My promotion

Filed in Current Affairs

( Fiction; ie, it's imagined, made up, invented, sort of, and it's not about me! )

eight fifteen a.m. just enough time to say my prayers before going to the office, only if we cut across the lanes into the exit though. if we had to go all the way down to the bottom and back up the other side to get to the car park entrance, I'd be late for work. crossing the white lines may be illegal but I can afford the fines.

prayers are all done. time to get to the office. things have changed a lot recently. I thought I'd be retiring soon. had to get that big project all organised so that I'd have a decent salary to fall back on after retirement. if it wasn't for all those noisy buggers complaining about the way the project was set up for bidding, it would've been finished by now too. oh well, doesn't matter anymore now that I've got this big promotion coming up. I'd dreamed about it but just didn't think it'd actually happen, or come so soon. all that shoe polishing finally paid off.

some of the shareholders really don't want to see me promoted but it'll happen anyway. I've heard from top management that all eight hundred shareholders will be contacted directly and asked about their nomination intentions. if they don't nominate me, their personal business prospects will be dubious. I'd like to see their faces when they begin receiving those phone calls. aren't open ballots great?

nominations went through. not a single nomination for any other candidate. no way the promotion's going to anyone else now. still got to make it look official though so I'll have to look surprised and happy when I 'officially' hand in my nomination application, all prettied up in that nice blue box with a ribbon around it. my secretary did a good job with that. not bad at all. it'll look good on tele.

promotion's official. I begin work in the new position today. this'll be fun but I'll have to work out something to keep the nay-sayers and trouble-makers in line. I'm sure top management have their opinions and methods, and my friends should have more than a few suggestions that'll help too. at least I don't have to worry about my salary anymore. this position pays top dollar and the additional investments I'll be able to make will guarantee a comfortable retirement when I'm ready for it.

this'll be an interesting four years indeed.

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23 Responses to “My promotion”
  1. Betty says:

    Congratulations!!!! What are you referring to as your top new position? You work outside of acting for TVB? Does that mean you're not going to be acting again? Sorry, I'm a bit confused .

  2. sapphire says:

    Mr Ho, excuse me! Could I ask you a silly question? Is this story for real?

  3. Derrick says:

    I sense some bitterness in this post, but I am glad that everything worked out and you got the promotion. Just remember, you don't have to adhere to what other people say, just do your job and these so called "naysayers" will eventually realize that you're a perfect candidate and that you completely deserved the promotion.

  4. 河國榮 says:

    hey guys.

    it's fiction. it's not real. or is it? you'll have to think about the story and probably know something about Hong Kong's current situation to understand it.

    I've added a statement to the beginning of the story so that everyone knows it's fiction ;-)

  5. Sam says:

    It sounds so much like the story of Donald Tsang, who, being a Cathoic, prays every morning.....and just recently got "promoted"....

    am i right?

  6. Sam says:

    sorry for the typo in my last post, it should be "Catholic" obviously....

    BTW, great political satire, Greg!
    haha...

    Sam

  7. sapphire says:

    How dare you! Fortunately my IQ is very high.
    But I wish this story had happened to you. Definitely this is too good to be true to anyone eh?

  8. sapphire says:

    Anyone try to fool me over there? How come my post suddenly disappeared? And suddenly back to normal?

  9. asget says:

    Only its not 4 years for Donald is it? Wasn't it 2?

  10. Emily says:

    Hi Mr. Ho, I said HELLO to you at a shopping mall today.

    Very very happy and excited...hahaha...

    Tell you one thing, my surname is "Ho" too...We are in the same family...Hohoho...

  11. 河國榮 says:

    Asget, I haven't kept up with the news. weren't they trying to get a full term for the next chief executive rather than serving the remainder of the current term and then beginning a completely new term?

    Emily, at the APM cinema?

  12. Arthur Heng says:

    Hmm, this story weirdly reminds me of a movie "About Schmidt"... a bit too short tho, I like your doggie stories better =) Anyway, keep it up =)

  13. sapphire says:

    我從Jessica Magazine 個 site 得知七月份那本雜誌己經出版啦!但我在這裡行遍整個唐人街都冇這本書買(其他大部份的港產雜誌都有),所以我可否跟你 ”八” 下你個訪問大約係講甚麼?Food, fashion, your career or family?

    Btw, 我曾經在 2001 年 9 月你在 ”忽然一週” 的訪問中見過你小時侯的 BB 仔相片,你當時只有四隻門牙,相當有趣!其實似 BB 女多 D, 因為你當時穿著裙子。河小弟弟著裙,實為世界八大奇景之一!
    (哈哈!今次在這裡 “爆” 你小時侯的笑話,當做 break even 啦,誰叫你前晚在毫冇事先通知及提示下在你個Blog寫篇 fiction 來 ”整蠱” 我們四小時多。)

  14. 細細粒 says:

    河國榮! 我好鍾意你以前唱果首『土佬Johnny』呀~~真係好正呀!!
    另外『守望你』都好好聽架~~可惜已經搵唔返City Bit隻碟喇 :(

  15. Emily says:

    Hi Mr. Ho,

    Yeah, we met at the APM mall yesterday ar... ( I thought I can't disclose the name here -__-")
    I told my friends and they were very excited too...

    Will you write a book about yourself? It should be wonderful and please let me know if you need any help, like translation, proof-reading etc. I volunteer...

  16. 河國榮 says:

    Sapphire, remind me. I'll post a scan of the article *one month after* the release date of the magazine so that it doesn't interfere with the sales of the magazine.

  17. 河國榮 says:

    細細粒, that's John, not me. I was never in City Beat. if you visit Tai Po, you might run into him. I think that's where he lives. by the way, his Cantonese is far better than mine ;-)

  18. Jess says:

    haha, i want to see the picture Sapphire talked about =)

  19. Sam says:

    細細粒,
    Greg was right. City Beat's lead singer was John Laudon(劉諾生).

    Sam

  20. sapphire says:

    預先多謝你的 scan copy,我會在八月初提醒你。

    我見到你讚別人的廣東話比你好,其實你都好 “犀利”。
    我兩晚前在這裡的中文電視台看到你的舊作品”翡翠戀曲”,你在戲裡用廣東話連續不停的罵陳彗珊及邵美祺差不多有二三十秒那麼久,(因為他們賣假玉器給你),你當時的罵人速度好像 AK47 那麼快,所以我話你的廣東話都好唔簡單。

  21. Vicky says:

    How nice! It has just the right balance of humour and seriousness!

  22. asget says:

    Gregory, I think they did try to get him a full term of 4 years but unsuccessfully.

    曾蔭權的任期將到2007年6月30日。

    PS: Keep up with the great work, hopefully I will get to see your performance in 情迷黑森林 on TVBJ here in Australia.

  23. 阿才 says:

    我先前0係一個醫生度睇到本雜誌,知道你有一個個人網之後,就一直好想搵呀!
    search左一大輪終於search到喇!我好支持你架!你做戲好好!要繼續努力呀!