Apr 23, 2016

Playing With Electric

This post is written on 18th April 2016.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

No Monday Blues for me as I slept early on the night before, as usual haha. Woke up and got ready early this morning as I thought the practical session for my group was at 8, until Fatin told us in the WhatsApp group that the timetable in IMU portal states 8.30am. Today's practical was about nerve (urat saraf) conduction. Sanaa and I arrived quite late this morning (bangun awal pun sampai still tak awal haha) and we made our own group of 2. Later, Bryan joined us. 

First part, we had to draw the median nerve using a stick of green coloured wax-like-crayon. Here's a picture showing the median nerve. As you can see, the median nerve supplies the first three fingers (from the thumb). So, basically everything about the movement, pain etc is related to the median nerve. (Boring nya Dylla ni tunjuk pasal urat saraf pula . . .)

Haha wait a second, the interesting part is yet to come. 

Here comes the exciting one. During the second part of the session, we had to pick a subject and Bryan was okay to become the 'lucky' person (hehe) to undergo the Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) test. Sanaa set up the wires, connecting them to Bryan's forearm and power generator, while I handled the computer software. 

In this test, we had to stimulate the nerve by giving a low voltage of electric current to the subject's forearm. 2 pads that were put on the thenar muscle (area below the thumb) will pick up the signal and from the result that will be shown on the screen together with a certain length, we have to find the velocity or in other word, the speed of how fast the conduction. 

Dylla, can you skip the fact part? Okay, fine I'll cut it here haha. 

Some of our friends who became the subjects screamed a bit the first time they were being introduced with the electric current. Sanaa and I were curious, so we tried to do it on ourselves. It wasn't painful, but the first one was always like a jerky-shock-kind of feeling. Sanaa and Bryan were playful, teasing me - Sanaa told Bryan to increase the electrical charge to the maximum voltage that was available, while Bryan moved the cursor to the 'stimulate' button and clicked it a few times. Haha kurang asam betul.

Although the test isn't really accurate and reliable, it is good enough to have the general idea of how fast your nerve conducts the electrical signal and at the same time, having fun discovering something while 'playing' with the electric. These videos below are recorded by Sanaa during the practical session. Look at how they increased the electrical voltage and teased me, cis haha. Anyway, I had so much fun learning about the nerve conductivity with them :)

At the end of the session, all subjects from each group had to write the speed / velocity of their own NCV test on the whiteboard and it turned out the normal range is about 50m/sec. Subhanallah, look at how fast one's nerve can conduct the signal. That's why the delay between when you think of something and the response is negligible, You don't even realise it. One nerve gets injured can cause a lot of problems, whether in sensing or moving or might be both. The little things like these are part of the blessings that we get.

After 4-week of learning the musculoskeletal system, I came to a sense, where I realised there are a lot of things and blessing that I have, but I overlooked before and craved for things that I don't have and wish to own. It's not that we can't wish for things we don't have, but to belittle certain blessings, and compare ourselves with others are a no no when there are people out there who wish they can write without having to bear the stiffness on their fingers like us, walk without having pain on their big toes, unbutton the shirt by themselves and climb the stairs as normal people do.

The world is not a wish-granting factory because if it was as easy as ABC, what is the meaning of heaven then? Whenever you feel sad about something you don't have, just remind yourself for all the blessings that you have. You'll feel much better, InshaaAllah.

Be happy to be in your own skin :)

Apr 16, 2016

I Almost Died!

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Hey guysss! Finally, I have an ample time and the mood to update this blog. Fuhh *tiup habuk* haha. To be honest, I have a few posts in the draft that I should have posted a long time ago, but then those posts are not well written with incomplete paragraphs and no-mood-to-continue writing, so I decided to discard them all, muahahaha. 

We already finished our 4-week reproductive system and currently in a new system, musculoskeletal system. Apparently, there is a lot of names of bones and muscles to be remembered, not to forget the procedures and steps of physical examinations during the clinical sessions. The final semester examination is getting closer and closer. The extensive list of topics for both theories and clinical skills makes me freak out inside every time I try to remind myself about it, but chill Dylla chill, don't let the panic attack knocks the sympathetic pathway in you.

