First time flyer..

•December 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I was reading the news this morning and came across this article and couldn’t stop laughing.. Probably wouldn’t have been funny had they been in the air.. But then at the same time I’m sure someone would have tackled him when they realised what he was up to!

First-time flier opens plane’s emergency exit ‘for fresh air’

A Chinese passenger caused panic on board a domestic flight when he opened the emergency exit just before take-off to “let in some fresh air”.

The man, reportedly a first time flier, opened the door next to his seat in front of shocked passengers, before the cabin crew intervened.

Technicians were able to re-seal the door, and after cabin crew explained the dangers of opening the door and changed his seat, the Xiamen Air flight was able to take-off without any serious delay.

Passengers posted images of the incident on social media with one man tweeting: “It’s my first time seeing a passenger open the safety door.”

Passenger on Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 (MF8453) opens overwing emergency exit on the ground for “fresh air” — AviationSafety (@AviationSafety) December 15, 2014

Another said: “He told the attendants he just wanted some fresh air… hope our flight won’t be delayed for too long.”

The man was not punished for his offence, because the airline said he had not caused any damage and was not acting maliciously, according to the South China Morning Post.

“It was his first travel by air,” said a member of airline staff. “He did not cause delay or any other direct loss to the airline.”

This is the latest in a string of incidents involving Chinese passengers, according to The Guardian. It comes just days after another passenger opened the emergency exit because he was in a hurry to get off the plane and a week after an Air Asia flight had to return to its destination because a Chinese passenger threw boiling water at a flight attendant.

Holiday!!

•December 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Procrastination is terrible.. But it isn’t really.

I am going home tomorrow for the holidays and I have only just finished packing. I am sure that I have forgotten something. I’m just not sure what. I wasn’t patient enough to write a list of items I needed to ensure that I took – and I am sure that lack of organisation on my part may be what leads to problems in the future (future = tomorrow when I get home)!

Work has been chaos with the move and I think my head has fallen off, rolled under a desk and emptied its contents onto the newly carpeted office. It is terrible. I had a doctor’s appointment this morning that I completely forgot about because there was way too much happening around me and I didn’t have my diary open in front of me so I was completely void of any kind of reminder. I remembered 3 hours later! I called them and unfortunately, the next appointment won’t be until the new year.. Bummer.. :(
Now that the move has happened, I guess I am warming to the idea  more than I was before. It is definitely going to be a test in how well I can exercise my patience above all else – and I have to watch my volume. With all the other loud voices in the office I often find myself raising mine in order to be heard. Obviously the discussion we had with regard to office etiquette was just a formality that no one really intends to abide by.

I am definitely glad it is the holidays.
Tuesday just gone – December 16 – marked my one year work anniversary (at my current job). There are a lot of things in the works with regard to next year that I’d like to make happen, but I’m happy with them going step by step at the pace they go at and not at super speed that I assume everything must happen by.
I’m happy I’ll be able to relax and enjoy the season. It’s 2015 soon.. Eek!

Holiday! Celebrate!

And back again!

•December 17, 2014 • 2 Comments

Portugal in January 2015 has been confirmed.

It has been a while since I have been back. Although this journey is going to be bitter/sweet, I am definitely looking forward to it. I miss the sun.. The language.. The food (of course because how greedy am I?!) and my friends. My classes have been coming along well and I will be excited to try out some of my new lingo! One thing that I can say though is that it is most definitely strange that when I step into Portugal, my Portuguese improves in leaps and bounds! I am more confident speaking in a country full of native speakers than I am in the UK with the Portuguese people who I know! I really need to work on that!

In addition to heading back to my adopted home I have also downloaded an app called Map.Me Pro. This app comprises of a number of offline maps that you will be able to use on all travels worldwide. This app along with my scratch map of the world may come in handy on all my future destination trips.. I cannot wait to try it out!

Just a little update.. Ta ra for now!

Moving..

•December 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The year is winding down.. And in its doing so, my office at work is moving..
I will go from sharing a room with four other women to sharing an open plan office with twelve others!
There will be seventeen of us in total, but the other 5 women are managers and will have their own offices..
I’m not sure about how I feel about going from an essentially “closed” office plan to an open one. We have already been told that we cannot have hot food at our desks, which I understand – But now this means I will have to leave my desk for lunch on most days.. And that would be fine but the only other places to eat are these large open plan communal spaces. At lunch I like my privacy of sleeping for an hour if I want to, eating, working out and whatever else I like to do.. Alone. I am also slightly disturbed at the announcement of gender neutral bathroom facilities. I know we are all adults, but I find that really weird. If I use public toilets – and that is a BIG if, I’d much rather prefer shuffling past a woman than a man.. It’s already weird if I do choose to use the toilet and someone else from my office is in there and we mutually avoid eye contact..

Don’t even get me started about general noise and the office temperature..!

Everyone is packing everything up. It’s like when I was a student and I had to move house every year.
One of the managers ordered 100 boxes between all us.. So we get something like 5 boxes each and any extra will go towards paperwork. I have packed up my desk, drawers, computer and everything extra (including my desk minion) into one box. ONE. BOX. Everyone else has at least 3. I guess I’m just a minimalist.

