Iceland: Part 3

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bismillah,

To be honest it is really hard to precisely recollect everything that occured during our trip which is now dated more than a year ago.... But I will try my best to write everything during my break from travelling... Pastilah annual leave aku suda habis kan..

Anyway this time I'll try to finish about Iceland... So on our first day we stopped at Jokulsarlon. We didn't do much since the cruise have ended for the day and decided to come again in the morning. We met a father and son of Indian descendent who flew all the way from America just to see the icebergs. That evening we drove further east to the only youth hostel in that area.



In this leg of our journey, there was only one gas station where you can refill your tank so make sure to check that the tank has enough fuel until the next stop. We stopped to have fish and chips at the gas station restaurant and was surprised by the fact that the guy at the counter knew some Malay words. He later told us he's been to Malaysia and traveled for a couple of months there in 2011 and still remember a few words.


As for the youth hostel, it was very basic however with excellent internet connection! The kitchen was neat and clean and the room was spacious enough that we had a comfortable space for prayer.

The funny thing was we had to share bathroom with the other guests and unfortunately one of us witnessed a sore sight of an unclothed old man. And we talked about it during dinner while this particular man was sitting next to me! And my friend was like,

"Gg, tadi mase aku kuar dari bilik mandi... Pakcik sebelah ko ni lap badan kat luar... tak pakai baju..."

He has no idea that we were talking about him heeeeee



So we head off to Jokulsarlon first thing in the morning to catch the earliest cruise. There were already a lot of tourists there so we queued for the ticket. There are two types of tours; one uses a smaller boat which will enable you to get closer to the icebergs and it will even take you to the glacier from where the icebergs originate. We opted the amphibian boat which on first glance reminds me of Sponge Bob's boat car. It was quite packed per tour but for the amount we paid (which was much cheaper than the small boat price), I actually enjoyed the tour very much and the tour guide did an excellent job in explaining to us about the geological process involved; from the formation of the glacier to the formation of the lagoon and facts about the icebergs itself.



The magical thing about Jokuksarlon is how the luminous blue, white and black of the whole landscape blend in perfect symphony. It took my breath away and by far one of the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life. I learnt that the blue icebergs are the older ones.  They underwent years  and years (perhaps hundreds??) of compression process that when the sun rays hit, it reflects the blue colour. The white icebergs are the younger ones and of course the guide also mentioned about how the bottom of the iceberg is actually significantly massive than what we saw afloat.



The guide also explained that at times the icebergs do flip over. But I don't remember how to tell which iceberg have just flipped over although I'm pretty sure he did point that out during the tour... (^^")

After Jokulsarlon we drove to Skaftafell National Park.. Unfortunately, the weather gotten worse and it start to drizzle. We forced ourselves to walk in the gnawing frigid air just to get a closer look at the glacier. Actually there are many walking trails in this national park; some lead to famous waterfalls and caves and you can actually hire a guide to take you for a walk on the glacier. But due to the weather and our very limited time, we took the short walk which I think is still interesting.



Along the path, there are sign boards that explain about the history and geological processes that occurred in a particular vicinity.
I remember one sign board saying that we were standing on a spot where the glacier used to extend 40 years ago. The glacier had somehow shrunk due to global warming. And at one point, there were so many rocks with cracks on them



I later learn that the cracks are actually caused by water moisture that are trapped within the fine pores of these rocks. The water alternately froze and thawed and during this continuous cycle, the expansion of frozen water caused the rock to crack.. Okay that's how I understand it.. I don't know how to correctly describe it though..

And then we went over to see the pool and walked on the charcoal colour volcanic sand and stones to see the glacier. It was my first time ever to see a glacier before my eyes so I was completely blown away. We didn't get to see any glacier in France nor Swiss so I was quite excited. Even from afar, the vibrant blue colour of the glacier was vivid to the naked eyes and we could also see streaks of black soot in contrast which are the result from volcanic eruption debris...


Okay... Wow! That's a lot of geological thingy, isn't it?

This is what travelling is to me.. Travelling, in my definion, is not just walking nonchalantly in a foreign land.. Not just having another background in a selfie.. Not just another fridge magnet on the fridge door..

It's about connecting ourselves with the unfamiliar; meeting new people, witnessing other cultures and seeking knowledge of the formations and phenomenon that are unprecedented in my own land..

It's a humbling experience, you know... Because every time I buckle up my seat belt on an airplane bound to the place I call home, I would inhale deeply and tilt my head back and start thinking how I'm just an insignificant speck in this world and how vast the knowledge of the Almighty...


Apa itu Gokyo Ri?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bismillah...

Gokyo ri itu adalah peak yang baru jak aku complete!!!!

Well, I'm currently in Lukla, Nepal. A small town and the main access to the Everest region. We're gonna spend a night here before our flight back to Kathmandu tomorrow morning...

