Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.
SAS Summer Pop Up Lounge, Arlanda T5 (ARN)
SAS Plus Stocholm-London
Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge, London (LHR)
United Club, London Heathrow (LHR)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, London-Bangkok
New EVA Air Lounge, Bangkok (BKK)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, Bangkok-Taipei
Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan Airport
EVA Air The Infinity Lounge Taipei (TPE)
EVA Air Premium Laurel Class Hello Kitty Jet, Taipei-Fukuoka
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
ANA Suite Lounge Satellite 5 T1 Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class, Tokyo-Singapore
Singapore Airlines The Private Room, Changi Airport (SIN)
Singapore Airlines First Class, Singapore-Manila
Top Attractions in the Philippines
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, NAIA (MNL)
Cathay Pacific Business Class, Manila-Hongkong
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific First Class, Hongkong-Frankfurt
Air France-KLM Lounge, Frankfurt (FRA)
Finnair Business Class, Frankfurt-Helsinki
Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
Top Attractions in Finland
Finnair Premium Lounge, Helsinki Airport (HEL)
Finnair Business Class, Helsinki-Stockholm
Departure in Singapore (SIN): 9:35
Arrival in Manila (MNL): 13:10
Equipment: Boeing 777-300 ER
Flight duration: 3h 35m
Date of flight: July 10, 2015
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #30
Singapore Changi Airport
Arriving around 3am at Singapore Changi Airport, I went straight to the First Class Lounge and stayed there until about 5am, after which I transferred to the Singapore Airlines Private Room which is exclusively for Suites and First Class passengers flying on Singapore Airlines.
Lounge, Singapore Airlines The Private Room
Singapore Airlines The Private Room dining area
Boarding, gate E28
After enjoying my stay at the First Class Lounge Terminal 2, I headed to Gate E28 shortly before 9am. There was already a long queue when I arrived but fortunately, the security check went faster than I anticipated.
Aircraft, Boeing 777-300ER
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER bound for Manila on a rainy Friday morning
Singapore to Bandar Seri Begawan in First Class and had the same seats so apparently these are their regional first seats which are very spacious and comfortable.
Business Class Seat
Since the business class cabin was located just behind the first class cabin, I asked Alice if I could have a look and was allowed to do so without any problem. Although not as spacious as the first class seats, I thought they were still wider than most of what other airlines offer.
The first class champagne was the 2004 Dom Perignon 👍
Selection of sliced fresh fruits
From the Bakery
Shortly after finishing my yogurt, the captain came again to the PA and informed us that the meal service would be interrupted due to bad weather. I thought Alice really did a great job because in a less than a couple of minutes, she came to my seat and served my main course. I was guessing it would have been a long wait for me had she not done that since the turbulence lasted for quite some time.
The other choices from the menu were:
Pork and Century Egg Congee
Griddled Coconut Pancakes
Selection of Dim Sum
Fresh Eggs with choice of Chicken Sausage or Smoked Salmon
My lobster was perfect that I really had to commend the chef for that. Alice upon noticing that the table cloth has gotten dirty (as I spilled some sauce) came with a new one and changed it. Impressive!
Warm Cream of Walnut
After enjoying my meal, Alice came with the duty free items I ordered from the internet, as well as some giveaways including playing cards, writing pad and pen and two Singapore Airlines bears!
Landing at NAIA
It was my first time to fly to Manila in First Class and I was glad I flew on Singapore Airlines. The food was excellent and the service was just exceptional that I couldn't ask for more. Although I was a bit frustrated when I found out that my checked in baggage was damaged despite flying in Suites/First Class, I was still glad that it had been taken care of well by Singapore Airlines. To all the crew on this flight specially to Alice, thank you so much!
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