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Fly Scoot

Scoot - Get outta here!After the memorable event at the Singapore Flyer hosted by Scoot, Singapore’s newest budget airline, I thought I should blog a little more about what Scoot is all about. I can’t help it, I’m attracted by their Scootitude and the bright yellow!

Let’s talk about freebies first!

The “Name our Scoot Babies” contest is currently ongoing, and will end on 24 May 2012 at 11.59pm Singapore Time (or 9.59pm Australia time). Come up with unique names for the 1st 2 of 4 Scoot planes, of less than 15 characters including spaces. The winner will get a pair of tickets for travel on the aircraft bearing the name they proposed. Enter the contest here.

Not your usual airline name, not your usual airline

The 1st thing you’ll notice when you visit the Scoot website is that it just feels so different from the more traditional airlines, no prizes for guessing which airlines. When planning for a vacation, most people wouldn’t consider the flying portion to be particularly enjoyable. But see, the strange thing with Scoot is that it kinda makes you think of the airplane travel as an adventure in itself. One thing I have to warn you, they are bloody cheeky! They’ve even told SIA to scoot. Now beat that. Nice Buns you have

So What is Scoot anyway?

First and foremost, Scoot is a budget carrier. That means, no frills. Here’s how to think of Scoot.

SIA = Long Haul Premium

SilkAir = Short Haul Premium

Tiger Air = Short Haul Budget

Scoot = Long Haul Budget

4 cities to choose from for now, Tianjin, Sydney, Gold Coast and Bangkok. Check out promotions here.

The fare structure

Scoot’s fare structure will be very competitive, in keeping with the no-frills model, at up to 40% cheaper than a typical legacy carrier. However, besides just rock-bottom airfares, Scoot will offer substantial scope for guests to tailor their experience by adding only the frills and services they want, so that they’re not subsidising the choices of others.

There are 3 choices to choose from for Economy Class

Fly – Just a seat! Pay extra if you want to choose where!

FlyBag – You get 15kg of checked in baggage allowance

FlyBagEat- 1 meal is thrown in plus this ticket includes right to choose seat location.

The difference in pricing is only about $20-$30 x 2 between the choices per return trip. I am told that many people do book the FlyBagEat option, although a quick calculation based on a July 2012 travel from Singapore to Sydney and back shows a $530.29nett. Not exactly the rock bottom cheap I was expecting, but cheaper certainly.

ScootBiz – a premium cabin complete with wide leather seats offering 38-inch pitch, food & beverages and 20 kilograms of check-in baggage.

Or you can finally luxuriate in Business Class for once, and pay only $1,118.29nett.

WTF - Watch the Fare

When it comes to the crunch, what’s the difference between Scoot and other budget airlines?

Yea, I actually shot them this difficult question and got a pretty good response. Scoot believes that “Cheap” does not = “Lousy”. They firmly believe that an airline can be no frills and still be cheerful, honest, respectful, and that “no frills” need not mean “no service”. They’ll offer service with personality; engaging, vibrant, fun-loving and upbeat, aka SCOOTITUDE. Staff are requested to be different, be honest, and to consistently deliver the basics.

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Travel Insurance is key

We’ve all heard about the numerous complaints from other budget travellers about cancelled flights. When you try to contact the airline to claim compensation, they are nowhere to be found. One easy way to solve this headache is to simply buy TRAVEL INSURANCE! I’m surprised that people don’t do this simple thing to protect themselves! Did you know that if you buy the Travel Insurance well in advance, and a last minute emergency situation occurs that prevents you from taking the trip, you can even claim travel insurance on this?

Scoot only has 4 airplanes at this point in time. There is no spare idle plane sitting somewhere waiting to step in in the rare event that another plane is put out of service. As such, there will be times where unscheduled maintenance is required, and therefore a flight must be cancelled or delayed. Solve this headache by buying Travel Insurance! Scoot Staff will help direct people to accommodation or dining options, and provide a letter to facilitate a claim on travel insurance, but accommodation or meals will not be provided free.

Okay enuff of the corporate spiel.

