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Friday, 16 December 2016

An unbelievable but true story

Those who were with the airline for a long time would have heard of this story.
One evening, the fire alarm of the Hong Kong hotel where the cabin crew was staying went off. It signalled one of the rooms was either on fire or some smoke would have triggered off the alarm.
The hotel staff hurriedly rushed to the room and found a stewardess burning something in the room.
It was discovered that the stewardess had burned joss sticks and paper and offering food to her dead boy friend. It was during this period where the Buddhists offer food and stuff to their hungry ghost friends and relatives.

About the Hungry Ghost Festival from Wikipedia:

The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival in modern day, Zhong Yuan Jie or Yu Lan Jie (traditional Chinese盂蘭節) is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in Asian countries. In the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh month (14th in southern China).
In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. Distinct from both the Qing ming Festival (in spring) and Double Ninth Festival (in autumn) in which living descendants pay homage to their deceased ancestors, during Ghost Festival, the deceased are believed to visit the living.
On the fifteenth day the realms of Heaven and Hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhists would perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased. Intrinsic to the Ghost Month is veneration of the dead, where traditionally the filial piety of descendants extends to their ancestors even after their deaths. Activities during the month would include preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper, a papier-mâché form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors. Elaborate meals (often vegetarian meals) would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living. Ancestor worship is what distinguishes Qingming Festival from Ghost Festival because the latter includes paying respects to all deceased, including the same and younger generations, while the former only includes older generations. Other festivities may include, buying and releasing miniature paper boats and lanterns on water, which signifies giving directions to the lost ghosts and spirits of the ancestors and other deities.


Anonymous said...

Those who remember the stewardess who offered " sauce on your balls'? to a premium passenger will have no difficulty in making out who this person is.

Boh Tong said...

Anonymous above: You must be an old timer like me, right? :-)

Anonymous said...

Her BF died in a car crash and she went bonkers thereafter. Poor girl.

Anonymous said...

Where you said it was probably a Malaysian judging from the standard of English?

Anonymous said...

I don't know whether the stewardess was MY or SG Chinese but I'm reminded of a show on tv I once watched on ghost stories in Malaysia about a woman who would not allow anyone to enter one particular room on the house. One night, a visitor got in(can't remember how) and he saw a small altar with the picture of the woman's husband there.Every night she would do the joss stick thing. It might have been on ntv7.

Anonymous said...

SIA is a very considerate employer. Everyone is given a chance to earn some income. There is also this story of a family in the queue for a photoggraph for a family membership at a nature park. When their turn came, the female staff asked the man if he was the biological father of the children? Believe it or not, this is atrue story. There is more than one way of asking questions........Malaysian? where else can they be from?

Anonymous said...

The silver hair generation of crew certainly have good memories. They treasured their jobs, went the extra mile and took problems in their stride. As far as the memories go, SQ service started declining a long time ago when a new top director implemented a 10 percent less catering for all flights ex-SIN. The size of the EY class casseroles were also reduced to a miserly size. Champagne in Y class was downgraded to sparkling wine and carro cake, chye tow kay, hawker food was introduced even on European sectors.

What an insult! Our paxs never paid hawker airfare. Mathematicians are better off in a university. Quality of meals have also gone down. Other ailrines, including those China surprisingly, have now emerged better that ever before.

Anonymous said...

What to do...our English not so power like you guys. In school,medium of instruction is Malay or Mandarin not English except International schools. Most Malaysian kids go Malaysian school because cheaperer. But OK lah because can still find work with not so good English,even in Singapore.

Cannot be helped said...

Last time when things were at a slower pace and people weren't so competitive, they would fly for pleasure. They would value good service etc. However today,most just want to get from point A to point B and those joining big airlines like SIA just want to use SIA as a stepping stone before joining other companies. And because of the existence of low cost airlines, full service airlines have to cut back on cost.

People want everything to be cheaperer, fasterer and simpler.

And SIA has responded to that.