Saturday, February 26, 2011

10 years ago, we'd email

not very long ago, an old friend reminded me of how we used to email each other. well, i AM a good corresponding buddy. i had my first penpal when i was like, 7. and my sister would write the letters for me, (well, my handwriting was awful - still is, as u can see). i love the excitement of receiving letters that has my name imprinted on the envelope. always have, always will. and yes i would run outside everytime the mailman arrived, i even know how his motorcycle sounds like.

my first email address was made by my cikgu kelas komputer, her name was mahesh. i was 9, the youngest in the class, (well, my parents can't find anyone to leave me with on weekends, so, they took me along with them to the computer literature class). so, she made me an email account, that contain some 123 in it, with my name, at citymail?? then when i was 11 i get my real email address, which i still use, up to this point. then i also have an email account from britney spears page, a hotmail account and gurlmail? yeah, something like that. 

when i was in taayah, i'll email my friends, mostly from mIRC, of course. well, obviously i made few good friends from mIRC whom i still keep in touch with up to the date. and then i changed to yahoo messenger. leaving the adventurous mIRC world. but the emailing persist. and then friendster comes along. but, email is still one of the major communication medium. i'd get my (educational portal) subscription and emails from friends. and, i would still receive letters from my cousin. i also made few new friends on friendster and we end up exchanging exam questions as well.

after PMR, Sarah (my best friend)  went to SBP, so we'd call each other during holidays. but other than that, when we're at school we'd email each other stories on what happened in our life. and by 2005 i started blogging using friendster server. and the blog still exist =) but when i read my entries, i'd go "OMG, seriously, i WROTE this???" 

the emailing stopped when i came to Jordan. my inbox are filled with mostly updates from yahoogroups i joined. be it from the society, or the dof3a group. and messenger becomes more prominent in information spreading. even more prominent then cellphones!  the only personal email i'd get is when some files needed to be sent, and messenger is not working properly, then people will email it. sometimes i'd email my sister my latest pictures and stuff. or email my big brother my examination results. i remember how i used to get excited when i see the "you have 2 unread messages" . sadly, nowadays, when i see "you have 23 unread messages" i'd feel like deleting every one of it. but i still write letters and send pictures to my parents.

then somewhere in the late 2007, the ultimate ending to my emailing life appeared. facebook. 

those whom i used to correspond with, just stopped emailing. well, i've become a facebook addict too. no more personal emails. except for online purchase stuff. email is used for serious business only. other than that, people would rather send messages via facebook. 

nothing is ever personal on facebook. there's no need to email a friend about how's your life is going on, because she can definitely see your facebook status updates. and if she needs to see the latest you, she can go through the facebook can have daily conversation with friends 4700 miles away from you. and out of 800 friends i have on facebook, perhaps 30% are people i have never even spoke to, either in real-life or even on facebook!

facebook has undeniably taken away every real substance of socializing. and the joy of emailing.

p.s : after all these have been written, i decided to move all my subscription to another account, so only personal and important email will go to my current main account. yeay. and hopefully i'll get excited again when i see "you have one unread message in your inbox".

Saturday, February 19, 2011

how smart do u have to be ?

nothing is ever a better trigger for my writing other than a good lecture. one day, our biochemistry professor, dr. fayiq made us discuss for almost 15-20 minute (i think that's how long the discussion goes) to come to an answer, which, he claimed that at least 100 students in the hall SHOULD know, "we don't know yet". well, i believe, all biochemistry professors are good at making us feel stupid. at least, i do feel really dumb in biochemistry lecture. 

we were talking about amino acids transport through the BBB, and after not finding the answer on how do we measure the neurotransmitter that is functioning, a colleague suggested we look at the signs and symptoms. the presentation of the patient. he paused. and praised the girl, "she's gonna make a great physician. you don't need a high intelligence coefficient to be a good physician. people with the low IQ will be the best physician". ouch. or whoaaa. you can choose either reaction to respond to such statement. 

then he elaborated that medicine used to be taught as skills, from a physician to another. knowledge is something you acquire by yourself, it's the skills and experience you need to get from the educators. and of course he stressed on the presentation of the patient is important, you don't have to think too much. :)

soon, SPM result will be out. yesterday, tawjihi results were. well, in this country, those who get 100, 99.9,98.9, perhaps 97 goes into medical school. the rest, they got to choose other things to do. it's the same in our country, even straight As in your SPM, in my time we use A1, you can have straight line in you result, all A1s, but that too, can't assure you a seat in medical school. a 4.0 in matriculation too, still may not confirm your seat in a med school. ironic. 

you have to get good grades to get into a med school, but intelligence alone is not going to guarantee you success in medical school. hardwork is what this is all about. hardwork helps you get through med school, get a scroll and take fancy graduation pictures, but that still won't make you a good physician. well, hopefully in 5-6 years, i'll be able to write on what makes a good physician. 

i'm fine with people wanting to become a doctor. my mom always tell me it's an honorable job. well, teaching is honorable too, and the "pahala" continues forever. but being a doctor, you get to save lives. inshaAllah. i want to be a doctor, i always have, it's the only thing i can ever imagine doing next 10-15 years. well, i'm not good at art, so scratch things that have to do with drawing, creativity. when i was 17, the only thing i had in mind is that i will do medicine, no matter what. even if it means, i'll have to take form six, i'd do it. which is why, i picked jordan instead of going through matriculation and hopefully get to be in medical faculty. 

