Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Year In New York

weeeeeeeeeeeeeee I'm so excited...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

You know you're a Flight Attendant when.....

1. You can eat a 4 course meal standing at the kitchen counter.
2. You search for a button to flush the toilet
3. You look for the "crew line" at the grocery store.
4. You can pack for a 2 week trip to Europe in 1 roll-aboard
5. All of your pens have different hotel names on them
6. You NEVER unpack
7. You can recognize pilots by the backs of their heads-but not by their faces
8. You can tell from 70 yards away if a piece of luggage will fit in the overhead bin
9. You care about the local news in a city three states away
10. You can tie a neck scarf 36 ways
11. You know at least 25 uses for air sickness bags-none of which pertain to vomit
12. You understand and actually use the 24-hour clock
13. You own 2 sets of uniforms: fat and thin
14. You don't think in "months"-you think in "bid packs"
15. You always point with two fingers
16. You get a little too excited by certain types of ice
17. You stand at the front door and politely say "Buh-bye, thanks, have a nice day" when someone leaves your home
18. You can make a sentence using all of the following phrases: "At this time," "For your safety," "Feel free," and "As a reminder"
19. You know what's on the cover of the current issues of In Touch, Star, and People magazines
20. You stop and inspect every fire extinguisher you pass, just to make sure the "gauge is in the green"
21. Your thighs are covered in bruises from armrests and elbows
22. You wake up and have to look at the hotel stationery to figure out where you are
23. You refer to cities by their airport codes
24. You actually understand every item on this list
25. Everytime the door bell rings you look up at the ceiling.
26. You change into you "galley shoes" to cook dinner at home!
27. You open your bathroom doors at home slowly incase someone forgot to lock it.
28. You only know 250 or 350 degrees on your home oven
29. When you ask your spouse when they will be coming home from work you ask for their "ETA"
30. You can spot out an airplane from the ground above and tell the other person what airline it is!
31. You go through each room at your friends place looking for magazines to read! 
32. You bring home different grocery bags full of goodies that you can't get in your home town! and tell a story about it!
33. You know better NOT to date a pilot!
34. Your a fire fighter, a nurse, a security officer and a server all in one! 
35. Your a GREAT multi - tasker! 
36. You have mastered the art of walking very quickly down the aisle and not catching anyone's eye.
37. Your at a friends party and you start wiping your hands on their curtains.
38.You call for the car doors to be armed and cross checked before pulling away. answer your phone by saying "Hi its ..... at "position"
40. when you try and put the foot brake on your shopping cart.
41.When releasing your seatbelt in the car, you try to 'lift the top portion of the buckle and pull apart" and are confused when you can't find it.
42. When sitting in the backseat of your friends car, you check the seat pocket for garbage.
43. when your friends or family ask what time it is, you ask in what time zone!
44. When you're really tired and are staying in for the night, you tell you're friends you're 'slam- clicking'.
45. you remember the hotel phone numbers better than your home phone number.
46. You see rubbish dropped on the floor in your own home and instead of bending down to pick it up, you kick it under the sofa.
47. You have 400 mobile numbers in your adress book of crew you still wanted to meet up with....but when you finally get the time and browes for numbers you cannot put their faces and names together!
48. You locate all the exits when on public transport and learn the door operations.
49. You are standing in an elevator in your hotel and cant remember what floor you're supposed to go to, or what your room number is.
50. You can never make definite plans, otherwise you know you'll be delayed/called out, for sure!
51. You can't help saying goodbye to friends or anyone without sounding patronising... "b'bye now.. bye!
52. when you've finished your dinner you throw the dirty plate in the cupboard and kick the door shut.
53. If you check your breast pocket for a pen when you are going to write a shopping list at home.
54. You automatically uncross your legs, sit back, and fold your arms across your lap when you hear an engine rev up, whether you're a passenger on a flight that day or just in the car!
55. Every time someone ask's a question your reply is ... 'Just bear with me, or standby...
56. when ur going out from the hotel on a layover u smile and greet ppl u meet in the lifts... and ur not even in uniform! lol
57. You take out one blanket from the overhead bin or closet....and you hide it behind your back, running fast so no one sees it so you can use it!!!!
58. You know the water gague is showing empty and you grab a bottle of water and start washing your hands!
59. You spin around in the aft galley and yell, i love my job, i love my job....
60. You carry around ultra concentrated spray for the smells that come out of the lavoratory to protect you and your fellow co-workers!
61. You carry around a sharpie marker!
62. You work 18 hour days then go home and start cleaning up after someone else!
63. You have soo much time off you have 2 jobs!
64. Your dead heading on a flight and your sleeping and you wake up when they say "doors for departure and cross check" or when you hear the high low chimes in the cabin!
65. You tell people to turn off their cellphones or ipods.
66. If someone is smoking you show them the sign and remind them not to smoke!
67. You are ready to shop when you get to your destination!
68. You get so use to standing up while eating you don't even look for a chair anymore.
69. You hate people that slam their doors and call them slam-clickers!
70. You have soo many pictures, you don't know what album to start with and what pictures belong where anymore! 
71. You don't like long walks at the beach anymore, cause all you do is walk the ocean, but 36,000FT above!
72. you stuff your cell phone in your bra while out clubbing in case you get a call from crew sked
73. you have mastered the art of putting on makeup in the car/bus/subway
74. you carry in your purse a stain-remover pencil at all times
75. you apologize for everything
76. you are no longer disgusted at stepping in dog poo: you've seen me!
77. you appreciate time at home more than anyone else
78. when you ask someone a question, you stick your ear in their face and put your hand around it in order to hear better
79. you've developed an interest for astrology, and constantly ask "what's your sign?"
80. you're a pro of small talk and specialize in four categories: children, mortgages, divorces, and your in-laws
81. you've got a bunch of old worthless coins from the pre-Euro era
82. you bring your big suitcase on a one-day layover to get your groceries!
83. you know how to create a gourmet fondue using jersey milk bars, stale crew fruit, plastic cutlery and china from the business class cabin.
84. you bring home some passenger meal trays and wash them, then fill them with your own food and heat it up on board during your next flight!
85. you're dead-heading and you offer to place other passengers' luggage in the overhead bins, or bring them blankets.
86. you keep your crew tags visible when you are dead-heading, so that the flight attendants will know you are crew and offer you free food/booze.
87. you keep all your creams/perfumes/cosmetics in small pots and bottles so that they pass security cause you know its has to be under 100ML
88. You hear your cell phone ring even when it's not ringing
89. You bid flights according to the hotel at a destination, and not necessarily the destination itself
90. Your fruits and veggies at home always go bad because you're always away.
91. You look to the ceiling when your doorbell rings
92. You wish you had jet engines mounted in your bedroom so you could fall asleep faster
93. You get excited over certain kinds of ice
94. You hate boarding
95. You love deplaning
96. You can’t believe that people allow their children to play on the nasty airplane floors
97. You have to turn your head every time you see a passenger enter the lav in socks or even worse bare feet
98. You can’t stand the frequent flyer that thinks they really fly more than you do
99. You get frustrated with the passenger that can’t figure out how to open the lav door, or how to flush the toilet
100. You wish you could wear a sign that stated, no I don’t have a pen
101. You get excited to find a can of a different brand of soda that is not suppose to be provisioned on board
102. You know the real meaning of crop dusting, and it has nothing to do with agriculture
103. You cruise the airplane after every deplaning to get new magazines, newspapers, and paperbacks left behind
104. You hate early morning departures. Unless I’m going to a tropical island, why do these people make me get up so early
105. You hate trying to talk with a passenger that thinks they can hear you with their headsets on
106. You are glad there are no hidden cameras, or microphones, in the galley
107. You can’t figure out why your supervisor is not held accountable for the same things you are
108. Your jump seat partner knows more about you in a four day trip than your spouse of fifteen years
109. You wonder why people don’t excuse themselves and go to the lav instead of passing gas and having people guess who did it
110. You would like to have the opportunity to have a black light to show what the blankets really look like

