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A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 3:47 pm

Introduction



Welcome A.net mates,

Please join me in listening to the following:


Mamma
You gave life to me
Turned a baby into a lady

And mamma
All you had to offer
Was a promise of a lifetime of love

Now I know
There is no other
Love like a mother’s love for her child

And I know
Love so complete
Someday must leave
Must say goodbye

Goodbye’s the saddest word I'll ever hear
Goodbye’s the last time I will hold you near
Someday you’ll say that word and I will cry
It’ll break my heart to hear you say goodbye



Celine Dion’s song ‘Goodbye’s The Saddest Word’ as a daughter of her mother just befits my feeling as a son of my mother. With our last goodbye in August 2010, how eager I was to hold my mother again.



Travel arrangement



There are three airlines operating direct flights to Bandung from Singapore nowadays. Thanks to your recommendation, I decided on one which was yet unfamiliar to me.  




SilkAir



Attached to booking confirmation, our E-tickets were delivered. You just cannot mistake MI’s parent company.




Booking confirmation. Note Singapore Airlines background



Parents can be overprotective sometime.

You may deal with the child. But as soon as any deal is made, the parent moves in and no further inquiry is possible on the child website unless you are a member of the parent’s frequent flyer program KrisFlyer. The parent website is the place to go for non members.




Manage My Booking homepage



Seat selection as well as frequent flyer program editing feature is available. But in our case, we could neither choose any specific seat nor have the system retain our non Krisflyer membership details.

Furthermore, if we were into learning MI’s Economy product, we had to abandon the parent website as it only showed the following.




SQ onboard product



Rather odd, but by far not as complicated as what it reproduced at one stage due to technical issues.




Passenger detail section. Note my name with Herman’s date of birth



Our personal details got mixed up!   

On PH’s recommendation, I urged the parent to find out whether the correct details of ours were collected.

Ticketing Agent Karin confirmed it and indeed, her colleague at Changi airport, Customer Service Agent Joy, effortlessly issued our boarding passes two days before our departure.  





My boarding pass



“Unfortunately, we cannot take your luggage yet,” Joy reminded us.
“It does not matter. We still need our luggage anyway for our stay in Singapore. Thank you so far,”
“You are welcome,”

By that time, I was excited already that the time to get together with my mother was near.


Mates, will you join us?  
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 3:49 pm

Changi Airport Singapore






While The Merlion welcomed us in Singapore, another icon saw us off…




Eighty meter tall Air Traffic Control tower



While wondering where the two glorious days had gone, another joyful thought struck me as I entered Terminal 2.




FIDS overview



Close-up. Note MI’s code share partners for BDO



Ah, the glimpse of BDO


Halo-halo Bandung
Ibukota periangan
Halo-halo Bandung
Kota kenang-kenangan
Sudah lama beta
Tidak berjumpa dengan kau



A folk song ‘Halo-Halo Bandung’, created by Ismail Marzuki, which says in English:


Hello-hello Bandung
Capital of periangan
Hello-hello Bandung
City of memories
Long time
No see



Speaking of long time, do you believe me that it was my first time on Public Area of Terminal 2 after the opening on November 22, 1990?

Revitalizing treatment was obviously given to Terminal 2 after thirteen years of operation and completed in mid 2006.




Overview between check-in row 10 and 11. Note the glass ceiling



Row 11 for MI’s common check-in. Note the glass wall on the back to allow more lighting




Airport check in



Customer Service Agents Sabrina and Jasmine were guarding the entrance of cordoned area.

“Are you flying with SilkAir?”
“Yes,”

Sabrina waved us while Jasmine wished us a nice flight as we walked past her.  

With no one else in line, we proceeded to the front straight away where motherly Customer Service Agent Sarbanon happily assisted us.




Sarbanon’s screen counter



“Are you going to Bandung?”
“Yes,”
“Any luggage?”
“Yes, two,”

In the first instance, the weighing scale indicated 17.2 kilograms for our souvenir suitcase. But, when on the following it said 23.8 kilograms for our joint suitcase, I was shocked! We exceeded our baggage allowance for the first time, though slightly but how?   

Charming Sarbanon did not bother the slight overweight and sent both of our suitcases on without a word, but a brief smile.  

“You can go inside over there,” In Indonesian, Sarbanon showed me the direction to runway side entrance.
“Oh yes, thank you,” I was surprised, somehow pleasantly.  





Departure entrance



Upon a glance at our travel documents, Auxiliary Police Officer Surendran handed us over to Immigration Officer Nadimah.



Departure Transit Lounge



Nadimah swiftly cleared our way into Departure Transit Lounge so that we could further consult our flight detail…




FIDS



And figure out what to do with abundant two hours to go.




Visitor information pillar





O’Learys Sportsbar & Grill







As we were feeling peckish, O’Learys was just the first place to be.




Facade



Not only because of laidback service by charming waitress Mae, but also…




SilkAir 9V-SBE



Eva Air B-16310



Spotting opportunity while enjoying heavenly refreshment.  





Tiger beer



Chicken tender strips



Buffalo wings



After mealtime, I noticed some guests turn to…




Free internet kiosk



Or the neighboring…




Laptop access kiosk



Ignoring the other side of the glass.




Philippines RP-C8605



Apparently, not everyone recognized RP-C8605’s loyalty to PR since April 26, 2007.  

But, would we be unanimous about the beauty of…




Moth orchid



Which provided shelter to...




Koi carpers



In a place called…




Orchid Garden




Gate F52





Gate screen



Yet fifteen minutes to the gate opening…


But the love you giving me will always live
You'll always be there every time I fall
You are to me the greatest love of all

You take my weakness
and make me strong
And I will always love you
Till forever comes

And when you need me
I'll be there for you always
I'll be there your whole life through
I'll be there please stop crying it’s me, mamma



Soon on my way on board of…




9V-SBF. Note departing Korean Air HL7530



Relying on MI crew members, with among them…




Cabin Crew members Linda and Jerene



In the meantime, we made ourselves comfortable…




Gate overview



Fulfilling immigration formality…




Arrival and departure card



Custom declaration



Observing how some co-passengers preferred to kill the waiting time…




Free internet kiosk



While I cared more for window view.




9V-SBF, not the HSBC advertisement on the aerobridge   




Boarding



“Ladies and gentlemen, MI one nine six to Bandung is now ready for boarding. We would like to invite our PPS Club members and Business Class passengers to go on board now,”

What built up upon the call of Customer Service Agent Mohammed, was nothing compared to what we saw at Gate G7 of Schiphol three days earlier. But still, it was amusing to see so many PPS members and Business Class passengers around.   





Screen above the boarding path. Note the ‘Last Call’



Walking down the aerobridge, I was tempted to take another shot of 9V-SBF until a stern “NO PHOTO!” took me by surprise.

Apparently, a Police Officer was on duty halfway the aerobridge.   

I obeyed. Well, until a couple of meters further on…




Immaculate fuselage of 9V-SBF
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 3:54 pm

On board






Flights Status

Route: SINBDO
Date: 6 March 2012
ETD/ATD: 16.00 / 15.55
ETA/ATA: 16.50 / 16.55
Flight number: MI 196
Plane: Airbus 319-132
Registration: 9V-SBF
Delivered: 12 May 2007
Flight deck: Captain Thiagarajan Baskar



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“Welcome on board,” Singaporean Purser Desiree greeted us at the door.

Past J cabin, Singaporean Cabin Crew member Jasmine warmly welcomed us in Y cabin.




Backward cabin view



Very nice “Hello” from Malaysian Cabin Crew member Eldah as we found our row, made us feel even more welcome.  





Row 17



Sufficient legroom at 32 inch pitch



Out of the blue, Jerene darted to the cabin and took position at row 16.




Note Jasmine assisting a lady passenger and Jerene ready for help at 16D



Jasmine was struggling with the lady’s hand luggage in the first instance, but successfully dealing with it at the end. Could the lady get too carried away with her duty free shopping? 

“Excuse me. Is the emergency exit row still available?” Herman called Eldah as he noticed that the emergency exit row remained unoccupied.

“Just wait until the door is closed,”
“Alright,”

We did not have to wait any longer though.  

“You can move now,“
“Thank you,”

We happily switched to our new sanctuary…




Row 11



Where I made myself comfortable on…




11A



Next to…




Emergency exit



With masses of…




Legroom. Probably at 38 inch pitch



And honorary joint responsibility as Jasmine called upon us for emergency exit procedure. Our names were not mentioned during the crew introduction by Desiree though, but still.   

“Newspapers?” Jasmine dropped by with an array of international gazettes.
“No, thank you. I have got something nice to read already,” I replied.




In-flight magazine



With a fanfare of IAE V2524-A5 twins during pushback, in-flight safety video was broadcasted.




In-flight safety video on drop down screen



Safety card was on hand…




Front page



Back page



Especially with our responsibility for…




Emergency evacuation



“I will be seated next to you during takeoff and landing,” Jasmine unexpectedly joined us.

Well, what do you know? With Jasmine on 11C, we were more than prepared for any emergency situation!  

Around crucial moment of …




Lining up on 02C – 20C runway



Until…




Lift off at 16.10





In flight



As soon as fasten seat belt signs were extinguished, Jasmine sprung into action along with her colleagues.

She soon returned with a stack of immigration cards for those who yet needed them. For me, she got a piece of paper with full name of our Captain written on it.

“Actually, we just call him Captain. But I will get his name for you,”

Jasmine was true to her word upon my inquiry sometime earlier.  

