Tanah Melayu Tanah Airku

Haha. Bak kata Wani Nizam, I nih gedik macam superstar. Tak maw announce kata dah balik Penang. Haha, SURPRISE!! LOL. To those I yang I tak call or bagitaw lagi, bukan tak maw call, but tak sempat. So, no terasa hati yeah? =B

So, I dah ada kat Penang for more than a week. Haha, agak2 ahh, since we all sampai malam Selasa lepaih, esok tuh, terus pi makan KFC! Wee~ coz dekat sana KFC mana lah halal. Dah la kat belakang rumah ada KFC. Boleh lalu, tengok and drool jaa. Heh. 

Heavy Malaysian food macam tak rindu sangat sebab kat rumah ibu ngan abah selalu masak. Plus, kalu other Malaysians panggey pi makan rumah, makan makanan Melayu lagi. So, macam orang Penang kata, tak kebuluq la. =B



These are the food yang dah pekena since sampai sini. Hehe.

Cendoi pulut
Ais Kacang
KFC
McD
Nasi Kandaq
Roti Canai
Roti Tisu
Teh Tarik
Maggi Goreng
Sambai belacan
Pasemboq
Ikan belah belakang
Ayam masak merah

Haha, the list could go on, so, I’ll just stop here. Hehe.

Met up with my honey bees Eel ngan Wani. Jalan2, makan2, shopping2. Plus, orang macam kena buat appointment plak bila nak jumpa. Next week, nak pi merepek ngan minah Ashley Leow ngan Adilla Munir plak. Wah wah wah, nak mengada lah kan bak kata orang. Haha. Well, to those yang I tak jumpa lagi, we would definitely meet. Wee~

And I definitely like it when other Malaysians tell me, WELCOME HOME. =)) 

Though I <3 New Zealand a lot. =B

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Wallabies Kicked Eagles’ Butts

Okay! Fine! I can’t help it! I think Rugby World Cup (RWC) phenomenon died too quickly. So, I’m gonna live it up all by myself. Heh, syok sendiri. Dah la dok exam. =B So, I owe you guys a blog update on my presence at one of the  RWC games between Eagles and Wallabies at the Wellington Regional Stadium, New Zealand. I know, you rugby enthusiast out there must be thinking, “Why lah this makcik nak update benda yang dah berzaman habis. Hmph.” That’s why I said, I don’t care! =p So, I’m still gonna write down my experience watching a RWC 11’ match between the USA and Australia. Wee~ Ya Rabbi, berteghabuq English. Tsktsktsk.


Me in front of the RWC Official Poster at the stadium


'Don't tell Michelle I'm here'-Barack Obama =p

American flags, check. Australia’s flags, check. 4 Barack Obamas, check. Captain Americas, check. Statue of Liberty, check. Cowboys, check. Buzz Lightyear? Owh okay, check. And… guys wearing-extremely-tight-wrestling-clothing, urr, check? So, those were the people, or shall I say, characters and stuffs that filled my 23rd of September (okay, literally it’s the stadium really =p). With spotlights over head, which could literally light up the whole Wellington City, is the Wellington Stadium that was going to organize the not-so-legendary game between States and Australia. Even though it wasn’t the All Blacks playing, I still got overexcited coz I was about to meet Quade Cooper, Samo, Will Genia and other big names on Wallabies team then. Okayy, no offence to the USA but I know none of you guys. Sorry! Owh and again, no offence, I did think it was going to be an easy game for the Wallabies. =p



Captain Americas. =)


USA vs Wallabies


Wellington Regional Stadium or known as Westpac

However, Australia was the most hated team on RWC 11’. You could actually see that the whole stadium was covered by American flags and fans. There were small teeny tiny spots of Australian fans scattered around the stadium who were technically the minorities in the game. LOL. Even people who had never supported USA did on that night. Like I did. Hahah! None of us wanted Wallabies to win so most of us ended up cheering for U-S-A. Plus, everyone went there just for the fun of the atmosphere and people dressing up as cool characters.


