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Tautan Kasih 13 brought to by Malaysia Relief Agency

By on June 6, 2017

Selam aleykum and hi guys!

So today I want to share with you guys what I did last weekend! This is so exciting because this one of the things that really love to do when I got chance.

I joined Tautan Kasih 13 which organised by Malaysian Relief Agency (here is their Facebook go click LIKE now!) last 2,3 and 4 June 2017. This is my fourth time joining them and I am so excited because this event is my event after a very looooong break. You know I don’t have time to join because we got no holidays for final year medical student. Nak cuti pun kena curi-curi. Sobs.

Tautan Kasih is kind of yearly event (sometimes there’s few times in a year depends on demand) that they will make it during Ramadan because of this time of Ramadan when you can’t eat during the day, it will simulate the drought. So, this year event will simulate the drought and famine in Yemen.

You have to register it online (they make it more systematic now because so many people joining now bravo bravo i like it) then after you pay the fee about RM 150 (this also depends on the organiser because my last 3 times that I joined it’s free!) then you will received an email about your confirmation. If you didn’t received the email maybe because of technical problems please follow up with them or you will miss the chance to join it.

There are 3 level that you can joined. You need to pass one level to enter the next level.

1. LABK (Asas)
– untuk peserta yang belum pernah menyertai program latihan bantuan kemanusiaan anjuran MRA.
– ianya merangkumi 6 buah modul Latihan Asas Bantuan Kemanusiaan.

2. LPBK (Pertengahan)
– untuk peserta yang telah berjaya menamatkan kursus latihan LABK pada tahun-tahun sebelumnya.
– ianya merangkumi 6 buah modul Latihan Pertengahan Asas Bantuan Kemanusiaan sebagai persediaan untuk ke peringkat lanjutan.

3. LTKK (Lanjutan)
– untuk peserta yang telah berjaya menamatkan kursus latihan di peringkat pertengahan iaitu LPBK.
– merangkumi beberapa modul pelaksanaan projek di lapangan.


Program latihan ini adalah terbuka kepada SAHABAT MRA dan orang awam (warganegara sahaja) yang berumur 16 tahun dan keatas. Pendaftaran boleh dibuat melalui pautan link dibawah. Tempat penyertaan adalah terhad dan yuran pendaftaran untuk setiap peringkat latihan hanya RM150 sahaja.

This year they upgrade the event to another place which is more exciting. They will involve more 4X4 this time!
Finally you will get the list of items that we need to bring. So here some ideas what to bring along with you to ease your life there.

  1. Identity Card (MUST)
  2. Copy of your Identity Card
  3. First Aid/Medicine (depend on your needs)
  4. Toiletries kit; Shower gel/soap, shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste, razor, pads, tissues, etc
  5. Sleeping bag (to comfort your night or you can bring blanket and something to sleep on)
  6. Suitable attires ; tshirt, jeans, belts, pants, sweater, jackets, socks, undergarment, telekung, rain gear, towel and shoes
  7. Others ; laundry bag, bugs repellant (guys this VIP hutan guys hutan), candles (no light huhu), lighter/matches, knife (just incase), torch light and its batteries (VIPPPP), notebook and pen, camera, farming gloves (in case), plate and cup (sendirian berhad okay), fork and spoon, and tarvel alarm (if needed)

*please bring suitable bag, no luggage or bag with wheels. it’s camping guys, we are not going for honeymoon.

*women are not allowed to wear baju kurung, jubah, or dress. Please wear suitable attire, again we are going to camp.

*please wear suitable shoes like sport shoes. obviously no high heels or leather shoes.

From Kuala Lumpur the participants took the bus then the last point that the bus can reach, they will ride the 4×4 till the base camp!
Before this, the base camp was at Pos Bersih, Slim River but for this year, they make a history by changing the base camp to Pos Keding, which is far from Pos Bersih and only can be access by 4WD at this time being (there is new road in making, after this the road will be smooth you can even drive your BMW to reach there :p)

Level 1 (Basic): Latihan Asas Bantuan Kemanusian (LABK)
So for level 1, which is the basic level, there will be 6 modules you need to learn.

