So loong..I know!

I cannot believe it has been a year since I last opened this blog. I keep on saying that I will try to maintain this blog as frequent as I can but end up abandoning it.

I have received pending comments (or questions rather) regarding Flight Attendant/Cabin Crew applications and I do apologize if I didn't answer them on time. I will try to create some FAQs in this blog page and hoping that you find the answers on that post.

To all Flight Attendant/Cabin Crew aspirants, keep the dream alive! If you don't get in on the first try, do not feel discouraged. If flying is your ultimate goal, believe and fight for your dreams.

As for me, you may have that one question in your head "What am I really doing?" To answer that, I am not a cabin crew but my job requires me to fly too! Hopefully in time and Inshallah, God will let me be one.

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My Top 5 Favorite Destinations (so far)

You read it right! This post is to share with you my favorite destinations and why I love those destinations. 

1. Rome, Italy (and The Vatican)

I never recall any single flight to Rome that I just stayed in the hotel. I will really feel bad if that's the case! 

Why I love Rome: There are too many places to see around the beautiful city of Rome - The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, The Pantheon and include The Vatican to this list to name a few. 

Aside from the landmarks that Roma can offer, I love Italian food- Pasta, pizza, gelato! They are all delicious! 

2. Los Angeles , California, USA

I don't mind the 16-hour flight to LAX! I don't care if I feel like a zombie after the flight. I always look forward to doing this flight every month. How I wish! 

Why I love LA? This is my home away from home. Don't you ever think how nice it is to see the people dear to you after work? I never feel so bored with LA. I always love meeting the people dear to me. Layovers here are always fun fun fun. Looking forward to some Disneyland adventures! Add to this, I found shopping here cheaper compared to the Big Apple.

3. New York, USA

One hand in the air for the concrete jungle! Though New York is filled with buildings and busy people, I never feel stressed! 

Why I love NYC: I can spend hours and hours just walking around. I love going to Sephora here! They have everything I need! I love the fact that if I don't get the make-up I need in one branch, it's just so easy to hop on to the other branch. It's easy to get around NYC as well either by foot or subway. I look forward to meeting Lady Liberty in person! 

4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I always wanted to see this country especially Amsterdam. This city never made me disappointed.

Why I love Amsterdam:  Don't you ever find those canal houses beautiful? They look picturesque during the night! I considered myself lucky when I did the flight to this city during spring/summertime! I've seen the how lovely the tulips are. They are such a breather.  How can I not mention the windmills? They gave me good vibes!

Apart from the things that I mentioned, I like how it is easy to go around in Amsterdam. Tourist spots (in the city) are not so far from each other. 

5. Seoul, South Korea

Annyeong Haseyo!  We have a long flight going to this place but, I can have my retail therapy here! 

Why I love Seoul: This is a shopping paradise for a make-up junkie! I like getting make-up remover wipes, blush-on, brow pencils and etc in Korea. I love Korean food as well! 

This is one of the places where you can combine sightseeing and shopping. The Gyeongbokgung palace is easy to reach by metro! Add to this, I never found any difficulty analyzing their metro. 

So there you go! These are my top 5 favorite destinations so far. I will love reading yours as well. Hope you enjoyed this post. 


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I never really talk about my relationship in any social media (facebook, etc.). I rarely post something about love life and all other similar stuff on my blog after stepping out of the university. I probably graduated on it as well after I finished my degree.*winks* But since it's Valentine's Day, I want to share my thoughts on being on a long distance relationship AKA LDR.

I've known people who have been and are currently on a long distance relationship - some are going strong while some already parted ways. My parents are in a long distance relationship for more than 30 years now (because papa works abroad even before they got married) and it's so cute to see how many letters they have exchanged with in so many years. I am a fan of receiving letters and cards (whatever the occasion is).  I find it thoughtful and sweet that someone thinks about what words to put in that little paper. 

Let's get into the purpose of this blog entry. So what I really think about LDR? Here are my thoughts:

1. It's just the same with a non-long distance relationship except that you spend less time with your "special someone" physically.

2. IT DEPENDS. It depends on the two people involved.  Just like any kind of relationship, there should be two people working and not just one. Relationships can never be one way, otherwise, better to part ways. 

3. TRUST is an essential part in any kind of relationship - especially on LDR since you don't get to spend more time together all the time or as often as you wish.

