Travels, Unfiltered

Welcome to my world


Hey Hey, în altă ordine de idei! 🙂

Probabil, v-ați obișnuit deja cu articolele scrise în limba engleză, însă azi, m-am decis să scriu unul și în limba română și în funcție de feedback-ul vostru,  aș putea, pe viitor, să scriu mai des si genul acesta de articole 🙂
Nu cred că am pomenit mai nimic până în prezent referitor la jobul meu sau ceva legat de călătorii ori chiar de programul de muncă.
Pentru cei ce nu știu prea multe despre meseria de stewardesă, care bineînțeles, diferă de la o companie la alta, azi o să vă povestesc despre ce program avem noi, stewardesele, pe unde zburăm, câte zile libere avem și așa mai departe. Plus că, rubrica de comentarii este deschisă pentru oricine are întrebări sau curiozități în acest domeniu, pentru că multe fete sunt interesate, cred că articolul acesta va prinde bine tuturor și va elucida puțin din misterul jobului.

Ei bine, și luna noastră are tot 30/31 zile ca a oricărei alte persoane, doar că zilele noastre zboară la propriu, haha! Știți cum e, cu mic dejun în Dubai, prânz la Paris, cina la New York?! Se întâmpla adeseori! Se întâmpla des și să luăm toate mesele în avion, undeva deasupra lumii, deci, vă puteti închipui!

Programul nostru de zbor ne este dat, de obicei, pe la jumătatea lunii în curs și primim toate zborurile pe luna următoare. Știm exact unde si când vom merge, cât vom sta, care ne sunt zilele libere, cu cine zburăm, practic toate detaliile de genul.
Emirates zboară în peste 150 destinații, deci avem toate șansele sa fim pe 6 continente într-o singură lună!

În principiu, avem opțiunea de a ne alege destinațiile, dacă îmi doresc ca luna viitoare sa merg în New York, am posibilitatea să cer zborul respectiv în decursul lunii urmatoare. Putem avea maxim 5 preferințe, fie că sunt orașe, țări sau zile libere într-o anumită perioadă a lunii, lucru care imi place la maxim.

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Primim mereu zborurile pe care le cerem?

Asta depinde din ce grup faci parte și care e nivelul de priorate în perioada respectivă. Avem 7 grupuri în Emirates, fiecare stewardesă aparține unui grup, încă nu știu exact după ce criterii ne-au departajat, cert este ca încearcă sa puna într-un grup, oameni care, probabil, au personalități asemănătoare, concluzie dobândită în urma unui chestionar care l-am făcut cu toții atunci când am fost recrutați.
Nu e ușor sa pui la un loc 23.000 de cabin crew si toată lumea sa se înțeleagă cu toată lumea. Haha!
Așadar, dacă grupul cărui aparții, are o prioritate ridicată în luna respectiva, ai șanse mai mari sa obții ce îți dorești. Grupurile se rotesc lunar, așa că toată lumea ajunge să fie TOP BID sau RESERVE, unde ma aflu eu în momentul acesta. Upss!

O să vă povestesc mai multe și despre luna de rezervă, însă e important să știți că indiferent de programul primit, avem dreptul să ne schimbam zborurile între noi atâta timp cât sunt aprobate toate legalitățile. Spre exemplu, dacă ai cerut un zbor de Paris și nu ți-i l-au dat, poți să cauți pe cineva și să reușești să-l schimbi cu un alt zbor, cum ar fi Londra si uite așa ajungi unde ți-ai dorit. Nu e chiar atât de rău, nu?

Zborurile din cursul unei luni sunt diverse, poți ajunge în America, stai acolo o zi sau două, depinde de destinație, după care te întorci acasă, in Dubai, vei avea minimum 2 zile libere dupa un zbor atat de lung, maximum 5 și poti să pleci în Europa. Te întorci, poti avea un zbor dus-întors, undeva pe aproape care e de obicei de 2-3 ore un sector și nu necesită ședere, după care vei reveni in patul tău, acasă.
Apropo, nimic nu se compara cu somnul din patul de acasă.❤

Am încercat să exemplific, pe scurt, cum ar decurge o lună de zbor și cum sunt alese destinațiile și faptul că, nu e necesar să zbor numai într-o parte a lumii, că zborurile sunt diversificate și cel mai important, fiecare lună de zbor e diferită, având în medie undeva la 10-12 zile libere pe lună și aproximativ 6-7 zboruri.
Ei bine, luna aceasta, e luna mea de rezervă, mi-a fost data așa aleatoriu, fiecare dintre noi trebuie sa treacă prin asta o dată pe an.

