Business Class ~ UPGRADE 

So I am proud to say that I was SUCCESSFUL with my application for Business Class Promotion.

After flying for under two years I was able to apply for the Business Class promotion. I did my best and was able to keep a spotless record. To this day I have NO absents, NO sick days and only good reports. (Touch wood)

I must say I really did enjoy every minute of working in Economy there was never a dull moment. Always someone interesting to talk to. However you know when it’s time to move on and further your career one has to.

Below I have added a few photos from my business class training. I was fortunate enough to be put in a batch with my batch mate who I joined with (Mayumi from Japan).

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Mayumi and myself

 

Business Class Training Batch

 

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Mauritius 

I was really lucky in the month of April as I got TWO Mauritius flights in my roster. So this post will be a combination of my two trips.

We arrived at the beautiful resort just before sun set. So as we walked through the lobby to check in we watched the sun slowly set over the lagoon and swimming pool. I was flabbergasted that it was my job to relax and enjoy an amazing resort in Mauritius for the next day and half!

While on board we all had made arrangements to meet for dinner. As we had spoken to crew who had done the flight before and most of them had only good things to say about the Buffet Dinner! And they were right!! It was amazing, they had such a large selection of food from Veal, calamari, salads, mussels and many more appetizing dishes! I think I have mastered the art of buffet eating. The trick is to have a small portion of everything then after that you can go back for seconds of the foods you enjoyed most! After dinner it was time for a well deserved rest.

The great thing about the resort is that all the water sports are included in the stay. That day I attempted watering skiing along side the boat in the lagoon. Everything was going well until we made a huge U turn and I ended up falling on my own wakes! The next activity was one of my favorites – Stand up Paddle boarding. The guy giving us all the equipment warned us that we must be careful as jelly fish had been spotted coming into the lagoon. We hopped on the boards and started paddling. I was about 200m out when I looked down and noticed that there were huge coral beds less than half a meter down. It was really crazy to see all the different colors and if I looked carefully I could see small fish darting in and around the coral. Next up was kayaking, a few of us decided to all go paddling together. After a good paddle around the lagoon and a few selfies we raced each other back to the beach.

After a very eventful morning it was then time for lunch. Lunch was divine as to be expected. I had seared tuna, salads and the most delicious desserts. It was then time to chill around the pool and catch some sun. I was really impressed with the weather as it was autumn and still really sunny. In our briefing before the trip the captain warned us to put loads of sunscreen on. Occasionally crew from other countries under estimate the strength of the sun down south. On the trip back to Dubai unfortunately there was one crew burnt so badly she looked like a cooked crayfish (lobster).

My next trip I woke up early morning to book the snorkeling with the resort! It so happens that most of the crew ended up booking the same trip. We all got kitted up with snorkels, flippers and  hopped in the water. Please take note NO WET SUIT as the water was so incredibly warm. That was a real shock for me because in Cape Town we have the freezing cold Atlantic Ocean. The most amazing thing was I didn’t have to check around every few seconds for great white sharks!! We have a few too many of them in Cape Town. I took my GoPro along and it was truly remarkable filming as there were fish everywhere! I must admit usually I’m quite scared of small fish that come up to me. But the great thing about these fish was as you swim towards them they scatter. Unless you holding a banana then they turn into little piranhas! Have a look at the photo below I was holding the banana under the water and they began to savage it. In a slight panic I threw the banana to the closet person I saw. After about 45 minutes in the water the skipper (captain) gave a call as it was time to leave. Myself and the two other crew were devastated that we had to leave. I could honestly have snorkeled for a good hour longer. Truly one of the most unforgettable experience in all of my travels. I can’t wait to go on holiday with Jeffrey and show him exactly what I was ranting and raving about.

Another activity one can do in Mauritius is book a tour to go and swim with the Dolphins. I have read up on it and you travel by boat to a bay. You then jump off the boat into open water and swim with the wild dolphins. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to arrange the tour but that just means I’m going to have to go to Mauritius again.

If you ever wondering where to go on holiday I would highly recommend Mauritius! It’s a beautiful place with so much to see and the locals are so friendly and inviting.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Crew Selfie

Snorkeling

SUP’ing

Feeding the fish the Banana

Snorkeling

Colombo ~ Sri Lanka

In my opinion Colombo is like one huge green house!

We arrived at the hotel and luckily there were a few other girls who had also not been to Colombo before.

On the flight we had decided to all get together and book the tour to visit the elephants. So that’s what we did! The five of us sprinted upstairs changed and came down 30 minutes later for the tour.

