Back to Changi, Exploring the Jewel and the Singapore Pokemon Centre
Summer Premium Adventures
In this Summer Premium Adventure (Warning: Long!)
- In the Summertime when the weather is hot…
- Off to Heathrow, British Airways Galleries North Lounge
- BA762 London Heathrow to Oslo – A321neo (EuroTraveller)
- Oslo Airport, OSL Lounge
- AY914 Oslo to Helsinki, Business Class
- Helsinki Airport lounging
- QR302 Helsinki to Doha (Business Class)
- Doha Lounge Stop Part 1
- QR946 Doha to Singapore (QSuites)
- Hotel Indigo, Katong, Singapore
- Exploring Hawker Markets
- Intercontinental, Bugis, Singapore
- Orchids Everywhere – The National Orchid Garden
- Off to Changi featuring the Singapore Pokemon Centre
- Scoot TR604 Singapore to Bangkok
- Dream Hotel, Bangkok
- Exploring the Wats
- Food Mistakes in Bangkok (Or Regrets. I have a more than a few)
- Back to Suvarnabhumi, Qatar Airways Lounge, Bangkok Airport
- QR833 Bangkok to Doha (QSuites)
- Another long Doha Layover
- QR175 Doha to Oslo
- Back at Oslo Airport
- BA767 Oslo to London Heathrow (EuroTraveller)
- Homeward bound
- Always Curious
With my time up in Singapore, it was time to grab a Grab back to Changi – and this time to Terminal 2. Again, I could had taken the MRT… but this was easier.
Welcome back to Terminal 2. I was here last time when I was departing Singapore for Malaysia.
What would be different this time, would be the choice of airlines – my the full-service carriers and Scooting over to Scoot.
With a “demanded” automatic check-in, I complied. After a couple of attempts, I got the machine to work – where it unhappily spat out a thermal print boarding pass and a luggage tag.
With the tag fixed to my bag, I needed to have my documents validated. Another wonderful queue to wait in. Thankfully, this was short enough, and I was on my way again.
Now, whilst I’ve spent some in Terminal 2 in the past, two things have opened since I was here last – The Jewel, and the Singapore Pokemon Centre
Yes. I am a nerd, living out the nerdy dream. Your complaints can be directed to the comments section where I’ll spend a grand total of one second deleting them.
The Jewel is a nature-themed entertainment and retail complex, which lives between Terminal 1, 2 and 3 of Changi. It’s landside – so anyone can visit. And it has a massive waterfall.
Because this Singapore Changi Airport, and going over the top is the done thing.
It’s a good 10-minute walk from Terminal 2 to the Jewel – so do allow time to go there and back in case you’re on a tight connection.
I had around 2 hours to play with – so with a timer set of 50 minutes, I decided to see how much damage the electric rat could do my wallet.
And it made a good opening gambit… with plushies. Lots and lots of plushies.
Even more uh oh- they had a special edition plushies for this Pokemon Centre.
We do know how this ends don’t we people?
There are some special installations in the Pokemon Centre, with Pikachu and Lapras taking front and centre as the mascots, with a special display of Garaydos being the Merlion.
I know I’m talking to a section of a section of my readers here – but if you can’t make it to Japan, but have 2 hours transiting Singapore and you love Pokemon… make the effort and have a look around. Your wallet might regret it – but you’ll love it.
As well as the plushies, there are other Pokemon things to purchase too.
With my goodies in hand, I began the long walk back to Terminal 2, and towards Emigration.
Finding an emigration point, I went in and electronically cleared the border. Whilst time was limited, there was time to try and get a GST refund for the Pokemon store (Which didn’t work), take part in the Singapore Changi Millionaire thing, and still have plenty of time before heading for the gate.
With the plane departing from the F piers, it was a short walk. It also allowed me time with the camera
Which is nice.
Approaching Gate F32, it seemed pretty busy. Security was completed at the gate. This being Singapore, it’s quick, polite and well managed.
Let’s take a quick look at these trays – which I think are genius design.
Not complex, and user-friendly. And reasonably stackable. Do I need to go much further?
The gate area, this gate had one great feature – yes, ladies and gentlemen. As you’re in a secure area now, you had to drink up your drinks. They have water fountains to top up your water with.
Which is very nice. Too bad the Scoot representatives don’t allow you to bring outside food and drink aboard.
There was the obvious wait getting to the gate area on time, which allowed me to watch and wait for the inbound aircraft arrive.
Well, it’s nice to see the actual aircraft rather than concrete walls.
Eventually, an Airbus A320 turned up at the gate, proclaiming itself to be “Sunny Side Up”.
There was a wait for passengers to disembark and for the cabin to be prepared. But this thankfully was quick enough.
Boarding was split in two – with passengers in the rear boarding first, then forward passengers. However, it seemed that no-one was paying attention to that.
I decided to put this off no longer – it was time to scoot away.
With a bit of reluctance, I said goodbye to Singapore – and onto a new adventure
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