The beginning of a new phase.

All started one week or so before my second leave. I  had some pre-menstrual symptoms two days before my Washington DC flight: Sore breasts and abdominal pain. I took some Advil Liquid Gels and rested the entire day before my long haul flight. I remember this flight as for it was an awful one. The Economy  SFS/Senior Cabin Crew (which now so-called “Cabin Supervisors”) was arrogant, no personality and no communication towards the crew, above that, it constantly felt like a harassment  from him in our duty time or any time in the flight, following us and giving us tasks when the flight was so light, which was a major factor on a ridiculous 15 hour flight. I made a friend with an American crew, we made ‘american jokes’ jokes that Eastern peeps wouldn’t understand… or even South Americans (sorry, no offense!). She used to replied “Oh, is a USA thang… nevermind you!” to crew that tried to peek-in in our conversations and jokes… at the end they never understood. She made this flight full of laughs, despite of our SFS though.

The flight suddenly became tiresome for me. The first service I couldn’t bare to give out the hot meals, I was so slow and felt double weight  when pushing the carts. The second service I just couldn’t do it. I was double ending with the American girl (which is pushing same cart and serving food with another crew), and I couldn’t stand the smell of the hot meals, it was disgusting. At some point I had to stop doing the service, I had a low-sugar scene. I started to sweat like hell, I had no energy to walk nor stand and dizziness. I sat at the L5 jumpseat (last door of the aircfrat, left side)  took off my jacket and wanted to puke. The girl grabbed some water for me and almost the oxygen bottle, I was so embarrassed. The SFS pulled me out of service and monitored me the next 2 hours. Everyone encouraged me to eat, I couldn’t, the meal was disgusting for me, the smell, everything. Suddenly I was falling asleep in the aft galley, my eyes were red, and wanting a bed so bad until I heard “Kirsy, is your break time, get some rest”. I ran quickly upstairs to the CRC and Continue reading

Liebster Award

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Liebster Award

FlyHigh~ has been nominated for the Liebster Award!

What is the Liebster Award?

Liebster Award is a way to recognize new bloggers in the blogosphere. Nominations are done by other bloggers who have read and enjoyed these new blogs.

With that said, thank you to The Part Time Traveller for nominating me for the Liebster Award! I am flattered and honored! Please visit Sodas’ website for more tips of nice and cheap hotels, great cultural experiences and her journey around the world!

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October Roster

October Roster

People have been asking me to share my monthly rosters to spice up my blog. I think is a good idea, it gives you a heads up of where I’ll be traveling to, plus you’ll get an example from me of how Main Fleet roster looks like (layover mixed with turnarounds). As for Mainfleeters, our rosters are pretty mixed, sometimes yes, we get a whole month of full turnarounds and of course we also get a whole month of only layovers. I only complain when they give me: ‘ 3 to 4 flights back to back-one day off-3 to 4 flights back to back again’  it’s exhausting! I’ve seen 5 to 7 turnarounds back to back! I don’t know how crew scheduling think this is normal… Anyhow, October is my top bid, therefore I bid and prayed to finally have at least one flight I bid for. Incredibly I got everything! I bid for Prague, is one of my top cities to visit and also Phuket. I have both flights twice for Oct month. I bid also for 4 days off to extend my leave, I got it yeii! The only flight I didn’t get was MCO (Orlando, FL)  but is okay, I’m going home on my leave anyways.  As always they gave me turnarounds but only two and very short, can’t complain. This is my roster table for October:

  • MCT (Muscat turnaround)
  • PRG (Czech Republic layover)
  • PRG (Czech Republic layover) again
  • LEAVE (12 days)
  • +4 days off extra
  • MCT (Muscat turnaround)
  • HKT (Phuket layover)
  • HKT (Phuket layover) again

This month because of my leave and days off, I don’t have that much of flying hours. However, It’s been 10 months I haven’t seen my parents, pets, friends…my island etc. Forget about flying hours, time is precious when it comes to quality time with your loved ones. This will be my first ever leave since I moved to Dubai and I’m freaking excited! I’m planning to still post while i’m at Puerto Rico and to introduce my island for those whom never been to the enchanted island 🙂 . Really looking forward to post pictures of our beautiful beaches and sightseeing and of course sharing my vacations with all of you.

Cheers!

Best Layover, with him.

ed & kirA lot of people have been asking me if I’m still with my boyfriend and how is it going so far. The answer is yes, we are still together, more than ever! I’ve been working a lot with minimum rest days and still trying to swap any flight for a USA flight, so I can spend time with my boyfriend, but it has been almost impossible! Until this month, I had Washington DC. My boyfriend managed to swap his shifts and traveled to Washington just to see me for a 24 hrs layover. I was -or- WE were so excited about finally get to see each other after 4 months.  I really don’t think I should write more about how is our relationship but of how we’ve maintain our relationship. Before that post; a quick stop of how was my best layover, with him.

