Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
On my first impression, Masjid ni dah abes tajuk khutbah ke? Aku dah rasa macam tengah belajar subjek pendidikan islam dalam kelas sekolah rendah pulak dah. Tazkirah before azan zohor tu lagi mantap bagi aku..bercerita pasal hudud, abes dihentamnya video sembang rakyat tu..video yang memperlekehkan hukum hudud..orang islam pulak tu yang perlekehkan..nauzubillah..tapi khutbahnya tadi dalam english, so bole up sikit rase macam tengah dalam lecture kat universiti..huhu.
Tapikan on second thought, bagus jugak khatib tu bagi penerangan pasal solat jumaat ni..educate sikit 'budak-budak KL' ni..aku rase khatib tu memang sengaja nak kasi khutbah pasal ni, sebab rata-rata aku tengok kat keliling aku ni macam tatau adab nak solat jumaat. Yang belah kiri aku tadi asyik duk berbbm je dari die duduk sampai la tengah nak buat saf nak solat..siap time khutbah bole jawab call pulak..yang tak tahan tok imam dah takbir dah die tgh bbm lagi..agak-agak la bro, orang lain pun bercinta jugak..yang awek die pun satu, dah tau bf nak solat,tinggalkan la kejap..paling lama pun sejam.
Tapi yang paling usual, orang borak-borak..yang kat belakang aku dah macam pasar malam. Kalau budak-budak sekolah rendah tu takpe la jugak, boleh dimaafkan..ini bapak-bapak budak, bukan bodoh-bodoh, kerja hebat-hebat belaka..tau la area-area tu semuanya company-company besar, company-company gas dan minyak..jenis yang ada english education. Tapi khatib tengah bagi khutbah dalam english buat-buat tak paham pulak. Aku memang tak paham dengan perangai diaorang ni..Kan cakap jahil marah pulak, tu yang jadi macam orang dalam video sembang rakyat tu..
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Tanya kat minah cashier tu..emmmm hampeh,macam ayam cakap dengan itik lagi. Aku buat body sign signal..acah2 botol tu kat lengan dan usap2 slowly. Dia angguk2 dan kata ja, ja, ja (sebut ya ya ya), sambil usap2 badan, dada dan lengan dia..yikes! teruja jap bulan pose nie hehehe. Kira confirm la betul tu. Plan nak guna lotion tu masa weekend je. Ye la kan, lotion tu bau semerbak, kalu aku pakai masa bekerja hilang la macho..keliling sumernya jantan. Kang jadi lagenda 1001 malam lak.
So, weekend pun tiba. Lepas mandi, siap berpakaian dan potong kuku, aku pun berehat di sofa depan tv. Rasa syok sesangat nak sapu lotion kat siku & lutut aku......
capai botol, picit, dan halakan kat lutut dulu. Bila cecair yang putih likat tu terjatuh kat kulit lutut aku, terasa sejuk...tergeleman aku sebentar hehehe.
Dengan cermat aku pun usap lutut aku perlahan-lahan, licin rasanya.....
Tiba-tiba....aikssss? pasal berbuih-buih nie? Aku usap dengan sedikit kelajuan...aiksss? pasal berbuih-buih makin banyak nie? Aku sental, aku tonyoh...buihnya makin menjadi-jadi. Haiya! ape ke hal ye ni!
Dengan perasaan curiga..aku capai botol lotion tu dan baca kembali labelnya yang tertera di depan : PFLEGEDUSCHE. (bahasa german). Ape ke jadah perkataan tu hah, detik hati aku.
Tak puas hati, aku buka notebook, google dan cari traslation software German - English.
Aku taip perkataan:
Ceiiiiii, yang aku beli benda allah ni buat apa. Potong stim betul...
'SHOWER GEL'Zainin Shah Bahari
(Leipzig Deutschland, 22 Ramadhan 1432H)
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Duhai hati, asuhlah mata agar lazim dengan lenangan air mata ketakutan mu pada Rabb.
