Wednesday, February 29, 2012

All the first-s.

For the past few days since I embarked my journey to the west, I have experienced so many first-s.

First time stepping in Dubai. the land of oil
First time knowing that we can actually get a free meal from the airport if your transit is more than 4 hours. only one set meal from McD. First time having a German family. :) they are very lovely.
First time riding a classic bicycle. with reverse brakes on the pedal.
First time opening my OWN bank account. I own a Commerzbank account! First time attending German school. It's so different from our schools in Malaysia. Now I feel like schools in Malaysia is like what Alicia says. JAIL. Their school is in the middle of the town and without fences and all.
First time riding 5KM to school on bicycle. If only you ride it then you'll know how tiring it is for a person who NEVER get to cycle in Malaysia. One thing I'm proud of myself is that I did not stop. :D 
First time cycling straight into a wall. I was like WAAAAAAAA~ *crash*   I know I need a bit more time to get used to this Classy bike of mine. Don't laugh, I'll get it right soon enough. You just wait! 
First time making German friends in school.  They younger ones are so much more fun and friendly as I got to join Alicia's class for two period today. They taught me how to pronounce the German Alphabets. Mannn, it's hard. 
First time playing HOCKEY! I got to play hockey game with mama and Alicia during their training and made a few goals, yo! But now my back hurts, haha. 
First time nearly going out of breathe after running. Do you know that it is much harder to breathe in cold weather after doing vigorous sports?

Now, it's only the very beginning and I still have so many more first time-s I look forward to like
Swimming with Alicia tomorrow. 
Cycling to school without feeling tired.
Watching a play at the theater.
Actually making a conversation in German with my new friends.
Watching Final Destination 5 in a cellar turned into a mini cinema. 
Completing 80KM bike ride with papa and Alicia.

Till the next time, Tschuss! (;

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm finally here!

Hi guysss! I have arrived safely in Germany!

14 hours of flight and 5 hours of transit wait in Dubai was very long and tiring. But apart from that, the flight was alright, nothing special. At first, I thought that we would be busy chatting away but it turned out to be a quiet journey because, if we all talked, it would be abit too noisy and since we were seated in a row, it was quite difficult to talk to each other.

Cut my hair! :P

Elil, Emy and I

Chloe, Lee Chen, Karyee and YingJee!



Free meal from Dubai Airport!

Arrived safely in Dubai Airport!

Finally arrived at Frankfurt airport!
Anyway, we arrived at Frankfurt Airport around 7.30 in the morning and Tung's parents were there to greet him! The rest seven of us,  had to wait for our train at the AFS gathering place at the airport. Soon enough, students from other countries started coming to the gathering place; Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Australia and few more others I think.

As I sat there waiting for my turn to leave for my train which is at 3pm it's a really long wait ok, I was so silent, couldn't pick up the courage to talk to the rest cause they had trouble speaking in English. hah, it was then that I realized how important language is to communicate. Without a commonly shared language, it's like talking to someone but nothing goes through because they don't understand each other.

Gathering place with the exchange students from Thailand.
Enjoying our YUMMY Muffin!

Huge yellow banana!
The group from Argentina. I have no idea what they are saying. =/

The four remaining ones that have yet to meet their host family.

We were all feeling so dirty after not showering for almost a day and a half, we couldn't wait to just reach home and take a nice warm bath.

Anyway, so I'm now with my host family and I finally finished transferring all my stuff into my cupboard.
It's 7pm here and it's already dark. I'm feeling tired too from the jetlag.

I have one more thing to say before I go,
Communicating with my host family is so not as easy as I thought. Only my mama host mom speaks fairly good english, papa host dad and Alicia host sister doesn't speak much english. So yeah, I hope I learn my German soon!

The only word I understood during my whole bike trip with papa and Alicia was,
Alicia: papa, .... schnell.. something about, papa you're going to fast?
because I was cycling behind them. hehe.

They got me a bicycle, it's a bit of a classic one and the back brake is not on the handle so it's something that I have to learn to get used to. :)

Ok, I better go, will update more when I get the chance. (;

Tschuss~ bye.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

This baby is unwell

This poor girl is having joint problem; her patella(knee cap) is not in place.

Why does this have to happen only a few days before I leave?? I hope that she will be alright under mummy and daddy's care.

Just took her out for her morning walk and I noticed that she's limping even though she tries not to make it obvious. She is such a persistent girl just like her owner here. :P. Despite her hind legs giving her trouble when she walks, she still insist that she on walking by talking her the long route to go home. I don't hear grumbles and complains from her too, only slight squeek when she has to jump up into her cage.

And when we think that she eats everything in the world including curry powder, she actually doesn't. She just won't swallow the medicine that she has to take! I tried putting the medicine(powder form) on her favourite fruit-papaya but when she licked it and tasted the medicine, she started shaking her head, splitting it out with her saliva. I wonder why won't she just eat the medicine and her pain will go away.

