22 April 2005

Of Gate Agents and Bank Receptionists

As I have been flying for the past week, I recalled an anecdote from a few years ago, on one of my travels.

I was at the Hong Kong Chap Lap Kok International Airport on my way back to Singapore on home leave after having spent 6 months in Ch1na.

So after the gruelling 3-hour bus ride from D0ngGuan to the HK Airport, I checked in, cleared immigration only to reach my designated gate with a sign that says that my flight was delayed and that we had been assigned another new gate number. In layman's speak, it meant that we will be switching to another aircraft. Nah beh......

So being bored, waiting around doing nothing, I went up to the gate agent to find out more. She revealed that the air-conditioning of the plane had broken down and they are arranging for another to cover the flight.

That's when I decided to put up my most himbotic impression and went, "But.... but... we can all wind down the windows, right???"

I could see her mind went blank, jaw dropped, eyes stoned, obviously trying, with all of her CPU and RAM maxed-out, to process what I just unloaded on her. I walked away brisky to my new gate without once daring to look back.

There was another time when I was back in Singapore to collect my new credit card from HSBC. So there I was at their Claymore Branch where there was these two really babelicious receptionists/customer service officers manning the counter.

One of them handed me the envelope containing my card and we went through the process of signing for the package and a brief presentation to the current promotions that they were having.

The next question she asked was how I wanted to have my card PIN given to me (she assumed that I knew that I could choose either be by post or self-collect). So I reached over the counter, took her hand and led her to the corner of the counter. Like some secret agent, I looked left, looked right and left again, as if to make sure we were not being spied on.

I brought my ear close to her and in a mock whisper, I said, "Ok, now tell me my PIN quietly...."

She stood there and looked at me, totally blur as her colleague choked and sputtered her water all over the desk.

Dum dee dum dee dum......

Postnote: Thought I post another adventure of my foolish youth here. You may want to check it out too.

- Voxeros

1. a reader left...
Saturday, 23 April 2005 12:07 am
Good one! (Or two actually).
You put a smile on my face.
knightofpentacles []
2. a reader left...
Saturday, 23 April 2005 7:30 am
haha, "wind down window", "whisper to you"? very clown lah! purposely right? That's just way of chatting up girls.
3. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 23 April 2005 9:45 am
knightofpentacles: Glad that you liked it. Just for you, I will write another funny one later. This time round, I was at the receiving end of the stick. Call it karma. Akan datang.

Anna: For the record, I walked away from both and never looked back. Like that then got style mah! Machiam like the lone cowboy riding into the sunset after saving the village from the bandits. Too bad, the fair maiden didn't run after me and hop on. Darn.

There is a fine line between a Style-meister and a Sleaze-bag.

I took the prior route but the Glamourous outcome also quite tragic lah.

I mean, you got the girl got but didn't take the next step. It's like winning the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes (You have cleared the first 2 stages and are now in the final stage! Here is the GOLD KEY to unload the jackpot!) only to realised that you can't collect the winnings coz you are an employee and hence disqualified.

Oh... the irony of fate.
4. hitomi left...
Friday, 29 July 2005 9:25 pm
Si beh hiao leh, you.
5. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 30 July 2005 12:42 am :: 
hitomi: Hiao meh? Where got? *pout*
6. hitomi left...
Saturday, 30 July 2005 1:31 am
Wah lao, "怪伯伯" acting cute ah? *shudder*
7. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 30 July 2005 8:14 am :: 
hitomi: Si gin nah... 没大没小. pffft....
8. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 27 March 2006 7:52 am
Errr... mom and you same age right? where got 没大没小? hahaha... you remind me of my mom.. she's 55 btw..
9. JayWalk left...
Monday, 27 March 2006 9:31 am :: 
Jaschocolate: Hitomi is younger lah.

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