If you would remember, I’d frequently mention how — since returning to Malaysia and entering the 9-6 workforce — life became such a routine. I became a total robot. And also how difficult it was to meet up with old friends. In fact, immediately after coming back here, I felt like I had very few friends! It was one of those transition phases: school friends have just been separated too far by time and distance (and I never had one of those really tight “geng”s, just a few good ex-classmates), my UK friends who have graduated lived in various places (some near, some far, but all equally tricky to meet), a good handful of them are still in the UK because they are juniors, I don’t have cousins who are my age and/or I am close to, so all of this leaves me with … nobody much at all.
Another issue that I thought about was how Malaysians tend to meet up with friends by “lepaking”. Mainly at shopping malls (malls? I is so American ) or anywhere that serves food. People can spend their whole weekend there: watching movies, bowling, eating, shopping, talking, did I mention eating? Of course there are alternatives — art galleries / exhibitions, events and programs, outdoor activities … oh, and weddings but the majority of us still end up in malls. It’s not necessarily that we want to spend our time that way, but it happens to be the convenient way (well-known places, good accessibility, everybody likes sitting+eating+talking). Otherwise, we would be lepaking at home with the TV and computer(s).
how do you tubuh kan kelab eh? rasa macam nak buat kelab Weekenders.
Weekenders ialah kelab untuk orang yg kerja keras pada weekdays dan ingin enjoy pada hari Weekend
antara aktiviti yang dah terpikir ialah belajar basic engine kereta/motor so that bila rosak nanti boleh identify sendiri or repair sikit bagi boleh jalan sampai workshop, at least takde lah tersadai atas jalan tunggu orang tolong atau pun orang ‘tolong’ (rompak) kan.
aktiviti lain ialah panjat gunung/bukit waktu subuh and solat subuh atas tu, then turun mandi sungai buat bbq.
then ada aktiviti fotografi sambil joging dekat taman tasek or putrajaya.
mencerap bulan dan bintang pada waktu malam di taman sambil baring dan ajk buat bbq dekat tepi tu. (asing lelaki perempuan of course)
subuh di masjid ramai-ramai lepas tu tengok matahari naik dekat masjid besi, lepas breakfast, pergi rumah anak yatim/masjid gotong royong, tak pun ke balai raya tolong kemas2.
ada team untuk identify kemiskinan di tempat masing-masing, sekerap mungkin buat donation di pasar malam sambil menayangkan video atas projektor tentang kesusahan hidup mangsa, lepas tu next weekend pergi ramai-ramai buat kenduri dekat situ happy kan anak beranak dia, kemas rumah, baiki ape yang patut, bagi sumbangan, sape yang nak bagi sumbangan secara sembunyi time tu pun boleh, tinggal duit celah bantal or tilam (kalau diorang ada lah).
acara sampingan lain;
belajar komputer dan melukis.
ada cadangan lain? ^^
And so, Weekenders Club was born.
(OK perhaps it wasn’t that instant. Starting up always takes time and careful planning and everything. ) (Here’s Icam’s entry on Weekenders Club. It’s also in BM.)
I’ve now joined about three of the official activities: hiking up Broga Hill (4 March 2012), Weekenders’ Cook & Feed at an orphanage in Cheras (1 April 2012), and hiking up Tabur/h Hill (8 April 2012). Let me just mention some stuff that … I want to mention.
Anyway, there are many more photos on Facebook. We have a Page, and a Group, and although the activities so far have been around the Klang Valley & in Malaysia, you seriously could just steal this idea and run with it. Gather some good souls, plan a good cause (eg. learn new skills, spend time with the needy, appreciate nature) and fill your weekends with beneficial activities. K bye!