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  1. Day 22 in Bangladesh

    September 28, 2014 by afrah3

    Today I’m spending the night at my mum’s sister’s (and her husband’s) place.

    Apart from this, the day went on as usual. Watching TV, and playing with my little brother, Aryan.


  2. Day 21 in Bangladesh

    September 27, 2014 by afrah3

    Today I went shopping in what felt like the biggest fanciest shopping mall ever. As I strut into the cool air conditioned place, my eyes glanced quickly at all the beautiful shops. I walked into a shop selling the prettiest shoes. I saw the most amazing golden high heels. My dad bought them for me. After that, since it was already 1:30 PM, we decided to have lunch.

    After the most amazing meal, we bought gifts for family and items for ourselves. I bought a traditional Bengali dress (Salwar Kameez) consisting of a   dress, scarf, and pants. My Salwar Kameez has a deep blue at the start of the dress, topped of with hot pink flowing down like a dress. The scarf was hot pink embroidered with gold. The pants were cream white with a line of pink down the bottom. I bought matching shoes with it too. I bought hot pink wedges with crystals lined up at the heel.

    After that, we came home, had dinner, and awaited for the next day to come.


  3. Day 19 in Bangladesh

    September 27, 2014 by afrah3

    Right now, I’m at my grandparent’s house at Mirpoor and I’m having a blast of a time with my uncles and aunties. Just now, my aunt Misu did my makeup.

    In the evening I got my henna beautifully done by a friend in year 8.

    Then at night, Misu, Mridul (my uncle) and I played the most awesome prank on Mitu (my auntie). I decided to take advantage of my crying skills and cry because Misu, “so called” verbally rebuked me. As I expected Mitu came running up to me really worried. When we all saw her we just cracked up laughing. It was hilarious!


  4. Day 15 in Bangladesh

    September 20, 2014 by afrah3

    I’ve just come back from Comilla and I am completely exhausted. I had a blast of a time…

    When my family and I had arrived in Comilla, we were greeted by many from far and wide which felt very welcoming and good start for the journey that lay ahead. photo 4

    I quickly went into my room, washed my face and did my hair. I met my dad outside. My dad’s brother was leading us to a special “surprise” that Dad and I had no idea about. Then suddenly, in a glimpse of time, we were pelted which fresh smelling flowers.

    After that, an uncle of mine introduced my dad and I to the local kids living there.

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    After that my dad had to give a quick little speech. Afterwards, one by one, all my uncles running the local coaching centre gave my dad a necklace of flowers. photo 2

    Just before sunset, I thought of quickly visiting an old friend of mine, Jhumu. I met her all the way back in grade one when I came to Bangladesh and we still remain friends today (Fun Fact: Jhumu is only 24 days older than me). We grasped each other in a hug and she promised to visit me sometime soon. I got home just after sunset in time for a delicious dinner prepared by my lovely aunties. After that, I changed my clothes and fell into a deep sleep dreaming about the wonderful adventures ahead the instant my head hit the pillow.

    I woke up the next day to the sound of a cockerel beaming proudly. I did my quick morning stretches. After brushing my teeth, I gulped down my marvellous breakfastphoto 4quickly and ran out to play. I waved goodbye to my auntie (in year 9) going to high school and couldn’t wait until Friday (In Bangladesh, children only have a one day holiday per week which is on Friday).

    After that, I sat down to watch TV. I love Bangladeshi Channels. Star Jalsha is my favourite…

    When my auntie came home from school and we had our lunch, we wandered around the local shops and went over to Jhumu’s house. Jhumu is a spectacular artist. You should see her drawings.

    I came back home at late evening and read a bit. Soon enough it was time for dinner. I was seated at a round table next to my dad who was chatting nonstop, happily away with his friends. In the meantime, I was sweating from the amount of spices put in the chicken. Bangladesh is well known for its spices. Soon after, it was time to go to bed. A lot of the week went like this.

    The following Wednesday after I had had my lunch, Tanya auntie took me out for an afternoon stroll. We looked at the green view, ponds and we visited lot of family and friends whom I  was grateful to meet.

    On Thursday afternoon, my dad decided to get dirty and catch some fish. Instead of a fishing rod, a big net was used to catch the fish. When we came home, my aunties fried the fish and we had our lunch.

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    Friday, Friday, Friday, the day I was waiting for. Our plans got slightly changed and we were going to explore the markets around Comilla. We called a CNG (not found in Australia)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and we were on our way.

    As the CNG jerked up and down on the stony pathway, I looked at the view and was really enjoying the experience. Soon enough, we had stopped at our destination at a big piece of land. It was so serene and calm. Everyone was so hardworking, building houses, cutting grass with plain knives, all in the blazing 34 degree heat.

