Layover Life: Beijing, China


A last minute swap last week led me from Singapore, to Beijing, China! I’m always looking to visit new places, so I couldn’t let this opportunity pass by.

It was my first time visiting PEK and it was highly recommended that I check out the Great Wall despite the -10°C weather. Many Cabin Crew on our flight had gone before on previous layovers, but that didn’t stop my colleague and I from making the trek ourselves. We decided to hire a car and ended up going in the early morning.

I’ve seen many photos of the incredible structure, but experiencing it in person left me in complete awe. Pictures really don’t do it justice!

Some history for you- It was conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the third century B.C. Originally designed to prevent invaders from entering into the country, the wall never really proved effective. It ended up functioning as more of a psychological barrier between Chinese civilization and the world. Still to this day, it remains a powerful symbol of China’s strength*.

Considering the frigid temperatures, we didn’t stay too long. You can’t blame us though, because you could count the number of tourists visiting on one hand. This gave my colleague and I ample photo opportunities as it is usual really busy there in the summer.

Unfortunately for us though, the Great Wall of China slide wasn’t operational and we ended up taking the cable car both ways. This just means I’ll have to come back again another time to check it out!

Next Stop: Zagreb, Croatia 🇭🇷

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* Source: History.com

February Roster (2018)

If you’ve been following my journey with Emirates this month, you may have noticed that I’ve had a few roster changes. This is because I swapped a few flights around, and also received a change of duty from the Business Promotions team.

Instead of operating a turnaround to Kabul, Afghanistan or having a layover in Zurich, Switzerland, this week I had the privilege of representing Emirates at a few meetings in Toronto, Canada!

Lucky enough, I had leave right after and am currently enjoying a few extra days at home with my family than originally planned.

Next month I will be visiting 2 new countries (Croatia & Kenya) and 3 new destinations:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦
  • Jakarta, Indonesia 🇮🇩
  • Adelaide, Australia 🇦🇺 *
  • Kuwait, Kuwait (Turnaround) x2 🇰🇼
  • Zagreb, Croatia 🇭🇷  *
  • Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪 *

* = New destination

As usual, I will continue to update this list as things change! I love visiting new places and am also looking to swap a few flights with my colleagues.

Update: I was originally scheduled to fly to Moscow, Russia but swapped so that I could visit another new country this month; Nairobi, Kenya!

Next Stop: Zagreb, Croatia 🇭🇷

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2017 Year in Review

This year has been an exciting one! There were many ups and downs, but all of these moments have allowed me to make many great memories which I have been fortunate enough to share with you. Here are my top 5 favourite memories from 2017. Please share yours with me in the comments below!

5. Aviation-Event in Frankfurt, Germany

In April 2017, I was a part of Aviation-Event in Frankfurt, Germany where I had the pleasure of discussing air transport and social media on a panel of aviation influencers. Although I will not be participating this year (by choice) it was an amazing networking opportunity. I got to meet many industry professionals from around the world and also got to do my first television interview too!

4. Simply Stylist Dubai

This past October, I was also invited to speak at Simply Stylist Dubai; an international fashion and beauty conference. I sat on a bloggers panel where I got to chat about my crazy lifestyle, how I began blogging and offer my own personal advice to up-and-comers on how to develop their own personal brand for their digital platforms.

3. Rugby Match in Johannesburg, South Africa

2017 also presented me with my first Business Promotions event! I had the honour of attending the Lions Rugby match on behalf of Emirates in Johannesburg, South Africa. My colleague Andrea and I were flown in business class to and from the event, where I got to experience the A380 onboard lounge as a passenger! At the match, we were tasked with promoting the airline on the field for the run-in, as well as the halftime show. It was an unforgettable experience to say the least!

2. The 2017 Dubai Airshow

The opportunity to participate in the Dubai Airshow this year was granted to me and three other Cabin Crew (Elizabethe, Doyle and Jarad) by the Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Business Promotions teams. As difficult as our tasks were, we managed to accomplish all of them by working together. Doyle and I did a live Facebook Broadcast that reached nearly 2 million views and our entire team worked tirelessly to generate several other videos to promote our brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. We also created several Instagram stories for the Emirates account to keep airline fans in the loop about what was happening throughout the Airshow.

