By Nicoleta Gherman, former Qatar Airways crew

When Qatar Airways started flying to Singapore, the whole crew team getting this flight were so happy to see it on their roasters. And that was just because it was the longest layover we could ever have: a 10 days trip out of Qatar, even if after so much time spent in Asia we were getting back to the base missing our place.

End of March 2003 I got this flight pattern: 2 nights in Singapore, followed by another layover flight Singapore-Cebu (an island in the Philippines) where we spent another 2 nights, then we were getting back to Singapore for another 3 nights. It was like a holiday for all of us and I could feel the excitement of the crew starting from the time we met for the briefing in the technical building before departure. To my surprise, among the international cabin crew, I had the pleasure to fly with the crew from my country, Romania: Captain Radu Lepadatu, First Officer Octavian and another cabin crew Laura. This made my flight really unforgettable!

Right from the beginning, I was impressed by the cleanliness of their huge Changi Airport, a beautiful gateway to Asia. Then we had the privilege to stay in one of their central five stars hotels, Hotel Intercontinental on Middle Road. Here we ended every night listening to the jazz singer in the hotel lobby or just throwing a party in the crew lounge which was actually the hotel Business Lounge.

We walked every day guided by our captain as it was not his first time in here. So we did our shopping on Orchard Road and China Town, we took load of photos with the Merlion and the skyscrapers, we tried the best Malay, Chinese and Indian delicacies, we visited The Butterflies Garden, we admired the lights show on Sentosa Island, we had a Singapore Sling and the traditional peanuts in Raffles Hotel. So all at once, we did almost everything. Some other times we visited the district Little India on the East Coast and we tried the Night Safari after we admired the orchids from the Botanical Garden for hours. Even though, every time I returned to this place, I made a habit of having Black Pepper or Chili Crab on the Crick-Riverside and walk around Clark Quay or Marina Bay.

Some other crew who were already visiting these places just had a one day trip to Malacca, an old Dutch colony.

Beauty tips: if you reach this place, buy the Green Tea Shampoo or Conditioner selection. It really works for the crew having problems with falling or dry hair.