Natural Beauty

As I was immense in my boring hobby of scrolling down my FB wall, I stumbled across this picture which my friend posted.

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Masha Allah! Such beauty ain’t it? She took the picture at the convenience of her home. Such a lucky girl. I really could not help but to be mesmerized of such beauty. So I asked her permission if I could get this picture posted on my blog so I can fill my satisfaction of staring at this masterpiece without going to someone’s account for fear of being labelled as ‘stalker’. Hahaha! Masha Allah!

Well, now that I am into the topic of Nature, it’s time to let you guys in a ‘secret’. I am actually a huge fan of enjoying the company’s of nature. Mmm… the way I put it seems odd. Basically I am nature lover. [Ha! short and sweet!] And I have been actually observing the moon rise and moon set lately. It’s actually kinda cool! Especially when the moon is at it’s optimum phase of a full moon and it shone brightly at night! Or even a bright gibbous moon can bring such comfort. Allah the Almighty! My favourite part while observing moon rise is when I actually can see the moon rising behind the tall HDB building across my block. The whole experience is spectacular whether or not its gibbous or crescent or full moon. I cannot get enough of that.  Cloudless night is the best night to observe them moons. I didnt catch much about moon set. Perhaps its because of the inconvenience of time and also a lot of obstructions to view the moon clearly.

Remember about the short lived fiasco of super moon in August this year? Guess what? I actually manage to catch it! Actually I am not sure if it’s super moon though. But it was huge than the usual ones that i came to love.  All praises to Allah for the opportunity!! 

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I love how the sky radiates from the moon light. This is the view from my balcony.

It was enormous than usual! I was actually eating snacks when I discover about the size of the moon. My legs naturally stood rooted to the floor, I can’t chew my food or even close my mouth. I couldnt do anything because I was awestruck by the beauty of the moon. Subhahanallah!  So that whole night, I bask in the beauty of the moon!

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I really wanted to share about the moon so I posted on LINE

When I traveled to SL the other time, I was too given the opportunity to witness the sunset from my room balcony.
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I miss the warm feeling from the sun setting

 

 

It just that sometimes while catching a glimpse of natures beauty, all the worldly things that are happening around just fade while you are focus to the majestic view ahead. I am grateful for such opportunity and be given such blessing to have eyes to witness how beautifully Allah has paint the sky. I am in love with how orderliness, timely and sophisticated with how the world works. Thank you Ya Rabb!

 

 

The World Across the Ocean, Sri Lanka

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.

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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.

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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!

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Well above is our group photo including whale. Spot him! Hahaha…

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Chubby faced Fithri and Pretty Brana

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The important thing is that the basic necessity is provided. The room is air-conditioned too!

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Success stories board.

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A demonstration of how the Endoscopy is used!

 

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.

MOVING ON

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.

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Here we have the masseuse to have a picture snapped with me. They were very warm and …shy.

 

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While waiting to get our turn to be massaged: “We come in pea — please massage us.. our back hurts badly “

 

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Look at her! Thumbs up and ready to get evaluated and approval by the Dr before going for the massage. The picture taken after her massage was made impossible because her smile is sooo bright that all you can see in the picture is white space.

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While waiting for Ash to be done inside the room.

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Our first official group photo with Fithri unglam-ly chooses this timing to rub her nose. Well done!

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.

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Will taking pictures before eating become the tradition for our future generations?

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Here’s mine:)

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On our Way to the Ayurvedha Spa, we met a junction with the rail way track. I was sooo excited when we crossed them.

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Ayurvedha Spa. The ambiance of the place is calm and serene. Therapeutic for the mind

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Common corridor to the treatment rooms. If I change the tone of this picture to a dull colour and place a girl with messed up hair at the end… it will tell you a whole different story!

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Murals of the daily life of a wife (??)

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Touring the different kind of rooms available. Hmmmm

 

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The best part of the vicinity is the beach backyard!

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Our second official photo with Adreus trying to flip back the banner. Well Done!

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On our way back to the Hotel, we chanced upon a herd of buffalo/cows. Guess what we did? Cheered like crazy. Town kids. Urgh *roll eyes*

 

 I’ll be continuing my story on another post. Stay tune

Flower Dome & Cloud Forest

In the midst of exam period, I decided to drag my friends, A & J, along to Garden Festival @Gardens by the Bay. Those friends really deserve some break. (too much of studying is not good…. Right?)

It wasn’t a well planned outing because there were a lot of last minute decision making. (because we are supposed to be studying remember?? Hahahha) And, I am glad with the decisions that we agreed upon.

So there we went.. Trudging our way through the mini ‘flooded’-pavement to the GBtheB. It was showering when we arrived at Downtown MRT. It was quite a walk. The whole sheltered pavement (from the main area to Flower Dome) was decorated with side stalls selling variety of products. Mostly gardening equipment and plants. They were like appetisers… Teasing our taste buds before the main course meal arrive.

900 seconds later…*dun dun duunnnn* we’ve reached to Flower Dome. *applause *

I didn’t really expect the dome to be air-conditioned. Because the area inside is really large. So, it was kinda overwhelming for me to register that I was in a air-conditioned area and greeted by myriads of colourful flowers when I got in.

Look at these photos!!

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^ Was besieged by these magnificent views of flowers from all around the world (Maybe that’s why the dome is air conditionised. It’s for the flowers which doesn’t grow/found in tropical land. A ha!)

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^ Do you see what I see?

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^a much closer view of horse running (away from me)

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^have you seen flowers as bright as these?
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Feast your eyes
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A & J busy capturing the beauty of the tiny creatures.

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^ This species of cactus is intriguing. Tiger Jaws

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^ I can understand Jaws… But why Tiger?

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^ Wild flower among Tiger Jaws
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^ And oh! Look what we found! The fruits could be oranges or tangerines. We have no clue. Just capture them anyway. If my hands are long enough… You can see them stretching out for the yummy fruits

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^ Kinda surprised that there were a lot of people on weekday.

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^ Redop. Yes. RedOp.

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^ Someone dresses up for the occasion. Hehehhe..

After few hours of basking in the beauty of colourful Nature, we decided to move on to somewhere higher; Cloud Forest.

I wish that I can upload the video of our entrance. Too bad that the mobile version of wordpress doesn’t allow that to happen.

Basically this dome is depicting a Cloud Forest, or aka fog forest. It is a generally tropical or subtropical, evergreen, montane, moist forest characterized by a persistent, frequent or seasonal low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level.

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^ We were greeted by 7 storey high waterfall upon our entrance.

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^ Lost World? Now I’m feeling nostalgic with the Dino era…

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^ Everything looks miniature when we are at the top

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^ Perspective

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^ The higher you go…

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^ This area was beautify by the crystals found in Cave. Occasionally we heard echoes of bats (I think) from the speaker. It brings calm into the soul.
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We didn’t really take a lot of picts of Cloud Forest as compared to Flower Dome. It’s hard to photograph something that could only be felt when you are there. Nevertheless, the serenity of the place is captured in my heart.

A model size of Cloud Forest could bring you such level of emotions/ feelings, just imagine what the real deal has to offer.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by the beauty of such creatures and such places. Thankful that I’ve got to see, touch, hear, feel and smell them.

Alhamdulillah for the opportunity!!

If you are a nature lover, I recommend to go to Cloud Forest. It’s worth it.

 

And to my partners who journey-ed together with me through the Gardens and Jungles… Thanks ah for agreeing to go this festival together. I hope you guys feel more relaxed. Now back to books. ^^