Friday, September 19, 2008

And that's why we call him 'Mr Indian Embassy'

Today my boyfriend made an interesting phone call to the Indian embassy hotline:

-Hello! I am calling to ask about visas.
-Wait a minute.

(screaming in Chinese in the background)

-I am sorry, the person you are looking for is not here. Can you give us your name and we will call you back?
-Eh... sure.. but just to make sure... this is the Indian Embassy right??
-Okay Mr Indian Embassy! We will call you back as soon as we can! Bye!
(hangs up the phone)

What the f*** just happened?!?!!

(FYI: it WAS the Indian embassy indeed. Someone else from my bf's company called back 5 min later just to make sure)


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Anonymous said...

Hahaha! It’s stuff like this that makes me miss Shanghai so much! Really looking forward to heading back there in a couple of months!

Love your blog! Keep up the great work Jonna!

Jonna Wibelius said...

T -I'm so glad to hear u like my blog, so thanks a lot for your comment, it made me smile! :) Yeah it's funny how much u can experience just by making some phone calls here in China... ;)

Great to hear u r heading back, and during winter as well. I personally prefer Shanghai during the winters.. sure, a bit cold but not too bad... (nothing compares to where I come from anyways) and u can actually walk around without having to sweat (half) to death.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree! I've never been during summer, but from what I've heard, it can be very humid.

I was actually born in Shanghai, but moved with my family to Australia when I was five. I try to head back every couple of years, and I'm amazed by the change and progress every time! Shanghai is such a dynamic and exciting city; I'd love to have the opportunity to work there one day! I really regret not continuing with studying Chinese, and I really admire people like you, with no background in Chinese whatsoever, who put everything into learning the language :D.

Jonna Wibelius said...

T -How about your parents? Do they never speak Chi to u? Do u reckon it would it be hard for u to learn it? I'm sure u'll get a chance to work in Shanghai in the future if u want to -it's the city of possibilities!

As for putting everything into learning Chinese (gosh I never realised how... big/crazy/devoted that sounds...) -I can only hope that it eventually pays off!