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Old December 15th, 2010, 11:48 AM   #441
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SINGAPORE : Singapore's Changi Airport said Wednesday it has handled a record 40 million passengers this year, surpassing the all-time high of 37.7 million in 2008.

A spokeswoman with Changi Airport Group told AFP the 40th million flyer arrived Wednesday.

The buoyant passenger figures were driven particularly by strong traffic in southeast and northeast Asia, Changi said in a statement.

"Among cities with more than half a million passenger movements, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila in southeast Asia, and Hong Kong and Shanghai in northeast Asia registered double digit growth," it said.

Last year, 37.2 million passengers passed through the airport, said Changi.

In Asia's other major air hubs, Hong Kong International Airport handled 46.2 million passengers in 2009 while Shanghai Pudong International Airport received 31.9 million passengers last year.

As of December, 98 airlines were operating at the airport and offering 5,200 weekly scheduled flights to and from more than 200 cities, Changi said. - AFP/ch
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Lucky passenger goes on 40-minute shopping spree as Changi Airport crosses 40 million passengers in 2010

SINGAPORE, 15 December 2010 – Today was a day to remember for one very lucky passenger at Singapore Changi Airport. Jonathan Shih, a 50-year-old Taiwanese based in Shanghai, China, went on a 40-minute shopping spree as part of Changi Airport's celebrations to commemorate the achievement of 40 million passenger movements in 2010, an annual record for Changi.

Mr Shih, a food and beverage general manager, was on a business trip to Singapore. He had arrived at 1400 hours from Shanghai on Singapore Airlines SQ827. He was selected to receive the shopping spree prize, and on route to Singapore, was briefed by a Changi Airport Group shopping concierge on the wide array of merchandise and brands available at Changi.

After disembarkation from the aircraft at Changi's Terminal 3, Mr Shih hopped onto a specially decorated airport buggy and was flagged off for a 40-minute spree he would never forget. With the assistance of the shopping concierge, Mr Shih had planned well for his spree, having already identified the stores at Changi's Transit Mall he wanted to target.

Mr Shih used his 40 minutes optimally and even had time to spare. He picked up various items such as a laptop, luggage bags, watches and handbags from renowned brands like Aspial, Apple, Bottega Veneta, Cartier, Hermes, Mont Blanc and Tumi worth a total of S$40,300. The items included gifts for his wife, children and colleagues. Of Media Bulletin note is a 0.59 carat solitaire ring that Mr Shih picked up from Aspial for his wife, in less than a minute! Please refer to Annex A for the full list of items that Mr Shih purchased.

When planning his purchases on the way to Singapore, Mr Shih knew he wanted to make a special contribution in the spirit of the upcoming festive season. During the spree, he bought S$2,000 of chocolates and candy from Chocolates by DFS and King Power's Chocolates.Candy.Delicatessen. The treats will go to the Singapore Children's Society.

Said an elated Mr Shih, "This is a very unique experience, particularly for a guy. You've never had to run into different shops and without any further thinking, just shop and buy, all within 40 minutes. It's an awesome experience." Mr Shih added, "Changi is my favourite airport. It's not like an airport, it's like a garden. It's very unique and special."

Besides his purchases, Mr Shih also received a pair of Singapore Airlines tickets to any destination on the airline's network as well as a commemorative certificate to mark the special occasion. Other passengers on the SQ827 flight received a gift pack which included Changi Airport shopping vouchers.

Changi's previous annual record of 37.7 million passenger movements was registered in 2008. Only six other airports in the world manage more than 40 million international passenger movements a year.
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kudos to you Vrooms. you are single handedly running this thread.
and what a treat with the awesome finds
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kudos to you Vrooms. you are single handedly running this thread.
and what a treat with the awesome finds
Thanks sidney_jec!! Hope to see you post on this thread more often too...
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oh I too hope that.
Will not be there until Nov next year
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Changi Airport

Named the world's best airport of 2010 by the Skytrax World Airport Awards, the Changi Airport in Singapore is somewhat of a winter wonderland. Even if you arrive at 2 a.m., this tropical paradise offers round-the-clock shopping: 24-hour luxury boutiques, gourmet chocolate shops and a M.A.C makeup centre. The shopping spans the course of three palatial terminals, not to mention six spas and a Balinese-style swimming pool. Once you're all shopped out, the ?napping pods? allow you to get some shut-eye, not to mention the 24-hour movie theatre ? at no cost. Some things really are priceless.



Best bet: The Free Singapore Tour, seriously, a two-hour sightseeing tour of Singapore organized by the airport; or as a take home gift: Vertu V ballpoint pen in black, $300
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During that quick two-day trip to Singapore to attend the launch of the renewed television line of Toshiba, I got a chance to renew an acquaintance with the city-state and its many interesting ways to make life more pleasant and invigorating. There was a long stretch of time starting in the early 70s when I would jet into and out of Singapore some 3 – 4 times a year, sometimes for a conference or business meeting, or as a short 1 – 2 day stopover to break a long trip within the region or other climes.

