The month of August has been my “Reserve” month. This means, despite my control freakishness, I do not have a set roster of flights for the month, and at 6pm everyday my roster is updated for the next day. While it seems thrilling, it has been a bit of a roller coaster for me! You never know just quite what you’re going to get, or where in the world my job will take me. The prospect of new destinations is exciting, but the late night standbys and constantly half packed bags are killing me! Not to mention the possibility of a turn around as opposed to a layover. This is just part of the job, be it a blessing or a curse 😉 So far though, the rostering gods have smiled upon me! (For the most part, anyway!)I had home standby from 9pm- 5am, and before my duty started my roster was updated to SIN…Singapore! I was excited as I haven’t been to Singapore in over 3 years, and I had not yet operated this flight 🙂 It was an early morning one, but luckily I managed to sleep before, and the crew was one of my best so far, which made my day all the more enjoyable! After checking in to our (new) hotel, a few of us decided to get changed and explore the city by night.
The Marina Bay Sands hotel is very close to ours, but unfortunately there were road blocks (you’ll soon find out why) and we had to brave the metro! Luckily, Singapore is clean, safe and the metro system is very well organised! After meeting some local students who helped us get to the bar, the four of us decided to try our luck at Ku De Ta, the rooftop bar of one of the most famous hotels in the world. We had to pay around $28 for entry, but our wine was free and the view was priceless! It was the week before National Day in Sinagapore, the 49th birthday was coming up and there was a practice run of the fireworks! The view was spectacular and I had one of my “oh my goodness, this is my life” moments. It was very special!
After we dined on street food and went back to the hotel to sleep as we had not done so in more than 24 hours!
The next morning after a nice buffet breakfast, my Canadian and German travelling companions and I decided to do the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour of Singapore to see what we wanted to do! We stopped off at little India, the Gardens on the Bay and the Merlion Park, all fantastic attractions! The day was spent mostly taking photos and intermitently pausing to bask in the air con of passing hotel lobbies and buying overpriced water bottles from reputable looking vendors (not an easy feat!).
After a healthy early dinner, it was time for a short rest and then back on the night flight to Dubai. We had such a great time all the way there and back that it was hard to call this flight “work”! Just when I was revelling in the joy of a great layover and numerous days off, I was rostered a turnaround flight that made me seriously question my life choices at 1am and 39000 ft! I am feeling much more positive now, but it is just important for me to take this experience as it comes and try not to stress about what I don’t know/ can’t change! Wish me luck for the rest of August 😀 xx