Thursday, December 30, 2010


As a start,i think this is going to be a very dry topic.But for the sake of trying out this new application from my new Galaxy S,just bare with me. Another thing, apart from being dry i think this entry seems like showing off. ;-)

Anyway, most pharmacy department in government hospitals are actually working hard towards some sort of accreditation (persijilan).I don't know much about this but the aim is to provide best service to the patients. So,factors that lead to problems in giving out the best service shall be eliminated. For instance, the arrangement and storage of drugs should be systematic enough so that ANYBODY even in the first week of employment can easily find the correct drug at shortest time.This applies to other aspect as well such as filing of documents, storage of departments' key and etc.Dry isn't it?

Well,what happened in Hospital Serdang was, our big boss had arranged 2 days course for us.She actually called a trainer from one training company (i guess) to guide us with methods to achieve our aim.

Ok this trainer had introduced to us a term called budaya KAIZEN which means small improvement but its continous or in Malay, peningkatan walau sedikit tetapi berterusan. It is actually originated by the Japanese culture.Now it is a commercialized culture in Malaysia.Why? because apparently,this company is being paid to promote and inculcate the culture in most of the hospital in Malaysia.

The thing is...

I find that budaya KAiZEN sounds sooo familiar..

And i realised that it reminds me of

The concept of ISTIQAMAH in Islam

A concept that has been taught to us Muslims since childhood..but somehow i did not realise the value and rewards that can be obtained (money,profit,influences,........) until i learnt about budaya KAIZEN. A Japanese culture which is being promoted extensively even to non Japanese and most importantly being practised and uphold by the Japanese themselves!

i understand if you dont get me...i think i have difficulties in expressing my points clearly lately.

So why 5s...?

(Shifaa Sangat Suke Syok Sendiri) :-P

p/s : 5s is actually another Japanese method which i don't feel like explaining.Just google them out.
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Friday, August 13, 2010



I thought that i have so many exciting stories to share here, but after so many saved drafts, i end up not finishing any of them. Most of them are only halfway done. Yet, at home, i always have so many ideas to chat about; not necessarily about work, sometimes things that i listen from the radio, news, things that i see and observe, funny stories, current issues and other scoops that i find interesting. That is why i thought that i have so many things to blog out here.

Maybe this is because, i find it quite difficult to find suitable words, phrases, expressions to make sure that other people can grasp my point. Of course, it's easier for me to express the message face to face because, even if you can't find suitable words, you have expressions, tone and actions to help.

This brings me to ponder about Tazkirah (a short preach that serve as a reminder to the community). I am a dreadful person because, i am always reluctant to listen to Tazkirah .I even think that "nah, they are pretty much the same, basically you have to do good deeds and avoid doing bad stuff, most of the facts are no alien to me"


There are (but not many) number of persons whom i find that their tazkirah are quite interesting. Thinking about it i felt that the reason lies behind the elaboration of the already - known - points combined with accurate examples. These persons are able to find examples that revolves around me and other people and able to make me visualise, feel and appreciate the already - known points.

Which make me realise that, to be a preacher, you have to be observant of things around you, observant of human behavior and nature of life. Then you can explain your points by making examples using things around you. That explains why a speaker need to know their audience. Knowing the audience does not only mean knowing their occupation, level of education and monthly income, but also their lifestyle, and perceptions and even natural habit. Thus giving speech does not only mean delivering the points and facts but also being able to inspire and make make the audience appreciate those facts.

Now i know why i find it easier to tell stories to my family at home, because of course i know them very well!

These are obtainable skills whether in speaking or writing. So, nothing is impossible....

p/s: Initially, the title was supposed to be blank as i don't know what to write, but i'll change it to tazkirah...

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Finding passion

At first, i am not excited at all when i received the offer letter from Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam (SPA) appointing me as a pharmacist. I became super devastated when it was confirmed that we have to report for duty on 1 st July which's in a week time! At that time, i had nil preparation; the medical check ups, the 'akuan sumpah' and few boring stuff that needed to be done...

I was posted to HOSPITAL SERDANG.. (hope that's the best for me!). As an orientation, i was posted to a pharmacy department called Out Patient Department (OPD).

Well, if you or your family member never get sick, you may not know this.

When people go to the hospital and see the physician (as an outpatient), they will prescribe you with medications. Then, that is when you have to go to OPD Pharmacy to get your medication. Usually there'll be counters with pharmacist ready to dispense the medications to you.

BUT, what actually happen is there will be a team behind there to check the prescriptions (we call that screening), if there is anything wrong with the dose, drug, regimens..we shall clarify with the prescriber. When all is done, the prescription shall be verified and ready to be filled. That is when we shall prepare all the medication prescribed by the doctor, and there will be another staff to countercheck. This is to avoid wrong medication given. Then they will be sent to the counters, and 'ding dong' your number will appear, and the pharmacist shall dispense the medications to you. The process have to be done quickly and correctly so that, the patient does not have to wait too long for their meds. (This is SUPERSIMPLIFIED explaination on OPD Pharmacy)

That is basically what happen.

