Pictures From The Rookie

I suppose at one point leading meant muscles; but most of the time it’s getting along with people.

To the able bodies of my former team, CUAL1; for making my days a little more happy than they use to and allowing me to push them … around, LOL:

Shayne, Fer, Cynthia, Ef, Cathy, Jun-Vi, Dre, Jen, Yssa, Bev, Hannah, Jaycee, Dennis, Nel, Judy and Apple Pie

And to those who shared with us:

Dencio, Atok, Josh and Ayene


My Last Trip With The Old Team

A few weeks back, me and my team went out of town for a bit of interlude from stress. The place of choice wasn’t very far and it was quite convenient serving a bit of hiking and a lot of swimming, which is up to everyone’s alley.

This will probably be my last video about these group of people. We’ve managed to grow while we were together and growing –in the industry we live in – predominantly mean, separating the moment each is strong enough.

I hope they like what I’ve made. It’s a little screwed on the timing (I was waaay past my bedtime so I couldn’t count on producing quality videos), but I tried.


Loose Cannons

I woke up with a start and the sky is still dark – it’s 1:34am. How long have I been sleeping? 45 minutes. Why can’t I stay asleep?  Better busy yourself or you’ll start thinking crazy things again. Read – rest your eyes you just finished one. Food – you just ate. Play a video game – you don’t play video games. Call ‘Mr. Unavailable But He’s Dating You’ – he’s sleeping, we don’t want to bother him over nonsensical discussions. Face it, you’re stuck.

There is a steady drizzle outside my room – thank God for the lovely weather – and the lack of better things to do can’t seem to find me. Broke, home alone and with a fuzzy cable tv connection, I thought of a small project. Don’t you have some new pictures you wanted to tinker with? Right. But photoshop is boring. Then do something else with it.

The voice at the back of my head just gave me an idea …

I can’t wait to go out with them again – but first you gotta stop being broke first.

CUAL1 Team Pictures

I’ve been meaning to send all our pictures to you but loading them limits me to only a few MB and organizing them in my Photobucket has proved cumbersome. So I made a decision to cut time to three hours as opposed to … hmm, several days. It saves me time to write more worthwhile articles and tearing my hair off.

Simply hover your pointer over the link to view the thumbnail – mind you, it’ll be a cut down version – and if you like it, you can simply click to open and save – the full picture should show by then.



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Fish No More

To start with and to put it politely, it was very challenging. One is in need to be on their toes at all times; miss one session and the following days will become problematic, that alone is tricky to someone with short attention span like me. Week after weeks and month after months, one is put through intensive schooling to cover all areas and avoid mistakes that may impact revenue. I especially had troubles with anything that concerned calculations (I don’t like math!) but with my coaches help and a little tough love, I was able to pull through. I also was the only one with a commendation; whew that was a feat in itself. Everyone on the floor was all smiles for my accomplishment after it was announced through email. So maybe, just maybe I had all the right to be self-satisfied in my head.

Last Friday, June 20 I graduated from my airlines class with a 90.15 average. Suffice it to say, I’m very much pleased and was a bit smug in my head.

Before this whole thing started, I was leery on survival. I was the new fish and unfortunately I was also out of water. I was one of those who had the credentials of my position but had no expertise of the product, nevertheless the Senior Operations Manager trusted me and perhaps saw something during the interviews that led me to be a part of the team. Day by day, I had uncertainties that I fit and there would be times I myself would question my existence in the current line-up. The me I know just isn’t United Airlines material. 

But I was shown nothing but kindness and I was received warmly. People would give a smile and acknowledge my being part of the family and all of them seem stoked as I am that the team is growing in successful proportions. 

Now that I’m done with training, I just have to go through minor buddy ups to herald a team and it’ll be work work work all the way. I celebrated with a huge bag of chips, a few bottles of vodka Cruiser and a new book by Stephanie Meyer. The heavens were celebrating with me as well. It decided to open up and give the city a downpour providing low temperatures conducive for relaxing and snuggling. The lack of internet connection and electricity didn’t even dampen my spirit, it was one of my best weekends so far. I love me right now.