What a stubborn girl she is.

"Don't disturb me, my hind legs hurt so badly that I just wish I don't have to get up."

Pain, pain, please go away.

Please get well soon, darling. We are not used to seeing you this inactive like that and it's painful to see you in so much pain.

I'm gonna miss you so much.  :`( See you in a year okie, be a good girl.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

They will surely be missed

It's less than 4 daysss!! Less than four days before I depart from the country that I have lived in for the past 17 years to take on a challenging intercultural exchange all by myself!

The one year program didn't at all sound scary to me at first but now that I realize what I will be apart from for one whole year, I'm starting to get worried if I will get homesick. No matter how homesick I get, I vow not to declare Early Return(ER), I shall complete my year program and return safely in year 2013.

So, here's what I'm going to miss:

T. H. E. M., them!

The most important people in my life. <3

Their three kids won't be by their side soon, it is sad to say goodbye but it reaches a time where they are let to spread their wings out to fly. Both my parents who have been overseas to study and work know that it's never stopping their children from going abroad to learn and explore.

One in Dubai, another in the UKs and now the youngest leaving for Germany.  It's soon going to be how it used to be back to the days when there was only the two of them.

I'm so gonna miss you mummy and daddy and da ger and er ger! <3 It's my turn to flyyyyyyyy!

Thank you so much for being such a big support to me! :'(

The most important dog in my life. Starlie <3
I still remember the time I cried when another family wanted to take you away from me after a few weeks of babysitting you. In the end, you stay with us until today. She's the naughtiest and the cutest dog I have ever known.

See that tear mark below her eyes, she only started having it a few months back. I guess she figured out that I will be leaving her soon. ><

Hope that my parents will be able to handle her. Do take care of mummy & daddy for me okie! <3
They light up my life. (:

The Girls!


Sisters from another parents. Alicia my BBBBBBBF.
What a coincidence that my host sister has the same name as my BBBBBBBF. =D

Childhood mates. <3

High school classmates for life.
I thank them so much for organizing a farewell party for me. It was great meeting them before I leave for a year. <3 Gonna miss you guys!

When I return and start studying, I'll be one year behind all of them. but you guys won't ditch me one larh horrrrr?  See you guys soon aite! (;

This crazy bunch too! :D

Things I'm looking forward to:

Meeting THEM! 

Host Mommy-Cornelia. Host Sista-Alicia. Host Daddy-Horst.

'Host Parrot'-Lora!  I'm gonna have a talking pet!

I'm so so so so excited! Can't wait for Friday! =D

Oh, the groups going to Argentina and Switzerland are leaving this week too! You guys have a safe flight, take care and see you in a year's time! Bon voyage!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Be Prepared.

Here's the post I promised.

This is just my rough pack, there are loads more stuff that I need to fit into my luggage. Seriously, I have no idea how I'm gonna fit them.

Most of my clothes are in there.

What's still not in are my souvenirs, food stuff (curry paste, rendang paste) and some things here and there.

That's my eyewear.

Look! I even chose my outfit I was going to wear when I fly!

There's a few more books I'm thinking of taking with me, but I think I'm overweight.

Socks to last me a week. :D

Just some hair accessories and earrings.

So, these are the things that I should be bringing. Actually, fitting them in is not that of a trouble, it's the weight limit instead. Too little! I'm gonna have to figure a way to carry all my stuff to Germany. I sense big trouble. haha.

Ok, so, since I did some cooking today, I thought I'd show you some pictures too!

"Chai Pao"/ Vegetable Pao made by me!

It doesn't look as nice as the ones my auntie makes but then it taste just as good. Still need some practice on wrapping the pao though, the second batch of pao turned out not so pretty looking (from what my mom described them as, laughing to each other).

 I also learnt how to cook Chicken Rice from my bestie's mom today! From what I learnt today, it's actually not that hard to make Chicken rice. In fact, homemade recipe taste just as good as the ones the sells outside.

The rice of the Chicken Rice.

What's Chicken Rice without the chilli sauce?

Chicken sauce.

Boiling the chicken.

Hope you had a great day!(;

9 more days till take off!
I better start being prepared.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Picnic with the AFSers

I got an invitation a week back to join the rest of the AFSers for a picnic at Sentul Park on the 11th of Feb(Saturday). I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to get to know some other AFSers as they were mostly returnees.

On the morning of that day(which is last Saturday), I was actually still unsure how I would be getting there. My mom asked me if I was sure I wanted to go as on that very morning, I only knew Mariani from my batch who is not officially a returnee like me and a two other returnee who facilitated our orientation camp who were going. I was clueless who else I would meet. I told myself that I wasn't going to back out now so since my parents were also suppose to attend a talk at the Oriental Hotel next to KLCC, I decided to catch a ride to KL with them and then catch a train from KLCC to KL central to switch train to KTM to reach to Sentul Station.

