Ambulance Stolen .. Pulat..!!!

If you all donch know by now hor.. we only get newspaper every Tuesday hor.. not like in Singapore.. everyday got papers.. and some more.. a few newspapers .. a day. So that shows you how small the town i am living in is lah..!

But today.. this afternoon.. PB walked in with the local papers .. the Vanguard…. and in the front page.. it said.. “Ambulance Stolen On Call” ..!!!!! Wah Lau oiiiii..!!! how screwed can this town get leh..?? Stealing an ambulance.. while the ambulance was on call..!!! OMG…!!! you tell me lah.. ! how screwed can these ppl be.. in this small tiny weenie little town..?? Population not more than 8,000 ..!! How unCOOL.. is it..??? to freaking steal the ambulance.. while it was on call.. trying to freaking save someone’s life..! “slap my forehead”.

And how do one steal an ambulance..?? and hide it..??? Surely .. your freaking neighbour.. or your parents.. or your g/f or your husband.. or your dog will see that AMBULANCE.. right..?? afterall .. it’s an ambulance..!

Ya.. i’ll say this is freaking wrong..!!


How The Hell Do They Do It..??

A customer was in yesterday.. looking at a small computer part that he needed. It was at 4 bucks each. And he asked PB .. if he was gonna have more of it.. since there was only a few left. And that he would only have money for it .. on the 20th of this month (baby cheque day). PB assured him that there should be more coming in.

After the customer left, PB asked me.. how does this ppl do it..?? not having even 4bucks.. on them.. to get something that they want..?? and having to wait for baby cheque day .. before they can buy something for 4 bucks..!!

Seriously, i donch know how one can live.. waiting for a baby cheque to buy a 4bucks thing. But even I have 4 bucks just in coins.. lying at the bottom of my handbag… not for emergencies.. but change that must have just dropped and accumulated .. during the months.

So yes.. we do meet all sorts of very .. very unique ppl around here.

Funny Conversation 4

Customer/Ex-employee walked into the store the other day.AB : Hi.. how are you ..??
Me : Good.. thanks.. and are you still in school or working..???
AB : No .. i’m still in school.. and looking for a job. My mother said.. she is gonna kick me out.. if i don’t get a job by March.
Me : Hehehe!! smart mom..! I think you better find a job quick then.
AB : I see you are having a hard time finding someone to work for you.
Me : Heh!! dont’ get it wrong .. AB… we don’t have a hard time finding someone to work for us. We have plenty of ppl sending their resumes to us… you can always ask our store manager.. she is here in front of us. We have lots of ppl who wants to work here.. we just don’t wanna hire assholes.
AB : Ya.. i see wat you mean.. i wished i had stuck it out here.
Me : Huh..??? Yer way too funny.. AB.. you’ve had your chance.. heheh!! We don’t have any vacancy now anyways.
AB : Oh.. i see.. ! my mom is gonna kick me out soon.. 🙁
Me : Then you better get your resume out there.. and get a job.

I got busy.. and he left.

Ppl are so weird.. ! AB resigned.. coz’ he said.. he wasn’t suitable for this kinda job.. which is fine by us… and now he wants his old job back..?? so now.. it’s suitable.. for him ..??!!? because he can’t find another job. or too lazy to..??? or because his mom is gonna kick him out..??? Ppl are sure wierd.. !!!

Surrounded by sick folks

Poor Store manager is still not feeling good.. with her back and knees.. 🙁
I’ve never seen someone with so much bad luck.. one sickness after another… 🙁
An employee’s gynae diagnosed that she had pre-cancer yesterday.. 🙁
Mrs Chan.. owner of China Court wasn’t feeling the greatest either.. 🙁

An Insinuative mother and ex-babysitter..??

