One More Step

March 23, 2017


I was walking home with my friend, talking bits of this and that.. then we separated at the junction as we were heading to different direction. Along the way back home, I realized the flowers started to bloom. Yes, it is spring now people.

Actually, the spring had officially started last Monday. The funny thing was even though I already lived in this four-seasons country for more than 5 years, I do not really know when spring officially begin. For me myself:
  • Winter is when it is getting very cold and snow starts to fall.
  • Spring is when flowers start to bloom and I can see green, fresh grass. 
  • Summer is when I need to wake up at 2-4am for Fajr.
  • Autumn is when leaves start to change color into golden and fall. 


Hmmm, I am not sure what actually I want to share about in this post. 

Maybe about...
Hope.

Every time I see flowers blooming or seeds start to germinate, these natural phenomena remind me of one thing, hope. Hope is a very big and crucial thing. It is what keeps us strong and going. Even though sometimes things happen not according to our high hope, please... don't give up on hope. 

A lovely person reminds me that we still need to plan and put hope, nevertheless. With planning, at least we have something as goals to fight for, otherwise our life will be aimless. Either we achieve it or not, it is a different story. The thing is, have we done our best to approach it? Have we plan well how to achieve it?

Looking forward for this in Spring :) | May 2015
Suddenly writing about this reminds me of Surah Al-Balad which literally means the city (of Makkah) and generally teaches us about the reality of human's life. 

"We have certainly created man (to be) in hardship." - Al-Balad 90:4

Life is a struggle. 
Not only to human, even to plants or trees. 

I don't think trees can easily survive in harsh winter without proper adaptation given by Allah. Take a small seed for example, we plant it under the ground and we put good quality of soil and water so that the seed can germinate easily. What do you think will happen if the seed need to overcome solid, hard soil in order to show its shoots?

It can still grow but with hardship. It can still grow despite all the hardships. 

The reason is... it uses all hardships to improve itself from a single seed into a small plant and then into a tree. Allah provides it with that kind of adaptation ability and of course the seed knows why it needs to grow. To provide shelter from sunlight, to provide woods to human, to provide food as well and those give hope to seed to continue growing. 

Same goes to human - to know the purposes of living and put hope to live properly. 

Use the hardship to improve ourselves, to take us to better level and to give benefits to people around us. All in all, aim that everything will leads towards Allah. 


I'll come to you one day,
I'll hold your hands for you, 
I'll run even I'm out of breath.
I'll confess one day,
I'll take courage for you,
I'll run even I'm out of breath.

Lyrics can be exaggerating sometime.. maybe because I usually appreciate melody more than lyrics, but I found this song as one that gives me hope, indirectly. :) 

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I think I don't have new collections of random photos lately. Blame my laziness.

Till then.
HK, Czech
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I Thought Yesterday Would Be Awful

March 17, 2017


"Oh, I do not know I have a student today. Well, I have many patients now, I don't think I can help with your lessons."

Ouch. That. Feeling. 
I felt rejected. 

Total replacement of knee joint.

It was not the first time to receive this response, as there will always be some miscommunication between education department and hospital. Well, sometimes they plan well but let's say that the doctor who is supposed to be in charge suddenly take an emergency leave, the secretary need to re-organize the schedule. 

I know this is an advantage for students who love to skip classes (yes, there are few) but I do not feel good to do so. I just replied with, "It is okay, I can just stay in the room and watch you treating patients."

I quickly took out my phone for Internet and Google Translate. Well, not every single Czech words are recorded in my brain anyway. Heee. Some medical terms are also used in local language so I need to know the universal one.




Honestly I thought I was doomed for that day. Maybe because my day started with something embarrassing very early in the morning... I don't think I want to share it here.

Surprisingly, the doctor was very nice actually. Despite the first response and patients' list kept increasing, he actually tried his best to teach me while treating his patients. He explained why he did this and that.. and answered my questions. Since I was in Orthopedic department, there were quite a lot of procedures need to be done - joint aspiration, X-ray, casting, bandaging, wound dressing. 