4. COMMUNICATION is vital.  One simple message may mean a lot to your boyfriend or girlfriend, unless,he or she is being so demanding about receiving messages 24 hours a day when your work does not allow you to do so. It doesn't matter what kind of messaging application you have. It does not necessarily mean "Skype-ing" either. What matters is that you keep in touch (in any form) as frequent as you can.

I am no love guru when it comes to this. I may have put on thoughts that you may or may not agree.  I just spoke from experience, observation and understanding.

Happy Hearts Day Everyone!


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Why Move in the Sandpit?

It's been more than one year since I moved to the middle east. In case people may (still) wonder why I decided to leave my steady job back home and choose the job I have now, I have one simple answer - TRAVEL.

Back in the Philippines, I used to have an 8-5 job, meeting different kinds of people, interviewing them and evaluating if they perfectly fit the job description given by our clients. It was fun and exciting (yet challenging) to be a recruiter but I felt like something was missing. For so many years, I felt the urge to travel not just within the Philippines but to the whole wide world of course. Who wouldn't want to travel though?

I always believe that there would always be a pursuit of learning when you travel.  Going to a foreign place was more than just earning one stamp at a time (but this do not apply to us since not all countries stamp our passports when at work). We learn other nationalities' way of life when we go abroad. We keep on discovering and experiencing new things over and over.

I never thought I could go to other places aside from the ones I wrote on my "bucketlist" and my current job gave me those free tickets to wander around the globe.


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Hello 2015!

Hello 2015! Hello everyone! Yes, I am writing again. Hopefully, keeping my blog as active as I used to before would be a new year's resolution for me 😊.

 A Simple Thanks 

Before anything else and as a yearly tradition for me, I would like to look back and make a review of how the recently-concluded year went for me.

As I would always say, every new year was good. So how do I really measure the goodness of each year? My answer would be as simple as this - by thanking God for everything I have had in my hands. No matter how big or small each blessing would be, we should never take it for granted. Goodness always come our way whenever we say a little word of "Thank you Lord".

I didn't have all ups, as a normal human being, I did and would encounter challenges every now and then but I knew it would never be impossible to bounce back. 

 Independent Life

Living an independent life away from my loved ones was never easy but at the same time, it was exciting as well. Thank goodness for our technology as communication made things easier not just for me but for everyone else as well. 

I  owe a lot of things to God and I owe the work I have now from Him. I could definitely say that without the work I have now, I could never travel as much as  I could. Traveling to everywhere you wished to be was never easy and it would require a lot of hardwork to pay for everything you need. I must admit, I complain about the destinations I get once in a while but thinking about it again, I should still consider myself lucky enough for having roster with destinations on it as it would mean "hey, I have work you know". 

 Seeing the World

I started 2014 with a (really) good roster. My January roster was a composition of new destinations for me back then - Munich, Bangkok, Mauritius, Amsterdam, Paris and Melbourne/Auckland. My February roster was even a lot better - Seoul, Rome, Zurich, Sydney/Auckland and two turnarounds to Jeddah. Additionally, I finally got the visa to operate US and Canada flights. Seeing the world one at a time was one of the greatest blessings I received from God. 

My body clock was a mess sometimes due to travelling to different timezones but that was one fact I already embraced when I accepted this job. 

Having been in this job for more than a year, I realized that the perks of living in a suitcase was really one thing I wanted ever since. Time goes by so fast with this kind of job - You wake up for a flight, report to work, put yourself in the aircraft and work for the duration of the flight, arrive to the destination, go out and sleep and the same things go on your way back to base. Things may look like a routine but each flight tells a different story as you always have new faces to see, new stories to hear and etc. The destinations may be the same for some months but I would never complain going  back again and again to New York several times in a year. 

Travel is never ending pursuit of learning - that's what I realized when I started going to places I've never been before and never thought I would. 

  Hello New Year

For the second time, I welcomed the new year with my friends. I didn't feel bad that I was not home. Simple messages from everyone special and dear would be enough to make my new year celebration. Sadness was just transient and the more you try to be one was just your choice. We all have the mind to decide what kind of year we would like to have. On top of everything, let's always make God present in whatever choices we make. 

Happy New Year people! Cheers


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What's Up!

You don't get everything you want at the same time because life is not meant to be that way.

I've been with my present company for almost 10 months. I've traveled to a few countries and visited a few places I never thought I would.  Living a life in a suitcase means being away with my family, "special someone", friends and other relatives most of the time, but I am grateful for my job.

