I’m a cabin crew wannabe

Ever since I was in secondary school, and watched this movie called “View From The Top” which talked about this girl called Donna who came from a small town  where no one believes that she could do something big, but she believed that she was meant to be up in the skies and she took actions and made her dreams came true, by flying for the most prestigious airline, with her quote “Don’t let anything get into your destiny.”

I’ve became really motivated ever since and found my life goal, to become a cabin crew. That plot totally depicts my background and similarly, I’ve always enjoyed travelling and serving people, and someday I do wished that I could become the “waitress in the air”. I know it’s not a really cool job to be, but the perks of travelling is more than what I can ask for.

However, one of the worst thing that could happen is that, my height happens to be on the sitting on the borders (I’m 160cm tall) as the cabin crew minimum height requirement is 158cm or 160cm for non-asian airlines OR most main carriers, they have this arm reach test of 208-212cm which they will do a marking with a sticker, and you have to touch, COMPLETELY TOUCH the marking before they pass you. Saddest thing, I’ve got short arms, even though I may be on tip toes, I simply barely touch the mark or sometimes can’t and the judges would not pass me no matter how hard I try. GEEZSH~

So, in the month of MAY, I’ve tried TR walk-in interview at Pan Pacific on a saturday morning, and I was extremely nervous that day and screwed up my interview during the second round-group interview after passing the written test. Honestly, budget airlines is my only hope because they do not have arm reach test unlike all the main carriers like SQ or CX.

On the next saturday after TR walk-in interview, I went for the SQ walk-in interview and I managed to pass the group interview this time round but I failed the ARM REACH TEST even though my height passed!!! I guess either the mark was too high or simply I had short arms! FML!!! I was super depressed and disappointed after that and for the whole day I felt like my dreams collapsed on me and the truth was simply too harsh to be accepted. Like I spend so much effort from earning lots of money to get braces and get my teeth fixed, spend lots of money again to get my eczema treated, and even studied my hospitality and tourism diploma just for the sake of boosting my chances of becoming a cabin crew. AND all I have done, was in vain… 😦

And surprisingly on two days later after the SQ interview, I received an invitation email from Scoot for interview! GEESH, I was thrilled and Scoot’s interview was probably one of airlines that I managed to passed the most rounds from the initial online application, to invitation to complete the popular 5 online quizzes that test on your mathematical skills, logical thinking, critical thinking, personality and your knowledge on cabin crew job scope and the online webcam recording interview to finally making it to the actual interview, passing through the extremely difficult test in 15mins, the height measurement and skin check (I passed it amazingly with my birthmark!) and then to the group interview, which I failed because I was sick that day and had a really bad cough, I couldn’t and wasn’t able to focus or participate. Disappointed, I should have take care of my health or maybe I wasn’t fated. The moment where you get send home from the airline after failing the round of interview, it’s really really depressing like you did so much to finally make it through to that particular stage and then they tell you I’m sorry, it’s simply too harsh.

So after Scoot’s interview, I took a two weeks break and surprisingly I received CX interview invitation to their office, which was at Changi Airport, super duper far!!! But the plus point is that there wasn’t any queue at all nor having to wait a long time for passing a certain round. CX interview was just super direct, like a normal job interview, instant application, one-to-one and the height and arm reach test which I failed because my left arm was too short to touch the mark. WHAT IS THISSS!?

Anyway, enough of procrastinating, I’m trying not think so much of all the failures that I’ve been through. 4 failed airlines interviews in just a month, it’s really too much for me to handle especially when I had to sacrifice my job to attend the interviews. Is this sacrifice really worth it? I don’t know, especially with that interest piling up on my loan, I don’t know if I’m making the right choice. Dreams and money, I chose my dreams, and I really hope that things will turn out right. From a wannabe to a try-hard, I don’t know when will I ever make it and be flying in the skies someday, or maybe never in my life.

OH WELLS … 

But on the bright side, I’m still going to try again and again for any available opportunities until my savings starts running out, then I’ll really give up on my cabin crew dream… NAHHH, I hope this won’t happen at all! Stay positive and like what Donna said, “Dont’ let anything get in the way of your destiny.” Work harder and dream big! 加油!:D

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Where I stayed in: Hong Kong

Ever since I was introduced to housekeeping, I became very particular about hotel room cleanliness and the facilities that they offer and obsessed with the different hotel brands in the world and the other individually managed hostels and accommodations. In my recent trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, I stayed in a total of 3 different hotels and I will be sharing with you the 2 hotels that I stayed in Hong Kong and the other hotel that I stayed in Shenzhen shall be reviewed in a separate post. So let’s get started! Hong Kong, in general, the hotel rooms are smaller than the standard hotel room size of around 25sq.m (on average). Thus you should be prepared and be mentally ready to expect a room size that is smaller than what you have in your home country. For the first hotel that I stayed in Hong Kong, it was a hotel located in Causeway Bay:

Best Western Causeway Bay Hotel

Address: Cheung Woo Lane, Canal Road West, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay Station

My Rate: S$61.93 incl. of taxes and gst. ( Tues)

I got this best low rate from Agoda after comparing countless of website including their home website since 2 months ago before my arrival date and managed to get this rate when I saw the room rate was lowered about a month before my arrival date. I guess in Hong Kong, you shouldn’t book your room too early in advance as the rates for better hotels will drop about a month before the check-in dates.

(Note: Keep referring to the websites to check if there is a change in room rate every week. Compare from various websites like Hotelclub or Hotels.com, etc and make use of the promo code available to help you save up from the additional gst and taxes charges, so you can save more!)