Orthopedic = a branch of surgery on musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons etc)

I mentioned in my Twitter that patients here love to give food to the doctor and nurse who attend them. It can be bread, a big jar of Nescafe, fruits, cakes, chocolates etc. This looks like a tradition.



For yesterday, my doctor received a box of cake & cookies, a bottle of Whiskey, a box of Ferrero Rocher. I believe he received more that these towards the end of the day.

He even offered me to eat them. "We have a lot of these," he said.
HAHA asyik makan manis je dah akhir-akhir ni. 

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Maybe we can try this habit in Malaysia :D Even though I am not sure if doctors and nurses will have enough time to eat all of the food or is it proper to give something. But I have the feeling that this habit will make them smiling the whole day. Hehe.

Salam Jumaat, everyone :)

HK, Czech
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How I Deal With Loneliness While Travelling Solo?

March 16, 2017


I am okay with both travelling solo and in a group as I have been in both. From general views, there are many advantages of travelling with someone you are comfortable with and most important, you can trust and rely on each other. 

However, travelling solo can give sparks in our heart for something we don't expect and by hook or by crook, we need to survive. Although travelling solo is always laced with thoughts of loneliness but... it is not that bad, actually. 



If you happened to be travelling alone, you can try these ideas which I personally use. <3

1. People watching
Do you know that this is actually a real term? :D

I love watching people and try to figure out what are actually on their minds. 
  • Some people are rushing I bet maybe they are late for work or to catch any trains.
  • Some people have fun chilling with friends and you can listen to their gossips and stories. 
  • Some are spending time with the family and you can see how different people treat their family members. 

While the husband push the stroller, the wife will hold the forearm of the husband. Not forget to mention, small kids (age around 10-15 years old) holding hands with their grandparents. Fuh, I can go diabetic watching all these. Sweet sangat. 

Chatting with a couple from Brazil - it is all started with people watching | Postojna, Slovenia 

Sometimes there are also awkward moments to watch people with PDA. Haha, yang single tu pandang tempat lain je lah. I witnessed few arguments as well... for example there was a time when a couple argue over something like "why don't you tell me it will be like this". The girlfriend even cry while the boyfriend walked away leaving her alone. :O

2. Take a lot of photos.
...of random things. ^_^ Sometimes words in different language can be interesting. So, go for signboards. Selfies are okay as well haha although it feels awkward to see your own face in the camera's gallery. Otherwise, walk along a group of family and usually they will surely ask you to take their group photos, that is amazing as you can ask them to take yours in return.

Dania can be a Malaysian name :) But it can also represent Danish (citizen of Denmark) / Denmark. Observe the out-of-nowhere ATM. Hehe | Zakopane, Poland

3. Video calls with beloved ones.
I found this to be very effective, especially to feel like you are cafe-dating with someone or you are never alone. Hard to find good WiFi connection? Just drop by any restaurant or cafes. You don't have to order expensive food, maybe a cup of coffee.. just not to feel guilty to stay there. 

Whatsapp video call. | Zakopane, Poland

With Whatsapp video calls nowadays, everything is just few touchs away. And you can directly enjoy the views with them. For example in Zakopane itself, there is a street called Krupowki street which is quite famous among tourists. I could access to *Zakopane_Free_WiFi* along this street. Isn't it awesome? :D

4. Read books. 
If you are tired of walking around or you are done for the day, lie down on the comfy bed at the hostel and read novel. I don't study when travelling unless I really feel I need to do so. Usually, I will bring a novel / any reading material (as I don't have any e-books). 

