Friday, July 24, 2015

remembering one of my flights with etihad

So I just finished reading a blog of a former flight attendant of SQ. I like to read things like that as I somehow get an insight of what's really happening behind those beautiful smiles they flashes on every passenger.

I once had a good experience with an EY staff. I was on a flight back to Abu Dhabi and due to heavy fog back then, most of connecting flights from Abu Dhabi are rebooked. Passengers which flights are up to Abu Dhabi only are allowed to board so the aircraft is almost empty, eventhough the actual flight was delayed for more than five hours. I was so tired that time and by the time we boarded, I'm almost in the brink of falling asleep. I had my stuffed pillow in the shape of big head of Brown (from Line app) and I put in the seat beside me as I fix my seatbelt with my eyes closed. When I opened my eyes, I noticed the stewardess putting the seatbelt to Brown. I couldn't help not to smile but I told her it's not necessary. She smiled sweetly and told me she just wanted to ensure that Brown will be safe beside me. At that moment, I sort of felt impressed with her professionalism. Or maybe she wants to avoid a flying Brown when the airplane takes of, haha. But my story doesn't end there.

You see, my sister asked me a favor if I can get her the pair of utensils of EY as she likes to keep them as a souvenir. Actually, it is really really embarassing to get it as someone shouldn't keep it as it's the property of the airline (though they will dispose it later on). But silly me couldn't say no and I actually promised her that I will get one so I cannot take back my words. So after the meal, I put my thick face mode on and shyly asked the stewardess if it's possible for me to keep the utensils as a souvenir. I saw her hesitant look so I immediately told her that it's absolutely okay if it's not allowed. I felt so embarrassed that time that I gave her my most sorry look. But later on she told me in a very low voice to keep it but must not tell anybody (yet I'm writing it in my blog). I never felt so happy at that time like I won something important. But you see, the way she says no first in a very professional way and the way she said okay later on gave me a different impression with the crew staff of EY. It's not that much but I highly appreciate it very much.

So when we were about to go out of the plane, I saw her in the exit and thanked her again. She's the same lady who attended me the whole flight. Not so sure if she remembers me but I'm still thankful to her that I was able to fulfill my promise to my sister (that memorable utensils I gave to her when I flew back to Manila for a short trip a few months later).

In reality, a lot of times I felt discriminated (or is it only my imagination) over Angmohs during flights. Seems like they do treat Asians differently. So I somehow started ignoring the flights attendants unless I needed something to them (though I was never rude to them albeit never friendly either) or it's meal time. But because of that one incident with EY, I sort of come to like to fly with them again. Waaaa... I'm being a total traitor to my current company as EY is their competitor, haha. Anyway, this is one factor why everytime they asked me if I like EY, I always said yes. Aside from the fact that they do direct flights to Manila, wahaha.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

what is writing to me

I always thought that as when time goes by, I’ll become a good writer. The ones who can write stories that can captivate the interest of the readers. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as what I envision it to be.
They say there are two kinds of people – those who think they can write and those who think they can’t write. But the truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are capable of producing a good writing or at least a better writing, somewhere, somehow.
If you will ask me, my head is always full of ideas. Random, crazy and sometimes intellectual ideas. But whenever I try to put it in writing, I became lost for words. Too lost that I can’t express nor start my story.
And I know that becoming a good writer won’t happen overnight, and not just because you want it. It needs some work and more practice. As they say, anyone who writes is a writer, but it doesn’t mean that they are a good one. Ouch!
Back when I was in high school, I remember I have friends who writes very well. And I had fun reading their writings. Later on, someone showed me the book “Diary of Anne Frank”. Somehow, that inspires me to write as well. It’s the kind of book in which it was written in a way that will hook up your interest. So I thought, it must be fun to write a diary. That time, I’m lucky to have friends that encouraged me to try to write. No matter how trivial it is. Blogs are not yet popular that time, so keeping a personal diary is the least thing I can do. Jotting down everything that I can think of. Didn’t care whether my English is not that good. Now looking back at my own writings, I found them funny and amusing at the same time. Taking me back to my youthful days. Remembering the details of past experiences brought back memories that were somehow forgotten in time.
It was in late 2004 when I got introduced to Xanga by my friend and there I met several people online and begun to read their writings about their daily lives. It was actually pretty good as they became so familiar to me like I do really know them in person. Their writings brought us closer, I came to know whatever they did that day, whether something or someone made them happy nor sad. Just then, I too begun writing my daily musings. Short, stupid posts but I never cared. It totally became my online diary as I became lazy to keep a personal diary anymore. I had my Xanga account for years but totally abandoned it, I think my last post was three years ago when I confessed a dirty secret on it, haha.
Last time when I went back for a short vacation in Manila, we went to a bookstore to buy a planner for my mom as she needs to keep track of her BP. I looked through the selection of diaries that they were selling and noticed that the choices became limited unlike before. Well, I can’t blame them for that as nowadays people prefer to keep blogs to record their lives on social media rather than making an effort to write down the experiences using a pen and notebook. And I’m one of those people.
However nowadays, I prefer to read than to write. I can spend my whole day reading various blogs, mangas, stories whether it is fiction or based on reality, recipes, histories and so on.
And I realized that though I resigned from my previous jobs five times already, I still can’t write a good resignation letter. And worst, I never left a copy for myself so I can use as a future reference. So it means every time I decided to resign, I always search over the internet a good resignation letter sample and rewrite just like it my own. Silly me.
Well, I guess it’s still not too late to restart writing again. More peanuts and other brain boosters to enhance my way of thinking, teehee…

