Thursday, 19 December 2013

Hot hotel goss!

So much is happening this year its hard to process everything and figure out if its good or bad.

Recently Amathus was sold and the majority now belongs to the owner of Four Seasons which is also a 5 star hotel, practically next to Amathus....So as there is a new owner there will be a lot of new changes to improve everything starting from 1st January. When they announced that the hotel has been sold they also said that the name of this one which is in Limassol will remain the same, however the one in Paphos will no longer be known as Amathus and will be changed to something else (can't remember what it was).
So after that, today we found out that Amathus will be closing on the 9th January till the 20th March to make changes and train staff.....So where does that leave us?!!

Just as we completely settle in BOOM there comes another surprise!....Now when I'm comfortable with everything and everyone there comes another change!
There have been so many thoughts going through our heads....Maybe we can go home and finish our placement year at home? Maybe they will move us to Four Seasons?....No one knows because no one is telling us anything!!

Fair enough everyoneelse knows that they have over 2 months off and will just come back when Amathus reopens, however we're trainees and don't want to go home for that long as we will definitely not come back hahah, plus that means that we miss out on summer 2014, that's a horrible and depressing though as we have already missed out on summer this year.

It will be interesting to see what happens next! but for now I think we should enjoy our last few weeks at Amathus because no one knows what will happen!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Six months down, six to go!

Once again I have waited too long to update my blog....but here we go!

So lets see what have I been up to....
Oh me and Ellie had a day off together a while back so we decided to go and spend a day in Paphos, it was amazing! So different to Limassol, we went to see the castle which isn't actually that interesting, then we went on a little boat cruise, that was really good and relaxing, would do that again anytime. Then we also went to see the tombs of the kings, I thought that was quite interesting because all it is is rocks but if you really look around you can see that it actually used to be where people once lived...its insane!
I would definitely go back to Paphos to do different activities before I go back home. And there are English people everywhere which is lovely! for once I can understand what people around me are saying as its not in Greek or Russian.
Oh and we also went to see the Papho Amathus, definitely a lot prettier than ours, but then again it is a lot newer than ours, plus it would obviously automatically look a lot better because we don't work there, no one really likes where they work do they?

As we were all here for bonfire night, we went to the beach at night after everyone had finished work and had a beach bonfire, it was the cutest night we have had in Cyprus so far! It is the best way to be together and relax, with snacks, music, drinks. fire, sand, sea, and stars...what else do you need? simply perfection....The beach is 100% the thing that I will miss the most when I'm back home!

Then last month we all made sure that we had the same day off so that we could go on a trip to Nicosia. Once we got there we went over the boarder and payed a small visit to the Turkish side. I can't really say much about it as we didn't actually have a chance to go into the city or see things, so that's also on my list of things to do before I return home, but it is cute and the cultural differences are intently noticeable....It was a good day s we were all together, the only time we get to be together is f we request it. But overall a good trip out.

So we have been doing different things to make it more fun...other than visiting places there's not really much.

Moving on to work, I think there is probably way too much to talk about so I wont go into details, but we are basically the only trainees left at the hotel as everyone who came in summer has now completed their 5 months and gone back. It's really quiet now and there aren't many guests at the hotel either as its freezing here believe it or not! I think it might actually be a lot colder than it is back at home. I'm trying not to buy too many winter clothes because I already had trouble bringing my tings here....Oh my! I am dreading packing already hahah It'll be interesting to say the least!

So that's basically it....I know it was boring but there is just way too much to talk about in detail, I think I will start doing regular updates so I can include the details and all of the real antics that go on with me :)

here are the pics!!...


Beach bonfire <3


In front and across the border 
 Paphos sunset <3


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Life in Cyprus.

Yet again its been too long since I last updated my blog....There is just not enough time to do anything anymore, I have now changed to doing 1-10 or 2-11 shifts all week except the odd day where one of the girls has her day off and I get to do the morning shift from 6:30-3:30....yeah its supper early but its so nice to finally have a evening off once a week.

