” At the beginning I said there were Personalities in God. I will go further now. There are no real personalities anywhere else. Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self. Sameness is to be found most among the most ‘natural’ men, not among those who surrender to Christ. How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.
But there must be a real giving up of the self. You must throw it away ‘blindly’ to so speak. Christ will indeed give you a real personality: but you must not go to Him for the sake of that. As long as your own personality is what you are bothering about you are not going to Him at all. The very first step is to try to forget about the self altogether. Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes everyday and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”
of the year, went by the wind. The irony about final year of med school- the least classes but the most work. It kinda drives me bonkers every once in a while, when I know that I am deemed fit to treat a patient in 9 months time (provided I pass all subs). And here I am, still ransacking my brain during a viva on what muscle inserts on the anterior part of the distal radius (We learnt that 4 years ago).
Nevertheless, I try to maintain my i̶n̶s̶a̶n̶i̶t̶y̶ sanity by other means.
Here’s my quote of the month from a book I’m currently reading:
Greatness is always built on this foundation:
the ability to appear, speak, and act as the most common man.
– Shams-ud-din Muhammed Hafiz
1. Huong Mai Cafe
Best weasle coffee in Hanoi, as recommended by locals and seasoned travellers.
You’ll get used to how cheap things are here.
Get yourself a cup with VND25,000 (RM5).
2. Thang Long Water Puppet Show
Worth going for VND100,000 (RM20). Basically a folklore show, though you’ll have to bear with not understanding any narrations.
3. Tran Quoc Pagoda
Located on West Lake, FOC.
You can also drop by the Highlands Coffee on the lake, 5 mins walk from the pagoda.
4. Temple of Literature
Aged a thousand years, lies diplomas of past people, of the size of tombstones.
20-30 mins walk from Old Quarters.
5. Giang Cafe
For the infamous egg coffee!
Green beans with egg
6. Awesome street food
Bo Bia, like the Malaysian popiah, with brown sugar sticks, shredded coconut and black fungus (I think). Costs VND10,000 (RM2) for one, but a must try.
Vietnamese paper rolls
I tried them in the food court, Quang Ang Ngon.
Banh Mi, pork baguette sandwiches
7. Old Quarter
New Day Restaurant (No. 72, Ma May Street), as recommended by locals.
You can get cheapest souvenirs along Hang Bac street- Lowest prices in town.
In Dong Xuan market, you have to bargain to at least half.
Embarked on a weekend trip, 8 hours away from Karad.
Where the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves are together.
A purely Buddhist cave, with paintings
Lonar Crater Lake
Formed by a meteorite hit 50,000 years ago, it’s the 3rd largest crater lake in the world.
Water is alkaline (pH10.5), as the meteorite was alkaline.
Now regarded as a holy lake by many Hindu devotees.
1. Lazienki Park
2. Old Market Square
3. Pod Barbakanem (Bar Mleczny aka Milk Bar)
One of my favourite local experiences.
Not your conventional Polish cooks. We read online that they only know Polish and can get rather irritated with non-Polish speaking tourists, but the lady in blue was particularly nice to us, which made the already home-cooked food feel, a little extra warmer =)
A must try if you are around in Poland. Although there are others, I would highly recommend this particular one, for its more traditional feel and reasonable prices, which is located within the market square (convenient as well).
4. Warsaw University Library
The rooftop garden is free, and is accessible from the stairs located outside the building. You can enter the building via the main entrance, and then exit at the other end, that will lead you to the stairs.
There was an orange juice vending machine inside, that squeezes the orange right in front of you. I know I am rather jakun, but I did find it pretty fascinating =) (although it costs 5zl for a cup).
The show will project the screening to face the grass hilly area by the market square. Hence, do get a spot there for a good view.
The best money exchange is located in the underground alley (credit to a Tripadvisor reviewer), below the Marriot Hotel, located near Warsaw Centralna. The alley is accessible directly via the mall. It is closed on Sundays, and opens from 12pm-4pm on Saturdays. Rest of the days are normal opening hours.
5. Chopin Museum is free for students on Thursdays.
6. Kabaty Forest
I would recommend getting the day pass, as Warsaw is a big city, hence it will be worth your money.
You can take the train to Kabaty (the last stop). As you exit, you will see Tesco. The forest is just right behind it. It is where the locals go as well.
7. Poniatowska Beach
A small beach by the river, near to the Stadium. Beach is on the other side of the river from the city. A place where locals go to barbeque and hang out.
Local soups to try:
Sour soup with sausage and egg
Beetroot soup with ravioli/dumplings
Beef tripes soup