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I haven’t posted an entry for the longest time. Anyway, what’s keeping me busy these days is that I have a new dog! Her name is Alex and she’s a three month golden retriever. Very active, which is kind of good, so I can also run after her for some exercise. I was told to look after what she eats or else she will be overweight for her age. I honestly forgot how to take care of a dog. The last time I had mine was when back when I was 11. And mind the expenses too. Shots, grooming, vitamins, and of course food. Now I’m in the process of training her of where she should do her business and what not. She’s still learning of retrieving things, and keeps on chewing her toys. Alex keeps me relaxed whenever I come home. We don’t put her in a cage yet, not until she’s fully grown. She wanders around the house and the people her helps me train her as well. She sleeps on a doggie bed that my mom gave me inside my room. And what’s sweet is that she wakes me up as if she’s trying to shake my arm. But that’s not good if I came from a long haul. 🙂 Other than that it’s great to have a dog again running around at home.

Inspite of all the drama and you see on the news for the past few weeks, I hope that everything will be okay. As being a part of the aviation industry, it’s not easy to wake up in the morning, greet passengers as if you had a nice sleep, stay and try to keep awake, keep the passengers safe, comfortable and relaxed, and come back to your domicile. It’s not easy to risk your body on the hazards of flying. It’s not easy to train for two months and memorize the manuals that you should know by heart and soul. And it’s not easy to let your loved ones make them think that it is safer to fly. Other than that, we need to be heard. We need the people let us know that we are also human. It’s not about the money, the per diems, the glamour and all. For me it’s about understanding, compassion and consideration as well.

One thing I also love about flying is that you can get as intimate as you can with a total stranger. For an hour you will know his or her life story, what does he or she do, and the list goes on. I always feel good if a guest from a flight would remember me. I’ve heard a lot like “You were in our flight last blah blah – I remember you!” After that flight, you will totally forget about everything not unless there’s a particular incident with a passenger. On this flight to SFO, one passenger caught my attention. She was alone. Seated at the bulkhead area, aisle seat. Carrying a coat, her own blanket and eye mask, some magazines and an iPod. I greeted her and she greeted me back with a warm smile. After take off I gave her, her meal and some  juice. I took her tray as she opened the reading light and pulled out a magazine. A few minutes later I checked the cabin and saw her sleeping, then I turned her reading light off. Before preparing for my crew rest, I talked to my fellow cabin crew and I saw her coming towards me. My colleague left me and I started talking to her. She said she wants some water. I told her I will bring it to her seat instead. Brought her water and she thanked me. Quickly she asked me if I can sit beside her because she needs to talk to someone because she’s getting bored. The seat right next to her was empty so I sat down. I thought that it would be a quick chat, but I know she will talk about her life, like any passenger would.

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So I am here at the terminal being on duty for reserve. Honestly I do not like being a reserve since I have to wait for someone who will call in sick, or be a no show. Waiting for some morning flights though. But really. I’d rather fly than be stuck here doing nothing. I forgot my laptop, and maybe a dvd player. I don’t feel like reading my book. Already ate breakfast by myself. Saw a couple of set of crew passed by. And yeah I am typing from an iTouch. Thank God for technology. Ok so enough about me ranting again. I think I’ll just watch people pass by, or spot for a celebrity. Happy Friday!

Finally recurrent training is over. Flight attendants are required to attend their recurrent training annually. It’s like you are renewing your driver’s license every year minus the fire fighting drill. Hehe. We have to do all of those things again that we did when we had initial training. Aircraft familiarization, it depends on which type of aircraft that we’re qualified for. First aid, fire drills, ditching, emergency procedures, etc. We have to take those long tests again too. This is required to all as per FAA and ATO requirements.

After the RT as what we call, we are also required to have check rides. Wherein a supervisor would board a flight with us, non-operational, and therefore conduct the check ride on which leg that he is assigned too. It begins with the briefing, the preparation of the aircraft, boarding, compliance, service, and everything else that needs to be checked. We are also asked a few questions regarding all of the things that we took up from the previous RT days. It might be stressful for the first timers because they have no idea on what will happen in the next few days. But if it is your second of third, it will just be a breeze.

After the busy week, we headed south to Laiya and took a break. Now I’m all tanned, hyped up, and ready to fly again.