Thinking about it there is actually a lot that has happened within the past month. We have all been trying to have as much fun as we can, and it is a lot easier now that I have late starts which mans I can much more of a life and go out. Well we tend to just go to trippers which is also known as Amathus number 2 (for staff). But we did celebrate Stacy's and my 20th Birthday which was good fun. For my birthday we decided to go to the beach after work and just order loads of food and relax with some music and drinks, all wrapped up in our jumpers and scarfs at night. Was a good birthday spent in Cyprus....Oh and yes of course we went out the night before, its not a proper birthday celebration without going out now is it?

Other than celebrating Birthdays, we have had more people leave which was really sad because now there is hardly anyone working that was here when we first started, instead we see someone new start every week or so.
We have also had a lot of trainees come over from Poland for a month at a time, and they tend to do all the polishing which is good for us because that means we don't have to polish any cutlery for the month that they are here....hehehe. But it is depressing at the same time seeing them leave after a month and we are still here. we now have the second group of Polish trainees, so this time when they leave, not long after the rest of the trainees will leave that came at the same time as us....that means we will be the only trainees until the new ones come in January!! :( not fun at all.

On a much lighter and funnier note (this is a secret which I have kept to myself and not told anyone) The other week when I was doing the morning shift in room service obviously, I somehow managed to break the sink!! the whole sink head flew off spraying water everywhere!!....oopsie! a little panic but at the same time funny moment for myself hahahah......So if you work with me and are reading this ssssshhhhhhh don't tell anyone! I fixed it so its all good :)....My clumsy moments make things a bit more fun hahah.

Oooo I nearly forgot, I also had the chance to work in a outdoor catering event which was nice as I was able to spend the whole day out of the hotel. Amathus was catering for a well known shipping company who were celebrating their 20th anniversary as well as the opening of a new building in Limassol. It was nice to have the chance to work in a different surrounding and see how events are set up. They blocked off the road and placed all the tables on the road in front of the building, so all the guests had a massive dinner celebration on the road. I was working on the buffet that night just making sure that everything is okay and refilled. It was definitely a good experience, the only negatives were that I was working for 15 hours and it got absolutely freezing at night for Cyprus, but other than that it was enjoyable.

Hmmm what else has happened?.....Oh yeah! of course I had to get myself a birthday present so I went and got myself another cheeky tattoo :D yeah I think I might be slightly addicted to tattoos, but its all good :)

That's about all I have for now I think....but keep tuned in for another update!:)

Stacy's Birthday

The outdoor catering

My Birthday present :)


Friday, 20 September 2013

Don't know where to start.

Too much has happened since the last time I wrote, I don't actually know where to begin!
Okay lets see...I guess I'll start with the negatives (because there's always negatives) people have now slowly started leaving as their placement is coming to an end, which is super depressing for us because we have to watch everyone leave while we're still here till June. Hopefully we wont have to watch anymore people leaving its horrible.

Other than people leaving, there has been a major change for me as they have decided to move my department and place me in room service. I mean they didn't even bother telling me that I'm moving I had to find out for myself when I was being dragged around for a week working in the restaurant as well as room service! This is the only reason where I wish I was at home, they never tell us whats going on and what they want us to do, they somehow just expect us to know.
So on my third day into working in room service I was already left to work alone for an hour and a half....Yes it may not sound like a long time but trust me when its just you on your own on your third day answering phone calls, taking orders, delivering them to the kitchen, setting tables and trays, making sure everything's correct and then delivering the order to the room....It's hard work!

No one said it was going to be easy.....just have to get on with it I guess.
It's not all bad all the time, just wish that there was something fun, it would definitely help make the work easier and make the time pass quicker.

On a much happier note I finally got some time off and went HOME!!!....They where the best 6 days I have had so far....Of course I had some trouble getting home (If you know me you know its never as simple as it should be with me...oopsie) but I got home eventually which was the main thing.

Being at home was absolutely amazing, I got to see all my family again and also managed to meet up with some friends....was lovely. Oh and I got to visit Birmingham again, I miss it SO much, cant wait to get back home at the end of this!!

A lot more has probably happened but that's about all that I can remember....But here are some pictures as usual :)
A little send off for some on the beach

Me and Ellie had a pet for a while! :)

Going home!!!

Treated the sister and mum to a meal at Marco Pierre White...Was amazing!

Back to Cyprus I go :(


Sunday, 18 August 2013

Two months done!

