Terminal Two, Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, and the SilverKris Lounge
I got to the terminal at around 3 PM, check-in has already opened for Singapore Airlines and there’s a long line forming in the economy section. Luckily, there was just a couple of people in the business line, I just had to wait a couple of minutes before one counter opens up. Check-in was smooth and efficient, and the agent quickly had my bags checked all the way to Male. Boarding passes were printed with the invitation to the SilverKris Lounge printed on it (no separate lounge invitations issued). Security and immigration had long lines but all of us were quickly processed in less than 15 minutes. Then it was just an escalator ride up to the SilverKris Lounge.
熱食區 hot dishes
熱食區 hot dishes
貴賓室座位區 seating in the lounge
SQ 879 台北－新加坡
SQ 879 Taipei－Singapore
新加坡航空 Singapore Airlines 879（SQ 879）
台北桃園 Taipei Taoyuan（TPE）－ 新加坡 SIngapore Changi（SIN）
起飛時間 Depart: 17:45PM
降落時間 Arrive: 10:10PM
飛行時間 Duration: 4hr25min
機型 Aircraft: Airbus 330-300
座位 Seat: 12D（商務艙 Business Class）
Boarding was delayed for about 5 minutes, but then they quickly announced boarding for business class passengers (even before passengers with children!). I think I was the second one to board. The FA greeted me and immediately offered to take my coat for me. Pre-departure beverages (champagne, of course) and hot towels came soon after, a wide selection of newspapers/magazines followed right after that. SInce it was a full cabin in business class today, the purser and 3 other FAs worked in the business class cabin. The Taiwanese FA working my aisle was very friendly and attentive. The other FA, however, was much more mechanic. I never saw a smile on her face.
D4登機門 Gate D4
商務艙 business cabin
商務艙廁所 business class lavatory
歐舒丹備品 L'Occitane amenities
其它備品 other amenities
迎賓香檳 pre-departure champagne
襪子和眼罩 socks and eye masks
Givenchy毛毯 Givenchy blanket
It was my first time in SQ’s regional business class seats, so I took some time to play with all its functions before take off. Even though it’s only an angled flat bed, it’s still very comfortable to sleep in for a 4-hour flight. I liked the fact that they have a laptop storage space next to the seat along with an outlet to charge your smarphones, tablets, laptops, etc. The blanket from Givenchy was also super comfortable. I’d say it’s a great seat for a regional flight, definitely better than the China Airlines one I flew from Taipei to Bangkok last summer, even though they had a similar design.
座位控制器 seat control
個人螢幕 personal screen
headset and reading materials
閱讀燈 reading light
Boarding was actually completed very quickly, and we took off in no time. After the seatbelt sign was turned off, orders were taken and the FAs started preparing our first drink after take off. I had the legendary Singapore Sling, but it was only OK. The overall meal service was extraordinary. Everything was near perfect, except the steak I preordered from the “Book the Cook” service. It's probably the worst piece of meat I've ever had, both in the air and on the ground. It was completely dry and over-cooked. I decided to give it up after a few bites. But hey, I’m still enjoying a nice meal and champage at 30,000 feet, so what is there to complain about?
酒單 wine list
新加坡司令 Singapore Sling
餐點服務結束的時候，我們大約才飛了一半左右的航程，所以我就開始用新航著名的機上娛樂系統 KrisWorld 看了一些電視影集。必須說 KrisWorld 真的是數一數二好的機上娛樂系統，不只是選擇多，畫質也是非常不錯。不久之後，就開始準備降落樟宜機場了。降落後空服員也有確保商務艙旅客優先下機，所以很快地我就已經在前往貴賓室的路上啦～
We were about half way to Singapore after meal service ended. So I decided to watch some TV shows from the KrisWorld system. It was truely one of the best IFEs out there. Love the quality and the selection. Soon we started our descent and had a smooth landing into Changi airport. The FAs did a good job making sure that all business class passengers leave first, so I was out into terminal 3 in no time and heading to the SilverKris Lounge.
用餐完後 after meal service
SilverKris Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3
I had heard many great things about the new SilverKris Lounge in T3, especially about its size and wonderful food selection. The lounge was truly very large and very well-decorated. Even though it lacked natural lighting and was on the dark side, the overall atmosphere was still great. The food selection was really nice as well. It could easily match a buffet at a hotel.