After special meal distribution, Eldah and Jasmine rolled regular meal trolley down the aisle.




Regular meal tray set



“What would you like to eat? Chicken with rice or seafood pasta?”

SilkAir indeed had Oriental and Western choices on offer.  

“Chicken with rice, please,”




Chicken with rice for me



“Sure. How about you, Sir?”
“Seafood pasta, please,”




Seafood pasta for Herman



“Anything to drink?”
“Do you have red wine?”
“Yes. Red wine for you, Sir?”
“Yes, please,”
“Sure. And how about you, Sir?”
“Also red wine, please,”



Red wine



Soon enough, it was time for tray recollection.

As Eldah and Jerene worked their way backwards, Jasmine followed in a distance to allow those who were not ready yet as Eldah and Jerene walked past them, finish their meal properly.

“Do you want more red wine?”
“Yes, please,”

I was about stopping Jasmine as she reached for my glass.

“I will get you a new one,” She said with a smile and kept her promise soon after.  

After mealtime, co-passengers made themselves comfortable.




Slanted forward view from row 11



Cabin overview



Some had to attend to nature call…




Lavatory pan



Wash their hands…




Washbasin



And dry them off.




Tissue box holder



Jasmine walked through the cabin promoting in-flight duty free shop…




Sky Shop



While collecting empty glasses on her way.

“Sir, may I?”
“Anymore?”
“No, thank you,”

Captain Baskar was on the microphone as 9V-SBF made landfall.




Bay off Blanakan



“We will be descending in five minutes. I hope you enjoy your flight so far and thank you for flying with us,”

The cabin got prepared for landing. Soon enough, fasten seat belt signs were illuminated.

Lovely Jasmine dropped by Mr. 11F who was asleep, collected his empty glass and stowed his tray table.  




Landing



Jasmine secured herself back on 11C.

“How was your meal?”
“The pasta was nice. A bit too much garlic to my liking,”
“And how about you, Sir?”
“The garlic was also abundantly present in my tender chicken sauce, but it went perfectly with the well cooked vegetables. As they were rightly less flavored, you just yearned for another taste explosion. Overall, it was delightful!”

Meanwhile, the sight of extensive built up area dominated the view outside.




Raya Mosque with two minarets and red roofed Pasar Baru, just behind the flaps



Bandung, we were coming!  





Touchdown at 16.55



What a relief that we made it safely to BDO.   

As 9V-SBF taxied into the apron…




Hangar D of PT Dirgantara Indonesia. Note the scorched part on the left



I could not help getting reminded of the crash landing of an Indonesian Air Force Fokker 27 on April 6, 2009 during bad weather which killed all twenty four people on board.  





Turning into a complete stop. Note Mount Tangkuban Perahu on the background




Disembarking



The fasten seat belt signs were just extinguished as co-passengers fetched their belongings from overhead bins.




Cabin scene



We remained seated until the crowd in the aisle cleared a bit.   

“Mind your step. The stair is lower than the door,” Eldah smiled at me as I exited from 2L door.
“Oh, thank you,”

Too bad, Jasmine took her position elsewhere so that I could not bid her farewell properly.  

Anyway, thanks to Eldah, I did not trip as an mesmerizing view struck me…




Welcome to Bandara Husein Sastranegara Bandung



With more to follow downstairs…




Under wing shot. Inspired by Markus (FLIEGER67)



Tail shot



‘No pictures!’ I could yet hear the SIN Police Officer yell at me…




Majestic 9V-SBF



Luckily, I was at BDO by then!  

Where no one bothered me capturing a milestone of the airport.




9V-SBF alongside Indonesia AirAsia A320



After the thickening of 2,244 meter runway from Pavement Classification Number 37 to PCN 52 and a successful test on April 5, 2011, BDO is declared capable of accommodating larger narrow bodies like A320 families.  
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 3:58 pm

Husein Sastranegara International Airport



I wish the capability would extend to International Arrival terminal.

Look what we got to see some fifteen minutes after disembarking.  





Immigration queue



The queue somewhat moved by a single inch as every minute ticked by.   

The first step of immigration process was just due fifteen minutes later.



Visa on Arrival counter. Note the list of accepted foreign notes



A list of Visa on Arrival eligible countries was displayed on the opposite.




Cambodia (number 28) and Laos (number 32) are now exempted for visa, while Turkey (number 65) is added to the list



Application fee of USD 25 can only be paid by cash.




Payment receipt



Apparently, not everyone was aware of the procedure. One gentleman in the queue did not have any cash at all as Herman told me later on.

But, what do you think if an Immigration Officer just escorted the gentleman to the nearest ATM on public side and guided him back with the needed cash to his former spot in the queue?  

I wish the Immigration authority was as accommodating as their officers since Officer Marwoto had to handle the second step for passengers with foreign passports on his own after arrival of 9V-SBF and QZ A320 from Kuala Lumpur.

At 18.05, we were legal to enter Indonesia…




My visa



With only our hand luggage being scanned.  





Public side




Sensa Hotel Bandung



What a feeling!

Front Office Agent Marissa assigned us a Senior Executive room on the twelfth floor…




Room entrance



To discover the feeling behind the door.  





Double bed



Facing…




Sitting area



With around the corner…




Writing table



And further on to freshen up before calling it a day.




Washbasin incorporated in long table with niches underneath. Note the separate toilet



Rain shower behind the glass divider



What a feeling of waking up at sunrise…




Bedside window view



City overview with Parang Mount in the background on the right



And getting hungry for breakfast.   

At Life Green Restaurant on the third floor, friendly Waitress Dahlia lead us to…




Outside dining area



And invited us to visit the buffet of Asian…




Lontong with simmered pumpkin



Turmeric rice and golden fried rice



Beef with mushroom and country potato



And Western dishes.



Salad and cold cuts



With corner of …




Sweets



And…




Cereals, milk, juices and water



What a feeling of savoring full Asian breakfast after quite a while.




My serving with a glass of guava juice



But the greatest feeling of all…




My mother and I



’Till we meet again…
Until then…
Goodbye...





Conclusion




First of all, my gratitude to
Herman for being a great travel companion and his care for my mother.

Secondly, I wish to thank
Sarbanon, for accommodating us at Changi;
Jasmine, for taking good care of us on board.


My appreciation for Nils (Sultanils) for musical inspiration of trip reporting.

Furthermore, I wish to thank
Mae, for being a nice host at O’Learys;
Dahlia, for her hospitality at Sensa Hotel.


Last but not least, my gratitude to all of you for joining me from Singapore to Bandung to my mother. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the third part of my journey to The Land Down Under.

Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions or questions. I am sure there is always room for improvement on my writings.


Warmest regards,
Suryo
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 4:11 pm

Hi Suryo,

Very nice report and pictures as usual.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Charming Sarbanon did not bother the slight overweight and sent both of our suitcases on without a word, but a brief smile.  

That's real nice of her!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Eva Air B-16310

I remember this. I was at the T1 Viewing mall that day waiting for it to taxi past, but unfortunately it landed on 02C.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Walking down the aerobridge, I was tempted to take another shot of 9V-SBF until a stern “NO PHOTO!” took me by surprise.

Apparently, a Police Officer was on duty halfway the aerobridge.  

I am surprised someone actually forbid you to take any photographs. I've never encountered that in SIN before.

The Minced Chicken looks decent, and the service on board sounds excellent too! Haven't flown on SilkAir before, don't mind giving them a try.

Looking forward to more reports!

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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 4:16 pm

Hi Suryo,

what a nice surprise to find your latest report here! Great work again, I really enjoyed reading! Nice to see you chose Silk Air - that carrier is still missing in my log. I wish they introduced PTVs.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
On PH’s recommendation, I urged the parent to find out whether the correct details of ours were collected.

Good!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Observing how some co-passengers preferred to kill the waiting time…

The kiosks are nice indeed. But you get hit by cold air at many places - who knows whether that happens on purpose.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Walking down the aerobridge, I was tempted to take another shot of 9V-SBF until a stern “NO PHOTO!” took me by surprise.

Apparently, a Police Officer was on duty halfway the aerobridge.

Oh no, can't they just relax and let us take our pictures?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Chicken with rice for me
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Seafood pasta for Herman

Honestly, both meals don't look appealing, but good to hear you enjoyed them.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Where no one bothered me capturing a milestone of the airport.

  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My mother and I

Great picture!


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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 4:19 pm

Suryo, I was just thinking a few minutes back about the next stages of your report, and when I hit the refresh page, there you were!! So glad to see how you dedicated this to your mum, and how wonderful that you are reunited with her. Looking forward to your next journey to Down Under!!
 
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 4:27 pm

Hey Suryo,

Excellent report as usual,

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Celine Dion’s song ‘Goodbye’s The Saddest Word’ as a daughter of her mother just befits my feeling as a son of my mother. With our last goodbye in August 2010, how eager I was to hold my mother again.

   I remember back in 2007, when my mom moved here in NYC to work as a teacher, leaving us behind. I am really close to my mother, and it was one of the saddest feelings in the world. My dad and I originally planned to follow her a year after she left, but when my dad went on a business trip for 2 weeks and I was left alone with my aunt, I dropped out of school because I couldn't stop crying. The following week, my mom bought us a one-way ticket on EY to JFK via AUH 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
After mealtime, I noticed some guests turn to…

Will be in SIN in August and September, looking forward to using these! But only one complaint....NO SEATS?!   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Walking down the aerobridge, I was tempted to take another shot of 9V-SBF until a stern “NO PHOTO!” took me by surprise.

