Pilots
As a kid, I was always in awe whenever I see pilots at the airport with gorgeous and usually always-petite air stewardesses trailing behind them. Maybe it’s their smart uniform and their military-styled cap or the fact they always seem to stand tall whenever I see them. But there is something about them that captivates your attention.
That’s all I ever thought about pilots and air stewardesses – how dashing, smart and handsome they appear in my eyes. Whenever they walk in the airport, it’s like they have power over the world. 
As I cling onto the slightest bit of hope I have left of the fate of flight MH370, I realised a pilot’s job isn’t as easy as just flying passengers from Point A to Point B. It’s a lot greater than that. I realised that the second the plane takes off, our lives are in their hands. I realised that every time they step into an airplane, they sacrifice their own lives as well. I realised that it pains them to leave their loved ones for a long period of time in order to work – in order to send us to places that we need to be to unite with our loved ones.

Most importantly, I realised that pilots are not just smart-looking men in decent uniforms that spend their time flying like what I thought as a kid. Pilots are heroes.

Pilots

As a kid, I was always in awe whenever I see pilots at the airport with gorgeous and usually always-petite air stewardesses trailing behind them. Maybe it’s their smart uniform and their military-styled cap or the fact they always seem to stand tall whenever I see them. But there is something about them that captivates your attention.

That’s all I ever thought about pilots and air stewardesses – how dashing, smart and handsome they appear in my eyes. Whenever they walk in the airport, it’s like they have power over the world. 

As I cling onto the slightest bit of hope I have left of the fate of flight MH370, I realised a pilot’s job isn’t as easy as just flying passengers from Point A to Point B. It’s a lot greater than that. I realised that the second the plane takes off, our lives are in their hands. I realised that every time they step into an airplane, they sacrifice their own lives as well. I realised that it pains them to leave their loved ones for a long period of time in order to work – in order to send us to places that we need to be to unite with our loved ones.

Most importantly, I realised that pilots are not just smart-looking men in decent uniforms that spend their time flying like what I thought as a kid. Pilots are heroes.

How Grief Brings Us Together 
by Dyana Sofya
One of my father’s favourite bands is the Bee Gees. I grew up listening to them especially during weekends when he would spend hours in front of his elaborate  sound system listening to old classics, from Santana’s Black Magic Woman, Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall to Sweet Charity’s Teratai.My mother who loves to chat, be it face-to-face with another person or on the phone, was not fond of my father’s weekend routine because it would be too noisy for her to listen to herself, but they however subconsciously insisted on being in the same room despite their different needs.The tragedy of MH370 made all of us realise the value of family, unity and togetherness. Those on board MH370 are someone’s father, mother, son and daughter. We may have different backgrounds, nations, languages, colours, cultures, likes, dislikes, habits, and manners in every way of life, nonetheless, they are our brothers and sisters in humanity.The incident showed us that we are all connected, we are first and foremost, human beings. We share the same feeling of worry and disbelief throughout the 17 days hoping for a clue, an answer to the missing MH370 together with 239 of its passengers and crew. All of us were concerned and baffled on how an advanced technology aircraft goes missing without a sign.Our hearts stopped at once for a second when the prime minister made the announcement that flight MH370 had ended in the southern Indian Ocean. All of our hearts, thoughts and prayers go to the passengers and crew, their family members and friends.A friend of mine said, “The families of 239 people need our strength, our compassion and our attention.” And I agree. We should reach out and help in any way that we can.We may all grieve in our own ways. Some seek answers, some choose to get closure, and some resort to anger. Some spend hours on conspiracy theories. However, the sadness of loss is universal. Instead of judging one another or getting into a quarrel, we should just look into one another’s eyes, understand that this is a difficult moment and let the negativity go. We don’t need to add to the agony and loss of those who are directly affected.It’s simply human to be vulnerable, it is not a weakness. We need each other and need to look out for each other. This incident has brought us together.At times like this, shoulders to lean on, arms around one another, hands to hold to are all that we need. Everything else can wait.We should be reminded to appreciate the people around us, our parents, family members, friends and foes, colleagues, neighbours and even the makcik who sells kuih by the roadside from whom we always get our evening pisang goreng. Acknowledge their existence, a simple salam or hello, show them that we care, give them a helping hand, a kind act, we might be the sunshine that they need for that particular day.Caring about others, showing compassion and leaving an impact on people bring happiness to both the giver and receiver.A Moment of Unity and Togetherness.A moment of acceptance and appreciation is a moment of unity and togetherness.Despite our differences, we are after all, one big family. Families are there for one another. We are now a family in grief and we should lend shoulders as well as support to each other under this Malaysian roof that we shared. Cherish our family. Group hug.MH370, you will always be in our hearts.I have not been spending time with my parents and I will be going back to Ipoh one of these weekends to listen to old songs with my father and gossip with my mother, in the same room at the same time. Dear God, please grant me the ability to do so. Also, I need to dodge questions about marriage when I visit my grandmother at Kuala Kangsar Road. (God, I need help with the dodging, too.)My love and prayers for the passengers and crew of MH370, their family members, friends and those who are directly affected by the tragedy.To MH370,I keep the memory of you and me, inside. We don’t say goodbye.- Immortality, written by the Bee Gees, sung by Celine Dion.Al-fatihah.

