Pre-Housemanship: Things I'm Glad I Did

Assalamualaikum and hi guyssss! 

Before I start, just in case you don't know, I'm currently in my 4th posting, which means I already completed 1 year and a month of housemanship, since each posting takes 4 months. 

A few months prior to housemanship, I'd asked a few friends who were already HOs that time. 

"Patut tak aku study?"

Then all of them gave me the same answer.

"Tak payah. Please enjoy time before housemanship." 

And yes, I did. 


1. Cooking with my husband for the family

After I got married, my husband and I stayed at my sister-in-law's house. If you know me well, you'd probably know that I RARELY cooked previously especially when I stayed with my parents. When I was in medical school also, most of the times I would just eat out, tapau or cooked a very very very simple dish. I remember I even tried making a few dishes using microwave only, fuh the level of laziness haha. 

I challenged myself to cook after I got married and it was fully supported by my husband and sister-in-law. Sobri and I cooked A LOTTT. We cooked almost every day and yes I'm glad I did. 

Here are some photos of the dishes I cooked! 

  

Ikan masak tempoyak

Asam pedas ikan

 


2. Bonding with my sister-in-law, niece and Kitty the cute cat! 

My in laws are really amazing and I'm beyond grateful to have them in my life, who I can call family. And my sister-in-law, Kak Nana is one of the kindest person I've ever met. Kak Nana tak pernah berkira anything. She bought food for us, didn't mind we stayed there for few months. 

Most of the time when Sobri went to work, since I hadn't start working, I would spend time with Kak Nana and her daughter who is also my niece named Delisya. My niece is sooooo creative, I'm amazed with how her brain works. I wish I am that creative. 

And they have a cat called Kitty! 


Kitty with her babies; Tikui, Comot, Halia


3. Hiking and got lost with my husband 

Got lost in the middle of the forest was definitely not fun, but hiking with my husband is always a fun one. I loveeee hiking with Sobri. I feel safe. Besides, Sobri will bring large mineral water bottle and all the important stuff. All I need to do is to just carry myself hehe. 



4. Celebrating Raya with Kak Nana and Delisya 

It was my first Raya far far away from home. But hey, home is a feeling and yes, celebrating raya with Sobri, Kak Nana and Delisya made me feel 'home'. 

And yes, believe it or not, even though COVID just came that time and I thought I was gonna just lie down on bed doing nothing, but it turned out there were 5 unexpected things I did during Raya, which included masak sambal bali resepi nenek! Hehe.  


5. Moving into a new place

Prior to starting housemanship, we decided to rent an apartment nearby hospital. After searching high and low, we managed to find an apartment just nice for the 2 of us. The apartment was partially furnished so we had to buy a few furnitures. Furniture hunting was so much fun especially when you chose and your husband paid hehe. 


Siap dinner luar gitu

Beach nearby our apartment

EHO, a system where we have to log in and 'rebut' a hospital where we're gonna do housemanship for 2 years opened in July last year. I know people said that I should have at least 4 other hospital choices if I couldn't secure a place in the hospital that I want, but that time I only had 1 choice in my mind. If I couldn't get it, then habis lah. 

But Alhamdulillah, I managed to get it. And here I am, already more than 1 year in HSA :') 



If you just passed your medical school and ask for advices from me, "How should I prepare for housemanship?", I would definitely say, "Spend time with your family. Spend time A LOT. And enjoy doing things you like to do." 

Because you'd definitely miss it. 

Xiamo Mi Box S Review: 3 Reasons Why You Should Have It

Assalamualaikum and hi guys! 

I'm trying to be consistent here by posting at least once per week. So how do I do so far? Hehe 

Anyway today I'm gonna review a tech device that I loveeee. It's called Xiaomi Mi Box S.


It's a streaming device where a few apps inc Netflix, Spotify, Youtube, Disney+ Hotstar, etc are available.

Before I knew this thing exists, my husband would connect his laptop to the tv whenever we wanted to watch any movies. It was a bit leceh, since we had to wait the laptop to start first, plus the lagging time and the slow laptop. When I found this device, straight away I knew I should get this. 

If you're thinking of buying one but still contemplating, here are 3 reasons why you should have it!


1. No need to connect to laptop anymore

This box allows you to stream Netflix, Youtube, Spotify, etc directly. You don't have to use your laptop anymore. You can just switch on your TV and automatically it will show you your Netflix, Spotify, Youtube accounts. Last time I was quite concerned about the laptop that we used. I felt that it would get spoilt fast since we had to switch it on most of the time. Now no more! 


2. Reasonable price

We bought it at RM269. It is reasonable and totally worth it. My husband watches TV on most days. Since we don't have any Astro account, we watch movies and series Via Netflix or Disney+ Hotstar, so this device is definitely useful for both of us. I'd been using it for a few months, and so far, its performance never disappoints us and we surely have no regret buying it. 


3. Compact, safe save and easy to use 

It is small, compact and so easy to use. You don't need much space. Can simply put it anywhere. Here are the only steps that you have to do. Easy peasy! 



It even has Google Play as well! 


Here's the link where I bought it: https://shopee.com.my/dasher/2212828002


Do you use any streaming device at home? Lemme know in the comment section below! :) 


Someone Licked Me In The Middle of The Night

Yes. Someone licked me at 3am in the morning and I was so shocked! 

