This month, we speak with a waiter whose friends call her Wangzai Niunai. (The nickname comes from those red milk cartons at convenience stores with a little cartoon boy on them.)
How are you feeling today?
I’m feeling pretty bored. I mean, it’s the same old routine of going to work, eating and heading home – nothing special [laughs wryly].
What’s the first thing you thought when you woke up this morning?
I thought, “Gotta wash my face, gotta get to work!”
What is your idea of the perfect day?
A happy day spent with my best friends, doing things we all like.
Who is your best customer?
My best customer is this guy who knows me so well, he calls me Wangzai, my nickname.
Who is your worst customer?
I guess generally, those who find something to criticize even when there isn’t anything.
Which living person do you most admire?
I admire all the strong, powerful women in the world, and I wish to become one, too. I believe being one will lead to a satisfying life.
When and where are you happiest?
Definitely when I’m with my family at home, eating or chit-chatting. Just having an
ordinary day with my family makes me very happy.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to have more entrepreneurship or management skills, because my dream is to start my own business – preferably some kind of heartwarming Western-style restaurant.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I don’t think there are any big ones for now. When customers are satisfied and praise my service.
If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
I would change my financial status, and become rich! Why? Well because then I could start my own Western-style restaurant and make all my customers smile.
What is your most treasured possession?
My parents, because without them, I wouldn't even be here. And materially, I’d say money [laughs].
What trait do you most value in a person?
Openness, honesty and laid-back attitudes. I don’t like people who are deceitful.
What is it that you most dislike?
In terms of personality, I’d say someone who thinks too much. In terms of food, coriander.
What is your motto?
I’m a small person with big dreams.
What always makes you laugh?
I guess happiness. Do I always laugh? Well yeah, quite often! [laughs]
What's the most surprising thing that's happened to you?
Nothing surprising has happened to me yet, but I’d be really surprised if the person I like liked me back. [blushes]
Which era of Beijing’s history would you most like to have lived in?
Tang dynasty, it’s depicted as such a dreamlike era in many TV shows, though I prefer today’s government because it’s not only governed by the royal family, so it’s much fairer I guess.
Who is your hero?
[The actor] Tang Yan, she’s so positive and inspiring.
Visit Wangzai's shop near the intersection of Xinzhong Jie and Shizipo Jie, Dongcheng.
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