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Reality Check (October 2015)

Posted: October 4, 2015 in Blabber, Reflection

Onlookers,

From time to time, I need to periodically reexamine my goals in life as i tend to get overwhelmedΒ by worldly distractions.

My Personas

0. Khalif – struggling with early prayers. inconsistent quran recital. Lets put a more specific focus on Doa.

  • full version doa before meal
  • driving (even to work)

1. Explorer – at least one weekend getaway overseas.

  • Someone mentioned Greece in December. Santorini!
  • Transborneo trip in January 2016 (planning done)
  • Borneo heights with mom and dad

2. Foodie – working on easy recipes

  • hashtag gastronomyisnonmedical on instagram
  • will co-write on halal food haven in Kuching

3. Hobbyist – this is taking most of my time

  • boardgame arena: excellent platform to learn new boardgames and socialize
  • Terra Mystica League: Grand Prize (TM Overlay Fire and Ice Keys)
  • Monthly BG meetup. So far 22082015 and 16092015 was successful
  • BGC Retreat at the Kabin 18-19 December 2015 (registered and paid)
  • Paraphrazed: BG rule simplified (2)
  • New game development based on persona πŸ˜‰

4. Puzzleteir – Treasure hunts participation is dying… Catching up with Escape Room Games

  • 4 escape room locations in Kuching (Mr Max (The Hills), Lost in Kuching (Jalan Song), Epacse (Citadines), and Escapee(Jalan Song))

5. Cinephile – No cinema in Sri Aman

  • Latest movie watched : Hotel transylvania 2 25092015

6. Philanthropist – Mmm…also a dormant persona

  • Mercy Training to look out for
  • Planning to visit and create activity in the children’s home in Ajibah Abol

7. Kiddoc – Gazetted, IV Fluid and antibiotic dosing done

  • Research publication
  • SOP for the department. (targeting 1-2 per month) (3)
  • Antibiotic guideline

8. Gentleman – Mandarin class completed up to intermediate level. Just need to practice more.

  • 75kg before convocation day! seem unachievable at this point 😦
  • Guitar class soon
  • A non sedentary activity at least 30 minutes/day (housekeeping, car washing, gardening, lifting, pingpong)

9. Author – blogging PRN, checked. lol. doktorbudak.com will have to put on hold until my research publication finish. (when…?)

  • Reading books (target 1 a month)
  • Creative writing

10. Entrepreneur – Wisma Morhan land clearing done. Next step, road building.

  • selling Liliana, my apartment in KL, will sign agreement end of the month
  • Gates of Nalissa
  • Metrocity shophouse
  • To take tables and chairs from MJC

Kind of showing that Im most of the time a Hobbyist. Short term goal today?

  • Vacuum the house
  • cookΒ paku belacan for lunch
  • car washing
  • oncall claim
  • greece planning

Same old story

Posted: August 3, 2015 in Blabber, Sri Aman

Onlookers,

I left the place in 2010 and 5 years later it is still in its old rundown condition. Customers increase, but the same four walls need to accommodate.

And now i heard the new building plan has only 20 extra beds than the current one. 😷 Is that progress?

Onlookers,

Alhamdulillah, the journey to my new workplace was uneventful. The road conditions were satisfactory and the traffic was minimal. I reached Sri Aman within 2.5 hours

1. Kuching – Serian : 1 hour

2. Serian – Simunjan intersection : 0.5 hours

3. Simunjan intersection – Lachau : 0.5 hours

4. Lachau – Sri Aman : 0.5 hours

The house condition was great after our June spring clean. Just a layer of vacuuming and I’m settled. Water and power supply, internet, air condition, water heater, fridge and kettle were in mint state. Minimal groceries shopping at Everise and I feel at home away from home.

Just like old times. Hope everything goes well in the new workplace. Insyaallah.

