Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beach Summer Holiday in Denpasar-Bali June 2011 - Part 4

This will be the last part of my summer holiday in Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia in June 2011. It will mainly focus on our last afternoon in Bali, and our flight back to Singapore.

Part 1 ~ Final Afternoon in Bali

After nine days of sun, sea and relaxations in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, it was finally time to head home to Singapore. On Friday (24 June), we woke at around 10 o' clock to pack up all of our remaining baggage for the flight back to Singapore that night.

Our itinerary for the journey back home to Singapore would be to fly with Qatar Airways on flight QR 639 bound for Doha and Singapore, which would depart Ngurah Rai International Airport at 10.40 p.m.. We would then arrive in Singapore Changi Airport at 1.10 a.m..

We had breakfast and called for a buggy to come to our villa to pick us up, and to help us with our baggage. Here are some pictures taken before we left.

A view of our private swimming pool in our Villa No. 45 taken before breakfast

An overall picture of our breakfast


Another view of our private swimming pool in our Villa No. 45 taken just before we left


A view of our private swimming pool in our Villa No. 45 taken from my room entrance

At around 11.50 a.m., a hotel staff came in a buggy to help us with our baggage. They were all put at the front seat of the buggy, while we all sat the back. We then left Villa No. 45 behind and headed to the resort reception via the buggy. Here are some pictures and a video.


The buggy waiting outside our villa


Sentosa Private Villas and Spa Bali Buggy (Villa No. 45 to Resort Lobby)

Approaching the resort lobby

As soon as we arrived at the resort lobby, we went to the check-in reception counter to check out and return our villa key. We then waited for our faithful Balinese butler and guide, To Day to pick us up. Here are some pictures I took while waiting.



The Sentosa Private Villas & Spa Bali swimming pool in the afternoon


The Sentosa Private Villas & Spa Bali resort lounge

After a few moments of waiting, To Day arrived at the Sentosa Private Villas & Spa Bali to pick us up, and load up our baggage. He then asked us where we planned to eat for lunch. We then told him anywhere. We hopped on to his cab and he drove us to a cafeteria that was called Flapjaks, which was known for its home-made pancakes.


As soon as we arrived at Flapjaks Cafeteria at 12.25 p.m., To Day parked his cab and we all alighted. We were allowed to leave our belongings in his cab. Here are some pictures I took while having lunch at Flapjaks.



The exterior view of Flapjaks Cafe Bali


To Day's cab just outside the cafeteria's entrance


The food and beverage menu cover page of Flapjaks


The interior view of the Flapjaks Cafeteria Bali while waiting for lunch


A closer look into the food and beverage menu of Flapjaks


Looking into my desired dish in the food and beverage menu


A glass of orange juice for myself


A mug of hot chocolate for myself


My brother's main dish: Spanish omelette with sausages and potato wedges


My dad's main dish: Ribs with mashed potatoes and corn


My mum's main dish: Plain pancakes with butter and maple syrup


My main dish: Decadence Chocolate Pancakes


A rest area outside the cafeteria


The selection of ice creams in Flapjaks


The interior of Flapjaks Cafe Bali just before we left

After paying our bill, we met To Day outside the cafe, where he asked us where we wanted to go to for the rest of the afternoon. We then told him that we wanted to visit the reptile park again to see the feeding of the snakes.


As I heard from one of the reptile park's staff members, the snakes are usually fed each Friday. I managed to take a picture of a rice paddy field along the way.


Passing by a rice paddy field on the way to the reptile park

It was approximately 2.25 p.m. by the time we reached the car park outside the reptile farm. We then went to the park's ticket booth to purchase our tickets for the day. Here are some pictures on how we spent our day at the reptile farm.


The entrance to the reptile park


A lizard feasting on a traditional Hindu offering


A green tree python lying lazily on a tree branch


Spitting cobra


Taipan


An albino Burmese python


A boa constrictor lying lazily in its enclosure


A King Cobra lying lazily in its enclosure


A Burmese python lying lazily while waiting for his meal


A medium-sized reticulated python


A big, fat reticulated python waiting lazily for his meal


Some chickens and ducks being prepared as prey for the snakes


The big, fat reticulated python constricting his first duck


The big, fat reticulated python still constricting his first duck


The Burmese python about to attack and constrict its duck


The medium-sized reticulated python waiting for his prey to get into a proper position for attack


The big, fat reticulated python starts eating his first duck


The big, fat reticulated python halfway through his first duck


The big, fat reticulated python still halfway through his first duck

The Burmese python just after it started eating its meal

The big, fat reticulated python about to finish eating his first duck


The big, fat reticulated python grabbing his second duck


The Burmese python lying lazily after finishing its meal


The big, fat reticulated python starts eating his second duck


A souvenir shop in the reptile park

After spending some time at the reptile park, we met up with today outside the entrance to the reptile park. He then ferried us to Discovery Shopping Mall to do some shopping and have some tea. I managed to take some pictures while there.


