Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Flying With The National Falcon

Hello, Friends!
I just got back from a week Singapore trip, and inspired by Vanessa's post on her experience flying with PAL, I thought, if she blogs about her national airline, why don't I create a similar post to promote my country's airline? So here's a short picture post on how it feels like flying with Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia's national airline.

The journey started in Garuda Executive Class lounge where I had breakfast and spent time reading Forbes magazine while waiting for boarding call. Unlike some other lounges, Garuda lounge provides "real" food menu, with toasts, omelette booth, dessert table, rice, noodles, juice corner, etc. Not just some finger food. So eventhough I skipped breakfast at home because I took an early morning flight, I didn't need to worry. They have free internet corners as well, but I didn't take pictures.

One of the perks I like about flying with Garuda Business Class is this Fast Track privilege where you can beat the long line at immigration booth. You just show your boarding pass and they'll let you use a special fast track line. So convenient.

I don't know why people complain about airplane food. I have been flying with various airlines from SQ to Northwest, China Air to Qantas, American Airlines to local airlines, business and coach class, and in all, the inside of an airplane is so cold that you become ravenous and any kind of food would taste good!
They had three choices of meal. I pick this one consisted of enchilladas, fruit, butter shaped into a rose, hot bread, and chocolate Haagen-Dasz ice cream. For drinks they have choices like juices, soft drinks, sparkling or still water, wine, you name it. I even got cheese and beef quiche, but again, no picture. *sigh*

The food was served sizzling hot, so it tasted delicious and delighted an empty stomach in the cold cabin. I like the fact that they serve with proper china and eating utensils instead of plastic fork and spoon.
Ow, and you get your own choices of newspapers and magazines, as well! Since I already read Forbes at the lounge, here I opted for Femina, an Indonesian woman magazine.

They have L'occitane toiletries like body lotion, cologne and face spray mist in the lavatory, so yeah, they don't scrimp on quality! Love it!

I wish I thought earlier to create this post, so I would take more pictures, but this is all I have. Ow, and I don't have any decent outfit pictures since I traveled alone, so I had no one to take my pictures!

Overall, I really enjoy my experience flying with Garuda Indonesia! Btw, Garuda is a word in ancient Sanskrit language, taken from a name of a mighty falcon bird from the classic epic Ramayana.
White shirt: Victoria's Secret. Jeans: Jordache. Sneakers: Nike. Coat: Papaya. Bag: Bellezza.


Kristy said...

Great traveling outfit! Classic yet chic :) LOL I know, airplane food ain't so bad, especially the Asian carriers, lol :)


Girlie Blogger said...

I hear so many good things about Singapore. Really want to go someday.

Your flying outfit is great. Very cozy and chic.


Miranda said...

wow the food looks really good i'm kinda surprised hahaha looks like you had a good flight :)

dina vanessa mercado said...

oh wow! thanks for making my post an inspiration for this one.. i love your lounge..hmm..maybe i should try blogging about our lounge as well..great food too! love! kisses!

Nelah said...

I love Asian airlines way more than Americans in terms of services. By far I flew with Thai Airway (once), Japan Airline (countless of time) and briefly Cathay Pacific abd their lounge. I always use Continentals when going home but tempt to use Emirates, wish I could afford a first class on international flight. Your Garuda Air looks nice, I didn't know much about it when I lived in Asia.

Pop Champagne said...

haha people complain about air plane food depending on what air line you fly with! air canada doesn't even GIVE you food you have to buy your own and it's so expensive and disgusting. Japan and Korean air are one of ym favs to fly it's delicius I'd eat that food everyday for lunch!

Jen★彡 said...

Wow, the food looks yum! You're so lucky! I feel like you are always traveling everywhere!

LeeAnne, Style N Season said...

@Kristy n Girlie Blogger: Aww, thanks!

@Miranda: I did, especially because it's a short flight, only 1,5 hours, hahaha!

@Vanessa: You definitely should write about it, too, Van!

@Nelah n Julie: Yeah, I've heard similar comments about Asian carriers. I guess in Asia, at least until recently, flying is considered something rather exclusive, not like in the Western world, so the service is more, you know, first classy. But with so many budget airlines in Asia nowadays, it's no longer the case.

@Jen: No no no, I don't travel much, hahaha!

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Anonymous said...

wow the food looks so good! In reply to your comment, thanks so much! Personally, I don't think there is a 'correct' way of blogging, its just a way of expressing yourself so you are defs not an amaetur blogger :P and I normally don't have that much time to blog, but its the holidays for me right now so yeah :)

Valeria said...

Hi!!! Thanks for your sweet comment!!! I've followed you both on Google Friend and Bloglovin...hope you follow me back so you can also enter the GUCCI GIVEAWAY!!!! xoxo from Rome


Lisa said...

OHH i love L'occitane products!! that airplane food looks so good!! i love hagen dazz ice cream!

Style Journey said...

It looks like you had a wonderful traveling experience. The food does look really good!

just tututiny said...

Ohhhh, look at you flying in style. I always look like a mess! High quality flying indeed, AND they serve ice cream too! Wow!

michelle_ said...

Your pink camera is sooooo cute !!

Bonnie said...

All of the food looks so good! Color me jealous. :)

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Sreckas said...

Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing. :)
Follow me if you want and i'll follow you back. :)

Fifth N Sixth Closet said...

Very cool! love your outfit with the pop of color..

Tessa Korner said...

wow.. hagen daz in airplane?! it's very rare. you are so lucky :)

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