Gawai, Kaamatan and Culture Day telah berlangsung dengan jayanya di Dongyang Mirae University pada 2 Jun 2018. Aktiviti-aktiviti yang telah dijalankan ialah Kabaddi, Galah Panjang, Lastik Tin, Laman Budaya, Tangram, Pantun dan Interpretasi Budaya. Aktiviti-aktiviti berjalan dari jam 1.30 tengahari sehingga 7.30 petang dengan melibatkan hampir 250 pelajar yang merupakan ahli PPMK. Terima kasih diucapkan.
[IFTAR RAMADHAN 20 MEI 2018]
Assalamualaikum w.b.t dan Selamat Sejahtera
Alhamdulillah, sekarang kita semua telah pun berada dalam ramadhan yang ke-6 Semoga Allah mengampuni dosa kita semua serta terus mencucuri rahmatNya disepanjang bulan yang mulia ini. Seperti yang anda semua tahu, majlis Iftar Ramadhan yang pertama telahpun selamat dijalankan pada Ahad, 20 Mei 2018 yang lepas. Kehadiran adalah seramai 110 orang pelajar termasuk AJK PPMK, AMIR Korea, penggerak serta ahli PPMK yang lain. Selebihnya adalah termasuk dari kalangan rakyat Malaysia yang berada di Korea. Kami ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua peserta yang terlibat, dan sekali lagi kami ingin memohon maaf diatas kekeliruan yang berlaku sewaktu pendaftaran peserta.
Jangan risau, kepada sesiapa yang tidak dapat menyertai Iftar yang lepas, anda bolehlah mendaftar bagi Iftar ramadhan yang akan berjalan untuk kali kedua pada Sabtu, 9 Jun 2018. Link penyertaan dan info selanjutnya akan diberitahu kemudian. Syukran Jazilan, semoga kita terus tabah menjalani ibadah berpuasa!
[Course and Career Talk: Planning My Future!]
Assalamualaikum dan selamat sejahtera!😊
Pada 19 May yang lepas telah berlangsung dengan jayanya program Course and Career Talk: Planning My Future!
Jutaan terima kasih diucapkan kepada para pelajar dan semua pihak yang terlibat di dalam program ini. Kami berharap agar program ini sedikit sebanyak dapat membantu ahli PPMK dalam merancang masa hadapan anda!
Teruskan menyokong kami!
“I’m sorry but no…It’s not you.. it’s me… You are kind, wish we could stay as a friend”.
Rejection, rejection, and another rejection. It feels like getting a slap in the face again and again.
Kim keeps thinking why it is so hard to get a girlfriend. He did everything he could possibly imagine. Greet them in the morning and night every single day. Buy them chocolate, flowers and exquisite dinner. Keep them company whenever they feel lonely. Answer their call in the middle of the night to keep them company when they can’t sleep. Nevertheless, it was useless. They end up leaving him or rejected him whenever he asked for a serious relationship.
He keeps looking at the two sheets of paper in his palm. He was hoping to score this one after 20 years of waiting by inviting her to the amusement park. 20 years and still single! What am I doing? Is it the look? Is it the money? Is it the physique? What is wrong with me? He keeps muttering to himself while pondering into the lake. He took bits of crackers that he bought from the market while on his way here. He crumbled it nicely and threw it into the serene blue water making the nearby ducks race towards the spot it is in. He’s done this every time he would visit the lake. He doesn’t know why, but the lake seems to attract him whenever he was feeling emotional. A sense of nostalgia can be felt lingering in his heart whenever he’s there. But he never remembered the first time he visits the lake. He just thought that it may be way back ago when he’s still a kid. That’s why he didn’t remember.
He went a few steps backward and sat down on the wooden bench that was placed there. He took a deep breath, and closed his eyes, bent his head backward and resting his back on the bench. “Warm”. It was a sunny day with a slight breeze. A perfect day for an outing. But to him is just another chapter of his broken-hearted story. He let himself to be bath from the warmth of the sunlight that pierced through him.
The sound of two children resonates nearby the lake. A girl was chasing the boy in front of him with tears in her eyes. “Give me back my shoe!” Kim was standing there looking at both of the children running towards him. He wanted to stop the boy but both the boy and the girl just phase through him as if he was not even there. “A dream?” The boy finally stops at the side of the lake where the girl finally caught up to him. “You are not going anywhere! Give it back to me” The boy grin and raised the red shoe that was in his hands. “If you want it to go and get it”
Suddenly, a loud splashing sound vibrates near the middle of the lake. As he regained his consciousness, his eyebrows burrow while his jaw was dropping. Looking at the scene before his eyes, no one would believe what is happening at that moment. A wall of water is standing 30m tall in the middle of the lake. Birds were flying aimlessly, some ducks are caught in the wave, and the lake has receded until one could even see the ground. What was shocking was that the water did not stop rising. It continued to become bigger and bigger.
He wanted to run, but he just woke up and his mind was still in the state of shock. He looks around, left and right nearby the vicinity. However, no one was there. Was no one here? How could that be? A good day like this and no one came to the lake. Could it be that everyone already escaped while he was sleeping?! He cursed in his heart thinking how to save himself. The tall wall of water would surely go down soon creating a splash of water which would blow him strongly. This much of water could easily produce a force that would break his body when it suddenly drops. He slapped himself, checked all his things and run with all his might.
