Hari ni, 1st April aku masuk ofis dan menandakan tamatnya tempoh cuti ‘honeymoon’ yang bermula 3 bulan yang lalu. What a great 3 months. It started at the last day of year 2009 and ended 3 months later. Tak banyak yang menarik about past 3 months (..actually). 31st Disember 09 adalah hari terakhir aku kat ofis. After thanking everyone and pack my things off, aku bawa motor perlahan-lahan sambil melupakan segala memori kat ofis dan cuba membayangkan apa yang akan berlaku lepas ni. Strangely I’m not sad of being unemployed for the first time in my life, but rasa lega sangat..

My trusted friend (I’m not going to mention his name) already waiting in front of my rent house with his car. Dia ada bagitau semasa aku inform dia yang kontrak aku tak disambung selepas 31 Dec, he wanted to bring me to get out from Kuantan and have an RnR; basically a long holiday trip. But first aku nak balik kampung and meet my mother, because she is retiring and needed my help to do some paint job at our new home (..Actually the paint job finishes at the end of February because I do it on and off, paint here and there and left it, much to mom’s anger. Sorry mom!)

I still remember it when he told me he is going to show me the advantage of being self-employed: TIME FREEDOM. Biasanya orang yang bekerja makan gaji, hampir 1/3 masa sehari dihabiskan di pejabat. Disebabkan mamat nih self-employed, dia ada banyak masa untuk diri sendiri and he like it a lot. Bayangkan 1/3 masa yang dihabiskan di pejabat tadi available untuk diri sendiri, kita boleh buat apa yang orang lain tak mampu buat. Aku ada memerhatikan jadual harian mak aku yang pencen dan bandingkan dengan jadual harian masa dia bekerja, tak banyak yang berbeza.

My mom quite a workaholic even though she’s just a nurse. She can’t duduk diam all day. Apa yang berbeza diantara waktu dia bekerja dan selepas pencen ialah aku nampak she’s more relaxed. She read a lot now compare to her working days dimana dia hanya membaca semasa hari minggu. Look like my mom’s now enjoying the time freedom available to her. Malangnya bila my mom ada banyak masa untuk dihabiskan bersama keluarga, aku dan adik2 is not there. My sister is pursuing her degree and my little brother already got his job in KL. What a shame.

Disebabkan aku banyak travel dengan my friend dalam 3 bulan ni, I watch his daily schedule. Disebabkan mamat ni tidak bekerja, jadi dia tak payah risau pasal bangun lambat nak pegi kerja. But that’s not an excuse for him to wake up late. He usually does some jogging after subuh prayer and enjoys it. After breakfast he takes a look at his website (he’s a netpreneur – usahawan internet) for few hours and that’s it. After that he got nothing more to do. Aku ada tanya tak pernah ke rasa bosan dan dia kata sampai sekarang dia rasa bosan but now he know ho to deal with it. He shows me how much he enjoys the time freedom he has and it make me slightly jealous of him.

Destinasi pertama aku sampai is Pulau Tioman. I went to this island back in 1999 when I still in my school days. Lepak kat Kampung Juara, not much has changed except there’s a hell lot more foreign tourist this time. Probably they go snorkeling at nearby marine park. But that night I enjoy seeing this tourist set up a campfire and dance until they fell. Foreigners know how to enjoy themselves. Pernah sekali aku dan kawan aku rasa bosan in the middle of the night, we both don’t know what to do and suddenly mamat ni ajak aku lepak kat pantai near Cherating and slept there! It’s the first time aku tido berbumbungkan bintang and its coolest thing to do! When you have so much time to kill and easily bored, sometime it’s good to do some out-of-ordinary things.

I spent this 3 month visiting my friend at Ipoh and Penang. Berjumpa dengan orang berlainan jenis dan perangai serta ideologi membuatkan kita berfikir serta membuka minda. That’s what my friend do in his free time (which he has a hell lot of it). And I hope I’ll do this again some time in the future.