We jumped in the van and after a fairly lengthily drive along narrow winding roads we had a pit stop. We stopped at this little stall along the road where a young women was selling super fresh coconuts. We all got one and it was delicious! I could not believe that I paid under R3.00 for a super fresh coconut.

We set off again and about 20 minutes later we arrived at the Elephant orphanage. At the entrance we had to choose which package we wanted to go for. All of us opted for the short elephant ride and to pet the elephants in the river. It was amazing as soon as we walked through the entrance there were elephants slowly walking around the area. There were another two elephants down in the river having baths and playing in the water.

We got in line to ride the elephants and I was concerned that the elephants might be treated badly, however I was pleasantly surprised. The trainers were holding thin wooden sticks but I did not see them using them. Most of the time the trainers just shout sounds to guide the elephants. Our short ride around the garden was an amazing experience such graceful animals. My favorite encounter was when I wadded into the river while the elephant was lying on her side just cooling off. I had the pleasure of giving her a little bath. The trainer showed me how it was done. They use half a coconut shell and scoop water onto the elephants skin and give it a good scrub. It’s like a exfoliation massage at a parlour. I got the impression that the elephants love it!!!

After the elephant encounter we took a short ride to the tea factory down the road. There we were shown how they process the tea leaves and then we were lucky enough to enjoy an afternoon tasting the factory’s famous English breakfast tea.

We then made our way back to the hotel weaving through the lush forests of this enchanting city.

I am truly grateful to be able to experience these once in a life time experiences.

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The elephant and I in the river

 

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Riding the beautiful elephant

 

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The Crew

 

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Enjoying our coconuts

 

Sydney Auckland Sydney

One of my favorite destinations! Sydney reminds me so much of home it’s crazy. The flight to Sydney was extremely long, my longest flight yet. Luckily we were given the privilege of crew rest, which is when we change into our PJ’s and have a few hours in the CRC (crew rest compartment).

When we arrived in Sydney I was collecting my suit case when another crew accidentally took my cabin bag with my passport in. A rather stressful time for me as the crew left the airport and went to the bus not knowing she had my bag. Luckily the staff at the airport were very kind to walk me to the bus and the check my passport and papers. (Note never lose sight of your cabin bag) all the bags look the same!

Once we reached the hotel a few girls and I decided to go for lunch at a cafe around the corner from the hotel. After lunch we were all so exhausted from the flight we had to go rest! The jet lag really hits you on the long haul. The good thing about this round trip is that we spend two days in Sydney, so one can afford to rest the first day.

The next morning we went off to Auckland all refreshed for the 2 to 3 hour flight. Once in Auckland everyone was keen and excited to go sight seeing. A few of the girls and I decided to go shopping down the Main Street in the town which is not far from the hotel! On the Main Street I saw a Typo and Jayjays which made it feel even more like home. We made our way to the Harbor and took photos like true tourists. Oh and I absolutely love the hotel it’s old fashion vintage furnishing with pink details. Another thing about this hotel is that there are 2 other emirates flight that also over night at this hotel, so it feels like it’s a university res because about 70% of the hotel is crew! Another thing to rave about is the dinner buffet = AMAZING! The crew all book a table and we all have dinner together. The buffet has endless amounts of seafood, Chinese food, sushi, salads, non-glucose, a chocolate fountain and much more.

After a good nights rest on the comfiest beds I’ve ever slept on, I met a friend from my batch at the pool. I was amazed yet again with the hotel , it has an out door heated swimming pool, an outdoor jacuzzi, a sauna, steam room and a cascading ice chips for the herbal spa treatment! Ekaterina and I enjoyed the spa and then we went down for the breakfast buffet – excellent!

I skyped my parents just to give them an update on how much I loved Auckland as it’s so much like home!! Ekaterina and I then went to see the harbour again and walked down the shopping street. We also went to see the Auckland Harbor Bridge!!!! And then we managed to fit in a quick rest before we traveled back to Sydney.

The flight was nice and short we arrived in the late evening so I decided to rest and then go sight seeing in the morning. I woke up and went straight down to the harbour and I saw the famous Sydney Opera house! I then grabbed a coffee at Starbucks and walked around the harbour watching the street performers and take lots of photos, a very relaxed afternoon.

The flight back to Dubai was long and tiring but the crew were amazing! When we landed it was rather sad having to say goodbye to these people I had spent almost a week with.

A few photos from the trip..

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The girls and Me in Auckland

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AUCKLAND City

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The girls and I

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South African and Romania

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Auckland Harbor

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Auckland Main Street ❤

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Auckland Swimming Pool

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Ekatarina and I

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Me with Auckland Bridge in the background

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Sydney Opera House

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Opera House upclose

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Beautiful Sydney