Straight right after the flight, I am on the way to Cologne. My final destination for the day was actually Brussels, but since I am passing by Koln by train, why not, which is why Cologne become the first city that I am going to visit in Chapter Wanderlust. Yes, some of you guys might be confused with Koln or Cologne, they are actually the same! Koln is actually the word for it in German, which is why if you are actually in Cologne, you will find either spelling used throughout. One very good example is the main train station, where they use Koln frequently. So yea, don’t misunderstand that you are at the wrong station. They actually are pronounce and sounds the same! Fresh of my flight from Singapore, I barely made it for my train due to the delay of the flight in Singapore! But thanks to some awesome Singapore Airlines Crew I made it! After roughly around 2 hours in the train, I was greeted by this magical sight!
Current City: Linz, Austria
Current Place: Travelling at 200km/hr on Railjet
After a long hiatus, I have finally found the time to write this Flight Report that I hope a bunch of you guys have been waiting for! It was a dream came true, a decade long dream! After the mind blowing, industry setting Suites on Singapore Airlines have been release in the year 2007! At that exact moment the little fan boy of me have long wanted to fly it. It came at a huge cost though, with a ticket easily costing some 20,000 dollars to fly in style from Singapore to the States. 10 years later, on the 9th October 2017, I have finally did it! Yes it is a milestone, a ground breaking achievement for me Dennison Wee as well as Seeing The World In Steps! I can now say that I have flown all the premium cabin of Singapore Airlines. While the product is no longer ground breaking as so many other airlines have now copy it and launch their own product. As I am writing this and currently on this Chapter Wanderlust of mine, Singapore Airlines have just announced that they will be launching a brand new cabin for all their classes on Nov 2. I am surely looking forward to see how the new suites will be. As Singapore Airlines are always ground breaking and industry setting! Flying the Suites is unbelievable and trust me, hang on a while and let me take you onboard my journey. SQ26, Singapore to Frankfurt!
Since I had plenty of time towards my flight and to make things even worse, my flight was being delayed for about an hour due to thunderstorm and weather! I decided to check out the nearby KrisflyerGold Lounge located in T3. Previously being in the Airforce, it sure felt like a common thing, happening day in day out where usually due to weather and rain, our plans for the whole day just comes to nothing. Most of the time we will just shrug it off, since it doesn’t really affect my stuff and life goes on as per usual, we will just fly on the spare days instead. Cat 1, heavy winds, no ground activities. This time around I was really feeling it, even though I would absolutely love to stay in The Private Room and the Suites for even longer, I had a train connection to make! I certainly didn’t want to miss it. Stay tuned for the story for this as well, which I will share very soon in the flight report of the suites that I recently flew. Speaking about access to the lounge, although I didn’t really qualify for access into the KrisflyerGold Lounge, the attendant just waved me in since I was holding on to a suites ticket anyway.
After having my scrumptious dinner and experience at The Private Room, if you guys remember about my last episode, I was sharing on the best lounge of Singapore Airlines, where you can only access it when flying Suites or First Class on SQ. I got to work out some of that calories and decide to check out the rest of the lounge, which comprises of the First Class and Business Class section. While I have been to the business class portion of the lounge, I have never been to the First Class portion of the lounge. I am also keen to see how things have change in the business class section. Since The Private Room was located inside the First Class Section, immediately out of it would be the First Class Lounge. The Silverkris lounge is available for access if you are travelling in Business or First Class on SQ or Star Alliance Partners. It is also available to the top tier membership of SQ, PPS Club. For all other Star Alliance Gold card holder or KrisGold holder, you are able to access the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge instead.
After my hiatus in Changi Airport and also having much calories in me to kill, I went on a lounge hopping around Terminal 3 of Singapore Changi Airport. Using my unlimited access Priority Pass lounge card from Standard Chartered Bank, I am determine to find out which is the best Priority Pass Lounge in Terminal 3. For those of you who are unsure. Priority Pass owns the largest network of lounge in the world, while it does not owns the actual lounge it actually collaborate with many different lounge operators to provide it’s card members with access. There are shitty lounge in the network, to some really nice airlines ones like the Air France Lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge and also even one world lounges. Some will have to pay, but mostly people can get for free with collaboration from their credits cards. There are more than 1000 lounge in the world and you can find them on their apps or the website. Speaking of this, Singapore Changi Airport actually have many lounge in the network. We have actually 10 lounge throughout Terminals 1 to 3. There are currently no lounge in Terminal 4. My go to lounge in Terminal 1 would be the Plaza Premium Lounge, it is one of the newest and also one of the best. The lounge journey begins.
I visited a total of 3 lounge in Terminal 3, this will be pretty good research for my future holidays. I visited the SATS Premier Lounge, dnata Lounge and also the Ambassador Transit Lounge. I will share my thoughts here. The first one would be dnata lounge, the décor look fresh and cool, it seems to be well maintained as well. It has a quiet reading area as well with some nice brown couch to rest on. It seems really nice. What I really like about this lounge would also be the individual toilets with showers. Instead of a huge shared ones, this is really good and they are well maintained as well.
