Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Been there, done that. So what was it I learnt?

After graduation After the final exam, training for the FIRST ever Tri-Campus Games began. It was all fun although a tough training. I'm glad we all tried our best and the result did show. (; It was all good even though we lost because we became so much better and we learnt so much more.

After the games, a friend and I decided to get the most out of the trip to UK (it is not everyday that we get a free trip so far abroad, true?). We travelled to Barcelona, then to Venice and finally to London before heading back to Malaysia. It was such a draining "trip" that we collapse once we got to London. Heaps of thanks to Kevin. (; London was more fun than I expected.

Soon after, it was graduation. The time where most uni mates meet and gather for the last moment before going off to different paths and place for the next chapter of our lives. Right after that was repetitive boring/interviews.. I can't see where I was going but definitely not ending up at audit/accounting firm/bank/(...) At last, I decided on the Padini Mgt Trainee Prog instead of some accounting position at a newly set up sister company doing communication. Did I choose the right thing? There is no right or wrong. Just how you portray it. Anyway, it was great fun and I met a lot of people. The person who made the strongest impression on me was Grace. Petite but great personality.

Right after that, I was pampered with a few choices but I finally made up my mind to venture else where. I ended up at Topshop, Midvalley Branch, totally not in the plan, unaware but it was not something I regret. It was great fun and I did learnt something from there.. although not as I expected. I know I can take the bait and deal with the consequences but I guess I was not convincing enough. They couldn't see what I am willing to do and capable of doing. It's their lost.

6 months down the road and there came a day when I ended the journey with them and hitch hike to the other direction with other companies. It was not a sudden decision. There was a lot of dilemma and doubts. However, once things were decided, there should be no turning back. I have to look at the bright side of it. I have to admit things were gloomy as expected because that was what I put myself to believe in but the perception slowly began to change and I can see the sun coming out from behind the dark clouds. I'm glad I am slowly adapting to it.

Unlike the times before where I deal mostly only with people around my age or with those with not that big a gap(during tri-campus/Padini Mgt Trainee Prog/Topshop), I now, have to deal with people in the era of the Baby Boomers. Sometimes, it just takes the piss out of me when I have to deal with them because I am just a bloody peanut to them that I was put off the phone without actually getting to talk with the person I need to TALK TO! and when I finally got to TALK TO HIM on the 5th call, he told me to call him back later TOMORROW because he is just SO busy at the moment. Hello? Just making an appointment w/ you won't take even a minute, will it? Moreover, that was after all those bullshits such as ...

... you need to talk to X regarding this matter.
in my mind: all right...
then I talked to my superior about the replied I got and he gave this person a called and walla! it worked out like a switch. suddenly I can deal w/ him and not X ?!?!

*so I called again*
... hello, can I speak to Y?
*transfers call politely but was not picked up*
... hello, Y is not in at the moment. Can you call back later?
... ok..

*called again*
... hello, can I speak to Y?
*transfers call politely but was not picked up*
... hello, I am sorry but he is engage on the other line
... it's alright, I call back again later.

*called again*
... hello, can I speak to Y?
*transfers call politely and FINALLY picked up*
... hello, can you please call back later? Because I am busy right now
... oh, ok. Actually, I just want to make an appointment with you.
... can you call back later? ... make it tomorrow.
in my mind : wohhkaaaayyyyyyy....

Get it? It decreases my self esteem so much when I deal with these people! It makes me more reluctant to communicate with them but I still have to get the job done. What I can do is just put on foundation a few inch thicker, bite my lower lips hard or bite my teeth hard, swallow hard and give it another try!

It's weird to see that after I've learnt to communicate so naturally w/ customers at Topshop. Ironic isn't it? Or was it actually that I have not learnt?



Now and then, I am still grieving over the lost of one of my most cherished treasure God sent me. I miss Anchor. Alot alot alot that every now and then I would reminisce how she use to move, how she feels like, how she throws her tantrum, how smart she is, how she tries to get spoilt w/ me(...) 16th June 2010 was the day God decided that she will be better off in Heaven. It was 2 weeks since I last saw her and I was looking forward to meeting her during my next trip home. She was one of the best thing I always look forward to when I go home on my off day. If only we had a better time together before that day came and took you away from me.

If only...

Now I can only reminisce as long as I still have you in my memory.




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