Thursday, May 24, 2012

An evening at the Boathouse

The weather today was totally perfect; the sun was shinning and it was not too cold. It was simply just perfect. I hope that the weather stays on like these, not too hot and not to cold either, just nice to enjoy my stay here in Deutschland.

So, we have currently having a week holiday because the students in the upper class are having their Abitur which is like Form 6 equivalent. For them here, after completing the Abitur at the age of 19, it is the end of their high school and they would be able to proceed to next step of their studying life - University.

Since the weather was so nice, it would be such a waste not to spend it outdoors. My sister and I decided to join the kayak training of one of the Itzehoe clubs. I knew someone that is involved with this club and he invited me to join them.

I must say that we both had lots of fun today. The best thing of today was we both experienced something new today-going on a Dragon Boat.

The Dragon Boat
 It doesn't look like the typical chinese Dragon Boat but at least it has the Dragon head and tail still.

Sis in the Kayak.
The last time I kayaked was to Pangkor Island from Lumut, Perak during a 10 days long Outward Bound School camp. During that time, I took the back sit in the kayak but this time, I took the front and Alicia took the back seat instead.

Front of the Kayak and the Boat House from the river.
The view of the river from the river bank.
 After a trip with the kayak, we decided to join the Dragon Boat Team on their DragonBoat and get a taste of what it was like to row a Dragon Boat! :P

Waiting to go on the Dragon Boat!
 I was pretty excited myself because it was the first time going on a Dragon Boat. What more, to actually train with the team. I had no idea how hard it was until.... today.

On the Dragon Boat! I'm at the last row on the left side.

Spot me! :P
Seriously, it is not that easy okay! Even with so many people on board to row the Dragon Boat. They had different rowing combinations. For example, 10 times slow speed, then 10 times again with faster speed, then 10 times again with faster faster speed, 10 times again slowed down speed, then 10 times again with slower speed and then 10 times again with slow speed. There was also another with 3 deep strokes and then 10 times extremely fast speed, and then 10 times normal speed (x5).

My arms were practically kaputt by the time we returned again to the BoatHouse. My arm muscles were stone hard after paddling for almost an hour. We did have short breaks in between but it was still very tiring.

But I must say that it was surely a good exercise for my arms.

It was really fun to go kayaking too! It was so fun today, I sure hope I can join them again soon!

I'm so happy that I get to do many sports that I don't normally get to do when I'm back home in Malaysia.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Alicia's Confirmation

I am late again but as I promised, here's a post about Alicia's confirmation.

To be honest, this is my first time ever attending someone’s church confirmation. But it is no surprise because I don’t think that church confirmation is something normal for Christians back in Malaysia.

For those of you who are like me, have no idea what a church confirmation is, read on and find out more about it. Of course, those of you who have heard about it can read on too! :D

Actually, a church confirmation is simple yet very grand and important event for a young teenager around the age of 13-15. It is to confirm that that the child is a member of the church and also the Christian community. 

Before a child is confirmed, the child has to attend regular one hour church classes once a week for two years. Within the two years, the child also has to attend 24 church sessions. These are the requirements for Alicia but of course, they may differ from church to church.

Last Sunday, it was Alicia’s big day! Alicia along with 9 others had their confirmation ceremony at a church not far from our house. I wanted to know what they do during confirmation so I went along with her earlier to the church.

The pretty girl. :)
The other pretty girl. hehe, just kidding. :)
The candidates that were going to be confirmed that day arrived at the church earlier for a photo session and they had their photos taken. After that, they waited in another room while the family and relatives of the candidates took their seats in the church. 

The group of candidates.

Alicia on the far right.
The candidates later walked in very grandly with the pastor in front of them up to the alter. The ceremony proceeded with prayers and songs. Then, one by one, the candidates with confirmed by the pastor and were given a necklace and a certificate of confirmation. 

All the family and relatives of the candidates that were confirmed that day.

It was not long before the ceremony ended. Normally, the candidates will have a little party celebration after the confirmation ceremony and family and relatives were invited. Alicia had a little party celebration in the house.

Alicia decorated the living room so nicely for the party. I must say that she really did a great job.

Here are some pictures of the living room.

I helped to fold the serviette. So amazing how a simple serviette can be folded so neat and nicely.

The arrangement on the tables were also done by Alicia.

Fine decoration at the middle of the table.
This is my first time attending a party here in Germany. I personally think that the party here is so different from back in Malaysia.  Here, the party or perhaps a confirmation party goes on from afternoon until late evening.

Helping ourselves with the yummy buffet!
So, first of all, starters and main course were served to the guest. Later after all are full, they step outside to do some activities. The adults would take a smoke and chat while the children would play around the house compound.

We entertained ourselves with darts and table tennis. The little cousins went on the trampoline and kept themselves busy.