I wanted this. I wanted a job that will allow me to roam and wander.  I wanted a job that would make me see the world and appreciate every single piece of it.  Let me share with you some places I've been after my flight to Amsterdam (which I already shared in my previous blog entry):

Rome, Italy

I've flown to Rome twice in February.  I appreciate every single landmark they have, even the ruins were pleasing to the eyes.  I couldn't help but think of my Literature subjects back in high school and college. I loved their gelato which was not only tasty but very cheap as well. Pizza and pasta would only cost you around 10 euros!

My tip: Do not forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. It might be some kind of a myth but you wouldn't lose anything if you follow.

What I look forward on this destination: The Vatican! I haven't been in there because I didn't have much time.

Zurich, Switzerland

One of the wealthiest places not only in Europe but, worldwide -Zurich.  It's one of the expensive places I've been to.  The only thing I (together with the rest of the crews) did in the city (aside from sightseeing) was drink a cup of a heavenly hot chocolate at Sprüngli! I thought of Zurich as a serene place despite of numerous business in the city.

What I look forward to in this destination: Rent a bike in our hotel or visit Lucerne!

New York, United States of America

I was on "reserve" when I first set my foot in the concrete jungle.  Everything in Times Square was just so tempting but I was too good enough to resist temptation *winks*. Too many shops to look at with so little time, good thing that we stay in the heart of this city that never sleeps.

You have everything around - shops, restaurants and etc. Name it and the Big Apple has it.

What I look forward to in this destination: A lot! A visit to Liberty Island, a walk at Central Park, and of course SALE to name a few!


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Visiting Amsterdam

I was rostered to an Amsterdam flight last January.  It was a 24-hour-layover just like what we have in other destinations we fly to. Regardless of the limited time to see what the city could offer, I, together with two other crews were able to make the most out of the time we have in Amsterdam.

Let me share with you some of the places and random things/sites we've visited and seen:

1. Van Gogh Museum (Address: Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1071 CX Amsterdam, Netherlands)

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed. - Vincent Van Gogh
Born Vincent Willem van Gogh (a Dutch) was a Post-Impressionist painter of The Starry Night. The biggest collection of his artworks could be seen in the above mentioned museum.  I do not usually visit museums on my layovers but this one made me awed by the quantity of artworks, too bad, visitors were not allowed to take photos inside. Entrance fee would be 15 Euros.  Residents and children up to 17 years of age could get in for free. Should you wish to bring home some memorabilia, there's a souvenir shop inside selling postcards of Van Gogh artworks, notebooks, pens, shirts and etc.

2. Bikes

According to the latest estimate posted in Iamsterdam website, there were more bikes than permanent residents. Cycling was very popular in Amsterdam. There were a lot of bike rentals around the city and this form of transportation could help you go around the city if you chose not to walk. 

3. I Amsterdam Letters (at the back of Rijksmuseum on Musemplein)

It would never be easy to have your solo shot (without anyone) in this area, unless you really patiently wait until everyone leaves.  The letters could also be seen in Schipol Airport which would be a better option if you want to get your solo photo with the letters.  Why Iamsterdam? The city's website say that it started as a "marketing campaign for the area and its business and promotional organisations". Time went on and the phrase became really catchy and went on to everyone's minds.

4.Canal and Canal Houses

Canal houses at night were even more beautiful at night.The lights on the houses made it more pleasing to the eyes.

5. Anne Frank Museum  (Address: Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Museum of Anne Frank was one of the most visited sites in Amsterdam. A long queue would always be frequent in this museum.  To our surprise, there were fewer people than we expected. We paid 9 euros for the entrance fee. Again, no picture taking allowed inside.

Honestly, I haven't read The Diary of Anne Frank, but I've seen the book many times back in my home country.  I had goosebumps when I visited her house - imagine, it used to be their hiding place during the WWII in attempt of escaping the Nazis. 

6. Red Light District

Photos not allowed in the area.  This was located in the middle of the urban area wherein you could see ladies in their nearly naked attire standing behind the glasses, attracting and inviting visitors especially men to come inside the business.   You could also see "for adults only" shops in this area.

Hope my this blog entry could somehow give you an idea of the places to visit and see during a trip to Amsterdam -checkout the Rijksmuseum or the Heineken Experience (just mention a couple of sites).

And oh, by the way, do not miss trying pancakes in the city.  Prepare your stomach for their  Pannekoeken (enormous pancake just like the photo on the left).  This was such a mouth-watering Dutch treat! :)



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