Westwards and Onwards
11 months later from our intended date of moving to NYC, I’ve finally obtained my K1 visa and am typing this on the 24hour plane ride to JFK. A long time coming but it just makes the fruit of our ‘labour’ so much sweeter.
We’re on the A380, Emirates J class from Dubai to New York CIty (JFK). Its an amazing plane! I love the business class seats on this plane much better than the SQ A380 business class seats. (I know I am so lucky/blessed/fortunate to be able to fly across the world in style!!!!!!!)
I arranged for a mini surprise for Kristopher on our way here! I think I surprised him all right, till maybe 10 minutes before the surprise came when I was all chatty/eggcited like a 1 year old and he smelt something fishy.
I told the guys that I was on a marriage-moon (gg to get married in the courthouse of NYC) and they arranged for a cake/flowers/champagne thingy! It was brought to our seats too! Its kinda blurry because its a polaroid so if you’re friends or family, its good excuse to come visit me in NYC because the picture is going to be on our fridge! (:P can’t fault me for trying)
How’s that for our little marriage-moon on the plane? hee
Back to the A380. Its an awesome plane and here’s why!
The lounge was spanking new and clean. Its the new A terminal in Dubai I believe and the business class lounge was fantastically equipped. Initially we thought we would give it a miss due to our short layover time (1.5hours) therefore we were going straight to the gate. However the flight was delayed and therefore we spent a nice 45 minutes wait at the lounge. Best thing about the lounge? We could check right into the plane from that level. Awesome or what?
Warm mood lighting
I scream for Ice cream and Ice Ice Baby too
Happy me and ice cream. Didn’t have time to try the salmon or tart coz they started boarding. Bad move to go on time because they had problems with their system and a 20 odd angry business class passengers were standing there waiting 40mins.
INSIDE THE PLANE!!!!!!!!!
The seats were super new and excellent
Pre Take Off toiletries from Bvlgari. The female version even came with a nice clutch!
Roomy extension that folds into a bed. Even Kris could lie flat comfortably
There was privacy/no privacy settings. (The rounded board beside me could be stowed away with a touch of the button, depending if the person beside you was cute or not, you could chose to put it up or down!)
Massage functions (not fantastic tho)
My favourite was the lil cupboard beside me, for drinks/laptops and whatnots.
- We shared our cake with the other passengers/crew on board too. Spread the love we say.
- Food was good, menu was extensive. Alcohol selection was awesome. The champagne that came with the cake was good, I stole a teeny sip because I’m allergic and don’t even like alcohol. So for me to say its good, it must be really good. I read the label later and realized the wines were vintages and pretty aged. My limited knowledge of spirits/wines/alcohol tells me that its a good thing. I think.
Anyways in its totality, Emirates A380 business class has blown me away. Compared to SQ which had older seats, less sensitive touch screen and slighty rickety furnishings on board their J class.
What emirates lost out in was the super polite/amazing/excellent and sometimes over the top service rendered by the crew on SQ business class. I mean in SQ business class, you literally felt like royalty. Here it was pleasant and business like, without the extra smiles and pampering. I asked for a cup of coffee with my meal and it took 40 minutes to arrive, I had to ask twice and nobody apologized. I mean its no big deal really for economy class. At 5 times the price of an economy ticket however, most people on business class would not appreciate that. I accumulated miles for this trip so I didn’t feel much of a pinch and I understand its hard being a service crew for rich entitled people, so I always try to be polite and friendly. Sometimes, it doesn’t pay back, but I try anyways. I’m very very snappy towards rude people tho, Kris always tells me to ‘relax and breathe’ coz I get very annoyed with wait/sales/service staff who are rude to me. I mean I’m paying their salary, I don’t expect you to smile sweetly at me at all times, but a polite nod/smile would be nice, especially if I smile at you first!
That aside!!!! I’m super grateful for the opportunity to fly J class with the love of my life. I’m excited to see what 2013 and the Snake Year (according to the lunar calendar) brings for us.
I need to work harder to fly business class! Although I must say, I got lucky on the first flight that was on cattle class. 3 seats for me to lay down and sleep. WOOT WOOT. I feel so lucky! Like a LUCKY STAR!!!