The room that I booked was a superior city view room and I got a non-smoking room at the 21st storey which were of what I requested. The front desk was on the 3rd storey and you have to take a life from the ground floor to the 3rd storey. The staff in general speaks fluent English except for some. One downside of the hotel is that it is not located in the main street but in a small dark alley so you have to be careful when you are alone but generally, Hong Kong is still safe for solo female travellers like me! But still, it may be a little hard to find at first if it is your first time in Hong Kong so you might have to get your map ready and research done in advance before travelling. (Note: You can spot the building easily with its signature color scheme and the bright cream gold colored ground floor.)

As for the room cleaniness, I would probably rate it an average. The bed was clean but the coffee and tea making set that were placed on the window porch housed some ants and they were crawling all over. I had a hard time trying to kill them because the cups and tray were black and I happen to placed my bags near. (ants-killing time!) Also, there were several hairs found in the bathtub and I presume that the room attendant only used a towel to wipe dry the bathtub without a thorough cleaning. The plastic bath curtains were pretty worn out as well.

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Nonetheless, the room was well-designed and I really love that chandelier that was hanging on the ceiling and it look so Victorian and the wallpaper greyish-black with gold hues. It was beautiful. The blackout curtains were awesome in effectively blocking out the sunlight and I had a pretty good sleep despite all the excitement in me about heading to Shenzhen the next day. The bed was comfortable, just nice, not too soft nor too hard.

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In general, I would probably rate it a 4 star hotel although their room cleanliness can be greatly improved.

After I came back from a one night stay in Shenzhen, I returned to Hong Kong and stayed in another hotel in Sai Ying Pun area instead of Causeway Bay. Sai Ying Pun is an old district by itself with plenty of  HK’s older generation with foreign expatriates staying there thus there is a mixed of old and new with the old tall houses and brand new condos amidst the old buildings.  Generally Sai Ying Pun area is like a downhill slope where you could see beautiful mountain on the tallest part of the slope while on the other side, it’s the Sun Yat Sen Memorial facing the beautiful Victoria Harbour with another side of Hong Kong skyline. This second hotel was also another part of Best Western property:

Best Western Harbour View Hotel

Address: 239 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong Island West, Hong Kong.

Nearest MTR: Sai Ying Pun Station (Exit A1)

My Rate: S$68.78 incl. GST & taxes. (Thurs) / S$76.56 incl. GST & taxes. (Fri)

Room rates are slightly higher during the weekends like friday and saturday night. As many mainland china people would cross over the borders to Hong Kong for holidays or a short getaways, therefore with the high room demand, price becomes slightly steeper. Thus, I would recommend you to travel to Hong Kong during the weekdays to avoid the crowd and higher weekends hotel room rates.

The room that I booked was a superior mountain view and the room had a twin bed instead of a double which was not what I have booked. I called down to the front desk and requested for a double and that they told me the superior room all came in twin and the only double bed available room was deluxe and I had to pay extra for the upgrade. This is very disappointing as I’ve booked the room from Hotels.com and yet they clearly state the option to pick from twin or double bed when the hotel does not even have a double bed for that room type. I felt I was cheated as I could have booked other hotels instead.

Anyway, the bed in the room was as hard as a rock and mattress are of cheap quality for it is so light and when you are sleeping on the bed, you could feel the springs against your body. It hurts…! Other than that, the room is kept very clean by the lovely room attendants who are super friendly as well.

In general, I wouldn’t really recommend anyone to stay in this Best Western property because of it’s low comfort rating and the small room size (the room is smaller than the one in Causeway Bay) unless you are someone seeking for hotels nearest to MTR stations exit.

For your information, there is going to be a new Best Western Hotel opening soon in the same area as the Harbour View one, (if you look carefully in my last part of the video, you’ll see a new Best Western Hotel over where I filmed my Hong Kong sunset) so maybe you should try and book a room there instead of this.

Also, I know you might be wondering why did I pick both my hotels under Best Western property over the countless hotels and guesthouse in Hong Kong? Put it simply, I studied about hotels brands and chains over a few years ago during my tourism course module and Best Western is one of the popular and well-known four star hotel brand as the price was pretty acceptable and within my budget of S$75/night. I think I would consider myself to be budget traveler and although I know that the infamous Chungking Mansion in Hong Kong is popular to tourists for its cheap accommodations,  I was tempted to reserve a room in Chungking Mansion however, because of its bad reviews about the surrounding and room quality, I gave up on the thought and chose to stay in a hotel instead so as to reward myself since it’s was a birthday holiday! Haha 😀

That Newest Craziest Trend: Thigh Gaps!

Those beautiful cover girl in magazine, advertorials and even blogs, they are beautifully skinny, long legs, and own a thigh gap that everyone has been dreaming to achieve by trying means and ways to slim down, exercise and to minimise the fats on their thighs so that they can flaunt their thigh gap as well.

ImageTo me, I think that whether you have thigh gap or not, it doesn’t matters. Whether is it that you are fat or skinny, it doesnt matters as well.

I don’t see the point to slim down to look good to fit in or for that special someone you have eye-ing at for weeks. I think that as long as you aren’t overweight, your BMI doesn’t exceed that healthy range, you are perfectly average size looking and there is no need to be trying hard to lose weight, by not eating.

Being pretty does not mean it’s a must to look skinny, thin, bony. If you are pretty you are, it’s about those who know how to appreciate your beauty and those who don’t.

Of course, there are always still photo-editing apps to help you achieve that skinny looking figure you been dreaming of without really having to slim down! (That’s just a lie and this ain’t a decent method though!)

ImageAs for me, I do not have a thigh gap. Still, I won’t want to lose weight because I think that I’m very much contented with my body size and that even though many people said that I look fat, having flabby arms or thighs, I don’t really give a damn about it because they are just too overly obsessed with skinny looking girls and that I think that having some fats is what I feel to be pretty.