Sunday, December 27, 2009

jakarta... again

indra and dd, tu kt belakang pelaminan diorag, sama je, lain skit sbb parents pun duduk skali, so ada byk la kerusi

so we went to indra's wedding.
That was the first indonesian wedding i've seen, and it was certainly very different to what i'm used to in malaysia (sah2 ler).

First off, not many chairs are provided. Basically, u eat standing up while mingling around. Second, the program was very well organized, mula2 buat ini, then itu, then itu- but then again, mamat host tu mmg nampak pro je, no wonder program jalan cantik. Third, the food was like in a hotel buffet. U got normal the normal fare, nasik, lauk etc, which also included rojak, and then u got the... kinda like a western food section, and a separate dessert section, this was definitely the highlight of the nite, well, for me at least- makan tak stop2, rojak tu plak sedap sgt2!

then, ada a few fun n games. we just took pictures, too shy to get involved. if i was alone, i probably would've, tp dah bwk member, tak nak la plak bg malu company.

then, kami chow. we left kinda early, 'cos we were afraid of not being able to catch a cab, plus, we were contemplating going to bandung the next day... tp tak p pun, penat, ngantuk, kopak, rupiah dah almost kering...


tu je kot, the best part of our jakarta trip. btw, mkn kat luar mahal, plus, foreigners sah2, kami asyik kena katok cukup2. kain2 kat tanah abg, byk, tp tgk penin, so x beli pun. mangga dua x rasa cam best pun, but then again, byk kedai tutup since it was xmas + weekend time.

Monday, December 07, 2009

hitchhike

so i sent my bike to indra's today. Balik menapak naik bus :(
2 bus lak tu! Hujan lak tu! Malam dah gelap lak tu!

Time nak ambil second bus, tgh jln towards the bus stop, ada mamat german dlm keta tanya jalan nak g erwin-rommel-str. Dgn tak malunya, aku ckp, aku confused nak explain jln, mmg betul pon, kalu dah naik basikal, automatic je tau mana nak belok2, tp nak explain, tak ingat lak. Tp aku mmg nak g situ pun, kalu bg aku hitchhike, bole aku bg clear direction.

So dia pon muka blur, kata ok. aku pon, fikir gak, mamat ni faham tak ckp aku ni, muka blur, tp kata ok. Blasah lah, aku terus masuk keta. Gaya cam nak merompak pon ada gak.

Tp aku tunjuk smpai betul2 depan blok yg dia cari (dia cari bgn 59, rumah aku 61). Dia thanked me, aku lg la, thank you - selamat tak yah tunggu lama2 dlm ujan malam2 kul 9 cam ni (bus stop tarak bumbung cuma sebatang kayu je, ok?).

tu je, sekian...

Sunday, December 06, 2009

mozart in nuernberg

the theater hall in fuerth is certainly prettier, but this one, i think is bigger. Aduh, kuruihnya aku, what happened eh?


Attended another show tonite. This time is a modern show about some ppl, and they all sing songs adapted from mozart's musical pieces. The story itself, well, kinda simple, funny at times. I didnt fully understand it, obviously, but thank goodness, they have the lyrics shown on the LED, so i kinda had an idea of wht it was all about.

But the most interesting thing about it must be the special effects. They has MANY setups, changed every few minutes, many different sets of clothings, ppl flying in helicopters, cable cars, diff backgrounds - the beach, sky mountains, a small village... many many many setups, and the singers all sing opera style. Interesting, considering that it's a modern story.

But despite it being interessant, i fell asleep several times. during the show. 2 cups of coffee today still didnt help. Too tired from the umzug (moving my stuff to indra's room). That's where my stuff are gonna be for a while, or at least until i get back... aaaaaaahhh, penatnya!

Monday, November 30, 2009

viva di sini

sungguh luar biasa phd viva process kat sini.
Today, last week was thomas's, i didnt attend it, and today it was karim's, i must attend it, plus, it was in english and karim helped me LOT with the accomodation, registration process etc even before i got here. So kami pon ramai2 g la bg moral support n nak tgk gak la kerja dia, walhal ramai dah tau sbb every year kena present kat chair.

kat chair kami, kalu ada thesis defense, pagi2 lg dah kecoh. aku yg dok kat dapur dgr la pongpang2, bunyi mcm org nak kenduri. Mmg nak kenduri pon sbb akak secretary n geng admin yg mostly ppuan (n ada gak sorg dr. laki ni yg sume benda pon dia involved aku x phm apsal) prepare mknan, beli bouquet of flowers, siap camera etc mcm kenduri sume. Pelik aku, kalu fail, apa la gamaknya nak jd dgn preparation yg extravagant tu?

anyway, as for the thesis defense, mula2 ada public presentation n Q&A dlm 45 mins, so kami pon attend la.
lepas tu, kami kena halau keluar, time tu yg paling menakutkan kot for him kena tanya psl kerja dia.
then dia pulak kena halau, examiners n SV discuss.
time tu kami dah kat bawah, lepak2 dgn dia sementara dia tunggu results.
Then dia kena panggil masuk, kami tunggu sambil rasa cuak.
Pastu dia kuar, muka toya, suma terdiam, risau.
Pastu mula sume org tanya, so camne, takot gak tgk gaya dia camtu.
Dia kata, everything's ok. Ramai tanya lg, nak confirm, dia pula kena comfort sume yg dia pass.
Eeesh mamat ni pon, buat la gaya2 yay ke, yabedabedoo ka, ni kuar cam xde pape berlaku je.

