030: Orange-White-Green Flag of India

August 23rd, Friday

Alhamdulillah, we've reached India safely after about two hours and thirty minutes of flight from Kota Kinabalu bound for Kuala Lumpur and another four-hour-and-thirty-minutes flight to Bangalore, one of the big cities in India.
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It was 11PM something in India. That was the first time for me to breathe the air in India. It felt. . . different. Honestly. I can't brain what's the difference actually. Was it fresher than that of Malaysia? I could not tell. Everyone was busy waiting for their luggage, mostly filled with clothes and food supplies, to be put on the belt. I still remember what my heart felt at that very moment. It was heavy but at the same time, it was filled with determination and high spirit to start the 'journey' of grabbing the 'Dr.' title so that I can go back Malaysia faster. Huh. I was trying to divert as much attention as I can from thinking about home. I made myself busy with anything I could.

Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore. U'huh. That's the name of the institution I'm currently attending with my other 9 batch-mates. It is located quite far away from Bangalore; about 10-12 hours journey by road and almost one hour by flight.

So our next flight to Mangalore will be on the next morning, early morning it was. Hence, we ought to stay in a hotel for only 3-4 hours. Alhamdulillah, we've finally reached Mangalore airport, situated about 50 minutes from our college. The journey we took by our college bus provided by our generous and kind seniors allowed me to peek through the window of India.

The ROAD, the highway.
It was bumpy, dusty and narrower that what we've here in Malaysia. Reddish brown soils are everywhere. Dusty, dusty, dusty. I was rainy season so there were many pools of mud you can find on the side of the road. The bus conductor was sleeping soundly on a chair in front of us. We were wondering how can he sleep in this bumpy ride? Oh. I forgot to mention one thing. HONK. It is not INDIA if honking sounds are not heard. Like seriously, your ears are filled with nothing but the sound of the shaking window glass, thanks to the bumpy road, and the sound of the honk from every each of the vehicles on the road.

My mind. I was tired even on that early morning. Perhaps, sadness will drain your energy away just like that. When you are sad, all your muscles are not in the mood of doing anything. Despite of thinking of going back, however, I've said to myself that I can't go home often because the journey is tiring and not that easy. Based on that, I can shoo away the homesickness inside of me.

Reached hostel safely around 10am after passing through the most challenging road I've ever encounter in my life so far.  It's bumpy with small hills located here and there, few pools of mud and gravel roads on some parts. The funny part is we have to get through this road whenever we wish to go out of hostel. But seriously, we laughed at this fact. Challenge accepted!

So far, we are all safe and free from diarrhea. The local menu such as 'idli', 'parotha', 'samosa', 'briyani' and some other food are bearable. In fact, they are delicious! Well, except for idli, I like most of the food. We are actually lucky to dwell in Mangalore because halal and nice, delicious food are so easy to get. Alhamdulillah.

Indian in India. So far, I think they are quite friendly but they do like to stare and they stare a lot. Some of their behaviors will give you the pain in your neck. You have to be patience, especially in management matter. Most of the time. You need to keep on pushing them in order to get your work done. If not, they will take forever to finish it. =_="

Actually there are so many things to be shared but my fingers are too lazy to keep on tapping the keyboard, my eyes need to rest. Oh, have I told you that our classes are held from Monday to Saturday? Yup, 6/7. Huhu.. Clearly, I've no time to idling around and wasting time.

029 : In the Pink of Health of being a 'twennie'!

28th February,Thursday

8teen! 9teen! . . . 20!

I've added another number to my age. 20. yup. I'm a TWEENIE! :3
I'm thanking GOD for giving me my life. I've passed my -teen life! Successfully or not, that's the question.

So, just a brief update about how's life revolving around me,
Alhamdulillah. I am qualified to further my study in India as I've passed my A-Level Examination!
Wee~ Another one step closer to become a future DENTIST! In shaa Allah.

Before breathing the air of the land of curry, I have to join an Intensive Course in which I have to learn some languages spoken by the local Indians, together with introduction to Anatomy and Physiology subjects.

So, here I am, back in Kolej Teknologi Timur Sepang with different mood (happy, contented, etc.) and new spirit!

I'm looking forward to new experiences, happiness and memories!

028 : Sterling Gray

Tuesday, 22nd January

It has been a long time. My blog has been abandoned for a period of time. Just hope it's not haunted. Hee!

So, referring to the century calendar, it's 2013!
Goodbye 2012. You've been a year with two fistfuls of experiences, a spoon full of sad stories and some sprinkles of happiness. :) Alhamdulillah.. You've also been a year I filled with success. I've finished my foundation programme with flying colours! The results are out today. Alhamdulillah.. All my results are not that excellent but they are sufficient to make me step onto the next flight of stairs to reach the sky. OK it's too dramatic actually. Not the sky, to be frank, but the______________. *I can't even fill it in for myself.

Though the quantity of sadness (let's just pretend sadness is countable. ;)) I've experienced is greater than the happiness I desiderated for, the sprinkles of happiness are able to outweigh the sadness. :D
So, I bet I must be stronger now. Haha!

Actually, I just got back from a 'vacation' with my former house-mates in KTT (13th-20th). They went here, my dwelling, in Keningau, Sabah.

So, here's the summary:

Day 1 : My parents and I, along with my sister fetched them from LCCT. Reached home when the clock showed 18++.

Day 2 : Went to Sabah Agriculture Park, Tenom. It was close actually but the men were kind. They let us in, not for free though.

Day 3 : Went to meet Hanim, our college-mate. She also lives in Keningau. Her family treated us to lunch! I ate Nasi Goreng Payau. I ate some pieces of venison and guess what, they tasted so good. :) Went to Keningau Handicraft Centre and Hanim's house. Her mother gave us two wraps of delicious Roti John for free! :D

Day 4 : Went to Kota Kinabalu. Stayed in Tang Dynasty Plaza Hotel. We went shopping at Handicraft Market. We bought some accessories and shirts. Then, we spent the evening at Tanjung Aru Beach with my sister. We even tried the '5D Adventure'. It was funny!

Day 5 : We went to Handicraft Market, again. As we passed 'through' Centre Point Shopping Mall to get there, I bought a pair of new Sterling Gray contact lenses. *Wink wink! Then, we went to Tanjung Aru, again, after taking lunch at Grace Point. Spent the evening at Jesselton Point. Went to the Observatory Tower and bought dinner at somewhere in Tg. Aru area. I've found the biggest burger ever! :)

Day 6 : Went to Sapi Island. I did nothing but enjoy the day with the spectacular view of the nature. They went snorkelling and sea-walking. Then, after having lunch at Jesselton Point, we went to fetch my sister at IPG Kampus Gaya. Spent the evening in 1Borneo Shopping Mall after stopped for a while at Masjid UMS. On the way to my village in Tuaran, we spent several minutes at Upside-down House (Rumah Terbalik). Haha!

Day 7 : Went to Canopy Walk in Poring Hot Springs. :) The weather was not so good. We didn't have the chance to see the cows in Desa Dairy Farm.
Day 8 : Woke up early. Sent them to LCCT. :)

No doubt, it feels so good to hang out with your friends. And it's also very reanimating to spend the days out in the sun. :) Thank you for coming, girls!

By the way, my bestie's birthday was last Sunday. Happy Birthday, Elsa! You're a happy '20'! You'll get your present soon! :) <3