I was googling around when this particular word came up to my mind. My dad talked about this soo many times before and I also read it before on nat geo magz.. The word was.. *drumroll please…*
A fascinating city with never-before-seen-except-in-sci-fi architectures. Unimaginable to some and out of this world to some (overstated a bit there.. ^.^v). This almost a kilometer high tower on the side here is now the tallest man-made structure in the world. And the people whose responsible for it has intended to keep it that way.
The towers’ name is Burj Dubai, and if you’re interested on its update check their web.
Dubai is truly a sci-fi wonderland. It has an underwater hotel, a building with exoskeleton and coming up a first ever spinning building.
Okay, enough of Dubai for now. Let’s fly to a city with another one of the kind skyscraper that was called the tallest building in the world before the Burj..
Taipei 101 is currently the world’s tallest completed building on earth standing proudly with 509 m of height. It consists of 101 stories above the ground. The construction of Taipei 101 was started in 1999, and finished in 2004 with the total cost was about 1,7 billion US dollars. This tower has the worlds fastest elevators (doubledecker) they can get as fast as 63 km / h. The indoor observation deck is on the 89th floor (382m). The total weight ofTaipei 101 is 700,000 tonnes, which is such a mass that could possibly make an earthquake. The structure is capable to withstand the largest earthquakes. The 800 ton damper on the top of thetower can reduce up to 40% of the movements. The Taipei 101 Mall is a 6-story shopping mall inside the building.
To be continued with
THE PETRONAS TWIN TOWER…
~October 19th, 2009~
Sebenarnya perjalan ni dah dimulai sejak 1 Desember 2009 lalu… Wuiiih, dah setahun yak?? ^.^ Lots of excitements, lots of patience, lots of things to learn… Yup…
This next piece of writing is just the beginning of everything… Mang gak menyenangkan, but I have to admit that what had happened that day will linger in my mind forever… [lebaaaaay]…
caution: the following writing contain ‘bahasa rojak’ (mixed languages ^.^)…. Proceed with your own risk…
semua bermula pada hari selasa, 1 desember 2009… hari dimana diriku memulai kembali suatu tantangan baru, sebuah kehidupan baru. Meski kemudian bus yg seharusnya mengantarku ke tujuan, baru berangkat 15 menit kemudian,. Still, so far so good… I felt excited..
Di jalan terkadang air mata berlinang. mengingat mereka yang ditinggalkan. Mulai hari ini, perjuanganku dan mereka akan berbeda. Tapi insya Allaah, menuju satu ending.. tuk ridhoNya.. Berniat tuk tak tidur disepanjang perjalanan, tapi tetap ja mata tak mau berkolaborasi. Tidur ayamlah jadinya… Oh iya, lupa. bus yang sangat besar dengan kapasitas more than 40 itu hanya dihuni oleh 6 penumpang.. sedaaap. Macam bus pribadi… ^.^v
Empat jam jadi tak terasa (iyalah, tidur taruih ma). Tiba di hentian yg kutuju. dengan pede hati kuturuni bus itu, feeling so thankful that i’m safe.. Diriku mulai berjalan menuju taxi, bus pun merangkak menuju hentian lain. tapi kok ada yang kurang ya? hmmm… hiyaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!! tas koperkuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know, you must be laughing your head off right now… dua koperku yg berisi pakaian dan beberapa buku masih di bagasi bus!!!! I ran to reach the moving bus, feeling hopeless.. and kept thinking of how stupid i can be sometimes..
Tapi, alhamdulillaah, ada penumpang yg nyadar, kalo dir yikug tadinya dateng dengan dua jinjingan kok skarang gak bawa apa-apa? melihatku lari dan melambai2, dia nyadar klo ku mang lupa.. dia jalan ke supir, n stop the bus, before i can reach it.
I was soooo embarassed… if the bus was full, i don’t know what will happen. the humility!!!
Dengan nafas yg ngos-ngosan, dan setelah banyak terima kasih kepada pak supir dan sang ukhti yg memberhentikan bus, ku berjalan kembali menuju taxi, bukan lagi dengan kepala tegak penuh semangat, tapi tertunduk menahan malu… Hiks, tapi stidaknya kali ini ditemani dengan dua koper penyambung hidup… hiyaaaaah…..
