Jan 30, 2016

4D3N Krabi Budget Trip (Day 1 Part 1) - The Arrival

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. 

Krabi always reminds me of the Cabi Song (Caribbean Bay CF) by SNSD and 2PM. Zaman kpop dedulu haha. This trip had been planned a few months ago. The reason why I kinda 'disappeared' the past few days was because I went to Krabi with my friends, Sobri, Audi and Marni. We already booked our flight tickets a month before the trip, which costed each of us RM198. By the way, I'll update about Krabi first, then I'll update about Terengganu okay? To make everything clearer and easier for you guys to plan, I'll write a summary of the full Krabi itinerary altogether with the budget and some tips that might be useful for you. So stay tuned!

Back to the story. As our boarding time was in the morning, we decided to overnight in the airport. Instead of sleeping in the surau like I always did whenever I had a morning flight, we spent the night at McDonalds together. We stayed up until the next morning by having a nice chit chat after a long time not meeting each other. Nak tidur takut terlepas flight so ended up became zombies till the sun rose haha.

We boarded the flight around 7.00am and arrived at the Krabi Airport around 7.30am (Thailand time). Thailand is 1 hour late compared to Malaysia. After we passed the immigration, we stopped at the taxi counter and booked a taxi. The fare for bus ticket was 150baht per person, while for the taxi was 600baht per taxi (150baht per person for the four of us). We have to pay the same amount for either one, but taxi is more comfortable than the bus. So, we chose to ride in the taxi and paid 600baht at the counter before following a guy to his van. I don't know if they call a van as 'taxi', but yes, it was a van.

Halfway to our hotel, the van stopped in front of a tour packages agency. A man came out from the agency and promoted to us about the packages that his company had. Luckily I had been warned by a friend of mine, Syark, to not book any packages when the taxi / van stops as we can get the same tour package at a much cheaper price later either at the hotel or tour agencies along the beach.

We arrived Ao Nang after a 45-minute journey from the airport and instantly checked in our rooms at the Luna House. I already booked the hotel about 2 weeks before using booking.com. Our (Me, Audi and Marni) room was a triple room, which was situated downstairs (1300baht per night), while Sobri's room was a double-without-window room (790baht per night) on the upstairs. We had to wait for about 30 mins while they cleaned the room.

After taking a bath and changing our clothes, we started walking to the beach, which was said to be 10 minutes away. To be honest, I felt it like 20 minutes away. Jauh pulak rasa haha.

We were planning to kayak, but unfortunately the sea was quite rough that evening. So, we booked kayaking for the last day of our stay here and paid a deposit of 600baht. The price for this kayaking package was 1600baht (400baht per person). The kayaking agency where we booked is located in front of a massage parlor (as in the photo below). We booked a taxi from Luna House back to airport from this agency also.

We hadn't eaten since yesternight. Before we continued searching for other packages, we decided to have a lunch at the Bamboo Restaurant, nearby our stay place. This restaurant is halal, and most of them can speak Malay language with Kelantanese slang. I ordered tomyam fried rice with prawn (59baht) and a glass of (terlebih manis) iced tea (39baht). The tomyam fried rice with prawn tasted so-so, but the normal fried rice Sobri bought was nice. Rasa tomyam tak kaw sangat hm ke sebab nasi tomyam memang tak rasa sangat haha.

Ada lah 2 ekor udang tersembunyi dalam nasi ni

While we were on our way to the beach, we found another tour package agency (Krabi Hussuna Travel & Tour), just a few shop lots away. The average price for phi phi tour is 1000baht, but after negotiating, we got 900baht, excluded the 400baht for the National Park fee, which will be explained later. We asked for the price of the Hot Springs, Emerald Pool and Elephant Trekking package. 'twas 900baht per person also, included lunch. I tried to nego the price to 800baht, but she refused our proposal on the grounds that the lunch is provided as well. Tak cukup lagi ilmu tawar menawar from ibu ayah ni haha. Then I asked if we can get 700baht, but with no lunch. She agreed. We paid an amount of 2800baht as the deposit.

I only brought my sneakers to Krabi. Sneakers are definitely not suitable for the activities that we would do. Along the roadside to the beach, there are a few shops selling fake Crocs, so I decided to stop by and buy a pair of the fake Crocs at 200baht. I wonder where is the beach.. It was a really, really long walk haha ponat eden.