I feel like it does not matter if I only managed to read 50 pages or I am not able to finish the whole book. Why? To finally read a book (other than anything related to my course) is an awesome achievement for me. Hahaha

5. Mingle with other travelers.
...or talk to the locals and ask what they actually recommend like hidden gems that travelers would have no idea about. Somehow it is even hard for me to talk to locals unless they speak English. :D

When we travel in a group among ourselves, there are other advantages like getting to know each other. But, now you are travelling alone, it is time to get dissolved in the society. But, mind the limit. After travelling to some European countries, I realized that the places where travelers love to hang out to meet new people are pubs or bars. 

With Julia | Ljubljana, Slovenia

It depends actually, some travelers who already know you are Muslims, they are being good enough to offer to opt for any pizzas or Chinese food (for example). You just need to order your own food and continue with the chit-chat happily :)

If you can keep in touch with them, it sounds better.

6. Free walking tours 
I am not that familiar with free walking tours but I once used the Turkish Airlines transit city-tour service and it was amazing. You get free transport to- and fro- the airport, free breakfast and lunch, free entrance to tourist attractions and obviously free tour guide as well! :D

The best part of free walking tours is you can listen to history of every attraction you are taken to, you can try food recommended by the tour guide etc. Although it is free, you can give some amount of money as a token of gratitude or people call it 'tips'. 


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Travelling solo is okay, as long as we try our best to stay safe by taking all precautions, all safety measures and of course, do our reading about the places we want to solo-travel. :)

HK, Czech
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[Photos] Walking On Frozen Lake of Morskie Oko, Poland

March 14, 2017

I am currently in surgery rotation and going to have a final exam at the end of April. For surgery, my friends and I were distributed into few subgroups and unfortunately Malaysians are not in the same subgroup. Within 2 months, every group will be given a week off. Actually... 3 days off. And they are IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK! Hahaha.

I really cannot brain why they give every group holidays on Tuesday-Thursday. Mine was 28/2/2017 - 2/3/2017.

That was the reason why I was alone for this trip. -_-'

Yeay, a full portrait of myself with Morskie Oko frozen lake as the background, together with the mesmerizing mountains. 

Morskie Oko was already in my travel bucket list for a while. But, actually the route that I would love to try is to start from Poprad, Slovakia then sleep over at one of the cottage in the middle of mountain, then continue to hike to Rysy peak, end the trail with Morskie Oko, Poland. The route may take up to few days to make it more enjoyable. 

But, this type of hiking plan will only work well during summer, in which I always use this opportunity to go home. :)

High Tatras National Park.
This national park mainly covers the mountain area of Slovakia but since the mountain is basically the border between Slovakia and Poland, you can expect there are few areas on Poland included as well in the national park. And in Europe, you literally need no passport to show at the top of the mountain just to cross the border. But, of course if you are a foreigner and you don't have EU citizenship, I would really recommend you to take the passport with you.

Another border I know that happen to be in a national park is between Czech and Germany, it is Bohemian-Switzerland / Saxon-Switzerland National Park.

Miss this view!
From my reading, you can get most information in this website, emilysguidetokrakow.com, like I've mentioned in previous post about Morskie Oko. :)

Here are few basic instructions on how to get to Morskie Oko (refer the pictures' captions)

1. In Zakopane, get to this station. It is NOT the one you arrive in Zakopane from other cities. This specific station is for transports within Zakopane itself. Not that far, these two stations are next to each other, together with the train station.

2. Take a mini-bus / mini-van at the bus station. It will be at the very first platform and you can see the destination in front of it. The driver will charge you 10 zloty for one way. Pay only when you arrive at the parking area closer to Morskie Oko. Same goes to the return journey. Get onto the van and pay only when you arrive in Zakopane again. 

See, platform number 1 to Morskie Oko.

Before we can continue to Morskie Oko, we need to pay the one-time entrance fee to the national park. That was my first time paying this kind of fee. It is about 5 zloty per person. If you are a student, a senior (about 60years old), a person with disability or a soldier in active service (hehe I don't understand why), you are entitled for 50% discount, so... it will be 2.50 zloty.

So, prepare your identity card if you want this benefit. 

