Tuesday, January 28, 2014

You Jump, I Jump, Right?

I can't believe how fast time flies! This is my 19th year sitting for the Safety, First Aid & Evacuation Procedures yearly exam. It's a wonder that I have not been teaching at training school instead. Perhaps, the joy of flying has always been my first love. Having said that, I am still able to teach, guide & share my knowledge even whilst on board, therefore the need to stay put was never an issue. Maybe, someday..who knows..I shall retire my wings :)

Going back for training is fun. Nostalgic even..Staying current is a must, be it for Safety classes or otherwise. In fact, whenever I am at the Academy, I look forward each time to catching up with old & new buddies ( colleagues & instructors alike ), lovely time outs ( non stop toilet breaks for sleepy me & suicidal breaks for the ciggie lovers ~ plus breakfast, coffee, lunch & tea time in between), gossip corners via CCN a.k.a Cabin Crew News network, admiring the new batch of juniors that are undergoing lessons then, whom I am positively sure, will be working with me in the near future & most importantly, to upgrade my skills or knowledge for my own betterment as well as to benefit others.

Here are some shots & video clips shared by my friends and I, just incase you are interested to know what it is like to be one of us ~ We are not JUST Trolley Dolly's, mind you..There is more to us that meets the eye..Come & let's get acquainted. WE are ~ Ladies & Gentlemen Serving Ladies & Gentlemen :)

                               Aircraft Mock-Up Area ~ Taking A Break After The Door Drills :)

                                                  Cabin Evacuation Drills ~ Done!

                   Ritta & Maria, Swooshing Down In Style..The Co Pilots Buzzing After...

                                                          Keep Calm... and Jump!

                              If Your Dreams Don't Scare You, They Are Not Big Enough..

                                               Wet Drill Practice 2014 ~ Completed!

                                          Child CPR In Progress..Way To Go Siti Hawa!

          Hah! Becka..Becka..Bila Lagi Nak Buli Bos Kau Ye? Sabar Je Lah Izani...Cepatttt :)

                               Shila's Sugar Rush ~  MuAaHaHahHaHaaaah.. ArgHHHH!!!

             Time To Wake Up Babeh! A Kiss By Hot Mama Suerieyana Should Do The Trick ;)

                            Maria's Turn To Perform A Chest Compression On An Infant

                                           Infant Choking ~ Mcza To The Rescue, Yeay!

                                 The Young Ladies & I. They Are Already Leaders In The Making :)

                          Shila's reminding us, " Do It Once, Do It Right. Get It Over With! "

                    Flying Mamas ~ The Real Aircraft Models, Next To An Aircraft Model :)

Cold Feets..Butterflies In The Stomachs..What's Love Got To Do With It? Exam Jitters Lah :P

                                               I am done! Legaaa...Say Cheese...Hehe!

                  Congratulations Everyone :) Happy Flying & Safe Flights Always! Xoxo.....

Rose said, " It is not up to you to save me, Jack. " To which Jack replied, " You are right...Only you can do that. " Titanic

** This blog entry is dedicated to a lovely lady, who passed on earlier last week, leaving plenty still in shock.

                                      MH 20/CDG - B747 Upper deck galley..Feb 1998

In loving memory of Lss Naelah Bushra ~ Part time Safety Instructor, a fellow sister in Kebaya & friend to many. Gone too soon.. A loving daughter, wife & mother. Al Fatihah ♥  

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Whole Neem Yards & Some Chia For Your Thoughts :)

Mom told me that when I was a little girl, daddy used to feed me a spoonful of fresh young neem leaves blended with tumeric and a little bit of salt everyday. No wonder, till today I don't seem to have any aversions towards eating bitter stuff.

When I stayed in the kampung, I enjoyed the malay ulams very much. Unassuming plants that grew by the roadsides, in longkangs or even by the riverbeds, daun Pegaga being my favourite with sambal belacan. I also loved drinking its juice. When I started dating, my boyfriend whom eventually became my husband, would stop by his favourite stall to have some Chendol, while I would walk a few feet away to get my dose of the Pegaga's refreshing juice. You can find plenty of stalls in Penang that sells it. 

