I was busy over the weekend and will be busy until tomorrow. A week or so ago, Professor Lenore Manderson asked if I was interested in attending a two-day seminar. As I would be relatively free on the days she mentioned, I thought it would do me some good to go and learn something instead of brooding at home. She had arranged with Dato’ Dr Zaliha Omar to pick me up early this morning. It was only when we reached Hotel Istana that I realised it was a workshop with a list of illustrious international speakers.
The Family Strengthening Workshop was organised by the Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, Lembaga Penduduk dan Pembangunan Keluarga Negara in collaboration with LDS Charities and Majlis Kebajikan & Pembangunan Masyarakat Kebangsaan Malaysia (MAKPEM). Most of the participants were in formal attire and I was not! It was an interesting event nonetheless. There were five workshops. I picked Workshop 5: Crisis Intervention: Handling Neglect, Abuse and Violence. The speaker was Prof. Dr. Scott A. Ketring. He was very animated. He gave an interesting insight into the minds of people who have been abused and how they react.
It was a good thing I went. I met a sweet young woman outside the ball room. She introduced herself as Venus and blogs at Jaded by Venus. That was the second time we bumped into each other. The first was just outside the pet shop at Mid Valley Megamall a few months ago. Hi Juliana!!!! Just in case you were wondering, yes, I still remember you from the last time.