Monday, December 1, 2014

Assalammualaikum.

So that day I watched this one advert in the tele, and it went like this....

A girl, with oily, dull face and some pimple scars was trying to park her car in front of a building.
There were some men outside, nearby to where she was and were looking at her.
Then, she came out of the car and one of the man shouted at her "Hoi, x boleh parking sini laaa. Pergi! Pergi"
(I can't remember the EXACT dialogue but u get the message)

So she was sad and annoyed and went back into her car with some revengeful intentions.
She took out her cosmetic set, put on her make up there and then in the car (nevermind the fact her face was really oily at that time and girls, you should wash your face before applying any make up!).

After her makeover, she came out of the car and one of the men who were looking at her with disgust just now, rushed to her car and get her car keys frm her, to valet park her car!

And she walked into the building with pride~


And so, I was disgusted with the motion the advert brings.

Like seriously?
Serendah macam tu ke martabat seorg perempuan yg diorg nk bawak skrg?
Kalau cantik, apa pun bolehhh... Klo x cantik, "Eh hello..get lost from here!"

So klo prmpn x cantik, muka tgh oily accident tepi jalan, tayar letup ke apa ke, mmg sekian la x pyh harap ada white knight dtg selamatkan?
IMHO, bkn white knight yg patut selamatkn, mmg all lelaki shd help women in distress - to HELP, not to flirt.

I know now that may not be the case, ada je prmpn yg x berapa nk fashionable but still get help and fair treatment from people. But if this is the concept of adverts, in the future we will start to think this way; you want help? Be pretty!

I think the feminism force in Malaysia especially should focus to counter these types of advertisements.
The adverts that focus that a woman must use their products to be beautiful to get people's attention and be seen.
I know women like beauty, but I think the beauty should be used to boost her own confidence, and be able to walk head held high in the public.
Not to get a man, get a parking space or simply getting a fair treatment.

Mmg, I can't deny that during some occasions, I tend to dress more, or perhaps more precisely, more appropriate.
I went to KKM to ask about my job intake and I wear very nice attire and made myself up a little bit. I had a feeling if I look better, then the KKM officer will not be annoyed with my thousands of questions so easily.
Sometimes, when a person looks not-too-good, syaitan berbisik and ckp "Dh, x suka la tgk muka dia. Cpt2, halau dia pegi"
So, klo kita pkai cantik skit, org tu boleh la layan soalan2 kita yg beribu2 ni lama2 skit.

Feminism should not focus on getting a woman everything a man gets.
Feminism should be on striving to get what a woman should get.


Dulu waktu KTM bru introduce ladies coach; tu yg pink comel2 tu, I can't understand why a certain feminism champion organisation rejects the idea.
The reason given was kenapa nak perkecilkan kudrat seorang perempuan? Perempuan pun boleh tahan la nk dduk koc dengan lelaki. Ingat perempuan ni lemah sgt ke?
Haaaa...tu la hujah yang diberikan oleh seorang wanita ni, yang mewakili satu persatuan wanita ni.

I really felt like biting her head off.

Makcik, cuba pi naik ktm tu pkul 5 ptg on hari bekerja.
From KL balik Serdang.
Tgk makcik diri kt dalam coach tu ngn sape.
Tgk ketiak sape yg ada dekattt ngn our face at that time.
Tgk mcm mana punya sesakkk berhimpit2 until we are not even sure "Ni aku ni tgh kena raba ke org ni tergesel je ni?"

Dh ada org nk protect kita from benda2 mcm ni, baguih la tu.
Why did she feel the women's coach is actually seeing a woman as being weak that we need our own coach?
GRRRR~

Having said all these, I am not sure if men face the same problem.
Ada ke perempuan2 di luar sana yg tgk "Eh mamat ni x hensem la, rambut leperr je... x pyh la kasi dia discount"?

Kbai!

-Because life is a test-



-AkMaR-
http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com


Monday, November 24, 2014

Assalammualaikum!

Did you know Popular Bookstore is now holding the all RM5 books sale?!


Hah?
Xtau? Ha skg dh tau.
Cepat pergi!

I went there with Aisyah last Friday, 21st Nov. Yep, the first day of the sale!
And we were both so crazy we forgot we haven't had our lunch until Aisyah started feeling dizzy; hypo agknye dh dia.


-Because life is a test- -AkMaR- http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Assalammualaikum!

Ok, I officially have about 2 more weeks only to be called an unemployed medical graduate.
Dh sedia ke nk bekerja sebagai seorang doktor, Akmar oi?
Jawapan: Ntah la. Macam belum je.
*gasp*

Pagi tadi one of my friends posted this status in her FB page:

Semalam. Hari yg dhsyat.
tapi Allah tu xpernah berhenti memujuk..
Admission yg sgt banyak..
Kena marah lg dgn keluarga patient..dlm keadaan dri sndri tgh stress takut kena marah dgn mo n specialist sbb byk keje xsiap..beban perasaan yg bertambah2.
****

dilute drug. Tgn kena kaca. Nk cepat punya pasal. Darah xberhenti2. Tiba2 ada orang hulur handiplast.
'Nah doktor.'
toleh belakang.
'Ya Allah. Nurse..awk perasan ke?terharu la sy cmni'
Siap lari tolong amek. Siap tolong balutkan..
*tapi lepas tu keja pn jd lmbat. Nk amek darah susah. Nk tulis susah. Baru sedar nikmat ibu jari. Nmpk remeh tp sgt bermakna..
****

Tgh rounds..
Serabut dgn byk benda..