But he stopped. Something felt amiss here. Clearly, he heard a sound of splash just now. Then something fell into the lake? But I don’t see anything. He slowly took a step forward in hesitant. Then he thought to himself “What if someone fell into the lake? Then, could I just leave the person dying there?” But that huge wall of water could drop anytime. He clenched his fist, gritted his teeth then run towards the lake. The water of the lake has receded so much that he could even reach the ground with only the tip of his pants soaked. He runs around shouting hoping that the person would hear him. He made a full circle but still, no one was there. He then got closer to the wall of water and his body went deeper into the lake.
The water is now up to his waist. His movement became a bit sluggish as the pressure of the water holding him back. He desperately shouted again and again while time to time he would dive into the lake to check. To his avail, he can’t find anyone! He looked again at the wall of water which made his face crooked. The water astonishingly reached the height of 100m! He cursed again and looked into the water. He felt regret but there is nothing he could do. He tried his best but that is all there is to it. The person probably got sucked in the middle of water already. Even if the person survived, he or she would not last long.
There is no way he would risk himself for an unknown person who could not even exist in the first place. But somehow his heart tells him that he should look again. He gave a deep sighed and turn back. He took a heavy step towards the side of the lake. Suddenly, a heavy impact falls upon his entire body causing him to plunging him into a miserable state. In an instant, everything turns to black?
No he was wide awake, standing well beside the lake as if nothing happened. But this scene.. seems familiar? It was the dream again.
“Go and get it!” “No don’t!” Plop. The girl started to cry heavily as she saw her favorite red shoe was thrown away into the lake by the boy. Seeing how much the girl cries and knowing the boy’s name is Kim as well. He felt guilty and decided to help the girl. He went toward where the red shoe fell and dove into the lake. He went deeper and deeper when suddenly, a heavy feeling surge towards his body causing him to lose control. It causes him to fall deeper. He could not breathe properly. He thought that he would die of drowning as the water kept pushing him down. His head then hit the ground and finally, it stops.
He rubs his head and feeling panic he tried to swim after remembered that he needs to get out for air! But then, “I can breathe?” Is he really inside the lake? It feels warm as well. He felt like he was dreaming, but he could feel the aching pain from his exhausted muscle when he was enduring the surge of water striking upon him. However, he could see all the fish swimming around him in the lake. It feels like he is inside an invisible dome. He walked swiftly toward the source of the warmth he was feeling. Finally, he stopped and saw a girl floating about. She seems to be sleeping. Her face was pure white, and her black hair was hanging just below her shoulders. She looked like someone around 10 years old. She was wearing a delicate red dress which perfectly suits her small stature. And in her hand was the red shoe.
Kim felt cautious looking at the girl but since he decided to take the shoe back with him he get closer towards the floating girl. As the closer, he gets a sense of familiarity could be felt in his heart. He keeps asking himself where he has seen this girl before. His focus now redirected from the shoe towards the fairy-like girl who was floating in the water. Finally, he stood in front of the girl when suddenly she grabbed him by the neck and opened her eyes. She stares into his eyes as if she was looking into his soul. He suddenly felt an immense pain in his chest, causing him to faint again.
“Hey wake up you lazy bum!” “huh?” Kim is once again in a confused state. “Huh my foot! How could you fell asleep in an amusement park anyway? And with me as well! Aren’t you the one who invited me here?” He rubs his head in guilty, and replied her “I’m sorry Joy.”
Wait who is this girl? How do I know her name? Why am I in an amusement park? Wasn’t I was diving into the lake just now. But why did I dive into the lake?… What lake? Must be a dream…
“Hey stop spacing around and let’s play!” She grabbed his arm towards her making him get off from the wooden bench. They walked around and finally stopped at the roller coaster. Luckily, there are only two of them and no one else was lining up. She dragged him to the front and pushes him forward.
“Seriously Joy? Are we going to sit at the front? No, no, no!” “Hey! Don’t be a chicken Kim, take a step!” Kim braced himself and took a big gulp. He was not a brave a person in the first place. Why would he think of going here anyway? The sounds of a manly scream could be heard nearby the roller coaster.
“Next to the haunted house!” Oh no.. he cursed himself. He wanted to run away if he can but how could he do it in front of a girl. He then tried to find an excuse. “Don’t tell me you are scared Kim?” “W-what..d-do you mean?!” The girl giggled and drags him all the way through the end of the haunted house. A louder manly scream can be heard nearby the haunted house.
The couple went all over the place; playing with various thrilling and extreme rides. Every single one of it was accompanied by a manly scream that was somehow from the same person. Kim finally gave up and rests himself at the wooden bench.
“Is this is all you can do?” Kim had a bad taste in his tongue after her piercing words. All though he felt miserable but it was the first time he enjoyed himself with a girl. Not just any but a beauty as well. She was about the same age as him. And despite her spiteful comments, she had a great personality and great appetite as well! It was cute to see her eats all the food they saw while walking from one attraction to another. Although it was a few hours, he felt so close with the girl. It was like he has known her for his entire life. He just smiled while looking at her. He let himself rest at the familiar wooden bench.
