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.