Hey, guys! 🙂
Fourth day of my first week and I’m still alive, ahahha! Giving you constant updates is getting to be a habit na. I couldn’t seem to start work until I’ve done it. So let me know kung nagsasawa na kayo so I can bug my other friends, hehehe….
First thing this morning, I had a briefing with my “Emily” as my friend Simon calls my editorial assistant! 😀 It’s strange to have an editorial assistant, actually. I’m so used to schlepping my own stuff that it’s kinda frightening that I can have other tasks done by other people.
But “Emily” or Amy is great! I mean, she’s kinda ilap pa around me, and super-polite the way people are when they’re not used to someone yet. Like every time she comes over to my cube, she has to apologize for disturbing me or if I text her that I’m going out or on my way to a meeting, she’ll text back a formal “Thank you for letting me know” instead of a simple, “ok.” A few days ago, she came up to me, very hesitant, asking that I not be offended but she wants to know how my last name was pronounced. The girl actually blushed, like she was embarrassed or scared of my reaction. Weird.
Pinoys kasi are so informal so I’m not sure if her demeanor is just a Chinese/Singaporean thing or if she’s really like that as a person. One of these days I’m gonna sit her down and make her spill all the chismis in this office, hahaha! That should break the ice, right? Or it could mortify her to bits. Bahala na. But I’m glad she’s there. She’s my guide to the workings of this office. Her only drawback is, she doesn’t write and edit, unlike editorial assts in the Philippines who are all-around. She’s really kinda like a glorified secretary, which if I really think about it, I don’t need, since I prefer to do stuff myself.
I haven’t actually been exploring the city much yet. Hirap ng nagtitipid. I have to watch every cent I spend coz sweldo is still so far off! And I can’t be put on the payroll unless I’ve my work permit na—and it’s still in the Ministry of Manpower being processed. Chicken and egg, what?
But I have explored some and one thing I’ve noticed here, people really do follow the rules! Grabe. The unruly Filipino in me sometimes wants to shake them up and tell them to live a little, you know? What particularly gets to me is crossing the street. If the light is red or says don’t walk, even if the street is empty, no one’s gonna cross. They wait for the light/sign to change. Like coming in this morning. I was rushing to my bus stop and I see the bus I’m supposed to take already in the bus stop. But I was still across the street and the light hasn’t turned green yet and even though wala namang mga kotse sa kalye, the people waited until it was time to cross! I was so exasperated. Buti na lang I was still able to get on the bus, but it was a near thing.
For the most part, I follow the rules. Syempre noh, I’m only a tourist here, hahaha! But sometimes in the sidestreets or wala masyadong tao, I cut corners, or I jaywalk, hehehe. Must be the Pinoy in me, rearing its anarchic head. Yeah, I know, XC warned me to be more circumspect, but I just can’t help it, you know? I guess I’m just more used to our way of doing things—which is to cut corners if we can get away with it, not always a good thing, true, but it sure as hell ain’t boring!
O sya, gotta work na. Got a ton of articles to finish today. Aside from FT, I’m supposed to do one page of golf and travel perks for Golf magazine, one of our titles here. Copy for that is due tomorrow so I gotta hustle. And the world turns once more.
PS: It’s been overcast here the past two days and it rained yesterday afternoon. It’s strange to see SIngapore in the rain. I’m so used to it being sunny and dry. How’s the weather at home?