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when cultures clash..

it’s been quite a rough weeks for me this past couple of weeks..and i’ve been trying to keep myself busy and entertained so i could escape from thinking about the problems..but seemed to me it won’t change anything unless i do something to change it and i’m ready for that now..and the way i see it, some people need more time to figure something out, but that does not necessarily means they are running away from the problems..they take more time to think for the best solution and to consider all the possible options that are available for them choose from..

enough with the philosophy part..time to get real now and see real things happening around..

i was in my linguistics class yesterday trying to concentrate on the input that my lecturer was trying to convey..in between lectures, he made us discuss to find the anwers for the question he asked in the book..my deskmate is sam but he cannot come to every wednesday lectures because he has a clashing tutorial that is compulsory so i partnered with james (is there such a word? partnered?)..he sat next to my desk..he’s a german i supposed..the question was: “How do -s and -en differ in productivity within each of these (Dutch and English) languages and in contrast between them?” By looking at the question, it’s quite clear that we have to identify the differences in productivity of the data that was given to us..something like “owh, Dutch uses more -en and English uses more -s” something as simple as that..but what happened was, he went on and on about the origin of English that rooted from German which he termed as the MOTHER of all european languages and they uses more -en because some words are borrowed from German and the pattern stays with history bla bla bla bla and bla..he even got the fact twisted and didn’t even answer the question and most importantly, he confused me..thank you james..

so today was a different story..i went to linguistics class again this morning and i was so grateful that sam was there..he even came early to class today and we discussed about what he missed yesterday..it’s quite hard for me to teach linguistics to someone whose first language is English but thankfully enough that’s also their advantage as they can easily understand what was being taught..so there’s a discussion again in the class but this time around, we were given a dictionary to identify whether some words that end with -ery are inflection or derivation..we have to team up with james’ group; one is English, and the other one is unknown because of his unidentified accent and awfully weird, dark image..may be he’s also a German like james because suddenly the lecturer came to us and suggested for us to look for this book about Germaphology in the library..ok..so sam and i was so busy looking at the dictionary for some weird words such us fakery, hoggery, rookery to see whether they are inflectional morphology or derivational..but these three people they went on and on about the root of each of the words that were listed to determine whether they are derivational or inflectional..and in the end, it’s just me and james who used the dictionary..

we also learned about something called hypocoristics-something that young children use when they begin to acquire a language..something like William is called Bill, Margarette is called Meggi or Jacob is called Jake..then James went on to give examples like what is James in German, in Irish, in French bla bla bla..well i see what he was trying to convey as new knowledge for me but even Laurie got irritated..come on james..you’re not the only German there..

i walked out with sam when class has finished..i was heading to the library and sam was heading to the cafe and along the way, i was so surprised that sam was assing about james..he was so irritated with his cocky behaviour..sam can speak spanish so i said to him he should show off sometime but he said he wouldn’t because it makes no different between him and james then..i got his point there..he impressed me for that..haha..

so the conclusion is, that was what happened when cultures clash..the german will remain the proud german..the asian will remain the passive minor (that’s me)..the kiwi will remain the shy kiwi but can be bitter at some point..i don’t know..but that’s just how i see it..

and owh, a different story now..if given a situation where you were caught in the middle of a mess and knowing that there’s someone that you can turn to but you can’t because a condition was given to you that you were not permitted to turn to him/her..just how big the misery could grow and imagine how painful the situation could be given that you were already in a deep mess..well, human is beautiful with their courtessy and can be more beautiful if they can be tolerant..things like these make our lives more meaningful and at least, some burden can be eased..if you cannot come to them they will come to you because they are the ones who are in the ‘in need’ situation..it’s so sad when such a small favour cannot be made..well it’s better if you can come to them at their rough times but beggars can’t be choosers right..?they are our friends..and a friend in need is a friend indeed..right..?

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reconfiguration..

there are quite a few things happening around me and they involve me in some ways..everybody involved is affected mentally and emotionally..however, since things have happened i can only amend things that will happen in the future and i have to be ready to make a few new decisions and reconsider a few plans..and at the end still believe that people plans, He decides..so i will plan something that can be the best for me and the people around me, but everyone must also be aware that we cannot satisfy or accommodate everyone’s need..

God willing, if we are patient and tolerant enough, He will help us in seeing what is the best for us..and the best plan remains His plans..

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the journey-part 4: pictorial

i’m back now in wellington from my small vacation to eastern europe..every places is wonderful in its own way..and i treasure every experience i had..Godwilling, i’ll go to a few more small vacations..and next time around, i will find a company to go with me..long journey got so boring especially when you’re alone..the feeling of being at home with family was indescribable..how i wish i could’ve just stayed or spend a litle longer time there..

so now school has just started and everything is in place so all i need to do now is to be more prepared =) enough with the holiday..i managed to take LING 329 this semester..thank you jonathan for allowing me to take that course..and i felt so blessed because there will only be 3 classes in a week and there is no tutorial..and there are only 3 assignments to complete this course without any exams or tests..alhamdulillah..hope the contents of the course will not be hard..amin~and i’m so happy this semester because two of the courses are the courses that i enjoy the most..

europe was great but i still want to say that, european cities are man made..but down under are God made..here are some of the pictures..

