As the fasten seat belt signs were switched off, Sanjay came on the microphone to introduce his colleagues, “We proudly present you the languages spoken by our multinational crew members. Hindi, Sinhalese, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, English and Thai,”
As the curtains between F and J cabin were drawn for the first service, how about waking up our lady friend from her beauty sleep?
Oh hi, yesterday has been exhausting for me, but nevertheless nice to see you again
Another lady friend, Indian flight attendant Lilla appeared on our side.
“May I dress the table?” She asked us with such a lovely smile.
“Oh, sure,” I melted right away.
My table undressed. You got to love the pattern
Look how Lilla transformed each of our tables with a crisp white linen.
My dressed table
I remembered something. ‘Oh, I completely forgot about what we would have for breakfast. Let me have a look again,’
‘Is that all of continental breakfast?’ I thought in a flash.
‘Do not be greedy, Suryo!’ My conscious warned me. ‘Enjoy what they have got on offer and then make your judgment,’
At 10.55, Emerson started breakfast service.
Emerson attending Mr. 6F
Each breakfast tray was served individually. It consisted of a water glass, a butter dish, a side plate, a bowl of sliced fresh fruit, a cup of fruit yogurt and cutlery set. The bowl contained two slices of kiwi and one slice each of red orange, pineapple, watermelon and papaya.
Breakfast table set
Richly filled bread basket was presented. I mean, very rich!
Croissants, baked breads, chocolate and raisin pastries, muffin
Followed by an array of preserves.
Fruit jam and honey
I decided on a croissant and a whole meal bread roll.
“What would you like to drink, Sir?” Emerson asked Herman.
“I would like to have a cup of coffee, please,”
“With milk and sugar?”
“Only milk, please,”
“Certainly. And how about you, Sir?” Emerson turned to me.
“Can I have double espresso, please?”
“Certainly. Can you please wait for a moment? I will ask my colleague to bring it for you,”
Soon enough, Emily appeared, “Your double espresso, Sir?”
Nicely strong and piping hot
‘Do you have enough croissant or bread roll?’ My conscious spoke to me.
‘To be honest, I do. The amount was just enough together with yogurt and fruit bowl. I am sure I could ask another round of bread offering. But it will not be necessary! Croissant was nicely buttery and flavorful. Bread roll was moist and tasty. Fruit slices were fresh and juicy. It was just right and filling and you cannot fault Emmi yogurt!’
Breakfast service came to an end around 11.20. Soon enough after Lilla collected our trays, everyone had his seat reclined including Herman.
Cabin view post breakfast
I was about to leave my seat when it suddenly became turbulent. The turbulences were so serious that Captain Slyper had to ask his colleagues to return to their seats. In that case, it was better for me to remain seated.
Waiting for fasten seat belt signs to be extinguished was tough. Despite my cat-nap earlier in the lounge, I still felt drowsy. Eventually, I had to give in. Turbulence or no turbulence.
The turbulences were over as I opened my eyes later on. While activating my limbs, something on our middle console drew my attention.
In-flight survey form
Did you know how delighted I was to see it. It was not only a form for me, but also an invitation for friendship.
“What are you doing?” Herman wondered as he noticed me scribbling enthusiastically when he woke up.
“Just doing my friends a favor,”
“Would you excuse me? I will be right back,” I got off and made my way to the galley.
I was excited to find Emerson, Lilla and Emily at the galley. Indian flight attendant Ranjit was there as well. I did not meet him earlier as he was in charge of F.
After handing the form, I just had to address my friends, “I want to thank you for the great service so far. I am amazed by how well all of you were dealing with our delay in Dubai. You successfully made everyone feel comfortable,”
“Thank you so much. That encourages us,” Lilla gladly said.
With such enthusiasm, I could not help asking a question to Emerson. “Can I ask you a favor?”
“Can I have a picture with you?”
“I will take the photo of both of you,” Lilla volunteered.
