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08 April 2009

WHY.. OH WHY?? ..WHY DO I WANNA BE A PILOT?

By Mohd Danial

Note from Blog Team: Danial, you’re once, twice, three times a pilot. Three times a charm and to the rest, we really do read every post and every line. We’ve been following you and some others. Third times your lucky try and congratulations on being number eleven. Just a reminder that once you’ve been shortlisted, that means you just do not need to submit anymore and your profiles are with the pilots for them to decide on the final ten. Congratulations Danial. Expect a morning call from us.

Hye Team Air Asia!.. I know u guys are extremely busy, having to read all our blogs for the selection process, all at the same time.. I sure know for a fact that there are lots and lots of brilliant entries from all over our country.. But I sure do hope that u guys are reading mine as well.. This is my 3rd attempt, on improving my blog entry and I will continue to strive for improvement until it gets published by Team Air Asia.. ☺ “TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO!” that’s my motto! And I’m certainly not gonna quit on this, even not after the fat lady sings… so here we go again..

I’m just an ordinary guy with an EXTRA-ORDINARY DREAM.. and thankfully, Air Asia has given us the opportunity to become extra-ordinary.. to become a PILOT.. Why should I be given the chance to become extra-ordinary u may ask? Why me?.. Why do I deserve to be selected for a chance to become part of the Air Asia Team?.. Well, that is for me to ‘write’ and for Team Air Asia to ‘decide’.. ☺

I’m Danial by the way, and below, I have 10 reasons Why I Wanna Become a PILOT.. 10 Reasons why Air Asia should give me the chance to fulfill my dream.. 10 Reasons why I wanna make it thru to the last 10 and become EXTRA-ORDINARY!!!

1. PILOT = A SUPERHERO
Being a Pilot is just like being a superhero.. U have a huge burden to carry once u’re in that Plane.. The weight of the world is on ur shoulders, and it’s up to u to make certain that u have what it takes to ensure that everyone has a safe journey ahead..

Have u ever noticed how tall a Pilot walks before his flight.. how much pride he has when he’s wearing that Pilot’s hat.. It’s like they are totally in the ZONE, and it’s like they have to bear that responsibility alone.. It’s a mission that they undertake with PRIDE.. and vice versa.. u’ll only see a Pilot take off his hat, only once his mission is accomplished, only after he has completed his flight successfully and return to their loved ones.. Only after everyone is SAFE.. There’s a minute sense of relieve, when a Pilot finally takes off his hat.. and yes.. I wanna be able to feel that.. I wanna be able to do just that..

2. BEING INSIDE A COCKPIT = MORE THAN JUST PLAYSTATION 3 + XBOX 360 + NINTENDO WII
Guys.. Do you remember the scene in “Fool’s Gold”, when Matthew McConaughey had to fly and land the plane on the sea, after escaping the baddies with Kate Hudson. When he said “Yeeeeep”, “Yeeeeeeep”, (Where’d u learn to fly like that? – asked Kate) “Yeeeeppp” “Playstation”… ☺ Well, Playstation and Xbox can only take u thus far.. How about experiencing the real thing.. Sitting in the cockpit and flying the actual plane.. Damn.. I definitely wanna do just that..

3. TRAVELLING (NOT ONCE A YEAR), BUT EVERY OTHER WEEK
Name me one other job that u could do that allows u to travel to lots of destinations (different parts of the world), every single month of the year, and actually really enjoy doing it.. Well, if u’re lucky enough to work with the ‘Travel’ Channel and be sent to different places to experience different cultures, then u might actually have the chance to do it.. But.. if u’re just stuck in the office 5 days a week, when are u gonna get the chance to do just that?.. but Hey, once u’re a Pilot, u’ll definitely be able to go to lots and lots of interesting places..

