Saturday, 30 August 2014

Ludwisburg Palace.

Ludwisburg, Germany,
30th August 2014.

The first time I went to Ludwisburg was during Weihnachtsmarkt last christmas, and this time we went there again, to visit this lovely lovely LOVELY palace in our Baden area. It is actually one in my SIL's places-to-visit list when she came here last June, unfortunately we didn't have that much time to visit this palace. 

My #misimencariistana continues and this time is located just north of Stuttgart, Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg, a splendid castle built between 1704 and 1733. It is the largest preserved Baroque residence in Germany with 18 buildings containing 452 rooms.

Unfortunately to enter the palace, we have to make an appointment for this once a week group tour. So we decided to pay only for unguided tour in the huge garden.

L.O.V.E. paling fail skali! lol

Ohhhh such a beauty!

Never thought the castle and garden to be this huge! We were rushing back to catch up Asar prayer before sunset.

P.s. Must do another visit to this palace again, and this time, enter the palace!

with love,

Friday, 22 August 2014

The beauty and pain of falling in love with the right person at the wrong time

Morning love!

Recited Al-Kahf, took shower, sipped a cup of coffee and read a great article from this morning, beautifully written.. and I thought I want to share it here, or maybe, I will need to read this again in future. Who knows? ;)

The Beauty And Pain Of Falling In Love With The Right Person At The Wrong Time by Paul Hudson.

When I was about 18, I met a girl who changed my life. She opened my eyes to a part of the world – a part of life – that I didn’t know existed.
This was the first time that I ever fell in love, and it was the deepest I have ever fallen in love. The frequency and intensity with which I felt, anything, was something I didn’t believe possible – I honestly didn’t know that a person could feel so incredibly happy and horribly miserable.
Finding the right person, a person you want to spend your life with, is the greatest accomplishment one can achieve. Yet, the unfortunate truth is that the right person doesn’t always come at the right time. And that makes all the difference.
You’re not guaranteed to find the right person at the wrong time, but it can happen. I’m living proof. I understand you may be thinking that if you met the right person, the person you loved with all your soul, things would just work out.
We see it in all the movies. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. And they live happily ever after – roll credits. How wonderful it would be if the world were so simple.
In reality, human beings are emotionally complicated and because we’re so emotionally complicated, we manage to make situations complicated. Even if you do find the right person, if you aren’t the right person you yourself need to be, the relationship will fail.
Relationships don’t only fail because the person you’re with turns out to be the wrong person; they also fail when you yourself aren’t yet the person you need to be. If you aren’t yet capable of being in a loving relationship then the two of you are doomed.
You will most likely implode emotionally and take it out on the person you love. This goes for the person you love as well – if this person isn’t at the point in life where he or she can be a loving and devoted partner, the relationship won’t work either. There are so many ways a relationship can fail, it’s amazing that we aren’t all alone.
Many people will make excuses for why they aren’t in a place in their lives that’s conducive to a healthy relationship. Many will argue that they need to focus on their careers. Some will argue that they still want to explore life and spend more time flying solo before settling down.
Others will even convince themselves that the love they’ve felt for so long wasn’t true love. They will twist their emotions and memories to make themselves believe that it was more of an illusion than anything else, a dream they need to wake up from. Yet, these are all excuses that veil the truth.
The honest truth is that whether you can admit it to yourself or not, you are not capable of loving – not the way the other person needs to be loved. We should only allow ourselves to settle for one sort of love. The sort of love that is all-consuming, intoxicating, passionate and, at the same time calm, collected, caring and supportive.
We should only settle for a love that embodies the definition in its purest form: to love fully, deeply and selflessly – or rather, as selflessly as humanly possible. I’m not talking about the love of fairytales. I’m talking about the most ideal love that people can possibly be a part of.
Now, the problem when you do find the right person is that you may not yet be willing to give up a part of yourself – because that is what you’re going to have to do.
You are surrendering a part of yourself to your lover. You are giving up on certain things, making concessions and compromises in order to give yourself to the other person. You are devoting a chunk of your life, your thoughts, your dreams and your future to them.
The deepest, purest love is the love shared when both individuals give a piece of themselves to the other, but not entirely without expectation. We may not command anything in return, but because we are only human, we expect our love to be reciprocated.
More so, because we do love our partners, we want them to have the love that they deserve. So what do you do when you love a person knowing you cannot be the person he or she needs you to be?
What do you do when you find the right person, but cannot love that person the way he or she deserves to be loved? If we aren’t willing to make the tradeoffs then there is really only one thing you can do… you have to let that person go.
Letting a person you love go is the most difficult decision you can make in your life. The worst part is that the longer you are apart, the more you come to realize how difficult it is – the more you realize how much you actually love that person.
I haven’t seen or spoken to that girl I met nearly a decade ago in years. And I still know that a part of me does, and always will, love her. Thinking about a person every day of your life that you know you will never be with is a hell of its own. But it’s okay.
It’s okay because it is a part of life. It’s a learning experience like no other. Some of you will fall in love with the right person to find that it is the right time. But some of you will go through what I go through.
I just hope that you have the strength to keep going, not to give up on yourself. You may have had to give up on your relationship with that person, but you can find love again.
You have to believe that you can because it is possible. It is possible to find another right person and to find him or her at the right point in your life. It’s happened to many and will happen to many more. I have to believe that it will happen for me just as you have to believe it will happen for you.
There is no worse way to live life than to live it while giving up on the prospect of love. Love is the only purpose worth living for.

