Halal Pizza in Hradec Kralove, Czech

February 17, 2017

The feeling of being able to eat pepperoni happily in Czech!

Wow, this was a story from 2 weeks ago. But, I would love to share it here in case any Muslims coming to Hradec Kralove soon, hopefully this post can be helpful. 

We were in a cafe one fine day, not only my group studying for Internal Medicine, there was also my friends from the other group doing discussion on Obstetrics & Gynecology (O&G). 

Cross Cafe is a nice place to discuss as we can talk without worrying about other people. Warm place, serving good coffees, soups, cakes when we are literally 'shopping' for every meal. 

Feeling hungry, just go to the cashier and order anything.

Lovely people through thick and thin :) Love you guysssss, so much!

Then, some of us planned to have pizza for lunch. We thought many different ways how to sneak the pizza into the cafe hahaha. Unfortunately none of us have any food containers with us. And the pizza box was way too big and obviously other people would realize it. The smell too....

Well, we learned that it is quite inappropriate to take meals from one restaurant and eat them in another restaurant. 

So, we packed our stuffs and went to the pizza restaurant. Hmm I am not sure to consider it as restaurant or a simple kiosk or a small shop?

They also make pizza on request :)

It is a small place, used to be a fruits & vegetables store. I don't have any idea since when they renovated this place, obviously as this store is not in the route I take every day. 

The concept of this store is we can buy slices of pizza or the whole pizza. A whole pizza has 6 slices. The size of a slice of pizza is about our palm of hand with extended fingers. Haha, ignore the descriptions. If we just want to buy few slices, just choose the one that is displayed. But if you want the whole pizza, you can order anything you want. 

I hope I understand this correctly :)

Na rajcatove omacce (tomato sauce), Na smetane (cream)

One thing that make us curious is menu number 4 - šunková, which means ham. And ham, I think you know what it is. But, it is not the ham that we think about.

Just like we have hamburger in Malaysia, does not mean the ham is that ham

That's it. Although I am not sure how the Czechs will react to this ham-but-not-ham thing, but I am so happy to have any meats, sausages on my pizza! Wohooo. 

European style of eating - no seats.

The pizzas were delicious! A bit salty for me. But I would love to have pizza occasionally like this. :) And I don't know why I usually crave for pizza during exam period. T_T 

There was one time I ordered the vegetarian pizza for myself, of course I distributed them into different meals. Literally a day of pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner. And 1-2 slices to my housemate as well. 

Oh yea, they also give few cents discount to Muslims!

p/s - Maryam and I are thinking of doing a vlog on how Muslims live in Czech / Prague / Hradec Kralove. Hopefully we will have free time to make it into reality :D

HK, Czech

Goodbye Again.

February 12, 2017

4.15am Malaysia

She's gone.
My babysitter. 

Suddenly I remember you, Abg Long. You must be one of the saddest person to know about this. Your are the most closest to her among our siblings. Obviously, she is like a mother to us, kan Abg Long? We always try to visit her every year for Eid during my summer breaks. 

Oh I forgot, you are gone too.

And I am still here, thousand miles far away from people I treasure the most. 

Have a good rest, both of you.

Semoga kubur dilapangkan, semoga Allah lancarkan urusan di alam sana. 
Ku kirimkan doa dari jauh. 

Everything happened for reasons, Nina.

As I proceed with my life, I will bring along memories with you guys together.
Always in my mind.
Always in my prayers.

I can't imagine how my future will look like.
But I'm sure Allah will lead me.

See you soon, Abg Long & Kak Di. 
Let's be friends in Jannah, okay?

Ameen, ameen!

Allah, please give me strength.
Mental strength.

I know you know I can face all of these. 
Just.. just provide me with more strength. 

HK, Czech

He Granted You Almost Everything

February 10, 2017

There was one day I felt going through my emails again. Yes, I am a classic person sometimes. I do exchange emails and I used to have pen-pals when I had my first email. But eh why I think I was introvert? Haha.

I am ambivert now :)

Going through all those emails recalled my memories on how immature and childish I was. Haha very funny! Looking back on how I see things back then, it was like....'ya Allah, aku macam ni eh dulu?' There were few points I discussed with my friends on how our life will look like in few upcoming years (which is like.... now?). Only then I realized I am really a different person since then. And Allah actually granted almost everything I prayed for, in the most beautiful ways I have no idea it would be that lovely. Ouch, I can't describe the feeling but, hey could not we realized that Allah really listens to our prayers?

  • I wish for happiness. He gave me challenges that make me struggle for happiness. 
  • I wish for good friendship. He gave me friends who were not there when you are down, but He replaced with new friends who always cheer you up. 
  • I wish for good health. He gave me flu fever bits here and there to make me feel grateful to have more concern on my health status.
  • I wish for good life-companion. But for this one, I am still seeking for guidance and may Allah ease everything. InsyAllah, ameen.