“That is wonderful. I will get my camera,”
As I returned, I warned Herman. “It apparently takes a little longer than I thought. I will be back again soon,”
No further explanation needed for my considerate Herman who just said, “All right. Take your time,”
For this opportunity I got no cap of the captain, but something else which was equally good.
Emerson and me, courtesy of Lilla
Emily seemed busy behind us during our photo session.
“Do you want to join us for a photo?” I asked Emily.
Emily rather hesitated at the beginning.
“Come on, join us,” Emerson encouraged her. “We have got a great photographer here,”
Featuring Emily on my left
“Can I have a photo with you as well?” I asked Lilla.
“I will take the photo for you,” Emerson volunteered.
“Shall I step aside?” Ranjit was about to withdraw.
“Oh no, please stay with us,” I begged Ranjit.
With Lilla and Ranjit, courtesy of Emerson
Ranjit had to excuse himself for duty free run. Luckily, I got Lilla and Emerson to keep me company. Our chit chat was so enjoyable that I did not realize how long I was staying at the galley. I failed to deliver on my promise to Herman to get back soon.
Too bad, duty called for Emerson and Lilla. They had to answer the passenger calls. As the galley ran empty, I could not help murmuring, ‘People, why do you all have to spoil our meeting?’
I had to keep myself occupied somehow and decided to explore the rest of the cabin. One difference I noticed immediately with the aft J cabin was the lack of natural lights.
Aft J cabin
I proceeded to the Y cabin. It was packed. EK
was visibly doing good business here.
Backward view of front Y cabin
Front Y cabin from the back right
Backward view of middle Y cabin
Middle Y cabin from the back left
Backward view of aft Y cabin
Aft Y cabin from the back left
Herman was leaving through the menu as I came back.
“Shall we order something to drink?”
“That is a great idea. What do you like?”
“I will have campari,”
“It sounds good. I will get myself a Martini cocktail,”
We did not use the call button by the way. Instead, I passed on our order to Emily at the galley.
In the meantime, I decided to indulge myself with EK
’s ice. At least, the carefully pre-packed headset for me did not become useless at the end.
My headset still unpacked
My headset ready to use
Number One by Tinchy Stryder
Number One. This happened to be EK
for me! Number one experience by number one friends. Look, my friend Emily brought our order.
“Here you are,” Emily smiled.
“Do you want any nuts to go with it or anything else?”
“No, thank you. We are fine,”
Herman’s campari and my Martini cocktail, shaken not stirred
“Actually, I prefer having my campari without ice,” Herman remarked.
“Oh, shall I ask to get you another one,”
“Never mind. I will stick to this,”
Did you know that EK
kept me well entertained with extensive selection of the UK No.1 Hits 2009?
My favorites on a summary
Before I knew, Emerson appeared to distribute hot towels.
‘What? Is it 14.05 already? Time really flies!’ I thought. ‘In that case, it will not be surprising if the second round commences shortly,’
Indeed. Some ten minutes later after the towels were recollected, Emerson returned for beverage service. Just in time as our drinks were finished.
Emerson attending Mr. 6F
I made up my mind, but Herman had to observe the wine list.
“Can I offer you anything to drink, Sir?” Emerson asked Herman.
“I would like to have the chardonnay, please?”
“Certainly,” Emerson poured a glass for Herman. “And how about you?”
“Can I have champagne cocktail, please?”
“Certainly. My colleague will bring it to you,”
After serving canapés which consisted of stuffed capsicum, stuffed green olive, black olives and feta cheese cubes, Emerson proceeded to take our meal order.
Again, I was undecided and had to consult the menu. My bad!
“I would like to have salmon as starter and lamb as main meal,” Herman said.
“Certainly. And how about you?”
“For me Arabic mezze as starter and chicken as main meal,”
“Certainly. Please wait a moment for your cocktail,”
Soon enough, Lila appeared with my champagne cocktail. “Please enjoy,”
“Han jee. Dhanyavād!
” I replied.
“Oh, that is so sweet,” Lilla remarked with a big smile.