4. CULINARY SATISFACTION.. FOOD
(relates back to reason no. 3)

Oh yeah.. We are Malaysians, and we’re definitely blessed with finger lickin’ good foods all the time.. But nope.. If you have not been to Aussie, you have not tasted the true ‘Fish and Chips’, complete with Salt and Vinegar on the go.. and nope, if you have not been to Amsterdam, you have not tasted the best Gelatos (ice-creams) that just purely melts in your mouth with awesome flavours.. and nope, if you have not been to Japan, you won’t really know how hot the wasabi’s actually is.. if you have not been to Italy, u’ll certainly wouldn’t know how delicious the original ‘Pasta’ would taste in ur mouth… Food.. Culinary Delight.. Yum Yum.. It’s definitely within reach once u’re a Pilot..

5. FLYING AIR ASIA + MANCHESTER UNITED, TO MALAYSIA
Have u ever wondered, what it would be like, to be given the opportunity to fly arguably the greatest football team in the World to Malaysia, with Air Asia?.. Wow.. I don’t know how many Pilots have been given the honour to actually do this in reality, but it has definitely been bugging my mind ever since Air Asia ‘tied the knots’ with Manchester United a few years back!.. Come on!.. U as a Pilot in the cockpit, with Rooney, Ronaldo, Giggs, Sir Alex Ferguson, and the rest of the team in the passenger’s seat.. Wow… It would be my ‘Eigth Wonder of The World’ to be able to experience just that!

6. “WHAT DO YOU DO?..”, ASKED SOMEONE, AND “OH.. I’M A PILOT..”, U ANSWERED..
Try saying it in front of the mirror to yourself.. “Oh.. I’m a Pilot”.. Doesn’t that have a nice ‘ring’ to it.. “Oh.. I’m a Pilot”.. It’s just like.. “I’m Bond.. James Bond”.. It sounded so bloody nice to the ears.. Don’t u think so? (Well don’t keep on repeating that statement over n over again for a hundred times… Just do it 2 to 3 times).. “Oh.. I’m a Pilot..” Heheheheh.. It’s wickedly cool! (If u don’t think it’s cool, then u should go and consult a physician since u might be lacking a few ‘sense-of-humour-cells’ – Just kidding..) Sorry for going slightly overboard here, but hey, I just have to include this one as well..

7. ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE.. RESPONSIBILITY FOR A FEW HUNDRED LIVES 20,000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL (relates back to reason no. 1)
Once u’re a Pilot, u’ll be responsible for a few hundred lives of people on the plane.. Every MOVE u make, every ACTION u take, every JUDGEMENT u formulate, everything, everything has to do with their lives, and u’re RESPONSIBLE for them.. Hmm.. I get goosebumps every time I think about it.. but guys, it’s a noble thing.. Being a Pilot is not for the fainthearted.. Its about faith and responsibility.. (and it makes me want to become a Pilot even more so strongly…)

8. PILOT = PART OF AN ENTITY THAT BRINGS UNITY TO THE WORLD
Wouldn’t u like to be part of a vehicle that is able to bring people closer and closer to each other in this ever changing and chaotic world?.. It brings a totally different meaning to become a Pilot.. As a Pilot with the ever growing Air Asia, u’ll be part of a dedicated team that is always in pursuit of making the world into a better place.. A world that is UNITED.. A world where there are no boundaries between different races.. A world where the colour of your skin does not matter!.. A world where everyone has the opportunity to fly.. “Now Everyone Can Fly!” (I too believe in that.. So yes.. I do wanna be a Pilot)

9. IT’S A LIFESTYLE.. THAT’S WORTH LIVING OVER AND OVER AGAIN..
I think it’s just the perfect job.. It’s not only a job.. but it’s a lifestyle.. that gets you wanting more and more.. U only have one life to live.. and why not just fight thru all the norms and ordinaries.. and do something that u’d really enjoy doing.. Being a Pilot is more than just ordinary.. more than just the norm.. It’s a lifestyle.. Aite??

