Jan 2, 2009 – First work day for the year and I was driving back to work when it dawned upon me that I have actually been driving up and down the KL-Karak highway or the E8 for the past 10 years 10 months. When I did the math, I was even more amazed that an average of 250 km weekly return journey would work out to be a total of 140,750 km.
This is 3 1/2 times round the earth’s circumference of 40,000 km. This is purely the weekly return journey distance from my home in Bukit Jalil to my office in Mentakab, Pahang. I have not factored in my daily commute, my mid week trips and my outstation journeys. Then it struck me that at RM 0.20 per km for petrol consumption, I would have spent a minimum of RM 28,150 for my weekly travel.
The time for each journey would be about 1 1/2 hours in the morning and 2 hours return on Saturday afternoons due to the heavier traffic. The 3 1/2 hours spent weekly worked out to be 1,970.5 hours or a total of 82 days on the road.
I have been questioned before why I travel like I do, week in week out. Well meaning colleagues has suggested for me to move in permanently to Mentakab instead of wasting my productive time and splashing money on petrol. My superiors even doubted my loyalty as it was viewed that I was not willing to commit myself permanently in Mentakab.
Well, the answer is simple. The money and time spent is well worth keeping in touch with the world, keeping up with times, having a grip on reality. Mentakab is a very sheltered place living in its own time and oblivious to the outside world. The sacrifice I made is worth keep my feet in both worlds, the little town of Mentakab and the greater world out there. Even though I was amazed how much I have driven over the years, I have no regrets and will continue to do it if I have to.
If my superiors ever question my loyalty, with this new insight, I will just tell them that I have driven round the world three and half times for them. 🙂