Lockdowns did not only cause airlines to suspend operations, it also brought out the creativity in everyone. Almost all flight attendants were at home due to flight suspensions. Being at home all the time can get boring but for some, it was an opportunity to discover other means to make money in a time when income from flying is constricted.
This is Philippine Airlines flight attendant Liezl Amurao - Hipolito, one who has this love and passion for plants. What was supposed to be a hobby became a lucrative business for her.
"Turned my passion into a small business at home, selling plants online since I have more time to tend to my plants this Covid season, a lot have been asking about my plants and so I decided to sell and make ends meet," Liezl shared.
She then gave her new business a name, "Zel's Heart and Soil". The name because she puts her heart in her plants and her works. "I never knew I could make money out of my plant collection, a lot have been asking if I could sell some plants so I decided to give it a try.
"I posted on facebook and instagram and from then on, people would message me to buy, I was amazed at how I could make money out of my hobby. Now even my husband who’s a flight attendant, too, helps me with the growing plant business! It keeps us very busy everyday too," Liezl shares.
Her plant products include the sought-after plants or the "Instagrammable" ones and rares, too. The ever famous Monstera deliciosa, fiddle leaf, rubber plants to name a few.
To those cabin crew members who are thinking of opening a business especially at this time of uncertainty, Liezl shares this message to you:
I would like to inspire my co-cabin crew to just keep doing what you love to do and believe in yourself. I am just so glad my husband and my mom supports me with all these because I wouldn’t be able to do this by myself without their help."
Thank you for sharing your #asensocabincrew story, Liezl, and may it inspire more flight attendants to turn their passion into a lucrative business.
You may check FA Liezl's business "Zels Heart and Soil" on Facebook and on Instagram @zelsheartandsoil