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My Top 3 Airports worldwide – Cairns, Munich, Singapore

Here’s the thing, I love airports!

That’s why I’m presenting you my Top 3 Airports (from small to huge).

Cairns International Airport

Cairns International Airport

This is my favorite airport of the category “small airports”.

It’s located 2 km north of Cairns in Queensland, Australia. It’s a small, but also international, Airport at the north east coast of Australia.

This airport is served by Qantas, JetStar, Virgin Australia and other. I love especially the  Domestic Terminal of cairns Airport. You pretty much need just 10 minutes from Check-in to the Gate.
There  lots of small shops and eating places. Even a small pub, known as “Blue Sky Brewery”, can be found in the domestic  terminal.

 

Munich Airport International

This is my favorite airport of the category “medium-sized airports”. It’s located 30km outside of Munich. The airport is perfectly connected by train, bus and the motorway. I prefer the train connections between

Munich Airport Centre
Munich Airport Centre

Munich Airport and the city of Munich. Trains run on the lines S1 and S8 every 10 minutes. Even until 2am. The airport itself serves people in Terminal 1, Terminal 2 (The Star Alliance Terminal) and the Munich Airport Center.

Terminal 2 is the home of Lufthansa’s second Hub in Germany. Lufthansa flights and partner airlines depart from here until 10 pm at night. There are a few shops in the public area of this terminal. Most of the shops can be found in the passenger area. Many famous brands have their own flagship store at Munich Airport. You can even find an erotic and adult store in the transit area for your personal “pleasure”. You need your coffee in the morning? Starbucks can be found next to the arrival area of Terminal 2.

Terminal 1 is much older, but it’s also stuffed with shops, snack bars and restaurants. BA and other Oneworld partner airlines depart from Terminal 1.

The already mentioned Munich Airport Center is located between both terminals. Basically a shopping mall with big open air area and an Biergarten, where you can enjoy some delicious Bavarian Beer. The Beer is brewed at the airport at the AirBräu brewery. Awesome! It is also home to many fun sport events and other activities. Have you ever been surfing at an airport? Munich Airport was home for an big wave surfing event. Lots of people headed to the airport to go surfing. Sounds strange? That’s Munich. 😉

Munich is famous for its 30 minutes connection time. That means you can arrive from an international flight, go through passport control and board your domestic flight in under 30 minutes. Have you ever tried that at Heathrow Airport?

Singapore Changi Airport

First, this is my favorite airport in the world. It’s huge and it’s the world’s most awarded airport. The whole airport looks like a 5-star hotel. The whole airport is stuffed with carpet (almost everywhere) and plants. Free WiFi in the whole

Singapore Changi Airport - Terminal 3 - Shopping area
Singapore Changi Airport - Terminal 3 - Shopping area

airport, several gardens (Butterfly garden in T3 and cactus garden in T1), free cinema, awesome shopping malls…. You get it 😉

Changi Airport consists of 3 terminals, connected by automatic shuttle trains between them. It takes about 10 minutes if you want to walk from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1. The airport itself is perfectly connected by SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit) train service.

Terminal 3 is awesome. all famous brands have their own stores in the shopping area. Lots of dining and beverage options. E.g. Starbucks, Subway, Hard Rock Cafe, Boost juice bars.
You can find drinking water dispenser and foot massage chairs all over the terminal. Don’t know what to do? What about a free foot massage in one of those chairs that you can find almost anywhere in the terminal. Or you can jump over to the free movie cinema, where blockbuster movies are shown. Click here for the current screening times. What about a swim

Singapore Changi Airport - Terminal 3 - Cinema
Singapore Changi Airport - Terminal 3 - Cinema
while watching arriving and departing planes? Time to explore Singapore Changi Terminal 1.

Terminal 1 has the biggest shopping mall I’ve seen so far. Hundreds of shops, restaurants and fast food. All major brands have their own stores.
This Terminal is also home to another open garden of Changi Airport. The famous Cactus garden features many surreal plants. Terminal 1 also has a place that is very unusual to find at an airport. On the roof top of Terminal 1 you can find a leisurely swimming pool.

