Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge – Singapore Changi Airport

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SilverKris Lounge

After finally checking in for my flight, I took a quick tour of Terminal 2 before heading to the lounge. It should be noted that check-in for Singapore Airlines opens at 4:30 AM, however on the TV screen in front of their customer service desk indicated that check-in began at 5:30 AM.

I headed to the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, which was actually a mistake since I was flying business class on Singapore Airlines, I could have gone to the SiliverKris Gold Lounge, however, the signage for that lounge is rather poor.

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Signage

I actually passed the lounge on the way to the lounge but the sign was not clear. When going up the escalator the SilverKris Gold Lounge is right to the left once getting off of the elevator.

Once presenting my ticket at the front desk, I was admitted to the lounge and directed to the left.

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Business Center

There is a business center with cubicles, some of which had Mac computers.

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Seating
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Seating

To the right is the main seating area of the lounge, with several different seat arrangements.

The food offerings are located to the left.

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Countertop Seating

There is countertop seating.

There are several refrigerators full of drinks.

Alcohol was being offered at 6 AM.

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Coffee Maker/Hot Chocolate

There are two coffee makers and a hot chocolate machine.

Hot dishes included fried rice with salted fish and chicken, something that resembled fried cheese, chicken curry, fried carrot cake, congee, spaghetti, vegetable curry, sausage, omelets, steamed buns, dim sum, chwee kuay, French toast, pancakes, baked egg Florentine, and noodles.

Cold options included museli, yogurt, fresh fruit, salad fixings, cheese, bread, pastries, cereal, pre-made sandwiches, and desserts.

As I had been on the road for over 24 hours, I was able to take a shower before boarding the flight.

There are two shower rooms, and they are very small. After putting down my carry-on luggage, I was barely able to close the door.

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Shower Room Sink

There is a sink with amenities. A packaged towel is also provided.

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Shower

The shower had two showerheads with dispensed shampoo/conditioner and body wash.

Although small, the shower room was very functional.

The food offerings are pretty diverse and large. The food isn’t that bad either. The lounge did get very packed at times. I think if you had the option, the SilverKris Gold Lounge might be a better option since its likely to be less crowded. I can’t say for sure however, as I did not visit that lounge.

Singapore Changi Airport

Following my flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, I had a short layover at Narita Airport. I then had a connecting flight to Singapore Changi Airport, where I had an unusually long layover.

Unfortunately, my flight arrived at Changi after midnight and I had checked luggage to Changi. I had a connecting flight from Singapore to Jakarta on a separate ticket, so instead of being able to stay airside the entire time, I had to get my luggage. The check-in desks were already closed, so I was stuck being landside until the check-in desks opened several hours later.

There isn’t much to do in the wee hours of the morning at Changi airport, but I was able to do some work while killing some time.

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Pokemon
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Pokemon
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Pokemon

There was a Pokemon display with interactive games, however that portion was closed when I arrived.

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Enchanted Garden
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Enchanted Garden
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Enchanted Garden

Once the check-in desks were open, I quickly wandered around the airport before heading to the lounge to rest, and take a shower before my onward flight.  This included the Enchanted Garden.

If there is one airport where you do want a long layover, it is Singapore’s Changi Airport. In Terminal 2 alone, there is a Children’s playground, the Enchanted Garden, the Family Zone, and the Entertainment Deck which includes Xbox 360, Kinect stations, and a movie theater. For those with longer layover, a free Singapore City Tour is available. There are plenty of rest areas, and free wifi throughout the airport.

Tambuah Mas Restaurant – Singapore

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Tambuah Mas Restaurant
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Alor
Cathay Pacific Business Class KUL-HKG
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Tambuah Mas
Tambuah Mas

Tambuah Mas Restaurant is located within the Paragon Shopping Centre on Orchard Road. Specializing in “Indonesian Homestyle Cuisine” one would expect familiar dishes associated with Indonesian food and Tambuah Mas does not disappoint in that regard.

Emping
Emping

We started off with Emping, which is made from melinjo nuts, then turned into a cracker which is deep fried. The cracker is crispy and slightly bitter, and was served with salted peanuts.

Gado Gado
Gado Gado

Next up was Gado Gado, a salad made of cooked vegetables, tofu, hard boiled eggs and topped with a peanut sauce dressing. The salad was topped with more emping crackers. The salad was good, but the peanut dressing could have had more flavor.

Rendang
Rendang

Rendang is a beef curry made with coconut milk and tons of spices. While most versions I have had are on the spicier side, this one was actually a little sweet which I was not a fan of. The beef was tender however.

