It is officially day 3 of my time in the Laundry Department. This is the most detailed oriented and professionally anal place that I have ever worked in (in my life) which isn't saying much since I have not had many jobs. I will say that it is the most practical department that I have interned in thus far.
I absolutely love working in Housekeeping all together and Laundry is a nice break from cleaning rooms. These past weeks doing that work were in many ways the most beneficial weeks of this internship because I learned so much and was able to truly help with the operations of the hotel but they were HARD! People in this department deserve some serious recognition because they work HHHHAAAARRRRRDDDD! Many of these woman have been doing this work for 10, 15, 20 years! I don't know how they do it. Here I am, a young intern and I am dying trying to keep up with these floor attendants. They are remarkable.
Ok enough of me drooling over these people. On to what I am doing this week in Laundry.
My trainer is... Idk her name because I couldn't understand what she said when she introduced herself in her broken Ching-lish and her name tag is so old (she has been working here for over 20 years) that the letters have become invisible but she is cool. She doesn't trust me to not mess up the laundry so she is very overbearing but I understand because if I mess up she gets in trouble and China doesn't play. But all in all she is a great trainer and I really admire how good her English is considering the fact she never took an English class. Plus she gives me tons of breaks during work so I love her for that.
I am to report to the basement at 8:30 am ready to grab a giant wheelbarrow looking thing and get on the elevator to go floor by floor picking up laundry that has been collected by the housekeepers on every floor. I then log the collected laundry and bring it back to the basement. In the sorting room I go one room at a time and count the items for every guest, sort them by type (pants vs shirts, etc.) and label them with this labeling machine that burns my fingers from the hot glue. Once this is done, usually around 10:30am, I clean up my work station and go on break until about 1:00pm when the laundry is done. Then I check that the laundry is in fact clean, package it by room number and deliver it back to the guest.
The work is very routine and slightly mundane but I like how organized the whole operation is. I can go all day and maybe say 5 words which is a little lonely at times but I am only here for a week.
Next week I move to Jin's Cafe which is the main restaurant in the lobby of the hotel that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't really want to move to there because I have gotten used to Housekeeping and not having to wear make up or deal with guests. Jin's will be a complete 180 from Housekeeping. I will have to look my best at all times because EVERYONE goes there and it is open from 5:45am to 12am so who knows what my hours will be. AHHH! Maybe I will request to stay in Housekeeping for a little longer. Idk. We shall see.