Everything went as planned and I arrived in KLCC around 1. I had 2 hours to kill so I went to HTC to check out the price of the phones and that only made me walk all over KLCC to find the shop. After that I went to do what girls do best; SHOPPING!

I was lucky that I was just on time to catch the train to KL central and when also when I needed to hop on the KTM to Sentul. Phew!!

I while after I arrived at Sentul Station, I heard a shout from behind and I turned and saw a group of people around my age. One of the guy asked me if I was going to the picnic and so we went searching how to get to the park together. We introduced ourselves and I found out that there were four Germans in that group and the other two were AFS returnee from Germany too! What a coincidence! We chatted away while we walk to the park. I really thought that I was really lucky I got to meet them!

It was a very nice picnic as many of the AFSers got to meet up after many years. Listening to them share abit of their experience just give me so much confidence that I will be looking for an amazing year ahead of me. It really does.

Here's a few thing the Germans shared with me about their country
1. Germans are very friendly people but they don't just go up to you and talk to you, you have to make the first effort to talk to them.
2. There's so much to see in Germany, the scenery, the technology, the cars, the people, the culture! Oh, I'm so excited!
3. One of them told me the town I'm going to is quite a dead town.  I don't know why but that somehow just doesn't discourage me.

Somethings I got to know about the Germans is
1. The speed they speak is like a jetplane! Gosh! I'm seriously gonna need a machine to slow time down just to understand what they are talking about.
2. They are verywelcoming. (: Mareen invited me to her place down south of Germany! I hope that I will get the chance to meet Lena and Mareen in Germany!
3. Who says Germans are loud and aggressive!? They so are NOT! They are really nice people!

I'm just really glad to have met them. Really really glad. And also the rest of the AFSers! They are such nice, crazy & fun people to be with! I'm really happy and thankful to be given a chance to be in this community.

I was so caught up with talking and mixing around that my camera didn't even had the chance to get out of my bag even once! Luckily Johann was busy snapping away and we also had a few group photos. So, hope you enjoy the pictures I got from the AFS YES page!!

Playing Jig-gle-low.

The Germans;Mareen, Ididn'tcatchhername, Lena. Johann at the back.
Our 'oh so oriental' picnic food! haha.
Enjoying the park.

Everyone had so much catching up to do.
The tallest guy there is Jona(let me help you get this right;
his name is pronounced as Yo-na, not Yuna the singer but Yo-na =D)
One formal shot and...

This is what we actually do instead. :P

What was even better about that day is that I got to know more about what these returnees do after they return from their exchange, what kind of stuff they do and volunteer. It's nice to know that there are a bunch of people who thinks just like the way that you do.

Special thanks Suraya for the lift to ShahAlam Station and Tyng for the company on the train ride back home! It's really nice to meet you and hope to see you guys soon!

It's so exciting to be part of the AFS family.

Till today, it's 10 days till I FLYYYYYY! wheeeee~

Thursday, February 9, 2012

15 days left and counting...

After sending both my brothers off, it is soon my turn to leave.

I have roughly 2 weeks before I leave to a foreign country. Many students on the AFS program have also left to their respective countries. What makes me eager to depart is to see photos of them on facebook having fun there in their country. The sight comforts me as it tells me that everything is going to be fine I will  have a great time during my stay too!

You must be wondering how have I been spending my last few days in Malaysia.

Well, first of all, I have been sitting behind my computer preparing a slide show presentation to introduce my friends in school my lovely country Malaysia! Now that I have collected so many pictures, I don't even know if I will have enough time to show it to them! No matter what, I have prepared them just in case their got too curious about Malaysia, at least then I will have pictures to entertain them about my country.

Next thing on my list of 'things to do' is pack my luggage. As I said in my previous post, I was suppose to write a post on packing my luggage, but there is some technical problem, so I'm having some trouble transferring pictures from my phone. Worry not, I will do it as soon as the problem is solve. :D

I have put most of my things that I need into the luggage but the problem is, I only have 20kg weight allowance! I am not even done with packing and guess how much my luggage weights now? 17 KG!!!! I'm seriously doomed this time! Fortunately for me, my host family have some winter clothing that I can borrow if it gets too cold, which means, I won't need to carry all heavy and bulky winter clothing so survive the cold weather. So,  it is going to be up to me how I fit everything into my tiny luggage.

I will also have to get some souvenirs before I leave. I'm hoping that Tourism Malaysia will be generous enough to sponsor me souvenirs to give my friends in Germany. That will surely save some cost.

Apart from packing and working on my presentation, something that I look forward this Saturday is a picnic at Sentul Park with the rest of the AFSers! I have never been to Sentul Park, but I heard the place is beautiful. Will see then!

I will take some pictures to show you guys! ;)

Before I go, here's something that I would like to say,

I'm sure going to miss this place. <3

For this one year, I am an ambassador of Malaysia going to Germany on an exchange program and I make this cultural exchange the best and the most unforgettable one!

See you soon, Germany! :D