Dear Friend

Today is a very special day. It could have been like any ordinary one but there is a special thing that makes a difference.
Today is the day that my friend is flying her last flight as EK Crew. Don’t get me wrong this is not a goodbye aviation but a see you later folks.
She will be hanging her wings but only for a while.
A lot of people will judge the idea but let me tell you something. It takes a lot of courage to leave your country to work abroad and build a new life. But for sure it takes a lot more to leave when you are settle for a while, settle in time, perhaps.

It’s not a new beginning but a new chapter. And with all my heart i wish it will be the best one.
Is she going back to the start? Did she regrets? Did she made a mistake? It didn’t work out?
IT did! IT did work out but all journeys comes to an end. It was worth it but now something else will be. IT was an amazing journey but of course, as life, with its very ups and downs along the road.
A life story only some will share and she is leaving with the heaviest baggage. Not talking about a hundred kg she is taking with her in cargo but her baggage full of things she learned, her experiences, challenges she faced and overcome, friends she gathered along the way, an open mind as never before, ready for all, joys she will never forget and a new being she become.
Some say that you have to finished on the top, so this company is a last result but what happens if you started on top? Will the next step be a downfall? No way! She learned that the sky’s the limit. So whatever is expecting her, will be as great as or better.

With all my love.

Let me tell yall 

I am not going to apologize once again for the months missing, its not fair after a year apart👌! Anyways… Sorry. 😂😂. Now back to the topic.. How weird things can actually be and get. Honestly, today a guy came to me and told he had read my blog  then i realized oh shit i do have a blog 😂 so i spent my afternoon reading it. Let me tell you .. Remember the guy from my OD that i had no idea of the name and i mentioned that his English was perfect and the interviewer ask him something then he left for some reason? I also mentioned that i would never know why unless i asked his wife who joing Ek with me? Well this guy has a name and i know him, he moved to Dubai and finally joined Emirates. He had his first flight, after training, this month. 😍 How great is that? Also i mentioned Priscila that was with me on my Assessment Day and did not make it. Guess what? She is also here, she joined Ek and its been 5 months, i guess, already! Also there was another girl who didnt make it through our OD but then til out AD she tried again and pass but didnt make it on FI. Yep she joined us as well ! How great is that? People that i actually crossed by  two years ago, are finally here with us now. So please, as cliché as it might sound, dont give up on your dreams ! You still can make it and actually to be fair, if i had joined Emirates on my 21yrs i wouldnt have made the most of it like i do now! One more thing, i dont recall mentioning it but the girl who actually told me about Emirates, when i was back in 2011 doing the flight attendant course in Brazil, she is now one of my best friends here in Dubai. Last thought: how funny life could get? Everthing happens for a reason, and believe me when i say sometimes is just bad timing! Things happen at the right moment like it or not. 

Reserve month

Reserve month is a month that you basically won’t have a roster preassign. You don’t know when will you have days off, which flights you will have and so on.
This happens every 8 month or more.
On a reserve month you could have an airport stand by or a home stand by. An airport stand by is a 4 hours duty that, as the name stand, you will have to be ready for any flight(packing for both winter and summer) at the airport. They will assign you for a flight which a crew didn’t show up, was not fit to fly or was offloaded for any reason. So you will be waiting at the stand by lounge with the uniform but you can use your phone, watch TV, eat and drink, sleep or read while you’re there. They will call you for any flight at any time and you’ll go right away.
A home stand by is usually 8 hours duty but again like the name, you wait at home for the roster controller call you letting you know which flight you will have. Usually you have around 2 hours to be at the airport ready for a flight once they called you. But the difference is that you can pack for the right weather. =D

Pros and Cons

Pros: For me is the fact that you could have good flights and the feeling of not knowing where you will be tomorrow.

Cons: Not knowing when your days off are. Plus the fact that you don’t know if you will have a 2 hours flight or a 16 one, could really be a nightmare if you are not well rested.

Is a month that crew don’t like a lot but we have to do it, and to be fair mine was pretty great. I had a lot of hours, nice flights, lovely crew, new destinations and amazing layovers. It was also a month that i couldn’t go out or do anything on my days off because you could only know what will happen to you around 18:00 every day. So imagine you know on 15th that you will have 16th off and at night you will find out that on 17th in the morning you have a stand by. Crazy times but it turn out to be great.

This post might not be very clear for you, so if you have any doubts please let me know in the comments for me to explain better.

xx

Get closer

I cannot promise that i’ll write often, but you can keep track on social media. Raphamontano on intagram 6D1B2AB9-F9AD-49FC-A05D-F629224AD35E

😎. I am currently in US but as soon as i reach Dubai i will write a post telling you about my reserve month, how was it, what it is and how it works . See you soon..

 

Paris mon amour

Paris… to me it represents much more than just the fashion capital, romantic city or movie scenes. My grandmother was French and went to Brazil by herself to get away from the World War II. She had her aunt that moved from France to Brazil years before.

