Sunday, January 15, 2017

Winter in Tokyo

Hai there, it has been so long I did not write here. Probably will try to write more frequent this year.
(konon azam tahun baru)

We just came back from Tokyo. Not really that baru. 10 days ago and we think that I should write about this trip. In case anyone out there need references on how we survived our trip for nine days.

But, let me tell you something.
1. I am going to write in bahasa rojak (if you feel annoyed reading it please do not read from the start). Well, I saw some netizens commented on FB post bout how someone tulis post pasal "OPAH" using bahasa rojak which I think it is just another desperate attention seekers tactic.

2. This is NOT "You can survive Tokyo under RM 1000" or "Visit Japan for budget only RM300". We do not restrict our budget at all. The cost is not really cheap but we tried our best to minimize the budget. 

So, here you go....

Flight ticket
One fine day, my housemate said she wants to go somewhere cold to celebrate new year. We search for few places but can't get any conclusion. We were thinking perhaps we can go to Japan and visit Adilah (our beautiful schoolmate) there. Another find day, she texted me and said Vietnam Airlines got cheap ticket to Tokyo in December. Thanks to Skyscanner. But have to transit at Ho Chi Minh City. Who cares cause the ticket only cost us RM 700++. Not even RM 800. We bought our ticket in May. About 7 months before our traveling date.

Upon check-in at KUL, they will give you two boarding passes.

Tiket flight balik from Narita to Ho Chi Minh then to KL
Another thing is, we requested for Muslim Meal. Initially tak perasan benda ni, but then abah tanya dah request food ke belum sebab dia bukan Malaysia Airlines. So, we email them and very fast they send us the new itinerary with special request noted there. Efficient. Also another blogger, blogged about this (sorry I forgot your URL link). How we request the meal, just send them email informing your flight number, departure time and airport to which destination and passenger name with ticket number. Settled.

This is another complicated thing. We plan to stay at Adilah's place for 2 nights. We have another 6 nights in Tokyo. Tokyo itself is big. And bear in mind between places are quite far but connected via efficient schedule of train and bus. In deciding accommodation there are few things that I think is very very important to consider;

  1. How much are you willing to pay?
  2. Are you going to rent private room? or entire house? or shared room? (macam filter dekat Airbnb)
  3. How far is the house from major train station? (this is important or else you are going to waste your time traveling on the train from one station to another station)
  4. How many of you traveling?
  5. What are the facilities that you need?
So, take the Tokyo Map and try to tanda mana location of the accommodation. We mapped the location and the price sekali.

For us, we need to decide either nak stay dekat hotel or private room (shared house) or entire home. Awal-awal lagi dah tak nak duduk capsule hotel. We are not backpacking, we travel with luggage. Big luggage. Hahaha.9 hari kot tak kan bawak beg mcm nak pergi Danum Valley 3 hari 2 malam kan? Since we do not mind paying for the accommodation, and short listed the choices that we have and mapped it and only two of us traveling, we then look into the facilities that we need.
For us, basic facilities that we are looking for were;
  • kitchen
  • washing machine
  • heater
  • internet
Heater tu penting sebab pergi waktu winter. If summer probably need to check ada air-cond or not. Washing machine pun penting sebab 9 hari. Kalau 3-4 hari maybe tak payah washing machine. Pandai-pandai lah bincang dengan kawan korang. Sebenarnya coin laundry ada, macam dekat Malaysia. Sekali dengan dryer tapi tak sure pulak lah berapa charge nya.
Ada satu hotel, ada kitchen sekali dalam bilik tapi tak ada washing machine. So, decide lah apa yang perlu untuk korang travel happily. 

Next point yang penting is berapa jauh dari train station. Tengok map, macam dekat je Odaiba dengan Tokyo, tapi berapa lama naik train? and from the house itself how long you need to walk. Lagi satu, review previous customer dekat Airbnb sangat-sangat penting. Kena baca review dulu. Lagi banyak review lagi bagus and AirBnB akan ada automatic post kalau orang tu cancelkan booking. Bila ada banyak automatic post tu faham-faham lah sendiri, jangan ambik risiko. 

Our house for 6 nights we managed to book it for RM 1791 (tiket flight lagi murah :P) campur cleaning fee dengan service fee sekali. Description dia tulis, 7 minit walk from Hatsudai station. Sampai dekat Hatsudai Station, dua orang manusia dengan luggage ni pun jalan-jalan tak sampai. Please take note, 7 minutes is according to them. They walk fast. Really fast. So, if nak rasa-rasa relax sikit, 7 minit darabkan lah dengan 2. Dalam 15 minit jalan menarik luggage sampailah. Hatsudai station adalah subway station (Japan ada very efficient but complicated train system tapi jangan risau ada penyelesaian) bukan main station yang boleh tukar-tukar banyak line. Station yang boleh tukar banyak-banyak tu ibarat macam KL Sentral atau TBS, Hatsudai ni macam station Seputeh je. Luckily, Hatsudai is only one station away from Shinjuku. Shinjuku ni station besar macam KL Sentral yang ada berpuluh platform sampai ada extension ke bangunan seberang jalan. 1 minit je naik train dah sampai tapi kena ingat setiap kali naik tu kena bayar ye dalam 130 ¥ (dalam RM 5).