It has finally been 2 months!! wwoohhoo! Seems like time is just dragging, but I know everything about what I need to do and when I need to do it so I can just quickly get on with it before anyone has the chance to shout and tell me what to do. I don't think I'll ever get used to the shouting, and really hope I don't, otherwise a year later when I return home I will be shouting at everyone without realizing I'm doing it.
Lets hope I return with all my manners. People are surprised that I still say please, thank you and excuse me even after 2 months of being here....That will never change EVER!

Ahhh work has been so insane for the past week and it wont be any better this week. There was a public holiday on the 15th August but instead of having that one day off the Cypriots decide to be awkward and celebrate that one day for a week or two, which means the hotel restaurants are always rammed at all three times breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
I cant wait for the next couple of weeks to be over, plus holiday season comes to an end so it will be a lot quieter. However September is the wedding season so it will be constant wedding service, but I cant wait for the weddings to start. Means everyone is in a good mood, I get to see the beautiful layout and decoration, the wedding dresses, the traditional wedding and there will be good music playing to make the work go faster. Even though I might not finish work till 2am, but hey I will never get to do this again.

We haven't really done anything in the past few weeks, mainly because we all have our days off on different days so we never have the chance to do anything. However on the odd days that I get the 7 till 4 or 8 till 5 shift me and Danni decide to go to the beach and have a little picnic and watch the sun go down and the stars come out...It is the most relaxing thing lying on the sand just looking up at the stars, and to make it even more amazing I saw a shooting star one evening....Most beautiful thing I have experienced so far.
Oooo and me and Danni had a pizza hut yesterday, never enjoyed pizza so much!! All the food is so different compared to home, so its only the franchised places that we know we will get the same tasting food.  
I'm hoping my next blog will be a lot more exciting than this one haha....I'm planning on doing some fun activities so I shall blog all about that soon. Watch out!!

Picture time....

Our little picnic

Sunset <3

Oh and we went for lush dessert at Colors..Yummm

Pizza Hut!!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Strictly work.

Just realized that in my previous blogs I mainly talk about going out or going to the beach and just relaxing...well trying to relax.

So this one is about work and all of the things which I have been able to do so far.
To start of with the main things that every waitress and waiter has to know is how to fold napkins and polish cutlery....Oh good old polishing cutlery!! I have to polish everyday, I don't think there's been a day where I have not polished in the past 5 week of working here, I don't mind it too much though, sometimes its better than being outside in the heat serving customers. 

Other than folding napkins and polishing cutlery. I also have to clear tales, clean them and then set them up again. After breakfast we set them up ready for lunch which are usually all double set up, then after lunch we have to set up ready for dinner. Inside the Kalypso we have to set up for breakfast because that's not open for dinner, but outside in the Kalypso half of the set up is single and half is double, usually because that's just there for the customers that don't want to sit and have dinner in La teraza or if there is no space. 

I also have to do canape service sometimes, I like that job as it allows me to go off for an hour or so by myself and deliver a plate of canape with champagne for the adults and a glass of orange juice for children to some of the rooms....Canape service is only for those guests that are staying in the majorly expensive rooms which have private pools and the sea view with a balcony. The rooms are gorgeous!
I have also done room service for one room, that was only because they were desperate for help and I decided to help out, its basically exactly the same as canape service, the only difference is that you have to mention everything that is on the trolley table and get them to sign the bill....I hope I get the chance to work in room service at some point during the year.

One evening I was also sent up to the Nu bar where I had to walk around with a massive tray of canape and a tray of champagne and give it to the guests. I was walking around with a tray for a good 35-40 minutes, and the next day when I woke up I couldn't lift my arm...I didn't quite understand that because I carry trays everyday....Strange. 

But yeah that's basically what I have been doing so far for the past 5 and a half weeks of working at the Amathus Beach Hotel. It will get really quiet during the winter season which means there will not be much to do. I seriously can not wait for winter. Finally time to relax!! And I miss the rain so much, we will finally see some rain!!

Sadly there are no pictures today, but I'll try to take some pictures or find some of the restaurants which I work in :).

Friday, 26 July 2013

Eventful week

Yup its been another very eventful week. So much has happened but the main thing which I can remember is that one of the head waiters got fired. That's very intense as some people thinks it's linked to me, but its not. Well it may be slightly but it just so happens that this was not the first time this situation occurred and this was his last chance, so its a good thing hes gone...yayy...I used to dread going into work if I had to work with him, so now its a much happier place for everyone!!