“Where are you going? You are not thin-.. No Joy.. No stop.” The girl steps forward without stopping and finally half of her body immersed in the lake. She looked back at ‘Kim’ and finally dove right in. The boy just stands in awe. He stares blankly where the girl had dive in. Kim who just realized what just happened immediately rose up and run towards the boy. While running he shouted “Hey! Don’t be a chicken Kim, take a step!” Seeing that the boy did not budge he shouted again “Don’t tell me you are scared Kim?” When he’s finally beside the boy his legs gave in and fell to the ground on his knee. He muttered to himself “Is this is all you can do?” Tears then dropped to his cheek heavily without stopping. He cannot control the surge of emotions flowing through his mind. He beats the floor until he could not withstand the pain anymore. Blood was dripping from his mouth and nose. And tears kept falling down. In his heart, that scene was the most regretful event that has happened in his life.
A warm sensation can be felt wrapping around his body. “So you remember now?” As he heard the voice, he cannot help but to feel guilty and deep sorrow, as if there was a wound in his heart reopens. “I’m sorry Joy, it’s my fault. I’m sorry, I’m sorry…” The hug becoming tighter as she replied “It’s okay Kim, I know it was not your intention. I’m here now and that is what matters.” “Yes Joy, I’m here with you now. I’m not going to leave you anymore. We will stay together forever.” The two couple continue to cuddle each other as both of their body went deeper into the lake.
The next day…
“How could this happen? Good thing we found his body floating. If not, then he might trap in here forever.” A group of people wearing black tailored suit gathered nearby the lake after the shocking event of a huge geyser standing at the height 100m due to an active volcano beneath the lake which triggered yesterday. Good thing that there was no one in the area during the incidents except for one man. They found a man with his body wraps around by a skeleton that seems to be belonging to a child. And it looks like the child is hugging the man. However, what confused them the most was the smile on the man face. He looks like as if he died peacefully. And in his hand was a pair of shoe, a red shoe.
Did you know you could drown without having to be underwater? What if you wake up every morning gasping for air like a fish out of water? If being alive is precisely the thing suffocating you to death, why not just welcome death, and end the misery? I remember when I used to be the little girl in a park playing under the warm rays of the sun. My family and I had this special park we always went to right on the outskirts of town. I remember how we would fly kites and run around with wide, goofy grins plastered on our faces. I used to enjoy just staring out at the vast ocean under cloudless azure skies with the sand beneath my toes. I remember what it felt like to be alive.
My name is Tessa, short for Teresa Martin Johnson. I am 21-years old, and I currently live with my family in a small island off the coast of Florida. I grew up here in this little island with a population of around 200,000 people. I have dark brown eyes, long, wavy brown hair and I am around 5 feet 6 inches tall. Contrary to the stereotype about girls, I rather enjoy playing video games and soccer during my free time. I also love alternative rock bands and playing the guitar. I tend to bite my bottom lip when I get nervous.
When I was 16 years old, my brother hanged himself. My family and I, we were never the same ever since. My mother became paranoid, afraid of everyone and everything. My dad tried his best at first to keep our family together but in time, he just gave up. Nowadays, he barely comes home.
I used to have a whole bunch of friends back in high school but all that changed around 2 years ago when a guy holding a clipboard diagnosed me with chronic depression. Depression has become my best friend over the past few years. We eat together, sleep together and there is not even a single second when we are not together. My best friend tells me I am not worthy or wanted, that the world is cruel and life is meaningless.
But life wasn’t always this way for me.
Let me take you back to one sunshiny beautiful morning, in the school cafeteria of Rosewood High.
“Tessa, can’t you at least pretend to look like you’re having fun when we’re taking pictures?” my best friend, Cheryl asked. She was scrolling through her gallery of our pictures from last night’s party with an unsatisfied expression.
“I’m sorry, I never wanted to go to that stupid party anyway. I only accompanied you there cause you’ve been whining all week about wanting to meet Noel,” I replied. Noel is this guy in our Biology class and Cheryl has been vowing for his affection since like the third grade.
“Hey, come on now. It wasn’t just so I could meet Noel. You needed to get out of the house and meet other guys too. You’re like 16 and you’ve never even had a serious boyfriend before.”
“I’m committed to my video games, geez. Besides, what’s the big rush? I believe the right one will come at the right time. I just need to be patient. You should try that sometime too, you know. You have a new crush like every single day.”
“Oh, shut up,” she said with an agreeing smile.
The bell rang, signalling the end of recess, which meant I needed to start making my way to soccer practice. I grew up playing soccer with my brother which was how I developed an interest in it. My family and I used to go out to a park nearby our house almost every Saturday. My mum would pack ham and egg sandwiches from home for us to have a picnic there. My brother and I would play soccer with my dad and my mum would be reading a book on a picnic mat under a tall, shady willow tree.
My brother was also the reason I got into video games. When I was young, we had a Playstation 2 which we shared together. He was always Player 1, and I always had to be Player 2. From battles against each other using lightsabers in Star Wars to racing against each other in Crash Bandicoot, we played all sorts of games together.
Before practice began, coach made us run a few laps as warm up. While I was running my laps, I noticed a guy around my age playing soccer on the field. He looked about 6 feet tall with chestnut brown hair, and he had on a Nike T-shirt and shorts. You could see his muscles through his shirt and he looked physically fit for his age. I wonder if my brother knew him since he knows almost everyone on the team.
