The thing about being in a new company, is that it gives you a very fresh start. Literally. Sobrang lahat bago. Pati mga tao. Every week, I get to see new faces along the four well ventilated corridors of the bank and sometimes I wonder how we all fit in, in the same floor. Huuwwwaaatttt!!!! Babaw.. Sheeessshhh..
Now the tables have turned. Ako na ang tinatawag na “new hire”. Along with sooooooooo many others who’ve just started building a career and a life, in general. Asteeeeg. Haha. Sabay sabay, we, the new hires, are trying to fit in the existing organization structure – trying to blend in with people and their existing culture. I’ll call it beginner’s luck (allowed pa ba ako nito?), but hey, I feel quite lucky to be in such a dynamic and diverse group of young professionals who blends well together as a whole. As in magkakasundo lahat – hmmmmmm, tama. Almost everyone. I can’t imagine working with people like these two na i-chi-chismis ko ngayon sa blog na ito. Beware loyal readers, this one’s really juicy. Hahaha.
One of the things that I love about working at Citi is the ever popular bank car. Lahat ng tao, pagpasok pa lang, yan ang unang unang ginagawa ata. Ang magpa-reserve ng bank car. But since, the ever on-the-dot-ako-uuwi-today me, ay hindi naman nag-e-extend, I don’t get to use this privelege ( 9pm pa kasi simula nito, way too late for me – at tlagang hindi ako aabot ng 9pm sa office – ayoookkooooo…). However, suki ako ng shuttle that brings people to Glorietta, Landmark, MRT or LRT. And in the many trips I’ve had, one was just sooooooooo freakin’ memorable.
I was in the parking lot early so when the car arrived, I was the first one in. I was relaxed, trying to cool down after a long days work (yaaak, long days work tlaga – nagpapanggap ako). When all of a sudden, two girls opened the car and willingly sat at the back. Me = deadma. Then off we go. During the entire travel, I couldn’t help but overhear the conversations at the back.
(I’ll try to spell it the way it sounded – the way I heard it)
Girl 1: San ka work prior Ziti?
Girl 2: Bleep Bleep Bank (read: local bank)
Girl 1: Oh yeah? I heard they like, uhm, u know, don’t pay well.
Girl 2: I knnnnnnnoooooooowwwww (exaggerated talaga), that’s why I left na there. (Ang image – iniingatan ni ate).
Girl 1: My gosh, I can’t imagine how I will live with that salary ah. I just can’t. Yaddah yaddah yaddah…Blah Blah blah… Pweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…..
Napalingon ako!!!! HEADACHE. Dahil matinis ang boses niya and I just hate it when people talk like that. Its like, its like, you know? Haha. Nahawa ako. Nakakabwisit tlaga ang arte arte. Allow me to judge them in this portion – please?????? When I glanced at them, goodness, hindi nman kagandahan ng mga batang ito. Kung maka-arte akala mo naman kung sino. Basta baduy. And by that I’m being polite pa. Grrrr..
On to the next story….
Sa Lobby. I had another encounter with a different kind. A different breed. A different theme, mejo Groupies. The first time na nakasabay ko sila sa elevator, there was a story being told (yaakk, baka isipin niyo chismoso ako, nakikinig sa usapan ng iba – hell no – maingay tlaga sila – and I’m being defensive right now). It was about another new hire in their team who, according to them don’t dress well enough – based on their standards. I wanted to look at all of them from head to feet para ma-judge ko rin sila but then pinigil ko ang sarili ko. Because at that time, I don’t feel super fab (fab lang. haha). With my eye glasses on plus the braces I have, I could very well pass as Ugly Betty in a better outfit. Therefore feeling ko, I am in no position to judge. Pero nakilala ko yung katabi ko – familiar face. Hhhmmmm…
But by next lunch, I get to view the entire cast. Yipeeeeee…
I met a friend for lunch and when I came back, nakasabay ko ang groupies – eiiiiiiiiiiiiii zzzzuuuuuupppp. I think they’re still talking about the same new hire as before but this time, mas intense na ang conversation. So simply checked them out and kept my wayfarers on. Naks! Artista!
Guy: Gawd. Ayoko talagang makatabi yung new hire na yon, nagpalipat talaga ako ng seat. (this was being said in a manner with full conviction and intonation – love it!).
Girl: (laughs), baka daw kasi maging super friends kayo kaya itatabi sa yo.
Guy: Yuck! I don’t want to be associated with her – in any way.
Ooopppsss my floor. Damn! (may ganon talaga – umaarte na rin ako). I told this story to another colleague of mine, to my surprise, magkakilala pala sila. Hahaha. And he was just three freakin’ months old lang din pala sa bank. Grrrrr… YABANG di ba? Sabi ng mole ko, the guy was “mabait” daw back in college. That she herself was surprised at how the guy’s been acting now. Conclusion ko: the guy is simply pa-belong. Hahaha. Sumasabay sa agos ng nasamahan peers.
Being in a new environment, with a new set of friends can be very liberating. Everything is a learning experience for you and the people around you. Parang lahat ng similarities na malaman mo, nakakatuwa. Even if its just about your likess of the same color. Hahaha. But then again, there are some who’d pass themselves as somebody their not – all for the sake of image.
Ano ang natutunan ko pa? Ang Citi pala ay pronounced as Ziti. And Ang “new hire” stage ay natatapos sa third month. Hahahahaha…
Thanks for allowing me to judge them. Now, I’ll go back to my normal not-so-very-judgemental self. Hmmm, ok, sige na nga a bit judgemental na lang. Hahahaha.