Malaysia meets Surrey!

Keeping up with the lives of two Malaysian students currently studying at Surrey

Using the National Health Service (NHS)

Hey everyone:)

Firstly, apologies for being M.I.A for the past 2+ weeks. I did mention in my previous post that I’ll be talking about the Surrey Decides elections but I thought I would postpone it. Today I would like to share my experience of what happens if a medical-related issue arises as I was diagnosed with a kidney infection (hence why I’ve been M.I.A)

The abdominal pain begun on a Sunday night and was progressively becoming worse. Me, being the avoider that I am, just put it down to possibly food poisoning. However, by Tuesday morning the pain was unbearable and on advice from my mother over Skype, she suggested I make an appointment to see a doctor as soon as possible. It’s quite different here in terms of seeing a doctor. Back home, we could just walk into a clinic and register and wait our turn to be examined by a doctor. Here, seeing a doctor is by appointment basis unless visiting Accident & Emergency (A&E) at Royal Surrey County Hospital (it’s located a 20-minute walk from the University campus)

I rang the Guildowns Group Practice and asked for an emergency appointment to see a doctor, stating that I was concerned I may have appendicitis and was immediately booked in to see a doctor at 11.30am that same morning at Wodeland Surgery, a 15-minute walk from the university campus.

Side-note: As a Surrey University student & being international, I would strongly encourage students to register themselves with the NHS Student Health Center, (it’s free) located on campus itself as soon as they arrive at Surrey University. This way, when I rang for an appointment, all my details were already in the system.

A friend was kind enough to drive me to the clinic for my 11.30am appointment. It was very straightforward as there is an electronic sign-in tab to inform the receptionist & doctor that you’ve arrived. Not too long after, I was seen by the doctor whom suspected I may have early on-set appendicitis and that if the pain persisted, I should make my way to A&E immediately. As I had a previously arranged meeting scheduled for that evening, I decided to play the wait-and-see game in terms of if the pain got better or worse.

Unfortunately, by that same evening, the pain had not subsided and I made my way to the Surrey County Hospital A&E. Again, it was straightforward, whereby the receptionist checked my details in the system (since I am registered at the on-campus NHS) and I informed her that the GP referred me here due to suspected appendicitis. I then took a seat and within 10 minutes was seen by a nurse who prescribed me Panadol for the pain and checked me to assign to a category (mine was Majors). I was then taken to the Majors waiting area, to be seen by a doctor.

I had blood taken and tests done whilst the doctor checked me once again and went through my medical history. With the results in hand, the doctor concluded that it was most likely a kidney infection due to my symptoms and the specific area the pain was located at. I was prescribed antibiotics which was to be taken for a duration of 7 days as well as painkillers (all free of charge). Given the option, I preferred to go back to my university accommodation instead of spending a night at the hospital. I was told however, that there was still a chance of it being appendicitis and that if the pain did not subside in a couple of days, to come back and ask to be admitted straightaway. Thankfully, turns out, it was only a kidney infection and after the 7 days of antibiotics, I’m on the road to recovery!

My experience dealing with the NHS has been nothing short of great and pleasant 🙂 I was treated well throughout the ordeal and encountered no issues/problems. I was scared and worried but the staff at both the clinic and hospital helped ease my fears and answered all questions I had. It was scary, being in the hospital without my parents around to speak to the doctors. But it was okay. I have supportive friends who kept checking in with me and offered to keep me company whilst waiting to be seen at the hospital 😀 Word of advice: Always keep your close friends in the loop because you need support especially during medical emergencies. Everything was covered as well, meaning I didn’t need to spend a dime for everything from the GP visit to the antibiotics from the hospital.

Side-note: All Malaysians coming to study at the UK for longer than 6 months are now required to pay a ‘health surcharge’ of £150 per year to gain access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), after which students are eligible to use NHS services

Anyways, that’s all for today!

