Each #asensocabincrew story is unique. We have featured a lot of stories of flight attendants who did not allow the pandemic to hamper them from pushing forward in order to reach their goals. Despite all the challenges faced, these flight attendants placed up not just any kind of business, but they poured their hearts and passion into their products and services.
Cebu Pacific flight attendant Michelle Garcia was also greatly affected by the pandemic. Due to flight suspensions, her income was depleted. Being a mother to a 5-year old girl, Michelle had to act quick yet, she really had to discern well too.
Michelle thought of putting up a business but she did not know what kind until she remembered something. "Cooking is my passion. I’m a proud kapampangan, so it's natural na mahilig ako magluto. This lockdown gave me the opportunity to do what I have always loved. We were given a choice of whether to fly or not. For the safety of my five year old little girl, I chose to stay at home," Michelle said.
Michelle then opened her Baked Goods business where, as the name says, every dish and product are baked. "I sell ube cheese pandesal, sushi bake, burnt basque cheesecake, banana loaf and cookies. Customers have to order in advance," she shared.
According to Michelle, her best sellers are ube cheese pandesal and sushi bake. Ube cheese pandesals are priced at 180 (regular size) & 280 (large size). Sushi bakes, which are made from fresh ingredients like crab, shrimp and salmon, are 550/ tray.
For her, this pandemic turned out to be the greatest equalizer. "Once you’ve been inflicted with the disease, money and power don't help much. I’m thankful that I still have a job but there is so much uncertainty around it, and bills are piling up. Instead of dwelling on it I chose to make my everyday life more fruitful and productive. At the same time, I'm doing what I love to do: cooking," she shared.
A crisis like this will bring out either the worst or best in you. It is up to you which you shall unleash. For our flight attendant entrepreneurs like Michelle, they chose to bring out the best in them. They chose not to allow anything to stop them from winning. Just like becoming a flight attendant, there is no choice but to "pass the grueling training" in order to earn their wings.
Instead of focusing on the difficulties caused by this pandemic, continue to work hard and whatever it is that you choose to do, strive for excellence. There are a lot of opportunities to earn if you look in the right places. Have a thing you've always wanted to do but never had the chance or time to do it? With this pandemic, you can avoid regrets and 'what ifs.' Just do it." -Michelle Garcia
'Diskarte, hindi arte' is what they say. Regardless what kind of business they opened or whatever means (for as long as it is lega) these flight attendants have resorted to in order to make ends meet, they are winners in our hearts.
Thank you for sharing your #asensocabincrew story Michelle! May it serve as an inspiration for your fellow winged colleagues to always push forward amidst this pandemic.
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