Business Promotions: Emirates Lions Rugby match in Johannesburg, South Africa

Being Cabin Crew with Emirates has given me a lot of opportunities. I’ve been able to travel the world, make news friends and engage with people of different cultures from across the globe. I’ve built an online community with whom I get to share this experience with, and I’ve accomplished a lot within the company too; operating an inaugural flight, participating in Emirates Jennifer Aniston social media campaign and joining the Emirates Business Promotions team!

This week, I had the pleasure of adding another amazing experience to this list. I got to represent Emirates at the Emirates Lions Rugby match in Johannesburg, South Africa, alongside my friend Andrea. We stood on the field for the “run on” at the beginning of the game, and I had the privilege of being a part of the halftime show where three lucky contenders had the chance to win a trip to Dubai. We also took a picture with the Man of the Match, Jaco Kriel!

The experience was incredible and I hope to be back soon! 🙂

Next Stop: Hamburg, Germany

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Layover Life: Toronto, Canada

People tell me I think to much. Whether that’s meant to be an insult or not, I don’t disagree with them. I’ve had a lot on my mind these days, and having the opportunity to operate a flight home to Toronto, Canada last week gave me the chance I needed to clear my head.

Dubai is an exciting place to live, but with so much going on in the city all the time it’s nice to get away. I’ve spent nearly a month here on ground, so you can imagine how good it felt to get back into the air and of course, to operate a flight home.

My layovers in Toronto, Canada usually consist of a visit to Burlington, Ontario to see my family. My parents don’t live in the city, so I tend meet them halfway at my aunt’s place for dinner. When I’m not with my loved ones, you can find me catching up with friends at local hot-spots, running around the downtown core trying to get my errands done, or roaming up and down Queens Quay taking in the picturesque views of the Waterfront. It’s hard though. With less than 52 hours to spare, I can’t see everyone I’d like to see and do everything I’d like to do.

Lately, I’ve found myself wondering what things would be like if I didn’t make the move overseas. I think it’s because I’m starting to realize that being a flight attendant isn’t necessarily a career for me, but more of a temporary position that has allowed me to escape the confines of the concrete jungle for a while.

That’s not to say that I’m not happy with where I am right now. I’ve accomplished a lot since I’ve made the life-changing decision to join Emirates. I’ve been to 32 countries, done things I’ve never thought I’d do and made friends that come from places I didn’t even know existed.

My social media presence has also increased dramatically, and I am constantly receiving messages from people all over the world who are inspired by my writing and love of travel. This, of course, was not planned, but welcomed. I’m glad that I’ve been able to share my experience with others. To be honest, this has been one of the most rewarding parts of the job so far, and I am content in knowing that when or “if” I resign, that this attention will fade. I welcome that too.

The hardest part about leaving home is not knowing when I’ll be coming back. Each time I visit, returning to Dubai becomes a lot harder. I read a quote online recently that said:

“Once you experience travel, you will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere”

No matter where this journey takes me, I feel as though this will always be the case. My body will be in one place, but my mind, heart and soul will always be in another. <3

Next Stop: Johannessburg, South Africa

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May Roster (2017)

Whoaaaaa, time flies! I can’t believe we’re in May already! This month, I will be checking three new destinations off of my list!

✈️ Bangkok, Thailand
✈️ Phuket, Thailand *
✈️ Jakarta, Indonesia *
✈️ Auckland, New Zealand * (one of the world’s longest flights)
✈️ Mumbai, India (turnaround)

* = New destination

Next Stop: Colombo, Sri Lanka (turnaround)

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Lipstick and Luggage: Now on YouTube!

You guys have asked and I’m trying to deliver! I’ve been meaning to start a YouTube channel for a while now, and I finally got around to putting one together.

I’m not a huge fan of vlogs, so the videos I’ll be sharing with you will be from my layovers in a similar style to the ones you see on my Instagram account.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

Next Stop: Luanda, Angola

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The Emirates Airline Foundation: Supporting children in need around the world

“Life is a gift. It offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”

If you’ve flown with Emirates before, chances are you’ve heard an announcement on board regarding the collection of donations for the Emirates Airline Foundation that helps children in need around the world. I recently became involved with one of their projects that supports special needs children in Dubai, UAE as a Special Needs Educational Assistant with Safe Center for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Safe Center provides a nurturing environment for children struggling with behavioural and developmental difficulties such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Aphasia, Apraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Speech/Language Delay, Sensory Deficits, and Downs Syndrome. In cooperation with one of the UK’s largest specialist education service providers, the facility provides special educational programs that include speech, language and behavioural therapies.

Our mission is to inspire and empower these children by providing personalized education in a nurturing learning environment; tailored to equipping them with the skills necessary to attain the highest level of independence possible so that they may achieve greater integration into the community.

My role involves creating a stimulating environment for students; assisting them with their personal development  while tending to their physical needs as well as their social and emotional welfare.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, the Emirates Airline Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization aimed at improving the quality of life for children, regardless of geographical, political, or religious boundaries, to help them maintain or improve their human dignity. The foundation has helped the Safe Center to sponsor teachers and have also contributed a school bus for the students.

Cabin Crew collect donations for the Emirates Airline Foundation on every Emirates flight. You can find the donation envelope in the seat pocket in front of your seat (similar to the one pictured above). I ask that you please consider making a contribution the next time you fly with us. It’s truly amazing to see how such a small action can change so many lives. I’ve seen it firsthand, and am happy to be a part of this positive initiative.

You can also contribute online and use your skywards miles too. 

Next Stop: Luanda, Angola

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