Till next time: selamat tinggal x

研究生之--我是萬能的

春天花開,而這兩週完全是處於備戰狀態,24/7的那種。一個又一個開不完的會,還有一個又一個寫不完的deadline。但是也從這一週,發現自己是多麼會苦中作樂的人,比如跟朋友玩猜謎遊戲,還會自己進階1.0, 2.0. 壓力之下必有創意!神奇的壓力。

我是萬能的 - 導演+ 編劇 +攝影師 +剪輯師

有一份assignment,要我們拍video,還要我們自己剪輯+VoiceOver。沒有搞錯,我們我們勘景、拍照,錄影,剪輯,一大堆有的沒的,只為了一個5分鐘的視頻。

我是萬能的- 記事達人

因為就快要辦活動了。作為一個讀活動策劃的,這個活動當然就算分了。所以會那麼壓力不是因為活動很難辦,而是活動=考試。老師考的,是我們對法律守則的了解,和創意跟金錢之間的抗衡。辦一個活動勞民又傷財,還會心力交瘁,不過平時吱他都不笑的嚴肅老師老師慈祥的微笑還是起了點鼓勵作用。但因為還沒有辦的事情很多很多,所以練就了飛快的打字速度方便記事。就算手記不了,腦袋還記得老老實實的。

我是萬能的 - 財政

明明沒有錢,為了那個一口氣就訂了兩個gig。不管了,只要質量不要命的我,就只能乖乖拉贊助找錢。我要錢我要錢,每天睜開眼睛想到的事大概就是這樣。沒錢活動就慘了!

我是萬能的 -生活大師

一人在英國,有時候總會免不了遇到奇怪又倒霉的事。還有你不會的事。所以慢慢的學會了,病就吃藥熬粥喝,廁所壞了自己修,燈泡壞了自己換,心口流血就貼個創可貼。然後淡定坦然以對。每遇到一件怪事,就跟自己說,之前那個那麼奇葩的看都過了,這個算什麼?想哭嗎?喂喂喂,是時間去打工了。

我是萬能的 - 普通人

其實我很容易被「留學甘苦談」看得流眼淚。哭是因為覺得他不懂,即使他用了那麼多深淺美醜的文字敘述,也充其量是一個擁有類似故事的說書人罷了。因為在這些敘事中,即使多麼地去強調並刻畫留學路程中的心酸和孤獨,他們並沒有辦法真正感受那種從你第一次察覺自己慾望時,就得開始承受的對於未來的徬徨和不安。

你不用走得最快,慢慢走終會抵達

春天來了,英國的天氣也是萬能的。總能讓我們穿著羽絨服,戴著墨鏡。 也許壓力之下,需要的也只是一縷陽光,一朵鮮花,還有吃不完的美食。我們需要的都只是一點點緩慢的溫柔,善待自己。不說了,我餓了,宵夜文都不是什麼好東西,就不虐待我自己了。


 

我是聽周傑倫的歌長大的

這是一片無法用英文述說的心情。不只是字句行間的五味雜陳,還有我造詣不高的英文,所以只能依賴中文才能更貼切的描繪勘形。因為一直忙著備考,17日當天並沒有去看演唱會的興奮。直到往wembley去的路上,看著地鐵裡一波又一波的粉絲,慢慢的層層迭迭出快看見偶像的興奮。還有大家對上眼時的會心一笑,好像都訴說著各自的青春。就像這文章一開始說的,這演唱會給足了各種情感。有喜樂,有感觸,有欣慰,更多的大概是對時間的感慨吧。

---抒情曲的潸然淚下---

《稻香》

場內幾乎都是在這裡求學的留學生,這首歌直接獻給留學生,感覺不哭還對不起周董了。在英國留學進入第四年了。這首歌前奏出來,我腦裡浮現的竟然是這四年的跑馬燈。第一年不適應的壓抑,第二年跌跌撞撞的勇敢,第三年偽裝的堅強,第四年淡定的無所謂。很多人總看著留學生有去不完的旅行,欣賞不完的美景,每張放上社交網站的笑容璀璨如光。又有幾個可以真正了解,一切歸零的生活?

曾經在冷天裡迎風孤立,曾經在歧視中奮抗到底,曾經在病榻上滑下淚滴;千言萬語只能勸自己說這是獨立。是我選擇到異地求學,那我便必須承擔這個選擇帶來的一切的好與壞。報喜不報憂,何嘗不是多數留學生時常在做的事?六千英里外的哭訴,也不過徒惹父母擔憂。我們越是過得好,擔憂才能減少。

我不是天生就这么坚强,只是除了勇敢,我别无选择。

周董選了這首歌實在是點到心裡去的。既讓多數人感觸,輕快的旋律與不放棄生命的歌詞最終支撐著生活的無助。每每想家,稻香就會是救贖。

《安靜》

在考試前一天發生了一件事。給我的感覺是——這一天還是來了。因為這件事,情緒低落到一個不行。配上前一首的《稻香》,這首歌越聽越難受。讓我欣慰的,是朋友不發一語的摟肩,彷彿告訴著我“一切有她在”。

