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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Steward saved S$250,000 in 6 years.

Alex the galley steward (lowest rank)and I decided to walk from Gloucester Hotel where we stayed in London to Earl's Court station to have breakfast. It was a 20 minute walk and the spring weather was pleasant with bright sunshine amid a cool 22 Celsius.
I was the one who had encouraged Alex to come out and have breakfast with me.I had promised I would treat him. The breakfast at Earl's Court was relatively cheap. A full English breakfast with free flow of coffee cost 5 pounds sterling (about S$11). We sat at the cafe from about 8am till 10am and that was when he revealed to me how he managed to saved $200,000 in his 6 years with SIA.

Flying into London from S'pore the day before,Alex asked,"boh tong have you ever saved $100k a year?" My answer was "never but have you Alex?",I asked. "Yes" Alex shot back "and it's pretty easy" he said.
I replied,"tell me how?" "Hmmm.. will tell you over a meal if you like" said Alex. That's when I promised him the breakfast treat at Earl's Court.

Over breakfast,Alex proudly told me he saved $3,000 of the $3,500 he earned every month. In one year it came up to about $36,000. If you add up the bonuses,he would have saved about $40,000 a year. Multiply that figure by 6 years, Alex saved $240,000 in his 6 year career with SIA. That meeting with me was about 6 years ago.So you can imagine,Alex must have easily saved half a million dollars by year 2008.

I was amazed by this young man ability to save so much money in a short span of time. But how did Alex do it?
Alex confessed he was a thrifty person. He rarely ate in restaurants,cafe etc. He usually brought with him cheap instant noodles,bread and canned food like sardine,baked beans etc.and cooked them in the hotel rooms. He would often stuffed his stomach with aircraft food just before the airplane landed so he did not have to spend any money on food during his first day at a station.
He did not spend much on clothes and during the breakfast with me that morning I noticed he was wearing his uniform pants.

When asked about spending money on women,his reply was " go Dutch with them if they wanna a f***, after all it is gonna be mutual fun". He did not believe in spending money on women. No wonder Alex was not married nor had a girl friend,I thought to myself.

I've also heard of stewardesses saving that kind of money but I've not heard from the horses' mouth.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Eloped!

To be a model or a calender girl for SIA, a stewardess has got to possess beauty,charm and a good work record.
Singapore Airlines does not engaged professional models to do it's commercial.So all those girls you see on TV,YouTube,magazines,newspapers etc in SIA commercials were flight stewardesses.
I could think of 2 main reasons why SIA uses its stewardesses in its commercial.
First,SIA is proud of its girls and second,its for economic reason.
Flight stewardess Anne,a Malaysian was one girl that fit the bill. She was young,pretty,bubbly and charming. Her work record was excellent.

On many occasions she outbid the other girls and acted in TV commercials for SIA. Anne had a way with her seniors who were mostly male. She flirted with them and won favours from them. With her kind of beauty and charm,there was always a beeline of guys from captain down to the most junior steward waiting to take her to bed. But,mind you,it wasn't as easy as you think for Anne was a clever and cheeky girl who liked to tease the guys with kisses and hugs and the kind of 'CFM' stares but rarely let you bed her. She was a 'cock teaser' to put it crudely.

After getting tired of teasing the male crew,she fell in love with one of her batch boys,Aaron and decided to get engaged to each other.

Aaron was an innocent young steward.His objective in life was to be a rich man and he worked very hard and saved almost every cent he earned. He wanted to provide his future wife and children the best he could ever afford. He wanted to be a successful businessman.

Anne admired Aaron's qualities and principles in life. She also like his innocence and good looks.

As their marriage date was approaching,after a flight,Aaron found a note on their bed from Anne telling him that she had eloped with another man. She had packed and ran away with Wilfred,a passenger of the airlines.

