Jun 30, 2016

15 Useful Tips For Krabi Budget Trip

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Here are some tips that I managed to remember. Hope this post will help you in planning your trip! 

1. Fill in the immigration form in the flight.

When we arrived, there was a really, really long line, queuing behind the immigration counters. We didn't write our flight number and 'address in Thailand' because we thought it wasn't important, but then at the counter itself, the customs officer asked us to fill everything, then we had to search back everything and write them down. Luckily, I saved all those details in my handphone. So, make sure you fill in EVERYTHING needed to save time. For 'address in Thailand', just write the address of the place you'll be staying. 

2. Don't book any tour package while on your way from the airport to hotel.

The van / taxi that you take will bring you to a company for packages and trip booking. DON'T BOOK ANY FROM THEM because you will get a wayyyy cheaper price from other places, especially if you stay at Ao Nang Beach. There will be a lot of packages and trips that you can find along the roadside near the beach, where you can even bargain to get the best price. 

3. Bring mineral water to Emerald Pool.

It's a long walk from the starting point of the Emerald Pool, so I suggest you to bring a mineral water especially if you have kids with you. But, worry not if you forget as there's a small shop near the pool when you have arrived to buy some drinks from. Or you can grab something to eat and drink first before entering the place. 

4. Bring / buy a leather / waterproof bag when riding the speedboat.

Example of waterproof bags

We went to Krabi during a not-so-good weather as the ride to Phi Phi Islands was rough and bumpy. Sobri brought a bag, where we put our phones and cameras in. The bag isn't waterproof, so he had to kinda hug the bag and I had to put my camera under my shawl to protect and make sure the splashing water won't enter the bag and damage the cameras. The water splash hit us the most as we sat at the rearmost seat of the boat. Dalam hati regret tak bawa bag kulit apa semua haha.

5. Dry storage in the speedboat 

But if you were too lazy and think it's a waste to buy other leather / waterproof bag, then just put your stuff in the dry storage under your seat. Usually all speedboats have this compartment.

6. Bring mosquito repellent for kayaking.

We didn't bring any and Alhamdulillah none bit us, well prolly because we have thick skin or already kinda 'immune' to mosquito bite haha. Nonetheless, I suggest you to bring especially those who'll wear shorts and short sleeves as you will be entering mangrove swamps if you take the 7km route like us. Not sure if there's any other route though, sorry!

7. Not enough money?

The good news is, there are CIMB banks in Krabi! I think there are 2 in Ao Nang, near the beach while the other one in Krabi Town, which is situated near the Night Market.  

8. A lot of halal food near the mosque area.

If you are a Muslim, don't worry as there's a lot of halal food available, especially if you stay near the Ao Nang Mosque. You can also get halal food from a few restaurants there. If you wanna try a power Thai tom yam, you can go to Kawan Restaurant. It's just a small restaurant, not sure you'll notice it or not. Their tom yam noodle was the best I've ever eaten as I really like spicy food, and I even asked for more spice haha. 
(Read this post to know more about food I had)

9. Keep samples!

Example. Cred to Mr. Google

I know this idea is a bit ridiculous, but I found it quite useful, at least for me haha. I rarely travel so I don't have a proper travel kit or specifically travel toiletry kit and it's not convenient for me to bring everything in their big sized bottles / containers as I bought the ticket without any check-in luggage, nor did my friends. Luckily, I have a few samples of shampoo, and also soap as the place where we stayed only provided us a solid soap, which obviously we had to share. About the soap, I don't mind sharing though, because both of them are my best friends. But the problem was, they didn't provide any shampoo. Our hair became really dry and somehow melekit at the end of the day, so to sleep without washing our hair was a no no. This is when the samples are useful haha.

On and here's an easy and incredible idea on how to pack your toiletries! Click here to watch the video.

10. Always bargain for a cheaper price 

Always, always and always bargain when buying sometimes. Well, except for food. Guess what, I even tried to bargain for food, silly me haha I know right! Other than souvenirs, one most important thing that you should bargain for is the package trip to Emerald Pool, Phi Phi Islands Tour, etc. Ask for the cheapest price possible. Here are the prices that I got for each package, which you can make it as a reference if you want to.