Friday, May 22, 2009

7 ways to annoy flight attendant

1. Bring your pet on the plane and then act like an animal
Over the years, I've seen a pet on a passenger's lap, a pet tucked into a seatback pocket, and a pet loose in the aisle (I nearly hit one with my beverage cart). All of this is against federal regulations. People tell me how well-behaved their pet is, but they can't follow the rules themselves! Your pet must stay in its carrier while you're on the plane. Yes, even if you've paid a "pet-in-cabin" fee.

2. Shove your bag into the first bin you see and then walk to your seat in the back of the plane
You think you're clever, I know. You expect to grab your bag on your way out of the plane, but you're selfishly inconveniencing others. I can't lie and say we flight attendants don't take some small satisfaction when we tell you, "We couldn't identify the bag's owner, so we sent it to cargo." It's a security issue, for real. Carry-ons need to stay near their owners! So don't look so shocked when we say, "The signs will direct you to baggage claim. You can pick up your bag there."

3. Think that because you're on an airplane you're off-duty as a parent
Stop expecting us to have spare diapers, formula, medicine, toys, playing cards, or batteries for DVD players or Game Boys. It's an airplane, not a 7-11. Take your kid to the restroom before you board. Leave the dry cereal and Legos at home and bring snacks and toys for your kids that won't make a horrible mess.