MashAllah view dia memang tak tipu. Sama macam gambar yang owner tu letak dekat page dia.

Begitulah comelnya rumah kami. Kanan tu washing machine, fridge, dapur. Kiri tandas dengan bilik mandi.

Canggih sangat rumah dekat Jepun ni. Adilah pun tolong translate kan apa benda ni. Yang kiri tu temperature air dekat dalam rumah (penting sebab winter ni). Kanan tu adalah udara panas yang keluar waktu tengah mandi atau nak keringkan lantai toilet (tapi kitorang guna nak keringkan baju, sejuk kot baju sidai dekat luar).

Pilih betul-betul accommodation sebab nanti bila balik dari berjalan memang penat and nak proper rest. And rasanya most of the houses dekat sini check in 3pm or 4pm and check out usually 10am to 12pm. Plan your journey carefully supaya tak membazir masa nak tunggu check in. If possible book the accommodation earlier. Lagi lambat book lagi mahal. 

Our house equipped with portable Wi-Fi so we just bring it out during the day. Tanya dulu lah owner boleh tak bawak keluar, if dia tak bagi then I recommend you to rent one at the airport. 

If you plan to stay at capsule hotel then its another different story. Don't ask me about that ya, tak dapek den nak tolong 😚


1. Train
Very well known as having a complicated train system, honestly, I am quite scared do not know how to survive there. Foreign language, multiple train lines, and weird-weird name of the places. Not like traveling to Kundasang will pass by Bundu Tuhan, Tamparuli or Telipok (might sounds weird to them if they come here). And, you need that multiple lines that will connect you to the destination and choose wisely the route. You might need to change train at multiple stations. We changed train at weird weird stations. Don't care as long as sampai at the destination.

Dekat sini ada macam Touch N'Go juga. They call it Suica Card. Each one of us got one card but I lost mine at Tokyo Disneyland so have to purchase a new one. Each card got deposit 500¥ nanti bila pulangkan dekat JR East Ticket Office dia akan refund balik deposit and balance dalam kad tapi minus 220¥ processing fee. Machine (ada option English, jangan risau) nak topup card ni ada dekat mana-mana station sebelum or selepas keluar gate, inshAllah tak ada masalah kad tak cukup baki. If you only plan to use Subway, I am not sure about the Metro Pass sebab Suica boleh pakai untuk semua line so senang touch je dekat gate tu. 

To survive in Japan, you probably need to have these;
  • functioning smartphone (Oppo,Vivo, iPhone, Samsung, Huawei or whatever you have)
  • internet line (a lot of Free Wi-Fi area but sometime you need the internet connection at a weird place and weird time)
  • and Apps (iPhone user can install Navitime for Japan Travel and JR East Train Info, Android I am so sorry tak sure nama Apps dia apa)
  • Google Maps (nak tahu direction kiri ke kanan nak jalan)
  • Google Translate (boleh ambil gambar and dia akan translate kan)
  • Learn Japanese (ada basic conversation you might need to use it when necessary)
Banyak-banyak Apps ni sebenarnya yang guna untuk train Japan Travel. Bila nak makan and solat baru buka HHWT and Halal Navi. Nak tengok Kiblat and Waktu solat guna apps Athan) Abaikan Viettel tu sebab screenshot diambil ketika dekat Vietnam. Haha.
Alhamdulillah, we survived.
If you need further info please PM me directly or email me or leave your comment. (tak tahu macam mana nak explain satu-satu)

2. Bas
Sebenanrya kitorang naik bas sekali je from Narita Airport pergi Hitachi, rumah Adilah. The bus is awesomely on-time and clean and equipped with toilet. And safety belt ye. Jangan lupa. Every station that the bus going to stop, they will announce and remind passenger to bring a long our rubbish. And they also have a very systematic way of simpan beg. They'll tag your bag and then bila nak ambil beg nanti, you need to show the copy of the tag to them baru dia bagi beg. At least tak tertukar beg bila ramai-ramai. 

3. Travel Pass
We decided to buy JR Tokyo Wide Pass. It cost us 10,000¥ (RM 400). The pass valid for three days and you can use for any JR train. Since we plan to visit Mt. Fuji and play snow at the Gala Yuzawa, it is definitely worth it. But if you just want to wander around Tokyo, I am not so sure whether you need any pass or not. You can check their website at JR-EAST. Updated and even they provide itinerary if you plan to visit certain places within the pass coverage. Tokyo Wide Pass that we purchased can not buy from outside Japan, so we bought the pass at Narita Airport upon landing. Japan Travel Bureau in Malaysia also sell the JR passes (except Tokyo Wide Pass). So, no need to worry. 

