Tuesday, June 26, 2012

AVS Bundesjungspiel!

Sorry for the long absence, I have been caught up with activities. No, I wasn't being lazy okay.  :D

Anyway, my school had something like sports day on the Thursday, the 14th of June, the week before the last. They call it Bundesjungspiel here.

From 5th grade up to 10th grade (11-16 years old), the students have to participate in this Bundesjungspiel which took place in the town stadium not far from our school. But for students in 11th grade, they have other sport events like football match or volleyball match elsewhere. Also for students in the 12th and 13th grade, they did something different from ours.

Unlike Sports Houses we have in my school back in Malaysia, here, they go by classes. In other words, they compete against each other as classes.

However, before the actual sports day competition, they (we) first had to do all the different kinds of sports (Something like Sukan Tara we call it back in my school in Malaysia.) Then, the students with the best record time will represent the whole class to compete against the other classes.

It was compulsory that each pupil completed all 3 events, Running- a 100m sprint, Long Jump- further the better and also Throwing - a 200g weight as far as you can (Sorry, I don't know what it is called.) Unless you have an exemption letter from the doctor,you must participate in all the events. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't come out with good enough excuse to exclude myself from participating.

Yes, I took part in all three of them but I think that I was the worst among the rest in the whole 11th grade. Don't laugh. I can't simply change the fact that I am lousy in these kind of sports event, can I?

Here are some photos.. :)

Getting ready for the Sprint!

Los Geht~ Go!

How far can you throw a 200g weight?
 Boy, I don't think you will want to know how far I can throw. Further than you can ever imagine - 15m(only). XD How embarrasing.

How I wish I could fly like him.
 Ever since I fell face flat during one of my jumps a few years back, I never could long jump again. Since that incident, I never overcame that fear of falling.

I was equally bad in this event. First try, no score because I simply ran right through. Second try, 2.2m and third try - 2m. Embarrassing right? I know... :/

Envy of those who could Long Jump so well. ><

The younger kids playing around on the field.

Enjoying the nice weather.

A simple prize(Certificate) giving ceremony.
Some parents came to witness the Bundesjungspiel in the end too.
The Weather God was extremely kind that day. The weather was just perfect for our Sports event.

It was surely a great experience participating in their Bundesjungspiel.

In my personal opinion, our sports days that we have my secondary school were much more fun. There were more cheer and excitement. :D You can check out a short blog post I have written on my Sports Day last year, here.

Summer holiday is here! Schoene Ferien, meine Freunde!  It means, have a great holiday, my friends!

I have planned to use this opportunity during my summer holiday to do some travelling around Germany and to Switzerland. But don't worry, I will surely try to update as much as possible for my dearest readers! :P

Oh, i forgot to mention, my sis is leaving soon for Malaysia. I am left all alone. I'm gonna miss her.. :'(

Now, till the next time! :D Tschüss~

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Papa!

Heute ist Papa's Geburtstag! Alicia und ich haben papa einen Kuchen gebackt. Der Obst-Kase Kuchen war wirklich lekar finde ich. 

Today is Papa's Birthday! Alicia and I baked him a Fruit Cheese Cake. I thought that it tasted extremely good. This is my second time baking cheese cake already. The first one I baked was marble cheese cake and it tasted okay.

Not bad right? I'm improving! I want to learn how to bake more cakes so that I can bake when I go back to Malaysia! :D

Cheese cake ready!

With the decorations!
Banana. Strawberries and Chocolate!

Papa cutting the cake!

I would like to say Happy Birthday again to PAPA! :D

It looks abit burnt but it is the colour of the chocolate! :D

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's Half Time!

Last weekend, I attended my Halb-Zeit Camp (Half-Time Camp if you translate it word for word) in Bad Malente. Well, this is one of the AFS camps that all AFS exchange students have to attend during their exchange year.

Yes, I am almost half way through with my exchange year. Unbelievable right? Time is flying so extremely fast especially when you're enjoying yourself! 2 more weeks and it will be my 4 month anniversary in Deutschland!

Anyway, for a few others from my Late Orientation Camp and I, this is our HZ Camp which exchange students attend half way through (around 4-5 months) their exchange year . For some others, this was their End of Stay Camp as they will be returning to their home country already in July.

This mixed camp is good in a way that we, the Halb Zeit Camp exchange students had the opportunity to ask those people who already went through most of their exchange year for advices on how to solve problems that we are facing.

However, I thought that it would have been better if we were given more workshops so follow up with our progress in this exchange year of ours. Instead, we got alot of free time to chat with one another. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that it was a bad thing that we had so much free time because I actually got to make new friends from Italy, USA, Brasil, Uruguay, Russland, Japan, Norwegen, Switzerland..

My friends from Argentina, Brasil and Uruguay.
Hanging out in the dicussion room.
Playing games in the open space right outside our Hostel.
Don't let him control you!
 In this activity, we were divided into two groups; the left and the right. Both the groups were given a task, we were told to draw something on the piece of paper together with the person sitting opposite from us without communicating.

