A staff came by with a cup of coffee.
It was for the owner.
An owner was conducting a job interview with a candidate.
A staff came by with a cup of coffee.
It was for the owner.
Four persons were having a meeting.
A owner of a business, a lady from a company and two foreigners from another company.
The foreigners were asking about the contact of the CEO.
The lady said, "He is very secretive. He doesn't put his mobile number on his name card. He is very high level."
She continued, "You know in startups and new companies, people put everything down in their name cards. The higher your position, the more successful you are, the lesser info you want to put."
A man was on a live chat with an agent of a budget airline.
He wanted to find out if his earlier request for wheelchair assistance for one of the passengers on a flight he booked under his account has been added.
He is not one of the passengers for this flight.
The agent asked him, "Do you have authority to access the booking?"
He replied, "I am the one who booked the flight."
The agent asked him again, "Are you authorized to access the booking?"
He replied, "I booked the flight under my registered account."
The agent asked again, "Are you authorized to access this?"
A man was at a cafe ordering a drink.
He asked for a bottled cranberry juice.
The staff replied, "Sorry sir, there is no ice today."
He ordered the next drink below the cranberry juice, also a bottled juice, on the signboard.
The lady replied, "Sorry sir, there is no ice for today. The fridge is not working."
He ordered the third drink below the second.
The lady replied, "Sir, there is no ice for today. We can't sell you any of the juices. There are only hot drinks."
An elderly coupled was having buffet lunch a hotel's restaurant.
The man was wearing long pants with a polo shirt and a watch that looked like a Rolex.
The lady had her hair styled nicely with floral printed blouse and a handbag slung over her shoulder which she never removed throughout.
It was full house at the restaurant and they were seated at a corner near to two big groups of guests, both celebrating birthday.
After being shown to their table, they went to get food.
At first, they came back with plates full of seafood. King crab, sashimi and prawn.
Before they finished, the lady went to get more food. This time round a plate full of roast beef.
The roast beef was not even touched and the lady went to get a plate full of sushi roll.
Next another plate of sushi roll. Then a plate full of different kind of cakes.
The both of them were eating and taking turns to get food until the whole table was full of food.
After peeling the prawns, the both of them started packing them, the beef, the sushi rolls and cakes into containers they brought.
Totally ignoring the couple at the next table who was what they were doing.
Two staff of a company were having a discussion with a few staff of a video production company.
The company has achieved a major milestone and wanted to celebrate the special occasion with free coffee for all staff.
They wanted to create a video of the CEO buying coffee as a prelude to the actual day.
A young man was holding the door of a passage way to the lift in a shopping mall.
Suddenly, a man shouted from the end of the passage way, "What the hell are you standing there and holding the door for? What are you doing?"
"I asked you to come here. Do you understand? Do you understand or not?" he continued.
The young man quickly walked towards the man who was at the lift area.
"You cannot even follow proper instruction. How to bring you out? You better stay at home the next time," he shouted.
The young man rested his forehead against the wall above the lift button.
The man was standing behind him frustrated and pissed while looking at his phone.
Four men and a lady were having business discussion at a cafe.
The lady decided to get drinks for everyone and joined the queue at the counter.
The cafe was having a 50% discount promotion and the queue was extremely long and moving slowly.
She decided to get the drinks from another outlet.
Fifteen minutes later, she came back with three cups of coffee and two bottles of sparkling mineral water.
Then she realized the bottled water couldn't be opened without an opener.
They tried borrowing one from the cafe where they were without success.
In the end, one of the guy placed the bottles against the table to open them.
The train stopped at the station.
The doors opened. A young office lady boarded the train after people have alighted.
A teenage boy in his school uniform sprung up from his seat and jumped in fromt of the lady.
"You can have the seat. Please have a seat," he said in a very loud voice while swinging his gand pointing to the seat.
The lady had a shock and moved a step away as she murmured in a trembling voice, "No thanks."
The boy then turned to face the door and mimicked the train announcement, "Doors closing."
He started talking to a man standing besides him, "I've seen you before. You working at...."
The man ignored him.
Another older lady who was standing behind him moved away.
She displayed a disgusted look and was mumbling away cursing and swearing at the boy.
It's clear that the boy was behaving differently from most people and he probably didn't know he is affecting others and couldn't control himself.
The older lady can see that yet chose to get upset over it and swear at him.
"If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done."
There are three high tables at an office seating area.
The seats for the bigger table have back rest but not the ones for the two smaller tables.
A guys came and sat on one of the smaller table to do some work.
He then changed his seats to the one with back rest which is more comfortable.
He moved away momentarily to charge his laptop.
The cleaner came and saw that the seat was not in its proper place.
She moved the seat which the man was still using back to its original place.
A China man in an untucked and unironed long sleeve shirt with long pants boarded a bus.
He asked the driver, "I want to go to Paya Lebar."
The driver shouted at him angrily in Mandarin, "$1.50."
The man replied, "$1.50?"
The driver repeated rudely, "$1.50! $1.50! $1.50!" as he stared fiercely at the man.
The man had only a $1 coin on his hand and alighted from the bus.