Few months before nak pergi, I always check the rate with XE currency converter. You can install the apps too and they have their live update for the rate and can convert up to 10 currency at one time. But not necessary the rate is the same with your local money changer. I found out though the rate is quite low when I check with XE but our local money changer here in KK still sell at the old rate, so choose wisely. I changed mine few times so I get few different rates. The pro is I do not really feel that I took out a lot of money but if you really find a good rate, I advised you to change straight away all the money. Roughly we consider 100¥ = RM 4. We actually can not really find money changer in Tokyo that accept MYR, so better be prepared to bring enough money or to be on the safe side bring extra USD. I did activated my CIMB credit card for emergency. Malang tidak berbaru, right?  I called up the CIMB Credit Card Center and she said that the card accepted worldwide but better to inform them at least they noted if there is any transaction done from outside Malaysia. And I also bring few USD notes from my previous Siem Ream trip. I read somewhere that you can activate your ATM card to withdraw money from ATM in Japan but I am not so sure how to do that since I think there'll be charge for each transaction.

Disebabkan December dah start winter, agak sejuk disitu sebenarnya especially malam. Temperature waktu siang pun tak pernah lebih 13 degree. Malam memang sampai 1 degree pun ada. Cuma angin dia tu yang buat sejuk. Our face and lips and skin all turn crusty, so get ready your lotion (Cocoa Butter best), moisturizing face spray (I use the one I have from The Body Shop) and your lip balm (Nivea the best!). You definitely need a good walking shoes in Japan. A lot of walking! My steps count everyday more than 10k steps. I think there are two things that we did not regret buying;

  • Ultra light down jacket
    • We did not purchased ours from Uniqlo. You actually can buy it online from China for less than RM100 or if in KK you can find in Tong's Department. I bought mine 5XL size (thats why it loook so big but I have so many spaces to breathe in inside) from Tong's Department for only RM160.90. And you can really squeeze it and masukkan dalam the bag which does not take up a lot of space in your bagpack. I only wear my thermal wear (purchased from RM 79 for the pants and long sleeve baju), normal t-shirt and this ULD jacket. Surprisingly, we even use this jacket to play in the snow! It kalis air. If you are here in KK and planning to use this, kindly borrow from me.
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  • Adidas Cloudfoam shoes
    • Another good investment. Both of us bought the cloudfoam and it does help to reduce the sakit kaki after walking almost 20k steps everyday. In fact, you need to stand in the waiting line at Tokyo Disneyland quite long up to 120 minutes (2 hours). Maybe any brand will do as long as you are comfortable with it. 

Going to Japan does not mean that you need to eat sushi everyday (how I wish it was awesomely cheap and I can eat that everyday). We ate udon, sushi, onigiri and prepare our own food. Their convenience store is really really convenience. They have this cooked rice which you only need to microwave before consuming it. Initially we thought want to buy rice and cook our self since the house also equipped with rice cooker (which we are not sure how to use, it is in Japanese language!) then we saw that rice which is cheaper. We bought sambal goreng and my beloved aunty Salimah sambal to Tokyo also. Not to forget Maggi Kari, Indomie, Brahims Nasi Goreng Ikan Masin and Nasi Goreng Kampung, Brahims Kari Ayam lah, Brahims Rendang and Brahims Kurma Ayam. And also mak Jaja special sambal daging. Well, I think maybe you should bring sardin or tuna so that can eat with roti. When in Japan kena lah makan sayur Jepun kan? Haha. We are too lazy to think so everyday we eat Timun Jepun. We bought it from the convenience store also. 

Vietnam Airlines spoiled us with their food. Memang dalam flight the routine is sleep - eat - sleep. See our in-flight meal;

In-flight meal from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh

This curry is super duper delicious and the tempura is oil-less

Sushi at Genki Sushi 

Bowl of freshly cut sashimi at Tsukiji Outer Market

Its winter special but still its delicious.

In-flight meal from Narita to Ho Chi Minh

In-flight meal from Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur

There are few Facebook pages that you can refer to check whether it is okay for muslim to eat. We have our own translator to help and guide us (we owe you a lot!). But you can refer here also;

We arrived at Narita Airport Terminal 1 where the Prayer Room located at the 5th floor near Art Gallery. During transit we just pray at the waiting area of the airport. Pandai-pandai lah find a place where you will not kacau people jalan. Most of the time, we pray anywhere that we can. By the Lake Kawaguchiko, at the locker room in Gala Yuzawa and also at Ueno Park. When we went to Asakusa for the 2nd time, we can not find any place to pray and it almost Maghrib. We walk a bit far from Sensoji Temple to find a halal restaurant but it was closed. Finally saw one spot at someone's parking lot and we pray there. It is not that difficult to find a place to pray. We also bring a bottle spray (bring the 100mls bottle so you can hand carry it) for two reasons;

  1. Tan Son Nhat International Airport's toilet does not have water. 
  2. Easy to take wudhu' when you are outside. When we went to people's place, we must respect their culture and norms. Just to avoid basahkan lantai toilet, we use the bottle spray to take wudhu'. 