Speaking about the refreshments, there was a small buffet area between the main lounge area and the entrance. The buffet area also had a couple of actual proper dining tables for those who would like to have a meal. They have hot options like Chicken Satay, Teriyaki Salmon some salad corner and also cup noodles. The satay looks pretty good. Drinks wise, the coffee machine look professional and a soda machine, the alcohol options looks pretty limited and no individual bottled water.
The next lounge that I went to next would be the Ambassador Transit Lounge, it is located near the food court, at the far end of it. This lounge is packed. Like really crowded, seats were mostly taken up, some of the people even took off their shoes and rest their legs on the couch. I was promptly welcomed into the lounge by the agent and after swiping my PP card, I was given a wifi code and also two drinks coupon. So in comparison to the dnata Lounge, this lounge is even more stingy and controlling the drinks. They a pretty cool business corner with touch screen computers and it is probably the most spacious area in the lounge currently. The lounge should have views of the planes and runways, although it is at night and couldn’t see a thing.
Refreshments wise, there was three to four hot options and some cakes. There was a pretty cool salad bar though and they were covered. Speaking about hygiene. There was also a made to order laksa station which I though was pretty good.
Given that it was a Priority Pass Lounge I was very impress by its showers and also the toilet. They have individual showers which actually looks pretty chic. It is actually even better than the bed and breakfast that I am staying at right now. There are rainforest showers, although soaps are by dispenser I am still okay with it, given that it is a priority pass lounge. There are also a make up area, with mirrors, chairs and hairdryer.
The last lounge that I visited was the SATS Premier Lounge. I had the highest expectation with it, given that I always visit them in terminal 1 and was always pretty fine by it. The décor was nice, looks fresh and new. They also had flowers and the lounge sort of extend into the terminal, which makes it look more spacious. They have comfy couches and warm lighting that makes it comfy for relaxing and also screen that shows the flight details as well as international news. They had these nice tall leather arm chairs that were really cool and nice but doesn’t provide a lot of privacy though.
Refreshments wise, there are nice coffee machine and definitely more comprehensive and nicer alcohol selection out of all the lounges that I have visited. Perhaps I am there when the dinner crowd is over, there isn’t much food and I only saw a salad bar with some cold cuts. There were bottled water though.
To conclude, I can’t really say that there is a best Priority Pass lounge in Terminal 3, I think that each of the three lounge that I went each had its stong points and weakness. The best lounge in Changi Airport would still be the Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 1.
Best Décor and Lounging Space: SATS Premier Lounge
Best Showers: Ambassador Transit Lounge
Best Refreshments: dnata Lounge
To me a priority pass lounge, would be to have a quiet and relaxing place to rest. It isn’t for any gourmet dining or what. A nice clean place would be the best. Something extra would definitely be the hot refreshment. Showers as well when I am in transit. Another thing that can’t be missed will definitely be small bottles of water. Sometimes when I am in a rush, I would just like to grab a bottle of water and then board the plane. It is a good way to escape from all the overpriced water at the airport. With this I hope you guys have a clearer idea, my go to lounge should be the SATS Premier Lounge, since my home is in Singapore, I do not need a shower and I believe that during dinner time, the refreshments would be more substantial.
Finally, THE NEXT POST I WILL FINALLY SHARE ON THE SUITES ON SQ!
Writing this 36,000 Ft in the air, currently on-board SQ26 to Frankfurt, it is a dream come true and also gleaming at the Suites. I have always wanted to try the Suites since it was launched back then in 2007, now I can finally say I did it! Before I start sharing all about the Suites experience and get crazy I shall share a little on the ground experience first.
Hey peeps, after a long hiatus, I am finally back here, sharing about my next trip! And trust me, this is going to be the trip of the decade. Trust me, this time around I won’t be disappearing for long, given how much content I would have from my upcoming two amazing trip that I am about to undertake. Literally undertake, since I am actually writing this post to start on this series, Chapter Wanderlust, right here from The Private Room in Changi Airport Terminal 3. Yeeeeaaaa guys, I’m finally going to try out the legendary Suites of Singapore Airlines. Stay Tuned for that experience. You all are also able to follow it on my Instagram, @seeingtheworldinsteps. With content out of the way, now my only challenge would be finding time while on my travels to blog all about it, after all I am trying not to write about some restaurant or place a year after I have been there. But due to the amount of post and content, hopefully I do not have to wait too long to be able to. Yaaas, back to the trip, it is titled WANDERLUST as after about two years and winding down my amazing career in the airforce, I am finally able to embark on this Europe trip. Checking off a couple off my bucketlist, feeling the freedom, first solo trip and also trying so many new stuff and flying Suites. It is a WANDERLUST!