Friday, 29 October 2010

Winter Preparation Part 1

Salam Sejahtera.
Semoga sihat belaka dan sentiasa di bawah lindungan Allah SWT.

Ma insisted me to talk about India. But,, from the deep of my heart, I don't feel like giving a story telling bout it YET. So, I'm gonna tell u guys about my winter preparation in Egypt.

One and a half month ago, (while I was still in Malaysia)
I didn't buy any winter clothes to bring here. AQM and my seniors said in Egypt it will be a lot cheaper. PLUS,, I don't want any excess baggage. Kena bayar wooo.. 1 kilo RM96.00. Gila!
I didn't bring sweater along. My bag was already FULL and PACKED. Thanks to the GREEN BAG  =_=

It's already been a week since Egypt started to cool. Gosh! I never thought that it would be so fast! The other day was sooo hot and the next thing when I woke up in the morning, I was shivering! I only had my wool pashmina that I bought in India. Every night I sleep with pashmina as my blanket and I had to wear socks too! The cold is sooo different than the cold that you feel in an air-conditioned room.

Baru 18 degree celcius, nak mandi pagi pun pikir dua kali. HAHA.
before mandi, jerang air panas dua kali, campur ngan air sejuk tu. Nikmat mandi tak terkata!
Sis Aishah said last year the temperature was low around 6 degree celcius!
Cool dude. I'm really looking forward to my days here =)

P/S:   Winter = Hibernate

Friday, 15 October 2010

Land of Pharaohs

It's already been exactly  27 days I'm in Egypt. Well, I came here to study dentistry in University of Al-Azhar for 5 years. Before this I never imagine myself to further my study in Egypt. I wanted to go to Netherland! But many things pass by in my life and here I am, in the land of pharaohs,, filled with many ancient history for me to discover. ( and for sure, study like mad to get my degree)

Months before I arrived, a friend of my senior told me this,

 " Mesir tak sama macam country lain. Awak kena prepare."

I was wondering apa yang lainnya. Then I asked my Ma. (she's been to Egypt before)

"Well, dia sama macam India kot. I'm sure you will survive." Ma said.

Ok. I know what it will be like. Veeeeeeeeryy different from Malaysia. During my one week orientation in ILIM, the seniors show us lots of pictures about Egypt. Yeap, memang sangat lain. At least I know how the place will look like, the people, the city, the transportation. It's not like I haven't done my own research, but you guys know la kan, the media always nak tunjuk yang baik2 je. Hey, I'm gonna stay here for five years. Of course I wanna make sure that I will survive in a strange, new environment.

It's quite difficult for me to express what I think when I first saw the surrounding around Egypt. All I can say is, macam India. Ada banyak pasir. Ada banyak orang. Ada kuda ngan keldai kat tepi jalan. Saaaaaangat lain dari Malaysia. You can't easily find horses and donkeys in Malaysia. Paling senang nak jumpa, kat zoo. Then,  hon kat sini macam orchestra. Non stop. Most of the Egyptians don't obey the traffic rules. Traffic light pun susah nak nampak. Oh yeah, one more thing,, the traffic light will always be in yellow colours.

My friend said, " dia nak suruh kita awas je. Jangan sampai berlanggar ngan kereta lain."  huhu..

Crossing the streets, lain cerita pulak. Tak ada jejantas. Tak ada traffic light untuk pejalan kaki. Lintas macam tu je. Kereta dah la laju nak mampus. Tawakkal je laa... haiihhh    =_="

The habits of the Egyptians.
First, they are nocturnal. Kedai bukak sampai pukul 3 pagi if  I'm not mistaken.
They open their store at noon. Nak zohor baru bangun dari tidur. Only bread shop, vegetable stall je yang bukak awal pagi.
Second, they speak arabic in Egyptian accents. Famous dengan nama, bahasa 'ammiyah. Lain gila dari bahasa arab yang kita belajar kat sekolah dulu. ( this one is known as fushah ) So, it's very difficult for us to understand what they are saying. To make things worse, my fushah pun sangat basic. But, I still survive. with the help of my friends and seniors. =) 
Third, there are sooooooooooo many rubbish. Tepi jalan melambak.
Fourth, they LOVE to drink carbonated drinks and eat snacks. You guys can find small stalls along the streets that sell these kinda things. Ishh.. tak kena diabetes ke macam tu?? seram tengok.

There's more in egypt for me to discover. I have 4 years ++  to experience a whole new journey in my life. I'll just go with the flow.  ^_^

P/S : ada orang tu suruh I update blog. tapi dia tak jadi follower pun. =P

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

The Opening

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds.

The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Master of the Day of Judgement.

You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help.

Show us the Straight Path.

The Path of those whom You have bestowed Your Blessings,
not of those whom be Your Wrath, nor of those who go astray.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Allah SWT for giving me the chance to manage a blog for me to write my thoughts, express my feeelings, and last but not least, as a medium for me to communicate with my family, friends, and other people. =)

why Violinista ? maybe some of you guys are wondering right?
Well, at first when I decided to do a blog, I want the name to have something that reflects myself. For those who didn't know me or have not yet read my profile, I am a violinist. So, I just add the letter 'A'.
It just sound soooooo right to me although I don't think it would bring any meanings.  XD

( To the English experts, forgive me if this may sound so wrong in any ways)

Ok. Straight to the point. I will be using mostly English and Malay language to write Violinista.  I apologies for any grammar mistakes or any misuse words.  
( FYI, English is my second language ) 
If I 'accidentally' use words that you guys are not familiar with, please forgive me and you always can ask me the meanings later!

Everyone are welcome to read Violinista regardless what race and religion you are. I want to let you know that I'm happy to receive any advice, comments or opinions from you guys  ^_^

Till then. Peace ^^