Passing by Ngurah Rai International Airport on the way to Discovery Shopping Mall


Passing by some shoe shops in Discovery Shopping Mall Bali


Walking to Black Canton Coffee Cafeteria for tea


The stairs leading to the beach outside Discovery Shopping Mall Bali


A beautiful view of the sea outside Discovery Shopping Mall Bali during the late afternoon hours


Some people on the beach outside Discovery Shopping Mall Bali during the late afternoon hours


The stairway from the beach leading to Discovery Shopping Mall


The logo of Discovery Shopping Mall just above the entrance from the beach


The beverage menu of Black Canton Coffee Cafeteria


The food menu of Black Canton Coffee Cafeteria


A view of some people on Kuta Beach outside Discovery Shopping Mall Bali during sunset


Another view of some people on Kuta Beach outside Discovery Shopping Mall Bali during sunset


The interior of Black Canton Coffee Cafeteria in Discovery Shopping Mall Bali


A glass of orange juice for myself in Black Canton Café


A plate of chicken wings in Black Canton Café


A plate of french fries and chicken chop in Black Canton Café


A beautiful view of the sea at Kuta Beach outside Discovery Shopping Mall just before nightfall


Many people crowding Kuta Beach outside Discovery Shopping Mall Bali before nightfall


Inside Discovery Shopping Mall Bali


Outside the roadway entrance to Discovery Shopping Mall Bali

Part 2 ~ The Flight Back Home to Singapore


After spending some hours of shopping in Discovery Shopping Mall Bali, we knew that it was time to head to Ngurah Rai International Airport for our flight back to Singapore. To Day then met us outside the entrance to Discovery Shopping Mall by his cab and ushered us in. By 6.45 p.m., we were on our way to Ngurah Rai International Airport.


The drive from Discovery Shopping Mall Bali to Ngurah Rai International Airport took about 20 minutes, and we were outside the International Departure Terminal by 7.05 p.m.. To Day then helped us with our baggage on to the airport trolleys. Before we left, we told To Day that during our stay in Bali, it was a pleasure to have him as our butler and guide. My brother and I posed for a picture with To Day, and we all had a friendship hug before heading into the terminal building to check in for our flight back to Singapore.


Along the road to Ngurah Rai International Airport

The entrance to the international departure check-in area at Ngurah Rai International Airport


To Day's cab after arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport


To Day, my brother and I posing for a picture


Airline: Qatar Airways
Flight No.: QR 639 (Flight continues on to Doha)
From: Denpasar (Bali), Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS / WADD), Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
To: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN / WSSS), Singapore
Aircraft: Boeing 777-2DZ/LR
Registration No.: A7-BBE
Class: Business Class
Seat No.: 7A
Date: Friday, 24 June 2011

After unloading all our baggage from To Day's van, we went into the International Terminal departure building towards the Qatar Airways check-in counters. There, at the Business Class check-in counter, we checked in for Qatar Airways flight QR 639 bound for Singapore and Doha. The flight would have a short layover in Singapore before continuing on its overnight flight back to Doha, Qatar's capital city.

We then went to the Qatar Airways Business Class check-in counter to check in for Qatar Airways flight QR 639 bound for Singapore and Doha. Here are some pictures I took before and during check-in.

The entrance to the international flight check-in area of DPS. Please excuse me for the unclear image

The international departure flight board in Ngurah Rai International Airport

The Qatar Airways check-in counters at Ngurah Rai International Airport

The international flight check-in area in Ngurah Rai International Airport

The international departure flight terminal of Ngurah Rai International Airport

The Qatar Airways Logo since 2006

Passengers checking in for Qatar Airways flight QR 639 to Singapore and Doha

After checking in all of our bulky baggage on Qatar Airways flight QR 639 bound for Doha via Singapore, we went to the passport control point. According to the check-in agent, Qatar Airways flight QR 639 bound for Singapore and Doha would depart from Gate No. 7 and that boarding will commence at 9.50 p.m., 50 minutes before the scheduled departure time. We then headed to the Prada Executive Lounge to charge our electronic devices before our flight back to Singapore.

The escalator leading to the passport control area in DPS

The passport control area at Ngurah Rai International Airport

The duty-free area in Ngurah Rai International Airport

My boarding pass for the flight back to Singapore

The airlines using the Prada Executive Lounge

The entrance to the Prada Executive Lounge

Inside the Prada Executive Lounge

After charging all of our electronic devices in the Prada Executive Lounge, we realised that it was already 9.30 p.m., according to our watches. Knowing that boarding for Qatar Airways flight QR 639 bound for Singapore and Doha would commence in 20 minutes' time, we packed up all of our carry-on baggage, and headed to Gate No. 7. The security check was relatively quick and we were in the waiting room by 9.40 p.m..

