By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Now that all Philippine-based commercial airlines have temporarily suspended passenger flights, all flight attendants are safe at home. Brought by their job, airline cabin crew members are outgoing and they are just so used to seeing different places and countries almost everyday or every week. Staying home for about a month can somehow be boring but they have no choice but to abide to our government's Enhanced Community Quarantine.
Early in March, the Philippine Government ordered an Enhanced Community Quarantine in order to avert the spread of the Coronavirus (CoviD-19) which covers the whole region of Luzon. Later on, other islands and regions started declaring their own ECQ. This include travel restrictions in and out the affected areas which forced airlines to suspend passenger operations due to the plummet of air travel demand.
Everyone were forced to stay home unless travel was deemed as necessary and important.
So we wondered, how are these flight attendants spending their quarantine period? We asked 12 of them to share what they are doing in order for them to make the most also of this rest period as we are sure that once airlines begin operations again, their schedules will be packed to the brim. Some said they read books and the Bible, most of them cook, some does extra work from home, and some workout.
Here's how different flight attendants from Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, and Pan Pacific Airlines are spending their quarantine time.
"Since I was caught by the lockdown in Leyte because I was on vacation leave, I'm spending this quarantine period doing public service by going around the districts to give help. If I am at home only, I cook most of the time."
"I believe that this time of isolation could be a great time for self growth. My mentor told me that this is the time to build great habits while its easier., so that when the routines of the busy world come back, our habits by that time are already embedded deeply within us. So that's what I'm doing right now I'm using this quarantine time to build great habits and to be productive by reading books, doing home workouts and most especially spending quality time with my family and God.
"I love entertaining people through my vlogs and it was just somehow recent that I got into TikTok which I enjoy. While at home, I still edit my vlogs and of course, I do some TikTok."
"In this Quarantine Life, you really need to find something to do, for mental and emotional health. Music relaxes me a lot and I get to enjoy quality time with my family at our backyard. I do my best to also keep active for physical health."
MY & JOHN RAMIRO
"First time in 22 years of flying that we were able to spend this much time at home. We miss the hustle & bustle of our job but happy to spend time with family. We love to eat and cook so we take this time to enjoy cooking using ingredients readily available in our pantry, we also take this time to teach friends to learn how to cook, a new skill perfect to be learned now that we have all the time in the world. We make it a point too to share what we cook to our neighbors who are always excited to try new dishes."
"Hello kalipads! Before, I did not have much time to call my loved ones because of a hectic flight schedule and other commitments. Now that I have so much time at home, I get to call them more often. I also read a lot of inspirational books to further strengthen my relationship with God. How can I forget, TikTok videos!"
"I think it is a given that one of the things we'd like about the quarantine period is the chance to be with family and to have more time to communicate with friends and relatives. But aside from that, I take it also as an opportunity to continuously work on myself through social media by gathering information, also by trying to spread positivity and by supporting those who are able to help the community. To still find a way to improve on myself and help others in whatever simple way I can."
"Since I live independently, I make sure that my place is clean so I do the general cleaning of my unit. I also do decluttering of my stuff. Since I cannot eat outside, I prefer to cook several viands and prepare desserts just like what I posted in my Vlogs. Atleast once or twice a week I go to market. Then I entertain myself thru watching TV, movies & also browsing my social media accounts and doing vlogs including Tiktok. Lastly, I always pray at night, hoping that we will be able to fight & overcome this covid-19 and fly very soon. Hoping that everyone is fine at their homes. Lord heal our land."
"Due to this Global Pandemic, nobody can travel, others can't go home to their family, and some can't even go to work, especially us whose working in Aviation Industry. It's very hard for us Cabin crew to cope with this situation since our job is to always travel and send to or back our passengers/guests to different destinations. This is how we spend the quarantine period.
Due to the large amount of passengers who needs assistance regarding, inquiries, refunds, cancellations of their flights, I offered help and became AirAsia's temporary customer service provider, it also helps me utilize my time, and keep myself busy during these dark times. I also tried to endorse some products thru social media, I just thought I would try different things that I haven't done before specially now that we have all the time in the world. In between those, I try to spend time and reconnect with my housemates, fellow cabin crew by doing things together, like cleaning the house, play games, watch movies, that we normally don't have the time when we are flying."
Pan Pacific Air
"Since I am now in my home town, I read whenever I have free time. I read books that piques my interest from old classics to the latest best-sellers. They keep me up and about in a time when I have to stay where I am."
"I'm spending the quarantine period trying to build up my cooking skills and in fact, I am surprised I can do a lot of my own personal recipes on the dishes I love. For exercise, I do some home dance workout. Aside from those reading novels/ books; and of course Netflix and social media are some means to keep myself from getting bored."
VINNIE DY QUIANGCO
"I’m taking advantage of this quarantine to spend time with my loved ones- and that is through COOKING. I’m learning to cook dishes and merienda that I’ve never imagined I would concoct - and it’s really yummy."
Note: All photos from the flight attendants themselves.