We plan this itinerary our self and and sent to our adviser for approval (thank you!). As we travel during New Year, most of the shops and attractions have their own closing time. For example, Tsukiji Fish Market closed from 31 December till 4 January. The Metropolitan Government Building closed from 29 December (I think) till 3rd January but they open on 1st January only. Better be safe than sorry. Check the attraction operation hours before you plan. Our itinerary as below;

From KUL to SGN
Overnight at the airport.

Flight from SGN to NRT
Took bus from airport to Hitachi (Adilah's house)
Meal: Udon at the Kineyamugimaru

Jalan-jalan with Adilah's family
Meal: Genki Sushi

Took Ltd. Express train from Hitachi to Ueno then to Shinjuku the to Hatsudai
Meal: Nasi from Adilah's house and sambal daging kari ayam

Tsukiji Fish Market
Mt. Fuji
Meal: Oat Cereal drink (Jaja bawa from here)
          Nasi and timun and telur and rendang ayam and sambal
          Dinner at Uskudar (Turkish Restaurant) near Shinjuku Station

Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort
Meal: Oat Cereal Drink and roti
          Nasi and timun and telur and kurma ayam and sambal
          Nasi goreng kampung and timun and telur and sambal

Tokyo Disneyland
Meal: Oat Cereal Drink and roti
          Nasi Goreng Ikan Masin and timun and telur and sambal
          Dinner tak makan sebab penat sangat

Imperial Palace
Tokyo Station
Ueno - Ueno Park, Ameyoko street
Asakusa - Sensoji Temple
Meal: Maggi Kari and Oat Cereal Drink
          Onigiri from 7-Eleven

Asakusa again. Lol
Meal: Indomie and Oat Cereal Drink
          Ramen at Ayam-Ya (thank you Adilah & family)

Tsukiji Fish Market
Shinjuku station to Narita Airport
Meal: Sushi and fresh seafood at Tsukiji Market
         Udon at the Kineyamugimaru again. Haha.
Ben Thanh Market
Meal: Vietnamese Beef Noodle and the iced coffee


Their stuffs not that cheap actually but you can find cheaper souvenir for your friends such as 500¥ for 5 chopsticks. So, I listed souvenirs I bought in case you need help to think what to buy for your family;

  • Made in Japan bath towel 
  • Home slipper (the one that they pakai with kimono)
  • I love Tokyo T-shirt bought at Asakusa (it can range from 2000¥ to 1000¥. Choose wisely)
  • Fridge magnets also at Asakusa about 400¥ each
  • Handmade beg with kimono design
  • Couple chopsticks
  • Starbucks tumbler
  • Chocolates (I tell you the Lotte Almond and Macadamia is super duper good. I am desperately looking for it here)
  • Pocky biscuits

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I am not so sure what else I should put here. But feel free to ask anything you need to know. I still can not move on from the trip but I need to come back and work and earn money. 
InshAllah next time ada rezeki, will come again. Don't worry, everyone is very helpful there. Though they have limited understanding in English, they'll try their best to help you. If you are traveling with kids, they are stroller friendly also. If you have OCD especially toilet OCD, their toilet are clean and they have flushable toilet paper and flushable toilet seat cover.

Hopefully, this post will help you in planning your trip to Tokyo or inspired you to travel to Japan. 
Till we meet again!

lots of 💗
izzati zaki

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

You go girl!

hai there!

it has been so long I did not post anything. I did wrote something but I did not post it.
too many things happened. I'm getting older. not only me, you also right?

2016 gonna leave us in few months time.
my boss favorite question is, "what  have you achieved this year, Izzati?"
apparently, I'm still cracking my head for an answer at least to his question this year.

honestly, I never imagine that I'm gonna be here today.
never imagine myself in Sabah for FOUR years. freaking FOUR years!
I survived staying 1013 miles away from my parents.
despite you know I flew back almost once a month. up to a point people are wondering if I got boyfriend back in Semenanjung. its more than a boyfriend. its my parents!
its another long story. need to dedicate one whole post to summarize my 4 years in Sabah.

you know what, 
things happen unexpectedly.
once I had a very bad heartbroken. I put too much hope in someone. it took me so long till I can completely move on. Libra is very loyal, please take note. I lied to everyone that I am fine but actually I am not. but lucky enough I have supportive people around me. their advises and opinions really really help me to move on. and make me realize Allah is the one and I should pray hard to Him rather than putting hope in other human being.

and then, I started to plan my future. did another thing unexpectedly that no one else did.
I cancelled my transfer application. I did not make that decision in one night,
I got permission from abah emak first. then only I submitted my letter.
everything went smoothly. Alhamdulillah.

one fine day, abah emak asked if I got any boyfriend. the recovered broken-heart start to feel uneasy again. I said no. so, they being honest and said their friend want his son and me to get to know each other. nothing wrong in getting to know someone right? 


