Hello! It’s been a really long time since I last blogged about life and it’s pretty funny because A LOT of things have actually changed since I last wrote here.
Anyway, to start things, I wanna share that I am now - though not officially because I haven’t gotten my license yet - a flight attendant! Surprising, right?! Who would have thought? I didn’t. It wasn’t my dream but I’m now here. So let me tell you how it all started.
It was mid-2013 when my best friends asked me to go with them and apply in different airlines. I wasn’t really interested because you all know what I am right? An artist. I wanted to design stuff and not separate myself from what I learned in college. So I shrugged off the idea of becoming a flight attendant.
However, early December 2013, something inside me made me think of trying my luck and apply as a flight attendant. I had my full body, half body, and 2x2 pictures taken and the following day, I found myself in PAL’s office with 20+ other aspiring flight attendants. I told myself it was all for fun and that if I don’t get in, it’s okay. But then, something surprising happened: I actually passed PAL’s screening and was one step closer to being an FA! It’s funny and awesome at the same time. I wasn’t expecting anything but there I was - I actually had the qualities of an FA for PAL. I don’t wanna get into the details but after that, I just went to have my screening with PAL’s president, passed; had their knowledge exam, passed; I was also in the middle of the medical exam when…
…halfway through my PAL application (which took me 4 long months, ugh), I discovered that AirAsia was having an open day application for aspiring flight attendants on March 25. During that time, I was already at my peak of actually WANTING to be a flight attendant. Yes, I developed an intense ambition of becoming one when I tried searching for flight attendant blogs and read about their experiences in training and their flying lives. Since my PAL application was taking really long and I don’t wanna miss the opportunity, I applied in that open day. It was a tiring 2-day process and even during those days, I still wasn’t expecting high. There were a lot of pretty girls during that day and my self-esteem really went down when I saw them.
There were about 5 levels in the application process and each level meant tens and hundreds (even thousands) of aspirants slowly decreasing in number. There were one-on-one interviews, written exams, and talent portions (!!!). From 2,035 applicants, I was part of the 24 who got in and given the chance to train in Malaysia. It was amazing!!! The heat of the sun during application, the amount of time I spent just to complete all the requirements before application day (which was 1 week), the amount of effort I gave to learn how to do makeup - they all paid off. I did my medical exam with them and also passed.
There was one problem though: I had my PAL and AirAsia applications in the same timeline and I had to choose only one. It was really hard because I had my own pros and cons for both airlines. Honestly, I wanted to get PAL because of all the destinations they have. But then, in the morning of April 29, I got a call from PAL that I needed to repeat my urinalysis with them. It was impossible for me to do it immediately because of some girl issues so I thought I’ll just do it next Monday, May 5. It was all fine when during the same week, May 2, I got a call from AirAsia asking me to go to their office ASAP. Being the good girl that I was, I went to their office. And then the life-changing news struck me: they wanted me to go with the batch who will fly to Malaysia on May 6 for the training. May 6, which was 4 DAYS from that day. I was actually part of the batch who would have left last May 18 but they transferred me to the batch who will be training first. I had the chance to refuse the offer but I just took it.
And so, during the weekend, I had to shop for all the things that I needed to bring to Malaysia. I also had to make the most out of my last 4 days in the Philippines - which made me sad. It was my first time to leave the country and be away from my family and boyfriend that long, and I only had 4 days to get ready for that.
Yes, I was crying a few hours before my flight with my boyfriend beside me. It was hard, but it excited me too.
And then I thought of all the experiences I will be having for the next 2 months. Everything was new and it excited me. The thought of myself riding an airplane for the first time for the purpose of training to be a flight attendant was really funny - and it excited me.
Anonymous said: Hi! Ano po bang requirement para maging CL or MCL sa Benilde? MMA din po ako. Thanks!
CL, MCL - as in Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude? I believe as long as na-meet mo yung grade requirements (3.650+ ata for MCL, 3.5+ for CL) and you don’t have failing marks AND a grade lower than 2.0, you can graduate with honors. I’m just not sure with the figures I mentioned but basically, ganyan. :-)
I love being horribly straightforward. I love sending reckless text messages (because how reckless can a form of digitized communication be?) and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they really exist. I love saying, “Kiss me harder,” and “You’re a good person,” and, “You brighten my day.” I live my life as straight-forward as possible.
Because one day, I might get hit by a bus.
Maybe it’s weird. Maybe it’s scary. Maybe it seems downright impossible to just be—to just let people know you want them, need them, feel like, in this very moment, you will die if you do not see them, hold them, touch them in some way whether its your feet on their thighs on the couch or your tongue in their mouth or your heart in their hands.
But there is nothing more beautiful than being desperate.
And there is nothing more risky than pretending not to care.
We are young and we are human and we are beautiful and we are not as in control as we think we are. We never know who needs us back. We never know the magic that can arise between ourselves and other humans.
We never know when the bus is coming."
Anonymous said: Nakakastress ba ang maging MMA student sa benilde?
It depends. Kapag tinatamad ka gumawa ng plates, nakakastress. Pero pag nasa mood ka magpaka-artistic, hindi nakakastress. So it really depends on how much you love the course. :-) Masaya ang MMA (for my case) kasi I get to study what I love doing. :-)
If I am ignoring you, I apologize. I become distracted and will focus on one thing a while. Sometimes I’m just emotionally overwhelmed and I have to lay down for a while. I’m not ignoring you because it’s you it’s because life is distracting and hard and so sometimes I just need to stop talking to people and sometimes I do that suddenly.