Chloe’s ex-babysitter, who is also our store manager’s relation has been making suggestions and insinuating that we should raise her pay NOW..!! since she is working on spilt shifts and the only employee we have now.. or the only reliable one. And the insinuation is not to us though.. but to our store manager .. and of course she is upset .. with her relation harrassing her.. and she prolly think that we should raise her pay too and if we didn’t .. her relative must be right.. that we don’t value her services and her employment with us, which by the way is not true. It’s just that everything is so unstable now.. we don’t really know exactly.. how we are gonna solve our staffing problems.. so we wanna wait a little and look at the big picture instead.. of looking at this for just now.
We value our store manager.. but we don’t think anyone can work alone.. forever.. because one does get sick.. like i did the other day. So the obvious solution is to try our hardest to find someone half decent. And as for raising her pay.. we will… in good time. And as for her relative.. i think she has an agenda.. and not so much as looking out for her well-being.. from all the stories we heard about her. So the next time I hear again .. about my ex-babysitter making any insinuation .. i am gonna go right out and ask her .. what her agenda is…??!!?? To make our store manager lose her job.. so that she can be like her..?? or does she wants a job at our store.. that badly to sabotage her own daughter..???!!??? Well .. anything is possible i guess.. from the stories i hear. I hope our store manager is wise enough.. to listen to her head..and not someone’s elses idle talking. Afterall.. empty vessel makes the most noise. And is her relative is an empty vessel.. or just a very calculative.. and scheming woman..?? your guess is just as good as mine. But from all that i’ve heard.. from everyone… it’s not good, that’s wat i can say.

Accountant to the rescue..??

We had to let one of our employee go..a couple of weeks ago.. because it just wasn’t working out for us and him.. after 6 weeks.. but he wasn’t a bad guy.. just not suitable for this kinda work. After a few weeks.. his “accountant” sent us a fax.. asking us for reason for the dismissal, and had also mentioned that our ex-employee had lost his father to cancer at a young age.. and was trying hard to make a living..???!!!??? *Frown*.. uuuuhhhhhhhhhh……….???!!!??? so this i supposed is reason enough to keep an employee.. even though he isn’t doing a average job..???!!!??? We really ain’t looking for a super duber employee.. just someone who would follow instructions..and do the work.. unfortunately.. for the past 6 weeks.. that we had this employee.. he failed to follow the most important instruction that we asked of him.. and did not lock the door of the store when he left for the evening. So .. it is alright to overlook all these…??!!?? And continue hiring him.. even though he made several major mistakes.. even after counselling him of the importance..???!!!??? Weird that he has an accountant for one.. and secondly .. weirder that he had his accountant fight his case for him???!!!??? Surely he doesn’t think that we dismissed him.. for fun..??? Surely he doesn’t think that he was doing a great job..??? If he was.. why would we dismissed him..??? Don’t he know that .. we have to re-hire and re-train.. thus making it more exhausting, time consuming..and more money spent ..???!!???
Folks here are really wierd.. honestly.. *frown* .. they claimed that there is no work in yarmouth.. but not many i know.. wants to put in a day of hard labour.. and earn their keeps.. they just wanna be there.. just to pick their pay at the end of the week.. and try to do as little as possible.. or get away .. with doing as little as possible. And they rather go on welfare.. and whine and whine and whine.
We had a previous employee.. who wanted us to up his pay.. and lessen his hours..????!!!???? aaahhhhhh..NO!!
*Shaking my head* WTH!!! they think we are dumb..?? if our employees does a great job.. we do reward them accordingly.. and if we don’t .. that means they are not doing a great job… simple as that.. and we raise and give out bonuses accordingly.. not at our employee’s whim and fancy. Dumb ppl..!!

Losers! or two-face..???!!??

Went to Tim’s today with Chloe for coffee.. and also to put chloe to sleep.. because bringing her for a walk.. when she is due for a nap.. would put her to sleep.. so that she doesn’t miss her naps.. and wouldn’t be cranky.. a trick i learnt recently. Anyhow.. on this day.. we went up to Tim’s .. and chloe was dozing off. And guess who was there..???!!!??? That fella’s wife (who used to work for us) who said to my store manager that he hoped Chloe didn’t look like me. We viewed those ppl who sits at Tim’s .. and view the world.. as losers.. because they have nothing better to do.. and she was there.. with her daughter. She insisted on seeing Chloe.. even though we were turned away from her.. by pretending to ask her daughter to go look at the baby (when there were so many babies at Tim’s at that time). So if they didn’t like me.. or hated my guts.. why have anything to do with me..???!!!?? Because i want nothing to do with them.. i never ask to see their kids.. who cares..??!!??? as far as I am concern… about them or their kids. Anyhow she came around and ask how old chloe is.. and i gave her a very short answer.. and left quickly. I took a quick glimpse at her daughter.. and she doesn’t look anything like that fella or his wife.. blond hair and all.. and both parents.. and their family are not blond. Ummmhhh.. so where did the blond come from..????!!!?? Need I say some more..???!!!???
I spoke to his “best friend” a few days later .. when he was at the store… and told him wat his “best friend” said.. and he told me.. they are no longer friends.. because he is STUPID..!!! and only wants to be friends.. when in need. So that says alot about this fella and his wife..??!!!??? But the wife’s brother has always been really good … with us.. no complains..and a really mild fella.. who always have nice things to say about others. So wat happen there..???!!?? Oh well… maybe too much association with that fella.. ?? turned her .. into a scheming person too. Maybe..?? Oh well.. not my problem.. just another loser.. to me.

