Thursday, October 30, 2008

skype me

skyped with mary today.
adoi, excitednye makcik tu.
first time la katakan.... she even blogged about it.

skype has really changed the world, eh?
i even skype with my parents now, and to see them jump up and down (like literally here, ok?) in excitement, tht's just priceless.

so add me if u wanna talk. my id is sumpit. im available almost 24/7 (mcm porn ad je ek? hehehe).

Sunday, October 26, 2008

nasi ayam

when i invite friends to come over to erlangen, they often ask me what's so special about it. Honestly, there's nothing much here, and it's also pretty tiny. Like for example, yesterday, i went grocery and window shopping, and i met a group of my classmates 3 times at different places so much so tht we stopped saying hi and just waved at each other, i also met the house/dorm keeper twice, once in downtown and another at the residential area, on my way back home (i'm calling this little room 'home'??). So there, cinonet betol! But it does have a new relatively big and modern shopping complex the size of maju junction, and many small ones, and oh, kaufland, and thank God, it's a hypermarket where i did my grocery shopping yesterday. One thing to keep in mind here, when u shop, bring yr own bag. u often get a plastic bag when u shop for clothes, shoes and the likes of it, but when it comes to groceries, if u want it, u need to buy it. murah la tp like less than 10 cents, tp hampeh, groceries la paling byk nak mengangkot, kasut pon kecik lg dari beras, roti, cheese, gula, nescafe, tomatoes etc.... tp nak buat camne, kena beli gak sbb nak makan nasi ayam kan.

other than tht, erlangen ada la jugak byk old castles, like the one below, tp sekarang dah jd bgn admin uni, tgh2 bandar tu. so shops and uni buldings intermingle kat sini, takde la cam uni yg gated gitu. tatau la camne diorg control students, tak control pon rasanya... pandai control diri sendiri la kot.


ni satu lg gambar kedai2, aduh, terambik la gambar pakcik makcik ni,
macam diorg model lak


dah blk dorm, nak masak, tp amik gambar lif dulu, sbb lif ni ada pintu


lif dah smpai, baru bole bukak pintu...

.... dan masuk bilik, ni la suasana yang menyambut kepulanganku

ni view dari tingkap lak, ada 2 view je, sbb bilik kurus sgt, nak decorate pon takde mood. Aku suka gak deco bersama eric, tp blk tak mengizinkan, nak dok 2 bulan je, buang karan je kalu over2. anyway, belakang katil tu- closet, belakang telekung tu-sink. beg itam edu UK kat sebelah bag besar tu la aku angkot rata2 bwk g shopping, hari ni dia jd laundry bag lak. Katil kemas semata2 nak amik gambar, hehehehe. bag mmg tak simpan sbb tak lama lg nak pindah lg. so biar kat situ.


nah, gambar closet pun aku bg, limited edition ni,
baju 2-3 kerat je, tu yg g shopping tu, hari2 pon opismate bole expect baju apa aku nak pakai sbb hari2 pon baju sama


ni sink pulak, toiletries ada lg dlm beg berlobang sangkot kat dinding,
senang nak angkot g bwk mandi


ni tingkap yg cool, bole bukak kot atas je, mcm kat kiri tu,
boleh bukak kot tepi mcm kat kanan. peraknya aku ni...hehehehe, first time tengok.

Itu sajalah bilik kecikku. Come dec, it'll be a different one, hopefully, it's bigger and better equipped. kat bawah, gambar yg M2M dok mintak, operasi melepas gian. Masak style desperado.
ni dapur make-shift. Ada dapur/tv kat common room, tp kalu masak,
rasa bersalah lak kalu tak share. so msk la kat bilik. bukan kedekut, tp mahal tu ayam seketul pon, camna la nak share :(
Aramak, dekatnya laundry detergent dgn dapur, harap2 tak terconfuse dgn garam.


mati2 aku ingat benda ijau tu timun, sekali potong, tatau la apekebendanya buah tu,
tak rasa timun langsung, rasa manis skit, ranggup, pastu warna kuning2,
nasib sedap, bole mkn dgn nasi.