Finally broken down into tears in front of patients, patients' relatives and nurses. Xpernah ngis cmni sepanjang 3minggu keje.walaupun setiap hari 6 smpi 11..digagahkn jugak. Tp akhirnya kalah jugak dgn air mata sndri.huhu

Bila orang panggil..
'doktor..doktor.. ubat ni macam mana?'
'Doktor..doktor.. patient ni mcm mana?'

Semua x boleh nak dijawab sebab tgh nangis dgn dahsyatnya sampai xboleh bfikir.
malu plak bila pk. Adeh..

Round blom hbis.Ingt nk skip round.malu nk ngadap mo n specialist dgn mata merah..tp mo panggil jugak. Nyorok blkg mo yg tggi sbb xnk org nmpk.
Tbe2..
Mo: hey r u ok?
Me: doktor jgn tny. Nnt sy ngis lg *sambil berusaha lap air mata yg xnyempat2 nk kluar time2 cmni *

Mo tarik tgn. Kluar dr group perbincangan

mo: u all gi sana dlu. Nanti u pun nangis skali.
Me: *dlm hati* sempat lg main2 die ni
Mo: r u ok? I tau working environment lain dari masa study. Bla bla bla.. *xingt dh die ckp apa sbb sibuk sgt nk lap air mata.haha
Me: sorry doktor. Doktor mesti tension kan dapat 1st poster.
Mo: no la.its ok.do u want me to teach u or not?

*terkejut. Susah sgt nk jumpa doktor bahagian surgery yg blh bsabar mcm ni skali. Lagi terharu bila doktor pura2 sruh kt tulis dlm patient folder, supaya xpyah ikut round. semata2 supaya die blh talk heart-to-heart dgn diri yg ntah pape ni

Habis je round mlm tu,msg doktor..

Me: Thank you so much for just now. It may look simple to u but it really helps. Im so sorry for what happened. Stress dengan diri sendiri. Having u all as my bosses is a bless but I still mess up things. I'll try my best to adapt and learn
Mo: No problem . Take it easy. All of us have gone through the same thing. Just relax and be strong

balik mlm tu terus tido xnyempat2.kepenatan.
Tido dgn senyuman.

Hari yg dhsyat tp Allah still bg hadiah dgn cara yg lain.

P/s: hari ni bjaya siapkn semua keje walaupun tggal 2 org 1st poster dlm ward.waaaa cm xcaye!

Alhamdulillah 'ala kulli hal. Hanya Allah tau yg terbaik ♥

Seram tak baca?
Saya seram... seram sangat.

I've heard the story of HO (read: House Officer) crying countless times.
But it has never scared me as much as this one from my friend.
Perhaps because as this status comes from a friend, it felt nearer to me?

Kena marah ngn keluarga patients.
Takutnye bnda tu berlaku. Klo tgh stress, will I fight them back?
But if I fight, I will cry in the middle of the fight.
Selalu mcm tu. Emo nk marah org, diri sndiri nangis smbil marah2 org.
Malu la klo that happens.

Habis tu, nk snyap je bila kena marah ngn family patients?
My mum pun pernah marah doktor sbb dia kna tggu lama.
Even my nenek.
Tp doktor bkn nye tgh minum kopi goyang kaki kt ward/clinic tu.
And kita pun tahu patients tggu nk berjanggut kt waiting room tu.
Masing2 tgh stress, nk ledak kt sape?

Sape nk jadi air, sape nk jadi api?
Sbb api hnya blh lawan ngn air.

Setiap hari keje 6 to 11
6am to 11pm.
Boleh tahan ke?
I have migraine, klo x ckup tido, x ckup makan, boleh trigger headache.
Not only migraine, tension headache pun ada.
Tension headache tu, as the name suggest; headache sbb muscles of the head tense up - sbb stress or anxiety biasanye.
Ada yg saya kena makan beta-blocker hari2 nanti.

'doktor..doktor.. ubat ni macam mana?'
'Doktor..doktor.. patient ni mcm mana?'

Mcm mana klo sy x boleh jwb?
Mcm mana klo sy xtau nk buat apa ngn patient kt dpn sy ni?
Xkn all the time nk refer OHCM, or Sarawak Handbook?

What if I gave the wrong instructions?

Fkir2 balik, tu sebab la we have two weeks of tagging.
"Tagging" is a process compulsory for all new HOs in every dept.
I am not entirely sure how is the process, but if I am not mistaken you will be attached to an MO (read: Medical Officer. Senior la tu) and you tag him/her wherever she goes.
Wktu tu la nk absorb everythinggg..
Wktu tu la you don't have to answer for your own decision, because you don't make decisions.
You observe.

And if your supervisor deem you not competent by the end of the two weeks, you tagging time will be extended.

Readykah aku?
Sorry, belum kot.
So nak buat apa skrg?

Pergi la baca buku oiii..

