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)

Monday, 2 March 2009

What's up in March

What?? It's already March 2009??! I thought we just left 2008...

So, what's up in March?

Pi's Twist anniversary is in March. Come 4th March, Pi's Twist will be 2 years old.

March is also the time for my driving license renewal. Well, not every year lah. But the last time I renewed my driving license was in March 5 years ago, so I need to renew my driving license this year. I did that this morning actually at JPJ Ipoh. It's one of the agencies I don't mind going to because things are done rather quick. Went inside the JPJ compound, parked my car, walked up to the building, took my number, and as I was about to get myself a seat while waiting for my number, it was already my turn! So, no, I didn't get to warm any of the seats. At the counter itself, it didn't take any more than 2 minutes to get my license renewed. Walked down to my car, and drove off. I looked at my watch - from the time I drove in, to the time I drove out... all done in 10 minutes! If I need to go to the hospital, looking for a parking space alone would take much longer than that!!

What else is in March? Oh yes, my NGO's AGM. It's almost a year since I was elected as the Chair. There will be elections again this year, but this time, since we have already amended our constitution, office bearers will hold office for a term of 2 years. There are not many of us to choose from anyway, and chances are we'll be seeing the same faces in the Board, so why go through all the trouble of having elections every year, right?

March is also the month when my office usually organize our annual company trip. In March 2007 we were in Genting and March last year we were in Langkawi. So, where are we going this year? Well, we're not organising any trips this year, and it's not because the Company decided to save money, but more so because our staff decided to save their money!! You see, we left it up to them to think of a place to go this year. They said they wanted to save money, and so they asked if we could skip this year's trip and go next year instead. But, but, but... isn't the Company paying for all the travelling and accommodation and even food?? Yes... but our staff said they still need money to spend to buy souvenirs or whatever. Oh whatever, it's their decision...

Not a problem for me, really. My NGO will be having a retreat for volunteers in Cameron Highlands this year (accommodation provided for by our patron), then there's our annual family day for the HIV families, and then the Congress in Bali... so I'd have enough jalan-jalan for the year... all sponsored. So nope, no complaints from me in that department...

13 comments:

Daphne Ling said...

Amboi Kak Pi,

Nanti pergi Bali lar, huh? Syioknya! ;)

Sorry lama tak jenguk. Sibuk warming my seat while getting work done. I seem to have mastered the art of magic here. No matter how many times I reach into the pile of 'work to be done', masih penuh one!

=) Harap you sihat lar anyway...See ya!

Naz said...

Wah Kak Pi,
Jalan sakan! Kalaulah boleh ku tenung gambar gambarmu disini..hehe!

ray said...

Komen Pak Malim kucing ray yg alim.

Memang cepat sekali masa berlalu, kata Pak Malim dengan tangannya yg berbulu. Kalau Pi nak pergi Bali, saya nak ikut, kata Pak Malim sambil memakai kot.

Pi Bani said...

Daph,
The "work to be done" is like our weight, senang tambah, susah turun... :)

Pi Bani said...

Naz,
Nak tengok gambar, kena tunggu I pergi dulu lah kan... ni belum pergi lagi, where got gambar meh? I sendiri tak dapat sneak preview lagi! Lambat lagi... passport pun I belum renew lagi ni. InsyaAllah, pergi nanti kalau tak lupa bawa camera, adalah gambar.

Pi Bani said...

Pak Malim,
Nak ikut pergi Bali? kata Pi Bani sambil goreng ikan keli. Nak ikut buleh, tapi perbelanjaan tanggung sendiri; kata Pi Bani sambil masak lauk kari.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

march is also the month when i turn a year older.

as for AGM, we've had ours done last month. i've been reinstated as one of the ajk.

so no company trip la this year? sure la akak got no qualms, you're going to ba alif lam ya.

Pi Bani said...

Kerp,
Yes, insyaAllah will be going to ba alif lam ya. Now tell me, how do you spell Cameron Highland in jawi? ;)

Pi Bani said...

And oh Kerp, lupa lah pulak, happy birthday! (tak kiralah whichever day in March it is)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

thanks kak Pi. dah lepeh dah pon...

bab cameron highland, kita suruh org lain la...sebab kalo salah, buat malu je...hehe...

Pi Bani said...

Kerp,
Kalau betul eja pun takut orang salah baca... nanti depa ingat I nak pi Cameroon...

mamasita said...

HAPPY 2nd BLOGVERSARY TO PI'S TWIST!!! Phweeeeet!

You rupanya big boss NGO? Waaah..and to think you always sound so humble and cin cai! Takde pun snootish langsung! hehe

Your staff decide betul tu. Kalau nakgi mana2 mestinya ada duit kocek yang terkeluar. Sengetlah budget oi!

Congress in Bali? Ahhhh..the lovers moonlight beach walking jangan lupa buat k? Macam dalam tourist brochure tu? hahaha

Pi Bani said...

Mamasita,
My NGO ni kici-kici low profile NGO lah. All our volunteers are the cin cai type. Big high profile NGOs won't want me as their chair, methinks!

You nak suruh I buat that lovers moonlight beach walking? Alahai... dengan siapa kak oii?! ;)