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After presentation on OSEP

12 Feb

Despite Finland not being the country of my choice, i have no regrets whatsoever. While watching the presentations of other students who went to Germany and Ireland, envious thoughts crossed my mind but my every part of my experience was worth it!

When i saw pictures of their travel with friends; i thought to myself how lucky but thinking back on my experience, it is indescribable. I woudnt trade it for any reason!

————————Life is greater than all these. Time to move on.—————————————–

Direction.

We all seek that in our lives. When left with no direction, we go haywire.

It hard though to be able to see the clear path in front of us. Reminds me of my time in Germany when my flight was cancelled because of bad weather. Visibility was so terrible around 10metres. Feels like that now, i cant see further than today.

Uncertainty.

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Happy New Year

28 Dec

It is Muharram again so lets look back at our tattered looking future plans which we drew a year ago and revise them to suit the situations we got ourselves into and the changes in the world.

For a start, try reading the Doa for the beginning of the year. Then start mapping out the daily plans, weekly plans, monthly plans and yearly plan…

Selamat Menyambut Muharram!

Wonderful morning

11 Dec

Im indeed extremely happy for a simple morning.

I woke up early to go to school with my room mate. I didnt really need to go but i made some reason to go.

We were going down our building from 3rd floor to second floor where;

a handphone was left in the corridor with a black piece of glove(one side) and another glove few centimetres away

the door of that apartment was wide open, we could see no sign of anyone at all

the toilet door looked open and just inside the door, was a man’s pants which was removed in a rush

a few more clothes strewn around

the light to the apartment was on

It looks to me like a crime scene.

So many thoughts ran through my criminal mind.

My room mate said we should get going, in her opinion, it is just a drunk behavior gone bad.

I asked her, how if he is dying or something? She said no.

Snow was thick!

Such a plesant thing to walk in, snow all over, felt like i was walking on cushion. I bored A with my this and that like a kid.

I went on and on about how it felt to good,

and wow so much snow, heaps of them

and ohh it is so nice that snow is falling as we were walking

and how my footsteps were imprinted in the snow….

Gosh i think she was happy we reached school because i couldnt shut up about snow. Hahaha i will apologise later 🙂

Im like quite popular in poly but here, people look at me with curioustiy and … but today, i said hi to so many people. It always feels good like you have friends all over. If i counted, today is record high of 7-8 people. In just less than an hour.

As i walked home, i reached my apartment and to my surprise, the apartment on the second floor is still as it was when we left around an hour and half ago. I didnt know the number to the police here. If i were in my own country, i would have called the police. Better mind my own business.

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Eid’adha in Lappeenranta

8 Dec

Contemplating whether or not to go for Eid prayers, i decided to go. Recent events made things alot more complicated, or perhaps simpler. I cant decide.

I jumped out of bed when the door bell rang. A friend was already downstairs waiting to bring me to the mosque. I always shower before i leave home even though i would be running really late. It was the first time in Finland that i left my room in a mess because i was running late.

Reached the mosque in time but it was not opened yet, unfortunately. I was indeed glad though to meet my friend, Sister S. I saw some other muslim sisters but we had no common language to communicate.

Soon, we were all praying in congregation. In Finland, in a mosque, praying with Tanzanian, Somalian, Finnish, Turkish…Interesting…After that, the sermon was in Arabic and Finnish. I kind of got the idea that he was talking about the story behind Eid’adha.

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We heard that one of the Somalian sister just gave birth to a baby and we decided to visit her. No proper planning but we went anyway.

Our friend, he spoke to this guy to ferry us to Sammonlathi to visit the sister. He was so nice and agreed to do so. I thought he was a Finnish guy because he looked like that.

It was so quiet in the car and it felt weird to me if we didnt speak at all so:

I asked,” are you Finnish?” I wanted to satisfy my curiousity. I know curiousisty killed the cat but… He said, in his Finnish shyness (Finnish guys are really shy), ” No i am from Palestine. Actually from ______but i live in Palestine,” he said.

“And how long have you been here?” I asked again. I love shoting the questions!

“eleven years,” he replied.

He lives here with his family, close to the mosque and guess what???

My itchy mouth cant keep still, ” Are you studying?” He looks rather young.

He said, with a hint of a smile, “Yes, i study in the same school as you”

 I was surprise indeed, ” how did you know i study there?”

“I’ve seen you a few times in school.”

I guess he kind of blends in with the rest of the Finnish guys and i stand out like a sore thumb in school. In Europe generally, i stand out.

I asked him,” is it not difficult to be Muslim here?”

He gave me a very strong-willed reply,” Europe dosent change me.” (something along those lines)

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I met another guy from Africa, oops, i didnt find out which part. He assumed i was from Pakistan or India. People mistake me from Uthopia as well.

But you MUST see the expression on their faces when i say with pride,” I’m from Singapore.”

Some look at me in awe,

some look pleased,

some continue to praise the country.

The little country which has gained recognition, throughout the world, despite it’s size. No one ever ask me, where is that? I am indeed proud to call myself a Singaporean. I think i mentioned, I will sing the national anthem with pride when i get back. Travelling does change one’s perspective more than anything.

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Sister S and me didnt know exactly where they lived so we just went from house to house. They have this names at the door so, if it is muslim name, we knock. Got it after several attempts.