boil ayam dulu, nak buat sup


ayam dah letak kicap, sesame oil n ready nak g bakar kat common room,
tp buat nasi dulu, goreng bawang dgn margarine,
actually, masak sume pon guna margerine, sbb minyak tak beli lg.


tadaaaaa, nasi dah siap. kat kiri tu serunding, dah nak abih dah.


tadaaaaa, nasi ayam, sambal guna sos beli april hari tu kat lombok,
nasib bole mkn lg.... sedap woooo. tp sebenarnya sebelum amik gambar ni dah mkn dah, hehehe. time dok tunggu ayam dlm oven, ada budak india ajak mkn masakan dia, nasi + kari kacang dal (tp tak lenyek) + yogurt, sedap! Tp since dah msk nasi ayam, terpaksa la mkn gak, tp takpe, nasi ayam sedap....hahahaha. sendiri masak, sendiri puji, gile tak malu. tp bile teringin tu, sume sedap, kalu buat kat malaysia hari tu, mesti ni tahap tgk pon tak lalu...


ni et yg puas hati dgn nasi ayam, tipu je. nasi mkn 2 mlm lepas.
ni baru amik sat2 ni, baru lepas mandi n tgh mkn roti je yang kat sebelah tu.
Tak penah2 aku mkn roti for bfast, sini hari2 pon mkn.... camna badan nak naik ni!

Friday, October 24, 2008

rempit

td ada class german, i already know most of things covered today. Thanks to Ms Yap kat UPM dulu, think she's a better instructor, suara sekali jerit, boleh dgr smpai FSKTM, pastu suruh kami ulang2 mcm budak tadika, tp mmg berkesan aaaaa, Ms. Rogers sini baik, very gentle, ye aaa, dia deal dgn budak phd mostly, tp kalau belasah garang je, lg senang blajar. Ms Yap dulu ntah2 master's pon tarak, tp garang je dgn aku, manjang je target aku dlm class, sambil randomly tanya budak lain, pastu wajib aaa tanya aku, siap tanya umur, dok kat mana, ada bf ke, adoi, buat malu je. bebudak asal ingat aku undergrad 3rd yr pun last2 tau aku berdekad2 tua. chitz. anyway, i owe the lady a huge danke schon, sbb garang2 dia la aku pandai skit, albeit ponteng tahap kelas tu mak bapak aku punya.

Anyway, nak cite kat class sini lak. First day masuk, sorg mamat from China terus dok kat sebelah, pastu tanya something and i went,
"what?", and he went,
"U're not chinese?"
Aduhhhhh, kulit relatively gelap (paling gelapla dalam research group aku) n mata bolat, dia bole ingat chinese. kalau 20 tahun dulu, mmg org tgk kulit aku, selalu confuse.... tp, well, kalu awek kat Chengdu, China bole tanya direction bus kat aku in Chinese (sbb nampak macam local kot, n confident semcam kot, action je beb), guess anything is possible la kot.

Ok, tukar topik, after 2 weeks, i called the embassy, ckp dah smpai. Aduh, friendlynye, terharu. Dia called me back right after i introduced myself. Kata kesian aku abih kredit. Siap insist nak ckp lorat kedah sbb detect aku org utara. lawak bunyi, tp layannnn. Pastu, aku tanya tlg cek kot ada org mlaysia kat erlangen. dia kata mcm takde, but i'm still hoping kalu tak pon, it'll be along the line of, "not tht i know of", tp sebenarnya ada. Macam perplexed pon ada gak ni. Switzerland yg sorg je g tahun ni pon ada malaysian, kat lugano lak tu, tak ke pelik nama lugano tu? ni erlangen yg dalam negeri bayern yg terkenal dgn bayern munich takkan takde kot....