Click on this link to see our fun evening at the Singapore Flyer. Or scroll down to see pictures of dinner at the Singapore Food Trail. I think we are good contenders for this year’s MOST LADEN WITH FOOD TABLE Guinness World Record…

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I meant to take pictures of the food, but Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson somehow snuck into the shot…

Scoot Event at Singapore Food Trail Pretty Scoot Cabin Crew ladies

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What’s a food blog without pictures of food right?

Scoot Event at Singapore Food Trail (7) I love the old school feel of The Singapore Food Trail! Actually, I’m not even qualified to say what is old school, having been born into a more modern Singapore. Is it considered a blessing to be able to enjoy modern amenities, healthcare and technology? Or is it regrettable that I did not get to witness Singapore before it got sanitised?

*Thank you Scoot for the wonderful evening.

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Fly with Scoot @ Singapore Flyer

For years I’ve been avoiding the Singapore Flyer. Every I drive past it, which is pretty much on a daily basis, I marvel at its beauty and simultaneously shudder at the thought of being inside an enclosed capsule high up in the sky for 30 arduous minutes. It didn’t help that a number of years ago, the Singapore Flyer actually developed a fault. Passengers were trapped with no way of escape! Never mind the issue of how you would hold your bladder for that long. What if you had to rappel down, from the top capsule?????

I had 2 chances to go to the Singapore Flyer. 1st time was in 2008 when our Company Recreation Club sold tickets. I actually bought a pair (what was I thinking), but then my grandfather passed away so I sold the tickets. Then there was another media invite, of which I ahem joined them after they’d landed on terra firma. This time round, when budget flyer Scoot sent out an invite, I said enough is enough, I can’t keep escaping, I’m going to drag myself up there!

Third time lucky I guess. Not only was I NOT afraid, except for jelly legs when I first got into the capsule, I enjoyed the ride enough to snap numerous pictures. We even went TWO rounds on the Flyer! No joke! No problems looking through the grass to spot the ground or anything. I was so afraid I would be paralysed with fear in the capsule and totally embarrass myself! I tell you the mind does play tricks.

Thanks Scoot! It was great flying with you. Hopefully next time it’ll be via the actual plane!

Me at Singapore Flyer That’s me before the ride. Still smiling, that’s good.

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Which is better, SkyPark or Singapore Flyer?

If you’ve been deciding on which is better to go to, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, or the Singapore Flyer, my answer would be a resounding MARINA BAY SANDS SKYPARK!

1. The Singapore Flyer is more expensive at $29.50, while the SkyPark costs $20.

2. The feeling of wind rushing in your face and through your hair is just unbeatable, and this you can’t get at the Flyer because the capsule is enclosed.

3. The SkyPark is way higher than the Singapore Flyer, so it’s clear which one has the bragging rights! Dining on the 57th floor is way different from dining on the 1st floor!

4. You can spend much more time strolling along the length of the SkyPark, taking your time to admire the view from every angle. The Flyer’s ride only lasts 30 minutes. OR, you can escape from the SkyPark ASAP, but you have to wait the full ride at the Flyer.

5. Taking photos on the Flyer will be slightly difficult if you happen to want to snap a shot near the edges of the capsule. At the SkyPark, you can walk the length of it to find your desired angle and snap away taking as much time as you want!

6. Last but not least, you don’t have to control your bladder for 30 minutes at the SkyPark!

**I’ve been to the SkyPark, but not to the Flyer. At this point in time, I don’t think I desire to take a ride in the Flyer unless it’s the ride with butler dining options included. Otherwise, give me SkyPark anyday!

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Singapore Food Trail – Part 2

More pictures of my visit to the Singapore Food Trail Food Street hawker centre at the Singapore Flyer. Calling it a hawker centre seems incorrect, yet it is not a food court either since food courts are air conditioned? Perhaps Food Street really is the correct word since it used to be a driveway before it got converted into this new eating concept. And if you look at the flooring, it is designed to look like a road, complete with the double yellow lines at the side!

