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♥ archleV3June 2005
* Wednesday, November 25, 2015 *
I have never been on a medical mission ~
Hence in Nov 2015, when the opportunity presented itself,
i went on my virgin medical mission ~
For the past 7 years, this Hainan Smiles operation has been on-going in
Cheng Mai County, in Hainan Province, China, to operate on patients
with cleft/craniofacial problems aiming to enrich the lives of them who may
otherwise faced social difficulties due to their physical handicap and
have been outcast from the society.
I didn’t know what to expect when i arrived ~
While i’ve travelled over some "still developing" countries, this would be
an entirely different experience. I was excited and nervous for what might
come and what the demands would be, both physically and maybe slight mentally ~
I was not really train in plastics (clef lip) before hence its was a challenged but luckily,
i have some background and roughly know the instruments since i do head & neck in GS too ~
Now is to learn the steps of the procedure. They are only doing 2-3 simple procedures
over in Hainan hospital hence its not difficult to learn up. But its really
physically tired when you need to scrub for a few cases back to back and
you are out there in the unlucky days of "the month" ~
It is true that i've heard many mention that you get so much more on a mission journey
like this, than you give. I gained a new purpose. I was blessed with
the chance, to be allowed into part of their lives to learn and share a moments of
experience with them of an entirely different culture than mine. I learn a lot in their hospital ~
We had so much fun,learn more about the needs of the local people and the communicate and
learning the language that i felt my mandarin really suck over in China, haha ~
Down in the ward, when looking at the faces of the kids that we had operate,
wishing that time would turn faster for them to heal and look pretty & hemsum ~
I wouldnt be there to see how this beautiful wound will turn out to be but i hope
the next time i go back, i will be able to see the pretty big smiles on their face!
I am truely grateful for all that I have received from this trip experience =)
It really put a Smile to my face!
* Wednesday, November 04, 2015 *
The Richmond Bridge is a historic bridge in Richmond, 25 km north
of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. It is the oldest bridge still in use in Australia.
It was built over Tasmania's Coal River from 1823 to 1825 and was used
for the moment of military police and convicts between Hobart & Port Arthur.
It is said to have been the site where a desperate convict committed suicide
and where, in another story, a cruel overseer was set upon by the convict
workers and thrown off the bridge.
Salamanca Place is one of Tasmania's best known landmarks
With dozens of restaurants and shops, Salamanca Square, nightlife, pubs, artists, galleries and craft shops to suit every budget plus the famous Salamanca Market every week !
But sadly we miss that particularly Saturday when it comes alive ~
Dating back to the mid-19th century, the splendid St. David's Cathedral
is the centre of Anglican religion in Hobart. With outstanding architecture,
a cavernous interior and regular services, other attractions at St. David's
include a small museum area and seasonal events of a religious theme ~
Ross Village Inn Bakery which bears a resemblance to the famous Japanese
Animation Kiki Delivery Service movie ~
The bakery itself bears a really uncanny similarity to the bakery in
Kiki's Delivery Service. The fact that you can see the oven cooking the bread
from the counter is a really important part of it.
Be nice to their Staff and ask to see the room of Kiki =)
* Sunday, November 01, 2015 *
So who dont like chocolates!
But again to my much disappointment ~
there was no tour around the Cadbury Chocolate Factory
except for some slides presentation which was totally not even
worth the 4bucks we paid for!
Decided not to be disappointment again!
We head up to the Mount Wellington ~
It is officially known as Kunanyi / Mount Wellington as a mountain
in the southeast coastal region of Tasmania, Australia.The mountain
is the summit of the Wellington Range on whose foothills
is built much of the city of Hobart.
The mountain rises to 1,269m (4,163 ft) above sea level ~
An enclosed lookout near the summit provides spectacular views of the
city below and to the east, the Derwent estuary, and also glimpses of
the World Heritage Area nearly 100 km west.
Finally had our dinner at a decent place beside the dock ~
Seafood it shall be =) Recommended to all!