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.