Flying Tigerair to Singapore

Flying Tigerair to Singapore

We can’t always fly business class around the world. We would love to, but it is not always feasible. And for short haul trips around Southeast Asia, we are more likely to fly one of the well known low cost carriers. After all, I would rather save my money and miles to make a 12 hour flight to Europe in business class. That means more budget flights around Southeast Asia. This is how we ended up testing out Tigerair to to Singapore. Flying From Bangkok on Tigerair to Singapore There are several low cost carriers, or budget airlines, that fly throughout Southeast Asia. We’ve flown AirAsia, a lot. And, we’ve tested out Thai Smile on a domestic flight within Thailand. But, recently we had the opportunity to fly Tigerair to Singapore for the first time. We flew Tigerair within Australia a few times back in 2009. This was our first time flying Tigerair within Asia. We flew from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Tigerair’s hub at Singapore Changi Airport. Our two hour flight was everything you’d want from a flight: quick, comfortable, and with friendly service. And, because we are luxury travelers, we opted for an “upgrade” to the first row on our flight on Tigerair to Singapore and to exit row on the way back. There is always a way to fly with a little bit of luxury, even on a budget airline. Upgrading on a Budget Airline Most of the low cost carriers who fly within Southeast offer customers this kind of “upgrade.” This can include purchasing meals on board or roomier seats in exit row or at the front of...
Ep 009: Eric the #AvGeek at the Singapore Airshow with Airbus

Ep 009: Eric the #AvGeek at the Singapore Airshow with Airbus

Attending the Singapore Airshow Imagine Eric’s excitement when he received a simple email from a PR agency: “Would you like to travel to Singapore as a guest of Airbus to attend the Singapore Airshow?” Eric was so excited, he interrupted me in the shower to talk about the opportunity. An #AvGeek dream come true? Indeed. In this episode of the podcast, Eric actually interviews me about my thoughts, as a non #AvGeek attending the Singapore Airshow. Of course, plenty of Eric’s #AvGeekness shines through. Mentions: Singapore Airshow 2016 Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel TBEX Asia 2015 Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also check out our podcast on Stitcher here. And, we’re also available on GooglePlay! Check Out This Week’s Episode: http://traffic.libsyn.com/withhusbandintow/With_Husband_In_Tow_Podcast_S01E09_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...
Chicken Rice – Tasty Tuesday

Chicken Rice – Tasty Tuesday

Singaporean Chicken Rice If you ask a Singaporean how to eat chicken rice, they will tell you the right way.  If you ask 10 Singaporeans how to eat chicken rice, they will tell you 10 different ways – all of them right.  More specifically, Hainanese chicken rice is a whole chicken boiled in a large pot.  Then the rice itself is cooked in the same water, soaking in all of the meat flavor.  Tender and juicy, there is not a ton of flavor from the chicken itself, as it is subtle.  Instead, the flavor comes from the condiments that are served alongside – chili sauce and a sweet soy sauce.  Everyone has their view on the perfect combination of condiments to make the chicken come alive, and apparently, they are all right! Where to eat: Tien Tien chicken rice is the place everyone says to go to, at Maxwell Road hawker center, just outside of the heart of Chinatown.  Long lines, and made famous by an Anthony Bourdain visit, most hawker centers have great chicken rice, at low prices, without the long line. For more tasty tidbits on the food in Southeast Asia, get my FREE eBook 37 Must Eat Foods in Southeast...
Walking Down Memory Lane – The 10 Worst Cocktails Ever

Walking Down Memory Lane – The 10 Worst Cocktails Ever

I’ve been throwing a lot of stuff up on the blog recently, from guest posts called Where Did You Sleep Last Night, to posts about yoga, and the three part series on Nyepi.  You have been hearing me talk about our clean living in the blog since we arrived in Ubud a year ago, about how much weight we have lost, about how happy we have been here (most days).  You have also been reading a little bit of our tell all, with our nineties love story, as I start to get a little more personal on the blog. Now, I get personal in a different way.   A friend from Washington, DC, posted a typical top 10 list on Facebook that caught my eye.  It was a ranking of the 10 Worst Cocktails Ever, from the perspective of the bartender.  I only clicked on it because the graphic showed a cocktail that reminded me of the Singapore Sling at Raffles, which I recently tried at the insistence of a friend in from the States.  I love you Josh, and I am happy we had a moment together at Raffles, but I cannot believe how expensive that syrupy pre-made drink was. The Singapore Sling was not present on this particular top 10 list.  Instead, it was a series of drinks, almost all of which I have drank in the past, and each one reminded me of a story of my forgotten youth, or recent past.  Each one reminded me of a person, or a place, or a time in my life, some of which I would prefer to forget....
Eng’s Noodle House Singapore – Photo Essay

Eng’s Noodle House Singapore – Photo Essay

I think I am getting island fever.  I love living here in Bali, and generally praise the food, but anytime a foodie lives in a small town, at some point they itch to try something new.  They think about what is missing from the local food scene. They fantasize about food. I have yet to have noodle hallucinations, but I do miss some of the great Chinese food we have had in places like Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.  Considering we have two more months before we leave the island on our first visa run in six months, I am left salivating over photos of Eng’s Noodle House in Singapore.  It did not help that our Singaporean friend, Leigh, was visiting last week, and was tempting us with offers of exploring more of Singapores famous food stalls. We visited Eng’s several times during our trips to Singapore, as it is a short walk from where we were house sitting for George and Daisy.  It was not our intended destination that first night.  We tried to go to a strange sort of hawker center, which had a pleasant Thai pork dish we had the day before.  Unfortunately, the stall was closed, as were most of the other stalls in the food court.  Deflated, we started to walk back towards the house, while trying to find an alternative for dinner.  Eric had his heart set on that pork, though. As we walked the busy street, we were drawn in by the simple sign, and the even simpler menu at Eng’s Noodle House Singapore on Tajong Katong.  The place was also pretty packed, which...
ITB Asia and WTM London for Bloggers

ITB Asia and WTM London for Bloggers

Leaving Bali, in hindsight, may have been a mistake.  When we left, I was on a high.  I was healthier than I had been in years, and we had really found our groove – new friends, a new routine.  We were being productive and had settled in nicely.  Then, we left, in part to attend ITB Asia and WTM London, two big travel conferences. We left so that: 1) I could attend TBEX Dublin, the conference for travel bloggers; 2) we both could attend ITB Asia in Singapore, a large travel industry conference; and 3) we could both attend World Travel Market in London, one of the largest travel conferences in the world.  It was two months of travel, with the express purpose of conducting “business.”   For Eric, who is selling advertising on a contract basis for a couple travel websites, this seemed like a no-brainer.  A chance for him to network and make contacts that might prove fruitful.  For me, though, as a travel blogger, I was unsure why I was going to these conferences, and what I hoped to get from it.  I had no clear plan, other than show up, smile, and carry business cards. ITB Asia in Singapore ITB Asia brands itself as one of the leading B2B conferences for the Asian travel market.  The goal is to provide a forum for buyers and sellers to meet, introduce themselves, and sign deals. What the what?  What does this mean for travel bloggers? What is a Travel Buyer? There were over 800 exhibitors at ITB Asia in Singapore.  After only a handful of tables offered...
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