I drove for one hour and 15 minutes today. Thanks to the road closure at NKVE. It was hell even before the Subang toll. A standstill. &*(((@&$&#$($&#(!!!
There was a power maintenance in the office which was scheduled to last only for half an hour. But what happened was, it took a long 3 hours.
Nobody in the office was doing any work. Not that we don’t want to but we can’t. I don’t know why they need to do it during office hours but this is like too dramatic already. 3 hours without answering any calls. No replying of emails.
Enjoying as we could even knowing how mad the customers can be when they call once the system is up.
Everyone had lunch at the same time since we could do nothing. Then, we talked. It’s nice to listen to stories because these people here, they have so much to tell, you won’t get bored.
With everyone sharing their stories, you feel like you’re not the only one. We have so many newbies and freshies who join the organization and they seem like they are happy with where they are and with what they do. But if you look beyond the surface, everyone is yearning to do something different, to go back to their own field.
I always get the same question wherever I go and the same reaction when I answer them. Sometimes they don’t ask anymore because they already know from someone else.
“Grace, I heard that you graduated with a degree in IT.”
“Yes. Then what brought you here?”
My standard reply would be, “This is the first offer that I got so I just thought of trying it out. But I would one day like to go back to do what I’m supposed to do.”
Then, another commented, “I want to go back to do Engineering too.”
Then, another said, “I want to go back to do what I’ve studied too.”
Then, they were talking about their boyfriends and I listened. Don’t expect me to even start because I don’t have one now. And don’t even expect me to announce to everyone that I have broke up.
But I could just smell the question coming. It’s unavoidable and I was very much prepared.
“How’s your boyfriend?”
“I broke up already.”
“You broke up already? I’m sorry. Sorry ah, sorry ah.”
“It’s ok” And I have to say it with a smile to assure her that it’s okay. Because I really am. Sometimes I want to feel like I’m suffering but then I’m just not. I’m okay.
Then, another manager came and we joined in the conversation and they were talking about marriages and stuff like that. Ya, now you know what girls like to talk about.
“I believe all 4 of you are not married yet.”
We nodded our heads.
“Any boyfriend?” She looked at me. Aku yang kena lagi.
“Broke up already.”
Then, in came an awkward silence which made me feel so uncomfortable because I think they thought I’m not okay or something so they didn’t really know what to say.
Then, the manager said, “Don’t worry. There are many fishes out there.” I’ve heard this for the don’t know how many timeth. Why do they call it fish? Why not rabbits? Why not penguins?
Why fish? Do you know?