Thoughts on a Recent Trip on SQ

Old Aug 9, 19, 2:45 am
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Thoughts on a Recent Trip on SQ

we just used KF points to fly BKK-SFO on SQ. We were fortunate enough to snag a couple of saver seats in Business class for the trip. SFO-SIN was done using Alaska points on JAL, with a stopover in Tokyo. Weíve done the SQ trip before on a paid PE ticket, and that was a bit of a long haul. J made it a lot better. I thought I would share some observations.

BKK-SIN was recently changed from an old, pretty well used up A330 to a new 787-10. To say the difference was noticeable would be an understatement. A much nicer plane and the environmental change was welcome. Service was quite good, even on a relatively short haul flight of 2 hours. In a sitting position, the J class seat was very comfortable. I did try the lie flat, just to check, and I didnít care for it. You lay at an angle and at 6í2Ē and a size 12 (US) foot, I think I would have a hard time getting comfortable on an overnight flight. Other than that, top notch, including the catering.

As we were on the 940 flight out of BKK and on SQ2 from SIN-SFO, we had a 5-1/2 hour layover at Changi. If you have a long layover, Changi is certainly the place to have it. We are a pretty good meal at The Green Market (now TGM for Priority Pass holders), then went in search of Irvinís Salted Egg Fish Skin. My niece wanted it.....why, I have no idea, as I find it pretty repulsive. We explored Jewel for a while. With the waterfall and some of the other attractions, it would be right at home as a Vegas casino mall. Being Singapore, it was Perfectly clean. We then retired to the Silverkris Lounge in T3, but only after my wife got her transit fix of laksa in the SATS Lounge. Itís not Sungei Road Laksa quality, but itís not bad. Silverkris was comfortable, though they need to provide outlets at each chair or ?).

SQ2 to HKG pulled back about ten minutes late and food service wa# interrupted not long after it started due to turbulence. Once it restarted, the catering was not quite as good. I had a beef dish that was over cooked and my wife had Lobster Thermidor (despite my warnings that many of you in your catering comments warned against it). The beef being overlooked I put down to the delay caused by the turbulence. So my meal gets a pass and my wifeís meal gets a pass from me cuz you all warned her. LOL.

Our approach to HKG had to be delayed about ten minutes out from landing due to weather. We circled for a good forty minutes and I was treated to a gorgeous light show from what looked to be a pretty hellacious thunderstorm. I was mesmerized watching it, though thankfully we didnít fly through it. At any rate, the delay put us an hour behind scheduled arrival in HKG, so now lounge or shopping. I had been interested in whether the showers in the SQ lounge ever reopened.

The SFO leg departed a good hour late and, while we made up a little time, that was all erased when we waited.....and waited.....and waited for our gate to become available. Oddly, we ended up on the A side of the International Terminal rather than the normal G side.. But maybe that was the only open gate. Immigration was good (thanks to Global Entry) despite two of the six GE kiosks being out of service. No customs form was handed out on the flight and none was needed. I fly internationally three or four times a year and the procedures change each time. Iím not knocking it, but itís always interesting to see what the latest situation is.

As for the crew on SQ2, great as always seems to be the norm on SQ. As for catering, I skipped supper as I was bone tired. We were up at 6BKK time, so by the time we got to HKG, we were dragging. I did have my favorite second meal, chicken and scallop congee and it did not disappoint.

The 777 was very clean, even with the minimal layover time in HKG. But it is looking a little old in the tooth compared to the 787. The environmental differences were noticeable too, as my wifeís mouth and nose got very dry and she started in on a sneezing fit. Again, the seats were comfortable as seats, but that same awkward angle was present. Thankfully, the footwell seemed bigger, and everything fit. So I was able to get about 9 hours sleep, which I rarely do even in my own bed. But I still think I like the herringbone layout for J seats better than this or the 787ís layout.

All in all, the trip went very well and we were pleased, yet again, with the experience on SQ. Next time, weíre booked in paid PE. Weíll take SQ1 to Singapore as their arrival time is fantastic for us. Weíll be on the morning non-stop to return (not the two class ULR, but the other non-stop). Thatíll get us back into SFO mid-morning and I hope that can cut down on the jet lag.
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Old Aug 11, 19, 3:23 am
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Glad you enjoyed your trip.

Rather off topic, but I think you regarded Sungei Road laksa a bit too highly. I know everyone has their favourite, but in my view 328 Katong is superior - the flavours are more well blended, and you donít get such pungent hit of belacan!
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Old Aug 11, 19, 3:53 am
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Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old Aug 11, 19, 5:53 am
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Carrotjuice:

328 used to be our “go to” laksa place. We went to what I think was the original stall on the Roxy Square side of East Coast, But the last couple of times we went (maybe three or four years ago), that outlet just wasn’t as good. It seemed a lot more watery and less flavorful. I know there are outlets all over town, so perhaps you went to a different one? Maybe next trip, we’ll try it again.

