Monday, September 3, 2012

Malaysia in their eyes!

Welcome the Germans back!
this should be the 4th series of Germans in da' House since i first posted bout it and over the dying duration of my blog. and yea the Germans once again visited us in Malaysia! *applause*

This time we spent bout one week in KL.
and here, these two charming people say hi to all!

Simon        Anna

Have you ever wondered,
 How do foreigners see our country, Malaysia?
I've always wanted to know, how do outsiders judge us? 
do they like roti canai? do they really enjoy our blazing weather? is Malaysia the same as what they'd expected? or do they find Malaysians pretty/handsome/sexy/funny/dull/irritating???

i guess you will have the same feeling as me if you see some foreigners, eating durian by the roadside with some kind of i-dont-know-how-to-express-faces and you just wanna rush to them clench their necks and ask "so you find it nice or NOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT????????!" 

and this time, i finally got the chance to know part of ze long-awaited answer! woohooooooooooooo
while this is really subjective as everyone has a different mind. 
y'know,some say JB is hot while some say he is gay. :O

and here's some Q&A the german-vietnamese mixed!

Q: what is the thing you love the most about Malaysia?
A: Malaysia's shopping malls! really big and cheap!
    an absolute answer from a teen girl. that probably makes up 100% of the foreign girls' answers? :P
S: errr.... #unsure ......... Zeepee?! #jump in excitement.
   okay, maybe simon is a bit too young to know bout the satisfaction of shopping like her sis did and so...... yea he said he likes zeepee the most, so far. hahahaa!

Q: try to describe Malaysia's weather.
A: my face turned into a tomato within half an hour! means really hot.
S: i can finish a whole big bottle of apple juice by myself. dear simon you used to finish a whole bottle of apple juice all by yourself ok. haha but i guess he's trying to say the weather thirsted him too much.

Q: choose a place where you would like to spend your holiday
     at,  Malaysia's beach or shopping mall?
almost all foreigners will rank a thumb-up for Malaysia's beach! *very proud!

Q: which Malaysia's food you love the most?
S&A: naan with chicken curry!!!!!!
they both love naan very much and this kinda impressed me, as some foreigners think that roti canai, naan, roti tissue, these food which are made by people's bare hands are dirty and disgusted them;
while S&A enjoyed the actual way to savor the Indian traditional food by eating them with hands and were both in love with naan!

Simon:"don't eat my naaaan!"

Anna:"i don't care i want more naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!"

#fight #glassbreakingsound

Me:"continue fighting, i'll have it all buahahahahahahahahaha"


OK let's continue......

Q: want some durian?
S&A: no!!!!!! never!!!!!!
hmmmm, they don't like it, yet. but i believe one day in the future i can successfully durianize them :D

Q: gimme some comments on Malaysia's night market aka pasar malam.
A: fantastic! they sell really cheap cute dresses and earrings!
 fyi anna bought 2 dresses and 16 pairs earrings from the pasar malam we went. no wonder i get a fantastic remark haha
S: maybe they can sell some legos there? like cheap legos?
fyi simon is a crazy lego fans and he was quite disappointed for not having any lego stalls in the pasar malam.

Q: so do you like Malaysia, in all?
A: yes! #determined
S: the legos here are more expensive than those we have in Germany but i still like Malaysia. thank you naan, you must be one of the reasons behind this answer.

that's all for our simple Q&A session, Mission accomplished!
truly face-to-face remarks about Malaysia from these two lovely little foreigners :)
the day we sent them off to the airport! them with Simon's favourite zeepee ;)

one is 13 and one is only 11, but they have really wide knowledge about the 2nd world war and we chatted on this topic for one whole day! 
i call this fate, confirmed miss them!
when will be the next time we meet? I hope it won't be too long. cuz my next mission will be to..... DURIANIZE THEM. BAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

bye! ;)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A trip to Vietnam

alô! ;)
Have you guys been to Vietnam?
it was actually my second time visiting Vietnam, still the same to the Ho Chi Minh city, but this time...
together with Simon and Anna and the family! *Germans in ze house!*

readers should know that Simon&Anna have a Vietnamese mommy right?
this time we were actually invited by this Vietnamese mommy, the nice and caring Aunty MiChau to attend her nephew's wedding in Vietnam,
and it was my very first time witnessing a wedding ceremony in a foreign country!! :D

