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Sunday, 12 April 2015

After 12 years, they are still the same ( pt. 1 )

It would be 12 years this June since I left SIA as a cabin crew executive. I have worked there for 35 years and it wasn't all smooth sailing. I had good times and bad times with the people I've worked with.
Frankly speaking, I enjoyed working with the crew more than with my peers and bosses. As a cce, I spent half the time in the office and the other half flying with my crew. I enjoyed the latter.
There were many in the office whom I can't get along. Some managers, assistant managers and svps were not the best of people I've worked for. The cabin crew were nicer although there were a minority whom I found difficult to work with. Overall, flying with the crew was a happier experience.

A few days ago I received a Whatsapp message. It was from someone in a chat group of which I am not a member. The sender of the message identified himself after I've asked him to ( to be able to contact me, he included me in the chat group). I was taken aback because I don't know how and where he has got my phone number from. He was my former assistant manager. He told me our ex manager is organising a concert end of this month. A minute later the ex manager Whatsapp me and gave me the details of the concert. I apologised as I am not able to attend. I told him I will be away but would be glad if we could meet another time. The ex manager wished me a "safe journey".  I thanked him.

There was absolutely no contact with the above people since I left SIA 12 years ago. In some ways, I was happy that they still remember me. But that feeling turned to an insult when a day later, they kicked me out of the chat group. It's not that I desire to be in the chat group but they gave me the impression that since I won't be attending the function (or of no use to them) they don't want me in the group.

These last few days, I was at T3 control centre mingling with the crew because of the union election.
I was there not just to support Heart Party whose leader was my ex student but to re-establish ties with many of the crew. The mood was more carnival-like with many bringing snacks, food and drinks to share. These were the moments I treasure a lot.


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Feel sorry for you for having these insincere colleagues.

Anonymous said...

This is nothing new. Many in my office behave the same manner too Boh Tong. Don't be upset with this kind of people just be cool :-)

Ravi P said...

"...Frankly speaking, I enjoyed working with the crew more than with my peers and bosses."

Because the crew will offer you tea,coffee, well presented first class meals and kowtow to you lah. You would be the highest ranking crew on board!

"...There were many in the office whom I can't get along. Some managers, assistant managers and svps were not the best of people I've worked for."

Because your peers are same rank as you and they cannot be conned and they dont offer you anything and they dont kowtow to you lah!

Please dont be delusional that crew love you... past or present.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it better that they remove u from the grp so that u won't be spammed ?? Btw this is common practise lol. Alternatively u may prefer to exit urself since ure not attending n the convo is of no use to u. Either way is appropriate. No need to feel insulted =____=

Boh Tong said...

They should let me have the prerogative to exit the group not the other way round. The person who included me in the group was one whom I've kept at arms length for the last 20 years.
Thanks for your comment.