Trolley Dolly

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Judging from the title, I'm sure you guys know what I'll be talking about in this entry. For those of you who don't already know, I've been a trolley dolly for five years now.

According to urban dictionary:
"An often over-painted but nonetheless glamourous and sexy female cabin crew member on a commercial airline, so-called because they offer drinks and other refreshments from a trolley pushed down the centre aisle. Once, it was acceptable to also pinch or grope them as they passed with their trolleys but alas, no longer. Now they must use more complicated methods of picking up men that they fancy.  
Otherwise known as "tarts with carts" or "flying mattresses ". Were known once for offering "coffee, tea or me"."

Hahahaha yeah "flying mattress" sound more appropriate a description cause I am definitely nowhere near sexy though I'm trying to be glamorous hahaha!

This is a job that many young girls yearn to have (speaking from experience- I wanted nothing more than to be recruited into the company five years ago AND my little sister is planning to join the industry soon after she graduates so I definitely know what some young girls think). And so, here's a little insight on what to expect!

Flying - pros and cons?

Okay, let's start with the pros!

Firstly, of course, travelling is FREE. Stays in five star hotels are also FREE. We get to go places, enjoy life, relax, learn about cultures, eat good food and yesssss, SHOPPING. OMG THE SHOPPINGGGGGG!! I've accumulated at least a ton of rubbish and 50kg of shopping still brand new with tags. Flying also allows me to get my favourite designer bags at discounted prices compared to Singapore's!

Number two - your time in Singapore is purely your time as there's no work to bring home nor are there deadlines to worry about. Just enjoy your day off and spend your time doing the things you love when you're home! I love my weekdays off as there are shorter queues in banks and post office.

We work with different people on every flight, we never meet the same passengers twice. So we actually meet LOTS of people everyday with differing opinions and they offer new insights to situations. I get to learn about the latest news and gossips from them and I might not even need to read the newspapers to know it. I learn something new everyday on the job.

I'm thankful for the friends I've made over the years. It's amazing how we are always able to continue the conversations we left hanging months or years ago the next time we meet.

And for the cons...

THANK GOODNESS I still weigh the same as I did five years ago butttttt my waist is disappearing :( It is definitely an inch or two thicker than it used to be and that sucks because I can't seem to find my waist back now.

Permanent dark eye circles that never go away due to my irregular sleeping hours. I am forever jet lagged and there was once I got back from the USA, I couldn't go to sleep no matter how and I was finally tired at 9am. My day was spent.

Beside the irregular hours, we lead a pretty unhealthy lifestyle as well. I don't usually take breakfast 'cause by the time I'm up, it is at least
12noon. With screwed up meal times, I gave up on taking medicines and vitamins.

Having to step out and get food for myself. HATE IT. Especially in winter.

Sometime from my third year on, I feel like my time can be better spent in Singapore rushing projects, meeting friends or even doing laundry. Anything is more productive than measuring the curtains in my hotel room. A lot of us feel unmotivated due to the comfort zone we are awarded with, they get complacent and lazy, worse of all, they feel *contented*. But not for me. I don't get the satisfaction I need from just doing my job that's why I studied for a degree, learnt driving, blog and cook during my free time, and set up my current baby - TIPPYJESS.

And lastly, there's the con of being away from home ALL THE TIME, missing anniversaries/birthdays/gatherings/weddings, etc. I used to be fine with missing all these till one day, I realised that all these events only happen ONCE and I can fly to London any other time... It's more important to be there for my friends and family than to spend it alone or with strangers overseas.

I hope you understand a little more about our job after reading through this lengthy list! I'm not a newbie to the industry nor am I in it as long as the seniors but I do know a little about it for survival purposes. You don't have to agree with me on every point as this entry only serves as MY point of view.

Alright, enough words! Below is a couple of outfits I wore lately, all from!

Brocade printed dress

Digital print skirt with leather waistband
Pointy snakeskin pumps with gold tips

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