Once the engines had shut down and the doors were opened, we were released in to Frankfurt's airport. I was happy to note that there was no requirement for another security screening versus all the other transits that I have done in Asia.
A Lufthansa ground representative was waiting for us on the aerobridge with a placard with all the Suites passengers. She welcomed us to Germany and told us to follow her to Lufthansa's Senator Lounge which was just located around the corner. She had failed to mention what time re-boarding was going to be at, and our boarding passes had simply put JFK-SIN.
It pays to do your research for your trips and it had paid off handsomely in this instance. I slid away from the group of Suites passengers to hunt for Air Canada's Lounge located conveniently in the same terminal.
It was totally empty as the moment I walked in, I saw the 2 Air Canada planes push back simultaneously. I availed myself to a shower and a latté. I just sat there enjoying that latté as I was looking forward to my Book-The-Cook (BTC) meal onboard.
I left the lounge closer to boarding time as I wanted to see for myself how bad it was in Lufthansa's Senator Lounge that I had managed to avoid. And rightfully so as it was an absolute madhouse.
With nothing much left to do, I headed to the boarding gate to get back to my awaiting Suite.
I was let on to the aircraft the moment the Lufthansa agent saw my boarding pass and I was escorted to my Suite by the IFS.
A second pair of PJs and slippers were offered for the second leg of SQ 25. (Note: No second amenity kit)
Pre-departure drinks were offered and I ordered an Iced Milo, which is a popular malted chocolate energy drink in Asia. I haven't had one of those in ages.
My BTC order of German Suckling Pig was confirmed, along with my request for a Krug vs Dom taste test once we have reached cruising altitude.
We took off on time, I think, and it was a smooth climb.
Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A380-800 size comparison.
Since it was almost lunch time in Frankfurt, the stewardesses started with the satay service. They came as a huge welcome as I had just been away from home for way too long.
First came the Krug.
Then came the Dom for the taste test.
The stewardess was explaining to me how Krug has finer bubbles and a fruitier taste, but for the life of me I still couldn't discern the difference.
She then explained that every bottle of Krug comes serialised and that by using the Krug app (apparently there's such a thing), you can get the full history of queried bottle, along with recommended music and food pairings.
Appetisers started off with chilled caviar again. I believe that SQ 25 from JFK to SIN is the only flight that gets 2 servings of caviar.
I selected Tom Yum soup for the next course.
And that highlight was the BTC-ed main course, which was a phenomenal German Suckling Pig. At least I was in the right frame of mind to pair white wine with pork.
1) I can't remember what the dessert was 2) I can't remember whether it was even good or not. Since it is Singapore Airlines, I'd warrant a guess and assume it was good.
Leisurely cruising over the European mountains.
Ad the sun began to set, the stewardesses reappeared for the turn down service. Unfortunately, the middle suites had been taken by the other single traveller so I was resigned to the horrors of a single flat bed for this flight.
As we neared Singapore over the Indian Ocean, I asked the stewardesses to turn my bed back into a seat so that I wouldn't miss any more of this wonderful flight.
It was only at this juncture that I turned the entertainment system on to browse through the selections on board.
Since it was almost time for breakfast in Singapore ??, my assigned stewardess came to confirm my breakfast BTC but I saw something on the menu that piqued my interest.
They were more than glad to swap out my selection for a Singaporean breakfast favourite of rice steamed in coconut milk, and deep fried chicken and anchovies.
Over Eastern Singapore
I had looked forward to hearing the landing announcement that Singapore Airlines does when landing in Singapore.
"Welcome to Singapore ?? , Ladies and Gentlemen. And to all Singaporeans, a warm welcome home."
Upon landing at Changi International Airport, I headed for the SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3 and was directed to The Private Room where I had a much needed shower and for my second breakfast of Teochew Fishball Noodles and more champagne, part of an initiative of Singapore Airlines to introduce the different cuisines of Singapore's different Chinese dialect groups.
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
Frankfurt - FRA
Singapore - SIN
This was another perfect flight on Singapore Airlines.
But then again, I'm Singaporean so there may be some well founded bias involved.
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