Rayulah pada nafsu agar tunduk mengalah supaya dengannya basahlah kedua pipimu saban malam ketika manusia diulit mimpi, walaupun Rasul telah menghampar seribu fadhilat awakhiri ramadhan lebih seribu tahun nan silam.
Temuilah ketenangan yang haq di depan Rabb tatkala sedu suaramu bersilih tangisan memohon dirimu dijauhkan dari As-Saqor.
Kasihanilah kami ya Ghafur.
Ustaz Fathullah Ishak
(Makkatul Mukarramah 3:56am 23 Ramadhan 1432H)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I have new colleague that just joined this month. He is now with me in Deutschland. He is chinese.
Then, we spent almost half an hour in discussing the place for lunch. Unbelievable! The situation is similar like on first date.
Me: Mana mau makan?
Him: Mana2 la...ikut you la..
Me: Eh, asyik aku je yg pilih..
Him: You sudah duduk lama maa sini...
Me: kau pilih la plak..
Him: You mau makan apa?
Me: Apa2 laa..
Him: You cakap la..saya sume bole makan maa..
Me: takpe, nanti pandai2 la saya makan apa2 yang bole..
Him: Hmm..mau makan itu idris kaa
Me: You mau pegi situ makan?
Him: saya mana2 bole maa..
Me: Laa tadi you cakap idris??
Him: Ok la, kite pegi market dulu beli keropok..
after 20 minutes
Me: Mau makan dkat2 sini atau jauh?
Him: Saya tak kesah, dkat2 sini pun bole, jauh pun bole..
Him: dkat2 sini ada saigon, to dung and kebab maa..
Him: kalau you mau minum itu soya kite bole pegi kedai smalam maa..
Me: huh..you mau makan jauh haa?
Him: I tanya you sajaa...
Me: takmo laa..
Him: Kite makan dkat2 sini saja laa...india tu mau try kaa?
Me: Saya bole punye maa..
Him: Saya takut itu kedai nanti you tak bole makan..takde ikan..
Me: Saya makan la apa2 yang saya bole makan..
Him: ok la, kite pegi sana..
Me: Ok you masuk dlu..
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Recently I've been to Leipzig - one small city approximately 100KM of south Berlin. Most of you probably have not heard this city before. Below is the image of public transportation map in Leipzig which consists of tram, suburban train and bus.
Very encouraging and almost every location in the city centre and suburban area (Zone 162, 163, 164, 147, 151, 155, 156 and 168) are well connected. If you wish to go further out than these areas, you need another train called Regional Express or Inter-City.
Now let's look at Berlin transportation map. Berlin is the capital city of Germany for those who still don't know. Even it is the capital city, Munich and Frankfurt are more advance than Berlin in term of economy, development and living style. So you will find it more expensive living in Frankfurt or Munich.
The map shown only for suburban and underground train in Berlin. Of course they also have tram in the city but not as encouraging as in Leipzig. Well, I've been told that tram in Leipzig is the most advance network in Germany.
Now let's go further west of Europe. London. I think most Malaysians must have been here already; either for study, work or holiday. It has been the must visit place for Malaysians. I really amazed with the underground tube of London. Very well connected, organized and full of people. It's like you put the whole tram and bus network system in Leipzig underground!
See, you can go anywhere in Greater London by underground tube. With only GBP 9, you can use the underground tube, buses and britain rail (not sure what is the name for this network train, in the map above the line is white) within Zone 1 to 6 for one day.
Enough west, let's go to far east, Tokyo!
I was not much using the train service there. Not so often.
But I'm sure the train network is better. When you drive in Tokyo, sometimes you will stop under the multiple trains' rails. They have subway, on ground, and above ground. They have train like monorail and train like hanging on the rail, not sure whether you can imagine this or not. Many types of trains I must say, you name it.
In Singapore, they have MRT. I used this when I was little, long time ago. Now I drive if I go to Singapore.
Some people still find it discouraging. But for me it's good enough for small country like Singapore. It will connected you to every corner of the island.