Lps SV n examiners kuar, then secretary bg bunga, snap2 gambar, then sume proceed ke meeting room.
Situ, makanan dah tersedia.
SV bg speech pasal karim, sambil akak admin decorate mortarboard karim. Comel betul.
Sbb keje dia psl sensor networks, ada la lekat miniature sensors, kerusi, muffins, apa lg tah atas menatang tu, lepas tu karim kena pakai atas kepala, pelik betol.
Then makan!
Since karim muslim, mknan hari ni best skit (for me la at least). Ada 2 jenis kus2, salad, olives, liver, cheese turkey, cili jeruk, salami (wajib) tp turkey- diorg kata halal suruh aku mkn, then roti2 turkey, muffin n donut kurus. minuman orange n lg satu ada alcohol (aku x try la) n plain water berkabonat. Aku melantak, tp mamat sebelah aku lg melantak, Dia kata nak try sume, bila lg kan nak mkn mknan pelik2 yg free?

Then sembang2 berjam2 smpai aku abih modal n skarang aku blk bilik memblog.
Aramak, nak terberak lak, ciao!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

malay + english + deutsch

hari ni discussion kejap td.
SV set hard deadline for keje yg aku nak plan nak abandon tu. Dia suruh siapkan juga, before aku blk cuti. next yr focusla betol2 kat uwsn tu. okla, so kami discuss jap. aku explain la the proposed solution. solution bang-ang je. tu xpe lagi.

what's really embarassing was the way i talked. ckp sangkut2, guna term sume salah. malu siout. tgh explain2 tu, aku ckp, 'sorry, english aku tunggung-langgang, weekend byk ckp melayu, tu la psl'. harap2 la dia paham...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bildungsstreik 2009 [educational strike 2009]

skarang ni tgh kecoh seluruh jerman sbb bebudak, cecikgu, mak bapak dll dok protest. beratus ribu org g demontration merata, bawa sepanduk, block jalan, and kat erlangen ni, kat audimax (hall uni terbesar), students dok ramai2 kat situ berhari2 smpai class pindah tmpt lain. most of the time, ada discussions, kekadang ada band main, kekadang sembang2 je, n dgr kata weekend ni pon sambung lg.

And indeed, this is a HUGE thing. what started out as a protest in austria against some changes in their educational system dah melarat n jd makin melampau kat germany.

masalah sebenarnya begini. but b4 tht kena paham dulu camne system kat sini.

Here, tarak BSc, MSc and Phd yg seketul2 yang clearly separated. Budak masuk uni, bole belajar up to 8 thn, keluar dpt Diplom yg setaraf MSc. AND masuk uni tarak fees, cume ada cam yuran admin yg dlm 50E camtu. Tapi class tak crowded la sbb diorg pilih class ikot suka hati anytime they want. Pastu attendance x wajib, janji exam amik (sini exam oral sioutss!!!). In effect, ramai bebudak keluar uni lambat, tp with a very strong foundation la, tp govt subsidize byk gilos la...

With a recent Bologna Declaration, EU nak standardize. Agaknye lepas ni cam UK, US etc. Byk la advantages sebenarnya:
1. Uni ada la income skit, bole bg scholarship kat those deserving (ala... uni yg dah adopt the chg pon charge 500E per sem, ada la yg chrge 1500E, uni mana tah, bukan sini la tp). And foreigners tak la lg mkn taxpayers' money byk sgt dah la lepas ni since diorg pon kena byr gak.
2. Students kena habiskan cepat, from 8 years of diplom, ke 3 thn dpt degree. nak smbung, kena ambik masters.
3. Akan attract foreign students, sbb standard sama can negara lain (aku dulu, master's thesis kena screen dulu b4 accepted for phd, fyi).
4. Maybe english pakai byk skit kot, dunno la, tp if yes, naik la skit position diorg kat ranking dunia thes/shangtao etc yg sgt biased tu. DAN ramai la skit foreigners dtg.

dan mcm2 lg...

Tp tu la, bebudak x puas hati. sbb kena keluar duit (diorg nak free utk MSc skali!) , n class crammed, n kurang flexibility nak pilih subject (sama la cam kita, kan?) n kiranya self-fulfilment kurang n creativity affected n maybe dah kurang masa nak travel2 n parti2 for up to 8 years gitu. Diorg kata uni nanti jd cam kilang. Betul gak. Kesian la jugak...

Tp i agree with their govt, diorg nak cepat2kan conversion process ni. Byk advantages sebenarnya. Uni yg dah convert pon kata students' quality sama je dgn yg dulu, none affected pon, tp maybe bebudak tu terpaksa study lebih la. but for the others yg kecoh2 ni, this means kurang time nak enjoy la kot.

Lg pulak, lepas ni maybe ramai la skit foreign students nak dtg. Kat sini, i see byk in-breeding, tp product diorg bagus byk, hence, diorg x peduli org lain. Ranking toksah cite la, mmg rendah, byk x masuk ranking pon. While kita tahu kenapa uni kita byk x masuk, diorg sini lain mcm skit.

i mean, tgk la france or germany or italy or Japan rata2 semua moden, train la, jentera la, kereta la, electronics la, compared to say... (english-speaking country yg aku penah smpai cuma UK je) so UK la (setakat yg aku nmpakla). Tp uni diorg byk x masuk dlm ranking langsung. i dunno about the other 3 aforementioned countries, tp jerman ni cam x peduli pon psl ranking. takde pon sungguh2 cari international students, heck, website pon byk x translate. publish dlm journal german, conference local pon byk yg bagus2, criteria penting THES, xde lak diorg nak ikot, camne ranking nak naik? pastu system diorg pelik, 8 tahun max dpt masters, camne nak compare? Dlm meeting, x penah mention pon psl ranking (aku wajib attend staff meeting, so i should know - phd students kira cam staff kat germany).