Terminal 2 offers a  sunflower garden. I heard it’s very beautiful. I haven’t been to Terminal 2 yet, hence I will write more about this terminal next time when I am at Changi Airport.

I will feature these airports in upcoming posts with much more detail. Stay tuned.

What’s onboard? Singapore Airlines – Coach – Meals (SQ298)

It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for some food porn.  “What’s onboard”.

Today’s featured flight is SQ298 – Christchurch – Changi (departs at 11:20am)

Lunch

This was my first daytime flight with Singapore Airlines. Therefore had been very excited about the lunch menu they’re offering.
Even in economy class you have the choice between several meals.

Lunch on SQ298 - January 2012
Lunch on SQ298 - January 2012

appetizer: Couscous salad with beef pastrami

main courses

  • Grilled salmon fillet with green peppercorn sauce
  • Kung-po style chicken with rice and vegetables

dessert: Ice cream

I opted for the Grilled salmon fillet. It’s really delicious and maybe the best economy class meal I’ve had so far.
They offered hokey-pokey ice cream. I read it’s Kiwi’s favourite ice cream.

Inflight snacks

The lovely Singapore Girls regularly go through the aisle and offer drinks and light bites

What they offer:

  • Savoury sandwich/rolls
  • vegetarian sandwich/rolls
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Sweet slice
  • Muffin
  • Potato chips
  • Fruit

I picked a delicious Savoury sandwich.

Light meal

Time for an early dinner. (I love time zone differences).
appetiser: Waldorf salad with smoke chicken
Main courses:

  • Roasted chicken with honey mustard sauce
  • Stir fried beef in oyster sauce

dessert: Chocolate mousse

I opted for the stir fried beef. with seasonal vegetables and rice. My first thought: The best inflight meal in economy class.

Light Meal on SQ298 - January 2012
Light Meal on SQ298 - January 2012

What’s onboard? Singapore Airlines – Coach – Meals (SQ285)

Welcome to the 2nd part of my new series “What’s onboard”. In this series I will feature the awesome meals (and drinks;-)) I get while flying at 30,000ft.

Today’s featured flight is SQ285 – Changi – Auckland (departs at 21:10) on a Boeing 777-300ER.

Dinner

Dinner on SQ285 - January 2012
Dinner on SQ285 - January 2012

The first dinner was awesome. Even in economy class you have the choice between several meals.

I opted for the Chicken with rice, carrots, cabbage and Chinese mushrooms. It’s really delicious and a perfect meal before sleeping through the flight.
It also includes a delicious salad and a roll with butter, cheese and cracker.

It was also time for another Singapore Sling. 😉

 

Breakfast

I decided to eat a full breakfast.

Fruit appetizer, fruit yogurt, breakfast roll and the following main course:

Omelette with chicken sausage and baked beans. The Omelette was okayish, something that Singapore Airlines can improve.

The dessert was a very delicious muffin.

Breakfast on SQ285 - January 2012
Breakfast on SQ285 - January 2012

 

 

What’s onboard? Singapore Airlines – Coach – Meals (SQ325)

Welcome to my new series “What’s onboard”. In this series I will feature the awesome meals (and drinks;-)) I get while flying at 30,000ft.

Today’s featured flight is SQ325 – Frankfurt – Changi (departs at 22:00)

Dinner

The first dinner was awesome. Even in economy class you have the choice between several meals.

Dinner on SQ325 - January 2012
Dinner on SQ325 – January 2012

appetizer: Potato salad with hot-smoked salmon

main courses

  • Roast pork in caraway seed sauce
  • Braised fish with wood fungus in oyster sauce
  • Thai style green curry chicken

dessert: Lemon creak cake.

I opted for the Thai style curry chicken. It’s really delicious and a perfect meal before sleeping through the flight.

