Yes.. we have experienced it on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 ! This is our 1st time experience for ‘Hujan Batu’ since we came to Hamilton…and we are lucky it happened just in front of our home sweet home…hihihi…
We had a small and cosy dinner gathering at our place Cameron Rd, Hamilton on 17 August 2008..
The main purpose just to put ourselves together by tasting our own-made cooking especially Roti Canai and many others Malaysian cooking that hardly to find here…hahaha….
We hope this simple occasion can put our relationship among other Malaysians will be stronger and stronger in the future… 🙂
There is a great park near our place called Hamilton Garden. These gardens, mainly developed since 1982, feature themed gardens and are a contrast to the older municipal gardens like Christchurch and Dunedin Botanic Gardens with their mature trees and shrubs and their own history.
Part of the 58 hectare Hamilton Gardens, the Paradise Gardens have been designed to illustrate aspects of the history of gardens around the world with an Indian Char Bagh Garden, a Chinese Scholars Garden, an English Flower Garden, a Japanese Garden of Contemplation, an American Modernist Garden and an Italian
Renaissance Garden. The Garden Collections include the Rogers Rose Garden, the New Zealand Cultivar Garden, the Rhododendron Lawn, the Hamilton Camellia Garden and the Victorian Flower Garden. For those more interested in the food which a garden can produce there are the Herb Garden, the Kitchen Garden and the Sustainable Backyard Garden.
Many people love to spend time there for their leisure times…us too! There is playground equipment, a duck pond, lots of open spaces, roses, and this awesome spray park!
At the moment, we still are having our winter which is goin to be ended soon (maybe in the middle of Sept). So that’s why we came here only for taking some pictures of the “Daffodil Flower” that planted for its special events for the Cancer day if we are not mistaken (many colorful and beautiful flowers/roses will start during the Spring season).
One more thing, as the Ramadhan is coming only a few days after we came here our friend sent a picture to Utusan Online (one of our local newspaper) for the Salam Perantau special wish and dedication. Luckily, on the 2nd day of Ramadhan (fasting month for muslim) our request had been accepted. We provided the link below if you wanna know what were the contents in our special dedication for Ramadhan and Eid-Fitri…hehe
* We will put our next visit photos to Hamilton Garden, once the Spring season just arrive soon 🙂
How time flies! It is now two months since we our last visit in Auckland and, although the weather has been wetter than we’ve generally experienced we’ve also had lots of sunny spells and it’s not too bad at all considering it’s winter. But we were lucky because we haven’t experience any bad weather for the whole day of the trip..yahOOoo…
First stop of the day was One Tree Hill at a height of 183 metres is not as high as the peak of Mt Eden (196 metres and the highest volcanic cone in the area) but, like Mt Eden which is south of Auckland, One Tree Hill provides a bird’s-eye view of New Zealand’s largest city. It has become No Tree Hill because of fears strong winds could topple it, the 125-year-old pine tree on top of the hill was chopped down on October 26, 2000.
We then headed over to the Orakei Marina (Okahu Bay) where we had a look of many beautiful private yachts and took some pictures. Then, after one hour we were heading again to Michael Joseph Savage Memorial. But this time, the flowers seem not too much as we visited before last 2 months!
Then when everyone just feel hungry, we went to main city (Auckland) for lunch….Mmmmmm, its not too hard to find Halal foods within the main and busiest city because its everywhere like Dunkin Donut too.. 🙂
Soon after lunch we just headed over to E-PAC, East Tamaki to do some shopping shopping things…hehehe (lots of Malaysian products can be found here including Habhal Cap Kipas Udang!!!)
After a couple of hours spending our times there, we were headed back to Hamilton…even this is a day visit in Auckland but we felt like we’ve been there like a year…hehehee….
Whoa, we’ve been absent from the site for quite a while, sorry guys and gals… Today I’ll continue with the tale of our trip from Hamilton to Mt. Ruapehu and hopefully get around to showing you some pics of the trip soon… hang in there, they’re on the way… promise! We set off from Hamilton city and immediately found ourselves on another set of winding roads set in steep hills covered in sheep with crazy mountain climbing skills during our journey there!! Although it wasn’t snowing, the weather was cloudy, it’s not really a good day for skiing..
Our only destination today was the National Park Village at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, the ski hub for New Zealand’s north island. The closer we got to the ACTIVE volcano the colder and cloudier it got. Unfortunately our timing for good weather was off by a few days… Weather forecast predicted heavy rain and gale force mountain winds for the area L .
