Friday, March 19, 2010

Yemen Net

I really hate Yemen Net . . . Why?? Take a look at the picture below.

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Sometimes I am able to open some websites and then the next minute/day/week I can't open it. Especially torrent websites, and sometimes I can open the website but I can't download some of the torrents.. It really is a . . . . a . . . . an . . . . annoying!! . . .>_<'' . . . . =.=

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Exams and Guests

Exams... I will be having exams next week and this week we are on holiday. It seems that the system in Yemen is that they will give holidays 1 week prior to the examination date to give time to the students to study. Eventhough I have this one whole week to study but I haven't been spending much time with my books, have been busy helping out my mum most of the day as she will be having guests on the day after tomorrow and we need the place all done, and as the night dawns upon us I feel quite exhausted and unable to concentrate to study... Hoping that everything will be done tomorrow, or at least the major works done by tomorrow, then I can study properly for the next few days. Working in Yemen is really a pain in the mind!! hahaha
In Iman University there are 4 levels in Arabic Section, currently, I am in level 3. So, if I pass the exams I will be able to go up to level 4 but that is not what I have in mind.. hehe. I would request to enter into 1st year directly, without having to go through level 4 - depending on my results that is. Well, even if it my results are not that good I will still request to enter 1st year directly as I no longer wish to stay in Arabic Section
My arabic have improved greatly in this 5 months span as I have been talking more and more Arabic, almost all the time except with my family and Malaysian co-workers in my mum's company X). Even my step-dad is conversing with me in Arabic full-time, before it was a mix of English Arabic.

After settling down my mum opened up a company, specializing in consultancy works and attracting investors into Yemen. The company name is Malaysia Yemen Co. Ltd. (INVESTMY in short). It is in partnership with Orphans Development Foundation (ODF), we are currently helping ODF in building an Orphan's Industrial City. But first, we have to develop in certain areas in Yemen before we are able to continue the project plans. The company also acts as a "middle man" for those who would like to establish any type of business in Yemen, we will be able to smooth up the legal processes and reduce the cost for those who are interested in opening up a business in Yemen.

Guests... On the 17th March 2010, there will be a Malaysia Yemen Festival held in Yemen, at Sana'a Expo Center (APOLLO). The events' purpose is to attract investors into Yemen, and the mission of my mum's company is just that. We wanted to organize the event but were too late. However, we are given the task of matching the businessmen in Yemen with the Malaysians businessmen who will be coming, if he/she (malaysian businessman/woman) would be interested in investing or opening a factory or any of that sort here, in Yemen.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Level 3

As for me, I have moved up to Level 3 of Arabic Section in Iman University. Previously I was in level 2 but since it was too boring for me, I decided to pester the Head of Arabic Section until he puts me in level 3 or first year. haha

After a few weeks of continuous pestering he finally gave in and put me in level 3. Level 3 is much better than level 2. The grammar, the vocabs are quite new to me, particularly the vocabs.
Level 3, there are around 13 subjects but in actual we only study about 10. Nahu, Sarf, Kitaabah, Qiraa ah, Tawheed, Adaab, Ta'beer, Tafseer, Hadith, Fiqh and Tazkiah. Khat, Imla' we rarely have classes.

After being in Level 3 for about a month (I think) I was just about to ask to enter First year. Then today, the Head of Arabic Aection came and told us that we will be having exams on the 6th of Rabiul Akhir, which is in two weeks time. Since the exam is already near so I'll just wait after the exams as if I go and ask to enter First year now he will surely say: "Lets see your results."

I am currently staying with my family in Haddah. Haddah and Iman University is quite far but the University provides bus service for the students. They will pick up students usually 10 minutes before Fajr and will send students after classes finish, at around 11.40am. The picking up part is quite the challenge, Fajr is now 4.55am and is getting earlier by the week.

Usually during summer Fajr is at around 4am-4.15am, so I really have to get up early and get ready and be on time so that I don't miss the bus. The bus does not send us directly to our house nor they pick us up from our house, it is a 5 minute walk to the place where I have to wait the bus. It's not that hard to wake up early and all that but my only problem is BREAKFAST!!!

If I don't have breakfast before going out I will be shivering at around 5am as the mornings in Yemen is cold. Even if I do have breakfast before going out, I will get hungry again at around 6am, depends on what I had for breakfast. hahaha

That's all for now. Bye.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Haddah - Faj Attan

Haddah - Faj Attan, that is the name of our new residencial area. It is situated near to Haddah post office.

It is a 2-storey house (I guess you can say it's a bungalow, 3-storeys including the basement). Why did we move here? Well, our previous residencial area was in Al-Mataar (Airport). It was a dirty area and there were Qat markets just beside our apartment building and men staring at my mum and sisters like they have not seen a women before in their life (as they do not wear niqaab and are foreigners). Also because the Al-Mataar area is quite far from the city centre, my mum wants her office and the house to be in the same building, and most importantly, there is no INTERNET service in that area!!!

So, a few months ago Muassasah Al-Yateem finally found a "villa" (as they call it) that was available for rent in Haddah area - known to be as an exclusive area in Sana'a Yemen - and we immediately started re-packing and moved to this new house. It is a nice house with a quite clean neighbourhood with less blackouts.

The first floor will be my mother's company office, so will the basement too. Our house is on the second floor, 5 rooms altogether, 3 toilets, a kitchen and a living area. And now we have INTERNET at home too..hahaha. And with the internet at my disposal 24/7, downloading movies is what I do. hehe
Oh, we also have a guard who will be living with his family here, not in the house with us. His house will be in the house compund, beside the gate.

Finally, after this few months my mum's company has been set up here, just that the office is still not fully equipped, my mum and sisters have settled in this new environment for them and I . . .