We had a double celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas last week because everyone would be away during Christmas. Good to see most of the people I met in first year again. Thanksgiving has sort of become a yearly tradition for us. Our flat has a really nice Christmas vibe at the moment. Some days the living room will only be illuminated by the lights coming from the Christmas tree. Also home in one week! Just have to get through these exams which is driving me nuts. I'm in the hospital all day so any extra time is spent studying or sleeping. Weekends feel almost like a distant memory. #medicalstudentproblems
Thursday, November 14, 2013
So that time of the year is approaching again, well it is approaching much quicker in my flat at least. My flatmate Ben has already started putting up the Christmas decorations. This time next week, it will be winter wonderland in our humble abode. Speaking of winter, it is getting COLD. The best purchase of my life was the electric blanket I bought a few months ago. To the guy who invented it, you are my hero, saving one frozen ass at a time.
Life as I know it is really hectic at the moment. For those who have yet to know, I am currently in my first clinical year of medicine. That means lots of roaming around the wards, rubbing shoulders with knowledgeable consultants and doing general pretend doctor stuff. I am down at the hospital most days of the week. My free time will be spent either revising (exams in 3 weeks...eeeekkkkkkk), at the gym or working on other projects like TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh and The Medics Reveal (risque charity dance show by medics).
I will be flying back home for Christmas this year and I am super exited about it. 30 degrees, hallelujah!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
I remember attempting to visit this restaurant several times during my visit to Florence. The first attempt, it was shut. The second, I was too early but waited anyway till they opened. This little place is tucked away in a quiet alley. They don't have much space so you will have to share your table with the other patrons to maximise the space. It reminds me of coffee shops back in Malaysia.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I spent most of last summer working at a summer camp in America. It was very hard work but an overall positive experience. Sadly I don't have much photos because I was working most if not all the time I didn't get to do much exploring around the area which I initially hoped for so most of my tales will revolve around life at camp.
The two things I enjoyed most were the people I worked with and the kids that were put under my care. I will talk more about them another day. For now here are a few pictures from when we had our first evening off from work.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I had some friends over last weekend. Good food and good company. What more can one ask for? We did it potluck style so everyone brought something. There was some serious display of culinary expertise going on that afternoon with dishes ranging from sushi to satay. We are definitely going to do this again. I got to a point where I was absolutely stuffed but still wanted to eat.
It was nice meeting the other Malaysian students in the class as we get loads of new people joining us in 3rd year from St Andrews and IMU. There's so many of us around this year!
Friday, October 11, 2013
This is one of the highlights of my trip around Europe. We were staying in this beautiful property called Leonardo's Land owned by a very rich gentleman. For some reason he decided to open his luxurious home to backpackers. It has a nice al fresco verandah overlooking the plains of Tuscany, the kind where you sit with a glass of wine (made in his vineyard of course), relax and acknowledge that life is good.
I recall growing up and watching all the features of this place on the travel channels. People would rave about its beauty and good food. Oh, food. Where do I begin? The owner makes his own wine. We were given a taste the moment we arrive. Such a nice way to welcome guests. There were not many guests around for our stay so we had a whole apartment to ourself. It came with its own bathroom, kitchen and dining area.