Wednesday, 27 October 2010

PUCPR, Centro and Clubbing






FuFu Life in Curitiba - Brazil
26th July 2010 | Part Four



With Oldy, walking to the bus stop.


Oldy double confirmed if the bus would take FuFu to PUC.


Bus #175, from Centro to PUC. Single bus fare is BRA$2.20 (RM4).


While waiting the bus driver to start the engine.


Alighted at the last stop and saw the university!


The collage of PUCPR FuFu had upload on his Facebook.


PUCPR is 51 years old already.


Surprised? Well, PUC is a Catholic university after all.


FuFu didn't want to be late so he arrived half an hour earlier!


FuFu walked around his new university.


This car park is one of many car parks you can find in the campus.


Heading to the Administrative Building 10mins before 9am.

I had an appointment on 26th July (Monday) with Lydia, a staff i have been contacting for the exchange semester here in Brazil. My host Oldy brought me to the bus stop at Alameda Doutor Muricy. Why? Because i had to take the bus to Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR) to meet Lydia at the office of International Cooperation and Exchanges. She gave me a short and brief introduction of the university, passing all the necessary document to me and got my appointment with my professors arranged.

Lydia then told me that i have to paid BRA$190 (RM347 = US$112) to register my student visa at the Federal Police Department, and i would be given one identification card mentioning that i am a legal resident here in Brazil. To enrolled as an international student at PUCPR, i had to pay another BRA$120 (RM220 = US$71). Also i had to apply for a CPF account at any post office, only BRA$5 (RM10 = US$3), but what the hell, to open a bank account and get a phone's SIM card i need a CPF number. The funniest information i had to report was both of my parents' names!

It was a mess in the beginning, and i was extremely upset as i gotta pay BRA$315 (RM577 = US$186) and get all these shits done which not written on the application form or told before we flew to Brazil. Just i wish they would let me know earlier because i didn't have extra money for this case! Luckily i got them settled within a week with the help from Tatiana (friend's of an acquaintance i met in Germany) and my second and current host, Kenji.


Federal Police controls the immigrations too.


FuFu Identification Card, FuFu is a legal Brazilian citizen.


Next was to apply a CPF account.


Finally FuFu could get a SIM card and open bank account!

I didn't take many pictures but would like to take more pictures of my university when the weather is warmer or probably after i have got my assignment done. Expect another post i would reserve for PUCPR in the near future. Anyway, July was the coldest month (winter in the Southern Hemisphere), Curitiba nevertheless welcomed and greeted me with a warm and sunny Monday. Wanted to know and be familiar with the city well, i spent an hour walking around before going back home for an early dinner with Oldy because i didn't have lunch.


Took the same bus back to the city centre.


So many high-rise buildings here and there at every corner!


It was like walking around Little Manhattan.




Seriously, the city has plenty of friendly side-walks.


Wide. Clean. Lovely floor tile's motif.


Almost all of the roads in the centre are one-way direction.


Felt totally comfortable to walk around!




The locals love popcorn very much! Will explain in other post!


Reversed back.


Heading back home!


But FuFu just couldn't stop snapping.


Some of the streetscapes really look like those you can find in KL.


Except the scene with the tube bus stop!


This street divide the districts of Centro and Sao Francisco.


So at this point, FuFu was in Sao Francisco district.


The apartment is just only two minute walk from here.


FuFu was staying in this building for his first 10days in Curitiba.

Dinner was simple sandwiches with my host's random stir-fried-egg+tomato+onion+capsicum (paprika) filling. We stayed home after dinner because Oldy had to prepare notes for his lecture while i was busy looking for a new room. But after Fabio was back home, he invited me to Emporio with his friend because Monday is buy-one-free-one day until 10pm. Immediately, we registered online with our names and phone number. Oldy followed as well.

The club is just located few blocks away from the apartment. Once we had arrived at 10:25pm, name checked and i was given a card! They got the member card made within half a minute with my name, number and bar code printed. Taking the card, i followed the rest to the cashier. Paid BRA$15 as a prepaid card for drinks. No money associated with the bartender. When you wanna get a drink, pass the card to a bartender and it will be scanned. The amount in the prepaid card will be reduced automatically according to your drinks. So high-tech!


FuFu is the member of Emporio Club, Sao Francisco, Curitiba.

Here is the clip FuFu took on the second floor.


My host and his brother kept flirting around. And i was putting on the chopping board. They used me to get closer to girls, mentioning that i speak only English, from Malaysia and would like to learn Samba. Anyway, we had heaps of fun after all. Learned some simple steps. But the musics, as what you might have seen from the video above, was damn boring. If not the girls, buy-one-free-one Monday, and samba, we would have left earlier. LOL

61 comments:

rainfield61 said...