1 Polish zloty = RM 1.10

I felt pity to those horses. -_-' They look so tired with lots of bulging veins. 

Then, we can choose to either walk-hike up the trails or simply use the horse carriage. I am not that sure the price but I have set my mind to choose the first option. :)

The trails were not that hard, I mean not that steep, alhamdulillah. Just, what made it harder that time was the roads were icy, slippery enough to make me walk just like a penguin! Haha.

Okayyyy, nothing much to say. Let's enjoy the view around Morskie Oko area. :D
I will share details as the captions yea.

We can see this board every 1km. 

I was glad they road was cleared from snow. Otherwise, my feet would be wet from the very beginning. 

Can you detect the waterfall?

This kind of view was I think after 1-2km of walking. 

Standing against the sunshine to capture memories with this background... you cannot see my dark face. Haha. 

Many people, you would not feel that lonely. 

Again, you can expect this view almost through out the route.

Oh yea, other than using pavement roads that are more for cars, we can also use this trail between trees. Just, mind our steps, it is far more slippery! :p

Look at the ground. Dirty ice. Haha. That's the best spot to fall. Painful and wet. 

I have no idea why I love to pose like this. Trademark maybe hehe. 

A quiz for you guys, guess what is inside this picture?

Morskie Oko

After walking about 3 hours (maybe), finally I reached the lake. As expected, the lake was frozen. Here, I shared few facts about Morskie Oko that can be found on the board there.

  1. It is the largest lake in Tatras Mountains, about 1395 meters above sea level. 
  2. Morskie Oko means 'Eye of the Sea', called by the tourists. It was said to be connected to a sea (like beneath the mountains), but... seems impossible. 
  3. Other than Morskie Oko, there is another popular lake just below Rysy Peak named Czarny Staw. Staw = pond.


The frozen lake. 

I should have wear a brighter tudung. :D

This is a lodge, where tourists can have meal while enjoying the view. And advantage for people coming during winter, we can warm ourselves in this lodge and toilets are provided with a fee of 2 zloty. Meals' prices are okay range 10-20zloty on average. I have prepared myself with food so no need to spend money here.

Get your souvenirs here if you want to :) Postcards cost around 1.50 zloty/piece. 

See, so many people. This lodge was very busy that day. Oh yea, it provides free WiFi! Can you imagine you can get connected from a mountain for free? :D I tried video call with my dad, but the video was not that clear. But, I had no problem to send videos on Whatsapp / scroll FB or Twitter timeline hehe. 


Going down to the starting point was faster as my feet were already wet and I need to perform my prayers. I planned to pray around the lake, but the wind was very strong I could not even open my eyes most of the time, what else to take wudu'. Cold and freezing enough.

Since Polish people are more religious (at least compared to Czech), it was not that awkward to pray in public. :) But, after reading few articles and international news, maybe I should be more careful as non-Muslim actually do not understand the movements in our prayers. Yes, we need to be 'izzah (proud) to perform salah but does not mean you need to expose yourself to danger. I've been told that some of them always feel threatened that we will do something horrible after that. Hmmmm. 


Okay guys, for the next posts, I will try to take you around Zakopane. This small town is interesting as well! :D

HK, Czech
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[PHOTOS & VIDEO] 2 Life Lessons I Learned From Snowboarding

March 13, 2017


I had my first experience with snowboard in the middle of February. To be specific, it was on Saturday 18th February 2017. Yes, the first time ever. I tried skiing twice (I think?) but I was not into it as I struggled to balance both my legs together. So, maybe that was why I never tried snowboarding since then, I thought they were similar.

But, apparently not. 

Snowboarding was much more easier to learn!

Loving the landscape at the back :D Do you remember I used to say I wore pink from top to bottom at my previous post? This bubble winter jacket was one the item I bought 5 years ago. How I decided to buy it, was another innocent yet awkward story to be told.  