IMG_2832Poză după zbor, când am ajuns la hotel în Sau Paulo și mireasa dorea poze cu noi. Iertați claritatea! 🙂

Ce înseamnă a fi în luna de rezervă?

Înseamnă, practic,  a nu avea un program de zboruri, a nu știi unde te duci și când te duci. Haha! E chiar mai palpitant decât de obicei, nu?
Este o lună, în care afli zilnic ce program ai pe ziua următoare, în jurul orei 6 după amiaza, vei fi anunțat dacă următoarea zi ai zbor sau o zi liberă, ori de cel mai multe ori STAND BY, practic stai în așteptare, fie acasă, fie la headquarter, gata pregătit sa fii scos pe zbor oriunde în lumea asta.

Luna mea de rezervă a început frumos, cu 2 zile libere, in care m-am bucurat de Dubai, după care am avut un home stand by, de la 3 la 9 dimineața, iar în jurul orei 4 m-au sunat sa imi spună ca zbor in… Brazilia, Sao Paulo! Ugh, da, după cum vedeți programul nu este unul de la 8 la 17. Poate fi în timpul nopții, dimineața, însă, oricând ar fi, tu trebuie sa fii odihnit și pregătit de zbor. 🙂
Sao Paulo este la mai mult de 14 ore de zbor, atenție, nu de ore de munca, de Dubai. Spun de zbor, pentru că, noi ne pregătim cu aproximativ 4 ore înainte de ora plecării. Așa ca, e un zbor destul de lung, însă iti asigura multe ore de servici, ceea ce te asigura ca indiferent de ce va urma în cursul lunii, măcar ai niște ore la activ. Aș zice ca e un start bun.

V-am scris acest articol tocmai din Sao Paulo, inspirată fiind de minunăția acesta de reserve month, care mă trimite în capătul lumii, de la peste 50 de grade Celsius, la 15 grade în timpul iernii, fără a-mi face bagajul corespunzător, Style Hunter, right? Direct de sub plapumă! Mi-e plină geanta de rochițe și costume de baie, ca eu tare mi-am dorit să ma trimită undeva pe plaja, unde aerul e mai respirabil decât în Dubai în timpul verii. Haha! Nu ma plâng! Viața este frumoasă așa cum e ea, plină de surprize și trebuie să ne bucurăm pe deplin!

Vă las niște poze din Sao Paulo de data trecută, cand vremea era mai generoasă și am ieșit la o plimbare și promit să vă țin la curent cu ce mai urmează.
Mă găsiți pe Instagram andra_contiu, unde sunt destul de activă cu Instagram stories și puteți sa călătoriți cu mine sau să treceți prin același emoții când am stand by-uri și mă tot gândesc pe unde voi ateriza! Haha!

Vă pup și vă îmbrățișez! Sper că v-a plăcut si v-a fost util acest articol!

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Bye Bye! Going back to Dubai! 🌞
Andra

 

 

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The art of self


“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

What is the most important relationship that you have? You may think is the one with your boyfriend, parents, friends.

Let me tell you it is NOT.

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The most important relationship you should have is the one with yourself.
Self love should be a priority, you must love yourself first before being able to send your love to the world. And how would the others be able to love you if you don’t release this love to yourself before anything?

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Bold and brilliant

To love yourself is nothing but to accept the good parts and the bad parts, to accept your dark mood as well as the bright one, to accept yourself as you really are! To be able to receive as much as you are willing to give and to always do both!
The art of self-love will tell you to be kind to yourself, to treat everyone the way you would like to be treated and it will teach you every day what your boundaries are, as well as, what your values are  and to be able to honour them each moment.

