Seeing that we still had 3 boxes of milk powder at our center reaching expiry date in May, I figured I'd give one box to Zainab. The milk powder, which we got for free, is for growing up kids (3-6 years). Zainab has 2 daughters around that age. Yes, we do have a few others with kids around that age too, but I haven't really had the time to visit them lately (most of them are staying out of Ipoh). Zainab stays in Ipoh, so it wouldn't be much of a problem for me to go to her house.
The only problem is I don't know when Zainab is on day shift or night shift at her work place. If she's on night shift, I can visit her during the day. So far I've never visited any of my clients at night since I am the type who don't like to go out at night unless I have to. Night time for me is to relax at home. Going for my NGO's board meetings is one of the few occasions that I'd go out at night - and my NGO center is only about 5 minutes drive from my house.
I intended to visit Zainab last Friday, and to make sure she'd be home, I sent her a text message on Thursday, asking if she'd be home the next afternoon. I didn't call her as I remembered she had problems with her hand phone - the line would get cut off every time she answered calls. Well, this time she didn't even reply my message.
Thinking that she was on day shift, I decided not to visit her on Friday. But even by Saturday she had not replied my SMS, so I figured her hand phone had gone totally kaput. I decided to drop by her house on Sunday morning. If she's in, lucky me. If not, that's just too bad, I'd have to come back later.
When I got to her house, I saw a perempuan bogel at the door. Oh don't worry, it wasn't Zainab. It was Kakak, her 7 year old daughter who just had her bath. Adik hadn't had her bath yet, neither had Zainab nor Zaki. Did I visit THAT early? Uh no, I don't think so... I think it was already 10 am when I got to the house.
True enough, Zainab's phone had gone totally kaput. She can't afford to buy a new one, especially now that she no longer gets to do overtime at the factory where she works - which means she's off on Sundays.
What about Zaki, her husband? Didn't he work as a security guard the last time I blogged about them? Well yeah, but as I had expected, he didn't last long with that employer. Am not sure what his excuse was that time, but after that he did manage to get a job at a mamak restaurant. He didn't stay long there either. His excuse? Almost all the workers at that restaurant were Indian nationals whom Zaki couldn't get along with. According to Zaki, they would make themselves busy when their boss is around but relax whenever he's not.
Am not sure if all that Zaki said was true. At a time when it's hard to get a job... at a time when Zainab no longer gets to do overtime, Zaki is still finding excuses to quit his job?!
From the first time I met them, Zaki always came up with all sorts of excuses to quit his job.
The first time he found out about his HIV infection, Zaki used to cook at a restaurant. He used HIV as his excuse to quit. "Takut kalau terluka nanti, darah masuk dalam makanan." Duh! Hello? Even those without HIV need to be careful not to let their blood drop into any of the food they cook lah! We don't want to create too many Raja Bersiongs, do we? (as it is, I think we already have too many bloodsuckers around. Ooops!) Besides, HIV don't spread through the food we eat.
Then after some time he got a job as a security guard. In less than a month, he quit. "Jauhlah, susah nak pergi. Kena naik dua bas."
Then he got another job as a casual staff in another town. I think this one he lasted about 2 months or so before he quit again. "Leceh lah, nak ulang-alik tiap-tiap minggu. Banyak keluar belanja." (of course, buying cigarettes is not a waste of money to him... only traveling to meet up with his family is)
Next, he got a job as security guard again. He quit in a month. This time one of his fellow colleagues whom he didn't like became his excuse to quit.
Ahh, excuses, excuses! There's always an excuse, it's never his fault.
I think he's just plain lazy. Oh, he wants a job alright. He wants an easy job where he can goyang kaki and still take home a fixed salary at the end of each month. At least he can use his salary to buy his supply of cigarettes.
Zainab's the one who has to kerja bagai nak gila to pay for all their household needs.