My mom, uncle & hubby on the other hand, introduced me to many lovely chinese herbal drinks & soups. From the time I went through puberty till the day I gave birth, I got the best of everything! Most of the times, I am required to stomach the bitter concoctions first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or before I sleep late at night. Some of the ingredients are quite expensive. I was taught from young that all things yummy are not always healthy & a little bit of bitterness can bring you a wholesome of goodness! At one stage, during my marriage days, we even grew our own wheatgrass & have it at the break of dawn.

Most of these, you can get for free if you know what it looks like and where to look for it. Better still if you are able to plant it in your own gardens. Coming back to Neem & its amazing properties, I can't help but be thankful that it is just growing freely right infront of our yard. My mother prefers to eat Buah Tunjuk Langit, ( please don't ask me the English name for it ), while I prefer to eat the young Neem leaves. To me, besides the bitterness, it tastes a whole lot of garlicky too, and I like that. Mom also blends the leaves for us to shower in at times. It seems to have a wonderful effect on my son, Ryan currently. His wounded area doesn't itch as much now therefore, we seldom have to give him his Piriton medication. Google Neem & you'll be amaze by its healing wonders. It is so bitter that even a mosquito will not be interested to suck your blood, hence I am sure chances of us, Malaysians, getting the silent Denggi fever will be next to nil!

                   Grandma & grandson getting the Neem leaves ready for usage.

Ryan's chest ~ 5 days after discharge & two weeks since his unfortunate incident with hot water.

There is something else that my son & I have been eating as well, on & off long before his hospital stay. Chia Seeds. I believe that it has aided in Ryan's cell growth tremendously. ( I want to believe that it has anyway ). On Ryan's first week in hospital, the Dr & nurses told me that Ryan might have to stay in the hospital for at least another 2 weeks. By the 3rd dressing, which was on the 9th day, we were given the greenlight to discharge & no dressings were required on him anymore. What a pleasant surprise for all of us. Only advise, keep the affected area off sunlight for at least another 6 months to avoid from scarring.

Yeay! Power to the Chia! Our favourite mode of consuming this yummy seeds? 2 tbsp for me & a tsp for Ryan, added into our water bottles everyday :) You can eat it on its own or sprinkle it on your food. Drink plenty of water after.

I get my stock from Organic Shops. Mila is the best. It is always cheaper in Australia.

Please Google yourselves or ask the experts for more information & remember to always read its benefits as well as side effects. All these organic stuff is supposed to be good for us. Every action has a reaction though, thus everything has to be taken in moderation. You are what you eat. That is true. Having said that, not everyone can afford some of the more exquisite ones, nor do they have the time or knowledge to prepare what's best. However, keep it simple. Anything that was good for our ancestors, is good for us! Like I have always said, the best things in life, we get for free..like Oxygen :* a Smile :) & even our Mother's Love ♥ Eat right, sleep well & don't forget to exercise!

My grandpa used to say ~ Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy & wise ♥

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cheer Up And The World Will Sing For You :)

                                          One of the walls at the Children's Ward :)

                                       Ryan's first night at the hospital..( 11/01/2014 )

While Ryan was watching Phineas & Ferb, Aunty Doreen came with Beef Noodles for mummy to eat, uncle Syapol bought ice cream for Ryan & Princess Elyssa brought her surprise birthday party pack especially for him a week early♥ He was the first friend of hers to receive it :)

Ryan's 2nd Visitor, Aunty Katrina. Ryan loves his mini sports car, thank you! Thanks for dropping by too aunty Celia :)

Our third visitor, Aunty Sukee :) Uncle Shawal, Kong Kong & Aunty Rania came the next day. The rest, that we call family dropped by on the following days onwards :)

 Thanks for visiting Aunty Carol..Loved your diving shots! We look forward to joining you again someday ♥

                          Ryan's room mate, 10 year old Nick. They became fast friends!