---感人的求婚---

有對情侶在一起八年了,喜歡周杰倫也很多年了。男生費盡心思引起周杰倫注意想要他見證求婚。求婚告白一陣混亂,濃濃的愛意卻在空中瀰漫。感情得來不易,經營更是不容易。那麼多人見證的求婚,相信是最好的回憶——那無所畏懼的勇氣。

---聽周杰倫長大的---

最近老是跟朋友提起,我們時代的偶像結婚的結婚了,有孩子的也有孩子了。我們也跟著老了。還記得那時候蹲在收音機前聽周杰倫的歌。尤其是星期五星期六的排行榜,前20裡,至少有三首是周董的歌。那時要跟著唱,還是得一字一句聽,一字一句寫下歌詞的。還有磁帶。看著附贈的歌詞,一遍又一遍地背周董專屬的rap。到現在,《夜曲》、《布拉格廣場》(雖然是蔡依林的,但 rap是周董啊!)、《以父之名》還有其他,不用看歌詞也是rap的出來的。 Y(^_^)Y  就用仿方文山的韻腳詩來結束這演唱會的心情分享吧~

仰望冷而霜 寂靜的月光
任它灑在臉龐 想像
蒲公英看我白髮蒼蒼  笑塵世紛攘
不壓制 對自由 細緻般的喜歡

世界上所有的事情與情感,可能會隨著時間轉淡,或者愈發深厚。而時光荏苒,只求初心不忘。

Relaxed and Nothing Less

You know what’s great about Guildford? Besides the fact that it’s a beautiful place to live in?

It’s great because it’s such a small town, and coming from a country that doesn’t know what sleep is (shops here close at 5pm; rasa nak gelak or nangis pun tak tau lah), I’ve learnt to appreciate the serenity.

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This week was a relaxing one for me. One that I haven’t had in a while. It was assignment-free, no travel plans, just me and a seemingly-empty campus. I think it’s important to have time for yourself especially in a place where everything you do depends entirely on yourself. If you don’t do the laundry, you’ll run out of clothes. If you don’t make the effort to cook or get a meal, you’ll starve. It kinda sounds a little extreme but there is truth to it. And I feel it’s important for me to experience that bitterness.

 

I’ve been spending a lot of time just walking around campus this week and it has made me realise that time is passing so quickly. I feel like it was just yesterday I arrived from Bangi with my whole life in a 30kg suitcase. It still baffles me that I actually made it to the UK. Gosh I’m sidetracking. Anyways.

 

Here’s what came to mind this week:

  1. I’m already in mid second semester and soon enough it’ll be the end of first year for me
  2. I spent wayy too much on Starbucks this week
  3. This place is starting to feel like home to me

 

On that third point, of course I miss home everyday but nowadays I find joy in a lot of the things here as well. People included. Like it doesn’t feel foreign anymore. I guess that feeling came with time but I don’t know how to elaborate it further. What I’m trying to say is, for those of you reading my posts I want you to know that home doesn’t have to be a place. It can be a feeling of growth, independence and being happy to acknowledge yourself for who you are.

 

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and I wish you happiness wherever you are <3

 

With love,

Iman

European Meetings & Events Conference 2017

Finally squeezing some time out to reflect my EMEC17 trip to Granada.

Last semester, events student were notified that there is a scholarship opportunity to attend a conference, which you can already see from the title, named European Meetings & Events Conference 2017. I took the chance to apply and was granted the scholarship. At the same time, becoming an MPI member too. Becoming an event association member is nothing better as you can access to more insights and resources faster than anyone else. Therefore I hereby recommend people to explore respective industry’s association.

Back to EMEC17. So glad that I have took Spanish class (It is a free course offered by University of Surrey, The Global Graduate Award. see details here), so I can actually converse a bit to the locals. But the funny thing is, I can only introduce myself in Spanish but nothing else. So when I spoke fluent introduction and they started to conversed in Spanish, gawdddd, I regretted. hahahahah!

