De-ri-ku [noun]: Japanese pronounciation of an English name belonging to a Chinese guy in Malaysia. Electronics engineer currently based in PJ. Chinese-educated and proud of it.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006My office phone
The cubicle I'm sitting in now once belonged to another girl, PP, from the assembly department. She's moved away for more than 2 months now and I have the luck of using her extension number, which apparently she did not update in the system.
Hence I'm being reminded of PP nearly every other day no thanks to the incessant phonecalls meant for her. 90% of the calls are the usual "Hello is PP there. No? It's ok thanks" type. However, there have been some interesting calls and one of them went like this.
Caller: Hello, can I speak to PP please?
Me: She's moved to another cubicle and she's not using this number anymore.
Caller: Oh...do you have any idea of her new number?
Me: Sorry but I don't. Why don't you try her speed dial instead?
Caller: Er...I don't have that either. Can I know which department you're from?
Me: Oh I'm from the business group, Microcontroller Division.
Caller: Oh I see...does you department need any microscopes? Cos we specilize in supplying quality microscopes...
Me: I don't think we need them. Even if we do, I'm not the person you should talk to.
Caller: Are you sure? We're giving this promotion, it's a one time offer and you won't get anything like this from other vendors. If you buy now, you'll be entitled to a discount and a lucky draw. Our microscopes even come with a 5 year warranty and free service for up to 10 years. It's really an amazing deal. You sure you don't need one?
Me: Yes I'm quite sure. (Fakes a foreign accent) By the way, I'm the janitor. I just happened to pick up the phone cos no one was around and the ringing was giving me a headache.
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Sometimes I wish I had an answering machine that could automatically filter out the misdirected calls and salesmen.
"If you're looking for PP, she's no longer here. Please hang up and good luck in searching for her new contact."
"If you're trying to sell something, I'm not interested. Please hang up and call my boss at 03-7873xxxx."
"If you're calling for reasons other than the above, please hold on and I will be answering your call in approximately 5 seconds. Five, four, three, two..."
Think of the efficiency I'll have in answering phonecalls...