Last time I have been to Singapore was in March 2020. Actually, it was my last flight before all the pandemic and furlough. I didn’t realize it at that point. We all were anxious for the future and how the situation will unfold.
Seeing Singapore in my roster first time in 1.5 years got me feeling little bit emotional. I knew that we will have to self isolate for almost 3 days (that’s not the case with everybody – just part of the agreement between airlines and local government I suppose).
I decided I am not going to waste those 50 hours (all by myself) in Singapore. Packed books, magazines, lots and lots of food! Apart from that I impressed myself also by packing sports outfit. Yea I know! To be honest I often do it (pack) but rarely have time or place to actually go ahead with exercising. But this time I knew that there won’t be any excuse when it comes to time. Time was all I had.
Boeing 777 (300)
Aircraft that we have flown to Singapore was Boeing 777 (300) and actually it’s one of the newest models in our fleet. I personally haven’t set foot on it before! It’s super fresh, new and it’s got beautiful Club Suite, which I absolutely love because of how private and modern it is. To give you an overview this Boeing has:
*8 first class seats
*76 Club Suites (like the ones on the picture below)
*40 seats in World Traveller +
*132 seats in World Traveller
There are also 16 crew seats, but usual crew complement on it is 13.
You can enter Singapore without permission only if you are a citizen and/or are a permanent resident of Singapore. Rules are changing as we speak, so please be mindful of that and if you are looking for more information about entry requirements – read them HERE.
United Kingdom in Singapore’s eyes is a high risk country, and number of people on board reflects that. I don’t remember exact numbers, but I believe that number of passengers from London -> Singapore was less than 10. It feels super weird! 3 times I have been prior to pandemic, those flights are always full to the brim. Even it was difficult getting on staff travel (which is standby ticket).
hotel room and bed
More than 14 hours later, we finally got escorted to the hotel. We’ve been give one time entry key and got told we are not allowed to leave our room till the end of our stay. I was happy to find out that view from my room is literally a runway! How cool! For an aviation geek like me, it was like a Christmas gift (no joke).
I gotta tell you this. My room wasn’t just a room, it was a big suite, with huge bathroom (and bathtub!), and even like a small living space area with sofa and coffee table. I was told couple days before my trip about that bathtub so I was prepared! Got myself nice bath bombs and champagne too (because why not!). That was suppose to be my reward after exercising at least 1 hour and so I did! The first day went pretty quick and I couldn’t be more excited for bed 🙂
Second day was little bit slower, but I kept myself occupied with movies, plane spotting and slowly organizing my things and packing them away.
I even spotted our ‘ride home’ that just landed!
time to go home?
Yes and yes. Definitely yes. I am an introvert. However spending so much time all by yourself, and not being able to even breathe fresh air, or open the window – made me feel anxious. How people are doing it for 10-14 days in quarantine? I really feel for them. I was happy to be getting back, even though I knew 13-14 hours flight is ahead of us.
In Singapore we needed to wear surgical face masks + face shields as well. It felt super claustrophobic for me, especially that it was 35 degrees outside, boiling hot even without masks! But what needs to be done, needs to be done. Time to go home.
Until next time!