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Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Mon Nov 09, 2015 1:23 pm

We fly from Singapore to Amsterdam on Singapore Airlines. But before the flight, check out the renovated Terminal 3, where they have done some work to expand the shopping area upwards. The usage of double volume space, I think.

Here is a store that has expanded upwards.
http://i64.tinypic.com/e04j1d.jpg

There is a Zara, which is now double storey. Pretty neat yeah.
http://i66.tinypic.com/2ikb9ro.jpg

Here is a video I made as I walked around the place. In the video, I check out the rest areas, and also enter the Zara store.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN4GsRKtCDM


In this video, I check out the Singapore Food Street, also in Terminal 3. Plenty of local food choices, if you are hungry. Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Beef Noodles, all there. Reasonably priced. If all this doesn't suit you, there is a Burger King at the end of the food street. Understandably, the Burger King was pretty crowded.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfV55oF6tTA

As I checked out the shops, I went into DFS, went upstairs, and chanced upon this!
http://i63.tinypic.com/kcmfbl.jpg

Very interesting. Wonder how much they charged for drinks. Check out the menu. It says the drinks were free! (Tasting portion)
http://i64.tinypic.com/2ngy3p2.jpg

The decor was pretty cool.
http://i64.tinypic.com/24ctso3.jpg

Now check out this video I made of the Long Bar, enjoying my Singapore Sling!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjlWsd1Ejmw

This was my drink, the Singapore Sling!
http://i63.tinypic.com/2e1rcqf.jpg

to be continued..........

Let's continue on with the flight. Today, I am flying on SQ 324 to Amsterdam.
http://i67.tinypic.com/2wom9p5.jpg

Boarding was on time, and smooth. We settled into our seats quickly. Here is the hot towel which was handed out.
http://i67.tinypic.com/2148hdx.jpg

Reading through the in-flight magazine and I noticed this article. Coincidentally, Amsterdam will be the first destination for the new SQ Airbus A350, expected to begin by April 2016.
http://i63.tinypic.com/n3vx21.jpg

Menus were handed out. A very attractive design. Making me hungry!
http://i68.tinypic.com/iolws9.jpg

This was my main meal. I chose the Peranakan option - Pandan coconut rice with spicy chicken. Tasted very good, well, I'm biased as I like Peranakan food.
http://i65.tinypic.com/29p45rp.jpg

The plane felt rather cold. Thankfully I was well prepared, with my jacket and the blanket helped. I managed to get some sleep and soon it was time for breakfast. I chose the Asian noodle option for breakfast.
http://i67.tinypic.com/2lb25v9.jpg

Overall, it was a smooth flight. We arrived in Amsterdam early in the morning and cleared immigration quite quickly. After getting our bags, we would transfer to the Hague.

Here is the video of the flight experience on board Singapore Airlines Economy class.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS22Fhj6Ydw
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Mon Nov 09, 2015 1:33 pm

Looks nice and spacious for economy.

What camera do you use. I need to buy one.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:12 pm

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):

Looks nice and spacious for economy.

What camera do you use. I need to buy one.

SQ Economy is pretty good.

I use the Sony RX100 II. It is not a new camera, bought it back in 2013.
The newest model is Sony RX100 IV.
In between, there is the Sony RX100 III.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:18 pm

Now for the return flight - Amsterdam to Singapore in Singapore Airlines. Ours was a day flight home, departing from Amsterdam Schipol about half 10 in the morning.

Line to check-in was rather long.
http://i65.tinypic.com/rm683s.jpg

Clearing the security line was very smooth that morning. Hardly anybody. Soon, I was in the transit area, plane-watching.
http://i65.tinypic.com/20ab3lz.jpg

I found the decor of this eatery very attractive. It stretched up so high. Bread! The food looked decent, though I didn't eat there.
http://i64.tinypic.com/21mi5ia.jpg

I wandered into several stores in the shopping area. This particular store was very Dutch. Nice and big cow!
http://i63.tinypic.com/16kp47.jpg

I didn't realise that Amsterdam Schipol was a hub for EasyJet.
http://i65.tinypic.com/1zzjp0p.jpg

In this video, I watch an EasyJet plane pull in and passengers disembark. Fascinating to watch the ground crew pull the staircase to the plane.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzwZwfzouIU

Also spotted this Garuda plane at another gate.
http://i67.tinypic.com/xqgpu.jpg

As a sidetrack, notice that the Indonesian flag carrier is spelt Garuda. In the Hague, I had the privilege of dining at Garoeda Restaurant where I had wonderful Rijstaffel dinner. Look at the food!
http://i66.tinypic.com/16le9va.jpg

Here is a video of our Rice Table experience -
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b1w0GWAaWM

It was time to board my flight home. Greeted at the aircraft door by this very elegant looking SQ stewardess in a red kebaya. I believe the red kebaya signifies the most senior rank amongst the stewardesses.


The typical SQ Girl is in a blue kebaya, like this also very elegant lady.
http://i66.tinypic.com/345k9xu.png

In the air, drinks service begin. I choose my favourite drink on SQ - Singapore Sling!
http://i67.tinypic.com/2eav3ax.jpg

There were three choices for lunch. I chose the Peranakan option, which was called Ikan Percel, or spicy fish.
http://i67.tinypic.com/20af635.jpg

Ice-cream cone for dessert. Looks like a Dutch brand. Tasted very good.
http://i66.tinypic.com/9s59xx.jpg

As it was a day flight, it was more difficult to sleep. Good thing was that after a couple of movies, I felt tired and I could get a few hours of sleep. Soon, it was time for breakfast before landing in Singapore. I chose the asian option of noodles. Delicious stuff.
http://i67.tinypic.com/aeaydc.jpg

Plane landed slightly behind schedule as we were a bit delayed going out of Amsterdam. Overall, it was a very pleasant flight, and I was glad to be home.

Here is the flight review video. Happy watching!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZVIlpjfRTY
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:33 pm

Since I am on the topic of Amsterdam, I checked out the infamous Red Light District too.

Let me be clear. This place is definitely a place where ladies of the night (or prostitutes) ply their trade. However, it somehow has an almost carnival atmosphere at times.
http://i66.tinypic.com/zml6yc.png

Why do I say so? There are throngs of tourists walking around. There were so many guided tour groups, with guides telling these groups all about the Red Light District.


The back lanes are slightly more seedy, but even then, people just walk past.


I was told that security was very tight here. I did see quite a number of uniformed police personnel. I was also told that there were plenty of private security. So the entire place would be very safe.

Anyway, I made two videos. Check them out if you are interested on what the place feels like at about 9pm on a weekday. Don't worry, nothing X-rated in these videos. At most you see some bikini clad ladies behind their windows. No different from what you see on a beach!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFnLavxahAU

Second video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCUubzESBn0

Have fun!
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:01 am

Hi guitarsingapore,

The SQ 777 is still a good choice with its 3-3-3 configuration in Y. Shame you couldn't have a window seat on the daylight flight out of AMS.

Those business class seats sure look comfortable and much better than some of the little cubicles offered by some other carriers.

Thanks for sharing.
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guitarsingapore
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:58 am

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 5):
Those business class seats sure look comfortable and much better than some of the little cubicles offered by some other carriers.

Thanks for sharing.
Weary

Hi Weary,

Singapore Airlines Business Class seats are quite awesome. The service is great too. I've flown on them before. Check out these videos if you are interested.

Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9ocU6H2bWc

Singapore Airlines New Business Class on Boeing 777
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCSs8iQ3jOE

Thanks for watching my videos!
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:39 am

Still on the issue of scantily clad women. The most interesting exhibit I saw was not in the Red Light District, but at this store which is called Public House of Art.

They put scantily clad and rather good looking models sitting by the windows. It was a surprise find since I was just walking back to my hotel from the Van Gogh museum along a quiet street, when suddenly I came across this. Subsequently, I googled the place and it is a place that sells art, of sorts.

http://i66.tinypic.com/2vbt0tc.png

I made a video from the opposite street. I wasn't the only passer-by taking pictures/videos of this place.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNzwdMozxx4
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:09 pm

As a sidetrack, notice that the Indonesian flag carrier is spelt Garuda. In the Hague, I had the privilege of dining at Garoeda Restaurant where I had wonderful Rijstaffel dinner. Look at the food!

