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on this friday afternoon….

I so feel like skipping town!

 

This blog seems to be semi-defunct nowadays, I don’t know what I’ve been doing such that this poor thing is now covered in cobwebs.

 

Such a boring day at work…. zzzzzz…… I just wanna go out and play! Let me out please!

 

 

on happiness

“Happiness, as we all know, can’t be pursued directly, but what was the gain in tracking down every nuance of unhappiness, meticulously uncovering origins that left a lot to be desired but that could never be changed, no matter how skillfully you tried to reconstruct them?”

– Daphne Merkin in “My Life in Therapy” published on NYT.com, Aug 4 2010.

StinkTel

This post is about my unpleasant encounter with the biggest telco in Singapore. Please skip this post if you have a low threshold for rants and expletives. So the story goes like this:

 

I called up the big telco lunchtime yesterday to check if my mobile line is due for recontract. I remember the two year contract should be up second half of this year, but I can’t remember exactly when. After entering many “1”s (for english, for mobile customers, for checking on recontract), I finally got through to a customer care officer (CCO).

 

Things started well enough.

 

CCO: Miss Lim, our record shows that you just recontracted your mobile line last August.

me: !! No! I’m very sure I did not recontract my line last year!

CCO: Yes, Miss Lim, according to our record, you walked into the Hello! shop at Tampines Mall and recontracted your line.

me: What phone did I get?

CCO: It was a sony ericsson.

me: Yes, I did walk into the Hello! shop at Tampines Mall and got my sony ericsson phone, but that was two years ago! The phone was spoilt around last year this time when I was travelling, so how could I have done the recontract then?

CCO: Miss Lim, our record shows that you recontracted your line last year.

me: I’m very sure that I did not! Can you check your records thoroughly?

CCO: Miss Lim, our record shows that you walked into the Hello! shop at Tampines Mall and recontracted your line last year.

me: And I’m telling you I did not! My phone was already spoilt last year, how could I have recontracted?

CCO: Miss Lim, our record shows that you recontracted last year. But it’s ok, it’s been one year already, so you can recontract again now.

me: No! This is not about me being able to recontract now. I did not recontract last year and I want to make this clear.

CCO: Miss Lim, our record shows that you recontracted last year…..

 

And then the line dropped. And I was boiling.

 

Pet peeve: Do not accuse me of doing something I did not do, especially if you are a bl**dy CCO.

 

So I called back, and got another CCO. A male this time. I explained my situation and he checked the system again and confirmed that I was correct– the last contract was signed in 2008, TWO years ago.

 

CCO (male): Sorry Ma’am, sometimes our system hangs, and we have to click onto another tab to see the record. Maybe the CCO that you’ve just spoken to is new, and she doesn’t know that.

 

Right… and so the consequences of bad staff training should be borne by consumers who PAY for your services?

 

After I venting my frustations on the poor CCO, I proceeded to ask for phone vouchers. To which I got an even more ridiculous response:

 

CCO: Sorry Ma’am, but the department issuing vouchers is out. And our department cannot issue vouchers. But I can waive off two months subscription off your current price plan.

 

me: But I want to buy a new phone, and I would like the voucher to offset the cost of the phone!

 

CCO: Sorry Ma’am, we also don’t know when the department will be back, because they’re helping with the launch of the iphone 4. How about I give you maximum three months waiver on your subscription?

 

WTF? iPhone 4 comes to town, and THE biggest telco doesn’t have even ONE staff to issue phone vouchers?

 

I’m impressed, StinkTel.

light

One of my favourite pics from the weekend past. Taken at P. Ubin.

 

rays through the foliage

on this gloomy day…

On this rainy Friday morning, hk sent me this sms:

 

Good morn! “The important thing is to burn with passion to do what is right, and to strive our hardest wholeheartedly. If we do so, there is no barrier we cannot break through, no struggle we cannot win.” Have a great day ahead! =)

 

Thanks for always being so encouraging and for warming my heart on this gloomy morning. And, you’re never a spare friend!

怪胎

人是那么奇怪的动物,总是不会因为自己拥有什么而满足,总是看到别人拥有什么而羡慕。其实自己很清楚,每个人都有自己该走的路、适合做的事。有时候自己已经决定了什么,却又因为某些什么而怀疑自己。

 

yz和cx离开早报,想起自己阔别当记者的日子已经一年。三年的记者生涯,老实说过得很快、很充实。当然有不愉快的时候,但是回想起那段日子,还是快乐比较多。特别怀念和其他记者的相处、一起追新闻的快感。在第一时间赶到意外现场、在事发现场守候、在高至大腿的积水中采访、在接到老板电话的数小时后赶到机场出国采访……很多很多,把那三年的时间填得满满的。

 

自己并不是从小立志当记者的那种。可以说是长大后误打误撞入行。小时候作文写得还不错,后来理科读得不像话,没办法就选择不需要太用功背书的mass comm混日子。因为华文程度比其他同学好一点,英文程度又比别人差,申请到早报实习。半年的时间过得挺好玩的,毕业前早报刚好在招聘,因为懒得找工作,就直接申请,就这样被录取。

 

想想好像挺没出息的,懒懒散散,没有认真思考自己要的是什么。可能因为这样,三年后决定走。真的不是因为厌倦了记者的生活,而是内心总是有把声音,质问自己“就是这样吗?”真的,继续下去没有什么不好。工资稳定、经验丰富、偶尔还有出国的机会。可是如果留下来,好像有点对不起自己。没有勇敢寻找自己真正要的。

 

踏出去后才发现,人最大的敌人真的是自己。没有什么比自我怀疑、自我否定更可怕。其实有很多事是自己能够胜任的、得到别人赞许的。偏偏,没有自信的自己反而深怕自己会辜负别人的期许。

 

人就是那么奇怪的动物。我应该学着正常些。

random shots

Two random shots, for memory’s sake.

 

my fav things: lalangs, postcards & ladybirds

 

snapped in Tiong Bahru