And one of the dudes who sat next to Abah had been trying to make the whole stadium to do the ‘Mexican wave’. He only managed to make the whole stadium to do one round like after what, 10 gazillion times? Hahah! Hey, it took tones of energy to make the entire stadium synchronized. =B LOL. And the paling kesian part was when the whole stadium boo-ed at Quade Cooper whenever he had the ball with him. I mean, yeah, he was the most hated player during RWC coz he kneed McCaw’s head during the last Tri-Nation Championship, but c’mon guys, where’s the sports spirit?? But Cooper kept his composure and managed to play beautifully although he missed out like 2 penalty kicks or something like that. Can’t remember. So yehh.


Quade Cooper making conversion kick

At the end of the day, as usual, the Wallabies kicked USA butts by scoring 67 points to 5. It was an okay game I suppose. I manage to meet up with Man of the Match, Adam Ashley-Cooper from the Wallabies. He was walking around shaking hands with people but I didn’t. My brother did. Cheq kan orang Islam, mana dok boleh nak shek hend ngan orang laki2. Huhu. =)


Adam Ashley-Cooper

It was one heck of an experience. I’m really hoping to be able to watch at least one All Blacks game live next year in NZ. Preferably Tri-Nation (which is gonna be called Four Nations next season =S) or any friendly matches between All Blacks with anyone. Preferably with Springboks or with Wallabies themselves. =p So yehh. Next RWC is going to be held in England. A huge and definite no no since I’m still gonna be in uni, studying. So, RWC 2019, wait for me in Japan! I’m coming right at cha! =)

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My First EidulAdha

Okay, before I start, I still owe you guys my raya story. Since my story on AidilAdha is still very fresh, I’ll write on this first. I’ll have my Aidilfitri story done after my exams. Owh owh, wish me all the best! =B

What comes across your mind if tomorrow is AidilAdha? Here’s a few:

Ouhh, boleh makan kari kambing nih. *slurps*

Okayy, lepas semayang sunat, boleh lah tunggu nak tengok lembu kena korban. Wee~

Nak pakai jubah ka jeans? Eh eh, baju kurung la, baru ada aura raya. Heh heh.

Owh wait, mana ada duit raya. Haish. *simpan purse balik*

But to me, it worked pretty differently this year. Selalu, kalu pagi raya, you can listen to takbir everywhere. Dekat radio, TV and even the nearest masjids. Tapi pagi tadi, sangat lah sunyi. I dully put my jubah on and my family were on our way to Johnsonville Community Centre untuk sembahyang sunat EidulAdha. Bukan dekat masjid pown.

And guess what?? I pegi sekolah youuu. That's why tak pakai baju kurung. Sejuk kowt! Ada kelas, langsung lah tak rasa macam raya tapi apakah daya, dah nak exam, still gotta go to the tutorials. =S Tapi, bila balik dari sekolah, I made my exquisite crème brulee. Sedap woaah, tak sangka I terer buat. Dah ada banyak peminat kowt. Muahaha!


Creme Brulee

Kat sini pown ada buat qorban but then I didn’t go coz it starts earlier in the morning and ended at 3pm-ish tadi. So, memang tak sempat nak pi tengok, so I have no idea how they do it over here. But we all dapat daging korban though. Wee~ Daging NZ sedap woo. =B


Tapi thanks to Ibu, Uncle Is and Aunty Jini, raya best lah sebab kami dapat makan Nasi Beriyani lauk ayam and kambing, turkey, steak and ice cream! Wee~ Kiwi style. Hahah. So, technically, the whole day, kerja makan ja. Hahah. So, in my opinion, raya kat NZ tak semeriah and fun macam kat Malaysia. Raya at home is still the best place. =) I miss Malaysia. I know, I gotta admit it. =S

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All Hail The All Blacks

5 hours and over 400 km. Hmmm, sempat kah nihhh?? Okayy, I’ll just sleep now and hope that when I wake up, we’ll reach there in time.

