"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."...Isaiah 41:10 ...."If God is for us, who can be against us?" : Romans 8 : 31

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Demoted to LS, IFS is now appealing to be CS

"WhatsApp discussion"

Most cabin crew I spoke to feel that IFS Moon should be given a fairer punishment by demoting him to the position of chief steward (1 rank down) rather than the position of leading steward (2 rank down) which most think it's too severe. IFS Moon is appealing to the management to be a bit more lenient by giving him another chance.

Frankly, it's no big deal about upgrading our own cabin crew when they are flying as passengers. Most airlines do it. The cc are well behaved people when flying as passengers.

I recall a time when a station manager from Australia upgraded SQ staff to the first class when the flight to SIN was overbooked in the EY and JC. These staff were on "standby" and they did not have a right to the business class let alone flying in the first class. If "off-loaded" the staff would have to pay for their own accommodation and catch another flight home the next day. But the station manager took pity on the staff and upgraded them. I was working on that flight and I, on behalf of the staff expressed gratitude to this station manager.

The " gud old days" was the period whereby the company did not even bat an eyelid when we upgrade someone. The company do not suffer any monetary loss but those were the days of understanding and compassion by a then great company.

Flying still has its glamour: story from ex stewardess pt 2

I actually feel that there's so much more to write...of my flying days... I am very fortunate, very very fortunate...that during my short uears of flying, I encountered really wonderful passengers. One of them was a professor with no kids and he told me his life story, and he told me that he has not told anyone what he told me, and he felt so good just having someone listening to him and not judging...after that flight, he bought be a very expensive pearl necklace and some other gifts. Later he sent a cheque to me. And wrote a long letter for me not to offended by cheque. He said I'm like a daughter he never had. 
On my first US flight, to JFK, I met a German family. I grew close to them, that for my birthday, they took me on an Italian vacation. And also brought me to the opening games of the 2006 World Cup.

All in all, we all are given the same platform, which is the airline. The same opportunities. It's just how we choose to even open our eyes to see them in the first place. And then grab them. Also, we must have a good intention and open heart :) 

But I have to say, there were many times I felt fearful about flying. And I felt depressed and trapped. After all, I am only human.

Thanks so much!

Warmest regards,

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Flying still has its glamour: story from ex stewardess Pt. 1

Dear Mr. Tan,

Hi! I chanced upon your blog today, and discovered that you write a more detailed account on on another blog, which is private. The stories are so tantalizing, throwing me back to my flying days...

I am wondering if I could get on that list please?

What made me reminisce so much was a recent trip to Paris, where I stayed with a crew friend at the hotel. That evening, I went out to to tahpow dinner for us at the Thai Crew Joint down the road from the hotel. The moment I stepped in, all the crew turned and nodded, as if acknowledging me to be one of them. One crew asked if I just arrived this morning. I was pleasantly surprised. I left SQ about 7 years ago, and it felt nice to know I still have the "crew look/vibe".  Went out with the crew for Brunch and then the Paris flea markets the next day and it felt like I never left the airline.

I'm back in Copenhagen, where I live and last night I dreamt of operating on a flight, with an expired 777 license, and I forgot to wear my name tag. Weirdly, I continue to have these airline dreams/nightmares sometimes...and I flew only 3 and a half years (May 2004 - Sep 2007).

Every time I see any SQ girl, I feel like I was back before my flying days, wishing I was one of them. It took me 3 tries to get in. It felt surreal that I was ever once donning the kebaya. Anyhow, when I did get in, I was also pleasantly surprised to get the Best Trainee Award. I was the only Malay girl in the entire batch. Thee was also another lone Indian girl in our batch. So it really annoyed me when I hear talk of Malay crew saying that they are marginalized etc, because of their ethnicity. When I was flying, I received good appraisal reports (at first), and was consistently top 10%. I was also the first batch to be trained for the A380. I went for training, but never operated as I left abruptly to get married.