First day, you will learn about Introduction of MRA and Orang Asli, Stress Management, and Basic Preparation for as Humanitarian Workers. After breaking the fast and tarawikh, you will continue to learn how to use walkie talkie and some sharing moment from the experience humanitarian workers.

Second day, you will learn about Basic Humanitarian and Basic Reporting, and also you will have modules about Basic Negotiation and Basic Medical Aids. In the afternoon, they will send you to the respective Pos. Either you will go to Pos Tibang or Pos Keding.

Here at your field, you will apply what they have taught you in the module, so for second day and third day, you will mingle with the local Orang Asli people and do activities with them.

Some of activities that we did before is some games, educational activities, hygiene programs such as teach the kids how to shampoo and how to brush properly, free medical check up (this will involve the doctors, specialists and consultants. my favourite so far) and anything that you would love to do with the local.

Last day, everyone will gather again at the base camp and there will be sharing moment before we back home 😉

even for the basic level, you will learn how to read maps and the geographical knowledge. I like this sessions too because you know I really love geography! 🙂

Level 2 (middle) : Latihan Pertengahan Bantuan Kemanusiaan (LPBK)
I been through this level before I swear this is the best level evaaaaaah!

For the first day, the middle level participants will have special task while the first level participant attending the modules. Guess what is the task ? Tadaaaaaaaa… Its a task to prepare food for iftar! Heeee heeeee. You don’t need to attend the session but helping the committee to cut the onions, wash the chickens and prepare delicious food for everyone!

Then, after the iftar you can join the walkie talkie sessions with the first level participants and become their facilitators.

Second day, omg this is the most exciting partttttttt! You will learn how to drive the 4WD. Yeayyy.. This is not just the basic, you will experience how to drive in and feel the up and downs of the uneven surface of earth and know to settle if your car get stuck in a deep mud. If you are lucky enough, you will drive through a river. Hahahah I don’t know how to share the amazing experience here. But because of  last time after I learnt how to drive 4WD I decided to buy 4WD as my first car!

After that, you will have a module about The Needs and Safety in Humanitarian field. I think you will learn about the weapons, firearms and bombs with the demonstrations from the experts. In the afternoon, they will send you as facilitators with your group to the selected Pos, either Pos Tibang or Pos Keding.

In the other notes, during my times, we were working as a group and not as facilitators and were sent to Pos Keding/Pos Tibang. There we will do the community services as what the first level participants did.

Last day, you will also gather with everyone for sharing moments.

Level 3 (advanced): Latihan Tindakan Krisis Kemanusian (LTKK)
I forgot to tell for the second and third level, we go to the Slim River with the 4×4 team not by the bus. Heheh so we reach early and waited for the other participant to arrive. First day, just like the middle level participant, we got special task to prepare iftar for everyone. I did the cutting part which involved so much drama so much tears involved as I cut lots of onionssssss hahaha I iz don’t like onions HAHAH i just stay cool and keep cutting (with unnecessary crying sessions).

After iftar and tarawikh, we joined the walkie talkie and sharing moment sessions. Frankly I just forget how to use walkie talkie because I left it too long and that night I can refresh my knowledge about it. So glad!

Then next day, we prepare to go to our special post which is Pos Tenau. Pos Tenau is about 45minutes to 1 hour drive from the base camp Pos Keding. The location of Pos Tenau just below the Cameron Highland, so the view is so stunning and the breeze is so chilling and pleasant even in the middle of afternoon. But here, unfortunately we did this during school holidays. School holidays means we got no one to entertain. Pos Tenau is very special because they are extremely minute exposure to the technology and they are quite sceptical with us (Muslim people because they have been doctrine to Christianity. No religion issues actually but they think we want to preach them when we actually want to give them free medical services and mingle with them only). Even the Tok Batin refuse to talk with us unlike the other Pos whom the Tok Batin and the people are very welcoming and cooperating.