 


It's great to hear that you had a great experience with MI. I'm flying with them this August from SIN to CEB. I'm a bit worried that our SQ flight from JFK/FRA lands at 6:35am, and our MI flights departs at 9:05am but I see that they board their flights an hour before departure! Do you think we'll have enough time to eat and explore a bit? It's also nice to hear that you got the exit row seats, hopefully I'll get the same seats when I fly with MI!  

Once again, great report, you made me even more excited for my trip!

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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 5:07 pm

Hi Suryo,

excellent as always!

And I'm sure the experience was great, as the anticipation of seeing your loved one will certainly have helped!

SIN looks spotless, well organised, as we would expect - though I'm disappointed that there too you are directed through the duty free shop to arrive airside.

Silkair look to be just as good on the service level as their parent company. Again you had excellent crews. Like I said before, I can't remember you having a bad crew!

I don't see the UK amongst the list of visa on arrival countries for Indonesia - unless I'm going blind! I don't recall having to buy one on my only visit there in 2002 (only Bali I'm afraid). Do you know if we are visa free, or visa in advance only?

Thanks again for the report, and looking forward earnestly to the next leg down to Australia!

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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 5:58 pm

As always awesome trip report!

Is that normal with Silk Air for a FA to sit in the exit row with PAX?
 
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 6:27 pm

Hi Suryo

Great report, just right for a quiet Sunday evening read on the sofa!

Silk Air look quite good, I like the colours of their seats. And the food looks quite good as well. I think I would have gone for the chicken as well.

Cheers,
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 6:39 pm

Another trip report by the master himself. You have raised the bar for everyone. The detail along with the photos makes me feel that I really was along for the ride.
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 7:01 pm

Hi Suryo!

Thanks for an excellent report with excellent pictures as always!

Great to see SIN again since I was there so recently. Also nice to see HL7530 which was my first 777 ride on another airline than United. Flew SEL (Gimpo) to PUS in May97.

The flight attendants look VERY attractive even just that back part.....

The colors of the cabin look great but a stain would very clearly stand out so MI need to make sure the aircraft are kept clean.

Very odd with four flight attendants and very unusual for a F/A to take a seat in the cabin. I guess it makes sense on a short flight so that she is positioned to start service right away when the other F/A shows up with the cart. Or perhaps she was a trainee?

Food doesn't look good at all but at least it was free.

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
I don't see the UK amongst the list of visa on arrival countries for Indonesia - unless I'm going blind! I don't recall having to buy one on my only visit there in 2002 (only Bali I'm afraid). Do you know if we are visa free, or visa in advance only?

I think "Inggriss" might mean English (England) and you therefore you'd be excempt.

Very nice picture of you and your mom.

I'm looking forward to this continuing story!

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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun May 20, 2012 7:53 pm

Hi Suryo,

Nice read and great pictures, as usual!  

Good to see you catching up with your mum, with the distance involved these moments are special.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Spotting opportunity while enjoying heavenly refreshment

- Excellent, beer and spotting, what more can one ask?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Walking down the aerobridge, I was tempted to take another shot of 9V-SBF until a stern “NO PHOTO!” took me by surprise.

Apparently, a Police Officer was on duty halfway the aerobridge.  

- Seriously, give it a rest, a picture of the plane you are getting on is not an issue, even non spotters take pictures of their 'holiday' jet!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“I will be seated next to you during takeoff and landing,” Jasmine unexpectedly joined us.

- Most unusual, not come across that before.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“What would you like to eat? Chicken with rice or seafood pasta?”

- Food looked ok for this short trip, nice the crew were attentive and offered refills on the drinks.

Cheers

Mark
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Mon May 21, 2012 5:31 am

Hi Suryo,

Great 3rd Installment of your series. Good to see MI in a report, we don't usually see them too often in the TR forum.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Excuse me. Is the emergency exit row still available?” Herman called Eldah as he noticed that the emergency exit row remained unoccupied.

“Just wait until the door is closed,”
“Alright,”

We did not have to wait any longer though.  

“You can move now,“
“Thank you,”

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“I will be seated next to you during takeoff and landing,” Jasmine unexpectedly joined us.

Quite odd.. Didn't it feel quite awkward taking photos with her in your row?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
What would you like to eat? Chicken with rice or seafood pasta?”

Both meals look very nice, quite substantial for a relatively short flight.

Regards,
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Mon May 21, 2012 6:22 am

Hi Suryo,
How nice to see your next instalment posted. Well described and accompanied by some very good photos.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The parent website is the place to go for non members.

What a strange arrangement: I would have expected it to be the other way round.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our personal details got mixed up!

How is this possible? A glitsch in the system or data input error?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
We exceeded our baggage allowance for the first time, though slightly but how?

Too much shopping, maybe. Or maybe you were both wearing less clothing than when you left the NL.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Public Area of Terminal 2

Thank goodness: none of the dreadful carpets for which Changi is famous, at least until you get to the departures area. 
The free wifi and the beautiful orchid gardens and fishponds are a bonus.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
But still, it was amusing to see so many PPS members and Business Class passengers around.

They're growing in number all the time it seems. Mind you, as more people fly more frequently, we can expect that to happen.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
until a stern “NO PHOTO!” took me by surprise.

Really? The only place that ever happened to me was at IST following a fire in one of the terminal buildings some years ago. Perhaps at SIN they don't like people holding up the flow of passengers boarding the aircraft. Or maybe, the guy was just bored.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Very nice “Hello”

How welcoming and it puts you at ease straight away.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“You can move now,“

Cool. Even without the extra space, the legroom aboard looks reasonable.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
And honorary joint responsibility as Jasmine called upon us for emergency exit procedure.

A serious one that you would hope that you never need to carry out.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“I will be seated next to you during takeoff and landing,” Jasmine unexpectedly joined us.

Nice opportunity to chat a bit more. You had no problems taking photos with her sitting there, it would appear.
The seating material looks both classy and restful. It is difficult to believe that the aircraft is five years old. Has it been refurbished? The meals are quite impressive for a short flight. Some of our members get excited about a "free" cup of coffee on board: they would be in heaven to receive something like what you did. Nice to be able to walk around the plane and take pictures on the ground, too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
The first step of immigration process was just due fifteen minutes later.

I love the professional looking signs. It is interesting to see the local naming and spelling of the countries on the visa on arrival list: Belanda, Aljazair, Mesir and my favourite, Selandia Baru.
As usual, you managed to find some very comfortable accommodation. The room looks smart and the breakfast offerings appealing.

But the best came at last. Suryo, how nice it is to see you and your mother looking so happy. I hope that you have many opportunities to visit her again.

Best wishes,
Roy / Quokka

[Edited 2012-05-20 23:33:56]
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Mon May 21, 2012 8:27 am

Hi Suryo,

Another delightful installment, as always.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
While wondering where the two glorious days had gone, another joyful thought struck me as I entered Terminal 2.

After only having experienced SIN T3, it's good to see T2 (although T3 definitely looks nicer!). The old FIDS boards are a joy though.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Apparently, a Police Officer was on duty halfway the aerobridge.

I obeyed. Well, until a couple of meters further on…

That's the trip reporter spirit!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I will be seated next to you during takeoff and landing,” Jasmine unexpectedly joined us.

Nice, but also quite unusual. Any explanation given for why that happened?

The meal looks rather generous for the short flight, so thumbs up to SilkAir here.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A list of Visa on Arrival eligible countries was displayed on the opposite.

Quite an interesting list, I like the use of Finlandia.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Apparently, not everyone was aware of the procedure. One gentleman in the queue did not have any cash at all as Herman told me later on.

I'm sorry, but I really don't understand this kind of thing. How can you travel with no cash?

As for your hotel Suryo, wow! The room, the view, the breakfast buffet....just wonderful.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

But the greatest feeling of all…

That picture needs no words.

Happy flying
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Mon May 21, 2012 11:45 am

Nice little report on Silkair, thanks for posting Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Furthermore, if we were into learning MI’s Economy product, we had to abandon the parent website as it only showed the following.

That's poor IT from SQ

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Observing how some co-passengers preferred to kill the waiting time…

I love that they bhave these internet points, but the lack for free wifi is a bit annoying

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“What would you like to eat? Chicken with rice or seafood pasta?”
SilkAir indeed had Oriental and Western choices on offer.
“Chicken with rice, please,”

Very nice to get a choice of hot meals on such a short flight
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Mon May 21, 2012 12:14 pm

Hi Suryo,

Singapore, SilkAir and Bandung - all new to me but thanks to your report I now know them much better. As always it was a pleasure following you and Herman on your journey - well done!

Then the big question: if you name an airline SilkAir then it is only natural that expectations are high. So was flying SilkAir smooth as silk? It is impossible for me to answer that question but judging your writings at least they were a touch of silk with some nice crew members onboard. And that is all that matters, no?

And do I need to say that that the lyrics you have quoted in this song (kudos to Nils for the concept) are very fitting? I must say I have started listening to the song of Celine Dion you mentioned yourself and it really has a deeper meaning.

A couple of things I could not be without noticing:

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Attached to booking confirmation, our E-tickets were delivered. You just cannot mistake MI%u2019s parent company.

See, SQ cares about its baby. Just like there is a very strong bond between Blue1 and SAS.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
we had to abandon the parent website as it only showed the following.

