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South African Kulula Airlines Has a Good Sense of Humor

Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements, Travel Health Alerts | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on South African Kulula Airlines Has a Good Sense of Humor

WHAT A PITY KULULA DOESN’T FLY INTERNATIONALLY – WE SHOULD SUPPORT THEM IF ONLY FOR THEIR HUMOUR – SO TYPICALLY SOUTH AFRICAN.

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A Kulula Aircraft

Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg . Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight “safety lecture” and announcements a bit more entertaining.

Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:
On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced,
“People, people we’re not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!”

—o0o—

On another flight with a very “senior” flight attendant crew, the pilot said,
“Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”

—-o0o—

On landing, the stewardess said,
“Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you’re going to leave anything, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have.”

—-o0o—

“There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane.”

—o0o—

“Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.”

—o0o—

As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker:
“Whoa, big fella. WHOA!”

Kulula loves soccer plane, Cape Town Internati...

Kulula loves soccer plane, Cape Town International Airport (Photo credit: flowcomm)

—o0o–

After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in the Karoo , a flight attendant on a flight announced,
“Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted.”

—o0o—

From a Kulula employee:
“Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth . To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”

—o0o—

“In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favorite.”

—o0o—

“Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we’ll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Kulula Airlines.”

—-o0o—

“Your seats cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.”

—o0o—
“As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses..”

—o0o—

And from the pilot during his welcome message:
“Kulula Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!”

—o0o-

Heard on Kulula 255 just after a very hard landing in Cape Town : The flight attendant came on the intercom and said,
“That was quite a bump and I know what y’all are thinking. I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault, it was the asphalt.”

—o0o-

Overheard on a Kulula flight into Cape Town , on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain really had to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said,
“Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Mother City . Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what’s left of our airplane to the gate!”

—o0o-

Another flight attendant’s comment on a less than perfect landing: “We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.”

—o0o-

An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a “Thanks for flying our airline”. He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said,
“Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?”
“Why, no Ma’am,” said the pilot. “What is it?”
The little old lady said,
“Did we land, or were we shot down?”

—o0o-

After a real crusher of a landing in Johannesburg , the attendant came on with,
“Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal..”

—o0o-

Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement:
“We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today.. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of Kulula Airways.”

—o0o-

Heard on a Kulula flight:
“Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light ’em, you can smoke ’em.”


Sarasota Travel Professionals: Admiral Travel International

Posted: June 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota-Bradenton Travel Professionals | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Sarasota Travel Professionals: Admiral Travel International

Ryan and Malaka Hilton’s Team at Admiral Travel offers exclusive travel opportunities to Africa and beyond.

Founded in 1997 by Malaka Hilton, Admiral Travel offers travel packages to locations ranging from South Africa to Scandinavia.

Malaka is an expert on Egypt and loves guiding groups to that destination.  Her husband, Ryan, is from South Africa and is a wildlife expert and photographer.  He leads groups on safaris.  Their staff are seasoned professionals who have experienced most of the world’s most popular and intriguing travel destinations.

They have partnered with the Virtuoso travel network’s top travel supplers in order to offer a wide range of travel options.

In addition they have developed their own brand of escorted luxury tours, available through their own tour division, AuthentEscapes.  These are exclusive tours hosted by renowned experts.   One example is the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival.  Travelers attend this amazing 4-day festival on Oahu and are treated to wine tastings and cooking demonstrations by experts like Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong.  Here’s an example of what one day has to offer:

DAY 2: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7

Mix with the Masters 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join our all-star cast of chefs, food producers and celebrity techies for a delicious day of talks, demos and Hawai’i In A Bowl lunch.
All Day Pass includes:
•    Building A Sense of Plate and Place
•    Get Wild and Raw in Hawai‘i with Masaharu Morimoto and Ming Tsai
•    Hawai‘i In A Bowl: From Poi Bowl to Pho featuring Roy Yamaguchi and Charles Phan
•    BATTLE OF THE FOOD GEEKS: Silicon Valley Startups vs. Roy Yamaguchi, Todd English & More

“Second Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series: Chefs Who Have Cooked for Presidents and Royalty” 6 p.m.

Master chefs and top sommeliers will “wow” food lovers during an evening of elegant fine dining, with a lavish seven-course meal and extraordinary wine pairings.

Sounds like fun!

