October 26, 2007

A Tiring Trip to Ras Laffan

It's been a busy week. I drove to Ras Laffan (80 kilometers North of Doha) for four consecutive days to conduct some training for our client's technicians. Actually, I got someone else to do the training. I was merely a spectator and the "official driver." But after driving 160 Km round trip each day for four consecutive days, I was totally exhausted. If only I still have some leave credits, I would have skipped work last Thursday.

I remember during high school, I commute everyday - 2 hours round trip. By the time I reach home, I'm already dead tired even before I study my lessons and do my home work. Then, on my first job, I have to commute almost two hours each way. Believe me, I can barely do anything after work. I'm sure workers who commute or drive from Doha to Ras Laffan everyday are just too tired, not to mention that some of them work on 12-hour shift.

From experience, one thing that can really help is to get enough sleep in order to overcome tiredness and re-energize, although in the end, it will just be a work-sleep cycle. You will still be tired at the end of the day and exhausted at the end of the week. I don't know if I can work in Ras Laffan on a daily basis. But if by chance, I got a work assignment that will require daily drive to Ras Laffan, then it's going to be a real challenge for me.

Do you drive to work everyday? How do you manage long drive to work and back home?

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