Shoulda, Woulda, Garuda?
When planning to go to Japan or any country where a flight will take more than 4 hours on a plane, it is good to invest on comfort if you want to arrive with adequate rest than a budget airline would offer. Garuda airlines offer Jakarta to Haneda airport on a red-eye flight from 11:45 pm.
With that being said, I was enthused at the idea at leaving from the new terminal 3 in Jakarta, however, my enthusiasm was quickly extinguished at the scarcity of the availability of stores inside the airport. Though there are many eating establishments during check-in, most likely to cater to the tradition of having families seeing their loved ones off, but after the immigration checks the stores were limited to duty free shops and a few restaurants or maybe it was just me looking for the wrong things, like Lays potato chips and electronic shops with all the shiny toys to browse.
So I settled on catching up with some Game of Thrones and nearly dozed off and almost missed my flight.
Once boarded the Garuda plane, I was so pleased with leg room I was able to almost “starfish” stretch throughout the flight. The great thing about riding a red-eye flight is that it will pass you by without even noticing it, I fell asleep most of the flight and when we landed in Haneda I did not feel as tired as when I flew using a budget airline the last time.