Thursday, April 22, 2010

Things that I will miss the most about USA - part 1

Assalamualaikum wrt..

I think it's about time to write this kinda post..since I'm less than 1 month away from graduation and less than 2 months away from leaving USA... and Allah knows better whether or not I will have another chance to come back to USA..sobs2.. =(

So..I took inventory of the things that I'll miss about USA..(not particularly or chronologically in order..). One day, maybe 5-10 years from now insyaAllah, I want to be able to read this post and said to myself, "those were the days...=)" and maybe cry...haha.


Going on road trips with my friends..

I have to admit that I will miss this the most. Be it a road trip to AlMaghrib seminars, AlBayyinah classes, MISG programs, or just a chillin'-out trip with my peeps...the feeling and experience of going out there in a journey, with friends that I love, is certainly unforgettable. Most if not all of our road trips, we drove ourselves... 8-10 hours of drive is normal average for a road trip..I've been in longer ones: 14-15 hours..gosh =P..We usually take turns driving, and along the road we shared stories - intellectual and even non-intellectual ones haha..

Road trip to Canada for RIS (Reviving the Islamic Spirit) Convention..the bestest masyaAllah! =) the most iman-skyrocketing experience, longest roadtrip, farthest destination..wish had more moments like that!

Road trip from Atlanta -->Birmingham --> New Orleans --> Panama City. The last destination was totally an ad-hoc because New Orleans was devastated by Katrina Hurricane. So we planned for Plan B that night, and headed to Panama city the next morning. Oh and yeah.. I remembered we ate only Maggi's and junk food for a week or so, for financial reason. Ended up everyone had stomach ache..oh poor poor us =P

Road trip to Ohio State University for Tamrin OSU - one of the most unforgettable road trip ever. One of the dangerous I might of the car (the car that I was in, and no I wasn't the one who's driving nasib baik..) spun like gasing in the middle of the highway, because of ice..I literally said my syahadah that time..laailaahailallah..near-death experience..what an experience!

Road trip to Washington DC for Eid Celebration at Malaysia Embassy - This one...had its own story too..we were the only all-sisters in one we were practically being ditched by everyone else..=P. I remembered there was 7-8 other cars probably..and everytime, we were the last one to arrive at the destination..either kena tinggal, or tertinggal and got lost...sian..=P

Road trip to Atlanta, GA for AlMaghrib seminar - one of the AlMaghrib seminars I've attended...can't remember what's the class topic for this one....

Road trip to Hartford, CT for ICNA (Islamic Central North America) convention - I wouldn't say it's a road trip though..but more to 'air' trip =P..we went there by flight coz it's a 16-hour journey by car that we won't be able to afford financially and physically.This was also one of the unforgettable journey..Naziha and I (just the two of us)..finally decided to go to the conference, quite last minute, during school's all worth it though. The experience, and definitely the knowledge obtained from the conference.

And..these are the earlier ones I've went to....

Road trip, Washington DC to Muktamar MISG-IMSA - My 2nd Muktamar...I was the co-driver, for 14 hours straight..but I pity the driver the most..driving for 14 hours straight...During the last days of the trip, we stayed at locals' houses. There were 5 cars for sisters so we splitted to 2 or 3 houses. Me and few other sisters stayed at a Muslim Kazakhztan's house..the auntie fed us very well..I meant too well! =P

Road trip to Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri for STC MISG (Summer Training Camp) - It's an outdoory activity held by MISG..I just been to one, coz I wasn't in the USA for summer each time..the thing I remembered the most about this one was so hot in the day that we have to cancel most of the activities..other than that, it was a great experience..=)

It was such an broke down, car towed-away for bad parking spot, left car keys in locked car, pulled-over by police, took the wrong highway for 2 hours, near-death experience and list goes on and on..

So these are SOME, not all of the road trips that I have been to, from 2007-2010. How I wish I can put all of the pictures here to relive all the sweet memories ..especially the earlier ones I went with the super seniors - Kak Ena, Kak Raihan and others..oh well, people say a picture tells 1000 words, but I say what more important is the memory..=)

I realized that it will be not as easy to go on road trips when I'm back in Malaysia. Why eh? I guess money will be a problem, safety and parents' permission... Thus, I definitely gonna miss every single moment I went to a road trip here in US, with every single person I've went the road trip with and of course the experience and knowledge I've gained throughout the journey..


Bint Lazim April 23, 2010 at 3:43 AM  

ahahahahaha byknya la trip kita sama2 eyh? sepatutnya kalo ikot, kita ni cam da tau byk la pasal masing2 kan?

sorry la azni atas prangai2 buruk2 aku tu sobs aku appreciate sgt kau tahan. ceyy drama plak tp serious ni tauu tauuu. and thanks la sbb byk realisasikan impian aku. hehe. kau mmg terbaeeek.

and emmmmm ill be waiting for part 2. soon? kan?

pencari_nur April 23, 2010 at 4:09 AM  

dude, drama queen plak kau pepagi bute ni..anyways, aku lagi bnyak perangai oh..yg buruk2 smua dah kluar kau dah nmpak punya..huhuhu..sorry dr hujung rmbut smpai kaki tau..

part2, yeahhh...nantikan insyaAllah..tgk kumpul idea nak taruk ape..hehehehe

A April 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM  


Heard that you went to ICNA and you liked it?

Are you in US, currently, or you moved?


Azni Nabela April 23, 2010 at 3:17 PM  

to A:

I am still currently in the US. I am graduating and will be going back to Malaysia for good early in June insyaAllah.

Deremind April 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM  

wah dah mula real countdown. sobs. I miss roadtrips dgn korang jugak... Wonder will I get nice-nakal-beloved tripmates like korang in the future~

cam jiha... waiting for part 2 yezza!

al-khattab93 September 17, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

Lawa pemandangan. Seronoknya berlajar d over sea..

lan October 6, 2011 at 2:53 AM  

Was in the States circa 2001-05. Im blessed to be among those that benefited from the many ISNA,ICNA,MISG etc etc events! Will cherish those moments :)

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