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05 September 2008

English Girl in AirAsia

By Katherine

I think a lot of people in the office were unsure of me when I first arrived…at 6 ft I towered above most of my new fellow colleagues and it was maybe a little daunting? I’m not sure. Either way they were very welcoming and happy to chat with me and ask me questions about me and my life…and there were some interesting ones….

Here, it’s absolutely acceptable to ask someone their age – in UK it is not so polite to ask a lady her age – but it didn’t bother me too much; I’m not quite old enough to feel the need to hide my age. Well, I thought this until a lot of people started thinking I was 30, married with children…ahem…that’s adding 8 years onto my life and I’m definitely not in a rush to start a family just yet.

Is it because I’m tall? Or maybe because my IC number is my passport number which starts with ‘7050…’ and could be mistaken for my date of birth?

I must say I am amazed at how YOUNG everyone looks here. There’s everyone thinking I’m 30 when I’m actually 22 and I think everyone is in their early 20’s when in fact they are older than they look.

My attempts at picking up some Bahasa Malaysia have gone down pretty well I think. Certainly a chuckle here and there in the staff lounge when I ask for “Nasi sikit, ayam, kuah”. And then I throw around a “boleh” here and there and everyone laughs…I hope in a nice way?!

Quite often on my wonderings around the airport I pass by locals and I hear them saying; “Hello miss, welcome to Malaysia! You are very long!” or “Hello, you are very high!” (Instead of very tall) – Always makes me smile!

All in all I feel very much a part of Malaysia and the AirAsia family and thoroughly enjoy working in this fun and friendly environment which is maybe even a little crazy – but it works for me!

  • Amir Faezal

    That’s Malaysian hospitality la Kate (that’s another useful Malaysian word). We ask very probing questions just in case we have something in common failing which we can always bank on “so you support MU is it?”

  • Datin

    Yes… and you make me look like a midget next to you (it really does not help at all with the fact that I am the shortest in the department). Annnnyway … its cool to have you around, ever since you start the Running club, you help me get back in shape and lead a healthier lifestyle by giving me expert advice on exercise regimes and nutritious diets (the right way to look fit and fabulous)~ now that I can squeeze back in my little black dress ~ what can I say ~terima kasih mat salleh (thank you english girl!)

  • Anand

    ‘Hello, you are very high!’ – that’s hilarious Kate!

  • Joko

    Hi Kate…you are not only young but also beautiful :)

  • Katherine

    Dear Joko…why thank you!

  • Safina

    Kate! When I fist met you I said to myself “Thank God there’s another tall girl in the company”.
    The best part – the trainees thought I am not a Malaysian!

  • Govendan

    Kate, you have made the right choice as AirAsia is going to fly everywhere.Enjoy your job n travel the most.

  • Panda

    Hi Kate!!! Welcome to the Gang!!!!
    I will bring you Thai noodle and Tammarine when I visit LCCT next time….