Europe 2013: Singapore Airlines A380 Suite Class (Part 3)

(Continued from parts 1 and 2)

The suite bed was extremely conducive to a nice little nap. I woke up feeling refreshed and a bit peckish, but it wasn’t quite time for lunch to be served yet so I asked to look at the snack menu: there were the usual chips and chocolates for sure, but I was far more excited by the selection of hot snacks.

The cabin lights were still dimmed and I wasn’t yet ready for my bed to turn back into an armchair, plus James was still asleep in the adjoining suite and I didn’t want to wake him. So the cabin crew offered to serve my mee tai mak (老鼠粉) in a nearby vacant cabin, since there were many available.

You can only imagine how my mouth watered and my tummy rumbled at the sight and aroma of this nicely laid-out '"snack".

You can only imagine how my mouth watered and my tummy rumbled at the sight and aroma of this beautifully laid-out ‘”snack”.

Mid-air comfort food for the absolute win. And yes, it tasted just as good as any mee tai mak soup I've ever had on land. Maybe even better.

Mid-air comfort food for the absolute win. And yes, it tasted just as good as any mee tai mak soup I’ve ever had on land. Maybe even better.

With a temporarily sated tummy, I turned my attention back to the KrisWorld entertainment system and watched the 2nd half of the 2009 Star Trek movie. In-flight movies are a very different experience when the screen is not just ridiculously large but alsosituated at a very comfy viewing distance.

I took this photo earlier in the flight while leaning back in my chair, hoping it would show the viewing distance accurately. It doesn't really do justice to the experience though.

I took this photo earlier in the flight while leaning back in my chair, hoping it would show the viewing distance accurately. It doesn’t really do justice to the experience though.

Pretty soon it was time for lunch. The cabin windows were opened to allow daylight in, and the appetiser course was served to me in bed.

Yay satay! I think there was one stick each of chicken, beef and mutton. They were pretty good, and the sauce was completely legit.

Yay, satay! I think there was one stick each of chicken, beef and mutton. They were pretty good, and the sauce was completely legit. (James: “If only they had ketupat for me to finish up the sauce with.”)

Once again we were invited to a separate cabin to have our meal. This is where the second seat came in handy, so we could eat facing each other. Both our main courses had been pre-selected through Book The Cook, but aside from the satay, every course in this meal came with multiple options which we’d selected just after take-off.

Not only do we look bedraggled, we're wearing the provided Givenchy pajamas which were actually more like a modified sweatsuit. Never did I expect to look this unglam while dining in first class :P

Not only are we sleepy and bedraggled, we’re wearing the provided Givenchy pajamas which were actually more like a modified sweatsuit. Never did I expect to look this unglam while dining in first class 😛

My lunch! Clockwise from top left: cold lobster salad with caviar, a light Chinese soup, rack of lamb, and a pina colada sundae for dessert.

My lunch! Clockwise from top left: cold lobster salad with caviar, a light Chinese soup, rack of lamb, and a pina colada sundae for dessert. It was all amazingly good, though I only had the tiniest taste of the caviar because I was feeling iffy about mercury and listeria and other such pregnancy-related dietary downers.

James' lunch was similar, except that he'd picked caviar as a starter and lobster Thermidor for the main course.

James’ lunch was similar, except that he’d picked caviar as a starter and lobster Thermidor for the main course.

Not too long after lunch, it was time to land in London. This was probably the only time I’ve ever felt like a flight ended too soon 😉

The entire in-flight experience was so enjoyable – from the creature comforts of the suite to the tasty meals, plus the passenger to toilet ratio (5 passengers, 2 loos). I also liked how the cabin crew found a nice balance between making sure I was absolutely comfortable and taken care of, then staying well out of my way until/unless I needed anything. And, as a bonus parting gift, the cabin crew handed us Fast Track passes to bypass the queues at passport control. This was especially awesome in the light of the madness that is Heathrow Airport.

That’s it for the Suite Class recap! My next posts will be about the actual trip and not the journey, I promise.

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  1. MissusTay - October 17, 2013

    it’s the ultimate level of enjoyment you can get on a plane, babe! i especially like the part that they know to stay well out of the way unless needed. that is truly good service. not the always-in-your-face kind! :p

    • Germaine - October 17, 2013

      Ultimate spoilage! I doubt I’ll ever get the opportunity again 😉

      We enjoyed the service so much that we noted down all the crew names to write an appreciation note to the airline. The crew on the flight back were good too, but a bit more in-your-face in comparison.

  2. leanne - January 17, 2015

    OMFG. you travelled first class to LONDON. JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Germaine - January 17, 2015

      You know how some collaterals describe things as “an experience of a lifetime” and you think “pfft, such lazy hyperbole”? I was trying so hard not to use that particular cliche here…

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