FuFu Year in Review 2009
October - December 2009 (Autumn & Winter) | Part Four |
Wake FuFu up when September ends. Yes, on the 1st of October, i woke up anticipationally. I went to Kuala Lumpur International Airport with my sister and mother happily. Again, i left Malaysia to further my study, this time not Japan but Germany. Jetting off with Sri Lankan Airlines because it offered me the cheapest one way ticket to Frankfurt (RM1500).
Actually i had passed the master entrance exam in Hiroshima University, but due to my own very personal reason, i decided to travel around the world first and blew up myself the golden opportunity to continue my research in Japan. Then i realised that i had to upgrade myself in order to achieve higher with a master degree and not working like a machine in Singapore despite of the attractive salary. I quit the job and went back to Malaysia.
I followed my heart to the Postgraduate Education Fair at Mid Valley Kuala Lumpur, walked aimlessly to the Germany booth. Given the chance talking to the counsellor, she gave me all the information and i found out an interesting course. Without any consideration, i promptly applied and sent everything to several universities in Germany. Couple of months later, i got the acceptance notification from Fachhochschule Frankfurt, University of Applied Science.
Fast forwards to 2nd of October, 2009, with a flight ticket, luggage, backpack bag and Euro €50, i landed Frankfurt safely. Picked up by Caroline, the course's coordinator and brought to the hostel. Spent the weekend with my coursemates. Enrolled as a master student of Urban Agglomerations. Registered as a resident in Frankfurt. Orientation started on the 4th and lectures on the 7th. New chapter of my life started like this way since October 2009 in Germany.
Checked in at counter M2, Sri Lankan Airlines, KLIA, Malaysia.
Waiting at the boarding lounge with hundred of Sri Lankans.
Gotta check in earlier in order to get the window seat.
Snack time while enjoyed watching the blue sky and white cloud.
The sky has no limit! On top of Malacca straits.
Oh... snowflake cracks?! Only at above sea level 5000m.
How's the flight attendant? Well, they all have charming smiles!
Yummy Srilankan bryanni rice with mutton and beans curry.
White wine and cake for dessert, phew what a luxurious journey.
After that, it's movie time. But not my cup of tea!
Going to be landed at Colombo, Sri Lanka for the transit.
Sri Lanka International Airport. Small but neat, clean and friendly.
The toilet's manager passed FuFu tissue then asking for tips. OMFG!
But yay, loved the free internet access. Listen, it's high-speed one!
An hour before boarding, FuFu decided to walked around the airport.
The airport displayed the country's traditional masks and drums.
It's an eye-opener just walking around the airport.
It made FuFu wanna discover the culture of the country more.
The traditional costume of Sri Lankans.
Sri Lankans, FuFu may pay you guys a visit sooner.
Lovely souvenir but way too expensive!
Gorgeous ornamented elephant with mosaic, artificial pearl, etc.
Batik, the pure Ceylon tea, not our batik.
An neh neh.... the language!
Ops, gotta get ready for the boarding to Frankfurt!
The lounge was full of tourists that heading back to Europe.
What a thoughtful airlines!
"Sir we've only left European-style breakfast...". "Sure, it's alright!".
Finally landed at Frankfurt International Airport at 6.30am.
Somebody was waiting for FuFu at the fascination airport in Europe.
The coordinator brought FuFu to the studenthaus (hostel).
Block C 64 Lam Ching Fu. That's FuFu little nest in Frankfurt.
Orientation started with Frankfurt half day tour.
A welcome dinner at a typical restaurant with jug of apple wine.
Picnic by the river with coursemates (to know each other more).
Picnic with nice people, lovely rose, favourite snack and great wine.
Of course also not to miss the cheap German beer in Frankfurt.
Then followed by the first seminar with coursemates in Eschborn.
Really had a great time with all nice coursemates.
Sinidu from Euthopia, Africa. Polyana from Brazil, Latin America.
Erika from Venezuela, Latin America. Majd from Qatar, Middle East.
Juan from Colombia, Latin America. Erla from Iceland, Europe.
Claudia from Chile, Latin America. Ying-han from Taiwan, Asia.
Wish all would have brilliant future each and get along well forever.
Went out for the once a month dinner.
Again, out for Italian pizza after a long and tiring week of lectures.
Heading to Trade fair Centre for the world's largest book fair.
China is the guest of honour with its theme Tradition and Innovation.
FuFu wrote his name in Chinese characters (林振冨).
Table tennis is the only sport FuFu enjoyed playing in Frankfurt.
Table football is another good and exciting entertainment!
Three weeks later, buddy of FuFu paid him a visit in Frankfurt.
FuFu enjoyed the Sunday with German hanging around the town!
Also enjoyed every moment taking pictures together.
Myzeil, the famous shopping mall with its stunning architecture.
Got a free ticket to Deutsche Architecture Museum.
Had a great excursion to Freiburg, Türbingen and Stuttgart.
One of the successful contemporary sustainable town in Germany.
Visiting a historical town in Freiburg.
Field trip to a sustainable town in Türbingen.
First snow in Germany on 9th November 2009.
Dropped by Stuttgart visiting the gorgeous Porsche Museum.
Weihnachtsmarkt, a wonderful Christmas market in Germany.
FuFu first Winter in Europe, yay.
Friend from Braunschweig visitng Frankfurt.
Celebrated Christmas in Frankfurt with hotpot.
Boxing's day ended up having beer and playing card at skybar.
Heading south to Munich for New Year.
New Year Eve dinner at a typical pork knuckle restaurant.
2010 was started with fufu made tangyuan.
You may think that my life is absolutely fabulous either after reading my blog or the pictures are depicting it well. But one thing i wanna let you guys know is everything has a price. I chose to come here with all the saving i have. Starting a new life just wanting to upgrade myself is as difficult as XYZ. And now pursuing my dream that i couldn't get it accomplished in Japan is actually financially confined me from travelling around Europe. *I need to get the scholarship!*
I have no idea when i got to know how to make decision. But thanks God, every decision i have made so far really paid me off well. I dream. I think. I understand. I decide. I take action. I work hard. I enjoy. I evaluate. I play. I shape my life. Therefore, wish my decision coming here to Germany, would light up the torch guiding me onto the right track thence to my ideal paradise. All i want is to smile with tears at the happy ending of this new chapter. Very simple!