15 minutes later...

Me: Are we there yet?? *pouts*
Ibu: *Chuckles* Kakak dah worry we’re gonna miss world cup finals. Chill, we’ll reach there in time.
Me: *Stares* Nanti ramai orang kat fanzone, tak boleh masuk tengok kat bigscreen. *pouts* I’ll just sleep again then. *sigh*


Our road trip to Rotorua, north part of North Island. That was how far we drove last weekend. We went there coz a very close family friend came to New Zealand and we decided to go to Rotorua on the same day as the World Cup finals. Went around the beautiful sulphur-odoured place, visited an awesome Maori Marae named Whakarewarewa AND got to the fanzone* on time and watch the glorious victory that All Blacks manage to hold on to after 24 years! It was definitely one nervous-wrecking game coz the Abs only won 8-7 against the French. Phew! I bet Piri Weepu felt all the pressure on him but heyy, that’s why they’re called games I guess. =S But then, Stephen Donald saved the day and managed to get a conversion out of it. And they only put Sonny Bill in like 5 minutes before the game ends. *pouts* And I just adore Richie McCaw’s cheeky grin when he looked at the time which was over 80 minutes, indicating that they’ve won the title. =D


You gotta read it in Malay so that it will sound the same:
 Tey-fakarewa-rewa-tanga-o-tey-o-pey-ta-uwa-awa-hi-yau



The view of sulfur blast from my hotel room.



The cool Maori traditional dance performance.



The Marae.



Singing Aotearoa National Anthem: God Defend New Zealand



When The All Blacks won the Championship at Rotorua Fanzone.


*fanzone - a place where they build at almost every town in NZ so that everyone can watch rugby on bigscreen, play all sorts of rugby games and cool events, and if you’re lucky like me, you’ll be able to meet the All Blacks. Depends where and when though. =D


From left: Cory Jane, Ma'a Nonu, some cute kid =p, Piri Weepu, Dan Carter, Sonny Bill Williams, Conrad Smith and Richard Kahui



Fanzone at Waitangi Park, Wellington.


Okay, to tell you the truth, it wasn’t such a good game. I know that they could do a lot better than that but Abs have done their best and owned the World Cup title for the second time. However, here is my Top 5 must-watch RWC matches list:

1)     Ireland vs Wales (Quarters)
2)     Australia vs All Blacks (Semis)
3)     Australia vs South Africa (Quarters)
4)     Tonga vs France (Pool)
5)     Japan vs All Blacks (Pool)

I know, you guys must be thinking JAPAN? You kidding me? LOL, it was definitely an easy game for the Abs (no offence to any Japanese =B) but you gotta agree with me that Japan didn’t give up even till the last minute. You just gotta love their spirit. =)


The All Blacks had a victory parade in Auckland on Monday, Christchurch on Tuesday and in Wellington itself on Wednesday but tragically I couldn’t go coz it was during school. They did the haka at the parliament staircase!! Huaarrgghh!! *Geram* One horrible day but you just gotta do what cha gotta do =S. But, all hail the All Blacks, the world champion. =D

PS: Now I don’t have anything else to look forward to every weekend anymore. =S

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Rugby to Life and Islam

“Why do you fast? Why can’t you touch dogs? Why can’t you eat pork? Why do you have to pray five times a day? Why do you have so many rules in Islam? How can you be so committed to them?” Those are a few questions which had been asked at me for the past few months since I moved here. Well, to tell you the truth, I do know the technical reasons but I’m such a horrible person when it comes to explaining stuffs. So, the best way for me to generally explain why Islam has so many rules, is by using an analogy. (Gosh, bio is really getting into my brain. Wait, it is a good thing right? LOL) So, since most of my peeps who asked me these questions are New Zealanders, I’m gonna use a great analogy which can be perfectly linked to their lives, rugby. =B To my Malaysian friends, I’ll explain a little bit about the game throughout the way. Got loadsa pictures you guys can look at. =D Plus, not only you can relate to Islam but also life. =)
PS: It’s just my opinion and it may sound funny because it was a sudden random idea that I came up with. =p Damn you Rugby World Cup, you’re distracting me! =p
2nd PS: Tribute to All Blacks. They rock!