Maryam and I just finished our exam on Thursday and we had 3 days to kill with leisure activities (no books please) before going back to our school routines on Monday. We decided to go snowboarding and our trip was with the boys - Idris, Quntam and his Thai friend. 

Since it was skiing season now and the mountains were still covered with snow, we reached the ski areal with a skibus (direct bus from our town special for skiers and snowboarders). That means we did not have to transit anywhere and the bus would take us just right to the front of the ski areal. Awesome.

The funny incident that we thought we just need to present our town bus card to get discount. But, nope.. we actually need to have some money in the card! Well, it has been a while since I recharged my card, so... I need to pay 70kc instead of 50kc. Alaaaa. 

Quntam and his friend went straight to the ski lift as they already have experiences with snowboarding. Meanwhile, Maryam and I decided to learn first (at the children area hahaha) before going up the mountain and our coach was Idris. He was a very good coach, seriously. I was not expecting much during the journey on the bus but looking at how fast our learning progression was, we finally made it to start from the top of mountain!

At the children areal. Hehe. We kept on being too careful if we may fall onto the kids who played here. Dangerous, honestly! 


After getting the basic lesson from the 'coach', yeay, he approved we already have the basic skills. Let's go uphill! :D



Going up the ski lift was another challenge. Haha.

The ski lift. To get onto this was okay. But, to stand up and get out of the chair was totally embarrassing. We were the few lucky snowboarders who kept on falling upon arriving at the top of mountain. Haha.



Life lessons I learned that day:
1. Never give up to rise up after every fall.

Honestly, I fell more easily with ski than snowboard. Maybe because with snowboard, both my legs are attached to only one board so I just need to balance it. Compared to ski, it did not feel good to fall with wide open legs (kaki terkangkang T_T) 

Falling down when playing winter sports are not weird at all. Experienced people also can fall sometime. Just, be determine to rise up. Do not give up and quit.

"You want to forget, but you want to remember. And you know that the healthiest thing is to let go."

See, those people in front of me also fell down :D



2. It is okay to slow down.

Snowboarding down a slope covered with snow was really great. That adrenaline rush feeling, I just could not describe it. But, somehow we cannot go down as fast as we want. There will be some other skiers or snowboarders right in front of us; or we may suddenly going down to the direction of forest with big trees; or some poles that are under construction.

See, they can be 'obstacles' and what we need to do is to slow down.

Well, even on roads or highways, there will be some times you can always use the right lane, but when other cars move faster than us, we need to change lane and slow down.

Same goes to our life. We cannot expect everything to happen just the way we want it to be. We cannot expect things happened immediately after we wish them to happen.

Idris, Maryam, me. ;D They are my adventure, life buddies. 



3. The power of trust.

After few rounds, Maryam and I decided to take a break (actually to stop haha). We were approaching the time limit to use the ski lift (it was for 2 hours) and we already rented the snowboards for 4 hours. 

While waiting for Idris to quickly go up for his last round, Maryam and I got ourselves some hot chocolate. I found this view (picture below) to be interesting. You can see how these people just leave their equipment outside the cafe(?). No need to worry if someone else may take them. 

Overall, the amount we spent for the whole day was approximately RM 150. 



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To all lovely people who are waiting for this (haha why am I so confident), hehe there you go.

*added 170315* this is not my video, most videos shared in my blog are Maryam's :D I am a forever fan of her artworks haha




Till next posts on Morskie Oko & Zakopane. :D

p/s - there are actually 3 life lessons. -_-'
HK, Czech
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Don't Regret The Past But Appreciate The Future

March 12, 2017


Actually, I would like to get it done with another blogger award's tag. Hehe. Thank you Anis (we have similar name ;D) Her blog is one of a kind with sincere life rants that I understand it maybe hard to share at the first place. This post of her is my favorite. Well, I have difficulties myself to share more on few parts of my 'personal' life even though I am very sure I already shared too much on my blog. Lol. 