KL, 12 November 2009
Pagi itu, alunan senandung ‘We Will Not Go Down’, mengejutkanku.. He he, maklum, selama di negeri orang ini, HP hitam itu jarang berbunyi.. ^.^
“Ummi mana?” Oh, si Abi toh…
“Knapa, Bi? Ummi mo brangkat ngaji tuh.. Lagi siap-siap.”
“Bilang ke Ummi gak usah, ksini cepat… Ke KL**. Cepet ya?” He? Kenapa nih? Kok Ummi mau ngaji gak dibolehin…
“Miii, Abi nih.. Mo ngomong..” Kuserahkan si hitam ke Ummi…
Yang terlihat sesudah itu, terekam jelas dalam ingatanku…
Your gentle smile
Your soft touch
Your warm eyes
Your touching words
On that day, that last day we met
I just.. I couldn’t get them out of my mind…
You looked at her so tenderly
You spoke to her so brotherly
You held her so gently
I guess you really didn’t want her to go, again..
I guess, you wanted her to stay…
You know what?
I think she felt the same way, too..
To be close to you..
Close to her brother..
Ummi, kehilangan abangnya hari itu… Dia terisak… Air matanya tumpah. Tapi, Ummi tegar. Ummi sabar. Ummi ikhlas…
Sore itu, ku duduk di beranda… Hujan turun lagi seperti sore-sore sebelumnya.. November rain kata mereka… namun hujan sore ini bercampur air mata.. Melepas paman meninggalkan dunia fana..
Paman, maafkan kami yang tak bisa mengantarmu ke peristirahatan terakhirmu..
Allaah, jangan jauhkan dia dari pahala-pahalanya, terimalah semua perbuatan baiknya, ampuni dosa-dosanya… Amiin…
*oretanku, kala sedih ku*
30 September 2009
Sore itu aku diserang pusing mendadak. My head hurt so bad. Mataku tak bisa fokus ke layar komputer yang hanya berjarak ½ meter didepanku. Jantungku berdegup kencang. I looked at my glass of water near the speaker. Terlihat riak disana. Ada apa ini? Was I shaking too much that even the table also shook?
I logged in to my facebook, after calming myself down. Pusing itu masih terasa, tapi sudah lumayan stabil karena ‘dah stretching kiri kanan. Setelah dipikir-pikir, mungkin akibat terlalu lama duduk di depan komputer. Okay, time to go online, peacefully. Or so I thought. I was trembling again as soon as I read my friends’ status from top to bottom. GEMPA di Padang.
“Gempa, Za? Kapan?”
“Masak gak kerasa, Kak? Barusan..”
Innalillaah, could that be the reason of my headache? Was that the cause of the shaking of my glass of water? Kalau iya, pasti itu gempa yang sangat besar. Padang-KL ‘kan terpisah oleh laut? I mean, if it was a small quake as what usually happen there, I don’t think I can feel it here. It turned out to be a 7.6 SR quake. I had no idea what it was like in Padang at that exact time.
I texted my friend, Reni, immediately. Karena setahuku, dia menghabiskan masa lebarannya di Padang. No reply. I was getting restless. I texted my sister asking of my dear friend. She said, Reni came back from Padang a couple of days ago. So, kenapa smsku tidak dibalas?
1 Oktober 2009
“…skrg ld dijln ke pdg, mau cek kondsi, kt ma2 gpp. Tp ada adk sepupu yg kena kakinya krn gedung tmpt dia les roboh…,” adalah sms pertama yang kuterima dari Reni setelah menunggu semalam.
3 Oktober 2009
“… adk Reni (adik sepupu) kakinya diamputasi sblh…”
Allaah… Rasa penasaran pun tak terbendung. Ada apa gerangan? Cek pulsa.. Masih ada.. I could use it for at least 10 minutes ^.^. And what I heard was…
The dear cousin was found 6 hours after the quake. Semua keluarga yang kehilangan menuliskan nama anak atau saudara mereka berada di tempat les tersebut. They called the names one by one, and she answered when they came to her name. She was there in the dark, trapped between the rubbles, with two of her friends’ lifeless bodies. I couldn’t even imagine the feeling of being in the darkness, alone, paralyzed…
Adik itu sangat tabah. Saat diamputasi pun dia rela. Meski pagi hari setelah operasi, dia bangun dan bertanya dimana kakinya. Dia sangat kuat, tapi dia hanya anak kecil.