    My face was soaking wet once we had caught another CNG. We stopped at a fabric shop to pick out some fabric for my mum and my clothing. I chose a pretty sky blue fabric with streaks of white, and my mum chose a purple fabric splashed with twinkling bright colours. After that, we bought some bedsheets and saris. Then Dad bought my brother and I ice-cream. Then we were on our way to two of my grandmother’s houses. It was great meeting all these wonderful people again.

    After that, we had lunch at my uncle’s place before returning home tired and boiling hot. After dinner, Jhumu came over and applied henna most beautifully on my hand. I fell asleep instantly one she left.

    The next day, three of my favourite cousins came over to our house, Abu Huraira, Rakhi and Happy. Once they came we gossiped and Happy did my hair most beautifully.

    photo 4After that we took some photos

    The next night, two of my cousins and I decided to get funky. We did our makeup and wore beautiful looking saris.

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    Unfortunately the day had come, when we leave Olipoor and go back to Dhaka. But oh well, I was happy to see my grandparents in Dhaka and anyways, I was going back to Olipoor at Eid.


  5. Day 3 in Bangladesh

    September 7, 2014 by afrah3

    The morning got off to a serene start. I felt the warm breeze in my face and had my breakfast. Now I’m here writing on my blog. I’m really excited about today. I’m visiting my dad’s place in Comilla. Let me tell you a bit about the place.

    My dad lives in a section of Comilla called Olipoor. There are many families in Olipoor. Many of them are my relatives. There is heaps of children whom I can play with which I’m really excited about. I remember, when I last went to Bangladesh, I made a friend called Jhumu. I’m really excited about seeing her.

    It looks like the van is here to pick us up. I better go.

    (I won’t be able to write at Comilla due to Internet issues, but I’ll write as soon as I get back to Dhaka :D)


  6. Day 2 in Bangladesh

    September 6, 2014 by afrah3

    It’s my second day here in Bangladesh. Right now, I’m sitting under the fan writing this post. This is how the day’s gone so far…

    I woke up at 4 AM and brushed my teeth. I  had a cultural dish (called “pita”) for breakfast an hour later. 

    After having lunch, my family and I returned to my grandparent’s house. I was really excited about going to my dad’s place in Comilla.


  7. Day 1 in Bangladesh

    September 6, 2014 by afrah3

    As I hopped of the plane, beads of sweat trickled down the sides of my forehead. It was super and humid in Bangladesh. By super hot and humid, I mean super, super, super hot! A bustle of people shoved through and even MORE people waited outside for their family and friends. After waiting half an hour for our luggage, we finally got it into the van. It was relaxing when I finally got to feel the cold breeze of the Air.C.

    My family and I got dropped of to my mum’s side of the family. I raced up to hug my grandparents and be united once again. I was really happy. Once we had unpacked our luggage, we had a delicious luch and the I lay down to rest.

    In the evening, we went over to a friend’s house where we would be staying overnight. We had dinner at 9 PM and I slept one hour later at 10. I was really jetlagged. If it was 10 PM in Bangladesh, it was 2 AM in Australia. The next morning I woke up at 4 AM which meant it was 8 AM in Australia which is when I would usually wake up for school.


  8. At Kuala Lumpur

    September 6, 2014 by afrah3

    I’ve just arrived in Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Australia. It’s about 8 AM Malaysian local time, so it’s about 10 AM in Australia.

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    It was 8 hours from Australia to Malyasia. My flight was at 12 Am, so I’m pretty tired at the moment.

    After we arrived in Malaysia, we brushed our teeth and I changed my clothes (I dropped orange juice on myself on the plane.) After that, we had 3 hours transit until our flight departed.

    Got to go now. Customs check.


  9. Maths Mate Term 3 Sheet 8 Problem Solving

    September 4, 2014 by afrah3

    Predict: I predict that this question is going to be about working backwards to find a given value.

    Read: I think of a number,multiply it by4 and the  divide by 3. If the result is 12, what was the original number?

    Clarifications: None

    BIG Question: What was the original number?

    Solution: We have to work backwards in this problem. Firstly, we have to times 12 by 3 which equals 36. Then we divide by 4 to get our answer, 9.


  10. Maths Mate Term 3 Sheet 7 Problem Solving

    August 27, 2014 by afrah3

    Predict: I predict that this question is going to be about working backwards to find a given value.

    Read: I think of a number,multiply it by 3 and the  divide by 2. If the result is 18, what was the original number?

    Clarifications: None

    BIG Question: What was the original number?

    Solution. We have to work backwards in this problem. Firstly, we have to times 18 by 2 which equals 36. Then we divide by 3 to get our answer, 12.