貴賓室入口 lounge entrance
商務艙區 business class section
自助餐區 buffet area
very extensive selection
酒類 wine selection
早餐麥片 breakfast cereals
special sign for pork
However, like many had pointed out, the ground service did not match with the rest of the SQ experience. I had to spend the night in the lounge because I had an early flight in the morning and did not want to waste my time going into the city. I was questioned by the lounge staff of my departing flight schedule several times during the night, which was quite disturbing. Also, fully knowing that I was spending the night there, the staffs never proactively offered me pillows and blankets. I didn’t even know they were available until I saw other people getting them. There were hardly any food during 1AM to 5AM and the staffs were cleaning too. I’d avoid spending the night in the lounge next time, not unless they add a sleeping room/area in the lounge.
In the morning I went for a quick shower. They had plenty of shower rooms, but I found it weird that they don’t have a toilet in the shower room, but I still liked the hard product offered in the shower room. Water pressure and temperature were both very consistent.
SilverKris Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 2
As my flight to the Maldives was leaving from terminal 2, I decided to head to the lounge in T2 at around 6 AM. They just got the T2 lounge renovated, so it looked quite similar to the one in T3, but was much smaller. The food selection was also smaller, and so were the shower rooms. I’d recommend everyone to go to the lounge in T3. I didn't take any pictures because it was really crowded that morning.
SQ 462 新加坡－馬爾地夫
SQ 462 Singapore－Maldives
新加坡航空 Singapore Airlines 462（SQ 462）
新加坡 SIngapore Changi（SIN）－ 馬列 Male（MLE）
起飛時間 Depart: 10:05AM
降落時間 Arrive: 11:30AM
飛行時間 Duration: 4hr25min
機型 Aircraft: Airbus 330-300
座位 Seat: 12A（商務艙 Business Class）
我大約在登機開始前 35 分鐘就出發前往登機門。也剛好在我通過安檢之後，登機就開始了，所以我在登機門陷入一片混亂之前就率先完成了登機。這也是為什麼我不太喜歡樟宜機場把安檢和登機櫃台設置在登機門前的關係，因為既然大家在登機門的時候都已經算是完成了登機手續，也自然沒什麼人會管優先登機的事情，所以到了登機的時候常常都是一團亂。
I headed to the gate about 35 minutes before boarding, and boarding started right after I passed security and enter the gate area, so I managed to board before the whole fiasco begun. This is what I don’t like about the design of the gates in Changi, since you’re technically already “boarded” when you’re in the gate area, no one really cares about priority boarding. So it’s often a mess when boarding starts.
這段航程的商務艙就沒什麼人（大約只有半滿吧），所以服務就比上一班飛機好上非常多。也是這段航程的服務讓我真的有覺得被呵護的感覺。幾乎想到什麼需求，還不用說出口，空服員就已經主動幫我完成了。像是我準備要填馬爾地夫入境表的時候，空服員不但立刻附上一支筆，還順便給了我一整份的 writing kit！這也是為什麼我覺得新航服務比其他航空公司都好的原因，他們是真的會讓乘客覺得空服員是以服務為榮的，不會讓你覺得他們只是表面上裝有善，然後一回到 galley 就開始講乘客壞話（也許也還是會啦，但至少他們隱藏得很好？）。
Business class had a really light load (just about half of the seats taken), so service was much better than the previous flight. This was the flight that really made me feel pampered. Practically all my wishes were completed even without me asking first. Like when I was filling out the Maldives entry form, not only did the stewardess handed me a pen, she also gave me a set of writing kit! In my opinion this is what makes the SQ service extraordinary, the crew just makes you feel that they take pride in serving the customers and making everyone onboard happy. They won't just pretend to be friendly and bitch about you once they're in the galley (maybe they still do, but they certainly hide it very well).
We had waited in a rather long queue for take off for quite a while, so our departure was a little delayed. After the seat belt sign was turned off, the crew started meal service very quickly. This time I pre-ordered chicken, which was very good. What I absolutely LOVE about this meal service is when I hesitated for just a few seconds when choosing my dessert (ice cream or strawberry mousse), the FA quickly asked “would you like to have both?” How could I say no to that?
午餐菜單 lunch menu
凱撒沙拉 Caesar salad
I slept for a while and woke up just when we started our descent. The view was simply breathtaking. I highly recommend taking a window seat for this flight, the view of Maldives before landing is amazing. I have no words to describe it.
吃完飯之後我就小睡了一下，醒來時剛好是準備降落到馬爾地夫的時候。這時候窗外的景觀真的非常非常美。我強烈建議大家在這段航程選靠窗的位子，因為 view 真的太美了啦！！完全無法形容的美！！
Landing was really smooth and business class passengers were the first ones off the plane. We had to walk to the terminal (no bridges), and once we got there, immigration and customs was just a breeze as there were no one in line.
view of the plane from the tarmac