So, we just making food for our iftar. Just 3 of us. Sobs. It’s freaking boring for me just to sit and did nothing.

Food for Iftar!
After iftar, we just talked to each other until we got no topic to be discuss. Hu Hu Hu. Then, Dr Daud came and visit us and discuss what we can do here in Pos Tenau. That night, I asked to go back to base camp. They called me Pelarian Tenau. I’m sorry I just abort the mission in Pos Tenau.

At least at the base camp I can fry keropok lekor HAHAHA. After I came to base camp, that night I did accompany Kak Tidy (midnight) visited the Pos Keding And Pos Tibang to see if the participant doing well or not. Alhamdulillah they did well.

The next day, I joined the medical team and the media team to Pos Tenau again to see if we still got chance to meet the local people there. This is the view on our way to Pos Tenau. See the clouds :)))) So cold and refreshing air ups there.

Picture with the medical team, media team from TV AlHijrah and the awesome Overlander 3F people at Pos Tenau. (while no one come to visit us T___T)

Overlanders 3F is the team that responsible for the transportation and they did great job! I really happy to know and meet most of them.

Family photo last day after the sharing moment at the base camp Pos Keding. We have a great time overall. See you guys again!

“The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” [Daraqutni, Hasan]

Thank you Malaysian Relief Agency for this opportunity. Definitely will join again as medical team 😀


p/s: sorry for any lack of information. Too lazy to write everything. If you want me to add or delete something, don’t afraid to email me okay.

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Gaziosmanpaşa University Hospital.

By on May 17, 2017

Selam aleykum and merhaba!

This is my appreciation post for one of my favourite hospital in the world, Gaziosmanpașa (GOP) University Hospital. I promised my supervisor to tell everyone about this hospital after I finished my works there. I am sorry it’s a bit late but here is it!

Gaziosmanpașa University Hospital or as known as GOP UH is located in Tokat, Turkey. It is a university hospital that established in 1992. The university hospital is near to the building of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of Gaziosmanpașa University.

I got an offer for professional exchange from International Federation of Medical Student Association Egypt (IFMSA Egypt) to do my exchange in this hospital for one month. I chose to do this exchange after I finished my medical school. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity. Thank You IFMSA Egypt.

I had done my exchange in Surgical Department under supervision of the Head of Department, Dr Ismail Okan. He is an experienced and distinguished doctor. I learnt a lot of things throughout this experience. They do love to teach the students and give opportunities for us to do the procedures and assist the surgeries. Assisting the surgery is the most thing that I look forward to because in my medical school we don’t have that kind of opportunities handling the surgery by ourselves.

In here, I saw everyday patients were struggling between life and death. It made me appreciate my life more. The passion that shown by the health workers here from the nurses, helpers, medical attendants and the doctors really inspired me to do my best in my medical career soon. They were also very welcoming in teaching me anything that I don’t understand even they have to repeat it many times.

Other than assisting and witnessing how the procedure of the operations were done, we learnt how endoscopy worked in the Endoscopic Department, then they teached us how to diagnose the disease and the plan for treatments.

I had done assisting more than 20 operations such as thyroid operations, gastrectomy, stomach cancers, intestinal cancers, mastectomy and many more. I am so fortune to experience all of these and insyaAllah I will use the knowledge that I gained for the future.

In addition, we also had our lunch at the Surgical Department café. Lunch is the most time that I can’t wait for because I really love delicious food that has been made there (well it’s a meal for specialist it must taste good right :D)

I had my pharyngitis again last day of my exchange. Alhamdulillah everyone there treats me well 🙂 

One of the operation that I can’t forget is the operation of stomach cancer that spread to the surrounding organ. The operation took almost 5 hours straight and I can’t deny it was a very tiring surgical procedure. We usually went back home at 5 pm but at that time we went home almost at 8pm. But the doctor treated us a box of pizza per person because he surely knew how hungry we were.

