of your passports,”
While I was completing the form, a welcome drink was served.


Refreshing orange juice


Chandra returned shortly. “Here are your passports, Sir. You can follow my colleague to your villa right now. Have a nice stay with us,”
Chandra’s colleague, Wayan, introduced himself. “Nice to meet you, Sir. Could you please follow me to the villa number six?”
As I dragged our luggage, Wayan asked, “Shall I ask the bellboy to carry your luggage?”
“Oh, that is okay. I am fine,” I said.
After putting us wise about the facilities of the villa, Wayan left.


Private pool villa



The villa gate



Private pool



Evening pool view



DOUBLE ROOM


The two bedrooms were each other’s mirror design. We took the left side.


Comfy double bed



Flat screen television



Bathroom


Each bedroom is connected to an open air bathroom.


Bath tub



Washbasin and toilet on the back



Shower



LIVING ROOM


The air-conditioned living room was appointed with a sitting area, a dining table set and an open kitchen.


View from the kitchen



Couches



View towards the kitchen



Direct access to the pool



Romantic lighting in the evening


I liked one particular channel on the television, the FIDS.


Arrival



Departure



Breakfast


The a-la carte breakfast consisted of Indonesian and continental food with a choice of coffee, tea and fruit juices. It could be ordered at least at seven o’clock in the evening on the day prior. Two breakfast cooks arrived the following day at the villa to take care of our breakfast.


Breakfast setting



Our cooks Gili and Yani



SEMINYAK


Six months celebration


One of the many important celebration from the Balinese culture is when a child turns six months. Family members come together at a temple and dressed to the etiquette. The ceremony was coincidentally being held at a temple in the neighborhood of our villa.

As we were passing by, we stopped walking and remained on a distance for a while to see what was going on. One family member noticed us and said, “Please, come forward,”


Three birthday family members



Close-up



MC


While watching the ceremony, we got offered homemade fruit punch. How about that?  


17 August


Indonesia commemorates the independence day on 17 August. Each small part of the country holds its own festivity. At The Seminyak Square, there was an independence day fair along with a friendship competition. Everyone was invited to join in, locals or non-locals.


Participants


For the competition, the participants were required to walk forward blindfolded as soon as possible while dancing to the designated plastic water bag and smash it with a supplied stick. The game session was enlivened by Shakira


Me in action


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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:45 pm

AT THE AIRPORT


Two days were just too short for my partner and me to spend together with my brother-in-law and his wife. Before we knew, four of us were on our way to the airport with the complimentary shuttle of The Seri Villas Seminyak. As my brother-in-law and his wife had to get early at the airport as their flight was leaving at 15.00. My partner and I decided to come along with them.


Airport gate



International terminal


PUBLIC AREA


Our shuttle pulled in at 13.10.


Curbside


We thanked our shuttle driver and made our way to the check-in area. As usual at Indonesian airports, the security officials scrutinized the tickets before admitting anyone to proceed to the security before the check-in area. Unlike Jakarta’s T3 for instance, the liquid restriction applies for the international section.


Security instruction



Entrance to the check-in area. Note the mini altar



Mini altar of Sri Chimnoy



Sri Chimnoy memorial


My brother-in-law and his wife were waived through. Unfortunately as our flight would be leaving just after the next nine hours, we got turned away.
“Just wait here,” my brother-in-law’s wife said. “We will catch you up later on after we are checked in,”
Both of them went further to the assigned check-in desks which were located out of our sight. While my partner was waiting, I went to the left luggage facility to drop off our suitcase which is located past the single airport outlet of McDonald’s.


McDonald’s and other food outlets


Strange enough, you can only pay on a day basis which comes at IDR 25,000 (about EUR 2).


Left luggage signage


When I returned, my partner was still waiting. We just saw my brother-in-law and his wife walking back towards the single exit door to the public area after another ten minutes. However, they were flagged down by a security official and got involved in a short discussion. The official glanced at my partner’s direction and finally opened up the door.
“Apparently, you are not allowed to return to the public area once you are checked in,” my brother-in-law’s wife explained. “By way of exception the official was willing to let us through, but he got to see you first. Luckily, you were around,” she winked at my partner.
Four of us got our last drinks together at a café at the right end of the airport building.


Malaysia Airlines office on the opposite


Our farewell was rather emotional and we split our way.


My brother-in-law and his wife on their way back for their flight to PER


To my big disappointment, there were no waving gallery in DPS. Despite being early at the airport, I just had to miss out any spotting opportunity I had dreamt of. Therefore, my partner and I wished to arrange an early check-in with QR as soon as the published opening hours of QR airport office started.


QR airport office


Despite being there earlier than the published 16.00, we just had to notice Hendra, a QR airport agent, walking in our direction.
“Are you waiting for Qatar?” he asked.
“Yes,” I replied.
“Please wait a moment,” Hendra said as he unlocked the office door.
He switched on the lights and invited us, “Please come in and have a sit,”


INTERIOR


QR office seems always to be decorated with the photos of the country’s rulers.


Photo of Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, Emir of the state of Qatar



Photo of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, The Heir Apparent



QR A380 miniature


After gathering several materials and getting the computer started, Hendra asked. “How can I help you, Sir?”
“We are wondering whether you can arrange us an early check in,” I replied while handing over our travel documents.
“I am afraid you are too early, Sir,” Hendra said while taking our documents.
“When are you going to open the check-in desks?” I asked.
“At seven o’clock,”
My partner whispered that I had to say the seemingly magic word, “And how about Business Class?”
“Oh, you are traveling Business Class? Well, let me try to coordinate something,”
Hendra proceeded to make some phone calls. Well, it looked like that the magic word had worked!
I overheard Hendra mentioning counter 40 to be assigned for QR flight on that day and at the end suggesting, “Let’s check them in at counter 23,”
Hendra hung up and turned to us. “Well, Sir. We can check you in at six o’clock. We will have one staff member stand by for you at counter 23. It will be another person which is not wearing Qatar uniform. Just proceed to the counter and you will be checked in,”
“We have checked in online by the way,”
“That is good. Let me further insert your Privilege Club details into your itinerary,”
After another typing, Hendra returned our documents. “Please be ready at six o’clock at counter 23,”
“Thank you for your help,”
“You are welcome. Have a nice flight with us,”


EXTERIOR



Office door



International terminal


PUBLIC AREA


There were still one and a half hours to go, so we decided to explore the terminal.


New control tower



Arrival exit



Toilet signage in four languages



High ceiling with airy concrete design



International departure signage



Curbside. Note the red white Independence day decoration


As we did not have any lunch yet, we grabbed some burgers from McDonald’s.


Typical Indonesian accompaniments


After finishing our burgers, we went to have a sit at a square further up. While I was watching the world passing by, my partner was keeping himself occupied with some Sudoku’s.