But make no mistake, edu system diorg mmg bagus, sekolah2 pon bagus, nak je aku hantar anak angkat aku blajar sini, bila dah angkat sorg. despite wht the ranking or our dean says, european uni mmg byk bagus n tough... huhuhu. tak percaya, robot pon bg nasihat jangan panik...

Sekian, entry paling panjang tahun ni!
Dan saya menjemput semua meramaikan warga malaysia di sini, phd still no fees, okay? Tp study bahasa german siap2, kalu x merana (like i am right now), mind you, meetings, presentations sume in german!

Update: website event (protest/demonstration) bebudak uni kami (siap ada website lg tu!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

differences

So I got to the office today, and roommie told me that I was to return a call to the lady working at my guesthouse, but he didn’t jot down the number. So I called around, got the number 85 29751, wrote it down, and before dialing, asked him if I should press all seven numbers, or ignore the first two as this is the uni’s internal number.

And he was like, “ignore the first two, just press 7 ... 1 5”, and I was like, “ok, ignore the first two?”
“Yeah, just dial 1 after 7… bla bla.”
And I was thinking, apa dia ngarut ni? So I asked, “But why, there’s no 1 after 7?”
He looked at my writing, and said that he couldn’t read it. Took another look at it, and asked, “Isn’t that a 7?” while pointing at my number 2. “And that a 1?” while pointing at my number 7.
And I was like What??? Then, aha, yes, now he got it! He said germans don’t write like me. Oh, why, of course! I forgot.

U see, their 1 is written with a short line at the top, much like our 7, and their 7 and z have a horizontal line in the middle, much like my 2, provided that its leg is elongated. No wonder he looked at my writing, was dumbfounded, and simply guessed wht those numbers were.

Sama-sama confused sebelum gelak terbahak2, jd lawak lak…


Aramak!
i was told tht there've been 2-3 h1n1 cases here in the IT department. those guys dont work in our building, they're from the OS dept at the computing center and some from the tennenlohe branch (some 3-5 km from here). Still, methink that's scary. I mean, sure, they're from different chairs, but surely some ppl in this building had come into contact with them somehow b4 they fell ill.

i gotta take some safety precautions, i will need to eat my fruits, wash my hands more frequently, not bite my nails, rub my eyes, pick my nose without washing my hands beforehand and not get pregnant, which obviously is not a problem. roommie thinks i'm paranoid, i dont care, am not taking any chances. I dont wanna get it here and worse, bring it home with me back to malaysia!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

theater at fuerth


so it was Don Quixote and it's a ballet performance by the russian ballet group. So no talking, just dancing, which was good. BUT, i couldnt understand the story line, so i just watched them dance.

outside the theater building

the waiting lounge

same place, but with everybody in the photo (with the exception of the cameraman, of course)

inside the hall, lawa siout, padahal fuerth ni bukan bandar sgt pon

But the good thing about trips organized by the international office is those who join the trip can or often can speak in english, so that's good for me :D

well, this is basically another entry to show tht i did do something other than going back and forth between the uni and my room.

Monday, October 26, 2009

miteinander leben n halal pizza

happening sungguh weekend ni. ptg sabtu smpai 1am, ada Die Lange Nacht (the long nite). event ni organized by pekan erlangen, fuerth n bandar nuernberg. byr 10Euro, hop naik bus yg pusing2 tiga2 pekan ni n berenti kat specific spots. Kat spot2 tu ada la cam presentations, masuk kilang ke, tgk jentera ke, masuk lab siemens ke etc, sume benda2 technical la. cool gak. Time nak g beli groceries, nmpak la org pkai smart2 naik bus. Selalu kat sini, sunyi je weekends, tp smlm mcm meriah aaa, my SV n roommie pon ada present project diorg. Anyway, i didnt go langsung pon, malas, xde geng (more like malas nak join geng) sbb mainly X FAHAM deutsch. Tp mamat spain kat chair g gak, sbb katanya ni jela time nak masuk siemens, betol gak, tp xpela, i'll pass...

Hari ni lak ada Miteinander Leben In Erlangen (Living with others in erlangen). ni syok, event sepanjang hari. Ni organized by the Rathaus (mcm majlis perbandaran gitu) kot, sponsored by Sparkasse Bank (bank diorg ni suka sponsor event2 camne). Best! I went very very late. Ada jualan mknan, show taekwondo, demo calligraphy, tarian bollywood, samba, betawi, jawa, merak (3-3 indonesians' tarian), apa lg tah nyanyian negara pelik2, sufi, african dance la, mcm2 aaaa. Rugi g lambat!

Yg tmpat expo, geng indo jual soto, sate, nasi campur apa tah lg, dah nak abih dah pon time tu. Yg siam, standard aaa, sure hap, dari jauh bau semcm, sampai2, 2-3 mat salleh tgh berurut, makanan ada gak, tp x paham dia tulih apa. mknan vietnam pon ada, koreans pon ada, turkish wajib!

