Where I’ve Been

…I think it’s about time for an update, and I would LOVE to share with you guys what I’ve been up to!

As some of you may remember, this month I have 3 new destinations and the pleasure of operating a Toronto flight home. I’ve been documenting each of these trips on Instagram, and have garnered over 17.7K followers as a result! Due to the overwhelming support on social media, I have been updating these accounts more frequently than this blog, but hope that you will continue to follow me regardless.

You can find me on:

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

Thank you for your love and support; it means the world to me!

Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

 

Layover Life: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KL). It was my first time visiting the country and I have nothing but great things to say about it!

When the crew and I arrived at our hotel, some of us decided to venture to the night street food market for a quick dinner. I’ve never eaten in this type of setting before, so that in itself was a really cool experience. Restaurants were lined up along the street, with tables in chairs placed on the side of the road. This is apparently common in Asia, but it was my first time seeing anything like it!

editttt.jpg

Night street food market in Kuala Lumpur

Following dinner, a few of us went out to explore the nightlife. We ended up at a bar called Beach Club Cafe. It’s a very popular place for airline crew to visit, and we had a great time.

Even after a long flight and late night out, some of us still managed to get up early the next day to do some sightseeing. We visited the Batu Caves, Templer Park and took a quick look at the Petronas Twin Towers.

The Batu Caves is a limestone hill composed of 18 caves, multiple temples and 272 steps. It contains the most popular Hindu shrine outside of India and has the world’s tallest statue of Hindu diety Murugan. The site is also known for its macaques (monkeys). As entertaining as it is to watch them, they can pose a biting hazard to tourists because of their territorial nature.

monkey2.jpg

A macaque on the steps of the Batu Caves

Templer Park is about a 15 minute taxi ride away from the Batu Caves. It is a forest reserve consisting of multiple waterfalls, jungle streams and trails. We only stayed for an hour because our driver was kind enough to wait for us, but it was enough time to see what we wanted to before heading back to the city.

Following our excursion, we stopped to take some pictures at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are still the tallest twin towers across the globe. Although we didn’t have time to go inside, seeing them up close and in person was amazing.

The rest of my time in KL was spent by the pool, while some of my colleagues went to check out the local malls. There is a lot to do in this city, but I still wanted to save some stuff to do for next time. Hopefully that time comes sooner rather than later!

IMG_1384.JPG

One of the best parts of my job, relaxing at the hotel pool

If you go: The Batu Caves are always busy, but we avoided the crowds by going during the week, around 9:00AM. Templer Park wasn’t that busy either. We were there from 10:30AM-11:30AM and were some of the only people in the park.

Next stop: Washington, D.C.

—-

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

—-

Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Happy International Flight Attendant Day!

Working as a flight attendant for a major airline can be a glamorous and exciting job, but it is also one that comes with a great deal of responsibility.

The safety and comfort of our passengers is always paramount. In fact, we undergo months of training to ensure we can handle any situation that arises onboard. From security to first aid, we do more than serve food and beverages on our flights!

Today we recognize this.

To my fellow crew, thank you for all that you do! 🙂

#‎UnitedByWings‬

—-

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

—-

Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Mahé, Seychelles

This hidden paradise was one of the best layovers I’ve had so far! Although it was only 14 hours in length, I still had the opportunity to explore the place.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Seychelles, it is composed of 115 islands and is located in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. I refer to it as a hidden paradise because I find not a lot of people know about it. At least, I didn’t until I was rostered to operate this flight!

Processed with VSCO with m3 preset

Your typical ‘Cabin Crew tourist’ photo from the resort.

There are many beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves to enjoy in Seychelles, but most of the crew decided that the best way to spend our time here would be on the resort. From the plane, we went directly to brunch before tanning, swimming and playing games together on the beach.

My favourite part of the entire trip was when I went for a walk along the shoreline with another Canadian crew that I met on the flight. The views we took in together were breathtaking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like them before!

