Sunday, August 2, 2009

Away From Home

Would you believe me when I say that after all these years (after working with the same company for more than 18 years, and married for nearly 18 years), I only left the comfort of my home (outstation) for less than the digits on both of my hands combined?

Whenever I was involved in a project, and when the time came for me to go see the customers, there would be a good soul in my project team who would gladly take my place. And I’d be more than happy to switch places. Although sometimes I thought that it would be nice to see some new faces and places, I felt that I’d be needed more at home, especially when the children were smaller and my hyperemesis gravidarum was at its peak.

Hmmhh.... no wonder I susah naik pangkat.. LOL!

Anyway, that’s why I’m a bit worried now. I’m gonna get myself occupied this coming weekend with the tasks of removing those leeches from my arms and legs and flying like a fox and building those rafts by the sea and counting the number of mosquito bites on my bare skin and wrestling a Burmese python and hunting those wild boars....

I know I exaggerated a 'lil there.... but ... yeap, I’m going for my company teambuilding this coming weekend. For 2 nights, 7-9 Aug. Urrgghh!

I know it’s not a big deal to some people who are so used to travelling, but it is to me. I’m now a confirmed IT nerd, who can’t leave the comfort of her desk/home for an adventure out there in a jungle so green and the sea so blue. I’m so ashamed of being a pessimist, but I can’t help feeling that this is soooo NOT ME now. As a teenager, I’ve climbed a few hills, went thru the jungle a few times and drank the cold sweet water from the streams, thanks to those camping trips I made when I was in MRSM.

But now? At 43? Alamaaak... lecehnya!

Since it’s compulsory to attend, I’ll have to go but I’ll be missing Hanna, Hasya and Haifa’s swimming competition in Cheras which will be held on the 8th and 9th of Aug. Kesiannya the girls.... I won’t be there to cheer for them and watch them compete.

Sigh.

And please... oh please don’t make it rain there in Lumut. I hate those pacat and lintah!

23 comments:

mamasita said...

Awwh DDI..kesiannya..
Just enjoy jer lah and get over with it..finally you dah tak dapat nak mengelak the activity..hahaha

Yeah..kesian yee girls..hope they all menang.
Good luck to the water-babies!

And good luck to the ever doting mum!

cekmekzue said...

Salam Ja,
kita geng. I memang tak tahan pacat and lintah, geli yang amat!Just the thought of it make me squirm..
been to countless number of teambuildings, either as participants or as organisers, Langkawi, Harvard Jerai, Pedu...don't remind of Pedu, that's where the pacats are....flying fox, postman post, etc...you name it, done that..
have fun...don't know if you will with you missing your kids important events...all in a day's work, me no more of that, flying foxing with my cake tins and spatulas and nozzles....
I pray for you that it will not rain, if not......better get the longest socks you can get.....dunno if that works or not..it could still get inside.....eeeee...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Ja,

Eww, I no like leeches too (aren't pacat and lintah the same thing?!? ;S)

Good luck on your teambuilding expedition! And will keep my fingers crossed on this side that it won't rain...

Don't forget to blog when you come back, ok?

mekyam said...

hi!

i feel terpanggil to say something because of those ugh! leeches.

nope, ordinary socks (no matter how long) don't do the job at all.

get real leech socks. those work, i tell you.

and they should have them in malaysia seeing how our tropical rainforests are known for being leech-infested. at least according to eco-tourism records.

you can see what leech socks look like here: http://www.ask.com/bar?q=Leech+socks&page=1&qsrc=2417&ab=0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mosquitohammock.com%2FAntiLeechSocks.html

p.s. if link doesn't work, pls cut and paste the url.

edelweiss said...

Kak Ja DDI,

i've had enough of this kind of outings. Yukkkksss! Leceh i tak suka hahahhahah.

Dulu masa kat kolej terpaksa...nak buat lagu mana kan...sekarang sorry tak mauuuuuuu!

kalau teambuilding yang tak melibatkan hutan, paya okay kot.

1994 i kena redah paya [air sampai dada sbb huja malam sebelum tuh], seberang sungai dengan tali...meniti tali merentasi sungai...lari atas rumput terapung etc.....ohhhhhh azab

gud luck kak ja. 43 tahun pun kalau masih fit....no halllll.

edelweiss said...

Oh kak ja,

lupa pulak...masa pi buat aktiviti, bawak repellent spray...dulu masa terjun dari rumput terapung ke dalam paya, bila naik jer...wahhh dengan hebatnya lintah tuh melekat kat seluar i di bahagian lutut...besar, hijau kehitaman ...eieeeeiiii! terus i spray...jatuh...padan muka.

sapu n gosok tembakau kat kaki...tangan. sebagai penahan sampingan tau. dulu berjaya...la nih tak tau lah kot-kot leeches & pacat dan educated hahahha

sYaNa said...

tak seronokkan bila kena pi outstation, lain lah kalau dpt bwk semua sekali.

eeeee pacat & lintah! sya surrender ler ....geli!

all the best for hanna, hasya and haifa's swimming cometition.

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Mamasita,
Betul tu... tak boleh elak betul this time. My friend tengah pregnant boleh skiplah, takkan I nak pregnant jugak kot? Ampuunnn...

Kesian kat the girls and hubby. You knowlah, it’ll be very tiring and hot and sweaty kalau nak tunggu events tu. Menang tu rasanya..errr..susah sikit lah since their minutes are just average. It’s the exposure to competitions that they need.

TQ dear... I need all the luck :)

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Zue dear,
I remember walking on the ‘batas’ bendang on the way to my Tok’s previous home in Kodiang. Aiyooo.. so many of those leeches! Especially after the rain.. mak aiii... macam buat joget lambak punyala banyak.