Wilfred was a conned man,one with looks and gift of the gab. He didn't have a job and he made his living by lying and cheating people and organisations. In a way,he had also conned Anne and won her over.
Naturally,Aaron was brokrenhearted. He didn't realised Anne was having an affair with Wilfred and the news shocked him. Aaron attempted suicide on a number of occasions.
Meanwhile, Wilfred had swindled a foreign bank in Singapore to the tune of US$10 million( we could not verified the actual figure) and fled with Anne to Taiwan at first and later ended up in the USA.
Anne and Wil now had the means to spend real big. After leaving Taiwan,they headed for Las vegas. Wil gambled like mad and against all odds, made a fortune on the Black Jack table.
How Wil won money on the tables was anyone guest. Did he cheat the casinos? We don't really have the answers. He could have cos he was a cheat too.
After being tired of Vegas,the couple moved to San Fanscisco and started a business there. The business lost money and the Mafia,with whom Wil had done business with was all out to get their money back. There was a time when the Mafia people went to Wilfred's office and sprayed bullets to scare him off.
Finally,the money matters with the Mafia was settled and the couple left for Brazil to seek refuge from the law here,in Singapore.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

The Good sides of Credit Cards and Line of Credit.

To some crew I know, credit cards and line of credit from banks are a blessing. They exploit the use of these credit facilities to make money and more money. I know of a few crew,who used their credit cards and credit line during their nightstops to enrich themselves.
Jim, a leading steward told me because of his line of credit offered to him by his banks made him quite a rich guy. In his early years of flying, Jim didn't have
much money because he squandered them at the race tracks. By the time he was into his third of flying he had zero savings.His girlfriend left him for his best friend.
However, with a take home pay of about S$ 4,000 a month, his banks are willing to lend him some money.By this time, Jim had learned his lessons and stopped gambling completely. He saved every cent he earned and within 2 years he had savings of $70,000,he confided in me.
With all his life savings of S$70k, plus a relatively low interest home loan from one of his banks, be bought an apartment in London for around S$450k. A few years later, Jim disposed of the apartment for close to S$ 1 million and made a profit of at least S$400k.
He later on went into some business venture with a friend. Today, Jim and his partner are worth $ 10 million each if they were to sell their entire businesses.
So, who can really say that having credit line or facilities are a curse. There are more stories like this one which I will relate tomorrow. Of course, there are some who went real broke because of the abuse of their credit line.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Current crisis affecting crew?

Current crisis affecting cabin crew? From what I know many of the crew still carry on living as though the economy is still booming and in a golden era.
Many are now splurging on cars since the coe is down to $2. Many crew are still spotted wearing Rolex watches,carrying and buying Louis Vitton stuff.
As for cockpit crew there are smarter.They are snapping up apartments and houses since the prices have come down a lot. These guys are loaded with cash.They saved lots too,vacuuming up aircraft food....mmm..talking about aircraft food,BT here are starting to miss them 6th year into his retirement....hehehe.
A/c food used to urgggg to BT but now misses them after walloping the hawkers food day in and day out...hehehe.
If a crew were to consume a/c food during his career say of 20 yrs and don't spend much on food at nightstops,he can easily save about 700k. Don't believe right?
Many a steward,have saved 100k in the first 3 yrs of flying and 700k is within reach,provided he remains single and live a frugal life style. Lets not talk about those who saved and bought Lehman Bros bond and those High Notes sold by our banks. Of course they lost most of their savings.
Talking about Lehman Bros...ya I have heard of a few cockpit and cabin crew losing their pants.One even put in about a million and lost all...but then still got hope because that ex ceo of NTUC Income Mr.Tan is trying to speak up and help those who are in the process of losing their money. Better still if you help rally support for Mr.Tan who aspires to be our next elected president. Wah lau can you imagine Mr.Tan becoming our president? I like his desire of championing the underdogs.
Let's see whether he would stand for the presidency when the current presidency term expires. Good luck to you Mr.Tan and may you succeed in helping the S'pore underdogs!...hehehe.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A great compliment from a SIA's PPS passenger


Email and photos published with the kind permission of Mr Hendrik J Nobel.


Dear Sir,

While it is not normally a habit of mine to follow Internet blogs, yours has become a favorite.
Since 1988, I have been on many flights with Singapore Airlines. In these 27 years I have been constantly impressed by the fact that the airline would always be the first to offer the newest type of aircraft and in-flight services. Always setting and raising the standard for the entire airline industry, without ever really being beaten by the competition. What an incredible achievement that is. But my greatest admiration goes out to the ladies & gentleman such as yourself. Always offering impeccable service, regardless of which of the available cabin classes my wife & I traveled in.