Let’s start off with this:

Rules
In rugby games, of course you need solid rules in order for the game to work. They are the ones that keep the game civilised and intact even though rugby is one brutal game. That’s why there are so many rules in Islam that we have to follow in order for our life to work and not diverge from this beautiful religion. If you break the rules, you’re gonna end up killing everyone on the team and not winning the championship =p.

Referees
Referees are the individuals who are responsible for presiding over the game from a neutral point of view and making decisions that enforce the rules of the sport. So, referees are like our family members, teachers and friends who keep reminding us of the rules. Let’s face it, we’re homo sapiens. Duhh. We have flaws and we do need a lot of people to remind us of what is right and wrong. The game won’t work without them coz we’ll be too arrogant and realise that we’re doing the wrong thing. And ending up bashing one another. Wow, that sounds harsh but yeah. =P


RWC 11' Referee: George Clancy

Training
You know how in every games (and even exams!), you gotta train and practice before the day reaches. I know it’s not easy and all those hard work and those hardcore blood, sweat and tears (and probably some broken bones. Yeep!) would definitely come around in one way or another. So, in order to win a game, you have to train. Without the training, you’re going to fail miserably and not winning the cup. Training can be symbolised as the 5 pillars of Islam which are acknowledging Allah as the only God and that Prophet Muhammad is His messenger, pray 5 times a day, fast during the Ramadhan month, goes for Hajj in Mekah, and almsgiving which is also known as zakat. In my belief, without them, you’re not going to al-Jannah (heaven). Period. That is why you have to fast, pray and etc in order to get into al-Jannah. They are all preparatory stuffs which will make you a better person and confirm a place in the heaven. In a way, if you slack in doing your training, you can kiss goodbye to the cup. *winks*


Sonny Bill Williams during All Blacks training session

Injuries and Opponent
Owh, hell yes rugby is one brutal game. Not in a single game that no one gets injured. Injuries are like our downs in life. We just gotta get right back up and continue fighting even though it hurts like hell. Let’s just say that the aggressiveness in the game is like life in general. Life is one bumpy brutal ride! They’re not gonna be sweet all the time. And opponents symbolise your obstacles for you to face in order to get to your goals. In rugby, obstacles for you to get a try =D. You get knocked and pushed and jabbed at but at the end of the day, you know that you have to win and that life is worth fighting for because life is a gift from Allah to us. So, treasure it. =) Life can be rough to you but heyy, if you don’t have any broken bones, where is the fun of it? =p


 All Blacks against Wallabies

Try and Conversion
So, you non-rugby watchers out there, try means grounding the ball in the opposition's in-goal area which behind the goal line. It’s something like what we call touch-down in American Football. 


Conrad Smith making a try

After every single try, you’ll get a conversion which is when the ball is kicked and must pass over the crossbar and between the uprights.


Rugby post

So, tries and conversions are like goals in our life. We’ve got to put our head in it and really aim for it. And it’s definitely hard to reach but once you get to the line, I bet it feels amazing. A goal can be as simple as saving up money to buy your favourite team jersey and it can go up to as hardcore as getting your 5th PhD or whatever you want it life. Just remember this, nothing is impossible, just do it. Keep in mind that your goals have to be good things though =p.

Scrums and Penalties
Scrum is a way of restarting the game, either after an accidental infringement. Players will bind together in three rows and the scrum then 'engages' with the opposition team so that the player's heads are interlocked with those of the other side's front row.


While penalty score works the same way as conversions do.


