Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The famous thing about Amsterdam & Holland

Posted by Wan Nur Syazana Wan Mohamad Ariffin at 1:35 AM 1 comments
16 days of travelling in Holland, Liverpool and Czech Republic. Mostly Holland and Czech Republic. I threw in Liverpool into my already-packed itinerary because I am an avid fan of Liverpool Football Club. Initially wanted to catch Stevie G's last game with Liverpool. Would've stayed and watched if the ticket wasn't so over-the-top expensive! A tour of the stadium and a little bit of the legendary The Beatles were enough I guess. 

I am going to post a few photos that people normally associate Netherlands/Holland with.

Tulips. They're pretty much everywhere in Holland especially in spring.


Red and yellow tulips.

Pink tulips.
They're gorgeous right? The colors look too good to be true! I felt like my eyes were deceiving me at the time but nope they're as real as tulips can get! It's just right outside Keukenhof Gardens. After strolling around inside the garden, I very much recommend you rent a bike just outside the garden and cycle along the provided routes (whichever one you choose). I cycled for three hours through the bulbfields and my goodness the view was just too amazing to describe in words! I wish I had cycle a little bit more towards the dunes and beaches!

Next is of course the windmills! I visited both Zaanse Schans and Kinderdijk in which both places are famous for windmills. There won't be Amsterdam without these hardcore windmills considering the fact that pretty much all of Holland used to be underwater back then. Zaanse Schans is a more touristic area with plenty of demonstration conducted in the area. Kinderdijk on the other hand is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains 19 windmills in which 1 or 2 are still operating as usual. Both places are beautiful nonetheless.

Windmills at Zaanse Schans in the evening.

Windmills at Kinderdijk.

More windmills at Kinderdijk.

Red Light District! How can you forget Red Light District? Holland is a place where weed is legal and prostitution is a taxable job. There aren't much pictures of the Red Light District because photography is limited in the area. Photos of the girls behind the glasses are prohibited. They would bang on the glass if they notice someone taking pictures of them.
Red Light District.

Red Light Secret - Museum of Prostitution in the Red Light District.

I didn't try the weeds there though. Wish I had but that's just wishful thinking. I still know my limits. Pub with rock music was enough for me. Lol.

Sure thing Netherlands is famous for the things I mentioned above but there are abundance of other things that make the country beautiful and stand out. I literally have thousands of pictures in my computers right now labeled Holland 2015.

But this post is just me talking about the more famous part of Holland. I'm going to write some more posts that will be about the Dutch people (they are so friendly that it makes me so happy while traveling alone. Not to mention Dutch guys are so good looking that I thought I had melted at certain points). The architecture of Amsterdam is to be talked about soon.

I love Amsterdam and the rest of Holland! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

MH370

Posted by Wan Nur Syazana Wan Mohamad Ariffin at 4:02 AM 0 comments
Where are you MH370?

Everyone's waiting for you to come home.

Everyone. Not just Malaysians. The whole world is waiting. 

Everyone's looking for you too you know. Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Korea, Philippines, Japan, and so many more are looking for you.

You know they deployed some of the best people to go and look for you. 

So.
 
You have to come back. You MUST come back.

I believe. We believe. The rest of the world believe. 

When you do come back, we will cry tears of joy because by then we would be extremely happy to have you back home.

In the arms of those that love you and those that you love. 

All 239 lives you are carrying are as precious as every lives ought to be. 

We will wait for you, patiently. 

We will pray for you, always.

Please come back MH370.


Ya Allah, 

Sekiranya di daratan, Kau tunjukkanlah,

Sekiranya di langit, Kau turunkanlah,

Sekiranya di laut, Kau timbulkanlah.

#PrayForMH370
 


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Random >> All the way from Siem Reap, Cambodia

Posted by Wan Nur Syazana Wan Mohamad Ariffin at 2:26 AM 0 comments
I've traveled to Cambodia last July. It was a splendid journey going from one temple to another. To visit the Angkor temples there has been one of my dreams. Well at least now I can scratch Cambodia off my list. 
Here are a few of the most beautiful pictures I took while in Siem Reap. 

This was taken during sunrise at Angkor Wat. It was perfect. 

This if I'm not mistaken is the ruins of Bayon Temple located in Angkor Thom's complex. The complexion and reflection are just amazingly surreal. It felt unreal that day. 
It was really hot yet the scorching hot sun did not break us of our will to explore the park.

