I fly to Moscow and back within a few days, for a short but most fascinating experience. Singapore Airlines operates a daily flight to Houston via Moscow. I would be flying the Singapore-Moscow leg, and on return the Moscow to Singapore leg.
62 scheduled departure from Singapore Changi was 0225hrs, wee hours of the morning. Alighting at the Terminal 3 concourse, number 5 gate, leads you directly to the Business Class check-in section.
This check-in section was rather empty that evening. Check-in was very quick, under 3 minutes. Going to Russia requires a Visa and the check-in staff was trying to find the visa on my passport. She had to flip through my passport a few times, but it was definitely there. Otherwise, there would be no Moscow trip for me.
This full sized X-wing craft was on display, close to the gates to the restricted area. The exhibit was closed for the evening, but plenty of people taking photos. There was also a 80% scale model of a TIE Fighter at Terminal 2, and I was quite tempted to go over to T2
to check it out, but I didn't.
Here is a video I made of the X-wing. It was a crowd favourite. People rushing to the restricted area would stop, take out their cameras and start taking photos/selfies/wefies... you name it.
The SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3 was pretty busy at this time of the evening. This should be the evening peak, as many flights leave for Europe and other destinations in the late night and into wee hours of the morning. Still, it was not difficult to find a seat.
Here is a video I made of the SilverKris Lounge. You can see that it is a rather large lounge. I read that Singapore Airlines will be refurbishing this lounge, probably in 2017. This lounge is not new, but still classy.
Self-serve alcohol. Make your own drink.
I decided to make my own gin and tonic drink. There was tonic water and gin and lemon, so what was I waiting for?
Ingredients to make your drinks.
I had used this SilverKris lounge before but I hadn't explored the business area. There were at least 20 of such stations with nice wide screens and a grand total of zero lounge users were using the lounge IT
equipment. These days, people bring their own mobile devices anyway. So this space is very underutilized. When the lounge is refurbished, this space could be put to better use.
Kid's Meal? Yes. This was the first time I noticed this sign. It could have been there before. You can approach staff to ask them for some kiddy food like nuggets and onion rings. There were very few kids in the lounge though, maybe 2 or 3 max.
This was showing on one of the large TV
screens. President Hollande of France of addressing an urgent joint session of the French Parliament. The tragic Paris attacks had occurred recently. Condolences to all the victims.
In this screenshot, the caption is very apt. "Barbarians will not be able to change the face of France." Well, as the world figures out what to do against these terrorists and barbarians, let us also be very clear that these terrorists who claim to act in the name of Islam, are just using the name of a peaceful religion as a cover. I am not a Muslim (in fact, I believe in Jesus Christ as my one and only saviour) but I have Muslim friends and have worked with many of them, and even served in the Singapore Armed Forces (which is a largely conscript army) with many Muslim brothers. Yes, I call them my brothers because we stand together, fight together, for the common good of Singapore, regardless of race or religion. These are all good guys. Let us not equate Islam with the heinous actions of these ISIS barbarians.
Coming back to a more wholesome topic, I am still very chinese/asian at heart when it comes to food and the congee was very comforting before my long flight. The congee was a fish congee. I added the available condiments, and went over to the prawn noodle station to add some prawns!
I must have spent more than 2 hours in the lounge. Well, time flew by. The internet connection was pretty fast and some work kept me busy. The lounge cleared out a lot past 1am, but soon it was time for me to make my way to the gate, which wasn't too far away.
It was late (or early), and the crowd waiting to board clearly looked tired. Most of the passengers were Caucasian. Well, not surprising. Let me put up my two flight videos here first, before going into more pictures and descriptions. This time, I decided to break the video into 2 parts instead of one mega long video.
62 Video Part 1 - boarding, take-off, drinks service before the meal
62 Video Part 2 - supper is served, sleep, breakfast and landing
Now, back to the picture Trip Report. This is a Boeing 777-300ER with the older Business Cabin product. SQ
has had a New Business Class product since late 2013. Well, the retrofitting seems to be taking forever. Nevertheless, I shall enjoy whatever I have to enjoy! Privileged to be flying in a premium cabin.
I am stretching out my legs.
Being a flight to Russia, they had to have a Russian version of the menu. Sorry about the orientation of the picture as I do not know how to get it to stand upright. If a moderator could help, that would be great. I think this shows Singapore to Moscow - Supper.
Another page of the menu. Well, you get the idea. Anyway, watch Part 1 of the video where I go through the English part of the menu.
The cabin crew came around to offer drinks before departure. I chose the orange juice. There was some alcohol on offer, but I can't remember what.
My choice for the after takeoff drink was the Singapore Sling. Some say this tastes like alcoholic fruit punch. But I do like it. It makes me happy. Here, the table has been set up for the meal service, which is supper.
The starter was some prawn salad. Cold dish, which was fine. I ate the prawns, that's about it. Quite juicy.
For the main, I chose the Thai style Pork Curry option. This was good, for airline food. Now that I am looking at the photo, it struck me that the dish looked spicy. In reality, it wasn't spicy at all. I don't even think that it was mildly spicy. It was, however, very flavourful. Not a bad dish.
For dessert, I had the creme brulee. A rather heavy dessert, but it looked really pretty. I couldn't finish this portion. Took about 1/3 and left the rest.
And finally, some cheese and crackers to end off. By this time, I felt really stuffed. I didn't eat that much on the plane. It must have been the lounge food as well.
I had a decent sleep, though I didn't sleep for long. In fact, when I woke up, I figured there was still 1.5 hours before they started breakfast service. So I asked for noodles to eat. I got this big bowl of noodles, which I ate barely half. Skeletons had come out to play by then.
I kept my seat in bed mode even as breakfast was approaching. It was time again for another breakfast in bed. Got some fresh fruit and croissant to start.
It was curious how this funny looking chap on a horse got onto my plate. Wonder where that came from. Anyway, I am not keen on horse meat. See you!
This was what I was waiting for! Nasi Lemak Book the Cook Breakfast. Now, this was simply awesome. I am sure there is better Nasi Lemak on land, but somehow, this was just so special. The sambal was outstanding. Looking at the picture makes my mouth water.
Watching this video makes my saliva drip all over my keyboard. (Ok, exaggeration)
We landed safely in Moscow, and the temperature was minus 1 deg. For a guy from the tropics like me, that sounded really cold. But my Russian friends said that the weather was pretty mild. Ok.
Disembarkation was smooth and our pick-up was at the airport waiting for us. Stay tuned for more pictures and videos of Moscow, as well as the flight back to Singapore.