First thing first, Alhamdulilah, I am home. In one piece . After the SOT (school Overseas Trip) to Sri Lanka.
Secondly, it was definitely a trip to remember! It is a place for me to be and I can totally imagine myself staying there with the locals and integrate the culture into my lifestyle. That if my parents give me the green light to do whatever I want. I can imagine that will happen…NEVER. Hhaha..But I will totally have my second visit to Sri Lanka some other time.
Honestly, before stepping on that foreign land, my expectation to see, smell and experience sanitary, flowery scented life were really low. This is due to the fact of a lot of assumption after reading the news articles on India and think that it’s relative counterpart, Sri Lanka, (though they are both of a different country) will host the same kind of environment. Such thoughts of an idiot. And no, not to that extend of life.
I am quite impressed of the bustling of life in Sri Lanka. They may not be a first world country, but their technologies are definitely not from the third world. They are almost on par with Singapore. Their medical technologies in particular. We visited the Nawaloka Hospital on the third day of the trip. Unfortunately, I didnt take a lot of pictures @ Nawaloka hospital. What i really appreciate the most when I was at the hospital is when the Chief Surgeon allowed my group to see a live surgery that actually took place during the tour. We were not in the surgery theater ofc. But the fact that I actually saw a group of medical doctors/ surgeons and nurses operating on a patient was enough for me to go awestruck even if there’s a glass wall of separation between us. I dont want to spoil the moment by snapping photos. Here’s the pict i managed to grab from a friend.
We toured the Pre-natal department too. I didnt really expect to actually get to see an injured baby (of 5 days old) in the incubator. He fractured his collarbone because apparently he’s too large for the momma to birth him the natural way. I guess that happens to some of us also right? Poor baby will get better soon! In Sha Allah!
And we met this pretty lady here. She’s a medical student. And on Observation before pursuing her studies in UK. She’s the lady in the white coat beside Aqeem. The story behind this picture is interesting and funny as hell. We were actually trying to protect her from the wrath of flirtation of a doctor (whose age is doubled of our ages). So we decided to snap waayyy a lot of selfies (this isnt the only picture…I have tons of blurry and different poses of this picture) to kill time and make that doctor (whom we decided to code name him “Whale”) to walk away.
Its pretty cool that we get to make new friend here in Sri Lanka. Definitely appreciate her company! And I miss chatting with her too! Well, Brana, if you are reading this, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
Well above is our group photo including whale. Spot him! Hahaha…
The medical cost in this hospital is wayy much cheaper than in my hometown. Waiiittt… did I mention that the surgeons / doctors here are quite young? They are like 25 y.o . That’s my age 5 years from now. I dont even know what I am going to pursue after graduating. Hahah! My peers went crazy about this!
Maybe that’s their share on Rizq heh… Yeah.
On the second day of the trip, we made our way to Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital.
We were thoroughly made to understand how Ayurveda is different from Western Medicine by 2 practitioners. An insightful day for me! During the talk, we were handed Lakpeyawa, a herbal drink for fever, common cold, body aches and pain. It tasted like combination of black pepper and tea. I have to cringe my face to endure the spiciness after every gulp. I shared the drink with a friend and we left with halve of the volume of herbal drink. Nope, we didnt finish it.
We felt rejuvenated after getting our massage treatment. It cost me about 1500 SLR (Sri Lankan Rupee) which converts to SGD 15. I definitely can run my 2.4km under 10 minutes afterwards. Worth every cents of my money. I recommend this.
Later on that evening, we headed to Ayurveda Spa after we had our lunch. Talking about food, foods are always presented in a fine dining restaurant setting. Not that I’m complaining but a friend of mine ever mentioned that we are lucky to be in this SOT trip because we are pampered with a lot of resources and always having to dine in an excellent condition. I have to agree with him.
I’ll be continuing my story on another post. Stay tune