I'm seriously behind from my updates. Blame it on studies and I tend to get tired easily these days. I should give Zumba another shot. :(
Like I said in my previous Auckland post(?), Team Otago was seriously the underdogs during this year's Bersatu games. We only managed to grab first place for debate which is not even a sport.
Disclaimer: The pictures you're about to see are ripped off from various sources on Facebook. Don't sue me.
Victory pose by the Otago guys who nabbed the gold trophy for debate:
At Bersatu Games 2010 closing dinner:
We call it our Malaysian Tatler pose: From Left: Dato' Dr Yang Safia and Dato' Seri Adeline Bock.
OMG, can't wait to see Rique and go on a road trip to Doubtful Sound this Spring Break!!
This is a video I took whilst sitting on a bench, in the middle of Auckland's central city. I was waiting for my friends to finish shopping.
After the closing dinner, Rique and Hui Wen decided to bring us around the city one last time before our flight the next morning. We did the unthinkable and busk at Denny's! By the way, we didn't get kicked out and in fact, they were some people cheering us on. Too bad I didn't get it on tape. :(
First song: I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
Second song: Random songs
Third song: Rainbow by Jay Chou (my favourite!)
Basically, as you guys can tell I had a lot of fun in Auckland. Much better than I expected and it all thanks to good company. To my Auckland friends, come down to Dunedin!!
PS: Rique, you are coming so I can't wait to see you!! ROAD TRIP!!!
I will try to ignore the fact that I have two big essays due after the break. *sadface*
I think this is how I should introduce myself from now on...
Hello. My name is Yang Safia but you can call me Yang. Or Yeng. Because it does not really matter linguistically because you are correct either way. Although I would prefer you call me /Yang/. I'm a first year English major and apparently I can't write well enough to get myself an A. Or even an A- because I'll be happy either way. You can probably tell that I'm bitter about this and yes, it's a touchy subject. Ah yes, where was I...right, introducing myself.
I'm from Malaysia. Shah Alam to be exact but I'm sure you don't know where that is. I'm 20 this year and so far, I've been rocking my first year here in Otago despite the less-than-awesome exam results. I have a great group of friends here in Dunedin but it saddens me to death because most of them are leaving next year. I enjoy Shakespeare. I particularly think that I'm good at reading it...for a Malay. No, I'm not racist. Just highly critical of my own race. I enjoy being in the company of people that are different than me, culturally or linguistically because if we do get along; it makes me believe that the world can be a better place after all.
I can't ride bicycles by the way. Nor can I properly spell without spell check. I'm a snob, but if you actually get to know me; I'm pretty awesome. I'll make you laugh to the point you'll piss your pants off. If you haven't figure it out already, I'm quite crude. And a bit of a perv at that. That one, I blame my friends and my mum. *insert laugh here* But it's all in good fun. Recently I just found out that I'm an idealist. But with a good sense of realism and that I have to thank my mum. She's one of those people who you tell your "brilliant" ideas to and have it break into pieces in matter of seconds due to her sense of realism. I'm a lot like my dad. But then again, as I grow older, I think I'm a lot like my mum too.
I'm proud that I'm a decisive person. I'm ambitious too; that I have to give credit to my dad. Sometimes, I worry whether I will have all the time in the world to actually achieve all of my dreams. And at the same time, I worry whether I'll have time for my loved ones. I think I'm in love. (Okay, that is pretty much a contradiction to my first statement.)
I miss my family and friends. I miss my cat. I miss my car. I miss traffic jams. I miss hanging out with my siblings. I miss hanging out with my soul sisters.
I can't sleep.
...since I've been doing a lot of introductions lately.
...to many things. I'm sorry that I haven't been up to date with my blog. Currently, I am involved in many events and two days ago, I finally wrapped up my involvement with the International Food Fest. It is safe to say that the people here loves my mum's Nasi Minyak! (^_^) We made over $1000 dollars. The updates will be a bit slow for the next few weeks but at this point, I'm done with editing one of the videos for Auckland Pt 2. Also, I've got some footage of my preparation of the food fest and you will get the chance to meet my Food Team!! Amazing group of people I tell you! What else...?
Subjects I'm taking:
ENGL218: Shakespeare Stage, Page and Screen LING112: Social Aspects of Language ENGL127: Effective Writing
I'm loving my lectures at the moment. I will improve my grades this semester!
First off, I can't believe I've been gone for a week!