Love to read another part of your journey.

fufu said...

rainfield61 : hahaa yeah thanks! as the title, FuFu Life in Curitiba... hohoho will share everything happened around me ya :)

[SK] said...

at first i thot what PUCPR was, kept scrolling and can't find the answer, hahahaha, finally you revealed that's your uni~~ :p

fufu said...

SK : lol hahaha yeah will reserve one post specially for PUCPR :)

tamiya said...

早啊。。。又来看你了。

fufu said...

tamiya : hahaa 謝了...我也快要睡覺了

迷迭香 said...

a pre-paid card for buying a beer ? this is really cool ~ ^^

fufu said...

迷迭香 : yeah i pretty like the system :) so organized ya

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

ooh taking the bus there is definitely a total different compare to here! :D

N how nice if the campus at here has such huge n many parking area! i rmb there was once i have to skipped class as cant find parking for an hour! :(

fufu said...

Caroline Ng May Ling : please dont drive to school >< walk!! so not environmental friendly >< lol anyway it's quite expensive here ya taking bus, if you need go to many places in a day...

William said...

Looking at the logo PUCPR, I guessed as much. Kinda like the papal seals.

Big bOYs Oven said...

it must be exciting! new place new environment! :)

haan said...

u'll be an exchange student there for 1 semester (3-4 months)?

JIPP said...

very nice city for a host of your studies. Love it. And the streets with wide pedestrian walkway are so cool.

Life for Beginners said...

Yay! FuFu is a Brazilian citizen now! :)

bluecloud said...

like the environment there, the road was not full with all types of the vehicles, having the friendly and clean walk road...
enjoying the building especially the bus tube that surprising me while walking along the road...

Akira 思胜 said...

卡的前面是什么图案哦?

London Caller said...

Ha ha... Nothing is free in this world.
You got free stay if you become a chopping board.

Poor Fufu, did you have enough to eat for dinner?
Sandwich with rubbish stir fry?
If I go and stay with you in Frankfurt, remember to give me extra bacon. Ha ha!

Che-Cheh said...

Very colorful city.
You even have id card. Very cool.

Sasa said...

The member card quiet cool....
Black and white.....
So high tec.....
so, does FuFu knows some pretty over that night??

fufu said...

William : ops yes!!kinda similar... you really observed ya! lol


Big bOYs Oven : haha yeah...gonna enjoy more here :)


haan : yeah will be here for a semester and get my research project done by early of dec :) but gonna stay up to 10mths :) lol

fufu said...

JIPP : yeah :) nice host nice city and the weather was nice :) simply love the city ya =p


Life for Beginners : yeah... i am the citizen now :)


bluecloud : yeah the bus tube system is kinda very famous internationally :) will do a special post for it :) lol and i like walking around the centro...very nice =p

fufu said...

Akira 思胜 : 那個clubd 的logo :)


London Caller : hahaha well i dint mind eating rubbish stir-fried...as long as i wont get hungry... lol my stomach is like a big dustbin :) lol if you come to frnkfurt, i would buy bacon :)


Che-Cheh : yeah i didnt know they would want us to apply for ID card...thought the visa would be more than enough >< my money wasted la... T.T

fufu said...

Sasa : hahaha yeah very high tech :) or just wanna be high tech! :) anyway we talk to several girls...didnt really get to know them...just for fun for that night :)

发白日梦^^ said...

巴士很像这里的bas sekolah咯....哈哈!

Mei Teng said...

How come the locals love popcorns so much?

fufu said...

发白日梦^^ : bas sekolah? lol 可能顔色差不多啦... lol


Mei Teng : hahahaha will let you guys know about it sooner or later :)

单身汉 said...

你用什么相机,拍的照片效果很好。

fufu said...

单身汉 : canon 450D :) 這一冊的還好...陸陸續續的會比較好 :)

Winnt said...

fufu is Brazilian le...
Orange bus reminds me of my school bus...miss my school life..
i like the street & building, mixed with few countries i saw during my trip...
Haha..Brazil is one of the world largest market for popcorn, brazilian likes to eat popcorn and potato chips...am i right..

fufu said...

Winnt : how come you know one??? hahaha yeah they like popcorn and potato chips lol will do more research on this.. and have a single post here hopefully :) lol yeah the bus... divided by colour, red orange yellow grey

Winnt said...

Lol... i like to eat potato chip then i did the research before, it links to few brazil articles then i know it hahaha......by the way reading yr post broaden my knowlegde too...we should broaden our experience by travelling more and share to each other...yeah you do it......happy and thanks thanks fufu ya

fufu said...

Winnt : oic...glad you knew it already... but even not, you will still know it here as i am thinking to write about it sooner or later :) lol yeah glad you can learn from my blog :) hehehe happy =p

嘿嘿 said...