I've been very fortunate with my airline days, had an amazing experience. Very long story...saved quite a bit in my first year of fyling, while dating a local malay boy. And in the 2nd year, dumped him for a 777-Captain. A German guy who was 20 years older than me and spent every single cent that I earned on expensive dinners, going out etc, In my 3rd year, while still on-off with the German captain, met another German pax on a KL flight. Whirlwind romance...he flew on my flights, took holidays together...He proposed 4 months later on a flight from Bali to Singapore. That evening, my ex-boyfriend, the German Captain, also proposed to me. It was a very difficult period for me trying to choose and make up my mind. In the end, chose the German pax, who is just a year older than me. We've been married now for almost 7 years, no kids yet. I have been fortunate to have moved and lived in Boston for 3 years with him, where he pursued his double-masters degree at Harvard. We've just recently moved to Copenhagen. 

Just wanted to share this little bit, because I always am reading about or hear my ex-colleagues talking about crew who are always getting used, and swindled. Like getting into extra-marital affairs, have their bfs sponging off them etc. Even though I'm not a Jamie Chua/Cuaca fairytale story, I am very thankful for my time in SQ.

Ok, enough about me...back to more stories from you.

So would you be so kind as to grant me this request please?

Thank so very much!

Kind regards,

Away from airlines stories. Facebook posting and Selfie is the topic of the day

New study has shown that people who post constant update of themselves and sharing with other people are lonely individuals.
In a study entitled ‟Self-disclosure on Facebook among female users and its relationship to feelings of loneliness,” which will be published the July issue of the journal Computers in Human Behavior, Al-Sagaff and Nielsen (researchers at Australia’s Charles Sturt University) collected data from 616 female Facebook users over the age of 18. The users were identified by searching for recent status updates on the now-shuttered Facebook status search engine YourOpenBook saying they were felt either ‟lonely” or ‟connected” to other people.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has confirmed that ‘selfies’ (taking pictures of oneself and posting them on social media) is a mental disorder. The disorder is called selfitis, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self  and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.

APA said there are three levels of the disorder:

Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media.
Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media.
Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self  round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day.

According to the APA, while there is currently no cure for the disorder, temporary treatment is available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Travellers in Malaysia respond to MH17 crash

Travellers in Malaysia's KL International Airport shared their thoughts on the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, voicing their sadness at the national carrier's second disaster this year.

New MAS disaster leaves flight crews depressed, fearful: union official

National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia president Ismail Nasaruddin talked to reporters on Saturday about the effects of the latest Malaysia Airlines disaster on employees. He says the crash of MH17 over Ukraine just a few months after the disappearance of MH370 has led to low morale among airline personnel.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The never ending conflict to claim Canaan.

Adelaide couple narrowly avoided ill-fated MH-17 flight

Simone La Posta and her husband Juan were due to board MH-17, which was shot down by a missile mid-flight, but their itinerary changed.

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Singapore, Air India airlines were just 25 kms away from MH17 when it disappeared

An Air India flight AI 113 was dangerously close to the Malaysian plane MH17 when it was shot down over Ukrainian air space. A mere 25 kilometers separated the two jets before the Malaysian Airlines flight crashed.

A 24-hour global flight tracking service called Flightradar24 has reported that a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 jet (SQ 351) and an Air India Boeing 787 jet (AI 113) were about 25 kilometers from MH17 when it disappeared.

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/malaysia-airliner-ukraine-russian-border-buk-missile-malaysia-airlines/1/372928.html

General Declaration of the MAS 15 crew and tributes

This was the GD of the names of the 15 crew members who flew and nightstopped in AMS on 15 July 2014. I believe these were the same 15 crew who operated MH 17 on 17 July 2014 ex AMS, the flight that was downed by a missile over Ukraine territory.

I was told a senior flight attendant on that ill fated flight has a daughter flying as a stewardess for SIA.

Remember the poem by me in 2010?

Saturday, 18 December 2010

A sad poem for cabin crew by boh tong
after the defeat of Heart Party.

The infighting makes the union weak
In the process,crew's future is bleak

Now the management will freely cane
can the crew's backsides take the pain?

Even the turnaround voucher they withdrew
No one in this world cares for you

Now many other things they will do
to our poor cabin crew

Crew can cry till the cows come home
It will merely increase their kiasi syndrome

If you've voted for the right party
Cabin crew will surely not mati

But how do I know all these?
Cos God told me these things will be.

Breaking News

Malaysian passenger plane crashes in Ukraine near Russian border .
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