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You are worth it! You are worth all the love, as long as you give it to you first.
And that should be given to your mind, to your spirit and your body. Never settle for less.

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Say HELLO to the new you.

Recognize your strengths, write down things that the others admire you for, cut out all the negativity from your life, even if that includes cutting out “friends”, do more of what you love, put yourself first, but not in selfish way.

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When you do that, when you start loving yourself, when you feel good in your own body, your own mind, the inner happiness you will achieve and the peace of mind, the confidence will not compare to anything else in the world, trust me.

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Shirt: Boyfriend’s wardrobe
Skirt and shoes: Zara
Accessories: Somewhere in Japan
Location: NY
Photographer: Sinziana Dobos

 

Have a wonderful week!
Andra

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Each morning we are born again


Embrace those mornings.

7 am. You wake up with no alarm feeling well rested and full of energy. You get up and prepare yourself a big cup of coffee and then you start planning your day, your month or perhaps your life…
Oh, such a great feeling!

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Choose to shine!

I am not a morning bird, I admit it, however I am always trying to set an alarm on my day off too, just to make sure I am not wasting any time, plus isn’t the morning the most efficient part of the day? When all the world is silent, when all humans are sleeping or trying to get out of bed and you are already working on your goals and making clear plans for your future.
Or simply, the fact that this is your time! This is the time that no one will bother you, no one will call you or text you and you can just do whatever you want, read, sing, watch movies, write, cook or climb rooftops like we did. 🙂

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When you start each day with a grateful heart, light illuminates from within…

I love this kind of mornings, even more when it involves little sunshine in my eyes…that warm light that steps in your room. The light that brings in passion, hope and enthusiasm. Such a blessing! But how many we are able to see it?

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Every morning is a new day and another chance of living your life

How many of us we are thankful every day for all we have since the moment we open our eyes? For what we see, what we hear, what we feel…for all of it, we shouldn’t be taking anything for granted. It is a gift given by God and we have to cherish it day by day.

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“When you arise in the morningthink of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -to breatheto thinkto enjoyto love.”

Be thankful for all you have and all you are and start the day with positive thoughts!
Don’t miss to tell yourself how wonderful you are and how nothing will stop you from achieving all those big dreams that seem farther than ever. They are closer than you think. Just take the step towards them!

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Wondering how to have a better day?

  1. Smile, smile, smile!
  2. Slow down, take the time to admire or to appreciate.
  3. Say thank you. We all expect a little thank you, right? Say it!
  4. Give compliments. Lots of them. If you love them, they’ll love them too.
  5. Dress nicely! Oh, I love this.
  6. Wear perfume. You know the consequences, it turns heads, ladies…and gents! 🙂
  7. Listen! Such a good advice. We all have something to say, but we are not all good listeners.
  8. Laugh! It will make your day even better! 🙂IMG_5268

Now, go, set yourself free and fly higher than you ever did. 

 

Dress: Zara
Accessories: Aldo
Location: Dubai
Photographer: Wonderful Beate 


Love,
Andra

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Romania, you rock my world!


Romania, you have the most beautiful face!

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I know Romanians celebrate Dragobete on the 24th, I know, we are very traditional.

However, Valentine’s took over the world and it looks like people are more loving and caring on the 14th of February and they don’t know how to express their love better on this particular day. I’m sure you already know what I would like to suggest you my dear love birds,  make this day happen every day for the rest of your life, be open to love and do your best to show the love you have for your special one every single moment.

Moving on, since that’s not the point here, I want to tell the whole world that Romanians are the most loving people on Earth. Why? Because over 500.000 people gathered together around Romania these days to express their love for the country! Isn’t that magnificient?

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They lighten up Romania like never before!

We are all awake and alive and we love this country with our hearts, minds and frozen bodies walking and singing the national anthem on the streets of Bucharest and not only, so that you can all hear that we do have a VOICE.

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I live abroad for few years now,but if I could make a wish, it would be to take the first flight home and go there and do what is right to do, what our parents did in ’89 for us and what is right for us to do for our future.

