The Emergency Call

Today was fun!

Tomorrow is boss’s birthday. Since boss in on leave tomorrow and another colleague is on half-day leave today, we decided to celebrate boss’s birthday today during lunch.

Our plan was to surprise him with the cake we bought at 12 sharp.

Guess what happened? At 12 sharp, some of us were still on the line with customers and before we knew it, boss walked away from his desk. None of us knew he was going out for lunch early today.

We panicked because my colleague who’s on half day leave can’t wait till boss is back and we wanted to celebrate it together so badly. All in a team.

“Call him back!”

A colleague quickly get him through his mobile but there was no network coverage. Dah lah masuk lif.

Called a few more times. Still couldn’t get.

I suggested he try to use his own mobile to call boss’s mobile, at least it would look more important than a “Private number” appearing on the screen.

Finally, boss answered the call.

This colleague of mine didn’t know what to say to get him to come back. Know what he said?

“There is an emergency. Something is wrong with Gracie. You have to come back now.”

“What happened to her?”

“I don’t know.”

My mouth dropped. Why me?

Anyway, colleague told us he’s coming back.

So one colleague quickly went to get the cake from the fridge. Before I knew it, my boss was standing next to me as I turned to look at him. Nobody said anything, the colleague who told him I had an emergency, just pointed to me when he saw my boss.

I was like., “Huh?”

I really didn’t know what to say you know? Like dumb-struck. Lightning struck.

I told my head to spin faster because it’s starting to get a bit awkward already.

“Happy Birthday! We’ve got a cake for you!”

Oh man, I didn’t say it with excitement because I was still shocked mah. But I tried lor.

“Aiyah, next time don’t lah say it’s emergency. I thought what happened to you!”

I tell you. My boss was really panicked. He looked really worried which made me even more dumb-struck. But good also lah, at least I know my boss really cares about me. *laughs*

I felt a little bad even though it wasn’t me who thought about the prank. But, I’m also touched.
He finally recovered from his shock and we presented him 7 different flavours of cake slices. Each slice for everyone. Boss got to choose which one he would like first. Then, we gave him a cake too.

“You guys are the best!” he exclaimed.

Then, colleague who started the prank said, “Come, let’s sing a birthday song.”

“No no, please don’t embarass me.” Boss laughed.

There were so many people in the office, that’s why.

Anyway, we sang silently.

Then, boss left again for lunch this time. Peacefully.

A colleague started laughing cheekily, “Hehehe, so funny lah. So funny lah.”

After that the war started, “Why did you say it’s emergency, say Gracie’s name some more!”

I kept quiet only, still thinking of what just happened. My colleague who is going on half day leave felt bad because maybe she thought if she’s not going on half day leave then we wouldn’t need to call back in such a hurry. She wrote boss an email to apologise any heart attack caused. She’s cute lah.

But you know what? I think it’s going to be memorable birthday for him since he’s leaving the company soon and we won’t get to celebrate together next year.

In the afternoon, I received a call from a colleague in ShenZhen. She is somehow like a friend already because when she called me the first time, she asked if she could talk to me again if she’s got any problem with cargo from ShenZhen to Port Klang. I said can.

She was speaking in English then later asked me if I could speak Mandarin. I said yes. She was so happy.

Then, another colleague from Busan, Korea called. I absolutely loved the way she pronounced “zero” because it sounded like “jiro”. I helped her immediately. I like to help cute people.
I’ve got cases to solve which is why I’m quite happy today.

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