Wednesday, 24 November 2010
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Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Monday, 10 May 2010
Do you know, my STEP account is a very basic account. On some occassions (only some), I cannot use it for internet transactions as it's not at a standard account card. Maybe, the card holder is not good enough to have money in their account. When I first applied for the bank account two years ago, I nearly gave up. I faced so many problems, many rejections, many documents needed to be attached. Just because at that time, I wasn't working. It was difficult to convince the bank indeed on why I needed the account to be set up.
Hi hi hi I can have a little smile today, hope more smiles are coming up tomorrow and in the near future.
Friday, 30 April 2010
10:23 AM we pushed off from Olomouc to Praha in a very nice and comfortable Pendolino train ride. We reached Praha 2 hours later, with only 2 stops in between. Our hotel was just in front of the main train station (Hlavni Nadrazi), but as agreed with Hamimmi and Nadia, we waited for them and together we walked to the hotel. It was Chopin Hotel. We paid 70 Euros cheaper online than those walking in. What a great saving.
As the train journey wasn't a tiring one, we were ready to explore Praha after performing jamak qasar Zohor and Asar. But of course, we need to taste the famous halal Lamb Briyani not far away from the hotel. The Restaurant wasn't too big but clean and no alcohol was served. The taste was marvellous. I strongly recommend this to you.
Hamimmi and Nadia had some work to do, so Nabihah took their place to show us around. We really appreciated their help, as for only 1 day in Prague, time was gold. As many other old cities in Europe, Prague city was walkable. But we still need the trams on some occassions. This was the time when tour guides were very crucial and priceless. Thank you very much dear sisters. May Allah bless you all and make your life there easy and unstressable. Please pray for their exams end of this month.
So we managed to see what we have to see in 1 day. At the end we stopped at Hamimmi and friends' house near Charles University. It was bigger than any students house in Birmingham, I tell you. Nice and clean with huge rooms. Hamimmi stayed with 5 other friends.
We also met Wan Fadhilah from Hradec, 1 hour away from Prague, who we contacted when we were in Czech Rep before we met Suhaila and Atiqah in Olomouc. We met many more Malaysian medical students in Hamimmi's house as they were having a small gathering on the next day.
Before we went back to the hotel, Hamimmi and Nabihah showed us Wenceslas Square. All the info you need to know about Phara are here
There are a few photos in a slide at the bottom of the blog.
Thursday, 29 April 2010
I looked around the hotel restaurant (Sigma Hotel, Olomouc) to find an electrical socket for my laptop and started to search for the wi-fi. Alhamdulillah, I’ve got it done and started to surf the internet.
9 AM, I had a job, as a photographer to snap a few photos for my wife’s poster presentation. It was still quite early when I reached back to the hotel. I looked at the clock at the bottom right of my laptop, it was 9:30 AM. So I decided to surf the internet and made a few calls provided by http://www.nonoh.net/. It was free. I was addicted to internet, and during that period, I managed to watch Malay Film, Muallaf, directed by the late Yasmin Ahmad.
It was 11 am and I was ready to tour Olomouc city, when I realized that I haven’t changed the time zone in my laptop. Ya Allah, it’s 11 AM UK time, means 12 PM local time. So I made the move. Hopped in the tram and hopped out whenever I like. Pedulik haper khanz. I didn’t have any specific program, but I knew that there was a FLORA festival this month somewhere near the botanical garden. I heard other tourists said FLORA in their conversation among themselves, and amazingly, I was at that FLORA. I paid Kr 80, (almost £3) for a student ticket. I thought it was like Keukenhof, but I was wrong. It was just like a normal flower exhibition with Sunday market booth. At 3 PM I felt nauseated due to gastritis, I was hungry. I remembered my wife’s friend said that there is a halal kebab house at the end of the Main Train Station. I ordered noodle with kebab (Kr75) and a coke (Kr25). It was halal, but they sold beer as well at £0.04 per large glass. Ergh ! ! ! I was hungry and nearly felt like fainting, so I just ate the noodle. I was eating when my wife entered the kebab house, not noticing my presence there, and ordered a kebab for herself. She said, her Czech friends told her, that the hotel that we stayed was an old building in a communist era, and the train that we took from Praha was the normal old fashion train. We should have bought an express train called Pendolino which took only 2 hours journey and was much more comfortable.
