Monday, August 29, 2011

Eidul Fitri Mubarak.

Self Portrait Part 4.

Assalamualaikum wbt,

It is confirmed that Eidul Fitr this year will be observed on 31st August (Wednesday) in New Zealand. And this is my 3rd time celebrating Eid in New Zealand.

So, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you guys, Eidul Fitri mubarak. Kullu am wa antum bikhoir. May you guys be well throughout the year Insya Allah.

Thanks also for reading my blog's entries from time to time. May we'll be blessed, Insya Allah.

Bachelor of Chemical and Nanotechnology Engineering,
Massey University, New Zealand.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Snowy Palmy 2011

In my place here, in Palmerston North (Palmy) we never had chance to get the snowfalls every winter. The last time snowfall being recorded was at 1934, that was around 80 years ago.

But things happened. Last weekend, there was winter blast, chilly wind making its way from Antartica to New Zealand. And it was predicted that most parts of the nation will be recovered with snow.

Weather Forecast from Metservice.

As someone that never had chance before to play with snow, I'm kinda excited. It was predicted that by Sunday night, it will be snowy around Palmy. I was eagerly waiting but still, none of the falls.

Monday morning - On the way to campus, I saw that most of the hills nearby were covered by snow. Since I finished early, I went back home early. It was sunny that day and seemed that it's not going to snow anytime. So after Zohor, I went asleep.

But things changed suddenly. I woke up around 4.30 pm, having Asar prayer and then opened my room's window. I was surprised to see what's happened outside. There's the snowfalls! I saw my bike and cars outside were covered with snow. Many of em' . Quickly I brought my camera and went outside to take pictures.

View of surrounding of my home during the snowfalls.

Muka baru bangun tido :D

Worm. Excited.

Again. Picture of me.

Neigbour. Excited as well :)

:) :)

Since it's almost the time for iftar, I went to the mosque nearby. I seen many people by the roadside, playing around with snow, snow fighting and make themselves snowman. Falls were ease as it's Maghrib / breaking fast time.

On the way back home, snow falls again. This time much heavier and denser. The things that killed the mood that night was the blackout. I guessed it was due to the heavy snowfalls and wind that night.

2nd Day - 16 August 2011

Weather was back to normal on the second day. But the snow were not melt easily. Instead, it's turned into ice or frost. And I noticed that not many turned up to the lectures in campus that day.

Home made snowman :)

While waiting for the bus...

Snow still covered most parts of the campus.

View of the campus.

Massey's main field. Still got plenty of em'

There was another snowfalls that night, but this time lasts shorter. Maybe just for few minutes.

I thought it's sign of farewell. From winter into spring. Seriously, I was grateful to God for giving me this chance to feel it, at this time. Hope it's gonna happen again next year (although it's almost impossible).

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Google Plus

Assalamualaikum and good evening everyone,

- Finally, after few weeks waiting I got an invitation to join Google Plus.

- I just finished setting up things and adding some of friends for this new account.

- First time I went through this google+, I think it has some sort of combination of features introduced by previous known social websites like Friendster, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter.

- As for me, one of the features that will makes Google Plus being favoured when it's launched soon is the Circles. It's actually easier to manage circles than to manage groups in other site. And if you want to share anything, let say to the particular people (put them as A) and don't want others to know (give it B), you actually have the choice to do so.

- And for photos-enthusiasts like me, I will favour Google+ over Facebook in terms of the images quality when it is uploaded. Facebook will actually shrinking them down to the size that degrade the quality, while so far for google+, the images uploaded will be resized to the reasonable resolution (forgot the numbers :P)

- But, it's still under testing purposes so far. So, I'm expecting more to come from this new website.

- You can visit my page HERE. Those who have the account already can add me into your circles. And those who want invitation to join Google Plus, please let me know. I still have 150 invitations left for my friends :)

P/S : I'm still shooting pictures from time to time :)

Startrails at Home's Backyard.
My first attempt to do startrails. Got many positive feedbacks from the viewers.

A foggy morning
Got this one this morning, after finishing my sahur. Seriously, I love monotone :)