Cabin crew so stylo milo one is the common Singlish phrase used to describe how fashionable or stylish the SIA cabin crew are. The life a cabin crew was even more stylo milo in the old days than it is now. The reasons were the purchasing power of the money or salary we were paid back then was better and it was uncommon to fly in aeroplanes say 30 or 40 years ago. These days the crew are being paid more but inflation would have eaten a big portion of their salary. Things are more expensive as compared to the days when I was a steward.
A flight steward's salary with MSA/SIA was about $500 a month ( inclusive of all the allowances). Things and services were inexpensive. One could travel by bus for as low as 5 cents. The taxi fare for a 10 kilometre ride was about $2 as compared to $15 now (inclusive of peak hour surcharge, ERP and what have you). Of course the cabs did not have air-conditioning. But who needed air-con 30 or 40 years ago when Singapore was so green and almost jungle like. The air was cool and fresh unlike now where it's humid, hot and often polluted (we will be lucky if we do not have haze covering our island).
An average size house with 3 bedrooms cost around $15,000. I used to live in a rented house with 2 bedrooms for $200 a month. One day I was asked to leave because the owner had sold it. How much did he sell it for? $10,000! Today, the same size house is going for $1.5 million.
A bowl of noodles cost 20cts but now it cost $3 or more. I bought my first car, a brand new Mini Morris for $5,400. If there one today, it would cost at least $130,000.
Many ordinary folks can't afford to fly as passengers unlike today most can afford air travel. The air fare was too expensive. So you see being a cabin crew back then was a big deal or stylo milo lah!