I am so confused. the way he text, the way he communicate. i feel so weird. then, we stop texting after 1 week. I did istikharah cause I know the main intention behind that is moving on to the next stage. surprisingly, during raya, his father and mother came to my house and send "cincin tanda". to make it worst, he never told me about that! and did not have any courtesy to text me after that! I texted him first 3 days after his family came. make it short, I asked mak abah to return back the ring. I feel so guilty. but I can't jeopardize my future. 

I celebrated my 27th birthday last month.
I am 27 and I am single and not even have a single scandal.
I am happy.
I told myself, after 30th September 2017, I'll stop looking for my future husband.
There are obviously so many other things I need to do. I can not keep on thinking about this.
Count down begins, and I left with another 337 days.

there are things that I think people do not understand us.
we are 27 and still single.

people think we are choosy. 
people think we are complicated.
people think we are not looking at any candidates.

you will never understand us. 
stop talking nonsense about us.

for me, the calculation is simple.
I have been so independent (though I still have not try to change my own car's battery yet).
at least I know how to isi angin tayar :P
If someone can show me how he can handle me, plan everything ahead and show some leadership skill, sure I'll give some space of my broken heart to him la.
but if that someone also do not give a damn, why should I?

for me,
relationship is a two ways communication. 
I can plan everything for us. where and when we are going to meet.
tapi, tak kan everytime wants to meet up pun only me who decide?

well, I can be clingy sometimes (major mistake!) but I learnt my lesson.
stand up strong. wake up and plan ahead your day without putting in anyone else name in your schedule. if someone came in, just add it to your planner with a PENCIL!
so you can erase it anytime.

I met this someone. thru a friend of mine.
day after my friend give his friend's phone number, he asked me have both of us start texting?
me being the heart broken one straight away look at him and said, "why i should text first?"
so, he decided to make a group with 3 of us, just to introduce me to his friend.
the weirdest whatsapp group ever! haha. but thanks for that :D

it feels weird to meet someone you don't know. tapi bila lagi nak blind date kan?
it is not that easy for me to agree with this thing. last time I went out, it does not end very well (in fact we ruined our friendship). I am not so sure where this thing is heading to.
to the which path of life.

I hope that someone did not read this.
it is not that easy to understand a grown-up man. I have this problem.
I think they are complicated. They probably do not like that idea of texting.
I am assuming though. haha. Not a phone call also.
Too workaholic. and probably they are too comfortable being single.
why need to add another commitment kan?

the heart broken girl decided,
not to be too clingy. so she does not text him that frequent. in fact he did not reply sometimes.
not to show him that she care. so she only send an e-card to him on his birthday which she hopes that the email address is correct.
pretty sure, Allah knows the best, keep calm and pray harder.

time to hit the bed now.
rambling bout too many things already. 

blowing you a kiss from across the miles,

Monday, March 28, 2016

pesan abah

abah selalu pesan pada kami adik-beradik,
dalam hidup ini kita tak akan dapat semua benda
ada benda kita kena korbankan untuk dapat yang lain

betul abah.
menginjak umur hampir 30 (oh, exaggerate saja), macam-macam ragam manusia boleh nampak.
duduk jauh 1013 batu daripada keluarga, siapa sangka hampir 4 tahun dah dekat sini.
tengok orang pergi jalan, terus jadi macam budak kecik mengadu dekat abah.
dan abah as usual, trying hard to calm me down.
"ada benda yang orang tu tak buat, tapi angah buat. sebab tu dia boleh pergi jalan tapi angah tak"
too bad future husband. abah already put a higher level of my expectations to men in my heart.

dengan jujur,
I spend most of my salary for flight tickets.
kan dulu pernah saya coretkan, kalau balik setiap bulan boleh buat mak abah happy, saya akan buat. 
bahkan kalau setiap minggu pun mungkin saya sanggup.
syurga saya masih lagi di bawah tapak kaki mak.
balancing life between work and family is important. I'm learning a lot of things here.
to be independent.

yes. independent is the keyword.
kita bincang dengan selanjutnya nanti.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Why I love this place?

Oh, wow!
Tak ada post langsung in 2015. Not good.
Never mind, sempena genap tiga tahun dekat Sabah, I decided to write something about here.
My life. My work. And everything.
Sorry for the broken English like how my research mates always said "our England not good".

