Posted by: livelovefly | October 1, 2014

Milano, Italia

Three weeks ago, I had a 28-hour layover in Milan, Italy. For a first timer in Italy like me, what else could be on top of your mind but Prada?! I really wanted to have a Prada bag but I have more important things to spend on so an expensive bag has always remained last on my list. Still, I wanted to visit their store in Milan.

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Upon arrival at the Hilton Hotel Milan, my flying partner and I slept for a couple of hours to recover from our red-eye flight.

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After a few hours, we were ready to explore the fashion capital of the world.

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My flying partner had already been to Milan before so she knew the way to the iconic Milan structure, the Duomo. We walked to the train station, Centrale F.S. and rode the train to Duomo station.

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I saw a new thing at the train station: a conveyor belt for luggage so passengers don’t need to carry their bags up or down the stairs.

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After four stations, we arrived at the Duomo. We immediately took photos of the area.

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After a few photos, we had late lunch at Spizzico. I was surprised that I had to pay for mayonnaise and ketchup!

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For dessert, we had gelato which we ate while walking.

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Afterward, we window-shopped and took photos.

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We bought make up from Kiko, a cosmetics store based in Milan.

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We had to pay 0.50 Euros to use a public restroom. The price was OK, I guess, because the restroom was clean, the toilet seat automatically cleaned itself, and there were provisions like toilet paper and hand sanitizers.

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We checked-out the Prada store but it was already closed so we just took more photos.

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Then we ate gelato again!

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I bought sandwich-to-go from a stall in case I get hungry in the evening. (And I did! 😀 )

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Lastly, we purchased souvenirs before going back to our hotel.

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The following morning, our uniform (which we sent for laundry and dry cleaning upon our arrival at our hotel) arrived 10 minutes before we had to leave so we didn’t get the chance to try the hotel’s buffet breakfast. Maybe next time. 😉

Posted by: livelovefly | September 9, 2014

¡ Hola Madrid !

Last week, I had a 50-hour layover in Madrid, Spain. My flying partner and I were both very happy that we got the city in our roster last August. It was our first time in the Spanish capital.

Day 1

Upon arrival at the Hesperia Hotel Madrid, we rested in our rooms recover from the red eye flight. I also spent some time surfing the Internet for the must-see places in Madrid.

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After a few hours, we were ready to see Madrid! We got a map from the hotel’s reception, asked for directions, and decided that we make up our itinerary along the way.

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The bus stop was just in front of our hotel. We boarded bus number 150; its last stop was Sevilla.

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When we got off the bus, we immediately saw a Starbucks store. We went inside to buy a city tumbler for our collection, but the Madrid tumbler was not available in that store. We decided to see first if we can find other Starbucks stores in the area. I have both tumblers and mugs in my collection. I buy whichever I find available. I collect tumblers and mugs printed with the city name of the store’s location. However, I prefer tumblers over mugs since they are not fragile to transport. 🙂

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We walked towards Puerta del Sol. We navigated the road through our map.

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We walked endlessly. We just stopped when we saw another Starbucks store. We were delighted to find a Madrid tumbler.

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We continued walking until we reached Plaza Mayor.

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Then, we found ourselves at Mercado de San Miguel. We had paella and churros con chocolate.

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After our merienda, we continued walking toward Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena and Palacio Real. We took photos along the way until we reached the palace.

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We walked again and reached the Plaza de Espana Metro station. It was the station for our ride back to the hotel. We took a few more photos at the Plaza before riding the Metro.

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Day 2

Our second day in Madrid started with a buffet breakfast at the hotel.

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After breakfast, we rode the bus again to get to Puerta del Sol.

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My flying partner bought a phone charger from the Apple store. We checked out some shops but were not able to buy anything. Then we took some photos (again) with this cute and famous statue:

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We bought souvenirs from a shop.

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We shopped for clothes at Lefties. After shopping, we walked along Calle de las Huertas to the other side of the downtown to see the other tourist spots marked on our map.

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We stopped by Burger King for ice cream. Then we reached Museo del Prado but we didn’t go in. We continued walking and taking pictures until we reached Palacio de Cibeles where I bought another fridge magnet for my collection.

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Then we walked to Puerta de Alcala.

