love

How do you say, ‘I love you?’ in your language?

Okay, this is me rambling this morning.

I got on my laptop and came here, to my blog. To be honest, I don’t have anything in mind. I’m sure it will come to me sha.

While we wait, we are out of our dorms cause of COVID disinfectant. Like we used to say, our dorms are being ‘fogged’. On my left, some students are playing a card game. Two are in front of me pressing their phones. Behind me one is eating. It’s actually a very relaxed atmosphere – good for rambling.

Okay! Suddenly I remember what happened yesterday. You wanna hear, yeah?

So, I was cooking in the kitchen when another guy, who was cooking, asked me a question, out of the blues.

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successful Barcelona

THERE IS MORE TO SUCCESS; PREPARE FOR IT

I love to play Football Manager, and it’s been my best game so far – even more so since I can’t play real football.

This morning though, while playing, I set a lineup for an Euro Exhibition match against Switzerland. But because it was an almost inconsequential match, I promoted about eight academy players and fielded (used) five in the first eleven!

Subsequently, I was afraid I could lose for fielding weak players, so I set my seven substitute players to be my best players; Messi, Cruyff, Frenkie de Jong, etc., game changing players.

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Guy with CCTV in the background

“YOU ARE ON CCTV”

Around campus here, there are CCTVs everywhere. You can see them, even if you didn’t look too hard… Still, there are signs close to every placement saying, “You are on CCTV”.

Barring other reasons, I have come to see a wisdom in it: even when people around you could see something, you have a responsibility to tell them. Make them see. Show them. Direct their attention to it…

It’s not enough to say, “…but it was obvious.” or “…you should know.”

Maybe they indeed should but help them. Help yourself. Ignorance is never enough an excuse, but you can help them to avoid that excuse altogether.

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sink

MY SINK STORY AND LESSON

In the dorm here, we take turns in washing the laundry & rest rooms every week in groups. Yesterday, it was my group’s turn. I got sinks & mirror… While washing the sink, I discovered one particular sink was the dirtiest. Why, I wondered and then I realized the faucet wasn’t working.

In context, there are seven sinks (that is, seven faucets). Typically, the dirtiest was the one not working. I figured, someone could start to use it only to discover, no water. No need staying around then, he moves to the next, which works, leaving behind the dirt, unwashed.

Of course, we could talk about how they know it doesn’t work but still use it. Maybe. Even if there isn’t a sign that screams, ‘DO NOT USE!’

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African lady all smiles

SAY ‘THANK YOU’ WITH A SMILE; EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T MEAN IT

I was at the bank over a year ago (Sept 5th, 2019) to complain about something that got me frustrated the previous day. That is to show you I wasn’t excited about visiting the banking hall. On the typically long queue, a beautiful young lady approached each of us, heard our complaints and proceeded to make our reporting smooth.
She got to me, and I replied her good afternoon with my signature smile and a hearty good afternoon. Fast forward to a couple of explanations, she gave me a form to fill. Afterwards, I said my thank you with a smile and waited for my turn to meet the almighty customer service agent.

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