The Wedding of Khang, the humble VietnameseJohanna, the cheerful American.
they were both the high scholars in their universities and they met at a conference and they fall for each other :)
see how amazing  fate can bring two families from different countries and different backgrounds together, combining them into one family!
And the father of Johanna said this in his speech, "We took a long flight here to witness my daughter's wedding and now I feel like I have family from all around the world!" 
what've made him felt so?
there were Americans, Vietnamese, Germans and Malaysians there blessing her daughter on her big day!
very cool isn't it ?
The wedding ceremony of the Vietnamese is quite different as ours, theirs are much more simple yet sacred.

and after the happy wedding, they rented a van and off we went to VungTaoBaiBien!
It is a beach, about two hours of driving from HoChiMinh city.
the view from my room's balcony. truly 'people mountain people sea'!
Vietnam beach has really long and beautiful coastline, but the sand ain't white. i'll still prefer Tioman :P

The only place we shopped in Vietnam...
Van Tanh Market.
crowded, hot, sellers dragging you here and there to their stalls, scolding people who left their stalls after asking the price but didn't buy it,
*which my mom and I gasped after witnessing a Singaporean being chased away and being scolded 'lady boy' by a furious Vietnamese girl.*

One phenomena that kinda stressed me out in Vietnam besides the dragging of Vietnamese sellers in the market, is the terrible traffic condition.
i found this picture from Google.  Trust me the road in Vietnam really looks like this!!!
motorcycles everywhere, horning of vehicles everywhere, and the taxi moves like it's gonna knock on a pillar by the road or a pedestrian anytime.

while the thing I love the most about Vietnam is ze foooood! bahahahhahahhahahahahah
Vietnamese have spicy tongues that they can munch a whole chilli without a change on their face expressions, and they are really good drinkers!!
impressed :O
vegetables and beef made up most of the main courses in Vietnam.

and this, this is the family's favourite!!!
'pho ga', the traditional Vietnamese chicken noodle soup.
adding lotsa mint leaves and veges, squeezing lotsa lemons into your bowl, and this makes a perfect pho ga!

simple but really scrumptious!!!
fyi the daddy is a crazy pho ga fans, we prefer this pho ga over other dishes too, and you can easily find yummy pho ga restaurants in HoChinMinh so we have this pho ga at least once, for almost everyday. :目

and that's all for this Vietnam trip!

Oh, btw here's a lovely tips for you guys who feel like eating KFC in Vietnam!
my advice: Better don't. their KFC doesn't look like and doesn't taste like one.
byebye! ;))

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Day Trip = I FEEL YOUNG!

helloww peeps! :D
fyi i'm now helping out at my aunt's travelling company where i've came across with both technical knowledges and non-technical skills,
and i was really happy to be assigned to work as a one-day-tour-leader, some more was to lead a bunch of primary students!! sangat sangat sangat gembira loh yooohoooooooooo!!!

began to get excited from the first day i was informed.
happy little ideas popped into my mind and i started to prepare some props for the games!

                                        never stop loving to do these lil things. but i still don't like glue :/
and finally the day came!

Early in the morning we went to SJK(C) Chong Hwa Segenting to pick up the students.
I like how the school motivate their students, yeap by bringing them out for a day trip to encourage them to study hard for their upcoming exams. 
as one of the teachers told me that almost all of the students passed up their homework a few days earlier, which is a very uncommon phenomena in this kinda kampung school, 'where students used to be free and  and jaunty and.... lazy.'  :O

kinda nervous as i'm not really familiar with these places, cuz i'd never been to even one of the destinations before, So surfing on the Internet for detailed info is a must!

and the trip began!!!

Destination 1 : New Star Food Sdn. Bhd.

my fav Snek ku Mimi's place of birth! :DD
enjoyed getting know how titbits were produced, and
       spot ze children with their happy we-love-titbits faces after getting their goodies bags!

Destination 2: Tropical Village
this tropical village was already built since 15 years ago!
This is a... yea, very hot punya Tropical Village.
and idk where the cute people heard from but the only thing they knew bout this place was its ghost house. hahaha!

The Entrance 

The Cartoon Toyland where all the cartoons with their faded skins and shirts live :P

The Tropical Village has 32 landmarks from different countries,
they are quite finely made but too bad, the colour faded too. should have more maintenance i suppose.

kinda alike Malacca's A Famosa!

you won't know how happy they were when this lil old train started to move. Children children :3
and yes they were very satisfied with the not-scary-at-all ghost house while they rushed out so panicly shouting 'WAHHHH SO SCARY SO SCARY!!!' 
Children children :3 
                                                         happy monkeys they are so cute!!!