'I almost died for 2 times' seems kinda over-exaggerated, but it's true though that I said, "Alhamdulillah, still hidup." for 2 times this week. Oh, and I just realised it was the same person who called my name, "Dyllaaa" when encountering both incidents haha.

The first incident happened when Sanaa and I were walking from Vista to IMU. The distance to IMU is just about 5-minute away from Vista, minus the waiting time for the lift and walking from the block gate to the guard house. As usual, we waited for the traffic light to turn red before crossing the road. The cars completely stopped, and we crossed the 2-lane road, walking in front of a white Myvi. As we were just in the middle of the first lane, suddenly the Myvi moved and almost hit me on my hip. With an increase in the normal tone, Sanaa said "Dyllaaa" and pulled me fast. I was aware that the Myvi moved really slow, but we never know what could happen though. The person might accidentally put a lot of pressure on the gas pedal and an unforgettable incident can happen instead.

To think back about the second incident makes me tee-hee. I felt shy and ashamed rather than feeling scared haha. After a 1-hour class by Dr Shar Mariam ended, Sanaa, Fatin and I were really hungry, so we decided to go to Pandai Serai (IMU cafe) to have a lunch. As we already waited for the elevator for a long time, I, being the most eager person to go for lunch simply went into the elevator after a bunch of people without realising that there was no one pressing the open button. The elevator door closed when I was entering, and yes it literally closed, causing my body being compressed between the 2 hard metals haha. I heard Sanaa called my name, but it occurred in the blink of an eye. Sanaa and Fatin asked me whether I was okay or not and I replied yes. But, somehow my inner voice said, "Alhamdulillah, tak terkepit." Imagine if the lift was like the one in Final Destination where the girl's head was being chopped off from her body.. err let's not think too far.

Alhamdulillah. I'm still alive and have the chance to repent and do good deeds. Every day is a brand new day. Focus to live the day to the fullest, rather than thinking about the past that you can't change. Bad thing that happened in the past is something for us to learn from, so that it won't repeat in the future. Have a good day!

P/s: I'm so sorry for the long silence. Later I'll have a blogwalking to those blogs who always pay this blog a visit and leave comments. Thank you so much!

Apr 9, 2016

Resipi Mudah 'Congo Bars'

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Memandangkan Dylla dah janji nak share resipi congo bars yang Dylla guna untuk buat yang macam dalam Instagram Dylla tu, so here it is! 

Ibu lah yang memula beritahu nak buat congo bars. Dylla ingat ibu saja je cakpa nak buat, tapi rupa-rupanya siap dah beli barang apa semua haaa apa lagi Dylla lagi lah bersemangat nak buat. Dylla ni jenis manusia kalau barang dah tersedia memang rajin. Kalau kena cari bahan bahan kekadang sampai terbatal terus niat nak bake cake ke apa hahaha.

Resipi ni diambil dari blog Kak Azlita Masam Manis. Caranya mudah and simple! Tak payah pening pening kepala nak cari bahan ni kat mana, bahan itu kat mana hehe. 

315 gm tepung gandum
2 1/2 sudu kecil baking powder
1/2 sudu kecil garam
150 gm mentega
320 gm gula perang - boleh kurangkan
3 biji telur
1 sudu kecil esen vanila
250 gm chocolate chips
1 cawan kacang pecan atau apa2 kekacang - optional (Dylla guna almond)
Kepingan badam untuk taburan - optional

Cara-cara membuat:
1. Ayak tepung, baking powder dan garam dalam bekas besar dan ketepikan.
2. Dalam bekas lain campurkan gula perang bersama mentega dan kacau rata sehingga mentega larut.
3. Masukkan telur sebiji demi sebijik dan putar sebati.
4. Masukkan esen vanila.F
5. Masukkan tepung, baking powder dan garam yang telah diayak dan kacau rata.
6. Akhir sekali masukkan chocolate chips dan kekacang dan gaul sempurna.
7. Tuangkan adunan kedalam tin pembakar ukuran 13 X 9 yang telah digris dgn mentega dan dialas dengan kertas minyak.
8. Ratakan permukan adunan dan taburkan kepingan badam dan chocolate chips jika suka sebagai hiasan.
9. Bakar pada suhu 170C selama lebih kurang 30 minit atau sehingga permukaan atas kuning keemasan. Jangan terlebih bakar.

