THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

What happened to the others?

With the Yah-Lin-Dah-ling drama stealing this blog’s limelight of late, some of my other clients seem to have been forgotten. I was looking through my log book and noticed that my contacts lately involved mostly Yah, Lin, Mrs. K, and Fuzi. Once in a while Hana, Zana and Shila may come into the picture (although I was not assigned to be Shila’s buddy).

It has been a long time since I got in touch with Nuri, Ani, Maria, Zainab, Sha, Ifa, Noni and Jah. Too long that sometimes I forget their blog names and I just have to search through my earlier postings to find out.

The problem is, sometimes when it is convenient for me to talk, it is not for them. Like Nuri for example, during weekdays she’d be busy running her food stall while during weekends I tend to concentrate more on my own personal matters. As for Maria, if I call her when her husband is around, she’d be reluctant to talk. Likewise for Ifa, if any of her family members are around when I call, she’d be reluctant to talk too.

And then there’s Noni, who’d just answer me with yes, no, alright, ahah, or the likes if I call her when she’s with friends. Her friends do not know she has HIV.

What about Ani? She won’t talk much if her in-laws are around when I call her.

I wonder… whatever happened to Farah, Nuri’s HIV+ child? Is she doing okay?

Whatever happened to Maria? Is she still having problems with her husband?

Whatever happened to Ifa? Is she still facing discrimination at home by her own family members?

Whatever happened to Noni who moved to KL? Is she working now?

Whatever happened to Ani? Has she and her husband built a separate house to live in using her EPF withdrawal?

Whatever happened to Boboy, the late Lily’s HIV positive child? Is he happy at the shelter home?

Alamak… I guess I’d better start calling around soon. At least I’d have something else to tell about in this blog other than on the lives of the people around our desperado darling Romeo! Surely there are other twists in the lives other people living with HIV/AIDS, kan?

Now that the mad rush for deadlines at the office has cooled down, I should be able to focus more on my voluntary work. So yeah, I’d better start calling…

Kring… kring… HELLO?

11 comments:

Zawi said...

Pi,
You definitely have too much on your hands. I guess you will cope up somehow.

kina said...

Kak Pi,

I miss Boboy! When are you visiting him? I want to give him something... a toy la, apa lagi... at least to cheer him up a bit.

Keep us posted on Boboy!

Thanks Kak Pi.

Pi Bani said...

Zawi:
During peak period at the office, yes, memang rasa macam not enough space to breath. But now that peak period is over, there's more breathing space for me. Next peak period... June/July.

Pi Bani said...

Kina:
I have yet to visit Boboy since he stayed at his new home in KL... which is nearer to you than it is to me. Nantilah, one fine day, insyaAllah, as I would love to meet not only Boboy, but also the other HIV infected/affected kids as well.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Kak Pi,

i'm sure those other names you mentioned has some story to tell. after all, as they say, behind every person you see on the street lies a thousand tale to tell.

let's take one of your clients for instance, Maria. what we need to do now is, to korek deeper...hehehe...

but seriously, any story does not necessarily have to sensational.

Bak kata pepatah, baik jadi teladan, yang kurang elok dijadikan sempadan.

silversarina said...

Busy nya you sebab ramai yang memerlukan, but I believe mereka semua bersyukur sebab ada orang yang seperti you yang sudi membantu.

Pi Bani said...

Kerp:
Ahh... being a KPC (kerp-o-chee?) eh? What WE need to do is to korek deeper??? Hello?! Am I not the one doing the dirty job here? Banyak lah engkau punya korek! ;)

Actually some of Maria's problems and secrets already out lah. You kena korek my earlier postings. Kalau tak jumpa, you korek hidung ajelah... hahaha!

Pi Bani said...

Silversarina:
Busy tu kadang-kadanglah. Bila time busy tu I cuma get in touch with those yang banyak problem aje. The rest who can cope with their own problems I cuma contact sekali-sekala just to be sure they're doing ok.

Raden Galoh said...

KakPi...wah! Penuh kepala you dgn 'mmikir hal mereka sume tu ye...tapi mereka memerlukan somebody and here you are someone yang boleh handle sume tu...you are a godsend la kak! rahmat bagi mereka, rahmat bagi kita sume sebab akaklah saya dapat update about what happened in thier lives.

Thanks for sharing akak. Keep us posted on their update ya.

Pi Bani said...

Raden Galoh:
Buat masa ni, alhamdulillah, I masih boleh cope lagi. Tapi have to be careful lah, rasa-rasa macam nak burnout tu, kena pandai-pandailah take a break.

Sharing their stories is the least I can do so that more people will be able to understand what the PLWHAs go through in their lives.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

kerp-o-chee?? muahahahaha...teruk la kak Pi.