Destination 3: Yong Peng UK Farm
this is not the big UK farm with field and resort, but a small one, opening for outsiders to visit and to feed the goats.
And again, you won't know how excited the children were when they saw the Jamnapari goats.

                                                           feeding baby goats with milk!
                                                            'yumyumyummm i want moreeeee'

                                    the busy-eating-mummy-goats while their milk being pumped out.

                                           Finally a moment of silence and a seconds of concentrating............

After visiting all these places the trip then ended at bout 4.30pm.
these tiny little people were still very energetic while my cousin and i, the tour leaders, and the teachers had no more strength to move even on the bus.

had so much fun on the bus with them!!
glad that they enjoyed the games, the jokes and I just can't stop laughing listening them sharing their stories.
and i really like them :))
                                                  Hope to see them again, young and jolly!

and lastly thanks to Chiu Travel for this wonderful day trip!
it feels really different visiting a place with a new role, and i like this role pretty much ;D
sharing knowledge you've discovered on the Internet with the children staring you with their eyes of excitement FEELS SO BRAVO!! 
the children enjoyed the conduct, while I enjoyed laughing with them! and this time, 
laugh like a child indeed!

A day-trip with them, Young and Wild! :P
                            one day in the future, i'll see tall and grown-up them! ;)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

My Uni Life Rocks!

successfully enrolled at Notts in April 2012, and i enjoyed my Uni life to the MAX!

what i like about Notts is that we can really enjoy campus life.
the campus is beautiful. and we get the chance to mix with people from different countries! :D

okay now skip to some fun i've had for the past 3 months! ;)

me and a few friends of mine joined the Citibank's Global Community Day!
We were in the ChowKit group and we were assigned to different duties, to serve the homeless and the poors.
met new friends from TARC ! 
have not been taking part in such community service programme and Citibank's GCD reminded me on the passion i used to have when i still served as an Interactor.
yes and maybe now under different society but the Passion is still glowing! 
aye-aye i'm still serving, keep the ball rolling!

I was lucky enough to be given the chance to be part of the representatives of Notts to YMCA Badminton Charity Competition!
it was a group game and we played from morning till night, totally worn out after that.
BUT very berry satisfied as we emerged as the Champion!!! :DDD

                              they are all crazy funny good players and awesome friends!

 Uni's stressed = assignments + tests
 Uni's desserts = coursemates + outing

these are the people who've flourished my Sem 0, making my Sem 0 even more wonderful! ;D
I will never forget how fun it was, running and hiding panicly into the car, laughing like crazzeh on our way to have our very First KFC in Semenyih!

                                                            it's babe apple's birthday!!  :3
                                            we have sweeties from KL, Penang, Seremban and Johor!

Social Science & Business groupmates!
awesome groupmates i have ;))
we've fixed a target early on our first tutorial class, and we've successfully achieved it!
the satisfaction after every presentations and the lecturer's praises speaks the most, as always. our group work and hard work did pay off!
love working with you girls! wow fantastic babes! ;D

went for sports after class almost everyday.
and i was addicted to Frisbee!
the first time i tried it, i fell in love with it!
field, sky, run, sweat, oh life :3

and my desserts lowbei & siowoh!! HAHAHAHAHAHA
two lovely people, who taught me cantonese, laughing over silly simsimi, finishing half of my koko krunch, nap like a dead fish on my bed and sharing stupid jokes. <3

BIG THANKS to all my new friends, thanks for the help and everything! 
it's you people, who've made my Uni life ROCKS!

while now i'm having my first ever 2 months of uni sem break,
and i have my own sem break's resolution!! >>>>

i have always wanted to brush up my geographical knowledge, i'm always interested in Geographical things like omggg 7 wonders of the worlddddddd!!!!!
and i used to dream to be an archeologist or a geologist but..... my mum laughed, my aunt trolled 'don't talk nonsense', and Malaysia said 'sorry our country never offer such courses'.

Well dream is beautiful but i'll make mine a little bit more realistic ;D

so stay tuned on my next update!
live life, enjoy life
j'aime la vie! 
                                                                  ehemm, mr.zeepo needs a bath.

Europe vs Malaysia!

had a fabulous family vacation to Europe in April 2012!
we went to Germany at first, then we visited Czech Republic and Holland.
that was me and my bro's very first time landed on the Europe land, and I must say, 

different places have different cultures, and yes i've spot some obvious contrasts between Europe and Malaysia.
and so in this post, i'm gonna make a simple comparison between Europe&Malaysia,
*through my very own perspective* :)


1st : The Weather
okay this is obvious, hahahaha 
we have the forever dry but moisty Malaysia, while Europe has 4 seasons.

they were having their early Spring when we visited Europe, the weather was still cold, even colder than Genting, and we couldn't really predict the weather as that was known to be the most 'uncertain weather period', so bringing an umbrella out is a must!