This gorgeous view was taken during our visit to Prasat Neak Pean. This I can say among all the other pictures I have taken with my EOS65D is the most beautiful. Thanks to the scattered clouds, the reflection and combination of blues and greens.

Cycling. It is the main mode of transportation in Siem Reap. The petrol price is just too high that most of the folks there couldn't afford it. Hence the bicycle. See, be thankful Malaysians that we are not experiencing what they are right now.








A couple of shots of me and my travelling buddies (whom I would love to travel again with)

I'm gonna leave you guys with this last photo of mine taken at Tonle Sap Lake during sunset.


I have 1000 plus photos in my computer. Too many to sort through. =) That's all for now!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Where are your manners?

Posted by Wan Nur Syazana Wan Mohamad Ariffin at 5:22 AM 0 comments
Even if you don't stand tall with certain parties in the political system, it gives you no right to call the Prime Minister with names and titles disrespecting him. It's not just him, it goes out to all other leaders out there be it TG Nik Aziz or DS Anwar Ibrahim. Calling names and tarnishing their images are not our way of life. It's not our culture. We're Asians for crying out loud! We come from the Eastern part of the World that values respect and mannerism. Even if you don't like them or the way they govern our nation or the way they acted even, where are your manners Malaysian?

How can you #ubah if you yourself are disrespectful towards the leaders of the nation? Once fanaticism conquers, manners go right out the window. 

Think calling names and titles going to stop corruption and change the nation? You're as low as those corrupted officials. 

Come on....

Please do retain your mannerism and sense of respect towards our leaders.

It makes me crazy thinking how rude Malaysians can be when it comes to bashing and blaming one another. My heart aches thinking that manners and respect are no longer part of our culture. 

When the system is wrong and corrupt, don't drag humanity and love down with it. 

Our sense of humanity and love are what drive us and more superior than any political parties in this country.

And also, please stop with the racist remarks. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

love your job!

Posted by Wan Nur Syazana Wan Mohamad Ariffin at 1:06 AM 0 comments
Sometimes I get sick of people asking me why do choose social sciences instead of something more promising, in terms of job opportunity. I get tired of being asked the same question over and over again. I get tired of reiterating the same answer over and over again. It's just frustrating. It gets a lot more worst when these so-called white-collar-butt-on-the-chair-sitting-in-the-office-all-day friends of mine started questioning the importance of what I studied and work that I do now.

Why waste your money going all the way to Sabah and Sarawak asking tourists questions?

Why go all the way there just to spend your time in the middle of nowhere?

What's so important about these people?

Do you really think what you're doing is actually going to make the world a better place?

You know you're not going to get a job right even after you finish your postgraduate study?

This thing that you study is just... it looks petty...

How these questions and remarks hurt my feelings, only God knows. If a secured job is what I'm looking for I would have gone to med school right after high school. If making the world a better place to live in is my aim, I would have join the peace unit or Red Cross society. If money is what I'm after, I would have establish some big business generating money from all over the place.

I would be lying if I were to say I don't want all of the above. I do want them. But it all depends on my method. I don't have to be a doctor to get a stable job. Even doctors can be fired for a number of reasons. I don't have to be a volunteer to make the world a better place to live in. It's what you say and how you act that shape the world as it is.

What's wrong with my job? What's wrong with my research? What's wrong with going all the way to Borneo to talk to tourists?

You know what?

This job might not pay so much but the satisfaction that you get out of it, it's priceless. And I wouldn't trade it for your butt-sitting-in-the-office-all-day-making-you-fat-as-a-pig job! You have no idea what you're missing out on. At this age, young and free... you should be exploring out of your comfort zone instead of making fun of what other people do.

I will not boast and make fun of you. I just want to enlighten you on the wonders of my job.

Yes, it is tiring to travel all the time only to work instead of having fun. But working is fun enough if you love it. The best part about traveling is you get the chance to see and meet different people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world. Don't you think it's fun when you meet people from let's say France and then they start spilling out everything from education to culture? An old man starts sharing everything he knows about birds and tells you every species he had ever encountered throughout his journey. A Finnish lady treating you tea and shared with you her experiences leading a bunch of high schools students hiking a mountain.

Aren't those interesting?

It's not a job I want to do for the rest of my life. It's just a stepping stone. A transition. A time to gather knowledge and experience and prepare myself for something perhaps even bigger and tougher. 

I planned. But much of those plans never really go the way I intended it to. God has a way of telling me, 'This ain't for you' Maybe not directly but read between the lines.