Dan Carter making the penalty kick

So, scrum and penalties are like second chances in life.  If we take it for granted, you’re gonna lose the ball, the scoring points and cause the opposition team to win. If you’re not focused and slack off, you’re not gonna  win the match. What I’m trying to say is that we should really be grateful and work harder in life. There must be a reason why Allah gives us second chances. Think about it. And never take granted of anything in our life. It’s just too precious to be lagged off and you might not get it anymore. Even one point in scoring can separate you between winning and losing.

Team
The team IS your family. They have to support you no matter what happens. Friends and family are the ones that help us to reach our goals and are expected to be there when we need them and vice versa of course. We have to take care of them and love them in order for them to have your back. ‘Nuff said.



Winning the Cup
Winning the Cup is like getting a place in al-Jannah. And yes, it feels like heaven. *winks* You have to do so many things and follow many rules and fight and face your obstacles in order to win. And at the end of the day, it is definitely worth it. Nothing is better than pleasing Allah as we all have to remember that He is our creator and that we are His best creation in the whole wide world. And that is why I am committed to my religion. Coz I wanna win the cup. =D


So, guys, put your rugby boots on and side-step your way to al-Jannah. =B

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Cheers Bro!

So, I thought I might spice up my blog with something simple. Kiwi slang. New Zealand style.

(Note: Imma use LOADSA Malay words in this one. So yehh =D)

You know how we have our own colloquial language? (Just learnt this word in English =p) How we have “Dahsyat ah!” or “Gila bapeng!” or “Oii bongok!”? Kiwis have them too. It’s pretty interesting that how they use them is quite similar to how we use ours. And I gotta say that they use the words all the time. Just like we, Malaysians do. To make things easier, I’ll just put a list of the slangs below. =) Owh, urm, cheq guna bahasa Penang naa. Kalau tak paham, tok sah dok malu-malu nak tanya. =D

M-Malaysians
K-Kiwis

M: Woi, apa cer?
K: G’dday mate!

M: Hang jumpa Dan Carter?? Dahsyat aahhh!
K: You met Dan Carter? Far out!



M: Hang dapat buat Maths? Gila ahh!
K: You’ve done Maths? Crazy!

M: Kertas English, ka?
K: English Paper, ey?

M: Oii bongok!
K: Hey egg!

M: Terima kasih / sama-sama.
K: Cheers bro!
(Though ‘Thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’ are also used)

See how similar they are to our Malaysian slang?? Sama gila kan?? These are the words that I’ve encountered so far. I shall update you guys if I have more. =D

I do believe that my English level is pretty good where I could both understand and speak the language pretty fluently but when I first came here, the accent was alien to me. I couldn’t understand a word what the Kiwis were saying. They had a very strong accent but after having to only talk and listen to Kiwi English, I could finally fully understand the accent after the first 6 weeks living in NZ. LOL. Though I still get confused with some of the words. No offence or anything, Kiwi’s accent is just to cool for Malaysians like me. =)

Bunyi ‘e’ depa macam how we read kita punya ‘i’. You’ll get the pronunciation right if you read them in Bahasa. So, for example, the word ‘desk’ is pronounced as ‘disk’, ‘seven’ as ‘siven’, ‘ten’ as ‘tin’. And a whole lot more. Well, at least that’s how I heard them. I couldn’t differentiate the words initially.

And words like ‘girlfriend’, I dengaq macam ‘gyulfrind’, ‘learners’ and ‘luerners’, ‘whatever’ as ‘wot-iva’, and ‘cool’ as ‘kewl’. But you’ll get used to them after living here for more than 5 months now =p. Hehe. Here was what happened in my 2nd English class. =S (It’s written as how I hear it. You’ll understand it if you read it in Bahasa. =S)

Madam: Okay class, roit an issay about the sitting from the novel.
Me: Huh? Apakah? Pasai apa kena tulih essay about sittings (as in kedudukan?) *Thinks*
Madam: Sow, wiy have the physical and social sittings such as....... (Goes on)
Me: Owh, tulih an essay about the SETTINGS ghupanya. Cehh. *slaps head*

And the joke is, they had trouble understanding MY accent. They had always mistaken my alphabet ‘a’ with ‘e’. Somehow, I gotta work on that. =.=’ And for those of you whom I speak English with, knows that I don’t have a very strong Malay accent. So yehh.