4. Drag on an oversize bag that's too heavy for you to lift by yourself
I won't be compensated for any injuries I might sustain if I heft your bag into the overhead compartment for you. (And other passengers shouldn't have to step up and take the risk either.) The guideline is simple: You pack it, you stack it. Try this at home as a test (and this is to you ladies, especially): After you've packed your bag, put on the shoes you plan to wear on the plane and see if you can lift your bag and place it on top of your refrigerator. You can't? Pay the fee and check the bag.

5. Gripe that you haven't been seated in a roomy exit-row seat
The exit rows weren't created as a reward for people who are tall, overweight, or just plain nice. They were designed to help passengers get out of the plane in an emergency. The people seated in an exit row must be able to see and speak clearly, open the emergency door, and help others. I prefer to see uniformed military, firefighters, law-enforcement officers, or off-duty pilots and flight attendants sitting in those seats. While the gate agent may assign exit-row seats first, the flight attendant makes the final determination about who gets to sit in them. And the quality of our choices is one of the frequent concerns of Federal Aviation Administration officials when they audit airlines for safety practices. So please don't complain. I'm just doing my job.

6. Act like you don't know the meaning of the words "under the seat in front of you" 
Someday I will be muttering "under the seat in front of you" in the old-age home for flight attendants. What is it that you don't understand? To be clear, items should not be stowed behind your calves, under your feet like a footstool, in the open seat next to you, or in your lap. It's under the seat in front of you. And it applies to everything you carry on board. Items stored carelessly can trip others, or dislodge during takeoff and get lost, or inconvenience others. And while I'm on the topic: Please don't wrap your purse (or umbrella strap) around your ankle to keep from forgetting it. What will happen in an emergency, when every second counts and there's no time to disentangle yourself from your precious bag? Will you drag it ball-and-chain-style down the aisle of a burning plane?

7. Whine about the high price of flying
When I hear people complain about coach airfares, I know they're not keeping up with the news. Fares have rarely been cheaper. In recent years, it's not uncommon for you to be able to cross the continent for under $130 each way, with a maximum of one layover. It's a bargain! At that price, you're barely paying for the fuel to get your body there—never mind the cost of shipping your 50 pounds of gear. You're already on the gravy plane. People point to first class ticket holders and want to know why they don't get the same treatment. Wake up folks: You're getting a great deal. If you want even more, pay more!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Watcha think??

around the world

It has been my dream to travel around the world since I was a kid. I saw a video of another flight attendant from Emirates and it inspired me and ignited my passion. He flew around the world from Austria and back. Stopping to as many cities as he can. Cathay Pacific offers this Globe Traveller Program to those who want to circumnavigate the world. It is possible through their tie-up programs to another airline also known as One World. I just want to share what my itenerary would be just in case.

MNL-BKK (Suvarnabhumi International) (Thai)
BKK-SIN (Changi International) (Singapore Airlines)
SIN-SYD (Kingsford Smith International) (Qantas)
SYD-CHC (Christchurch International)  (Emirates)
CHC-AKL (Auckland International) (Air New Zealand)
AKL-LAX (Tom Bradley International) (American Airlines)
LAX-MIA (Miami International) (American Airlines)
MIA-SXM (Princess Juliana International) (American Airlines)
SXM-AMS (Amsterdam International)  (KLM)
AMS-SVO (Sheremetyevo International) (Aeroflot)
SVO-ICN  (Incheon International) (Korean Air)
ICN-MNL (Ninoy Aquino International) (Philippine Airlines)

Of course, this can be altered depending on the departure city. But definitely my SXM will never dissapear.. This trip will be continuous. No more than 24 hour layover will be involved. =) See you somewhere!

job referrals

I just received a call from a company which I haven't heard about. Probably they are new and just starting to branch out. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind being referred for a job (as it only shows how you believe in me) but please inform me before you send my number to them. I don't want to take business calls unprepared. I was shocked when I answered the call. I don't know what I will say to the person I'm talking to. I don't even know the nature of their proposal. Well, I still want to say thanks for referring me whoever you are. I might try the company and meet with the person who called me (idk her position).


Your Personality at 35,000 Feet Is Thoughtful and Contemplative

Deep down, you prefer spending time alone to spending time with others. You enjoy thinking more than talking.

You don't spend much time thinking about your place in the world. You are who you are - and people can just deal with that!

Your gift is relating to other people. You don't hide from your own emotions, and you are good at drawing other people out.

You are inspired by what is possible. Real life is often too ordinary for you.

It's very easy for you to feel happy. You can find peace with any situation.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Anxiety Blues

I just had my coffee and pan de sal. A typical morning for me except I haven't had any sleep yet. Why?. My anxiety attacks are getting worse every day. Been thinking about a lot of things lately that I shouldn't worry about. I don't know really if its helping me or depressing me even more. It's a little bit personal so I can't elaborate much about it. I just need to divert my attention to just about anything to keep me from going loco. Well, I know I'll be laughing about this someday. We all have our time to shine right? and mine isn't just now. 