Not because it was a play on words, but to put it simply because of Dutch phonetics:

Dutch VS English VS Indonesian/Malay

OE VS OO VS U

so "book" in Dutch is pronounced the same way but spelled "boek"

btw, orang utan in Dutch is spelled orang oetan -- and yes the Dutch pronounce like the Malays/Indos unlike the English because the "a" is the letter "ah" thus it is pronounced "ah" not "aye" in English.

other examples:

Old Indonesian spelling (i.e using Dutch spelling) VS Current Indonesian spelling since 1970s
(to align with Malaysia's spelling)


Satoe = one VS Satu
Perempoean = girl VS Perempuan
Soerabaia = name of city on Java VS Surabaya
Koepoe Koepoe = butterfly VS Kupu Kupu
Nasi Tjampoer = name of dish "mixed rice" VS Nasi Campur

note: Tj in Dutch is equivalent to Ch in English or C in Indonesian

The same goes for the overseas Chinese living in Indonesia, who have the same Chinese Character like their Chinese Malaysian/Singaporean brethren, but the Roman letter spelling is slightly different, but still pronounced the same:

Indonesia (ex Dutch colony) VS Malaysia/Singapore (ex English colonies)

Oei VS Ooi
Tjan or Thjan VS Chan but do note "a" is pronounced "ah"
Lie VS Lee


"ie" in Dutch/German is pronounced "ee" in English thats why you see Mee goreng spelled as Mie goreng in Indonesia, and IndoMie (name of instant noodle manufacturer)

Tjoeng or Thjoeng VS Chung
Tjin/Thjin VS Chin


Btw you misspelled Rijstaffel = it should be Rijstafel with one f

"Ij" in Dutch is pronounced "I" in English e.g Dijk = Dyke , Ijs = Ice
Anyway, that was a bit of language lesson for you.

I can go on for the different phonetics for the vowels (which btw is used by most Non-English European languages), but i won't bore airline nutters with this language stuff.

Thank you for sharing this TR. SQ has always been my favourite airline. They have the roomiest and most comfortable Y class seats and their service is pretty much consistent (albeit a bit robotic). And Changi airport is such a pleasure to transit through - it has a Zen atmosphere with their koi pond, butterfly garden, etc...
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:21 pm

Fascinating how much one can learn reading trip reports! Thanks for the education!!
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:22 am

Moving away from Red Light District, let's look at other parts of Holland that are more wholesome. Despite my busy schedule, I managed to take a touristy canal cruise, even though it was in the late evening into the night. Well, better a cruise than no cruise.
http://i67.tinypic.com/mv43rc.jpg

While waiting for the canal boat, I spotted this building. It is not standing up straight? Is it because the ground is sinking? I cannot imagine that they deliberately built a crooked building, but I could be wrong.
http://i66.tinypic.com/2hs9fgh.jpg

This was the canal boat we took. Pretty crowded (almost a full boat) even though it was the evening.
http://i67.tinypic.com/16i5tvm.jpg

It was rather dark, so we could see much. Thankfully, most of the interesting buildings were well-lit, so that made the boat ride interesting. You probably can see more in the daylight, however, taking a night time boat ride isn't too bad.
http://i68.tinypic.com/2qv9qi9.jpg

The boat ride took about 1 hour, with some commentary. Here is a video I made of the ride, just some snippets. At 4:00, we cruise past a large boat converted into a Chinese Restaurant - a replica of Sea Palace in Hong Kong. Notice the English words - 'Chin Restaurant'. I assume they meant Chinese Restaurant?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN820WhJmp8
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:56 am

In Singapore, the most famous beer is Tiger (local brand). But Heineken comes in a close second. In fact, I have observed that many locals actually prefer Heineken over Tiger. Prior to my trip to Holland, the ignorant me didn't realise that Heineken originated from Holland. So, I decided to visit the Heineken Experience after work one day, even though I had read that it was rather touristy.

Opposite the hotel I was staying, there is this tourist shop that sold tickets to tourist attractions. It looked bona fide. So I bought my tickets from there. Original price 18 Euros, and I got mine for 16 Euros. They were selling some packages to go to other attractions (like Ice Bar), but I didn't have the time. So I just got the Heineken Experience one.