I thought you would try Lambada first!?

嘿嘿嘿~~~

NiceArtLife.com said...

Hi Fufu, I see that you are already integrated in the daily life in Curitiba ;-) You are partly Brazilian now! Curitiba seem to be a very interesting and lively city. I hope you have a great time there!

fufu said...

嘿嘿 : because i only knew samba... now i will try to ask girls teach me lambada :) lol


NiceArtLife.com : yeah i am a global citizen ya :) hihihi =p i will show more nice part of the city sooner...stay tuned ya =p

海市蜃樓 said...

酒吧張會員卡仲有中文列印,好勁啊。不過我唔中意高樓大廈,感覺壓迫感太重。

梦旅飞 said...

巴西用什么语言的呢?

levian said...

can't wait for the post on the popcorns! the town looked kinda packed, but then again, it always feel different everywhere you shot! :)

umei said...

Dear fufu,

Im currently in search for travel bloggers and came across your blog via blogmalaysia. Was wondering if you would be open to blog advertorials.

Do contact me at jaclyn@sirens.my if you are kenn to explore :)

Thanks!

London Caller said...

Actually, I want to change my mind.
I want to have hot dogs instead of bacon.
I think that's what Frankfurt famous for, right?

MKL said...

Glad you're having fun with girls :D I think Curitiba looks like a mix of Southern Europe and USA. Pretty interesting :) Have fun.

Carrie said...

nice environment! I love it so much. How good if i can study at such a beautiful place!

edward said...

某些街景蛮有KL的feel,不过相信没有KL那样乌烟瘴气好了!哈哈哈~~~难保过几年,我们真是带氧气筒在KL走街了!嘻嘻嘻~~~

你的大学不是只要一个“大”字吗?

他们一般不讲英语,那么你来到巴西后有学到几句简单的当地话方便沟通吗?巴西粗话除外!嘻嘻嘻~~~

micki said...

That is a beautiful city and campus you are in now! Wow, so you have to be a legal Brazilian citizen in order to be a student there?

GeOk kEE好きな♡ うち said...

Prepaid facility in a club? Cool...

古小玉 said...

好美丽的城市,应该比KL好吧? 起码没有这么多外劳都没人捉。

Casendra said...

Another new page in life :) Looking forward your next post! :)

lock said...

how come the building structure and design is so similar to many pre-war buildings in various towns in malaysia!

冒牌周武王ΨomsΨ said...

我还是喜欢马来西亚的城市风貌
总觉得希望国家的建筑物气势磅礴!吓死人呐!还是简简单单的比较好!

ErikaToh said...

Eh, fufu's a legal Brazilian citizen? Cool! xD

三吉 said...

FuFu Identification Card, FuFu is a legal Brazilian citizen.
这张照片好像不是很像你咯。。

Ivan said...

街上路牌没有半粒英文字~

aquarius said...

好像有段时间没来了~最近很忙=)和阳光亲吻的你是否“黑”了?竟然还脱衣服和阳光亲密接触哦~怎么不见little FuFu?我想它~~enjoy^^

fufu said...

海市蜃樓 : 那是我自己加上去給你們看的 :) lol 我喜歡大城市也喜歡鄉下 :)


梦旅飞 : 葡萄牙語 :)


levian : yeah will definitely figure it out for you guys :) gonna wait till i have got my new lens for better pictures :)

fufu said...

umei : what is that? please explain... lol thanks :)


London Caller : yes! frankfurter is kinda popular but i love the bavarian sausages :)


MKL : yeah mainly because of the population of german and italian here in the city :)

fufu said...

Carrie : yeah a nice city :) glad to come here :) good decision though =p


edward : hahhaa 我的大學很大...很多空間都是停車場 >< sigh... anyway curitiba 這個城市真的不錯 :)會慢慢的把照片放上來 =p


micki : yeah.... student visa still not enough >< or probably they just want to get money from every foreigner ><

fufu said...

GeOk kEE好きな♡ うち : cool right? simple and fast... dont need to bring that much money out =p


古小玉 : kl?? erm 如果管制的好一定不會有問題的 =p


Casendra : yeah wish i would have time to share faster with you guys... lol

fufu said...

lock : erm yeah i am looking for the similarity here as well :) haha


冒牌周武王ΨomsΨ : 見仁見智 :) 有些人喜歡有些人討厭 =p 我也喜歡馬來西亞的 =p


ErikaToh : yeah finally :) lol

fufu said...

三吉 : hahaha 我有很多照片都不一樣的 :)


Ivan : hahha 這裡是南美洲 :) 沒有英文的咯...


aquarius : 對呀 你很久沒有來了... 哈哈哈 我喜歡跟太陽接吻 :) 感覺很好噢...那天沒有帶little fufu出去 =p

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