The couple that works together stays together. Nicole Pastorfide and Vlad Nesas work for the PAL group where the former is assigned to PAL Express and the latter at Philippine Airlines. While they do not literally work together on the same aircraft, they however work together in their own business which they decided to put up amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"Long before this pandemic, we have always wanted to start a business but it was only til May 2020 that we came up with an idea to sell things we love and personally use," Nicole shared.
The couple had to also find a way to move forward as the pandemic has forced the airlines they work for to suspend operations for a little more than two months. Not doing anything will be disastrous to these two, hence, the reason why they had to really do something.
"Since the lockdown and cancellations of flights, there were two things we did a lot at home. Food trip and workout. Nicole loves to order local foods online specially from our co crew," said Vlad.
They game up with two businesses, the retail of gym garments and the distribution of ready-mix ube pancake. True to what they said, they love to work out and of course, to eat also!
GymFrills offers a variety of quality, trendy and affordable gym clothes. Nicole said, "our gym clothes ranges from 700php-1,500php. We offer gym clothes that are stylish, modern enfused with clothing technology that can help you move comfortably with confidence. The designs include thick garter in tummy area to create small waist illusion and highlights the glutes and chest area for that hour glass look."
"Then we also became one of the major re-sellers of Easy Bake Ph’s Magic Ube Waffle/Pancake Mix. The idea to resell this product is because of Nicole’s love for desserts with ube. Also, it’s affordable, easy to cook and so deliciously fluffy. We eat it almost everyday!"
According to the couple, The Magic Ube Pancake Mix is good for 8-10 servings and is perfect for those who love breakfast food. Customers can now eat ube pancakes anytime they want at the convenience of your own home for only PhP 150 per pack.
In a time like this "diskarte" is very important by itself. Support is as important as well, especially if you are an aviation couple who were both affected by the pandemic. While this situation is indeed a challenge to make ends meet, there is always a way to move forward in order to achieve those goals.
Vlad and Nicole has this advice to all cabin crew members, "keep the faith and be hopeful. Everyone is in the same situation right now. As much as we love our jobs, we need to be resourceful to keep the cash flow going during these hard times. Look for things that you are passionate about. It may be food, garments or service. Make sure that you know your product/service well because the first person who will believe in your business is yourself. Be supportive with each other and work as a team. Exchange ideas and be open to criticisms.
"We are still new to this business and we still have a long way to go. There are good days and bad days. We allways try to remember that, slow or fast... forward is forward."
Thank you for sharing your #asensocabincrew story Vlad and Nicole! Your advice will definitely help your winged colleagues push forward amidst this crisis now hounding us.
For orders and inquires about their Ube Pancake Mix, you may visit their Facebook page UbePancakeMix. If you are in search for gym garments and clothing, you may check the Facebook and Instagram page of Gym Frills @GymFrills.