Remember when i said that i was not excited at all at first? I seek for motivation...

A very successful figure told me this

" Shifaa, just imagine the difference you can make in one's life if you do your job dedicatedly, the patient who receive the medication shall get better and become healthier and can continue their life happily"

This made me realise that everyone has to play their role. Imagine a mechanic who repair cars (an ambulance or a police car - to make it more dramatic) , obviously will make difference in one's life.

"Some people motivate themselves with holidays and vacation after hard work. Why not make your job as a vacation itself! Everyday you are excited to go to hospital and ease the burden of the patients, and make people happy. You'll enjoy your life"

Also, a very important person told me this

"It is all depends on your 'niat' (intention), don't aim for the money, or status, but search for the knowledge and experience, work with passion and you'll find happiness. Whatever obstacle you face (making mistakes, being scolded, etc etc), take it as a learning process. Everyday, you pray to ALLAH to protect you and ALLOW you to help other and make other people happy, because if you have sincere intention ALLAH will make things easy for you"

I'll try my best to keep that in mind.....

Knowing my own weaknesses, I purposely blog this out hoping that i will never forget.

So,whenever i am feeling low, i can read this and RECHARGE!

Friday, June 25, 2010

TransPeak Expedition with The Elites

Kids, when i was young and free of commitment like you, i enjoyed hiking so much (and still do). My first expedition to G7 mountains was in 2010 (go and google what G7 is). I managed to convince your Tok Abah to allow me to join aunt Jiji, aunt Mieda, uncle Don, Uncle Zac, Uncle Mad, Uncle Cagan and Uncle Jepah in the TransPeak Expedition...

(Uncle Zac named us as Team Elite)

(Aunt Jiji, Me, Aunt Mieda, Uncle Don, Uncle Zac, Uncle Jepah, Uncle Mad, Uncle Cagan)

Friday - 4th June 2010
[Bukit Jalil - Ipoh - Ulu Kinta]

All of us gathered at Bukit Jalil (it used to be a bus terminal) and repacked our haversack so that we could fit our ration which was A LOT! The fact that me, aunt Jiji and aunt Mieda were GRACEFUL LADIES (and still are), we had more essentials compared to the men like toiletries and more clothes were needed which reduces the space for ration. Still, I felt like carrying tons of bricks! But, the guys bags' - i couldn't even lift it! Our bus was scheduled at 6 pm to Ipoh, but was delayed until 6.30 pm which was a blessing in disguise because aunt Mieda got lost and reached Bukit Jalil at 6.30pm! So, we arrived at Ipoh around 10pm. We had our dinner and isya' prayer before heading to Ulu Kinta. We were lucky to be offered by Abg Rajes (the guide)'s relative to stay in their house for the night.

Packing up the ration

Saturday - 5th June 2010 - The hike begin
[Ulu Kinta Dam - Kem Seroja - Kem Kijang - Waterpoint]

After our subh prayers , breakfast and 'toilet businesses', we proceed to Ulu Kinta Dam by a pick up truck. Both the ride and the view were breathtaking! I'll describe it as a roller coaster ride with beautiful scenery. I can never forget the surrounding mountains and hills with mixture tones of blue and green color perfected with the view of splashing water from the dam. As we reached the starting point , we pulled up our socks high , sprayed SOME Bygon (it's a cockroach repellent,and we hoped that it worked for leech!), and with a prayer, we hit the track!

On the way to Kem Seroja, we had to cross few streams whereby we had to step from one rock to another (if you don't want to wet your socks), which i found quite difficult as they were quite slippery and i needed large extend of my leg to the next rock. Well, i ended up wetting my socks all the way! We reached Kem Seroja around 1.30 pm and had our lunch and zuhr prayer. At 2.30 we hit the road towards Kem Kijang. Along the way, we actually had 10 minutes rest after every 1 hour hike. We arrived Kem Kijang around 4.30 pm and decided to camp at the next checkpoint which was the last waterpoint before reaching the Korbu Peak. We made it to the last checkpoint around 6 pm. Since we were quite ahead of time (most hikers camp at Kem Seroja, and some at Kem Kijang), we aimed to complete the expedition earlier than the normal tentative.

Sunday - 6th June 2010 - The Summits [Waterpoint - Korbu Summit - Gayong Summit - Kem Cerek - Junction Peak]

Approximately, we started our hike towards the Korbu Summit on the 2nd day at 9.30 am. This time the trail was steep almost all the way up. At certain points we had to use rope to help us push our weight up. I guess it was pretty much the same as rock climbing. At this time we took 10 minutes rest after 2 hours of hike. There were also a lot of large logs that we had to cross and go through under. Luckily i was wearing my newly bought purple track bottom! On the way to Korbu Peak, we reached a 'pseudo' or false peak, but with majestic view of the lines of mountains surrounding us. We finally got to the Korbu Summit at 12.30 pm. Korbu Summit (7162ft) is the 2nd highest peak after Tahan Summit. After fueling up ourselves with our packed lunch, we were all ready to hit Gayong Peak.