Monday, June 08, 2015

reality check

For some weird reason, I totally forgot the rest of my target this year. I mean, as what I remember, it should be five. But how come I only remember four? Searched my notes, planner, e-diary – cannot find anything as somehow I didn’t wrote it down as I don’t want other people to know and later on everything will be jinxed.
So now am racking my brain, but still unlucky. Are those peanuts I ate did not help me at all and only gave me breakouts? Grrrr…
Read a blog the other day and it hits the spot. It was actually helpful knowing that soon my age will not be in the calendar anymore. Took notes of them as reference:
1.     Start saving for retirement now, not later
·         Educating yourself is the key – learn to understand boring things such as insurance, mortgage and investments
·         Starting early is a big factor – I actually want to regret not doing it during my early 20s. The 10 years that passed will make a big difference. It’s not like I wanted to spend my whole life living with paycheck to paycheck until my retirement
2.     Don’t invest in anything you don’t understand
·         A lot people asking you to join this and that – do not trust and make your own investigation. Otherwise, you can consult people that have expertise or have experience on it.
3.     Pay all your debt as soon as possible
·         This should be a top priority – keeping away from those shiny, tempting credit cards is a key factor. Some says that if your debt is more than 10% of your gross annual salary, it is a huge red flag, aww!
4.     Keep an emergency fund
·         I read somewhere that it should be the equivalent of three times your salary (which is somehow quite hard for someone with filial responsibilities)
·         Being ready in case some unfortunate event happen – e.g. job loss. Coz you cannot foresee what might happen like when your career suddenly took a worst turn.
5.     Start taking care of your health
·         I am guilty of not taking good care of my body and now it’s showing. I’m continuously aging and it’s hard to accept that truth. Damn those fats! 
·         Previously I can’t imagine myself making appointments with the doctor, coz the idea of doctors and hospitals scares me to death. But managed to do it – twice.
·         Collagen? Badly needed it now. Should I start eating chicken feet?
·         Eat more veggies – eventhough it’s like a torture
·         Sleep better – ahmmmmm….
·         Exercise – weeeeeeell…. I will, I’ll try some zumba moves.
6.     Don’t spend time with people who don’t treat you well
·         Who cares if you’re alone? Atleast it’s much better to be alone rather than with someone who will make you feel miserable, right? Respect for yourself dude, respect. Don’t tolerate those intolerable people, period
·         They say who you hang out with changes your life (for good or bad). They are somewhat major influences in you. So stay away from miserable people, coz they will consume and drain you, unless you want to be miserable yourself. Instead, surround yourself with people who will bring out the better version of you.
7.     Be good to people you care about
·         It’s not a bad thing to spend more time with the oldies – coz we don’t know what might happen in the future. I may not be there everyday with them, but constant chat messages with my mom and sisters are like bridges to each other. Even if messages are sometimes silly and full of line stickers
·         I realized how short our life is whenever I think of what happened to my mom. I was there, we were there. I feel guilty everytime I thought of that moment coz I never saw how serious her condition that time, I was more focused on playing online games. How dense I am to pretend nothing is wrong. That what's in front of me is not real. How scared I am when she suddenly turned into someone whom I am unfamiliar with.
8.     You can’t have everything so better to focus on doing few things really well
·         Reality check, not everyone is good in everything. So instead of being prisoned in a delusion, might well focus in a more realistic things that I know am capable of.
9.     Don’t be afraid to take risks
·         It is not too late to change. Being in the age bracket of 30s not the end of your life. Live your life the way you wanted it to be.
·         You can still think outside of the box. There’s no harm in getting yourself out of your comfort zone, coz you’re not supposed to be there forever. That will be toooo boring.
·         Career change? Why not! Do what you think will be good for you, inshallah!
·         Taking risks will help you to further your growth and self-development. A few courses will do, who cares if they do call you “ate” now?
10.   Travel while you can
·         The experience you will get, super worth it.  You’ll remember odd experiences like begging to total strangers to change your whole notes coz you can’t buy a train ticket in Paris as it’s only accepting coins in the machine, or being frugal and let six people crammed in one car just to have a free tour, or getting lost in the middle of nowhere without any manual maps as you depend on your gps navigator which fails to work in the middle of your trip and the list goes on…   
There are actually  few more however, became too lazy to write it.  So, I'll just end it here now.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


