So I’m back from Taiwan and since I have yet to cull the photos from my friends’ cameras, I’ll post about my flight first. I know most people usually don’t make a big deal about that, but this is the first time I’ve flown on a non-budget flight on a non-work trip, so this was special for me. I used my miles to book myself a flight on Singapore Airlines because they have a good reputation, and you know what, all that feedback was right!
On my way to Taiwan I was seated next to a girl (who wore a mask over her nose and who was probably sick) so I wasn’t able to take too many pictures because I’m shy like that. Besides, I had also had only two hours of sleep and needed to catch up, so most of my flight was spent like this:
On the way back to Singapore, though, I didn’t have a seatmate, so I was very happy because I could move around freely. Before I got into the plane, though, I arrived at the airport way early, so I had plenty of time to kill. My cellphone was nearly dead so I couldn’t sur the web. Luckily I found some PCs set up for just that purpose. Then my feet grew weary from standing, so I found a nice cafe where I could savor a cup of mocha while reading a book on my kindle.
|While waiting: mocha + Kindle|
The plane was big, with three rows of seats and twice as long as the budget airline planes I’m normally used to. Each passenger had his own TV and a small pillow and thick blanket. There were lots of shows and movies to choose from, popular shows and new movies too.
|Huge plane interior|
|Fiddling with my TV remote|
|Pointing out the pillow and blanket|
Also unlike budget airlines, they served meals. There were two choices and I chose oriental, which was composed of stir-fried pork in black pepper sauce with chinese vegetables and rice. It came with a side dish of poached chicken and beancurd salad with ginger-spring onion dressing, a roll of bread with butter, a choice of coffee or tea, a small pineapple cake (a popular Taiwanese delicacy) and a cup of Haagen Dazs strawberry ice cream. Everything was yummy except for the bread which was a bit too hard.
|Getting ready to eat my in-flight dinner|
|Bonus treat: Haagen Dazs! So yum!|
It takes 4.5 hours to fly from Singapore to Taipei, so an in-flight entertainment system really helps to pass the time. Luckily they had a wide range of show and movies to choose from, ranging from popular new shows/movies to old classics. On the way to Taiwan I watched some episodes of Sherlock, Big Bang Theory, New Girl and the first half of the movie Rock of Ages (I hated it so I didn’t finish the movie and decided to sleep instead.) On the way back, I watched two new movies that I had missed seeing on the big screen – Ted and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. And because I am super easily moved to tears, I actually cried during both movies. I took a picture to see what I look like crying. Haha.
|Super easily moved to tears. LOL.|
|Watching Ted while eating ice cream|
It was a very enjoyable flying experience. I guess I gotta rack up those miles again, huh. In the meantime I need to settle for budget airlines again.