SQ912 Singapore to Manila

5J, PR, MH, AK… these are airlines I’ve flown to Manila coming from Singapore or KL. I’m a fan of Philippine Airlines (PR). Today I got to fly SQ to Manila after snagging > S$300.00 tickets. Standard price on SQ Singapore to Manila is about S$600+.

It was okaaaaaaaaay. (I guess all these weeks watching the SQ commercials and then experiencing SQ on an average Joe kind of Wednesday spoils it…)

I guess mainly the damper was the aircraft was a bit old. I was onboard a 777 retrofitted (?) aircraft. The IFE was remote control-operated. Think late 90s or early 2000s feels. I flew on a fairly new Emirates aircraft recently so the differences were there.

The food was also “okay”. I was starting to hear a colleague’s rant that SQ is overrated. Huhu. Perhaps it was just this particular flight. The FA were going about busy as bees. The mythical “Singapore Girl” smiles… and yet, somehow felt less as “magical” as my first flight with SQ in 2005. What does that even mean lol.

I asked for a Singapore Sling. And after a few moments wondering if the FA put me off, she did come back with one. And it tasty. Very bitin but refreshing. Makes me want to try the original at Raffles Hotel.

IFE was rough because of the older monitors on the seats. I could barely read the captions in “Selma” which I managed to watch. The audio was horrible… But forgive me, because I edit promos for television.

Will I repeat SQ? Perhaps if it were on a more recent aircraft like an A330 (I think my return flight to Singapore is on an A330). I’d like to fly on an Airbus A380 one day… these fly to New Zealand and SQ was the launch carrier.

Singapore to Manila and vice versa? Philippine Airlines is your answer. No IFE (bring your own!)… but for a 3.5 hour flight, it is more economical.


Rom (1985-2015)

Good night, my friend.



In another life, we would be painting rainbows in the sky.

In another life, would be Engineer Rom. Building a great many things.

In another life, I would have been a better and stronger friend.

Photos taken from 2003.

Asia’s Next Top Model – Cycle 3 – Episode Winners and Eliminations

Being a fan of reality TV shows involving models, here are the episode winners and eliminations I have been tracking. Similar to what I did for Supermodelme Sirens.

Some of my comments about the show:

  1. Theme song sounds like “Chandelier” by Sia. Visually the opening sequence of this cycle is beautiful. But the music is the weakest of the past three seasons.
  2. The background of Georgina Wilson wasn’t quite established in the first episode.

EPISODE 1 – 14 girls

  1. AMANDA, Philippines – FIRST CALLED
  2. BARBARA, Japan
  3. MONIKA, Philippines
  4. TAHLIA, Indonesia
  5. GANI, Indonesia
  6. AIMEE, Singapore
  7. LORRETTA, Hong Kong
  8. KB, Hong Kong
  9. FRANCHESCA, Philippines
  10. MELISSA, Malaysia
  11. KIANA, Thailand
  12. RANI, Indonesia

Bottom 2 please step forward…

  1. CELINE, Vietnam

EPISODE 2 – 13 girls

“Photo of the week” called together

  • CELINE, Vietnam
  • GANI, Indonesia
  • MELISSA, Malaysia

“Safe models”

  1. THALIA, Indonesia
  2. FRANCHESCA, Philippines
  3. LORRETTA, Hong Kong
  4. KB, Hong Kong
  5. BARBARA, Japan
  6. MONIKA, Philippines
  7. RANI, Indonesia

Bottom 3 please step forward

  1. AIMEE, Singapore
  2. AMANDA, Philippines
  3. KIANA, Thailand – ELIMINATED

EPISODE 3 – 12 girls

  1. AIMEE, Singapore – FIRST CALLED
  2. MELISSA, Malaysia
  3. MONIKA, Philippines
  4. FRANCHESCA, Philippines
  5. CELINE, Vietnam
  6. AMANDA, Philippines
  7. GANI, Indonesia
  8. BARBARA, Japan
  9. TAHLIA, Indonesia
  10. KB, Hong Kong

Bottom 2 please step forward

  1. LORRETTA, Hong Kong
  2. RANI, Indonesia – ELIMINATED

EPISODE 4 – 11 girls

  1. MONIKA, Philippines – FIRST CALLED
  2. AIMEE, Singapore
  3. AMANDA, Philippines
  4. KB, Hong Kong
  5. MELISSA, Malaysia
  6. TAHLIA, Indonesia
  7. GANI, Indonesia
  8. BARBARA, Japan

Bottom 3 please step forward

  1. FRANCHESCA, Philippines


  • “I don’t really know what I’m doing.” – Lorretta, in Episode 2




  • AIMEE, Singapore
  • AMANDA, Philippines
  • BARBARA, Japan

(Updated after each airing of Asia’s Next Top Model cycle 3)

Check your local listings for when the program airs.

FDS Land Training (April 16, 2015)

Land training earlier.


Call time: 6:30 PM at Kallang Riverside Park

Circuit training again with weights and then stations set up for abdominals. We also did high knees. Noticed that there were fewer in attendance. Maybe down to three sub-groups working out together instead of about five or six previously. I think Training Comm has made more stations available (6 can do the same exercise at one time) which means we can get through it faster.

We had dinner at Kallang 5. Happy Birthday Suzie!