I can't describe the frustrations am feeling right now. Been staring at those problems and spent atleast three hours figuring how they've come up with the answer. And still wasn't able to solve it. I'm seriously losing my mind here.

Lately my mind is somewhere far. I'm having some difficulty focusing as I tend to lose my concentration eaasily. And worst is that I'm having hard time controlling my temper. That's why nowadays I tend to keep silent and shut my mouth otherwise the risk of slashing out to someone is very high.

Maybe coz of the medicine am taking that's why I'm feeling like this. Or lack of sleep. I don't know.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

goals... goals

At the start of year 2015, I made several goals in which I made a firm decision to accomplish them by hook or by crook. So far I listed five of them but I will not disclose them, teehee...

Currently accomplished three out of five. That means I'm already halfway. Two more and I will achieve my target. I'm happy. But what actually happened was that the three of them came in the most unexpected ways.

But as what they say, never pass any opportunity. Previously I always ignored them, but no longer now. If I will not start now, then when?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

hello 2015

My first post for the year was quite late. But as they say, it's better to be late than never.

Recap recap... What's with 2014?

  • resigned from my work after almost three years

  • moved in to Abu Dhabi in a new flat with boxes & boxes & boxes of things to arrange

  • flew to Doha as needed for my visa change. First flight out although it's just a roundtrip, literally
  • went gaga looking for a new room coz got problem with the room I previously got. Had to squeeze myself in at Rahyan's flat for two weeks. Luckily found one that's quite near in my new work; about 8-10 minutes by walk.
  • started at my new work; "new girl" is it again 

  • had this terrible paranoia coz of this old room. Had to buy new things for the room as well

  • finally found a carlift - service every morning to pick me and drop to the office
  • first time trying out ordering those products online and result was good

  • ordered another big batch of goodies
  • start of the Ramadan, too hot to even go out

  • mobile phone went gaga had to factory reset it

  • went for a relaxing stay at Ritz Carlton over the weekend
  • bought my smart tv and I've never been glad that I did

  • finished my six months probation period  - atlast

  • birthday month! what more to say?
  • went for a short break in Brazil. First time to fly more than 13-14hours alone

  • Manila here I come!
  • went for long drives with my family to Ilocos and some part of Taal volcano
  • had the biggest shock of my life that left me airheaded for weeks

  • went to Doha for "Time & Priority Management Training"
  • gate crashed RC Christmas party

Well, that's it for my whole year. Nothing much, just travelled continously in the last quarter. Can't believe how time flies.

Anyhow, had the best New Year as I celebrated the first day of the year with my family. After five long years. It was so unplanned that I only bought my ticket on 31Dec14 when the long weekend was confirmed.

Anyway, that's it. Hoping for a wonderful 2015. Fingers crossed.