forcing my head to tune into RIS again. didnt write earlier cause I felt that it is indeed a big thing, and putting it into words is far than easy.
siti farah and i called the cab at around 3am, and at 3.30,the cab still hadnt come.we panicked, cause we need to be at the university at 3.45 sharp, that we started praying hard, and at 3.35 more or less the taxi came, and he drove like crazy. we looked at each other, and said "doa termakbul kot". alhamdulillah.
as we arrived at unicenter, we were greeted by mounira and muna, poonam appu's friends that we met earlier at an eid party.we departed at 4.15am in three buses and many cars, and arrived at kingston islamic centre at around 6.30am. we prayed fajr there, and at around 1030 we arrived in toronto.but there was massive traffic, probably because of christmas, and the weather-it was snowing heavily- wasnt helping.
najeeb, the msa presiden in my bus asked the adhan guy from my class to recite some ayats, and his qiraat and tarannum was mashaAllah amazing. we arrived at renaissance hotel at around 11.30, checked in, got our convention tickets,and went to prepare ourselves for jumuah prayer at the convention centre which is only 5 minutes walk away.my roomates were two sisters from somalia, idil and rahimah. they asked whether we are from malaysia, as said they can tell.nothing new, it is because of our style of hijab.
after we performed our first jumuah prayer ever, we then lined up to go into the hall for the first session. i was telling farah how i really miss the sight of familiar faces of malays. well, ungku hafiz, arif and rizal, are indeed malays, but no other malaysians we know were there. so we went into the huge hall, and guess what we saw? Two girls wearing tudung bulat and baju kurung!we sat beside them and asked in english which country are they from, just to be sure.they were kak lisa and kak mazni, phd students from waterloo, both are lecturers in ump pahang and majoring in chemical engineering. we exchanged phone numbers and emails, and talked in malay excessively. seronok=D. they knew that siti farah and i are asians, but they werent sure of our nationality because of our black abayas.
oh, but we did meet many more malaysians afterwards, as rizal called us to join them for lunch. there were two couples, a family, and some other students from other places. auntie rohidah was very nice, she cookes meals for the students. syafiqah's father even said that we have to label the 'tiang' we used as our port as "malays only". later we met few singaporeans who spoke fluent english but with "lah" at the end. =p
coming up next:the talks.