Ok, lepas ni nak Asar.
Tadi dh azan.
Lepas tu, *janji kt diri sndiri*, pegi amik Sarawak Handbook.

kbye.

-Because life is a test-



-AkMaR-
http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com

Monday, November 10, 2014

Assalammualaikum!

Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah (Thanks to Him).
I have just received my placement results this morning, and guess what?
I will be working in Hospital Serdang!!

Baru je some days ago dok bising2 psl x dpt keje lagi.
Tak sangka pulak the result is gonna be released today!
I thought it will be late Nov, just like any other intakes (the end of the month).

So I was having breakfast this morning when I received a whatsapp from Kiew, telling me the result is out and she will be working in Taiping! I screamed and ran upstairs, leaving Kak Ra stunned in the kitchen. Ran and screamed the whole way up into my room, grab my lappie and ran back down to the dining table.
By then I was so nervous, agitated, and not surprisingly, shivering too!

My mac took the longest time ever to startup this morning and by then I have already texted Akmal, who was in the car at that time.

Punya laaa lama tau tggu mac ni start and Google Chrome to open up.

And.....



And.....



And....



And....






Yeayyyy....
Dapat Hospital Serdannggg...
Alhamdulillah!

That was my second choice. My first choice was Hosp Putrajaya but I am very happy nevertheless!

So yea, just to share the good news with the world :D

And yep, Akmal is going to the same hospital with me :-p



-Because life is a test-



-AkMaR-
http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Assalammualaikum.

Tangan tengah gatal nak menaip, even though there are sooo many things I have to do in the kitchen; kupas bawang putih, bawang merah seguni tu, kemas pinggan mangkuk semua.. haih.

Ok anyway, let's talk briefly about my employment status.
So I had my SPA interview on Sept 3rd (two months ago now!), after having gone through all the procedures.
I registered with MMC, received my provisional registration number, sent my personal details form to KKM in Putrajaya (personally, mind you. Xnak post2 nih. Bahaya).
And till now, I am still waiting for panggilan penempatan.

There was an intake in late August, and I found out from Atikah that UKM students will be in that intake.
There were 740 names in that intake.
Then I found out from my interviewer that the next intake is going to be in late October. That was early Sept, so I was really hoping I can get into this late October intake because the next one after that will be late Dec (I asked KKM officer).

A month ago; one day after my KYUEM visit, KKM released the names enlisted for October intake.
And my name wasn't in =[
So that means I will be in the late December list, which will be released late November.
Sigh~

Some three weeks ago, I called KKM to ask if I REALLY am going to be in the Dec list, and they said "WE CANNOT SAY YET, WE DO NOT KNOW. IT DEPENDS ON OUR BOSS"
I was devastated.
I thought I WILL get the December panggilan for SURE.
But at that time, the October intake is not settled yet i.e the appeal process and all, they are still quite tied up and they have not started listing the names for December.

So last week I called again, since last week is the week the October intake have their induction course.
And they said "Well, our bosses have not had their meeting yet and we cannot say if those who were interviewed in September will be enlisted in this Dec list. Those who received their surat lantikan in August, will be in the list"

So that means, they take people by the interview dates.
That means, had I had my SPA interview earlier, I would have been in the August list!
And why did I not have my SPA interview earlier even though I completed the paperwork very early?
Because I did not know we have to call SPA to be put in the waiting list for interview!
I thought we have to just fill in the online SPA application form!
But no, WE HAVE TO CALL THEM AND TELL THEM....

"HELLO, I'VE COMPLETED MY FORM ONLINE. CAN YOU PUT ME IN THE WAITING LIST NOW?"

Since I am an overseas graduate, and there weren't many instructions lying around for us (mind you, the instructions given by MMC, JPA or SPA DID NOT mention calling SPA at all), we were left in a limbo. We did not if we have completed EVERYTHING required.

So Kiew and I called and called SPA Hotline.
And as people might have guessed, no one answered the phone.
We called, and called many many times a day, and many many days a week.
Until it was raya holiday.
So we called again after the one week raya holiday.
Until at last Kiew filed the ePertanyaan (or was it ePengaduan?) in SPA website. She then received a prompt reply, giving her the EXACT number for the dept that manages our interview.
And only then did we know we have to call to list our name in the waiting list.

So I wish my juniors will not do the same mistake as I did.
Call SPA to get ur names in the interview waiting list.
MMC registration can be done in a day or two (if you send your application personally and pick your certificate yourself).
SPA is the slow bit.
CALL THEMM!!

Ok lah, tu je.

Bye~



-Because life is a test- -AkMaR- http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Assalammualaikum!
You know, I think I've aged quite significantly these past two months.
Ending my student life means I no longer receive the monthly living allowance from the Malaysian government, a privilege I have enjoyed for the past 7 years of my life.

I now have to start thinking about other things.
Not only to THINK about them, but TO WORK to get them.
I will need a car, I do not know where I will be posted to.
I want to get married, I need to plan it.

If I get a job in a nearby hospital, I can stay at home but if I get somewhere further, I will need to relocate myself there. That means I need to find a house / room and move myself out of this house now.
Renting a house will usually requires two months deposit + one month rental. I may need to furnish the house, at least a stove, rice cooker, some plates and kitchen stuff.
It's Preston all over again. But in Preston, there were 4 of us in the same boat.
I had Kiew, Syahidah and Ibrizah. We divided the cost, we bought vacuum cleaner, ironing board, pots and pans, broom and mop etc. I need to find new housemates now.