Anyway, mknan x beli pape pon, tgk show je, enjoy je... walopon, kekadang rasa cam tgk show skolah menengah, especially bila CD terkeluar lagu lain, or ramai2 tetiba sorg tersilap step. yg bollywood tu punya la x bolly, pakai seluar panjang itam, ape kejadah, dlm ramai2 ada cina n omputih lak tu, apa ke bolly tu? tp xpe, janji enjoy...


gerai byk dah tutup, kt tingkat atas ramai lg, urut2, siam, indo sume kat atas, tp ramai sgt, segan nak snap diorg

ni time baru2 mula. punya laid-back suasana dia, nak bwk masuk mknan pon bole, bebudak suka hati je, baring2 atas stage

skali nari, mmg camera pon xleh kejar, mcm character baru dlm cite heroes je

ni tatau bangsa apa, nyanyi style menjerit, menari pegang2 tangan

ni geng samba, last performance, skali diorg kuar, goyang2 buntut, sume org lari g dok depan, aku pon join la skali. Aku tgk cam x structured langsung tarian ni, main taram goyang je, sekejap ramai2 goyang depan, then pusing, ramai2 goyang bontot, then tukar position, goyang je, janji goyang laju. Tp tu yg menarik perhatian tu!

diorg ni happening, pandai encourage org goyang skali, kat tepi tu org dah start bergoyang

pastu diorg turun n tarik org naik stage, teringin gak nak join, tp knapsack tatau mana nak letak. kalu ada geng tolong jaga, oraits gak. Org lain selamba je tinggal bag, tp dah org malaysian tu, kat mana2 pon malaysian la kan, aku takot bag kena kebas daaaa...

Uncle kat sebelah amik peluang amik gmbr depan muka. kalu dpt yg bontot pakai g-string hijau tu mesti dia lg happy

mcm celeb lak, sume org nak amik gmbr diorg. Aku pon nak gak, hehehe... yg hijau tu not only dia pakai g-string, mmg melimpah betol. Budak sweater pink tu, teringin gak nari samba gak kot, posing bagus je. Haaaa, yg baju itam nmpak perot tu la nari bollywood awal td, sungguh x bollywood, nak snap pon x teringin.


anyway, time blk, i stopped at pizza Amore yg skali dulu penah order delivery. I noticed time delivery tu diorg xde pork, so i was wondering halal ke kedai ni, so time kat kedai tu (more like counter take-away je), i asked the guy kat depan yg muka lain mcm tu, "Errrr, kanst du englisch sprechen?" (ko bole ckp english?), skali dia ckp, "of course" dgn accent British, amboih!

ni la pizza diorg yg order delivery tu, cheese mmg meleleh air liur tgk

So tanya lagi smbil tgk list menu, "Errr, u dont hv pizza with pork, do you?" - ni ayat pancing namanya. "No." Okay, tanya lagi, "Do you hv like... vegetarian pizza." Dia tunjuk satu ni, nama pizza apa tah, pastu tanya, "Are u a Muslim?" Tu la soalan yg aku dok tunggu, saja xnak la tanya terus2 kan, walopon aku budget dia pon muslim, so mula la sembang, dia cite punya panjang lebar. Dia pakistan, sume situ halal. Mmg sakit aaa sbb daging sume mahal, tp cust muslim byk dtg sbb diorg je yg kedai halal yg jual benda lain selain kebab. Ada pizza (36 jenis!!), italian food, mexican (sure x mexican), chinese (i wonder camne org pakistan masak chinese food, kena try ni), indian food (ni sah2 aaa diorg tau nak msk kan) dll, punya byk makanan cam garden restaurant kat malaysia je.

Pastu dia cerita dia from the UK (patut la accent semacam), dtg sini keje 4 tahun, skarang hari ke-6 kedai pizza tu dia own dgn member dia. Cam x percaya je dgr, budak lg tu. Dia kata dia buat graphic design b4 this, tp uncle dia ajak dtg sini keje dgn dia, so dia dtg sbb nak prove tht he can b independent gitu, tak nak keje kat kilang bapak dia kat UK. Respect gak dgr. Gaya budak ni pon educated je. Tp kedai tu pon x la mahal sgt, 22k share 2 org, oraits la yek?

So dia recommend Pizza Turkey, paling mahal dlm list, 6.5Euro, aku ok je la (walopon fikir dia ni nak kenakan aku ke?). Time byr, dia ckp 5Euro je, aiks? Eh, aku ckp, ni 6.50 kan? Dia kata 5Euro je for a nice lady apa tah lg ayat memuji2. Pandai betul buat biz, aku pon sambung aaa, "You're just saying tht to get me to come back, huh?". Laju je dia jawab, "Of course!" Pandai betol buat bisnes! So aku pon, "Okay, I will be back." Mmg sah2 la, nak g mkn mana lg pon, tmpt lain sume x halal (other than kebab ler). Happy betol jumpa kedai ni, dah la location dekat (for now la, lepas pindah ni jauh la skit), pizza dia pon sedap dan paling murah antara sume2 kedai yg aku dah chk kat erlangen ni. Mmg i will be back la nampaknya.

i forgot...

to wear a bra today. how weird was that? And i noticed it only during the group meeting. Patut la rasa airy lain macam... Nasib rumah dekat.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

relieved


so i got several good news today.
First, after berhempas pulas for several years now, Softi**er has given me a 30% raise. yabedabedoo!!!

Second, after berhempas pulas of make believe, I finally got the green light to go ahead with my underwater plan. Well, actually, last year, when I started looking for a topic, I suggested underwater sensor network to my SV. The result was, well, it wasnt too encouraging, granted, we dont hv the expertise, no equipment, no well-established simulator available, so with a heavy heart, I returned to the terrestrial domain. Tapi after attending that seminar last week, I just decided to go with my heart (macam poyo je). Mana tidaknye, si Akyildiznya dok kata buat la benda yg minat, so terus berkobar2. So tadi ptg gila, dah mlm actually, he came to my room for a short discussion. Discuss la skit the work that i've been doing ni. After we were done, I told him about the seminar, and i told him i really wanna go back into UWSN. Kempen serba sikit, then I offered to write a survey report on just the MACs (xde keje, g cari nahas), then I told him, kalu jumpa a clear direction after that (which i gotta make sure i do) bole tak if i stick with tht je, and abandon yg ini. Aku budget nak kena marah, instead dia tergelak pulak. Aku ckp la i'm aware references mungkin x byk, nak buat prototype dlm mimpi je, nak simulator, kena build simulator sendiri kot, tp minat betol ni (standard aku berkobar2 taik ayam la). Pastu dia pon like, 'betol ni minat sesgt?'. Aku angguk sakan2, then dia pon okla. Tp buat yg skarang ni in parallel, make sure ada working model, kira probability yg dia suruh tu, dah start from scratch benda baru ni, at least make sure la the past one year ada output. Aku ok saja walopon sebenarnya hati dah tak minat kat situ... tp apa-apa pon, yabebabedooooo!!!

