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a field of four leaf clovers and more

Posted in adventures in Liverpool, kindred spirits, penny for my thoughts on October 21, 2010 by twotwoeight

I remember walking up to FigTreeHouse and feeling so thankful the place was cozy and warm.

I remember Skyping with Mum, pw, Che and Alvin the afternoon before at the top of the staircase because the broadband signal was weak in my room.

I remember the microwave paella and peas I treated myself to, the night before, sitting in the dining hall, as the cats stared at me, hoping to be fed.

I remember clutching my notes fervently trying to etch every single detail into memory and torn between wanting tomorrow to just come quickly, or to go back in time.

I remember that sleepless and restless night with the television set on but muted in an effort to calm my nerves.

I remember the feeling of being jinxed when I couldn’t open my microwave lunch which was meant to fuel my neurons hours before — and finally settling for 2 bananas and a cup of coffee.

I remember the many butterflies in my stomach and persistent palpitations I had sitting in the room with the other candidates, awaiting to be called.

I remember saying prayers in between stations, and telling myself “You can do it” as I walked into each station and put on my best smile although I was scared shit on the inside.

I remember the feeling of impending doom and helplessness after it was over and wanting to jump into the river.

I remember the celebratory/condolence meal we treated ourselves to — our first proper sit-down dinner since we got there.

I remember waking up the next morning feeling like it was all a horrible nightmare, and torn between brooding at home or going out to drown my sorrows.

I remember the feeling of sudah jatuh ditimpa tangga when I came back to the kitchen after answering my phone only to find the cat had stolen the ham from my sandwich, leaving the 2 pieces of bread scattered.

I remember the one wish I consistently had, whenever I came across a Good Luck monument or wishing fountain in Europe.

And then, most of all, I remember that exact moment of being propelled into a surreal state of euphoria in the on call room when I clicked on the results and saw the words “Pass”.

The memories seem so vivid, I cannot believe it’s been four months.  To my dearest friends who will go into battle soon, I wish you guys all the luck in the world, as much as endless fields of four leaf clovers and mountains of pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and castles full of horseshoes can bring.

I’ll be waiting for good news. 😉

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You can’t always get what you want

Posted in adventures in Liverpool, the box of chocolates known as life on August 1, 2010 by twotwoeight

But if you try sometimes, you just might find,

You get what you need.

MD(UNIMAS), MRCPCH(UK)

Posted in adventures in Liverpool, doctoring tales, family, love on July 27, 2010 by twotwoeight

I passed my exam! 🙂

Finally…I can resume my life!  My hermitic ways for the past 6 months have not been in vain!  Now I can go back to my gu zheng lessons, my yoga class, reading fictional books, watching television series, watching movies (the last movie I saw was…I can’t even remember!), falling asleep without a textbook in hand, going out for meals…the list is endless!!!

I am so relieved that I do not have to go through the last six months all over again.  And that I didn’t jump into the River Thames after the exam!  Looks like I won’t be disliking London after all! 😉

I could not have done it without the unconditional support of my family, who is my pillar of strength.  And of course Dr.Loo, who not only is my mentor and sifu, but has been my constant source of motivation.  Thanks for believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.

And to every friend, patient, teacher and acquaintance who journeyed with me, or I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with along the way, I sincerely thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

There’s a 104 days of summer vacation

Posted in adventures in Liverpool, doctoring tales on June 23, 2010 by twotwoeight

and school comes along just to end it,

So the annual problem of our generation is finding a good way to speeeeennnnd it.

I already know exactly how I’m gonna spend my vacation…I just need to get through this.

2 more days.

As good as it gets.

Posted in adventures in Liverpool, family, love on June 17, 2010 by twotwoeight

I love…

The assortment of fruits that always tempt me at the supermarket.

The variety of super-convenient apparently “healthy” food.

Salmon salad — at home.

Looking up from my books to see Bracken the bright-eyed badger smiling at me. (*He’s getting cuter by the day, pw!)

Unorthodox art on the walls of the cardiac clinic!

And the thing that put a smile on my face today despite having a viral fever?  Chatting with my mum over MSN about “bibi” kettles 😉 Hahahahahaha.

This one is for your viewing pleasure, PW 🙂

The English tea

Posted in adventures in Liverpool, penny for my thoughts on June 16, 2010 by twotwoeight

“Oh no…it’s you two again!!” — is the fond greeting we get when we go to the Neuroscience Outpatients Department nowadays. No, seriously…I really mean fond.  The nurses at the clinic who see us so often now have grown accustomed to these two lost-looking souls prowling around their corridors that I’ve come to love the smiling faces and cheeky grins around each corner, the “Are you alright?” that I get consistently that initially, I wondered if I’m walking around with a thousand question marks on my face, and who can forget the tea and bicsuit which they diligently bring to us each time we’re in clinic.

Initially we found the tea a little strange, as it was plain tea with milk and no sugar and being Malaysians, we were used to the teh ais kind of texture.  But I must say, I’ve grown accustomed to it and am loving this “English tea” with a sweet snack in the midst of a clinic session! 🙂

In a foreign place when you’re thrown out of your comfort zone, and everything is new, you will be surprised at how familiar faces and small routines can help give you a sense of belonging.   Small things…but they make my day.

PS/ You know, I think I’m going to miss them when I leave…although I do look forward to seeing the familiar faces in our own Paediatric Clinic…especially Kak Sally and Kak Kiah.

a transition

Posted in adventures in Liverpool, gastronomical delights on June 13, 2010 by twotwoeight

From snacking on this…

to this!

Yikes!!!