I may need a car. My mum's second car; the very useful Kelisa is for home-use. If I get a job in a different state, the car may not be able to survive a weekly or two weekly drive to and fro different states.
My siblings need the car off and on.
Buying a car needs thousands of RM for the downpayment.
All the RM0 downpayment scheme is a con. Do the maths, you will end up paying a lot more in total.

Bila la nk dpt keje ni.
My medical school final exam was in January, that means I have not studied properly for the past 9 months.
That's scary.
I graduated and came back to Malaysia mid July.
The next job intake is in December. If I am chosen to be in the December intake, that means I was unemployed for roughly 5 months.

People say I should enjoy my unemployed time now.
Time like this will never come again.
True. It will not.
So I should really use the time wisely now.

I just hope some people will stop using the "Work first, then we can talk" attitude.
It is as if as long as I am not working yet, I am not a complete adult.
I am still a child if I am not working.
It makes me angry with this "months of unemployment" because some people still see me as a child because I do not have a payslip yet.

Blergh, these are just some thoughts constantly in my mind now.
Enough of ranting.
I need to get ready to go somewhere now :)

Bye!

-Because life is a test-

There, my cute little very useful red Kelisa

-AkMaR-
http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Assalammualaikum!
It's already October 1st! Time rockets, doesn't it?
I didn't write anything in September. Hmmph!

Anyway, let me talk about my latest cuti2 Malaysia.
On Sept 24th, Hui Fong and I went to Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM in short), to give an informal talk to some A-Levels students there.
We were invited by Mr Allan, our Chemistry lecturer in INTEC.

It was actually very easy to get to KYUEM, just go onto PLUS highway, come out of the Lembah Beringin exit and go straight ahead. There will be plenty signposts in that area. The toll fare is RM8 if you come from Jalan Duta.

Th first sight of KYUEM as we drove towards the compound, before entering the guard house

The main entrance

Mr Allan invited us for an informal sharing session with his tutorial group.
I think this is something like the mentor mentee concept.

He even gave my car plate number and names to the guard house.
When I got there, the guard showed me a paper with my car registration number and Dr Siti Nur Akmar and Dr Tee Hui Fong written on it.
As usual (sadly), the guards aren't Malaysians hence they could not converse properly in Bahasa. One of them simply showed me the paper and pointed to my name "Ini? Ini?"

The first part of the talk was done in a lecture hall, and we then continued the second part in the chemistry lab because the hall will be used for another function.

Most of the students will be doing Medicine after this hence they had quite a lot of questions about medical school.

I think one of the issues that worry them most is "the life as a medical student". We always read those jokes where they say medical people don't usually have proper lives, because we are just too busy mugging up our books.
Well truthfully, I think those are exaggerations. Any field you decide to study in, will have their own challenges, esp before the exam. I enjoyed my student life very much.

One thing about KYUEM: they are very luxurious!

Hui Fong and I arrived more than an hour earlier than we should. I overestimated the distance (and perhaps my driving speed too), so we had plenty of time to drive around the campus before parking at the surau.

The students hostel are either chalets or apartments.
Mr Allan mentioned that each chalet accommodate 2 students. Wow...

We saw gardeners and cleaners everywhere in the compound hence the surroundings are very clean and well maintained.

There were also a sports complex which apparently houses an Olympic size swimming pool, tennis courts many other sporting facilities.
KYUEM is a perfect place for nerds!
They can focus in their study and do some sports.
But for someone who likes to shop, or perhaps a pure blood city kid, they might go crazy after a while.
KYUEM is so far from any city centre, the nearest town is Tanjung Malim (I've not been to Kerling, which is even nearer but after seeing Tg Malim, I don't think Kerling can offer much).

Cantik rumah2 dorg kn?

These are the boys hostels (or perhaps hotel?!)

After the talk, Hui Fong and I headed to Tg Malim in search of a hotel.
The night stay was sponsored :D

We went into Tg Malim, but could not find the actual town.
There were no internet coverage hence google maps was useless, I can't locate where I was.
Armoured with half tank of petrol, ability to read the signboards and determination (cewah), we explored Tg Malim (yet still could't find the actual town) and found this hotel; the LP Hotel.
It looked posh in the night, with its lighting and all.

At first we wanted to just survey a few hotels before finally deciding to stay in one, but because this LP Hotel man was very friendly and we were also quite tired and wanted to settle down, we quickly paid RM138 for a room with two single beds.

Two beds, quite cosy. Enough for the two of us

Two doors; the left is the entrance, the right door is the toilet

Mr Allan mentioned Garden Seafood, and even the friendly receptionist man suggested the restaurant.
It was actually very easy to get to the restaurant from LP Hotel; they were only 1km apart.
The hotel is on the left side of the road while the restaurant is on the right side, we needed to make a U-turn.
I am writing about this because I googled about Tg Malim before my trip there, and found quite a few bloggers writing about their journey here. They were quite helpful since Tg Malim is such a small town, there were not much info on it on the conventional tourism pages.