Third, dia cite psl conference last week kat macau, psl humidity kat sana, aku cita lak psl malaysia, dia kata x penah smpai lg. aku kata kalu nak g sana, jemputla ke rumah... pastu dia excited nak tgk kat google map, so aku tunjukla, siap cite nak naik apa kalu dtg from kl dan cite2 lain yg tak penting sgt. Tp bile cite kat dia, mmg rasa phewwww... relieved tak terkata!

Friday, October 09, 2009

i got flowers today, syoknya!

so got a phone call today from our secretary, told me they got a flower delivery for me and asked if i was coming, and whether she should put it in a vase and add some water to it (punya la baik). Told her it's ok, i was coming anyway. then she asked if today was my birthday, blehhh, tak pon, i told her (my birthday is exactly next week, btw). the flowers are from Deutsche Post, a consolation for my not getting a parcel from malaysia (pandai gak diorg amik hati kan?)

So tht's wht happened. Apparently, this one guy i know from facebook wanted to surprise me with serunding and cookies for hari raya. so he searched the internet for my office address, and sent it on sept 1. On sept 4, the parcel arrived in frankfurt, then.... jeng jeng jeng, it disappeared.

I knew nothing about the parcel (obviously, dah surprise, kan?). but about three weeks after tht, he asked me about it, and i was, gilakaaa?, kenal pon idak, nak surprise surprise (sambil terharu n excited nak mkn serunding). So i started contacting DHL both via telephone (punya mahal rate, tah2 sama cam shipping cost!) and email (pos laju pon smpai sini pas kat dhl 'cos dhl is like pos malaysia here).

The Customer Service officer who handled my email was this michael mueller yg baik dan sangat sopan. We exchanged emails several times, and last monday, he called to say that they didnt manage to do the physical search for the parcel and the parcel had suddenly reappeared on the system, but it's already at the airport, ready to be transported back to malaysia. Dia apologize sume suruh si sender buat itu ini to claim for the shipping cost, kalu tak ckp kat dia, nanti dia bole bg on goodwillnye basis, maybe thru me or something, and i told him ok and i appreciated his effort anyhow. Then dia hantar email lg, and dlm email kata nak bg bunga, as a consolation for the disappointment x dpt cookies (hahaha, mcm2 budak2 je aku ckp kat dia aku tunggu cookies x sampai2)

Begitula ceritanya.... tunggu punya tunggu, 5 hari baru bunga sampai. Germans ni mmg camtu, buat keje relaks, tak terkejar2. as for bangsa2 luar ni, sabar je la...

kotak gila besar daripada kabinet (frischebox = fresh box). nak angkut balik dari opis punya payah, naik basikal lg tu, sume org pon ushar


bunga cinonet je, dia taknak kasi penyek tu, dah hantar from berlin yg gila jauh, takot jd pape la kot


siap ada riben dhl lg tu, warna pon kuning segeng dhl


angle tepi lak, this is where i put it. betul2 tgh rak. terus bilik nampak berseri. Too bad, 3 ketul yellow roses tak cukup nak buat bilik wangi laaa...


So tht's how i my flowers today. Deutsche Post pon Deutsche Post la. Bukan selalu dpt bunga pon, tiap kali dpt, mesti la nak amik gambar kan... hehehe (bunyi gile pathetic)


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

my first research-related post


i had a meeting with my SV yesterday.
So we discussed the sub-component of the scheme I proposed. It went alright laaa... tp he pointed out a big problem with the scheme that I overlooked, aduhhh, dok kami pikir2 kat setengah jam, last2 i said, "ok, back to the drawing board!" (meaning, i'll think of something and i'll let him know, tgk ok dak idea tu). Pastu aku cite gak problem2 yg aku x pasti camne nak solve, actually, ada la solution yg bole pakai yg aku simpan dlm poket, tp biasa la, takkan nak tunjuk sume, kot2 next meeting, aku xdak improvement, bole tunjuk solution ni. plus, aku rasa solution ni sgt bangang, so tunggu kasi cantek dulu. Tp when i told him about the problem, dia bg suggestion for the solution lak. Alaaa... dah kosong poket skarang.

Anyway, idea aku konon nak buat 2-hop broadcast, tp masalah yg aku teroverlook is kalu yg second hop tu sah2 collision tak ingat punya, sbb sume pon nak broadcast gak. Aku time pk idea tu terbayang mcm riak2 air gitu, tp x applicable lak kat network. So kena pk balik. Tp x bestnya, aku ni theoryyyy je, implementation langsung tarak yg jalan. Kalau analytical analysis ada pon ok lg, tu pon tarak. So discuss2 kat sejam lebih, kami sembang benda lain.

Dia ni baik, ckp pon baik2, nak kutuk pon cakap punya la berlapis sampai aku selalu x faham, kena suruh roommate translate. Anyway, dah tgk discussion went not too bad, aku mintak tolong isi progress report SLAB.

