It was a fantastic trip on the whole – excellent weather (which we totally lapped up by spending more than half our time on board on the top deck), free-flow desserts (ooh-la-la) and excellent company.
More on the trip later in a second blog post. Today, I’d like to share about this little impromptu project I was up to while I was on board, which I call #onboardpostitproject.
After boarding the ship, I suddenly became curious about the livelihood of the crew who worked on board. I had some free time in between and thankfully, 3G connection (was still in Singapore’s waters then) so I managed to read up a little online.
Was pretty disheartened to discover about the cramped living conditions (below the waterline, no less) and the long hours put in by the lower-ranked crew (particularly the housekeeping and dining room crew) and began racking my brains about how I could minimally, add a smile to their day while I was on board.
The post-it project came about randomly as I was walking down the long corridors to our stateroom. Initially, I thought of pasting random post-its on my fellow travellers’ doors to say hello. Then, I decided it’d be too creepy. Then, I remembered what I read earlier that day and realized, hey – why not direct some of those cheerful/funny messages at them instead?
Upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur on Day 2 – I began my mission of scouting around for post-it notes and markers. Seached several stationery stores in The Pavilion but to no avail. Daiso eventually came to my rescue when we were at Sungei Wang (another shopping mall).
Back on board the ship later that day, armed with a stack of post-it notes and a packet of markers, I gleefully set about #onboardpostitproject.
Not all the post-its are documented, unfortunately. About 3 of them were left unphotographed because I forgot. And I was “testing the waters” with the first couple of post-its, so I just stuck them on … and scooted off quickly (just in case anyone saw me).
The first target was obviously, our stateroom. I’m pretty sure our housekeeper laughed when he saw this.
Just because I am fully aware that as a traveller, we (possibly) lose all right to privacy (within a reasonable limit, of course) where our personal belongings are concerned, and are quite liable to have our baggages opened and checked post check-in without our knowledge.
And because I hate having people rummage through my stuff because (by my standards) absolutely no one is as neat as I can be. Plus, laziness usually prevails and these people just might leave my stuff in an absolute mess.
Friendly message to security officials.
Just in case you are experiencing trouble reading the text in the image:
OH HELLO (:
If you (anyone else except me) are reading this, you are possibly inspecting my bag for security.
One request – please put my things back where they belong when you’re done with your inspection because I am really anal about tidiness.
THANK YOU (:
Dearest security officials at Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport and Vancouver International Airport – please be nice to my belongings. Kthxbai.
I’ll be flying off in less than eight hours. Until then!