I’m the type of person who just loves working. I wouldn’t mind not sleeping for days nor the salary as long as I’m enjoying my job. Ever since I have graduated college, I have been fortunate to have stressful and yet enjoyable occupations. My ABS-CBN job which nearly killed me with demanding undertakings --- all the same taught me so much about life outside school. Then there was my MYX job, which continued the torturing by passing on taxing responsibilities --- and yet I still love doing. Now that I’m working in Knott’s Berry Farm, everything’s just all the same. My job may not be physically tiring, but the pressure in what I am expected to perform is so nerve-racking. Providentially (just like with my first two jobs) there are pleasant people who amazingly relieves me from anxiety. This time, with Knott’s…
The Amicable Big Boss:
Ms. Vanessa --- who I never thought was actually Ms Vanessa until people started calling her Ms. Vanessa (confused?). All I knew then was that a certain Vanessa is the Manager of our Guest Services department. I was also told during the orientation that we would rarely see her. Astonishingly, while I was selling tickets during my first day (without a trainer), she replaced my ticket booth-mate (who got really ill) and started selling tickets herself. I only found out that she was Big Boss Vanessa when her walkie talkie started screaming her name. She confirmed my bewilderment by answering back: “Vanessa here.” Imagine that.
My Jack-of-all-trades Supervisors:
Ms Mabelle, the daunting and yet very approachable superior who remarkably appears in less expected places --- leaving me fretful most of the time. Ms Briana, who enlightened me with the importance of the paper shredder (which was also the first time I ever saw and used one). Who would have thought that paper shredding is a whole lot of fun. Honestly, not intending to be sarcastic or anything, I really enjoyed watching heavy piles of paper revolutionize into almost weightless strips. Mr. John, my only male supervisor who accidentally made me, once again, attend an orientation I already got to… thus introducing me to Ms Briana… thus, the paper shredder. He, like the other two, makes it a point that there is a proper/open supervisor-supervised employee communication, consequently alleviating work afflictions.
My firm always-on-the-go kill-if-needed happy Shift Leaders:
There’s Danny who somehow enjoys baffling people with the help of his well mastered poker/serious face. The very calm shift leader who (unconsciously) takes pleasure in taking pens from ticket sellers. Then there’s the overwhelming and yet affable Stephen, whose presence always reminded me of my first out of balance. Ms Debbie, the considerate easy to talk to shift leader whom I admire the most. The charming and ever busy Brittany and the cuddly likable Roseanne. Shift leader Nathan, whom I seldom see and mystical Gilbert who happens to know every answer to every question there may be (and whose eyebrows I so love).
My loving Mother-Trainer:
Karen --- who really guided us unconditionally. I cant help but hug her every time I see her for she also reminds me of my mom whom I miss the most.
My sweet wholesome aren’t-you-intimidated DAs
Ms Paula --- who never failed to frighten us (in person and even in the phone), yet appreciated us all the same. The pleasant Ms Nadine --- whom I just met.
My new friends:
Matthew, my batch mate. Chipmunk Brande with her 10 year old vocals. The ever funny Lacedrigra, who enjoys fashion design the same as I do. The very friendly, and chatty, Katrina who always had a smile. The psycho killer Monica who just enjoys tormenting me. The soft spoken Joanna Hall, side-splitting Diego, easy-going Kris and the good-humored Paulina. Pearl lover Sandra and Anime fan Stephanie. The lovable Ms. Shirleys (of Park Admission and Guest Relations), Ms Yvette and Ms Jean. The Darling, Ms Jacqueline. Doll-faced Lauren and Godfather Ray. And of course Ryan, the guy who hired me and my first trainer Michelle.
I so love my job.