To change or not to change..??

Ever since I’ve been in Canada, I’ve been sorta seeing wat my spouse have to go thru’ with the employees he hired. It’s hard to find good help where we are and even harder to retain the good ones. The bad ones we can fire them fast enough. The heartache, headaches, the money, the training and on top of all these .. all the bullshit … he has to put up with. From employees not turning up to work, to those who turn up but don’t work and those who turn up and have his whole family come to work with them or their b/fs or g/fs hanging out at the store for the entire time they are at work. And those who turn up for work drunk, those who thinks that you are setting them up to embarrass them because you told them the right way to do things in front of a customer, or those who will call up and say he is gonna be late for work because his jeans is in the dryer.. and that he had fallen asleep the nite before and didn’t finish putting his laundry in the dryer. And those who can predict when they are gonna be sick. Not forgetting those… who brings all their family problems to work.. fighting at work with their spouse. And those who are on the internet the whole time they are working or working on their website. Plus those who wants to do things the way they think is best and refuses to follow your instructions. And many more… that i wouldn’t go on about.
We do have one good employee that came along.. she has been with us .. for more than a year.. but now .. she is planning to go back to school.. or do something.. “respectful”.. and we don’t know when she is gonna decide .. wat she wants to do… because she is very young still. Of course I encouraged her to go back to school… because if she was my daughter … i would want her to go back to school too.. and finish her school. I know it would sux big time for us.. if she leaves.. but I must do the right thing and cannot be selfish about it.. because it is just not like us to discourage her.. when we know that she is doing something good for herself. But like i said. it would SUX big time because we have come to really like her alot.. because she is sensible.. reliable.. and never argue back.. and someone we can trust and a good employee.
So if Jenn really leaves … we have to decide .. whether to change our opening hours or not..?? Because we can’t hire good employees.. we may have to work ourselves only. For I feel that it may be less heartache and headaches for us.. and we don’t have to deal with all sorts of bullshit. But with Chloe .. we don’t know how it is gonna work out… working on our own only. So the big question is to change our operation time and procedure .. or not..??!!!?? Or do we continue wasting money and time.. trying to find the right employee..??? Is it really so hard to find good ppl who wants to work.. and not give us any bullshit.. and hanky panky..????!!!??? It almost seems impossible to find good ppl around to hire and we are not the only one experiencing this staffing problem, apparently every small business is. So wats is the problem with this town..???!!!?? It cannot be only the wages.. ??!!!??? Because we do pay our employees.. not the top money.. but good money… and good hours.. so wat is the real problem…???? PPl here are too complacent… if they can work the government.. they will.. they go on unemployment.. and collect unemployment insurance .. anytime they can get a chance to .. instead of doing some honest work. I know of a previous employee.. who wanted us to up his pay.. and lessen his hours..hahahahah!!!! Funny person.. ! So when we wouldn’t do it.. he quit.. and collected unemployment for more than a year.. and until .. his unemployment ran out.. he wouldn’t work. I really don’t understand how someone can just sit home and do nothing.. and draw unemployment .. like an invalid..???!!!??? Of course if it was a genuine case.. i can understand .. those ppl drawing unemployment.. but for someone who can work.. and don’t wanna work and expect us to raise his pay.. and lessen his hours.. while he steals from us.. by offering his services to OUR customer at their home for computer repairs .. when we do computer repairs at our store??!!!??? He must think we are dumb.. or wat???!!!???
Anyhow.. i figured it would be best that we work ourselves instead.. if Jenn does leave.. and change the operation hours.. and plus.. Chloe will be growing older everyday.. so things wouldn’t be that bad.. i am sure.. but we’ll have to see. But it does suxs when you cannot get one or two good and reliable employees. Prolly gotta import some from the Philippines…. haha!!

Talking to the whole world except me .. I fucking resent it !!!!!!