Dia tgk and said, 'oh, ni untuk tunjuk tht u've done something in the past one year, eh?' aku dgr, terus tergelak besaq 'cos we both know aku gerak lembap ya amat. Aku pon balas la, 'takyah excellent pon xpa, janji cukup dpt elaun pon dah ok." (jawab cam c$@%i, sbb aku sedar aku lembap sgt hahaha). Dia baca satu2, yg mana tak clear like required credit hours, courses etc aku tanya dia. Sampai part 'frequency of consultation', dia tanya aku, 'so, camne?'. Dia tanya lagi, 'ni yg dia cari aku ke aku cari dia?' Hmmmm... tu la masalahnya, dia ni selalu dtg bilik lepak2 dgn roommate aku, kekadang jumpa aku sekali, kekadang kejar aku, aku lak ada sesekali je cari dia, camne ni? Aku pon 'errr... seldom?' Dia tergelak, aku pon, 'suka hati la, ni kan SV punya section.' Aku pon sambung, 'Alaaa... ni formality, diorg nak gak tau apa cerita, nak make sure student tu is still alive.' Lg dia tergelak. Tp mmg betol pon kan, kekadang ada yg MIA pon. Kalu aku sponsor pon aku nak tau sume tu, xpela jalan slow awal2 ni, janji ultimately dpt PhD. Tp tu aaa, dalam aku merendah diri menghentam diri sendiri, dia ckp cam, 'takpe la, first year mmg selalu slow skit'... yela, i hope it's just the first year jela....

okla, skarang aku bersemangat skit, nak tingkatkan usaha, tp bg aku kasi siap membelog dulu :D

Friday, September 25, 2009

raya lagi



So I got bored, blog-hopped, saw some really mouth-watering dishes and figured, I want rendang and nasi kaler2 too. Hopped on my biked, got some briyani spices, made myself some raya dishes that I must say... wasnt too bad :D

So, there, I got me a rendang, like Nomee suggested, and tht colorful nasi dagang i saw at oyis' inspired me to make me some nasi ada kaler as well (no nasi dagang for me tho', heck, i dont even know how it tastes like)...

And I'm happy...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

kena marah - update

So kami kena marah hari tu, feeling bad, us, bebudak postgrad decided to make up to it. So one of us, mamat sorg ni g beli aaa hamper chocolate n a postcard, which kami sign ramai2. Hamper kiut je, mcm2 choc, rasanya dia beli pon pakai amik je, standard laki beli hadiah la. I saw one choc with a label 'china gunpowder', and when I asked wht it is, dia pon x sure, tp retorted tht maybe big boss can then use it to shoot us, eh eh buat lawak lak.

Anyway, dah ready, kami 9 org berkawadla g la bilik dia. Rasa lawak gile, x penah2 org buat. Ada staff ppuan sorg nampak, dia pon tgk kami pelik. Aku n isa (the other girl) pulak dok cuba tahan gelak, sbb mmg cheesy smcm pon ada gak. Smpai bilik, mamat yg beli hadiah tu la did all the talking, my roommie tukang pegang hadiah, kami semua berdiri tunjuk muka je. Boss rasanya was a bit surprised, but he seemed pleasantly surprised, so tht was nice :D

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya!!!

So I got confused, and celebrated eid a day earlier. I prepared some nice meals for myself on the eve of what i thought was raya, turned on justinTV and had a nice dinner...




The next morning, on Saturday, morning, went to my neighbor's house to ask about their plan on eid morning. They said they will hv to wait for tonite for the announcement, before they decide on anything. Eh, kejap, i know i fasted a day earlier (according to the german islamic council), technically, saturday was my raya, so logically, it should be confirmed tht sunday is raya in erlangen (erlangen is yet to obey the council's decision). So I checkd the internet, aramak, the council decides tht raya is also on sunday, which means tht those who go by the council have to fast for 30 days, which means saturday is still a fasting day, which means, although my neighbor knows that i fasted a day earlier, i must still not eat in public (even tho' i'm still 'bercuti'). tak paham? xpe.

anyway, she came to my room last nite and confirmed tht sunday is raya just like the rest of the world. nice! and we'd go to the arabische moschee at around 730 (punya la awal). There are 2 mosques here. One is the turkish mosque, the other for the arabs, or rather arab-speaking ppl dan lain-lain. They decided to go to tht one, 'cos it's multicultural, so more chances of meeting english speakers, and of course, arabic-speakers. There turkish one is bigger, 'cos there are many turks in germany (they were brought in as guest workers), but with only verses in Quran and the hadith being recited in Arabic, my neighbor feels this mosque would be a better place for us.

So all of us, segerombolan rode our bikes. The father, carrying 2 kids in the carriage tht's attached to the back of his bike. The other 2 kids, the mother and i rode our own bikes. When we got there, prayer had already started, and the room was super-packed. So I waited for the prayer to finish, and prayed on my own, and obliviously, missed the jemaah, but guess wht, got home, discovered, still 'bercuti'. hampeh!

anyway, the sermon was in arabic, i understood nothing. But after the sermon, there was a 'little' breakfast served in a form of a mix between normal mid-eastern food and german breakfast; pita bread, salami, 3 types cheese, 4 types of jams, honey and some beans gravy (a hit among the arabs and the one i didnt get to taste). They followed that up with some tea, then kuih2, cinnamon rolls, pastries etc tht's typical european, but this one, i like :D Even took some home, malu gak, but my neighbor insisted, said tht they might just throw it away.

first round of breakfast

tht's hanna with her 2 kids, the other 2 were with the father

hasni, the indonesian lady

Ok, the female jemaah. No malaysians, one indonesian, lucky me. why? 'cos this was also her first time at this mosque in her 23 years of living in germany. normally, she'd go to the one in nuremberg, it's bigger, even the students in erlangen prefer to go there. apa raaa... penuhkanlah masjid kat sini dulu.

