Pacific Daylight Time.
Malam terakhir aku di Kanada untuk trip kali ini. Sekarang di sebuah hostel di Vancouver. Bandar di daerah (province) British Columbia yang terletak di barat Kanada.
“Are you tired?” Tanya Brendon dalam kereta api tadi, melihat reaksi aku yang tidak bermaya.
“Sad,” jawabku pendek.
“That’s good. It means that you had a good time,” balasnya.
“I did,” balasku kembali.
Sempat berjalan-jalan ke Eropah ari tu. Baru sampai balik hari Ahad lepas. Dengan jetlag dua tiga hari. Biasa lah tu. Bak kata Mahir, kawan-kawan yang dah kahwin tunjuk gambar anak-anak, kita-kita yang single ni tunjuk gambar berjalan lah. So here we go :D
Bas kat Dublin. Bas yang boleh masuk dalam sungai. Bas yang ni kat London pun ada, tapi kat Dublin diorang pakai topi Viking. Tema Ireland lah katakan.
Jejaka penjual bunga. Oooh, boleh buat tajuk novel tuh! Takpun drama bersiri TV3. Ni kat Sandycove, beberapa batu dari Dublin.
Aku pusing kali ni dengan Rosmin. Europe Trip yang tak cukup korum. Mahadi tak dapat nak join. Ni dekat stesen keretapi Fota, dekat-dekat Cork. Cork ni dalam 3 jam gak dari Dublin.
Posing depan windmills. Zaanse Schaans ni perkampungan komersil yang dalam 15 minit train dari bandar Amsterdam.
Depan area Zoo dan Aquarium kat bandar Berlin.
Rosmin balik awal so kat UK, aku pusing road trip dengan Putri, dan kawan-kawan Putri – Suki dan Aimee. Ni area Cotswolds, bandar lama kat selatan tengah England.
Gambar paling narsis/vain untuk trip kali ini. Berjalan kat Painswick, still area Cotswold :D
It was easy for me to say that my trip to the United States of America in April as one of the best trip I ever had. I’ve met great people, made new friends and did a lot of activities. I even went to The Wanted concert. Oh yea, my nephews and niece was like ‘that’s unfair!’ and then I took them to watch a musical in Straits Quay so that I’m still the best uncle ever!
But one of the random amazing thing that happened to me during the trip is meeting this very nice lady on a flight.
If you think AirAsia is chaotic enough, then think again. Imagine going on the flight where it is free seating that you just have to roam around until you find a seat. And the tricky part of having that freedom is – I was trying my best to avoid sitting next to some uninteresting people. Well, of course at that time, I so called use my extra sense to detect if those people are interesting or not. Well, of course not. And I didn’t have much choice either as our group was pretty late and we have to sit wherever we could.
And I ended up next to this 2 fellas which I would say are about the same age as my parents.
It was the flight from Chicago to Washington D.C. which is about 2 hours but time flies quickly. This lady called Lynn was very lovely and she told me about her son and her passion of teaching. I shared the same thing and at this time, I barely remember what else did I tell her. But it was one of the lovely experience I had in States.
So I shared her a poem that I’ve wrote quite a long time ago. It was untitled but it’s about blue bird. And then she gave her email to me saying that she will send me picture of blue bird taken from her house. And I’ve just recently manage to email her and she just replied it with this picture.
These are taken outside of her windows, I mean back in her house, not flight windows of course. Isn’t it lovely?
And here’s the poem that I wrote
The blue bird flies and spread its wings
up on the sky and so it sings
Every other birds silence in despair
for this blue bird is such a rare
In winter blue bird flies away
and took with it, its melody
as there’s no blue bird sings the day
the night has always been empty
But as season changes, the winter’s gone
the blue bird comes back, ends the mourn
Although the waiting has been long
but finally blue bird calls the rain
The blue bird sings its lovely song
and forest starts to grow again
And underneath the summer sun
the blue bird looks quite green to me
and it has been the only one
that sings to me so I can see
*Picture above is also from Lynn :)
It’s been nearly 2 weeks since I came back from my very first US trip.
And my response had been short and simple every time my friends and colleague ask me.
Oh, for those who doesn’t know, I was selected to chaperon 5 high school kids from Malaysia to a leadership program attended by 10 ASEAN countries in Northern Illinois University, near Chicago; well not really, it actually a huge hassle to get from the university to Chicago that taking train from Durham to London sounds like a walk in the park. States is like Malaysia, you need car to get around if you live just a bit outside of the city. Oh, the cool part is they put our story in US Embassy KL website which is here. And they spell my name right! Although my father’s name is missing…
A lot of cool stuff that happened in the US is probably very typical stuff for American. But as I grow up to American tv, so I got a excited!
– watched Survivor on CBS!! That’s like on my aim to fulfill and I manage to do that. So watching Survivor with commercial on 7pm Central time (well I was at Washington during that time so it is 8pm) was so nice!
– walking around the neighbourhood. I got a tad excited imagining that I’m taking a walk in a street full of drama – Wisteria Lane. Well, it didn’t look exactly like that but as opposed to British housing where every house is so close to each other, the house is far apart. Reminded me of my all good times catching Desperate Housewives with my fellow friends in Durham.
– passed through Frat house. Yeay, if anything; it’s just look like stuff on tv. Loud music at night time, and they even play tug of war after sun down. That’s fun!
– Hot tub underneath the stars. This sounds fancy, and it is :P My host parents had this hot tub outside of their house so it was a cold night and I took a dip. It was so nice looking at the moon and the stars while soaking myself in the bubbly hot water.
– Sleep in a motorhouse. Well, the first family that host me didn’t have enough room so I spend a night in a motorhouse parked in front of their house. That’s a very cool experience indeed!
But a lot of amazing experience revolves around my new friends. Met amazing people and share a lot of stories.
America in few days!
Apalah lagu sangat tak bersemangat kan?
I’ll be leaving to States this coming Wednesday. 3 weeks program bawah kedutaan US. Adalah hari tu diorang cari 5 high school kids dan chaperone. Aku apply dan dipendekkan cerita, ada rezeki dan terpilih.
So sejak 2-3 minggu kebelakangan ni, dok busy untuk make sure student research aku dapat some good results before I leave them. Fortunately enough, most of them did. So, lega lah jugak.
Life is good. Hari tu gi UUM sebab buat workshop Language Grooming dengan kak aku kat DPP SME Bank. Was a nice experience sebab tak pernah handle workshop sebegitu rupa sebelum ni. Agaknya memula diorang ingat kitorang nak buat style ceramah kot, sebab dia jemput kak aku dulu untuk mula.
Mana ada macam tu.. konsep kitorang ni – participants kena involve sekali. So, it was a fun day. At least from my part lah. Tak taulah kalau student-student tu having fun ke tak.
Habis workshop, ternampak ada litar go kart. So sempatlah menerai go kart untuk pertama kali.
So, boleh la perasan-perasan macam dalam cerita Need For Speed sekejap. Rasa cukup laju dah bila tengah bawa go-kart. Tapi bila tengok balik dalam video, rupanya taklah laju sangat. Macam bawak basikal kayuh laju-laju ja speed dia.