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PNG time


I wake up, 7:50 already
Boss expects me in office at eight
Time for cup of coffee first
PNG time

I arrive at office at 9:30
Clients all lined up waiting
They can wait, I just arrived
PNG time

I’ll serve them now
It’s round about ten
Still OK
PNG time

Serve clients for an hour and a half
It’s 11:35 now
Lunch time looms
PNG time

Put ‘Close for Lunch’ on my station
Text friends at buai market
Then move to join them
PNG time

We chew and smoke and crack jokes
Go to the newly opened
Second hand shop
PNG time

It’s 1:15
Lunch hour gone
Should be in office but still OK
PNG time

Arrive at office at 1:50
Clients still waiting to be served
Need to freshen up first
PNG time

Serve clients for an hour and a half
Time really seems to drag
21 more minutes before 4:06 & home
PNG time


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Lapieh Landu

So true.

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