May Days Off

May 23, 2016 (Monday)

My days off officially started the moment I stepped out of the aircraft from an operating flight. At the Flight Operations, my flying partner, Krati and my friend, April, patiently waited for me while I unpacked some of my things. I gave my uniform trolley and handbag to Krati. Inside were my uniform shoes, manuals and things I won't be needing in Manila. April gave me some of my stuff which I requested her to keep in her suitcase in India since I no longer had space in my bag. 

It's complicated. I know I could have given my things to April so I could let Krati go. Since April is living in another compound, I'd have hard time getting back my things from her. Aside from that, she's also going home to Manila and has longer days off than me so I couldn't fly with my trolley, handbag and manual stuck in her apartment by the time I get back. While Krati and I have the same length of days off since again were flying partners, I left my things to her.

After changing from uniform to my own clothes and abaya, I headed to the airport and checked in for my flight to Doha. I waited for 45 minutes before I was given a boarding pass.

At the transfer desk at Hamad International Airport, I was given another boarding pass to Manila. I don't know how they figure it out but she already knew I was a staff using my zed fare ticket. She then asked if I was going home for vacation. She was surprised when I said I was only going home for a five days off. The Filipina staff was really helpful. The airport was really huge and I had to walk a really long way to reach my next boarding gate. 

I got really excited having to fly with another airline. Qatar Airways has great customer service and is living its title as a 5 star airline and the World's Best Airline. The flight to Manila was light so I got to transfer seats and I got the whole row of seats for me alone. 

I watched the movie How to Be Single in between sleeping and eating. :)

I reached Manila at 10:30 in the evening and I was excited to see him and Aunt Tess.

May 24, 2016 (Tuesday)

An hour after I reached the hotel in Cubao, Jeff has arrived from work, too. He had his favorite zinger burger from KFC for me to eat. :)

Then it was time to sleep and had to wake up early for a long day at Vivaldi Residences and the bank, the main reason why I had to come home. 

After breakfast at the hotel, we went to Vivaldi. They were able to show us the building and some units. We went to the rooftop and saw the city surrounding us. There was a pool and I just loved the view of the city from it. I can't wait until the whole building is completely done!

We then proceeded to the RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig for the opening of account and signing of bank loans. There goes a bigger responsibility now. There were a lot of things I heard for the first time. I am thankful Jeff and Auntie Tess were present or else I wouldn't know what questions to ask from the bank officer. Actually, my aunt and Jeff did most of the talking and asking. :D

The three of us went to Eastwood for him to start his work again. Auntie and I went to see the movie, Just The Three of Us in the cinema and we all had dinner together before aunt and I headed back to the hotel. 

He followed after a few hours and I know he must be very tired from a day at the bank and straight to work. I'm happy it's his leave the following day. 

May 25, 2016 (Wednesday)

Auntie Tess left for Tacloban. Two weeks ago, Jeff opened up about going to Baler in Aurora. But when we looked up the bus trips in the internet, the schedules were tight. We might not catch our flights back to Cebu and Jeddah on Friday so I decided we could go to Puerto Galera via Batangas Pier. 

We packed our things and headed to the bus terminal. After a 3 hour ride from Manila, we reached the port and took another 1 hour ride to Puerto Galera via fastcraft. 

We reached the hotel at 7 in the evening, took some rest and headed out for dinner.

May 26, 2016 (Thursday)

We started our water activities right after breakfast. We went jet-skiing, parasailing, snorkeling and fish feeding. It was our first time to jet- ski and para- sail and we both had a great time. It was a fun trip. And I would love to do them all over again. :)

We caught the last trip back to the port in Batangas and made it back to Manila at 9 in the evening. 

May 27, 2016 (Friday)

And it was time to part ways again. :( I just hate this feeling the most! Urghh. 

May 17, 2016

I initially had a pick- up time today at 1630 so I had my alarm set to wake up at 1500, just in time for me to have a quick lunch, shower and then grooming.

When I woke up at 1500, I saw a notification on my phone that my flight has been changed to 1530 pick- up. I saw some missed calls, too. Those must have been our crew planner. But since my phone was in silent mode, I wasn't notified earlier through text or call.

At 1530, I was already on my way down to the Check Hostess. My roommate said I was quick and my flying partner waiting for me in the bus (who also sent me a Facebook message to notify me) said it was commendable for me to prepare in a span of 30 minutes. Haha :D

Now in the bus on the way to Flight Operations. :)

May 12, 2016

I lost 4 hours the other day for a cancelled flight but I got it back plus two hours more for operating four legs today. I wanted to complain because I stayed at the Flight Operations for 2 hours before I was given a duty. Another 2 hours, and I should have been on my way back to the apartment.

Anyway, looking at the brighter side, my flying hours this month is almost 74. And I'm happy I got to work in Guest Class galley with a cool and amazing crew.

My last decent meal was breakfast before I left for work. I had a little shrimp salad and some vegetable sandwich after service. I'm too hungry now. I'm writing this on my way home and I couldn't think of anything else but FOOD.


May 11, 2016

So I had my alarm set to 7 in the morning today and my sleep must have been so good it kept on alarming until past nine. The reason why I had to wake up early was for me to process my exit/ entry visa so I could get it and my passport back in the afternoon. 

Without breakfast, I hurried to the office only to find out that I could already process it even a day before expiry. I was told that it's still too early to process a new one and I could come back first week of June until 28th. Well, I've been processing my visa a month before expiry and they've been accepting it, but not this time. 

I spent a few minutes at the new Alamad Cafe drinking some fresh orange carrot juice while waiting for my vegetable chopsuey order. 

Today, I finally emptied my SLR and GoPro of photos. It had too much pictures of my Jordan trip, my April vacation and my last layover to Kochi. I've already organized them in my laptop and waiting for the time that I'd have interest in uploading them to Facebook. I've basically lost interest uploading albums and Instagram has been my gallery for almost 2 years now. When I get to create albums in FB, I hide them after a week or so. 

I've booked my zed fare tickets to Manila through Qatar Airways. I initially wanted to trade my Bangalore flight arriving back to Jeddah at 0045 on 23rd this month. At exactly the same time, a Saudia flight departs to Manila. It's such a bad timing, I know. I was able to look for girls to trade flights with me with an early release but when I saw QR's flight departing at 0410a on 23rd, I disregarded the trades and took the opportunity of time, without losing my good BLR 57hrs layover. 

It will be my first time to fly with QR and I am looking forward to it. My Aunt's fights to Manila from Tacloban are ready, too! And also his flights. He booked them the other day. The main thing why I'm going home is to sign some house loan documents that has been approved by RCBC during the last part of my April vacation. The turn over of the condo unit will hopefully be soonest. 

There will be a day or two of free days in Manila so I suggested to him today that we could go hiking to Mt. Pico de Loro in Cavite. And it turned out to be a little argument because he doesn't want to spend time hiking to some mountains after tiring shifts and sleepless nights. :D Okay, then.

Will be out today to buy some Clarins foundation at Sephora because mine is almost empty.. Ciao!