Friday, March 14, 2008

Test, Rovaniemi, Jerk, Anniversary, Baby Clothes

1. The Upcoming National Finnish Test

I haven't had time to write about the YKI test (the national Finnish test). The other week I found a practice test online, including the listening test recordings. The test is still FAR beyond my ability right now, but funny thing is that the realization just throws away any kind of pressure I have on myself.

I don't know about you...but for me, when I feel that I think I may be able to do something very well, but I'm not 100% sure yet, then the pressure I feel can be SO high, but then when I know it's WAY beyond myself and yet there's no harm done in trying to do it, then I feel FREE of burdens and I can just give it my best shot and enjoy the process even more. ;-D

2. Trip to Rovaniemi.

Tomorrow hubby and I are going to take my sis-in-law and nephews to Rovaniemi for their flight to Pori. If nothing comes up, we're going to look around a bit in Rovaniemi since I hadn't really gone anywhere there except to Santa Town he he he...I'm SO glad to have a thoughtful sis-in-law who wants to show me around he he he...

The only problem is that the eldest son, who's a teenager already, doesn't want to do that ha ha ha ha...The youngest one is still eager to do things with the adults, but the teenage one...well, you know how teenagers are HA HA HA HA HA...;-D

3. Meeting A Jerk:

Today I came home and decided to bake cheese/sandwich bread, so I went back to Lidl after I found out how much ham and cheese I should buy. At Lidl, I was doing my own business as usual without noticing anybody else much...when I was near the frozen veggies section, suddenly a guy who stood around 1 metre away on my left talked to me.

I thought he was confused about something and he needed help, but when I turned around and looked at him, he suddenly came closer and put out his hand and said, "Terve" (hi) softly. Since I disliked being rude at people, I put out my hand and replied, "Terve."

Then he started becoming more confident and he started talking to me in Finnish, though I didn't understand every little word he said since he talked softly and quickly, but I managed to get "Nippon". I assumed he thought I was a Japanese, so I said to him that I was an Indonesian girl.

He looked confused when I said that. It seemed he was looking for some words, so I just kept on browsing on the frozen veggies section. I thought he would back away, but instead he came closer again and he said something which I didn't really get, but I managed to hear "vaimo" (wife). Since I got more scared about him, I immediately said, "My husband is Finnish." He looked surprised and he was laughing and nodding and he backed away.

I THOUGHT he would go away for good, but you know what he did next? OUTRAGEOUS!!! He came back after walking a few steps away and he asked me for some MONEY!!!!!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!! He looked PERFECTLY healthy and young and he was asking me for MONEY?!?!?!?!?! Unbelievable!!!

After having lived in Finland for more or less a year now (I just realized that tomorrow's my 1 year anniversary), I had never come across anyone like that except in bars when some guys got drunk, but then again in the bars I am never alone, so I feel safer. Oh well...quite an experience!!!

4. One Year Anniversary in Finland Tomorrow:

Speaking of my 1 year anniversary in Finland, it's a coincidence that tomorrow we're going to Rovaniemi to do some window shopping he he he...I've always wanted to go back there anyway. And we're going to look for my mom-in-law's birthday gift there, too. Her birthday is coming soon (3 days earlier than Arttu).

I should recharge my digicam so that I can bring it to Rovaniemi tomorrow he he he...

5. Baby Clothes.

I've been bidding for some baby clothes from a Finnish website. I want to bring many baby clothes to Indo for my brother's baby since it'll be MUCH cheaper to bring them there myself. Plus I don't know when I'll be able to go back there to bring the clothes, so I'm going to buy them in different sizes. I'm not going to buy the smallest sizes in case the baby's born big HA HA HA HA HA...

I can't afford buying new baby clothes for them, but I'm sure they won't mind getting second hand clothes. After all, babies grow so fast and it's better to have plenty of clothes to change, right? HE HE HE HE HE...Arttu has been shaking his head since I'm a bit obsessed about finding cute second-hand clothes online HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...

Okie dokie, better send this and then bake the bread and then blog-hop a bit he he he...Have a REFRESHING weekend, everybody!!!!


  1. I guess there are pan handlers everywhere and they always try to hit up someone different from them. I work in one of the rougher neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio but I will not stop there for anything because someone always wants to beg from me.

    That's a bad reflection on the whole neighborhood. I once had someone try to get money from me, but left when they found out that I knew that the City Mission was only a few blocks away.

  2. happy anniversary, amel...and also happy weekend.

  3. Hope you have a fun time on your trip to Rovaniemi! Don't worry about the teenager -- he'll get over it. And he will probably enjoy it, too, but won't admit it.

  4. really what a jerk...and they seem to exist in ALL countries...speaking of which...we have a few that live around us! LOL

    and happy 1-yr anniversary in Finland!

  5. hi, first time here..u have a nice blog

  6. Oh, it's so scary if he keeps on following you to your apartment! Be very careful, buddy!!

    Well, Happy 1st Year Anniversary in Finland!!! Cepatnya masa berlalu... ;)

  7. I see panhandlers everyday in the Loop part of Chicago as they know people there make money and so they go where the money is.
    Amel, you've been in Finland a whole year now. What are your views about that? Are you happy? Do you miss Indonesia, is it hard to be away from your family for such extended periods? You could make a post all about that I imagine. But I am very very curious.

  8. 74WIXYgrad: Yeah, that's true. I was just SHOCKED to hear that man asking me for 2 Euros. Crazy!!!

    THANKS for sharing your story. You're right, though. It is a bad reflection on the whole neighbourhood.

    Jeanne: THANKKKSSS!!! You too, enjoy your weekend! ;-D

    Kathy: Yeah, everything went great and even the teenager enjoyed it since he found a jacket for himself ha ha ha...;-D

    JYankee: Yeah, unbelievable, isn't it? Oh well...THANKS for your well-wishes! ;-D

    Hazel: THANKS for dropping by! I'll visit you soon. ;-D

    Choc Mint Girl: No, he left after I told him no. Don't worry he he he...

    Yeah, time flies indeed, Buddy! THANKS for your well-wishes! ;-D

    Vince: Yeah, there are many in Indonesia, as well, but I understand that since Indonesia's not a developed country...but I guess they're everywhere he he he...I'll write about my life in Finland in another post. I'll let you know when I'm done, OK? ;-D

    Fish: THANKKKKKKKSSSSSSSS!!! ;-D Hope you've had a refreshing weekend! ;-D

  9. lol

    that's really all I can say lol...

    2) Beat the guy up... From the looks he was trying to hook up? :P

    Go for it AMEL!

  10. Shan: HA HA HA HA HA...Beat him up? HI HI HI HI...Unfortunately I'm not that cruel he he he...

  11. We've got lots of those kinds of 'beggars' here. Nowadays they're smarter, and I must say that the first time I experienced that, I got fooled - since they all look neat and trustworthy, just like your next door colleague. The trick they do is walking up to you, looking confused, saying they can't find their wallet and need just another 1-2 EUR to get tickets for train or parking meter. There are loads of variation to the story, but since they look so polite and they only ask for change with a very valid excuse, they tend to get away with it - I only realized my stupidity 2 minutes after the guy left!

  12. Fei: And I thought that there would be nobody like that in developed countries he he he...Oh well...