I knew that it wasn’t exactly the best of preparation when I had to do some last minute shopping on my way home from work. Had to pick up insect repellent, contact lens solution and some muesli bars a couple of hours before I was due to leave for the big trip.
As much as I wanted to pack light, I still ended up with a big bag.
I blamed it on the books that I was carrying.
My brother dropped me at T3 a little behind the scheduled meeting time of 11.30pm.
Unsurprisingly I was the first to arrive.
I went to weigh my luggage and came away surprised.
Chiang was the next to arrive and after waiting a while we decided to check-in first.
As Chiang’s ticket was bought through Transaero, I wasn’t able to select his seat on the SQ website when I did OLCI for the rest earlier. The empty seats beside the rest were gone by the time we were checking in and it took quite some time for the agents to get SQ to release one of the few remaining aisle seats to him.
While we were waiting, Ling Rong and Wee had arrived at the airport and joined us at the counter. After the agent was done with Chiang’s seat assignment, she printed out our boarding passes and ensured that all our check-in baggage were affixed with the priority tags.
Knowing that Jaslin and Lewis would be late, we went ahead to clear the immigration first.
The reason why we were early at the airport was because we (the guys) wanted to catch the Euro 2012 match between Croatia and Italy and we followed the signs to the free public screening area.
Luckily there were still seats available and shortly after our arrival Pirlo scored from a beautiful free-kick.
At half-time I excused myself from the rest and headed to T3 SilverKris Lounge for my first visit.
I was welcomed by one of the two agents stationed at the entrance and the lounge had emptied out by then.
While not exactly hungry, I still checked out the buffet spread.
I picked a few items for supper.
Before leaving I went to check out the drinks section.
Got to say T3 SKL was one of the nicest lounges that I had visited. It seemed roomier than T2 SKL although I suspected that it would feel as crowded as its sister lounge during peak hour.
Satisfied with the tour, I went back to the match. After the final whistle (score 1-1), I proceeded to the gate where the rest had already gathered.
Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 62
Depart: Singapore (SIN) – 02:30
Arrive: Moscow Domodedovo (DME) – 09:10
Distance: 5217 miles (8396 km)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Seat: 11 A
Boarding had already started by the time we were through with the security and I bid goodbyes to my friends at the aerobridge.
I was pretty familiar with SQ service and product by then and deep down I know that I will miss it sooner rather than later (especially during long-hauls on Scoot or AirAsia X).
The crew came by with some pre-departure drinks and magazines and I thought that I could do with some bubbles.
Meanwhile at the back…
I wasn’t idle at the front either, busy exploring the seat.
Seat pocket content:-
Since KrisWorld wasn’t booted up on the ground, I made do with the Economist.
There wasn’t much delay since it was a 2.30am departure and we were airborne shortly after ETD.
Shortly after the seat belt sign went off, the crew went around distributing hot towels and drinks.
I switched to my usual programming on KrisFlyer while waiting for supper.
The main course was really disappointing and I wished that I had done a BTC instead.
After the dishes were cleared, I got one of the crew to convert my seat while I went to the lavatory.
I fall asleep not long after my head touched the pillow and unexpectedly woke up somewhere over India.
Drifted back into sleep and was less than 4 hours away from the destination when I woke up again.
Not willing to incur the wrath of other sleeping passengers, I only dared to lift the window lid slightly, in the hope of seeing some land.
Saw these goodies in the galley on the way back from the washroom.
Unable to return to sleep, I switched on the KrisWorld for some entertainment.
From the scrolling news I also knew that Spain beat Ireland 4-0 in the later Group D match.
I was really impressed with Ferran Adria and his culinary inventions although I wasn’t so sure with all the chemicals that he was adding to his food.
Although they weren’t elBulli’s wacky dishes, I quite like the dim sum and as usual I finished my meal with hot green tea.
After I was done with the meal, I wanted to convert my bed back into seat. Couldn’t find the cache and need a crew to help.
Final show before landing:-
The captain went on the PA to announce that we were descending and would be in DME ahead of time.
[Insert landing video]
While waiting to disembark I chatted briefly with a senior male crew member about the First Class.
There wasn’t anyone at the immigration queue. It appeared that most passengers on SQ62 would carry onto IAH.
The official at the counter couldn’t find the visa in my passport and needed the help of her neighbor. No smiles or “Welcome to Russia” but honestly I was thankful that it was hassle-free.
All of us had cleared immigration but no bags arrived. When they finally did, the priority tags did its jobs and those with them were spit out first.