Tonight, Qatar Airways flight QR 639 bound for Doha via Singapore would be operated using a Boeing 777-200/LR, registered A7-BBE and powered by two General Electric GE90-110B1L engines. A7-BBE was delivered new to Qatar Airways on 22 December 2009, as the fifth Boeing 777-200/LR for the airline, which makes the aircraft approximately 1.5 years old today.

The Boeing 777-200/LR is the longest-range commercial airliner in the world. This record was held by the Airbus A340-500 prior to its introduction in 2006. The direct competitor from Airbus for the Boeing 777-200/LR is still the Airbus A340-500.

The Boeing 777-200/LR is mainly powered by a choice of two General Electric GE90-110B1 engines, or two General Electric GE90-115B1 engines (same as the Boeing 777-300/ER). The Airbus A340-500, however is powered by a choice of four Rolls-Royce Trent 553-61, Rolls-Royce Trent 553A2-61 engines, or even by four Rolls-Royce Trent 556A2-61 engines.

Passing by some duty-free shops on the way to Gate No. 7

The waiting room of Gate No. 7 at Denpasar's Ngurah Rai International Airport

The departure sign at Gate No. 7 in Ngurah Rai International Airport showing the details of our flight

Many passengers waiting in the waiting room

Our aircraft for tonight, A7-BBE, while being serviced for its flight back home to the State of Qatar as Qatar Airways flight QR 639 bound for Doha via Singapore at Gate No. 7

After spending approximately 10 minutes of waiting in the gate holding area, the first boarding calls for Qatar Airways flight QR 639 bound for Doha via Singapore were finally made at 9.50 p.m.. The Business Class passengers, as well as the Qatar Airways Privelege Club members and the passengers requiring special assistance were called to board the aircraft first.

With the first boarding calls being made, we grabbed our belongings and rolled up for the boarding process. Upon walking along the jet bridge, we were finally on board A7-BBE by 10.00 p.m., which was just in good time for a 10.40 p.m. departure. At the front door, two flight attendants warmly welcomed us on board and showed us the direction to our seats in the Business Class cabin.

We would be seated in Seats No. 7A, 7B, 7E and 7F for the regional journey time of 2 hours 30 minutes towards Singapore. As usual, the flight attendants did their usual pre-flight routines of distributing the food and beverage menus, free newspapers and pre-departure beverages to the Business Class passengers. I just had a glass of water and orange juice as usual to commence the journey.

The front of A7-BBE during boarding at Ngurah Rai International Airport

A view of my seat, 7A, during boarding at Ngurah Rai International Airport

The Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR Business Class cabin during boarding in Denpasar

The Qatar Airways in-flight duty-free magazine

A glass of water and orange juice for myself

The cover for the food and beverage menu between Denpasar (Bali) and Singapore

A closer look into the food and beverage menu between Denpasar (Bali) and Singapore

The sign on the video screen reminding passengers that all Qatar Airways flights are non-smoking

After all the passengers for Qatar Airways flight QR 639 bound for Doha via Singapore were on board, we finally pushed back from Gate No. 7 at 10.30 p.m., 10 minutes ahead of schedule. The safety briefing demonstration video was shown on our screens at the same time. We then made our taxi to the sole runway of Ngurah Rai International Airport for take-off.

After approximately 15 minutes of taxiing to the sole airport runway, the two powerful General Electric GE90-110B1L engines spooled to life, and we finally lifted off off from Ngurah Rai International Airport at 10.45 p.m.. We then climbed into the pitch black night sky, heading for short 2 hours 05 minutes towards the Republic of Singapore.

A Jetstar Airways Airbus A330-200 aircraft parked beside us

The safety instructions brochure for the Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR aircraft

Taxiing to the runway in the pitch black night

The Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR Business Class cabin during taxi to the runway for take-off

Qatar Airways Flight 639 - Take-off from Denpasar-Bali

The seatbelt sign was turned off at 10.55 p.m., approximately 10 minutes into the flight. After posing for some pictures, I went around to take my usual cabin pictures. At the same time, the flight attendants sprung into action to commence the in-flight service.


The Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR Business Class cabin shortly after take-off from DPS

My brother and I posing for a picture in our seats

A photo of myself lying flat in my seat

A photo of my brother and myself lying flat in our seats

A view of our fully reclined seats, 7A and 7B, in a dimmed cabin

A view of my seat, 7A, in its fully reclined position

A view of our seats, 7A and 7B, in their fully reclined positions

The Qatar Airways antelope logo

A photo of myself standing beside the Qatar Airways antelope logo

The front view of a dimmed Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR Business Class cabin


The sign in the lavatories that reminds passengers that tampering with, disabling, or destroying lavatory smoke detectors is an offence

A few moments later, a flight attendant came up to my seat, and asked what I wanted for the light supper between Denpasar (Bali) and Singapore. Not in the mood for any more Indonesian food, I opted for the spaghetti with spicy prawns in aioli sauce, sautéed red and green peppers, and fresh button mushrooms. I also requested for some orange juice and water at the same time.

Soon, a plate of mixed warm nuts and my drinks were brought to my seat. The flight attendant then brought out my desired supper. I then tucked in. The spaghetti tasted decent enough for my liking. 
Once I had finished my supper, my meal tray was promptly cleared and I went around to take more of my usual cabin shots.

My drink glasses and mixed nuts plate resting on the center armrest

My drink glasses and mixed nuts plate resting on my tray table

My main course: Spaghetti with spicy prawns in aioli sauce, sautéed red and green peppers, and fresh button mushrooms

The view of the dimmed Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR Business Class cabin, as seen from my seat

Another view of the dimmed Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR Business Class cabin, as seen from my seat

The rear view of the dimmed Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR Business Class cabin

A nice image of the Qatar Airways antelope logo


The seatbelt sign was illuminated at 12.40 a.m., 10 minutes before landing into Singapore Changi Airport. Knowing that we were about to arrive in our homeland very soon, we packed up all our carry-on baggage and buckled for the landing into Singapore. After a short flight time of 2 hours 05 minutes from the Indonesian resort island of Bali, we finally touched down in Singapore Changi Airport at 12.50 a.m., 20 minutes ahead of schedule.


The view of the Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR Business Class cabin, as seen from my seat

Qatar Airways Flight 639 - Landing in Singapore

After five minutes of taxiing on the airport tarmac, we finally docked on to our Terminal 3 arrival gate, Gate No. B9, at 12.55 a.m.. As we were the Singapore passengers, this was the end of our journey. The passengers who were continuing on to Doha were permitted to either disembark or stay on the aircraft during the layover.

As with my previous blog reports, the airline grading systems are as follows:

A+: 85% or above (Airline has an excellent rating and performance)
A: 75% ~ 84% (Airline has a good rating and performance)
B: 60% ~ 74% (Airline has a good rating and performance)
C: 50% ~ 59% (Airline has an adequate rating and performance)
D: 40% ~ 49% (Airline has a fair rating and performance)
E: 20% ~ 39% (Airline has a poor rating and performance)
U: Below 20% (Airline has not met the requirement for the minimum grade)

Qatar Airways Flight 639 Score Report

Seat: 18 / 20
Food: 14 / 20
Service: 16 / 20
Aircraft cleanliness: 16 / 20
Legroom space: 18 / 20
Total: 82 / 100

Overall, Qatar Airways scored 82% between Denpasar (Bali) and Singapore. This means they deserve an 'A' grade. It was indeed another good flight with them. As with its motto 'World's 5-star airline', the airline did live up to it, again. Between Singapore and Denpasar, I think I'll fly with Qatar Airways again if I get the chance.

As soon as the seatbelt signs were turned off, we collected all of our carry-on baggage and disembarked the aircraft. The flight attendants bade us farewell as we disembarked and headed for the immigrations area.

A view of my seat, 7A, during disembarkation and layover in Singapore

The Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200/LR Business Class cabin during disembarkation and layover in Singapore

One of the walkways in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3

The Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 transit area

The Terminal 3 immigrations area in Singapore Changi Airport

After clearing the immigration area, my mum went to purchase some duty-free items in the arrival area. I then picked some trolleys and followed my dad and brother to Belt No. 46 to claim our check-in baggage before heading into the arrival hall to arrange for a cab back to our home.

The baggage claiming belt information screen showing which belt our baggage would arrive at

The baggage claiming area of Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3

The arrival hall of Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3

As soon as we reached the arrival hall, we went to the MaxiCab counter to arrange for a taxi to our home. We were back at home by 2 o' clock in the morning. As we were very tired from traveling, we went to bed after unpacking our baggage.

In summary, it was a good trip to Denpasar (Bali), but I feel that it would be better to go to Bali in March, where it is not so crowded. Unfortunately, something happened to me the next day. The next day, I took my temperature and realised that I didn't feel well with a high fever. I also suffered from the runs at the same time, leading to me having Bali Belly. As a result, I could not attend school for nearly one week. Because of all this, I think that it would be better if I don't travel to Bali in June as pollution can be relatively prevalent.