Not sure if I’ve shared about this before, but I was the first employee to be hired for my current company’s office in Singapore. So my direct boss (a VP) used to be all on his own for about a year and a half when he was transferred from our HQ in Australia till I came along. Since then, our team had grown to 4 and at the moment we are down to 2, again.
This means I’ve been the only constant person spending time at work with him and as a result, we sort of know each other’s habit and behaviour.
One of the tradition that he brought over from the HQ was Ramen Wednesday. There was this small Japanese restaurant / bar called Chaco Bar,down the road from the old office building,that serves ramen on Wednesdays and Fridays (I’ve just checked their website and it says Wed – Sat now, so maybe it has changed?). Since Fridays are reserved for team lunch, so they usually go on Wednesdays (though not everyone went for ramen).
My VP loves ramen, so it’s a given that he would want to bring the weekly tradition over when he was transferred to Singapore. So Ramen Wednesday was born.
At our first office space, we used to go to 2 different ramen restaurants, alternating on a weekly basis. When we moved to our current space, we usually went to the one in a shopping mall across the road, until we found our current favourite, Ramen Matsuri in North Canal Road. We practically go there every week (once in awhile we do go to the other one) to the point that the cashier (a lovely Japanese girl) has known us really well and has even memorised our order! Hahahahaha
She literally remembered what we would be ordering every week (the same variant for my boss every single time, while I would be changing my order once in awhile). We both love the mazesoba (dry ramen). When our previous colleague was still with us, he would be ordering the soup version. Both are really, really good.
So anyway, we couldn’t go for ramen today cos I was working from home and he was in an all-day event.
The first thing he said to me on Slack this morning:
Here’s a couple more conversations with my boss that I originally posted on Twitter:
1. On a Friday
Manager: Guess what?
A: … what?
M: It’s your turn today
A: Huh? Isn’t it your turn?
M: Tell me what you wanna say. I know what to get back at you with
A: Where did we go 2 weeks ago?
M: (without missing a beat) The Mexican place. I picked that
A: Ahhh dang you’re right
(We take turns picking a lunch place on Fridays – team lunch day – and we would usually argue on who would be the one. This was happening when we were a team of 3 and 4 too. Truly #FirstWorldProblem)
2. One afternoon:
Manager: I wanna get coffee. Do u want anything?
A: Hmm… I’ll go with you
M: Ha! The dark side! (Cos I rarely grab a drink outside). (after a few seconds) Actually… I wanna take advantage of this. Let’s sit down and have coffee there.
(We ended up sitting down and chatted for a good 20 mins; and I had soy matcha latte)
3. I’ve been packing lunches from home quite regularly recently and on one day that I didn’t:
Manager: Do you bring lunch today?
Manager: Oh, congratulations! Was there any specific reason why or was it just guilt (of turning down his invite for lunch lately)?
Me: We just didn’t cook last night 💁🏻
4. He was on a call with someone one fine Friday morning and was pretty distressed about it:
Me: So, since you are feeling rather stressed about it, you can pick lunch today.
Manager: No, it’s your turn today. Don’t you run away and sugarcoat it. What, are you in sales now?
5. On one regular morning:
Manager: How could I resize image and keep its ratio in Google Slides?
Me: Hold the Shift key and resize
Manager: You’re a genius. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
6. After coming back from lunch (him, not me)
Manager: I’ve had a deep thought during lunch, and I don’t wanna surprise you, but…. you’ll pick lunch (place) tomorrow.
Me: You had really deep thoughts while eating