Lunch Break Ramblings...

Right.. This'll be a quick update.. Not so much as saying a lot since not much happened yet...

First off, the video that I promised might be coming out a bit late as I'm quite busy with assignments and stuff... And I mean STUFF.. hahaha... So, will update again on that sometime next week..

Second, my last minute decision last Saturday TOTALLY PAID OFF! I actually watched my first LIVE rugby match at Forsyth barr stadium that night and IT WAS AWESOME!! I'm so in love with rugby now!

And, as always... My pathetic way of ending the blog... Urmm... Until next time? XD

With all due respect,
Hafiz Khairuddin

Video Blogging?

I'm currently thinking of video blogging - like the ones of IniAnwarHadi, charlieissocoollike, arandavision, etc...

It would actually be very, very, VERY HARD... Especially on the "what to say" part...

It would actually be really interesting, though.. But then again, it would actually be really hard..

But, just trying my little not-my-best luck, I'll post one particular video that I actually recorded celebrating one of my friend's birthday here at my house...

So, wait for it as it might come out sometime next week... I'l definitely post it here on the blog as well as my Facebook account and YouTube... Just for fun, really..

Oh, and speaking of Facebook, I actually feel like I have 2 Twitter accounts now thanks to the new layout of Facebook... Some find sucks, some find it quite interesting, some love it, some hate it, but I just felt neutral about it... I mean, not much change there so.... Yeah...

Bye for now!

With all due respect,
Hafiz Khairuddin

Changes in My Life... That I Have Noticed

It's rather hard to actually tell if someone has changed or not, particularly yourself.
I find this particularly awkward, especially if you were thinking to yourself about how long has it been and how you didn't actually notice it.

As you all well know, I'm in New Zealand and currently studying in my 2nd year degree in Bachelor of Education (TESOL) over at the University of Otago and I have to say; living abroad actually changes you DRASTICALLY.

For some reason (or, maybe it's the BBC shows), I've been speaking in a more British accent than I was before I come to New Zealand. I didn't actually noticed this before until just now in my tutorial session this afternoon. I had a small and interesting discussion about the behaviour models that we would actually try to bring in to our teaching once we graduate and apparently, I was the only Malaysian in the small group of 5 (the others were all Kiwis). It was then that I actually noticed these particular small things:

1) I've lost my "lah" and "lor" in my daily speech (except when I'm speaking with Malaysians)
2) My pronunciation has improved over the couple of months that I've studied here.
3) I find it easy to understand the Kiwi accent ever since the first time I arrived here.
4) I've been speaking English more fluently than I did back in Malaysia.

Is it just me or am I becoming more and more English?

Some hints were given to me through several people that I actually met last week:
1) A guy at the Human Nutrition Department when I went for my blood test last week
2) A Maori woman that I met during the blood test.
3) The nurse who actually drew my blood that day.
4) A cashier at a local shop.
5) One of the lecturers at College of Education.

I've also noticed some other things about me that has changed:
1) I've stopped downloading TV series since I came here on February.
2) I've been a little bit spend-thrift on other things as well as books.
3) I've grown to love shoes.
4) I have a habit of doing random stuff alone (like going to the movies).

And some other things that I would KILL MYSELF if I mention them here.. TEE HEE!

I guess what I'm trying to say is that changes happen, even if we don't actually notice it.. Especially when you are living with people that are foreign to you...

Till then, CHEERS!

With all due respect,
Hafiz Khairuddin

Spring Cleaning

Wow! So busy with assignments and stuff made me forget about my blog! Hahaha~~

Then again, we all have our lives to take care of. And when I say this, I know that Not many people actually READ my blog.. Thanks to my non-stop ranting about SH*T that I think most of you find annoying...

Anyway, my point in posting this particular update is to actually keep you guys up-to-date with what's been going on around me.. Hahaha~~

1) New Season of the Year...
Yeah, spring is here (hence, the title.. DUH).. But, surprisingly, the weather is still cold as winter... Which sometimes makes me confused whether it is already spring or still winter... Anyhow, daylight saving in New Zealand will commence on the 25th September at exactly 1:59 am.. Once the clock strikes 2:00 am, we have to add another hour. So, instead of the clock striking 2, it will strike 3.. Which means MORE DAYLIGHT... And it struck me right through the heart when I notice that prayer times are changing almost DRASTICALLY... Not that I've never experienced it before, it's just that it still shocks me.. But the most exciting part of this is THE FLOWERS! Too bad I can't actually post them yet since I haven't transferred them from my iPod yet... But I will definitely put them up here.. Especially when the actual spring comes with flowers blooming EVERYWHERE~~

2) Rugby World Cup 2011
Yeah.. As most of you should know, the Rugby World Cup is held in New Zealand this year... I, for one, have never been a sports fan.. Especially one as aggressive as rugby.. But, after watching the match between England and Argentina, I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT! And earlier (before I post this), I watched the game between New Zealand and Japan.. Yeah, as aggressive as the All Blacks, I watched it with passion! Even though I didn't understand the rules... hahaha~~ *yeah, I'm THAT pathetic*

3) House Problems..
This is where it actually get a little bit serious... Before I go on, I hope that everyone know that this is not just concerning me but everyone as well. Because I know I'm actually speaking on other people's behalf as well.  I, for one, am not a fan of smokers. But, hey, CAN'T AVOID THAT, right? So, I won't be ranting about this since I already did that and THAT DIDN'T GO WELL..
I just want to say that when it comes to sharing a house, one must be aware that sharing a house means LIVING TOGETHER IN A HOUSE. I mean, we wouldn't call each other HOUSEMATES if we are not living together, right? There are boundaries to what we do in the house and whatever we do, it actually concerns our housemates as well because if anything happens, you are not the only one to be blamed. The whole house gets the blame. And also, there are certain needs that each of the members would want to be fulfilled. So, if you are mad about something that the others are doing in the house, don't go about saying F*CK or SH*T and just shout.. Think first. Reflect.. Say to yourself "Did I do this as well?" Just because you didn't get to get a warm shower or have to pay the electric bill that is a wee little bit too expensive, doesn't mean that you have to blame the others. Be fair. You get angry when didn't get to have a nice, warm shower in the morning but you yourself takes a really WARM shower that makes the house STEAMS UP? You say that you didn't use THAT much electricity but you are using heaters to warm up your bedroom and the electric stove when you cook? You always ask people to actually tidy up after cooking or eating, but you yourself are too lazy to actually do the dishes, even after a duty roster is put up and you actually AGREED to it?
Just remember, when you get angry about something that YOU YOURSELF ARE DOING ALMOST EVERY SINGLE DAY, others are actually mad at you too for NOT REALIZING THAT. This does not just go to everyone, but to myself as well.. I'm just reflecting back on what's been happening and what I have heard from others...

So, remember.. Be respectful of others, and you'll get that respect back...

With all due respect,
Hafiz Khairuddin