Monday, February 25, 2008

Miscelleny

The Grand Maratha MumbaiA few other things from my return trip from the Bay Area earlier this month:

I took a midnight flight from San Francisco to Singapore; sadly, Singapore Airlines has their new cabins only in the 777s and the A380s, but this one was a 747 which has the older Space Beds. But the flight wasn't too bad!

Changi Airport now has a brand new Terminal 3. I had over six hours to spend at Singapore; Singapore Airlines had provided me a hotel near Orchard Street, but when I realized there was a new Terminal with its own Business Class lounge, I decided to check it out instead and save myself the trouble of travelling out of the airport and into the downtown area.

The Grand Maratha MumbaiA shower and a shave is so very refreshing after a long flight! This is why I love flying via Singapore or Hong Kong (unless I am flying Virgin Atlantic via London, that is!). Nothing beats having a shower room in the lounge. I felt human again and went about discovering the new SilverKris lounge with it’s mood lighting, large flat-screen TVs, magazines and food. Finally, I settled down to blog over the free Wi-fi link. The hours passed by fast.


There was plenty of food to nibble on: (sic) Biryani rice and chicken briyanni (!), fish ball noodle soup, chicken wings, pork-ribs soup, bread and orange pudding with vanilla sauce, warm raisin scones with fresh cream and raspberry jam, etc. All of it felt fresh!

I was back at the Grand Maratha in Mumbai for the night. The pictures here are of this hotel’s impressive atrium with its coffee shop amidst potted palm trees. Makes for a wonderful setting to enjoy the buffet breakfast as I check out the Times of India again after two weeks. It's good to be back home again!

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Smita said...
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Joey said...

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