Thursday, 24 July 2014

Emosi.


Malam penuh emosi. 

Maybe sebab raya dah nak dekat. tiga hari lagi kot, insyaAllah. Keluarkan baju raya yang bawak dari Malaysia, baju raya tahun lepas. Alter cutting baju skit, sayu pulak rasanya. Tahun lepas sempat raya aidilfitri kat rumah, tahun ni tak dapat la makan ketupat palas and akok import dari kemaman, sate goreng abah, rendang mak buat, lemang pak ali tepi highway MRR2, nasi dagang (walaupun tak berapa minat sangat, orang ganu derhaka punya orang hihii), makanan-makanan yang penuh meja tu. Belum cerita yang beli kat pasar malam gombak lagi. Nanges.

Maybe sebab semalam skype dengan Alya, Alya suruh Aunty yan balik cepat. Sengaja dia anjakkan plan nak pegi Lost World of Tambun (sebutan skema Alya Lost World of Tambun) nak tunggu Aunty yan balik. Pegi bulan disember, boleh celebrate birthday dia dekat Lost World of Tambun katanya. Waaa, bukan main lagi. Sorry la, tahun ni Aunty yan tak dapat bagi duit raya kat Alya and yang lain-lain walaupun Alya dah pandai puasa, penuh plak tu! Kagum Aunty yan. Salahkan ibu awak eh, simpan kad ATM aunty yan dekat dalam beg dia yang kena ragut tu. Baru nak surprisekan budak-budak bagi duit raya.. Abis Wan dengan Ki skali tak dapat duit raya tahun ni. Takde rezeki heee.

Maybe sebab panas hati, duit biasiswa yang mintak hari tu tak di approve lagi. Boleh tahan kering poket ni nak buat deposit rumah nanti. 

Maybe sebab stress, next month dah nak kena pindah keluar, barang banyak giler, rumah tak dapat-dapat lagi. Mati laaa nak merempat mana tak tau. Ini sumpah stress!

Bertambah plak bar kat bawah rumah ni bising pasang lagu kuat-kuat pukul 1.24 pagi, perlu lahh??!!

Hmm.. semua salah PMS. 

Tutup laptop, tutup tingkap, tutup lampu, set alarm bangun sahur, tido.


P.s. Mode: Moody; ON.
P.s.s. Baru discover yang owner ATM card boleh buat cancellation ATM card via online. Neves giler masa mula2 masuk online banking tengok2 dia tulis account takde dalam data. Whatt?? Dah la semua duit dalam tu. Logout and login balik, Alhamdulillah ada je sebenarnya. Perghh gugur jantung kejap. So hopefully duit tu selamat la duduk dalam bank tu diam-diam. 

Aku rasa dari dulu lagi every year kalau time dekat-dekat nak raya, aku baca paper mesti tengok bahagian salam perantauan dulu. Ucapan student Malaysia hantar dari uni mana, negara apa. Kononnya nak jadikan sumber inspirasi la nanti. Tapi selalu berangan je lebih, belajarnya malas. Sungguh tak tipu. Tapi Alhamdulillah, sekarang, nah, aku plak nak jadi sumber inspirasi dekat adik-adik sekolah yang kuat berangan macam aku ni hehee.


with love,

Monday, 21 July 2014

#pray4mh17.

My heart ached so much when Malaysia once again appeared on local channel news with such a heartbreaking title 'MH17 shot down'. 

Another incident after unsolved incident with such a hard blow for us Malaysians. At this very moment, though accept the truth is the hardest, we still have to stay strong and withstand all negativities. Chin up Malaysia Airlines, we are all standing behind you. Stop blaming among us, give support is the very least way we can make this tragic day and year better. My deepest condolences to the cabin crews and passengers of #mh17. Al-Fatihah..


photo from: Love, Limzy.

P.s. I still want to hear the cabin crew announces 'kepada warganegara Malaysia, selamat pulang ke tanah air' when I get back to Malaysia for good.



with love,

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Dachau Concentration Camp, Munich.


Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany,
19th June, 2014.



Hello peeps! Some issues happened in between delayed me from updating my travel entries. Sorry about that. Wasn't really a big issue, just you know, shit happens sometimes (couldn't believe I actually said that LOL! Di bulan Ramadhonn yang mulia ni, jaga mulut sket hehh Ajian). But if I look on the bright side, I have more 'me' time. And this evening, I just finished my final exam for German language. So no more exams, yeayy!


Day five.

So let's continue with my last month's trip with my family. From Munich, we stopped by at Dachau Concentration Camp on our way to Berlin. Honestly I never knew this camp exists. But I think most of us know Adolf Hitler, known as one of the most evil people in history. He once said this, "I could have annihilated all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was Annihilating them." And yea, this camp somehow related to the Jews and Nazism.

It might be quite a super boring entry with histories for some of you, don't tell that I didn't warn you guys! But I've tried to make it short. If you're interested to read more, you can visit here with some related links provided :D

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Established in March 1933, the Dachau concentration camp was the first regular concentration camp established by the National Socialist (Nazi) government.

