Something interesting happened at work the other night. I was working the night shift at 6.30pm and after about one hour, I was the only person left in the office — everyone else from the other departments had already left. The overseas translators that I work with were strangely silent as I had not received a single email from them. Also, the colleague who was on the same shift as me would be coming in way later at about 10pm.
So for about two hours, I was all alone. It was me, myself, and the computer. At one particular instant, I sort of understood what it meant to be truly alone all by yourself. It was an eerily unsettling feeling, but after awhile, I slowly embraced the calm tranquility of it all. No one to disturb you, no one to worry about. No evils and immature rage-wits to bother you, no nothing. I was able to do my work silently and peacefully with no distractions.
And then one of the overseas guys sent me a reply via email, the first I had received the entire night. Very swiftly, the late office colleague suddenly appeared, and reacted quite animatedly to the news of Massimiliano Allegri’s appointment as new Juventus manager.
“WHY ALLEGRI?? HE SUCKS, JUVE ARE RUINED!!” he screamed in exasperation while clutching the sides of his head. He settled down after a few minutes and got straight to work.
Reality returned to normal, work resumed to its usual routine just like any other day. When I left the office later at 2.30am and headed for the taxi stand, three taxis quickly pulled up near me, all fighting for my patronage. I boarded the one that I had my eye on first, the one closest to me. It was the only fair way to choose.
I could sense the irritation of the other two drivers that I had neglected as I entered the lucky cab. One of them actually tailgated us for several hundred metres, but stopped and disappeared after that. He probably realised that it was a waste of time and a waste of fuel.
Only when you work the night shift, can you witness this type of silly Singaporean nonsense. There is always a dumb, bright side to every situation, and on that day I learned that Singapore taxi drivers are nuts.