Airport square


At 17.50, we collected our suitcase and made our way to the check-in area.


PASSENGER AREA


There were three lines before security. It took us about five minutes to get processed. We were through right after 18.00.

Check-in area



Check-in information


As we proceeded to counter 23 where the last Malaysia traveling group was being handled, we were halted by an official. “Are you flying with Malaysia Airlines?”
“No, Qatar,” I replied.
“Please have a seat there. Qatar’s check-in desks will just be opened at seven o’clock,” the official pointed at the chairs on the opposite of counter 23.
“But, Sir. We have been told by Hendra from Qatar to report at counter 23. You can check it with him,”
“Have a seat please. You can go to the check-in desk from seven o’clock,” the official repeated.
“Well, in that case, we will wait here,” we stayed standing.
The official luckily went about. We immediately took the opportunity to go to counter 23 when Dewi, the check-in agent, was putting away the MH items.


Counter 23


“Good evening, Sir,” Dewi smiled.
I introduced myself and further said, “My travel companion and I are supposed to be here for our check-in,”
“All right, Sir. Let me get prepared first,” Dewi replied as she took out one after another QR items and supplied the check-in machine with QR boarding pass stubs.
As soon as she got seated, Dewi took our documents and processed our check-in.
“Your luggage has been checked through to Dusseldorf,” she said as she tagged our suitcase with the Premium tags. “Do you have any hand luggage with you?”
“Yes, there are two of them,” I pointed at our single hand luggage and camera bag.
“Could you please put each of them on the scale?”
Dewi tagged each of our hand luggage’s as soon they got weighted out. Our camera bag did with a cabin luggage tag. But our hand luggage got more tag treatments.


Two QR passenger name tags and a luggage tag


“Here are your documents, lounge invitation and boarding passes to Singapore and Doha, Sir. The passenger service charge will be collected upstairs at IDR 150,000 each. Your onward boarding passes to Dusseldorf have to be collected in Munich.”
“Thank you,”
“Have a nice flight. Thank you for flying Qatar,” After saying this, Dewi held her both hands against the heart and made a bow. What an unexpectedly nice gesture!  



My boarding pass



Lounge invitation


As we went further, we noticed KLM passengers being attended at several check-in desks not too far away.


KL check-in desks



KL welcome flag


No one should to get lost with the clear signage in the check-in area.


Signage again in four languages



PSC signage



An escalator and a parallel stair. I did not see any elevator in the neighborhood though



Backward view upstairs on the distinctive architecture



Line before PSC desks


Upon the PSC payment, we proceeded to the passport control. An apparently Spanish couple was being attended before us.
After a glance at their passports, I overheard the official asking the couple in fluent Spanish, “Have you enjoyed your stay in Bali?”
The couple was flabbergasted and could not say back more in Spanish than “Yes, we have,”
When it was our turn, the official just took our passports and stamped them after a quick glance. He just cracked a smile as he returned our passports.


After passport control


We reached the secured area in twenty minutes after our check-in.

Shopping arcade



Shopping corridor


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One of the many shops



World clock



Parallel shopping corridor



Signages



Prada lounge


EXTERIOR


QR is contracting Prada Lounge at DPS to accommodate her Premium passengers.


Lounge column



Common airline lounge



Including Garuda


We were waived through upon submitting our lounge invitation.


INTERIOR


Being located downstairs without any windows, one might easily get claustrophobic feeling in the lounge. Once you entered the area, there was a first layer seating area where sets of two in leather upholstered chairs were being arranged in bistro style.


View to the left



View to the right with a service bar and an aquarium with Arapaima’s on the background


Walking past the buffet area , there was a raised floor level for the lecture area.


Lecture area



Complimentary newspapers and magazines though on rather limited choice


Behind the buffet area, there was a secluded smoking room.


Smoking room


Between the first layer and the lecture area, there was another corner with sets of chairs in bistro style. Unfortunately this corner was rather messy. All used utensils were not cleared up yet. This corner tended to get busy as there was a big flat screen nearby. There were some unoccupied chairs, however no set of two facing each other. So we took two seats on the aisle.

The buffet area


The buffet area was being set in a square form.

WARM BUFFET


Warm buffet was laid on parts facing the first layer and our corner.


Mini pastries



Fried rice and noodles



Fritters



Soup corner



COLD BUFFET


Cold buffet was displayed mostly on parts facing the lecture area and smoking room.


Mini cakes and sweets



Fruit corner



Salad corner



BEVERAGES


The beverages were equally spread along the buffet area. There were only non alcoholic drinks on offer.


Coffee and tea corner



Juice corner



Soft drinks and mineral water


Service bar


Alcoholic drinks were available from the service bar. A bartender would be at your service. I went to get two glasses of cold Bintang beer for me and my partner


Bartender



Bintang beer


A football game was being broadcasted. My partner moved to an empty seat on the opposite next to another lounge visitor to get a better view.
She plied him instantly, “Excuse me! My girlfriend is actually sitting here. She is on the internet right now,”
“Do not worry. I will move back by that time,” my partner replied.
The football game came to an end after which my partner moved back. Well, the so called girlfriend got apparently too preoccupied with the internet that she never showed up.   


Shower amenity


I was curious about the advertised shower amenity so I went to check it out. There was a separated room for each male and female.


Shower corner


Toilet is located next door.


Toilet


The toilet was not really up to standard of any Business Lounge we have been in earlier. I got a little shocked by what I saw when using it.


Nasty door scratches


As there was no FIDS around, I went outside occasionally to get updated.


FIDS. Note the delayed flights to Singapore and Perth


Apparently, Prada Lounge was not only a common airline lounge. Everyone was entitled to the lounge at an admission fee of IDR 100,000 (about EUR 9). We found it out when people trickled in after each rattling printer from behind the lounge reception desk. Two lounge front-office staffs were actually upstairs proactively inviting passengers to join in.

Towards our departure time, Prada Lounge was getting busy and busy. Eventually, we decided to abandon the lounge and make our way to the gate.


Gate 5


EXTERIOR



Gate signage


At 21.35, a common call was made for QR passengers to go to the gate.


Provisional solution to non functioning gate display


I noticed a considerable crowd before common entrance of gate 5 and 6.


Crowd before security inside


Gate 5 was located on the right after the entrance. We waited about five minutes for our turn to pass the security.


INTERIOR


The security check was surprisingly quick. We were whisked to the gate area after another five minutes.