I just hope these so-called friends of mine would stop questioning my purpose in life and why I do the things I did. It's not like I'm dealing drugs or smuggling people or filming porn or anything! I am simply doing things that I like!

I get you don't appreciate and hate your job. But do not for once think I hate mine. I don't. I love it. It's not stress-free but it's my passion. 

Thank you.

My idea of a dream job (which is still far beyond my reach)


A quote from a great man, the late Steve Jobs





Tuesday, November 13, 2012

my love of food transcends everything

Posted by Wan Nur Syazana Wan Mohamad Ariffin at 4:27 AM 0 comments
I just feel like I need to write something, but I have no idea what to write about. I usually write on Twitter but the 140 characters limit.. you just can't blurt everything out on Twitter, and even Facebook. People will think you're crazy.

Still thinking........

Thinking.....

Thinking....

Hey, let's talk about food. I had lunch today at Madam Kwan's in KLCC. Heard about that place before and mostly were positive. Nice food, nice environment, nice staff, overall the restaurant had a delightful ambiance. Had its signature Nasi Lemak with curry. It was good! Delicious... so tasteful that I forgot to take a picture and share it with you guys. But it was kinda pricey. As long as it goes into my tummy, I don't mind paying extra for good food like that.

Then we had Banana Fritter for dessert. It was good too. It was fried banana with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Yummy but I think I can make it by myself. Looks easy. Gonna try it once I got back to my hometown. No kitchen in my college for me to do some cooking.

I love food peeps!

I can't go around in places without munching on something. Always had some snack in my hand while walking. Be it cookies or popcorn or pretzels. We ate Garrett's caramel crisp popcorn afterwards. A bit too sweet that I feel like I might be a diabetic after this. haha. But it's not something that I eat every day. It's a once in a while (not lifetime eh?) guilty pleasure of mine.

Went for a stroll in KLCC. Too many people since it's public holiday, Deepavali to be exact. So crowded that I swear I thought there were some kind of year-end mega sale held there.

Oh, I'm waiting patiently for the year-end mega sale. Saving up my money for that. And Cambodia too. hehe

Time to stop now! GTG~

Happy Diwali for those celebrating! Have a bright, colorful, and cheerful Diwali everyone!


Monday, October 8, 2012

@___@

Posted by Wan Nur Syazana Wan Mohamad Ariffin at 9:49 PM 1 comments
Right now I am having a BRAINSTORMING session on my own. No one else. Which is driving me crazy since all the idea has to come from me. No one else to add on or debunk my opinion. This sucks. It makes me sleepy doing it on my own. 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The famous thing about Amsterdam & Holland

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16 days of travelling in Holland, Liverpool and Czech Republic. Mostly Holland and Czech Republic. I threw in Liverpool into my already-packed itinerary because I am an avid fan of Liverpool Football Club. Initially wanted to catch Stevie G's last game with Liverpool. Would've stayed and watched if the ticket wasn't so over-the-top expensive! A tour of the stadium and a little bit of the legendary The Beatles were enough I guess. 

I am going to post a few photos that people normally associate Netherlands/Holland with.

Tulips. They're pretty much everywhere in Holland especially in spring.


Red and yellow tulips.

Pink tulips.
They're gorgeous right? The colors look too good to be true! I felt like my eyes were deceiving me at the time but nope they're as real as tulips can get! It's just right outside Keukenhof Gardens. After strolling around inside the garden, I very much recommend you rent a bike just outside the garden and cycle along the provided routes (whichever one you choose). I cycled for three hours through the bulbfields and my goodness the view was just too amazing to describe in words! I wish I had cycle a little bit more towards the dunes and beaches!

Next is of course the windmills! I visited both Zaanse Schans and Kinderdijk in which both places are famous for windmills. There won't be Amsterdam without these hardcore windmills considering the fact that pretty much all of Holland used to be underwater back then. Zaanse Schans is a more touristic area with plenty of demonstration conducted in the area. Kinderdijk on the other hand is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains 19 windmills in which 1 or 2 are still operating as usual. Both places are beautiful nonetheless.

Windmills at Zaanse Schans in the evening.

Windmills at Kinderdijk.

More windmills at Kinderdijk.

Red Light District! How can you forget Red Light District? Holland is a place where weed is legal and prostitution is a taxable job. There aren't much pictures of the Red Light District because photography is limited in the area. Photos of the girls behind the glasses are prohibited. They would bang on the glass if they notice someone taking pictures of them.
Red Light District.