I arrived in Granada one day prior to the event, thought I might be able to explore the city a bit, but well I was writing assessments in my own little room and only be able to go food hunting for dinner. As Spanish have their dinner late, I struggled a bit to find a restaurant until La Cuchara de Carmela. It is located by the riverside, excellent service and great food. I ordered Pulpo asado con mojo-picón y cremoso de patata, the roasted octopus, alongwith some rice. A dish of fried shrimp was served FREE too!

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And of course I will never forget dessert!

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Day 2. Future Leaders Forum

So the D2 began. I made a bunch of new friends from different countries, that all passionate about events. We learned from each other, as well as from guest speakers. One thing to highlight is that, we were told that, we aren’t no student, we are TRAINING IN PROFESSIONALS.

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Opening of EMEC17 was followed. Performance of Flamenco with smooth stage design as well as colour, great sensation! It was inspiring and somehow, motivating. After the general welcome, we were brought to a private tour around Alhambra. Alhambra, The Red One, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories. As it is protected, the site is very strict on timing and number of visitors. Therefore if you are planning to visit during summer, please book ticket in advance.

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By the way, there was a small funny incident that occurred. As we were assigned into different groups for private tour and being utterly impressed by the architecture and culture, my newly-made friend and I accidentally followed the wrong group. Then only realised when we need to take the coach back to welcome reception. Anyhow, we made it to the reception and had a wonderful evening at the reception! We even danced Flamenco on stage!

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The future leaders

Day 3

Second day of the conference depends on what workshops we select to join. Unavoidably, technology, neuroscience and sustainability again hit the conference. Not only event related issues, the conference did provide some soft skills workshop as well, which they invited David Beckett, pitch trainer to start a workshop. 20seconds pitch, achieve and strike your goals!

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Followed by another tour again! This time is around the city centre of Granada. Organiser arranged a Scavenger Hunt that let us explore the history and food and wine of the city by designing a competition. Weather was so perffffeeeccccttttt too!

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I counted, that we walked for almost 20K steps! Of course food is so much needed after this tour. Went to a local tapas shop and had like four plates! Including free food. This is because for every drink you ordered, one small free dish will be given. Even though I was so filled, I cant help but still hunted churros down. No spain trip is complete without churros!


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Wrapped up.
No regrets even though the journey home took almost 8 hours.
New friends, new lessons.

The one lesson impressed me the most is

“We aren’t just event planner, we are the engineer of trust.”

So recharged and ready to fight again for 2nd semester. Mucho gracias and adios Granada! #EMEC17

Events Management in Surrey

After every travel pieces I shared, finally I have a week to blog about normal uni life!

This time let me tell you the perks of being an event student in Surrey.
Firstly, you have loads of assessment. (Well, I know that should not count!) Haha!
What I meant is that we have loads of interesting coursework.
I ain’t particularly like to read and write, academically. I meant, I like reading, but not those thick textbook like the Sejarah or Bio in high school.

We have those interactive one.

  1. Analysis of business and cultural events
    This requires us to visit the biggest international exhibition for event organisers to supplier or anything event related. What is more important than that is, we get in for free! and we earn the travelcard for free too! which means, a free schooltrip! (typical poor student here)

    We met a lot of industry professionals, even some graduates as well. So much information going on that I was overwhelmed whilst amazed and impressed.

    See the photos below!

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    But, but but!!! the most important thing of course is MAKAN with friends!!!!
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  2.  Organising event
    Yes we are currently terribly busy. As we need to organise an event by the first week of May, what is worse is to compete among your friends and meeting all other deadlines. At some point, really wanna flip table already lolll. But just kidding. Flip table also cannot pass the module, so better keep the table calm ha!
    “la la land” is our team’s theme. but then we are struggling to make sure we don’t have copyrights issues with the name! Meanwhile you will need to get sponsors, then we struggle to initiate proposal and contracts. Then you will need to deal with those lightings and PA system too. So mannnnyyyyy thingsssss to deallllllllllll~~~~
    But I can assure, it will be all worth it at the end of the course!
    star-2-copyHere you go. This is the first draft of our event! And I can’t wait to dress up as Mia, and listen to Seb’s Jazz!!!
  3. Pen off. I better get ready for tomorrow’s agenda, which is an event conference in Granada, Spain. Yes, that is the 3rd perks in this semester.

Feel free to check out our event on facebook! (Getting my event exposed here, ha!) Nah, feel free to leave any comments if you have any enquiry about Event Management course. I will share my experience at my best! Till next time.

 

 

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