Monday, January 23, 2006

Prayers From Friends.

Aunt Su is still trying to recover from the confusion of the new world order where it is possible for me to have friends I have never met sending their prayers now that they know I am out of work and looking for a job.

Aunt Su and I are now a family of two living out a life we have chosen because she has had enough with old folks' home, and they've considered me suicidal for my own good. Sometimes I think all this is my imagination gone wild, a long dream that will soon run its course and that I will wake up in my bunk to the sound of a tropical storm in the middle of South China Sea.

No way.

This is not a dream because I just got out of a job interview with a guy that looked underfed for a managing director of a company dealing in industrial cleaning services. Do you speak any English? No. Education? Form two. I somehow knew that he wanted to ask whether I had just got out of prison, or a drug rehab centre. For fun, I waited for him to ask but he avoided my eyes as if I'd grab him in the neck and put a knife to his nose if he'd ask me that question. In the end he said do you have any experience handling industrial cleaning machines? No, sir. You didn't put down any work experience except 'kitchen hand', and you didn't put down where except 'restoran', frankly you are quite a mystery. We'll let you know, thank you.

This is a difficult situation. In the other interview I had put down work experience as oil rigger and no sooner than I could say where, one of the partners of a law firm said, you must have made this much a month, why that's more than what we make. I'm sorry, ma'am, but it's not my fault that they pay us that much in US Dollars considering the kind of work we've got to do. In the end one of them said, I don't think you'll be comfortable with what we are willing to pay for a driver since it is peanuts compared with what you used to earn. If only I can make them understand that I need a job, not so much the salary because I need to do something productive, never mind if it is just driving lawyers like these two legal eagles who look like parrots, to and from the courthouse, or to a murder scene where I get the chance to play Gibbs, or DeNozo, or a forensic expert, or a constable assigned to look for clues like a strand of hair or something.

I got home late afternoon after having been all over town, trying to get used to driving in the city. It's different when you are from out of town coming to the city as a tourist, staying in a hotel, spending your money on fancy meals. It is an entirely different story being a newcomer to the city trying to find something like a job.

Any luck?
Nope.
Have you eaten?
Nope.
Wanna eat?
Did you cook?
Nope.
There's a restaurant downstairs if you want to go have something to eat.
No, I've had enough of restaurant food.
Let's cook something.
Like what, roast beef?
Rice and ikan goreng.
Sounds like the kind of food for a family of two.
...a family of two with no job. No future.

I'll figure something out tomorrow. No, I won't rob a bank or something.

Ha ha ha.
No wonder you are called Syarifah Suraya Al-Khaleej, you are so pretty when you laugh.

21 Comments:

Blogger anedra said...

And so we shall continue with our prayers.

Syarifah Suraya, what a pretty name!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Noni said...

Sharifah Suraya would better befit Dek Su rather than Aunt Su methinks...

5:31 PM  
Blogger ailin...in aalborg said...

Hi Bergen, the rainbow always comes out to shoo the rain away. But rarely in Denmark.

Keep smiling ya?

6:41 PM  
Blogger MA said...

Bergen - apply for writers in any of the publishing/media houses.

Just print your entries as resume.

They'll take you in, I am sure.

Good luck !

7:47 PM  
Blogger 1bloghopper said...

a'kum. i know how it feels looking for jobs when jobs are not looking at me. try http://www.jobstreet.com.my

8:31 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Anedra: Yours is a pretty name too, ma'am.

Noni: You mean I should call her Dek Su? At the risk of getting a sharp rap to the head, I'll ask Aunt Su if she'd mind if I call her that. You know the answer.

Ailin: Hello, Ailin. Good to hear from you, ma'am. Understand Imad is going to a place close to Artic Circle. Gosh.

Mak Andeh: I'm not sure if I have the courage to do that because I believe my writing isn't much compared with those who write very well, and a foreign university degree to back it up. Thank you for the advice though. Maybe if things get pretty rough, I just hawk my writing the way those VCD peddlers do going from one table to another.

