Saturday, February 14, 2015

NEW HOME

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Hi Everyone,

I decided to start a new blog! Yes, after having that blog for almost 10 years now, I decided to start anew.
It's been a month since I started transferring some of my posts to the new address and now, I am sharing my new home to everyone.

I am moving to:

http://joandhersuitcase.blogspot.com

If you have any questions, please redirect them to my new blog.

Hoping to see you there!

Love lots,

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Hello 2015!

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Hello 2015! Hello everyone! Yes, I am writing again. Hopefully, keeping my blog as active as I used to before would be a new year's resolution for me 😊.

 A Simple Thanks 

Before anything else and as a yearly tradition for me, I would like to look back and make a review of how the recently-concluded year went for me.

As I would always say, every new year was good. So how do I really measure the goodness of each year? My answer would be as simple as this - by thanking God for everything I have had in my hands. No matter how big or small each blessing would be, we should never take it for granted. Goodness always come our way whenever we say a little word of "Thank you Lord".

I didn't have all ups, as a normal human being, I did and would encounter challenges every now and then but I knew it would never be impossible to bounce back. 

 Independent Life

Living an independent life away from my loved ones was never easy but at the same time, it was exciting as well. Thank goodness for our technology as communication made things easier not just for me but for everyone else as well. 

I  owe a lot of things to God and I owe the work I have now from Him. I could definitely say that without the work I have now, I could never travel as much as  I could. Traveling to everywhere you wished to be was never easy and it would require a lot of hardwork to pay for everything you need. I must admit, I complain about the destinations I get once in a while but thinking about it again, I should still consider myself lucky enough for having roster with destinations on it as it would mean "hey, I have work you know". 

 Seeing the World

I started 2014 with a (really) good roster. My January roster was a composition of new destinations for me back then - Munich, Bangkok, Mauritius, Amsterdam, Paris and Melbourne/Auckland. My February roster was even a lot better - Seoul, Rome, Zurich, Sydney/Auckland and two turnarounds to Jeddah. Additionally, I finally got the visa to operate US and Canada flights. Seeing the world one at a time was one of the greatest blessings I received from God. 

My body clock was a mess sometimes due to travelling to different timezones but that was one fact I already embraced when I accepted this job. 

Having been in this job for more than a year, I realized that the perks of living in a suitcase was really one thing I wanted ever since. Time goes by so fast with this kind of job - You wake up for a flight, report to work, put yourself in the aircraft and work for the duration of the flight, arrive to the destination, go out and sleep and the same things go on your way back to base. Things may look like a routine but each flight tells a different story as you always have new faces to see, new stories to hear and etc. The destinations may be the same for some months but I would never complain going  back again and again to New York several times in a year. 

Travel is never ending pursuit of learning - that's what I realized when I started going to places I've never been before and never thought I would. 

  Hello New Year

For the second time, I welcomed the new year with my friends. I didn't feel bad that I was not home. Simple messages from everyone special and dear would be enough to make my new year celebration. Sadness was just transient and the more you try to be one was just your choice. We all have the mind to decide what kind of year we would like to have. On top of everything, let's always make God present in whatever choices we make. 

Happy New Year people! Cheers


Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Every Now and Then Hiatus (Plus a Heads Up)

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Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the late response on your questions regarding flight attendant applications.  My schedule started to get busy since I had my leave last June (finally went home to Pinas 10 months after I went to Dubai and felt homesick for a week).  I've got round the clock rosters after my vacation and I couldn't grab a chance to write a blog entry. I've had my off days in base but this is not what used to be my comfort zone (aka Pinas). I live by myself here (I wash my clothes, cook for myself and do my share of household chores)  that's why most of the time, I haven't had any chance to open this blog, read any pending comments and post blog entries.

Anyway, let's get into the positive side of this blog entry:

GOOD NEWS for Cabin Crew Aspirants (MALE AND FEMALE)! I've read that after a long wait, Qatar Airways will be having their Open Day in the Philippines come September 27-28, 2014 and it will be held at Makati Shangri-La Hotel (in Ayala Avenue). The recruitment campaign will be facilitated by IPAMS so please do visit their website as well regarding all other details you need. (PS: this is just an FYI, and not an advertisement)

Good luck everyone!


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Saturday, May 24, 2014

What's Up!

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You don't get everything you want at the same time because life is not meant to be that way.

I've been with my present company for almost 10 months. I've traveled to a few countries and visited a few places I never thought I would.  Living a life in a suitcase means being away with my family, "special someone", friends and other relatives most of the time, but I am grateful for my job.

I wanted this. I wanted a job that will allow me to roam and wander.  I wanted a job that would make me see the world and appreciate every single piece of it.  Let me share with you some places I've been after my flight to Amsterdam (which I already shared in my previous blog entry):


Rome, Italy




I've flown to Rome twice in February.  I appreciate every single landmark they have, even the ruins were pleasing to the eyes.  I couldn't help but think of my Literature subjects back in high school and college. I loved their gelato which was not only tasty but very cheap as well. Pizza and pasta would only cost you around 10 euros!

My tip: Do not forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. It might be some kind of a myth but you wouldn't lose anything if you follow.

What I look forward on this destination: The Vatican! I haven't been in there because I didn't have much time.


Zurich, Switzerland


One of the wealthiest places not only in Europe but, worldwide -Zurich.  It's one of the expensive places I've been to.  The only thing I (together with the rest of the crews) did in the city (aside from sightseeing) was drink a cup of a heavenly hot chocolate at Sprüngli! I thought of Zurich as a serene place despite of numerous business in the city.

What I look forward to in this destination: Rent a bike in our hotel or visit Lucerne!



New York, United States of America


I was on "reserve" when I first set my foot in the concrete jungle.  Everything in Times Square was just so tempting but I was too good enough to resist temptation *winks*. Too many shops to look at with so little time, good thing that we stay in the heart of this city that never sleeps.

You have everything around - shops, restaurants and etc. Name it and the Big Apple has it.

What I look forward to in this destination: A lot! A visit to Liberty Island, a walk at Central Park, and of course SALE to name a few!


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Job Posts for Cabin Crew Aspirants

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Hi Everyone, I'll be sharing some Cabin Crew Openings as of March 22, 2014:

Disclaimer: I am not in any way related to any of the companies posted below, this post is just to  inform everyone and anyone who is interested for the position.

I.  Philippine Airlines 

Details indicated on the company website at: http://www.philippineairlines.com/about_pal/careers/career_opportunities/cabin_crew/cabin_crew.jsp

II. Cebu Pacific

You can submit your online application here: http://impact-ph.jobstreet.com/jobs/jobdesc.asp?type=0&eid=29087747&jid=4518304&did=903&its=0&src=8&itn=

III. Pal Express

Visit this link for full details on how to apply: http://impactemp-ph.jobstreet.com//_ads/ph/jobs/2014/1/default/80/4524855.htm


So far, those were the three job openings I've gathered as of the moment. I opted to just post the links of the job openings (not because I am too lazy, but) to lead you to the complete details of each company's requirements. 

One tip for everyone: Just try. Good Luck!


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