In Europe especially Holland, Spring is probably the most popular season, not only favoured by the people, but also by the flowers!
spot this place, Keukenhof , also known as the Garden of Europe and yeap we visited this world's largest flower garden, located in Netherlands!

very very very very very very very very beautiful place. it is just like carpets of blossoming flowers everywhere and how nice would it be to have every girl's dream wedding held here right. hahaha ;P

While for Malaysia, we have no excitative seasons, we have no flower carpets like keukenhof, 
though we have big green rainforests but from a girl's point of view, i prefer colours.
prefer colours = prefer seasons = prefer Europe!

heheheh here comes 1 point to Europe
2nd: The People
okay this is obvious too.
in Europe everyone is so tall and good-looking, lengzai lenglui everywhere HAHAHAHAHA *happy*
trust me, out of 10 people i met at the lanes of Europe, besides children, none of them goes shorter than me.
and all of them look like supermodels!! 
and i told my mum "anyone of them would simply be crowned the next miss universe or antm! damn pretty lehhhhh"
                                          spot da difference between the white and the orangie skin, 
         charming simon and anna ;)

and automatically my brain will come up with these people's faces when it comes to 'European guys'.........

woooooooooooooooooooooooooooo no objections

3rd: The Buildings
all finely built buildings, and i found every place we visited look familiar to me. hahaha
cuz they're almost the same as those in Gossipgirls, sexandthecity, and etc.

             photo taken in Czech Republic, the buildings there are indeed, really awesome art creations.
                                                                the gossip girl scene.

                    the twilight scene! hahaha :P
In this case, i would prefer Malaysia's buildings' shapes and concepts, they make me feel more homey :D
but also, imagine, what would it be if Germany has.....

rumah tinggi?
errrr this is sooooo weird. HAHHAHHAHAAHAHAHA!!


4th: The Lifestyle
doubtlessly i will give this point to Europe!
relaxing, slow life path.

                                      walking on the Europe street is already a luxury to me :)
the people there cycle more than the people here, even in cities!
the outskirt of Netherlands. very peaceful and so fairytale huh. 
it looks like a place where the little red riding hood and her nanny would live :D

In all i prefer the Europeans' free and easy lifestyles than the Malaysians'.
oh and one more thing is, when we traveled from Germany to Czech Republic by car, within the few hours journey, we paid NO toll, not even one!
*it's weird to classify this experience under this lifestyle part but the ability of a country's government DOES affect the people's lifestyles right?!

still i can't accept the fact that no toll payment is needed when we travel around the Europe Unions.
we need to pay at least 2 or 3 tolls just within 30 minutes of driving in KL!
btw Europe still deserves the claps!

3:1 now!
5th: The Fooooooood
you people must love me a lot cuz i'm really torturing myself posting photos of such yummy food while i can't even eat them and i miss ze food veryyyy berrrryyyy muccchhhhhhhh!
aaaaaaaaa whyyyyyyyyyyyy T______________________T

I'm a real big fans of Western food. Sending me to Europe is like giving me a chance to go crazy and to turn into a XXL size. 
                                          damnnnnnn yuuuummmeeeeehhhhhhhhh slurrrrpssssssss

no doubt, i love western food!
but Malaysia's cuisines are equally awesome! I can never deny that.
i'd been missing Malaysia's curry and noodle and all sorts of traditional food after staying a week in Germany, and we even had Chinese fried mihun there just because we missed Malaysia's food too much ;P

the European eat too much of fast food. 
the amount of fast food i ate there is the amount of fast food i took for the past one month. this may sound crazy but it's true! pizza burger french fries onion rings pizza burger.......
And also, i find Malaysia's cuisine has more variety! this must be the real advantage for having people of different races huh ;)

And so, this time, I'll contribute 2 marks to Malaysia while 1 mark to Europe!

and the overall result ........ 
Europe strikes on an extra one point victory over Malaysia!
I still love Malaysia ok MALAYSIA BOLEH 

but if i were to choose a place to live besides Malaysia, Europe will definitely be a place I'd love to go.

if you are planning for a family vacation, never hesitate to travel to Europe!
i bet you'll love it  ;)