11. Seasickness

Bring pills for seasickness if needed. It is an over-the-counter medicine that you can easily get from the pharmacy. 

12. Keep receipt for booked trip

For trip packages you book, make sure you keep the receipt because you have to show it to them when they fetch you from the hotel. 

13. Change money in Malaysia & bring Ringgit

Estimate your budget and change money in Malaysia, but do bring along some Ringgit just in case you're short of money later. It's advisable not to withdraw money there as you'll be charged around RM25 for every transaction.

14. Bring universal adapter (2pin)


You may also consider bringing power strips, especially if you stay 3-4 people per room, so that you can charge all your gadgets at the same time.

15. Waterproof case

Bring waterproof case for your phone if you wanna capture every single moment, including during snorkelling and island tour. Don't simply take for granted for little things like this. One of my friends had water entered his phone and caused irreversible damage to the phone. 

That's all for now. Hope this post helps!

Jun 28, 2016

Book Review: Bidadari - Memoir Aishah Humairah

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

I've never known her in person, nor what she studied or where she lived. But one thing I know, she was a fighter. She passed away a few months ago due to SLE, but that doesn't indicate she lost to SLE. Let me tell you why. 

Some of you might wonder, what is SLE? 

SLE stands for systemic lupus erythematosus or in a simpler layman's term, it means body immune system attacks healthy tissue. And because it's a systemic disease (affects whole body, does not focus on any particular area), it might attack any parts of body including skin, muscles, blood, heart, lungs, stomach, kidney etc. All these manifestations attack at the same time in a serious condition. It seemed impossible for one to endure such pain, but that was what she did.

This book is compiled by her friends from the experiences they had with her; the ups and downs, the happiness and sadness. I really salute her friends who were always there for her, despite having to focus on their studies as well. The journey she had to go through was unbelievable and unbearable. I don't know whether I would be as strong as her if I were in her shoes. 

This book touched the soft spot in my heart and some of the stories, even made my eyes watery. The disease progressed slowly, attacking one by one. After she had recovered from one thing, she was attacked by another thing. Every time she fell, she stood up, telling herself, "I can do this". It happened over and over again. She fought every single day, in fact, every single second towards the end of her life. 

One more thing that I really looked up to is her connection with Allah SWT. She remained positive and patient most of the times. Yes, sometimes she did tell people and complained of her pain, but we are not in her shoes, so we don't know how much pain she had to bear. I admire her strength, not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually. 

She is indeed a bidadari.
Her name is Aishah Humairah. 

May Allah grant her Jannah. Al-Fatihah.

P/s: This book is given by a friend of mine, who studies in Jordan. It is really a good book. Even my mother and sister said so. They published 450 books as a trial for Jordan University Science & Technology (JUST) students, but had already sold out. They plan to come out with a second batch, but is still under consideration.

Jun 25, 2016

Why Waste When We Have A Solution?

This post is written at 11.53pm on Friday.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Photo by Mr Google

I should be sleeping right now as I wanna wake up early tomorrow. In fact, I'm already on the bed, getting ready to sleep, but my intention is thwarted by the sudden appearance of my blogging mood, so I better not to turn it away or by the time I try to find it back, it has already gone sebab merajuk haha. 

Today is another out-of-routine day for me as I met my best friend, Ummi after a longgggggg time not seeing each other. It's longer than the word 'long' I just typed, wayyy longer than that, no kidding haha. We even didn't have the chance to celebrate each other's birthday, and I wonder when was the last time I gave Ummi a present hmmm. Anyway, time spent is what matters most, innit? Hehe. 

Ummi fetched me and we straightly went to Aeon Bandaraya, spending a good few hours, chitchatting about life, study, family interspersed with silly jokes and whatnots. I bought a notebook (I just can't get enough of books and notebooks) and some stationery, while Ummi bought 3 large-gigantic-massive containers to put her teddy bears haha. Planning to buy baju raya (because baju kurung yang dah siap menjerut pinggang macam rasa kena jerut anaconda), but they were a bit expensive (at least for me), so I only bought 2 shawls, which costed me RM10 each.