Try it yourself, check how you look like yearssssss back. Hahaha.

There will be so many memories you wish you can skip but actually that's the point of having experiences. Different people with different stories and things do happened for reasons. Don't let them ruin your life, move on.

  • Improve our relationship with Allah.
  • Take care our connection with our parents and family.
  • Be good to our friends.
  • Spread kindness and love.

The most important, be grateful for EVERYTHING that happen in our life. This is the MAIN MESSAGE for myself as well. 

It's hard to be positive, but I'm trying my best :D :D :D
That's why we need reminders!

Salam Jumaah, guys.
Happy weekend!

p/s - Allah tengok usaha kan, Nina. Remember that. Do your best and leave the rest to Him.

HK, Czech

Random Stuffs From Twitter

February 7, 2017

Twitter is where I occasionally spend time to rant about life and study. Especially within exam periods, I always spam my friends' feeds with many medical stuffs I revising as I do scroll my own timeline and reread what I've tweeted. 

Sambil tweet, sambil belajar. Haha.

Well, Facebook is ALWAYS too public to update a new post. ALWAYS.

Sekadar hiasan. lol

Here are few things I found interesting on Twitter.
Well, social media is good for us if we know how to use it wisely. :p

1. Medical Jokes.

I have told you guys, patients in the hospital here really know which medications they are taking. They will mention statins (instead of ubat jantung / cholesterol), captopril (instead of ubat untuk buah pinggang), allopurinol (instead of ubat gout) and maybe the easiest one, paracetamol (instead of panadol if in Malaysia). They know the generic names, I mean the chemical names of the drugs.

A good point to take here, please know the medications you take, especially for life long treatment (hypertension, diabetes etc.). Keep the name of the drugs on your phone's notes maybe and it would be better to record the dosage as well. :)

2. Motivations.

Well, there were some times I looked down at myself. I am so much better now, I am more confident with who I am. I would love to thank all people around me who always give positive vibes and encourage me to go strong.

What do you feel when people keep coming to you asking 'how do you stay motivated?' Hahaha.

Allahu, if and only if they knew the tears I had, the struggles I made, the complaints I shared. I may look tough but I own a soft heart. T_T

3. Reminders.

I watched a live video of Farah Lee on Instagram few days back, at that time she was sharing the verses from my favourite surah, Ash-Sharh (Insyirah). 

Verily, with the hardship, there is relief.

I always remind myself not to complain 'what if I did like this before, what if I choose the other road...' if we continue with that thought, it is never going to end. Always do the best in whatever we are trying to achieve. Honestly, it is really a hard struggle. But, let ourselves open for the happiness. Every sad thing happens in our life, Allah gives another blessing in a way we do not even realize. 

p/s - My exam is postponed to 16th Feb, need to use the extra 3 days wisely. I'll keep praying for the best results. Ameen. 

HK, Czech

My January's Embarrassing Moments

January 31, 2017

Fuh, we are on the last day of January already? I just can't admit it will be February in few hours, tik tok tik tok. Pecuttttt, hati pun dah kecut. T_T

Still freezing.

This post is just for memories :) #finalyearsyndrome

I was in Cardiology department one fine day and was reading some patients' files. The doctor asked me to take a break first while he tried to finish his work on the daily reports. Suddenly, it snowed heavily. In every wards, there is a door to the balcony. I was so excited to take pictures from that position so I went out to the balcony.

One thing I totally forgot was, doors in Czech are mostly automatic locked from the outside.

Yes, I was trapped at the balcony, with snows falling on me while I was only in my white coat.

The staff who opened the door for me kept laughing. Hmmmmm T_T

And this was the picture taken from that balcony. ;p

There was another embarrassing moment in the computer room which is always quiet as we use this room to study and not for discussion.

I adjusted my earphones to both my ears and clicked 'play' on my Spotify. Suddenly the musics came out to be so loud. I tried to reduce the volume and realized people were staring at me.

Ya Allah, I thought I had already connected my earphone jack to the laptop!
Face palm.

DPH / VAT is similar to GST.
Yes, it is 15% (for groceries, transports, health care / medications),
the rest is 21% (like for electronics etc)

I took buses a lot nowadays since my bike's brake was not working well and I have not send it to the bike shop. It was not that easy to adapt with the buses' numbers and which routes they take. The last time I used buses regularly in my town was maybe 3 years ago. Even, I don't really walk near bus stops.

One night, I was walking out of a bus and started to walk towards my flat. My eyes were on the phone when I nearly got myself crash with the bus stop's glass wall.

Not to mention, how many times I took the wrong bus T_T

And this did not include yet how many times I remembered that I had renewed my bus card ONLY after I arrived home, by walking! Hahaha.