The transition period in moving from this office to the new one is from Wednesday – Thursday, so by Friday we should have fully moved over and be unpacked in time to start trading again from Friday – then Christmas break!

This has been timed well :P
I will let you know how it goes when it goes.. And I’ll definitely keep you updated on the office progress!

O Holy Night..

•December 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It was Friday night when I heard this song again.

I had been singing for a while.. So when I heard the intro, I did get excited. Chelsea, the singer, was phenomenal. Goosebumps phenomenal.. But unfortunately I didn’t record her as I’d gotten caught up in the moment.
Instead, I have been searching the internet for a version I love.. I think Celine’s version is good.. But I know the version I have in my head.. I just cannot remember the artist.. So for now.. Enjoy Celine.. :) x

Courier Fraud

•December 11, 2014 • 8 Comments

I was home some weeks ago and got talking to my dad.. As I do..

He started telling me about how he almost fell victim to scam artists some days back and if it wasn’t for his quick thinking he probably would have fallen for it.
So it started off like this. He was sitting at home one evening and the landline phone rang. On the end of the phone was supposedly an officer from Hammersmith Police Station. The “officer” told my dad that they had arrested two gentlemen and having searched them both they found a credit card on one of them belonging to my dad. The “officer” then proceeded to tell my dad that he needed to call a number that they would provide to him to inform them about what was going on before calling his bank to report this finding to ensure they were aware should anything happen with the cards that were found. Concerned, my dad hung up the phone. He had received names, a badge number and was even given a number to call back to verify what he had just been told on the phone. My dad now decided to get his wallet and check to see if he could figure out which card was missing before he would call them back. My dad then picked up his mobile phone to call the number back that he had been given. Before he could do so the “officer” called the landline again asking if he had called the number provided to report it. My dad said that he hadn’t yet and that he would. The “officer” insisted that he needed to call soon in case anything were to happen with the cards. His persistence was making my dad suspicious, but he didn’t let on. He hung up the phone after telling the man on the phone that he would call the number back. A further 10 minutes went by and he called again asking if he had called the number back telling him that it was important for him to do so so that they could proceed with the investigation. My dad knew there was something wrong.
“I will call the number” he said, “But I will call it from another number.”
“You must call the number from the phone I am calling you on..” the person on the line continued “We have this as a registered number and it would enable us to know that we are really speaking with you.”
My dad explained that whether he called from the landline or not, if needs be, he could verify his own identity and it wouldn’t be a problem.
My dad hung up again, but didn’t call the number provided. The phone started ringing. Once again he was asked whether he had made the call. My dad said he would not be making the call from his phone but another and the person on the line said that if he didn’t call back on that number there could be an issue. My dad again told them that he would not call back and hung up.
After that the “officer” called again two more times before giving up. My dad got the number of Hammersmith Police Station and called them explaining what had happened, only to be told that they had no knowledge of what he was referring to and no record of the individual that he spoke to. They told him that what just happened was most probably an attempted scam.

Fast forward to this evening and I was taking a break from working to have dinner. Whilst eating dinner I usually watch an episode of something on BBC iPlayer, today, I chose another episode of Fake Britain. Fake Britain is a show that highlights fake products circulating the country and their dangers, as well making people aware of suspected fraud and how to avoid it all. I was watching an episode and 16 minutes into it a story came on and what happened to the gentlemen in this episode of Fake Britain was exactly what had happened to my dad –  only this gentlemen called them back, giving them card numbers and pin details and ended up being conned out of thousands of pounds. It was on this show I learned it was a scam called Courier Fraud. I paused the show and called my dad to make sure I wasn’t just exaggerating what he told me and told him to tell me the story again. When he finished, I told him about what I was watching and told him that I would send him the link as this story was exactly the same as the one he had told me – word for word. The show aired on 3 December, this incident with my dad occurred in November. He was eager to watch what they had found about it. I don’t know if the people who tried to scam my dad are still out there but two people were arrested and jailed for their part in Courier Fraud as well as 6 others in a separate cell.

It shocks me how brazen people are in their attempt to scam people out of their hard-earned money. A lot of the time these opportunists are on the hunt for the next person who they can make a victim. I am so glad that my dad wasn’t one of them.. But the same time I do feel sorry for the people who have fallen victim to these sick individuals.

If you are in the UK and want to watch the episode of Fake Britain I am referring to, I have included the link: Fake Britain, Season 5 Episode 13. Please note: If you are not located within the United Kingdom, I do not think that you will be able to watch the link. Also, I have no rights to the link, it belongs to the BBC and after 21 days the link above will expire.

I urge us all to be more aware of the people we encounter and the phone calls we take. These people think they’re clever but often times they are just lucky with the victims that they choose. Let us not be their next victims!

Dam..

•December 9, 2014 • 15 Comments

Oh Amsterdam..

Please take me back.. Amazing city.. Food.. I need to get a job that will pay me to travel the world!!

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Canals.. Bikes.. Cafés.. What else do you need? :P

 
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