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From Kid Care To Cabin Crew

For 21 years old Mere Bale, becoming a cabin crew of Fiji Link gained her independence and maturity. Miss Bale of Nadi has been flying with Fiji Link as cabin
05 Jun 2016 13:33
From Kid Care To Cabin Crew
Fiji Link Captain Neli Vuatalevu (left) with cabin crew Mere Bale during the Fiji Link's second birthday at Takia Hotel car park in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

For 21 years old Mere Bale, becoming a cabin crew of Fiji Link gained her independence and maturity.

Miss Bale of Nadi has been flying with Fiji Link as cabin crew for 18 months.

She is the third eldest of five siblings. Her world changed when her mum left for the United States in early 2014 for work.

At that time the siblings and their mother were staying with their grandparents in Nadi, before her mum went to America.

It was at this point, at the age 19, that Miss Bale had to make some life-altering decisions.

With no one else around to look after her younger siblings, aged 12 and 14, she made the difficult choice to give up her studies at Fiji National University .

Her two older siblings, then aged 23 and 25 began searching for work to care for the family.

As she learnt parenting skills on the fly, Miss Bale put in place rules to help her younger ‘children’ keep focus in school.

“No Television during weekdays was the first rule,” Miss Bale said.

“I became the house manager.

“I made sure their uniforms were washed daily, so they were always ready for the next school day.

“They are good kids, they always listened,” she said.

She doesn’t regret her decision staying home to look after her younger siblings.

However, she didn’t pass up a chance a few months later to send in an application during a Fiji Link Cabin Crew recruitment.

“My aunty told me that there was an advertisement in Fiji Sun and she asked me to apply and so I did,” Miss Bale said.

Her parenting skills came to life when she scored highly in customer service, skills and other tests which form integral parts of the Fiji Link Cabin Crew assessment criteria.

Fast track to October 2014, and she was qualified to join the Flight Attendant ranks at the domestic airline.

Ms Bale also holds the distinct honour as a member of the first ever all-female flight and cabin crew team in September 2015.

This was on a Fiji Link flight to and from Apia, under the command of Captain Hartlene Yuen.

A first for Fiji Link and aviation in the Pacific region, this group received the admiration and commendation of thousands of people through Fiji Airways’ social media channels.

She said being a Flight Attendant is a very humbling experience.

“You have to have the same level of respect and patience for everyone,” she said.

 


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