elyse: (showing teeth: weeekk!)
Let's talk about work a little bit. My business, that is.
In my line of work, I deal mostly with weddings.
So the clients are those who are going to wed.

Now, although most of my clients are good people, there are some annoying clients (such is life, isn't it?).
But thank God, during our 5 years of running the business (and more than 50 clients a year), there were only less than 10 problematic clients that needed special care / attention.
What I hate the most, though, is the type of clients who are "chickens". I don't know what they're afraid of, but they don't act professionally. Let me elaborate: as a client, you're welcome to say that you don't want our service (for any reason, but mostly due to the our pretty high price). Just say so! But since they are chickens, they just choose to disappear in the air (not picking up the call, not replying to sms or email, etc). I and my partner are not the type who run after clients & push them, because we know it's annoying! We're the type who choose to wait silently. But sometimes, there are certain occasions where we need to follow up or confirm the deal. And guess what.... ta-da! They can't be reached.

Honestly, I don't really care about them not using our service. We're pretty well-known to the point of people actually seeking for us. We don't put advertisements anywhere, we don't join any exhibitions, but people always manage to find & call us. So we're not in a situation where we desperately need clients. And we're not afraid of rejections, mind you.

It's just that I really hate this kind of mentality. Indonesian or Asian mentality, you might say. Westerners are very straightforward & professional. And although in the first place I'm a pretty straightforward person, my US education background has made me even more straightforward. Worry not, though, my straightforwardness has been toned down quite a lot since I went back to Jakarta for good 6 years ago. But still I get annoyed whenever Indonesians choose to chicken out & flee. Really.... what are you afraid of!? O_O
elyse: (morning musume: risa - yellow sunset)
What was the last wedding you went to? Were you in the wedding?

Last wedding reception attended: 7-7-07! (July 7, 2007)
Last wedding ceremony attended: July 8.

I was neither the guest in any of the weddings. You should already know why... Because I work on weddings. Y'know, I go to weddings like 4 times in a month, sometimes more sometimes less... and so far, I was almost never the guest.

Let me enlighten you a bit. 
I'm the owner (together with my 3 partners-in-crime) of a music organizer (the company is called "Fleur de Lis") for events, such as weddings. I provide the choir, entertainment, and MC for those events. Usually I sing with my choir on wedding ceremonies. As for wedding receptions, I only supervise (that means: wearing nice dress, eating & drinking lots, and people-watching :P while also making sure the event goes as planned --> making sure the music & MC do their job). Nice, isn't it? Actually going to hundreds of weddings in the last 4 years is SO boring.... it's always the same routine, only different couple. We, vendors, are getting BLEH with weddings (especially the reception). And there are still so many more to attend! O_O

Next wedding ceremony to attend: July 14 --> sing with my choir.
Next wedding ceremony & reception to attend, and this time I won't be working (but not the guest, either): July 27 --> my bestfriend's wedding! (She's also a fellow Fleur de Lis music organizer owner -- my first partner-in-crime). Actually I'll be one of the bridesmaids.

I hope I won't feel indifferent when it's time for my own wedding...


"There are those relationships that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous..."
~ Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City)

May 2010


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