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Since the last entry,

  • I’ve lost 2 kilograms. Yeay!
  • But I gained back another 3kg. FML!
  • I’ve fallen in love. Again and again.
  • I’ve battled through the VERY LAST exam of my undergraduate studies.
  • And after months of blood, sweat, tears and other bodily secretions imaginable, I’m officially a doctor now!

Alhamdulillah. ๐Ÿ™‚

The late nights/early mornings, the many cuppas, the countless hours spent practising in the wards, the strenuous discussions, and the amount of time stressing over the exams (instead of studying LOL) was all worth it. Berkat doa family, lecturers, and friends, I managed to sail through the exam smoothly..Alhamdulillah.

Thank you God for hearing and answering my prayers, and for always being there whenever the journey gets too rough to handle. For that I am humbled, and I shall do my best to uphold the responsibility that has been laid down upon me. InsyaAllah.

Thank you to the family unit, for all the doa, love and support (and monetary funds too!) through out all these years. Tee hee. I won’t be where I am today if not for you guys! โ™ฅ

Thank you to the dedicated UPM lecturers for all the knowledge shared and the many words of encouragement. All of you are inspiring individuals in your own ways and I consider myself very, very lucky to have been taught by these superb educators. Not forgetting other faculty members who have helped us in terms of logistics and admin, kalau takde korang semua memang susah la hidup kami. UPM rocks!

Thank you to the patients in HKL, Serdang Hospital and Kajang Hospital – for being the best teachers. Doing medicine in a local uni sure has its perks!

Thank you to fellow classmates – UPM Medic Class of 2010 for the FIVE YEARS filled with nerdy medical jokes, dramas, gossips and kiasuness. LOL. You guys have been awesommeeeeeeeeeee! Definitely the best set of classmates one can ever have. I love you guys sangat2 lah. Congratulations fellow doctors, we made it!

Happy faces, post-results.

*picture courtesy of Liyana Zainal

Thank you to my friends from all over the world – for your doa and all those good luck wishes via texts/FB messages/Tweets. Sorry lah, interns tak boleh bagi MC. ๐Ÿ˜›

And…last but not least, (ok lah fine letak jugak..:P) Thank you to the boyfriend – for keeping me alive and happy through out the final months of medical school, for believing in me (even more than I do meself) and for always seeing the best in me. I am proud of you too mister!

To those who didn’t make it, all the best in the resit exam and you guys will be doctors in no time! Anybody who ever built an empire, or changed the world, sat where you are now. And it’s because they sat there that they were able to do it (quoting Ryan Bingham, Up In The Air). My prayers are with you guys, always.

OK, now that I’m freeeeeeeeeeee (for at least the next 2 months), I should go bask in this warm glow of relief and eat/sleep as much as I can. Hehe. I also have beach holidays, scuba diving, and weddings to look forward to! Yeayyyyy. See you soon!


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I just got back from a class with a senior Professor who was so anal about our spoken English during case presentations. He made it a point to correct even the subtlest of grammatical mistakes, making the class run longer than it should, much to the dismay of my friends who only signed up for the medicine and not additional English lessons.

I personally didn’t mind at all. I think what he did was wise as the use of good English is a crucial component in our professional development as competent future health professionals. (and the future ain’t that far either, we’re graduating in a month’s time kot!)

Now my English is obviously farrrrrr from perfect, but I sometimes do cringe in agony hearing people say things like “That’s mean” or “No any surgical scar..”.


This reminds me of a story when I presented an Orthopaedic long case the other day. Right after my history of presenting illness, this lecturer of mine asked,

Hidayu, which secondary school were you from?”

I hesitated in saying STF, because people generally won’t know what STF stands for unless they have a boarding school background or they live in JB. So to be safe I responded,

โ€œErr, Tun Fatimah?โ€

Oh sebab the way you speak English macam you’re from TKC.


I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Ok so I took that as a compliment for me, but just not for my school. Heheh. It is a well-known fact that TKC girls are generally very fluent in English. This generalization also includes a pseudo-fact that majority of their students came from rich, upper-class, English-speaking Malay families so it was only natural for them to have better English as compared to their other boarding school counterparts.

During my time in STF we rarely spoke in English, perhaps maybe just in English classes and to friends whom we’re used to speak in English with. It wasn’t as if we couldn’t, but I guess you might come across as, ummmmh, a lil pretentious to speak English in an all-Malay environment? Very, very bad mentality especially in a kononnya prestigious school, but that was the vibe that I got back in the days.

I didn’t come from an English-speaking family, but I was thankful that I befriended 3/4 of the school’s English debaters which meant I always had to keep up with their vast vocabularies. Phew, thanks guys. It was only in uni that I started speaking a lot of English, thanks to having re-discovered multiracial friendships.

In view of the school’s recent High-Performance status BS and excellent exam results, I just hope that the kids have started to speak in English among themselves. It may be a tad too late if English is only spoken formally during tertiary education because “That’s mean” has become such a norm that it doesn’t feel like an error anymore.

Get out of that stupid sempit shell of ours, and start seing the world as it should be. You don’t know how much you’re missing out, kiddos. Make it a point to speak in English as much as you can, watch English movies (without subtitles, please) and read English news/books/blogs for a change. (using a Facebook English medium doesn’t count ok).

And of course, this reminder goes out to me too. I’m on a journey of self-improvement myself, so please correct me if you ever hear me make silly grammatical mistakes! Screw embarassment. It’s better to be corrected now than when you’re presenting at a world-class conference later and be laughed at because of the poor standard of your English.

Sekian incoherent ramblings of the day. Teacher Mimi must be proud of me. Kih kih.

P/S : I recently found out that this lecturer who made the TKC remark is actually a Koleq boy. Saw him donning that familiar maroon tie last Wednesday, which explains the remark because all Koleq guys I know are dating/have dated or at least friends with a TKCian. Again, a generalization. LOL.