Lucky that my Tok moved to her new house which is next to the jalan besar. Legaa...

Socks panjang dah beli. Insect repellent dah beli. Tights dah beli. Sunblock dah beli. Trackpants dah beli... dok tunggu hari saja ni..isshhh...

Zue, kalau kena pi teambuilding kat Pedu lagi – nak dak? Hahahaha.....

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Daphne dear,
I think no ladies like leeches kan? I think Pacat are the slim ones that move like ulat nangka – moving like it’s measuring the length of something. Lintah is the big fat one, but less gross, I think. It has been ages since I’ve seen any of them.... and I don't want to see them ever!

TQ Daph, please pray that it won’t rain....

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Mekyam,
TQ dear for the link. I have 3 days to go find the socks. But there’s only so few of sporting goods stores here. I doubt I’ll get them :{

If I were to become the leeches’ victim, I’d already mentally given myself a high dose of ‘positiveness’ – so that I won’t freak out when it happens. I’d try to accept the leeches as medicinal remedy lah..LOL!

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Edelweiss dear,
Ketaq perut chek kalau kena masuk paya paras dada tu! AZAB betui la! Kalau kena yg pendek2 tu lagu mana? Tenggelam ka?

Pandai chek no... bagi Kak Ja ketaq.... OK, my new mantra : "Kena positive..kena positive..kena positive..."

Hahahaha.. nak cari mana tembakau tu? Satgi tak pasai depa ingat Kak Ja isap rokok pulak!

Kak Ja dah beli dah insect repellent tu! Siap 2 jenis lagi.. satgi Kak Ja spray satu badan pulak..hahahaha.. (gelak dalam suspense ni..)

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Sya dear,
Geli kan pacat and lintah tu? Especially bila tengok pacat tengah duk berjalan.. eeeee... macam duk menjengkal berapa ela before it reaches its target... eeee!

Tu lah, it’s not really the teambuilding yg Kak Ja tak syok actually... it’s the leaving my Haziq, Husna and Hanis kat umah and missing Hanna, Hasya and Haifa’s competition that really got me in this ‘reverse’ mode.

Nak buat lagu mana, kena tukar jugak gear ke ‘drive’..huhuhu...

The Wage Earner said...

Gud Luck Ja!!!! That's all can say... try to have some fun.

Bila nak lunch? Sebelum posa, boss aku tak dak, aku can play disappearing act.

mekyam said...

ddi,

kalau tak sempat jumpa leech-socks, bring loads tembakau and tenyeh your legs and shoes and pants with the thing, like edelweiss also suggested. seems that's the only natural repellent known to work with those slugs.

all best and have fun!

p.s. hi edelweiss, have always wanted to ask... does your handle have anything to do with austria (the flower being that country's national flower)?

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Aku ikut cakap hang, aku try to have fun. Cuma hopefully the leeches won't try to have fun with me!

Aku free minggu depan. Friday boleh? Jom ajak yg lain2... kita pi Marche kat the Curve ka. Ikut majority nak kat manala... tapi kalau belah KL tu aku surrender la... tak reti nak mengharung traffic waktu lunch. Jadik?

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Mekyam,
Dah dua org bagi petua yg sama ni nampak gayanya kena pi kedai mamak beli tembakau lah pulak aku ni...hahahaha!

I was thinking of bringing in 1 can of Sheltox and sembur my sneakers and arm myself with insect repellent. Too much pulak nanti, takut lari pulak semua org!

I think I'll stick with the insect repellent and try to find me that socks. Hhmmhhh...

Ibunim said...

Well Ja..Good luck with the leeches..eee..gelinya..Give the girls my best wishes and good luck too..Mom's birthday on the 9th as well... oh yes..and ayah will be in KL on the 6th..gonna miss their anniversary...

cekmekzue said...

Hai ja, semua dah ready....good luck to u. speaking of batas bendang, masa kecik, selalu pi bendang masa balik kampung, then one day nak kutip siput sedut, mak ai banyaknyer macam ditabur2 dlm bendang tu, punyalah excited, masuk terus, dan dan nampak lintah swimming towards me, berterabur lari naik atas batas, tengok2 kat bawah pacats tengah duk aiming, macam u kata tu duk menjengkal nak landing kat mana....siput ntah kemana, tak tunggu sesaat pun....cabut....
Pedu? no thanx. Masa nak panjat wall, ada sekoq naik on my snickers, I punya lah panic, somebody had to remove it from me cos I mmg takleh pegang. lepas tu, tak turun from the small wakaf and mata duk usha tengok around kot ada lagi yg interested...very the geli....

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Ibunim,
Yeah, I need all the luck. Hopefully I get to enjoy every activity there.

Yg sedih tu sebab kena tinggai budak2 lah :{

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Zue! I boleh imagine lintah2 and pacat2 tu dok tengok you! Eeeeee... mesti you suspense habis!

I really hope everything will be ok there. Do'a, jangan tak do'a...:)

Peesha said...

Hi Kak Ja .. it's been a while since my last visit ... hmmmm ...

Kena terjun paya? My condolence .. :p

Saya pacat x kesah ... tp lintah, geli geleman aih ... sabag byk2 no ...

Tp kan .. awat la .. asai nak teambuilding, kena pi tempat2 mcm tu? Bosan! Dari dulu2 macam tu ... haih!

Anyway Kak Ja ... all the best ...

Pst ... cuba try ambik sekog pacat, tarik2 ... pastu buat riben simpan dalam balang ... :p

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Peesha,
It's over.. n tak sangka I really liked it.

The jungle trekking, buat rakit by the sea, flying fox etc were really fun!

And .. alhamdulillah.. no leeches at all!