Dylla takde badam, jadi Dylla memang letak chocolate chips 100g sebab tak perasan dalam resipi guna 250g and kacang almond. Boleh juga kalau nak letak M&M, peanut butter chips atau pun tabur sesikit karamel haa suka hati, mengikut kreativiti. 

Oh lagi satu, oven Dylla kecil and Dylla takde dulang bakar size tu, jadi Dylla guna je yang tebal. First time cuba. Keluar masuk oven banyak kali sebab takut dalam tak masak. At first macam lembik tengah tengah, tapi after awhile bila dah sejuk, tak lembik dah, Tak sabar nak rasa punya pasal, Dylla terus je potong time lembik, tu pasal gambar pun cam tak lawa sangat haha.

Nah ni gambar congo bars yang Dylla buat. Taraaaa! 

Sorry mampu upload gambar print screen je sebab Dylla tinggalkan laptop kat KL, so susah nak transfer gambar sobsob. Oh dalam Instagram Dylla ada short video process nak buat congo bars ni juga. Kalau rajin jemputlah singgah tengok hehe. 

Bagi Dylla yang kuat manis, congo bars yang ni memang manis manis manis (ulang 3x manis haha), so disarankan untuk kurangkan sikit gula especially orang yang tak suka makan manis. Jagalah kesihatan anda. Pesanan ikhlas dari Dyllarezan hehe. 

Selamat mencuba semua!

Apr 2, 2016

Bits And Pieces I Learned From The Straight Path Convention

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. 

Alhamdulillah, All praises are due to Allah. I feel much better nowadays though we just ended the 4-week-reproductive system and started a new system (Musculoskeletal System) last Monday. So far everything is fine, just a lot of bones and muscles names to be memorised haha. Today I'm just gonna share my experience and bits and pieces of knowledges I got from The Straight Path Convention that I went last weekend. The 2-day event was the second time they held (last year was the first time) and this time the theme was 'Major Obstacles'. 

It was my first time going to a large Islamic conference. Yes, another tick on the bucket list, that's for sure. Though people sometimes say that ignorance is a bliss, but I reckon it's not suitable to use in this kind of situation, and to use the word 'ignorance' is kinda immense, so I'll use the word 'unaware' instead. I admit that I was unaware of the huge impact that this talk can give to someone and prolly could change one's life forever. 

The days before going to the talk were among the worst I had in my life. A series of problems, one after another came to me and wandered in my mind, asking for solutions and demanding to be solved. I didn't know where to start. I might seem okay from the outside, but inside, only Allah knows. Serabut sampai rasa nak tidur je, tak nak fikir apa apa. I longed for things I didn't have and ignored the blessings that I had. Crying with no tear, screaming with no voice. Silence and loneliness were really overwhelming though I was surrounded by cheerful and wonderful people. I worried about my worry. I worry about the future. I worry about everything. 

Last week's event had changed my thoughts and perceptions of life in this Dunya (world). There were 5 speakers who involved in the conference and each one of them talked about different topics. InshaaAllah I'll talk about them one by one in this blog. I'm currently in Melaka and I left my notebook in Vista, so basically I'll just tell you some of the things that I could remember clearly. Before I start, a big thank to my maklang (aunt) as she was the one who invited and belanja me for almost everything, from ticket to lunch, dinner and even a book!

I arrived quite early on the first day and as maklang had already registered for me and there was about 20-minute-time left before entering the hall, I took this chance to have a look at the books they were selling outside of the hall. After a quick flipped and skimmed through a book entitled 'You Can Be The Happiest Woman In The World', I decided to buy it (the one that Maklang paid for me). 