So we bought Pendolino train ticket for our journey back to Prague. The price was of course much more expensive ie double the normal train. As for the hotel, we felt it was comfortable and convenient, only 2 minutes walk to the main train station and to the Regional Conference Centre. I went back to the room to pray, and my wife continued with her conference in RCC. Yesterday Atikah and Suhaila showed us around. They stopped over at our hotel room for maghrib prayer. Before they went back that night, we made a plan for tomorrow which was today, to go to FLORA and another shopping place which was about the same as Alamanda Putrajaya. Actually not the same but easier to imagine for you folks.
We were supposed to go at 3 PM, but cancelled because my wife had a very interesting talk by her supervisor, Paul at 4:30 PM. So we postponed it to 5PM. It seemed that we were too late to visit Flora, so we cancelled the first itinerary. It was ok for me, as I have been there earlier.
I was tired and needed a short nap. When my wife came back from the conference, I told her that we postponed our visit to Olympia to 6 PM, she decided to take a short walk but ended up taking a tram which was en route to FLORA. She got off the tram in front of the FLORA and with Allah's will, fortunately met Suhaila at FLORA with 4 other Malaysian students, Zaharah, Farhana, Nadia and Seri (hopefully I wrote the right names)
All Malaysian students here were studying Medicine. All their lecturers who my wife met were very impressed with Malaysian Medical students here. I was not surprised, because all of them were brilliant students, who scored all A's in their SPM.
In front of RCC attending the 6th Molecular Pathology Symposium
Olomouc City Centre
If you wanna to know more about Olomouc, just type it in Google search. One of it is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olomouc
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Menginap semalam di rumah ipo wa, esok seawal jam 6 pagi wa dan wife dihantar oleh abg Ipo dan kakak ipo wa ke Heathrow, Terminal 5. Bagusnya British Airways ini mereka ada online check-in. Masukkan booking code, terus wa print boarding pass sebelum ke airport. Kalau nak lagi bagus, jadi member British Airways executive club, free je.
Pagi tu kami tertinggal poster untuk presentation wife wa. Kalau tak bawa rugi lah dah penat sediakan. Ia perlu untuk perkenalkan Unibesti Putra, seterusnya ia perlu untuk kerjasama wife wa dengan universiti antarabangsa. Nasib baik abg ipo dan kakak ipo wa sporting giler, kalau tak giler pasti mereka tak akan hantar punya mende tu ke airport.
Kebetulan pula flight ada sedikit tergendala. Maklumlah tuan tuan dan puan puan, airport baru sehari dibuka setelah hampir seminggu ditutup gara gara letusan gunung berapi di Iceland yang menghasilkan debu yang boleh merosakkan enjin kapal terbang
Rencana terbang jam 7:55 pagi, tertunda ke 8:15 pagi. BA ni agak selesa dan yakin. Namun seperti biasa wa akan baca Al Fatihah, 3 x Al Ikhlas dan Ayat Kursi. Perjalanan lancar dan kami mendarat seperti diramalkan sebelum penerbangan tertunda, maknanya laju lah tu
Akhirnya, kalau sebelum ini wa hanya melihat di skrin info kapalterbang, sekarang ini wa mendarat di PRAHA atau PRAGUE di Czech Republic. Bekas tanah komunis, yang kini ramai dihuni yahudi.