A lot people called us crazy, pointless, stressful, long distance relationship don’t work, they pity us and so on. For us, we actually don’t care, a 24 hours layover felt like a week. It was precious, time gold, happiness… Continue reading

Finally, I have a home.

moving-boxes The past few days have been so rush for me, plus trying to finish my last two posts from my last trips, oh! Not everything is peaches and cream or easy as it seems. Sometimes it’s a little challenging and sometimes difficult when you are even living alone with no family around. Let me start by explaining how was my life when I moved to Dubai that explains my stress these past few days. No drama, but yet so uncomfortable. I’m not talking about the laws and culture of United Arab Emirates, that’s another theme in which I’ve adapted myself pretty good actually. Yet, when you move from your country to start a new life in a foreign one, you want to actually have a home to start on, right? but when you live for almost 6 months in a hotel with no information regarding when you’ll be accommodated, it comes stressful with those who want to have a home…a real one.  Continue reading

9 Emirates steps before take-off

All photos on this post are not my own.

Ever wondered what flight attendants do even before passengers embark the aircraft? Well, I’m pretty sure most people might think we just wait for the passengers, smile while they’re boarding, and do the take-off announcement. Pretty easy right? but is not really just smiling and doing a catwalk down the aisle. We have certain responsibilities that we need to do before boarding our passengers. Almost all of the duties are safety-related, though customer service is also important.  Also, all tasks are divided. The purser which is the person in command of the flight has its own tasks, the seniors which are divided in classes (Business/First class and Economy) have their own tasks, the rest of regular cabin crew have their own duties and finally the flight deck crew (Pilots) of course, they have their own duties as well. This all before passengers board and after. By the way, Cabin Crew must arrived at the airport 2 hours before the flight, and 3 for the seniors. Of course if I Continue reading

Boyfriend visit Dubai

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On an entire week off duty, I decided to informed my boyfriend so if he could try to pay a visit. He managed to give away all of his shifts for that week in one day! I honestly didn’t imagine him to come and I couldn’t believe I was going to finally see the man of my life in 3 days. I washed and dry my hair straight, nice and smooth. Put on some nice make-up and his favorite vanilla coconut perfume. Went so excited to pick him up at the airport, I didn’t knew how I was going to react. After all, it’s been 4 months since the last time we saw each other.

IMG_5212I was at the Emirates arrivals, his flight already landed, everybody was disembarking but I couldn’t see him! So desperately I started to call him, he picks up “Hun..” and I was like crazy “Where are youuu? I can’t find you!…Can you hear me?”  While he responds to me very sweet and calm way -“I’m behind you, my love”.  That moment when I turned, my eyes started to bring tears of joy. I ran and jumped on him, I hugged him like it was no tomorrow. We both started to cry a little bit while staring at each other…  and so let our week journey begin.

First thing we did was, I took him to see the Burj Khalifa tower, then went to my favorite coffee shop in Dubai Mall, Angelina. Spent the sunset at Burj Al Arab, shopping at the souk, even took him to Emirates HQ so he can see the giants A380 taking off, we walked around the city and finally the Safari which he enjoyed so much. A whole week just with him. I even founded Dubai interesting for a moment. We only decided to stay-in one day, we just wanted to lay down, chat and eat. I’m so grateful to have this man as my boyfriend. Even though we’re facing a tough distance, he’s still beside me and supporting me. Everywhere he goes, he talks about me, he lives my success, he’s proud of me. He is my sustenance of everyday, my reason of not quitting when I feel so homesick. Everyday I walked into an aircraft is a less day left to see him one more time.

A man who loves you will never ask you quit your dreams, will always support you, ‘will live your pains and glories, IMG_5164he will never find distance, thus he’ll find challenges in the relationship but never resign, you’ll be his vow, you’ll be his reason, you’ll be his life. And when distance puts a challenge between the two, that’s when you find out how real the love is. As for my experience, I found my other half. We’re facing both a professional phase in which we physically can’t be together, but this is not a forever-ever chapter. I’ll keep making him proud as he makes me everyday. Can’t wait for my first annual leave vacation, visit you and be in your arms.

Long distance relationship is not meant for everyone…is for those who truly want to be together. If you both want, you both will, and will succeed.

This is how it is…a Flight Attendant relationship.

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Thanks,

 Thank you Red Revival Dreams for mentioning me on your blog (num5). It’s been more than a  pleasure to help and share my experiences with everyone whom are going through the process of joining Emirates and/or exploring the lifestyle of an Emirates cabin crew. Hope to see you soon in the sky!  

Check out Red Revival blog for more of her process of joinning Emirates as well.