Ohhh the baby was so cute. I dont think i ever carried an 8 days old baby. Her mother in law, she came and she gave us hatar, one each. Mine was unfortunately an empty box. I just didnt say anything.

They seved us halwa, it was nice and hot. With biscuits and drinks. Even though we were not having any conversation, the audio tape playing some surah of the Quran made the atmosphere so wonderful. I would like my house to be like that.

Abdul Rahman was sleeping.

Abdul Rahman was sleeping.

Poor little boy, he was hungry...so cute!!!

Poor little boy, he was hungry...so cute!!!

Fireworks!

5 Dec

I was watching this crappy old Italian movie when i exclaimed suddenly, shocking my room mate. She thought something happened but i saw fireworks from the window of my room.
She off the lights and we watched the fireworks which lasted for around a minute. I did try to take some shots. I always do for the other 2 times  it happened as well but i think fireworks are best watched live.

It was so nice and I wonder what was going on at that place not too far from our apartment. If we knew we could probably go and watch as well.

Finnish christmas party

2 Dec
Flatmates, Ones i appreciate having. We get along so well. Alhamdulilah.

Flatmates, Ones i appreciate having. We get along so well. Alhamdulilah.

with the Lithuanian girl this time. P.s. I think they are the nicest people.

with the Lithuanian girl this time. P.s. I think they are the nicest people.

 

pastries, traditionally made during christmas in Finnish household.

pastries, traditionally made during christmas in Finnish household.

I was also helping with the baking, it is so fun!!! We got to eat what we made...cool!

I was also helping with the baking, it is so fun!!! We got to eat what we made...cool!

Cookies making by the guys, some were quite creative but i dared not eat...haha

Cookies made by the guys, some were quite creative but i dared not eat...haha

Funny shot; our minds were all elsewhere...proud though i am of the pastries ready for the oven. P.s. i only made 3 of those on that big tray.

Funny shot; our minds were all elsewhere...proud though i am of the pastries ready for the oven. P.s. i only made 3 of those on that big tray.

Dont i just look like im really making food? Like im a natural at it..haha

Dont i just look like im really making food? Like im a natural at it..haha

she look so happy, another so engrossed in making her masterpiece.

she look so happy, another so engrossed in making her masterpiece.

The people...

The people...

It was ready! Delicious...yummy...i ate more than i made. Guilty...

It was ready! Delicious...yummy...i ate more than i made. Guilty...

Deco on the food table...nice

Deco on the food table...nice

4 of us...in the toilet....reflects our feelings at that moment...

4 of us...in the toilet....reflects our feelings at that moment...

Look at this; interestingly, everyone wanted present from Santa.

Look at this; interestingly, everyone wanted present from Santa.

He was the first to ran to Santa to get a present.

He was the first to ran to Santa to get a present.

I think it is memorable, i got a gift too from Santa. He is actually a tutor just like the guy on his lap. Santa is very cute, he spoke like an old man and he acted like one, just that his face was covered so we wont recognise him but we did.

Sporting people, they organised a nice party i should say. With traditional christmas food, carrot cassarole, potato casserole and some salad and bread with butter. Typical finnish food. And we had what they normally have for christmas, which is like a herbal juice which is warm and nice for the cold weather. Thay also add wine or a little alcohol for those who wants it.

Its funny, during that time, my flat mate, M was feeling like a little off. She was nervous; the feeling of happiness over riding sadness. Hmm… i could sense her uncertainty. S, the other girl was a little different, her emotions dont show much. When it will be time for me to leave, everyone would have left.

Farewell party

2 Dec
the small get together because 2 members of our family of 5 will be leaving us today.

the small get together because 2 members of our family of 5 will be leaving us today.

I always consider us a family of 5; my room-mate from Lithuania, flatmates from China and 2 Bulgarian girls, lastly me. We live happily sharing our tasks and sharing our experienes. Sometime, i need egg or potatoes, they will be so willing to give me even. I learned some new recipes from them, all of them. Bulgarian girls are always baking something, cake, cookies, hmm,,,so delicious.

day out

9 Nov

Like our pasar malam but only 2 stalls and the clothes not very interesting…

Someone just came up to me and ask;

Stranger: are you from India?
Me: yesss…
(was unsure what his intention was, and i dont like to be seen as from India because Im not! Kind of pisses me.)
Stranger: I like the song in this movie, do you know it? (showing me a Sawariya DVD)
Me: Yea…i do…
Stranger: This is the first movie im buying.
Me: ohh ok…
Stranger: So where are you from?
Me: Singapore.
Stranger: Hmm…i thought you cant be from Africa so either India or Singapore or China…
Me: Hmm…
Stranger: Maybe you want me to help you take a photo of 3 of you?
Me: Sure! Thank you.
Stranger was a Finnish man in his 50s.
We had a mission to accomplish that was why 3 of us walked a long way in the freezing weather and my hand despite wearing gloves, was almost frozen.
It is already snowing in Imatra and that is just 30minutes away!!! But we havent a glimpse of snow…hmm….

That is the city centre, near home.

A snapped the photo while we were chatting…

We left home in daylight and reached home when the sun has gone down. We were gone for only 2 hours. Guess the time again??? around 4plus in the afternoon…I dont want it to be darkness all the time!
And that is home.