Boarding sequence information



QR flag



Our gate



Holding room overview



Boarding


FLIGHT STATUS



Our itinerary:
Route: DPS-SIN
Date: 18 August 2010
ETD/ATD: 22.40 / 22.15
ETA/ATA: 01.10 / 00.30
Flight number: QR 639
Plane: Boeing 777-3DZER
Registration: A7-BAF
Delivered: First delivered 29 September 2009
First Officer: Captain William Johnson


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At 21.45, one of the four gate agents announced that boarding would be started within five minutes which somehow made everyone to get up and form a queue.


Forming queue


Business Class passengers were invited to get to board at their own leisure. We decided to be among the firsts to get on board.
The gate agent tore our boarding passes and returned the smaller stubs. “Have a nice flight,”


First glimpse of A7-BAF, not unfamiliar to Mark (BA319-131) and Airpearl



Down the passenger bridge



About losing my virginity on B77W


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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:52 pm

ON BOARD



Welcome wall


Flight attendant Faysal greeted us at the door. “Good evening, Sir,” he said as he took our boarding passes.
After a glance at our boarding passes, Faysal handed our boarding passes over to FA Jill.
“Please follow me, Sir,” Jill beckoned us.


BUSINESS CLASS


Forward Cabin


There were only four rows in the forward cabin.


Backward view from left row



Backward view from middle row



Neighbor view towards the right


Jill lead us to our row and waved us on to our seats.


2A and 2B, not unfamiliar to Mark and Mrs. BA319-131



My seat 2A, Mark’s sanctuary on his BKK-DOH flight


“Can I get you anything to drink, Sir?” Jill asked me as soon as we got seated.
“Can I have a glass of champagne, please?”
“Certainly. And how about you, Sir?” Jill turned to my partner.
“I will have the champagne as well, please,”
“Certainly,”

Seat feature


As Jill slunk off, I started to explore the lie-flat J seat. The first noticeable thing was the massive legroom at 74 inch.


Legroom


A shoe stowage was tucked in underneath the front seat shell to maximize your legroom.


Shoe stowage


Between the front seat shells, there were two adjoining magazine racks.


Magazine rack


As usual the reading materials were put in a slip cover, consisting of an in-flight magazine and a safety card.


Finally the August edition of the in-flight magazine


Safety card



Front page



Back page


The second striking thing was the armrest which I experienced as the longest of any non bulkhead J seat. It came with an incorporated pair of personal drink coolers.


Armrest with personal drink coolers with open sliding lid


Each personal drink cooler could accommodate two medium sized water bottles or drink cans.


Close up


Jill appeared with our glasses of champagne.


Our welcome drink


I then continued with my exploration and noticed that there is plenty stowage within your arm reach.


Arm rest stowage with soft blue tone


There were individual reading lights just like the J seats on other QR aircrafts, but in between a manual seat divider wall has been installed.


Individual reading light



Seat divider wall


Jill returned with an array of newspapers.
“Do you wish any newspaper, Sir?” she asked my partner first this time.
“I will have the Singapore one,” my partner said.
“How about you, Sir?”
“No, thank you. I am fine,”

In-flight entertainment and seat control unit


Due to the distance between the seats, the in-flight entertainment screens were designed accordingly with an added feature, a touch screen.


Welcome display



Sneak preview of 3D flight path


The IFE control unit holder was located right behind the arm rest stowage.


IFE control unit with mini screen



Mini keyboard on the back


The seat control unit was located on the left arm rest.


Seat control unit


Malaysian purser Eloisa appeared at our row and introduced herself, “Good evening, Sir. My name is Eloisa. I will be here for the next two hours. Please feel free to ask me anything to make your flight more enjoyable.”
“Thank you,” my partner and I replied simultaneously.

Cabin ambiance



Forward view from my seat



Red roses


The cockpit door surprisingly stayed open.


Glimpse of the cockpit


At that stage, I noticed that the battery of my camera was running out and returned to my seat to charge it. Unfortunately, I could not find any plug despite my research earlier.
I flagged down Eloisa. “Excuse me, Miss Eloisa. Can you tell me where the laptop charger is located?”
“Certainly, sir,” Eloisa browsed along the spots I had been looking at and starting to look puzzled.
When she kneeled, she enthusiastically said, “I have found it, Sir. The charger is located underneath between your seats,”
“Thank you for your help,”
“You are welcome. We have many different seat configurations on our aircrafts. Hence, it is not easy sometimes for us to find where things are located,”
“Never mind. Thank you,”


Battery charging in progress


South African flight attendant Liezle appeared to distribute hot towels.


Hot towels


The towels were soon recollected by Jill.

At 22.10, an announcement came, “Our customers are on board. We kindly ask the ground staff members to leave the aircraft as we are closing the door,”
I counted seven passengers in the forward cabin.

After the welcome announcement, Liezle distributed the menu.

Menu



Cover



Light menu


“What do you wish for dinner, Sir?” Liezle asked.
“I will have the ayam betutu, please,” I said.
“Certainly, Sir. And how about you?” Liezle turned to my partner
“I will have the penne, please,”
“Certainly, Sir. Do you wish to have more champagne after take-off or anything else?”
“We will stick to the champagne,”
“Certainly, Sir,”

At 22.15, the passenger bridge was disconnected.


Good bye Bali. Good bye Indonesia


The pushback followed shortly. Jill cleared our empty champagne glasses. The in-flight safety demonstration was started.


Welcome greeting by attractive QR attendants


The humming engine sound started to fill the cabin.


Mood lighting turning pink



Taxiing


After couple minutes, A7-BAF started to move. The interactive IFE was switched on.


Start page


Another announcement was made, “Cabin crew, please prepared for take-off. The cabin lights will be dimmed,”
Unfortunately it was too dark outside. I could not shoot any decent picture through the window.


Entering the runway



Taking off


The engines spooled up and A7-BAF commenced the take-off roll.


Lift-off at 22.30



View on the city of Denpasar



In-flight


We leveled off after five minutes. While the cabin service preparation was underway, I started to explore the IFE especially the touch screen functionality.   


Eight languages on offer



IFE main menu


I soon discovered another functionality of the map. Zooming in and out or an imaginary cockpit view. Excuse me for not capturing it.


Flight path. Note the under titles


Another flight attendant, Amrita, appeared with our champagne and trays of warm nuts.


Champagne and nuts


Amrita returned to set our table. Due to short flight duration, Amrita limited the action to covering the table with a linen and laying the folded napkin on our lap.


Before the table setting



Dinner mood lighting


Liezle appeared with our meal shortly.


Penne pasta for my partner



Ayam betutu for me


“Do you wish sparkling or still water, Sir?” Liezle asked.
“Sparkling water, please,” I replied.
“For me too,” my partner said.

The ayam betutu was perfect. It was not too spicy and tasted as good as the one I had in Bali. The sushi was rather distinctive, but well appreciated. My partner did not really like his, much to my pleasure. 