From the hotel, NH Carlton Amsterdam, it was about 15 minute walk to the Heineken Experience . I used my phone GPS, so the walk was very easy to navigate. This video shows me approaching the former Heineken factory and entering the attraction.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EOZeLaPONk

The place was more crowded than I had expected, which was fine. Came to this exhibit where there was a staff member explaining the hops.
http://i68.tinypic.com/2ahtges.jpg

The area where they displayed all the large old vats was interesting.
http://i66.tinypic.com/o6jl7s.jpg

Most of the vats were empty. And you could peer inside and some of them had LCD displays within.
http://i63.tinypic.com/91be5y.jpg

However, this one was full of hops.
http://i65.tinypic.com/i2849f.jpg

After the golden vats display area, we had to walk past stables. Yes, stables! There were horses. And a lady staff was talking about the horses, and how they were named after the CEOs. I zoomed by and didn't ask why Heineken needed horses. Racing maybe?
http://i63.tinypic.com/2zoengl.jpg

A view of the stables as I walked up the stairs. Take note, many staircases to climb in this attraction. I wasn't paying attention to whether they were any lifts.
http://i67.tinypic.com/15yj4aq.jpg

After the horses, I came to an area where we had to wait a bit to enter some show. The wait wasn't long and soon we were headed in.
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The show (which was about to be how they made Heineken beer) was standing only (i.e. no seats) and I was standing right in front. Therefore I could take a video of what happened. Here it is.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgx8W4ZdzHg

In the video above, I also show you the beer tasting that happens immediately after the show. Tantalising beer. This is just a taster portion. You can get two full glasses at the end of the Heineken Experience.
http://i65.tinypic.com/jv4p5l.jpg

The tasting area is quite large. It can hold a large group. The guy talks a lot. Anyway, the beer tasted very good.
http://i67.tinypic.com/vo3me1.jpg

The next part of the exhibit is very interesting. It is a place where you can personalize bottles for 6.50Euro with a name or a message. This video shows you the place.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cavPruwx7hY

A picture.
http://i68.tinypic.com/rcihk1.jpg

I personalized a couple of bottles for some friends. I thought it would be a good gift, HOWEVER, remember that the bottles cannot go into your handcarry if you are taking a flight. You must check them into your luggage. They are bulky.

The next part of the exhibit was a games area. The people here looked to be having a lot of fun!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVU36iklPzk

And finally, we get the beer. There was a line but it moved very quickly. On our wrist band, there are two tabs that you need to peel off to exchange for your beer. You either get two normal sized Heinekens or one serving of Heineken Extra Cold. I decided to go for the Extra Cold since I hadn't tried that before.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA6IrulYwC4

In this picture, you can compare the size of the glass for the Heineken EXTRA COLD serving, versus the normal serving. For the price of your ticket, you can get either ONE extra COLD serving, or TWO normal beers.
http://i67.tinypic.com/34o2f82.jpg

I didn't stay very long at the Heineken Experience, due to the lack of time. However, I'm glad I did the attraction. I wouldn't have brought my family here (they don't drink and not very suitable for minors), so this was a good opportunity for me since I was alone. Would I do it again? Probably not, unless accompanying a friend.

End of Heineken Experience. Burp.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:38 am

Thanks for sharing   I love your coverage of the red light district :P

The Peranakan food in SQ Economy looks great! I've been taking SQ once a month on average but only on short regional flights like BKK and CGK. They don't seem to offer such meals on those sectors. The food has always been fine on my flights but Peranakan food would be better!

Quoting guitarsingapore (Reply 3):
It was time to board my flight home. Greeted at the aircraft door by this very elegant looking SQ stewardess in a red kebaya. I believe the red kebaya signifies the most senior rank amongst the stewardesses.

That's the second most senior rank. The highest rank is the In Flight Supervisor who would don a aubergine-colour kebaya (or tie if it's a guy). The lady on the far right in this picture is in the IFS uniform- http://travel.asiaone.com/article/news/singapore-girl-gets-a-makeover
There is only one IFS on each flight.



[Edited 2015-11-29 03:39:43]
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Economy Singapore To Amsterdam

Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:45 pm

Unfortunately, I think SQ no longer offers the Peranakan food options.

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