How Grief Brings Us Together

by Dyana Sofya

One of my father’s favourite bands is the Bee Gees. I grew up listening to them especially during weekends when he would spend hours in front of his elaborate  sound system listening to old classics, from Santana’s Black Magic Woman, Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall to Sweet Charity’s Teratai.

My mother who loves to chat, be it face-to-face with another person or on the phone, was not fond of my father’s weekend routine because it would be too noisy for her to listen to herself, but they however subconsciously insisted on being in the same room despite their different needs.

The tragedy of MH370 made all of us realise the value of family, unity and togetherness. Those on board MH370 are someone’s father, mother, son and daughter. We may have different backgrounds, nations, languages, colours, cultures, likes, dislikes, habits, and manners in every way of life, nonetheless, they are our brothers and sisters in humanity.

The incident showed us that we are all connected, we are first and foremost, human beings. We share the same feeling of worry and disbelief throughout the 17 days hoping for a clue, an answer to the missing MH370 together with 239 of its passengers and crew. All of us were concerned and baffled on how an advanced technology aircraft goes missing without a sign.

Our hearts stopped at once for a second when the prime minister made the announcement that flight MH370 had ended in the southern Indian Ocean. All of our hearts, thoughts and prayers go to the passengers and crew, their family members and friends.

A friend of mine said, “The families of 239 people need our strength, our compassion and our attention.” And I agree. We should reach out and help in any way that we can.

We may all grieve in our own ways. Some seek answers, some choose to get closure, and some resort to anger. Some spend hours on conspiracy theories. However, the sadness of loss is universal. Instead of judging one another or getting into a quarrel, we should just look into one another’s eyes, understand that this is a difficult moment and let the negativity go. We don’t need to add to the agony and loss of those who are directly affected.

It’s simply human to be vulnerable, it is not a weakness. We need each other and need to look out for each other. This incident has brought us together.

At times like this, shoulders to lean on, arms around one another, hands to hold to are all that we need. Everything else can wait.

We should be reminded to appreciate the people around us, our parents, family members, friends and foes, colleagues, neighbours and even the makcik who sells kuih by the roadside from whom we always get our evening pisang goreng. Acknowledge their existence, a simple salam or hello, show them that we care, give them a helping hand, a kind act, we might be the sunshine that they need for that particular day.

Caring about others, showing compassion and leaving an impact on people bring happiness to both the giver and receiver.

A Moment of Unity and Togetherness.

A moment of acceptance and appreciation is a moment of unity and togetherness.

Despite our differences, we are after all, one big family. Families are there for one another. We are now a family in grief and we should lend shoulders as well as support to each other under this Malaysian roof that we shared. Cherish our family. Group hug.

MH370, you will always be in our hearts.

I have not been spending time with my parents and I will be going back to Ipoh one of these weekends to listen to old songs with my father and gossip with my mother, in the same room at the same time. Dear God, please grant me the ability to do so. Also, I need to dodge questions about marriage when I visit my grandmother at Kuala Kangsar Road. (God, I need help with the dodging, too.)

My love and prayers for the passengers and crew of MH370, their family members, friends and those who are directly affected by the tragedy.

To MH370,

I keep the memory of you and me, inside. We don’t say goodbye.

- Immortality, written by the Bee Gees, sung by Celine Dion.

Al-fatihah.

Hearing this news is heartrending for me. I have shed tears since hearing of this. Please know that there are so many people around the world who are extending their arms out to Malaysia, China, other countries and people who have been affected by MH370. We are doing whatever we can do to be there for everyone in this time of grief and devastation, even if it means just a simple message expressing sympathy and sadness. We love you and we miss MH370 just as much.

Anonymous

May all those on MH370 rest in peace. We, as a nation, are stunned, shocked,and saddened , and can only offer the families of the passengers, the crew and the pilots, our heartfelt sympathy and our support. We share their pain and their grief - although the depth of their heartbreak is unimaginable, we shall remain united in consoling them. Al-fatihah.

HRH Tuanku Raja Zarith Sofia, the Sultanah of Johor

Thank you for sharing it, I'm glad you liked it and it showed you that you have support from people all over the world. Hope you all receive closure on this situation soon. Best wishes from the UK, Z.

Thank you once again. We just received closure today.. and it wasn’t a pleasant one. But together, we’ll be strong.

I visited Malaysia a few months ago and I was amazed by the sincerity and kindness of Malaysian people. When I heard about the plane incident, it hurt me so much since I know how many people it's impacting. My thoughts and prayers for your people; you all are so sincere and I keep praying for the safety of flight 370.

Anonymous

Thank you so much for your prayers and concern.