Following this little adventure, I went back to hotel to catch a quick nap before the flight back to Dubai. I really wish I could’ve spent more time here, so I’m adding it to my list of places that I need to go back and visit!

IMG_0701.JPG

Views from Seychelles!

If you go: Spend more then 14 hours there! lol

Next stop: Beirut, Lebanon (turnaround)

—-

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

—-

Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Back to school…!

Hello again!

The next three days I will be attending Emirates Aviation College for a Service Assessment. Should everything go well, I will complete my probationary period with Emirates and graduate on Thursday, April 28th!

These assessment days give Cabin Crew the chance to show management how they’ve grown and developed since they first started flying. It also allows Emirates to evaluate their service delivery (based on the following competencies: customer service orientation, teamwork, organizing for results and professionalism) to ensure Emirates service standards and procedures are being followed correctly onboard.

During this period, Cabin Crew are required to present a portfolio (containing tasks they were asked to complete over the past few months) to their seniors, participate in a series of group activities and write several tests to prove their competency.

Every GR2 Cabin Crew member [GR2=Economy Class] must complete this three day assessment prior to the end of their probation period in order to become official Cabin Crew with Emirates. As difficult as this all may sound, Cabin Crew have been flying for a while at this point in time. Everything will come naturally!

Things are going well for me so far, but I am really looking forward to walking across that stage on Thursday.

I’ll let you guys know how that goes!

IMG_7230.JPG

A small look at my portfolio. Cabin Crew are not required to be this creative- I just really enjoy arts and crafts!

Next Stop: Harare, Zimbabwe

—-

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

—-

Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

 

Where I’ve been: a much needed update

Hey guys!

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much lately. This is because I haven’t been flying.

I’ve said this before, but being a flight attendant is difficult. We often work at night, travel across time zones, and experience jet lag. As a result, we have to be super conscious of our health.

Remember to always take care of yourself, but also, surround yourself with people who can take care of you too. Your support system is everything, and I can’t thank my friends and Emirates family enough for the love they’ve shown me these past two weeks alone.

I have no doubt that I will be flying again soon, but I have had to take some time off for a bit. Hope you’ll still stick around!

Much love,

Kelsey

—-

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

—-

Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Hong Kong, China

I’ve only been to Asia twice, so when I saw Hong Kong on my roster this month I was thrilled! The city is known for its skyline and natural harbour, and is one of the world’s most densely populated metropolises.

12419167_10153575961831270_9117082514656773632_o

My flight arrived in Hong Kong fairly late in the evening on a Friday night, so the first thing the crew decided to do was head to the hotel bar. Our Captain was celebrating his birthday, which gave us the perfect excuse to go out for a night on the town.

There are plenty of clubs in Hong Kong, but we decided to head to Central Soho to a place called Drop. It was recommended to us by other crew, and ended up being a lot of fun. The venue was classy and had a cool, laid back vibe. The music ranged from nu-jazz, garage and classic house, and the crowd was fairly young. Needless to say, we had a good night!

IMG_6609

The next morning, we hopped on the tram and ventured to one of the cities most renown tourist locations- The Peak. It is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Although it was foggy and we couldn’t see the city in it’s entirety, the view we did get was still gorgeous. On a good day, you would normally be able to see skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour and the green hills of the New Territories. Unfortunately, the only view we got was some rolling hills. Oh well!

Following this, we ventured to the Man Mo Temple– a Taoist temple in downtown Hong Kong. Built in 1847, it is said to be the oldest temple in the city. Visitors are able to purchase incense, light them and place them where they’d like in the temple. It was a cool experience.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

If you go: The Peak is always busy, but I don’t recommend going on a Saturday like we did. Fortunately we went early enough that we missed the massive line-up (around 9:30AM), but I’m pretty sure we got lucky. I also wouldn’t recommend going on a foggy day like we did!

With regards to the temple, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who do not like smoke. There are a lot of incense burning throughout it, and it sticks to your clothing.

Next Stop: Amman, Jordan (turnaround) then back to New York!

—-

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

—-

Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.