Garden Seafood is a halal Chinese seafood restaurant, but just like any other seafood restaurant (supposedly), the price is quite erm.....throat-cutting.
I've not actually been to a proper Chinese seafood restaurant in KL hence I could not say whether the price here is cheaper than in KL, but high chance it is.
Nevertheless, Hui Fong and I was quite in a "tourist" mood, we didn't mind spending for good food.

Without realising it, both of us ordered Mango juice. My God, the juice was so thick, almost like a smoothie. The man behind Hui Fong wasn't Caucasian. He's a Chinese with white hair, speaks English in his own weird accent but very friendly. He kept asking us to come again. I think he makes a good customer service liaison

I forgot what was this dish called. Something to do with lobster and cheese. There were no price in the menu, so we asked how much will it cost. The white-haired man said 100g lobster is about RM10. And a usual lobster is 400g and above. Oh well, it seems we will need to depend on him to choose "the appropriate size" lobster for only the two of us. Turns out this lobster cost RM50. The cheese sauce was very nice, and as an avid prawn lover, I did not regret the RM50. Although.....I really hope it can be cheaper!

This is asparagus cooked with garlic. Simple and plain looking. The veggie itself is tasty. But I think this veggie is really overpriced. RM10 for that plate! Asparagus cooked with belacan will cost us about RM7 extra if I am not mistaken

In the menu book, this was Udang Lipan (what?!) I've not tried this before but Hui Fong said this is quite a famous dish in a chinese seafood restaurant so we gave it a try. The prawns are coated with something, something like battered prawn?

And there you go.....RM84.60 *cry cry cry* We need more people in a group if we want to go to this kind of restaurant, so that we can order more dishes but able to share the cost with even more people

How the restaurant looked like from outside, at night. Yes, it was raining that night

Anyway, our night there was very peaceful.
Our room was in the second floor, with a window, a flat screen TV (quite small but it doesn't matter. We didn't even use it), but only two wall sockets! Fortunately we didn't use the TV, or we will have only one socket. They should provide extensions!
There were water heater in the toilet for shower, but no electric kettle facilities.

I brought some breads so we had that for breakfast the next morning.
In desperate need of a hot drink, we went down as there were some cafes in the same row.
To our disappointment, the cafe were still closed. It was about 9am.
The hotel can only provide us hot water, not hot drinks.
We switched our "UK mode" on, and walked towards the nearest petrol station; the BHP. There was a KFC there. We wanted to buy a cup of hot coffee there but one small cup of coffee cost RM3.30 even before all the stupid taxes!
Thankfully the BHP convenience store sold SUPER instant coffee. You know, the maggi cup look-alike? Well, that cost us only RM2.50 Hmmph!


The view from my room

The view of the hotel from outside during the day. Well, it doesn't look AS IMPRESSIVE as it did last night. At night, the LP Hotel wordings were lit up so nicely

The hotel sent us a hot water flask up to our room and we get to enjoy the coffee comfortably in our room.
Before checking out, I managed to take some pictures of the interior of the hotel. I think the hotel is very well decorated! The "antique" feeling is definitely there!

The first floor

The first floor

The first floor

I like this notice. There was one at the reception and another one in the "living room" upstair

To the second floor

Near the reception

After checking out. Well, Hui Fong said she looked ugly in this picture

The exterior

The exterior

Well now, comes the most exciting part: the hot springs!!
Yes, alang alang we already in Tg Malim, let's go to a hot springs!
I googled and found out that Hot Springs Sg Klah was one of the hottest attraction near Tg Malim.

It took us about an hour to reach there using the old road i.e non-toll road.
When I googled, the place was called Hot Springs Sg Klah.
As I drive there, two kinds of signboards appeared; Hot Springs Sg Klah and Felda Residences Hot Springs Sg Klah.
I did not know that they were the same place!
We drove very far into the villages, to the point that I was very glad that there were hot springs advertisement banners every 100m, reassuring me that I was driving to the right place.

And little did I know too, I have actually been to this place with my family 2 years back.
2 years back, I slept during the journey hence didn't notice the road. I only know that it was in Sungkai.
I didn't even pay attention to the name of the place =.="

Since I've stayed in the hotel there (2 yrs back), let me talk a little bit about it.

The hotel comes in either chalet or a double bed room.
The double bed room has two doors, one to the entrance and the other one as a connection to the adjacent room. That means if you have a bigger family, you can book two double bed rooms adjacent to each other and keep the connecting door ajar. So you will get a "bigger house" with two rooms. Get what I mean?

The room was nice.
With each room, you get two free tickets into the hot springs, which will have cost RM12 for adults and RM10 for children.
There was also complimentary breakfast; I do not know how much does that cost but the food was quite nice and there were lots of variety too. From Msian breakfast eg nasi lemak, roti canai, beehoon goreng to western breakfast eg cereals and toast.

The hot springs itself is also open to public with some entrance fee.
Once we paid, a little tram will drive us to the centre. The place is sign-posted very well, with maps.

The first picture upon arrival

The little tram which drove us to the centre

We have our bathing attire on from hotel hence we do not need to change when we arrive.
All we needed to do was to find a locker to put our things.
The locker cost RM3 everytime we open it! Haih.. So we need to put everything into the locker and will not be able to take anything out again unless we want to pay the second RM3.