I just started my day by making a comment from a user on Youtube regarding his issues on what airline he should apply for.  And also just had my first debut comment on Sodwee's Blog (Airboy). I so admire his dedication for his job. by the way, I'm still watching his videos.

Updates on my diet:

So far I have lost 8 kilos in a short amount of time and looking forward to achieve my desirable weight. Take note that there are no forms of exercise involved. I was kinda thinking what will be the result if I went back to the gym. I just need to find time to do that. I find it hard to budget my time now that I messed up my sleeping habit (the usual 10:00-06:00), but I will find time for it as soon as I get back on track. Can't wait to look hot(ter). hahaha. This dieting stuff made me go paranoid about the foods I take. I tend to count the calories each time I put something in my mouth. And now, I'm making a calorie chart for the foods I usually take and I most likely to eat. This will all be worth it if I achieve my goals.

***Still waiting for the items I bought on ebay*** 

Crap, I still have 14 hours to stay awake. I need to find something to do to keep me busy and forget about sleeping. 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Southwest Airlines plane caught fire in Texas

Yesterday a Boeing 737 Southwest Airlines performed an emergency evacuation after one of its tire caught on fire at 7:50 pm. Flight 519 from New Orleans to Houston Hobby has 47 passengers and 5 crews on board. No one got injured

The chutes were deployed for emergency evacuation. Passengers were adviced to slide down and run away as far as they can from the aircraft.

This is an example of  a WRONG EVACUATION

Notice how this passenger slides down and tried to get some of his stuffs that got blown by the wind before running away.

Emergencies are to be taken seriously. You can get hurt if you don't follow the instructions given by the crews. We can be held responsible just in case something happen to our passengers. Given that we already instructed them what to do. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009



Application Dilemmas (Cover Letter)

You probably know what job you want to have right now. This is not just for those who wants to be a cabin crew but for all job that is being offered wether it's local or international. The first thing we want to do is to impress the employers using our resumes. Employers often base their first impressions on your CV's (correct me if I'm wrong). We all know how to make a resume but we have to make sure it's perfect. I've done too many resumes because I've been on too many interviews, and I still have some flaws in writing one. Nobody's perfect right?. Well, enough of that. Creating a resume can be very tricky. Some companies requires cover letters and some don't. It's not a mistake to be 100% sure. We will start by writing a cover letter. This can be submitted through email or personally.
Parts of a Cover Letter

  • Address Line
  1. Do not mispell anything in this section. To avoid this, be sure to proofread your work, and to have someone else look at your cover letter. If your address line contains errors, your cover letter is likely to never make it to the hiring manager.
  2. If you don't know who to address the cover letter to, at least ask what the position of the person concerned is. If even that isn't available, use "The Personnel Manager" or something similar
  3. Do your research; copy the address given in the advertisement. Hiring staff don't look favorably, for the most part, on letters that show a lack of knowledge of the company concerned.
  • Salutation
Perhaps one of the safest salutations is "Good Day" or "Greetings!". Avoid using Hey, Hey there!, Wazzup! salutations. Remember that you are applying for a job and not writing a letter to your friend. 

  • Introduction
Being simple is always good. So, keep it simple. Avoid mentioning useless informations. For fresh grads, mention your degree; for older applicants, mention your work field.

  • The Body
Do not go over all the information that is in your resume in your cover letter. Re-stating the information in your resume doesn't address what the employers want to know; why you are the best candidate for the job. Highlight relevant areas of your resume but do so in the context of your career goals and how such qualifications benefit the company.

  • Closing the Letter
The most common way is to ask the employer to call you at their convinience. But be different; be proactive and state that you are going to follow up, and suggest a date while also leaving room for the employer to contact you later. Something like "May I call to follow up on ___? If this is inconvinient, I can be reached at___" will suffice. Experts say "this shows your interest and your take-charge attitude".

  • Signature and Closing Statement
"Sincerely," or "Thank You" are the simplest way to end a cover letter, so try not to make things complicated with a long closing statements. Resist the urge to add a motto, quote or personal line at the end of your cover letters. It will only show that you are unprofessional and will make you silly or stupid. If you're going to send this through email, make sure you have your signature option turned off.



I do not claim any rights for this post as this has been posted on Manila Bulletin circulation for the period of April-May. I will repost this for those who missed the articles from writing a cover letter and resume to the interview processes.

new blog

Well, I just created my account here on blogspot. As usual, I can't sleep because of anxiety. I'm still figuring out  how this blog site works. I've seen so many blogs by flight attendants and I want mine to be exactly (probably not) like theirs. So here goes my first post. I hope to see you guys soon. I'll be posting here again regarding my progress applying for airlines. How many blog sites do I really need? really? I'm such a freak!