Two Fridays ago, I made my way to Auckland for the annual Bersatu Games. Auckland is this year's host and I was really excited to visit one of the major cities in New Zealand and meet our Auckland OMSA counterparts. To put in brief, I enjoyed the trip so much that it surprised me. I guess that is expected when you find unexpected company to provide so much fun. I was very surprised indeed. :D
The trip to Auckland was murder though. The Otago Team got on a bus and rode all the way to Christchurch for 6 hours (not fun when you suffer from motion sickness) and arrived around 8pm-something only to catch a flight to Auckland within the same night. We arrived in Auckland at our backpackers hotel called Nomad around 12am. It sucked real bad when you barely had food in your tummy and you didnt get to eat a proper meal until the next day's lunch time. I can't believe I did this to myself. :(
I got a few shots during the only stop the bus made on the way to Christchurch. Everybody, meet the town, Oamaru.
The town's square. And yes people, this is pretty much it. During my whole trip, I've just started to realize how small the towns in New Zealand are. And I came to realize that Auckland is not that big of a city. I had a few moments where I said to myself, "Safia, what the hell are you doing in New Zealand? I can't believe you leave Malaysia for this." Haha!
Day 1 of Bersatu Games.
Our hosts took us to the first location of the BG. I got a couple shots of the inside of ASB Stadium. Mind you, it was really really cold.
Otago Team. There was only 12 of us while other unis had like a whole bus of supporters and players. For us, we are our own players and supporters. Sad, I know. :P
I feel sad looking at this picture. All of us were so pale because we didn't eat anything since the night before.
UMNO Auckland VS WMSO (Wellington)
Doa before the game. Team Otago's first basketball match.
I've got some footage of the games but I'll be putting it in Part 2 so anticipate that! I was terribly ravenous and cranky on the first day and luckily Miriam and Amy couldn't stand to stay at the stadium for the whole day because I would seriously kill one of those UMNO's supporters. The three of us went out to find the rumoured New World nearby and when we did, we shopped for some food supplies so that we didn't have to resort to killing each other to survive hunger. (Dramatic, I know.) After shopping, I was really tired and smelly (I didn't shower that morning.) and hungry but we couldn't seem to catch a bus. I suggested we get a cab despite it being so expensive and the option to walk back to our hotel was dropped since it's going to be a 2-hour walk. (And carrying all my groceries?! No way.) Amy volunteered to look for a cab at Eastridge while Miriam and I waited at the bus stop.
See, I'm nice lah. Even though I'm on the brink of starvation and killing rampage, I managed to crack at smile for a pic. Hehe. Rejoice! Amy found us a cab and the total cost was $15! After splitting the bill, it only comes down to $5 per person, which is the price we have to pay if we catch a bus.
Some shots from the cab.
Cruising down the Auckland Harbor Bridge. A sight of Auckland.
Our room at the backpackers. This one is before it looked like rumah pelarian. :) That night, Rique, UMSA's president took us for a night out to town and we had dinner at Saffron, a halal Indian restaurant. Saffron is one of UMSA's sponsors.
My curry lamb mutton with rice. I asked for the HOTTEST but it was still sweet for me. :(
My mango lassi.
Then we walked down Auckland's redlight district. So fun! Haha. Not as intense as Bukit Bintang in my opinion but it was something alright. I've never seen a real strip club before and I was so amazed that these shops and clubs are so out in the open.
Series of sex shops
Karangahape Road aka K-road
Quite ironic if you ask me. A gay bar that is called Family Bar.
Another gay bar
The architecture in Auckland is pretty cool
Rique and Adeline were too chicken to go visit the cemetery. Ok, it was scary at night. But the architecture is so cool lah!
We found something that is totally bizarre. People party in a bus that takes you around Auckland. And when you get drunk, it drops you off at your place. Huh, convenient. LOL
Adeline and I at the Auckland Uni's clocktower.
An art museum that has some pretty cool Art books
Auckland square(?) Well, that's what I call it.
My new favorite gelato shop, Giapo!
Inside of the theatre
At the Sky tower!
The next day, I got the chance to walk around as I wait for Adeline who went to church. Again, cool architecture around the central city
Fort St is the street where Nomads is located at.
Got a bit of drama la that day. That's Adeline termenung as we wait for the bus. It was soo cold, in the middle of winter and it was raining. :(
The bersatu games ended with a closing dinner where the pics will be up in the second part. After that, we took a flight to Christchurch and spent one night there. It was cool that I get to explore Christchurch as much as I can in just a couple of hours. Well, I got back at around 2AM from exploring but it was fun. Very quiet though and we had a great tour guide, Chi Mei. We drank coffee at this cafe called, Le Cafe and very nice ambiance la. They had little candles and all. See you at Part 2 of the trip with live footage of the trip and the games!!
PS: I MADE MY FIRST TV DEBUT ON TVNZ ON A SHOW CALLED ASIANS DOWN UNDER! HAHA. Will be having a party at my friend's place as we watch the show together. Probably I'll record it la. :D