Saturday, March 28, 2009

Updates & Announcements!

Salam & hi...

How's your holiday going on guys (and girls)?
First of all, i just want to say congratulation to Dina (and Farhan) for a wedding reception well-done (on 21st March 09), i pray so that both of you will be happy till the end (and hope you get the first baby in our batch,haha). I wonder who will end their bachelor days

.:: The happy couple! ::.

.:: Post-wedding activities; Ikan bakar time! ::.

Going on the announcement:

1. On 11 - 12 April 09, there'll be a thyroid surgery symposium jointly organized by Surgical Dept. PPUKM and Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeon. You can find more detail in the buletin that i posted in Friendster and in my note that i posted in Facebook.

2. To all reseaters, good luck for your exam! All of us will always pray for your success so that we can graduate at the same time.

3. We will officially start our 5th year on 13th April 09. Suppossedly there will be the usual meeting with the dean that morning at 8am but still no news bout that..I'll keep you posted nevertheless.

4. Please photostat your result slip and pass it to me or Erida or Zairi as soon as possible. I'll be in KTDI starting from 6th April 09 (InsyaAllah). We want to settle about the JPA scholarship quickly.

5. As all of you had known, at the end of our 7 weeks of SSM, we will have a Seminar where we have to present our findings and all. A few days ago, Prof. Ruszymah called me and actually want us to organize it ourself (they will help in term of the money, so no need to worry there). So for those that is interested to be inside the organizing committee, please tell me.

I guess that's all the announcement. Enjoy your holiday! (and to those doing SSM, good luck)


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Elective posting Part 4: Back to nature

Salam & hi...

Finally got some time to post up the last part. So, this'll be the last enrty for the events or places that I went to during my elective weeks.

+----- Picnic at Lata Meraung -----+

According to locals, in Jerantut there's one interesting recreation spot called Lata Meraung. So, we decided that we want to go there and have a little picnic. We wanted to do so ever since the first week here however, time really is not on our side. Luckily, after finishing our visit to the PDK (dunno what this is?please refer to part 1), we have lots of free time that evening so, we went to the hypermarket and bought some stuffs so that we can prepare something for the picnic.

1st dish was roti sardin wrap in popia skin, this is azuwa's and nisa's recipe. The 2nd one was bergedel and this was prepared by me & roy! (it taste good too,haha...). The 3rd was the durian that we bought earlier.

.:: in the making of bergedel,haha... ::.

So, after we finished all the cooking we head to Lata Meraung at around 5pm or so. It's around 1 hour drive from bandar Jerantut in the direction to Kuala Lipis (and the road there is kinda creepy and dark because we have to traverse through a rubber plantation). So, we arrived around 6+ pm.

.:: very bad looking signboard... ::.

.:: nice.... ::.

.:: the foods ::.

.:: durian~~ my feveret ::.

The best part about it was there's only 4 of us there at that time. And truly it is beautiful and the water is crystal clear (but no fishes,aiya...). We only played at the bottom because to get to the waterfall we need another 1 hour or so hike into the forest (clearly not a good idea as it was already 6pm).

.:: before we got wet ::.

.:: roy paling bersemangat main air ::.

.:: all wet ::.

.:: drying up ::.

+----- Taman Negara Pahang (National Park) -----+

The trip to Jerantut wouldn't be complete if we failed to visit Taman Negara. So, we decided to go there on saturday of the last week. That morning the girls prepared some ration (roti telur,french fries,roti ngn mayonis) to bring over during our trip.

Taman Negara is accessible via two route, either land or water (by boat and the jetty is located at Bandar Jerantut itself). We decided to access it via land and to go there, there's actually a signboard so you wouldn't get lost (you can either follow the signboard to Taman Negara or Kuala Tahan; from Jerantut, go on the direction of Kuantan or Jengka and you should find it or you can just take a bus from Jerantut). Either way the time taken would be close to 1 hour to arrive there.

