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“See, you don’t have to think about doing the right thing.
If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.”

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,
Maya Angelou

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April 19, 2017 at 11:07 pm

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Ladakh, India

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                                                           Himalayas from above
Hemis Monastery
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Confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers

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Seabuckthorn juice, a local product rich in Vit C and E, apparently used in cosmetics

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Tibetian food (From top left, clockwise): Mutton dumplings (also called Ruchotse when it comes with soup), Veg Thantuk, and Chicken Teemok (steamed bread, similar to “pau” in Malaysia, with a chicken gravy dish with onions)

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A cosy restaurant that serves homemade Ladakhi food, famous enough to appear in last Feb’s Wall Street Journal magazine

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Chuttagi, the authentic Ladakhi dish

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“The only place in the world where one can suffer frost bite and heat stroke at the same time”

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                                                  Frozen Pangong Tso

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“Be soft on my curves”
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Chemday Monastery
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Leh main market street
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Most Western cafe in town
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Prayer wheels in all sizes, can be seen all over Ladakh

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Leh Palace

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The BIG WORD
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Poplar trees, silhouetted against the lights of dusk

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April 16, 2017 at 2:02 am

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Perspective

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” 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.”

Mere Christianity,
C.S. Lewis

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January 3, 2017 at 1:47 am

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First Quarter

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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

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April 8, 2016 at 2:30 am

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North Vietnam

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Hanoi
1. Huong Mai Cafe
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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
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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
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Located on West Lake, FOC.

You can also drop by the Highlands Coffee on the lake, 5 mins walk from the pagoda.
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4. Temple of Literature
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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!
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Green beans with egg

6. Awesome street food
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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.

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Vietnamese paper rolls
I tried them in the food court, Quang Ang Ngon. 
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Banh Mi, pork baguette sandwiches

7. Old Quarter
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8. Others
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.

Halong Bay
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Limestone caves

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March 27, 2016 at 9:50 pm

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Aurangabad, India

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July 25, 2015 at 1:09 am

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July 7, 2015 at 12:53 am

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