When the whistle sounded, we divided ourselves into two teams and started our game. I was the striker so my job was to basically receive the ball and shoot as many goals as I could. I love the feeling I get when I’m out on the field. The sweet rush of adrenaline, the sound of my feet stomping on the grass, and the cold wind nipping at my face as I’m sprinting after the ball. It feels like a high I get to achieve without having to pop any of the pretty pills.
After practice, I saw Cheryl at the benches waiting to drive me home. Contrary to popular belief about redheads, she is actually really nice and easy going. With her pixie haircut and petite figure, she really is as cute as a button. I remember the first time we met. I had been a freshman at Rosewood High and I still did not know for sure where my classes were so I mistakenly entered the wrong room.
Inside the room, I saw Cheryl on the piano playing to the tune of Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel. I just stood there mesmerised by her performance and I felt the hairs on my body standing. When she was made aware of my presence, I apologised for intruding but complimented her on her skills. The girl really has a talent in music. She said thanks and offered to show me around to all my classes. We had been best friends ever since.
Before heading home, we decided to grab dinner together at a diner nearby our school. We frequented this diner because it makes killer strawberry milkshakes and the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever.
“Hey, what do you think about taking a trip somewhere with me next weekend? We could go anywhere you want, just a little getaway time for both of us to chill and unwind. What do you think?” Cheryl asked, already giddy with anticipation.
“Sure, where were you thinking?” I replied in between mouthfuls of my mac and cheese.
“We could take a hike up to Island Glades and swim in the waterfalls. Or we could even take a train to the city and go on a shopping spree. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait,” she said, no doubt already planning out the places to go and things to do in her head.
“Yeah, I guess I could do with some relaxing and unwinding too. Sounds awesome, it’s a date,” I said with a wink, starting to feel a little excited myself too. Little did I know that fate would have different plans in store for me.
I reached home that night after dinner at around 11.00pm. My parents had both gone away for a conference that week so it was just me and my brother at home. I dashed up to my room and threw my backpack on the bed and proceeded to head to my brother’s room. I wanted to know if he had taken his dinner. 11.08pm, the moment I knew my life would from then on be forever changed. The moment I opened the door to my brother’s room. What greeted me was a sight no one would ever wish on their greatest enemy.
Hanging by a self-made noose was a lifeless body with the face of what looked like my brother but I could not recognise him. His eyes were closed, his lips blue and cold, and he looked like he could have been sleeping, if not for his neck twisted unnaturally at a distorted angle. I noticed the small wooden stool knocked down on the floor. As my mind began to comprehend the situation, I turned away as my stomach heaved, my nostrils filled with the scent of my own bile rising up from the back of my throat.
Slowly, I staggered backwards until I heard a thud behind me as my back hit the wall. I wanted to scream and cry as tears clouded my vision and threatened to spill. I reached for my smartphone and dialed 911. I tried my best to form coherent sentences so the operator could understand what was going on. The last thing I could remember was hearing my heart pounding in my ears as one question kept racing through my mind: How could he do this? Everything went blank as darkness engulfed me.
Today marks the 28th of September 2017. It has been exactly 5 years since I lost my only brother and the memory of his lifeless corpse still remains the subject of my night terrors. I had just finished my final class today at Pacific Bay University where I’m currently studying my second year of degree. I’m majoring in Chemistry because I just figured with all the drugs I’ve been taking these past few years, I must have become an expert by now. My phone started to vibrate in my pocket. It was Cheryl.
“Hey, the class is over right? Wanna come over to my place? We could play Wii, and grab McDonald’s for dinner. I know you can’t resist the temptation of french fries.”
“As tempting as that sounds, I’m sorry but I can’t tonight. Jake and I already made plans.”
“Boo, fine then…” A moment of silence passed.
“How are you feeling? I know today must be extra hard for you.” I could hear her sighing through the phone.
“Just remember I love you and if you ever need to talk, don’t ever hesitate to talk to me okay? You’re my best friend and you know I’d do anything for you.” She said with a hint of desperation in her voice.
“I know, I’m as fine as I can be. I gotta head home now but I’ll talk to you later okay? Thanks for checking up on me.” I said, trying to reassure her and myself.
“Okay, talk soon,” she replied before hanging up.
Besides Cheryl, Jake, and my mum, I don’t think there is another soul out there that genuinely cares for me. Cheryl was the only one there for me when my life went to hell and I am beyond grateful she decided to go to the same university as me. As for Jake, he’s my Korean-American boyfriend and we’ve been dating since my freshman year. Little did I know the boy I met on the soccer field clad in Nike sportswear all those years ago would end up becoming my boyfriend. We’ve never said a word to each other before in high school but he was the only guy that dared to approach me since I started university.
At first, I was really cautious because I had built up my walls so high to shut everyone out of my life. But he just came in like a wrecking ball knocking down all my walls and his persistence eventually paid off. I eventually threw caution to the wind and took a risk with him. A decision I don’t regret making at all. When I told him about my past, he was so kind and understanding I couldn’t help myself from falling for him. His ridiculously good looks and killer physique did not help either.
When I got home, my mum was in the kitchen slicing apples. I gave her a hug from behind and I could feel her entire body relaxing. Without having to say a word, we both knew exactly what the other was feeling. My brother’s death had blown up our happy household into smithereens and none of us have been able to get over it yet. My useless father resorted to alcohol as his way to cope with everything that happened and frankly I can’t even remember the last time he was sober anymore.
“How was school? Have you eaten anything? You want some fruits?” my mother asked.