Yet another transition

Posted: August 1, 2015 in Blabber

Onlookers,

Tomorrow I will travel 3 hours away from my parents to a land called Sri Aman where my expertise is called for. Previously, i was oblivious to any change in my life and went on with the flow without much sentiment. This time i really feel sad. 😒

I do love to be in control of my work field. And yes, I do want to achieve more in my career. But one of the reasons why i consider NOT doing subspecialty is I want to be with my parents in Kuching. However, I am being sent to Sri Aman. “You are already sent back to your kampung” said the Head of Service.

But despite being on the same land mass, where you sent me is 3 hours away from my kampung!!! You don’t tell a KLite that he/she balik kampung when you send them to Melaka right??! 😒 Being in the Malaysian government service obligated us to be deported and separated from family regardless your age and rank. Pathetic.

I wouldn’t mind being away if mom and dad are in the best of health.

Mom, after her recent fall near a shophouse said,

“This is the 3rd time I fell, the fourth would be the end of me…Hope I fall and directly ‘go’, without suffering any sickness”

They should just rest and relax. But during my stay at home prior to this transfer, they are constantly busy! Mom, cooking, washing, cleaning; dad, repairing. And in the afternoon all strength gone looking after my niece. And they zonked out right after maghrib only to wake up at midnight to perform Isya prayers.

They should just relax

They should just relax

They should just relax

Possible solution?

1. Maid – dad would definitely disagree and knowing mom, she would still cook.

2. Daily helper – currently we have a weekly one and theyre quite happy with the frequency. Will be difficult finding a trusted person who can come daily

3. Send niece to a whole day school instead of half. That would definitely restore their energy. But my niece have a feeding problem that she need extra attention during mealtime.

4. Just believe that the washing machine is doing a great job cleaning the clothes and not try to conserve water by rinsing in a separate pail then putting it back into the machine (This would be difficult to convince)

5. Eat out – can be done occassionally but not daily.

Bottom line is, at the age of 65 and 66 respectively, they should just chill and relax…

I am leaving them with a heavy feeling…😒

Mental note to self: do not burden mom and dad with my future baby. Insyaallah.

Shengri Kuaile

Posted: May 20, 2015 in Blabber

Onlooker,

Sanah Helwah in Arabic and Shengri Kuaile in Mandarin means Happy Birthday! And at 34, one would just want to spend good quality time with family and close friends rather than doing anything fancy. I reckon it is part of aging. πŸ™ˆ

Where was I last birthday? In 2014, i was in KL with two besties. No blog entry but an instagram post dated exactly 52 weeks ago 😁.


This year, its being with my parents that matters most. And to top it off, a birthday dinner with loved ones.


Birthday resolution? As cliche as it may be, why not? Alter-ego in no specific order; (trying a more specific resolution compared to previous new year entry)

0. Khalif – incorporate doa in all aspects of life. On hindsight, going to washroom, looking at mirrors and others seem to be neglected.

1. Explorer – at least one weekend getaway overseas in view of my tight budget this year. A choice between Myanmar/Laos/Krabi/Cebu/Boracay. A visit to my colleague in Langkawi would be nice and a transborneo cartrip with besties. Borneo height with family? Perhaps. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

2. Foodie – Visited many excellent eating places in Kuching and mainly putting it on Instagram. This guy is doing fine! πŸ˜‹πŸ‘πŸ»

3. Hobbyist – Looking forward to 2015 BGC retreat. And… To finish up mice and mystics! πŸ­πŸ±πŸ‘πŸ»

4. Puzzleteir – Will join treasure hunts and breakout as per required need. MrMax Escape Room and Lost in Kuching rooms to finish before change of themes. So far so good! πŸ‘πŸ»

5. Cinephile – this guy will have to lay low except for high rating awaited movies. Will watch dvd or astro instead due to financial constraint *gulpπŸ‘ŽπŸ»

6. Philanthropist – Mercy training to complete… Perhaps next year due to tight schedule. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

7. Kiddoc – no more MRCPCh or Paed cardiology in my agenda. Focusing on gazettement requirement and plans for district posting. Pending publication urghhhh πŸ˜–.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

