28 March 2012

Been there done that :)

Good day my lovely unknown readers and well known friends :*

I've been looking through some old/new photos the other day, reorganizing folders and trying to find the best ones to share with you from my previous journeys...
So here you go, enjoy :)

28.09.2006. - 04.10.2006.
In Lella Baya hotel you feel like you're in Aladdin movie :)
Fascinating ruins of Carthage leaves you speechless.
And in this small town of Sidi Bou Said (little white houses with blue doors and windows) they make great coffee and mint tea, just relax and take it easy :)

28.09.2007. - 05.10.2007.
In Oia you can see the most beautiful sunset in the World...
Go for a swim on a Red, White or Black beach, try amazing cakes in Oia, watch the sunset, get drunk in one of the many great clubs in Fira :) , take a boat trip to a nearby volcano, eat local food and drink their tasty vine, rent a car and go discover this wonderful island by yourself, you'll love it!

21.02.2008. - 24.02.2008.
Sacher cake - best one EVER!
Schonbrunn Palace makes you wanna go back in time and take a walk down its halls and chambers, dance in the ballroom or just sit on the grass in those beautiful gardens surrounding the Palace...

15.03.2008. - 23.03.2008.
Feels like you're a few thousand years back in history - call me Nefertiti :D
Ofcourse you must visit the Pyramids and the Sfing!
Camel ride is fun, so is safari. You should also try snorkeling in the Ras Mohamed National park or the Blue Hole ;)

22.07.2008. - 05.08.2008.
...a long drive down to Key West, swimming with dolphins and the shopping of my life... :D

- next stop - Disney World Orlando - Magic Kingdom - a dream came true for my inner child! :)


 Downtown Manhattan

From Central Park, Museum of National History, Guggenheim, Upper East side and 5th avenue, Metropolitan museum, Times sq., Trump Tower, Madame Tussaud, Empire State Building, Grand Central station, Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller Center, NY Public library, Broadway, SOHO, Little Italy...to the Brooklyn Bridge, Wall street, Chrysler building, Statue of Liberty, New Jersey...

...take a train to Washington D.C., don't miss it if you're already there!

 The White House, National Mall, Jefferson Memorial, Air and Space Museum (among all the other Smithsonian museums), Capitol Hill , at the end of the day chillaxing in the pool :)

11.03.2011. - 20.03.2011.

Arthur's seat view of the city, Edinbrugh castle in the back, The Scott monument, Meadows, Calton hill, Camera obscura and much more... Amazing place - modern architecture combined with historic one, men in kilts, beer and scotch on every corner! :)
But the weather is terrible :) Maybe it is better to go there in the summer when there's a festival and more sun in the sky :)
However, it has been a great trip and I was delighted by this old town and its beauty...

As long as you're there, you can take a train to Glasgow, hour and a half away...

At the end of every good story you always end up hungry! :D

Now it is time for some new places, people and experiences! :))

Big kiss to you all :*

22 March 2012

How it all started :)

Hello everyone!

I just realized I haven't said, excuse me, wrote a word about these open days we had a month ago in Zagreb...

February 18th, Arcotel hotel, Zagreb, Croatia, 9:00 am, cca 250 people waiting.

We came in to a conference room and there were our recruitment officers waiting for us, Iva and Ruba (I'm not sure how to spell her name :) )
They started a presentation, talked about the company, the job, showing us videos, answering our questions. After only a few minutes I knew that was it! That's what I want!

After the presentation, we all had to show them we are able to reach 2,12m, gave them our CV-s and pictures, talked to them for a minute or two and that was it!
They said they will call us in the afternoon if we have passed into the next stage.

18:00 pm - Iva called me to tell me they would like to see me again tomorrow! :))) 
Same place, same time, and ofcourse same dress code - bussines attire (day 1 - pants are allowed for the ladies, day 2 - wear a skirt!). 
So SUIT UP ladies and gentlemen :D
February 19th - Assessment Day (AD) = 75 people came. We were divided into small groups and we had to complete the tasks they gave us. My group for example, had to draw a map of the world, after which was a group discussion about 5 criterias we thought an applicant for the job as a hotel recepcionist should have.
All that time Iva and Ruba were walking around, taking notes, listening and questioning us.

TEAM WORK people! You have to show them that you can be a part of one. Show them you act, talk, listen and work as a team.

When that was over we had to go outside, wait for them to decide who gets a 'congatulations' letter saying:
''Ref No- x.
Thank You for your time and interest in Emirates airline and for attending today's programme. Congratulations, You have been successful through to the next stage of the Screening and Assessment Centre. 
Best regards, Cabin Crew recruitment.''

33 of us received it, others received 'unfortunately' letter.

The next stage was an english test. Nothing difficult, writing an essay, conecting synonyms etc...

Again, elemination process - 28 of us passed through the Final Interview (FI)! :D

I had mine 10 days later, had to bring a whole bunch of paperwork they asked for, a few pictures and a CV ofcourse. The interview lasted for about 40 minutes. She asked me about my previous jobs and all kind of situations regarding work I have find myself into.Lots of questions, lots of details. It all went great and I was really proud of myself :))

Waiting period after the FI is 4 to 6 weeks, but I have received my GC (Golden call) only 12 days later, right on my birthday on March 11th (as I wrote before) :)

DOJ = Date Of Joining - May 13th 

I had 2 weeks to complete my medicals and to upload the documents on the portal. Now comes the waiting period, counting days, and keeping our fingers crossed for the ones who haven't received their GC yet! :))

52 days left until Dubai! :D

Have a good night dear readers :*

18 March 2012

A little bit of history

The history of the flight attendant began as soon as passenger air travel began.
At the begining there were only male flight attendants -Heinrich Kubis was Germany's (and the world's) first flight attendant, in 1912. 
Imperial Airways of the United Kingdom had "cabin boys" or "stewards", in the 1920s.  In the USA, Stout Airways was the first to employ stewards in 1926.

These stewards were responsible for seeing to the passenger needs. Such as helping passengers board the aircraft, assisting with the baggage, serving refreshments and assuring that passengers put their cigars and cigarettes out.

By the late 1930's, United Airlines, being the first, had hired stewardess, female helpers. 
On May 15, 1930, United's first stewardesses (female cabin crew :) ) led by registered nurse Ellen Church took their initial flight on a Boeing 80A from Oakland/San Francisco to Chicago, making a 20-hour journey with 13 stops and 14 passengers. Church was hired in 1930 as head stewardess and was put in charge of hiring others. 

 Ellen Church

 Female flight attendants rapidly replaced male ones, and by 1936, they had taken over the role. They were expected to work long hours making about $1 an hour and on average worked about 100 hours a month. The airlines as part of their hiring practices required the women to take an oath in which they would not marry nor have children, if they break it they would have been fired.

Nowadays things are very much different, for the begining women do have rights :) 
Work terms and conditions, so as the salary are better, I would even dare to say great. 
Planes are modern, faster, more quiet and safer then before, the routes are longer and destinations are various, which all at once makes this job desirable and exciting!

...and the best of all... :)

Soon enough I'll be making my own history as a flight attendant...