I was so tired after the meeting yesterday. I thought before my head’s spinning I better returned to the hotel. So, by around 6:30PM I already held a ticket from Taman Jaya station to KL Sentral station.
While I was queueing to slot my ticket to the automatic admission machine, I saw a lady that I thought I knew from my studying at ITB. Yet, I told myself that I could be wrong.
I climbed the stairs to the platform and when I approached the sitting bench this lady screamed my name. Good that there were only I, she, and her friend in the platform. *smile* She has a good memory, at least she still recalls my name, when I totally forgot hers. (Sorry, Yul)
Thank God for this. She told me that her Malaysia counterparts told her to use Taman Jaya station instead of Asia Jaya station. Otherwise, we wouldn’t meet in that station. What a nice coincidence. (Aduh, kalo di Toronto, langsung beli 649 atau Super 7 deh. Siapa tau menang, he, he, he,…).
We exchanged business cards and mobile numbers. (Only then I remembered that she’s Yuli from Chemical Engineering. Yes, Yuli and I graduated from ITB and we rented rooms at Cikapayang 3.) She’s still working for P&G. The last time I met her was in Japan while she worked for P&G Japan and I worked for WACOS, a Japanese engineering consultant.
Sesudah itu aku merasa semua orang yang ada dalam kereta ke KL Sentral seakan tidak ada. Kami saling bertukar cerita. Tak terasa sampailah kami di KL Sentral. Hotel yang kami tuju bersebelahan. Aku kembali ke Le Meridien, Yuli ke Hilton. Dia masih ada diskusi bersama P&G tentang hasil riset produk di Hilton. Kami berpisah di lorong yang memisahkan Le Meridien dan Hilton dan berjanji besok akan makan malam bersama.
Tonight I met Yuli and her family (her husband Tony, her daugther Mariska who is 12 years old and her son Joshua who is 9). We had dinner together at Dome in KLCC. We kept updated on each other’s life, on the the circle of friends that we have (Nina in Sydney, Nani in Canada, Martha in Singapore, etc.). I heard the sad story about one of our friends too. It seemed 3 hours were not enough. We finished our dinner and continued our chatting on a bench on the fifth floor of KLCC while her husband and children were looking around (so we can have the time just for ourselves). *smile*
She shared with me the working environment in China – she worked for P&G in Guangzhou for 3 years and for P&G Beijing in the last 7 years. Setia lo ye, Yul. And, I know why… Well, P&G is one of the best company to work in the world. But, the competition is tough too. It’s either you’re up or out. They recruit only the best and demand the best from their employees. One better looks for other job if one has been rated 3 in 3 consecutive years – for middle-senior positions it’s 3 in 2 consecutive years. However, the pay is really good. She said during the 90s any expatriates (whether you’re caucasian or not) working in P&G China were entitled to get USD3,000 per family travel monthly, or USD36,000 per year. What?! Yang lainnya, off the record yah… abis nanti pada ngiri deh, he, he,…
She’s now the head of Asia Fabric Care for R&D Department. Her job is to bridge consumer’s needs to R&D people – so, they can deliver what consumers want. I jokingly said that I’d like a heads up if she needs a person who has experience in both consumers and HR. *smile*
I am so glad that I bumped into her yesterday! If anything under the sky happens for a reason… what a reason can it be for us?