It looks easy but there was a catch. Both the groups were told to draw different things! So, you are suppose to draw what you're told to draw and not let your opponent draw what they are suppose to draw. But I don't think many of us understood correctly and we ended up having both pictures that we were suppose to draw on our paper.

The awesome group at my HZ Camp! Spot me! :P
Untangle yourself!
 I don't know what this game is called but it involves untangling yourself. I shall name it Untangle Yourself!

First, you need to stand in a huge circle and then stretch our both your hands. Next, everyone in the circle is suppose to close their eyes and wall towards the middle of the circle and grab any hand they can find(of course not their own). Once everybody have got their hands attached to another, you will find that everyone is tangled together with hands connected together all over the place.

Then, the final step is to UNTANGLE YOURSELF!

Yay! Gelöst (Solved!)
 This game is really fun and satisfying when the whole group actually manage to untangle themselves to form a huge circle again.

I had a great time at my Halb Zeit Camp; I met awesome people from other countries, I got to eat delicious food at the Youth Hostel and I got to stay in a cosy and nice Youth Hostel House.

The camp was really short to get to know all of them but it was really nice to meet them.

I shall continue to stay strong and complete this challenging exchange year of mine. I have to stay strong and shall not give up just yet because I know that I will find that everything I have done will be worth it in the end. :)

To the other exchange students out there, You must stay strong too! Stay strong for yourself! You can do it, you can complete your exchange year!

Till the next time!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A sea of Old-Timers

One of the Sundays, the four of us went down to Hamburg for an Old Timers gathering event. This event is actually an open event where people who own an Old Timer can bring their Old Timer to this place to show to the public. On this day, many people from all over would drive all the way here from far to see the Old Timers (Just like us who came all the way from Itzehoe. I think it took us 1 hour to reach the place).

Unlike in Malaysia, I would say that owning/collecting Old Timer vehicles is a more popular hobby for people in Germany.

Here in Germany, these Old Timer vehicles are considered antiques and they have different tax charges, different vehicle number plate, different insurance prices and different driving regions compared to other normal new vehicles.
If you look properly, you would be able to notice that these vehicles have H at the end of the number plate indicating that they are Old Timers. Also, since they are normally older than 20, 25 or 30 years, the amount of pollution they produce are often more than the new vehicles, therefore they are given only certain specific regions where they are allowed to drive.

After going for that event, I notice how these Old Timers are quite valued and admired by the people here.

The day didn't start off very nicely as it rained and most of the cars were wet but still, I manage to take some nice pictures to show you guys. :) Enjoy! 

I love the classic dashboard these vehicles have.
Defined by the rust.
Not only did this motorcycle look cute, the rider also look so cute with his tiny helmet and leader jacket.

Reflection of the sky.
These Old Timers are really old vehicles and therefore they are especially hard to maintain and look after because most of their mechanical parts are no longer in production. However, many people here still enjoys collecting them and keeping them looking so good and stylish.

Lollipop Rim.
I don't think you can find new Mercedes Benz cars with tyre like these nowadays right?

Hip Red.

This car looks extremely familiar when I relooked at it. A car like this was in a movie. Quick guess! I'm quite sure everyone will know this movie. Tips: 101 Spots

This motorcycle look so cool too! I wonder how is it like to ride in the passenger seat, it would be so cool if I get to ride in that. I want to put on the helmet with that cute looking goggles!

One of the old Red Cross Ambulance.
Sporty Posche

I thought that the shape of this car have some resembles of a boat.
Perhaps it can actually be transformed into a boat that travels on water.  Who knows? :P
Black FORD.
My three wheel ride.
At one corner, there was a row of BMW Isetta parked and their owners were sitting together next to them enjoying some cakes and coffee while chatting away. I was so lucky that the owner of this Isetta opened up his car for me to have a seat in it. It looks so adorable with the one and only car door that opens from the front instead of the normal left and right.

Don't I look cute in it? Anyone wanna sponsor me an Isetta? ...mummy? daddy? :P

Volkswagen. Das Auto
Now let me clear something up, how VW - Volkswagen is ACTUALLY pronounced. Since I have learnt some German. :P  
GERMAN LESSON 101: Volkswagen; the V is pronounced like a f and the W is pronounced like a v. So it's Volkswagen. And the short form of VW is fauvee. fau for V and vee for W.
Das Auto. Das is the Artikel for neutral objects and because Auto is a neutral object, it is das Auto.

Understand? So, next time you can show people that you know how to pronounce the name correctly!  :)

Another cool car.
I wonder why it's called The Rat.

I look abit awkward here because the water splashes were not caught by the camera. The thing actually splashes out water each time you put pressure on the metal block that I stood. So I stepped up on it and got my pants wet. You can actually see a dark damp spot there on my pants below my knee.

It was indeed a nice day spent with my host family. I got to see many Old Timers and of course drool over them...

After looking at those Old Timers, I have one question, would you pay so much for vehicles like these? 
For me, perhaps I would when I find a filthy rich husband. :P Any candidates out there? :D

Oh, after admiring all those pretty vehicles, I think that I found a new favourite colour; Bright RED!

Stay tuned for more updates!

I have been very busy lately, but I promise I will find more time to write! :)