This is my ultimate hike ever.. 11 days altogether and yes I haven't had a proper shower since we depart from Kathmandu.

Hutang kesah travel semakin menggunung..
Apa2 pon ini gambar2 aku masa summit Gokyo Ri

5360m yaw!







I'll be on a looooooong travel hiatus....
Am gonna stay put like a good girl do...
So hopefully I could slowly write on everything...
Like everything from last year heeee...

Ok mau caj tab..
Ntah berapa rupee la ini...



Iceland: Part 2

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bismillah...

Waaaa... It took me so long to finally continue with part II.. Penuh kisah jiwa jiwa seja... It has been quite confusing in my position, you know hahaha

Nway... Aku hutang Tasmania-NZ-Indochina-Africa...

Kalo mau tanya apa2 feel free to email ye... kalo tunggu blog ku ni memang nda membantu la hahaha

So.... on our first day, the journey was like this

Reykjavik - Skogafoss - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - Overnight in Vagnsstadir

Not much, right? These are the main attractions that we aimed for but actually you can make a lot of random stops. The ethereal beauty of the diversity of this piace of land will never cease to amaze you. We were driving for hours surrounded by nothing but the yellowish tundra that looks ironically solemn yet the bright colour mosses captivated me throughout the journey...



And there were countless numbers of waterfalls that didn't make it to the attraction list but left us dazed anyway. They made us ran out of the car and resign to the frigid temperature just for some nice shots of the surreal landscape.



And we were also allured to stop at this waterfall on the roadside. And after we got back to Malaysia, we got really excited to find lots of pictures of this waterfall taken by professional travelers and photographers. We had this, "OMG! I saw that with my own eyes.. And stood right in front of it!" feeling haha


Dan akhirnya sampai juga kami di Skogafoss..


You can actually climb up the hill to see the stream on top..  And stop in the middle to take a picture like below hahaha. There's actually a path that leads closer to the waterfall mid-climb. So close that you can actually feel the water spray and that's why the background there looks so misty.


Or a picture like this

We had our lunch here because the car park was very convenient and they have a public toilet nearby. And after that we head to Glacier Lagoon which I think about 1-2 hours drive from here..


Ok sekali lagi gambar aku sedang buat Milo...



On our way, we stopped at this place out of curiosity. It's just weird to see those formations on the ground. Well, actually, long long time ago there was a farm in this area which was destroyed by which was believed to be the first eruption of the volcano Katla. So this is what's left of the farm to this day. 

Speaking about volcanic eruption.. Below are the pictures of some part of  Route 1, the highway we are using.



Okay, nothing much to see hahaha Well actually, back in 2010, there was still a long bridge as part of this route. In fact, it was the longest in Iceland. However, there was a glacial outburst flood that year. In layman term, as I understand it, there was a volcanic eruption beneath the icy glacier that cause the glacier to break and melt and caused a huge flood that destroyed the bridge. There are still small bridges around but I don't know whether they are part of the former or a newly built ones. And you can also see some crooked steels along the road which are the remains of the old bridge.

I was very intrigued by that fact, you know. I watched the video shown in Skeftafell twice just to see how huge the flood was.

Dan kami pon sampai di Jokulsarlon~


Bersambung..
 Ngantok ok.. promise.. Aku post pasal attractions in Part 3 (^^)

What He Doesn't Know; Final Chapter. Titik Noktah

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bismillah...

*This is fiction*

Dear He-Who-Doesn't-Know,

It's been weeks since I last hear from you. I hope you're doing well and happy with your upcoming life-changing affair. I'm doing good as usual although work has been a little bit hectic lately.


I've been thinking a lot about myself, you and us (if there was ever an 'us'). It's just funny how things are fated between us. How we have met and become close to each other in an unexpected manner. Well, it was unexpected for my part. How I'd intuitively felt that there was going to be a story between me and this name on the drug chart when I first saw your stamp two years ago. How I'd felt that meeting you felt like a deja vu. And how a glimpse of your crooked smile gave a strange feeling that left me confused for many months after that.


With much confusion on my side, I'd chose to pull away. To see whether you will come back or not because I always believe that what is destined to be mine will eventually be. That  strange feeling could have been mere infatuation but I finally found out that it was not. You came back alright, but I guess it was decreed that we meet again at the wrong time because you were already taken by another.


If you thought that I was just another woman who fancies you for your looks, your title, your social status and whatnot, you're wrong. If so, I wouldn't have noticed how your face changed when that old guy left our table that evening in our friend's wedding. I wouldn't notice that there was something bothering you inside when we were on our way back from our last dive. I wouldn't felt so broken when I hear your croaked voice at the other end of the line that morning when I called to check if you were okay or not. And I wouldn't still be your friend even when I know there's nothing to me if I stay.


