Ho Ching on decoding “Posting Pastor” and “Tanking Pager”

By March 11, 2021Covid-19, Local Life

TL;DR – Hint: These are the names of two famous places in Singapore!

Have you collected the fourth round of free masks from Temasek Foundation? No? You have three more days before the distribution ends on 14th March (Sunday) 23:59, so hurry!

Mdm Ho Ching is quite well-known for posting A LOT on Facebook. Although the bulk of her posts are resharing posts, she has been actively posting native contents in the past COVID-19 year. Not only does she share her thoughts and views, she also shares interesting behind-the-scenes of the initiatives that Temasek Foundation runs.

Lately, she’s been sharing about Singapore’s mask manufacturing capabilities and innovation, and also #StoriesFromTheGround and happenings @BehindTheScenes on her Facebook wall. I love it!

Just a few days, she posted a cute one about Uncle Tan who’s part of the ground operations crew for Temasek Foundation’s #StayMasked 4 campaign.

So Uncle Tan’s apparently part of the 60-men strong mask replenishment crew. There’s a fair bit of liaison and communication over Whatsapp as the men checked, updated and replenished the mask stocks.

However, English is not Uncle Tan’s first language, but hey, he ain’t gonna let that stop him from doing his job of updating the other members of the stock movements. Like Mdm Ho said,

He does not want to not try!

She then posted two Whatsapp messages from Uncle Tan. Can you decode what he was trying to say?

“Posting Pastor L got7ctn m got 5ctn s got 3cti XL 0 I top up L 5 can m 2ctn”

Decoded:
Potong Pasir: L size – 7 cartons; M – 5 cartons; S – 3 cartons. I will top up stock with 5 cartons of L and 2 cartons of M (based on machine consumption patterns).

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“Tanking pager m got 9 Can L got 4 Can S got 3 Can XL got 2 Can I top up L6 ctn”

Decoded:
Tanjong Pagar: M – 9 cartons; L – 4 cartons; S – 3 cartons; XL – 2 cartons. I will top up 6 cartons of L (based on machine consumption patterns).

Here’s Mdm Ho Ching’s post in full, in case you can’t see it.

Some of you may remember stories of Navajo Code Talkers who were part of the USA Marine Corps.

Well, we have our own code talkers too for our #StayMasked 4 campaign!

Yay!

Do you remember last Sunday (7 March 2021)?

It was ☔️ 🌧 ☔️ 🐈‍⬛ 🐈 🐱 and 🐩 🐕 🐶 across 🇸🇬 🇸🇬 🇸🇬 .

Rain 🌧 or Shine ⛅️ our operations crew on the ground never stops!

#WarehousetoMachines –
Yup, it never stops!

Our 60-man replenishment crew went about – wet shirts, wet pants, wet shoes – steadily and steadfastly 👏👏👏👍👍👍

Machine after machine, and back again to the warehouse to get the supplies out to the machines.

Machine after machine being restocked in the wet and cold, as families went about their Sunday routines.

Some of our crew ended the day with bloodied and blistered feet, some with bruised fingers.

As they said, the heartware of a team is more important than the hardware.

It is the resilience and determination of the crew that sees them through each day.

They come in all shapes and sizes.

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And they pretty soon pick up theor own codes and short hand msgs, as unflappable uncles and enthusiastic youngsters go about their tasks in the rain.

#NotForLaughs.

See some text from Uncle Tan.

English is not his first language, but he is sure game to try. as the other members update stock movements via WhatsApp. He does not want to not try!

It may take some decoding, but here goes!

“Posting Pastor L got7ctn m got 5ctn s got 3cti XL 0 I top up L 5 can m 2ctn”

“Tanking pager m got 9 Can L got 4 Can S got 3 Can XL got 2 Can I top up L6 ctn”

Easy peasy! ? 😅😂🤣😄😇😛😀

A team that knows each other, sticks together – stays together!

Our stocks monitoring crew and Temasek Foundation staff have learnt how to understand these messages well too! Easy peasy!

Potong Pasir: L size – 7 cartons; M – 5 cartons; S – 3 cartons. I will top up stock with 5 cartons of L and 2 cartons of M (based on machine consumption patterns).

Tanjong Pagar: M – 9 cartons; L – 4 cartons; S – 3 cartons; XL – 2 cartons. I will top up 6 cartons of L (based on machine consumption patterns).

The hardworking crew from Warburg and the project team from Temasek Foundation continue to go around during each day and often late into the night, or wee hours of the morning.

Say hi when you see them, and encourage them with both thumbs up!

👍👍💖💖👍👍

 

 

 

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