We start off this series of posts on Beijing with my flight onboard Singapore Airlines. Compared to my trip in Italy where I flew alone but traveled with a partner, this time round I was very much on my own. I did think that some independent travelling would do well for me before I get posted overseas in 2012, and to my surprise I realised that I enjoyed it quite a lot actually, much more that I had expected. Of course there were times when I did have the company of my colleague for dinner (she's on attachment at the Singapore Embassy in Beijing), but otherwise it was just me, finding my inner peace and really just taking in all the sights and sounds of a new place. If anything, I would say it was hugely therapeutic.
On the food onboard SQ, I thought it was very unpalatable to be honest. The Roasted Chicken on the SIN-PEK flight was terribly dry and was a chore to even swallow, while the cold bun served on the side could even pass off as rubbery. I opted for the "Muslim" option on the PEK-SIN flight back and got the Baked Salmon, which turned out to be ten times better but not necessarily amazing stuff either. It is in-flight food anyway, so what should I expect right? Still, I would really love to have something more than cold buns, dry chicken or even a sad pack of Khong Guan cream crackers from a multi award-winning airline.
I've noticed that there's two types of SQ travelers - one, the impressionable type who gets a ticket (free or otherwise) and tries to brag, and two, the passionate traveler who wouldn't mind trying out other airlines as part of the travelling experience, so long as the itinerary fits and it gets him to where he's headed. I've been travelling on SQ so much for work anyway that any novelty (if any) has long worn off, and things like the quality of in-flight food and the availability of short transits (to eat more? haha!) actually matter much more to me. The first group of SQ travelers would have you believe the food is stellar under all circumstances; me, I'm just being honest - it was very disappointing.
At least one thing is consistent though - my double shot Bailey's Irish Cream - grin- This has become somewhat of a staple on my flights on SQ, take it as chocolate milk with alcohol if you like. Smooth, creamy and served cold on the rocks, this makes for a perfect drink to ease you into your seat and get you absorbed in a movie or two on Krisworld Movies. If that's not enough, I usually have a small stash of chocolates to keep me sugared up as well ;)
Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.