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Right after my finals for the year, I told myself I’d do something productive with the 3 month holiday – learn how to drive, meetup with more friends, get a job, tick things off of my to-do-list. Sadly, when I’m not doing any of those I’m stuck in my room slowly working my way though Supernatural Season 1 or catching up on my weekly TV shows, or fueling my fangirl through tumblr. I know, terrible. I’m even beginning to be a little afraid of myself.
I went on a job hunt for the upcoming PIKOM PC Fair. First job was introduced by Pa’s friend, on promoting Windows 8, which I called up but never got a response back. Second one was an ad via a friend, promoting a certain laptop brand and new processor, which I got offered a shitty salary pay of RM50 per day. Third one was selling Logitech accessories, via the same friend, whose friends bailed on the job late minute so there were a few free spots. I was in charge of selling speakers along with Sam with a mohawk. The first day was a bit of a blunder, I was almost late, had zero knowledge about speakers except the occasional nice sound and blasty sound, and quiet as heck due to a sudden change in environment. That is not a good attitude for a promoter who is supposed to be convincing people to buy your product. When I told Shuk Ling about my job at PC Fair she said it wasn’t exactly her kind of scene. What is not her scene, is almost not my scene, and I wondered if I was signing up for something horrible. 2 days before the job I was panicking and wishing I hadn’t signed up for anything, why would I put myself through that when I could stay at home all day with my laptop in my room? Oh yeah, that’s why.
As I was saying, the first day was nerve wrecking, I got so embarrassed at not getting an acknowledgement when I approached customers with a nervous “yes sir?” or “yes madam?” “hi, speakers, sir?” “hi, speakers?” I started retreating into my shell and tried not to make eye contact with anyone. Sam though, he seems to be winning at this promoting business, slowly I picked up what phrases he used and tried them on my customers. They didn’t work at first, but when I made my first sale, I got so happy and practically beamed at the customers when they said “yes I’ll take one of these” and directed them to the cashier with the big box of speakers. From there on I got more confident and minded less when people pretended I was invisible.
Personally, I am the type of shopper who hates promoters of shopkeepers taking up my personal space or wouldn’t leave me alone when I’m shopping around. As a promoter that day, I tried not to be too eager, tried to give the customers breathing space, but couldn’t help thinking ‘oh god I am the most annoying person ever oh my god’. Some people seem to have that charisma which invites conversation without being too intruding, you know? As a non sound speaker enthusiast, all I could do was nod and state technical facts I had remembered – 5.1 surround sound, THX certified, sub-woofer position (yes, I know, I went what the hell is a sub-woofer, like a minor dog bark? when I first heard of it), outputs and inputs and all the like. My knowledge of speakers has certainly increased drastically. Man.
At the end of Day 2 I was told to switch to another section, selling earphones and headphones. Funnily enough, I felt a bit sad to part with the speakers, I got so used to them and felt satisfied after selling each set! But on Day 3 I was told to move over to the gaming and webcam section, which sells mice, keyboards, headphones at a ridiculous price range because of their special functions and durability. As a non gamer I tried to absorb as much information as possible before PC Fair started. By the 3rd day I had much more gusto compared to the first day, I was already dropping the too-annoyingly-polite tone of voice on my first day, I knew how to sort of strike up conversations! Last day it was, I made new acquaintances, had laughing stitches at the more daring ones hollering in the middle of the ballroom for LAST DAY! LAST STOCK! LAST PROMO! prices.
I thought I would hate the job and be relieved when it ended, but it turned out to be a pleasing experience. In the middle there were some peeved and bored and emotionally invested in my job moments, but all in all everything was worth it.
Some bullet points of what I may have left out:
- I love customers who have the dry sense of humour as I do. There was one who I said “YES!” a bit enthusiastically to after a recent sale, and he replied “NO!” with a stupid grin.
- People who take the time to say ‘thank you’ with a nod and smile after I promote products to them. They didn’t have to, you know, they could just walk away.
- Friends who dropped by for a visit! I’m looking at you, Chun Yeen and Mun Chung and Shuk Yin (who walked twice around the whole PC Fair).
- For the past 3 days I have been exposed to 500W + 200W + 50W + 40W of the kind of music I deem annoying and try to avoid as much as possible, see: Gangnam Style, Nicki Minaj, some techno thing, some Want It Want It Got That Boom Boom song, some songs I know not the title of but have heard while passing by shopping places to -attract customers-, and one TSwift Never Ever Ever Ever Ever Ever Ever Ever
- I have watched Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on the big screen Sony TV with those 5.1 surround sound THX speakers 98234893284 times.
- There were two caucasian boys with ‘dem light eyes I be swooning while trying to explain speakers to them
- Everyday upon reaching home at 1030, My feet have gotten to the point where my brain says “how about you don’t take a shower, because that’s going to cost you 15 more minutes of standing. On your feet.“
- KLCC food court food is expensive.
- Jobs where you don’t know anyone and guessing people ages are like this one. On the last day we guessed each other’s ages at dinner and boy people do not look like their ages. Different people, different lives.
Mixture of pics from the camera and phone.
Play Transformers 2 and everyone that passes by does this for a while.
Just look at the expression on this kid’s face hahahaahHAHAHA he was like that for the whole 30 minutes he was standing there watching!
I chose this ~Specialist~ uniform by total randomness. Hahah I felt a bit pretentious wearing it though.
My mum is cool.
Hastily put together expansion of my work area for the last 3 days.
First work uniform ever.
These were the only few I managed to snag of the people around me, didn’t want to attract too much attention during work.
I took my time walking to the LRT station on my last day of work. It was a Sunday, and Christmas month, and there were pretty lights and unexpected fountain showers on people. A mother carried her child near the fountains and basked in the slight showers. Although there were a lot of smokers, it was still a calming sight walking through the post-rain park.