“I’m good, mum, thanks. I’m gonna take a quick shower and then I’ll be down in a jiffy. Instead of cooking tonight, why don’t we just order some Chinese takeout? How does that sound?” I asked.
“Alright, sure. I’ll call to see if your father wants some too.”
The mention of my father made me ball up my hands into fists. My mum is still so devoted to him and treats him with the respect he doesn’t deserve. He treats us like trash and I hate him for it. I hate him for abandoning our family when we needed him the most. I left the kitchen and headed up to my room.
We may have moved to a new house to try and get a fresh start but nothing really changed. On the way to my room, I couldn’t help myself from wondering if my brother was still alive, he would have had his own room right next to mine. I wondered how he would decorate it and what kind of wallpaper and curtains he would have picked out. They probably would have been blue, my brother loved all shades of blue.
Unconsciously, the tears welled up in my eyes and I could feel the invisible force pressing down hard on my heart again. I undressed and entered the bathroom. I opened the medicine cabinet and found my razor. As I closed my eyes, the blood from where the blade was pressed to my wrists trickled and streamed down the sink with the running water. I cut until I started to feel lightheaded and then I cried. I cried until I was sure my tear duct was all dried up.
After having Chinese food with my mum, no surprise my dad couldn’t make it back, I texted Jake to ask what time he was picking me up. He told me 10.30 so I had plenty of time to kill before then. I microwaved some popcorn and both me and my mum were sprawled out on the couch in front of the television. We put on reruns of Game of Thrones and made small conversation about the characters in the movie.
“Hi there, Shortcake.” Jake pulled me in for a hug and kissed my forehead.
“Hey, I’ve missed you so much. Where were you today?” I muffled against his hard chest while taking in the sweet scent of his T-shirt.
“I’m sorry, I had soccer practice all day but I was counting down every second till I could finally see you. Let me make it up to you. You ready to go?” He said while reaching for my hand.
“Where?” I asked as we made our way to where his car was parked.
“It’s a surprise. Just trust me.” He winked and looked at me with a sly smirk. God, I love this boy.
He drove us to a secluded beach with plenty of coconut and palm trees swaying against the cool midnight air. He knew how much I loved going to the beach so he must have discovered this hidden getaway for me. He laid out a mat on the sand, took off his shoes and removed a box of strawberries from inside his bag. He knew my favourite fruit was strawberries.
Under the moonlit night with the serene silence and only the sounds of nature encompassing us, I closed my eyes and tried to take it all in. For the first time today, I could finally breathe and relax. I look to my right and see him looking at me intently with his concerned big, brown eyes.
“What are you thinking about, shortcake?”
“If I could be one mythical creature, I would so love to be a mermaid. Like Ariel, I would spend forever in the ocean singing and dancing without a care in the world. Something about the water always seems to calm me down, kind of like a siren call tugging at my heart. What about you? Who would you like to be?”
He laughed at me and thought about his answer for a moment.
“Hmm, if I could be anyone I wanted? Batman. Definitely Batman. I would give anything to ride the Batmobile.” He smiled at me with his eyes.
“Or Prince Eric. Just because he gets to live happily ever after with Ariel,” he added.
“I don’t believe in happy ever afters, babe.”
“Not yet, but it’s my job to change that. All I need is time.” He reached for my hands and gripped them tight. I love how his hand fits so perfectly in mine and just a simple gesture like this sends my stomach into a frenzy of butterflies.
“Actually, I’ve been meaning to ask you something. So, you know how I told u before about Chuseok? It’s basically Korean Thanksgiving Day and it’s like a week from today. Next Friday, I’ll be going back to Korea with my family for a week to celebrate at my grandparent’s house and I was wondering if you’d like to join us?” Jake asked, looking hopeful.
“Oh my god, are you serious? I would love to go. I’ve always wondered how Korea was like, I wanna see the hometown you grew up in. Seoul, right? But, are you sure your parents wouldn’t feel burdened if I were to join?” I enquired.
“Of course not, they love you as much as I do, Tessa. You know that.” Jake replied.
“If you’re absolutely sure, then count me in.” I gave him a small smile.
(End of Part 1)
(To be continued…)
Pada 3 Mac 2018, majlis Sambutan Tahun Baru Cina telah diadakan di Kedutaan Besar Malaysia di Republik Korea. Seramai 90 orang telah menghadirkan diri ke majlis tersebut. Tujuan sambutan ini adalah untuk menyediakan platform buat rakyat Malaysia yang berada di Republik Korea untuk sama-sama merasai kemeriahan sambutan Tahun baru Cina. Seperti tahun-tahun sebelum ini, pihak PPMK akan menyediakan satu juadah utama bagi majlis ini dan tahun ini menu yang menjadi pilihan kami ialah Mee Sua dan dumpling. Pada tahun ini, kami juga menerima kunjungan daripada pihak PETRONAS seramai 6 orang. Sambutan ini juga turut dimeriahkan dengan persembahan oleh pelajar-pelajar yang melanjutkan pelajaran ke Republik Korea. Persembahan yang disajikan ialah tarian kipas oleh pelajar-pelajar perempuan daripada batch 18 yang baru sahaja tiba di Republik Korea dan persembahan nyanyian oleh kumpulan ‘Last Minute Band’ daripada Batch 14.