Amrita appeared with on each of her hand a bottle of sparkling and still mineral water.
“Do you wish sparkling or still water, Sir?” she asked the same question which made my partner and me look at each other.
“Sparkling water, please,”

At 23.00, Faysal appeared to clear up my partner’s table. Another flight attendant, Cho, followed him to take care of mine.

The exhaustion started to take its toll. But I just had to get off and explore the rest of the cabin.


Lavatory


I went to the lavatory next to the 2R door. It was massive!


Disabled facility



Washbasin



A set of Molton Brown hand lotion and hand wash



A man-size mirror at the door


Then I noticed something sticking out of the waste disposal door.


An empty champagne bottle!


I was not really in the mood to make a remark about it and continued my cabin exploration instead.


Second J cabin



Forward view


There were three J rows here. I counted only eight passengers.


Forward Y cabin



Forward view


By that time, I was too tired to walk backwards for further cabin crew and decided to return to my seat to catch some sleep.


Flat bed feature


My partner has made himself comfortable in the lie flat position. Before I followed his example, I explored several seat positions first.


Angled position



My seat with flat leg support



Lie flat position



My view


I found out that you did not have to get up to arrange another positions.


Extra seat control


Not long after taking the picture above, I dozed off.


Landing


At 00.10, Cho woke me up for the landing preparation. “Excuse me, Sir. We are about to land. Can you please put your seat in the upright position?”
My screen has turned black when I got up. The display came to life with my finger touch.


Information about SIN



Singapore coastline


Fasten seatbelt signs were switched on, followed by an announcement, “Cabin crew, please prepared for landing,”


On approach


We touched down at 00.30. There was no need to apply full brakes on landing. As we vacated the runway, another announcement came with special instruction for transiting passengers. “Due to the regulations, we ask our transit passengers to disembark and take all your belongings with you for another security check at the airport,”


Farewell


A7-BAF finally came to a stop at 00.35. The fasten seat belt signs were switched off.


Our location


We thanked Eloisa and Liezle for the pleasant flight and made our way to the terminal.


CONCLUSION


With the abovementioned sentence, I put end to my trip report series “Finally Asia”.

QR did not disappoint me again with friendly and hospitable attendants. I mostly appreciated the attention of Eloisa. On the other hand, I did not really like the lounge in DPS. I was wondering whether there would be any better option at the airport for QR to house her premium passengers. Might I probably be expecting too much?

The Seri Villa Seminyak was truly satisfactory. The price we paid was in proportion to what we got. It was one of the better places to have a family meeting in Bali.

I do hope you have enjoyed my trip report series so far. In case you have missed it, please feel free to visit:

Finally Asia Part 1: A.net Meeting And BDO With QZ (by akhmad Sep 4 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 2: Up To Semarang With Mandala (by akhmad Sep 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 3: Karimunjawa And Batavia Air (by akhmad Sep 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 4: Bali With Indonesia Air Asia (by akhmad Oct 1 2010 in Trip Reports)

Please let me know what you think of it. I am looking forward to your comments or suggestions.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:58 pm

Suryo,

Another gem of a report on your short QR flight to SIN from DPS. Thanks for sharing this with us. QR does have very good on-the-air service. I am not a huge fan of their Doha operation. BTW, what's with the champagne bottle in the bathroom? How is this not a safety hazard? Can the FA's on the board tell us?

Thanks for sharing.

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:01 pm

Hi Akhmad, wonderful report there! Seems like QR is offering a decent product and great food on a short 2 hour regional hop in Southeast Asia! Will be doing this route on QR's J Class too next March with Sandeep and definitely looking forward to it. You have once again inspired me!

Hope to see even more great reports ahead!
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:29 pm

Hi Suryo,

What can I say except for WOW! Yet another amazing TR and the pictures were of the best quality. You have opened my eyes and made my mouth water for when I fly with QR on the same route for next year.

The villa you all stayed in looks like something out of a film in my eyes. Stunning and definitely a shame that you only stayed for a few days.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
My partner whispered that I had to say the seemingly magic word, “And how about Business Class?”
“Oh, you are traveling Business Class? Well, let me try to coordinate something,

Its funny how as soon as you mention a premium class, their faces and attitude change.

The food looked very nice and a decent amount as well considering it was a short flight time.

Looking forward to your next TR

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:52 pm

Hello Suryo,

Great final part of your "Finally Asia" series, again with lots of excellent pictures. Good to read that Qatar Airways did an excellent job on that short sector as well. The meals look really good.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
While watching the ceremony, we got offered homemade fruit punch. How about that?

Very nice!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
To my big disappointment, there were no waving gallery in DPS. Despite being early at the airport, I just had to miss out any spotting opportunity I had dreamt of.

What a pity, being at an airport and having no spotting opportunities at all.

Regards
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Sat Oct 09, 2010 7:07 pm

Hoi, Suryo,

now thats the perfect excuse from my actual homework to read you´re latest story.

Let me say, well done, also nice pictures.

Bali and the accomodation looks pretty nice, never been there myself but the lounge feels not as a premium lounge for me, like you stated.

And also you´re QR impressions, very good.

Greetings,
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Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:35 pm

A relative of mine flies QR on a regular base. He told me their Economy class is fantastic, and it looks like this applies to their Business product as well. Superb report as usual from you. It was kind of amusing to read you got to sit in the same seat as fellow a.netter Mark some time ago!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Glimpse of the cockpit

Tell me, didn't it lure you to ask for a look inside?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Champagne and nuts

Looks very well presented.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Second J cabin

Amazing how roomy it appears...
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Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:48 pm

Another great report, and you definitely are becoming a QR fan! Again another great set of crews, that are the top of their class.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):

About losing my virginity on B77W

You'll probably never want to fly on board anything else now! Isn't the B773ER just such an amazing bird.
 
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Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:15 am

Hi

Nice report.
DPS airport sure looks improved, I was there some 10 years ago so it's been a while.
Is the Dunkin' donuts still there at DPS near the McDonalds? I have vivid memories of getting sick on too many donuts whilst on long transit in between domestic flights at DPS!
 
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Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:26 am

Hi Suryo!

Another amazing trip report with fantastic pictures!

The hotel in Bali looks fantastic !

The lounge at DPS looks okay but it's probably one of very few lounges there.

Business class on QR looks very good including the food. Nice with the flowers at the bulkhead!

Looking forward to the return trip report from SIN

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Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:51 am

Hi Suryo,
Again a very good trip report with some beautiful photos. A good idea to take advantage of meeting family in Bali and save the extra hours needed for a trip down to Perth. Any plans to come down this way in the near future?

Your accommodation looks stylish without being overstated. Nice.

The seats in J on this aircraft look comfortable and QR definitely have the upper hand with only 2-2-2 compared to EK's 2-3-2.

