Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I'm home

Finally I'm home..and I'm not proud to say that I've been keeping this blog unattended for soo long ;)

Sorry for not keeping to my words to update on my roadtrip, the internet over in New Zealand and Melbourne are not cheap..4 dollars for 20 minutes??!!..and whenever I got an hour of complimentary WiFi, it would be spent for checking emails, facebook-ing and blog-hopping...hehe

First thing that I did after touching down on Tuesday was to find teh tarik and nasi lemak sambal sotong..and I got it!!..Heaven man!!! appetite has strongly grown and I always crave for rice. Had enough of kebab, fish, burgers and what not..Ni baru 2 weeks plus dekat negara orang dah teringin nak makan macam2..haha. I salute la those yg tinggal sana lama2 especially our students...I don't think I can survive without our yummy local food..hehe.

Talking about student, I remembered an incident in a bus when I was in Auckland. Me, husband and my two guy friends who were with us on the trip was on our way home. Day one abroad, we will be jakun if we bumped into any Malaysian (not Asian, since you can find them conquering the city..hehe). Soo, when my two guy friends (Azrai and Zul) saw two beautiful Malay ladies hop on the bus, they got very excited, plus they're still single. Guys being guys, they started to make themselves noticeable. But to our surprise, one of the girl called out my name. I was shocked and surprised that I initially thought that I misheard them. I was wrong, she did call my name and told me that she read my blog!!. I was flattered to hear that. Since then, Azrai and Zul knew the existence of my blog..hehe (not many of my friends know that I have a blog). 

Girls, if you ever read this, "Salam from add me on Facebook ya, (sure Zul and Azrai nak sibuk2)..hehe"

What must I say to conclude about my travel??...hmm..New Zealand is a very very very very beautiful country and the people there are just genuinely nice!!... I travelled from the North Island (landed in Auckland) to the South Island (boarded from Christchurch to Melbourne),and there wasn't a single place that was dirty or sore to the eyes or make you wanna vomit your lunch ;p

I was very amazed on how they can maintain the cleanliness, especially the public toilet. Hehe...Kalau dkt Malaysia jangan cakap la, lantai basah, sanitary bins are over piled, and the toilet bowl, ya rabbi, you can actually spot a shoe print...Hello!!'re supposed to sit on the toilet bowl, not to step on it!!!...come on, these thing can be prevented and we, us, Malaysian can actually do the same...if we do feel responsible, we will clean up our mess, keep it dry and clean for the next person to's just a matter of being responsible...

Gosh, I just realized that I spent one full paragraph talking about toilet..haha 

The people in New Zealand, be it the Kiwi or Maori, they are very very friendly. You hop on a bus, they greet you, you enter a shop, they greet you, you didn't buy anything at the shop, they say thank you, you walk at a park, they don't know you but they say hi to you... These are the little things that we have to instill in our culture. We Asians are supposed to be known to be courteous but as we all know, this is not the case. What happened to the days of a simple hello and a smile?. It's easier said than done, here I am reminding myself as well. 

Don't get me wrong girls, I'm not saying that we are all that bad. There is a saying in our culture, "take what is good, throw what is bad"..."yang baik dijadikan amalan, yang buruk dijadikan sempadan".

Not to say semuanya elok2 belaka, there are few things that also got me upset during my holiday especially when I was in Melbourne. I was at the Federation Square, it's one of a place in Melbourne city that you must go when you visit Melbourne, it's like you must go KLCC if you go KL, no? :) Being a tourist, of course I was excited to take photos, suddenly, one of their local butted in, "'s just Melbourne". Duuhhhh...why in the world was he being soo rude???..I mean, you don't go and tell off to any tourist in KL who were busy taking photos..."'s just KLCC". There and then, I knew that I'm not gonna enjoy my short stay in Melbourne.

