I was in my early twenties when I joined the airlines as a steward.There were, like now, more senior crew than me. Some were nice and other were just not so nice to me. The senior stewardesses weren't that kind in those days especially to new crew like me or my batch boys. Of course,there were good ones too but not many.
New cabin crew,whether stewards or stewardesses,were a liability to the senior crew. Being new,we were a hindrance and would often made the others worked harder on the flight.So you see, not many crew love us, the newbies.
Being new, we had to "work" harder in other ways to please the senior ones.
In order to please, we had to share rooms with our "jie jie" ( big sisters) during night stops.
These "jie jie" were afraid to sleep alone. They were scared of ghosts. I don't blame them because some of the hotel rooms were haunted....especially in Hong Kong and Toyko.
We did not mind sharing rooms with these "jie jie" but we made to sleep early like them ( they needed 'beauty sleep' we were told),usually by 10 pm.
The next morning,on waking up, we were made to "tar pow"(take away) breakfast for them.
In the later part of the day, we were made to accompany them on shopping trips,especially in HK. The purpose of having us around was to made us carry all the heavy stuff.
I hated all those sharing rooms and shopping things because I would be left with little time of my own to do the things I like.
Now, some of you men out there,may think that you could take "advantage" of these "jie jie" but..... you are very wrong.
These "jie jie" are scary and bitchy to begin with. They could give you a difficult time on board the flight. They, more often than not, would influenced the chief stewards into either giving you bad or good appraisals.
I, like most of the junior stewards, had not much choice but to look after the "jie jie"s' interest and welfare.