Fakultni Nemocnice = Faculty Hospital 

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed lately. Too many things to think about that I already tried to calm myself and organised my priorities. It was a strong feeling of positive and negative, sometimes I feel butterflies everywhere. And then, sometimes thinking about the future can excite me so much nevertheless does not take my worries away. Haha.

Anyway, I had similar life cycle through out January - woke up in the morning, went to class, study, eat, pray, study, study, study, study, pray, pray, pray, video call, skype, sleep.

I miss negative ions! It is too cold now, but insyAllah I will cover as much as I can after this exam. 13th February. Doakan yea. Hihi, thank you sangat untuk yang sudi mendoakan.

A good friend of mine once told me that maybe we get things we want not because our own prayers, but others'.
Doakan sesama kita yea  :D

Till next post.
Good morning, Malaysia.
Good night, Czech.

HK, Czech 

How To Keep Our Home Safe While Travelling

January 30, 2017

Living abroad for 5 years and counting is challenging when it comes to survival - like searching for a good place to stay, with good environment, good neighbors (although we barely know each other), good landlord (if we are on rental term) and good security. 

In Czech, most people live on flats / apartments although we don't have a lot of sky crappers here. It is quite different if compared to Malaysia, at least the place I live in Perak. Obviously, there are no apartments / flats in my small town and neighbors usually know each other until a point they can sense any unfamiliar people going to our house. :p

It's not Kra-love okay? Pronounce as Kra-lo-ve. :p

1. Door and window grills. 

One way to assume if that area is secured or not, look at the doors and windows. 

If you don't need any grills on them, the risk of leaving the house for holidays or even to go to work is lower. I still remember when someone broke into my aunt's house, the polices blamed her for not installing the grills on her windows. Duh.

I barely see grills in houses / flats in Czech actually. One interesting fact about doors here is they are automatic locked from the outside, even doors in the building. So, basically if you want to go out for a while (for example to throw the rubbish bags into the main rubbish bin), it is either you don't close the door or you need to take the house key with you. 

For long travel, make sure to double triple check that we have close and lock all windows and doors!

Tadaa, the main door mostly looks like this. You need a key to open the door from outside. 

2. Ask the neighbors to look after our house.

Usually there are always neighbors who stay at home during holidays or festive seasons. For example, their house is the one people keep coming, I mean they are the grandparents whom their children's families are heading to. 

Don't put high hope or pressure on this actually as other people may ask their help as well. Haha

3. Don't update our travel on the go.

I know some people can't help to share the sweet memories while travelling instantly on Instagram, Facebook or what ever social medias we have. I have that moments as well. Just, most of times, I update or upload anything after I leave that specific places or when I arrived home after travelling. 

Basically my Instagram is not really instant but more to Latergram? Hehe

When we update our holidays live on social media, we are actually letting people know that no one is at home. I am not saying that it is wrong and I am still trying to adapt with the fact that people have the right to share anything online. Just, we need to bear the consequences. That's it. 

I want road trips T__T

4. Arm the security system.

I mentioned in one of my previous post that I love the idea of living in apartments / condominiums (when I am still this young) as they always come with good security systems (CCTV, guards) and equipment that I can use like gym, swimming pool. Well, in other neighborhood as well, there are good security systems nowadays, with entrance control etc. 

I've been to my friend's house with good security when all doors are automatically locked with alarm every night. It sounds good though as alarm can at least keep us and our neighbors aware that something wrong is happening if it rings. Of course there are also false alarms. Haha.

But, there is no harm to install security system for our house, right? There is even wireless home security that you don't have to drill or mess up with the house. 

5. Take all main keys with us.

Some people put emergency keys somewhere around the house, right? 

From my own and other's experience, please do not leave any main keys at home - like under the flower pot, under the carpet. Even, take the car keys with you. 

It may not be important, but can you imagine when you lost your car keys when someone broke into your house? You have no idea maybe he / she will return to the house to steal the cars. And I don't think to change the whole security system for the car is cheap. Fuh, better take precautions okay.


There are few other things I always try to do before leaving the house for travel / going back to Malaysia for summer holidays;
  • Clean the house (roughly) especially no dirty plates in the sink, no wet clothes in the washing machine, no garbage in the house.
  • Switch off most electrical appliances - otherwise we may risk the house for short circuit and fire. Usually, the only appliance I let it on is the refrigerator. I tried to clean out most wet food, but....failed. Haha.
  • Close the curtains so that people can't see inside.
  • Tell my landlord about my trips.
  • Take my bike up the stairs into my flat. 

All in all, we really can't expect the future. Just like it is important to have medical insurance for any unfortunate events later in life, the same thing we need to do to our own house before leaving it for a couple of days or maybe even overnight. 

Hmmm. Life...
HK, Czech

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