I came in to the office at 8.45AM. Filled up drinking water for my bottle. Settled down at my seat, I looked up and saw a very familiar “object” just right in front of my eyes. That damn creature was not on my table, it was on the separator that separates my desk from other desk, and because it wasn’t that tall (like those in ST office, which totally barricades you from the rest of the world), this you just have to sit up a little and you can see the other person’s face from his/her eye up (hope you guys get what I mean haha).
Anyway, that thing was HUGE. Not in the giant troll-kind of huge, but just, generally ancient looking as compared to others, then again, those things are ancient.
I froze in my seat. Blinked to ensure that that thing is really there, blinked again to make sure that it IS still there (and not crawling around, and most importantly, not towards ME). That thing was so still, I’m actually suspecting is it some fake plastic thing my colleagues left around to scare someone else but forgot to bring it back. I knew it’s not when I saw the whiskers moving (a little bit).
I immediately got up and told the other colleague about the existence of this hideous little thing (hoping that she’ll do something about it) and she did. She called one of colleagues whether he’s scared of cockroaches (there are guys who are) and told him to come down to kill it if he’s not. So down he comes (my office is 3 storeys high) with a rolled magazine in his hand.
I stood 5 steps away from the war area to ensure my own safety and watched as he approaches that thing slowly.
And that thing died, flatter than it’s already was.
I think it might be because I’m surrounded by people who normally freaks out when they saw this thing (including myself, but at least I don’t shriek), so I never actually saw people used the simplest, straightforward method to kill a cockroach before. I was amazed and disgusted at the same time.
I walked forward and take a look at the mess. There are white component thingies on it, and maybe some juices. I couldn’t bear to stare too closely, cuz it’s frigging damn gross. It’s either the because the guy hit so hard, the paper came off on the thing, or because the cockroach eats paper? Weird.
I relate the whole process to Oi, and she told me she had to chase after the ancient thing with newspaper before, to do the same thing my colleague did and failing for a few times (cuz she’s scared and strengthless at the same time I think). I’m quite amazed at her action (she called me in the middle of the night before, when I’m preparing to go to sleep, to tell me of that thing in her room and panicking around while I, 100km away from her, safely lying in my bed listening to her panicked and trying, but failed, to console her
insincerely ). I didn’t know she had a history like this, so I’m really starting to view her in a different light, because I could never do something like this (maybe cuz I tend to call whoever’s in the house to help instead).
That’s why I’ve decided. My list of top 10 inventions of the world :
Baygon ensures the extermination of the hideous thing and eliminates any possibility of you having to interact with it at a super close distance.
Baygon lets you settle the problem even with you at a distance.
What’s more is, Baygon settles the job cleanly, leaving no unnecessary mess behind. You don’t have to deal with the dirty job yourself with weapons. All you need to do is, aim the Baygon and fire at it. Easier than rolling a newspaper / magazine.
Trust Baygon. Everybody’s using it.