So the actual offered product onboard SilkAir is a hidden secret?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Orchid Garden

This if something proves that there is no other airport in the world that is like Changi!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Out of the blue, Jerene darted to the cabin and took position at row 16.

More like out of the green?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Chicken with rice for me

Seems like simple is beautiful! Good to hear you enjoyed the meal.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“The garlic was also abundantly present in my tender chicken sauce, but it went perfectly with the well cooked vegetables. As they were rightly less flavored, you just yearned for another taste explosion. Overall, it was delightful!”

How did she react on this detailed description of yours?  

By the way, it seems like there was no problems with you taking photos despite having one of the SilkAir crew members in 11C during landing?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A list of Visa on Arrival eligible countries was displayed on the opposite.

We're on the list as well!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
%u2019Till we meet again%u2026
Until then%u2026
Goodbye...

 

What a fitting and touching ending to this great report.

Until the next part (that I am eagerly awaiting),

Best wishes,
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Mon May 21, 2012 2:02 pm

Haai Suryo,

Many thanks for another tale of romance from the skies (and beyond  ). I’m glad you got to enjoy your flight of Singapore Airlines’ sister (or brother). I can easily understand you getting quite excited on this one since the grand finale would be a reunion with your beloved mother!
Btw am I missing something here as to the meaning of the catch phrase in your title  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our personal details got mixed up!

If it all was entered in a system, how could that happen ? 

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A folk song Halo-Halo Bandung, created by Ismail Marzuki, which says in English:

A very appropriate song Suryo and I’m glad you translated it because my Indonesian - or whatever language that is - is not the best.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
But still, it was amusing to see so many PPS members and Business Class passengers around.

So many of those? Is Bandung an important economic/financial/... hub then?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I obeyed. Well, until a couple of meters further on

Don’t you just hate those people telling you off when making a photo. I mean, it’s just a photo! He didn’t say the magic words ‘9/11’ now did he 

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
With masses of

Urgh, those seat colours are not to my liking   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
%u201CI will be seated next to you during takeoff and landing,%u201D Jasmine unexpectedly joined us.

Well, what do you know? With Jasmine on 11C, we were more than prepared for any emergency situation!

That is not common practice on any airline now is it? Aren’t they obliged to be seated in their jumpseats?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Cabin overview

Yep, definitely not my cup of tea, colour-wise that is.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
as an mesmerizing view struck me%u2026

Alert! Photo dèja-vu   Now I can see it in it’s context  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
But, what do you think if an Immigration Officer just escorted the gentleman to the nearest ATM on public side and guided him back with the needed cash to his former spot in the queue?

That is one hell of a friendly Immigration Officer, but I guess he wouldn’t do that if every single passenger had no cash on him/her.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
But the greatest feeling of all%u2026

Nice photo! De kers op de taart  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My appreciation for Nils (Sultanils) for musical inspiration of trip reporting.

My pleasure Suryo and as said: I’m glad I could be of inspiration for you  

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Tue May 22, 2012 1:38 am

Silk Air reports are indeed rare, so thanks a ton for sharing this with us. I am impressed by MI's service as I always thought it was a step down from SQ ... however, it seems just like SQ on a regional route. With the advent of Scoot, I wonder what the brand position of MI is going to be, and the reason for MI in the first instance.

Great to see a picture of your mom ... she must be a proud A.Net mother  .

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Tue May 22, 2012 12:34 pm

Hi Suryo

Great report, thanks for sharing this one.
I'm quite impressed by Silkair. They seem to be miles ahead of Jetstar and Air Asia X.
Legroom seems pretty impressive, any ideas why the flight attendant took a passenger seat instead of a jumpseat on takeoff and landing.
Thanks for the Changi pics as well.

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Tue May 22, 2012 12:37 pm

Hi Suryo,

what stunning reports you have shared with us of your recent trip to South East Asia, this one is no exception! Thanks a lot for completing this.

Silkair seems to offer a pretty good product on those routes.

I loved the picture of the visa-on-arrival list. Seems kind of improvised there but the immigration process works out nevertheless and the officers seem to welcome everyone to their country with a helping hand. Maybe you show us some more pictures of Indonesia in your next report? I am already looking forward to it!
 
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Tue May 22, 2012 12:46 pm

Hi Suryo

A very nice surprise !

I very much enjoyed your latest report - the usual very high standard with lots of great pics. As others have mentioned, MI reports are not that common here so it's nice to see you covering your flight to Bandung in such detail.

I remember when Silkair were first established - weren't they originally branded "Tradewinds" or am I making that up? Nice to see there is a high standard of service onboard - even for short flights like yours.

Great that you got to see your mum as well! I also know what it's like to be separated by 1000s of miles from loved ones. Hope you had a very nice time with her and look forward to the next chapter.

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Tue May 22, 2012 4:01 pm

Hi Suryo...

You did very well with this flight! Excellent...

Silk Air has such a great name and by the looks of it a classy brand too.

Your meals looked good given the sector length and what I saw of the FA's they were very pretty.

More-over your hotel. Wow! And I always like the detailed food photos...

Luke

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Tue May 22, 2012 6:10 pm

Hey Suryo  

Another great report. Love the interiors of Silk Air . Some nice food pictures also .

The highlight is the photo of you and your Mum she looked very happy so thats the most important thing !  

Cant wait to see the next report from you .

Kind Regards

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Tue May 22, 2012 10:26 pm

Hey Suryo, once again a fantastic report! Nice to see you and your beloved mother reunited after such a long time!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
But in our case, we could neither choose any specific seat nor have the system retain our non Krisflyer membership details.

Well good that you didn't bother with joining Kris Flyer, since it's the worst FFP in the entire *A... Even LH M&M beats it by longshots!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
While The Merlion welcomed us in Singapore, another icon saw us off…

Ah looks very similar to the tower at AMS. Suppose the architects who designed SIN took lots of inspiration and blueprints from Schipol.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
As we were feeling peckish, O’Learys was just the first place to be.

Had no idea they had O'Learys in Singapore! Thought it was just a local chain we had here  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
In the meantime, we made ourselves comfortable…

Hmm is that Herman making an a.net appearance? 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Where I made myself comfortable on…

Wow, so the seats had both armrest and seatback tray tables? What luxury!  

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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Wed May 23, 2012 4:13 pm

Hi Suryo!
Thanks for your great report!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Backward cabin view

I like their interior! It's so cozy!! Also nice to hear about Silkair's good service.

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Fri May 25, 2012 3:10 pm

Excellent trip report as always Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Walking down the aerobridge, I was tempted to take another shot of 9V-SBF until a stern "NO PHOTO!" took me by surprise.

Strange, we were all snapping away without any issues back in April on our way down the jetway.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
We happily switched to our new sanctuary

Don't you just love it when that happens?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Chicken with rice for me

I myself have never been a large fan of SIN catering when it comes to economy but that certainly looks decent.

I have not had the pleasure of flying Silk Air but their service definitely looks top notch. The crew definitely seem of the same calibre as Silk Air's parent company. I can't imagine how happy your mother must have been to see you. Hope you had a fantastic visit back home.
 
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Sat May 26, 2012 2:39 am

Hi Suryo!

Thanks for the great trip report!
Nice to see photos of T2, the only SIN terminal i havent flown to or from yet
I really like the MI seatcovers. They look very upmarket and classy like they should be being an SQ subsidary. I do think though that they should start installing PTV's on their fleet.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Well good that you didn't bother with joining Kris Flyer, since it's the worst FFP in the entire *A... Even LH M&M beats it by longshots!

That award goes to NZ Airpoints
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Sun May 27, 2012 2:32 pm

Hello Suryo.

Another very enjoyable installment from you. It was very nice to read about your pleasant experience on Silkair, that meal looks nice. Good to see you were able to secure seats at the emergency exit row. That usually makes a flight even more enjoyable.
Also nice that you got reunited with your mother, today is Mothers Day in Sweden so it was very appropriate for me to read this report today.  

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Sun May 27, 2012 8:58 pm

Hoi, Suryo,

what a great story. Really well done.
I like that perfectly fitting combination of photos and logos.
It seems Silkair doing well on you´re flight and really good to see you´re succesful family meeting.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Under wing shot. Inspired by Markus (FLIEGER67)

That´s what I like.

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Mon May 28, 2012 9:30 am

Hi Suryo,

Once again I'm impressed by your report on MI, SQ's regional wing. MI's new "autumn" scheme looks pretty refreshing, as with my flight back in October 2010 when I got 9V-SBG which also has the new interiors. It seem like we had similar encounters. I got switched to seat 11A after takeoff.

Both oriental and western options look pretty nice and I'm sure they taste just as nice.

Interesting that the F/A sat on 11C. On my flight the F/A was stationed at 11D instead. Great that you got to disembark by stairs at BDO! I would definitely love to experience that again someday. It feels so special standing so close to the plane and listening to the APU.

The hotel in Bandung looks amazing. You're definitely an expert at looking for accomodation!

Hereby signing off and wishing you, Herman and your mother good health always.  

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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Mon May 28, 2012 11:12 am

Hi Suryo,

great story again, really enjoyed it to follow your travels through Asia. And definitely nice service here with SilkAir, the food looks really good. But then again given its parent company SQ one might expect that. And lucky you that you could manage to get some exit row seats. But even on the other rows seat pitch looked ok.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“I will be seated next to you during takeoff and landing,” Jasmine unexpectedly joined us.

