Monday, 28 September 2009

Badcannstatter Volksfest 2009


Many people around the world know about Oktoberfest. in fact most of the people where they are asked about what they know about Germany, they would say beer or Oktoberfest. Like Oktoberfest, Badcannstatter Volksfest is also one of the many regional fest in Germany. Ocktoberfest is the largest fest while Volksfest is the third largest.

We managed to find a seat in one of the tents. there was a very nice old man treat us 1.0 litre beer right after we ordered food and beer. PROST!!! i personally like Hefe Weizen. I find it very nice to drink but it ain't cheap. 7.90 Euro for 1 litre beer.


Munich is way too way from Esslingen so I went to the Badcannstatter Volksfest with my friends. and i was very happy because i got to use my friend's canon F1.8 50mm lens. i have always wanted to try some shots using 50mm f1.8. but i wasn't satisfied with the shots i have taken. Considering that was the first time i used that lens and i am still new to DSLR photography , i am contented with the result and i have learnt a lot from this outing.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Bukit Bendera/Penang Hill/升旗山

if you have no money and no friend to accompany you during holiday or all you have nothing better to do but to surf internet, then holiday would be indeed mundane and boring. The same activities repeat everyday. You might be slowly becoming horizontal challenged and thus pretending you are still slim by holding your breath to make your tummy smaller every time you look at yourself in the mirror or avoiding taking pictures of yourself because your face would look as round as a ball... am i speaking from my own experience? haha you bet i am...

I had a plan. my plan is to hike from kaki bukit of Bukit Bendera to the top. The trail which starts from the entrance beside botanical garden would need about 3 hours to reach the top. Oh Well.. plan always turns out to be just a plan at the end. i think sometime it's better to do something impromptu, because most of the time it turns out to be something. So instead of hiking, i went up to the top not with my own feet but with monorail and carried out my filial duty-spend more time with my parents.

First outing with my new camera was OK... try to get used to my camera. Taking a shot through the viewfinder was really different. how different hard to describe... i concentrate more on details...

I din take a lot of pictures of the monorail because of certain circumstances. eh like I was forbidden to saty at the platform of the monorail because it was too dangerous etc. One return ticket for adult costs you 4 Ringgit and it is about 45 minutes ride from the bottom to the top. you will have to change monorail when you reach certain height to reach the top. The monorail is tortoise like slow and frankly there is nothing nice to capture. i took some pictures but all turned out to be not so nice photo cos of the dirty windshield and windows.

Guess what that is? i dunno what it is called but the monorail depends on it to move downhill and uphill. if i am not mistaken the diesel motor is located behind those "wheels" inside the building.

There is nothing nice to see on top actually. but there is a observatory up there where you could see Penang from bird's eye view.. for me that will be the only thing that make the journey going up worth -while.
There are Police Station, Post Office, Health Center, Mosque, Hindu Temple, Hotels up there..



George Town...

Penang Bridge

Bottom right: Kek Lok Si Temple

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

No Smoking Ad

I came across this advertisement on tv commercial.. it is very catchy and got my100% attention when i first saw watched that advertisement.. very typical Malaysian ads. they will never forget to put malays, chinese and indian in the ads in conjunction with One Malaysia.. but does it work in encouraging smokers to quit? nope...

Thursday, 3 September 2009

出国

(以上的照片不是我拍的)

正在日本深学的哥哥在一年前电邮给我的一篇文章,在此很想与那些跟我和我哥哥一样的留学生或是即将出国念书的朋友们分享。文章的作者不明,没有经过作者的同意就把这篇文章刊登在我的部落各,希望作者您不介意。


有人對我說,"你以爲你出國就了不起了?"

出國的人,沒有什麽了不起的,真的,出來有段年頭的我也沒有覺得出國有什麽了不起的。
但是,出國以後,我們每個人都很了不起。如此說是因爲,我們有着其他人不能體會的辛酸苦辣,也看過和經過太多氣憤無奈。可是從來不願說起,并不等于我們沒有故事,恰恰相反的是我們的故事太多,已經不再爲此大驚小怪,或者應該說,我們沒有時間也沒有精力再去想如何訴說了。


外國人
不論是自己向往,還是因爲其他的原因來到國外,從到了異國他鄉的第一步,我們就有了一個共同的名字,外國人。外國人,顧名思義就是外面國家的人,一個本不屬于本國的人,外面的永遠和裏面的有着所謂的區别。本國人口頭上是很注意回避用"差别"這個詞來形容這種所謂的區别,回避使用帶有優劣色彩的詞彙,然而這又能如何?實際生活中,赤裸露骨的差别何處不在?租房子,進學校,找工作,就連消費都包括在内。外國人這個名字,随時提醒着我們這裏不是家,所以不要幻想平等,不要奢望同情,最後能幫自己的隻有自己,要漸漸學會自己疼愛自己。