People told me that I should stay away from you and everything that reminds me of you. But I chose the opposite because I know it won't work on me. It will work if I only see you as another potential suitor but you are what I like to call my second love. Through experience, I learn that love is not just a feeling, it's a verb. It's an act where you want to make the other person to be happy. It's not something that you can easily suppress. That's why I'd said yes to all the things that I said yes to because I want you to be happy and I know I'm strong enough to withstand what's unrequited. After all, you can't break what's already broken. That's just how strong a healed heart could be. And for all the things that I'd said yes to, I want you to know that there were no regrets at all on my side.


I don't know if you notice that I keep stealing glances when you were seating on the red sofa. It was just hard to believe that you were where you were at that time. And when I was surrounded by the smell of vanilla and leather seat of your white stallion, I'd never imagine that to ever happen too. And when I text you before you flew to the faraway land, I just can't muffle the strong urge to know whether you're going or not. And when your name appeared on my phone screen after two weeks of silence, although the message was not exclusively directed to me, I was relieved that you're safe and sound in the faraway land.


Sometimes I do wonder whether all your actions, simple gestures and all the time spent were solely out of friendship or something more. Perhaps we are what's called asymptotes, who can get closer and closer to each other but never together. I guess, I will never know whether there is ever a space in your heart for me or not. But what I do know it's not my hand that you choose to hold.


I'd prepared long ago that you won't be mine. I'm doing fine and moving on with life; pursuing other things that matter. Thank you for letting me realize that I am capable to love again. Thank you for the happiness, for the experience and for the laughter. I'm thankful that our paths crossed each other and I want you to know, the best thing is, remembering you makes me smile and not cry. I'll wait for my last love because I do believe if I could love you this much when you're not the right one,  it must be even more incredible when I finally meet The One. I'll pray for your happiness. I always do....

P.S.
I lied to you about the meaning of nakupenda









Acceptance

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bismillah

Another Facebook status....
I really want to update but I'm like freakin' busy at work and I have no energy left to do real stuffs after work...
I just wanna lie down and read.....
And leave status like this on my wall hahaha


The wisdom of adversity often breeze in long after it had passed...
We see things differently, React discerningly...
Placing rational expectations on things we knew we have no power on...
We learn to split happiness into small chunks and not position one object as a central...
So, if one object is lost, we still have many reasons to be happy about...

This world and its content could be cruel at times,
But we live only once... So lets just roll with the punches...
When one battle is over, regardless whether we are the winner or the loser,
Life leave us with no choice but to stand again...
Because there will surely be another battle...


The Lesson from Surah Al Kahf (^^)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bismillah...

This is actually taken from my facebook status this weekend... It's as long as my blog post kan..? Enjoy!


"Last night, I posted a link about the message of surah Al Kahf... Which was long... That I actually just finished it today and what I learned was utterly fascinating and I'm very compelled to summarize it in one status.. Here goes!

Every chapter of the Al Quran actually has a theme. Meaning to say that there is a central matter that is being focused in every chapter. So for surah Al Kahf the key message is overcoming trials in which it has been described by the depiction of 4 stories; the people of the cave or also knowm as ashabul kahf, the man with the two gardens, Musa's a.s. journey & the story of Zulkarnain...

Trials of Iman
Ashabul kahf were pious youths that lived in a time of shirk and the ruler would persecute those who believed in God. Despite being threatened for their Iman, these youths stood firm with their belief and as a result Allah protected them from the cruel ruler by giving them refuge in a cave where they fell asleep and woke up hundreds of years later...

This shows that Allah shows mercy to those who firmly believe and that's why we see how The Prophet and the companions were given victories despite all odds.

Trials of wealth.
The story is about a man who  was blessed with a very fruitful garden and he didn't have to work hard for that because there was a flowing river in between his two gardens. But this have made him arrogant and he belittled those who are poorer. He also thought that all these blessings that he has in the dunya proves that Allah preferred him than others and he will gain more in the akhira.. But he was wrong..

The wealth and the ease gained in this world does  not describe Allah's pleasure or displeasure. Rather it's a test to examine our belief, action and character...

Trials of knowledge
The story of Prophet Musa's journey actually tells us how such a great Messenger was being taught by Allah about humbleness and humility.

Knowledge, despite of its vast benefit could also lead to evil if it is misused, and if it leads to pride and arrogance

Trials of power
This was described in the story of the great conquerer Zulkarnain. Although he'd conquered the east and lands between the east tand west, he still had an unwavering taqwa which made him just and compassionate although he was such a powerful ruler of his time..

How does the surah connects to the protection from the dajal? Because it is through these types of trials will the dajal make the
people of his time go astray... And Allah have taught us how to protect ourselves from the dajal through this surah...

Okay panjang jugak! Hehe tapi panjang lagi artikel itu!
Isn't it beautiful once we discovered the real message behind every surah rather than just reciting word by word without being able to decipher and ponder?

It's mind blowing! And rasa aaaargh!!!! sikit nya ilmu di dada!!!!

I hope we all can benefit from this. N lets go to work!"