Went to bed shortly after midnite.. and by my standard it’s early… and that’s because I’m exhausted.. from having to wait for my spouse.. till 2am .. every morning to go to bed.. just to chat with him for abit.. but it never happens. because by 2am.. either .. chloe is up again for milk.. or I am too pissed to talk with him.. or too tired.. i usually .. dozed off and snore before i even know it. And then I wake up at whatever time Chloe wakes up in the morning.. it could be 5am.. or 7am… and i have to tend to her.. because most times she refuses to go back to sleep straight away.. and wanna see wat the world has to offer her again.
At times.. my spouse will wake up between.. 10.30am – 11.30am.. and i would go upstairs and nap for 2hrs.. but because we don’ t have enough staffing and have to be at work by 1pm this week.. i tend not to go back to bed.. because of the various chores i have to do before going to work.
So i end up very tired.. not enough sleep.. having my menses.. and having to tend to chloe .. at the store.. so that my spouse can work.. from 1pm – 6pm.. and then come home.. feed chloe first.. and then feed myself.. and tend to chloe again.. before she goes down for the nite.. and of course… the mosquitoe bites.. are driving me nuts .. and up the wall.. and i see my spouse get all upset.. frustrated .. and agitated.. if chloe refuses to sleep any earlier.. either because he is tired.. or he wants to see his concubines.. and mistresses.. the everquacks..! So I try to take Chloe from him.. and calm Chloe down.. and play with her .. till she does sleep.. and then I stuff my face with food.. because my spouse will have his face stuff in front of his concubine (the computer)… and not talk with me for a few hours.. while i go about .. doing my own stuff.. like watching a chinese soap opera.. household chores.. and more stuffing of my face.
So by 2am in the morning.. when he is ready to go to bed.. and i’m too frustrated to wait anymore.. i end up .. in my bed .. all upset.. and tired.. and pissed..!
The saga goes on…………
So i went to bed just after midnite.. my spouse did too.. we talked for 2 mins… and i dozed off and snored.. and slept.. too tired.. from the past 3 days .. of sleeping late.. and waking up early with chloe.. chloe got up at about 7.15am.. i fed her.. she refuses to go to bed.. spouse took her for abit… and i took care of my itching legs.. from mosquitoes bite for abit.. and then took chloe from him… and brought her downstairs… played with her for abit.. and she went to nap again at 8.30am… it’s about 9.15am now.. and it looks like she is about to wake up again……. and where is my spouse.. up snoozzzzzzzzzzing……….
See wat i mean..!!!!!!! Oh well..!! we’ve established this.. Chloe is MY baby..!!

Why do I even bother?

Too concern..?? overly motherly..?? or just plain.. waiting to get smack in the face. Everytime, I ask my spouse to go get something to eat, he would either say he is fine.. or he is not hungry. But everytime he doesn’t eat for a long period of time.. i noticed that he gets a uncomfy feeling in the tummy after eating.. which in my opinion .. is norm.. when you don’t eat for a long time.. and then eat.. you get gas, for some ppl .. it doesn’t bother them.. for some it bothers them more. So in order to avoid this discomfort.. i always encourage my spouse to eat like I .. every 3hrs.. but of course.. he refuses to see it my way. And whenever I ask him to go get food (moreso now..because we have to be at the store till late.. since we don’t have even staffing).. he makes me feel like a bug or when he eventually does go get food.. he does it so grudgingly.. and then i get all upset .. because of his attitude. So why do I even bother to even ask him to go get food..??? If I were home .. in singapore.. i would have smack his face.. and send him to London Square.. but for now… i am alone in a foreign country.. no car.. and cannot drive.. so cannot just up and leave.. when he gives me his attitude.. but one day.. one day.. when I am no longer around.. anymore.. i hope that someone treats him the way he wants.. ignore him completely..??!!!??? Don’t care whether he eats or not.. or if his stomach bothers him or not.. in the evening. I hope he gets someone he so rightfully deserve.
So my resolution .. from now.. no more asking him to go eat or get food.. and end up feeling like a damn fool.

Gay husband??? or just Evil man..?? Or small town man..???