In Kuala Lumpur, we have LRT-Star, LRT-Putra, Komuter, KLIA transit/Express and monorail. Let's see how KL's looks like.
As one of the oil and gas exporting countries, I find this is a joke made by the ruling government. I feel ashamed as citizen of the country. I feel ashamed to my colleague from Leipzig when they came down here. The train networks couldn't even beat the one in Leipzig. Rather than wasting the money building the mega tower, they should improve the public transportation in KL. Please!
I am mortified.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
- Everytime you dine at any ordinary outlets, you need to put your dishes at the designated place. This is includes fast food outlets like McD or KFC. How do you know it is ordinary? Well, most of the meals are less than 10 eur. At least I think so.
- You can smoke almost anywhere and then throw your cigarettes butt anywhere you like. That explains why Germany is not so clean. But please don't smoke in shopping mall or public transports. I used to visit Siemens Turbomachinery at Leipzig, and you know what, they smoke in the staging/workshop area like nobody business.
- If you can't speak Deutsch you will feel like stranger. However most counter girls/boys in place like main central station or airport can speak english better than most of my colleague here in Germany. You better learn Deutsch before you come here.
- So far I haven't found even one free wifi in Germany. All are paid wifi.
- Germany has no toll booth. You can use the highway for free and most of them with no speed limit. Germany famous with this thingy.
- The fuel price keep changing from time to time according to world market price. The highest so far I have seen was 1.69 eur per litre. Not sure what RON it was. They also have RON 95.
- If you travel to Germany, make sure you don't bring meats with you. This is includes raw or instant like Berahim.
- For Malaysian, you are entitle for 90 days free entry upon arrival. If you want to stay longer than that, you need to apply for visa.
- The public transportation is the best in the world. Every locations are connected nicely with public transportation which includes tram, bus, suburban train, regional express train, underground train, and inter-city train.
- Most movies are well translated to Deutsch even in cinema. But they do have cinema with original language but it hard to find. People here claim that Germany has the best translator. Well I second that, they could mimic the voice of Shah Rukh Khan exactly the same, in Deutsch of course. Can you imagine SRK speaking Deutsch, it's only in Germany.
- They have unique allergy to sun with temperature above 20 DegC in sunny day. They will love to have a barbeque. The past 4 to 5 days, weather was good for barbequing. People who live behind my hotel were barbequing almost everyday from 1600pm until 2100pm or maybe more depending on temperature. When I was in Berlin, I saw they were laying on the river bank and most of the men were topless while the women nicely suit in their bikini.
Friday, May 6, 2011
When writing report, we shall write in details, we must careful with our words, the grammar must be perfect, the format used to be interesting, understandable and presentable. On my second day with the company, he sent me to site for progress meeting. The following day I submitted the MOM to him for review and then we took more than half day to modify my MOM before submit to client. In my previous company, I only took half an hour to complete the MOM and then submitted to client.
Because he thinks he's perfect, you can't afford to make any mistake when you deal with him. My PM for one of the project had been scolded by him when the PM asked whether some part is to be install or not. He replied "I still have the feeling that project manager and project engineer still not familiarize with the FDS. It stated clearly in the FDS that thing is not going to be installed. How can I make this more clearer to you". There are some other few situations that I don't want to describe here, it was either happened to me or somebody else. He once criticized about Petronas which I'd rather not to write about it in here which I second his thought =p.
Well, despite all that, he still has a good side of him. So far, he can be considered as the best boss to me. He's not a cheapskate after all. He takes care of his employees very well. There was one time, he asked me whether I need a parking space at the office. After a few days thinking I replied I have no reason why I should have a parking space. I usually go to the office by train and most of the time I will be away from office. He then increased my fixed allowance another MYR125 (of course he needs to pay more than that for a parking space at Rohas Perkasa), which I think rather a lot more than most of my previous company employee's yearly salary increment. Further, after confirmed employment, he will increase my salary another MYR 500. Is he a good boss? Still not good enough?