Canapés accompanied by Herman’s chardonnay and my cocktail
Lilla and Emerson changed assignment as Lila took charge of meal serving while Emerson set tables.
Lilla in action
The lunch setting consisted of a water glass, a butter dish, a pair of pepper and saltcellar, cutlery set, a side plate for your choice of bread, a seasonal salad bowl and your choice of starter. Oh, and to go with your salad, there was a choice of dressing as well.
Yogurt and herbs dressing or oil and balsamic vinegar
Another great filled bread basket was presented.
Choice of rolls, pita, rye and garlic bread
We were ready for the starter. Just look at the presentation!
Herman’s honey and ginger salmon
Seasonal salad close and my choice of balsamic vinegar dressing
My Arabic mezze
Herman shared me a bit of his salmon. I took a bite… Oh, dear heaven, what a delicate combination of sweet and savory I never tasted before.
What about my own starter? The mezze was less spiced than the one I was used to with Qatar, but to be honest I liked it better this way.
As we finished, we consulted the wine list for something to accompany our main course.
Somehow, Lilla forgot to clear away our plates. She got embarrassed as she appeared with our main meal and found out that our dirty plates were still there.
Lilla quickly put away our main meal at the galley and returned to remove our dirty plates. “I am so sorry for this,”
“That is okay,” Both Herman and I said.
Once we were ready, Lilla fetched our main meal.
“I am sorry for the inconvenience. Can I get you anything to drink?” She really knew how to make it up for us.
“Can I have the French red wine, please?” Herman asked.
“Certainly. And how about you?”
“For me the Spanish wine, please,”
Herman’s roast lamb loin
My chicken teriyaki
Lilla returned with two wine glasses and a bottle of Spanish red wine.
After putting each of the glasses for us, she poured couple drops into mine and holding the bottle in my direction during my tasting. It was lovely, just like on our outbound flight. As I nodded, my glass got topped up.
Then it was Herman’s turn. You know what? I have never seen such satisfied face on his while tasting.
“You just have to smell this!” Herman held his glass under my nose.
“Oh my God!” I shouted as the lovely bouquet overwhelmed my senses. It has been a long time that I got the taste of such lovely wine. Fruity and smooth. Roy (Quokka), did you remember when I mentioned about the right wine choice of your mother?
I regretted my choice of the Spanish one but I could hardly switch. Roger (RogerBCN), please have no hard feeling about it!
How about our main meal itself?
My chicken was a bit dry, but made up by flavorful teriyaki sauce and fresh vegetables. Herman on the other hand could not fault his. A combination of lamb and thyme was a perfect start already. Along with a medley of well spiced vegetables and potato, no doubt he was really enjoying his.
While savoring our main meal, we were treated by a sight of snow-covered mountain chains.
Emerson cleared away our trays and proceeded to arrange dessert cutlery.
Dessert table setting
I was undecided. ‘How about leafing through the menu again?’
As the dessert was mentioned on a separate page, it could mean one thing. Yes, the dessert trolley!
Somehow I liked the view from above.
Seasonal fresh fruit, yogurt raspberry terrines, blueberry crumble cakes, cinnamon cream sauce, raspberry coulis, international cheese selection
“What would you like to have, Sir?” Emerson asked Herman.
“Can I have yoghurt raspberry terrine, please?”
“Certainly. Do you want fresh fruit to go with it?”
Emerson attended Herman first.
Herman’s yogurt raspberry terrine with a dash of raspberry coulis and slices of strawberry, orange, pineapple and kiwi
Then, it was my turn.
“How about you?”
“Can I have the blueberry one, please?”
“Sure. With fresh fruit as well?”
My blueberry crumble cake with a dash of cinnamon cream sauce and strawberry slices
The cake was moist and crumbly as it should be . The sauce was not overly sweet and in fact emphasizing the fresh taste of the strawberry slices. I never thought that cinnamon would blend so well with strawberry!
At 16.35, the lunch feast came to an end. After the tables were cleared, everyone made himself comfortable for the little hour before arrival in AMS
[Edited 2011-06-03 14:40:34]
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