Danielle's Cabin Crew Blog
This is the perfect example of what happens when you leave your diary at the office... you're not sure what time you are writing exams!!! Luckily nothing major happened. I was at the Varsity by 9 0'clock this morning. Just to find out that I'm not writing at half past ten, but at half past eleven. So, I carted myself off to the library for some much needed time with my blog, just to find out that my cap has run out here as well. This is unbelievable. The best advice I have for bloggsters, is to not upload any pictures, that's what is eating my cap at the Varsity and at work. Well I don't really care about the work's cap, just as long as it's not blocked anymore when I'm back in the office tomorrow.

Yes, it's sad to say, but it's back to work again tomorrow. I've been out of the office since last week Thursday. Not that I'm sad about it. The people at work are starting to drive me crazy and the atmosphere in the office is so stiffling. Can't wait to tell them all to shove it where the sun don't shine.

I've been racking my brain about when to resign. Truth be told, I'll need as much money as I can put my hands on, so that's why so much thought is going into it. But I've finally made a decision. I'll only resign in January, cause my bosses where stupid enough to state a two weeks notice period during the first YEAR of employment. So, I can resign on the 16th of January and be in Dubai a week later. I kind of wish that my joining date was earlier than January, but I prayed about it a lot, and whoola! God gave me the 23th so I'll just have to suck it up.

The whole thing about joining Emirates that gets one down, is the waiting. From the moment you apply online, right through you interview, medicals and final approval, it's a major waiting game. If told people this before, if I didn't make it into Emirates the first time, I definately wouldn't put myself through the application process again. It would be like 'waiting suicide'.

But in about 74 days I'll be able to tell everyone whether it was worth it or not. The excitement of going to Dubai is overwhelming. I can't wait to get on that plane for eight hours and say hello to my future.

There is of course the initial six month probation period that one needs to get through. But so far I haven't heard of anyone sent back home because they didn't perform. My mom is a bit scared of how long I'll be staying in Dubai. To be honest, I'm not sure how long I'll be going away. There is nothing except my family and dogs keeping me in South Africa. The work in South Africa is okay, but definately nothing I want to keep doing for the rest of my life. That's for sure. There's got to be more to life than South Africa. Getting up and going to work, coming home, going to the gym, have a shower, eat and go to bed, just to do it all again tomorrow. No thank you. Then I'll definately look for greener pastures in Dubai.

There are so many things I still need to get done before I leave. At least I'm now sure of the date of joining. If only I can get the exams over, I'll have more time to get everything done, such as:
  • Getting all the details of the accounts and study loans I still need to finish paying off.
  • Getting a new sim card to use when I arrive in Dubai.
  • Worst of all, only being able to pack 32kg, I'll need to pack everything and get it weighted somewhere.
  • Getting my testament and funeral requests signed by witnesses.
  • Getting rid of my current medical aid and pensioen fund.
  • Shoot, getting my last inoculation, I think it's for Hepatitus.
  • I still have to get all those photo's taken for Emirates, something with a blue background??
  • Buying all my toiletries, getting perscriptions for my medications.
  • Get some sort of sharing deal with my twin sis about who is going to get what clothes, that's going to be a nightmare!!
  • Making sure my dogs are taken care off, get Paul a summer cut, etc.
  • Going to my Dad and saying goodbye.
  • Most important is having a massive going away party!! Whoop - whoop!

Well that's all I can think of now. But it's a long list.

Luckily, where having one of my girlfriend's kitchen tea on Friday. Can't wait, sure it's going to be lots of fun.

Danielle's Cabin Crew Blog
It's official. I'll be in Dubai on the 23rd of January 2009. My journey is about to begin...
Danielle's Cabin Crew Blog
Magic!! It seems that the template background I was using from pYzam.com was screwing with my navigation bar. So no funny backgrounds until I've been able to sort this out.
Now for some serious picture uploads. Thank goodness the Varsity is very generous in giving us 30megs for free every months. Except that it's exceptionally cold in here today. I've got goosebumps all over. But I'm not complaining, my blog is working again!
Like I mentioned in my previous post I've been doing some research on all the destinations that Emirates flies to and I was able to choose just one picture for each country. So in no particular order...

Danielle's Cabin Crew Blog
I seem to be experiencing some problems with my blog. I think I accidentally flagged my own blog and now I'm unable to post new posts with pictures and everything is just buggered. As soon as everything is sorted, everything will be back to normal. Can't wait!
Danielle's Cabin Crew Blog
Let me just start by saying how irritated I am with my boss. He cut off our internet access for two days last week. After he allowed us to have internet access once again, because we obviously need it to do research, he had certain sites blocked. Of course Facebook, that I can survive without. But then he banned the blogspot site so I am not unable to access my blog from work.

I am sitting in the wonderful library on campus and someone's feet is really smelling sour. I'm just not able to see who's it is. Damn him, making me come to the varsity at six in the evening.

But I needed to update my blog and change some of the labels on the posts.

I am proud to say that I now have five followers, still small but at least there is some progress.

I downloaded over a 100 pictures of all the destinations that Emirates flies to, so everyone can see all the amazing destinations I might be going to.

But that is not the reason for the new post today. This morning I received the sweet and promising email that I now have my final approval and should resign from my current company. I am so relieved, it felt like I was waiting forever. Which in fact has been two months.

There was a bit of a snag with my medicals, because of some medication that I was on. And it took forever to get it sorter, more medical reports and clearances. If anyone is on any type of medication, send me a post for some private advice. It was really hectic.

The relief I felt this morning, was absolutely amazing. I even started to apply for other jobs about a week ago, just in case the whole Dubai dream didn't work out. I was really starting to feel desparate. Luckily I prayed really hard last night and my prayers were answered, I received the emails this morning.

The only problem now is that they want me to join earlier than the initial joining date. There's always a snag with my application. If I ever arrive in Dubai it will be a miracle. My date of joining is actually 24 January, but in the emails I was requested to join either 14 November or 14 December. 14 November is out of the question as I am still writing exams until the 22nd. But it might mean going on the 14th of December.

I would've like to have been home for Christmas and last year was really hard on my whole family, we want through a rough time. But if push comes to shove, I'll fly the 14th of December and make the best of it.

Well I'll definately have to make another stop at the Varsity, to upload some more non-essential, funny information.

My first bid (if I understand the process correctly) is definately going to be for Seychelles and Mauritius. Sun, see and cocktails, I desperately need a vacation. I can't wait to go to Dubai, to just let the whole adverture begin. I've waited six months, since I send my application in over the internet. This has been a long and hard journey. Hopefully it'll all be worth it in the end.