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P.s. 19th August, 2014 2.10 a.m. ;)

P.s.s Stumbled across this, a beautiful solemnization of Malay wedding video, especially the part when the bride shed tears during akad.. Ahhhhh i don't know why did I cry together watching that moment. Andddd the part during salam that seems like their first time make contact and touch each other's hands. Sweet, soooo sweet. Congratulations to both of them!

"I am afraid to get married. How does it feel to succumb your heart to the unknown. Would it be better to love and loss or to not love at all? When I knew about the losses, accidents, wars and deaths around us, it makes me greatly afraid but I read this quote somewhere. You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. And with that, I said Yes." taken from the bride. #bakfazjournal

with love,

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Visiting baby Alayna.

Heyy! So today we've visited Malaysian-German couple living nearby, with their adorable newborn baby, Sophia Alayna! Lamanya tak cium bau baby.. Yummmmmm!

with the proud mommy Daya.
She was trying to open her eyes, and smiled! Gahhhh.. cutie pie!

Yes, just because the ballon suited my colour coordination, I literally brought that 'baby girl' ballon everywhere. 

P.s. Baby girl is looking for baby boy lalalalaaa.

with love,

Sunday, 10 August 2014

To whom it may concern.

Her as a person, not an object.

"Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. "Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people."

{al-Baqarah 2:286}

P.s. I tried hard though I know how painful it could be, yet I keep falling apart. What else should I do? I'm tired.

with love,

In Berlin part two.

Berlin, Germany,
20 - 22 June, 2014.

Day seven.

Since we missed Reichstag the day before, as planned, we arrived at Reichstag's counter at 8 a.m., queued up for 2 hours just to make an appointment for the next day *pfft*. Later we had our breakfast and ready for shopping! 

This kind of cute S-bahn is only available in Berlin.

From Reichstag, we went to Kaiser Wilhelm Kirsche which is located at the main city by taking S-bahn. The ruins of the tower of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Emperor Wilhelm commemoration church) was inaugurated in 1895 and destroyed during World War II. Only the ruins of the tower remained. 
The Gedächtniskirche or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is the symbolic centre of West Berlin, an anti-war memorial to peace and reconciliation.

Coincidentally, there was LGBTI parade at the same time we were there. We took some time to watch it before proceed to Hard Rock Cafe, and to the so called largest shopping mall in Europe, KaDeWe. Oh and we stopped by at Adidas to grab Deutschland football team jersey! Orang belanja yeaayy!

We went back to the hotel pretty early to catch up football match Deutschland vs Ghana that day while wearing the new jerseys my brother and I bought. Pakai siap tak remove price tag lagi heehe.

Day eight.

The next day, and yes, finally we went into the top roof terrace and dome of Reichstag to see the spectecular view of Berlin's parliamentary and government quarter. 

And later as planned, we went to Museumsinsel or Museum Island, was established around 1870s, consisted of the Alte Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode-Museum, the Pergamonmuseum and the Neue Museum, showcasing its permanent exhibition on the art and culture of the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans, collection of Egyptian art, art from the Romanticism and Neo-classicism of the ‘Age of Goethe’ up to French and German Realist painting, magnificent archaeological reconstructions and its array of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures (my favourite!), collection of Ancient Near East and Islamic art and etc. Everything was splendid and sooo magnificent! 

Muka penat, lapar, lepas pusing 3 out of 5 museums. Or 4?

So yea, that was how we ended our trip in Berlin. As I took a lot of photos at the museums, I intended to put many of it, tapi tak mampu dah nak pilih gambar. Banyak lagi entry tertangguh niiii. So make it as personal collection and lesson je laa. The next day we stopped by at Wertheim Village shopping outlet before heading to Stuttgart!

In Stuttgart, we stayed in Tübingen, about 1 hour from uni. And guess what, the house was sooooooooooo lovely! I'm so in love with this house. Nak rumah ni pleaseee

Since it is MY Stuttgart hehee, I don't think I need another entry of it since basically we went to the places I've visited before; to Mercedes Benz Museum, and the only different was, my brother had a formal guided tour and a meeting with them later, dengan muka tak malu we joined the tour and he explained everything about the brand! hahaa. We went to Porsche Museum later, which I ended up lepak dekat cafe sambil tunggu diorang habis tour, because I've covered the place in only 15 minutes. 

The next day we went to Metzingen shopping outlet and later I'd to catch up my German language class at the evening. After class we went back to Tübingen and the next day, only I've been sent back to my place and they headed to Frankfurt Airport to fly back to Malaysia.

That was the end of my Germany trips! Tamatlah sudahhhhh.

To sum up,

four cities,
eleven museums,
five castles,
and countless tourist attractions we've visited!

P.s. and I realized that was also the end of my trip here. Poket kering, kerja berlambak tertangguh. sobs. 
P.s.s. Collage of various bears we've found in Berlin!

with love,