The Rush

September 4, 2010

Yeap, the race for home has started, as soon as the last bell rang in the school on the Friday afternoon, parents and kids all jumped for joy – Balik Kampong officially starts, hooray.

There were those who packed up the kids right from school itself and drove right off to the setting sun….home wards bound! Yes, there were those who would Buka Puasa first and take off. Then, again there were others who would leave after the Solat Terawih and ‘bermaaf maafan’ with all the ahli Majsid or Surau. There will be another group who would take off after 2-3 hours of good rest after dinner, last but not least the group that would drive off after sahur & subuh prayers early the next morning.

You guys must be wondering why I bother about writing all this! Well, being a Malaysian, we have seen this scenario a thousand times times maybe, though we are only 50+ in age!

The reason is simple, the choice of timing for a long journey! What makes or rather how does these group of people make that critical decision? Is it convenience or just plain, jom balik attitude!

Science has taught us a lot of things in life! Yes, the body that we have react differently to different scenarios and situations! The selection of the time for move is most important!

There are those who never drive at night, yet wants to, they normally sleep early on normal days. There are those who never even drive further than the “kedai mamak” near their house! There are those who only drive when really necessary!

Each individual human body has its limitations & constrains, so people be honest and sincere with one self and more so the entire family, because their lives is in your hands the minute you step on the paddle!

Know your true self and the limits and do not crossed the line and over the limit! Regretting much later is never a smart decision! All the “I should haves” means nothing !

The PM himself has come on the air and pleaded with all Malaysians driving on the roads to take precaution and take heed, so what, be slow yet arrived safely ! Nobody is going to crown anyone the new F-1 Champion for 2010!

Questions to be asked:

1. How much travel time envisaged?

2. What is the weather like?

3. Have I had enough sleep & rest yet ?

4. How much volume expected on the roads ?

5. Do I plan to break the ‘fast’ on the road or plan to hit home for it?

6. How many can drive inside the car – change drivers concept !

7. Are we stopping anywhere else ?

8. How many stops and where if any planned?

9. Have we prepared for a long journey with water and food, with sufficient fuel in the tank?

10. Are there any kids or babies in the car?

This is just a few critical questions to be asked, prior to making a decision to start the engine and ‘walah’ run smack into a JAM straight away at the first TOLL house !

So, please folks plan out that journey, rush means haste and haste means bad decisions and it endangers your life as well as everyone else inside the vehicle  with you!

Another important reminder, please for heavens sake, do “NOT” overload the vehicle which is meant to carry only X- number of humans! Time and time again we read, see and have been witnessing 7-8 people all in ONE car, accident happens and the whole family parishes & vanishes!

Last reminder, please check the vehicle, all systems must be checked till the last drop of water inside the wiper even! No harm to bring spare water inside the car, you never know, emergencies do happen, when one has to ‘let go a BIG one’, and no R&R insight !

DO WE EVER LEARN ?

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2 Responses to “The Rush”

  1. mangchik Says:

    hmmmm… (:o/> …

    1. How much travel time envisaged?
    About 45 minutes tops heheh , Taman Kramat u c, next day another 30 minutes to Pantai Dalam

    2. What is the weather like?
    Let me gaze my crystal ball. It’s gonna be superb dude!

    3. Have I had enough sleep & rest yet ?
    U betcha ya horses I do..

    4. How much volume expected on the roads ?
    Commuting Shah Alam/KL a day b4, would be clear as a whistle! heheh ‘Jalan ini Ana yg punyaaa…’

    5. Do I plan to break the ‘fast’ on the road or plan to hit home for it?
    Whatever for dude! It’s kinda obvious ma…:D

    6. How many can drive inside the car – change drivers concept !
    lemme c wifey and daughter n good old me! but’s it’s gonna me all thru bud. it’s gonna be tiresome but i shall ‘persevere’ akakakakakakkakakaakak

    7. Are we stopping anywhere else ?
    Oh downtown Bangsar pickup the Star, not that’s it’s credible..

    8. How many stops and where if any planned?
    Just one, c no 7!

    9. Have we prepared for a long journey with water and food, with sufficient fuel in the tank?
    Fuel in tank , si. Food, nadai, still fasting remember?

    10. Are there any kids or babies in the car?
    Been along time since i heard and smell babies.. two grown up daughter (24,20), one rebellious son (18, who thinks he knows n can solve ALL problems sigh!) , a teenager son who couldn’t care a damn on his incoming PMR, n but of course, the youngest son at 10 yr old, the coolness in his mom’s n dad’s eyessss aaaaaaaa…

    safe journey skot, make du’a ~ Allahumma nas aluka ridho ka wal jannah, wa na’uzubika min sakhotika wannar! ameen. Salam


  2. Good luck to you brother! You are one of the lucky few around this planet!


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