He looked at the driver and looked at the coin on his hand.
The driver shouted at him again, "$1.50! $1.50! $1.50!"
A billionaire was once asked how much money is enough for him to which he replied, "The next dollar."
The train moved into the station and stopped.
The doors opened and many people rushed out to catch the connecting train at the opposite side.
Suddenly, a loud voice came from within the crowd.
"Why do you touch me? Why did you touch me?" someone shouted.
Many people got a fright, especially the ladies and elderlies and started dispersing.
A man, between 65 to 70 years old, a full head of white hairs with a bulging beer belly in shirt and pant emerged from the crowd behind a lady.
The lady unaware that the man was shouting at her got a shock when she turned her head back.
The man shouted, "Why do you touch me? Why do you touch my hand?"
The lady had no idea what he was talking about and was confused.
Finally, the man walked away after he has vented his anger while the lady hadn't recovered from her shock.
A man, who packed lunch from home was meeting a friend for lunch at the friend's office.
The office has a dining area and an auditorium which the company rents out for events.
When he arrived, there was a group of people having catered buffet lunch before a seminar.
Soon, the attendees were inside.
He glanced at the amount of leftover food from where he was seated.
There were two trays of fried rice and fried noodle (both without ingredients), which looked untouched. A half tray each of chicken coated with brown sauce and puff.
And he thought of a scene he saw in Bangkok where a kid picked up food from the dirty floor outside a supermarket to eat.
While eating with his friend, the seminar ended and the attendees were streaming off.
A few of the attendees and staff of the organiser stayed and continued eating.
A lady who appeared to be the manager of the company was speaking to her staff.
"This is a local dessert," she said as she was scooping something from the pot into a bowl.
"This is made of mung bean. We called it Tau Suan. It's quite nice," she continued.
She was speaking loudly that it's hard for the two guys not to hear.
Then he saw her pouring out the leftover fried fritter in a plastic container and started filling it up with the chicken.
"At least, they are not wasting food," he whispered to his friend.
Next, the lady started talking about packing the Tau Suan back to office. Unfortunately, they did not have containers to do so.
He observed the lady as she acted like a big boss giving instructions to her colleagues.
Then she walked over to the two guys and asked them, "You guys want more food. We still got a lot of fried rice and noodle."
"No thanks," the man replied.
After the group of people left, the friend told him that he heard the lady saying he kept looking at the food.
Unbelievable the lady packed the good stuff and offered the unwanted food to the guys.
So much for her kind gesture.
Now he understands why the lady did not offer the food to the two cleaning staff there.
This reminded me of a scene in the very popular drama, Story of Yanxi Palace.
The Empress's maid, Mingyu said to Wei Yingluo (the lead actress who is also the Empress's maid) that her senior, Erqing has changed totally after she was married.
Yingluo replied, "A person won't change so much within such a short time unless this is what she is all along."
A frail elderly lady was trembling unsteadily as she stood and held on to the pole on the shaky train.
She was preparing to alight at the next train station and inched her feet slowly towards the doors.
"Excuse me. Please let me go through. I'm afraid I will fall down," she said in Mandarin.
The train stopped and passengers were coming out.
The elderly extended her left arm out hoping someone would hold on to her as she inched her way out.
The prettily dressed office ladies and smartly dressed man exiting the train just walked out, all oblivious to the elderly situation.
While another group of passengers waiting to get on the train just looked on.
A man tried reaching out for her hand but was unable to do so as passengers kept coming between them.
When he finally managed to hold her hand and led her out of the train, the rest all looked as if he had done something weird.
Did they forget that they will grow old someday?
A company converted one floor of its multi-level office into a multi-purpose area.
The cleaning auntie in charge of the floor does not like the new design and layout.
Every time she bump into anyone she knows, she will asks, "Do you like the old or new design?"
All the times.
An executive is presenting some slides giving information on certain statistics at a HQ meeting of his department.
He said, "These figures are provided by Stephanie, head of another department."
His department head interrupted him and said, "Stephanie this, Stephanie that. You think Stephanie is your mother?"
All in front of the whole department.
A lady came down the escalator to the train platform.
The train has just left and she walked towards the bench to take a seat.
She noticed some jelly like patches on the corner she had wanted to sit and moved to the other side.
A lady in black came.
The first lady saw that the lady was about to sit on the stain but did not warn her. She just kept looking.
Luckily before she sat down, she took a look and noticed it. So she sat down a little further away.
A young guy came.
The lady in black warned him of the stain.
He thanked her and walked away.
A man came.
The same lady warned the man as well.
The first lady kept looking at what's happening.
The train came.
Both ladies boarded the train.
A young girl came and sat down on the liquid.
A large conglomerate bought over another company.
There was a re-organization and one CEO of a business unit was redeployed to a new business unit.
A few days later, an email was floated down to all the staff under the outgoing CEO's unit.
"We are organizing a party for the outgoing CEO."
In the email, staff were asked to contribute different cash amount for the party based on their job titles.
Those who do not wish to contribute must provide valid reason.
Well, what can you say?