Saturday, August 9, 2014

It's August already?!

This year so far has been pretty damn amazing, i have to say. Jam packed with action it feels like a whole year packed into half.

End of March I went to Timor Leste for my medical electives - one of the best experiences i've had so far. Amazing, beautiful country with amazing and equally if not more beautiful people, it deserves multiple blog posts to do my time there justice. But I'm a procrastinator and have just started working so a few pictures will have to do for now.

Timor Leste is also where i found out that i passed my final exams... and thus secured my escape from medical school and have been unleashed on the wards for about a week now. After elective, came holidays and... Myanmar!

Yangon... loved it!

Inwa near Mandalay.. beautiful little village

And then... I went back to boring old Leicester for a final (!!!) month of classes. A short 2 day getaway to Belgium... Lovely lovely Ghent and hmm Brussels which paled in comparison but definately an upgrade from Leicester. No pictures though!

After that, it was back to Malaysia. Got antsy sitting around at home and hence facilitated by airasia's cheap fares, I found myself in Hong Kong.

need i say more?
And then, i managed to squeeze in one final little break before returning to the UK..... Bali :)


Balangan beach...

I look at this post and feel so grateful.. somehow i've got so lucky this year to have enjoyed all of this in just a few months. Now i'm thoroughly satisfied and thoroughly, completely broke and penniless (as you can imagine after all this travelling)... back to work and counting down the days to that first paycheque :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hi, 2014.

I rarely blog. Partly because i did not do much travelling this year, partly because im too lazy to blog while travelling, and partly because when im back home, im too busy watching tv shows to blog about where ive been. But everywhere online i read reflective posts on 2013 and so here is mine.

Last year... Pretty shit year to be honest. Borderline decent if compared to all the 23 years ive lived, but compared to 2012, definately shit.

January 2013 started off well enough in Luang Prabang. 7 days later i tearfully boarded a flight back to the UK, weeped a fair amount on the flight, and dragged my ass back to Leicester. In hindsight, all that reluctance was actually totally justified, since things pretty much went downhill from there.

Nothing particularly devastating happened in my personal life, but medicine really wore me to the ground. My self esteem took punch after punch with no half time to recover and by the time summer came around in late july, i had lost the match. It took me weeks of holidays before i felt somewhat normal and happy again. Problem is, holidays were only 3 weeks. By the time my wounds had healed, it was back to the boxing ring.

Somewhere between a flurry of portfolios, endless grillings, failed cannulations and bruised angry patients - 2013 passed me by.

And i am so bloody grateful it is over.

2014 plans

1. Final rotation - just 7 more weeks of being the medical student... WHOOP DE DOOP cause to celebrate thats for sure!

2. Finals - finally, the final exam i will have to sit. After this no exams for more than a year at least... MORE cause to fucking celebrate!

3. East Timor - ill be spending 5 weeks here for medical electives at bairo pite hospital. Gonna be tough work, as ill have to work 6 days a week till saturday 8-6, with half day sundays. But you know what - there would also be the beaches, tropical rains, seafood dinners, nasi ekonomi/nasi campur, hot tropical weather, smell of salty sea air - i am seriously looking forward to it!

4. 1 month of holiday before starting work. Its not a whole lot of time but its something, and i wont get any holidays like that for a long time afterwards so i intend to make the most out of it and go do something adventurous with myself.

5. End of july: time to bite the damn bullet and start work. Not looking forward to it, but glad my time as a junior doctor is coming soon so i can get it over with, and leave hospital life for a more human and more humane alternative career.

And thats that for 2014. Bring it on!