Leaving on a jet plane

25 02 2013
Departure - 13 From the cab

The Control Tower at Singapore Changi Airport. Beautiful and all-lit up at night.

I HAVE as much love for being seen off or welcomed at the airport as I do for being on the other end.  As a guest of this amazing country for a while now, I feel I’m doing good with all the great things being here has afforded me when I return the favor – even in the little things.  Seeing great friends off at the airport is one of those.  I make them feel that I am their non-local “local” over here.

Besides, with all honesty, I make up every possible excuse to go to Singapore Changi Airport.  It’s one of my – drum roll please for the irony up ahead – happy places in the Lion City.  I say irony because in the distant past, I associated the airport to sadness.  I guess not so much anymore.

Especially in Changi where the multifarious pleasant noise of the many shopping and dining options at each of the three terminals could make the runway, airfield, control towers and hangars seem like an afterthought.  “Oh, since we’re made everybody congregate in this concrete tundra that we’ve created in the tropics, why not allow planes to take off and land on that strip over there?”  Hahaha!

Last Friday, the 22nd of February, the two MichelesKuya and the third Michele I’ve come to know – had to bid Singapore “arrivederci!

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Time to say arrivederci… eNTeNG and the Micheles

Kuya left by way of Terminal 2, on the midnight Lufthansa flight that would take him to a layover in Frankfurt for his connecting flight to Italia.  Michele’s was in the four–year–old Terminal 3, the Singapore Airlines redeye to Milan.

And just like that, Kuya is once again gone.

Departure - 00 Alberto Kuya Michele

Alberto, Kuya’s childhood friend from Milazzo and now based in Singapore, saw the two Micheles off at the hotel. (All photos taken with my Blackberry Bold 9780)

 

Departure - 01 Terminal 2

We made it to Terminal 2! Kuya checked in first. His was the earlier flight.

 

Departure - 02 Skytrain to T3

Kuya’s check-in all took a jiff! Before we knew it, we’re on our way to the Skytrain to Terminal 3, where it’s Michele’s turn to check-in.

 

Departure - 03 Skytrain to T3

The skytrains continuously ply the routes between the three terminals that there really isn’t a lot of wait time.

 

Departure - 04 Skytrain to T3

Even in the airport, there’s only one thing to remember: “Berhati hati di ruang platform!”

 

Departure - 05 Skytrain to T3

“Aha, you’re taking a photo again!”

 

Departure - 06 Kuya

It is just here somewhere…

 

Departure - 07 Skytrain to T2

Back to Terminal 2 where Kuya boarded his flight.

 

Departure - 08 Skytrain to T3

… And back to Terminal 3 one more time.

 

Departure - 09 Time Check

Time check!

 

Departure - 11 Flight Information

I love going through the Flight Information boards.

 

Departure - 12 Flight Information

Oh, there’s the flight leaving for Frankfurt!

 

Departure - 10 Magazines

Whenever I travel, or find myself in the airport, I hoard magazines. On display last Friday were British Esquire with Leo Messi on the cover. He is not Italian but his name does sound Italian. Haha! Style:Men on the other hand has a cover story on the fashions from Milan.

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Review in SMS – Skyfall

19 11 2012

The “Kick Start” issue of Esquire Singapore chose wisely to put Daniel Craig on its cover. I couldn’t think of any better celebirty to put on the cover of this international magazine’s Lion City premiere. On my Blackberry is one of a number of responses to my “Reviews in SMS”.

LIKE THE fabulous Scotch that had to be wasted, BOND is celebrating 50 years.  A lot of the vintage Bond films, I had seen as a kid but never one with Daniel Craig as 007.

Skyfall” opens with the hallmark of any Bond film – the big musical number, a feature on its own, buoyed by the voice of the generation.  This time it’s Adele.  Then a big car chase–fight scene bursts onscreen, squashing any doubt of how fitting Daniel Craig is as the world’s most famous secret agent.

I may not have seen the first two, but in Skyfall, it only took the time between Bond’s descent to his death to his resurrection in the arms of a lover, for me to see why he is now on his third outing.  His is the perfect mix of cool, cunning, and smug.

Age is the recurring theme, explicit or disguised in the witticisms or “that” poem, and coming full circle – back “home”.  It gave Bond heart, and the reason to shed some tears.

Javier Bardem was scary, his platinum blond scarier.  Judi Dench was marvelous.  And it was nice to see Ralph Fiennes.  The shot of Shanghai?  Breathtaking.

 

 

 

 

The skyline of Shanghai has been on at least a couple of the most successful movie franchises of all time – Mission Impossible, and now, James Bond. I heart Shanghai.

 

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