Later we went to the bazaarrrr!

One thing I like about being in bazaar is because I will be surrounded by a variety of food and drinks (obviously, Dylla), from nasi beriyani to lamb chop to cendol ahh, even thinking of them makes me feel hungry! Hehehe. As my sister and brother are still in university and school respectively, usually my father will just buy food for breaking fast from the nearby bazaar for the three of us (ayah, ibu and I) and as the whole family prefers other carbs than rice, it is much easier to think of what to cook or prepare.

The desire towards food is hard to resist and everything looks tempting when it comes to buying food in bazaar. I tried to call my father, but couldn't reach him, so I dared not to buy much to avoid wasting. Tengok jelah Ummi beli nasi beriyani and rojak singapore dari jauh sobsob. Not that I'm being ungrateful, I prefer to buy less food, but enough to make me feel 'just' full rather than buying from every single stall, and ended up being too full, above the limit of one's stomach capacity.

Bak kata my ibu,
"Biar sikit, janji tak bazir. Lagipun kita kan patut berhenti makan sebelum kenyang."

إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ ۖ وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِرَبِّهِ كَفُورًا 
AlQuran [17:27]

Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.

Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang boros itu adalah saudara-saudara Syaitan, sedang Syaitan itu pula adalah makhluk yang sangat kufur kepada Tuhannya. 

Soooo, before we buy anything, ask ourselves; 
Do we really need this? Can I finish it? 
This is a reminder to myself as well :)

P/s: 10 days left before Ramadhan leaves. Let's make the best of it! InshaaAllah.

Jun 23, 2016

Makan Dalam Talam

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

I had my end of semester examination last Monday and it marked the end of Year 2, alhamdulillah! This semester is not a progression point for us, so no matter what marks we get, we will still proceed to the next semester. And yes, preclinical in IMU is 2.5 years. Hm maybe because the basic clinical stuff including physical examinations and procedures has already integrated into the curriculum. Anyway, I would try my best to update my blog every day! Can't promise though as my daily schedule might change as I have a never ending to-do-list for this (only) one month break haha. 

For 3 systems (reproductive, musculoskeletal and nervous systems) that were being tested in the exam, we had to sit for ONE paper only. Can't imagine how an exam consists of everything, 9 systems altogether, which we're gonna sit in the next semester will be tested in ONE paper. Finger crossed. That evening, I crashed into Sanaa's place, spending time and lepaking there, thinking of what we should do and ended up doing nothing haha. 

A couple of hours before Maghrib, Sanaa asked me whether I wanna join them for iftar at surau Vista C, which I instantly nodded and replied yes. Alhamdulillah, free food hehe rezeki time puasa. By the time we arrived at the surau, it was almost Maghrib and the guys had already started to prepare and serve food for iftar. They were the one who cooked everything. I was awed by their effort. Lelaki masak, perempuan datang makan je haha. As I entered the surau, there were 2 emptied round trays (dulang) on the green-bluish mat. Din passed us a few polystyrene packs containing rice with another few containers filled with vegetable soup, fried chicken, sambal belacan, budu, sambal kicap, cekodok etc. I wondered how to eat as we got no plates until Qashira and the others began pouring the rice onto the dulang. Then I told myself, "We're gonna eat in a dulang together. This is it."

To anyone who wonders how eating in a tray looks like.. 

Thank you Mr Google

I know eating in talam is a sunnah, but I had never experienced it myself before. The talam that I had was a bit smaller than the other one so only the three of us, Sanaa, Qashira and I ate using that talam. It was a whole new lovely experience for me, eating 3-4 people on a same plate, their rice was mine and mine was theirs, accidentally ate someone else's chicken because we just simply eat what's in front of us so you better watch out your chicken. We ate so fast, everything finished before one blinks his eyes and guess what, we even asked for extra rice from the other group haha. Now after I'd experienced it by myself, I finally know how it feels like and why The Prophet PBUH liked to eat in a tray with his companions, because with this simple act, bond can be created and relationship can be strengthened. 