We sure that you’ve seen by this time that we don’t like to waste too much time on a trip like this. We set off as soon as possible to explore the accessible slopes of Mt Ruapehu. When we just arrived, first we had our breakfast before we go for our exploration of the ‘snow’ hehehe…we then had a look around the i-site center and learned some interesting facts of the seismic monitoring grid that covers the area and constantly monitors for earthquakes and seismic activity etc…. Even we are unlucky to visit the highest point accessible by car but we still had our memorable moments there!!. (only those car with 4WD can access to the highest mountain due to heavy gale L at that time). We spent some time here to muck around in the snow .… only problem being that we did not have snowboards but we still have many options enjoying ourselves… None the less, looking like absolute idiots has never before been more fun! Our friends enjoyed their first snow experience and hey lets face it… given a sled and the opportunity to slide down a snow covered hill, anyone would hop on and start yelling. We were all felt like 6 years old and eventually found ourselves spent of energy and trudging back to the café nearby for a chip and the best vanilla latte ever! Snow? COLD…
hi hi.. we just forget to include our Auckland trip on mid of April ago for a enjoy..enjoy thingy ;).. it was a new experience to us, excited to be there again!… the weather there is really very nice even it was raining on our way .. we love it so much.. and it was really interesting for us…. haha.. the roads leading to Auckland can be very adventurous .. it’s like those u see in initial-d (hehe just kidding) but even more hills and long.. and we were travelling in a car! (we drive our self) dont expect to be able to sleep…. because we will miss lots of beautiful view if we do so…that was good to get a fresh air during the travel and take a beautiful scenes and views… we stopped only at few places to get a quick view….. While we there we visited the Auckland Zoo, Museum of Transport & Technology, Auckland Memorial Museum, One Tree Hill (Cornwall Park), Mission Bay and short view at the Auckland city centre… We spent 3 days 2 nights at one of Ella’s friend (Afghan family) we had been served well by them with their traditional food (a kind of tandoori as well as barbeque too and many more).. it was really a great trip.. the feeling of being there just like yesterday… looking forward to another Auckland trip again again and again.. ^_^
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A meeting with Puan “Aunty” Rose who is the outgoing Malaysian Student Department (MSD) of the Malaysian High Commission was held on Saturday afternoon, 31 May, 2008 at the Managament School. The meeting was well attended by Malaysian undergraduates, postgraduates and their families. After a serving of high tea, Puan Rose briefed the students on the latest information from the High Commission and listened to complaints and feedback regarding our studies and stay here in New Zealand. She also emphasized that students should register with the MSD upon arrival in NZ to avoid any problems later on.
We are interested to learn that many of our students actually use the services of the MSD. We suggest we publicise whatever advice and help given by MSD, not only to give good publicity to MSD but also to help other students who have similar problems. We also hope that the MSD will be more actively involved with the students in Hamilton although we understand that Wellington is far away.
Alhamdulillah.. kami berjaya gak datang to one of the most beaches in da world (Raglan Beach, 40 minues away from Hamilton- famous for da surfers!)….hahaha 😉 Kami datang not only berdua jer but there are others who did accompany us 🙂 (those are among Malaysian who stayed in Hamilton too) For guys sempat juga bermandi-mandian, tidak ketinggalan jugak ombak yg biasa surfer2 dok main di lautan yang biasa dilihat tu…dapat kami rasakan dengan bempas-pulas dengan ombak-ombak yang agak mencabar disini!! Nice and we loved to be here……. 🙂
On Saturday, March 8, WUMA held a BBQ for Malaysians students and their families. So, here we joined some activities that involved all Malaysian student and their families. Its simple but happening!! Thanks to WUMA committee members who made the event a great one.
Ini merupakan salah satu majlis aqeqah yang telah diadakan pada 5th April, 2008 di rumah salah seorang doktor Malaysia (Dr. norwan) yang telah menetap di New Zealand hampir 2 tahun kot. Majlis yang sebeginilah kitaorang dapat bertemu dengan rakan-rakan Malaysia yang lain di samping merapat-rapatkan lagi silaturahim sesama kite 🙂 Even majlis ini takla segempak kalau dibuat kat Malaysia tapi suasana kebersamaan (togetherness) itu yang membuatkan kami rasa terhibur walaupun tanpa family tersayang disisi 😦