Moreover, we also spent our time in Palliative Care Unit also under supervision of Dr Ismail Okan to see how the palliative care works. Here the cancer patient were treated and cared by the Palliative Care group consist of different health workers profession. During my last day of exchange, I spent some time to cook for the patients and health workers there. I cooked a Malaysian dish called “Ayam Masak Merah”. I altered the taste a bit not to make it spicy because Turkish people don’t really eat spicy food. Alhamdulillah I guess everyone loved it!

From my deepest heart, I am really thankful for everyone in Gaziosmanpasa University Hospital for making February 2017 one of the most memorable month in my life. You guys will always be my favourite people. Even though we might not contact each other I will always pray for you and insyaAllah I will not forget you.

Million thanks especially to Dr Ismail Okan for the great hospitality, may Allah bless all your efforts and grant you more amazing things in your life. Cok tesekkur. Also to all other doctors that always be there for us especially Dr Yavuz, Dr Zeki, Dr Mehmet Fetih, Dr Ahmed, Dr Emin and other doctors thank you very much.

To Turk MSIC Tokat especially Sena Hasbek, thank you so much for everything. I love you Sena!

And to my intercambista partner Carla Nunez, thank you and sorry for everything. I really had a good time with you.

Not to forget my gorgeous housemates, Kader, Tugba, Elif, Merve, Busra, Kubra, Nurain & others tesekkular ederim.

Lots of loves,


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A Little Doctor’s Step.

By on February 1, 2017

Selam alayk and merhaba!

Sorry for not updating. I got too much drafts (too many to talk about) but still trying to find a proper time and a relevant idea to write and publish the drafts.

Alhamdulillah just arrive to a place somewhere in West Black Sea region where I will stay for a month and start my pre-medical practice. It’s kinda awkward to introduce myself to the doctors here because I’m just like one week finished my grand final exam and are now unofficially a doctor. Not a medical student anymore but not yet a doctor. Hahaha it’s nothing but I’m not really ready for it.

As a girl who was born and raised in tropical climate, honestly I’m quite excited to see snow here. It has been snowing for two days since my stay here and I secretly wish it will snow everyday for next 28 days. Hehe Sorry for being selfish. Most people right here prefer summer but I love winter!

This photo was taken this morning before we went to have our breakfast in the next building. See how beautiful the surrounding is. I fall in love already.

Seems like 28 days is not enough to enjoy this view 🙁

Obviously, I am the only one Malaysian here (where on earth I just went to) and I am staying here with my Bolivian friend. Her name is CN. We are here to gain new knowledge about General Surgery and see as much as procedures that we can. Then, we need to do a presentation and share some knowledge about complementary medicine. Still thinking about what to present to them tho.

Plus during our stay, we love to exchange cultures experiences and enjoying local way of life, habits, heritages here.

So, today we went to the hospital (thank you SH for helping us throughout this journey) and SH showed us the way to go to our hospital. Our hospital is GOP University Hospital which is a local hospital that build since 1992. We met our supervisor Dr IO. MasyaAllah he is so welcoming us to the hospital and a very nice doctor. I wish I can learn a lot from him.

After that, we met Dr A and have a little talk with him, then we followed him to watch the endoscopic procedure. Endoscopic procedure is a procedure when the doctor inserts a camera inside your stomach through your mouth to detect any lesion along the way from mouth to stomach. This patient is an old man who complaint of vomiting and during the endoscopic Dr A took some biopsies. He was suspecting this man maybe has a stomach cancer. We can see there is pyloric obstruction from the screen. I hope the uncle is fine. Geçmiş olsun!

Till I need to sleep now. InsyaAllah I will write more later. Thank you for reading 🙂

love from West Black Sea.


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