Before I embarked to Germany, he gave 500eur which is for 14 days (Initial planning of stay). For reason that the customer does not want to do the FAT at Germany, he then extends my stay until 14 May. That's 36 days in total. I should be getting another 760eur of allowance. Later after that, I emailed him that I want to go back on 19 May because I want to go to London for few days (personal matters). He said OK and he will invites customer for FAT when I come back to Malaysia. Is he nice, isn't he? When he was here a week ago, I asked for the rest of the allowance and he gave me another 850eur. That is 90eur more than what I should get. Almost MYR400 if you convert to MYR.
I still have a few more stories to tell about his good side. But I think I stop here. So far, I am thankful to Allah....Alhamdulillah!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
When I was in the office, lunch was either at the canteen nearby or nothing at all. They usually brought their own foods for lunch. The canteen was always served pork and chicken, the time I'd be the vegetarian, and once or twice a week they served fish. As a muslim, this could be the dominant factor for me on having this phrase pop out when my stomach needs to be fill. I will eat all except pork, chicken, and beef. I did ate chickens from arabian/turkish restaurant. They are all serve kebab, and I don't want to have kebab everyday.
Alternatively, I will go to Asia Bistro like Vietnamese or Chinese if I want to have rice, with fish of course. I think it will be a lot easier if the company provides a squalid little flat equipped with kitchen for me. Yes, I can cook. I can get the halal meet from the halal butcher in Leipzig at Jahnalle strasse. Get on the tram 3 and stop at Leibnizstrasse or wadzplatz. I can get fish and any other groceries from any local market around here.
Monday, April 25, 2011
From this station, I took the tram to hauptbahnhof.
This was the regional express (RE) train I took from Leipzig Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Hauptbahnhof. I had to change one train at Lutherstadt Wittenburg before continue to Berlin. It was 2 hours trip. Next time I should try the Inter-City Express (ICE). The ICE will travel faster than this as it will only stop at main station. The RE will stop at all stations. And of course RE is much cheaper.
In the train, I had the chance to see the wind turbine. It was manufactured by VESTAS. I had applied for job at this company before. But no luck. Now the fact, Germany is one of the top three countries in the world using the renewable energy.
They say this is a must go place if we are visiting other countries. The Hard Rock Cafe. Like others, I bought 2 pair of t-shirts. One for my little boy.
Yours truly was in the ferris wheel at 44 meters height. Look honey, I can see whole Berlin from up here! And there was a parade down there, I didn't sure in conjunction of what. Maybe Easter Day.
I think I will...
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Now that I am in Germany, sometimes I can feel the differences of spending my money, the purchasing power I would say. The power to purchase is higher than what I have in Kuala Lumpur. I'd like to compare my cost of living I have here in Germany with Kuala Lumpur. See below:
Transportation (tram/bus): 17,70 eur/week so I would pay around 85,80 eur/month (I added 15 eur more for additional 3 days.)
Foods: max 10 eur/day so I would pay sum of 300 eur/month. Usually it just cost me around 4eur per meal. Sometimes it could goes up to 7eur per meal (only happened one time to me).
So total monthly I would be spending 385,80 eur to have a decent life in Germany. Maybe I would say 500 eur per month is enough to live my decent life here.
Now let's see how do I live in Kuala Lumpur.
Transportation (ERL/LRT): ERL will cost me MYR285 for monthly pass (monthly pass is cheaper option than buy the daily ticket), further I need to take LRT to KLCC and this will cost me MYR 3.20/day so total of 23 days is MYR 73.60. The total for both is MYR358.60.
Foods: max MYR10/day so I would pay sum of MYR300/month.
So total monthly I would be spending in KL is MYR658.60. The figure could goes up around MYR750/month.
Germany has a very organize public transportation, one of the best public transportation in the world. Almost every corners have a station. It is either for tram or bus or both. The longest distance from a place to a station I think is 500m, or about walking distance. They are connected to each other, from tram to bus to suburban train to underground to regional express to intercity/intercity express. The schedule is so precise and organize. There is almost no reason why should we have car. Unlike KL, I need to drive from my house to train station. This would include maybe another up to MYR150 of car fuel per month. If I have a motorcycle, it would be lesser than that, say MYR60 per month for the fuel. In Malaysia, to own a car or at least a motorcycle has becomes the requirement.
