Layover Life: Phuket, Thailand

This week, a had what I like to call a mini-vacation; a 24 hour layover in Phuket, Thailand! It was my first time visiting, and with all the tips you guys gave me I had a hard time deciding what to do.

Our flight arrived in the late evening, so some of us opted to head to the city (Patong) right away for dinner and drinks. We ended up on Bangla Road; the most famous Hot Street in Patong. There are tons of bars and restaurants here that choosing the right place was difficult. We ended up at an authentic Thai joint called Ps. Restaurant based on a crew’s recommendation, and it was delicious!

The following day, my friend Chloe arrived in the morning. As much as I wanted to explore the island, we didn’t have much time and we both really needed to rest. We spent the entire day poolside catching up with one another, eating Thai food and of course, taking millions of photos …because that’s what friends do, right?!

Afterwards, I went back to my room to capture the sunset off my balcony. You can catch the full video on my YouTube channel. Remember to subscribe and give your favourite videos a thumbs up! 🙂

I sound like a broken record when I say there is a lot to do here, but I will definitely be back on my off days sometime soon to check out the excursions and tours available.

Next stop: Jakarta, Indonesia

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Layover Life: Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand is always a great place to visit. There are so many things to do here, that each time I come by I get up to something different!

Originally I was supposed to operate the direct flight, but I ended up swapping with a colleague and did the BKK-HKG-BKK flight instead. This means that from Dubai, United Arab Emirates I flew to Bangkok, Thailand and received a 24 hour layover. After this rest, I operated a ‘turnaround’ flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong, China. This means that on this same day, I returned to BKK and had another 24 hour layover before flying back to Dubai.

On our first day in Thailand, some of the crew and I hit up MBK Shopping Mall. They have everything you can imagine from affordable bags, clothing, makeup and accessories to food and electronics. On the second day we returned to MBK, but not before we stopped at a place called the Unicorn Café. The crew have been talking about this place a lot recently; I just had to check it out for myself!

Unfortunately, it was very busy so we didn’t get to stay long. I wasn’t able to try the food either because of the lack of seating, but I did grab a cotton candy flavoured beverage on my way out. I can’t say it tasted very good, but hey, at least my pictures turned out alright?! For those of you who haven’t heard of it, everything in the café is unicorn themed; from the food to the décor. You can even wear a unicorn onesie while you eat!

If you haven’t been to Bangkok, Thailand, be sure to check out my latest YouTube video and ride with me through the streets on a tuk tuk! Remember to subscribe to my channel while you’re at it! 🙂

Next stop: Phuket, Thailand

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Layover Life: Luanda, Angola

Don’t swap your Madrid flight, they said. You’re crazy if you do, they said. Of course, I tend not to listen. I always do the opposite of what I’m told and I usually end up paying for it. This time was no different, but I will say this; my experience in Angola was worth it, even if I did end up with a massive bruise on my thigh, my knee and my ego.

We landed into LAD in the evening, and of course, the crew were eager to meet for dinner and drinks. There isn’t much to do in Angola (according to my colleagues on board), but we made the most of our evening and enjoyed each other’s company.

The following morning, a few of us met for breakfast and decided to walk around the city. We couldn’t go too far because of our early wake-up call, but we were eager to get out of the hotel for awhile. We walked along the waterfront, spoke to a few locals and wandered back to the hotel within a few hours time.

The most exciting part, however, came at my own expense. As we were walking back towards the hotel, I began to record on my GoPro. The second I hit the appropriate button, I felt the ground underneath me collapse. A covered manhole had given way under my weight, and I had fallen into it. Thankfully it wasn’t more than 2 metres deep and just as quickly as it had happened, the only male crew that was with us scooped me out.

Although I can laugh now, the whole ordeal was rather scary. I’m fortunate to have walked away with minor injuries and without broken bones. Lesson learned- watch where you are going and don’t step on anything that isn’t a concrete sidewalk?!

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Next Stop: Frankfurt, Germany

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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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