When Nick got discharged on Monday, Ryan received a new room mate, baby Zikri & his mom, Zalina.

Besides Ryan's Indian aunties ( Jegan, Suguna, Viji & Haema ~ plus all their children who visited Ryan last Sunday ), Ryan's Chinese side of the family came to visit him too! Here is a shot of him with one of his favourite uncles, Michael. 

That is abang Munzeer & his brother abang Munir. Thanks for the Starbucks drinks for all of us as well as sending my mom home, Mun :) Ryan's opening a LEGO airplane set presented by abang Seth. Thank you for teaching him the pee sign Seth ;) We also got plenty of McDonald's ice cream from abang Azali! My dive buddies are AWESOME!!!

 Abang Azali giving Ryan a pep talk..Something about feeling sorry for Ryan coz he'll never have any chest hair to show off ever..Hahaha! Ryan couldn't be bothered coz he knows that his dad never had any chest hair anyway..so I don't think Ryan will have any either laaaaaa...hehe!

                                      The dreaded wound, two days after the incident.

Dead cells removed, scraping done, skin sanitized, ready for the new cells to grow...of course all this was done while Ryan was sedated.

Aunty Josephine & cousin Rachel came to see Ryan. He was asleep, so they left a message on a balloon for him & a present to keep him occupied during his stay.

 Ryan woke up that night & immediately started fixing one of the LEGO sets given by his Auntie! Ryan says thank you also for the dinosaur eggs :)

Uncle Anas dropped by to cheer Ryan up as well. Here are the two of them together.. A little froggy trick with the hands to keep the brave little boy intrigued :)

                            Aunty Amelia came bearing gifts by her & Aunty Daphne :)

                                                       Busy colouring away ~~~

                             Getting the IV line ready in case Ryan needs it for treatments.

With his chest all bundled up & his palm in a bandage..He believes he is ANG, the cartoon character from AVATAR, the series..with super powers of course!

 In the Treatment Room with Nurse Vicky & Wong assisted by kak Ita. Ryan's getting his dressing done.

On the 4th day, which was also Ryan's papa's birthday, he was transferred to a single bedded room, as soon as one was available ( he was on a waiting list ) to avoid from getting infections. Bored to death..No one to play with. That night, his mummy bought him a slice of cake from Starbucks that brought a smile to his face & we sang a Happy Birthday song for Papa's good health ♥

Amma brought a play mat to make Ryan feel more at home :) There's the balloon from baby Rachel & Aunty Rania at the end of his bed. Jenga Boom given by Aunty Ally :)  

 Time to bring some sunlight into his life again. Monkeying around at the Hospital Lobby :)

 The dedicated nurses of Ward 5B. We'll drop by & visit them during our follow up treatment :)

 Plenty of mummy's love, some flowers in her hair & a banana a day, keeps Ryan healthy & gay!

Aunty Grace dropped by in time to present Ryan with a remote controlled car, a day before he was discharged:)

                                                  Goofing around with Aunty Sharon ;)

                                            Ryan's room & our home for the last 9 days.

By the grace of GOD ♥  The miracle that is, 19/01/2014. Thank you to Dr GP Tan, who's incharge of Ryan's injury & Dr Khoo Boo Aik, his pediatrician, in ensuring that Ryan was free from infections during his hospital stay :)

Ryan's favourite nurse, kak Maswati. Good luck in furthering your studies & thank you for winning Ryan's trust! Discharge Day, a week earlier than expected. Woo Hoo!

** A heartfelt thank you as well to the ER staff of  both hospitals ( Columbia Asia & Sunway Medical, Nurse Manager Tham of Ward 5B for taking charge, plus Dr Surendranathan Viswanathan of  SJMC for their initial expert advise & treatments ♥