Rock Climbing!!

Korbu Summit - Craziness

Though the 3 hours route to Gayong Peak (7129ft) was not steep all the way, but it was a mental challenge to us as there were numbers of false peaks. Whenever we felt that we almost reached the Gayong Peak, disappointment comes after that. Finally at 5.30, we reached Gayong Peak, i was terribly exhausted, i can barely stand even during photography session! We had our prayer and quickly head towards Kem Cerek. The guide targeted to camp at Lembah H2O so that we can complete the hike in 3 days 2 nights.

Gayong Summit - The one in 'rain coat' is Abg Rajes

Rewarding view from Gayong Peak

Kids, if you ask me, the most challenging part was from Gayong Summit to Junction Peak, as that was when i was at my lowest point ever. According to Abg Rajes, we need to hike across around 4 hills to reach the Junction Peak. However, after the sunset and it was dark, and after NUMBERS of hills and peaks, we still had not reach the Junction Peak! We had not taken our dinner yet, and it was already 10 pm, we were out of drinking water. I had one slice of bread to keep me going. The route was also terribly steep and was not within my reach. At one point, i actually had a fever rush and was quite nauseous. With limited drinking water i forced myself to swallow Panadol Actifast Tablet, so that i can keep going and maintain my pace. To make it worse, the wind was biting. We were too tired to hike, we were shivering so much to even stop for a rest (Kids, if we rest, it will be much more colder).I kept my silence as actually was on the verge of breaking into tears.

That is when i humbly appreciate the greatness of Allah The Almighty.We thought of breaking the record by doing it for only 3 days, but it's HE who decides how fast we can conquer The Almighty's majestic nature.

We finally reach the Junction Peak, and decided to camp there.

Junction Peak finally

Monday - 7th June 2010 - [Junction Peak - Lembah H2O - Kem Kuali]

With only slice of bread with no drinking water, we begin our hike as early as 8.30 am to Lembah H2O. We reached Lembah H2O around 1 pm and had lunch, prayers and toilet business. Then gearing up, we aim at reaching Kem Kasut before dark, but only managed to arrive at Kem Kuali and decided to pitch our flysheet there. The route to Kem Kuali involved a lot of crawling, bending, and 'root' climbing but the view was mesmerizing and motivating, we managed to see the sunset on the way to Kem Kuali. We also managed to appreciate the view of Ipoh town which was very beautiful. We could see twinkling lights surrounded by mountains. Personally, i was thrilled, and i believed same thing goes with my team mates.
Before reaching Kem Kuali - Subhanallah

We had maggi for dinner which i felt like eating the most delicious food ever as i was starving. That night did not went well as most of us couldn't really sleep because of the rain. Besides, the grounds was not even as there were many roots.

Tuesday - 8th June 2010 - The final Summit [Kem Kuali - Yong Belar Summit - Kem Kasut - Kem Tudung Periuk - Sg Besar - Brinchang]

Today, we were so energetic and all hyped up as we can't wait to end the expedition. We took less than 1 hour to reach Yong Belar Peak (7156ft) The trail was steep and involved few bending. All of us had the best time of our lives at the summit of Yong Belar.We managed to see the best view ever and we can see the Korbu peak, which is FAAAAAAAAAR from the Yong Belar peak.We couldn't believe ourselves that we actually went up and downs numbers of hills and mountains.

(Left)The small peak at the back on the left-Korbu Summit!
(Right) - Better view without us

One word, it was LEGEND....wait for it...DARY!

Then we headed to Kem Kasut, which was in 1 hour hike, and continued to Kem Tudung Periuk. This was when actually i could see arrays of mountains on the side. Me and aunt Jiji shouted our name out loud to hear the echo, and we did! We reached to Kem Tudung Periuk at 2.30 pm and refilled our drinking bottles, and headed to Sg Besar, with Marrybrown as our motivation. Around 4.30 pm it started to rain and we were quite demotivated at that point. But, there was no other choice than to continue towards Sg Besar. The trail most of the time were muddy and towards the end it was slippery. We reached Sg. Besar at 6pm and had our meal and prayer. Then we headed to Blue Valley from Sg Besar whereby the trail was PVC pipes! (Balancing skill and good shoe is needed here!)The trail was quite muddy and smelly. Then we finally reach the long stairs where a pick up truck was waiting for us.

Later, we headed to Brinchang. It was my first time riding a pick up truck on road! I felt like a labour worker just got back from work. It was kind of cool!

We had one day rounding around Brinchang and Tanah Rata, and later headed back to KL with the BEST FEELING EVER!!!!

Thanks to TEAM ELITE because, "it's not just about the journey, but it's the people you travel with!" :)

Team Elite - showing number of G7 conquered