對于在外面的我們來說,有兩群朋友,國内和國外的。每次回國,封印的記憶被打開,見到國内朋友是一件多麽幸福的事情。隻是随着在兩個不同環境成長的我們和他們之間,共同語言越來越少,當自己滿懷激情的要把經曆和感受說給他們的時候,反而讓朋友們感到莫名其妙,雖然每次朋友都會微笑點頭,但是直覺告訴自己,他們不會懂,就像自己很難理解朋友們的許多想法一樣。在國外的朋友就不同了。經曆相同的事情,接觸相同的時間,共同語言就會多許多,然而離的越近,摩擦面也就越大,好在雖然時不時吵到面紅耳赤,幾個小時以後,大家又都會回到不分你我,因爲心裏都明白,處一個朋友是如何寶貴的,快樂是因爲兩個人的快樂,悲傷是因爲兩個人的悲傷。蝙蝠不會和鳥兒飛翔,也不同于獸類的習性,能和它爲伍的隻有和自己一樣的蝙蝠。


想家想父母,但是不懂得如何能确切表達。即便在國外學了許多語言,卻發現自己的表達能力越來越差。 "慈母手中線,遊子身上衣"這裏面的分量,心裏明白,也想說,說不出來。想家的感覺很美,就像圓月的深夜,想要沉浸在這個美麗中,卻有冷風時時提醒自己,這是外國的月亮。家,對我們來說,是藏在心裏最暖的一個寄托,不敢打開這個盒子,一旦打開,眼淚就會有流下來。然而,外國不需要我們的眼淚,隻需要我們汗水。親情也自然就成了一個被禁忌的話題,成了扭着心頭的痛。

我們需要的不是同情,而是認可。
我們在國外,努力過,成功過,相信過,期望過,欣慰過,失敗過,猜疑過,傷心過,失望過,憤怒過,高興過,糊塗過,領悟過,張揚過,虛僞過,坦誠過,興奮過,平淡過,堕落過,發奮過,認真過,馬虎過,悲哀過,同情過,憐憫過,無奈過,争取過,承受過,美麗過,醜陋過,施舍過,得到過,想念過,忘記過,珍惜過,遺失過,掙紮過,痛苦過,精明過,瘋狂過,傻過,哭過,笑過,憂過,愁過,真心恨過,更真心愛過。

有血有肉的我們在國外曾經走過。
所以,我們有資格說。
我們驕傲,因爲我們在國外。

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

厚脸皮

最近我很想写些有意义的东西,
但是就是写不出。
手放在键盘上想开始打字的时候,
那堆动力又渐渐的减弱;
打了几个字后,
又按几次的backspace,
没有心情去写。
可能在家里吃喝玩乐,
没有伤心事好写吧!
因为每一次我post在部落各的
不是照片和长篇大论的废话
就是充满着情绪和怨言的post。

好好的想一想,
我的部落各也快要三岁了。
老实说我从来都没想过三年后的今天
我还会继续地写下去。
以前的我很怕别人看我写的作文。
除了老师,可以看我写的作文
五只手指就可以数完了,
而且还有剩。
因为写作能力差的我感到有点paiseh。

但是现在的我呀,
敢敢地把作品就这样post在我的部落各。
给朋友甚至我不认识的人阅读。
三年前的我绝对不会有那样大的勇气。
三年后的我有的不只是豹子胆,还有恒心。
可能我的脸皮越来越厚也不一定哦!

好吧再此想跟大家分享我朋友所写的一首歌。

孙燕姿的 《遇见》 听过吗?


一面听一面看歌词wo……请注意以下的歌词,能唱就试着跟着唱

艺芝自称是乖孩 终日在人面前装可爱
华吉又称烧火鸡 说起鸟话总是称第一
艺华画画真厉害 画的大家都像双胞胎
星龙suppa的最爱 说话快的没人能明白
艺雯生来外表斯文来骗人
贝棋最爱奸笑又语无伦次
秀婷以看帅哥立即就高兴
耀铭脸皮厚得子弹穿不进


如果你不知道我的华语名,我名叫赵耀铭。以上的歌词是出自艺雯和秀婷。而且还被刊登在我们的毕业刊。我的脸皮真的有这样厚meh?