Wednesday, February 6, 2013

MY LOVE WITH AN AIRPORT - SINGAPORE


OK, I admit it!! I am in love with an airport! Changi - to be exact! 

I have been to dozens of airports in the US, Europe and Asia and Changi is the only airport where I feel less comfortable in the VIP lounges than in the actually hallways of the airport. 

Changi provides the fastest (and I mean it!!!) way from the airplane door through immigration, luggage pick-up, customs and taxi pick-up. I timed it several times and usually it takes me only about 15 minutes! In Munich, the wait time at the luggage pick-up is sometimes even longer than that (after a long walk and long line at immigration!)  Ok, I have had friends from Malaysia tell me that their line at immigration was all the way back to the escalators but I have never ever had such a situation. 



The immigration officials are also some of the nicest...let me rephrase that...THE nicest and friendliest I have ever faced. No interrogation, no unfriendly faces, almost no questions. Maybe because I look trustworthy...or because I look Caucasian...but then I look the same when I go to to the U.S.A, where I feel like playing Monopoly..."do NOT go to New York - go back through GTMO first and answer all those nasty questions by VERY unfriendly officials before you come back here"....well seriously who feels welcomed by people who bark at you "what do you want in MY country?"

Changi also offers the best entertainment and relaxation options to beat 2 hours of wait time...or even longer. There are areas, where I would never wake up again if I ever laid down. There are great options to eat and drink...and of course shopping :-)


But lastly, Changi stands out because of it's design and decoration. There are fish ponds, trees, plants, flowers, seasonal decos, like xmas trees and most importantly, the carpet!! You do not hear people walking or pulling their carry-on. It is simply my number one airport in the world! 



 






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