A lot of things had been discussed and elaborated well by the speakers. Words uttered by them went straight into my heart and left a significant mark in it. They talked about asking for forgiveness, repentance, the act of taubah, the effects of sins etc. The first topic was about the effects of the sins, and some of the effects that had been listed by Mufti Menk were sad, lonely, worry, etc. How to know whether the feelings are because of sin or a test from Him? Mufti Menk said, "Check back your deeds. Look back at what you have done." Astaghfirullahalazim. A word with a deep meaning that stroke straight into my heart and made me cried inside.

It might be a test, or the effects of sins I'd done. Then he said some of the sins that look 'minor' to us might be a major ones to Him and a repetition of a minor sin will become a major sin. Astaghfirullahalazim.

The speakers also talked about don't delay your salah and always ask for forgiveness from Him. When to change yourself? Right here, right now. Don't wait as today might be the last day we live in this world. We never know when will be the last day of our lives. Make ibadah esp salah as a priority. Fit your schedule into ibadah, rather than fitting ibadah into your schedule. MashaaAllah.

They also said about the negative effects of watching movies, listening to music and songs that make you wanna dance, wasting your time on things that don't give any benefits, etc. Subhanallah. May He forgives and guides us in everything we do. May He grants us the strength to avoid all the negative things.

What to do if you think all the feelings that you feel are the effects of the sins you did? Ask for his forgiveness, repent and change. When to change? Now. Never think that you've already done a lot of sins in the past, so Allah will never forgive you. No. That's the devil's game. The scholars told us that Allah will forgive you, but you have to ask for forgiveness and Allah loves those who seek for forgiveness.

"... Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves." [Al-Baqarah, 2:222]

At the same time, I also read the book that I bought there. Yes, the 'You Can Be The Happiest Woman In The World' book. One of the subtopic that I encountered when reading the book was 'When things become unbearable, turn to Allah'.

Here's something from the book:

Ibn al-Jawzi said:

"Something was causing me a great deal of grief and distress, and I started to think long and hard about how to get out of this situation by any means, but I could not find any way out. Then I came across this verse:

“… And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (of every difficulty).” [Quran, 65:2] 

I realised that taqwa (piety, fearing Allah) is the way out of every kind of grief and distress. As soon as I followed the path of taqwa, I found the day out.” 

Every day is a brand new day and like the scholars said, change yourself. Either in miles, or metres or even millimetres, it doesn't matter. As long as you try to change. Maybe today you wake up early for salah. The next day you do another good deed. May He eases everything for us. 

I wanna change and become a better person. I would like to apologise for any wrongdoings I did in the past and do tell me if I made any mistakes in the future. If you know any talks or conventions that will be held, do inform me as I'm looking forward for another talk like this. Feed the mind, but don't forget to feed the soul as well. InshaaAllah.

Apr 1, 2016

How To Write Bold, Italic and Strikethrough Words In Whatsapp

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

One of the new features that has just been updated from Whatsapp is how to write words in BOLD, ITALIC AND STRIKETHROUGH. Here's an example;

It's so simple and you only have to write 2 additional symbols for each kind. The example sentence that I'll be using for each type is 'My name is Ardilla'.

1.  BOLD - Add * before and after the sentence.
Eg: *My name is Ardilla*

2.  ITALIC - Add _ before and after the sentence.
Eg: _My name is Ardilla_ 

3.  STRIKETHROUGH - Add ~ before and after the sentence.
Eg: ~My name is Ardilla~

And you can combine 2 or all of the types at the same time too! For example if I wanna make it like this 'My name is Ardilla', simply write either _*My name is Ardilla*_ or *_My name is Ardilla_*. Make sure you have the two symbols/characters before and after the sentence. You might be thinking, nahh, it's complicated and time-consuming as well, so why should I use this? Well, it might be useful though. As for example, if you wanna ask for something, but then you feel shy, so you can use this to indirectly tell the person you want it actually haha.

Eg: I REALLY WANT IT don't want. Thanks :)

I guess that's it for now hehe. Till here, assalamualaikum!