Interesting to have a FA sitting next to you on the exit row, somehow nice. Very good that she obviously didn't care about you taking pictures during take-off   ...

Also very nice to read that you met your mother, I am sure both of you were very excited   ...

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Mon May 28, 2012 1:27 pm

Hi Suryo,

Great trip report as usual! Silk Air seems decent on this shorter Asian sectors.
And great that you got to meet your mother again!
 
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Tue May 29, 2012 9:51 am

Guten Abend Suryo,

nice to see another part of your TR series online. I have enjoyed reading it.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
issued our boarding passes two days before our departure.

That is quite a while before your flight.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Charming Sarbanon did not bother the slight overweight

It sure is a nice thing of her.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Tiger beer

Pre-flight drink   ?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Seafood pasta for Herman

Herman has made a great choice. It looks very tasty.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My mother and I

Very nice picture, Suryo.


It was worth my time waiting for your TR. Keep up the good work.


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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Wed May 30, 2012 10:47 am

Hi Suryo,

Another interesting report of yours, thanks for sharing. Service and meals looked good for the shortish hop.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Ticketing Agent Karin confirmed it and indeed, her colleague at Changi airport, Customer Service Agent Joy, effortlessly issued our boarding passes two days before our departure.

That's great service.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):

“How was your meal?”
“The pasta was nice. A bit too much garlic to my liking,”
“And how about you, Sir?”
“The garlic was also abundantly present in my tender chicken sauce, but it went perfectly with the well cooked vegetables. As they were rightly less flavored, you just yearned for another taste explosion. Overall, it was delightful!”

I don't think I've ever read a description like it about an Economy meal! Let alone someone describing a F meal!  

I'm surprised that the FA didn't mention anything about your photo taking during landing! I've come across far too many who would probably tell me off for doing so..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
A list of Visa on Arrival eligible countries was displayed on the opposite.

Needs updating! New Zealand isn't even up there!


The hotel looks very nice too.

Thanks again, looking forward to the next part!


Cheers,
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Wed May 30, 2012 11:09 am

Nicholas,

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 35):
New Zealand isn't even up there!

Yes it is. Try Selandia Baru at number 54.  
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Wed May 30, 2012 7:47 pm

Great report!
I may be in Bandung within a few months. I have a frienf there that I want to visit.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Beef with mushroom and country potato

Not that is something to look forward to!   
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Wed May 30, 2012 10:43 pm

Hi Suryo,

Late reply, but hopefully better late than never!

Good to read about your flight from SIN to BDO. Indonesian aviation is something really interesting to me. And luckily, there have been a lot of reports recently dealing with this subject.

SQ's "child" SilkAir looks decent, and definitely above most airlines I usually fly, hehe.

Good TR, thanks for your attention details and nice style. I really enjoy reading your reports.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My mother and I

What a lovely picture, Suryo  


All the best,
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Thu May 31, 2012 4:39 am

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 36):
Yes it is. Try Selandia Baru at number 54.

Hmm, I wonder how many kiwis understand Indonesian..  
Though chances are they'll be entering the country via CGK or DPS and surely they have one in English!
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Thu May 31, 2012 4:19 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 37):
Not that is something to look forward to!

Typo on my part.
That was to say; Now that is something to look forward to!
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:24 pm

Hi Suryo,

pardon my delay in replying to your lovely documentary of this little boutique airline from my home country! I'm still extremely jetlagged from my trip!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
With our last goodbye in August 2010, how eager I was to hold my mother again.

I played Celine Dion's Goodbye's (The Saddest Word) to accompany my reading of your TR... Its so nice to hear that you will be with your Mom once again!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I decided on one which was yet unfamiliar to me.

The most app decision for any aviation enthusiast  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
A folk song %u2018Halo-Halo Bandung%u2019, created by Ismail Marzuki

Really appropriate song indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Spotting opportunity while enjoying heavenly refreshment.

haha.. I love this discreet angle of someone familiar  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Buffalo wings

Oh my, this looks so delicious!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Koi carpers

Good photo of these frisky little creatures. I know how hard is it to take a decent shot of these camera-shy fish when they never stop moving!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Cabin Crew members Linda and Jerene

I love cabin crew shots from this angle. Really shows the glamourous side of being a cabin crew as they sashay their way to the boarding gate!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Walking down the aerobridge, I was tempted to take another shot of 9V-SBF until a stern %u201CNO PHOTO!%u201D took me by surprise. Apparently, a Police Officer was on duty halfway the aerobridge.

Well, that's a taste of nanny-state Singapore for you. Personally, I've never encountered trouble but I am familiar with how Police Officers here like to push their weight around, really makes your blood boil sometimes but whats a civilian gotta do!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
We happily switched to our new sanctuary%u2026

Good for both of ya!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Row 11

haha, first time I see someone studying his safety card so intensively!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Legroom. Probably at 38 inch pitch

thats as good as business  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
%u201CI will be seated next to you during takeoff and landing,%u201D Jasmine unexpectedly joined us.

haha.. Did you have trouble taking photos of take-off with her nearby?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
A list of Visa on Arrival eligible countries was displayed on the opposite.

Haha... I was quite bemused that the list of countries was in Bahasa Indonesia. Shouldn't it be in English for the sake of the passengers? But interesting board indeed, rare to ever see this in any airport!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Washbasin incorporated in long table with niches underneath. Note the separate toilet

Wow, it looks so contemporary!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Rain shower behind the glass divider

I really love rain showers!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
And invited us to visit the buffet of Asian%u2026

The buffet spread looks really good indeed! Looks so much better than breakfast at most hotels I've ever patronised (Also, it has a certain resemblence to airport business lounges as well!)!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
My mother and I

I must say, you took the same photo a year back but you look so much happier in this photo. Its really heartening to see a mother and son reunited again and you can really tell the joy from the glow in your Mom's and your eyes! Beautiful photo, Suryo!  

I must say a big thank you for featuring my home airport and even providing facts which I didn't know about Changi! Really lovely that you've added Silkair to your a.net museum-worthy of reviews, its been a long time since I've flown with Silkair but I can really get a great sense of how Silkair service is like onboard!

The hotel you've stayed in looks amazing indeed. Was it the same hotel as your previous trip? What a great place to rest after the flight! Was it very pricey? It certainly looked very luxurious!

Really happy for you that you've got back home to reunite with your Mom, it never was a goodbye, just a temporary hiatus and regardless of the good and the bad in the journey to see her, it heartens me that it makes you so happy at the end of each annual pilgrimage!

Last but not least, you really are a mould of your Mom! I see the resemblence in so many ways, but especially in your eyes.  

Thanks so much for sharing your joy with us!

Bests,
Gavin
They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
 
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:18 pm

Dear WH, PH, flightsimboy, Jezrel, signol, burj, William, TEW, Lars, Mark, aflyingkiwi, Roy, Hannah, Gabriel, 717Flyer, Nils, Alex, Marc, volvair, palmjet, Luke, Philip, Jonas, Anastasia, Anosh, byronicle6, Martin, Markus, Daniel, CaptainRed, Robert, Daniel, Nicholas, Superfly, Alex, Gavin

Thank you so much for your replies. I am truly overwhelmed by your kindness.  



WH, PH, Jezrel, signol, burj, William, Lars, Mark, aflyingkiwi, Roy, Hannah, Gabriel, 717Flyer, Nils, Alex, Marc, volvair, palmjet, Luke, Philip, Jonas, Anastasia, Anosh, byronicle6, Martin, Markus, CaptainRed, Robert, Daniel, Nicholas, Superfly:

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
Very nice report and pictures as usual.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
what a nice surprise to find your latest report here! Great work again, I really enjoyed reading!
Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
Excellent report as usual,
Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
Once again, great report, you made me even more excited for my trip!
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
excellent as always!
Quoting burj (Reply 9):
As always awesome trip report!
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Great report, just right for a quiet Sunday evening read on the sofa!
Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Thanks for an excellent report with excellent pictures as always!
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Nice read and great pictures, as usual!  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Great 3rd Installment of your series
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Good to see MI in a report, we don't usually see them too often in the TR forum.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
How nice to see your next instalment posted. Well described and accompanied by some very good photos.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Another delightful installment, as always.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
Nice little report on Silkair, thanks for posting Suryo!
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
Singapore, SilkAir and Bandung - all new to me but thanks to your report I now know them much better. As always it was a pleasure following you and Herman on your journey - well done!
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Many thanks for another tale of romance from the skies (and beyond   ).
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 20):
Silk Air reports are indeed rare, so thanks a ton for sharing this with us.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Great report, thanks for sharing this one.
Quoting volvair (Reply 22):
what stunning reports you have shared with us of your recent trip to South East Asia, this one is no exception! Thanks a lot for completing this.
Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
A very nice surprise !

I very much enjoyed your latest report - the usual very high standard with lots of great pics. As others have mentioned, MI reports are not that common here so it's nice to see you covering your flight to Bandung in such detail.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
You did very well with this flight! Excellent...
Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
Another great report.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Hey Suryo, once again a fantastic report!
Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 27):
Thanks for your great report!
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
Excellent trip report as always Suryo!
Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 29):
Thanks for the great trip report!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 30):
Another very enjoyable installment from you. It was very nice to read about your pleasant experience on Silkair
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 31):
what a great story. Really well done.
Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
Once again I'm impressed by your report on MI,
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 33):
great story again, really enjoyed it to follow your travels through Asia
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 34):
Great trip report as usual!
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 35):
nice to see another part of your TR series online. I have enjoyed reading it.
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 35):
It was worth my time waiting for your TR. Keep up the good work.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Another interesting report of yours, thanks for sharing.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 38):
Great report!
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 39):
Good to read about your flight from SIN to BDO.
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 39):
Good TR, thanks for your attention details and nice style. I really enjoy reading your reports.

