I wouldn't normally write about something seemingly so mundane as a trip to a cinema. Going to the cinema is very similar to back in the UK wherever you are. Here I can book tickets online when I arrived there were the usual adverts etc. but no this cinema trip wasn't quite like any I've been on before.
This can only be described as the 5 star of cinema experiences and I've been just a touch spoilt by it now. We went to a cinema complex at the Vivocity shopping mall which by the way also houses the largest cinema screen in Asia (this will be an experience for another time I think). Anyway I digress if you buy the gold class ticket your cinema experience can start up to an hour before the film starts. With this ticket you have access to an exclusive lounge (sounds like an airline and believe me you felt like you should be strapping yourself into the cinema seats) where you are greeted by your 'host' and can enjoy a drink or something to eat before you go in. I should point out that the cost of the ticket doesn't include the food or drink but I still think this is pretty impressive.
So once you go in the cinema only has about 30 seats and to be honest the size of the seats would not allow for many more to fit in! The seats are arranged in rows but in twos so it's ideal if you go with a friend or loved one and are the biggest most comfortable seats I've ever seen or sat on in a cinema. They really look more like seats on business class on a plane hence the reason I felt I should be strapping myself in!! The seat reclines and they also have a foot rest as well. You get given a blanket too which you need as the air conditioning is very powerful but that also means you can get even more comfortable as you settle down to watch the film.
Wait though there's more ...... each set of seats has a table and a button on it, this is your push button waiter service so you can order drinks and food throughout! Well of course we made the most of that and ordered wine and a meal which was very good. It did seem weird sitting in a dark cinema eating and I was convinced I would get my meal all down me but miraculously I didn't!!
Of course the reason you go to a cinema is to see a film and although in someways that seemed like the second event to everything else it was a good film I'm sure made all the better by the surroundings. I actually went with the fellow expat I had met at the fish and chip shop opening night the previous Saturday (and not my fiance though I've said to him we should go sometime too) and some of her friend's - all absolutely lovely and I think I'll be seeing them all again before long.
Cinemas like that are well and truly due in the UK don't you think?!?