Thursday, August 31, 2006

Kenduri Kesyukuran

Kenduri sempena menyambut bulan Ramadhan, meraikan Aisyah yang bakal ke Mesir dan Nordin yang berjaya mendapat keputusan cemerlang dalam SPM yang lalu. Tiada gambar yang diambil kerana kebetulan tiada yang teringat membawa camera. Ramai jugak rakan-rakan Nenek & saudara-mara datang. Meriah juga. Ada dua sesi bacaan doa, pertama di sebelah pagi oleh rakan-rakan Nenek dan yang kedua selepas zohor oleh rakan-rakan Atuk. Kenduri selesai lebih kurang pukul 3 petang. Mewah betul lauk pauk untuk kami bawa pulang. Semoga niat Atuk dan Nenek tercapai .. Insya-Allah.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Strangers in a Strange Land

Trip To Karlsruhe, Germany
15th - 23rd June 2006

We arrived at Frankfurt International Airport around 6:20am local time. Guten Morgen Frankfurt! What a long 12 hours flight! Sakit-sakit juga badan rasanya. The weather was quite windy. The smell was different. For some reasons, I've always believe that each country in the world has its own smell. That’s from a traveler point of view. Malaysia smells like home. United States smells like coffee. Toronto smells like Niagara Falls. Japan smells like shushi. And now I’ve learned that Frankfurt smells like fresh baked bread. Weird huh?

Frankfurt Airport is not an easy place to find your way around. We’re lucky to have directions from Dr.Rony. We managed to find the long corridor towards the ICE bahnhof (train station). Tickets to Karlsruhe cost us about €160. The train ride took about an hour and 30 minutes.

Karlsruhe train station

We reached Karlsruhe HBF at nearly 8:30am local time. Dr. Roni greeted and guided us to our Hotel. I felt a bit distressing when we found out that there was no air-conditioning in our rooms, but that did not demoralize us at all. The hotel personnel were very friendly and helpful. Thank god they understand English. Having mostly settled with our hotels arrangement, we’ve decided to do a bit of sightseeing.

The famous Kaiserstraße

Karlsruhe is a city lies in the south-west of Baden-Württemberg. Our hotel was just around the corner of Kaiserstraße, the famous street lined with shops, fountains, malls, restaurants and not to forget the well-structured tram system. We walked around for about two miles, checking out Kaiserstraße and after noticing that there wasn’t any Turkish or halal restaurants, we ended up at McDonalds, ordering FishMac using sign language (hahaha – ada dictionary di tinggal-tinggalkan!).

Going to work was fun. Office was just a few block away. We took about 5-8 minutes every morning depending on how fast we walk. In fact, everything was a walking distance from our hotel. I’ve lost almost five pounds walking(phew!). Europlatz was just around the corner, Schlossgarten was just a few block from the office. Baroque Palace was just next to the garden. McDonalds was just facing Europlatz and Esprit was just 5 minutes away. What more can we asked? Of course, KShikeen would prefer we spent a lot more time shopping(hahaha .. jangan marah KS!).

The pyramid

Second last day in Karlsruhe was the most tiring day on the trip. It was Saturday, a holiday for sure. We walked as far as our feet can walk. We’ve visited Markplatz, Pyramid, Baroque Castle and experience our first dark clouds in Karlsruhe. We went shopping at Etlinger Tor, RedBox and a few more shops along Kaiserstraße. We’ve tasted the delicious “Wok Gumus with Pink Tiger Shrimp”. Nice!


On the last day of the trip, we took 2 cabs to Karlsruhe HBF. KShikeen paid the tickets for us. We faced a bit of a problem to purchase tickets via the ticket machine. Every menus and instructions was in German. The train was scheduled at 8:15am, an hour after our planned departure. We’re very lucky to bump into Tanya and Vasco at the station. They helped us with our HUGE luggage. Traveling with train was a bit tormenting with our luggage. We would have HUGE problems with our HUGE luggage if they were not there for us. Thank you very much guys.

Baroque Palace

Our flight home was scheduled at 12:30pm. We went for last minute shopping at the airport. The flight was delayed 30 minutes due to unknown reason. We didn’t care much about it because everybody was busy sleeping. We reached KLIA around 6:45am the next morning.

Eight days in Karlsruhe brings so much joy and experiences for us. Although we can’t really stand the heat, we had so much fun walking, shopping & working. Thank you very much to those who were involve in making our days in Karlsruhe memorable.

Wok Gumus with pink tiger

Monday, August 21, 2006

Pengantin 20 August

Sempat juga akhirnya menghadiri majlis Azida&Subky setelah beberapa kali sesat. Buat pasangan Wkh&Aliya, maaf dipinta kerana tidak sempat menghadiri majlis kalian atas sebab-sebab perancangan masa yang kurang teliti. Selamat Pengantin Baru. Semoga bahagia ke anak cucu.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Reise nach Deutschland

It has been a month since the trip. Still don't have the time to add an entry about it.

Monday, August 14, 2006

CMD Birthday Bash!

Celebration for June, July & August. Event yang sepatutnya diadakan every month terpaksa diadakan sekaligus atas sebab-sebab kesibukan semua pihak yang tidak dapat dielakkan. Pihak penganjur telah membuat apa yang termampu. Terima kasih kepada semua yang membantu. Terima kasih juga kepada semua yang hadir.

New look. New location.

It has been a while since I've made the last entry. It's a new look, new location and new motivation. Something I think can help me remember those moments captured in life.