Looking forward to the next instalment covering SIN - MUC.

Best wishes,
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Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:09 am

Hola Suryo!

Again an impressive TR. The villa you were at in Bali looks amazing, really a great place to celebrate a wedding 20th anniversary or whatever is there to celebrate or just relax for a few days.
I srill consider you should be awarded something from Bali Tourist Office as you are a great asset to them.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Me in action

Well, I prefer more gentle manners of action         
QR seems to live up to expectations, they have a great service on the air considering the short flight time.
B777 are impressive planes indeed, every time I see them I look forward to flying them.

Are you planning to write on the last segment of your trip?

Salut!

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:31 am

I was about to go to sleep and thought I would check a.net real quick...as soon as I saw another of your "Finally Asia" TRs I got comfortable and I knew I would be up for a little while!

As always excellent TR and beautiful pictures! Some quick questions...

The hotel private pool, how deep is it? It is hard to tell from the photo.

I am so surprised (in a good way) that DPS has a DUNKIN DONUTS! Is DD popular in Asia?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Toilet signage in four languages

So what are the four languages? I'm a little confused as they had "Toilet" (English) but also "Toilets"...what language is that suppose to be and in that language is "Toilets" their singular word or is it plural also? Seems odd to have the word "Toilet/s" twice on the same sign!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Everyone was entitled to the lounge at an admission fee of IDR 100,000 (about EUR 9)

WOAH! Only EUR 9?! No wonder it was so crowded...that is nothing, especially considering the amenities...

I do find the graffiti in the toilet quite disturbing....

Again I really love your TRs...I'm going to sleep now and will hopefully dream of flying J in QR to an island paradise!
 
 
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:01 am

Hi fellows,

Many thanks for your replies. I really appreciate them.

@ A.:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 4):
Another gem of a report on your short QR flight to SIN from DPS. Thanks for sharing this with us.

You are welcome. It has been a pleasure to me. Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 4):
QR does have very good on-the-air service. I am not a huge fan of their Doha operation.

It is a pity that QR failed to meet your expectation. I wonder why they left the transfer desk at the Premium Terminal unattended during peak hours that time. Did you give QR a second chance? If so, can you show me the link to your another QR report? I could not find it.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 4):
BTW, what's with the champagne bottle in the bathroom? How is this not a safety hazard?

I do not know. I was just wondering why they did not dispose the bottle more properly.

@ Daniel:

Quoting initious (Reply 5):
Hi Akhmad, wonderful report there!

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting initious (Reply 5):
Will be doing this route on QR's J Class too next March with Sandeep and definitely looking forward to it. You have once again inspired me!

Thank you for the honour. I also look forward to the adventure of both of you.

@ Sandeep:

Quoting AI151 (Reply 6):
What can I say except for WOW! Yet another amazing TR and the pictures were of the best quality

Thank you your nice words.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 6):
You have opened my eyes and made my mouth water for when I fly with QR on the same route for next year.

I look foward to reading your own experience next year.  



Quoting AI151 (Reply 6):
Stunning and definitely a shame that you only stayed for a few days.

We regretted that we booked only two days. Well, we think we should arrange something together pretty soon.

@ Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 7):
Great final part of your "Finally Asia" series, again with lots of excellent pictures

Thank you.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 7):
What a pity, being at an airport and having no spotting opportunities at all.

A drawback of the public area. Maybe i was too spoilt by CGK T3.

@ Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
now thats the perfect excuse from my actual homework to read you´re latest story.

Thank you for making my report special. I really appreciate it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
Let me say, well done, also nice pictures.

Thank you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
never been there myself

I can only recommend it. Balinese people love children, by the way. You can take Markus Jr. along with you.

@ Marius:

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 9):
Superb report as usual from you.

Thank you.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 9):
It was kind of amusing to read you got to sit in the same seat as fellow a.netter Mark some time ago!

When Mark posted his BKK-DOH segment, his seat assignment caught immediately my attention.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 9):
Tell me, didn't it lure you to ask for a look inside?

Well, to be honest. It did not come across my mind after my experience with the first officer of the DOH-KUL flight.

@ Flightsimboy:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
Another great report, and you definitely are becoming a QR fan

Thank you. And you are right. I am a QR fan.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
Isn't the B773ER just such an amazing bird.

It is such a beauty. I prefer the B77W to the B772ER.

@ Joe:

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 11):
Nice report.

Thank you.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 11):
Is the Dunkin' donuts still there at DPS near the McDonalds? I have vivid memories of getting sick on too many donuts whilst on long transit in between domestic flights at DPS!

Is this the answer of your question?   



@ Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Another amazing trip report with fantastic pictures!

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

@ Roy:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 13):
Again a very good trip report with some beautiful photos.

Thank you.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 13):
Any plans to come down this way in the near future?

We do not have any concrete plan yet. But I would love to go down under again.

@ Roger:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Again an impressive TR.

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
I srill consider you should be awarded something from Bali Tourist Office as you are a great asset to them.

I hope the tourist office read this.  



Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Well, I prefer more gentle manners of action

Perhaps I got a little too much carried away.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Are you planning to write on the last segment of your trip?

Certainly. I will be posting the final series very soon.

@ Burj:

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
as soon as I saw another of your "Finally Asia" TRs I got comfortable and I knew I would be up for a little while!

That makes my report feel special to me. Thank you.

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
As always excellent TR and beautiful pictures!

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
how deep is it?

6 feet.

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
Is DD popular in Asia?

Yes, even a small Indonesian airport like SRG has a DD outlet.

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
So what are the four languages? I'm a little confused as they had "Toilet" (English) but also "Toilets"...what language is that suppose to be and in that language is "Toilets" their singular word or is it plural also? Seems odd to have the word "Toilet/s" twice on the same sign!

The first "Toilet" is supposed to be Indonesian. Indonesian words do not have any plural form.

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
Again I really love your TRs...I'm going to sleep now and will hopefully dream of flying J in QR to an island paradise!

Sweet dream!  




Thanks again for dropping by.

Cheers,
Suryo

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:06 am

Quoting akhmad
Is this the answer of your question?
Ha ha yes! I must be going blind. It is Sunday after all, the brain needs its rest day as well  
 
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:41 am

Hey Suryo!

Faithful weekend treat...   Thank you for this fantastic and very enjoyable continuation to the journey. As you close in on home (2-3 episodes to come?), I hope you're lining up another trip for the next season of Suryo's Travels hehehe. Very nice resort you were staying in Seminyak - must have been difficult to leave! QR on-board service seems to be as good as ever.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Common airline lounge

Seems so strange that they have AirAsia and Pacific Blue's logos up there as well - wouldn't imagine any of their passengers would be given lounge access? Of course, it all makes sense later when almost anyone get access by paying the entrance fee. Not too exclusive - a bit like Plaza Premium at KUL.


Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
First glimpse of A7-BAF, not unfamiliar to Mark (BA319-131) and Airpearl

Guess I'll just have to write that TR now just to make this the official A.net plane  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Welcome wall

Love this one.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
A shoe stowage was tucked in underneath the front seat shell to maximize your legroom.

One of things I really like about the QR 77W J seats is the large number of storage options - I think I threw almost everything, except my shoes, into that underseat stowage!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Each personal drink cooler could accommodate two medium sized water bottles or drink cans.

Flew on 2 separate 77Ws and didn't even know these existed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
The ayam betutu was perfect. It was not too spicy and tasted as good as the one I had in Bali. The sushi was rather distinctive, but well appreciated.

The meal looks really good. Perfect for a late night short hop.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
There were three J rows here. I counted only eight passengers.

This is where I was seated on BAF. And I had the back cabin all to myself hehehe

Thanks again for this report. Look forward to the next leg.

Cheers
airpearl
 
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:22 pm

Hi, Suryo -

Great finale to your series! Looks like you had another nice flight with QR ..

I really enjoyed your story about the early check-in issue at the QR office; I thought it was interesting/amusing that they were not going to make any allowances until you mentioned, "Business Class" .... I guess this is motivation to fly up front  

The cabin on the 777-300ER looks really nice; I like that welcome wall, and the blue lighting on the armrest console.

Thanks for sharing, as always!

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:33 pm

Hi fellows,

Many thanks for your replies.

@ Joe:

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 17):
Ha ha yes! I must be going blind. It is Sunday after all, the brain needs its rest day as well

No worries.  


@ Airpearl:

Quoting airpearl (Reply 18):
Faithful weekend treat... Thank you for this fantastic and very enjoyable continuation to the journey

You are welcome. Thank you for your nice words.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 18):
As you close in on home (2-3 episodes to come?), I hope you're lining up another trip for the next season of Suryo's Travels hehehe

Well, you can read my mind.   

Quoting airpearl (Reply 18):
Very nice resort you were staying in Seminyak - must have been difficult to leave!

When we were about to leave, we decided that we should have stayed longer than two days.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 18):
Guess I'll just have to write that TR now just to make this the official A.net plane

Please do not make us wait. I am looking forward to it.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 18):
This is where I was seated on BAF. And I had the back cabin all to myself hehehe

How nice! Did you get the full attention of the cabin crew?

Quoting airpearl (Reply 18):
Thanks again for this report

You are welcome. Thanks for dropping by.

@ Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 19):
Great finale to your series!

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 19):
I really enjoyed your story about the early check-in issue at the QR office; I thought it was interesting/amusing that they were not going to make any allowances until you mentioned, "Business Class" .... I guess this is motivation to fly up front

Well, it was very handy for the situation.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 19):
Thanks for sharing, as always!

You are welcome. It has been a pleasure to me.

Cheers,
Suryo

[Edited 2010-10-10 09:34:00]
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Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:16 am

loved reading this    
 
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:35 am

Hi Suryo,

Wow, how many hours have you invested in this series of TRs?

Once again, you had stunning accomodation on Bali, that villa looks divine.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our farewell was rather emotional and we split our way.

Yep, I know all about emotional farewells. I hate them. Although when you have faily living abroad, you kind of learn to deal with them after a while.

I totally agree with you about the lounge - that toilet door is a disgrace. Still, you had another good trip on QR, so I guess that's what's important.

Happy flying
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:12 am

Great report and lovely photos.

[Edited 2010-10-11 01:13:54]
 
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Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:14 am

God job again! I guess you are the first to review QR B77W out or into DPS (?).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Then I noticed something sticking out of the waste disposal door.

That's bad, you should've mentioned it to the crew.

Could you please tell what were the loads ex - DPS, I mean including J and Y? Also did anyone deplane in SIN?
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:54 pm

Hi Suryo,

This was indeed an excellent report. Most enjoyable and very well laid-out. You certainly made it early to the airport but what a shame you could not chill in a fantastic lounge. Still draft beer should have eased the pain a little.

These short hops make a QR flight that little more exciting I feel, and they always provide excellent services. A recent JNB-CPT hop with QR was just about the best flight I have ever taken and there were only about 40 passengers on board. Your meal looks brilliant too...

class! I await eagerly the day I can fly business with QR

Regards

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:55 pm

Hi fellows,

Many thanks for your replies. I really appreciate it.

@ Peter:

Quoting ptrjms (Reply 21):
loved reading this

Thank you. I am happy to know that.

@ Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Wow, how many hours have you invested in this series of TRs?

Well, I have to admit I have lost count of the hours.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Once again, you had stunning accomodation on Bali, that villa looks divine.

We were truly enjoying our stay together there. In this case, all credits go to my brother-in-law.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Although when you have faily living abroad, you kind of learn to deal with them after a while.

Exactly what I feel. The farewell stays emotional, but after a while, I manage to get over it.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Still, you had another good trip on QR, so I guess that's what's important.

You are right about it. The QR trip has it made up for the lounge experience.

@ 777way:

Quoting 777way (Reply 23):
Great report and lovely photos.

Thank you.

@ Ojas:

Quoting ojas (Reply 24):
God job again!

Thank you.

Quoting ojas (Reply 24):
I guess you are the first to review QR B77W out or into DPS (?).

Do you really think so?  



Quoting ojas (Reply 24):
you should've mentioned it to the crew.

I think you are right. I should have done that.

Quoting ojas (Reply 24):
Could you please tell what were the loads ex - DPS, I mean including J and Y?

I counted 15 passengers in J. I can recall several empty seats in the forward Y cabin. Unfortunately, I did not manage to go further backwards.

Quoting ojas (Reply 24):
Also did anyone deplane in SIN?

I am not so sure about this either. QR has been granted fifth freedom rights only for 4 of 7 flights. If my memory serves, no one was disembarking in SIN.

@ Luke:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 25):
This was indeed an excellent report. Most enjoyable and very well laid-out.

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 25):
Still draft beer should have eased the pain a little.

     

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 25):
A recent JNB-CPT hop with QR was just about the best flight I have ever taken and there were only about 40 passengers on board.

Have you written a report of it? If so, can you provide me the link?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 25):
class! I await eagerly the day I can fly business with QR

And me to read your experience about it.  


Thanks again for dropping by, fellows.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:35 pm

Hi Suryo,

Nice installment!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
As a guest of The Seri Villas you can use the company’s laptop at the back-office free of charge without any time limitation. For sure, I made a grateful use of it.