If you guys follow me on Instagram, you'd probably know that I have 2 naughty cats at home. 

Meet Ivar and Renji. 

IVAR; 10 months old 

RENJI; 5 months old

We first met Ivar in a car shop. She was so small that time. Small and wet. Sobri and I were just talking about getting a cat in the car. So when this small tiny kitten approached me out of a sudden when I was sitting on a couch, I felt like it was a fate. I convinced Sobri that we should bring this kitten home. Sobri tried to pet her and she immediately licked Sobri's hand. She won our hearts and we decided to adopt her. It happened on 7th of November and she was about 1 month that time. 

On 29th May, when Ivar was about 7 months old, we decided to adopt another kitten since Ivar looked lonely. After going high and low searching for a kitten, we found one. It was the day where we met Renji. He was about 2 months that time. 

Ever since we have both of them, our lives change quite a lot especially mine. When Sobri is not at home, I don't feel lonely anymore. Their presence lightens up the house even though at times they can be quite annoying; play with water, bite each other, run here and there at night, etc, but adopting them is one of my best life decision.

Sobri is currently in SWAT Covid team, so a few days ago he had to be in the hospital for the night shift. Usually I was the one who has to be in the hospital during night shift, so it felt so different when I was the one who was left. Sobri has oncall once every 2-3 weeks but he only needs to go to the hospital when there's a case they refer to him, so he never leaves me alone at night. 

That night I went to bed quite early. I let my bedroom door opened so that Ivar and Renji can come in whenever they want (and takde lah takut sangat rasa ada kucing teman hehe). Ivar awal awal dah give up. I guess she dislikes being cold. Renji comfortably snugged in beside me and stayed all night long. He seemed knowing that I was alone and needed a company. 

I was able to sleep safe and sound until I felt rough wet thing on my face. I opened my eyes and were so shocked! Renji was licking my face! I thought I was already late. I looked at my watch. It was 3am in the morning! I told Renji to get back to sleep but he keeps meowing and went here and there. I was too sleepy to brain what he wanted, so I fell back asleep and eventually Renji got back to bed as well. 

Around 5.30am, my alarm clock went off. I turned to my side and saw this..


It was Renji! He was such a big good boy, teman mommy sampai pagi hehe. 

Ivar as usual sleeping on her favourite spot, atas kerusi meja makan haha. 


Do you guys have any cats? What are their names? I would loveeee to know hehe

One Principle I Always Hold On To During Housemanship

Assalamualaikum and hi everyoneeee.


Not sure if anyone still reads blog posts or not, but here I am after a year plus of hiatus. A lot of things happened and changed for the past year. I tried my best to update my blog, wishing that it would be somehow my go-to comfort place, where I can keep a part of memories, but I did not succeed. 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, but I still do not have enough time to update my blog monthly, not to mention weekly or daily. My off days and post nights were mostly spent on sleeping hehe. 

Oh and another reason why I didn't update much is because my laptop lagged so much that I rather do something else than wait for it. My husband bought a new laptop for me so yeay!

I started housemanship early August 2020. 1 year passed and I had gone through 3 postings, and currently in my fourth. Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) was my first posting, followed by Surgical, Medical and now Orthopaedic. 

Housemanship is challenging. Every single person would say that. If you feel like quitting, you are not alone. Especially if you just start your journey as a doctor aka houseman. The earlier days won't be easy. There are days that you might regret your choice of becoming a doctor. There are days that you would cry so hard. There are days that you will be so busy that you don't have time to eat. There are days that people might call you 'jonah' because things happen when you're around even though it is just a coincident that you are there (luls). There are days that you go back and all you wanna do is sleep. There are days that things just don't go your way. There are days you might go back few hours late. 

But.. 

There are also days that you meet good friends that even you guys go separate ways, you will still have each others' back. There are days that you work with nice MOs and specialists. There are days that you will have complete 3 meals. There are days that you will be able to sleep during your night shift (I had though, even just for a few days.. for the past 1 year..). There are days that your friends buy food for you. There are days that will be your firsts; first time assisting, first time suturing, first time cpr-ing, etc. And those first times will be so precious. The more firsts you get, more times you repeat, the better you will be and eventually your days will get better and better. Even though it still won't be easy, at least not every day you will feel like quitting. 

Small things count and remember those. Be proud of yourself. Help out each other. Be proactive and productive. Always be empathy. Treat patients how you would like doctors treat your family. And most importantly, jangan berkira bila buat kerja. You will gain pahala, experience and knowledge. Be nice to your superiors, colleagues and others. You think people might not remember it, but they actually do. 

One principle among few principles that I always hold on to; 
All people are nice until proven otherwise. 

Even if you think someone is not so nice, treat them nicely. S/he might be having a bad day. Well, who doesn't have one right? Look the good things in others. If you get scolded, take the good ones and leave the bad ones. Never take anything personally in your heart, but if it does get to your heart and you feel like wanna cry, just cry. We are human beings and it is okay to cry. 

I still have one year to go. 

I pray that all of us will be able to go through hardships in our lives toughly, strongly and successfully amin.