So things to make sure u have with you:

Money:: I had RM20 with me to buy eggs to boil! :D I spent only RM5 though
Slippers:: It was verryy hot to walk barefooted in the compound. And you will destroy your nice shoes if you wear it with wet feet

And that's all.
That means, I had to keep my camera and handphone in the locker. Hence I could not take pictures of the pools, the egg boiling activity we did. *sayang betul*

We cannot bring eggs from outside (the lifeguard said sometimes the guard at the entrance inspect our bags. But our bags weren't checked on that day. But because there were only 2 of us at the egg boiling area, the person will definitely know we didn't buy eggs from them if we were to bring our own eggs).

Anyway, we get 6 eggs + a packet of soy sauce + a packet of white pepper + a bowl + a plastic spoon for RM5.
We even get another bowl and plastic spoon for free.
I really enjoyed the egg boiling. For some reason the eggs were a lot tastier haha.

There were one main hot springs pool, one big "cool" pool and a few small "jacuzzi style" pool.
There were also a private jacuzzi area, which cost RM75 per hour.
Since there were no one in there, we asked to go in and see.
I think it is a very nice area, and perhaps even worth it if we have many people that we can share the cost with.
5 will be enough though, or the area will be a little bit too crowded.
There were toilet, shower, a small shed with benches and a mirror in each private area. You get to be in there for an hour, which I think will be enough, considering we should not be in the jacuzzi for long.

One of the public jacuzzi style pool. 40-45°C! I can't even stand putting one foot in. I am not sure how people can put half their body in

And there we are. With our wrist bracelets

Now, it's time to drive home back to KL and traffic jam! :D


-Because life is a test-

This is how the private jacuzzi looks like. Nice kan? Cepat pergi honeymoon situ!
Photo Credit

-AkMaR-
http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Assalammualaikum!
I've been quite busy for the past few days, I didn't have time to pen down my thoughts.
But let me write something short and simple today.

So a few days ago I typed "Malaysian doctors blog" into Google search.
I want to read about a doctor's life, better if it is a houseman's life, so that I can have a rough idea how will it be like.
But I guess once one become a houseman, one won't be able to write much eh?

But I stumbled upon this blog: In My Father's Footsteps.
I didn't know who this guy was, but his writings were very funny, short and simple.
Then there were posts about him being the examiner of medical students' OSCE and the silly things the students say out of nerve.

So I kept reading, and found out that he is an IMU lecturer!
He works in Seremban, and teach IMU students.

There was this one post that really hit me hard.
It was titled Teaching Strawberries.

He first talked about strawberries being very nice to see, to smell and to look at.
But they are also very fragile, they deflate, change colour and turn bad if exposed to heat.

And some of the senior doctors actually call the new generation of doctors in this country as The Strawberry Generation.
The Strawberry Generation is the generation of young doctors who can't stand working in bad conditions, whine about lack of rest and unsympathetic superiors.

And he was unhappy with one of his bedside teaching session where none of the students clerked patients and prepare to present the case.
And he ended the post with:

"I want my students to be made of better stuff and avoid being labelled strawberries when they graduate and start work."

It was as if I was struck by lightning.
Am I going to be a strawberry when I start working?
Will I be seeing strawberries around me?

I hope I will not be one of the strawberry doctors, who break down and wilt at the slightest adversity.

p/s: But I don't see why young doctors should continue working in less than optimum condition. I hope our lives will be easier. But what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, ain't it?
I just hope I will be a safe and competent doctor, if not extraordinary.

-Because life is a test-


-AkMaR-
http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Assalammualaikum!

As an overseas medical graduate, it was very hard for me to actually understand the procedure to apply for a job in Malaysia.
For students from local medical schools, the school will usually do most of the things for them.
The interviewers even came to the school to interview them in batches.
For overseas graduates, I'm sorry to say, your life ain't gonna be that simple.
You need to everything on your own...

So, let me share with you the steps I took the apply for the job.
I hope this will be beneficial for future medical graduates, and from my experience, many years later, someone will email me asking how did I first apply for the job. By then, I would have forgotten all these!
I'd better type them down now.

STEP #1 - Apply for a place in SPA

SPA stands for Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam.
This is the first stage of applying to be a government servant.

The online application form can be found here.
The link might change a few years from now, but just go to SPA Portal and look out for "Pendaftaran Pekerjaan dalam Perkhidmatan Awam".

What they need in the online application:
1) Personal details (obviously!)

2) Academic Results (I had to key in my PMR results but for some reason they already have my SPM results automatically. I wonder if it was because I am a JPA sponsored student?)
I am not sure where to place my A-Levels results since there does not seem to be place for it.

3) Extra Curricular Activities (meh campak la segala jawatan dulu kt sini. Setiausaha kelab la, Bendahari rumah sukan etc etc)

After you submit the application, remember to save the pdf confirmation!
This is because MMC requires the pdf confirmation. If you do not save it now, you will have to resubmit the application and your application date will be the date you re-submit it.
Get what I meant? Means even though you completed and submitted the form on 1st June but you did not save the pdf confirmation, then if you realised you needed the pdf confirmation and pressed submit again on the 20th of June, your application date will now be 20th of June.