But, there are few things I still feel not into sharing them online. If you have read my blog for quite a while, I think you can realize that. ^_^ 

Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence, and face your future without fear. Well, this may sound unrealistic sometimes as human's hearts are unpredictable and uncontrollable. Haha.  

1. Introduce yourself by stating 5 random facts about you.
- I prefer plain water.
- Once upon a time, I wore pink attire from top to bottom. HAHA.
- I used to be a huge fan of Kim Jong Kook.
- I fancy people with slightly bulging gastrocnemius.
- I am still living with carpal tunnel syndrome on my left hand. T_T

2. The first impression when you found my blog.
I love the way you put Chapter on the post title. Trust me, that is unique for me. It feels like I am reading a novel, even though the current post may or may not be related to the previous one. :)

3. If your life is a novel, what would the title be?
Regret vs Appreciate

I came across this quote (as written on this post's title) when I was scrolling my Facebook's timeline yesterday. Actually, it was a quote I posted in 2010 and upon reading it again, I can totally relate how the next 7 years have developed me into. 

It was funny but embarrassing to realize how immature my choices of words are. Many posts are worth to be ashamed for. But, I think it is okay then, life is really developing someone into a better person. 

I was quite active on Facebook few years back and I think I was very friendly to anyone at that time. My friends are always yours and I will treat your friends as mine. This is a thing I hold on to, till now. But, I forgot one thing. Not everyone treat a friendship / relationship just the way you treat it. I may have break other's heart along the way by not being considerate, loyal, over-confident.. anything you wish to say.

And yes, some things I still regret but trying my best to move on. Some things I wish I was not that enthusiastic to try that time and even some things I feel thankful to have that phase in my life.

"Don't regret the past but appreciate the future."

We can't change the past, everyone knows that. But we can change the future... and even the consequences that already happened because of the past. :) With His will, insyAllah.

A country that teaches me a lot about life. 

4. What makes you confident? 
Knowledge, experience, family. 

5. What is your fantasy dream?
Pintu suka hati. Haha.

I love travelling and even though I am used to not staying at home more than half of my age, I miss my family. And I do believe that I need to responsible to my parents the way they take care of me for my entire life.

Well, my mum said I need to improve my creativity. So... can pintu suka hati be considered as fantasy dream? Hehe.

Actually, for dreams.. I have many stuffs in my bucket list but they seem to be logical? Lol. 

6. What is your favourite thing about earth?
Nature and human. 

Surviving this 5 out of 6 years of my degree course, I must say that I find human as interesting subject to explore more. Our physical anatomy can be different and obviously the mental part as well. :p

I don't think I should describe more on nature, as it is quite obvious that nature is my passion. :)

7. How would you spend your "Me" time?
Depends on the weather. 

Wait... 'me' time means the time we spend just for ourselves, right? 

I can walk along the river alone. I don't find it embarrassing to eat out alone. I can curl under my duvet the whole day, of course alone. I can go hiking or travelling alone.

But, trust me, it is not that I love to do these stuffs alone, I am so happy to welcome anyone to do them together :)

'Me' time? Haha

8. Between the moon and the stars, which one would you pick and why..?
Apparently it is quite hard to choose between these two as I love everything on the sky, even the planes. Hmm, maybe for this one I would say moon? Suddenly I remember of a quote, "we are looking at the same moon". Lol. 

But, honestly I've been somewhere dark (but not totally dark) and the only light I had was a bright-shining moon to guide my way.

9. Who could inspire you the most? and Why?
I can't think of any specific persons because my interests are quite broad that they can be anyone. I have different people for inspiration of travelling, of life struggle, of working life, of studying life yada yada. 

It can be you and your blogs as well :D

10. First thing you notice in a person?
Smile. 

Can't describe more but a smile really make my day happier! especially from people I treasure the most.

11. A song that describes you.

THIS.

p/s - I need to work efficiently for Morskie Oko & Zakopane's posts.

HK, Czech
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