Countries Visited (not including Turnarounds): Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, North Korea, Philipines, Russia, Singapore, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City
London | Perth | Sydney | Melbourne
Seatguru - Most Comfy Seats On Any Airline
pprune.org - Pilot's rumour network
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
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
Skin by Falter
Monday, January 26, 2009Just wanted to wish everyone (particularly the expats) a very Happy Australia Day! Ideally I would have loved to have spent the arvo at Aussie Legends playing pool, and having a laugh dancing to Khe San, but unfortunately I was rostered my Safety Exams. After a very long and exhausting day done on minimal sleep (a 3am Chennai will mess up your bodyclock like no other flight can) I took no less than 4 exam papers and passed with only 1 question wrong!
So my treat for today, seeing as though in pretty bad circumstances I still feel somewhat patriotic, will be to down as many Tim Tam Slams as my stomach can hold and watching The Castle.
Best. Movie. Ever
Labels: Homesick8 comments
Sunday, January 25, 2009Just a couple of pictures from Houston - wasn't much to see or do as it was a Sunday, then a public holiday for the 2 days I was there.
Well I needed some sort of proof I was in Texas
Discovery Park - Full of luminous balls with images on them. Probably the coolest thing I saw there. Don't know if it's still up though.
First thing I ate there. After having it I swore to only eat ribs and steaks on my next trip to Houston. Soooo average.
Thursday, January 22, 2009On Thursday, if you were in Dubai, cabin crew, and had that "In-Your-FACE" Card handy, you were on the ice.
What a way to spend the day off!
Soooooo much fun! Not too crowded after 7pm, saw a few people I knew there, and I didn't stack it once! Even saw Ben there working the Ice! Even thinking of taking lessons now, just for something to do... Need to learn how to stop, and skate backwards. That would be nice.
Labels: Around Dubai11 comments
Sunday, January 18, 2009At the moment I'm in Houston and have done something completely silly. Last night (or is that the night before?... losing track of time after flying 8 timezones...) whilst packing all my clothes I totally forgot to pack a pair of jeans :-(
I'd done this once before, on a Glasgow flight, where the pair of jeans I'd thought I had packed was in fact a denim skirt, and was hardly suitable for 3 degree winter weather. Fortunately the outdoors are much warmer here, and so I will be strutting my stuff in gym gear until I can find a pair that actually fits and is worth buying and wearing once until I get back home. On second thought maybe I just won't bother...
Anyway, if you guys have looked at the left side of this blog recently you may have noticed that there is now an email address you can reach me on! I can now be emailed at...
but just replace the [at] with an @ and so on, it's to avoid spammers sending crappy mail to me. I will do my best to answer all emails as best I can, as quickly as I can (Comments on posts will still get priority in response). If you have any praise (always welcome!) or any suggestions to improve the site then let me know. I realise that many readers on here will want to know about recruitment, and wherever possible I will try to answer those emails, but PLEASE check out pprune.org first as I'm pretty much a dinosaur now and the things that happened during my recruitment have definately changed now. You could also check out http://airboy.sodwee.com whcih is bursting with info. 8 comments
Thursday, January 15, 2009Just a small update guys on where I've been recently. Since my last post I've been to both Casablanca and Dusseldorf.
I'd decided early on that because I'd been there before I'd spend the Morrocan layover studying for my SEP (Safety & Emergency Procedures) exams. Unlike last year when the exams were ridiculously easy (it was more hard work trying to decide what to order at Costa) this year I'd heard a few rumours, and have since found out that a batchmate of mine has failed her recurrent.
But upon arrival into Casablanca it was a different story. Slept straight away, joined the crew for Lamb Tagine at the hotel (we didn't leave the hotel, lame I know, but it was pissing down and I didn't exactly pack for going out in the rain) enjoyed a live Morrocan band, slept, had some free breakfast at the buffet, some Morrocan Tea in the room and then time to get ready for work. It was the first time in a while the entire crew were great to hang out with - from the Flight deck to Economy everyone was in a great mood which was so refreshing to see. Even met the lovely Veronika - an avid reader of this very blog! (Hello BTW!)
