For the past few days, I have been calling a few people in Singapore to enquire about rooms to let.
I saw one which seems quite good, but there was not much information in the advert. Even the cost of rent was not stated.
Obviously, I called to find out more. D is me; the owner is 0.
D: May I know what is the minimum rent you are looking for?
O: Well, it all depends on how cute you are.
D: (I was like, WTF?) Err ... you mean the cuter I am, the cheaper the rent?
O: Maybe. Because I have a few options. There are two bedrooms, one master bedroom and another common room. I am in the master bedroom and I am looking for someone cute to share the room with. The less cute one can stay in the other room.
O: Would you prefer to stay on your own or sharing with someone?
D: No preference actually. But I think staying with someone else is bit more difficult, as both have to accomodate each other.
O: Of course, of course. So how young are you?
D: Mm ... 25.
O: Where would you be working?
D: Near Robinson Road.
O: Is this your first time working abroad? Coming to Singapore to work?
D: Errr, this is really strange. I have not had anyone asked me all these questions before.
O: This is all part of understanding the tenant. It's normal to ask.
D: So can I ask you back a few questions?
O: Yeah, go ahead.
D: Are you the owner of the place?
O: Yes, I am. What is your budget anyway?
D: About 400. Maybe a little more than that is still OK.
O: I see.
D: How old are you?
O: You mean how young?
D: Err ... yeah.
O: What do you think?
D: Erm ... about 30.
O: More than 30. A mature man, a little bit more mature than you.
Then he went on to tell me that as he will be moving into this new place of his, his room in his parents' house, a HDB flat, would be vacant. He also said that for 400, that would be more suitable for my budget.
In additon, he also mention that he's not completely moving out of his parents' place, as he would be staying there on weekdays. On weekend, he would be at his new place.
It was all very confusing.
O: Do you have an online profile? Sgboy or fridae?
D: Why do you ask?
O: I want to have an idea how you look like.
D: (can't you wait till at least when I arrange for a viewing of the condo?) Errrm, it's ******* on Fridae.
O: What is that again?
Then the line was disconnected.
I am not sure whether he actually got my online profile nickname, but it didn't seem like it.
When I told CF about what happened, he was mad of course. Mad that I actually gave him my online profile. He thought that I was flirting with him.
Which I definitely did not! I felt unconfortable the whole time; felt like I was a piece of meat or something. I don't know why I didn't cut short the conversation and continued talking.
Sigh, I have to be more careful. A lesson learnt.