Anyway, i met several other students, like 7 of them... hehehe, tak ramai. but at least, there are some. lepak2, sembang2, but u know wht, language is still a major barrier, susah to communicate still, so when like i got bored, i played with my neighbor's kids. tht's easier, they dont talk much, they seldom cry, they just play. Very well-behaved kids, the second one maybe a bit mischievous, but overall, still polite n prim n proper, much like their soft-spoken parents.

We were there for quite a while, left only at around 1130, and went to little pond with colorful carps right afterwards. The kids seemed to enjoy themselves tremendously playing with the fish. Tu la dia, life in erlangen, simple things. life here feels like the 60s. As one german lady at the mosque who decides to settle down in erlangen puts it, 'here, there's hardly any crime, it's an intellectual city (indeed, 1/3 of population works in siemen and another 1/3 are attached with the uni), a nice place to raise a family'. So if u come here looking for some action, u might not find any, but if u come looking for a good life... this place perfect.

Oh, the eid fest didnt end just at that. There's a gathering at around 3pm somewhere close to the mosque. Initially, thought of going, but being the anti-social tht i am, tired from the early morning 'cycling exercise', malas sbb ni sah blk lambat, AND the german lady ckp it's a family gathering (walopun dia suruh dtg, with or without family), tak reti nak mingle with my limited vocabulary, i decided malas nak g, nak update blog je.

But overall, i had a lovely time. I enjoy hanging out with hanna's family. She is super-nice, the husband is very polite and her kids are very well-behaved. Tp rasanya, kalu dah parents r both post-docs, and they grow up in erlangen, mmg camtu la jadinya........ how i wish...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

kena marah


so yesterday, we went to the hochseilgarten in ramsberg, and boy was it a lot of fun! biasanya, kalu satu dept punya activity, mmg la sume sponsored, tp sbb byk org, byk yg tua2, byk yg particular, last2 jd cam serious. Yg ni, my SV yg suggest, then dia suruh one of us organized, then kami g la.

Enjoyla. sbb kami dlm 11 org, plus wife dia. sume cam muda2 n adventurous. yg x adventurous pon ada gak, tp dlm takot2 tu belasah gak buat, so jd lawak. My SV lak sume nak try, ada yg satu ni, ada 3 tali, susun tunggang langgang, sorg pon x berani try, tp dia nak gak try. kami sume tgk je dari jauh. terkial2 dia, sedar2 dia dah bergulung2 dlm tali, and dia dok jerit mcm budak pompuan (ni direct trans, sbb my roommie ada threaten nak search for my blog), kami sume belasah gelak je la, nak tlg mmg x dpt.

happy faces b4 everything started


time sampai2, tgk garden ni cam kecik, and we were like, "this is it?" belum cube, belum tau, beb...

cine kat tgh2 tu la partner aku. yg dok pegang tali n renung tali gaya blur tu mmg time buat obstacles pon cam blur gak, tiap kali pon cam gabra jek. selalu kat opis, aku mmg x penah tegur, dia selalu act cam bagus, tp rupa2nya lawak gile mamat ni

why am i making tht face?

ni la yg aku climb, sebelah kiri, senang skit, tp aku dpt yg sebelah kanan, citz!

aik, apa la trainer ni amik bontot aku. yg kat kanan tu SV aku.

feng wanted to pose too, but he was occupied, so he only managed to smile

we agreed this was the easiest of them all

and THIS, my frens, is the hardest, yg ramai awal2 dah gave up. But a bunch of us found a trick to it, apa lg, through teamwork aaa. the first to get through mmg smpai terbaring2, tergulung2 aaaa dlm tali, but once they got across the ropes, they can help tighten the rope for the others to cross over. Tu aku nak cube lak. And mind u, org tolong pon still x senang, ok?

me looking like a monkey. the ropes are not leveled, susah tau! tgk mamat2 tu pegang dgn tgn, and yet, aku kena pijat dgn kaki. gilo ko apo?

phewwww....

i did this one twice, i remember my legs shaking both times, and at one time, I almost slipped. Good thing they didnt snap me while i was doing it.

ni aku merepel, my fav part, aku mmg suka pon repeling dari dulu lg

one of the many ways to land

yg ni yg aku x try sbb x sempat. aku tolong tarik je tali dia

and these are our audiences and at one time, there were more than 10 people watching our circus show

As for me, dengan bangganya, i tried almost everything yg kat atas tu, satu je tak buat, tu pon obstancle kat bawah, sbb time x cukup. mana taknya, partner aku, si feng ni, sume dia nak try, aku nak gak, tp cuak je. tp mamat ni buat something, dia dah lepas, from across the obstacle, he'd be going like, "eti, come on!", tercabar tu, so buat je la, walo pon kaki terketar2, mind you, kat bawah tarak net, ok? tp ada la tali ikat kat cable going above our heads, tp kalu dah kaki terslip, tergantung2 je la, sapa nak tolong, lg pulak, kena dgn gayatnya, aduh... nasib aku x gayat sgt. Tp time wall climbing, terketar2 gakla kaki, lenguh mengangkang n memanjat, ni jarak between ketul2an batu, jauh saiz kangkang mat salleh beb, tp berjaya gak aku akhirnya.