Red Light Secret - Museum of Prostitution in the Red Light District.

I didn't try the weeds there though. Wish I had but that's just wishful thinking. I still know my limits. Pub with rock music was enough for me. Lol.

Sure thing Netherlands is famous for the things I mentioned above but there are abundance of other things that make the country beautiful and stand out. I literally have thousands of pictures in my computers right now labeled Holland 2015.

But this post is just me talking about the more famous part of Holland. I'm going to write some more posts that will be about the Dutch people (they are so friendly that it makes me so happy while traveling alone. Not to mention Dutch guys are so good looking that I thought I had melted at certain points). The architecture of Amsterdam is to be talked about soon.

I love Amsterdam and the rest of Holland! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

MH370

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Where are you MH370?

Everyone's waiting for you to come home.

Everyone. Not just Malaysians. The whole world is waiting. 

Everyone's looking for you too you know. Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Korea, Philippines, Japan, and so many more are looking for you.

You know they deployed some of the best people to go and look for you. 

So.
 
You have to come back. You MUST come back.

I believe. We believe. The rest of the world believe. 

When you do come back, we will cry tears of joy because by then we would be extremely happy to have you back home.

In the arms of those that love you and those that you love. 

All 239 lives you are carrying are as precious as every lives ought to be. 

We will wait for you, patiently. 

We will pray for you, always.

Please come back MH370.


Ya Allah, 

Sekiranya di daratan, Kau tunjukkanlah,

Sekiranya di langit, Kau turunkanlah,

Sekiranya di laut, Kau timbulkanlah.

#PrayForMH370
 


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Random >> All the way from Siem Reap, Cambodia

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I've traveled to Cambodia last July. It was a splendid journey going from one temple to another. To visit the Angkor temples there has been one of my dreams. Well at least now I can scratch Cambodia off my list. 
Here are a few of the most beautiful pictures I took while in Siem Reap. 

This was taken during sunrise at Angkor Wat. It was perfect. 

This if I'm not mistaken is the ruins of Bayon Temple located in Angkor Thom's complex. The complexion and reflection are just amazingly surreal. It felt unreal that day. 
It was really hot yet the scorching hot sun did not break us of our will to explore the park.

This gorgeous view was taken during our visit to Prasat Neak Pean. This I can say among all the other pictures I have taken with my EOS65D is the most beautiful. Thanks to the scattered clouds, the reflection and combination of blues and greens.

Cycling. It is the main mode of transportation in Siem Reap. The petrol price is just too high that most of the folks there couldn't afford it. Hence the bicycle. See, be thankful Malaysians that we are not experiencing what they are right now.








A couple of shots of me and my travelling buddies (whom I would love to travel again with)

I'm gonna leave you guys with this last photo of mine taken at Tonle Sap Lake during sunset.


I have 1000 plus photos in my computer. Too many to sort through. =) That's all for now!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Where are your manners?

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Even if you don't stand tall with certain parties in the political system, it gives you no right to call the Prime Minister with names and titles disrespecting him. It's not just him, it goes out to all other leaders out there be it TG Nik Aziz or DS Anwar Ibrahim. Calling names and tarnishing their images are not our way of life. It's not our culture. We're Asians for crying out loud! We come from the Eastern part of the World that values respect and mannerism. Even if you don't like them or the way they govern our nation or the way they acted even, where are your manners Malaysian?

How can you #ubah if you yourself are disrespectful towards the leaders of the nation? Once fanaticism conquers, manners go right out the window. 

Think calling names and titles going to stop corruption and change the nation? You're as low as those corrupted officials. 

Come on....

Please do retain your mannerism and sense of respect towards our leaders.

It makes me crazy thinking how rude Malaysians can be when it comes to bashing and blaming one another. My heart aches thinking that manners and respect are no longer part of our culture. 

When the system is wrong and corrupt, don't drag humanity and love down with it. 

Our sense of humanity and love are what drive us and more superior than any political parties in this country.

And also, please stop with the racist remarks. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

love your job!

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Sometimes I get sick of people asking me why do choose social sciences instead of something more promising, in terms of job opportunity. I get tired of being asked the same question over and over again. I get tired of reiterating the same answer over and over again. It's just frustrating. It gets a lot more worst when these so-called white-collar-butt-on-the-chair-sitting-in-the-office-all-day friends of mine started questioning the importance of what I studied and work that I do now.

Why waste your money going all the way to Sabah and Sarawak asking tourists questions?