I knew that feeling bila dapat tahu kena lapor diri dekat Sabah.
Nak drama lagi rasa dunia kelam seketika. Nafas terhenti.
Oh, come on adik. Sabah tu bukan dekat Kutub Selatan saaaaana.
2 jam 30 minit sampai KL dah, inshAllah kalau tak delay.
Berat hati. Seberat bontot yang dah lama tak pergi jogging tu.
Tapi, go and talk to your senior pharmacist. Bukan your colleague yang akan keep on pushing you down sebab diorang dapat dekat dengan rumah.
Now, its your time to make your own decision. Not your colleague.
Kalau tak ada apa-apa masalah atau halangan, pergi saja lah. Untung-untung lapor diri dapat Kota Kinabalu. Lagi untung dapat jauh sikit.

Dulu mula-mula datang, dalam hati dah hajat,
"duduk sini paling lama 2 tahun. lepas tu nak balik"
Hahaha. Berangan tu free tak apa.
Eh, ni bukan nak takutkan yang datang sini susah nak balik. Tak.
2 tahun tu KPF bagi syarat baru dia nak sign borang transfer.
Katanya tak ada reason yang kukuh. Sekarang dah sign tapi macam ikhlas tak ikhlas gitu. Dengan pengganti. Adik-adik datanglah sini, kesian kami nak balik. Tapi tu baru stage 1.
Kalau korang dah kahwin, ada reason lain ke inshAllah dipermudahkan.
Jangan risau.

I want to tell you this. This place is awesome!
Siapa rasa nak jadi awesome datanglah sini. Timbalah ilmu sebanyak mungkin.
Bila orang tanya, bila nak balik? "I badly want to go back because of my parents. But, I love it here sebab learning opportunities banyak dekat sini"

Sabah berjaya merubah saya.

I used to procrastinate things. A lot of thingssssssss.
So, few months after lapor diri, boss tanya nak buat research tak.
I said I can try to do it. Tu pun tak confident. Tapi bila fikir, I need something to kill my free time here. Tak kan every weekend nak balik pulak kan.
Prepare proposal. Buat itu, buat ini. Part paling malas Literature Review.
Tak payah nak geleng-geleng kepala.
Adik-adik baru buat FYP pun malas kan?
Sampailah dalam satu email between boss, me and Dr.Liew (cardiologist), he wrote there NATO.
No Action Talk Only.
Bahasa budak-budak sekarang, dia akan cakap SENTAP.
Memang sentap.
And, I realized. Bila kita berurusan dengan orang, respect their time. Dia bukan berurusan dengan kita je, entah dengan berapa ratus orang lagi. Entah berapa ribu email lagi dia nak kena reply.
After that, I take things and datelines more seriously. No joke. No stupid reasons.
Unless, your laptop update sendiri and you lost all the documents.
Then, I got no choice till I need to postpone my presentation.

If you are willing to learn, you are going up, up, and above.
You'll never go down the drain with knowledge.
Research brought me to few conferences. I met with awesome people. Received comments from different background of people. You gonna realize that different people see things differently.
I'm not good at it. I hate people comments initially.
I cannot accept critics. I'm scared cause I believed that I'm not as good as other people.
But, later you'll appreciate it. Every single words they said, will make you a better person.
I should thank everyone, yang sedar tak sedar, they pushed me until this level of achievement.

Did someone told you that people in Sabah are super duper nice?
No one tear the prescription in front of me for the past 3 years.
Maybe other colleague ada lah kali tapi I never encountered that,
which during my PRP life I saw 2 patients did that in front of the counter.
No worries, they don't eat people here. Bilang sama mama kamu, urang Sabah ni okay bah.
Urang Sabah suka karaoke lagi. Itu suara jangan berani la kamu mau lawan.
Level Adira sama Stacy suda. Kau nangis la tepi stage pegang botol jadi microfon. 
And, 1Malaysia? They've been practicing that concept loooooong time ago.
Come here and you'll truly enjoy the environment and the beautiful people.
Sumandak ramai bah sini untung buli kasi kenal sama mama jadi menantu.

I learned that asking is important.
Ask. Ask. Ask.
Cause some people love to assume than to ask.
Even so-called-boyfriend yang dah 17 tahun 2 bulan kenal sampai mak abah buat macam anak sendiri tu pun kau tak pernah nak tanya betul ke dia nak kahwin dengan kau? Assume je dia nak kahwin, maka kau pun setia lah pada dia. Lepas tu bila kau tergerak hati nak tanya, dia cakap memang dia nak kahwin tapi dengan kawan sama belajar memandu kenal 2 hari lepas. Kau nak sentap? Tak valid sebab kau hanya assume, tak pernah tanya.
Dan, andai kata kau dihujani dengan sejuta cerita-cerita yang negatif about someone, kau ada 2 pilihan.