Tahu Telor
Tahu Telor

The Tahu Telor, a tower of fried tofu and scrambled eggs was much better than the version we had earlier in our trip at Ayam Penyet Restaurant. This version was less greasy and crunchier.

Paru Goreng
Paru Goreng

My wife ordered Paru Goreng. When it came to the table I wasn’t really paying attention as it reminded of Thai beef jerky at a glance. I ate one, still not really paying attention to the dish and thought it tasted kind of dry with not a lot of flavor. I then ate another one and wasn’t really impressed. In retrospect, it was probably like chewing on a scab, dry and crunchy. It was after eating the second piece that I asked my wife what this was, and she said deep fried beef lung. Ah, a far cry from Thai beef jerky, LOL.

Although Tambuah Mas does serve familiar Indonesian dishes, to me it kind of missed the mark, especially with the rendang which is my favorite Indonesian dish.

Rainforest Airport Lounge – Singapore

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Cathay Pacific Business Class SIN-HKG
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Aloor
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Entrance
Entrance

Since we were taking a short Air Asia flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, we wouldn’t normally have lounge access since we were flying in economy for the short one hour flight.

Thanks to having Lounge Club access, which is one of the benefits of having the Chase Ink card we were able to access the Rainforest Airport Lounge. You get two free passes per year, and since we had not utilized them prior to this trip we figured we might as well check it out.

Upon entering the lounge, we presented our Lounge Club card along with our boarding passes and were welcomed in.

Entrance Seating
Entrance Seating

There is a large seating area directly to the left of the entrance, but I would have a hard time believing that this lounge would ever get this crowded.

Additional Seating
Additional Seating

To the right is another seating area along with some snacks and drinks.

Hot Items
Hot Items

There were a couple of hot dishes including Pineapple Fried Rice, and a noodle dish but it seemed like they had been sitting out for quite some time.

Lounge Offerings
Lounge Offerings
Soda Fountain
Soda Fountain
Juice & Coffee
Juice & Coffee

There were also some pastries, cookies, candy, chips and other snacks, a soda fountain, juice and a coffee maker.

Lounge View
Lounge View

The lounge does at least overlook the tarmac.

Bathroom Sign
Bathroom Sign
Shower Sign
Shower Sign
Sink Area
Sink Area

The restroom is somewhat interesting as it is coed, as are the showers. Upon entering the restroom there are about five stalls, and almost opposite that are the showers which are something similar that you would find at the gym.

This is definitely a no frills lounge, but if having a long layover this would be a place to kill some time, although with the many activities available at Changi Airport I’m not sure how much time you would want to spend in this lounge.

Por Kee Eating House – Singapore

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Cathay Pacific Business Class SIN-HKG
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Aloor
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Por Kee Eating House
Por Kee Eating House

Por Kee Eating House is located in the Tiong Bahru neighborhood. It is located in a small strip mall type setting. The restaurant itself is pretty small with only about seven tables or so inside, but there are many tables outside some of which spill into the parking lot.

We went with some friends that live in Singapore and eat here on a somewhat regular basis so service was pretty good compared to what I’ve read elsewhere.

Peanuts
Peanuts

The meal started with some peanuts, which were kind of oily.

Vegetables
Vegetables

There were vegetables topped with crushed peanuts with a slight bit of chili but nothing overpowering.

Fried Tofu
Fried Tofu

The fried tofu is one of the house specialties. The tofu was soft and creamy on the inside with a nice firm texture on the outside.

Calamari with Salted Egg Crust
Calamari with Salted Egg Crust

The Calamari with Salted Egg crust was a favorite among the table, but I’m not a fan of salted eggs so this was one I personally did not enjoy.

Cereal Prawns
Cereal Prawns

The Cereal Prawns are prawns that are lightly battered and then deep fried whole, with the shell and head on. It is then topped with a cereal mixture which is reminiscent of Captain Crunch. The cereal is very sweet, almost too much in that is sort of detracts from the taste of the prawns.

Steamed Fish
Steamed Fish

The Steamed Fish is topped with cilantro and green onions in a soy sauce based sauce. The fish was nicely cooked and remained moist and tender. The fish is delicate in nature. This is a nice, clean dish which isn’t very heavy.

Singapore Chili Crab
Singapore Chili Crab
Bread
Bread

The Singapore Chili Crab was a large crab which was full of meat, especially the claws. The sauce is tomato based and was somewhat sweet and not at all hot. The dish is very messy, but what good food isn’t? The dish comes with bread that is perfect for sopping up the sauce.

The overall meal at Por Kee Eating House was very enjoyable. Most of the dishes were good, and I would come back if in the neighborhood.