The Grand Annual Dinner is being held every year to celebrate the students after a year of hard works studying in South Korea and also a medium to gather all Malaysian students under one roof. Besides that, it is also to celebrate the final year students who will soon be graduating from their perspectives universities with unforgettable and meaningful memories. This year, PPMK brought the theme Masquerade with a simple message to all the PPMK members to discover their inner beauty despite whoever is behind the mask.
It was held at the beautiful Floating Island Convention Center in Banpo, Seoul. There were many performances held by the students from many groups such as the batch 17, SHYKC, Gegar Band and Jaylin. Besides batch 17, the other 3 groups are the winners for the “Stage Up” competition held by PPMK during SUGAFES in May. It was a night full of magic for everyone and the students enjoyed the food, performances, as well as the companions.
Alhamdulillah kami selamat sampai di Malaysia selepas 32 hari menjelajahi pelusuk Eropah termasuk negara-negara Balkan. Tapi perjalanan kali ini lebih tertumpu di negara-negara selatan Eropah. Sengaja masuk beberapa negara Eropah yang bukan negara Balkan juga; dah alang-alang masuk Eropah.
Tukaran matawang di setiap negara Balkan adalah berlainan. Namun, semua negara di Eropah menerima Euro. Jadi perlu sediakan wang Euro berbanding USD kerana Euro lebih berbaloi.
Istanbul, Turkey (Hari 1-3)
Kami menjadikan Istanbul sebagai tempat permulaan dan pengakhiran perjalanan. Di Turki, kami menginap di rumah kenalan kami. Antara lokasi menarik yang telah kami lawati termasuk Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Masjid Ayob dan Makam Abu Ayob. Pastikan anda keluar seawal pagi untuk mendapatkan perjalanan yang berbaloi. Jangan lupa untuk mencuba pelbagai makanan Turki yang disediakan di sini.
London, United Kingdom (Hari 3-5)
Kota London. Siapa tidak teringin nak menjejakkan kaki di sini kan? Selain terkenal dengan keindahan bandarnya dan kelab-kelab bola sepak terkenal di dunia seperti Chelsea, Arsenal dan Spurs, London juga dikenali sebagai bandar membeli belah dengan lambakan barangan berjenama. Memang menjadi kegilaan pelancong untuk membeli-belah terutamanya wanita. Janji kena poket tebal baru seronok shopping kan. Antara lokasi menarik untuk dikunjungi termasuklah Emirates Stadium, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Eyes on London, Ben Hur, Stamford Bridge Stadium dan Oxford Street. Kalau berminat hendak membeli belah di sini, dinasihatkan jadikan London destinasi terakhir. Kalau jadikan tempat terawal dalam perjalanan takut tak larat untuk usung barangan shopping pula.
Munich, Germany (Hari 5-6)
Hari kelima, dari London kami menaiki penerbangan yang mengambil masa lebih kurang 1 jam 30 minit. Tiba di Jerman, bermulalah interaksi dengan orang tempatan yang majoritinya sukar untuk memahami Bahasa Inggeris. Jadi kami terpaksa mengunakan bahasa isyarat.
Dari Nurembery kami ke Munich dengan menaiki bas. Perjalanan mengambil masa lebih kurang 4 jam. Kami ke Munich kerana Munich adalah tuan rumah kelab bola sepak terhebat di Jerman iaitu Bayern Munich. Kalau bukan sebab kelab ini, memang tak datang kami ke sini kerana Munich tidak ada apa sangat untuk diterokai melainkan reka bentuk bangunan yang menarik dan klasik. Kami juga telah ke Marianplatz, Rathaus-Glockenspiel, BMW Museum//Welt, Olympiastadion dan Nymphenberg Palace. Jangan lupa untuk cuba Pasta German disini. Memang padu. Roti di sini pun sedap.
Vienna, Austria (Hari 6-8)
Vienna adalah ibu negara Austria. Terkenal sebagai bandar yang mempunyai kelainan dalam seni bina. Tenang dan nyaman. Juga dikenali sebagai “City Of Love”. Sangat disyorkan untuk yang hendak berbulan madu.
Tempat yang menarik di sini termasuklah Hofburg Palace, Museumsquartier, Leopold Museum, Vienna State Opera, Belvedere Palace, Prater, Stadtpark, Parliament Building, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna Islamic Centre, Schonbrunn Palace dan Naschmarket.
Elakkan berkunjung ke sini pada hujung minggu kerana semua kedai tutup. Anda digalakkan untuk mendapatkan ‘One Day Pass’. Jangan lupa untuk ke restoran Der Wiener Deewan Plan yang mengamalkan konsep “Pay As You Wish”. Yang penting ianya kedai 100% halal dan sedap. Anda boleh beli produk Swarovski di sini sebab disinilah bermulanya Swarovski sebelum di ambil alih oleh Swiss.
Bratislava, Slovakia (Hari 8-9)
Bagi saya, Bratislava antara bandar yang kurang sesuai untuk dilawati kerana pembangunannya agak lewat berbanding bandar berdekatan. Namun, bandar ini ada keunikannya tersendiri. Orangnya peramah. Antara tempat yang dilawati termasuklah Bratislava Castle dan Roland Fountain.
