Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Singapore Chicken Soup for the Soul

One of my ex-colleagues told me a story the other day that was so incredibly moving I just have to share it.

Especially since I have just made the incredibly difficult decision not to share the 10 coconut mochi and 10 tapioca cakes that I bought from that rather well-reputed stall in Maxwell Market.

There isn't enough to go around for everyone in my office, although it is far too much for 1 person to eat. Just to make sure that no one feels left out, I'm going to force myself to eat it all.

But anyway. So my ex-colleague is in the office through the Christmas season and her supervisor shows up one morning with 4 mince pies. I don't know what a mince pie is, but apparently it is a sweet pie about 2 - 3 inches in diameter and reasonably popular with the British. Her supervisor sets the mince pies on my colleague's desk and asks her to share these mince pies with "everyone around". Unfortunately, the immediate vicinity comprised not less than 10 adult persons.

"How should I divide this up" asked my colleague.

"Why don't you cut the pies up", suggested her supervisor. "I'm sure no one can finish 1 pie by themselves. Just cut each one up into 4 pieces, and share it out with everyone in this section."

My colleague recalled to her supervisor a similar incident in the past when she had, at the request of the same individual, patiently cubed a few tiny pastries for an audience much larger than the baker intended. Unfortunately, it left her with a desk of unappetizing crumbly shapeless mini-pastries which everyone rejected, leaving her with a pile of crumbs and flakes.

All right, said the supervisor. Please give the mince pies to the following individuals, A, B and C. You can keep one for yourself.

Ten minutes later, she gets called into the supervisor's room. Supervisor has just received a surprise Christmas gift from persons D and E, who work on a different floor. In front of D and E, supervisor asks her, didn't I give you some mince pies to distribute to everyone? Did you give some to D and E?

I think this is proper justification for my eating everything myself don't you think.


At 8:45 PM, Blogger gremlin said...

sounds like you. sneaky b****!

At 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given such a supervisor, i am not surprised that your ex-colleague fired the Firm.

How did you survive? :)

At 2:48 PM, Blogger knobby said...

it isn't just sufficient justification, i think you're being incredibly considerate to all your colleagues. you need to give yourself more credit. i mean, think about it: if you began playing favourites with your cakes and mochi, how bad would people feel? the ones who got some would feel guilty about the ones who didn't and the ones who didn't would feel guilty about eyeing the cakes with their beady, greedy eyes. and you'd be stuck in the middle holding people's hands trying to assuage all these guilty consciences, feeling guilty yourself for not really succeeding. it's all very simple: don't share. i am so happy to see how principled you are about this.

At 12:21 AM, Blogger k@Ye_ said...

Not being selfish lah... Come on the queue for the mochi & cake is long, u deserves them!

At 12:41 AM, Blogger knobby said...

yes, i agrees. you does deserves them.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger weeCloud said...

Haha...This my first time reading your blog and I think I like you already.

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Past Expiry said...


Chicken soup themed cartoon for your blog !

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