Jun 7, 2016

Ramadan Is Here! What Should I Do?

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Exactly 2 weeks left before my final examination. I'm so sorry for leaving this blog hiatus for quite some time. Anyway, today is the second day of the month of Ramadan and Alhamdulillah we are still here to taste the ni'mah of Ramadan. It's not too late to start listing down your Ramadan resolutions, as what people always say 'Better late than never', and I'm sure most of you who are reading this post will start speaking inside, reminding your heart what your resolutions are. It can be anything. From waking up for sahoor, helping the needy to standing a part of the night for tahajjud.

But those are not the only thing about Ibadah(s). 

Ibadah is a word with one meaning (worship), which has a few branches and broad classifications as it is not only confined to the pillars of Islam, but also comprises a lot of other good deeds and behaviours. Ibadah or worship is not restricted to fasting, prayer, going to the mosque and taking a part in a charity event, as we can even turn the daily activities such as eating, sleeping, doing homework into an act of worship by having a good intention. Whenever we do something, think the act of doing it, whether it is beneficial or not and correct our intention. Don't do something JUST because you want to be known, or to be seen as a good person, but do it because of Allah. I'm not saying that you shouldn't do something in public as to be honest, I myself usually aspired from these people, especially those who prove humanity is still exist in this world. But, never have a mindset that people should know everything I do (telling them I do this and I do that), so that they will acknowledge I'm a good person. Certain things are meant to be kept between you and Allah.

Have a list of resolutions, if not on a piece of paper or in the note app in our handphone, at least in our mind. Here's a list I've made for myself. It's more like a daily checklist rather than a do-once-is-enough list.. 
  1. Pray on time. Stop whatever I'm doing, take wudhu' and pray. 
  2. Read the entire Quran. Read 4 pages after every prayer, InshaaAllah I can finish reading it in a month. If you thought of reading the entire Quran twice, then read 4 pages before prayer and 4 pages after prayer. As simple as that! 
  3. Pray tawareeh.
  4. Perform Tahajjud. 
  5. Offer other voluntary/sunnah prayers. Ie; before or/and after daily compulsory prayers, Ad-duha, At-taubah, etc. 
  6. Dhikr. You can dhikr even when you're studying, jogging, etc. Here's an example of dhikr for our tongue to utter. 
  7. Make du'as. Don't forget to make du'as for others as well as according to hadith, The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The supplication of a Muslim for his brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Everytime he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: `Ameen! May it be for you, too’.” [Muslim]. 
  8. Read Al-Kahf on Fridays. 
  9. Read Al-Mathurat every morning and evening.
  10. Give or involve in a charity. 
  11. Turn off the radio and tv and use the internet wisely. But, it's not wrong to watch/hear Islamic talks though :)
  12. Read at least one verse of hadith every day. I downloaded Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim and transferred them to iBooks application in my phone. 
  13. Help parents doing chores. Sidai baju, sapu rumah, betulkan itu ini etc.
  14. Prepare iftar for the family.
  15. Quit and leave bad habits.

Just as a reminder, this is only a list I can think of right now. There are a lot of other good deeds that we can do. In this holy month full of barakah, make it as a motivation for us to start, continue or keep doing something good and beneficial, to other people and of course, to ourselves as well. This is a month where many people strive and struggle to become better, and it might be a life-changing moment for us too, who knows. But of course, it comes with efforts. 

If you have that one resolution that you always wanted to do, do it now! Don't wait for tomorrow as we don't know when is our last day here in this world. So make the best of it.

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

Quran [2:21]

O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous -

Wahai sekalian manusia! Beribadatlah kepada Tuhan kamu yang telah menciptakan kamu dan orang-orang yang terdahulu daripada kamu, supaya kamu (menjadi orang-orang yang) bertaqwa.

Lets make our Ramadan resolutions last for a lifetime. 
Lets struggle for the sake of and to please Allah.
Lets be a better self, a better person, and a better Muslim, InshaaAllah. 

Ramadan Mubarak everyone! :)