Thank you so much! I am very happy to hear that.  



WH, flightsimboy, signol, Lars, 717Flyer, volvair, palmjet, Philip, Nicholas:

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
Looking forward to more reports!
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Looking forward to your next journey to Down Under!!
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
and looking forward earnestly to the next leg down to Australia!
Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
I'm looking forward to this continuing story!
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
Until the next part (that I am eagerly awaiting),
Quoting volvair (Reply 22):
Maybe you show us some more pictures of Indonesia in your next report? I am already looking forward to it!
Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
and look forward to the next chapter.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
Cant wait to see the next report from you .
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Thanks again, looking forward to the next part!

I am doing my best.


WH, PH, signol, William, Luke, Philip, Anastasia, Anosh, byronicle6, Markus, CaptainRed, Robert, Nicholas, Alex, Gavin:

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
Haven't flown on SilkAir before, don't mind giving them a try.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Nice to see you chose Silk Air - that carrier is still missing in my log.
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Silkair look to be just as good on the service level as their parent company.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Silk Air look quite good, I like the colours of their seats.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
what I saw of the FA's they were very pretty.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
Love the interiors of Silk Air
Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 27):
I like their interior! It's so cozy!! Also nice to hear about Silkair's good service.
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
I have not had the pleasure of flying Silk Air but their service definitely looks top notch. The crew definitely seem of the same calibre as Silk Air's parent company.
Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 29):
I really like the MI seatcovers. They look very upmarket and classy like they should be being an SQ subsidary.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 31):
It seems Silkair doing well on you´re flight
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 33):
And definitely nice service here with SilkAir,
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 33):
But then again given its parent company SQ one might expect that.
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 34):
Silk Air seems decent on this shorter Asian sectors.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Service and meals looked good for the shortish hop.
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 39):
SQ's "child" SilkAir looks decent, and definitely above most airlines I usually fly, hehe.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
its been a long time since I've flown with Silkair but I can really get a great sense of how Silkair service is like onboard!

I encourage you to immerse yourself in SilkAir’s atmosphere.


WH, PH, William, Mark, aflyingkiwi, Roy, Hannah, Gabriel, 717Flyer, Luke, Philip, Anosh, Martin, Daniel, CaptainRed, Daniel:

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
The Minced Chicken looks decent
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Honestly, both meals don't look appealing, but good to hear you enjoyed them.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
And the food looks quite good as well.
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
- Food looked ok for this short trip, nice the crew were attentive and offered refills on the drinks.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Both meals look very nice, quite substantial for a relatively short flight.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
The meals are quite impressive for a short flight.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
The meal looks rather generous for the short flight, so thumbs up to SilkAir here.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
Very nice to get a choice of hot meals on such a short flight
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
Seems like simple is beautiful! Good to hear you enjoyed the meal.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
Your meals looked good given the sector length
Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
Some nice food pictures also .
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
I myself have never been a large fan of SIN catering when it comes to economy but that certainly looks decent.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 30):
that meal looks nice.
Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
Both oriental and western options look pretty nice and I'm sure they taste just as nice.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 33):
the food looks really good.
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 35):
Herman has made a great choice. It looks very tasty.

Our meal was just lovely!


WH, Mark, Nils, Alex, volvair, palmjet, Luke:

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
and the service on board sounds excellent too!
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
nice the crew were attentive and offered refills on the drinks.
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
I’m glad you got to enjoy your flight of Singapore Airlines’ sister (or brother).
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 20):
I am impressed by MI's service as I always thought it was a step down from SQ ... however, it seems just like SQ on a regional route
Quoting volvair (Reply 22):
Silkair seems to offer a pretty good product on those routes.
Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Nice to see there is a high standard of service onboard - even for short flights like yours.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
Silk Air has such a great name and by the looks of it a classy brand too.

SilkAir is a full service carrier. A great alternative for Australasian regional flights.


WH, Daniel:

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
That's real nice of her!
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 35):
It sure is a nice thing of her.

That is why I call Sarbanon motherly.  



PH, flightsimboy, signol, Lars, Mark, Roy, Hannah, Nils, palmjet, Philip, Jonas, Anosh, Martin, Markus, CaptainRed, Robert, Daniel:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Great picture!
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
So glad to see how you dedicated this to your mum, and how wonderful that you are reunited with her.
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
And I'm sure the experience was great, as the anticipation of seeing your loved one will certainly have helped!
Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Very nice picture of you and your mom.
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Good to see you catching up with your mum, with the distance involved these moments are special.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
But the best came at last. Suryo, how nice it is to see you and your mother looking so happy. I hope that you have many opportunities to visit her again.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
That picture needs no words.
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
I can easily understand you getting quite excited on this one since the grand finale would be a reunion with your beloved mother!
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Nice photo! De kers op de taart  
Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Great that you got to see your mum as well!
Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Hope you had a very nice time with her
Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
The highlight is the photo of you and your Mum she looked very happy so thats the most important thing !  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Nice to see you and your beloved mother reunited after such a long time!  
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
I can't imagine how happy your mother must have been to see you. Hope you had a fantastic visit back home.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 30):
Also nice that you got reunited with your mother
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 31):
and really good to see you´re succesful family meeting.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 33):
Also very nice to read that you met your mother, I am sure both of you were very excited
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 34):
And great that you got to meet your mother again!
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 35):
Very nice picture, Suryo.

I always look forward to these special moments and do my best enjoying every single of them.  



PH, Jezrel:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
The kiosks are nice indeed. But you get hit by cold air at many places - who knows whether that happens on purpose.
Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
Will be in SIN in August and September, looking forward to using these! But only one complaint....NO SEATS?!   

Probably as a courtesy to others who wish to use the kiosks.


PH, Jezrel, Mark, Nils, Anosh, Gavin:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Oh no, can't they just relax and let us take our pictures?
Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
- Seriously, give it a rest, a picture of the plane you are getting on is not an issue, even non spotters take pictures of their 'holiday' jet!
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Don’t you just hate those people telling you off when making a photo. I mean, it’s just a photo!
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
Strange, we were all snapping away without any issues back in April on our way down the jetway.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
I've never encountered trouble but I am familiar with how Police Officers here like to push their weight around, really makes your blood boil sometimes but whats a civilian gotta do!

That is exactly what I thought.


PH, Roy, Daniel:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
Nice to be able to walk around the plane and take pictures on the ground, too.
Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
Great that you got to disembark by stairs at BDO! I would definitely love to experience that again someday. It feels so special standing so close to the plane and listening to the APU.

That is my home country.  



PH, byronicle6:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
I wish they introduced PTVs.
Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 29):
I do think though that they should start installing PTV's on their fleet.

That would be awesome.


signol, Gavin:

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Thanks again for the report,
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Thanks so much for sharing your joy with us!

It has been my pleasure.


burj, Mark, Hannah, Marc, Daniel:

Quoting burj (Reply 9):
Is that normal with Silk Air for a FA to sit in the exit row with PAX?
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
- Most unusual, not come across that before.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Nice, but also quite unusual.
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
That is not common practice on any airline now is it? Aren’t they obliged to be seated in their jumpseats?
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
any ideas why the flight attendant took a passenger seat instead of a jumpseat on takeoff and landing.
Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
Interesting that the F/A sat on 11C. On my flight the F/A was stationed at 11D instead.

I do not know whether it is normal with SilkAir to have a crew member seated in the cabin.


TEW, Gavin:

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 11):
Another trip report by the master himself. You have raised the bar for everyone. The detail along with the photos makes me feel that I really was along for the ride.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Really lovely that you've added Silkair to your a.net museum-worthy of reviews,

You make me blush. Thank you so much for your sweet words.   



aflyingkiwi, 717Flyer, CaptainRed, Nicholas, Gavin:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Quite odd.. Didn't it feel quite awkward taking photos with her in your row?
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
By the way, it seems like there was no problems with you taking photos despite having one of the SilkAir crew members in 11C during landing?
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 33):
Interesting to have a FA sitting next to you on the exit row, somehow nice. Very good that she obviously didn't care about you taking pictures during take-off   
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
I'm surprised that the FA didn't mention anything about your photo taking during landing! I've come across far too many who would probably tell me off for doing so..
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
haha.. Did you have trouble taking photos of take-off with her nearby?

It was fine with Jasmine.  



Roy, Hannah, Daniel, Nicholas:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
As usual, you managed to find some very comfortable accommodation. The room looks smart and the breakfast offerings appealing.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
As for your hotel Suryo, wow! The room, the view, the breakfast buffet....just wonderful.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
More-over your hotel. Wow!
Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
The hotel in Bandung looks amazing. You're definitely an expert at looking for accomodation!
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
The hotel looks very nice too.

Thanks to TripAdvisor.  



Hannah, 717Flyer, volvair:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Quite an interesting list, I like the use of Finlandia.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
We're on the list as well!
Quoting volvair (Reply 22):
I loved the picture of the visa-on-arrival list. Seems kind of improvised there but the immigration process works out nevertheless and the officers seem to welcome everyone to their country with a helping hand.

  



717Flyer, Nils:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
And do I need to say that that the lyrics you have quoted in this song (kudos to Nils for the concept) are very fitting?
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
My pleasure Suryo and as said: I’m glad I could be of inspiration for you

It is great to be inspired by my A.net mates.  



