After about a month at Raffles Place, I got transferred to Smoothie House’s flagship outlet at Westgate.
Prior to going there I have heard much talk about the outlet, like how hectic it is/ shaving ice non-stop/ there are a lot of management trainees etc etc. Yeah I did dread going there… and did not entertain the thought that I would be transferred there. Until last week my name did not appear in both Paya lebar and Raffles Place (ORP) schedules. My ORP colleagues even texted me personally asking where I would be going. Arugh….
The 5 days are still okay so far, but there was a lot of stuff to take in and a different atmosphere to adapt to. Suddenly I had to learn a ton of new food & beverage recipes (because the items are not yet launched in the previous outlets I was posted to), orientate where things are kept and how they are done, battle a new crowd/customer demographics etc etc.
Honestly the 1st day I felt quite downhearted because I miss my ORP colleagues. Half of the time my mind was at ORP, thinking how the Smoothie House business is going and all the funny conversations we all shared.
*Side track a bit. One of the unforgettable moments at ORP was when I brought my mum to Greendot to treat her for her birthday on Saturday… which coincided my dad’s hospitalisation. Got the 2 pax hotpot, and after 光叔 found out that it was me, he gave us extra taupok and lettuce. Then after the meal I washed the dishes as usual out of habit, but Hansana chased me away because my mum was waiting lol. Okay none of them knew that we were going through a rough time, but there is this unspeakable warmth coming from the environment that made us happy during our meal.
I haven’t visited ORP ever since I went to Westgate. Only came back for a brief 10mins to take my time card, which coincided with the lunch crowd. I still owe Hansana his mango juice before he flies back to his hometown next week.
Which is why I don’t like to be too attached to people. I know we will meet again, but I hate the moment of saying goodbye after establishing a relationship with them. Maybe the other party might not feel it, but the whole feeling would keep weighing down on my mind.