In those early days, the airport was not yet the impressive one in Changi, and the rather strict rules prevailing then wreaked havoc on arriving passengers (mostly young men) sporting long hair-cuts. They got a free barber service right in the airport itself, since the government looked askance at hippie or hard-rock musician types with their mop-top Beatle hairdos. The sweet and patient young person who took care of our local arrangements – Ms Winnie Ng of Meemo – never heard of the haircuts done at the airport decades ago, since she was born when Singapore took a more benign route under PM BG Lee and his immediate predecessor.

After a rather long hiatus prompted by a souring on air travel brought about by draconian security rules, I got the chance to revisit Singapore with a group of younger techies and media personalities. My last trip to the city-state in the late 90s already saw us using Changi airport (the site of a former prison), although not yet in the form it is today with its 3 interconnected terminals. Typically curious fellow that I am, I took note of a lot of interesting things within the airport itself. Of course, traveling with a group of people meant that I could not look around during the arrival period, but I promised myself to check in early for departure and take a look at the sights and numerous things to do within the airport itself.

After the conference launch where we heard Toshiba promise to become a major factor in the consumer television industry – capped by a sumptuous early dinner that reminded me that one of the reasons for visiting Singapore is the impressive array of excellent food choices – I promised to look for the nearest hawker-type food stalls for an early lunch the following day. Imagine my surprise in finding such a set of food outlets right within the Suntec convention center itself! But not after realizing that Toshiba had, in fact, decided to enter a highly-competitive field presently dominated by the two top Korean brands, Samsung and LG. Since the bank I used to work with had (then) Mitsui Bank as an investor, I remember accompanying the Mitsui Bank rep making the rounds of the various Japanese companies and trading houses located in the country. That also proved to be a quick course in the nature of the keiretsu/zaibatsu companies like Mitsui, and the realization that venerable names like Toyota and Toshiba were intrically tied up with the Mitsui group.

After checking in a little over 4 hours before boarding, I sallied forth to check out the airport. Small wonder that Singaporeans often tout the airport as a destination in itself, because one can literally spend a day or two just soaking in the different things one can do – even take in a swim and workout in a gym, or admire different types of amazing flora in different settings – within the confines of an airport facility! Of course, the first thing I did was to park myself at one of the free computer-internet stations and avail of the free service. I read my mail, looked into my Facebook accounts, and checked other bookmarked sites in my profile. Needless to say, the 15-minute limit per single use is easily taken care of by simply logging out at the 13th or 14th minute and logging in again for another quarter hour use. I did this 3 – 4 times and enjoyed myself immensely!

Then, I tried out an assortment of freebie goodies: Foot-massages that hit the spot, with no time limit either; 3D movies with the appropriate eye-ware suspended from above through an adjustable extender; Xbox games; and free television shows and movies! There was simply not enough time to sample all these goodies, and I had to content myself with just trying each a little. Given more time, I would have finished the 3D movie I was watching -- different movies offered in each station – or spent more time playing computer games. More extreme types typically go for the trapeze and boxing ring facilities, and a host of others facilities that would have taken me all day to just check out. Of course, the foodie types like myself would have different choices of food to satiate any appetite, but I settled for a simple Indian curry dish.

I never thought I would enjoy an airport so much, especially since airports bring one images of frantic people rushing to make connections, or cursing the long lines for check in or security. True, there was the obligatory pat-down at check in, but they did not require one to take off shoes or empty pockets. Their equipment must have been first rate in order to allow us to keep our stuff. Thus, I felt less violated than normal, and relaxed for the flight out
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17 December 2010 | By David G Allan


For most travellers, the prospect of having to spend any length of time at an airport, especially a crowded international hub, is a miserable one. But, Singapore has created a bright, enjoyable, welcoming way station on an otherwise bleak tarmac of inefficient and numbingly boring airports. Even the name is fun to say: Changi!

* Related article: Best airports of the world

The many charms of Singapore's Changi Airport do not hit you at once. There are three seemingly standard terminals, with no grand architectural infrastructure or trendy art installations. But then you start to notice, with a raised eyebrow, the little things. Is that a koi pond? Is that a free foot massage chair? Is this pod of computers available to anyone who wants to get online? The answer to every question is "yes". All three terminals have free wi-fi and multi-device charging kiosks (under lock and key so you can leave them unattended). Every plant is real, tended by an in-house horticulture team. The food is fresh, bars have live music and the children's areas have playgrounds, cartoons and woodblock colouring stations.

Should you have trouble locating any of these amenities, youth and senior ambassadors roam the terminals to help with anything from gate information to shopping suggestions. Directional signs tell you how many minutes it will take you to walk there. Even the bathrooms ask for instant electronic feedback so airport personnel can quickly respond to any toilet paper outage or complaint of dirtiness. And those are just the basics. The more you explore, the bigger the surprises.