I won’t go deeper into the topic, I don’t want to get involved into politics right now, I let the experts do their job, but living far from my country has never made me happier than now, seeing what a beautiful nation we are!

Romania, we are one! Together we will win!

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“When injustice becomes law, justice becomes duty!”

 

Love,
Andra

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2016 My year to shine


 

Last day of 2016 is over. I don’t know about you, but I still can’t believe this year is gone. Is the time passing differently lately? Or is it us who just can’t get enough and we are never satisfied, we don’t know how to value every second in the right way.

Regardless the reason that time seems to pass at different speeds I just want to tell you all that 2016 was an absolutely unforgettable year and YES, it was my year to shine! This is what I wrote exactly a year ago on a piece of paper… 2016 will be my year to shine!

Many things have happened, had million reasons to smile, to be grateful for, to be thankful for, to be happy for!

I have done my retrospective for this year, I know all the goals  I have accomplished, some of them are in progress and some might have been delayed, not because I have not worked for them, but sometimes we are very demanding with ourselves, which could be in the same good and less good, cause we might not reach all our targets, but, please, please, focus on the good! Always!

Life is too hard not to make it fun!

Rewarding yourself is an important part of success! It is absolutely essential that you make self reward an integral part of your routine. Don’t leave it like that. Talk to yourself! Trust yourself and believe you can do it! You can do it all! Rewarding yourself for victories, big and small, will make a world of difference!

What are your personal plans/goals for 2017?

Have you written your resolutions for the New Year? If not, do it today, don’t postpone it, oh, this could be one, don’t postpone anymore!:)  Take an hour, make yourself a cup of coffee or dare for some bubbles since the New Year is right at your door and visualize your year; once you put everything down on a notebook, you’ll feel better about yourself. If you still don’t trust me, give it a try and you’ll see that this will be the first step in knowing where to start from.

Your goals must be very clear and if you want my advice, this is how I do it all the time , I split my goals and plans across the various categories: self-development, financial, spiritual, professional, health, etc.

This way, by the end of the year you’ll know exactly your progress and I’m sure that will put another big smile on your face.

Be bold in your goal setting!

Don’t worry if you have never done it before! Don’t let anything and anyone hold you back, we are all capable of more than we think.

Find a role model. This will help a lot, surround yourself with succesful people, people who are good at what you want to achieve. Do what they did, do it your way. Look for inspiration! I love doing that!

2017 will be my year to shine!

Write this down and remember every day how lucky and loved you are, you special soul.

Have a wonderful celebration, wishing you a successful year, value yourself and don’t forget to shine!

Take your dreams seriously! If not YOU, then who? If not NOW, then when? 

Love,

Andra 

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National Achievers Congress Dubai


“Your Network is your NetWorth.”

I have always had a high interest in reading self-development books or attending events like National Achievers Congress, brought for the first time in UAE, only because I find inspiration in people’s stories, in their life experiences, their success or the failures they have been through in time.

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Robert Kiyosaki is the one who captured my attention and made me attend this event. For those who don’t know about him, I would recommend you to read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, the New York Times bestseller,  sold in over 26 million copies, that teaches you all about the financial independence and building wealth through investments.

 Saving is for losers.

Let me just start all over again. I find out about this event that I really want to attend and I’m already planning to book my ticket with my good friend, Xenia. All set and the tickets bought. Meanwhile, I’m doing my research about the guests, the event itself and while browsing on Facebook and Instagram, I go on Ali’s Al Saloom page and I see this contest about sharing the ad and having a chance to win 2 GOLD tickets worth 1600$!!! I don’t think much, I said let me just share it, I mean we all have a chance in this life, even though I don’t really ever participate in any contests like this one,  thinking that there are too many people trying their luck so my chance is kind of small, I’d rather let it for the others.

How many of you are thinking the same?

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This time though, I’m sharing Ali’s post all over social media, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and in my mind I’m already wondering what will I do with the tickets that I have just bought if this turns to be my luck. I knew it!
Few days later I get an email: Dear Andrada Contiu,  Congratulations! You have won 2 Gold Tickets…

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Wow! I’m in Munich, my eyes half-open, this lady calls me and I’m wondering who could be, shall I pick up the phone? I did. “Andrada, did you get my email? I’m calling from the Najahi.” Uhm, which email was she talking about? Well, I don’t really check my email, but from now I’ll definitely do it more often. I was one of the 5 winners in UAE! Isn’t this great?
Everyone has a chance you only have to try, try, try!

