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)

Saturday, 15 November 2008

The week that was...

I had initially planned to visit Fuzi over this weekend, but weekend is here and somehow I just don’t feel like going anywhere. I feel sooooo lazy. Like my former Science teacher used to tell my batch-mates in school when we were in form 3 – “You girls are plain LAZY – capital L capital A capital Z capital Y, underline twice with red ink!!”

Yep, THAT lazy! I just feel like having a good rest. Oh well, I think I’d better take a good rest before I suffer from burnout.

Maybe I just feel tired after attending a seminar in KL the other day – am not the kind to sit still the whole day to listen to people talking so a whole day seminar is indeed tiring, not forgetting the additional 2 hours driving to KL and 2 hours driving back. But I was running out of time to gain another 8 CPD (continuing professional development) hours required for this year to renew my license with the professional body of which I am a member – so a whole day seminar it had to be.

Earlier in the week I had to attend a business client’s board meeting where the topic of discussion didn’t really follow the agenda – and where whatever that went wrong in the company was always the fault of somebody else. Sigh…

I guess that’s why I prefer to do voluntary work – there may not be any monetary rewards, but I do get more satisfaction - except for the few cases like Yah’s lah… this one can drive me up the wall if I pay too serious attention to her! (Nanti I jadi spiderwoman le pulak asyik panjat dinding je…)

Samsul called up from the hospital on Wednesday. He and his wife Suhaila were there for their blood tests and since they were in Ipoh, they wanted to pass me the copies of supporting documents we requested from them to enable us to help submit their application for financial assistance, particularly for their child. Thank goodness things weren’t too hectic at the office that day so I went out for a while – this is Ipoh after all… so the hospital was just 10 - 15 minutes drive away. The only problem was that it’s never easy getting a parking spot at the hospital.

As I entered the hospital compound, I was surprised when I saw a certain area cordoned off from the public. There was one tent outside with the staff fully equipped with the kind of equipments like the ones used during the SARS or bird flu outbreak. I was thinking to myself… Huh? Is there an epidemic or pandemic going on that I’m not aware of? I must really be out of touch with the real world!!

I couldn’t get a parking spot at first, far or near. I called Suhaila, thinking maybe I could tell them to meet me outside so I didn’t have to park my car. But I was told they were at the canteen, eating. I couldn’t simply ask them to leave just like that without finishing their food and drinks. For people like them who earn so little, every single drop counts! Thank goodness during my second round of looking for a parking spot, somebody just drove out of a spot very near to the specialist clinic, so lucky me it didn’t take me too long to get my car parked.

As I walked to the canteen, I saw a signboard – Latihan Simulasi Pandemic Influenza. Ohhh… so it was just a simulation exercise! I’m not so out of touch with the real world after all… phew!!

Anyway, I just had a short chat with Suhaila and Samsul. I just took the copies of documents from them and then I left. No doubt things weren’t too hectic at the office, but usually it’s when I’m not in the office that the business clients want me to sign this and that and they always seem to want things immediately. It’s their payments that are never immediate.

I will still have to visit Fuzi soon to get the reports on her children’s progress in school. I hope to do so within this coming week. I need to prepare the full report for all the children under our sponsorship program as I need to send the reports to each individual sponsor before year end. Besides, I will need to ask for next year’s sponsorship money…

Aiseh… lots of paperwork coming up laa…


Anonymous said...

Komen Pak Malim kucing ray yg alim.

Saya pun tak berapa suka pi seminar, kata Pak Malim dgn mata yg berpinar. Penat jugak kan Pi Bani bawa kereta dari KL ke Ipoh, kata Pak Malim yg kepoh. Kadang rehat itu lebih baik utk kesihatan, kata Pak Malim sambil memeluk orang utan. Bila dpt rehat yg cukup, kata Pak Malim yg kena cekup, baru lah kita dpt fokus dgn kerja2 yg lebih berat, kata Pak Malim sambil mengangkat berat.

Pi Bani said...

Pak Malim,
Betul, rehat tu baik untuk kesihatan, kata Pi Bani sambil gostan. Tapi janganlah sampai asyik rehat je memanjang, katanya lagi sambil makan sate kajang.

Pak Malim kena cekup pasal peluk orang utan ke? tanya Pi Bani sambil menanam pokok nangka.

Kak Teh said...

heheehe tak habis-habis . peluk orang utan pulak, kata kak teh sambil tergelak.

Pi, where do you get your energy from? lari ke sana sini. I baca pun penat. Tapi kak teh dah tahap mak cik blogger- surf blog sana sini pun penat.

Pi Bani said...

Kak Teh:
Eh, eh... look who's talking! I pun kadang-kadang penat baca the entries in your blog especially when you have to rush here and there for your assignments tau. Difference is, I drive, you don't! :)

I pun dah masuk tahap makcik blogger lah Kak Teh. Every time pergi bank ke, supermarket ke, the staff asyik lah dok panggil I makcik tau! Dolu-dolu kalau pergi mana2 orang dok panggil Dik... lepas tu berubah jadi Kak... la ni dah masuk category Makcik le pulak.

Hai, apakan daya! kata Pi Bani sambil peluk buaya. (muahaha! konon jadi Crocodile Dundee, angan Pi Bani sambil mandi)