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Sarawak Elective


This is a long overdue post about my elective posting in Sarawak. Have decided to put this up on the blog so that in the distant future I’ll get to reminisce the amazing 6 weeks I’ve had in Sarawak.

So I’ve been getting questions from my non-medic friends about what an “elective posting” is all about. Well, it is actually a given period by medical schools for students to learn in other hospitals other than their own. We’ve been given the freedom to choose just about any hospital in any country in the world, so it is up to what one really wants out of their elective in choosing a place for their posting.

Those with enough funds may opt to do it overseas and experience what it’s like to practice medicine in other countries. For instance, my boys Heng and Joshua did theirs in Kenya and had many hands-on experience that one could not possibly get in local teaching hospitals (both performed their first Caesarean sections there. JEALOUS!). A few of us went to European countries like the UK to feast their eyes on angmohs *ehem*. Many opted to go back to their hometown hospitals for an additional 6-week holidays. Andย  some people just wanted to go off for a 6-week vacation!

Like me. Heh heh heh.

I chose Sarawak mainly because I’ve never been to either Borneo states before. Sabah hospitals placement have all been swapped up by my other classmates, so Sarawak was the only option left. Did plan on going overseas, but my application for Melbourne was rejected and I was already out of funds by the end of the semester. So Kuching it is! Read the rest of this entry »

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I have survived 5 major exams in the last 10 months, and yes baby, I’m about to enter 5th (and hopefully FINAL) year of medical school soon!

Alhamdulillah. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I’ll be flying off to Kuching in a few hours to do my elective attachment in Sarawak General Hospital for 6 weeks. Anyone within 200km radius of Kuching is very much welcomed to take me out for some Mee Kolok/Laksa Sarawak!

Hehe kinda excited coz I’ve never been to that part of the world yet. I’ll be doing some travelling around Borneo as well, so do wait up for pictures of Proboscis monkeys and Orang Utans soon.

This will actually be the longest time that I’ll be away from home ever since I left STF. Just one of the perks of attending a Uni an hour away from home I guess.ย  So I’ll definitely miss my KL home, my Banting home, and especially my friends (everyone’s jetting off to faraway places for their electives – Labuan, Sandakan, Bintulu, UK, Taiwan and even Kenya!).

Kampung Baru
View from my hostel room in Kampung Baru. We’re moving out next year! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I’m going to miss this view, too.ย  Sigh. And all things Kampung Baru. (read : glorious Malay Kelantan and Siam food)

Off to pack now.
Take care guys.

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The C Word.

3 years ago, I watched my mom’s youngest brother battle lung cancer.

He was in his early 40s and by the time of diagnosis, the cancer had already metastasized to his spine and liver.

He didn’t make it.

Just today, another aunt (my dad’s sister) was told that she has cancer. This time it’s breast cancer, which has also metastasized to her spine and liver.


This is a crushing blow to the family unit.

The C word, all over again.

I am devastated.

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Kids. Eugh.

I am still basking in the warm glow of relief that ObGyn has ended. Woo hoooo! It was one hell of a ride (read: Hectic nak mampus), but Alhamdulillah all went well. This might sound strange, but I kinda miss pregger mommies. Hehe.

Moving on.

I’ve been searching highs and lows for these.

Toys R Us, Toycity, Jusco Kids Department, Carrefour Kids Department – you name it. They’re either sold out, or replaced with fancy plastic blocks. I need wooden blocks in 3x3x3 cm size, so if anybody comes across these in any department store, please inform me!


P/S: This isn’t maternal instincts kicking in ok. Wekkkkk. Hopefully I’ll survive Paediatrics!

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Bored Sick of Studying.

  1. I have a MAJOR exam in 4 days, and all I want to do right now is go out and buy lingerie. Lots and lots of em. Don’t ask me why.
  2. Yesterday I discovered that 2 of my guy best friends (Yes F, I’m acknowledging you as a guy now) have been silent readers of le blog. Why you guys never comment one?
  3. I hate it that people are calling Pavilion (the shopping complex)by the name of Pavy. WTF PAVY SO TAK CLASSY OK. Altogether now, p-vlyn!
  4. I think those 4 Perak assemblymen (more like greedy frogs in pursuit of power) are about as disgusting as politicians can get. The whole situation is an absolute treachery to the people of Perak. I don’t favour a snap election though, as it would be a waste of time and resources. Hmmph.
  5. Kuala Kangsar

  6. Speaking of Perak, I have very fond memories of the state. Spent 5 wonderful years growing up in Ipoh, and another few years of visiting my sister in SEMESTI Teluk Intan. Gosh how I miss Rendang Tok!
  7. The girls who keep my sanity intact* are in Bagan Lalang for a picnic right this second. And they’re playing KITES! And I’m stuck here in Kampung Baru burying myself in books. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ One of the many sacrifices, eh? You girls better take kickass pics with your DSLRs and I shall hog them with comments on Facebook!

  8. The official line-up for Sunburst’09 sucks! I’m not spending my hard-earned (LOL) RM200 allowance just to see some local acts performing like it’s Rock The World! Last year’s line-up was wayyyy better (a sweaty John Legend and a topless Brandon Boyd tee hee. And Najwa too!). I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Coldplay. “My heart is yours. It’s you that I hold on to. That’s what I’ll do.” Sigh.
  9. 101_1503

  10. I’m now at my fattest due to 10 weeks of continuous belajar-makan-tidur cycle. Sumpah tak fit langsung. Will resume workout after the exams, I promise.
  11. I miss the parentals. And the sister.
  12. Ok sekian. Mari belajar.

*Shisha buddies, brunchmates, and weekend gossipmates. You know who you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

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