She always promise to take me and my uncle(her youngest son) to Paris to meet her sister and her family. Unfortunately she passed away a few months before we could go and our family broke apart.

Long story short, after that I started to take a flight attendant course (required in Brazil before you apply for an airline)and my uncle decided to move to Paris. One month to complete 5 years that she passed away and 4 years that we only saw my uncle in Skype, my job, which ironic or not, as a flight attendant gave me the opportunity to travel to Paris for 2 days and be able to see him.

Grandma, after 5 years, what you wanted finally happened, together in Paris.

Living a dream ?

What i heard the most is that we (emirates cabin crew)are living the dream.

It is true, i am living MY dream which it might not be yours, or you just might think it is. To be fair most of the time i do forget that, and start to pay more attention in my tiredness, my roster, the unbearable heat in Dubai, missing my family, not living with my friend and stupid things like that. But you know what? I always go back to where i was mentally before joined Emirates. How? I do have notes that i wrote when i decided to join and give it a shot, i also have videos that i recorded for myself to remind me in the future of my plans at the moment. Plus i read posts that i used to read when i was about to discover life as an EK cabin crew, videos from Lisa Single for example. I love the feeling that i have when i search for things i used to do before. It make me feel like i am actually living a dream, remember all those mixed feelings I’ve once had.

Please do so, if you think that you are not enjoying the time or the job anymore, not that you don’t enjoy it but sometimes you just get used to it so you don’t actually appreciate it. Sometimes just a simple thing an bring you back to the moment you choose this job, or what makes you decide between something.

I confess the homesick is driving us all crazy but guess what, we are now completing 6 months in the company and i already have my date of leave which i am not going to say because it will be a surprise. This comfort us knowing the exactly day that we will visit home. And a life as a flight attendant flies, literally. Sometimes it feels like i am here for one month but sometimes it feels like its been ages since I’ve moved.

Whenever i feel tired before a `not exciting` flight, I watch Pan Am. I am not joking. I do! And it makes my day, seriously, i notice i smile more during the flight, i have such a good mood and small negative things don’t make any difference.

You might think i talk to much about what to do and how to enjoy but seriously you might take this(or any other) job for granted, it is an easy job but dealing with people stuck in a piece of metal above the clouds, can be stressful and exhausting.

About the money: I’ve heard so many things about our salary and about our life style before i joined. The truth: Dubai has to offer an amazing night life but if you are like me who doesn’t enjoy this life style it is ok, you also have a lot of different things, you just need to know what makes you happy. To me for example i love the beach and do sports like surfing and stand up paddle. And here we have the perfect place for it – Kite beach.

During the summer i just cannot enjoy it that much because i have low blood pressure and i feel really bad outside, but i have my layovers which are amazing and such a different places and such a different weather. I can enjoy one day at -7 degrees and come back to Dubai to 38 degrees at 3 a.m. Plus the ‘winter’ is coming and i am really excited about my first ‘cold’ weather in Dubai.

I’ve met so many people here and all of them actually say to me that it is impossible to save money in your first year here. It’s a LIE. In 3 months of full salary i manage to save almost everything. I am not joking, i spend a lot with food, which is expensive here, from whats left from my allowances and it turn out that my salary was forgotten in my account. But i don’t go out to nightclubs often, and i do hang out with my friends in a restaurant or just in each others houses for a dinner or movies or whatever. This month i will spend a lot because me and my rommie are planning to decorate our apartment. I am always buying presents to my family and everything i want on a layover. So it will really depend on what you do and what you need to use your money for. I know for sure that when i’m going to Brazil i will spend my entire salary!

Also don’t be a freak money saver, we need to enjoy living here and buy things for ourselves because we work hard for it.

One tip: Manage your sleep!! You will fight with your brain that its time to sleep when you arrived at home and the sun its already out. Even with the black out curtains in your apartment and eye shades, your brain is just not used to it.

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I’ve been in heaven

This heaven is called Mauritius!

The most amazing place ever, our layover is at Shandrani Resort & Spa. Pay attention at the word Resort. As soon as we reached the resort (around 6p.m), we did check in by seniority so i’m always the last one, and we went for dinner around 7:30, all crew, and for the first time the Captain and First officer joined us.  

       Amazing food, amazing place. In the morning i woke up at 8 for breakfast and for my surprise the view was even better than expected and the place is huge. After breakfast i spent a few hours tanning by the pool and enjoying the place. When my friend met me she shown me around and there is a golf park inside the resort and behind there is the beach, since i cannot explain the beauty and the color. So i took photos (they dont show the real thing but is pretty close). 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 I felt so blessed and relaxed. So i thank God for given me that oportunity of this job and life, sometimes we dont even realize how blessed we are, not because we are ungrateful, is just because we just dont have time to think because life is running , or better – flying. People ask onboard and at the airport to take pictures of me and they act like we are famous, its so weird to think that i am around someone’s instagram, facebook, social media. Love this job. Best job ever but remember the best job is not mine is the one you feel happy about it, so it doesnt matter what you do but how you do it and how you feel about it.😘