A dead head is an airline crew member, a pilot or a cabin crew, who is assigned to fly to a particular destination to assume a duty. In the flight where he or she is in, she’s not supposed to work as a crew. He or she shall be in a complete uniform, thus making him or her able to sit on a jumpseat if the flight is full. Deadheading crew are also paid based on their flying time.

A dead head crew is different from a non-revenue. Crew member who use non-rev tickets are using their company’s benefits for their personal travels. If a flight is full and there are no available jumpseats, a deadheading crew can bump off a revenue passenger. However if the flight is full, a revenue passenger or a non-rev crew cannot bump off a deadhead. Non-revs are not allowed to sit on the jumpseat, not unless they are in their full uniform, and as per the captain.

As to most airlines, sitting on a jumpseat makes you an “able crew”. Meaning in case of an emergency, you will be able to assist the operating crew and passengers during evacuation.

A new comfort food though. Enough about eating chocolate cakes, McDonald’s french fries, Oreos, clam chowders and everything else. I’m starting to like tuna with pesto slammed between two toasted wheat bread. That’s what my batchmate made me when we flew together for Vancouver. So I decided to make some for myself a day after we arrived. Weather over Vancouver was crazy. Think about having a chilly weather over there and scorching heat over Manila. Makes you go crazy and would want yourself to lock inside a room with a really cold air conditioner.  The purser also brought this whole chocolate cake from Conti’s which everybody loves because it was her birthday three days ago. Of course the cake didn’t last for more than fifteen minutes!

Surprisingly for this layover, I didn’t get any MAC products. But all I need is that MAC 219 brush that I can’t get my hands on.

So i will have a long three-day off again. I guess I’ll clean my room for tomorrow and throw out junk from last year. I will also try to redecorate my room for a change this year. I’m clearly thinking of a Paris-themed room. Paris, France that is, not Paris Hilton. Hehee.

Good luck to the PEXers who keeps on trying (and not definitely quitting) on applying for a cabin crew position. Do not let others pull you down. You’ll soon have your own wings. 🙂

So I’ve not been online for a few weeks now. Having a great roster requires you to have a normal life too. To start the year off I attendant two baptisms and three weddings. Three weddings! Reminds me of the movie 27 Dresses perhaps. Anyway, it almost made me broke on buying a few dresses and shoes as well. And yes some presents too. So for next month, another event to do are a few bridal showers and 18th birthdays. I think it is now the point in my life where I would attend numerous bridal showers and weddings. Done when we  attended 18th birthdays every month way back in college. But I think it’s lovely to see friends and some family members getting married finally.

Anyway next month is almost my birthday month. My mom gave birth on a Valentine’s Day. So cheesy. 🙂 So yeah next month will be the start of my quarter life. And I cannot wait for the next years after that.

Tomorrow I shall be back on flying again after my three days off. Having a normal life was difficult for the past three days. It’s not easy to squeeze friends, family, boyfriend, and some errands in just three days. I also forgot to watch the three DVD’s that I got last week. And forgot to have time for myself like go to have a simple manicure and pedicure or even a relaxing body massage for that matter. So I’ll probably plan that for next week. So for today, off shall I go to the supermarket to buy some snacks for my duty tomorrow and some cat food.

Have a great Monday!

In the aviation world, not all passengers, our customers would be always right. You yourself requested for an emergency exit seat you said. So you had it. A crew member greets and briefs you with her warm smile on a beautiful Monday morning, telling you that since you are seated on this row, you have to take some SOP’s and  a little nudge from the crew. Please do not tell us that you fly more than we do. Emergency exit rows are kept free from any obstruction – bags, shopping bags, stuffed toys, everything. Please do not tell us that this is the first time that a crew member asked you politely to stow your bags. A laptop bag, your purse, and 2 shopping bags. Please do not tell us that you always put your bags under those seats in front of you, since it does make sense that during an emergency, your bags would be caught up in the exit, and would make the evacuation a bit slow. For the sense that you will get out first, since you will open the exit window for that matter. Please do not tell us that you’ve read, and memorized the emergency instruction cards that are neatly placed in your seat pocket. We have the prerogative to reseat you, if you don’t comply. And please, do not raise your voice, embarrass the  crew, shoving your Louis Vuitton and telling us that if something gets lost from your precious bag, then it’s our fault? Hmm. Tell us if you’re a frequent flyer. Or better lie. Because it’s an embarrassment for us, your fellow Filipinos, to see you, make a scandal just because you cannot barely understand simple instructions.

