Thou shalt prioritize

>> Thursday, February 7, 2008

I was talking with some friends that I can no longer do this work anymore. I mean, shifts are bad enough as it is but I can't be a Mentor anymore. All the extra work I have to do, to look after other poeple when my own family is neglegted. It came up how some people could put work ahead of family and some can't. It all boils down to priorities in the end. Money is great, but is it everything?

It's not worth it. It's never worth it. How could money ever compensate for the smiles I won't get to see? How could it possibly compare to hearing my baby calling me "Mama" over and over again because she misses me and I'm not there? I can't. I'd apologize for not being able to do this, but I won't... because I'm not sorry.


Crime and Chaos?

>> Sunday, February 3, 2008

Some friends of mine were robbed yesterday. I'm not exactly sure what the correct criminology term is, despite all the CSI episodes I've watched, but robbed, mugged or burgled, it definitely wasn't a friendly visit by their neighbours. I’ve only heard this morning and haven’t even seen them since it happened so I only have a second hand account of what happened but it still shook me up. How could this possibly happen to someone I know?

The answer is easy. Crime rates are on the increase and here we are obsessed with elderly politician’s sex scandal dvd distributed at RM5 a piece! It seems that according to city police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zul Hasnan Najib Baharudin, crime rate in Kuala Lumpur has decreased by 6.7% in 2007 compared to the previous year. This represents a drop of 2,245 cases. Are these numbers for real?

W-ell, okay, so I’m overreacting. I’m sure the numbers are pretty accurate, the volume of crimes being committed are on the decrease, but the severity of the crimes being committed is definitely showing an upwards pattern. Nurin Jazlin. Ring any bells?

Nurin Jaslin: The horrific murder of an innocent little girl that shocked the country

There is very little safety to be found these days. Staying within the compound of your home is still not a sure-fire way to remain safe, as is the case of my friends. Oh, and did I mention that the two men who forced their way into their house also pretended that they were cops pretending to investigate a credit card fraud report? There was no way they were police officers, of course, but my friends complied so as to avoid repercussions since they seemed on the verge of acting violent.

I cannot imagine the trauma my friends had to go through. I’m only glad nobody was physically hurt. I guess this Chinese New Year won’t be as festive as they had hoped it to be. One of my friends lost RM5000 in cash, the crook took her ATM card, raised the credit limit and withdrew her money. As soon as the criminals left my friend tried to call the bank call centre to avoid something like this from happening, unfortunately she couldn’t get through. Which is a whole different post altogether.

Let’s just hope that the year of the Rat will bring about some good changes for us all.

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