March 22-23, 2012: this is one of those dates that will remind me of moments I have spent and cherished. It was one of those momentous days that had been successful in bringing the beautiful minds of the world under one roof to share their work experiences and their intellectual pursuits. To clear any further delays and doubts, it was an international conference organized by our department (Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital) in Garden Cliff Resort and Spa, Pattaya, Thailand which is situated in the east coast of Gulf of Thailand, about 165 kilometers south west of Bangkok. The topic of conference was: “Oxidative stress in Cogenital and Acquired Hemolytic Anemia”.
The night before we left, I got sleep for just three-and-half hour, but the enthusiasm of leaving for the program in a group and attending the program was so high that I could barely sense that I was tried. We left at around 5:30 AM in the morning as we had to reach to our destination at around 8:30 AM or earlier so that we could take a sigh of relief after traveling in bus shaking-and-moving, and jerk our travel hangover off before entering into conference room with fresh face with twinkling eyes.
The conference room was commodious to accommodate even more than 200 people in one sitting with fantastic lightening system and a very high speed broadband internet – the only thing I care much after my study – it gives me a company when I often gets bored with monotonous things protracting for long time. The conference was even more exciting for me because though the whole conference was based on the hemolytic anemia, it did touched some parts on oxidative stress and diabetes (which is one part of my research I am currently involved in) in some parts – specially during the opening section of the conference.
Thank God!, unlike any other conference, seminars or meetings, this time I was not sleepy and luckily I was not dozing off like some looser in a corner of the conference room. The only reason was that I really enjoyed the talk and interesting cross-questions going on. I guess that what kept all faces revived and away from dozing off. Finally, the first day ended with a nice, perfect lunch and gala dinner with the panoramic view of the sea from the dinning hall – it was simply majestic.
When I was there, I felt as if I was enjoying only half or one-fourth of what other guys were enjoying (because of the pressure of my work which I carried along with me) with lunch and dinner and the moment that has blanketed the entire milieu accompanied with the delegated from the various parts of the world, but when I am here writing right now, I feel as if even I enjoyed more which means something to me, and that has left some kind of strong feeling that I won’t forget ever in my life.
The next morning came up as an ending day and we were supposed to pack up our things from those DELUX ROOM which we were granted one for each. We were supposed to leave on the second day soon after the ending of the conference – grabbing our bags right straight to our hospital bus, which was really saddening. We were treated as delegates and not as a student that what made it even more special for all of us. I am still thinking how much money our department had spent on that conference. It was simply awesome!
Thanks to Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, for making one of those momentous day in our life.
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