Why go all the way there just to spend your time in the middle of nowhere?

What's so important about these people?

Do you really think what you're doing is actually going to make the world a better place?

You know you're not going to get a job right even after you finish your postgraduate study?

This thing that you study is just... it looks petty...

How these questions and remarks hurt my feelings, only God knows. If a secured job is what I'm looking for I would have gone to med school right after high school. If making the world a better place to live in is my aim, I would have join the peace unit or Red Cross society. If money is what I'm after, I would have establish some big business generating money from all over the place.

I would be lying if I were to say I don't want all of the above. I do want them. But it all depends on my method. I don't have to be a doctor to get a stable job. Even doctors can be fired for a number of reasons. I don't have to be a volunteer to make the world a better place to live in. It's what you say and how you act that shape the world as it is.

What's wrong with my job? What's wrong with my research? What's wrong with going all the way to Borneo to talk to tourists?

You know what?

This job might not pay so much but the satisfaction that you get out of it, it's priceless. And I wouldn't trade it for your butt-sitting-in-the-office-all-day-making-you-fat-as-a-pig job! You have no idea what you're missing out on. At this age, young and free... you should be exploring out of your comfort zone instead of making fun of what other people do.

I will not boast and make fun of you. I just want to enlighten you on the wonders of my job.

Yes, it is tiring to travel all the time only to work instead of having fun. But working is fun enough if you love it. The best part about traveling is you get the chance to see and meet different people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world. Don't you think it's fun when you meet people from let's say France and then they start spilling out everything from education to culture? An old man starts sharing everything he knows about birds and tells you every species he had ever encountered throughout his journey. A Finnish lady treating you tea and shared with you her experiences leading a bunch of high schools students hiking a mountain.

Aren't those interesting?

It's not a job I want to do for the rest of my life. It's just a stepping stone. A transition. A time to gather knowledge and experience and prepare myself for something perhaps even bigger and tougher. 

I planned. But much of those plans never really go the way I intended it to. God has a way of telling me, 'This ain't for you' Maybe not directly but read between the lines.

I just hope these so-called friends of mine would stop questioning my purpose in life and why I do the things I did. It's not like I'm dealing drugs or smuggling people or filming porn or anything! I am simply doing things that I like!

I get you don't appreciate and hate your job. But do not for once think I hate mine. I don't. I love it. It's not stress-free but it's my passion. 

Thank you.

My idea of a dream job (which is still far beyond my reach)


A quote from a great man, the late Steve Jobs





Tuesday, November 13, 2012

my love of food transcends everything

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I just feel like I need to write something, but I have no idea what to write about. I usually write on Twitter but the 140 characters limit.. you just can't blurt everything out on Twitter, and even Facebook. People will think you're crazy.

Still thinking........

Thinking.....

Thinking....

Hey, let's talk about food. I had lunch today at Madam Kwan's in KLCC. Heard about that place before and mostly were positive. Nice food, nice environment, nice staff, overall the restaurant had a delightful ambiance. Had its signature Nasi Lemak with curry. It was good! Delicious... so tasteful that I forgot to take a picture and share it with you guys. But it was kinda pricey. As long as it goes into my tummy, I don't mind paying extra for good food like that.

Then we had Banana Fritter for dessert. It was good too. It was fried banana with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Yummy but I think I can make it by myself. Looks easy. Gonna try it once I got back to my hometown. No kitchen in my college for me to do some cooking.

I love food peeps!

I can't go around in places without munching on something. Always had some snack in my hand while walking. Be it cookies or popcorn or pretzels. We ate Garrett's caramel crisp popcorn afterwards. A bit too sweet that I feel like I might be a diabetic after this. haha. But it's not something that I eat every day. It's a once in a while (not lifetime eh?) guilty pleasure of mine.

Went for a stroll in KLCC. Too many people since it's public holiday, Deepavali to be exact. So crowded that I swear I thought there were some kind of year-end mega sale held there.

Oh, I'm waiting patiently for the year-end mega sale. Saving up my money for that. And Cambodia too. hehe

Time to stop now! GTG~

Happy Diwali for those celebrating! Have a bright, colorful, and cheerful Diwali everyone!


Monday, October 8, 2012

@___@

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Right now I am having a BRAINSTORMING session on my own. No one else. Which is driving me crazy since all the idea has to come from me. No one else to add on or debunk my opinion. This sucks. It makes me sleepy doing it on my own. 


 

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