Assalamualaikum wbt 🙂
Setelah sekian lamanya tak menjengah blog sendiri.
Saya tidak dapat online di bilik. Jadi selama ni hanya online di perpustakaan. Blog tidak dapat diakses dari PC perpustakaan.
Hari ini saya tak ada kelas. Jadi sementara menunggu baju kering di dryer, saya membawa turun laptop ke common room. Cuba mengakses internet menggunakan wireless connection yang hanya terdapat di sini. Alhamdulillah blog dapat di akses. 😀
Berikut adalah coretan saya ketika baru seminngu di Brighton. Saya menulis kerana menyangka dapat mengeposnya dari perpustakaan. Tapi tak apa, cerita belum basi 🙂
In the name of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful.
It has been more than a week since I entered UK.
I had a tremendous excitement once I arrived in Brighton.
The day I came to Brighton, it was obviously a beautiful day. It was sunny with fluffy clouds blown quite furiously by wind. The wind was chilly, and always is. I could not stop smiling. Honestly. 😀
I was accompanied by kak wani, najwa and raziana all the way from London to Brighton.
We took a cab from Brighton Station to the student hall, where I would stay for at least a year. My room is fantastic. Small and convenient. I love it because it is away from the kitchen – so I do not have to bear any noise from the kitchen, be it every day cooking activities or birthday celebration. And also, right in front of my room, there is an exit door in case of fire – so no worries of opening door room no matter how wide I want to. 😀
After performing zuhr prayer and having lunch, we went for groceries shopping! 🙂 We bought lots and lots of things. Especially food. I enjoyed having raziana with me as she shared lots of tips on how to save time cooking on busy days. She is now entering her 4th year in medicine.
When they left that evening, though I was left alone, I was more excited than feeling gloomy. I was quite overwhelmed with the fact that I am now on my own. Big girl. 😀
I unpacked my stuffs and arranged them in my wardrobe. I kept all the food and utensils bought that day in the kitchen cabinet and fridge. Later in the evening, I went to Ms Montgomery’s house for dinner. She is the deputy of Phase 2 Leader. There, I met Dr David, Dr Wright, Dr Haq and Gajan (my flat mate).
So, yeah. I am in a flat with mixed genders. The flat I lived in has 6 rooms. Currently, only 3 are occupied. Gajan, Tarunan and I. They are nice friendly chaps. I have no problem getting along with them.
On Monday 13th Sept, our induction week began. Since we are the first group of student coming from IMU to join BSMS curriculum, they were actually quite clueless of how far we had learnt during Phase 1. Though I did quite badly during neurological history taking and neurological physical exam, they still seemed impressed. We concluded that they actually thought we were far worse than how we performed. Hee. 😀
On Thursday afternoon, we met 7 BSMS students from Medical Society (MedSoc). 3 of them would be our batch mates. They took us for a walk along the Brighton coast. It was very windy. In fact, in Brighton, I would say that there is wind blowing all the time. We went to Brighton Pier. Then we walked to the city. I left them for zuhr and asar prayers, and met them at Brighton Marina after that. We had bowling. I was a terrible bowler. Always am. 😀
We went back when it was getting dark. Since there is limited bus service after 7pm, Gajan, Tarunan, Buket and I had to walk back several hundred meters. When Buket took a turn to her place, the three of us had a good chat. I remembered Gajan was the first to blurt out how he ‘finally found a place tailored for him’. I seconded him saying that ‘I really love this place! I can’t believe I am not feeling homesick’. And Tarunan came out with statements, we already had agreed few times before, on how convenient our place are and how kind the people we had met.
I was extremely happy. And I was not alone. Alhamdulillah. Though all of us did not have Brighton in our top list, now we can’t think anywhere better to go. 😉
On Friday, I was thinking ‘where should I go this weekends?’. Since I have yet things to study – I mean, class has not yet started – I know I should pack my bag and visit my friends. I started to send my handphone number to some friends via facebook and hoping they would text me (I do not have all of my friends’ contact numbers).
When I was on my way back to my flat, I received a call from Anith! 😀 She told me that she would be going to Portsmouth the next day with 7 others. All from IMU. I was glad. I used a PC in student hall office (I could not go online from my room) and checked the most possible train I should catch the next day.
So, on Saturday, I met Anith and the others at Southampton central. Then we catch a train to Portsmouth Harbour. We shopped a lot. I wish I can forget the amount of money I spent there. Haih2. After asar prayer, we left back to Southampton.
Anith and I had pizza that night. I loved it!! 😀 I missed eating fast food.
On Sunday morning, we cooked nasi lemak. Both of us were known to be quite handicapped in the kitchen. But eventually, we really cooked delicious nasi lemak ever found in Southampton and Brighton. 😛 We were very proud of it. We served our fellow IMU friends and they loved it.
After a small picnic in the Southampton University park, Anith and I catched a bus to the city. Our next activity was shopping. Again. Haih2.
After I jama’zuhr and asar prayers, I left for Brighton. What a great weekend! 😉
To be honest, it is very hard for me to perform prayers on time. Really hard. It has been a week, and I have not settle this matter up. Haih2.
When we were in Portsmouth, we bluntly took ablution in washbasins. We raised our legs to wash our feet. How funny to have people around to look quizzically at us. But nobody asked anything. We performed our solah in baby changing room. 😀
On Sunday, I performed my jama’ prayers in M&S fitting room. Carpeted and spacious. Good choice.
In Brighton-Sussex Medical School, we have a muslim prayer room located in the hospital that we go for clinical teaching and learning activities. Alone, I was uneasy to take ablution with people around. Hm.
During induction week, on our 3rd day in school, we were taken to Sussex Campus. While waiting for our bus to come, there is an Arab lady walk pass by us. She looked at me and smiled and said ‘assalamualaikum’. I replied her, feeling amazed. I blinked my eyes several times trying to stop my tears flowing. I missed receiving salam from people. The last time I received salam was on my first day in Brighton, when kak wani, najwa and raziana left. Other times, it was me giving salam to my room when I entered her.
Next day, I met a Pakistani man in his 60th. He offered me plastic bags he had. Very kind of him. I did not know that Aldi does not provide free plastic bag. Then we had a short informative and meaningful chat. I then knew that I can also get halal meat in al-Amin. Taj store is more expensive.
During our day out with Medical Society friends, one of them is a muslim. The first muslim BSMS student that I knew. But he was from year 5. I held myself back not to talk to him when actually I really want to ask him are there any muslim girls doing medicine as well. But nevermind, I am sure I will know soon. 😉
When I arrived in Brighton from Southampton, I took a taxi back to student hall. The taxi driver was from Afghanistan. He was a nice person. I did not feel right to ask his religion once he said he is from Afghanistan. But after a while, he said, ‘I am muslim like you’. I said, ’Alhamdulillah’. Then I knew there are 3 mosques in Brighton. Alhamdulillah.
In my class, when I run through the names in the register, I found several muslim names. No girls except me. One thing I like when meeting male muslims is they don’t offer their hand for handshake. I feel honoured and dignified. Subhanallah.
Class has started
We will start with 6 weeks of clinical foundation. It will be quite a light start before a ‘real’ clinical life begins.
Honestly, I am feeling very rusty. And thus, feeling quite worried about what will happen to my study performance.
Ya Rabb, ease any difficulties.
I may need prayers from all of you as well. Please pray for me. Jazakumullahu khair.