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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

My Perfect Day in -
London | Perth | Sydney | Melbourne

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Airline Crew.net
Airline Uniforms
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Seatguru - Most Comfy Seats On Any Airline
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Kangaroo with a Sweet Tooth
Kronicles of Kris
The Adventures of Alle Malice
Joel's trek across Asia/Europe in a Hilux
Phil's Wine Site

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Tray Table
Airboy
Lifehacker
I Can Has Cheezburger
The Flying Pinto
Girl on Raw
Things Bogans Like
Bobby at Up, Up and a Gay
Straight Guy in the Queer Skies

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Hey guys, just a small update. Am currently in Perth on my annual leave, and posting this using my iPod touch. Whilst I love the web browsing feature of this device, it make blogging incredibly difficult.

After Australia Day I still had my safety review, though there were no more exams I still had Crew Resource Management, Security, Loose Equipment and Simulator still to do. And call me a bit of a flighty nerd, but I LOVE sim work. And for some reason a lot of crew hate it. But it's the only time you can yell at a whole bunch of people at the top of your lungs and give orders. I had a lot of pent up anger inside, it needed to be released, and it was released in such a way it shocked the trainers. "Boys better not mess with this girl - you won't be living for long!" First time in 1.5 years he'd heard anyone shout evac commands that loudly. I was chuffed, but very hoarse at the end of it.

After training college was a very uneventful Sanaa turnaround, then Colombo-Singapore which left me fatigued and sore like never before. The STD was pushed back 2 hours, which I knew nothing about until sign in (I rocked up to work early to have dinner there, trying to be good!) Then boarding was delayed another 45 min as it was super foggy outside and we were waiting for connecting passengers to land. Eventuaully 2 hrs after STD we finally pushed back after finding room on the runway to take off from having waited so long. All the while I was forced to work Economy (2 class going, 3 class coming back). I hadn't worked that hard in a long time, my arms were incredibly sore, and in a 72 hr period I'd slept a grand total of 8hrs. Hardly ideal.

Singapore was great fun. We recently changed hotels - before we were near Bugis and I had my favorite spots I went to for cheap breakfasts, for Hainanese Chicken Rice, and for tasty Nasi Lemak. Now they've got us holed up in Clarke Quay, and whilst I love the new hotel to bits (the old one was gross on so many levels) now I have to find brand new hangouts I can routinely visit when I'm in Singapore. Caught up with a dear friend of mine from Perth, was one of the best layovers I'd had in a while, so if I can get another flight there next month I'll be pretty stoked.

Only arrived in Perth a few days ago. After arriving from Singapore I had about 3 hrs on ground before Check-in. Rushed with the packing, then fell asleep, woke up later than I should have, bolted for staff travel, then had to wait another hour for my boarding pass. Everything was a shambles after this as I missed out on buying my Dad's birthday present at the Duty Free, my phone crashed so I couldn't call anyone to pick me up, and my favrorite headphones got damaged somehow so I couldn't listen/watch my iPod on the 11hr plane journey.

Now I'm back home I'm just taking it easy. Plenty of catch ups scheduled, as well as visits to the bank and dentist :-( Hope to see Cirque du Soleil on Sunday so it should be a blast. This leave will definately be spent relaxing and recouperating!

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