Budapest, Hungary (Hari 9-11)
Selain Vienna, Budapest juga terkenal dalam kalangan peminat filem kerana bandar ini telah banyak kali menjadi lokasi penggambaran drama dan filem. Antaranya James Bond, Mission Impossible, Doctor Stranger dan lain-lain. Seiring dengan statusnya sebagai bandar yang romantik, Budapest juga boleh dikatakan bandar “Syurga Coklat Murah”. Kebanyakan coklat yang mahal dijual di Malaysia, dijual dengan harga yang amat murah di Budapest seperti Milky, Kinder Bueno dan lain-lain. Antara lokasi menarik termasuklah Hungary State Opera House, Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, Fisherman Bastion, Hosok Tere, Heroes Square, Szechenyi Thermal Bath, Margaret Island, Vajdahunyad Castle dan Hungarian Parliament. Anda boleh ambil ‘One Day Pass’ sepanjang berada di sini. Jangan lepaskan peluang untuk lihat matahari terbenam atau matahari terbit di Chain Bridge.
Zagreb, Croatia (Hari 11-12)
Ibu negara Croatia. Menarik untuk dijelajahi. Saya merasakan bandar Zagreb kurang maju berbanding negara-negara Eropah yang telah diterokai. Antara lokasi yang dilawati ialah Museum of Broken Relationship, Dinamo Zagreb Stadion dan Kip bana Josipa Jelacica.
Plitvicka Lake, Croatia 🇭🇷 (Hari 12)
Salah satu taman negara yang tertua di tenggara Eropah dan terbesar di Croatia. Dipelihara di bawah UNESCO dari tahun 1979. Sangat digalakkan untuk melawat ke sini. Bayaran masuk hanya RM 100. Antara tempat wajib pergi bila anda ke Croatia. Anda boleh dapatkan bas dari Zagreb. Kekerapan bas agak tinggi. Anda boleh naik feri yang disediakan secara percuma untuk bergerak dari satu lokasi ke lokasi yang lain.
Split, Croatia (Hari 12-13)
Sebuah bandar di persisiran pantai yang mempunyai air yang sangat jernih. Hanya “Subhanallah” mampu diungkap apabila melihat keindahan kawasan pantainya. Disebabkan ianya sebuah bandar di persisiran pantai, tidak hairanlah aktiviti jual beli dadah sangat berleluasa. Perlu berjaga-jaga dan elakkan daripada diberi dadah oleh orang yang tidak dikenali. Namun, kawasannya selamat dilawati kerana Split memang terkenal dengan bandar “Backpackers” di Europe. Bandarnya memang dikelilingi pulau. Boleh dijelajahi sama ada hanya berjalan kaki, menaiki bas dengan ‘One Day Pass’ atau ‘One Way Pass’. Sediakan sunblock untuk mengelakkan kulit anda terbakar.
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Hari 13-14)
Bosnia memang tidak asing lagi bagi pelancong dari Malaysia. Malaysia sangat dikenali kerana sopan dan budi yang ditunjukkan oleh rakyat Malaysia. Merupakan negara Islam dan yang paling menyeronokkan, mereka sangat mempraktikkan amalan Islam disini. Perjalanan dari Split, Croatia mengambil masa lebih kurang 4 jam. Setibanya kami di stesen bas Mostar, laungan azan Isyak dapat didengari. Hampir mengalirkan air mata selepas hampir 2 minggu perjalanan tanpa mendengar laungan azan. Sejarah Bosnia amat sedih untuk diceritakan kerana ia melibatkan isu keagamaan. Ditindas oleh negara jiran sendiri dan sekutu yang lain. Kisah ini diceritakan oleh rakyat Bosnia sendiri. Tetapi bagi saya kisah tersebut kurang manis untuk disoal oleh kita kepada rakyatnya melainkan mereka sendiri yang ingin menceritakannya. Namun begitu, Bosnia dikurniakan sebuah negara yang subur dengan tanah serta alam sekitar. Buah-buahannya sangat sedap dan manis. Bandar dikelilingi gunung ganang, tasik dan air terjun. Pergerakan memerlukan bas. Hanya ‘One Way Pass’ sahaja yang boleh dibeli.
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Hari 14-16)
Ibu negara Bosnia. Lebih maju berbanding Mostar. Anda mempunyai 2 pilihan untuk bergerak ke Sarajevo dari Mostar menggunakan bas atau kereta api. Sebuah bandar yang dipenuhi masjid yang tersergam indah. Antara tempat yang dilawati adalah Gazi Huzrev-beg Mosque, Latin Bridge, Sebilj, Eternal Fire, Vrelo Bosne dan Cekalusa Dzamija Mosque.
Pengangkutan yang digunakan adalah tram. Agak mahal harga pengangkutan. Cevapi (makanan Bosnia) terbaik adalah di Sarajevo. Ais krim yang dijual di Bosnia adalah yang termurah berbanding di negara lain. Jangan tidur sepanjang perjalanan dari Mostar ke Sarajevo, bimbang anda terlepas pemandangan yang sangat indah sepanjang perjalanan.
Dubrovnik, Croatia (Hari 17-18)
Dubrovnik atau lebih dikenali sebagai ‘The King’s Landing’ atau ‘The Pearl of Adriatic Sea’. Sepanjang perjalanan, Dubrovnik adalah sebuah bandar yang mempunyai pantai yang paling cantik. Lokasi utama bagi penggambaran filem “The Game Of Thrones”. Maka tidak hairanlah segalanya agak mahal disini. Sila rancang bajet anda sebaiknya setibanya disini. Antara lokasi menarik ialah Bellevue Beach, Pile Gate, Wall of Dubrovnik, Cava Beach dan Copacabana Beach. Lebih baik masak di rumah kerana harga makanan di luar yang agak mahal. Boleh berjalan kaki atau menaiki bas. Tapi jika berjalan kaki agak letih kerana bandarnya agak berbukit dan dikelilingi pantai.
