Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Diwali in Sheffield

Deepavali/Diwali - Festival of Lights
i experienced the most interesting ceremony last week which is the poja, in one of the temple here. We were so lucky we got there early because the place was so small and not all can fit in the temple. After that, we went to the Sikh Gurdwara and the building is beautiful. It has shape like the mosque, and we have to cover our head when entering the gurdwara.

A new friend of mine invited me to join the festival, recommended by her mentor, since she's from Germany. I have to say I was reluctant to go to this festival however when i saw the tentative for the event that they will be going to a Hindu temple and a Sikh temple, then i thought 
because i never been into a temple or a gurdwara before
I have to say, it was an experience. Jana, Lena and I had a great time, we got the exposure of the event. Thats it.

There are conservative community over here that doesn't see the point of celebrating or exposing themselves to these kind of events. For me, it is up to them whether they want to celebrate or to see the event BUT
if they started saying that i shouldn't go to the festival
then we might have a little problem

First of all, some of u might have thought that i do the poja or renjis-renjis to the statues in the temple. For your information, I didnt do all that, all we do is witnessing the whole ceremony. We were totally like the audiences.
*at one point Jana and I were staring at each other thinking when is it going to be overrrrr*

Secondly, as for me, i like to see new things. i like to feel new things. i like to taste new things. anything that is new, I'm up to it. Because i believe that, when we see something new or when something new comes to our life, it can help us see things in a different perspective.
i guess an empathetic person holds to this principle in their life
because we like to put ourselves in someone else's position and evaluate the situation

I really think, people that connecting ONLY with their own kind of people wouldn't be a developing community. because they ONLY live in their own balloon. U need "ideas" from outside when u analyse or comparing something, because if u analyse among yourself, and not from anybody else, then ur limit of letting ur perspective to grow will be small. Obviously, this wouldn't bring u near to being a global citizen or even a developing community. Unless your community doesn't want to grow and progress then this discussion ends here.

anyways, i see this as an opportunity. I heard a saying "successful people knows when there is an opportunity". Lets see it this way, for those who didn't get to study abroad, of course they are less likely to interact or to have activities with people from other country. However, looking at yourself to be in UK, and having this opportunity that u get, its overwhelming. And for u, to miss so much that u would have gain, is a big loss.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Amsterdam Alone *but not quite alone*

I have been procrastinating to write a post on my Amsterdam trip so here it is! I went there just before my new semester starts. Purpose was in case, i'll be busy during the christmas holiday, at least i have done some travelling in my 1st semester.

one word for Amsterdam
from now on i will always sum up my trip in one word. and i keep telling my friends that Amsterdam has a really big windows and they are all transparent. I am seriously intrigued by it because it is such a distinct sight and its amazing. u can be awed whenever u look at the window
the paintings in the house
the house deco
some naked people ahahah
interior of an office

I went there alone and stayed in a hostel(girls only) for the first time. i was anxious because i thought it will be somewhat dodgy, instead it was not bad at all. I made a friend straightaway and we discovered the city together
I did tried the "special cake" since I had it with Chiayu. We shared one cake, the effect took so long to kick in, we thought the cake doesn't work on us. However, 3/4 hours after that, i was stoned while Chiayu sleep it off. It was one hell of an experience but hey, its Amsterdam. To be honest, i wouldn't take the cake if I'm alone and since I have someone with me, so why not? hihihi

anyway, i chose Amsterdam solely for Van Gogh Museum and it was really amazing. I also went to Howard Greenberg photo exhibition in the Jewish Historical Museum. Anne Frank house is not that fascinating. The walk at the red light district is a lil bit scary if one of the lady try to persuade u some 'services'. Also, during a walk at a street market, I saw 2 lads staring at one of the big windows, so i look. I see a naked lady doing her bed.

Third Year Student

I am so glad i managed the second year, honestly, because i know a few who didn't make it to the third year. Hence, I am really really grateful.

As usual, engineering students always have a packed schedule. I just got my complete schedule and I've allocated my study time, hopefully i will be obedient this year and perform better.
I have an individual project this year, something about the opto characteristic of GaAsBi. My supervisor has introduced me to 2 phd students, i hope i can do well because I need to pass this in order to go to the 4th year!