The Singapore Sling

Oh yeah! The Singapore signature cocktail. I just had to try it. Singapore Airlines offers it for free in every class.

My new favourite cocktail. It’s so delicious!

It’s a strong, but also very sweet cocktail. It definitely helps to make you sleepy on a long-haul flight. 😉

Singapore Sling on Singapore Airlines - Economy class
Singapore Sling on Singapore Airlines – Economy class

Breakfast

Fruit appetizer, fruit yogurt, breakfast roll and one of the following mains:

  • Braised egg noodles with sliced beef, chinese greens and black mushrooms
  • Scrambled egg with panfried ham, tomato and hash brown

I’d choose the Scrambled egg . It was okayish. The tomatos were delicious.

Breakfast on SQ325 - January 2012
Breakfast on SQ325 – January 2012

 

 

NZ 2012 Day 2 – Singapore Changi Airport – Auckland

It’s January 11th. We’re still onboard my flight SQ325 to Singapore.

As mentioned on my post before, I enjoyed a really delicious dinner onboard SQ325 to Singapore Changi Airport that I spent some time with KrisWorld the inflight-entertainment system of Singapore Airline. I took a nap (3 hours or so).

While the morning of the new day had arrived in Europe, we were still flying into Singapore and enjoyed a hot breakfast in the afternoon. We arrived at about 4 pm at Singapore Changi Airport. This airport is awesome! Whenever I am flying to Australia and New Zealand I have to make a stopover here. This airport has everything. From free movie cinema to free foot massage, and plenty of dining restaurants.

I planned my flight to New Zealand with a 4hrs stopover in mind. My connection flight SQ285 is scheduled for 9:10pm. There I enjoy the nice transit area of Changi Airport. But first, time to get a free WiFi password. After heading over to the next information desk I made my way to the next Boost! Juice bar for a healthy and delicious smoothie.

Then I headed to a nice sitting area to update my travel blog and checking my emails. Changi Airport not only offers free WiFi, also desks with sockets for mobile computers.

Our flight to Auckland departed almost on time. After departure welcome drinks were served y the lovely Singapore Girls. Dinner time! I decided to choose the Thai chicken with fresh vegetables.

My seat neighbors were a british couple. I enjoyed a really delicious dinner, watched some tv shows and enjoyed another Singapore Sling.

Time for a nap.

NZ 2012 Day 1 – Munich – Singapore Changi Airport

It’s January 10th. It’s time for another trip around the world. A few month back I decided to book a trip to New Zealand.

Frankfurt Airport Center January 2012
Frankfurt Airport Center January 2012

I’m looking forward to 21 days of exploring awesome places and meeting amazing people.

Before heading to the land of Kiwi’s I have to fly from Munich to Frankfurt via Singapore and then straight to Auckland, northern Island of New Zealand.

5:30am. A very loud alarm sound wakes me up. I  verified my packing list. Time to board the next train to Munich Airport International.

I arrived at around lunch time at Frankfurt International Airport. Unfortunately boarding starts as early as 3 hours before departure. Which means, I can check-in at around 7 pm.
Yeah! 6 hours of waiting, eating, checking e-mails and looking at the check-in counter. I even talked with my boss, to ask if something important is to do. (Technically I only need a computer and internet access to fix something urgent)

The check-in queue at the Economy class counter for my flight was empty, but have a look at the counter next to mine.

Singapore Airlines Economy Check-in - Frankfurt Airport
Singapore Airlines Economy Check-in - Frankfurt Airport

It took me about 20 minutes to go through the customs and border counters, because many international flights departed from the same terminal satellite. That means over 200 people processed by 2 customs & border officers. Anyway, I expected the typical Frankfurt delays and went to the gate early.

Boarding for SQ328 from Frankfurt to Singapore Changi Airport started almost on time. Our flight departed around 15 minutes after schedule.

I saw a big Thai Airways long-haul aircraft next to ours, while we waited for the remaining passengers to board. I had my first meal on Singapore Airlines short after midnight. Stay tuned for next part of my trip report.