Last Friday morning, naka-upo ako sa may lobby area ng Peoplesupport waiting for a delivery from The Sandwich Guy.
Patay na patay kasi ako sa Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich nila eh. Dalawa nga ang in-order ko eh.
Habang naghihintay, pinagmamasdan ko ang mga aplikante na nag-iintay sa may tapat ng reception.
Andami. In fairness, andami pa rin talagang nag-a-apply sa Peoplesupport.
May naupo sa katabi kong upuan. Isang babae. Medyo chubby. Di ko kilala. Pero cute siya.
"Hi Bookie," bati niya, nakangiti ng medyo may halong nerbyos.
Ngumiti ako, "Hello."
"I love your blog," sabi niya.
Why does this happen whenever I'm alone, isip ko, no wonder my friends think I'm making this up.
"Thanks, I love it, too," biro ko.
"Sayang ni-block siya ng HR ano?" sabi niya.
Tumango ako, "I'm sorry, what's your name pala?"
She shook my hand, "Cherry. Forever na ba siyang blocked?"
"Feeling ko forever," sagot ko, "Kasing forever ng mga bilbil ko."
To be honest, it didn't surprise me na na-block na siya. Ever since I started writing this blog 3 years ago, I've been expecting HR or IT to block it.
I mean, let's admit it, my blog's hardly company-friendly.
"Sad naman," sabi ni Cherry.
Tumango ako, "I think they had no choice. Medyo naging violent ang reaction ng mga tao sa entry ko. I heard someone even used a cutter to scratch X's on the faces posted in our elevator of some very prominent people in our company."
"Yeah, I saw that poster, na-schock rin ako," sabi niya, "Sana wala na lang ganun."
"Agree," sabi ko, "Sana rin hindi nagpost yung ibang readers ng racist comments and profanity."
"But what can you say about the new payroll policy?" tanong ni Cherry.
"Well, it's definitely better than the first one they rolled out," sagot ko, choosing my words carefully, "I can honestly say it's the lesser of two evils."
"True, thank God for your blog at narinig nila tayo," sabi niya.
"I'd like to think it was a team effort," sabi ko, natatawa.
"Nabasa ba talaga ng management yung entry?" tanong niya.
"I heard oo daw," sagot ko, "Some of them even had to use Google Chrome para lang ma-translate into English yung mga comments eh."
More small talk.
Before Cherry left, she asked me one more question:
"Tingin mo, uunti na ang magbabasa ng blog mo sa office dahil naka-block siya?"
I sighed, "It's a definite possibility. Feeling ko, siguro mababawasan ang mag-cocomment. Pero alam mo naman ang mga call center agents, kung anung bawal, yun ang madalas ginagawa."
She smiled, "I'll keep reading, don't worry."
I smiled as well.
I'm not worried at all.
Sorry for the lack of posts. Nanunulungan na naman kasi ako sa training department eh, kaya medyo Loren Haggarda na naman ang lola niyo.
I can promise you this, though, I will post Ina Magenta's version of "One Stormy Night", the third and final installment before the end of this week.
BTW, walang halong sarcasm, pero I would like to thank HR for being able to get Mickey Perz as a judge sa Idols Dance contest natin.
For the past two Friday nights, I've been asking him for a picture. He is just the cutest thing ever.
Ito ang mga resulta:
Pansin niyo? Lagi kaming terno?
Mahal ko na siya.
We are soooo meant to be.