Summer adventures to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur – Early Morning Manoeuvres in the dark, featuring National Express, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Galleries South Lounge.
Contents (It’s LONG and probably will change).
- Seriously – Take a holiday!
- Morning Manoeuvres in the dark, Terminal 5 and Galleries South
- BA776 London Heathrow to Stockholm Arlanda (Club Europe)
- Exploring Stockholm on the cheap
- Back to Arlanda, Stockholm Arlanda Lounge
- QR168 Stockholm Arlanda to Doha (Hamad International Airport) – (Business Class)
- Six Hours in at Doha’s Lounge
- QR944 Doha – Singapore Changi International (Business Class)
- Intercontinental Singapore
- Exploring Singapore
- From the Top of the Marina Sands.
- Back to Changi, SATS Lounge
- MH624 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
- Adventures in KL
- Holiday Inn Express, Kuala Lumpur
- KL Tower (or yes, Kevin is in yet another tall building).
- Back to KLIA
- MH611 Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Singapore Changi
- Exploring Singapore again
- Back to Premium, dnata lounge, Singapore T3
- QR947 Singapore Changi to Doha (Business Class)
- A Dash through Doha…
- QR169 Doha – Stockholm Arlanda (Business Class)
- From premium to economy
- BA777 Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow
- Long way home
- I need another break…
Early Morning Manoeuvres
The day before, madness ensued in the office. Any time that was meant to be packing was instead spending a lot of time fighting with a server. Which wasn’t ideal.
After getting home late from the office, I crashed out for a few hours, and then did the final packing. And seemingly thinking I had everything – I hailed an Uber and headed for the bus station with time to spare.
Except when I go 3/4 of the way to the coach station, I found I was missing something key: my wallet.
A quick turnaround, a 2-minute run into the flat to get my trousers which had my wallet in them, and a mad dash back to the coach station – and I fell into the coach just as it was ready to leave.
My timing gets worse every trip.
National Express Coach 210 Birmingham to London Heathrow
Being pretty adrenaline pumped at this point, getting to sleep wasn’t seeming to happen. Additionally, there were parents who couldn’t settle children, random seat reclining and general noise.
Which at 1am in the morning isn’t a good thing.
At Birmingham Airport, I jumped seat – with my seat-mate moving with me (she was just as annoyed of the two passengers in-front of us – someone else suffered when they got on board and took those seats.).
From there, the coach meandered down to Coventry, Warwick Parkway, then fast to Heathrow Airport.
And the coach did what it did best – get from A to B.
The driver seemed to be considerate (and not flashing his lights to get lorry’s out of its way) and made his way to Heathrow Central Bus Station.
Once at central and after a short break, came the slow part of the journey – the pottering around Heathrow airport – with the coach taking the south route around the airport, calling at Terminal 4 and Terminal 5.
I was deposited at Terminal 5 at 4am in the morning…. my brain still frazzled, and body in a similar state.
Making sure my trousers with my wallet were in the rucksack, I headed into Terminal 5
I headed to Costa for an early morning drink. Because I needed it at that moment in time. It gave me time to finish up an article, and steel myself for the journey ahead.
With a diet coke in my body (yes, I do drink other things than coffee), and I headed up to departures.
Departures seemed to be rather busy, and the Club check-in desks open.
I presented my new passport – and it was scanned for my boarding pass. With the boarding pass issued, my luggage was tagged. I was directed over to the oversized luggage area where my bag was taken away from me.
That done, it was time to pass through security. Even though it was about 4:50 in the morning – there was a minor queue at FastTrack (yours truly isn’t high enough the BA pecking tree to use the First Wing).
Even then – I was done and dusted in under five minutes. With that done, I ducked and dived as needed up to the Galleries South lounge. Maybe more importantly – my boarding pass stated gate A20 – no annoying busing gate at Gate A10.
Although I couldn’t completely avoid it – some poor Chinese tourists were lost and needed direction over to A10. And of course – I helped them find their way.
After doing my good turn – I headed towards Galleries South and up to the lounge
Lounge Stop: British Airways Galleries South
I was welcomed to the lounge, and made a bee-line for the buffet. And as usual – it’s the usual buffet featuring pastries, bacon rolls and cheese omelettes.
Nothing changes here.
I made camp and completed a few more work things (because I never finish anything in time it seems – including setting my out of office assistant) whilst nibbling on breakfast.
It also gave me time to set up my newest toy – a SkyRoam Solis. I knew it would be helpful on this trip… I didn’t know how helpful it would be yet.
As for the lounge – Galleries South hasn’t changed – and that’s not too bad a thing. Least of all – familiarity is a wonderful thing. Your brain goes into automatic and you can just find things – which help when you’re not entirely awake.
Eventually, it was time to head downstairs and to the gate. I gathered my trash (and ensuring I had everything with me), and left the lounge.
I headed all the way down, and turn for Gate A20.
At Gate A20 – boarding had just commenced. Sometimes, it just comes together.
My boarding pass was scanned, and I headed down the jetway to the waiting plane.
Next: BA776 London Heathrow to Stockholm Arlanda.
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