We departed at 9am and the road is not a straight one and there's lots of 'chocolate cake' (as the locals called it) lying on the ground,haha...and sometimes either cows, birds, dogs or monkeys cross the road (actually we found one dead cow lying on the center of the road, almost hit it again though).

.:: Taman Negara! ::.

Arriving there, 1st thing is to get an entry permit and a camera permit each cost rm1 and rm5 respectively (both can be bought at the information counter and they'll provide you with a map as well). After obtaining that, we started our hike and went to two places. The 1st one was the Canopy Walkway (located 1.5km from the entrance).

.:: must cross the river first to get to the entrance ::.

.:: I wonder what's over there.... ::.

.:: what's up there? ::.

.:: a very large tree back there ::.

The canopy walkway is very thrilling and according to the staff, the highest point is 70 metres (walao,must be very painful if you were to fall down). And during our turn to go on the walkway, there's actually a bunch of Singaporean boy scouts (aged less than 12 y/o i guess). They blatantly ignore the rules and literally jump up and down on the walkway causing it to shake very bad. Other than that, it was an awesome experience.

.:: the canopy walkway ::.

.:: oh yeah! ::.

.:: terkejut ke roy? ::.

.:: jalan bukan menari la... ::.

.:: cool je ::.

After that, we decided to climb up to Bukit Teresek. The peak is located 1.5km from the end of the canopy walkway. After getting some rest, we started the climb. It was tiring and halfway, nisa started complaining feeling dizzy and all and we were like afraid in case if she will suddenly get an asthmatic attack (middle of the forest + asthma attack + no inhaler = ....not good) but alhamdulillah everything went ok and we managed to achieved the peak (oh yeah!) and the view was amazing.

.:: en route; this pic looks nice ::.

.:: at the peak ::.

.:: nice view ::.

Then, we return back to the entrance because everyone is tired and the closest interesting place after that is more than 3km away! In total, to-and-fro, the hike was around 6km.

.:: See you again! ::.

+---------- The End -----------+

I guess this wraps up our elective weeks at Jerantut. Overall, our elective posting experience in Jerantut was awesome and really mind-opening as it allow us to meet the unfortunate people in the community and also learnt the process involved in aiding them (not to mention the vacation part,haha).

*suddenly i got a feeling something bad is happening... (Ya Allah, please removed this bad feeling from my heart)
1 more thing; i would like to remind, Dina's wedding reception is this saturday so, let's go there everyone! do anyone have any plans to make a convoy?


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Elective posting Part 3: 2nd Stop - Kuala Terengganu

Salam & hi...

Continuing from the previous post, Kuala Terengganu was our 2nd stop in our trip (this post will be full with pictures so,enjoy!). We stayed here at K.T. Traveller's Inn for rm79 per night for 2 nights. It was fun but very tiresome and we got burned more! We also did some shopping at Pasar Payang (this is the place where you can buy lots of different souvenirs including keropok if you want but i bought my keropok somewhere else). And sorry, no souvenirs for anyone this time, kinda on a tight budget here.

Before we actually arrived at KT, we stopped for a bit at Marang and have a quick bite (of air kelapa, keropok lekor & sotong goreng tepung) because one of us had been complaining about being hungry (and it wasn't me!).

.:: pretty.... ::.

The first place we visited upon our arrival was Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah a.k.a Masjid Terapung (Floating Mosque) and this is my 2nd time to the mosque (the first one was during the opkim organized by JAKSA KTSN). It still is beautiful and still floating,haha...And, during our visit, there seems to be an ongoing Akad Nikah ceremony.

.:: Masjid Terapung ::.

Then we make our way to our hotel and take a break and that night we went to the Karnival Sua Rasa TV9 which was ongoing at that time at Dataran Shahbandar (our hotel is just a 5 minutes walk from the dataran). There's lots of people exhibiting their products, opening food stalls and one exhibition that caught my attention was the exhibition about kain Songket. It's because there's a real-life demonstration of Songket making! That makcik sure is skillful and patient because according to her, 1 songket will took about 3 weeks to be done (what?!no wonder it's expensive)

.:: Beautiful light arrangement,nice.. ::.

