Hmmmm...I can't remember the last time Ayah didn't go to the hospital during weekends or public holidays. The only times he didn't go to review his patients, I think, were either when we were on vacation outside of KL or the country. Even then, he would be calling the wards to check on his patients. Either that, OR his MOs or lecturers or his nurses would be calling him for advice.
So, when he told me that he was not going to review his patients today, I was thinking, "Joy, joy...Happy, happy! Maybe we can spend more time as a family today? Maybe go for an outing somewhere?" But alas, the only reason why he's not going to the hospital today is because he's not feeling well. He has a temperature and an upset tummy. He even threw up early this morning. Poor thing. So, today, it's my job to review him instead. Hehehe! He must be feeling VERY sick, because as far as I could remember, even when he was sick before, he would still go to work!
Not only that, Hasya is also not feeling well. It's probably the same bug. But, so far, only her body is dedar, and she just feels generally unwell. No vomitting, no upset tummy, etc. I pray that both Ayah and daughter will be okay by the end of the day, insya Allah.
Hmmmm, talking about the sick duo of Ayah and Hasya, this was relayed to me by Ayah yesterday.
Ayah was driving both Hasya and Hilman back from their traditional dance class yesterday when Hasya suddenly said -
Hasya : I want to study at Oxford University after my SPM (Mind you, she's only going to be 10y.o. next month, okay?)
Ayah : Hmmmm, that's really good Hasya. What do you want to read there?
Hasya : Medicine. I want to be a Cardiologist, just like you.
Ayah : But, why Oxford? (Ayah was just trying to test her)
Hasya : Because it's one of the best universities. And I want to study in the UK. Not in the US. Errr, Ayah, why didn't you go to Oxford, Ayah? Was it because you were not good enough for Oxford? (HAHAHAHA! Trust our choleric Hasya to say that!)
Ayah : Hahaha! No, Hasya...I chose not to go to Oxford. But, I did apply to do medicine there, though.
Hasya : And?
Ayah : And I didn't get in.
Hasya : Why is that? You were not good enough la kan?!
Ayah : Hmmmm, maybe. Or maybe because I listed them as my FIFTH choice in my UCCA Form?
Those who are familiar with the tips on how to fill in the UCCA Form to get into British Universities years ago, would know the Golden Rules of -
(1) NOT listing BOTH Oxford AND Cambridge in your choices of Universities, as the one listed below the other would definitely give you a straight rejection, hence you would be wasting one precious offer for a placing at a university.
(2) And if you were to list down Oxford OR Cambridge, you MUST list them as your FIRST choice, nothing less, if not, you would again be wasting one precious offer for a placing at a university.
(3) Only then could you go on and list the other 4 Universities of your choice.
And Ayah broke Golden Rules #2 and #3.
He listed Oxford University as his fifth choice, below Newcastle, below Nottingham, below Liverpool and below Wales in his UCCA Form.
But, what happened was, Ayah was called for an interview by all 5 universities - which was quite rare for those applying to do Medicine back then.
And he got offers from 4 of the 5 - which was even rarer for Medical School applicants. Most applicants would probably get, at the most, 2 offers.
Who knows? MAYBE, just MAYBE - the only reason why he didn't get any offers from Oxford University was because they could not accept the fact that Ayah listed them as his fifth choice?
He was called and went for the interview at Oxford, but they never asked him why they were listed as his fifth choice. But, I'm sure they must be going crazy inside to ask him!
But, the interviewees from Wales U did ask him why, and Ayah told them -
"If they know they are the best university, it doesn't matter where I place them in my UCCA form, they would still be the best university..."
He's got a point there.
And I hope Hasya (and her Kak Long and Hilman, too) will not see their Ayah as an "Oxford reject" (Oooops! No offence meant, okay, Ayah!), but rather, Oxford University was in a way, "their Ayah's reject". Hehehe! (Chewaaah!! Buleh?!)
And I know, Ayah would never change a thing even if he could turn back time and have another chance to fill in his UCCA form again.
Because he always knew what he wanted, and his first choice - Newcastle Medical School, had given him just that, and has made him what he is today :)
Get Well Soon, my "Oxford Rejector" hubby, and my potential "Oxford Scholar" daughter (whom I hope would neither be an Oxford rejector nor rejectee...) Hehehe!