True enough, when I was on a my MAS flight heading back to Malaysia, there was one lady in her late 40s sitting behind me. I was very tired that I just wanted to doze off, soo I did what everyone would do to feel comfortable, reclined my seat. Without shame and a total lack of respect, she rudely shook my seat to wake me up and started to nag at me that I shouldn't recline my seat because it would be difficult to get her arse to the loo. Pardon my French girls, I was extremely upset that I will remember this incident for the rest of my life. I just don't get it why this type of people exist in this world???..she could just tap gently on my shoulder to wake me up. Tell me, is it wrong to recline my seat??if it is, why they would want to invent a seat that is able to recline in the first place?..The girl in front of me fully reclined her seat, and it wasn't a problem to me...AT ALL!!

Arrggghhh...thinking about what had happened, just reignited the fire and fury within me, that I don't know how to end this entry. Soo, I'll do it in point form

1. Keep our toilet clean ;p

2. Don't be stingy with your smile and saying Hello/Salam 

3. Be genuinely nice to everybody

4. Do not forget our manners where ever we go

5. I will definitely come back to New Zealand!!!! hehe


Hanafedora said...

Photos photos photos! hehe

from a skylark said...

being rude is so not cool.
btw i envy your holiday photos.:)awesome

cicayanki said...

hello tahirah,

the girl that called out your name, was my baby sister :) she came home, buzzed me on skype and told me she met you :P

ps: i quote from yaya 'Tahirah is pretty in real life too' :D

NHazirah said...

Salam kak. Hi, at the beginning of the post were awesome,I enjoyed reading it with a bit of imaginary picture in my mind but the last part were...=____= Tak best kan, being treated like that, esp when we're tired..again, this post made me eager to visit NZ heheh :)

LisaLisut said...

haih,nasib tak buat drama je dlm flight tu kalau buat drama nt kite sama level mcm dia pulak.pity la those people..

wpun ayah saya tak sekolah tgi,askar je,tapi semasa hayatnye dlu dia berjaya ke NZ.i tgk gmbr2 dia je.haha.mmg cntik.wish i can go there too :)

hikhik rupanya tekaan i betul.bungy jumping mmg fofular di nz kan(hasil tgk drama romantik thai) haha

~maiefa said...

Salam. Hi, I stumbled on your blog and saw the word NZ and was instantly intrigued to read on =p You see, I went there a year ago on a 2 weeks holiday plus it was my sist in law's graduation at Dunedin and to this day I couldn't get over the beauty of the country. We drive ourselves with rented car just to experience NZ as a whole. Like you, we travelled from North to South and transit at Melbourne before coming home to Malaysia. I had an incident of rudeness at Melbourne too and it really change my view of the aussie people. Really differ from the warmth and kindness of NZ people. Btw, the 'jakun' part of meeting Malaysians on first few days abroad, so true of me too! Haha. Seriously I want to visit NZ again one day.

missbutterfly said...

ala..mcm tak best jer pegi melb...gmbar mana? heh

bride2wife said...

Opsss...hehe. will do sooooooon!lol

rude-ness is not cool...yeah! :)

oh my..what a small wooorrrld!!! her name is yaya?..shes pretty toooo!!both of them, infact :)

now you can go round new zealand with free tour guide..hehe

w'salam hazirah..if u planning to go somewhere, do consider NZ at the top of your list, ok :)

betul..betul..tak nak buat drama dalam flight..memalukan je...

yup..worlds first bungy mmg dekat new zealand :)
drama romantic thai?..hehe

eh..samala. we rented a car know what, i miss the Agrodome show...kambing dia cute2! :)
i hope i can bring my children to NZ one day :)

jaja..dun worry. just enjoy yourslf nnt..especially great ocean road. gambar???soooooooooooooonn!!hehe

papaYA said...

My mom said the same too..
She compares the English people to Au*sies during her a-few-months stay at my sisters' crib taking care the grandkids, "Tak mahu dah dok Oz"

bride2wife said...

i pon tak mau dah..hehehe