Finally, we arrived at the beach. Not to complain, but the weather was really hot that evening and I wonder how could they stand sunbathing while reading under the scorching heat. Takpe depa putih. Cheq ni kalau berjemuq terus sunburn teruk. Yang tak berjemur ni pun dah sunburn haha. Sobri as usual, he entered the sea with his polo shirt and a pair of jeans. Pun boleh. Beach boy katanya -.-

Spent 40 minutes on the beach before going back to the hotel by a tuktuk. Tuktuk is a traditional three-wheeled transport in Thailand. We paid a total of 120baht (30baht per person). My first experience riding on a tuktuk ended up dropping my camera lens cover on the road. Ada tak orang jual cover lens je haha rasa nak marah dengan diri sendiri sebab pi gatal tangan nak ambil gambar konon eee.

We arrived Luna House at 2.30pm (local time) and planned to go to the night market in Krabi Town at 5.30pm. Sempat lah golek golek tidur kejap.

Will be continued..

Jan 10, 2016

Another Tick On The Bucket List

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

It's almost one week since the last time I updated this blog. Fuhh *tiup habuk* sorry for the sudden disappearance haha before exam ada je gatal tangan nak update blog, after exam menyepi terus. Life has been so nice since I don't have to think about my study, PBL research, CSU sessions ahhh~

Anyway, as you can see, one of the tabs in the above panel is bucket list. It's a list of things either I wanna achieve or I've already achieved, and one of those that I'd written in a numbering form is to own a camera using my own money. I'd been saving money since my first semester in IMU to buy a camera. I didn't have any camera and the last time I had was an Olympus compact camera, which had been stolen after I accidentally left it in the school locker. I thought of buying a DSLR, but as time passed, I told myself maybe I should just buy a lighter camera and more handy than a DSLR, but still can be adjusted manually. I did some research comparing a few cameras and finally, chose one, which I like the most!


I bought a Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera. I wanted a black one actually, but only white and silver left. I could have waited, but then my heart said the white one looks beautiful, as white is one of my favourite colours. I bought it in Times Square a few days ago. I'm extremely excited. I can't wait to read Photography books and practice taking good photos. Photography has always been in my heart, other than Medicine. 

Can't wait to try it soon!
I hope you won't feel bored with photos that will be uploaded in my Instagram hehe.

Jan 5, 2016

I Literally Cried

Assalamulaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

I saw a post people shared on Facebook, read it and guess what. It hit me hard and broke me through. All the words seemed like she was talking about me.

I literally started crying the moment I read "And I saw you cry when you wish you were older so you could’ve saved your grandfather… when you wished that he was still alive so he could see you now."

I was the first grandchild on my mom's side. My late grandfather always wanted to see me become a doctor. I still can remember when I was a kid, he always told my parents and me about how eager he was to see me entering a medical school and becoming a doctor. He picked me up from school every day and brought me and my sister back to his house to play with the chickens and cats. He taught me how to ride my first 2-wheel-bicycle and how to climb a tree. He bought me cooking utensils for kids and a pair of rollerblades just because I wanted to. He was not rich, but he gave me a big amount of money from his pension every time I achieved good results.

I was 5 when I saw 2 prominent scars on my grandfather's chest and on his left foot. I was curious. I asked my mother. My mother told me the story from the beginning till the end about how Datuk was brought to the National Heart Institute and described the pain that he felt was unbearable, making him talked nonsense about unrelated things. That was the first time I heard the word 'bypass', which I thought was 'bye pass'. I started having a dream to become a 'heart' doctor.

On 11th February 2013, my grandmother called my mother, telling her that my Datuk had a terrible shortness of breath. My mother immediately went to his house to pick up and bring him to a private hospital, but something happened there, so they sent my Datuk to the government hospital. I was out with my friend at that time. I never thought it was going to be severe as he seemed okay the day before. The moment my mother called me, I rushed to the hospital. He was in the Red Zone, lying flat on the bed unconscious. I told myself not to worry much as he was gonna be alright.

But I was wrong.

He passed away a few hours after that. There was no tear as my brain was still interpreting of what had happened before I came to the realisation that he was no longer in this world. I cried in disbelief. I never thought how my world would be like without him (other than my parents). He left me before I got myself ready.

I cried to sleep that night. I kept asking myself, "Why did he pass away before I enter medical school" "Why he didn't give me a chance to save him?" "He told me he wanted to see me in a medical school" "He said he wanted a free service" "Why is this happening to me?", but lives and deaths are beyond our control. I began to adapt with his absence, though I still can't move on, until now.

I never had a chance to tell him I managed to enter medical school. I never had a chance to tell him I learnt about heart. I never had a chance to practice heart physical examination on him. I never had a chance to tell him I passed my first year. I never had a chance to tell him I was really nervous before my EOS 3 exam. In fact, I didn't have a chance to say goodbye and tell him I really, really love him before he passed away.