10. IT’S IN EVERY CHILDHOOD’S DREAM, AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER..
It’s always there.. It has always been there.. I’m sure that everywhere u go, u’re bound to see kids running around together opening their arms widely and creating a ‘wwhhooooooosssssshhh’’ing sound through their mouths and buzzing thru the living room, under the table, in and out of the sofas, imagining that they are flying thru the blue sky, at one point or another.. It’s a child’s wildest fantasy.. ☺ and it’s also my wildest fantasy..

Team Air Asia, those are my 10 reasons why I’m hoping to be selected as part of the top 10 candidates for the Air Asia Cadet Pilot Program. And Air Asia, U raised the killer question ‘SO U WANNA BE A PILOT?’.. and my answer is “HELL YEAHHH!.. I WANNA BE A PILOT!!!!!!!!!” ☺

And Air Asia, Thanx for giving us this opportunity!

-Danial-

P/S: I’m 24 years old.. still young and full of energy.. very high spirited.. determined, with a never-say-die attitude to life.. has an Architectural Degree (with Honours) from UTM, and is seriously interested in becoming a Pilot! With this, I sincerely hope that Air Asia will give me the chance to prove my worth in this field..

-Basically Team Air Asia, I’m READY!.. and up for the challenge! to become a full pledge P-I-L-O-T..
.. (I’ve already submitted my application for Air Asia’s Cadet Pilot thru the normal process last month, but now, here I am, writing another ‘blog’ for another chance to be selected as one of the candidates).. I am definitely determined to make this happen! Hell Yeah!..

  • Mohd Danial

    :)) Thank you so much Team Air Asia, for giving me such a wonderful surprise early in the morning.. I am totally speechless.. U’ve got that right.. It’s definitely not over, not until the fat lady sings..

  • Siu Ming

    that’s a very good post danial..ur post hav speak for us all aspiring pilots..=D..congrats for being shortlisted!

  • Hare

    Fascinating, you wrote a nice blog narrating why you wannabe a pilot, cheers gud luck….

  • Kong Sun

    Great way of you expressing it out. congratulation man

  • Yee

    Hi Daniel,

    Great spirit…Congrats…

  • Mohd Danial

    Hye Lui, Hare, & Kong Sun..

    Thanx for the ‘congrats’.. Yeah.. I was soooo pumped when writing up that blog.. I just hope I didn’t go overboard with em’.. But then again, maybe that’s what we all need.. A little bit of the ‘adrenaline’ and positive thoughts!

    All the best to u guys as well!

  • Mohd Danial

    Yee, Thanx! Gotta keep the spirit up always..

  • Yee Chun

    Hey Daniel,

    Congrats for being shortlisted… Your reasons are so ‘steady’ and deserved to be shortlisted.

    Once more congratulations!

  • Chee Keong

    Congrats Danial!!!

    Your trials are definitely worth it as you’ve finally got it..
    bet that you want it very badly, just like all of us here..

    I like your description of a pilot…
    so charming, with the great responsibility..
    its NOBLE!!

    Regards,
    CK

  • Low

    Congrats! At least now I have a few within my age gap =)

    If fate allows maybe we can all fly together eh?

  • Wai Weng

    You have solid reasons to be a pilot. Congrats… :)

  • Daphne Siew Li

    I love the superman part :P
    congrats!

  • Mohd Danial

    Thanx everyone! Really appreciate all your comments!.. Can’t wait to get to know all of you when the time finally comes..

    Until then, keep on blogging ya.. and make sure that the Air Asia’s Blogging Team is occupied with all our entries! Heheheh :)

  • Wan Siong

    Danial,
    Congratulations on being short-listed! After looking at your photo of Superman, I suddenly had the idea that If ever Superman is real, Clerk Kent could surely use some extra advertising money and have AirAsia.com logo put on his red cape. How cool is that??? Hahahaha~~

  • Hare

    Hey!!
    Congrats, Daniel.

    Your post title is so different^^

  • Mohd Danial

    Thanx guys!..

    Wan Siong..
    As long as Clerk Kent does not place the AirAsia.com logo on his ‘outer red spandex’, I think AirAsia wouldn’t mind!.. Heheheh