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Grab a map at one of the many information kiosks and make a scavenger hunt out of it. One of the airport's published guides even has a handy chart with suggestions on what to enjoy depending on how much time you have. Only 20 minutes? Take a refreshing shower. Have two hours? Hop on one of the two free (you see that word a lot in the airport) bus tours around the city.

The majority of the amenities are in the secure areas of the terminals, and since they are connected by monorail, you can still enjoy the fun in all three, And the security threshold itself is merely an immigration check (with Singaporeans having an automated option that removes them from the main queue-not that there was ever a queue for anything at the airport, in my visits). The ordeal of baggage and body scanning, every airport's worst clock-gobbler, happens quickly and efficiently at the boarding gate with just your plane's passengers, eliminating the bottleneck of many people catching flights at various times, slowing everyone down collectively.

Terminal 3
The first thing I wanted to try out was Changi's newest attraction - a four-story slide in the public area of T3. For a S$10 token, which comes free when you spend that amount in the airport (about the price of a sandwich and drink), you get a twisty 30-second thrill ride. Next to it is a free one-and-a-half story slide.

After clearing immigration, I walked past a meditation room and through a two-story butterfly garden, an open-air enclosure filled with tropical vegetation, a waterfall (I learned that butterflies actually need flowing water) and a glass pupa podium with caterpillars displayed in mid-metamorphosis. Each terminal offers an outdoor space such as this. T2 grows a sunflower garden and T1 has an al fresco bar surrounded by cacti. Just outside the topfloor entrance of the butterfly habitat is a free moviehouse-sized theatre, playing recent Hollywood blockbusters.

Terminal 2
Just a short monorail ride away T2 is a bit more sedate than its newer sibling, but in a good way. There are multiple gardens filled with ferns, orchids and sunflowers, and illuminated fake rocks make a nighttime visit to the outdoor sunflower garden nearly as lovely as a daytime one. Near a long strip of bamboo is a quiet rest area with reclined chairs, ideal for napping. (I cannot recall ever being in an airport where sleeping in public spaces was encouraged.) Next to another, smaller, movie theatre are free computer game terminals and Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 stations, which may be someone else's idea of relaxing.

Each terminal has a Transit Hotel (http://harilelahospitality.com/), where you pay as little as S$35 for six hours in a decent-sized room with a TV. There are also pay-per-use gyms (with gym clothes provided) and transit lounges. These lounges, where you pay S$30 for five hours of buffet, drinks, office services, showers and other amenities typically reserved for airline business class lounges, is, like so much of Changi, the future of airport hospitality. You can also get (for additional fees) a massage, pedicure, haircut and time in a nap room.

Terminal 1
Inside T1 I found an impressive diversity of dining and shopping options catering to international palettes and wallets of varying sizes. The restaurants and shops (everything from 7-Eleven to Cartier) are the financial engine of Changi and even locals are lured by a tax exemption extended into the public areas and a price guarantee that doubles the refunded difference of any lower price found in downtown Singapore, part of an effort to combat airport price gouging.

It was in Terminal 1 where I decided to avail myself of a pedicure. Not a typical one, of course, but one serviced by a wading pool of flesh-eating fish. At the Fish Spa & Reflexology, in the Transfer D corner of T1, you can remove the dead skin of your travel-weary feet by immersing them in a series of pools filled with hungry fish of increasing sizes. I started with the largest size.

Though others seemed to be enjoying this novel form of public grooming, seconds after I dipped my bare feet and felt the collective suction of the swarm, I yanked them back out. The woman running the spa had seen this behaviour before. "Don't be afraid," she said. "In Turkey they have this massage, and they go in up to their necks! Try the smaller fish." Plunging my feet into another pool, small black fish with the taste for human, obscured my feet. If I had just closed my eyes, it would have felt like a million tiny fingers were massaging me. But I did not close my eyes. "Don't look at them! Don't look at them!" another employee admonished. I could feel a girlish scream rising in my lungs and saved myself that indignity by swinging my legs out - a single, committed critter still hanging from my big toe. Towelling off in defeat, I watched two other customers quietly enjoying their fish pedicures. "I find it quite relaxing," one of them said to me. To each his own at Changi.

I went in search of my own blissful moment and decided to end my visit in what is perhaps Changi's most unexpected amenity: an outdoor pool. For a mere S$13.91, I was given a towel, non-alcoholic drink at the pool's otherwise alcoholic bar, and access to a large pool and deck. It was not the best of facilities - my locker door was busted, the shallow pool was excessively chlorinated and there was nothing hot about the hot tub - but floating in a rooftop pool before getting on my flight capped off what was the most fun I have ever had in an airport and led to a deep, relaxed sleep on the plane. Next time I am in Changi, in addition to my bathing suit, I will add a pair of goggles to my carry-on.
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