today, i'm pretty amazed by the actual options of fields available in life. and i was like, okay...why didn't i know that course even existed? lol. and i just don't get it, why does all the A students have to take up medicine, OR engineering. why don't they take something like Islamic studies or, human sciences..? those fields need more A students than medicine or engineering. if someone pick medicine as his/her career because of money/status, well obviously the kelab kaunseling dan kerjaya sekolahnya didn't do their job at career exposure. i'm going to spend 6 years of my life studying, for the same starting salary (before kenaikan)my brother (who studied human science for like 4 years top) get. if it's money, don't do medicine, take something else. unless you're planning to go into private sectors. if it's status, hmmmm.. well, that i can't comment on since i don't have any experience on that. but, i definitely not going to pasar malam with my white coat so the pakcik root beer float will call me dokter.

and isn't it obvious, einstein and stephen hawking are two famous scientist that is known for physics achievement. well, physics is for genius, like sheldon cooper ;) . which is why, on a day i spent in engineering faculty ( their cafeteria is a lot nicer than the one in medical) i realized, this is where the real brainiacs are. 

but then again, i'm in a med school and i'm cool with that. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

orang-orang tua ke shouna shimaliyah dan umm qays

sempena cuti maulidurrasul on last tuesday... kami-kami murid tua ni telah menganjurkan trip kecil-kecilan konvoi 3 kereta chevrolet (nk jugak mention kannnn) ke tempat mandi air panas , shouna shimaliyah and after that ke umm qays, kota tinggalan rome yg terletak di utara jordan.

shouna shimaliyyah kalau untuk perempuan, kalau pergi time tak ada org ok kot. kalau ramai sangat, macam agak (sangat) crowded dan sedikit lemas. dan ada high possibility dapat jangkitan kuman yang airborne. haha. padahal waktu nak masuk kolam bukan main lagi sedapkan hati, "air panas ni, kuman2 pun dah mati ni...". tapi alhamdulillah ahli rombongan yg lain masih sihat sejahtera, kecuali cik tam kerana mendapat follicular tonsillitis. tibe2 terase mcm budak kecik pulak nak kenal tonsillitis2 ni kan... takpelah, winter kali ni alhamdulillah tak ada sakit2 sangat...terima dengan rasa insaf je lah kan..

setelah berlemas-lemas di shouna shimaliyah, terus la ke port makan-makan di ummu qays. kesian sungguh la, aku ni baru first time sampai ummu qays walaupun dah dekat 3 tahun setengah duduk irbid ni.the funny thing is, tempat kitorg port tu betul2 mengadap bukit golan. hee hee. the next day terus call encik abah, "smalam rupenye tempat tu depan bukit golan lah abah.... xde mende pun...rilekkkk je". kate si anak kecik skali kepada abahnya. padan muka harini die sudah mendapat balasan tuhan berbentuk tonsillitis berulam demam.

our main dish for that day was nasi kerabu dan ayam percik... semua pakat lapar, (maklumlah, lame sangat tunggu nak bakar ayam) jadi mase makan takde teringat nak tangkap gambar. and too bad, makan banyak sgt smpai desert ade yg tak sempat rase, ataupun sempat makan sikit je akibat kekenyangan terlampau... astaghfirullah...

tahniah kepada adik-adik mep9 kerana berjaya menganjurkan R.O.J.A.K.S yg turut bertempat di ummu qays. mmg kagum lah tgk dua bas sekali angkut... very impressive. =) dan time kasih kat driver bas akhawat yg menjadi kemudi untuk jalan pulang, kalau tak mau sesat barat dibuatnye... (itupun ade jugak yg sesat..heheh)

okeh. semoga next time kite bleh pegi berjalan tempat yg kurang potensi jangkitan. time kasih lah seme ye. 
setakat ini saje laporan kelab untuk kali ini... 

p.s : The best thing you can do for your body when it's trying to fight a bug is to give it rest

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

markaVIP : exclusive shopping experience

okey. sekejap tadi baru je ada episod i-lost-my-keys-and-my-roomies-are-all-not-in-town. alhamdulillah jumpe balik. kalau tak, mau kena tumpang rumah cik aisyahrkh7 satu malam. and it's a good thing that kunci cik jah is with her sister, so in event my keys were unable to be located tadi, masih ada lifeline. so, kawan-kawan, selain mengisi borang safar, bila nak travel, maybe should leave a set of key to available neighbor. u never know when that will come in handy.

ok. harini entry adalah tribute kepada markaVIP bersempena service tiptop (so far so good) and for giving us an exclusive shopping experience. walaupun cik rokoiah beli a pair of jeans dapat kotak cantik ,and i bought a pair of shoes dapat kotak kasut, haha.

klik-klik to register. kalau korang purchase, I'll get $10. sebagaimana cik rokoiah berjaya dapat $10 on my purchase. sekali tu je lah. 

*halfway baru perasan i kinda klik on new post utk blog homestay....*

the deals were awesome. like kadang-kadang mencecah 85% tapi kena cepat lah. ibarat membeli-belah on a black friday. waaaaaa... sekelip mata je sold out. mungkin sebab org teluk kaya-kaya. mahal pada kita, murah lagi kat diorang. and, you'll never know product/brand apa yang nak keluar kat markavip, tak payah susah2 pergi kedai, duduk depan pc, ready je nak klik2 kan... *note that for cash on delivery purchase, kena charge 4JD..*

p.s : mmg horrible sunyi dia bila tinggal rumah sorang-sorang ni. phewwwww.

p.p.s : sama-sama kita doakan agar Allah mudahkan urusan kawan-kawan kita di Mesir...