Admiral Travel International Offers Exclusive Travel Opportunities to Destinations from Scandinavia to South Africa


Passport Health Sarasota Stores Vaccines Appropriately

Posted: June 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements, Travel Vaccines Updates | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Passport Health Sarasota Stores Vaccines Appropriately

We Store Children’s Shots at Appropriate Temperature and Monitor Regularly

A Child being Vaccinated

Controversy has broken out recently regarding a federal program, organized by the CDC, that provides vaccines to pediatricians for free.   The program is called VFC, Vaccines for Children.  Apparently vaccines stored at most of the providers were not stored properly:

A report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that vaccines stored at the offices of 76% of a sample of providers involved in the CDC program were exposed to inappropriate temperatures for at least five cumulative hours during a 2-week inspection period.

This is a problem since inappropriately stored vaccines become ineffective.  Another mistake that VFC providers were committing was they were storing expired vaccines with active ones.  Storing the two together can lead to a patient being given the wrong vaccine when they need it, another dangerous situation.

At Passport Health Sarasota we monitor the temperature of our vaccine storage refrigerators 24/7.  If one of our refrigerators goes out of range the monitor begins to sound an alarm.  It will continue sounding that alarm until one of our employees manually turns it off and resets the monitor.  We do this to ensure the quality of our vaccines.  Moreover we do NOT store outdated vaccines with in date vaccines.

When choosing where to get your vaccines chose the “Vaccine Specialists” – Passport Health Sarasota.


CDC Confirms Four New Japanese Encephalitis Cases

Posted: June 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Travel Health Alerts | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on CDC Confirms Four New Japanese Encephalitis Cases

PEAK SEASON: The CDC said vaccination is still the best preventive measure; http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2012/06/06/2003534649

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday confirmed four new cases of Japanese encephalitis in Taiwan and urged the public to take precautions against mosquito bites during the peak June and July transmission period for the illness.

The four, all residing in Greater Tainan, were treated and some have been discharged from hospital, the CDC said in a statement.

The two men and two women infected with the disease are aged between 40 and 74, it said.

The four had been living or working in places close to pig pens, pigeon farms, ponds, heron nests or other areas prone to mosquito infestations, the CDC said.

Japanese encephalitis is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes.

The incubation period for the disease is five to 15 days, the CDC said. In mild cases, the symptoms are headache and fever, while in severe cases the patient may suffer convulsions, it said.

Late last month, the CDC confirmed the nation’s first case of Japanese encephalitis this year.

With the peak transmission season about to begin, the health agency urged the public to take preventative measures, such as wearing long pants and long sleeves to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

However, vaccination is the most effective method of preventing the disease, the CDC said, urging parents of children who have not yet received the three-stage vaccination to consult a doctor.

There are between 20 to 40 reported cases of Japanese encephalitis each year in Taiwan, with an annual death rate of between zero and two, according to CDC data.

Most patients are adults over the age of 20, the statistics show.


A Touch of Africa in St. Armands

Posted: June 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota-Bradenton Travel Professionals | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on A Touch of Africa in St. Armands

The Touch Corporation Group:

Looking for a great way to experience Africa right here in Sarasota?  Check out Touch Corporation in St. Armands.  They have a store and a travel agency and recently opened a new wine and coffee bar.  Deon Barnard is the COO for the USA branch of Touch Corporation.  He and his family hail from Durban, South Africa.  Having worked in the travel & leisure industry since 1988, Deon was transferred from corporate South Africa to establish the USA brand in 2009.

Go Touch Down Travel & Tours, part of the Touch Corporation, has been marketing travel tours to the American market for decades.  With increasing demand for bucket-list adventures the group made the decision to established the North America offices in Sarasota and Oakville, Canada.  The local office is currently remodeling the Afro Café at the back of their retail store that will be serving coffee and wine from South Africa. The group will be expanding the brand to Washington DC and New York during 2013.

In addition to sharing the wealth of Africa with us here in the States, Go Touch Down Travel and Tours arranges tours leaving the USA every week taking American visitors to see South Africa for themselves.  What makes this group unique is that they take visitors to land that they themselves own.  This means that the trips are incredibly personalized as well as cost-effective.  Visitors can experience most anything from diving underwater in cages in shark-infested waters, taking a safari through the African veld, or just enjoying the urban luxury and culture of Cape Town.  Either way, it’s sure to be an unforgettable bucket-list trip.

Visit Touch Corporation’s Website at http://touchcorporation.com/


Shingles Vaccine Available!

Posted: June 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Shingles Vaccine Available!

ANNOUNCEMENT: We have 11 doses of the Shingles Vaccine available at our Sarasota office through midnight on June 9th.  The price is $200 including office visit.  Come and get them while supplies last.

Address:

2195 Ringling Blvd

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 362-0304

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