My alumni meeting ended at 7:30pm at KL Sentral tonight.This is the third meeting for me today and I felt very tired and wanted to go home as soon as possible.To avoid the traffic jam,I decided to take the Putra train from KL Sentral to Majid Jamek and then LRT train to Pandan Jaya where my son will take me home by his car.
By the way,I am not a regular train user in KL.When a train arrived at Masjid Jamek,I immediately boarded the train.After a few stations we passed through,I thought I was on the right train.When the train passed through Cheras station I did not realised yet that I took the train to Sri Petaling.While on the train, I was toying with my new GPS device to measure the distance to destination and the speed of the train.The maximum speed recorded was 70km/hr.Suddenly my GPS indicated that instead of getting closer to Pandan Jaya station(my destination), it was getting further away.Then only my ageing mind realised that I may be on the wrong train.When the train stopped at Salak South, then I confirmed that I was on the wrong train.
I alighted from the train at Salak South and took another train back to Chan Sow Lin station.From there, I had to wait for a Sentul Timur train to Ampang. Instead of arriving home early, my journey was delayed by about 30 minutes.
I am sharing this short note so that all of us can learn a few lessons that may be applicable to our lives.First, do not be in a haste like me or make an assumption that you are in the right vehicle.Second, monitor where are you going.If you don't know where you are going,any road or train will take you there.Third,even if you are aided with satellite guidance communication system,please keep your eyes open;your device may have instrumental errors!
Last but not least,plan your journey with a map.