1. Returning Home to Toronto, Canada

When you’re constantly flying around the world, the time you get to spend with your friends and family paramount. I’ve been very lucky to have operated the Toronto flight 9 times in the past 2 years which more than most of my colleagues. I never take this for granted as tiring as the Toronto flights can be. A lot of what I’ve accomplished this year wouldn’t be possible without the love and support of my friends and family, especially that of my parents. They have always cheered me on and have never hesitated to pick up the phone, no matter what time or day of the week I call them. Home is where the heart is, and returning to Canada every once in a while helps me to stay focused on my goals and aspirations.

Other Memorable Moments

There were many more memorable moments this year that didn’t make my top 5, but were definitely up there! Skydiving in Auckland, New Zealand, touching down in South America for the first time, taking in an NHL game with my Italian family in Chicago, United States, participating in the Airbus A380 Inaugural flight to Johannesburg, South Africa and having a full page article published in Arab News (even though that one was a bit of an accident) are just a few of them that I will cherish forever.

I am a huge believer in everything happens for a reason. If you believe in yourself and work hard, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Who would have thought that this year I’d touch down in over 50 countries?!

Remember- the sky is only the limit for those who are afraid to fly. I hope you take advantage of the opportunities that come your way in 2018, spread your wings without fear and soar.

Next Stop: Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

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January Roster (2018)

It’s that time again! January rosters are out! Next month, I have two new countries and two new destinations to visit:

  • Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭 *
  • Zurich, Switzerland 🇨🇭 *
  • Malta, Malta 🇲🇹 *
  • Islamabad, Pakistan (Turnaround) 🇵🇰
  • Kabul, Afghanistan (Turnaround) 🇦🇫
  • Beijing, China 🇨🇳
  • Leave (Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦)

* New destinations

Each year Cabin Crew receive 30 days leave (vacation time). This month I’m using some of these days to visit friends and family back home in Canada!

As usual, I’m going to try to swap a few flights to try and visit more new destinations. This means my roster will most likely change. I’ll update the blog if it does!

Update: I swapped one of the Zurich flights to new destination; Malta! Time to check another country off my list! I also swapped my Singapore for Beijing, China to operate a flight with my friends. I’ve never been, and am looking forward to visiting the Great Wall!

Update 2: My Kabul, Afghanistan and Zurich, Switzerland flights were removed by the Business Promotions team for an event in Toronto, Canada. You can read all about this on my February Roster (2018) post.

Next stop: Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

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The best part of being Cabin Crew

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again -I love getting to know my customers! Each and everyone of us have a story to tell and learning about them and where they come from is always of interest to me.

As Cabin Crew, most of us often share that the best part of the job is the travel. As great of a perk as that is, I truly believe that you learn more about a destination by the people who live there. They make it what is it, which is why the passenger stories category of my blog is so important to me. My favourite part of being Cabin Crew is, after all, meeting you!

I recently published a poll on my Instagram stories asking you if you liked to read them, and an overwhelming 90% of you said that you did! This excites me. As Cabin Crew, interacting with our customers is a huge component of our job. A simple conversation can teach you many things and these small interactions can leave lasting impressions.

When I was younger, I flew with Spirit from Detroit, United States to Orlando, Florida for a family vacation. I was about 12 at the time, and it was my first ever flight. While I can’t remember much about it, I do remember that the flight attendants handed my family two Disney posters for my sister and I. This was something that they didn’t have to do, but it stuck with me all of these years. It is also one of the reasons why I try to make someone’s day on every flight and try to get to know our guests from the moment they board our aircraft.

Having a blog and a larger social media presence has allowed me to share these moments with you. It has given me a voice; an opportunity to showcase the many exciting memories I’ve created over the past few years. As my platforms continue to grow, I want to keep inspiring you guys to travel, to spread positive energy and to try new things without fear. I want you guys to have conversations with people you don’t know. Learn a thing or two about one another and maybe, just maybe, we can make the world a better place in doing so.

Thanks for being a part of my crazy journey around the world. I hope that you will continue to share in this experience with me, no matter where I go!

Next stop: Trivandrum, India 🇮🇳

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