Wednesday, September 20, 2023

How I Pass Five Hours At Changi Airport

TWO FLIGHTS IN A DAY...

I started flying with SIA in 2019 and ever since, I always go for this airline for my own convenience.  Sometimes there are offers but most times, it is a bit more expensive than other airlines.  I like to take SIA because it stops over in Singapore and after that, all the way to San Francisco direct.  Furthermore, I don't feel so "alien" in Changi airport, after all, we are neighbours, right?  LOL....

My flight from Penang was at 11.50am and I reached the airport around 9.30, I had ample time to check in.  The flight from Penang to Singapore is around 1 hour 25 minutes and by the time I reached Singapore, it was almost 2pm.  I was very hungry by then and I quickly took a skytrain to terminal 1 where the plaze premium lounge is located.  

My next flight from Singapore to San Francisco is around 7pm plus, and that is more than 5 hours for me to rest and relax.  I went into the lounge, chose a nice private cubicle to myself, took some food and watched a movie on my iPad.  Food and drinks are free flow and that is one of the reasons too, I like to layover in Changi!  

At around 6.30pm, I walked to the gate which was just below the lounge, to my surprise!  I remember the last time I had to walk quite a distance to my gate.  No flight delay... and I always forget to take pictures of my seat and the aircraft food which have nothing to shout about really.  Even though they serve Asian noodles or rice, I just could not finish them except for the Haagan Diaz ice cream cup.  In the end, I always end up eating more snacks than snacks.  Watched a couple of movies  on and off while dozing in between with music in my ears to ward off the airplane noise.  

Landed in San Francisco at around 8.15pm and I quickly made my way to the immigration, overtaking as many passengers as I could to avoid the long queue.  *kiasu me*  Surprisingly, the foreigners line was not as long as the citizens/PR line and I was cleared to go within 15 minutes.  Another surprise, the trolley was free this time!  Cost me $8 to get one for my bags the last time...  

Anyway, Thank God I have a smooth journey and immigration process was fast.... I will be here for a couple of months, not so much to travel but to be homebound!  LOL.... 
Checked in my two big bags...
And only settled for the backpack on my back... 
Bye Penang... for now....
Singapore, here I come....
My private cubicle at the Plaza Premium Lounge... 
First round... Chicken Rice...
Small portion just nice for me...
Then my second round..
Noodles soup and some condiments.... 
No third round... I was full by then... 
See you again in a couple of months!


4 comments:

  1. You are looking lovely as usual, Clair. You are by now a seasoned traveler and know everything about it!

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  2. Changi is nice...but of course, everything you multiply by 3.5 to see how much it is in our miserable ringgit. One reason why I don't travel anymore these days, cannot tahan the pinch. Not worth it in the end.

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  3. Taking two flights in a day could be tiring. I wish to fly to Singapore one day. It has been long since I visit our neighbour. My aunt and cousin keep nagging me to go over. Lol.

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  4. Wah, you are looking fit Claire. Slim. You must be looking forward to your little grandson. Enjoy!

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