8:37 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

1bloghopper: Thank you, sir.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

bergen, rice and ikan goreng esp. when garing is so good when eaten with just a pnch of sambal belacan and kicap manis chap kipas. OR, the alternative is without sambal belacan BUT with butter - melting on the hot rice! Aaaah, all i have now is parata and humous!

10:02 PM  
Blogger dee3 said...

no need to hawk to the VCD peddlers la.

cik noni kan dah offer...
kan cik noni kan.. kan.. kan...

kami sedia membeli :) :D

ps. kan best aunt su tau ramai yang berkawan-kawan dgn si en. bergen, kan?

10:03 PM  
Blogger AuntieYan. said...

En.Bergen, kalau payah sangat nak dapat kerja, cuba try jadi pelakon pulak...atau penyanyi ka...:-)

p/s:...semoga tabah, insyaallah di murahkan rezeki.

8:13 AM  
Blogger mommy@lif said...

en bergen,
remember DUIT: doa usaha ikhlas tawakkal
* learnt this from a 12 y-o boy

good luck!

8:34 AM  
Blogger nadya said...

berg,
i agree with mak andeh.u'll make a great writer..

no luck for you today sir, but u still make aunt su laugh. that's a good sign.

best of luck. salam to aunt su..

8:46 AM  
Blogger LifeBloom said...

Something will turn up. We are all praying for you.

In the meantime - do try to submit what you have written so far to someone in the publishing line. Who knows - tuah ayam nampak di kaki, tuah Bergen Allah SWT yang tau.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Noni said...

opkos can submit to me... but m currently vying a BIG project concerning another blogger we all know... hehe

9:28 AM  
Blogger AuntyN said...

Bergen, there are times when I wish I can secure jobs for those whom I care for. Or offer you a job too. But I may be counting my own days to think of others.

All the best in your job hunting. InsyaAllah berkat doa dan tawakal from you and Aunt Su, Allah will give you rezeki in abundance.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Queen Of The House said...

Good luck, Bergen. Chin up, something's bound to come up soon.

Pssssst .... my boss an oilman needs someone to drive him around. But eh, cannotlah, nanti you are no more incognito to me. Or he may well turn out to be your former boss!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Restless said...

I'll second mak andeh's proposal - you'll fame if you write! Think of all the money and royalties... $$$

12:08 PM  
Blogger My Little Shopping Heaven said...

Hi Bergen,

Why dont u try "Manpower", "Kelly Services", Allstaff and etc. They are recruitment agencies. There is a lot of contract jobs.

Or you can try feng shui, by placing globes on North area of your living room.

Best of luck...Its hard...but I've been there before..

1:31 PM  
Blogger torts said...

u write so beautifully. go for it bergen!

mmm .. nasi panas plus ikan goreng. gotto have it today!

5:54 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Kak Teh: Homuz is nice with layers of olive oil, and olives. You know how to eat, ma'am.

Dee3: Thank you, ma'am.

AuntieYan: Good advice. Maybe as extra at first, moving up to villain and then a hero by the time I'm 60 if I live that long.

Alif's Mom: That is so true, ma'am.

Nadya: Thank you, ma'am.

Lifebloom: Thank you, ma'am.

Noni: I have a feeling you will put the picture of a steamship on the front cover, in sepia tone.

AuntyN: Thank you, ma'am.

QOTH: That could very well be true story, ma'am.

Anim: You know better, ma'am.

Boneka: Yes I've visited those sites. Thank you, ma'am.

Torts: Thank you, ma'am.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Em said...

Ola

I knew a guy once u had to 2 degrees but couldnt find a job..

So he tried for a job at a local Ikea...

I told him cuba je rather than u do notin... so he did

Dressed up wif a tie lagi until he felt overdressed...

After all dat and the LONG wait...He didnt get the job

Wen he rang later he sounded so Defeated...

I was at a lost...Ive been der too waiting for the phone calls for work opportunity to come

Insyallah the work opportunity will come mate...pelan pelan kayuh and yes we will still continue the prayers for u...

6:56 AM  

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