Okay, a definition of terms first.
landmark: Noun. A prominent or conspicuous object on land that serves as a guide; A prominent identifying feature of a landscape. (definition taken from dictionary.com)Landmark: Noun (proper). A mall in Makati.
Working in the sales and marketing department of a hotel, we go out for client meetings at times. Sometimes, we also visit travel agencies when they request for contracted rates. This is to ensure that the travel agency is an established one and not a fly-by-night tour operator.
One day, I was scheduled to visit a travel agency. I called first to verify its address and ask for directions.
Me: Hi. This is (my name) from (name of company). I am scheduled to visit your office today. May I have your complete address, please?Travel Agent: (in Filipino) Ma’am, our address is (states their address).
Me: Okay. May I ask for the nearest landmark to your office?Travel Agent: (in Filipino) But Ma’am, we are very far from Landmark.
What?! Good heavens. I hope he is not like that to his clients else he will make a mess of their itineraries.
Of course I do not mean Landmark the mall. I mean the nearest known establishment or building to their office so I can easily pinpoint their location. Geez.