The conclusion is, we just rock that we couldn’t understand each other’s accent. LOL.

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I'll Love You Even though I've Never Met You

The anticipation was climbing up
Many people asked about you
How well you were
How old you were
And how healthy you were
The teeny tiny facts about you mattered
And you made everyone's faces carved up with sincere smiles
Even if they shouldn't on that day

Nine months past and there you were
But you weren't screaming
You were as quiet as anyone can be
Yes, you were breathing 
And I bet you looked like any healthy child

But Allah knows best
He knew that all of us would cry
Be devastated and sad
Be heartbroken and dejected
He knew that the world would be harsh on you
He decided to take you away from us
And He knew that that was the best for everyone

So, just remember this
Although I've never met you
I know I'll miss you
Although I've never knew you
I know I'll love you
Although I've never seen you
I know I'll remember you

Lots of Love,
Aunty Nana



As you may read, I would like to dedicate this to my cousin's child yang baru meninggalkan kita last night. Kak Ima and Abang Adi, just ingat, semua benda yang terjadi ada hikmahnya. We all know that he will be in a better place. Al-Fatihah...

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"Stretch It Out and Lose That Baggage!"


 After that awful experience, we were trying our best to forget about it. Period. So, after taking our next flight tickets to Wellington (WEL), we headed straight to the bus terminal just located outside of the airport, taking a bus to the domestic flight terminal.

Whenever you get into a flight, and normally before takeoff, the stewards and stewardesses would explain plainly and demonstrates all the safety precautions that passengers should take notice of during the flight such as how to wear a seat belt, where you should put your hand luggage at, what you should do when an emergency occurs and etc. Remember that? Owh well, maybe not because I’m pretty sure that apparently none of us ever focused on that, don’t we? Unless the stewards were pretty good-looking =p However, Air New Zealand had the best, I mean seriously da-bomb, most interesting safety advertisement ever! Hands down! I had to admit though that it was pretty ridiculous but funny yet catchy enough to make you watch it till the end =D Yes, it’s an advertisement, NOT a demonstration like we used to look at. Here is the video, you be the judge. =D (NZ Add ON SAFETY ISSUES ON FLIGHT)


Owh, and here is a picture of the clouds in the New Zealand sky =)


Then, about an hour later, we landed in Wellington safely and was greeted by Dr. Rosli Mohamed, mum’s boss, who were really lively and friendly, and also a few other Malaysians from The Malaysia High Commission (HiCom). So, after three consecutive flights, we were all worn out and thus, still feeling jet-lagged, we headed straight for the City Life Hotel which was located smack in the middle of Wellington City. And yes, as you’ve guessed, the scenery was breath-taking. =D







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AUK to WEL

This was when the nightmare started.

Apparently in NZ, you would have to go through another x-rays and dogs (yes, they have dogs sniffing around people’s bag just to find drugs and etc.) and real people asking you to open up your bag. And owh, before you land, you’ll be given a small paper where you have to sign it to indicate whether you bring the illegal food or stuffs or not. Apparently, none of us really REALLY read the paper so we missed out one tiny little detail where it stated that honey is forbidden to be brought in.

Back at the Malaysian Golden Lounge, apparently my mum asked me to take a bottle of hardly of 100 ml of honey and put it in my bag since hers was congested with her other stuffs. She asked me to do so because she thought she would have some in the flight later. So when we were all so bloated during flying, both my mum and I had totally forgotten about that small bloody bottle when we landed.

