I was away from the office for the last 2 days. I went for a training course with PS. Maybe to some it is not understandable why with the company is about to close down, we were so keen on going for training. Well, I am helping the company to reduce the company money in the HRDF. If not utilised, the company cannot re-claim the money. So what other ways to do but to go for training. (Read : The training can be usedby me if I decide to become a consultant later on ) Of course, training is always associated with lavish meals. There are usually morning and afternoon tea breaks and a lunch. So since I was fasting, the training provider gave me Tesco shopping voucher instead.
I have known the training provider since 1994. On and off we had used them to provide training for the employees, from my first company till now. Some of the trainers/consultants had become my friends over the years. One of them is Christina.
I haven't seen Christina for some time, over the years, we changed, and shamefully I had forgotten how she looks like. So when she met us during the break, she said we (PS and I) look familiar (luckily she forgotten me as well hehehe). I asked whether Christina was still around and she said,
"Is Christina is still around? " Mock surprise tone. " I am Christina"
"sorry, so very sorry" I said, " I didn't recognise you, you look different, did you have a plastic surgery or something. You look so young". Hehehe, Of course lah, need to cover maaa. .
" Ya lah, plastic surgery lorr, that's why I look different now, hahaha" Luckily she is sporting enough.
Later during the class, the trainer Joyce asked me.
Joyce : "N, were you from LT Sdn Bhd, before?"
Me : " Yes, why?"
Joyce : " Christina was asking whether you were from that company and she was telling me that you gave birth 2 days after you finished the course ?"
Joyce was asking for confirmation.
Me : " Yes, that was me"
At lunch, while Joyce and the other participants went to lunch I had a chat with Christina reminescing over old times and friends. Of course the story came out again.
Christina :" I used to tell your story in my other trianing classes. I told them that we had a lady pregnant at full term during one of the training. We finished the course on Friday, she gave birth on Sunday " I should ask for a royalty for this right?
Me : "Yes, Joyce was asking me just now, I said, when you asked me then, when I was due, I said next week."
Christina : "No, no, I still remember your exact words. You said, if I tell you when I am due, you all will be worried".
Me : "If I am not mistaken, you pestered me again and I did tell you all. You and Linda's reaction was " why so fast?""
Me : " My answered was, "What Fast!, I had been carrying the baby for 9 months already" "
Anyway, that baby is 12 years old already. Yes, I was full term pregnant with Syia when I was scheduled for the Lead Assessor's training. It was a 5 days training, with live audit conducted at their client's premise. The training was in Penang Island, I was driving to and from home to the training place. I had to use the ferry and training usually finished at after 8.00 pm. It was interesting and but rather hectic for a pregnant mom in her last trimester. Unknowing to me, they had a little contigency plan on their own during the mock audit, just in case I decided to gave birth during that time :-), although I didn't see an ambulance witing the compound.
I went back to the office on Saturday ( we were working 5 and 1/2 days at that time, Saturday was half day). I wanted to clear my stuff before the maternity leave. On Sunday, Syia was eager to come out into the world. It was the labour day, 1st of May 1994. Although it was a quality training, Syia was borned feet first, against the normalcy of birth. Yes, she was breached, but Alhamdulillah it was a normal delivery, no suction, no forcept, not ceaserian. Perhaps she just refused to conform to normal rules I guessed, hehehe.
Let see if I can get more training before we leave.