Friday, December 30, 2022

So far I do not regret allowing anonymous comments

I am heartened to note the comments are legit and informative since opening up to anonymous comments. Off course the most transparent posters are Sunny and KayPoh and I would like to thank them. These 2 aren't afraid and use their Gmail to post. The rest of the posters are to put it mildly "shy" to let us know their email address.
Alright then go and post comments that are informative and useful to all. In this way, I don't have to restrict posters to using email addresses.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

 Due to numerous requests I've decided to allow anonymous comment.  However, publishing of comments will still be at my discretion.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Like China, time to open up for anonymous comment?


Hi Boh Tong

Didn't you say you support freedom of speech earlier in blog as long backed by evidence?

There are statements made by commenters about the cons of being CC yet they were published because its a undeniable fact which you, BT couldn't discount.

Hope youre more open minded and allow freedom to take place in this blog then to restrict it just like PAP.


Let me be the Devil's advocate and comment on 2 issues posted by BT, namely:-

1. Freedom of speech
2. BT, being an ex-RI boy, should see better days.

On the first issue (Freedom of speech), I would say that, and as far as I know, there is no absolute freedom of speech. There is bound to be some censorship, either by the person disclosing any issue and inviting comments OR by authorities. And there are various reasons, rightly or wrongly. In the current situation, a poster is lamenting that BT does a bit of censorship following BT's comment that "To publish comment or not is the sole discretion of the blogger" Both points have their own merits, depending on how you look at it. Moving forward, perhaps one way out of this is for BT to place such a reservation at a visibile spot in his blog so that any poster is aware of it and, if he or she disagree, can take the comments elsewhere. In short, nip the problem at bud.

On the second issue about BT being in a better place because he was an RI boy, we have to look at it from the following situations:-

1. I had earlier posted my comment that it does not mean that all RI boys would be in top management poisitions. There are also many CEOs and top management staff who were from neighbourhood schools and did not graduate from any prestiguous university.
2. Many former RI students, even in top management positions, had to report to non-RI student who is the CEO. At my workplace, a colleague from RI had a boss who was from Anderson JC.

The 2 reasons above clearly shows that, being in RI, is not an automatic route to the top and the reasons varies - for example, there are some who might take up a position out of interest, some who had no opportunity, some who does want to take on a stressful job, etc.etc and the list goes on.

I won't go into the reasons why BT chose to be a cabin crew and not seek a management position, as I am sure someone will still stick to his opinated stand. He chose that route and who are we to say he did right or wrong?

I am also sure not all will agree with me. But remember - freedom of speech.

Blogger Boh Tong aka Luke Tan said...

Good point 👍 noted and will act on it . Thanks for suggestion on point one.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Beef Tenderloin, Yappari Steak House in Japan #やっぱりステーキ#ロースステーキ

The restaurant is callled Yappari Steak House and is at Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan. This our 3rd visit and is pretty inexpensive and delicious. Can only get this type of pricing (S$12) at a coffee shop in SG. Besides, there is a free flow of salad,rice (2 types)soup and macaroni. This place is one of our favorites and will visit again and again.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Almost a YouTuber?


I have been at it for the last 12 months videoing food that I ate, restaurants, traffic flow in Japan etc in order to qualify as a YouTuber just to earn that extra $$. But wait the monetization hasn't come yet. First, I have to get 1,000 subscribers for my YouTube channel ( and second 4,000 watch hours in the last 12 months to qualify for the job. As you can see from the image above I am just 46 subscribers shy of the 1,000. As for the watch time I have to work even harder to score another 2,500+ hours. Never mind about the tough work because I am enjoying what I am doing right now. So wish me luck.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Live streaming tonight

   I will be live streaming at 10.15pm Japan time (+9 GMT) on 22   December 2022 (Thursday) via YouTube click here . The topic is "SIA cabin crew   interview". I will try to help the cabin crew wannabes with Q & A during the streaming. All are welcome.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Live stream for SIA cabin crew wannabes

  I will be live streaming at 9pm Japan time (+9 GMT) on 21   December 2022 via YouTube click here . The topic is "SIA cabin crew   interview". I will try to help the cabin crew wannabes with Q & A during the streaming. All are welcome.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Tips on how to work with younger senior female crew

 How to work with female senior crew who're younger than you? Simple, it is not difficult generally speaking. The following may help those especially stewards working under senior female cabin crew:

  • Pay compliments to these senior female crew you are working under, example say something nice about their looks or make-up etc. However, pay compliments with sincerity and life will be bearable working under them
  • Help them with tasks that they find hard to handle, example lifting of heavy stuffs like luggage, boxes etc
  • Offer them drinks and food before you have yours
  • Talk less, let them do all the talking even during night stops. They love to be listened to
  • Avoid gossiping about other crew
  • Don't be defensive when they correct you 
You may participate or contribute some ideas by writing them in the comment section below. Thank you.

Monday, December 12, 2022

Saturday, December 10, 2022

A tribute to "Papa Chiang"

The late Lawrence Chiang was a soft spoken and kind hearted man. It was an honor to have him as a colleague. In all the years I've worked with him, I have never seen or heard him losing his cool. To his trainees, he was affectionately known as Papa Chiang because of his fatherly figure.
Many years ago, a passenger abused him on our flight. Lawrence was as timid as a mouse even though he was bullied by that nasty passenger he did not retaliate. I was so upset with the passenger and told him to take me on when we arrived at our destination. That coward backed off. In fact I had forgotten about the incident until much later when Lawrence told me what had happened. We had a good laugh.
There was a colleague who used to take advantage of Lawrence. This guy used to be broke due to his habitual gambling. Whenever he needed money to gamble or settle his debts, he would asked Lawrence. They would go to the ATM at STC and Lawrence would withdraw money for him. Such was the generosity of Lawrence.
We will miss him and may he RIP!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

RIP Lawrence Chiang


Lawrence was my ex-colleague. We are about the same age. He was a kind man who used to help another colleague financially when that guy was broke. RIP Lawrence. My condolences to his loved ones.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

RIP Mike Lam

Michael Lam a former colleague of mine passed away last week. He was battling cancer for a few years. He was in his mid eighties. My condolences to his loved ones.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

I do not miss the trouble makers

 It has been quieter now since I disallowed anonymous comment on this blog. It is better to be quieter than to have the irritants come here and talk rubbish. Some of them think that without their presence my revenue from this blog will drop drastically. Frankly, I do not much from blogging. I hardly get enough to buy myself a cup of coffee and so I don't miss much. As for now I am "blog fatigued" as I have been blogging here since 2006. I am turning now to YouTube, trying to be a YouTuber. It's a tough just to earn a few bucks.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

SIA cabin crew recruitment

 SIA is still recruiting cabin crew from Singapore, Malaysia, India and   Hong Kong. The recruitment for Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia has just been concluded but one can expect SIA to reach out to these places again soon. SIA cabin crew career website is here

Thursday, November 17, 2022

How the crew of the 60s, and 70s handled unruly and aggressive passengers

During my time as a cabin crew there were hardly any passenger giving the crew a hard time. If they dared to, they would have met with the same treatment. In the old days, there were no social media and few reporters were around to pick up stories of crew fighting back the abusive and aggressive passengers. This embolden the crew not to cowed to the bullies. There were many stories of how the crew handled the unruly passengers. I won't want to elaborate as it is not in the interest of anyone since it happened about 40 to 50 years ago.