The camp was originally designed for holding German and Austrian political prisoners and Jews, but in 1935 it began to be used also for ordinary criminals. Inside the camp there was a sharp division between the two groups of prisoners; those who were there for political reasons and therefore wore a red tag, and the criminals, who wore a green tag. The political prisoners who were there because they disagreed with Nazi Party policies, or with Hitler, naturally didn't consider themselves criminals.

Prisoners lived in constant fear of brutal treatment and terror detention including standing cells, floggings, the so-called tree or pole hanging, and standing at attention for extremely long periods. There were 32,000 documented deaths at the camp, and thousands that are undocumented.

In the postwar years it served to hold SS soldiers awaiting trial, after 1948, it held ethnic Germans who had been expelled from eastern Europe and were awaiting resettlement, and also was used for a time as a United States military base during the occupation. It was finally closed for use in 1960.

In the 12 years of its existence, over 200,000 persons from throughout Europe were incarcerated here and in the numerous subcamps. More than 43,000 died. Cruel.

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The gate at the Jourhaus building through which the prisoner's camp was entered contains the slogan, Arbeit macht frei, or 'Work will make you free.'
Inside of the prison.
Statistics of prisoners of the Dachau Concentration Camp listed by Countries of Origin, 1933-1945.
Nothing but skin and bone.

Death was something normal, it occurred everywhere.
Ashes of the unknown concentration camp prisoner
Memorial of the camp.
The commemorative mass grave dedicated to the unknown dead at Dachau.
'May the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933-1945 because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for the defence of peace and freedom and in respect for their fellow men.'
Prisoners' barracks.

After spent an hour at the camp, we stopped at Ingolstadt Outlet Village, but it was very unfortunate that it was public holiday, and I didn't know it. Great, Ajian. We then headed directly to Berlin after lunch.


P.s. Regarding the recent issues between Palestine and Israel; join #themoneymovement with hashtag #freepalestine. Write it on your money, it is very fast circulating and if a person who does not know about the situation in Gaza or Palestine sees it then they will have to do research and insyaAllah will find the truth.




with love,

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Admit it.


Made a mistake after another mistake.
Not at the right state of mind. 

A decision has been made.

Forgive,
and forget me.

If I can't have both, I pick 'forgive'.
Because eventually you will forget me.

Because until the end
it was always about you.


Admit it,
I mean nothing to you.


P.s. Because letting go is always the best way.
P.s.s. So 'our' DFB team won the title Weltmeister 2014! Scored 1-0 after extra time, this game is everything a final should be. I am so glad and happy to have this chance to be here in Germany, celebrated the winning of DFB team together with the Germans! Priceless. 




Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Hummels'.

A break from travel updates.. Dah kalau nama belajar kat Germany, haruslah sokong abam2 Deutsche kiteww!


Deutschland schiess ein Tor, Deutschland schiess ein Tor!

Tengah tengok bola ni, sempat lagi kann. I'm soooo nervous! OMG. I was preparing my meal for break fast, and my German housemate asked me to join her and her friends watching football together on a big screen in her room. Well, why not right?! :D




Boifren no.5 main elok2 ehh, nanti balik sini kte gi sambut dekat airport hehehehee


P.s. Thank you abang Nan sponsor jersi wohoo!
[UPDATED] P.s.s 7-1. Amazing win. Woww.


Hummels',

Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castles, in Bavaria.

Bavaria, Germany,
18th June, 2014.


When I was studying diploma, well, I think I've mentioned this for so many times (hikhikk) how bad I wanted to further my bachelor degrees in the UK. But actually in the same time, I secretly considered Germany, totally influenced by my favourite lecturer at that time. She kept mentioning about her life in Germany, made me go ga-ga, investigate and compare which one is better choice. When I type 'Germany', the first thing appeared on my laptop screen was Neuschwanstein Castle. And I think I had fall in love at the first sight. 

Have you guys ever watched Italian series 'The Cave of the Golden Rose'? Well, if you're 1980s or 1990s kids, I believe you have watched it. The main characters; Fantaghiro, Romualdo, Tarabas, White Witch, Black Witch.. Oh my godddd, Romualdo hihii. My old all-time favourite series! I remember watching it on TV2 for couple of times during holidays.

So apa kena-mengena? Every time each episode came to the end, there would be an ending music with a mysterious, lovely castle as background. And when I was young, I really wondered what castle was that. And when I saw Neuschwanstein Castle on the Internet one day, it reminded me of this series. It might not be the same castle I believe, but it gave me that similar feelings when I see it. Love at the first sight. And that was the moment when I promise to myself, it doesn't matter if I come to Germany to further studies or to travel, Neuschwanstein Castle, I must visit this castle. 

I definitely will.


TRIVIA: Did you know that the Neuschwanstein Castle was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty castle?



Day four.

I never know I would be so much in love with the fascinating story of King Ludwig II and his castles. This is the simplest interesting story I could find about him from the internet to share with you guys. Though it is 'History', try not to skip this part. Heehe



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King Ludwig II of Bavaria had a life that can be characterized as follows:

His paradise was art; His life was drama; His ideal was freedom; His destiny was isolation; His love was an unfulfilled longing; His death in the lake - A mystery, even today.





