I happen to have a very unique last name. It’s pretty obvious since it’s the title of this blog but if you can’t guess, it’s a southeastern Asian country whose name ends with “land”
In any case, with a last name like mine and with the foods associated with that country, some of my peers and colleagues have given me numerous nicknames throughout the years.
One of my colleagues gave me a very special and memorable nick name in fact, one that would stick to everyone in the office’s head the entire day he came up with it. On that day, my boss was feeling super nice for some reason (possibly because we just sold lots of homes) and decided to buy us all in the office some Starbucks. He tells us to text him our orders and I wanted an iced chai latte.
When he gets back to the office, he gives us all our drinks and he thanks us. He also relayed a little story -
"I told them the drink order but the guy looked super confused for some reason. He asked me what it was and I said ‘iced chai’. "
The Starbucks employee says, “ohhh, I thought you said Spicy Thai.”
He actually did the first time.
I asked my dad the other day, “Dad, you’re a small business owner yourself. How did you find customers and clients? How’d you do your marketing and all that?”
He told me, “Lots of referrals and hard work.”
I told him, “But I’m starting out, I don’t have many referrals.”
He then said, “Well son, looks like you’ve got to work hard then.”
Brother: Hey, what’s the Hunger Games about?
Me: Well, *I go on explaining it to him*
Brother: How about that. And here this entire time I thought it was about food.
This was all over dim sum by the way.
Doctor: For your fever, you can take Aleve and Advil, just twice a day though.
Eveline: Is tea okay?
Doctor: I guess? As long as it’s comfortable to drink for you.
Eveline: No no, you said “a leave”, can I just drink tea leaves? What kind of leaves are you talking about?
Doctor: Oh! No no, ALEVE, the drug. *looks at me* do you know what I’m talking about?
Me: Yes, yes, don’t worry.