There’s a pretty good laksa place in Roxy Square as well, I believe called Original Katong Laksa. We’ve been there a few times and enjoyed it.

The great thing about Singapore is that you can ask ten different Singaporeans about the best laksa or chicken rice or prawn noodle, and you’ll get 20 different, but equally passionate answers.
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Did you arrive on 8/8 at SFO? (actually AM of 8/9 due to the gate delay at SFO...) If so, I was on the same flight. The J class was actually not full on the flight as a family of 3 we know was upgraded from PE. But somehow SQ did not allow me to upgrade my son's PE with miles at all for this leg and I was able to do it from the SQ1 leg.

I agreed with you that the food quality did seem to be off but the service was superb compare to CX. The HKG Kris Lounge was too packed though. My wife will be flying F in November, let's see how that go.
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Old Aug 11, 19, 11:56 am
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Did you arrive on 8/8 at SFO? (actually AM of 8/9 due to the gate delay at SFO...) If so, I was on the same flight. The J class was actually not full on the flight as a family of 3 we know was upgraded from PE. But somehow SQ did not allow me to upgrade my son's PE with miles at all for this leg and I was able to do it from the SQ1 leg.

I agreed with you that the food quality did seem to be off but the service was superb compare to CX. The HKG Kris Lounge was too packed though. My wife will be flying F in November, let's see how that go.
Yep. We were on the 8/8 flight. My wife thought someone got upgraded as well and ended up across from me, but I was so punch drunk tired when we reboarded at HKG I didnít notice.

Regarding the HKG Lounge, did the showers ever reopen?
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Yep. We were on the 8/8 flight. My wife thought someone got upgraded as well and ended up across from me, but I was so punch drunk tired when we reboarded at HKG I didnít notice.

Regarding the HKG Lounge, did the showers ever reopen?
I believe it is working as I heard someone being informed that the shower was ready for him. When I paid for the upgrade for my son at the airport, the agent mentioned that we can pretty much have our pick of seats around us and the family of 3 we know were upgraded right next to us in the end. My wife was complaining that I was a sucker to pay for the upgrade...
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Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience OP. My GF and I recently flew the 787 in J from BKK to SIN, and then onwards to SFO in J on the nonstop SQ34 A359ULR. We enjoyed our experience as well.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 11:11 am
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Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience OP. My GF and I recently flew the 787 in J from BKK to SIN, and then onwards to SFO in J on the nonstop SQ34 A359ULR. We enjoyed our experience as well.
Weíre heading back to Sing and BKK in November, but this time in PE. There was a sale earlier this year and the price in PE was to good to pass up. At present, weíre on SQ1 to Sing (777), an A330 (hopefully switched out to the 787-10 by that time) to BK, back to Sing on the same 787-10 as this time, but with a four night stopover with relatives before heading home on SQ32 (the nonULR359).

Hopefully, the arrival time in SFO at 8AM will help with jet lag, because SQ2, as much as I like the 777, just leaves this old man wiped out for a week.
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we just used KF points to fly BKK-SFO on SQ. We were fortunate enough to snag a couple of saver seats in Business class for the trip. SFO-SIN was done using Alaska points on JAL, with a stopover in Tokyo. Weíve done the SQ trip before on a paid PE ticket, and that was a bit of a long haul. J made it a lot better. I thought I would share some observations.

BKK-SIN was recently changed from an old, pretty well used up A330 to a new 787-10. To say the difference was noticeable would be an understatement. A much nicer plane and the environmental change was welcome. Service was quite good, even on a relatively short haul flight of 2 hours. In a sitting position, the J class seat was very comfortable. I did try the lie flat, just to check, and I didnít care for it. You lay at an angle and at 6í2Ē and a size 12 (US) foot, I think I would have a hard time getting comfortable on an overnight flight. Other than that, top notch, including the catering.

As we were on the 940 flight out of BKK and on SQ2 from SIN-SFO, we had a 5-1/2 hour layover at Changi. If you have a long layover, Changi is certainly the place to have it. We are a pretty good meal at The Green Market (now TGM for Priority Pass holders), then went in search of Irvinís Salted Egg Fish Skin. My niece wanted it.....why, I have no idea, as I find it pretty repulsive. ...
Just curious, how did you manage to get the Salted Egg / Fish Skin past immigration and health check?
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Old Aug 16, 19, 5:36 am
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We’ve taken them back into the US a couple of times, once in a big yellow Irvin’s bag, since we got them during a transit at Changi and couldn’t pack them. Customs didn’t have a problem with them at all.
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Regarding the HKG Lounge, did the showers ever reopen?
Yes, reopened & much improved but since the lounge can get very busy, wait times can be loooong
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