28 February 2006

BrokeBed Mountain

We didn't have mattresses in our showroom to go with our bedroom pieces due to some logistical cock up and decided to use the empty boxes in place of the mattress. Since the boxes of the bedroom pieces are very big, throw 2 together and a bed spread over it and voila! You have a make-shift bed.

Anyway, while the market was supposed to close on Sunday officially, it is the norm for us the close shop on Saturday since nobody really come to the market on Sundays.

Here's the thing about these customers, they always choose to show up just 5 minutes before we decided to call it a week. Sibeh jee siao one, these people. Haiz....

So there I was doing my stuff on the laptop while I let my sales people entertain the incoming customers in the showroom when I heard a big BOOM! I turned around and see this char boh with her legs in the air. Lucky she was wearing pants or else she confirm chao kng liao. Apparently, she didn't noticed that it wasn't a real mattress under the bed spread when she parked her ass on it. Naturally, the empty boxes just collapsed under her weight and down she went like a tonne of bricks. Oops.

The whole showroom was laughing at the comic sight and the poor victim herself was laughing to tears at her own predicament. Here's the difference between us Asians and them Ang Mohs. They have a sense of humour and are able laugh at themselves. Given an Asian in her place then and you will expect an earful of tirade from her non-stop.

Here's the thing. Us Chinese have this paranoia thing about losing face.

I say this is where we must learn from our Western counterparts. Learn to take things easy. Small things are not worth fretting over.

Life would be much easier if we do that.

- Voxeros

1. aloe left...
Monday, 27 February 2006 4:07 pm
I tot I would walk quickly or even run away if such a thing happen to me but there was once in which I slipped and fall on my butts.. outside my office and got outsiders see.. I can't help but started laughing non-stop. Super paisei and super funny loh....
One of my colleagues came over and lent me a hand up. Also asked me (concerned look) if I'm alright... biang... =( Think I got a blue black butt after that.. =S My other colleagues asked why I did not stand up asap and why I kept on laughing... =S *hangs head down sadly*

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 27 February 2006 10:39 pm ::
Anna: Either that or the shock of it renders one paralysed and unable to figure the correct response to such an unexpected situation.
The ang moh lady is question has no way of getting out herself as she was totally sunken in and her feet dangling outside over the bed rail.
Lucky she wasn't hurt.

3. winter left...
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 10:18 am
when i fall down, i usually laff also.. it's much easier to laff at how clumsy i am too.. so far, i always use laughter to cover my embarrassment.

4. kim left...
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 10:26 am
The poor lady. You all should have put a sign that says "Boxes. Do not rest."
Oh well, who says we don't have a sense of humour? There was once I was laughing so hard that I fell off the chair. I lay there and continued laughing to the shock of the whole class. Chao paiseh..

5. mht left...
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:41 am
you shd put a sign that says "REST AT YOUR OWN RISK!"

6. akk left...
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:49 am
i think in an asian context, if the same thing were to happen, nobody would laugh, they would just stare, then perhaps go somewhere else to share the joke and laugh later. this will make the victim unable to start laughing herself and thus possibly get angry and embarrassed that no one helped that she'll start scolding. it is as much the people surrounding the incident as the victim herself that decides her final reaction.

7. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 1:34 pm :: 
Vanna: I don't think I can laugh when the pain is too excruciating! You'd probably hear all the profanities as a result of the pain.

kIm & mht: We will have real mattresses from the next market onwards.

Akk: I think it's called 恼羞成怒.

8. aloe left...
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 2:06 pm
If u remember to bring in the mattresses.... haa!!
Otherwise, get ready the sign... =P
Another time, I got pushed down (by accident) on an ice-skating rink. Made my way out to a chair and couldn't continue liao. My face turned white and almost cried. There was a huge blue black on my thighs. So yah, when you are in pain, you can't laugh. In my mind was just PAIN, no profanities, no laughter... And I still had to appease the culprit that I was alright even though I was in PAIN cos I knew she din do it on purpose la.

9. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 3:01 pm ::
Anna: We did remember the mattresses this time. It was just the an unforeseen delay on the part of the transport company that shorted us the mattresses.

10. spellbound left...
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 4:03 pm
wow, i can see that your furniture are really nice. Is it made of teak?
Anyway, ang moh can laugh about everything but they can also complained about everything too.
Sorry, just too much experiences with clients that i have encountered before.
*feeling betrayed*

11. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 8:09 pm ::
spellbound: Complain about everything? So can Singaporeans!!
Anyway, furniture-wise, I don't deal with teak as the Americans are not receptive to it. I use either Oak, Cherry, Poplar, Ash, Birch, Pine or Fibreboard with the above veneers.

12. heather left...
Wednesday, 1 March 2006 2:25 am ::
haha abit late for the comment but that is true.. I think asians are not so easy to take life as a joke.. but it also depends on the person sometimes :)

13. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 1 March 2006 12:05 pm ::
heather: Yes. This was never meant to be a blanket statement. Rather, it is a "more often than not" scenario.

14. Sara Chua left...
Saturday, 4 March 2006 4:00 pm
Great blog here! That would have been funny to watch! Good thing she's got a sense of humour! The siao char boh terms and all is enough to make me laugh. Miss that!

15. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 4 March 2006 6:18 pm :: 
Sara: Well, well, well. Look who's decided to drop by! Welcome!

16. lancerlord left...
Sunday, 5 March 2006 11:23 pm ::
Not sure but if it happened to some nasty Singaporean, the person will throw sentences like "I want to comprain", "I want to see your manager" or "I sue you ah". :)

17. JayWalk left...
Monday, 6 March 2006 12:25 am ::
lancerlord: You know in the US with lawyers a dozen a dime, they probably would in most cases.
I think we got off easy.

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