oh, well. buat kawan baru je la jawabnya. and b4 i leave, nah gambar taken last sunday. Like many european countries, Sundays are dead over here, tp last sunday ada cam festival, shops were opened, there were music everywhere, horse-carts, flea-market (didnt buy nothing' there, tho, leceh, takot kena ketok, dah tak reti nak bargain dlm german), it was very lively so much so tht i missed the seminar by the distinguished Prof. Akyildiz (google je, sure dpt beribu results), master's dulu pon ada ref keje dia, cam tak caya je dia dtg, bukan senang nak dpt dia dtg. tp bukan senang gak nak tgk kedai bukak on sundays, so tak la rasa bersalah sgt....hihihi

kereta kuda pon kena ikot undang-undang jalan raya



banyak tak byk basikal?



ada live band, yg mamat asian kat tgh2 tu cute.

ni yang gambar2 kat bawah ni kat flohmarkt (flea-market la tu)



ni saja-saja amik, gambar umah2 kar erlangen

Saturday, October 18, 2008

finally..... no more dreaded bus rides

so today, finally, after a week of taking the dreaded bus rides, i said dreaded because,
1. i almost always got on the wrong bus, only to be told to get off it later (in a language i dont understand)
2. it's freaking expensive, like 1.5-2 euros for one way, so for a day, i need to spend at least 3 euros, provided that i only go to the uni, and nowhere else
3. takes too long to wait for the correct one to arrive, gosh, i hate waiting in the cold blistering cold
4. i'm out of reasons, i just want my own vehicle like everyone else around here

so today, i went to an auction and tadaaaaaaa....


my own bike, ahhhhhh.... and it's only 70 euro (don't convert to RM, please). It even has its own basket that the friendly auction guy told me to put my bag in when i went to pay for it, or at least that's what i think he said. I've always ridden one, from my old school days, to uni days, to .... uni days, again. Guess, I am born to ride a bike, huh?

great, now, i just need to learn the map, and learn it quick!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

surprise!!!!!!

so this morning, like early in the morning, i went to my supervisor's room, wanted to ask him about the direction of my study, and saw what looked like a cake/pie recipe on his table. Thought, hmmm, maybe tht's for his wife, whaddaya know? Manusia biasa rupanya, copy resepi dari internet, rasa cam lawak pun ada gak. So we talked a lil' bit and i went back to my room.

10.15am, isabel-my designated guide/the other phd student pompuan dlm group ni came to my room, ajak turun for coffee break-something tht everyone does everyday. And surprise surprise, she told me they'got a cake for me . Mak, terkejutnya. Now that explains the recipe on my sv's table.

Apparently, it's a tradition in the group that the b'day boy/girl brings a cake, but because i'm new, they baked one for me. Yes, they baked it themselves a day earlier and hid it until today, and by them, I mean, isabel, feng, toby (mamat ni la kawan sebilik, kira pengganti noris la) and my SV. Terharunya bila pikir diorg bawak bahan2 sume then masak kat pantry. Isabel la tekongnya with my SV being the tukang heboh. She said, it was done in like minutes with the help from the guys. Sungguh tak leh nak imagine mamat2 ni masak kek. I'm just so touched just thinking about it. Baru je 4 hari kat sini, diorg dah buat mcm2. And they're like, totally defies everything i read about the german people who r said to be cold and aloof and rigid and everything that they're not, as far as demeanor is concerned tht is, but like the way they work, adoooi, i'm suffering from inferiority complex oredi laaaa.....

oh, btw, did i mention, today is my birthday :D

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

lesson no 1

after 5 days here, ive accumulated quite a lot of garbage. so, i put them all in a nice plastic bag and tied it up nicely, walked up to the balcony and saw 5 bins and 2 big bags. Okay, opened one up, hmm, metal cans, and another, plastics, ok, and another, glass, and another, paper, and another, whatisthis? Looked at my plastic bag, dang!

Quickly, but quietly, ran back to my room, and this was how i ended up rummaging thru my garbage, and separating them, and being a Malaysian, the smell of the concoction of our refuse, adoiiiii, pening gak la...

so a word of advice, if u are here, think b4 u throw. i do now (how could i not, i learnt it the hard way, dang!!! yuck)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

pre-departure



thanks guys for coming, i didnt expect to see so many of u there. I'm so touched .