STEP #2 - Apply for Provisional Registration with the MMC


[Source: Blog Orang]
MMC stands for Malaysian Medical Council.
Just like we have to have the P driving license for two years and have the big red P sticker on our cars at all time for the two years, we also need to apply for a P medical practitioner license from the MMC.
During these two years, you MUST work in a training hospital certified by the KKM i.e. certain government hospitals as a House Officer (HO). Once the 2yrs is over, the private hospital can now hire you; a fully licensed medical practitioner.

To apply for this provisional license, go to the MMC website.
On top of the page, you will see a "Download (Forms)" tab, clicking that will bring you to a list of forms provided by the MMC, in English and Malay.
Choose the
"Provisional Registration" form. If you just click on my link above, you will get the form directly.

The form has a checklist ready for you, that will make your life a lot easier.
You will need to send:

1) A completed form (with the Appendix A)

2) A certified copy of your degree certificate or dean's letter.
I finished my hospital placement on May 16th but my graduation is on July 8th. That means I can only start applying after my graduation.
I was afraid that it will be too late because my friends in local medical schools started applying even earlier. Hence I requested for a dean's letter from the school administration; to say that I am a student there, have completed my course and will graduate on the 8th of July.

The problem I had with this one was that my name on the dean's letter and my name on my IC were different! You want to know what was the difference?
It was a real silly one.


My name in the dean's letter contained no "binti" but my IC has "binti".
For example, my dean's letter stated "Akmar Ali" but my IC stated "Akmar binti Ali".

So when MMC received my application, the person in charge emailed me stating they could not process my application.
I had to go to the Commisioner of Oath to say that "Akmar Ali" and "Akmar binti Ali" are the same person.

Lawak la, kt Malaysia pun ada masalah camni ke? I've never had this problem kt UK pun, even when my passport wrote binti but my flight ticket did not.
So make sure your name on the letter and in your IC are EXACTLY THE SAME. =.="

3) Results Transcript
4) And many other straight forward documents lah. Malas nk tulis kt sini haha.

You can either post the forms to MMC, or just go to their office in Jalan Cenderasari to submit the forms.
I will strongly advise you to go personally.

After posting the application, you may need to keep calling MMC to ask if they have received your application.
And if you decided to post, please please use the PosLaju.

I posted my applications, but decided to go and submit my oath statement personally.
After waiting about an hour there, the girl gave me my temporary letter.
The MMC registration system was not working for the past 2 months hence they could not provide us the provisional registration certificate.
They can only give us a temporary letter, but that will be sufficient for SPA interview.

STEP #3 - Call the SPA

Now, you have already registered with the MMC.
Next step is to tell SPA that you are already registered.
I did not know this step.

It was quite a long time after my registration that I found out I have to call SPA to let them know =.="
I called and called their hotline to ask what to do next but no one answered the phone.
Eventually Kiew filled in the e-Pertanyaan form on SPA portal, and she received a reply within an hour.
They gave her the direct number for the Unit Perubatan; it is 03 - lapan lapan lapan 563 satu 3 =p

You will be asked for your IC number and only then will they put you in the interview waiting list.

I called them on Aug 6th, and was told that I will be called for interview somewhere in Sept or October.
But a few days ago they called me asking me to come to the SPA interview on Sept 3rd! That's next week~
Weee~

STEP #4 - The SPA Interview

OK, at the time of writing, I have not reached this stage yet.
My interview will be next week, exactly 7 days from now.

I've asked around and found out that dengue is a must know, we need to know some things about Ebola (or any other current issues) too.
Know the government policies e.g. What does "Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan" or "1Malaysia" mean.
You can read about them in 1Malaysia portal.
I've not read them yet so I can't explain them to you yet.

For those you don't know, Malaysia's clinical guidelines are called CPG (Clinical Practice Guideline).
The dengue CPG is very comprehensive and if you can remember the facts from there, you should be fine.
I ought to read them again, I forgot about them already. I used to read them whenever I felt bored in Hospital Serdang during my electives 5 months ago.

STEP #5 - Register with KKM
KKM (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia) / MOH (Ministry of Health)

Go to the KKM Portal, and look for "Muat Turun Borang".

Find the "Borang Maklumat Diri (BMD)" under the heading "Pengamal Perubatan".
Download the BMD for Pegawai Perubatan Tetap.

I hyperlinked this blog post to all the mentioned forms but in case the link changes in the future, I've also written the step-by-step guide.

In this BMD form, you will need to fill in three placement choices. Only THREE hospitals, in any state.
There is a list of training hospitals provided at the end of the form.
We can only work in these training hospitals.

I plan to submit my forms straight to the KKM office in Putrajaya after my interview next week.
I think we can post it, but I'd rather hand it in personally.

STEP #6 - Just wait, I suppose?

As far as I am concerned, registering with KKM is our last step to apply for the job.
KKM will then send us a "Surat Panggilan" to a specific hospital.

I've asked the SPA staff how long will it be roughly from interview to the start of the placement, he said it'll be around two months.
So yes, I may have two more months to tanam anggur kt belakang rumah, haha.

