My brief embarassment

Murphy’s law is an adage which states: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”

This embarassing incident happened many years ago when we were in Hong Kong for a holiday. Whenever I mentioned this to Carment, she will again and again laughed at me!

Now, how do i put it in words for you to comprehend? Let’s fast forward to the day of departing back home.

Whilst waiting for boarding at Hong Kong airport, we decided to window shop for a while when to my utter horror, I saw a cloth sticking out from my jean’s hem!

What was it? My mind was running wild when all of a sudden it dawn on me, the foreign cloth was actually my brief!!


What did i do? Putting on an innocent look (my face was red by now) I bravely  dislodged the “strayed” brief and expertly tucked it into my pocket and walked away. I didnt  look to my left and right but I was pretty sure there were onlookers giving me disgusted stares!

How did it happened? I can only deduced to the fact that the night before, I forgot to put away my soiled brief into laundry bad. It somehow lodged itself along the legroom area when I put on my jeans and decided to have its own mind.

It travelled all the way down to the hem  area and decided to rear its ugly head at an appropriate timing!

When I told ney, she laughed her head off before asking me, “how come you didn’t feel anything when putting on the jeans?”.

Honestly, I didn’t feel anything at all.

Murphy's law

Murphy's law



Old school

I first came across a hotel key rack system when I worked at Mandarin Singapore in year 1989. That was exactly a good 20 years ago.

Basically, it is a rack where all room keys are placed in individual slots. The slots are numbered according to room numbers.

Now, how do we know which rooms are Vacant clean (VC) or occupied? Easy. Each slots come with 2 lights. Green means the room is Vacant and red means the room is occupied. Told you, its easy.

It was really a tedious job whereby receptionists have to update the status of all the slots on every shifts. And I am talking about a thousand slots!!

I thought this “technology” is obsolete until now. My current place has key rack system, to place room keycards as well as TV remote controls. 

Why is that so, is beyond my ken. Then again, I have no complaint as it worked well thus far. Why reinvent the wheels? 

Some guests do ask, why do they need to call reception counter for a TV remote control?

Do bear in mind, the type of guests we have here, is of different breed.

When they see TV remote control, they take back home

When they see new pillows, they stain it with blood

When they see new blankets, they make a hole with cigarette butts.

When they see stainless steel cloth hook, they dismantle it

When they see new bed divan, they slice it open (to place drug inside)

When they see water sprinkler, they cover it with tissue paper (afraid that it might be a remote CCTV!)

The list goes on…