The two little cousins.
Inside the house, the host would prepare the dining table for the next course which is Tea and dessert. Here in this case, I helped mama prepared the cutlery, plates and cups for tea. 

After around 1 hour or so, the guest would come into the house again to enjoy their tea. We prepared so many different cakes and cookies for tea. Mama baked 2 cakes and bought 3 cheese cakes, Alicia made two huge tiramisu. 

All the different cakes.
This is the yummy Tiramisu Alicia made was incredibly tasty i tell you. :D

Mixed fruits. :)
I thought that the buffet we had was extremely delicious and the desserts too! I think after desserts, everyone was so full that they had trouble walking.

Around 4 or 5 in the evening, the guests left one by one.

Alicia's friends attended the party too. :)

These are not all she got. :D
The party ended. It was a very nice a meaningful party for Alicia. She’s such a lucky girl to have received so many gifts from her relatives. I think the one that she was most pleased with is her new camera that the uncles, aunties and parents shared to buy for her.

I am glad to have been able to attend her confirmation. My first time attending someone’s a church confirmation. It surely was an experience.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

13. Störlaufs 2012

Ich lief ein 5 km-Marathon! I ran a 5KM Marathon today! 

And yay I didn't turn out the last!!! I did my very best and ran to the finishing line with all the energy left in me. 

15 minutes before the run.

10 minutes before the run...

There were so many people that took part in the marathon today. They were not only from Itzehoe but from over around Schleswig Holstein.

Warming up.
And guess wad, I broke my previous training records! So proud of myself now! :P My record 31:54. I came in the 439th place over 1026. That is like so so so bad but still at least I ran, right? 

I completed my run!
Trust me, it is not that easy to run when the weather is so cold here. Even running that much is not enough to warm my body up. My fingers were practically frozen by the end of the marathon.

It was a great run. I could have done better with more training but I am satisfied for now. :D 

The runners. "D
Sis and papa ran their 10KM marathon and did really well. *clapclap* Congrats to them! ^^

I'm so exhausted right now. I think I will go to bed already, I have to wake up very early for someone's big day tomorrow! :DD

Do wait for the pictures in my next blog post! Sis did such a nice job decorating the whole living room for tomorrow's party. :)

Goodnight! Gute Nacht!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

JahrMarkt (Year-Market)

I am sorry for keeping you guys, my dear readers waiting for such a long time! I have been wanting to update my blog too but unfortunately my internet crashed end of last week. The internet crashed last last  Thursday and since it was weekend, the repairman could only come by on Monday to find out what went wrong and then.... it was a long process but anyway, here I am, I have internet now! :)

Now I know how much my life is dependent on the Internet. I am sure it is the same for many of you too, right? Be honest. :P Without the internet, it is as if you have lost contact with the world.

Last weekend, my sister and I went to the JahrMarkt (Year Market) which is held annually in our town. 

Actually, it is just like a mini carnival/themepark. There were lots of stalls selling food, sweets, ice-cream, beer, sausage... and some rides for people to play.It didn't take us long to finish exploring the whole JahrMarkt but I guess it is just some entertainment for the people here.

Sußigkeit (Sweets)
The sweets came in all kinds of shapes and types. Those heart shapes are sweets too! Don't they look cute?  There were sugar coated nuts too but so expensive! 

Break Dancer
This is one of the rides that you could go on.

They have this one that is called Jumper. Don't ask me why it is called Jumper because I have no idea why. The name don't seem to have any relevance to the ride.

In this ride, there was a challenge given to the riders. Each one of the is giving a plastic cup filled with water and they are suppose to have the cup with them throughout the ride. It is then up to you how you would hold the cup (some of them held it with their mouth... ) as long as the water stays in the cup. At the end of the ride, the person with the most water remained in their cup gets a free ride on the Jumper again.

It was really funny watching them on the Jumper.

There were also rides for little kids... so cute.

Oh, the Crepes they have here is so different! Here, the Crepes they have are soft. I am not sure if it is nice but I personally would prefer crispy Crepes like the ones I have back home. Iwill let you know if they taste good when I try it the next time. :D

This is the other 'scarier' rides they had there, I think.

After walking around for like half an hour, sis and I decided that we went for an ice-cream in town instead. We sat in town under the hot sun enjoying our yummy yummy ice-cream. :D

There goes my diet plan.  I have been eating so much sweet stuff like chocolate and ice-cream... Oh well, I just have to prepare to see my Fat Self after a year. 

Guess wad, I am taking part in a 5KM Marathon today! Do wish me luck! I will be over the moon if I don't come in the last place; they are all such good runners here. =/

Then, tomorrow, Sis is having her confirmation at the Church! I only hope that she lets me put up some photos to show you guys. Keep your fingers crossed. :P
I am excited about tomorrow too, my first time attending a confirmation. To be honest, I have no idea what is it like. Will have to find out for myself tomorrow! :)

Have a good day! I gotta help clean the house and prepare for tomorrow!