Places to visit

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Since I was a little girl, I always have this wonderlust spirit in me. Instead of binging on Disney channel I would watch National Geographic endlessly with Daddy by my side, talking only when needed, aka he wanted hot coffee or when it gets too late into the night and I have school tomorrow. Those were some of the memories. I'm sure every other people too want to travel the world, I know this is not new. But one thing I discovered from what I heard from my friends are, most of them don't share the same wonderlust as I do. As in how is the places they want to visit would never match up to the places I want to visit? I was confused at first but down the line I figured, if that's going to make me different than others, it couldn't be a bad thing can it? Enough rambling, here is my list of countries I hope I could at least see before I die, God's willing. 

1. Africa

Fed by countless hours watching Animal Planet (we miss you Steve Irwin), National Geographic, one can't possibly not imagine the day spent amongst the wild animals in the vast African safari and deserts watching the sunset and sunrise on the sand dunes. Till this day I never stopped hoping for the day I get to set foot on the land where Pumba and Timon is born ( #childhooddream xD) and sleep with the sound of the lions growl and the hoot of the owl. Besides that, the culture; the tribe, the people, the warriors, the arts and crafts that is so full of colour never failed to amaze me, witnessing everything up close would be a dream come true for the little girl in me.  

2. Amazon Rainforest

 Also dates back to my childhood of binging on National Geographic, just watching without fully understanding what is happening, all I remember was how in awe I was with the beauty of the Amazon natives. If you showed any of the pics to kids my age, I dare say all the feedback you will get is about how ugly or stupid they look in their costumes. That always had me pissed off and sad that I couldn't share my thoughts on the beauty of their culture and the native themselves to my friends without being mocked in the end. Not blowing my own horn but honestly that is how I felt watching them growing up. I do hope I would get the chance to see the tribes and listen to their stories, their fight in protecting the fragile rainforest they call home. It is so sad to hear about another new threat of deforestation everyday. There was a video I watched about a native complaining that the weather is no longer predictable and a significant rise in the temperature can be felt. That video was uploaded years before I watched it years back. I can't imagine what it must felt  like now where last year in 2015 was the recorded highest temperature rise ever. It is so so sad to know that greed is winning. In God's will, I hope I would get the chance to set foot in this beautiful and bountiful place on earth.

3. Mongolia

 My geography is not the best, don't judge me xD. But I just recently found out that you could see Mount Everest from both Nepal and Mongolia, explains the wonderlust I have for this place. I don't know why but it's not that I am totally not interested in the places but the people always have attracted me in a way. Their way of life, how they manage to maintain their culture of being nomadic (for those who still), their relationship with animals, the monks and their infamous abilities to heal, or levitate. I always have this yearning to visit every natives that still live out the traditional ways of living to every country I visit which till this day hasn't come true yet sadly. But I do hope with all my heart to one day have the chance to visit and experience the culture at least once in my life. Watching a monk levitate right in-front of my eyes would be the most awesome experience ever don't you think? I might also get the chance to learn how to throat sing whilst drinking yak milk.

4. Nepal

 It is devastating to know that the earthquake that hit Nepal has ruined most of  the famous landmarks in Kathmandu and that I won't be able to see it in its original form but everything happens for a reason. If God wills it, it will happen. I just wish I could set foot on this country and explore before anymore destruction or the effect of modernization takes over all the beautiful cultures and traditions. That is actually my worst fear, to at last set foot to a country a little too late where the cultures and traditions will already be on the verge of extinction.

5. Fiji

Known as the cheaper and less crowded version of Hawaii, why not? I'm all for less known places, where the cultures are still pretty much alive.

6. Kazakhstan

This one, I fell in love with in the recent years. I learnt about this country and their cultures recently during one my dad's annual international cultural events where dancers from all over the world come to Sabah for a traditional dance and culture competition. Besides the extravagant costumes and elaborate dances which basically floored everyone that one year they managed to snag not only the Best Costume award; again, but also as the overall winner, it is the look of the people. Let me just say, they are a bunch of beautiful people. Seriously, I couldn't even stop starring at the dancers and knowing that they also live amongst beautiful mountains further fuels my fascination for this country.

 To be honest, there are more countries that I wish to visit and maybe I will slowly add them up to this post or maybe make another post. It is the wish of everybody in the world today I believe to eventually make enough and finally have the courage to explore this wonderful world of God's but we all know that that is easier said than done. I have tons of plans for when I enter the working world where I won't have to depend on my parents for income but God knows how much of that will be fulfilled once the workload comes crashing down. I just wish that when the right opportunity arises that I will have the courage and sources to make it happen. Inshaa Allah.

First Patient

You know how you got everything mapped and planned out in your head and when the time comes to bring that thought into life you just blank out? That's what happened during my first experience with an outside patient. As an optometry student, we are required to perform an eye routine examination on a certain number of patients to graduate and for that, our University makes it a requirement for us starting on Semester 6 till the last semester, Semester 8 to sort of gradually build our numbers up slowly so that we won't go crazy haha.

As expected, I was terrified. Before this, all of us only practiced our skills amongst ourselves, making the tasks easy actually because all of us know what to expect, the right kind of response etc which makes it 10x scarier to face the unknown xD. But the day comes and of course, my friend that I asked weeks before if she could come and be our patient decided to bail and my partner and I are left patient-less, ON THE FIRST DAY! Thanks a lot -.-' But thank God my classmate's friend brought along another friend which I held on for dear life hoping he'll agree; actually forced him to agree to be our patient and the day was saved! Hallelujah! Alhamdulillah!

After the brief introductions and etc comes the part where we had to take the history taking and that is when I just went BLANK. It's like there's nothing in my head. Everything we've been preparing for, for weeks, just poof-ed! Into thin air! I was left at the mercy of my partner, F. She took over and performed the 1st half of the examinations while I watch and repeatedly played the scene of me getting tongue tied in-front of our newly "captured" patient in my head a thousand times. It was humiliating.

But by the end of the day, I finally wrapped my head around and accepted the fact that, what happened was all part of learning. We were at the very beginning stage of being exposed to the outside world where not everything we do is known, where from the very basics of taking the visual acuity measurement of the eyes is something to be explained to the patient, and where our medical jargon may sound like a foreign language for some. What's important is that I take the lesson and make an effort to improve. No point in beating myself up for what is done. And believe it or not, after letting that fact sink in, I was left feeling more motivated for our next patient, and exhausted by the end of the day. One fun fact, both male patients that we performed the routine eye examination on have prettier eyelashes than me and my partner combined and they don't even know it xD. How unfair the world is hahaha! I'm out!

Can't wait to be home. I MISS HOME!