The Eternal Trans-Pacific Hours from Chicago to Singapore
Pick a synonym, any synonym, to describe the eternal hours spent on Trans-Pacific flights. Agonizing, unbearable, grueling. Any of these will suffice whether you are sitting in Economy, Business or First. Business or First will allow you to stretch out but it is still l—o—n—g—. Chicago to Tokyo? 12 hrs. 40 min. Tokyo to Singapore? Another 6 hrs. 45 min. Then add the hours from when you arose in the morning, time in between flights, and all other non-air hours. You do the math, since my poor body had no idea where it was and how many meals it ingested during this time.
Neither ex-Marine (husband, Steve) nor I were enthralled by the more than mile walk through the always sparking Singapore Changi Airport at midnight. (Talk about a remote jetway!) Through the always efficient Immigration and Customs, and into the taxi line. We had forgotten that Taxi’s charge a supplement after midnight. The after midnight fare from airport into the city was 27 Singapore dollars instead of the 16 Singapore dollars daytime fare.
Singapore is another country whose skyline has changed each time we visit. Neither the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, the “Float@Marina Bay” (the world’s largest floating stage, nor Singapore Flyer were here before. The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel (I call it a “Ferris Wheel”) over 165 meters/541 feet high. We kept exclaiming, “What is that? When was that built?” peppering our taxi driver with questions. These are the new Singapore icons, not counting all the high-rise buildings that have changed Singapore’s skyline once again. This sure perked us up!
Steve and I have walked by the incredible Fullerton Hotel on past visits but never dared enter this impressive five-star heritage structure. Thank you American Airlines Miles for two, free nights including breakfast, service and taxes. Zero, nada, zip Singapore Dollars. That is true happiness. Reception wanted to know if we wanted to upgrade to a room facing the water for an additional 50 Singapore Dollars per night. Umm….duh… Wasn’t there a reason we turned in miles for a free room? Weren’t we trying to save money? No thank you. Please hand over the room key and let us collapse in bed for at least six hours sleep before touring the newest version of gorgeous Singapore…