Best fried oyster omelette/oh luwak.. more

7 year old Jake's entire family was murdered
and now at 17, Jake ......more

Saturday, 17 February 2018

An ex stewardess who still remembers me

For the last 10 years, I've been conducting Talks/Seminars for cabin crew wannabes. I've lost count of the number of  participants, who had through my Talks/Seminars, been successful. A rough estimate would be in the region of 500.
Out of the estimated 500 who had got into the airlines, only a handful still contact me,albeit once or twice a year. This Lunar New Year, only 3 Whatsapp me the New Year greetings.
However, as a great consolation, there is one grateful lady (ex stewardess) who still invite me to her home for the Lunar New Year lunch with her family almost every year. She was a stewardess with SIA many years ago.
I remember interviewing her for the post of a stewardess back in the 1980s. Her's was a borderline case. She was almost not selected by the panel but I argued on her behalf. Finally, the selection panel relented and gave her the job.
During the course of her job, she met a rich passenger who fell in love with her vice versa. They got married before she could even finished her first 5 year contract.
For many years, we have lost contact with each other. She and her husband lived in Europe but in the last decade, they've returned to Singapore.
I had a wonderful lunch with her, her husband and 2 grown up children yesterday. They live in a sprawling bungalow house in the prime district.
I did not snap any photos of them nor the house and even if I did, I will not post them. They treasure their privacy.

Monday, 12 February 2018

A reply in the ST forum from SIA's SVP Customer Service & Operations, Mr Marvin Tan. 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Asian airlines cabin crew retirement age

SIA male cabin crew retirement age is 62 currently but may be extended to 65. This applies to those on tenure only. Those who joined after 2003 (male and female) or thereabouts are put on 5 yearly contracts and would retire around 55 years old if they are promoted to chiefs or inflight managers.
Cathay Pacific's cabin crew retirement age is currently 55 and may be extended to 60. ANA, PAL and CAL retire their cabin crew at age 65 while JAL, KAL, TG and MAS 60. Unlike SIA, most if not all of these airlines retirement ages apply to all their cabin crew regardless of their gender.
Therefore, it is not uncommon (except for SIA) to have much older stewardesses serving you on all those airlines mentioned above.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

SIA cabin crew may work longer

Flight steward/stewardess may work up to a total of 23 years.
Leading steward/stewardess....28 years.
Chief steward/chief stewardess/Inflight of 33 years.

Male cabin crew on "tenure" may have their retirement stretched from 62 years to 65 years old.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Worsening experience on SIA flights

Source: Straits Times (6 Feb 2018). Click on text to enlarge.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Bottom-line is: people want good service and cheap fare. In cabin crew we often use this and good or  C & G.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

SIA cabin crew interview in Singapore

The above is an online interview. Applicants are to submit their applications by 20 Feb 2018. Those shortlisted will be invited for further interviews on 3 March 2018.
My advice is to apply immediately as late applicants may not be shortlisted. I don't think SIA is able to accommodate as many as they did at the walk-in interviews. Unlike Pan Pacific Hotel, STC,  the place the interview will take place on 3 March is smaller and subject applicants to security scrutiny.
Moreover, the interview is conducted only on one day.
Above is my personal view and may not be necessarily correct.

SIA's website is here

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Donation for Boh Tong

Some of my readers have asked how much donations I've received all these 11 years since I started blogging. I feel quite embarrassed to disclose the amount I've received but nevertheless since they kept asking me, I will now tell the embarrassing truth.....S$65 in total on 2 occasions. The first was a donation made by an American ($60) and the second was by an ex-crew ($5).
Hope this will satisfied their curiosity.

PS: Just in case you want to donate the "Pay Now" button is on the right hand side.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Great incentive for people to smuggle gold into India

Estimated price of gold per kilogram in India is S$65,920 but in Singapore it is S$56,752. The difference is $9,168. No one arriving into India is allowed more than 1 kilogram of gold even if one wants to declare. Hence, it is quite profitable and challenging for people to smuggle gold into India.

In many countries like Indonesia, HK, South Korea etc the price of gold is between S$55,500 and S$56, 800 and to smuggle gold into those countries from SG VV is not worth it.

In the case of the IFM, he was to be paid $500 for bringing the slightly more than 1 kilogram of gold into Delhi was not worth it at all. His agent would have profited $8668 (9,168-500).

Please note the above quote is subjected to fluctuations.

Friday, 26 January 2018

IFM is "not guilty" of Gold smuggling as more

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Why crew smuggle?

Why would a crew smuggle gold, drugs and contraband etc?
The following may be the reasons:

  • Financial difficulties due to gambling losses, housing and car mortgages etc.
  • To keep up with the Jones or the Ah Bengs.
  • Support families and children's education (many older crew have children studying in overseas universities).
  • Pure greed.
  • Smuggling syndicates reassure that it is safe.
  • and other reasons not mentioned above.
Without a doubt, the crew knows the penalties if caught. They may be fined,jailed and lose their jobs.
The latest case whereby an IFM was caught in Delhi for attempting to smuggle a kilogram of gold was supposed to profit a paltry sum of $500. I won't even do it for a million bucks or would you?

Image: credit to Lewis Malka