Forget the currency exchange, if I earned 1000eur per month I will save 500eur in Germany. But if I earned MYR1000 per month I will save only at least MYR100 in KL. I asked my colleague here in Germany, that averagely, fresh graduate is paid 3000 eur of gross salary or around 2100 eur of nett pay (after tax and all). Can you imagine, how much saving will you have at the end of the month. Average for flat/apartment rent is around 300 to 500eur per month. Most of the rent is includes water and gas bill. The gas is for heater.
Let's move to Germany!=)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Opened my notebook, checked my emails and then browsed the facebook like I used to do every morning in the office. As I were browsing, I saw Nizam's post at the news feed says 'Al-Fatihah' to my other friend, Mohd Shahir Zakaria.
Out of the curiosity, I clicked on the post to find out who has might passed away. Maybe one of Shahir's family members. And then it dawned upon me that Shahir was the one who passed away. More distressing, in fact he had died exactly a year ago. I was stunned a while, paused, and suddenly my memories about him come and go.
I met him during the commissioning of Bunga Orkid-D/C. He worked with Talisman Energy as my client. We were quite close back then, we smoked together, we ate together, and shared our interests about almost everything. And now he has gone, left family and friends behind to meet his creator, Allah SWT.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a jerk to know this a year late. Exactly a month before he died, I PMed him to say hello. He replied he had an accident, broke his two hands. I was surprised to know that and wished him to get well soon. And on April my commissioning job at Shell platform began. I was so busy back then. Today I have found out that he is with his creator.
Al-fatihah to arwah. Mohd Shahir Zakaria, 27 May 1975 - 20 April 2010. May Allah bless you my dear friend.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
So yesterday I had a stroll in the city center. I took a tram from Elster-passage bahnhof, bound to Taucha and I stopped at Leipzig hauptbhanhof. it's the main central station, integrated with three-storey shopping complex. You may find a lot of restaurants, non-boutique shops, market and hardware shop. I bought an electric kettle, the small one that could boil 0.5 litre of water. It comes with two small cups. Nice! The hotel does not provides a kettle, what a cheapskate! For a week I had to use hot water from the pipe to make milo or maggi.
I had my lunch there, at iraqi restaurant. I noticed the restaurant while on the tram heading to hauptbahnhof that morning. I had rice and chicken kebab. That was the first meat I had since I came. Fish doesn't count ok. After done, I took the tram and stopped at Adler-bahnhof and got on the bus to Naumburger-str, where my hotel is.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Now, I am with AviComp Engineering AG, a Swiss-German based company. Just click the link to find out more about the company (that's why I provided the link so I don't have to say about that here). After slightly more than three weeks working, they send me to Leipzig, Deutschland. Well, for some who don't know what is Deutschland is, it's Germany.
I arrived here two days ago by Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Abu Dhabi took around 7h10m. I spent almost 2 hours at Abu Dhabi before embarked on a plane to frankfurt. This journey took around 6h55m. After 3 hours at Frankfurt International Airport, I took another flight to Leipzig which took around 1h. I flew with Lufthansa Airlines. They served nice rolled cake covered with chocolate. So, can you calculate how many hours I have spent just to be where I am now?
This is the first time I am in Germany (well, actually I had transit at Munich before but that doesn't count at all), third times in Europe and this is the fourth europe country I have been to. The weather is cold, today is even colder than the previous days. Yes, it is April now but it still cold for Asian guy like me. It has been three days since I ate meats. Does fish counts as meat? I don't know! But it doesn't taste like chicken. Today I managed to eat some rice with fish that I bought from vietnamese restaurant about walking distance from my hotel, thanks to Christian Zimmer to show me the restaurant.
Tomorrow is still uncertain. I will write more about my trip from time to time. It almost 8.30pm now but I still can see some sun rays getting disappeared in the western horizon.