Having read many posts on your blog, I realize even more how tough the cabin crew training is and how hard they have to work to offer the excellence we have always experienced. On top of that, we have so much respect for the way they deal with sometimes very rude and unfriendly passengers. Uncivilized people like that should once try any other airline and see how they are treated there. They will undoubtably notice the big difference.

At the age of 20, I saw the first Singapore Airlines television commercial in The Netherlands. I saved up money from my student job, to book my first intercontinental flight from Amsterdam to Singapore & Medan with Singapore Airlines. As far as I can remember, with stops in Abu Dhabi and Malé, taking well over 18 hours, nowadays only 12. That first flight was the start of a long and warm relationship with SIA and it's wonderful crew members.

Many trips followed, since my wife and I are passionate travelers. Our flights frequency increased even more when we moved from The Netherlands to Hong Kong in 2011. Whenever we travel to Europe or the USA, we rather fly a few extra hours through Singapore then take a direct flight from Hong Kong.
As poor students we started of as Krisflyer Blue Members and a few years back made it all the way up into the PPS Club, hopefully without becoming PITA passengers for the crew. We actually have flown hardly any other airline for our travels. The choice of our holiday destinations is also often based on the Singapore Airlines destinations charts on the company’s website.

We always look forward to see the Golden Kris on the aircraft’s tail at the departure gate and meeting the crew at the door. We have seen several talented cabin crew members grow from Flight Steward or Flight Stewardess all the way up to Male or Female In-Flight Supervisor. Therefore it almost feels like coming home to a part of our family whenever we step aboard.

In Amsterdam, we used to live just around the corner of The Marriot Hotel, often seeing the crew wait outside for the crew bus, when we were cycling by to get to work. Especially in the cold Dutch winters, we would feel sorry for the ladies in their thin kebayas.

Through these years, we have tried to help in advancing the careers of exceptional cabin crew talent by requesting their full name so that we could send positive feedback to SIA. The customer services department always replied and ensured us that our feedback would be forwarded to the cabin crew management department. I hope that has been the case and that we have been able to assist in pushing cabin crew members through the ranks.

A few years ago I purchased two Little Singapore Girl suits for my two little nieces in Kris Shop. A few months later, they wore them during their first ever flight, taking them from Amsterdam to Christchurch and back. The Male In-Flight Supervisor came over and told them jokingly that since they were wearing the kebaya, they would need to work as a Singapore Girl. One of the Flight Stewardesses even tied their hair in a bun, so that they would comply with the companies policies. They assisted in handing out snacks to passengers during a part of the flight. They still talk about that during family gatherings. Another perfect example of the warmth of many of the cabin crew members.




Because of all of this, I wanted to send you an email. As an acknowledgement from two travelers, for all that you and your many colleagues have done for us throughout the years.
Sincere thanks and good fortune to you and all the people that work and have worked so hard for their passengers. It has been a privilege flying with them in the past. I am looking forward to many more flights with them in the future.

Yours Faithfully,

Hendrik J. Nobel

Ps: This is us




Dear Mr. Tan,

I forgot to mention one thing that my wife & I always say: "There are many carriers, but only one airline: Singapore Airlines".

Greetings,

Hendrik J. Nobel

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A great compliment from a SIA's PPS passenger

Email and photos published with the kind permission of Mr Hendrik J Nobel.


Dear Sir,

While it is not normally a habit of mine to follow Internet blogs, yours has become a favorite.
Since 1988, I have been on many flights with Singapore Airlines. In these 27 years I have been constantly impressed by the fact that the airline would always be the first to offer the newest type of aircraft and in-flight services. Always setting and raising the standard for the entire airline industry, without ever really being beaten by the competition. What an incredible achievement that is. But my greatest admiration goes out to the ladies & gentleman such as yourself. Always offering impeccable service, regardless of which of the available cabin classes my wife & I traveled in.

Having read many posts on your blog, I realize even more how tough the cabin crew training is and how hard they have to work to offer the excellence we have always experienced. On top of that, we have so much respect for the way they deal with sometimes very rude and unfriendly passengers. Uncivilized people like that should once try any other airline and see how they are treated there. They will undoubtably notice the big difference.

At the age of 20, I saw the first Singapore Airlines television commercial in The Netherlands. I saved up money from my student job, to book my first intercontinental flight from Amsterdam to Singapore & Medan with Singapore Airlines. As far as I can remember, with stops in Abu Dhabi and Malé, taking well over 18 hours, nowadays only 12. That first flight was the start of a long and warm relationship with SIA and it's wonderful crew members.

