I thanked God, Alhamdulillah for every rezeki He gave to me and this is one of the greatest gift from Allah S.W.T and I am so thankful to maxxxx. Alhamdulillah. So I just got back, and now ready to spend my 2 months holiday and soon, my day and night with UNITEN's never-ending quizzes, tests, assignments etc.
What I learnt from this programme? What are the things I experienced?
1. Less complain
If you need to queue in Maybank or CIMB bank or any banks in Malaysia, just queue and wait patiently. The worst thing here was the bank ( sorry ) The system was you need to go to the bank, open an account, one week later you'll receive a card, another week you'll receive your pin code and another week you'll receive your online banking stuffs.
And if you didn't get your card/pin code, how? You need to do new card and wait again.
It took me about 1 month plus to finally manage to use my bank card and withdraw money. So, I would prefer Malaysia's banking system where you can get everything settled in one day. Plus, I think it is not that secure to let your card and pin code sent via post. I guess I should complain less if I need to wait for few minutes/hours in bank anymore. Tehee.
2. Public transporation the best!
The public transport here is tip-top. From trains to bus to taxis, thumbs up! I took train almost everywhere I go (especially if I would like to travel around NRW). The taxi drivers were so polite (even though they cannot speak English - which is good at least I can practice my German language skills).
3. One cent is actually valueable
The biggest impact of this programme (for me) is - MONEY. I start to do price comparison when buying groceries, making a list of what to buy and follow exactly what I wrote on it! I start to make my own notes on how much I've spent on one day - just to track my money.
When people in Malaysia is okay with 20 sen (yeke) plastic bags every Saturday, people here is not as generous as you are. They would prefer to bring their own shopping bags and put all their stuffs in there. I'm not pretty sure the reason why they would prefer to do that - whether it is for the environment or to save money but I guess this kind of behaviour is good. At least, you won't see plastics everywhere on road!
Well, cleanliness is a part of our Imaan :)
4. Cook is not about order, it's about creativity
It is expensive to eat out . They don't have mamak to make you roti canai and curry and costs you around 1-2 MYR. The cheapest food I can get here (if malas masak) is the pizza and it costs you 3,50 euro so I would rather cook.
I didn't cook curry, asam pedas, nasi lemak here. My meal is basically - nasi goreng, lauk such as sardin, sayur campur, grilled chicken or salmon and etc.
And to be honest when I cook, I never follow any recipes, I just 'campak' everything but it still delicious (for me). Heeeeeee.
5. Permission is important!
This is not what really happen to me but I take her experience as a lesson (hehe).
A friend of mine went to so called pasar pagi near an old church (very near to our place). She wanted to take a picture of fruits or vegetables in one of the stall then the owner scolded her and said that she cannot take photograph! The owner really scolded her okay.
So you better ask permission if you want to take random photos! Lesson learnt!
The fact that they still using blackboard and chalk - it was so interesting. I feel like going back to the old good times. The education system in my uni was basically to not just teach you what is important in the exam. It teaches you what is important for your future. I went to Thermodynamics class just to do comparison (because I already took it in UNITEN before). To be honest I salute my friends who were taking the subject here. They must be super intelligent. Thermo here - the lecturer will only give you the basic equation / main formula and you need to use your own brain how to modify those formulas depending on the question given.
For example, in Malaysia, I was taught that the formula for pump is this this this, the formula for turbine is this this this and etc. Here they just given this is the formula so pump? Derive on your own. Turbine? Derive on your own!
My Modelling class was so hi-tech. My lecturer will always uploaded the lecture videos right after the class so that we can re-watched it at the room and try to understand the subject.
Exam - only one good word can best describe this = hard!
The only thing I hate was - time interval. Basically, they won't wait for you to pack your stuffs and leave the room before they enter for the next class. They just barge in, put their stuff on the table and hoping you will walk out as fast as you can!
7. Oldies are cute!
To be honest, teenagers and kids here are just the same as us in Malaysia. We live in our own world. Pluck in earpods wherever we go, don't even bother to socialise with people. (some of us) I even met some bunch of Malaysian students (not studying here - they are from other country) when I was on a trip to Munich with mom, expressing their disappointment about some Malaysian students who were not that friendly. It was like an 'auch' for me!
My first conversation in German is with a very old lady who wanted to get on the bus. Ying helped her to sit and she tried to have a conversation with us. Due to our lack of German vocabs, what we do was just "Aaaaaa, ohhhhh, ahso, ja! nein!" Haha. We understand a bit but we need time to answer - because we need time to arrange the sentence before we speak out. Hehe.
Then we met an ahjusshi (an old man) suddenly asked us:
And proudly replied,
"What course are you studying here?"
"IT and engineering!"
"Let's take picture together!"
Haha. It was so random but it was a great!
8. Super care of your personal belongings
Similar to Malaysia, pick pockets are everywhere. So always aware of your personal belongings! It doesn't happen to me but I take that as a good lesson!
Tips: Always carry your purse, passport and phone with you/at the place where you can see your stuff (sling bag and put it in front of you something like that)
So everyone if you ever get any chance to go for an exchange programme, go and grab for it! It is interesting to learn new language, make new friends, explore interesting places, learn history and much more. I am super sorry if I posted too many pictures of myself travelling (almost) all over Europe. If I hurt you guys or make you guys jealous, I'm super sorry. I didn't mean to do that. I just wish I could give you guys some kind of motivation :)
So I just managed to tick one of my bucket list, thanks to my sponsor :)
Studying abroad (✓)
So, can you sponsor me to Korea for GOP too? Hehe. Jk jk!