amir said it's a national park but for it was not..
amir said it's a national park but for it was not..
i'm not sure about the name of this place but this is in vienna..it's a walking mall where there are heaps of shopping outlets..amir..what's the name..?
i'm not sure about the name of this place but this is in vienna..it's a walking mall where there are heaps of shopping outlets..amir..what's the name..?
the architechture of this place is impressive..all in all..there're a lot of them in europe..so i might say european cities' architechture more or less look the same..
the architechture of this place is impressive..all in all..there're a lot of them in europe..so i might say european cities' architechture more or less look the same..
again i could not remember the name..simply because i cannot comprehend the language..this place is near the walking mall..
again i could not remember the name..simply because i cannot comprehend the language..this place is near the walking mall..
they say this is the manhattan of europe..em..would you agree with that..?
they say this is the manhattan of europe..em..would you agree with that..?
yes that's the name..it's in hungarian..shasha said it's the old slavic church language..
yes that's the name..it's in hungarian..shasha said it's the old slavic church language..
there are pictures of the evolutions of this place since it existed along the wall..
there are pictures of the evolutions of this place since it existed along the wall..
there's a bridge actually on the left..
there's a bridge actually on the left..
i hate that i have to crop the picture..
i hate that i have to crop the picture..
mozart..
mozart..
i even confuse this building with the museum building..whatever..it's beautiful..
i even confuse this building with the museum building..whatever..it's beautiful..
and i don't know what's the purpose of this building since it's in a park..
and i don't know what's the purpose of this building since it's in a park..
the clouds are beautiful..
the clouds are beautiful..
there are 3 museums in this area..you can walk from one museum to another..
there are 3 museums in this area..you can walk from one museum to another..
despite the post-war look..serbia still has something beautiful remaining in it..
despite the post-war look..serbia still has something beautiful remaining in it..
there's a university games held in beograde from 2-12july but malaysia cancelled to send their contingent..
there's a university games held in beograde from 2-12july but malaysia cancelled to send their contingent..

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the journey..part 3

it’s been a week now since i last wrote here..and within last week, i’ve been going out and about to a few more places and discover a lot of things..and a lot of things have happened too that require me to be a bit busy managing them during my holidays..

my aunt and i have been waiting for the austrian consulate to approve my uncle’s visa to visit europe but it seemed like they needed to create paper, rubber stamp and may be computer from scratch to issue the visa..it’s been three weeks now since my uncle applied for the visa and they still haven’t approve it yet..so since uncle haven’t got his visa yet,  we went to visit a few places in serbia..so we went to Novi Sad and Nis (as in Nish)..those places are beautiful and we really enjoyed our time because it’s summer and we don’t need to rush for prayers 🙂

and yesterday, my aunt decided to go to Hungary and unfrtunately, uncle had to stay at home because we need to cross the border and since he haven’t got his visa yet, he could not go with us..but it’s ok uncle, you’ve been there many times before..it’s just that there will be no you in our pictures..hihi..and since i’m a poor driver who cannot drive manual car, aunt had to ask one of her colleague to join us and alternately drive the car whenever one of them got tired..so shasha followed us yesterday..we left belgrade at 5.30 in the morning and reached belgrade again at 12.30 midnight..

along the way we had a very long talk and one thing i realised was, i am in the country where the language spoken is one of the slavic languages..i remembered having a very hard time understanding the root and the family members of the slavic languages when i was doing the assignment for LALS 101 last year and yesterday, Shasha explained almost everything that i don’t understand about slavic languages..ok i think i have forgotten what i’ve learned but i do realised something..that if you have experience of using one of the languages in the language family, and you even live or originated from one of the places, you would easily understand the differences..similarities..how and why the languages differ or sound alike..for example, i know why malaysian, singaporean, indonesian and brunei can understand one another..and i can quite understand easily the readings that showed similarities in the spelling system of malay language and maori language because i can see and make sense of what i learned..owh, the conclusion is, whoever wants to take LALS 101, it’s very good if you can have experience to be in any of the countries that have a prominent language families and learn the differences in their languages..

ok now i have something to tell about my remaining days of holiday..i was thinking of extending my holiday for a few more days..i’ve emailed the travel agent asking them if they could find any availabilities in some different flights so i can go back on the 10th july and unfortunately they could not find any becauseof high season and it looked like people want to experience the european summer..so i need to extend it further and asked them to look for any flights that fly latest by 12th..if in case they could not find any, i will need to skip the first week of the class and take flights on the 17th..and i really hope they can find one place for me and i really want it to be on the 12th..at least i don’t miss the first week of class..

and i need to let jonathan, anette and jojo know formally that i’m going to arrive a bit late so they will not have to worry about me..

and also, i need to figure out how i’m going to sign up for tutorials if i cannot come to the first week classes..girls help me~!!! owh, here are some pictures =)

this one la pakcik shasha..
this one la pakcik shasha..
budapest from above..
budapest from above..
this is budapest..from the monument yard..
this is budapest..from the monument yard..
i think this is a fortress..and the castle is slightly behind it..a bit to the left..
i think this is a fortress..and the castle is slightly behind it..a bit to the left..
Nis..cafe by the river below the bridge in front of the fort..em..
Nis..cafe by the river below the bridge in front of the fort..em..
Center Park..ade jual cd pirate..huhu..
Center Park..ade jual cd pirate..huhu..
of course there's a cafe to hang out..the place looked elite with such cafes and setting..
of course there's a cafe to hang out..the place looked elite with such cafes and setting..
Novisad..within the building..
Novisad..within the building..
Novisad..behind the building..
Novisad..behind the building..
Novisad..from the yard..
Novisad..from the yard..