So, even after we had our box of food checked manually, they found that jar in my bag and apparently we were brought aside to be fined with $400. Yes, four hundred dollars which is equivalent to almost RM 932!! Even after begging, they still issued a summon on that bloody jar. I had to write down an apology letter, (which my mum helped coz she felt a little guilty about it =S) to the government of NZ about what happened and hope that they won’t charge me and it was totally 100% of recklessness and nothing to jeopardize NZ honey-making industry. Apparently, it seemed that honey that was brought from overseas might contain some kind of germs or some sort of virus that could be contages to the honey in NZ, thus, collapsing the industry. I cross my heart, really, I blame it all on my short term memory loss.

So, for those who wanna come down and visit me soon, please make sure that you DO NOT bring these items along or you can kiss goodbye to your precious RM 932:

  • -        HONEY
  • -        Boots or shoes filthed with soil
  • -        Dairy products
  • -        Any sort of beefs (Rendang or even raw =S)
  • -        Barleys, wheat and fish (If I’m not mistaken)
  • -        Wood (Hand crafted idol or clock or table and etc.)


So, that kinda spoilt everyone’s mood but Alhamdulillah once we stepped out from the airport, the scenery and the strong cold wind swept our un-awesome tragedy away from our minds. =) 

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PEN to KUL – KUL to AUK

Before I start my very long long story, I, first, would like to apologise for not updating my blog for almost two months now. Cleaning up my whole house takes about a week, and I’m talking about spotless clean. And since reaching New Zealand, I did not have much chances to find a place with Wi-Fi and going online. So now, mummy has installed broadband in our new home, it makes me going online a lot easier =) I have so much to tell you guys! Let’s start off with the amazing services that Malaysia Airlines provided to me and my fellow members of the family =)

Having to say goodbye to my family and friends were definitely harder than I thought. I knew that I was going to have fun and a new adventure and definitely exciting experiences but leaving behind the place and the people that I grew up with and love was a no joke. Obviously I’m talking about moving to New Zealand. =S I felt very lucky to have family and friends who took their time out just to send us off at the Penang International Airport. (PEN) Some even cried that they might not make it just to see us go. (It’s okay, I won’t type out your name here =p) I appreciate it. For that, I thank you all. And some couldn’t make it at all which I don’t mind. Really, it’s okay =) So, I had made and received phone calls throughout the same day. These are the people that I did get the chance to meet up with or called up before leaving. I heart you guys tonnes =) PS: Even for those whom I didn’t get the chance to speak with till the last second or missed out your name (maafkan daku!), I still heart you guys as much <3 (It’s just a list to make my article look longer, no hard feelings yeh? =D)

Uncles and Aunts
Eel Seah
Syazwani Nizam
Adilla Munir
Farrah Harun
Shazana Wazir
Ashley Leow
Goh Jo Wee
Mazhidayah
Kak Yah J.Lo =p
Jeysanaah Ganesh
Bhavithra Bieber =)
Angeline Low
Kaveta Balasubramaniam
Koh I-Lyn
Cynthia ‘Ee Ee’ Lee
Eunice Lee
Norshela Natasha
Fion ‘Fufu’ Wong
Thareni
Sabrena Arosh
Liyana Zainol Abidin
Tara Tan Tze Lin
Azhani Azizi
Mudzaffar Razif
Izyan Musfirah
Zahrin Zahari
Zahira Zahari
Diniy Akmal
Nur Hasya
Bu Sheerah
Farah Aiman
Amirah Zulkarnain
Khairunnisa Ubaidillah
Hazwani Najwa
Nadiah Rashidi
Afiza Fatihah
Luqman Kasran
Syamir Akif
Hafiz Aiman
Izyanti Idris
Rozleena
Razeena
Syahirah Hamid a.k.a Buaya Darat a.k.a Bepz =D
Muna Athirah <3

Our take off was at 5.25pm and we reached safely at KLIA afterwards. (KUL) Then we find our way into Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge which was located inside KLIA itself. We stopped there for prayers and then find our way to the international gate. After the immigration counter, we headed straight for the international departure which is located in a different building. You have to take a tube to get to that place and it was amazing! I felt like I was at overseas already! Then again, we went straight to the lounge and waited there.