Marc, byronicle6:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Thanks for the Changi pics as well.
Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 29):
Nice to see photos of T2, the only SIN terminal i havent flown to or from yet

I am happy to hear that.


Luke, Alex:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
p.s. you are the spitting image of your mum
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 39):
What a lovely picture, Suryo  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Beautiful photo, Suryo!  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Last but not least, you really are a mould of your Mom! I see the resemblence in so many ways, but especially in your eyes  

Very sweet words of yours. Thank you so much. You make me even more proud of being my mother’s son.  



Anosh, CaptainRed, Gavin:

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
Don't you just love it when that happens?
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 33):
And lucky you that you could manage to get some exit row seats.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Good for both of ya!

Absolutely!


WH:

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
I remember this. I was at the T1 Viewing mall that day waiting for it to taxi past, but unfortunately it landed on 02C.

Are you serious? We were actually not too far off from each other that day.

Quoting yapple (Reply 4):
I am surprised someone actually forbid you to take any photographs. I've never encountered that in SIN before.

Me neither. It was my very first time to be told off like that.


PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Good!

 



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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:21 pm

flightsimboy:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Suryo, I was just thinking a few minutes back about the next stages of your report, and when I hit the refresh page, there you were!!

Thank you for your patience.


jetblue777:

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
   I remember back in 2007, when my mom moved here in NYC to work as a teacher, leaving us behind. I am really close to my mother, and it was one of the saddest feelings in the world. My dad and I originally planned to follow her a year after she left, but when my dad went on a business trip for 2 weeks and I was left alone with my aunt, I dropped out of school because I couldn't stop crying. The following week, my mom bought us a one-way ticket on EY to JFK via AUH 

What a heartbreaking story. I am glad it came to a happy end.  



Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
It's great to hear that you had a great experience with MI. I'm flying with them this August from SIN to CEB.

You will love MI!

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
Do you think we'll have enough time to eat and explore a bit?

Certainly!

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
It's also nice to hear that you got the exit row seats, hopefully I'll get the same seats when I fly with MI!  

Just ask.  



signol:



Quoting signol (Reply 8):
SIN looks spotless, well organised, as we would expect -

  



Quoting signol (Reply 8):
though I'm disappointed that there too you are directed through the duty free shop to arrive airside.

To be honest, I did not really bother it.

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Again you had excellent crews. Like I said before, I can't remember you having a bad crew!

Everyone of them was just doing a great job.  



Quoting signol (Reply 8):
I don't see the UK amongst the list of visa on arrival countries for Indonesia - unless I'm going blind!
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Do you know if we are visa free, or visa in advance only?

Lars has an answer to your question.  



Quoting signol (Reply 8):
I don't recall having to buy one on my only visit there in 2002 (only Bali I'm afraid).

You might be right. Indonesia temporarily abandoned visa regulation to boost its tourism industry after Bali bombing.


William:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
I think I would have gone for the chicken as well.

  



Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Great to see SIN again since I was there so recently.

  



Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Also nice to see HL7530 which was my first 777 ride on another airline than United. Flew SEL (Gimpo) to PUS in May97.

Good to know. Thanks for the information.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
The flight attendants look VERY attractive even just that back part.....

  



Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
The colors of the cabin look great but a stain would very clearly stand out so MI need to make sure the aircraft are kept clean.

I would say MI did a great job on maintaining the cabin cleanliness.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Very odd with four flight attendants and very unusual for a F/A to take a seat in the cabin.

A similar experience of mine dated back from 2005 on board of Indonesian Deraya Air.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
I guess it makes sense on a short flight so that she is positioned to start service right away when the other F/A shows up with the cart. Or perhaps she was a trainee?

Jasmine just joined MI for a couple of months at that time.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Food doesn't look good at all but at least it was free.

I enjoyed the food even more as SilkAir happens to be the only full service carrier operating on SIN-BDO route.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
I think "Inggriss" might mean English (England) and you therefore you'd be excempt.

“Inggris” is indeed England.  



Mark:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
- Excellent, beer and spotting, what more can one ask?

  



Roy:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
What a strange arrangement: I would have expected it to be the other way round.

So had I.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
How is this possible? A glitsch in the system or data input error?

Certainly not a data input error.   



Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
Too much shopping, maybe. Or maybe you were both wearing less clothing than when you left the NL.   

You are right. 



Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
Thank goodness: none of the dreadful carpets for which Changi is famous, at least until you get to the departures area. 

To be honest, I barely paid any attention to the carpets.  



Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
The free wifi and the beautiful orchid gardens and fishponds are a bonus.

Definitely!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
They're growing in number all the time it seems. Mind you, as more people fly more frequently, we can expect that to happen.

That makes sense.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
Really?

Seriously!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
The only place that ever happened to me was at IST following a fire in one of the terminal buildings some years ago.

I never had any problem with photography at IST.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
Perhaps at SIN they don't like people holding up the flow of passengers boarding the aircraft

In that case, I would like to be told to move on quickly,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
Or maybe, the guy was just bored.   

Probably. It was a she, by the way.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
How welcoming and it puts you at ease straight away.

  



Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
Cool. Even without the extra space, the legroom aboard looks reasonable.

At 31 inch, it was fair for the flight duration.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
A serious one that you would hope that you never need to carry out.

Definitely not anything I look forward to.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
The seating material looks both classy and restful. It is difficult to believe that the aircraft is five years old. Has it been refurbished?

Yes. Just look at the following picture.

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Photo © Calvin Teo



Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
Some of our members get excited about a "free" cup of coffee on board: they would be in heaven to receive something like what you did.

I was definitely in heaven.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
I love the professional looking signs. It is interesting to see the local naming and spelling of the countries on the visa on arrival list: Belanda, Aljazair, Mesir and my favourite, Selandia Baru.

Indonesian for Netherlands, Algeria, Egypt and New Zealand.   



Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
After only having experienced SIN T3, it's good to see T2 (although T3 definitely looks nicer!).

I look forward to your T3 pictures.   



Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
The old FIDS boards are a joy though.

Nicely retro to say in Palmjet’s words.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
That's the trip reporter spirit!

Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Any explanation given for why that happened?

Unfortunately not.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
I'm sorry, but I really don't understand this kind of thing. How can you travel with no cash?

Probably because of inexperience.


Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
That's poor IT from SQ

SQ should include MI’s on board products as well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
I love that they bhave these internet points, but the lack for free wifi is a bit annoying

Despite the lack, SIN still does a great job.


717Flyer:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
Then the big question: if you name an airline SilkAir then it is only natural that expectations are high. So was flying SilkAir smooth as silk?

Yes. This slogan somehow fits SilkAir better than Thai.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
It is impossible for me to answer that question but judging your writings at least they were a touch of silk with some nice crew members onboard. And that is all that matters, no?

Absolutely, as always you put everything into good perspective.  



Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
I must say I have started listening to the song of Celine Dion you mentioned yourself

  



Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
and it really has a deeper meaning.

  



Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
See, SQ cares about its baby. Just like there is a very strong bond between Blue1 and SAS.

Good comparison.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
So the actual offered product onboard SilkAir is a hidden secret?  

A secret waiting to be discovered.   



Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
This if something proves that there is no other airport in the world that is like Changi!

No wonder Changi won so many airport awards.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
More like out of the green?   

Ah yes, of course! 



Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
How did she react on this detailed description of yours?  

Jasmine just nicely smiled.  



Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
 

What a fitting and touching ending to this great report.

Thank you.


Haai Nils:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Btw am I missing something here as to the meaning of the catch phrase in your title  

Can you show me any other recent report of SilkAir and what do you think of Jasmine occupying 11C during take-off and landing?   



Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
If it all was entered in a system, how could that happen ?   

IT glitches.   



Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
A very appropriate song Suryo and I’m glad you translated it because my Indonesian - or whatever language that is - is not the best.

It has been my pleasure.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
So many of those? Is Bandung an important economic/financial/... hub then?

Bandung is the third largest city and second largest metropolitan area of Indonesia.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
He didn’t say the magic words ‘9/11’ now did he 

Oops! 



Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Urgh, those seat colours are not to my liking   
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Yep, definitely not my cup of tea, colour-wise that is.

That is fair.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Alert! Photo dèja-vu   Now I can see it in it’s context  

  



Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
That is one hell of a friendly Immigration Officer, but I guess he wouldn’t do that if every single passenger had no cash on him/her.

Luckily, not every passenger is like that.


Alex:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 20):
With the advent of Scoot, I wonder what the brand position of MI is going to be, and the reason for MI in the first instance.

I think MI will maintain its position as a regional full service subsidiary of SQ.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 20):
Great to see a picture of your mom ... she must be a proud A.Net mother  

How sweet of you to say that about my mom.  



Marc:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
I'm quite impressed by Silkair. They seem to be miles ahead of Jetstar and Air Asia X.

SilkAir is a full service carrier while Jetstar and Air Asia X are no frill ones. AirAsia is alright though.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Legroom seems pretty impressive,

31 inch is fine for a short leg.


Palmjet:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
I remember when Silkair were first established - weren't they originally branded "Tradewinds" or am I making that up?

You are not making it up. SilkAir is the corporate identity after rebranding from Tradewinds Airlines on April 1, 1992.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
I also know what it's like to be separated by 1000s of miles from loved ones.

Great to know that we share the same feelings.


Luke:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
And I always like the detailed food photos...

My pleasure.  