Well, anyway, it was a very smooth flight, especially the one from KL to Amsterdam, kudos to MAS pilots for that.

Anyway, i arrived in nuremberg safely, picked-up by my sv, baik betol mamat ni, friendly lak tu, tak macam german lain tepi jalan, siap print map, instruction etc, he got me the keys to my room, siap ajak aku join dia n the wife for dinner, tp terpaksa la tolak, sbb segan , tp aku sms kata penat, sms je sbb segan nak ckp depan2, biasa la org asia, memang berbudi bahasa.

so first thing i did sampai bilik, cari network point, kot2 bole access internet, ada pon, then g shopping skit2. kat map sv aku bg kata supermarket, tp adoiii, cinonetnya supermarketnya, mcm2 takde. kira ban soon pon lg best, cume kalu nak dibandingkan, ban soon tu semak tahap gaban aaaaa, tp macam2 ada (org serdang je kot yg tau ban soon ni).

but tht was yesterday, today, lepak bilik je la, kedai pon sume tutup hari ahad. rehat je la, sort out benda2 suma, esok, baru the real thing begins, sini mcm2 kena register, nak dok kat bandar ni pon kena register, tp between 8-12 noon je, so kena la bgn awal, adoiii, tak pandainya aku bgn pepagi ni, but i'll try.

nah, the view from room, n my room, ada sink sendiri, great enuf for me, mind the bed, okay, aku baru lepas bgn je ni, terus memblog, and the bag, aku malas nak pack, 2 bulan lg aku pindah masuk guest house yg ada toilet n kitchen sendiri....hehehe

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

c'ya later....

so, the moment has finally arrived, in just a few days, I'd be going off to germany. Adoi, cuaknya! Kalo sebelum ni, excited je bila nak g oversea, this time, I'm so nervous i feel like shitting in my pants, tp tak boleh pulak, nanti nak cuci kena main lap je, leceh tu. Cam ngada lak, time backpack bole pulak. Tapi kan tu kejap-kejap je, plus, bukan nak kena fikir simulation ke, stats ke, MAC add ke, main balun jalan je, pikir pun setakat common sense je, sapa pun bole buat, janji berani.

Talking about shitting in a pipeless toilet booth, haaaa!! just so you know, tu la one of my fears, apart from mana nak cari makanan halal, camne nak extend student visa, blanja cukup ke idak, boleh tak org sana faham cakap aku, jauh tak toilet dari bilik hostel aku (mana la tau kot2 nak kencing tgh malam), dan yang paling menakotkan sekali, mampu tak aku complete phd ni?

Soooo, do pray my success, okay?

Anyway, it's been quite a while since I last updated my blog. As my roommate once said, "bila happy, memang malas nak update blog, bila sedih-sedih, baru banyak idea." True.... kinda, because although, I wouldnt say that 2008 was entirely filled with joy and laughter, I did, however, do quite a number of things and go to a few places for the very first time in my life. Let's see, if i can recall them:

1. Made it to genting highlands
2. Went to surabaya, bali and lombok and jakarta
3. Made it to cameron highlands
4. Went to bangkok (eh, this was the second time, tp letak je la dalam list)
5. Made it to segamat (gosh, wan would be proud of his hometown being in the same list as bali)
6. Spent a fortune at 101hairsolutions - dont ask!
7. Had a supposedly housewarming party, which turned out to be a kenduri kesyukuran (niat je la tapi)
8. and couple of other things yang dah tak ingat sbb like noris said, "bila gembira, jadi malas nak blog." So pendek je listnya.

Well, that's it... for now. Think a cycle similar to 2004-2006 will start soon, and if it does, u can bet u'd be seeing more of me then. Till then, auf wiedersehen (refer to heidi klum in project runway for the correct pronunciation, this kaki-ponteng-kelas-jerman doesnt think she can help :-D)!