Work is getting really repetitive and tedious, and its getting hard to work outside in this heat...The temperature has definitely gone up this week...I cant wait till it starts raining!! We are missing the rain so much, never thought we would! Plus when it starts raining I'll be able to work in a different restaurant which will be a change...Hopefully a good change. Another plus is that it will not be as busy as it is now.

The past couple of days have been the best days in Cyprus for me so far as some of my family members have come for a few days for a holiday but are also staying at Amathus so that they are able to see me.
I was at work when they arrived, and saw them walking around the hotel and at the pool...I don't think I've ever had a bigger smile on my face!
So yesterday we went into town and had a lovely day....went for some ice cream (obviously) and just did a bit of shopping.
In the evening they then went back to the hotel for dinner and I decided to go to the Chasers bar with the girls for a little while, as it was my and Elly's day off....Don't want to be spending the day off in the hotel. Was a good evening, playing a bit of darts and pool...Oh and of course Elly broke the fan hahaha bless her its always Elly, she really does make my day!!

Today I had a split shift from 7 till 11 and then I'll be going back in a while till midnight.
But I managed to go for lunch with my family, and what better place to go than TGI Fridays on a Friday...haha.
I had to say bye to the kids again today which was horrible! Absolutely hate saying goodbye....Lets just hope I don't get depressed again hahah.....Was the best feeling seeing family after so long!!

Well I have to get ready and go back to work now....Really hope time goes fast tonight.

Here's the lovely pictures :)

Chasers with the girlies!

 My Munchkin Ethan

 Both of my little monkeys

With my munchkin Sienna and the best sister in law

It's the Dhillons!!

Looks like I'm  pro at darts. Hahah

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Made it a month!

I have officially made it a month in Cyprus today!! That is a major accomplishment for me, not seeing any of my family and living away from home. If you know me then I am probably the most homely person you will know, hahah. Its tough but I'm managing...But hey only 11 months to go, yayyy!!...I think the everyday Skype sessions with my family definitely help as I get to see everyone.

Sooooo I've been a little bit naughty this week and decided to get my third tattoo yesterday!!!....It was my day off so I wanted to do something good and what could be better than getting a tattoo right!??
The original plan was for me and Elly to wake up early in the morning and go into town to some of the tattoo places that we have seen and get some quotes and see if they have time to tattoo me. But that was a complete fail as we didn't actually wake up till 1pm...OOPS! hahah...Well I'm allowed to sleep as it is actually the only time I get a decent amount of sleep.

With that plan being a flop I waited till Danni finished work at 4 and then go into town.....After 4 hours of walking around we finally found a tattoo parlour which looked professional. We walked in, I showed him the design I drew out, he gave me a quote and told us to come back a couple of hours later if I still decide to get it....So meanwhile me and Danni did a bit of shopping (obviously) and went for dinner at a cute little village restaurant. And of cores dinner wouldn't be complete without a little dessert, so we stopped at the ice cream shop opposite the ice cream EVER!!!

2 and a half hours, a burger and a ice cream stop later we went back to the tattoo palour. The guy drew out a stencil of my design and added his own little touch to it...Looks amazing. I think it may have taken a total of 10 to 15 minutes to get the tattoo....Yes it was painful, its on my ribs which makes it extra painful...I somehow always get them in the most bony places.
But yeah that was basically my day off yesterday, definitely well spent!:)

I had a horrendous day at work today, it was a straight shift from 8 till 5....All the others had a day off today which makes work even more dreadful. But after my shift we decided to go for a yummy iced frappe, makes up for the long day at work :)

Well I have to be up by 6 in the morning and its already past 12 so a quick Skype session with the family and then straight to sleep! :)

Good night for now....

Here are some pictures as usual :)
Best ice cream around.

Tattoo number three...

Iced frappe after a long day at work

Just another cute village picture of town

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Still adapting to change...

So 10 days and over 95 hours of work later I finally got a day off!!...that would never be allowed to happen back at home.... I guess its just one of the many things I have to adapt to.

