which reminds me...
of my recent visit to Kuala Terengganu and Kapas Island with my children, where we encounterd the whole gamut of toileting fashions, from the luxurious at the hotel in Kuala Terengganu, to the normal sit-down at Captain's Longhouse on Pulau Kapas and the amazing hole-in-the-floorboards style at Awi's Yellowhouse on Pulau Duyong...
Honestly.... it was a perfect round-shape cut into the floorboards of an open-air bathroom.
Awi's Yellowhouse is a rustic budget-class digs built on a wooden platform structure on the banks of the Terengganu River. A number of thatch-roofed huts on the platform make up the guest-accomodation, ranging from double rooms, to single quarters and a dorm.
There is a basic kitchen where guests can fix a simple meal but what's quaint is that the bathroom is kampong-style of the sixties - with only a shower fixture and a hole in the floor for the water, etc to drain into the river below. I remember my grandfather's kampong house which had a large bathroom in almost similar design where privacy was provided by just the four walls and your batik or pelikat sarong - no roof. Almost similar because it was a little more modern, set on ground level, with cement floor and yes, decent drainage.
Anyway Awi Yellowhouse is where my third son Azeim is putting up while he undergoes his internship with a couple of boatbuilders there. When we visited, the place was clean and tidy and the evening air was breezy from the sea.
We met Azizah and her crew who were on long-term stay while supervising the construction of their vessels; last I heard Azeim is having a whale of a time in the company of these sea-farer types. I hope he remembers to learn from them as well.
Oh yes, back to the unemployed man who applies for the position of a toilet-cleaner at Microsoft...
He is interviewed by the HR Chief and subjected to a battery of employment tests.
The HR Chief tells him: Congratulations, you got the job! Just give me your e-mail address so that I can send you an employment package and let you know when to start work.
The man is distraught…
He has no choice but to tell the HR Chief that he has no computer and therefore no e-mail.
The HR Chief tells him that, if he has no e-mail address, he virtually does not exist and therefore cannot hold a job.
The man leaves in a desperate mood. He is down to his last $10 with no job in sight. He sees a supermarket and decides to buy a 10 lb box of strawberries.
He starts out making door to door calls , selling those strawberries by the pound. Within 2 hours, he manages to double his capital. He repeats the deal 3 times more and goes home with $60 in his pocket.
He comes to see that he can survive this way.
He starts every day earlier and goes home later every day, tripling or quadrupling his money every day.
Before long, he buys a wheelbarrow so he can buy and sell more strawberries. After a while, he is able to buy a truck and eventually becomes the owner of a fleet of delivery trucks with several employees working for him.
He adds other produce items to his deliveries.
5 years go by…
The man is now the owner of one of the largest food chains in the United States.
He starts thinking about the future for him and his family and decides to buy some life insurance. He calls an agent and selects a good policy. The agent asks him for his e-mail address to send him a confirmation of the policy.
The man tells him that he doesn’t have an e-mail address!
That is incredible, says the agent. You have no e-mail but you built this large empire! Can you imagine where you would be if you had an e-mail address?
The man briefly thinks and then answers:
I WOULD BE A TOILET CLEANER AT MICROSOFT!
Moral 1 of the story:
The internet does not solve all the problems in our lives!
Moral 2 of the story:
When you have no e-mail but work hard, you can become a millionaire!
Moral 3 of the story: You received this story by e-mail/internet. Therefore you are closer to cleaning toilets than to being a millionaire!
Finally, did The Beatles have e-mail?