12 Oktober 2009
“… gak tau lg mo blg apa ni… kaki adek Reni yg st lg hrs diamputasi… krn sarafnya udh mati…”
“… ktka dia dikash tau bsk mau diamputasi lg, dgn menangs dia blg, ‘semuanya milk Allaah, ktka kaki Lani dimintaNya lg, Lani hrs ikhlas…”
Robbiy, kekuatan sebesar apa yang telah Engkau beri kepada dia, hingga kata-kata itu bisa keluar dari mulut mungilnya?
Ya, namanya Lani. Gadis kecil berumur 13 tahun. Jangan tanya padaku seperti apa rupanya, bagaimana sifatnya, apa kesukaannya dan dia sekolahnya dimana. Karena ini kali pertama aku ‘berkenalan’ dengannya. Yang aku tahu, dia saudariku berhati seluas samudera.
Dedicated to Lani, Reni & all the strong people
@ West Sumatera
On previous Sunday, my mom and dad brought home 7 cute little fish home and a box-shaped aquarium. My siblings and I were just ecstatic because we were not aloud to have any pets before, not until now. We had asked for pets like cats or hamters or cute guinea pigs for hundreds of time (lebaaay). But our parents never get tired of saying ‘No’ to us. I guess by having 7 children in a house is enough to make a riot and turn the house up side down. So maybe, just maybe, we’ve been very well behaved that they decided to get us 2 goldfish an 5 tiger-something-fish as starters.. Yaaayy…
Without further delay, we filled the aquarium tank with fresh tap water and placed some decorations like rocks and shells (we’ve been collecting them from our trip to beaches). Then we moved the little cute and healthy fish to their new home, gently. We didn’t want to upset the fish.
There… Our fish had settled.. Or not. Roughly an hour later, one of the goldfish started to float. It moved a little, but it was floating. We noticed that one of its fin was damaged and there was a speckle of blood on another. We were horrified. Our very first pet is going to die an hour after it was bought??? Noooo!!!
We started to examine our new aquarium. By saying examine means that we were sitting closely to the aquarium, all 7 of us.. Then we found out what had happened. The tiger thing nipped the goldfish’s fins! And the pet shop owner said they will be okay living together.. Hufff!! So that was our first mistake and we learned it the hard way. Never ever put green-tiger-barb in the same aquarium with goldfish.
I got this article about greenie just now from here..
“Tiger Barbs are notorious for nipping the fins of Angel fish, and Tiger Barbs should nor be kept with small fish like Neon Tetras and Guppies, that are usually bullied by the bigger Tiger Barbs.”
We had to say goodbye to the dying fish..
At least we had one more goldfish on Monday. I evacuated the surviving goldfish to a round container (my siblings were at school at that moment). It was big enough for the fish but I didn’t have any pump to circulate the water. So, I thought it’s going to be okay for a day, because I’ll rush to a store and get one tomorrow. But then, it was another mistake. Goldie was gasping for oxygen on the surface of the water. It was not a pleasant sight.
Here’s another info I just found. According to Mr. Wiki, Goldfish need a lot of oxygen and has a high waste output.
“Like most carp, goldfish produce a large amount of waste both in their faeces and through their gills, releasing harmful chemicals into the water.Build-up of this waste to tixic levels can occur in a relatively short period of time, which is often the cause of a goldfish’s sudden death. Because of this, goldfish need a large volume of water in which to live. For common and comet varieties, each goldfish should have about 20 gallons(US) or 75 liters of water. Fancy goldfish (which are smaller) should have about 10 gallons(US) or 37.5 liters per goldfish. The amount of ‘water surface area’ is also important in determining how many goldfish may live in a container, as water surface area determines how much oxygen diffuses and dissolves from the air into the water. A general rule is have one square foot of water surface area for every inch of goldfish length (370 cm²/cm). If the water is being actively aerated by way of a water pump, filter, or fountain, a smaller volume of water is needed.”
We said goodbye yet to our last goldie yesterday..
One sure thing I’ve learned from this is it takes only a little research to find out about goldies to save them from the torture o f the tigers.. Oh well.. So friends, don’t do what I did
Yup, sepertinya itu dua kata yang tepat tuk memulai smua ini.. Mencoba dunia blogging tuk mengasah tulisan dan juga pikiranku ini.. Huff…
Mengisi waktu luang dengan mencoba ‘mengakumulasi’ yang sudah didapat seharian. Living is learning, right? ^.^
So… Here I Go!!!