  1. Ignore cerita tu. Nak lagi best kau ignore je sekali orang yang cerita tu. Dah habit dia kot.
  2. Tanya sendiri orang yang diburukkan tu betul atau tak. Tapi ayat kasi cover sikit kang dia sentap pulak. Tapi jangan tambah gula garam kasi sedap, tak baik.
Kalau kau pilih untuk percaya 125.6% apa orang lain cerita, tu terpulang. Hak sendiri kan.
My mistake, I was easily influenced by people from their stories. Perhaps, I was born with that.
Never mind, I learn things the hard way. Harder than before.
Lessons learned.

Public announcement. Jangan cakap I tak bagitahu you pulak.
I moved house twice. Salah. 3 kali. Address baru? PM sis lah. Miscall pun boleh.
Chill lah. Jangan nak jeling sebelah mata apasal budak ni nak kena pindah rumah banyak kali.
Bila dah kerja ni, masing-masing nak privacy. Kang ada roommate nak gayut telefon cakap sweet-sweet tak kan nak kena tutup dengan bantal?
Mak abah, angah tak ada calon suami lagi, so I didn't practice this. Don't worry.
And, ada one time kau akan rasa yang,
"oh, dah sampai masa aku berpindah" hahaha. sila berterima kasih bila kau rasa perasaan tu nanti.
So, pindahlah bila dah sampai seru. Tak ada rugi apa. Penat je lah nak angkut barang.
Tu pun kalau barang kau sebanyak 5 tan.

In working life, competition is everywhere.
Hahaha. You'll never know and will never realized who is keeping grudge with you.
Be extra careful with people.
Watch-out whatever you tell them. Whatever stories you told them. Whatever comments that you have.
Cause, you never know how they are going to twist the stories make it sounds more interesting and in the end, your stories will kill you. Killing you softly.
Kau akan cakap, childish gila budak ni. Put yourself in that situation lepas tu bagitau balik childish ke tak. Nak tau gak apa rasa dia. Oren ke lemon ke? Atau rasa espresso ekstrak kopi arabica tanpa gula? 
Sometimes, certain things better keep it to yourself. Atau cerita pada Allah.
Dia Maha mendengar.

Not everyone who decided to keep quite means they are guilty.
Probably, that is the best way to stop the stories from circulating.
To stop the rumors.

Times up.
Esok Isnin, so jangan berangan nak bangun bila matahari dah tinggi.
Banyak sangat nak cakap pasal Sabah ni.
Ni baru pasal kerja. Belum pasal pergi jalan lagi.
Tak habis tulis sampai ke pagi nanti.
Tunggu lah ada mood extra boleh la tambah-tambah cerita.
Sudahlah berhutang 1 post untuk si kawan sama 1 post untuk Siem Reap.

InshAllah ada masa ada kesempatan,
kita jumpa lagi.
Ingat 24434
(tak payah gelak. dulu sekolah tulis surat cinta la konon mesti ada tu kan?)

lots of love,

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Ada orang menangis, bila gembira. 
Ada orang ketawa, bila gembira. 

Tapi apa sebenarnya yang buat kita gembira?

Skor 4.0 dalam exam?
Mengolok kawan yang jatuh di tandas?
Tolong makcik angkat barang sambil melintas jalan?
Makan durian Musang King sampai sendawa?

Alang call last few weeks. 
Dia sedih tak dapat buat mak abah gembira. 

So, I asked her how you define gembira?
How mak abah define gembira?

For me,
Jika balik every month tu dapat buat mak abah gembira, saya akan balik. 
Jika minta transfer tu dapat buat mak abah gembira, saya akan minta. 
Jika kahwin tu dapat buat mak abah gembira, saya akan kahwin. 

Cuma, belum rezeki saya untuk balik duduk dengan mak abah. Belum sampai jodoh saya untuk kahwin. 

Its different when it comes to her situation. 
Dia ada dekat rumah every single day. Tolong mak basuh pinggan. Tolong abah angkat baju. 
Macamana desperatenya saya nak duduk rumah! Nak buat semua benda untuk gembirakan mak abah. Jealous! 
Cari makna gembira dalam kehidupan seharian kita. 
Setiap aspek kehidupan ada terselit kegembiraan. 

Jauh dari mak abah. Allah uji dengan macam-macam. 
Hari-hari saya balik kerja tak mampu nak tolong itu ini buat mak abah gembira. 
Mak abah tak ada depan mata saya. 
Hanya mampu call bila malam nak laporkan aktiviti harian dengan mereka. 
Hari-hari, cukup untuk saya buat kawan-kawan gembira. Cukup saya buat pak guard dekat apartment tersenyum. Cukup saya buat pesakit tersenyum. 
Itu makna gembira bagi hari-hari saya. 

bersyukurlah setiap masa bila Allah bagi kita peluang untuk buat mak abah kita gembira. 
Sementara mereka masih ada. Sementara kita masih bernyawa. 

