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

 

BANGKOK ~ Thailand

We arrived in Bangkok at 11pm so we only reached the hotel around midnight. A few the crew and I had arranged to go out as we arrived. So we quickly ran up and got ready to meet downstairs in 30 minutes. I was really excited for my Bangkok flight, because after 7 months of flying I had never been. This is a very popular flight many crew get two or three Bangkok flights a month. So I was really grateful to finally have one.

The five of us jumped into a taxi and set off for the famous Khao San Road. The closer the taxi got the slower the taxi driver drove as he had to weave through the hoards of people! It was INSANE the amount of people running around the streets having the time of their life! We hopped out the taxi and made our way down the road looking for an inviting bar to go into. There were bars open everywhere and right across the road was a massage parlour, with people having their feet massaged out in the open. Along the streets they also had the stalls with the cooked scorpions but none of us had the guts to buy one and taste them. Unfortunately there was a big sign saying no photographs allowed so I couldn’t take a shot.

We then decided to stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat and something to drink. Little did we know it was much hotter inside than outside. After an hour or two things start to die down. By this time we were all exhausted so we made our way back to the hotel.

Early the next morning three other crew and myself set off to do some sight seeing! We first had an amazing tok tok ride to the canals close to the hotel. We then decided to do a tour of the canals by boat which included a stop at the local temple. Along the way we met up with a old lady who was sitting in a small canoe alongside the canal. The driver of the boat then told us that this lady was actually a floating shop.

At the temple there were a number of stalls selling souvenirs. I bought my usual fridge magnet which is what I collect on every layover and I have also started collecting shot glasses for Jeffrey my boyfriend. I know it is quite the cliche however after all my trips it is quite satisfying to walk past the fridge and remember the story behind each magnet I’ve bought. After we had taken enough photographs we went back to the boat. The lady then dropped us off about a kilometre down the canal where she said we could catch a taxi to the MBK shopping centre/mall.

The four of us split up into two so we could get what we were looking for. I got a few bikinis, dresses and a few shirts. I was really shocked in a GREAT way how cheap everything was. A good few hours later Mariana and I set off back for the hotel. Something I do before leaving the hotel is take a card with address on it. Staying at so many different hotels it sometimes gets hard to remember the name. Another thing if it’s a destination where the locals can’t speak English at least you can just show the address!

When back at the hotel there was enough time to have a good rest before the night flight back to Dubai.

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Seoul – South Korea

We arrived in Seoul late in the evening. The crew and I decided we should all go out for the Korea style barbecue. So we all met down in the lobby 30 minutes after arriving. We walked for about 5 minutes to a restaurant just behind the Hotel. It was very Korean the waitrons hardly spoke any English we had to make out what we were ordering by the pictures on the menu. When the food arrived it was raw meat on a plate, you actually had to braai the food on the fireplace in the middle of the table. This style of cuisine is almost like a fondue or racklet.

After dinner we all walked back to the hotel for a well deserved rest. One thing I have noticed since I’ve started flying is that my sleeping patterns are totally absurd. I can only sleep a maximum of 5 hours at a time! Even after a flight that’s been 10 hours long. And if we arrive at the hotel in the dead of night….. I wont be able to sleep for a few hours.

The next morning I woke up bright and early to go shopping. I was told that the shopping in Korea is similar prices to China but the quality is better. After taking a brisk walk to the shopping area I was completely soaked as there was light rainfall. The concierge failed to tell me how far the shops were from the hotel. When I finally got there all the shops were closed still, so I went for a cappuccino at a quaint little coffee shop.

While walking to the under ground shopping area called Gangnam Station I walked past a Gangnam Style stage. Later that day I spoke to a crew who is from Seoul and she said that the song is actually making fun of the people/area of Seoul as it is quite an upmarket area. I find out new things on every trip! The shopping was fun. In Korea the ladies have a very different style of fashion. Most of the young girls wear high heels with long leggings and short skirts and a puffy jacket or a rain coat.  After a few hours of shopping I managed to find a really nice coat. The only problem with the clothes in Korea is that all the sizes are really small. I ended up paying around R900.00 for the coat and I only realized after I got back to the hotel. To make myself feel better I told myself that its a good quality coat and its from Seoul, SOUTH KOREA…..

Before going back to the hotel I ran into one of the other crew Kristine she is from the Philippines and strangely enough she was on my previous flight to Sydney Auckland! Flying with someone more than once is a rare occasion. So we walked back to the hotel and had a nice long rest before the flight back to Dubai.

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The street to Gangnam Station

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Walking back to the Hotel

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Gangnam Stage

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Gangnam Station underground market

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Kristine and I

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