- Now that is a nice touch, amazing how the non chain hotels and resorts have better service than the big chains.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The non-aviation part consist of our stay at The Seri Villas and short impressions of Seminyak

- Looks like a great place to relax.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Apparently, you are not allowed to return to the public area once you are checked in,” my brother-in-law’s wife explained

- Ah, odd especially since you will have to clear security again anyway, whats the issue?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Being located downstairs without any windows, one might easily get claustrophobic feeling in the lounge

- Wow, what a crappy lounge. Food offerings seem ok but how about relocating and having natural light and apron views!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
First glimpse of A7-BAF, not unfamiliar to Mark (BA319-131)

- Indeed   Was the seat still warm  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
the armrest which I experienced as the longest of any non bulkhead J seat. It came with an incorporated pair of personal drink coolers.

- You know I never noticed that feature!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
After the welcome announcement, Liezle distributed the menu

- No leather folders?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The sushi was rather distinctive, but well appreciated. My partner did not really like his, much to my pleasure

- You can have mine too!

Cheers

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:10 pm

Hi Mark,

Thanks for dropping by. Glad to know that you liked my report.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 27):
amazing how the non chain hotels and resorts have better service than the big chains.

Indeed. To my experience, the hidden gems are mostly to be found among the non chain hotels.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 27):
Looks like a great place to relax.

Yes, and there are many more places like Ubud, Nusa Dua or Lovina up north.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 27):
- Ah, odd especially since you will have to clear security again anyway, whats the issue?

Good point.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 27):
but how about relocating and having natural light and apron views!!

That would be a great idea.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 27):
Was the seat still warm

Certainly. I fell asleep right away. 



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 27):
- No leather folders?

I assume when QR has tray service in J, the menu does not come in leather folders.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 27):
You can have mine too!

Good to know.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:15 am

There's something I like about Bali's airport, they do not try too hard to do anything. Everything is just... there. Somehow even if there is something broken down, you tend to have a forgiving attitude and just let it go. Is it just me who feels this way? I miss Bali, reminds me it has been too long since I last paid that island a visit.

Ayam Betutu? Niiiiice, although I am more aquainted with Bebek Betutu. That being said, I guess you can "betutu" any meats and it is just a matter of getting used to it.

The fare difference between QR and KL is very minimal for SIN - DPS. Timing is rather similar as well.

I am getting very envious of your constant holidays, by the way.  
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:44 am

Nice report, interesting that the PTVs were touch screen in J Class, i flew QR in Y on the 77W and we just had the hand controllers, which was an interesting contrast as the Y class PTVs on the A346 were touch screen.
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:43 pm

Hi Ryan, Scott,

Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate it.

@ Ryan:

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 29):
Is it just me who feels this way?

Perhaps I got too demanding sometimes. Thanks for your reminder to slow down.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 29):
it has been too long since I last paid that island a visit.

Really? How long has it been?

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 29):
I guess you can "betutu" any meats and it is just a matter of getting used to it.

You are right about it. I think I will try to "betutu" something. Just have to look up the right recipe.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 29):
The fare difference between QR and KL is very minimal for SIN - DPS. Timing is rather similar as well.

As well as the weekly frequency. QR has been granted fifth freedom rights only on four out of seven flights to SIN from DPS.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 29):
I am getting very envious of your constant holidays, by the way.

And me getting envious of the endless fifth freedom flight opportunities out of SIN.  



@ Scott:

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 30):
Nice report

Thank you.

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 30):
interesting that the PTVs were touch screen in J Class, i flew QR in Y on the 77W and we just had the hand controllers, which was an interesting contrast as the Y class PTVs on the A346 were touch screen.

You don´t say? i had always thought that Y had touch screen as well on 77W.

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:52 am

Hi Suryo,

I'm finally catching up on reading these long overdue reports! Another marvelous installment on your Asian series! Qatar service looks very good even on that short hop to SIN.

Great looking cottage and resort, although it sounds a bit pricey (especially for Indonesia), but I guess you have to pay for luxury. The concept of two cooks coming to your cottage to cook you breakfast is also very nice.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I liked one particular channel on the television, the FIDS.

Heh, no doubt about that. They should also have a channel which shows live movements around the airport, then you wouldn't need to leave the room at all!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My brother-in-law and his wife on their way back for their flight to PER

Spot the Dutchman - a head taller than anyone else around!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Being located downstairs without any windows, one might easily get claustrophobic feeling in the lounge. Once you entered the area, there was a first layer seating area where sets of two in leather upholstered chairs were being arranged in bistro style.

This reminds me a bit of the lounge at OTP which was also located in the basement of the terminal with hardly any windows. Well, that's as far as the similarities go actually, as the furniture, amenities, decor and pretty much everything else in your case seem to be far superior, which of course is to be expected!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
2A and 2B, not unfamiliar to Mark and Mrs. BA319-131

I kinda like the idea of this!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
The ayam betutu was perfect. It was not too spicy and tasted as good as the one I had in Bali. The sushi was rather distinctive, but well appreciated. My partner did not really like his, much to my pleasure. 

Sushi on a plane? That sounds like risky business, Sushi can be ruined quite easily by the dry air and simply being stored for too long. But it sounds like this time it was good - there's even a dash of wasabi there!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
We touched down at 00.30. There was no need to apply full brakes on landing. As we vacated the runway, another announcement came with special instruction for transiting passengers. “Due to the regulations, we ask our transit passengers to disembark and take all your belongings with you for another security check at the airport,”


There's a crew change at SIN, I assume?
 
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:33 pm

Quoting ojas (Reply 24):
Also did anyone deplane in SIN?

I took the QR DPS-SIN flight when returning from Bali 3 weeks ago too (after going up on Krisflyer-redeemed SQ J). Quite a lot of Singaporeans on board on my flight returning from their holidays. Everyone deplaned
 
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:00 pm

Hi P., Darren,

Thanks for dropping by.

@ P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Another marvelous installment on your Asian series!

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
although it sounds a bit pricey (especially for Indonesia), but I guess you have to pay for luxury.

Still you spend less for it than similar accommodations in, let say, Europe.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
The concept of two cooks coming to your cottage to cook you breakfast is also very nice.

It was lovely indeed. I had never seen that before.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
They should also have a channel which shows live movements around the airport, then you wouldn't need to leave the room at all!

That would be a great idea.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Spot the Dutchman - a head taller than anyone else around!

Bingo!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
This reminds me a bit of the lounge at OTP which was also located in the basement of the terminal with hardly any windows. Well, that's as far as the similarities go actually, as the furniture, amenities, decor and pretty much everything else in your case seem to be far superior, which of course is to be expected!

I never thought that way. Thanks for pointing it out.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
But it sounds like this time it was good - there's even a dash of wasabi there!

The wasabi has always been being accompaniment of QR's sushi offering.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
There's a crew change at SIN, I assume?