Now, the (sort of) real pleasure and royalty starts =D

The Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge International is a place where you wait for your flight in comfy couches and sofas. It’s an exquisite lounge complete with a small golf putting place thingy, spa, TV, free Wi-Fi, bar and here comes the best part, *drum rolls* eat-all-you-can buffet! Not that they have much variety but the food were really good! And the services too =) *thumbs up* This was when I grabbed the chance making and receiving last minutes calls since I had to wait for another hour or so.

Around 8.50-ish pm, the announcement for last call for flight to Auckland (AUK) was made. (Apparently none of us heard the earlier announcements). So we rushed our butts off to the gate and after the screening and stuffs, we were led into the plane. After take off, we were indulged with dinner which you were needed to choose from. So I had grilled beef on board. Yumm! Makan lagi. Tsk tsk tsk. So, we had appetizers and cakes and drinks and fruits and muffins and more food while watching Narnia and White Collar which I didn’t give much attention as I was too focused on my food =p. Fuuh! Memang terbaek. In business class, you get to choose your own food, you can choose multiple shows and games and even radio channels that you can control on your own given TV screen, your seat which can be inclined into a bed, you’ll get to know how far you are from your destination, you’ll be given a bag complete with lotions, toothbrush and etc, having the stewards and stewardesses remembering your name, and again, eat. I had mixed grilled for breakfast. Heaven! So, technically, you’ll be pampered and bloated throughout that 10-hour flight.

After getting a soundless sleep, we were woken up by the stewards and stewardesses, and had breakfast and Alhamdulillah, safely landed on Aoteora or a.k.a New Zealand. We reached Auckland around 11.36 pm NZ time which is about 7.36pm Malaysian time. Syukur kepada Allah, the flight was smooth and yupp, I definitely had the time of my life, well, sort of. =D


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The Transition

In houses, you would be able to find couches and tables, racks and shoes, flat screens and home theatre and other items that, well, houses have. LOL. Except that mine are all in boxes. Stacks of them, piled up by the kitchen. Well, at least till this Sunday. =)

In a few more days, the holy land of rugby (as quoted by a friend of mine), the settings for the shooting of Lord of The Rings (and soon to be for The Hobbits =p), the home of a few amazing mountain ponies and fluffy sheep, and definitely the home of DAN CARTER, is going to be OUR new home, the beautiful land of New Zealand. I’m so fortunate that my mother got a job over there, so we’re all moving there for a couple of years but hopefully my brother and I will stay there till we finish our studies =) Or forever (Yes ibu, I know you’ll read this =p)

Although New Zealand is a beautiful country, I still have to frequently remind myself that there are going to be many many tests awaiting for me. Muslims are minority over there, so getting halal food is definitely going to be a lot harder. And not to mention the influences that I would be getting from my new peers and the new environment. I would really need my strong A’qidah and Iman to help me out and assure me to stay on the right path of Islam. Luckily, thanks to my parents and to having spending almost nine months in UIA, I’d learnt to become a better Muslimah. Understanding Islam more in many different ways are just so fun and eye-opening. From classes to talks to posters to lectures, those were the mediums to teach us, the students, more about Islam. Not only the main knowledge like the five pillars of Islam and others but also the tiny little details. Did you know that even while you’re bathing you could get pahala? Then, only I knew how little I know about this beautiful religion =)

Even though I have to repeat my studies in New Zealand soon, staying in UIA was worth the wait. I looked at it as a preparation for me to face Allah’s tests in NZ really soon. And not to mention, I’ve also met many wonderful people in UIA that I call them as friends who came from different parts of Malaysia. My schoolmates and activity/sports/music-mates are all, well, from Penang and of course I heart them as much too <3 I’m going to miss you guys loads! So, the conclusion is that I felt very grateful that I got stuck in UIA =p

Therefore, New Zealand, HERE I COME! =D

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