Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Its been a really weird couple of weeks really. And its about to get even weirder.
So, i was summoned up to my HR director's office. And in there, the 2 big boss of HR awaits me. I was then asked to shut the door behind me. You damn well knows shit is about to go down when the door are closed.
'Oh its gonna be a salary increase!'
'wait no, even better. Its a promotion!'
The hype was on. And i got excited but still managed to keep my composure.
'Iqbal, we are going to send you to the headquarters in Switzerland', my HR director calmy said.
OOOOHHH HEELLLLL YEAAAHHH finally i got promoted after all this hard works that i have done. It finally pay.....wait....what?
Me? Headquarter? Switzerland?
I know someone who has worked here for more than 20 years and never even got a chance to go to Switzerland. And here i am, almost 5 years year of service, still dont know what the hell i am doing half the time, and i got the chance to go?
Gee even i got lost trying to find my way home, and now i have to go to some french speaking country where the only words i know are omelette du fromage from dexter lab cartoon?
Its gonna be a disaster.
But anyway, i was actually still recovering from the shock that it wasnt actually a promotion (note to self, expectation is a bitch), and i barely composed myself when the date was announced.
Just for your info, today is 8 September, the 2nd day of the week. My things in switzerland runs from 23,24 and 25 september. which is 11 working days away.
- Invitation letter, nope.
- Visa photos, nope.
- Advance money, nope.
- Switzerland currency, nope.
- Hotel, nope.
- Plane, nope.
- Plan, nope
and obviously the fuckin visa is a nope as well.
To make matters even more complicated, 24 September is a public holiday and i am already planning (and booked everything) to go to Singapore on that 25th September. With the main course of muse concert on the 26th.
That's when my heads spin. Career progression, European trip, Singapore holiday, Muse concert, my wife, whatever the fuck am i gonna do?
So, i basically excused myself from the room and dials my wife to break the news down. Well originally i only intended to break the news down, but along the line i made up a plan and itinerary.
I'll go on 21st September, arrives on 22nd September in Switzerland and session on 23,24 and 25. On 25 evening i will fly to Singapore and rendezvous with my wife on 26th afternoon, who will have flew by herself(and probably really pissed because i left her), and just in time for Muse concert.
That would be the ideal scheme.
Along the way, anything, and i really mean it, anything can go wrong.
The invitation letter might not come out (due to short timing)
The visa might be rejected (again, due to short timing)
I wont get the plane i need according to my schedule
or I can simply got lost and board a wrong plane to Somalia
Which might happen, as you know me
But anywho, who knows what the future will bring. I'll just need to close my eyes, wang it down, and see whatever the hell is going to happen.
And you'll read more about this journey, right here, in this place. Most probably in daily kind of post, as to capture whhere my thoughts are on that moment.
Which left just another thing that i need to ask to the boss,
'So...emm....no promotion sir?'