"Kanya't kanyang diskarte," ika nga. We have featured a lot of flight attendants who have found different ways to make ends meet in a time where flights are just beginning to resume. AirAsia flight Jaya May Bernardo allowed her creative spirit to shine which resulted to her manufacturing her own bottled milk-based refreshment.
Instead of allowing herself to be consumed by boredom which results to an unproductive 'quarantine', Jaya used the opportunity to create "QUENCHERS by Jaya," milky bottled drinks which has 4 various flavors: Mango Tapioca, Chocolate Oreo Milk, Buco Pandan, Coffee Jelly.
"I guess I just have to think of something that can keep me busy while waiting for all of this to be over for us to go back to our normal lives and at the same time to give me something to earn, since this pandemic is causing a very hard time to us cabin crews," Jaya shared.
So yes, these refreshments are from Jaya's own formula and creativity. "I’m the one who manufactures it and distributes it around my hometown, municipality of Lemery, province of Batangas." She considers the Chocolate Orea Milk as her best seller. These refreshments are indeed perfect for warm weather!
It was however not an easy journey for Jaya to become a 'flying entrepreneur'. While her product was a result getting through this pandemic, she also discovered the entrepreneurial spirit in her.
"It’s okay to be sad, or worried about what we are facing right now," Jaya shared. "However, don’t let it consume you. You don’t have to dwell on it for too long. We have to think of better ways to improve and let ourselves explore, learn and try new things for us to grow as an individual. My experience in starting up this business is very liberating because then I was scared but now I’m thriving."
Jaya has this to share to her fellow cabin crew members who face uncertainty amid the current crisis. "You are not alone. Please share your worries to people who cares for you. They will uplift your spirit and help you get back in track. We are facing a challenge. You got this!”
So to all our cabin crew, whatever happens, don't lose hope. Let the creative spirit shine in you. We all have the potential to new learn things and experience will always be our best teacher. All you have to do is to trust yourself, be brave, learn from mistakes, and take the first step.
Thank you Jaya for sharing your #asensocabincrew story, and may it inspire more to never lose hope especially during these moments.