trainers kami pon best n cool, walopon aku kena sound 2-3 kali sbb tak ikot arahan. last2, siap ada sesi muhasabah diri la ala2nya. aku muhasabah paling pendek smpai sume org dok tgk aku angguk2 expecting me to say more, tp aku stop camtu je. sbbnye aku pon tatau apa nak kena buat sebenarnya sbb sume ckp german, aku yg first ckp english, so belasah je la ckp walo sebenarnya aku ckp tu x make sense pon... hehehe

after penat memanjat, we were like, 'what now?', dah pkul 3, takkan blik opis kot, jom g mkn! So reramai 2 keta, g late lunch. late betol, smpai chef kena bukak balik kitchen sbb kami reramai nak mkn... oh, btw, aku excused from fasting, ok? jgn ingat aku suka2 x posa.

so, we had fun, but tht was yesterday....

bgn pagi, sakit badan. ok lagi. g opis, atas meja, ada surat from big boss. apa ni? tak penah2... surat tu lebih kurang kata mcm, next time, nak g memana, minta cuti dulu, tunggu approved, kalu x pon, inform secretary. nanti insurance x cover yada yada yada, pastu kena sign. Uits, apa ni? Chk email. Ada surat dari secretary, mentioning the same thing, tp gaya sgt marah, kata dia dah penat nak sound psl ni, paling kurang, kalu g memana, ckp or email ka, kot mati ka, dia tatau jd kat mana or something like tht la, yikes!

roommate aku blik lunch, aku tanya, apehal ni? Dia kata, big boss marah sbb reramai hilang smlm. Lg best, dia tatau langsung pon ada group activity camni. Dia ingatkan official sbb ramai sgt - almost 70% dari yg keja smlm, rupa2 tidak, lg best, ramai x apply cuti, terus hilang je (aku la antaranya), lg BEST, smlm birthday dia... aku dgr, sedih betol :( mesti dia bwk mknan nak celebrate, tp xde org (sini kalu birthday, birthday boy/girl kena bawak kek or something).

So, aku tanya roommie apa nak buat. Dia kata pg td, dia n 3-4 org dah g jumpa bos. Mmg muka dia nmpak marah, tp lepas diorg minta maaf kaw2nye, dia cool down, cuma dia ckp dia disappointed with us... Tp tu aaa, aku dtg lewat, x dpt joing diorg, so tunggu feng smpai. Dia smpai trus tuju bilik kami (dpt surat gak la tu). So aku ajak g minta maaf kat bos. Kami dgn cuaknya, g sama2. Tp nasib dia dah cool down, tp anyway, aku rasa dia ok kot with us sbb kami case lain skit, we're not employed, so x la masalah sgt. anyway, kami apologize n aku wish dia happy belated birthday, trus dia senyum... phewwww... as for the others, dah dpt surat, dpt lak email, kena explain kenapa buat camtu n apa lg ntah, nasib aku x kena, tp feng kena lak, tu aku pelik skit... anyway, kami pakat nak beli hadiah birthday ramai2... hopefully sejuk skit la hati dia lepas ni.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

buka posa paling memuaskan!

so i visited noris' blog last nite, saw the ikan bakar, i drooled. Today, i couldnt concentrate the whole day, dok pk ikan bakar je. So as usual, i left the office early, went to buy some cili padi n hunt for some fish. Mula2 nak beli fillet je seperti biasa, but somehow I felt a lil bit adventurous, i bought ikan tak fillet.

Nak cerita sikit pasal germans. Diorg x mkn sgt seafood, mana taknya, laut jauh, tu pon kat utara sana. Sini rata2 wurst, apa itu wurst. ini wurst, sausage la tu. Ada beribu jenis (no kidding)! Ada inti campur beef, babi, liver, veal, onion, paprika, blood, ada yg color putih, ada bentuk dehydrated, in short, suma pon aku x leh mkn, kecuali yg jual kat kedai turkey/arab yg rasa dah x ori, tp masih bole tahan sedap.

anyway, i got my fish, frozen (of course!), 5,99 sekilo (bole laaa). ada 5 ekor yg siap disiang n individually wrapped mcm pad brand mahal, kulit tarak sisik, tp berlendir x ingat, nama dia regenbogen forellen. tatau la ikan jenis apa tu, tp regen tu maksudnya hujan. Paling best kat pack dia, ada siap tunjuk cara nak buang tulang (kan dah ckp org sini x pandai mkn ikan), which is just perfect la for me.

All these years of mkn ikan pari je mmg skill mkn ikan ada tulang aku kureng. So tgk instruction mcm senang, tp hampeh, ada gak yg kecik2 tulang kat insang dia x warning, or aku yg tak phm. So half an hour to berbuka, mmg pong pang2 la dapur kecik aku tu mcm ada org bergaduh.

Mmg abis terlambat skit for berbuka, but the outcome...

Diserikan dgn pak choy yg hampeh mahal, tp terpaksa gak beli sbb dah rindu sgt, n ikan berkuah cicah kicap kipas udang yg sukatannya mmg cukup2 je (ni stok smpai december ni), i gotta say, for the first time since we started fasting, i felt puas hati! :D

update: i'm the type yg kalu sekali mkn, suka, nak lagi dan lagi. so second round... on friday lak.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

ebay again

So i've been to known as an ebay addict.
And today's delivery is the biggest one yet (not in value and minus the bed, but then again, that was from lelong).

I'm so hepppiii...

american tourister ni bawah samsonite, so i hope the quality is just as good


ada zip utk tambah kegemukan beg


interior

sukanya ada kunci, takyah bawak padlock dah


and wht i love about it most is the fact tht it has 4 wheels, senang bawak pusing2

Tapi since lambat lg nak pindah, lambah lg aaa nak test power. Just hope it can survive the my pindah-randah in jerman ni.