Lots of love,

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Hello weekend. 

Having this little computer with me buat rasa nak menulis tu datang balik.
But this is totally random. Woke up on Saturday morning with mixed feelings. Just took few minutes after packed my bag for short trip with Nedhu. Pity her. Nak kejutkan bangun pagi ni pun tak sampai hati. Lumrah seorang junior doctor i think.

Random post. 
Random people.
Random idea.

Abah selalu pesan,
Dalam hidup kita tak akan dapat semua benda yang kita nak. We have to choose. We have to prioritize things. And kadang-kadang tak semua yang kita nak kita dapat.
People can be so beruntung, Alhamdulillah. 
Blessed with a happy family. Blessed with a good job. 
Tapi ada orang diuji Allah macam-macam. 

I'll always remind my little sister, Surah Al-Baqarah ayat 286. 
Allah tu Maha Mengetahui more than anyone. He is the creator sebab tu Dia tahu hambaNya. 
Dia tahu sejauh mana kemampuan hambaNya untuk menghadapj ujian dariNya. 
Senjata utama adalah doa. Dan setiap perancangan semua adalah daripadaNya. 

And for people who came in our life,
tak ada orang yang datang tanpa tujuan dalam hidup kita.
The one that I met on my way up to Gunung Kinabalu, we don't know each other but they taught me that life is not that easy for certain people. 
The one that I met at Pulau Sibuan, we don't know each other but they taught me that food is not cheap and they worked hard for it. 
The one that I met at hospital, we don't know each other but they taught me to appreciate everyone and everything in life as long as they are still alive. 

Definitely people will come and go. Definitely. 
Unless Allah said, he/she is the one for you and maybe you gonna spend the rest of your life till Jannah with them. InsyAllah.
But still if dah sampai ajal, semua orang pun akan pergi juga kan?

Ada masa itu bukan ceritanya. 
Ada masa orang itu datang dan pergi.
Kalau tak lama, sekejap. Kalau tak sekejap, lama. 

It depends on you how to cope with that situation. Like they said 'how to mend a broken heart'.
But don't be not so clever dengan all those suicidal ideas.

If you want to cry, go ahead. Find someone to talk and then cry. 
Jangan nangis dalam tandas sebab banyak syaitan dekat situ. So totally not a good idea.
Especially bawah shower. Someone laughed at me when I mentioned this idea. 
Get a good night sleep. 
Wake up and make a decision. 

Semua pun berbalik pada diri sendiri. Kita yang menjadikan keadaan macam ini.
Maka kita bertanggungjawab terhadap diri sendiri.
Kalau pun nak salah kan orang lain, siapa?

Ingat dalam hati. Allah sentiasa ada. Keluarga sentiasa ada. 
Berdoalah insyAllah ada penyelesaian.
Kembali pada Allah. Dia Maha Mendengar Maha Mengasihani. 
It took me two hours to decide. Days to move on.
Maybe you need more than that. Give yourself a break from all these tiny little things.
Banyak lagi major things for you to do. For you to think.

Kak Ros told me,
"Ada orang kena rasa kehilangan, baru dia belajar menghargai" 
Mungkin Allah jauhkan kita daripada seseorang, supaya kita hargai orang lain disekeliling kita. Siapa tahu kan? Kalau dah jodoh tak ke mana tu. Nanti dia datang balik, insyAllah. 
Lambat ke cepat ke kita serahkan pada Allah. 

Siapa tak peningkan bila orang asyik tanya bila nak kahwin?

Lots of love,

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hello 2014

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
"Dengan menyebut nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang"

Goodbye 2013.
Full with memories. The ups and downs.
Allah itu Maha Adil bukan?

Lots of new year resolutions katanya. So, here I'm telling you my 2014 resolutions.
May Allah ease everything throughout the year, insyAllah.

#1 achieve 2012's resolutions

#2 complete my manuscript for pacemaker

#3 start my DUR for Vasteral and Elantan

#4 start the Pain Clinic Service 

#5 no more procrastination in everything

#6 spend money wisely

#7 increase discipline level

#8 follow daily schedule. don't cheat

#9 be nice to people no matter how they treat you

#10 perbaiki diri supaya cita-cita tercapai :)

10 is enough for now. 
so many events scheduled for next year.  mampu berdoa supaya Allah permudahkan semuanya.

I do have my own cita-cita. To be a pharmacist, alhamdulillah i'm a pharmacist now.
Then, we decided to have another dream. 

Tak apa, gonna turn 25 this year and still have long way to go.
But, keep calm and doa kan? Allah yang atur semuanya.

have a nice year ahead mate!

lots of love,

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