Writen by Tim De Asis
7 years in. Was all that flying worth it? That is the question I’m asking myself right now.
As I’m writing this. I’m sitting beside my 84 year old grandmother who’s battling dementia, as she stares at me blankly wondering who I was. A lot of emotions was triggered inside of me when my grandfather passed away a week ago. Regrets, if maybe I could have spent a lil' (or probably a lot) more quality time with him before he passed. An opportunity I really didn't have at hand since our lifestyle consists of a lot of flying.
A brief background with grandpa and his influence to me
Grandfather was an immigrant from China during the 1920’s and he never had the access to a good education. Docked at Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard) with nothing in his pocket, he just had a couple sets of clothing. That didn't stop him from living his life as he harnessed the power of being broke. It was a state wherein his back was against the wall and hard work did not just mean having food on the table, but his survival. From there, he learned and made his way to the top. All his life was spent on countless hours of rising up and going back to the grind. Yes he did work hard but he did also enjoy and reap all the benefits of his sweat, and one of them is travelling a lot. He passed at 93 as a real estate mogul, a stock market success story, an investor, a school owner, a father to 6, and a grandfather to a handful. He was honored at his wake by hundreds. This left me thinking, with my chosen career would it give me the same legacy as my grandpa.
He always taught us that hard work will always earn us privileges, like eating good food, buying stuff we want, and of course travelling.
With this story at my heart ever since I was young, it would always dawn on me that travelling was for the higher ups, that travelling was such a privilege that only an elite few could enjoy. So ever since I was 10 years of age, I knew at my heart that I wanted to fly for a living. To fly as a steward for the flag carrier.
Fast forwarding to the present, with the influence of my grandfather and God generously answering my prayers, my dreams came true, I am now flying for our flag carrier, Philippine Airlines.
The current lifestyle
Flying. Flying all over. Flying near. Flying far. Flying within office hours, flying during wee hours. Flying on work weeks, flying on holidays. Hey, this was the lifestyle I prayed for after all. Do I regret my chosen career? Heck no! Yes it’s not always rainbows and butterflies but one thing in life is that we always have a choice. As they say, 10% is what life throws at us. And 90% how we respond to it.
Not being able to maximize my time with my family was solely my fault.
“Love the people dear to you. Sometimes we are so busy growing up, that we forget they are growing old. “ - author unknown
Flying is so flexible that cabin crew are left with a lot of free time (compared to other careers) to pursue other things and time to let you to do what you want with life. A message I have for the younger generation and aspiring cabin crew out there is if you love travelling, and you like to make a difference in the lives of the people you meet, then by all means go ahead and pursue it.
Worth it or Not?
Flying gave me the financial stability to really be a lot like my grandfather. He travelled a lot, I also travelled a lot. He made it big in real estate, and with the financial rewards of flying, I’m happy to say that I was able to invest in three properties at SMDC. I'm sure that wherever my grandfather is right now, he is very proud of what I had become because of pursuing a career in flying.
Being a cabin crew was indeed a catalyst to start a chain of good things. I guarantee that all results will be going your way, for as long as you keep the balance of working, having fun, and at the same time being wise when it comes to investing.
Flying rewarded me with an opportunity to start out a business in real estate and that is to be able to acquire properties, and to rent it out. All of these lead me to an even greater financial stability that gives me the privilege of spending more time with family and building more memories with them.
So here we are 7 years down the road wondering if it was all worth it? YES IT IS!
My very first SMDC investment is at Shore 1 Residences at the Mall of Asia Complex, then followed by another SMDC investment at Shore 2 Residences.
My third property is at SMDC Coast! I am very happy and fulfilled with all my investments, all from working as a cabin crew from Philippine Airlines.
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All my hardwork and success if dedicated to my grandpa.