Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Emancipation of Fiji

Fiji, officially the Republic of the Fiji Islands, is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Vanuatu, west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu. The country occupies an archipelago of about 322 islands, of which 106 are permanently inhabited; in addition, there are some 522 islets. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for some 87% of the total population. The name Fiji is the old Tongan word for the islands, which is in turn derived from the Fijian name Viti.

It's 3 a.m.

I just came from the office. My last day as an employee there. I surendered my headset, ID, access card, insurance card. Emptied my locker as well.

I did not bother to say goodbye to my former teammates and my friends. I simply did not want to make any fuss.

Fiji is over. Emancipated.

When we were asked for our phone names, I listed about 20 names, mostly that of my male friends and uncles. My first month at the floor my name was Tom (which workforce selected from among the list I made), which is the name of my friend in Davao.

With the pretty voice *wink* that I have, it always confused callers that someone who sounds female on the other end of the phone bears the name Tom. Frequently, they assume that my name is Pam. There are times though when I need to explain that I am a HE, which takes so much time and totally unecessary to begin with.

So I decided to get my self a more neutral name. Working in a travel account, I figured it would be better if my name is something geographical. My first choice for my new name is Sydney and Venice. From my four proposed names though, only Java and Fiji were available (our names should be unique among all other agents of the account).

Thus the birth of Fiji.

Callers were amused most of the time. The amusement factor was more resounding however among the people in the account (or my co-agents). In no time, people were calling me Fiji. And somehow I was pleased as well when my alter-ego became more prominent.

I was Fiji the Fag, a monicker of my own making. Short of a fantasy.

And so now I set Fiji free on account of my demise from the company.

I would take this opportunity to thank the people who made this Fiji experience a totally wonderful one.

> To Jules. Gurl you know how you mean to me. You are such an amazing treasure found.
> To my teammates in Tone's team. Go go go!
> To my batchmates in E105-A. Keep the birds rocking despite our dwindling numbers.
> To my trainers Nikki and Aubrey. I so admire your dedication.
> To Tone. Keep it pouting girl!
> To Yoan, my last sup. You have been most kind and sweet.
> To Philline. God, you were such a blessing during my first days on the floor.
> To Princess (Jules, here we go. Sorry!)... I had fun stealing glances at you.
> To all the sups who helped me when I was grappling with the account. Whew! Thanks for the patience.
> To the company. Thanks for the chance. I have nothing but an amazing experience working there.

I love you all bitches! See you around!


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