Someone came into the store yesterday evening .. and started telling our Store Manager that he hoped my daughter don’t look like me..???!!!???? Wonder wats that all about..???!!!??? His way of camouflaging that his daughter is not his..???!!!??? like we all suspect..??!!!??? Or in reality.. he is just gay.. ???!!!??? As we chinese believed .. that men don’t gossip.. nor are they petty..??!!?? or am I wrong..??? Well .. maybe there is a reason for him saying that.. since his spouse was fired from our store many years ago.. and they think that it had to do with me…. but in fact.. I never resort to firing unless absolutely necessary. Just ask our store manager.. who has been with us … for almost 2 yrs now.. and you will understand.. wat kinda moron we come across in our store. Employees who do nothing .. and wanna be paid weekly.. and when you counsel and counsel and re-counsel them.. they still don’t do wat you ask of them.. and they still think that they got fired because of personal agendas..!!! Oh .. Plllleeeeeeeeeeeassssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! my life is more fulfilling than this.. !!!! I have no time for small pettiness .. nor small town thinking…!!! I wish ppl would come up to me.. directly .. and be sarcastic in front of me.. then to do it at the back of me.. because when I wanna be sarcastic to someone. .. i do it when they are around.. which i think is more effective.. don’t you think..??!!!??? Well.. to you-know-who-you-are… you can go on wishing that my daughter don’t look like me for a million years.. unfortunately .. your wish ain’t gonna come thru’.. because my daughter look every inch like me and my spouse….. and as for yours.. the two of yours will never look like you .. and you know why…!!

Another milestone for tweety..??

Ever since Big R and M left for Halifax after school, we have been having a hard time finding replacements for them. Some hired on were either not doing the job right by being too relaxed or others are just completely not suitable for the job we have to offer.
We had to let S.R go because he cannot make up his mind whether he wants to work or not. And A .. he quit because he thinks he is not suitable for the job. We then hired on N, who was either too nice..??!!?? or just refuses to follow procedures and standards??!!??? We don’t know wat to make outta N??!!!??? Nice guy but way too… relaxed. Anyhow.. we hired on Cl.. and wow.. !! she worked out good… after a week.. we were thinking.. hey.. we could give her the keys to the store soon..!!! Hurray..!!! And a week into her job .. she was offered another job at offering her $13/hr …. money we can’t afford right at the moment.. even my store manager is making less than $13/hr.. so how to fight with .. a call center based in Yarmouth, HQ in NY. Oh well.. just our luck..???!!!??? But this time… i took it more lightly than I would have a couple of year ago … and looked at it.. on all positive sides. After almost 4 yrs in Yarmouth, NS.. I kinda am able to expect the worst from the ppl here.. or learnt not to expect any good employees to be found in Yarmouth..???!!?? Luckily we have .. our store manager who is steadfast.. and loyal.. 🙂
So i am learning to count my blessings everyday.. 🙂 Life has taken a strange turn .. in mine.. if it was before.. a long time ago.. in Singapore.. i would expect nothing but excellence.. in performance.. after being in Yarmouth for a few years.. I’ve learnt to lower my expectations .. and count my blessings.. 🙂 Like when once i can get any kinda food in Singapore in less than 30mins.. now.. i have to first hunt for the ingredients for months.. and then test cook them for months.. before i can get some local dishes.. 🙂
But life goes on.. and I’ve just gotta learn to relax more.. and be patient.. especially now I have a daughter.. and i wanna set a good example for my daughter.. 🙂

Low tolerance

I don’t know wats with me .. and low tolerance for lazy and “act” dumb ppl..and those “fakers” on social assistance!! Maybe.. it’s because i’m so used to the asian society where we are always ultra-efficient.. and pro-active.. and don’t have unemployment.. like they do here.. and in the states..???!!?? Am i super efficient.. ??? No..! Hell no..!! But all I’m asking is for some decency.. in ppl… unfortunately.. there isn’t much who have some.. of course there are the rare few.. and i’m glad i know who they are.. and are acquaintances with them.. but you don’t find many “Gems” here.. 🙁
I know for sure .. i have very low tolerance.. for these ppl.. coz’ i just can’t stand them.. or be anywheres near them. And most are not really dumb.. they just act dumb.. and are definitely just lazy… as for those “fakers” on social assistance.. i don’t know wat word to describe them best..??!!?? Parasites..???!!!?? Deadbeat..???!!?? Freeloader..???!!??
The ppl we go thru’ as employees here.. are fantastic.. i tell you .. !! i have one that I can only tolerate for a few hours.. !! you had to tell her 10 times to F10 .. in order to get the phone # or the name of a customer.. and it was within the same hour… that we reminded her. Took an hour for her .. to put movies back onto the shelves. I don’t know if she was slow.. or just plain stupid..??!!?? But i’m really giving this one a benefit of doubt.. i think she is really, really slow.
I also have another fella we hired a few years ago.. and was fired 3 days later .. coz’ you can’t tell him .. wat to do in front of a customer.. coz’ it embarrasses him… so he said. OMG..!!! WTF..!!! [Read more…]