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Two full days of inspiration, education and motivation.

Feel to plan, plan to feel. Go out there and look for opportunities! Think big and big things will happen!
I can not put together  all the precious information I got in those two days, but I can say that it was totally an event worth attending.

First of all, I was happy to see Khalid Al Ameri as a host, since I couldn’t see him last year at the Emirates Literature Festival. He is such an inspiration for all the men around and not only. You must read his posts when he speaks about his wife and his family. This kind of stories you don’t see them around every corner anymore, so you appreciate it more and I believe there is still a tiny hope within all of us that the power of love could take over anytime soon.

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Robert Kiyosaki is a person I have always wanted to meet, since I read his book some years ago. I truly believe that we must work for our future, we must take opportunities, we must build dreams and fly higher than we’ve ever been. Financial independence is important and Robert was sharing with us how can we get there before the world will be replaced by robots. Yes, technology is taking over and soon humans will have no major role anymore in serving the community.

There were many other speakers that captivated my attention such as Andrew Matthews as a bestselling author about happiness, success and prosperity; Ali Al Saloom, one of the fastest rising media stars in the Gulf, totally loved him;  Lady Michelle Mone as a leading entrepreneurs inspiring women all over the world; Peng Joon who was telling us all about the online wealth creation and how to make big money by selling digital products online; Kevin Green, UK’s “Secret millionaire”, Business Coach and Property Investor encouraging people to invest in properties and teaching us how to make money out of it.

Overall, it was a fantastic event, I took lots of notes and I got a boost of energy and motivation for my personal and professional life, so it will hopefully be a SELF development and not a SHELF development, putting all my notes on the shelf. 🙂

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I would like to end here not before asking you to sit with yourself for a bit and reflect about where do you see yourself in 5 years from now, how about in 10 years? What will you do to make it happen? Take one hour per day just for yourself and do anything that makes you happy, because it’s us who choose happiness and don’t forget that all the joy in life comes from creation, STAND OUT, be OUTSTANDING! Inspire, impact, influence, set achievements, do your things, the results will speak and people will follow!

Upgrade yourself, dear friend.

 “A ship is the safest in a harbour but that’s not what  ships were built for.”

Learn in style,
Andra

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“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”


Hey there,

We have started this personal blog, a project in which we strongly believe because we give our best, we add the most important ingredients, passion, love and dedication. This will make everything possible. It’s a challenge for ourselves, but we love challenges. This is what will move us, this is what we’ll make a difference in our lives and this is how we’ll, hopefully, inspire the others to start working on their dreams. Zig Zagler, said something that made me write this today, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great“. So true! What a piece of advice!

We just want to say that we are not great today, but we have started. We are one step forward. We’ll do so many mistakes, we’ll be criticized by people and we’ll still continue to work on what we love, in order to make it better. We learn from all the mistakes we do, we accept the critics, we want feedback and we would love to have your support, suggestions or ideas. We’ll add yours to ours and we’ll offer you the best. It takes time, but we have the key, the patience.

We both do different things for living, we have a job, we don’t sit at home to write stories or simply take pictures and try to fill our time in a way or another. Rashwan is working in fashion and my job is to travel the world. I know, I have said it in a very nice way, but we do need to look at the bright side in life, don’t we? 🙂
Different jobs, but the same passion, same hobbies, same way of spending the free time, therefore we’ll have our space, Style Hunter Around The World, a space that we want to share with you. Stories about fashion events, about my travels, pictures of stylish people we like, thoughts of mine written down for you or creative ideas of restyling your clothes given to you by Rashwan.

Make your dreams become a reality, challenge yourself, it will take you out of your comfort zone, but believe me, it’s all worth it. And in the meantime, prepare yourself a cup of tea and get ready to start the journey around the world together.

Say yes to life,
Andra & Rashwan

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