.:: See how skillful the makcik is,you couldn't even see her hands! ::.

The next day, we decided to take a walk to Pasar Payang because it's also very close (15 minutes walk) but on the way there, we stop by at Bukit Puteri. It was okay and it's actually an old fort for the royalties and people if Terengganu was attack (kinda like A'Famosa in Melaka if you would like to imagine it). And we saw a shop with a very familiar name,hm....

.:: lala,dh bukak kedai berlian pon x bagitau,ish2... (haha) ::.

.:: the fort ::.

.:: aaaa sir, we got company ::.

.:: cannons are ready ::.

.:: that's the lighthouse ::.

.:: the throne ::.

.:: let's rest for awhile ::.

.:: album cover ::.

Then off to Pasir Payang and I didn't buy much,only a couple of T-shirts for myself. The one who shop the most would be azuwa & nisa (girls,u really can't separate them from shopping can you).

We finished off at Pasar Payang at around 1pm and we took a short break at the hotel. After that, we went to Taman Tamadun Islam. It's located near the museum complex and a 15 minutes drive from our hotel. 2 main place is in here. 1 is the well-renowned Masjid Kristal (i think it looks more like a glass mosque than crystal -.-) and another is the Taman Monumen (here lies 21 replicas of mosque or monuments of Islamic origin from around the world!). And this is the place where we got extremely sunburned (because we stayed here from 2 - 5pm!)
After tiring (and burning) ourself to the max, we decided to go to kg. Losong to eat!

.:: Masjid Kristal ::.

.:: Entrance of Taman Monumen ::.

.:: 1st: Masjid Negara (M'sia) ::.

.:: 2nd: Masjid Kudus Minar (Jawa Tengah, Indonesia) ::.

.:: 3rd: Masjid Patani (Thailand) ::.

.:: 4th: Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifudin (Brunei) ::.

.:: 5th: Masjid Badshahi (Pakistan) ::.

.:: 6th: Taj Mahal (India) ::.

7th: Kubah As-Sakhrah (Palestin)

.:: 8th: Masjid Samarra (Iraq) ::.

.:: 9th: Masjid Sheikh Lutfallah (Iran) ::.

.:: 10th: Makam Abu Nasr Parsa (Afghanistan) ::.

.:: 11th: Masjidil Haram (Mekah) ::.

.:: 12th: Kubu Aleppo (Syria) ::.

.:: 13th: Masjid Mohamed Ali (Mesir) ::.

.:: 14th: Masjid Nabawi (Madinah) ::.

.:: 15th: Masjid Suleyman (Turki) ::.

.:: 16th: Masjid Qairawan (Tunisia) ::.

.:: nice pose evryone! :D ::.

.:: 17th: Al-Hambra (Sepanyol) *x ingat fullname.... ::.

.:: 18th: Menara Kalyan (Uzbekistan) ::.

.:: 19th: Masjid Besar Agadez (Nigeria) ::.

.:: 20th: Masjid Kul Sharif (Rusia) ::.

.:: 21st (finally, the last one): Masjid Xian (China) ::.

The following day, it's time for us to head back to Jerantut and we decided to go back early; at 8.30am. Why? Because I made an appointmet with Pn. Norhaslida (the Head of Biology Unit KMPh) to come to her house! But, before that, we sidetracked a while to Batu Rakit (a bit north of KT) to buy keropok at a shop called 'Keropok Sukaramai' (the keropok here is well-established to be good). Still, we managed to arrived at Pn. Has' house by 2pm and have our lunch there (thanks cikgu!)

.:: Pn. Has (my beloved Biology teacher) and her daughter (Aqilah her name but her nickname is Aishah) ::.

And we finally arrived back at Jerantut at 5pm,huh...tiring...i was practically exhausted because i drove the whole stretch. But, nevertheless, it was fun-filled and enjoyable to the max! ^.^

*back in Melaka now,so,expect the next part to be a bit delayed!
and current mood: happy~~~ as usual,if you want to see more pictures go to roy's, azuwa's or nisa's album in facebook!