Bavaria is one of the oldest states in Europe. Its origins go back to the 6th century AD. In the Middle Ages, Bavaria was a powerful dukedom, first under the Guelphs and then under the Wittelsbachs. The most influential Bavarian kings were Ludwig I, who turned the capital Munich into a hub of arts and culture, and of course, Ludwig II, the "Fairy-Tale King", who came to be known around the world for the magnificent castles built under his name.

King Ludwig II was born in 1845 in Nymphenburg Palace in Munich (yes, the castle I've visited the previous day!). At that time his grandfather Ludwig I was King of Bavaria. The younger Ludwig's father Maximilian took over as King in 1848, but he died in 1864, so Ludwig became King at the age of only 18. Ludwig II wasn't at all prepared for the responsibilities he had to take on and was much more interested in music than in ruling the country.

Richard Wagner's operas were fascinating for him and he became infatuated with the mystical world the portrayed. Ludwig financed much of Wagner's work and also spent huge amounts of money on the three castles he is famous for: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee.

Ludwig II never married or had children and as the years went by, he withdrew more and more from public view. Ludwig II wanted to remain a mystery and he has to this day. His behaviour became more and more erratic and his ministers found him frustrating to work with. Finally in 1886, his ministers had him declared insane and removed from office. He was taken to the Berg Castle on Lake Starnberg on June 12th. The next day he died there under mysterious circumstances.

Ludwig II and Professor Bernhard von Gudden were found dead in the shallow water of the lake, and the cause of his death remains to this day unsolved.

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Apart from Museum of Bavarian Kings, three of King Ludwig II's castles I've visited that day were; stocky Hohenschwangau, his boyhood home; the nearby and fanciful Neuschwanstein, his dream escape; and Linderhof, his final retreat.

Located about 90 minutes from our place, we've bought the combination tickets for Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein and Museum of Bavarian Kings. Since it is a guided tour and the entry time is fixed, we had to move fast and arrange our time properly. Anyways, the castle interior doesn't permit pictures, but it's really beautifully designed and there's swan motifs on everything I must say.



Museum of Bavarian Kings.

Not only famous Swan King Ludwig II. is being covered by the exhibition but the whole dynasty of the Wittelsbach family is being presented. For those who want to have a straight historical look on Bavaria's kings that goes above the rather kitschy perspective that is presented at the castle tours, this museum is a must! Most stories about Royal Bavaria revolve around Ludwig II, about his extravagant debaucheries, his castles and his aloof attitude.



#misimencariistana 3. Schloss Hohenschwangau. 

Hohenschwangau Castle (High Swan County Palace) is a 19th-century palace in southern Germany. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria

To walk from the museum to this castle, it took about 20 minutes walk.


Hohenschwangau Castle.
Schwansee (Swan Lake).
Sneakpeak of Neuschwanstein Castle from Hohenschwangau.

#misimencariistana 4. Schloss Neuschwanstein.

Neuschwanstein Castle (New Swanstone Castle) is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest BavariaGermany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. He lived in the castle less than 6 months before his untimely and mysterious death.

The castle has never been finished (and never will be). Most of the rooms are still "under construction"! However, that makes it even more interesting in my opinion.

It took at least an hour to get near the top, but the payoff was magnificent.

Photo taken from inside of the castle.


And after a tour inside the castle, we walked up to the bridge to get the best view of Neuschwanstein. As we walked to the uphill..

Hohenschwangau Castle from the top.
Marienbrücke.

And tadaaaa!

A postcard-perfect view of Neuschwanstein Castle!



Couldn't believe myself to have this chance to witness the castle of my dream in front of me!


It was not terribly strenuous since it's all downhill, but it still took about half an hour. Later we've bought souvenirs for family and friends, drove about an hour to another side in Bavaria, passed by the scenic Austria (Austria, check! haaha), to visit another castle belonged to King Ludwig II, Linderhof Castle.


#misimencariistana 5. Schloss Linderhof.

Linderhof Palace  is a castle in Germany, in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed.

Unfortunately by the time we've arrived, the castle was already closed.




It was almost 8 p.m., and we had another one last place to visit before we continue to Berlin the next morning; Allianz Arena, stadium and home of FC Bayern Munich.




So my mission of #misimencariistana ended in Munich. The next morning we drove about 5 hours to Berlin, stopped by at Dachau Concentration Camp and later, Ingolstadt Village. Unfortunately it was a public holiday and the shopping outlet was closed! Danggggg.


Though walked up to the hill was way so tiring, how I see the pictures of Neuschwanstein on the internet, that was how exactly what I witnessed with my naked eyes. Stunning, spectacular. SubhanAllah.. and everything finally paid off.

A dream come true, Alhamdulillah :)


P.s From what I've read, modern historians generally concur that Ludwig was a homosexual, though this seems to remain somewhat controversial. Hmm. Very interesting, isn't it?
P.s.s. Herrenchiemsee Castle, how I wish we had more time in Bavaria to explore another King Ludwig's.




with love,