Tuesday 15 – Wednesday 16 September 2015
Have you ever noticed that the feeling of dread you have when faced with mammoth flight. Something like … Milan to Dubai 6 hours, 5 hour layover, Dubai to Singapore 7 hours 15 minutes plus travelling to and from the airport, checking process and waiting at both ends. Then add the fact that you are going home after a wonderful holiday. Its enough to bring you to tears!
I have two brilliant strategies to counteract the suicidal feeling. Firstly, fly business class and secondly have a two night layover in Singapore.
Emirates business class is the way to go! The complementary limo picks us up precisely on time and delivers us efficiently at the Malpensa airport. We check in and then are delighted to discover that the La Scala Theatre company is rehearsing at the airport – something to do with the Milan World Expo.
Before the flight we get to relax in the Emirates lounge and enjoy the facilities and a couple of glasses of Champagne before boarding the long flight to Singapore.
It almost makes flying bearable!
With the 2 flights and the 5 hour layover in Dubai we loose an entire day and arrive in Singapore at 3:00pm the following day. Customs processing is smooth and the Emirates limo takes us to The Stamford Swissotel at City Hall, where we have stayed on our last visit to the city state.
As we have both managed to get some sleep on the flight and are not too shattered, but in desperate need to stretch our legs we decide to brave the Singapore steam and walk down to Chinatown for a beer and visit the TinTin shop as we always do. As always in Singapore I am fascinated by the juxtaposition of narrow alleys with traditional two storey shop fronts, antique air-conditioners poking out from every available space, huddled under sleek architectural designed towers.
Then it’s time for the famous Singapore Chili Crab – this time we are trying Jumbo on the Riverwalk at Clark Quay. They don’t have a table for two, so we are ushered to a large room at the back of the restaurant where there are two large tables set up. We have the room to ourselves, but it does not stay this way for long. Two by two all the seats are taken by fellow diners – some tourists, some local.
The Chili Crab is fabulous, but we are now flagging fast. So it’s back to the hotel to crash for the night.