Kotor, Montenegro 🇲🇪 (Hari 18-19)
Bukan semua “Kotor” itu kotor. Bila sampai terus terpegun dengan keindahan tempat tersebut. Tambahan pula, kami menyewa rumah dalam kawasan ‘old town’. Antara lokasi yang kami lawati ialah Vrmac, Lovcen National Park, Cats Museum, Kalardovo Beach dan Kotor Fortress. Wajib mendaki di sini. Agak tinggi tapi bila sampai di puncak, anda dapat melihat pemandangan seluruh bandar. Wajib mandi di sini. Pantai kedua terbaik selepas Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Budva, Macedonia (Hari 19-21)
Sengaja kami singgah di Budva kerana Budva merupakan bandar yang berada di persisiran pantai. Sebelum kami ke Tirana kami merancang untuk berada di Budva selama 3 hari 2 malam. Kami telah melawat Mogren Beach dan Парк Милочер. Anda boleh berjalan sahaja untuk menjelajah Budva. Tiket bas boleh didapati di Kotor.
Tirana, Albania (Hari 21-23)
Tirana adalah ibu negara Albania, negara Islam. Tirana adalah sebuah bandar yang mempunyai banyak masjid. Sebuah negara yang boleh dikatakan agak perlahan untuk membangun selepas kemerdekaannya. Tidak banyak yang istimewa di sini. Anda hanya boleh melihat cara hidup dan budaya rakyat. Rakyatnya peramah. Antara lokasi menarik termasuklah National Historical Museum, National Art Gallery, Pyramid of Tirana, Tanners Bridge, Skanderberg Square dan Et’hem Bey Mosque. Kawasan tumpuan untuk dilawati hanya boleh dituju dengan berjalan kaki. Tidak perlu menetap terlalu lama. Sehari suntuk sudah mencukupi untuk jelajah seluruh bandar Tirana.
Pristina, Kosovo (Hari 23-25)
Kosovo juga merupakan negara islam. Sebuah negara termuda di Eropah. Mendapat kemerdekaan pada tahun 2008. Juga dikenali sebagai “New Born” oleh rakyatnya sendiri. Di sinilah kami bertemu backpacker Melayu lain selepas hampir 3 minggu tak jumpa mana-mana Melayu melainkan kami sendiri. Lokasi menarik disini termasuklah Xhamia e Sulltanit Mosque dan Taukbashçe. Antara yang anda mesti cuba di sini ialah hamburger Kosovo.
Skopje, Macedonia (Hari 25-26)
Skopje merupakan tuan rumah Super Cup 2017 antara Manchester United vs Real Madrid. Memang sebuah bandar yang meriah dari lewat malam sehingga awal pagi. Bandar yang mempunyai bentuk bangunan dengan keunikannya tersendiri. Lokasi menarik untuk dilawati termasuklah Telekom Arena Stadium, Matka Canyon Lake, Old Bazaar, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Stone Bridge, Art Bridge, Skopje Fortress dan Archaeological Museum. Kebanyakan lokasi ini boleh dilawati dengan hanya berjalan kaki sepanjang berada di Skopje. Cuma perlu menaiki teksi dari Skopje ke Matka Canyon Lake.
Sofia, Bulgaria (Hari 27-28)
Sofia merupakan antara tempat utama pengambaran filem Hindustan yang dibintangi oleh Shah Rukh Khan, Dilwale. Bandarnya seindah namanya. Kami memilih perjalanan malam dari Sofia ke Istanbul. Perjalanan mengambil masa 6 jam. Antara tempat yang dilawati termasuklah Ivan Vavo National Theatre, National Art Gallery, Sofia Central Mineral Bath, Banya Bashi Mosque, Saint Nedelya Church dan Saint George Church. Boleh dilawati dengan berjalan kaki sepanjang di sini. Wajib cuba hamburger dan pizza Bulgaria. Terdapat sebuah masjid besar ditengah bandar Sofia dan dikelilingi kedai-kedai halal.
Istanbul, Turkey (Hari 29-32)
Destinasi terakhir. Boleh dikatakan bandar honeymoon. Syurga manisan dan kain tudung Turki. Antara tempat idaman kaum Hawa ialah Grand Bazaar dan Spice Bazaar. Antara tempat yang dilawati termasuklah Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Eminuno, Taksim, Besiktas Stadium, Tokkapo Palace dan Masjid Ayob. Mesti mengunakan kad transit untuk mengunakan tram atau bas. Makanan wajib ialah Baklava, Lokum, Balik Etmek, Yogurt Turkey dan lain-lain. Dinasihatkan solat berjemaah di Blue Mosque untuk melihat suasana meriah di dalamnya. Spice Bazaar lebih baik berbanding Grand Bazaar dari segi harga barang manakala Grand bazaar lebih baik dengan pelbagai pilihan barang.
Semoga membantu anda semua yang berhajat ke Eropah terutamanya ke negara-negara Balkan.
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