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Name: Melissa

About Me

Countries Visited (not including Turnarounds): Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, North Korea, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City

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Latest Updates
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
So much has happened since the last post, I'm pretty excited.

Finally got hold of a Liquor Licence!
For those of you who don't already know, alcohol is very hard to possess here in Dubai. Even at the airport you can only get it once you pass customs in the Departure lounge. You can drink it, but only if the venue is within a hotel. And don't even think about drinking during the Ramadan fast, it's way too hard. As a resident though, you can get a licence that allows you to buy it from this one shop, and only non-muslim men and women without eligable spouses can apply. I don't know how they did it, but Emirates cut a sweet deal with the alcohol suppliers and I scored a 150 dirham voucher. Just bought 2 Moet & Chandon piccolos for a little 'celebration' in the near future.

Finally got my April roster!
And it reads like an absolute dream. Osaka, Hong Kong via Bankok, Kuwait (the only turnaround I have), Glasgow, Manila, Perth! Because of the high number of Philipinos working in the company, I've had sooo many requests for the Manilla flight. Now trying to decide if I should swap if for Manchester or for Hamburg. Decisions, decisions....

Finally got paid!
Kinda glad that I had a flight on the 26th as I remember last month pacing back and forth from the closest ATM only to find out a week later we'd been paid by cheque. First things I bought - Hello Kitty purse for my cash to take to Australia to pay off the credit card, and a Helena Paparizou CD. And lunch at the Noodle House in Deira ( Next day had lunch at Wagamama ( I'm turning into a right old noodle freak. They make them taste sooooo good here.

Istanbul was the second worst flight ever!
We had about 8 economy crew working, and I was only one of 3 people who didn't mess up in some way. A guy in charge of the galley had told the caterers in Istanbul the wrong number of carts he had, thus we were shot of meals from IST to DXB. A girl opened an aircraft door for catering without letting anyone know (R5 door) and a passenger just came out of the lavatory. We had a crew who had only been working one other flight (this was her first flight on Boeing). One of the clips on my Oxygen bottles was loose and maintenance didin't have time to fix it. There was no duty free because the ground staff gave us the wrong keys to the carts. Passengers were bitching to us in Arabic (I know what "Shamutta" means and it's not a very nice thing) and spitting on other crew when we couldn't get them what they wanted. A male passenger yelled at this lady because she couldn't get her children's stuff out of the overheads. Definately not a flight I'd want to do again.

And did I mention I'm going HOME!!! Yay!