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Night Worker Ladies between pity and cost of living

I use the term "night worker ladies" (nightclub ladies) for women who work in the night entertainment business (pub, discotheque, nightclub, etc.) with the task of accompanying the guests to drink alcoholic beverages for pleasure and making them "happy" . Several venues in Indonesia use the term escort ladies or just "ladies". My friend from China called them 喝酒的女孩 (Hējiǔ de nǚhái). Their income is based on the number of hours gathered from accompanying their guests and tip money. At that time, I worked in one of the best nightclubs, with a position on the managerial level. I often saw several of them (night worker ladies) get reprimands from their superiors (usually called Momy) because they were absent. At one time, I asked one of them (who is often absent) just to know what the problem was. Our conversation was as follows (translated into English): Me: "Why are you often absent? I care for you. That's why I talked to you." (She looked dow

One Hour with Family

At one time I found a text-file in a computer that was used together. The file contents was as follows : A man back home from work, late, tired and irritated, and find his 5 years old son waiting for him at the door. Son : "Daddy, may I ask you a question?" Daddy : "Yeah sure, what is it?" Son : "Dad, how much do you earn for a hour?" Daddy : "That's none of your business, and why do you ask such a thing?" (daddy said with angry). Son : "I just want to know. Please tell me how much do you earn for an hour?" Daddy : "I make Rs. 500 an hour, so what the problem!" Son : "Ohh..." (the little boy replied, with his head down) Daddy : "Look up" Son : "Dad, may I please borrow Rs. 300?" The father was furious, and said : "If the only reason you ask to borrow some money is to buy a silly toy or other nonsense, then quickly go to your bedroom. Think why you are being so selfish. I work har

Chinese proverb about MONEY !

This is the proverb about money that I like the most. With MONEY we can buy a house, BUT NOT home-sweet-home. With MONEY we can buy a clock, BUT NOT time. With MONEY we can buy a bed, BUT NOT sleep-well. With MONEY we can buy books, BUT NOT knowledge. With MONEY we can buy good hospitalization, BUT NOT health. With MONEY we can buy a position, BUT NOT respect. With MONEY we can buy blood, BUT NOT life. With MONEY we can buy sex, BUT NOT love. I received this proverb by mail from my friend Steven. As a workaholic, I begin to wonder if money is something superior in this capitalist era, where many people are deifying money. This is in line to the saying: "money is the king". If you have read it word by word, then it is possible that this proverb has inspired you. Indeed, life needs money, but I think life more need the love of people around us especially family. Perhaps you also know many rich people whose life feel empty. Easy example of a couple who do not have children.