A letter to my younger self

Dear Yan,

I wish that the concept of time travelling doesn’t just exist in the fictional world but extend to the world that we live in. Because maybe I need to prepare you for what’s to come in your way. The prep talks and mandatory hugs. Maybe I want you to take the different route and experience a different outcome. It may or may not break you. Ultimately, I want you to grow and not become who I am today.

With so much love,
Yan 2015

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