8. Gentleman – Mandarin class ongoing. Guitar/Swimming lessons next in Sri Aman. 75kg before convocation day!πŸ‘πŸ»

9. Author – blog PRN (not aiming too much this time.) will become a panelist in doktorbudak.com in august. Creative writing in Sri Aman. The website called “All on Kuching” will have to be put on hold as no one share the same goal so far. πŸ‘πŸ»

10. Entrepreneur – Wisma Morhan land clearing and reclamation, selling Liliana, my apartment in KL. And recce for a beach house somewhere. I also plan to paint the gates of Nalissa, and fully furnish Catanonia. πŸ‘πŸ»

6 πŸ‘πŸ» and 4 πŸ‘ŽπŸ». I think its a good balance in life 😊. Happy Birthday to me! 🎁

No Helmets Allowed

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Blabber, Fun facts

Onlookers,

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I was on my way for a morning stroll when i decided to visit the ATM to withdraw some money to pay the apartment bills. It was 6.30 am. 3 people was in the small room where the ATM was situated.

One of them was a guy in his late 30s with a knapsack and adorning his motorbike helmet. The first image that struck my mind even before entering the premise is that he’s gonna grab a gun from his pocket and force everyone to hand over their money! 😳

I looked around at the glass door, there weren’t any sign to suggest “No helmets allowed”.

Isn’t there an unspoken rule about this? Or is it just my imagination that had ran amok?

Onlookers,

01112014 was a fun outing with the Delhi Gang. Its the same group of youngsters (relatively) on board our last trip to India during Raya Haji of 2012. How time flies, we have known each other for two full years!

1pm : Marche, the Curve
It was my first time dining here. I met Amy and Sherry here. Marche means market in French but this franchise has the headquarters in Switzerland. It incorporates the concept of cooking your meal in front of your eyes with ingredients fresh from the Marketplace (sort of…). I had a seafood platter and ambra assam boy. The ingredients were fresh especially the grilled squid. It reminded me of our squid jigging treasures that we barbecued. The must have here is the sauteed mushroom. Delish!!!

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3.15pm Escape Room : Slaughter House

Jon and Nana came later and we went for my 4th of 6 escape room in e-Curve. And we won! Just in the nick of time. Amy was good with numbers! Should bring her again for the next room.

4.30pm

Jon and nana were hungry and therefore we had lasagna in Sam’s Deli. Another conceptual store under the franchise of Sams Groceria which has its first outlet in Gurney Paragon Mall Penang. A bit like Marche, their motto is Life Made Fresher, but the meals were readymade and not cooked there and then. They had lasagna that was just so-so and oreo cheesecake that tasted like gelatin πŸ˜–. Fresh gelatin perhaps? πŸ™ˆ

5.45pm Laser Warzone
One of my bucket list was to play a laser tag game. Few years back, i almost did it in sunway pyramid with bobo and shikin but unfortunately the place was closed at the time. Luckily my Delhi Gang wanted to experience this with me and we played two games!

The area was quite big and can accomodate up to 30 people at one time. Each battle lasted 10 minutes but it felt long because you need to move around the area looking for enemies. Basically u just need to shoot the mark on the enemy’s vest with a laser gun and if u were shot, ure paralyzed (unable to shoot) for 5 seconds and then ull be back alive and kickin’. It was fun while it lasted. Will i play it again? 10 years ago, maybe i would! 😁

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7.30pm
After our prayers and a visit to the Royale Hotel ice rink nearby (one of bucket list as well, ice skating) we went for dinner… Initially landed at thursdvys and quar/tet in ttdi but finally we decided to go to picknick in publika. (Thursdvys kitchen were closed and quar/tet only serve sandwiches alike). I had the short rib in PickNik and it was excellent! The sauce were good and there was not a hint of it being poured from a bottle. (After a chat with the chef himself, yup, he prepared his own sauce). The meat was succulent and the sides were fresh tomatoes and vege with an excellent mashed potato. Two thumbs and two toes up! So far, this was my second visit here and the food was never disappointing.

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And the day ended. It was an excellent activity-filled day of catching up with our lives. Excellent bunch of people. Hope to cross path again with these sort of characters in the future πŸ‘πŸ‘.