Jonas:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Well good that you didn't bother with joining Kris Flyer, since it's the worst FFP in the entire *A... Even LH M&M beats it by longshots!

As the matter of fact, I did join KrisFlyer previously but abandoned it in favor of M&M.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Ah looks very similar to the tower at AMS. Suppose the architects who designed SIN took lots of inspiration and blueprints from Schipol.

Who knows?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Had no idea they had O'Learys in Singapore! Thought it was just a local chain we had here   

O’Learys is not a typical Swedish name, is it?   



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Hmm is that Herman making an a.net appearance? 

Well, close.  



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Wow, so the seats had both armrest and seatback tray tables? What luxury!

Good point! 



Privét Anastasia:

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 27):
Vsego dobrogo,

Blagodarjú.


byronicle6:

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 29):
That award goes to NZ Airpoints

What a pity.


Martin:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 30):
today is Mothers Day in Sweden so it was very appropriate for me to read this report today.  

Nice to know that. Mothers Day in Holland was on May 13, 2012 while Mothers Day in Indonesia is celebrated on December 22 every year.  



Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 31):
I like that perfectly fitting combination of photos and logos.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 31):
That´s what I like.

You are my inspiration.  



Daniel:

Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
SQ's regional wing. MI's new "autumn" scheme looks pretty refreshing, as with my flight back in October 2010 when I got 9V-SBG which also has the new interiors

Is the interior called “autumn scheme”? Thanks for the information.

Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
It seem like we had similar encounters. I got switched to seat 11A after takeoff.

What a coincidence.   



Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
Hereby signing off and wishing you, Herman and your mother good health always.  

How sweet. Thank you so much.  



Daniel:

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 35):
That is quite a while before your flight.

Is it not great?

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 35):
Pre-flight drink   ?

  



Nicholas:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
That's great service.

  



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
I don't think I've ever read a description like it about an Economy meal! Let alone someone describing a F meal!  

Every meal deserves its own description regardless the class.  



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Needs updating! New Zealand isn't even up there!

Roy has provided you the right answer.   



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 40):
Hmm, I wonder how many kiwis understand Indonesian..   

Not many, I am afraid…

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 40):
Though chances are they'll be entering the country via CGK or DPS and surely they have one in English!

I do hope so.


Superfly:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 38):
I may be in Bandung within a few months. I have a frienf there that I want to visit.

How nice! You will love Bandung. Will it be your first time there?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 38):
Not that is something to look forward to!   
Quoting Superfly (Reply 41):
Typo on my part.
That was to say; Now that is something to look forward to!

  



Alex:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 39):
Late reply, but hopefully better late than never!

It is never too late. Thank you so much.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 39):
Indonesian aviation is something really interesting to me. And luckily, there have been a lot of reports recently dealing with this subject.

I look forward to reading yours.  



Gavin:

How nice to hear from you again.  



Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
pardon my delay in replying to your lovely documentary of this little boutique airline from my home country! I'm still extremely jetlagged from my trip!

Never mind the delay. It is so heartwarming that you have taken your time to reply in despite your jetlagged condition.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
I played Celine Dion's Goodbye's (The Saddest Word) to accompany my reading of your TR... Its so nice to hear that you will be with your Mom once again!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Really happy for you that you've got back home to reunite with your Mom, it never was a goodbye, just a temporary hiatus and regardless of the good and the bad in the journey to see her, it heartens me that it makes you so happy at the end of each annual pilgrimage!

Such beautiful words. I am truly blessed with a great friend like you, Gavin.  



Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
The most app decision for any aviation enthusiast  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Really appropriate song indeed!

Thank you.  



Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
haha.. I love this discreet angle of someone familiar   

Eagle-eyed Gavin.  



Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Oh my, this looks so delicious!!

Do give it a try.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Good photo of these frisky little creatures. I know how hard is it to take a decent shot of these camera-shy fish when they never stop moving!

Herman gets the honor for this photo.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
I love cabin crew shots from this angle. Really shows the glamourous side of being a cabin crew as they sashay their way to the boarding gate!

I never thought that way. Thanks.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Well, that's a taste of nanny-state Singapore for you.

Not really anything I look forward to.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
haha, first time I see someone studying his safety card so intensively!

I am not the only one, though.   



Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
thats as good as business  

  



Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
Haha... I was quite bemused that the list of countries was in Bahasa Indonesia. Shouldn't it be in English for the sake of the passengers?

It should be both in Bahasa and English, I think.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
I really love rain showers!

  



Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
The buffet spread looks really good indeed! Looks so much better than breakfast at most hotels I've ever patronised (Also, it has a certain resemblence to airport business lounges as well!)!

I cannot agree more with you.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
I must say, you took the same photo a year back but you look so much happier in this photo. Its really heartening to see a mother and son reunited again and you can really tell the joy from the glow in your Mom's and your eyes!

True feelings of both of us straight from the heart.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
I must say a big thank you for featuring my home airport and even providing facts which I didn't know about Changi!

You make me feel honored. Thank you!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
The hotel you've stayed in looks amazing indeed. Was it the same hotel as your previous trip?

It was not. On our previous trip, we stayed at Hilton Bandung.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 41):
What a great place to rest after the flight! Was it very pricey? It certainly looked very luxurious!

The room we previously had at Hilton Bandung would cost more.


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You are just great!   

I am sorry for my belated reply.

Warmest regards,
Suryo  
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:12 am

Great report Suryo, good to see you and mother reunited! Silkair looks very nice too, good meals and quantity, friendly staff. Not keen on red wine with fish combo... but different people different tastes  

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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:24 pm

Hi Suryo,
Another excellent report as usual. Silkair looks pretty good I must say.
Didn't Jasmine say anything about your picture taking during take off?

cheers,
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:58 pm

Hi Suryo,

Finally got around reading this way long overdue (for me) report. Looks like a very nice flight with Silkair - I'm kinda surprised by the apparently good service they provide - somehow you'd assume they would have BOB service in typical low cost fashion since they serve those routes where mama SQ cannot maintain widebody service due to lower passenger loads...

A terrific report in your usual style, although maybe a bit more visual and less textual than before? Oh and great that you got to see you rmama again. Is she too fragile to travel or maybe you could bring her to visit your home in the NL the next time?

Looking forward to the OZ parts, those should be great!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Seafood pasta for Herman

Hey, more octopus! Great! PlaneHunter should fly with MI!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“The garlic was also abundantly present in my tender chicken sauce, but it went perfectly with the well cooked vegetables. As they were rightly less flavored, you just yearned for another taste explosion. Overall, it was delightful!”

Wow, Suryo, do you also do gigs as a restaurant critic for your local newspaper?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A list of Visa on Arrival eligible countries was displayed on the opposite.

Good to see Finland there.
 
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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:22 pm

Dear Eric, Brendan, P. ,

Thank you so much for your replies.  



Eric, Brendan, P.:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
Great report Suryo
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 45):
Another excellent report as usual.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
A terrific report in your usual style,

Thank you.


Eric, P.:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
good to see you and mother reunited!
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
Oh and great that you got to see you rmama again.

I truly enjoyed every single moment of being with her.  



Brendan, P.:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 45):
Silkair looks pretty good I must say.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
Looks like a very nice flight with Silkair - I'm kinda surprised by the apparently good service they provide - somehow you'd assume they would have BOB service in typical low cost fashion since they serve those routes where mama SQ cannot maintain widebody service due to lower passenger loads...

It was great to find out that SilkAir maintains similar service standard to parent company SQ. No wide body indeed, but still full service.  



Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
Silkair looks very nice too, good meals and quantity, friendly staff.

What else could we ask for on a short flight like BDO-SIN?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
Not keen on red wine with fish combo... but different people different tastes   

I love how you put it.  



Brendan:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 45):
Didn't Jasmine say anything about your picture taking during take off?

It was fine with Jasmine.


P.:

First of all Happy A.net birthday!  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
Finally got around reading this way long overdue (for me) report.

It makes me happy to hear that.  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
although maybe a bit more visual and less textual than before?

You may be right. I just feel that this report justifies more visual presentation than the previous ones.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
Is she too fragile to travel or maybe you could bring her to visit your home in the NL the next time?

My mom is too fragile to travel unfortunately. Even for a trip to Jakarta for visa application at the Dutch Embassy.  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
Looking forward to the OZ parts, those should be great!

I am doing my best.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
Hey, more octopus! Great! PlaneHunter should fly with MI!

Who knows what PH may be up to?   


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
Wow, Suryo, do you also do gigs as a restaurant critic for your local newspaper?  

Actually not, but I feel honored by this. Thanks.  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 46):
Good to see Finland there.

You are welcome to visit my home country, P.  



Eric, Brendan, P., thanks again for dropping by. You are great!   

Warmest regards,
Suryo  

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RE: A Rare SilkAir Flight From Singapore To Bandung

Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:37 pm

A fab TR once again Suryo, loved it! I liked your style of commentary this time around  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
In the first instance, the weighing scale indicated 17.2 kilograms for our souvenir suitcase. But, when on the following it said 23.8 kilograms for our joint suitcase, I was shocked! We exceeded our baggage allowance for the first time, though slightly but how?

You should see Indians traveling, for them a 3.8 excess is nothing.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Spotting opportunity while enjoying heavenly refreshment.

Tiger Beer! Though in Singapore I enjoy Strongbow even more.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
My mother and I

Thats the best picture in the entire report

Silk Air does indeed some like a nice regional airline to fly with. I surely need to fly them soon.

Thanks for sharing.
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