Well, I’m back for a bit.
Ramadhan was over too soon. I spent the first week at home with ibu, ayah, the sibs, girlmok, cherimok, kipimok and hopimok (which was amazing). I will always love and miss the atmosphere back home during Ramadhan.
About cats: The new kitten, Hopimok (aka Hoppy) is the naughtiest one yet. I melt whenever I hear his noisy mewing. Or see him peeking through the window when we’re having dinner (Please let me in!). Or when he gets tired of running after the seeds from the oil palm trees that the monkeys threw away, and he’d just fall asleep in my lap. He loves car rides. He’d fall asleep after a few minutes.
I also had a lovely time sampling all sorts of marvellous Malaysian food. As is the norm. I had a long list of ‘What I Have Eaten’ and ‘What I Want to Eat’. Ticked a lot of boxes. Sushi, green tea anything, nasi lemak ibu, cikpah, gerai, roti canai, cendol cikpah and oh so much more. Bulat sokmo bile balik. No takoyaki though :(
Tandem bike riding with the siblings in Port Dickson. Ice cold sarsi was the perfect ending to the day of bike racing. Ibu made the most wicked nasi lemak in the entire universe. Nikmatnya alhamdulillah. Thanks bu.
NAK’s Divine Speech weekend was an eye opener and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely attend again, if given the chance. I wonder if there’s one in Dublin or the UK… will check.
After that brief respite, I was back in Dublin, jet lagged and missing Hoppy and the rest most terribly. I’ve moved to a new house, which is halfway between the city centre and the hospital I’m currently working at.
Ramadhan here: 19 hours did not feel that long, alhamdulillah. The only downside: the night is really short and it felt like there wasn’t enough time. Eidul Fitr: I took the day off work and went to the Malaysian Hall with a friend. Had a nice surprise when I bumped into A, one of my kite flying partners, and R, an ex colleague from Mad Busy Hospital. Couldn’t stop grinning.
What I’m doing now: Infectious Diseases. I’m learning a lot and falling in love with the work that I do. I have an amazing consultant who loves to talk and teach. There’s another reg in our team, also a budding ID enthusiast. First few days, everyone thought I was the intern. Awet muda kot hoho. Or muka tak matang.
I can’t believe that I’ve just finished the dreaded first week of nights on call as a medical reg. It’s different indeed, having to look after interns, seeing all the really sick patients, emergencies etc. I’m really glad to be working with people who are helpful, awesome and know their stuff. There’s another registrar who is super super senior and he offered to help me if I needed any advice/help. It seems like everyone was really geared into helping each other, which made the nights seem not too bad.
Getting ready for my viva. Ganbatte me!