Namun tuan tuan dan puan puan, Prague bukanlah tujuan utama kami. Kami mesti ke Olomouc, negeri kelima terbesar dalam Czech Rep, negeri kedua terbanyak peninggalan tugu seni ukiran bersejarah dalam Czech Rep ini. Unibesti kedua tertua (Palacky University) di Czech pon terletak di sini. Dari airport ambil bas, AE (Airport Express) Kr 100 untuk 2 orang ke main train station. Kali pertama sampai sini maka ambil sahaja apa keretapi yang ada.
3 jam 14 minit. Kereta api buruk. As expected, jadi tak kisah. Namun sesuatu yang mengkagumkan, baik bas mahupon keretapi, adalah ketepatan waktunya. Tak ada lebih kurang. Sampai waktu, pintu tutup terus jalan. Inilah agaknya impian PM kita nak hapuskan kata lebih kurang tu agaknya
Sampai Olomouc, nginap di hotel, harganya (wife wa nak yang paling murah) maka dapatlah yang paling murah. GBP25 semalam. Depan stesen keretapi dan 2 minit jalan kaki ke tempat konferen.
Pertama wa lihat anak tangganya, maka dalam kepala wa terlintas, aku akan balik ke tahun 70-an. Anak tangganya berkarat. Bilik besar, ada living room dan bilik tido, bilik air besar, ada tv, hu hu hu ada tv you, thak sangka I. Cuma yang sungguh I thak sangka, thak ada esbok, malah kettle phon tak ado. Nasib baik wa lihat ramai gak la orang yang nginap di situ dengan pakaian dan gaya yang agak bertamadun. Lega sikit hati.
Sarapan agak mewah, seperti biasalah hotel 3 bintang. Asal kenyang, wa no hal. Yang penting bagi wa, ada internet, walaupon hanya di lobby. OK lah. GBP25 je yeop. Lu nak harap apa. Itu pon wa kira lebih bagus dari kebanyakan hotel di Malaya tu. La ni, wi-fi patutnya satu kemestian dan patutnya juga kena FREE
Dalam bulan April setiap tahun, terdapat pesta bunga, FLORA di taman botani di Olomouc. Belon udara ini menjadi tanda ianya telah dan sedang berlangsung.
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Minggu depan bermulalah kembali alam persekolahan setelah mereka bercuti selama 2 minggu. Maka bermulalah juga hari hari sibuk wa menghantar dan menjemput mereka ke/dari sekolah. Namun dari segi baiknya, wa dapat bekerja full time. Undang undang di sini tidak membenarkan kanak-kanak bawah 14 tahun tinggal dirumah tanpa penjagaan oleh orang dewasa. Maka atas sebab tersebut, wa tak boleh lah pergi kerja jika mereka ada di rumah
Bekerja full time bermaksud tersirat banyak sikitlah income, gitew. Maklumlah makan gaji part time, begitulah kisahnya. Kalau dapat kerja di rumah bagus khanz lu all. Lu all tak nak terfikir ke buat aplikasi iPhone ? Pengguna iPhone seluruh dunia telah melepasi jumlah 45 juta orang, dan jumlahnya sentiasa meningkat. Pada pengguna Blackberry dan Xperia, jangan marwah, iPhone is SIMPLY THE BEST, BETTER THAN ALL THE REST, awwwww ! ! !
Dah nak menyimpang dah, lupa pula akan kisah wa kali ini. Inilah cik Kian, wa nak ceta, wa mulakan cuti sekolan anak anak wa dengan Disneyland Paris, lepas tu wa perok anak anak wa di rumah selama dua minggu. Maka tergeraklah gak nak habiskan cuti sekolah mereka dengan suatu yang boleh mereka ingat. Lalu kami approve kunjungan ke Black Country Museum Dudley. Dekat jer dari rumah wa, 25 minutes. Beli tiket online, kalau tak pasti jenuh beratur
Tips : Kalau lu all tak tau nak pegi mana, lu all type je www.enjoyengland.com. Isikan mana yang patut, lalu click search.