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Before calling it a day, we stopped at a resto and ordered Mojito and Churros con Chocolate (again!). Both were so delicious!

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We rode the bus to go back to our hotel. Before turning in, we had our last photos of our Madrid layover taken outside the hotel.

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The following morning, we had a quick breakfast then off we went to our flight back to Jeddah.

Posted by: livelovefly | August 27, 2014

I’m now on Twitter

Posted by: livelovefly | August 25, 2014

My 10 Pounds in London

London was our first international layover for August. Two weeks before this layover, my flying partner and I were also in London. The last time, we spent more than the budget we allocated for our layover, so this time we promised ourselves that we’d be spending less. And I am proud to say that in this recent 35-hour layover, I just spent 10 pounds.

We arrived at our hotel in the morning. I got my room’s key card first before proceeding to the breakfast buffet. Then I rested for a couple of hours before going out in the afternoon.

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From my research, I learned that some museums in London offer free admission. The National Gallery was just a few minutes walk from our hotel so we decided to go there. On our way, we saw the Household Cavalry Museum.

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We walked up to Trafalgar Square. It was packed with tourists and street performers.

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We entered the National Gallery. We already took a few photos before the guards told us that taking photos inside the museum was prohibited. In other museums we’ve been to, you can take photos provided you do not use flash.

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There were so many nice souvenir items from the museum.

I really love this pop-up book, but it was 15 Pounds!

I really love this pop-up book, but it was 15 Pounds!

After viewing the paintings, we took more photos outside the museum.

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We proceeded to an M & S Simply Food store to grab our snacks: a salad and sandwich combo which we ate at a nearby garden. My sandwich cost 4 Pounds. My drink was free: a small bottle of Evian from the aircraft.

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We walked back to Westminster Station and bought bread and yogurt from Tesco Express, all for 6 Pounds only. I ate the yogurt when we arrived at the hotel. Before going to our rooms, we checked-out the hotel spa. There was a heated indoor pool, a gym, a sauna, and a steam bath. Hotel guests were free to use the facilities but we did not bring our swimwear in this layover. We just took note that we can use the spa during our next layover in London. The following morning, we had our buffet breakfast, then I took a nap, and after a few hours, we’ were off to our flight back to Riyadh.

Posted by: livelovefly | August 21, 2014

Frankfurt 3

Three weeks ago, I had a 49-hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany. It was almost two years ago when my flying partner and I had our last layover there and we were excited to be back. I was in a hurry when we left our apartment in Jeddah so I just grabbed my eye kit: my contact lenses together with its container and solution, and the case of my glasses. When I was about to wear my contact lenses, I found out that they were not in the kit, so I had no choice but to wear my glasses during the flight and layover. My airline allows flight attendants to wear glasses.

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On our first day, we just bought stuff (mostly chocolates!) from the grocery.

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After doing our grocery, we had sausages, fries, soda, and gelato from the very same shops where we first tried them during our last layover at Frankfurt.

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More photos from Day 1:

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On our second day, we had breakfast at the hotel. It was our first time to try the buffet breakfast in this hotel because two years ago, it was not yet included in our package.

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A group of girls approached us as we were making our way to the Starbucks just across the hotel. One girl said that she was getting married soon. She asked if we could dance the “limbo” with her. She explained that dancing the limbo was an item in her bucket list that she would like to do before getting married. We happily obliged.

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We bought mugs and tumblers from Starbucks.

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We dropped the mugs and tumblers in our hotel rooms before walking around the city.

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It rained while we were walking.

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To get to Zara without getting drenched, we walked under the canopies and sidewalk roofs. Zara was on sale so I’m sure you knew what happened next: Shopping!

When we got out of the store, it was sunny again. What to do next but store-hopping for more shopping. 🙂

We stopped by a stall to buy sausages and fries.

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Then, ice cream at Dunkin’ Donuts.

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Primark was our last stop before going back to the hotel. We shopped some more until it was closing time.

We were so tired. I soaked myself for two hours in the tub before sleeping.

The next morning, we ate breakfast, rested for another couple of hours, then flew back to Riyadh.

