First day at work = so boring. SO boring! I had nothing to be worried about.
Gave my iPhone to the security guards, put my purse through a scanner, walked through a metal detector. Sat on a very nice stripey couch. Waited. Shook hands with my new boss (Azra). Was introduced to like 15 people who work in the office (I think I remember 3 names).
I have my own office. It’s also the storage space, so there are a bunch of cardboard boxes beside my desk. I have a name tag on my desk though! Very professional.
I was given a stack of documents to read, and was told to look through the files on the hard drive to see what previous interns have done.
Learned some neat stuff:
1. BUFFALO are like, the number 4 most exported meat from Thailand. Which means that somewhere in this country, buffalo are roaming around. Wtf, right? I thought they only existed in North America.
2. During the Khmer Rouge regime* in Cambodia, money was abolished. Cambodia essentially had no currency for 5 years. In 1979, when the regime came to an end, money (riel) was re-printed and literally GIVEN away to what remained of the population of Cambodia. The riel never really became popular though, and to this day, Cambodian people still prefer to use US dollars. (When I was in Cambodia, I thought people wanted me to use US dollars because I was a tourist, but nope. It’s literally just the normal currency.)
3. Cassettes are still hip in Thailand, and only 11.3% of the population has CD players
Spent the entire day in my office reading. Mostly documents about how to do business in Thailand, finances, the economy, blah blah. I don’t understand half of it. Luckily I brought Economics for Dummies with me.
Was given a Blackberry to use “for work”. It’s so ancient that it’s held together with scotch tape and the scroll button hardly works. Plus I have absolutely no idea how to use it.
Also got a swipe card to get in and out of the building. Went to the bathroom down the hall thinking that the swipe card would open the door to let me back in. It doesn’t. Got locked in the hallway and had to knock until a little Thai girl (who only ever speaks French to me) came to my rescue. Went to someone’s office to get the hallway code. He laughed at me, “I hear you got lost in the black hole. Be careful! We’ve lost a lot of interns in there.” Oopsie.
I get to speak French at work every now and then, which is cool. I can take my lunch break whenever I want (I ate deep fries bananas and a guava), and I finish work at 1 on Fridays. There are positives to this job, but I definitely don’t think it’s something I would ever want to do for a living.
*At some point, I’ll write a post about the Khmer Rouge regime, but essentially, Cambodian Hitler came into power (his name was Pol Pot), and his regime tortured and killed ONE QUARTER of the population of Cambodia. That’s MILLIONS of people, and he especially targeted the well-educated. If you go to Cambodia now, it’s very very rare to see anyone over the age of 40 (unless they’re a farmer), because so, so, so many people were murdered.