Wow! I first arrived in Miri on 27th November 2012 and on 27th September 2013, it was ELEVEN months already. Who knows, it has been ELEVEN months since I first landed in this Oil City of Miri. To be precise it has been ELEVEN MONTHS, 2 WEEKS AND 1 DAY I become a first year dental officer in Miri, Sarawak.
I always wanted to update my blog but I'm quite lazy nowadays, maybe because I already work and I don't do stuff like blogging anymore?? I don't know...I do have lots of time, lots of story to tell in this blog, but...I'm just not that determine like before. I gained some weight due to my laziness! Now I'm dying to lose all the weight....again. *sigh*
Okay, you must be wondering, why on earth I start to open this blog again and typing on my keyboard for this post (?) or maybe you're not....but who cares kan? It's my blog anyway...haha..Well, actually, I received an email from my former Prosthodontic lecturer who asked me about some of the pictures that I took around faculty back then when I was a student. I realized then, I have abandoned my blog, even my camera for quite some time. Well, not some time actually....long, long, loooooooonnnnngggggg time!! Now I realize why most people said, you will become this lazy person when you start working, how your weight gained drastically when u start working. you know why? Because you start feeling comfortable with yourself, no more homework, no more exams, no more requirement, earning quite high amount of salary, just sit doing your job...so, it creates a lazy person inside you.
Well, actually that's not the main point. The main point here is, how I survived for more than 11 months in this city. I remembered, when I first arrived in Miri, I felt my life was so difficult until one point, I want to quit my job and returned back to Penisular Malaysia, but I never cry though. I never cry I've been posted here. Now, I feel glad I'm here. I learnt a lot of things. Things that I would never learn if I was posted somewhere else in Penisular. I know it's kind of bias for me to say that because every person have different experience, I might say the same thing even if I was posted in other states in Penisular Malaysia. But, right now I think I just feel lucky to be posted here.
I traveled a lot! Although mostly only in Borneo, but that's the best experience, the most adventurous. I don't think I will take a flight to Sabah if I was posted in penisular. I don't think I will experience 10 hours journey by car from Miri to Sabah, I don't think I will go to Brunei by chance....In this 11 months, I have been to Sabah 3 times! (This 23rd going to be my fourth times already!), I went to Kuching, Lawas, Limbang, Brunei, Bintulu, Brunei and Johor! If I was in Penisular, I think if I want to travel to Sarawak, I'll just landed in Kuching. That's it, no adventure at all. I'm glad to have one of my best friend in Sabah and my twin who also loves to travel. At least I have somebody who share the same experience. I plan to climb the mount of Kinabalu but currently I still have no luck. In my list, I still have Tawau for another great experience for snorkeling and diving (but unfortunately, I can't dive..huhuh). Currently, the weather in Sabah not really promising for any snorkeling activity. I just hope that my next trip to Sabah in 2 weeks time, the weather is okay because we planned to go to The Tip of Borneo in Kudat.
I not only traveled as in vacation, but I do travel during my work. The interesting about Sarawak is that, every place is quite far and not all places have dental clinic. So, sometime we, dental officer have to travel to give treatment for this people who can't access to basic dental treatment in city. Because 1 place to other place is so far, sometime patients did came to our clinic in city, but they have to pay a lot just to seek for dental treatment. Some of the patient need to travel by hilux (because most of places do not have a nice, proper road), some need to take express (which is boat) just to go to nearby town. And the journey sometime takes 12 hours, and when they arrive at city area, they have to find a place to stay. So, that's why sometime we have to travel to these rural places just to give them some basic dental treatment, mostly extraction. So, I don't have a lot of experience in travelling cause, I only been to only 1 place which is in Niah. It's not that rural, but they do not have government dental clinic over there. So, last time when I was there, I did more than 50 teeth in just few hours. I don't know if I ever experience that if I was not posted here.
So, there you go. My life for these 11 months in Miri. Apa lagi eh menarik kat sini??? Ohh, yes...their culture, their language and their foods. As you all know, Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia and they have a lots of ethnic that some that you will not find in Penisular Malaysia. As a dental officer, we need to fill in our return (It's a piece of paper that consist of race, gender, age, treatment that we did, basically it's just a record of what we did to patient) for every dental treatment that we gave. So, it has this column for race. I bet if in Penisular, most of patient will fall in Malay, Chinese and Indian category, but here in Sarawak, you will find lots of ehtnic or race like Iban, Kenyah, Kayan, Bisaya, Penan, Lumbawang (Mesti korang tak penah dengar kan?? hahaha)....You name it! There's a lot of ethnic here, and what was prepared in the return still cannot fulfill the list of ethnic here in Sarawak. Some of the ethnic are listed in "Bumiputera Sarawak Lain" because, you can't list down all the ethnic in that one paper. Their ethnic is just one thing, their language is another thing. Most local Sarawak is Iban, so they have newspaper with Iban language. Malay here speaks "Bahasa Melayu Sarawak". So far, I can understand some of the words from this two language but still not have the courage to talk in that language. hahaha...So, every ethnic has their own language. So, let say your patient is Iban, and don't know or don't understand Malay (yes, we have that kind of patients, but mostly the older patient), you need a translator. If they come alone, then you need to find someone who can speak their own language. How interesting is that rite?
Basically, I can say my life is good. I still do not plan for transfer because I think I will lost a lot of things (one thing is my own salary). I know every place is different and I might have more interesting experience in any state in this country, but so far I think Borneo is awesome! I still want to use the time that I have to travel, experiencing things and learning about culture in this Borneo state. I was schedule for rural posting by mid November, but due to some problem, my posting was postponed until mid January. I just hope that I will get a good place because I still want to experience the adventure!
Until my next post (Tak tau la bila plak..hahah), adios!!