Sincerely yours,

your most patient crew

Shining Through. 🙂

Another snippet that has been going round the emails last year. Saw it and thought of sharing it you guys. Can’t stop to giggle a bit since mostly are true!

It’s from the Cabin Crew News blog.

You know you’re a flight attendant if………..

  • You never unpack
  • You look to the ceiling when your doorbell chimes
  • You wish you had jet engines mounted in your bedroom so you could fall asleep faster
  • You don’t ever write a full city name (and it bugs your non-aviation friends): DTW MCO FCO BOM
  • You get excited over certain types of ice
  • You silently curse every Bose headset-wearing dude — (“Yes, the electronic device announcement means you, sir.”)
  • You know how to look fresh in 5 day old clothes
  • No matter how many times you clean out your suitcase you still find ancient hidden treasures in there
  • You HATE boarding
  • You LOVE deplaning
  • You have figured out that turbulence is not caused by clouds but by the initial movement of all meal carts
  • You can’t believe that people let their babies and toddlers play on the floor of the aircraft cabin — ewww, nasty
  • You remember the passengers with great manners (that’s sad)
  • You can’t remember when UM’s actually became bigger than you
  • You love foreigners because they can’t adequately complain in English
  • You have to turn your head when you see a passenger in stocking feet enter a lavatory
  • You secretly cheer when another flight attendant has to deal with the medical emergency
  • You HATE on board duty free
  • You can’t stand the frequent flyer who says “I fly more than you…” (yeah, right)
  • You hate running into your passengers at your layover hotel
  • Blankety-blank tray stackers!
  • You hate when the heavy drinkers start flirting and calling you by name
  • You long for the days when it was easy to rig the TV for free movies
  • You want to smack the nail clipping — finger nail polishing — nose picking — snoring passengers
  • You want no passengers talking to you while you are non-revving
  • Even when you are not working a flight, you travel in uniform for the liquids, creams and gels exemption
  • If passengers can’t find the flush to the toilet — they should stay in there till they do!
  • You wish you had a button to press that would announce, “No I don’t have a pen”
  • You are excited to find a can of different soda that is not supposed to be on your airline
  • You could scream when people use an empty seat to change their baby’s diaper, and don’t even put a blanket underneath the little one — worse yet, they ask if they can change the baby on the floor of the galley!
  • You know a meaning for “crop-dusting” that has nothing to do with agriculture
  • You cruise the aircraft after all the passengers have deplaned to find the discarded magazines and paperback novels before the cleaners get them
  • You can spot the cover of a new crossword or sudoku book on an airport newsstand rack from 50 feet away
  • You hate early morning departures — Who in the hell HAS to fly at 6 AM?
  • You wish every airline manager actually WAS a flight attendant at one point in their life (this goes double for flight attendant supervisors)
  • You can’t believe the senior F/A at your airline is in their 80’s (doesn’t matter what airline they all have them)
  • You try not to go to the bathroom on the plane but you sure can catch a good nap in there
  • You hate that passengers think they can hear you without taking off their headsets
  • You are glad there are no hidden cameras in the galley
  • Your non-aviation friends truly don’t get the commuting part: “So you have to fly when and your trip starts where??”
  • YES, “Remain seated for the duration of our flight” DOES mean YOU
  • You can’t figure out why your manager is not held accountable for the same things you are
  • Your jumpseat partner knows more about you than your spouse or life partner
  • You have at least 6 items of your own you could add to this list
  • You had a memory for all of these, and understood every one.

A colleague of mine is now clear for Emirates! I’m so happy for her. We all are. After months of waiting finally it’s her time to shine. I just wish the others would not give up on their dreams. Because good things come to those who wait.

Have a nice week ahead!

Flight attendant, twenty-something, loves passengers who behave, hates unruly passengers. Cannot live without chocolate, vanilla ice cream, pasta with anything, Reese's Peanut Butter cups, cashmere cardigan, hot water bottles, Vaseline, concealer and eyeliner and some blush. Red pumps, rainy days, hot water with honey and lime, stolen shots, lovable kids, undisturbed sleeps, clean lavatories.

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