Ohh hello! housekeeping just walked into our room. I always find it a little bit awkward that there's a lady cleaning our room, mum's taught us to clean our own mess so its uncomfortable when we have someone coming to change our beds and clean the bathroom every week.....But then again that's one less thing for us to do right?...I suppose anyone else would love to have a maid come clean once a week hahahh.

So far this week work has been decent, surprisingly it's not been that busy, but I suppose it will be from now on as everyone is starting to get their summer holidays....great stuff for us!!...I could really do with a holiday right now!

I try to get out of the hotel as much as I can, so on my long breaks on my split shift days or when I finish at 4 or 5 I always try to go out for a meal or a milkshake or ice cream....makes the day so much better!
The food here is still horrible, the same thing everyday, really starting to get sick of it already.... I think I'm addicted to nutella!! I sit in the room with my laptop munching on biscuits dipped in nutella everyday without fail! Its the only thing keeping me alive right now hahaha.

Me Elly and Stacy went for brunch yesterday and I decided to get a yummy chocolate and banana crepe (chocolate as in nutella obviously). Afterwords me and Stacy went to the beach as we had our day off, and we both ended up falling asleep for a good 30 mins....oops.
It is perfect on the beach!
Then in the evening after Dani finished work we went to a restaurant/bar called Chasers, they always give out discounted drinks for everyone who works at Amathus because they know what its like to work there, think that's all I will say haaa. Chasers is the little Amathus staff hang out place, they literally know everyone who works here. So we went there for a munch up....was yummy!

But for now I think I may have a little nap before I have to go back to work later....It's so ridiculously hot here, the heat just drains out all my energy. And this is apparently nothing its just the begging of summer, it reaches up to over 40 degrees in August and September....That should be very interesting for me!!

Anyways its nap time for me!! :)...I'll leave you with some more pictures. :)

Yummy chocolate and banana crepe

We found ketchup from TESCO!!!!

Good meal!

Girlies :)



Monday, 8 July 2013

The world of work

Working in this place is not a easy that's for sure! Honestly if you can work at Amathus Hotel you can work anywhere!!

My last day off was last Monday and the next one is not till Friday....CANT WAIT!!
I have been working so many different shifts at different times, the past two weeks are now just a blur. But I have to say that my split shifts are the best, I work during breakfast then clear everything up ready to set up for lunch, then I finish for the afternoon and return back to work for dinner. I love working during dinner...even though I don't finish till midnight. It's the best time to be working as its outside at the restaurant called 'The Laderaza'. The breakfast is also outside but it is definitely better in the evening as the atmosphere is so relaxed, the guests all come dressed nicely, there's always live music, and we get to see the sunset....well I don't really, I go in for a minute to clear plates and glasses, return outside and all of a sudden I notice its dark! Oh and the best part is that I get to see Elly, Stacy and Savvas, but they get to stand at their stations and serve the buffet food while I have to run around like a headless chicken collecting plates, getting drinks, clearing tables, getting bills and all sorts....The joys of being a waitress!

Right so far I have learnt how to set up tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The layout for breakfast is 'single' and for lunch and dinner it's 'double' and it's all silver service as its a 5 star hotel (extra effort). I can now open wine bottles...yyaayyy! Quite difficult when you have to open it in front of the customers, and there are different ways of serving white and red wines which is just confusing. Oh and I have learned how to polish cutlery, how could I forget!...That's the dreaded job that we get given when there is no more cutlery left to put out.

People here are so aggressive in the way that they talk, never say please or thank you, so its always a surprise when they do. The first day I got here everyone was so shocked that I use those words. And they are forever shouting at each other....I cant actually figure out if they are talking or fighting.

I finished for the day at 5 today so me, Elly and Dani decided to go out for dinner and get some proper food (some meat). They have rice, lentils, noodles and salad without fail in the canteen everyday!! there is never any meat or nutritious food so we try to go out at least once a week.

With all of the hard work we needed some time to have fun, so we decided to go out on Saturday night after our shift, it was a really good night as we bumped into loads of people from work....its nice seeing everyone out of the work place!

Well its going to be a long year but lets hope it flies by just like the rest do.

Some more pictures!!!

My name just about fits on the badge haha

The lovely restaurant uniform, minus the apron

A much needed frappe in the sunshine

The once a week meat consumption

And of course a dessert!