The Secret Lives of Spafaxians: Nicole Pacampara

By April 30th, 2015

How long have you been working at Spafax?

I’m one of those “boomerang” Spafaxians. I was a digital media intern from July 2014 until December 2014, then I returned at the beginning of April and have been in my current role since then.

What’s your title and which office do you call home?

I’m a Junior Researcher & Analyst working with the Interactive team in Montreal.

nicpicWhat is the best thing about your work?

I love the challenges that go along with research. I find it fun when we start with no knowledge about something but then, bit by bit, we gradually build a clearer understanding as our research progresses. It’s the digital equivalent of detective work but instead of relying on physical clues, we get to work with digital crumbs. I get unusually excited when I stumble upon that perfect white paper or a helpful contact person. When you’re navigating unknown waters, those resources feel like lighthouses steering you in the right direction.

What are your hobbies outside work?

In January, I was introduced to Montreal’s indie game-making scene through a local game incubator and have been making games since. It’s a fun hobby since I get to try my hand at being creative and technical. As a newcomer to the scene, it helps that Montreal has such a supportive and generous game-making community (Pixelles, MRGS and TAG Lab are just a few of the many game-making groups here). After meeting many wildly creative and talented folks, I can’t help but feel inspired to make something creative too.

If you could interview a person (anyone dead or live) who would it be and why?

One of the things on my bucket list is to see our planet from space. Although we’ve seen countless pictures of this, I assume it feels very different when you’re actually up there.

Considering it might take a while before I cross this off my bucket list, the next best thing would be to live vicariously by chatting with any astronaut who has seen our planet from space. I would love to bombard any of them with questions about their experiences.

What is your dream vacation?

I would love to stay in a different country every month for a year, as I prefer experiencing a place as a local. If I stay for one month, I figure this is enough time to get a taste of the local lifestyle but short enough to avoid sliding into the comforts of feeling like a local and taking things for granted).

Name 5 essential travel items.

  • Travel Pillow
  • E-Book Reader
  • Headphones
  • Notebook/journal
  • Water bottle

What is the first thing you do when you fly?

I take out my travel pillow, find a comfortable position and then flip through the inflight magazine.

What is the most important feature for you on the airline?

The feeling that every single detail of your flying experience has been carefully designed. The only time I ever felt this was with one airline where the whole experience (from ticket purchasing to destination arrival) felt like a coherent and consistent whole. Every aspect was executed brilliantly and I felt pampered.

What is the thing you miss the most on an Airline and would like to see/use when flying?

I miss the glamour days of flying. When I was growing up, my mom was a flight attendant and she wore stylish uniforms that evoked so much class. I remember her telling me that whenever she and her fellow flight attendants passed through airports, people seemed awestruck.

Nowadays, it seems like practicality is replacing glamour. Fashion is cyclical, though, so maybe one day we’ll return to those glamour days.