Many trips followed, since my wife and I are passionate travelers. Our flights frequency increased even more when we moved from The Netherlands to Hong Kong in 2011. Whenever we travel to Europe or the USA, we rather fly a few extra hours through Singapore then take a direct flight from Hong Kong.
As poor students we started of as Krisflyer Blue Members and a few years back made it all the way up into the PPS Club, hopefully without becoming PITA passengers for the crew. We actually have flown hardly any other airline for our travels. The choice of our holiday destinations is also often based on the Singapore Airlines destinations charts on the company’s website.

We always look forward to see the Golden Kris on the aircraft’s tail at the departure gate and meeting the crew at the door. We have seen several talented cabin crew members grow from Flight Steward or Flight Stewardess all the way up to Male or Female In-Flight Supervisor. Therefore it almost feels like coming home to a part of our family whenever we step aboard.

In Amsterdam, we used to live just around the corner of The Marriot Hotel, often seeing the crew wait outside for the crew bus, when we were cycling by to get to work. Especially in the cold Dutch winters, we would feel sorry for the ladies in their thin kebayas.

Through these years, we have tried to help in advancing the careers of exceptional cabin crew talent by requesting their full name so that we could send positive feedback to SIA. The customer services department always replied and ensured us that our feedback would be forwarded to the cabin crew management department. I hope that has been the case and that we have been able to assist in pushing cabin crew members through the ranks.

A few years ago I purchased two Little Singapore Girl suits for my two little nieces in Kris Shop. A few months later, they wore them during their first ever flight, taking them from Amsterdam to Christchurch and back. The Male In-Flight Supervisor came over and told them jokingly that since they were wearing the kebaya, they would need to work as a Singapore Girl. One of the Flight Stewardesses even tied their hair in a bun, so that they would comply with the companies policies. They assisted in handing out snacks to passengers during a part of the flight. They still talk about that during family gatherings. Another perfect example of the warmth of many of the cabin crew members.




Because of all of this, I wanted to send you an email. As an acknowledgement from two travelers, for all that you and your many colleagues have done for us throughout the years.
Sincere thanks and good fortune to you and all the people that work and have worked so hard for their passengers. It has been a privilege flying with them in the past. I am looking forward to many more flights with them in the future.

Yours Faithfully,

Hendrik J. Nobel

Ps: This is us




Dear Mr. Tan,

I forgot to mention one thing that my wife & I always say: "There are many carriers, but only one airline: Singapore Airlines".

Greetings,

Hendrik J. Nobel

Saturday, May 19, 2007

An Odd Ball Stewardess.

Victoria was a stewardess with an average looks that might not attract many stares. But her actions during flights had made many passengers and crew gave her more than a dozen stares and talks that will go into eternity.
As a stewardess,Vic was conscientious and pleasant. She had a chest as flat as an airport runway. Her boyfriend had encouraged her to have breast enhancement but she had flatly refused time and again. She was always afraid of surgery,having gone through once when she had her gall bladder removed.
Vic was a pragmatic girl who had a penchant for saving every cent she earned. She had once asked a crew to return her the five cents which he owed her a month earlier due to some small change problem.
Out of the take home salary of $3,000,she would saved $2,500 per month. Her monthly expenses of $500 included her room rental of $150. Everyone knew she was a thrifty kind of Malaysian girl.
Rick,her boyfriend was the exact opposite. He would spent more than he earned.No,he was not a flight steward.Rick was a bartender at a hotel and yet,able to afford a reasonably new Mercedes 180. Where did Rick get his money?..no one knew but definitely not from the miserly Victoria.
One day,during her night stop in Japan,Vic received a long distance call from Singapore informing her that Rick was involved in a car accident. Rick was seriously injured and was in a coma.
It was all too late when Vic flew back to Singapore a couple of hours later for Rick had died from the serious injuries he sustained.
Vic was so saddened by the death of her boyfriend that she became depressed. Vic was eventually warded in a mental hospital due to acute depression and her attempts to take her own life.
Vic spent a whole month in the hospital and was discharged when her condition improved. She went back to her flying duties two months later.
to be continued.......