With that, all the best!

p/s: I am going to create a new tag for this post, called "Profession". Hihi..
After this, whatever I write about my job will be under this tag, not "Medical Student" anymore.

-Because life is a test-


-AkMaR-
http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Assalammualaikum!
Okay, so Aisyah reached the UK on June 16th, we went to Dublin on the 18th, visited Galway on the 19th, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher on the 20th and went back to Manchester on the 21st.

Aisyah followed me to my hse in Preston and we planned to go sight-seeing in Manchester with Wasil on the 22nd because he is flying home on the 23rd! See our tight schedule? Mcm artis gitu. On 23rd I brought Aisyah to Blackpool, 24th Liverpool and on the 25th we flew off to Paris ♥!

Manchester



So, where did we go in Manchester?
Of course, the United Ground! :P
But before that we went to the Salford Quays by tram :D

Over the three years I called myself a Manchester University student, I have never actually been on the city tram. I've always seen them passing by numerous times across the Piccadilly Gardens.

The tram is quite pricey, one way journey to the MediaCity UK station was more than £2.50. I can't remember the exact fare but that's still quite expensive, isn't it?

At Salford Quays

The scenery in Salford Quays was quite beautiful.
There were people playing waterski as well as rowing on that day.

We passed through the Digital World Centre, some docks and basins, walked in front of the MediaCity UK where there was a big BBC office and also a huge "Coronation Street" signboard nearby (I honestly do not know what is this Coronation St but I've heard of it zillions times before).

At Lowry Outlet. There were not that many outlets here but I think this place has the same concept as Cheshire Oaks. People can buy cheap branded stuff here.

From Salford Quays we walked to the Imperial War Museum to catch a bus to Old Trafford =D
I think this must have been my 3rd or 4th visit to Manchester United stadium, haha.

The famous spot for a picture :D

We then had lunch at Seoul Kimchi, my favourite Korean restaurant ever!
Aisyah ordered Spicy Fried Chicken and it was very good. Too bad that was my last visit there so I could not have that again. I ordered Seafood something (I can't remember the dish name) and to my horror, they started putting oyster and I think they blended even the shells of the oysters!

Top: Seafood "something" Bottom: Korean Spicy Fried Chicken. jjang!

We went to Chinatown, took some picture at Piccadilly Gardens and bid goodbye and farewell to Wasil as he will be flying back to Malaysia the next day T__T

The Eye of Manchester in the background @ Piccadilly Square.
Haih bdk2 zaman skrg. Shoelaces different colours!

Blackpool

The next day, Aisyah and I went to Blackpool!
Blackpool is a town located right at the seaside, it has many tourist attractions like The Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Sealife, and Madamme Tussauds Blackpool.

I booked two tickets for Madamme Tussauds Blackpool, which cost me £12.50 per person. I can't remember if they give student discount.
I went to Madamme Tussauds London before, it was very good but because I was very stingy, we bought the cheap tickets; the after 4pm ticket. There were so many people we had to queue to take pictures with the wax statues.

I thought there will be less people in the Blackpool gallery, and I was not wrong.
There were very few people, and very few statues too =.="
No, there were many figurines but most of them were unknown to me.
There were British local soap dramas characters and their athletes.

It's Rooney on the right, isn't it? How about the left one? Who is it? Do you know?

I only took pictures "with" the figurines I recognise. Some of them were Simon Cowell, Lady Gaga (gasp), Michael Jackson and Russel Brand.

And oh! David Beckham too =.="

Aisyah and I spent almost half an hour jumping up and down at the beach, trying to get the best jump shot.

And this, is our pride! =D That is Blackpool Tower behind us

We had to put my camera on the sand, resting on my bag and stabilised by our phones and other stuff. We put a 10 seconds timer and tried to jump at that PRECISE shutter time. It was so hard.
Sometimes Aisyah jumped beautifully but my legs were still on the ground and vice versa.

Anyway, it was a good and relaxed outing day.
Our next stop was Liverpool :)

Liverpool

I always call Liverpool as Kolam Hati. Liver = "Hati" and Pool = "Kolam". No?
Later I found out that the "liver" actually refers to a mythical bird called the Liver Bird.

We did not do much in Liverpool, we went briefly into the Merseyside Maritime Museum. We actually spent most of the time going into shopping outlets. We did visit the Albert Dock but Aisyah wasn't too interested in taking pictures there, perhaps she was tired of being a tourist and the excitement of going to Paris the next day somehow overwhelmed her.

We spent a significant amount of time in the Superdrug store, that is equivalent to a Watson's store in Malaysia.
And what did we do there?
Trying on make-ups! @.@
Aisyah wanted to look her best for the pictures in Paris, and so did I.
I wanted to buy some make-ups for my graduation ceremony too.
I planned to do the smokey eye make-up!
I'll let you know if I managed to pull it off on my actual graduation day haha.

Anyway, I've never thought this day will come that soon. That is, the last day I can set foot in Liverpool city.
To commemorate the day, I decided to take a picture in front of the Liverpool Railway Station~

My last picture in Liverpool city :(

With that, I end my writing for now.
I will write about Paris soon, insyaAllah :)
Bye~

-Because life is a test-


-AkMaR-
http://nur-akmar.blogspot.com