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This is the “indoor” seating area, which seems to be more popular than the “outdoor” area. Indoor or outdoor, the whole place is not air-conditioned. I didn’t feel hot though, it seemed pretty breezy. One bad thing about sitting here is that when a hawker goes on a vengeance and starts deep frying something, you and your clothes can’t escape the smell.

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This is the more “outdoor” seating as it faces the main road. It can get quite sunny here even though the shelter covers all the seats. But one thing good about sitting at this area is that you don’t get the smoke smells from the cooking.

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Satay Bee Hoon – Not that fantastic. Very few ingredients and satay sauce had no kick. If you like the non-heavy type, then perhaps this may be for you.

Singapore Food Trail (20) Did you know, VitaMilk (soya bean drink with added milk powder) has palm oil in it?

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Popiah for $2 each. There isn’t a sign to tell you upfront that you have to buy a minimum of 2 popiahs, so be warned.

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They also have a little area showcasing objects from an era past.

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I love this little tiny museum of sorts!

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Old F&N Soft Drink Bottles

Singapore Food Trail (23) There is even a juke box belting out old songs. It seems like you can choose the songs you want by pressing on the buttons. It’s free. I chose a michael jackson song, so that when it played, i would be able to recognise it from all the old Chinese songs that I have never heard before. Didn’t hear the Michael Jackson song come up though.

IMG_8103 Old typewriter. I still have one in my house! When I was younger, I derived much pleasure in jamming all the keys together!

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Laminated old photos to reminisce the old times (sounds like I am the one reminiscing, but no I was not born yet in 1958.)

Singapore Food Trail (36) Oh yes, almost forgot that the Singapore Flyer’s main business is getting people to go on the Flyer itself….Well I think the Singapore Flyer’s marketing team have hit the jackpot this time round. The new Singapore Food Trail is sure to pull in the crowds. Even the tourists were enjoying their food there. Not so sure if the restaurants would welcome the Food Trail, but if you’ve a shop selling something there, you’ll be happy.

For more pictures, see Singapore Food Trail Part 1


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Singapore Food Trail

Checked out the newly opened Singapore Food Trail Food Street at the Singapore Flyer today. Costing $2m in investments, it is Singapore’s first 1960s-themed food street (opened by Select Group Ltd) and boasts a mix of heritage hawkers who represent Singapore’s original and most famous hawker foods.

One look at the place, and I kinda fell in love with the concept already. I’m a sucker for nostalgia and it is one of my regrets that I didn’t get to experience “old Singapore” before it disappeared. This place is a replica but at least it’s better than nothing, and certainly much better than the generic and soulless food courts you find so often at shopping malls. You will also find some of the stuff here prepared the old fashioned way, such as sugar cane being pressed with a hand cranked machine, ice for ice kachang shaved by yet another hand cranked machine. You can even find ice balls here!

The food we ordered in general is quite good, but not superb like I was hoping it to be. There are however quite a number of established names here, who have been in the food business for 30 – 50 years.

The place was bustling like mad and each stall had a queue 3 or 4 people long on average. This is a testimony to the fact that Singaporeans still have feelings for the past, so let’s think twice before we raze down anything that doesn’t look remotely modern in the name of profits.

Check out the photos I took at the Singapore Food Trail Food Street below. Will post more up tomorrow!

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Old Airport Road Satay Bee Hoon & Satay Celup

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High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle

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Soft Drinks in bottles! Think the shape of the bottles aren’t the same as those in the 60s and 70s, but still, I find it fun to drink out of a glass bottle than a plastic bottle or aluminium can.

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Sugar cane being juiced the old fashioned way.

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Hokkien Mee $5 – Was tasty and light, but didn’t have the lard taste that would have brought it up a few notches. This would be perfect for healthy people.

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Chicken Rice Set $8 – Found the chicken to be really tasty. Would definitely try this again.

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Fish Ball Noodles $4 – Not bad, and the chilli was pretty good. The fishballs are slightly larger than usual.

We also wanted to order the Popiah. Each costs $2 but you have to order a minimum of 2. Be warned lest you line up for 10 minutes only to be disappointed.

For more photos, please see Singapore Food Trail Part 2

The Singapore Food Trail is open from 10.30am to 10.30pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10.30am to 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

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