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Flying to Singapore
My blood was boiling of curiosity when jetting-off for exhilarating Singapore.
I chose Singapore Airlines to fly from Istanbul to Singapore. It was worth every penny, it proved to be a great experience!
Just about everything was perfect about this airline!
I would have had the choice to fly with various other carriers (including Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines...), but I just had to fly with the flag carrier.
And, I wanted to try out the Boeing 777-200, which at that time was an unflown jet to me...
Inside the cabin
I loved the colours of the seats. They were comfy too. And, I had plenty of leg and elbow room (as opposed to a Lufthansa 747 flight, on which I felt like a sardine packed into a can!).
The cabin was squeaky-clean, the staff was more than friendly staff and the meals were delicious!
The flight was terribly long, I remember the long long hours spent above Turkey, Iran, then Pakistan, India...
We entered turbulence above the Bay of Bengal, just around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and I felt like Gagarin after getting out of the centrifuge... Turbulences can be brutal torture!
Snack: peanuts and orange juice
We first had a snack: peanuts with orange juice. Right after take-off.
Then came what I call "the brunch"...
Brunch shortly after take-off
The light meal I called "brunch" came a short while after take-off from Istanbul, after the snack.
After the ham sandwich-based brunch, we had 2 main meals.
Before serving us, we had the choice to select our meals from a menu booklet. Sophisticated!
The first "big meal" was served somewhere above eastern Turkey - western Iran... see below...
The first main meal
The opened meal you can see on the photo below...
Saucy chicken (stewed or boiled) with rice, vegetables. The smaller things you can see more clearly...
Behold: how my meal looked like. Tasted great!
I don't know the ingredients of-, nor the way how my main chicken-based meal was prepared, but it was great!
Closer look below...
Close-up on my chicken. It swam in a tasty sauce...
One of the little boxes contained prawn, small pineapple pieces - all in mayonnaise-based dressing. Served cold, of course...
The green plant on top is dill (I think).
I particularly loved this foods and I would love to re-make it home!
Prawn with pineapple and mayonnaise dressing
Following the munch, I sat back and tried to relax. Engine noise wasn't too strong, but after several hours it became bothering.
The staff also gave us slippers (which I didn't use), toothpaste with a single-use toothbrush, a pillow, a blanket... of course: the headphones.
As many times as I wanted, I could ask for orange juice, apple juice or water. I kept drinking the orange juice... it's good for hydration.
My screen's remote
My screen's remote could be used for playing various games (I didn't), but some adult passengers were pushing the buttons like crazy game-addicted kids!
Oh, my dear Lord! We men never grow up!
As we started our approach to Singapore, while flying somewhere above Malaysia, they served the second major meal...
The second big meal. Also warm.
Needless to dissect by ingredients - it's easy to see on the photo below...
I should mention: the sausage tasted a bit weird, but nothing bad, just unusual. Totally different from that I've found in Europe.
Behold: how my meal looked like. Tasted great!
This was my first ever flight with a Boeing 777-200 and I enjoyed it tremendously. In fact, in some ways the jet resembled the Airbus A300-200 (one of those flew me from Funchal to Lisbon a few years before).
The two jet models are comparable both in terms of size, performance, number of seats... and the interiors also resemble a bit.
Finally - my conclusion is: Singapore Airlines is a fantastic airline! The best I've tried until then and still my favourite as I'm typing this.
Singapore Airlines was voted The World's Top Airline by Skytrax and has held the top position in various ranking lists by Skytrax for long years.
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Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...
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