I forgot to mention it, QR did mention a crew change during layover.

@ Darren:

Quoting infinit (Reply 33):
Quite a lot of Singaporeans on board on my flight returning from their holidays.

Interesting. Can you tell me the load of your flight?


Thanks again. I really appreciate your replies.

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:19 am

Hi Suryo,

fantastic report with amazing pictures, another masterpiece. QR's J Class product seems to be very good.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Each personal drink cooler could accommodate two medium sized water bottles or drink cans.

Nice feature.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
With the abovementioned sentence, I put end to my trip report series “Finally Asia”.

Really? Not any more parts to follow? Thanks for taking the time to post that outstanding series.


PH
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:42 am

Hi PH,

Thanks for reading my report. Glad to know that you liked it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 35):
Really? Not any more parts to follow? Thanks for taking the time to post that outstanding series.

To be honest, I am working on the next series.

Thanks again. I really appreciate your reply.

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:18 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 34):
Interesting. Can you tell me the load of your flight?

It was about 80% full in Y and about 60% in J.

Not too sure how many flights QR has on the DPS-SIN route but this was the one departing from DPS at 10.40pm
 
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:46 am

Quoting infinit (Reply 37):
Not too sure how many flights QR has on the DPS-SIN route but this was the one departing from DPS at 10.40pm

AFAIK, all ex DPS QR flights depart at 10.40pm. QR has been granted fifth freedom rights on four of the seven weekly flights.
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:12 am

Hi Suryo,

Another great TR, thanks for sharing.

That water bag hitting looks pretty interesting! Does it mean anything?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
My partner whispered that I had to say the seemingly magic word, “And how about Business Class?”
“Oh, you are traveling Business Class? Well, let me try to coordinate something,”
Hendra proceeded to make some phone calls. Well, it looked like that the magic word had worked!
I overheard Hendra mentioning counter 40 to be assigned for QR flight on that day and at the end suggesting, “Let’s check them in at counter 23,”
Hendra hung up and turned to us. “Well, Sir. We can check you in at six o’clock. We will have one staff member stand by for you at counter 23. It will be another person which is not wearing Qatar uniform. Just proceed to the counter and you will be checked in,”

Guess that's the magic word. Nice to know they'll try to accommodate premium guests.

Service and the product on QR looks great as usual. I don't think I need to say anymore! The pictures show everything!


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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:26 pm

Hi Nicholas,

Many thanks for dropping by. It has been a pleasure to share my experience with you.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 39):
That water bag hitting looks pretty interesting! Does it mean anything?

I think it was just about having fun together during the celebration.  



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 39):
Service and the product on QR looks great as usual. I don't think I need to say anymore! The pictures show everything!

That's why I love flying QR.

Thanks again.

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Suryo
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:40 am

Hi Suryo,

Excuse me for my late reply, I haven't visited this forum recently. I didn't know you were going to travel all the way to Singapore. That's a very nice and surprising addition to your already exciting journey. It must have been a nice meet on Bali.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Private pool

That is so nice. I am really impressed by your stay over there.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Me in action

It's nice to see you actually joined the festivities. I wouldn't have done that  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Welcome wall

Thats a very impressive welcome sign. The Qatar interior looks great as always.

This was another great trip report. Too bad you didn't like the QR lounge. I will be reading about your homebound travels soon.

Tim,
 
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:38 pm

Quoting airpearl (Reply 18):

Flew on 2 separate 77Ws and didn't even know these existed!

First of all, excellent trip reports! I read it a while back, but my net was too slow to reply!

I flew many times on QR's J class 77W but I didnt realize that there was a personal cooler in the seats, and a seat divider! They should advertize it more, because when the cabin crew handed out water bottles for us, they should've told us to put it in the water cooler.

Well, this J seat won best Business Class seat in the world, and indeed it deserves to be!

As usual, nice TR and looking forward to your next journey.
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:06 pm

Hi Tim, QatarA340,

Thank you so much for reading. You really make me happy.


@ Tim:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 41):
Excuse me for my late reply, I haven't visited this forum recently.

Never mind. It is nice to see you back.  



Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 41):
It must have been a nice meet on Bali.

It was. We enjoyed our meet up two years earlier on Bali so much that we decided to it was worth a repeat.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 41):
I wouldn't have done that

Are you sure?   

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 41):
Too bad you didn't like the QR lounge.

I wished QR could appoint another lounge for her ex-DPS premium passengers.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 41):
I will be reading about your homebound travels soon.

I hope you enjoy it.


@ QatarA340:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 42):
First of all, excellent trip reports! I read it a while back, but my net was too slow to reply!

Still thank you for commenting. I truly appreciate it.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 42):
I didnt realize that there was a personal cooler in the seats, and a seat divider! They should advertize it more, because when the cabin crew handed out water bottles for us, they should've told us to put it in the water cooler.

It's surprising to know that many of us were unaware of the cooler and seat divider. The cabin crew could indeed point the features out to us. On the other hand, wouldn't it be exciting to discover yourself what your seat really has on offer?

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 42):
Well, this J seat won best Business Class seat in the world, and indeed it deserves to be!

Speaking of my limited J experience, I can agree with the award.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 42):
As usual, nice TR and looking forward to your next journey.

Please enjoy the following series of my reports:
Bye Asia 1: Singapore To Doha With Qatar (by akhmad Oct 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Bye Asia 2: Private Cabin? DOH-MUC With QR In F (by akhmad Oct 24 2010 in Trip Reports)


Thanks again for dropping by.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:08 pm

Hi Suryo

finally my turn to reply on this also very detailed report. Great stuff on QR, definitely a top carrier in the skies. I really like the interiour, the B77W by itself and the onboard cuisine. On the other hand, the lounge offering is bad, to be honest. Also, the JAL signage at the lounge entrance can be removed now since the airline also discontinued flying to DPS.
I also wouldn't be to happy with the wordings of that ' official ' at the airport. Probably he never heard about being customer minded. You made a right decision not to listen to him.

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RE: Finally Asia Part 5: Bali To Singapore With QR

Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:41 pm

Hi Eric,

Thank you so much for your reply. You really make me happy. It has been a pleasure to share my QR experience with you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
On the other hand, the lounge offering is bad, to be honest. Also, the JAL signage at the lounge entrance can be removed now since the airline also discontinued flying to DPS.

Well observed. Too bad that the lounge proprietor does not pay attention to such little detail.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
I also wouldn't be to happy with the wordings of that ' official ' at the airport. Probably he never heard about being customer minded. You made a right decision not to listen to him.

Thank you. I was not amused by the official's attitude. Luckily Dewi was more aware of the situation and processing us correctly.

Thanks again for dropping by.

Cheers,
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