Medicine is never easy to me. I never thought, saying 'I wanna become a doctor' is just the beginning of lack of sleep, tonnes of eye bags, bottles of tears. But every time I feel like giving up, I remember back myself about the hardship I had been through before entering medical school, interviews and rejections I faced, the joy of going to a hospital, the little things in Medicine that make me happy, my parents who work really hard to feed and support me, and of course my Datuk who really wanted to see me graduating as a doctor.

If he were still alive, I know he would say that he is very proud of me even though I am neither the best in the class nor someone who people look up to because that was what he always did. If life is being hard to you, tell yourself that you're gonna get through this and always believe in yourself. Remember back what you had been through to be at this level. And while chasing your dream, appreciate those people who are always there for you and don't forget your parents and your beloved ones as we never know what might happen.

 Semoga Datuk ditempatkan dalam kalangan orang beriman, InshaaAllah. Amin. Al-Fatihah.

 P/s: I'm sorry for this long post. Have a nice day! :)

Jan 2, 2016

My Study Week Routine (Part 2)

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

(Continue from Part 1)

2 days left before my final examination and the struggle is real! A day well spent yesterday, but let's not talk about it first as it's gonna be a loooonggg story.

This post is the continuation of the first post (My Study Week Routine Part 1) I wrote. I have a habit of studying either sitting in a really quiet place such as the library or listen to songs. Nothing in between. Time study pun ada je rasa nak dengar lagu itu lah ini lah. And my favourite application to listen to my favourite songs is Spotify! (No, this is not a sponsored advertisement haha). Last month, I subscribed the premium Spotify because recently they offered 3 months for only RM2 ($*@HDN*@#!) and I have already downloaded the application in both laptop (its name is Maccy hehe gedik nak ada nama) and phone. A few advantages of subscribing the premium one are there's no Spotify ads in between the songs and I can play it offline. And the best part is the songs can be synced from my phone to Maccy and I can control the songs from my phone to listen to them on Maccy! Get what I mean? Lemme explain it one by one.

If I'm sitting with my books and notes on my small table, together with Maccy as in the photo below, I can easily change the songs on Maccy. Yes, I prefer to listen them on Maccy because it's clearer and sounded nicer compare to playing it on the phone. 

But, like I said in Part 1, sometimes I prefer to sit with straight legs and lean on a few pillows on my back. So, Maccy would be quite far from me. 

When I sit like this, the laptop will be on the small table. Though my earphones are connected to my lappy, it would still be a bit far from me and difficult for me to reach the laptop and change the song. Worry no more, I can change the song easily by only using my phone.


1. Before you start, make sure you open the Spotify application on both laptop and phone first. Then, choose any songs you want to listen. For example, in this photo below, I chose 'Locked Away'. Below you can see there's an arrow pointing upwards, so click on that arrow to view the song.

2.  If you notice, there's a sentence at the bottom of the page 'Ardilla's MacBook Pro'. Click on it.

3.  Then you can choose whether to play the song on your phone or laptop. You can also change the music volume by adjusting the scroll at the bottom of the page, just beside the speaker icon. Easy, right?

You can do the same thing on your laptop.

1.  Click on the icon, just beside the volume at bottom right. 

2.  Open Spotify application on your phone. 

3.  Choose whether to play on your phone or laptop.

I know it sounds useless, because what for you change the song using your phone if you can directly change it on your laptop right?! I just wanna share this newly discovered tips (acewah), in case if there's anyone like me who prefer to listen songs on the laptop (because the sound is better!), but too lazy to move hahaha.

But nowadays, I rarely listen to songs with vocals because sometimes I feel they distract my concentration and deviate my focus to singing the song instead of studying. So I choose to listen to surah-surah from Al-Quran on quran.com or instrumental songs without the vocals. There are some studies suggest that listen to songs without vocals can increase focus. Usually I would play my 'Deep Focus' playlist on the Spotify whenever I study. I don't know whether it's because of my mindset or not, but I think listening to instrumental songs is kinda effective.

Who's Ardilla if no stay up and coffee?
I really, really love this one coffee, which was recommended by my 15-year-old brother. At first, I thought the brand was kinda weird.. wonda? Wondahhhwoman? Haha but it turned out to be my favourite, until now! (Other than the Old Town Hazelnut White Coffee).

Meet Miss Wondaaaaa (Coffee) haha

I haven't tried the Coffee Nap tips yet. I'm afraid kalau dah tertidur terus tak bangun haha.

Okay Dylla, that's it. I better stop babbling here as I still have loads of notes to be read and exercises to be done. Exam is just around the corner. Pray for me, guysss! Cuak kebebeh. Anyway, to those who haven't joined my New Year Giveaway, you still have time to join by just clicking on the link down below and follow the steps given. Deedaadee~