Posted by: livelovefly | July 30, 2014

How to Pass a Flight Attendant Interview

I was asked a couple of times by flight attendant wannabe’s for tips on how to be successful in applying for an airline company, so I wrote down some of the things an applicant can do to prepare and to clinch that sweet “Yes” from the recruiter during your Flight Attendant Interview:

A.) APPEARANCE

  • Learn how to put on make-up that will enhance your facial features. Flight attendants are always required to put on make-up, so your recruiter might be impressed when he or she sees that you really know how to apply your make-up. There are a lot of make-up tutorials you can view online. I also blogged about some beauty tips here: https://livelovefly.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/20-flight-attendant-beauty-tips/
  • Try to be more fit. Exercise.
  • Wear clothes that fit you well.
  • Pick comfortable high-heeled shoes. For me, a pair of 3-inch heels always does the job.

B.) GRACE and POSTURE

  • Practice sitting, standing, and walking straight and tall.
  • Practice walking with your pair of heels so you’ll not stumble or trip when asked to walk during your interview.

C.) PERSONALITY

  • Be friendly and professional at the same time. Try to be not too bubbly, but don’t be stiff and overly serious.

D.) KNOWLEDGE (or plain READINESS)

  • Every time you apply, research first about the airline you’re applying for. Recruiters sometimes quiz candidates about the company. If you can answer them confidently, you’ll definitely make the impression that you’re serious about the job.

E.)  PROFICIENCY IN SPEAKING ENGLISH

  • Flight attendants are required to communicate with all passengers on board. A flight is usually composed of different nationalities. It would be great if you can speak your passengers’ language; if not, the least you can do is be proficient in English. English remains the official and primary language of the airline industry.
Posted by: livelovefly | July 29, 2014

Wicked London

Last week, I had a 29-hour layover in London. Immediately after checking in, I just ate breakfast at the hotel then took a short nap to recover from the red-eye flight from Jeddah. After sleeping for almost 2 hours, my flying partner and I were ready to take a walk around the city.

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After our regular obligatory shots at the famous landmarks visible from the Westminster Bridge, we rode the tube to Hammersmith. We went to Poundland, Starbucks, River Island, Primark, Sainsbury, and H&M. After our shopping spree, we went back to the hotel to drop our shopping bags and freshen up a bit. Then we went to the Apollo Victoria Theatre to watch the musical Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.

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I got the idea of going to the theatre when I was searching the Internet for things to do in London. I wanted to do something new or to go somewhere new. I read in a blog that we can buy discounted stand-by tickets on theatres if seats are still available an hour before the start of the show. However, when we got to the Apollo Victoria Theatre, the Box Office was only selling regular tickets. We were short in cash, but since we were already there and were already too excited to watch the musical, we just decided to use our credit cards to buy tickets. There were very few seats left since we arrived 15 minutes before the start of the show, but we were able to buy 2 adjoining seats for 35 pounds each.

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During the break between Act 1 and Act 2, I went closer to the stage and took some photos.

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The show was truly amazing and we really enjoyed watching it. The actors and actresses were brilliant especially Savannah Stevenson who played Glinda. The stage production was grand and very impressive. It was a one-of-a-kind experience. 🙂

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On our way back to the hotel, I took some photos of the London Eye and the Big Ben. 🙂

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Posted by: livelovefly | July 18, 2014

I Got Featured!

A few months ago, Ed from cabincrewhq.com contacted me and asked if they could feature me on their site. I happily obliged. See my first interview here:

http://cabincrewhq.com/interview-rachi-aka-livelovefly/

Posted by: livelovefly | July 18, 2014

Take Off and Landing Video

Last week, I was going home for my days off and I got the chance to sit inside the cockpit of an Embraer-70 aircraft as a “Jumpseat-ing crew” for the domestic leg of my connecting flight to Manila. (See: “Jumpseat”).

I was very worn-out coming straight from my Washington flight so this experience was both a treat and consolation for my tiredness. It was my first time to watch the plane’s take-off and landing from the cockpit during day time. (Last time it was a night landing. See: A Different View)

Here are the videos I took. Enjoy!

 

Posted by: livelovefly | July 17, 2014

Brighter Blue Uniform

Last July 7, we officially changed into our new brighter blue uniform:

million dollar smiles (lol!)

million dollar smiles (lol!)

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Talks of having a new uniform have been going on since 2012. This new uniform triggered some protests when it was first shown to us. But now, I think more and more of my fellow flight attendants are beginning to appreciate and love it!

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