Zest-Air

Sorry for the lack of updates for the past week but unless you follow me on either twitter or on facebook then of course you probably thought I died. Now, this is the reason why I was invisible for almost a week:

The Boracay Saga part 1 of 5.

For those who don’t know, Boracay is this lovely island south of Manila. An hour or less plane ride and a 10 minute ferry boat ride and you’ll arrive at one of the world’s critically acclaimed beaches. Boracay was actually named one of the best beaches in the world alongside the likes of Phuket, Santorini and Turks and Caicos Islands.

It was my second time to go to the island for this year and of course, it was twice as fun. There were many reasons as to why we just had to go to the island.

  • Labor day weekend
  • Kate finally arrived from Australia
  • Republiq’s boracay party series from April 28-April 30
  • Middle of summer!

I picked up Nicole (who’s just my all time favorite and partner when it comes to going out or travelling) at her Condo then we went off to the airport around 4 pm. We flew via ZestAir to Kalibo. Despite the Labor Day weekend being considered as one of the most toxic days where passengers are flooding at the airports, thank you to ZestAir for not delaying and/or cancelling our flight.

While waiting for our flight to start boarding, we noticed that Andi Eigenmann and Bubbles Paraiso (who looked very ravishing!) were also at the departure area. We concluded that both were off to Boracay too and turned out they actually were on the same flight as ours BUT not only that, their seats were just across ours!

From the airport, straight to a van which would take us to the Jetty port at Caticlan. It was a 2 hour ride but thanks to Nicole’s Avicii, we barely felt the duration of the road trip. Funny how the van services name was Kiata, which in my native tongue of visayan, means “promiscuous.”

We finally arrived at the island of Boracay around 11 pm. We actually booked our hotel at the very last minute because we were supposed to stay over at Kate’s hotel but they got too crowded. Thankfully, Nicole was able to book a vacant room in station 3 despite the peak season.

After freshening up and checking in at the hotel, we headed straight off to Epic at Station 2 where the Republiq party was. Just to give a heads up, there are 3 stations in Boracay catering to different types of customers and their needs.

Station 1 is the expensive, upper class and posh area and is located at the north. If you’d like some peace and relaxation, this is where you should book your stay. Station 2 is where everything and anything can happen. It’s where the bars and clubs are, where D'Mall is (their fun, open area mall) and where majority of great restaurants and shopping places can be found as well. Not to mention, most of the activities such as Banana Boat riding, Flying Fish, Helmet diving etc. can be spotted as well. So if you would like to get an action packed stay, this station is the one for you! Lastly, Station 3 is the family friendly area out of the 3. Cheaper hotels however the beaches in the area aren’t as beautiful. However, you can always just walk from any of the 3 stations and just mix and match your interests.

The Republiq party was a blast! Entrance fee included 2 shots of Hennesy so not bad at all.

And did I mention that the party’s Barker (the guy who yells while the DJ is spinning) was super hot?

One thing I love about Boracay are the parties and just how wild it can get. I reckon, Boracay is the Philippine counterpart of Cancun. It’s always crazy and festive. Another thing I love about Boracay is how everyone looks, feels and is definitely sexy. No doubt, Boracay is the place to be to unwind, have fun and play around in the Philippines. I hardly suggest that it’s great for groups of friends or unless your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner is also into the party scene, for singles.

Also, on our way out, we bumped into Ms. Camille Co, who’s just one of Manille’s new breed of icons.

More great and awesome photos up ahead as well as more info and details to those who would want to know more and are planning to go to Boracay for the first time. But for now, Cheers! Xx

The MA60 is an advanced 50-60 seat class regional turboprop aircraft developed by Xi'an Aircraft Company of China aviation Industry Corporation I (AVICI). Characterized by remarkable passenger comfort, operational adaptability and low operating cost the MA60 is suitable for frequent short and medium-haul commuter operations as well as multi-role applications.

The MA60 can meet the increasingly demanding needs of modern transport and offer operators with the greatest operating benefits.

Number - 3 aircraft
Capacity - 56 Passengers (1-class layout) + 9.5 cu. m. cargo space

(via Zest Air Official Website)

...Boracay, baby!

Last August 2011, It was my first time to go to Boracay. I don’t exactly know what to expect since in this time of the month you don’t know what the weather will be. (Thank God, all through out our stay the weather is really nice.) Nonetheless, I’m sooo excited to go and see ♥Boracay♥ for the first time. I’m all packed and ready to go.

It is also my first time to take the Zest Air. (Manila to Kalibo)

Since were early, were waiting for our flight to be called.

Boarding time..

Well this is it… The travel is smooth and you wouldn’t even notice the travel time (ETT: 45mins), by the time you knew it you’re already in Kalibo. (Kalibo Airport)

Touchdown Kalibo Airport. From the arrival of Kalibo Airport they have this Ati-atihan mask and costume which Kalibo is known for.

From Kalibo Airport we have to travel to Caticalan Jetty Port for about 1 and half hr. where we have to take a boat ride going to Boracay Island. Just outside the airport are vans that can take you to Caticlan Jetty port (200php/head).

This is it.. I’ll see you on the other side of the Island :) ♥BORACAY, baby!♥

Zest Air Hiring Experience

I was informed by a friend that Zest Air will conduct Cabin Crew hiring for both male and female on the 27th of May 2013. I was really glad that not only females are welcomed to apply this time. I wasn’t sure If I will attend the open day because of these reasons: I’m not yet done with my degree program, my weight isn’t proportion with my height, I still have teeth braces, my eyesight is poor, and I’m not a passport holder. Despite of these deficiencies, I was like, why not just give it a try, hired or not, it would be fine. So I decided to apply on the 27th. It was on the night of 26th when I just prepared the documents that I can produce: resume, passport size picture, NBI clearance and copy of grades. I wasn’t able to produce a whole body picture, Barangay clearance, and passport. 