Which brings me onto Dusseldorf. And my poor diet over the last couple of weeks had finally caught up with me. Similar to what had happened in Tokyo, about 1-2 hrs after landing I was sick as a dog. I don't know what it is, if it's the aircraft food, or something I'd had on ground. Since the huge fight with Flatmate No. 6 I've barely eaten anything, my weight has plummeted, and now I'm starting to eat properly again my body isn't handling it for some reason. I don't know what it is, but I'd packed to sightsee in DUS and only saw my room and the airport. So annoyed, I wanted some Pork Knuckle and Potato cakes with Apple Sauce :-(
So now I'm back in Dubai, and have 2 consecutive days off for the first time in ages. Going to Houston next, which I'm not particularly excited about. Tonight is the big Ice Skating extravaganza my mate Dave is organising so will probably show off my triple klutz to whoever isn't on their bums getting wet or run over.
Labels: Layovers13 comments
Wednesday, January 07, 2009Well I'm back in Dubai, and have barely had time to enjoy the outdoors here before I have to get back on the plane again. London was probably the most beautiful I had ever seen it. I woke up super early, walked outside to the bus stop and it was snowing! The ground was all white, and whilst I'd seen snow before in Moscow, you hardly get to see it in Britain, so I rugged up and went out to do some shopping. Only bought some make up for work, a lot of stuff there that I wanted, particularly at Liberty and Dover St Markets, but in the back of my mind is the big Euro holiday I want to take in May so no big splurges this time.
On the downside, I can't go 5 minutes without having a coughing fit. My asthma is playing up big time, and it's mainly due to my flatmate and her insistance on having the AC on at full blast in the middle of a Dubai winter. Been having huge issues with her, but I'm going to try to limit what I say about her on here. This is a Travel Blog after all :-)
So tomorrow I am off to Casablanca, which I tried my best to swap out of but with no success. Having been there before on my reserve, and seeing as though my stay there is forcast for heavy showers, I will probably use the layover to study for my SEP recurrent coming up in about 2 weeks time. Last year the tests were a joke, I studied for 4 hours the night before and in the end scored 100% and a fancy certificate to boot. Have heard that this year's tests are much more challenging which is a very good thing. May squeeze in a tasty lamb Tagine in too if I'm good. 11 comments
Saturday, January 03, 2009Just decided to check my adsense figures, and believe it or not I've passed a milestone. Some time after yesterday's post, tampaxtowers.blogspot.com had passed...
Goodness me! I just wanted to say a HUGE thankyou to you guys for supporting the site. Really made my day :-)
Labels: Random Thoughts17 comments
Friday, January 02, 2009So I just came back from London Gatwick which was FREEZING!!! The max. temperature it reached was only 3 degrees Celcius! But I braved the elements, needed to get a decent coffee and some shopping done at M&S. Bought some ear muffs but that was about it. Have a Heathrow coming up so wanted to save some pounds for that trip and hit Oxford St. It's a hard life!
Anyways, I'm now onto my second contract, but for some reason ever since I've re-signed it I've just had the crappiest luck. After having the Chile promotion cancelled and the whole Houston drama, it's been going downhill from there. Got given 2 Absent days last month to get my documents sorted, then when I get into LGW, realised they didn't change the expriy date on the ID! This caused a ton of problems on ground at the airport, and I've had quite a few reports written about it, but I'm seeing my manager in a few days so hopefully it will get sorted out. Now my flatmate is turning into a freaking flat-zilla and making life difficult for me in my own apartment. So things haven't been too good for me lately.
After a lacklusture NYE serving nil passengers (I love first class :-P) 2009 has started off very poorly. Lets hope it improves soon.
Labels: Random Thoughts8 comments