Monday, November 14, 2011
I know it’s been months now since my last post and I guess everyone had a simple, calm peaceful life. So to start with my last 'article', I reached Singapore on 15th July 2011. At times, I still can't believe, I am not in Kerala. Can say life changed a bit. Have to cook my own food. Doing the dishes, Grrrrr.. I still hate it. So I know the first thing I am going to get myself on receiving my first salary (a dish washer). So about more changes, I am living with two other girls, who I can call roomies. (One is a mallu and another is an odia (she is from Orissa)). Other than that I made some good friends. Went to some places here. (Exploration is yet to begin). Bloggy, In Dec, I think I will show you some pictures.
Got a part time job in a supermarket, something similar to our Big bazzar. This time the job was direct customer service :P. I never thought I will get to work as sales assistant. May be that is why scholars say never say never. The job was pretty cool. Just need to check the bill and give the free items entitled for particular times. The only problem was I had to stand there 6 hours with out a break. OMG, free items, nothing great, but still I feel happy when I think about it. Thanks to the ‘one’ with out whom I wouldn’t have thought of trying it out.
While I was working there I had a lot of interesting experiences.
Most of the Indians come and talk to me in Tamil. They expect me to be a tamilian. The embarrassing part is when I reply. I received couple of replies like “oh! you are from kerala”, “palakad tamil”, “are you sure you are talking tamil ??” and so on.
Some of the Chinese people expect me to speak Mandarin as well. They simply talk in mandarin. So that inspired to me learn some of the very easy mandarin words. I still don’t know how to say “I don’t speak mandarin”. When I give their entitled free stuff, they say “Sisiye” which means ‘Thankyou’. “Puyunkachi” which means ‘never mind’ or ‘you are welcome’ is the mandarin reply for sisiye. I took all my courage and tried to say puyunkachi to lady customer. OMG, She busted into laugh. I didn’t know what I should do and I ended up laughing to support her.
One day when I was happily minding my own business an old Chinese person came to me and said something to me. Well I didn’t understand at first. He (Again he repeated): “epidi erukaai” . OMG, That’s Tamil.
Me (tit for tat,I replied back (in tamil) ): “nalla eruken”.
He: Sapitacha ?
Me : Sapitachu J (with a smile though, I am half impressed half scary at this time)
He : Enna kuzhambu ?
Me : Vatta kuzhambu (How can I make him go away ?)
He : Nandri!
Me : Nandri (I don’t know what to say back, Yahoo, he is going back !!! )
After two mints He is back again, and this time with a paper and pen. He starts writing tamil and he wants me to correct it or read it I guess. I really felt bad to say “Sorry, I don’t know how to read tamil.” The expression on his face was so clear. Half pity half sad, he went away.
I got a die hard fan, I would like to describe him as a fair, tall, handsome fellow with curly hair and sharp eyes avoiding the facts that he has some problem while walking, he is a contractor and his English is very bad. (Even I can say that). So he asked me “You like me?”
My Chinese colleagues said to me that “You have a very thick Indian accent”
That’s from my work place. From University, My first semester is almost over. Exams start by 16th Nov. I am having a one month break this Dec.Planning to write again soon..
Till then have a happy time, Miss me :P