May 27, 2013 - Monday

It was 4:00AM when I woke up. I was heading to Manila all the way from Tagaytay, that’s the reason why i have to wake up early. I arrived at the venue (Salem Complex) by 7:45AM. the first thing I did was to buy a bottled water at the nearest shop and went to Jollibee to use the comfort room, there I met this beautiful girl, who suddenly asked me if I’ll be applying too, I said yes and asked her if she already graduated, she told me that she’s done with her program and I knew that she studied at UST. When I finally decided to go outside the venue, where we have to fall in line, I was called by a familiar voice, well, it was my co-intern at Gulf Air, who will also try her luck during that day.  I learned that she’s also a friend of the girl I met at Jollibee. I have seen a lot of familiar faces, especially those that are from the same school as mine, FEU. There were just few applicants that time. We waited outside for like 30 minutes and were asked to fall in line and go inside the room. 

In that room, we were tasked to fill out the application form and prepare our requirements, we were also asked to remove our coats. After that, we have to fall in line and pass the form for our application number. My number was 15. We were asked to proceed to the next room for the height and weight check and for the submission of requirements. During that time I was already thinking that I wouldn’t make it since I’m underweight.

When I was called, I removed my shoes and have my height and weight checked, I was kinda nervous that time but I tried to keep calm. My height is 5'7 and my weight is 119 lbs, obviously, it isn’t proportioned. I was asked if I’m wearing contact lenses (I was shocked cos It’s clear, I didn’t know how she knew that I was wearing one) and I answered yes. She also checked my teeth and saw my braces. I was then asked to go to the table beside to pass my requirements. I was so happy that they didn’t ask me to leave even I’m underweight, I don’t even know why. Some applicants were sent home already because they didn’t meet the height and weight requirement, including my co-intern, too bad. While passing my documents, I was asked where my passport is, I just said that I have an appointment next week, even though it’s a lie. haha. I’m sure they didn’t believe me but they still let me proceed to the next step.

The next step is the catwalk and skin check. I went quickly to the room when my number was called. I was standing in the front door and the interviewer called me, he asked regarding on how I knew about the hiring and why should they hire me as a cabin crew. I just then realized that it is our initial interview, I even told the interviewer that I’m still studying. I can’t recall why it headed to that topic. They neither asked me to walk nor show my skin for the skin check. I don’t have any idea why. We were then asked to go outside the office and wait for the announcement.

There were like 30 of us outside waiting for the result. Someone came and told us that the numbers she won’t mention are not shortlisted for the English Proficiency Test. She then shouted, 15 and 23. Wooh! That was me and my former classmate in FEU who happens to be my church mate as well. Thank God, I wasn’t expecting that! we were asked to be  back by 2PM for the test. 

As time goes by, more applicants were shortlisted. While waiting, I can observe that I am the thinnest male applicant left. Of course, I felt bad. I was also thinking about the possibilities, I was thinking, what If they’ll hire me? Will I stop studying and pursue this dream? And if not, then it should be okay cos I’m just trying out my luck. I’m still hoping, but then, no matter what the result is, It’s all part of God’s perfect plan. 

It’s 2PM and there are still applicants undergoing the physical exam. Those who are shortlisted were asked to fall in line for the exam. To make the story short, I guess among more than 600 applicants, there were only like 150 - 200  of us who were shortlisted to take the English exam. They informed us to wait until 3:30PM for the result, too bad many applicants were not able to pass the exam.

After that result, there were like 70 of us left. The HR team head announced that they’ll be checking our resume and application papers to see who’ll make it. I’m sure that they don’t wanna interview all of us since they’ll just get 30 cabin crews. During that time, I’m already sure that my name will not be called because of the deficiencies in my application form. 

It’s 3:30 and we were called for the result. I was still hopeful that time. They called out different application numbers, including those applicants who I think will make it to the final interview. I’m pretty sure that those who were called are shortlisted for the final interview. Only 50 applicants were called. I wasn’t. I was in between my emotions. I want the job so bad but I also wanna graduate. I started to think positively and realized that maybe, God wants me to finish my program first and wait for the right time. 

It was really fulfilling,yet tiring. At least I’ve tried! Haha. 

 

Now I’m just thinking on how to gain weight. LOL

 

Just today, I was informed that only 15 applicants were hired. 10 females, 5 males, including my classmate from FEU!

 

 

Don’t force anything. If its meant to be, then it will be, at the perfect time. It’s all part of Gods plan!

BORACAY REGENCY BEACH RESORT

Experience the crystal clear waters and powder-white sand of the island like never before with Boracay Regency. With its striking Mediterranean-inspired architecture, landscaped gardens and expansive beach front, this is a resort that stands unparalleled in beauty and service in the entire island. Boracay Regency allows you to relax and luxuriate within its 285 world-class rooms with service that promises an unparalleled experience.

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VALID UNTIL JUNE 30, 2011

Package Inclusions:
• Roundtrip airfare Manila - Kalibo - Manila
• 2 nights accommodation in resort
• Daily set breakfast
• Roundtrip transfers from Kalibo - Resort - Kalibo airport via Southwest Tours (seat-in-coach).

NOTE:
1. Rates are per person and quoted in Philippine Peso.
2. Extra night includes room and breakfast only.
3. Rates not valid during Peak of the Peak dates - Jan 20-24, 2011; Jan.28-Feb.5, 2011 ; April 20-26, 2011 4. Rates include 12% VAT
5. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

For more details, please call:
Tour Desk: Tel. no.:(632)855.3333
Email: tours@zestair.com.ph

Or you can book on their website, zestair.com.ph!