Saturday, July 28, 2012

VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Birthday “WISH” of a Mom & Dad

Though you would be

15

today
We wish you would still
hug us as tight and say good night.
And when in doubt,  ask for our advice.
And you would wrap your arms around our necks,
even in a swarming crowd,
without the slightest discomfort.
And you would still share 
your never ending views and opinions about
movies, books, music,
trains, planes,automobiles,
 guns,  games, computers
and anything that matters with us.
And you would still tell a joke,
pull a prank and make us mad,
throw us a playful punch,
tickle and tease  us  a little.
And most important of all
Not be ashamed to show emotions
no matter who is around
like you always used to.
And remember we’d dread the day,
you would outgrow them,
because
you’d never be too big in our eyes.
just because 
you’ll always be our little son.




BIRTHDAY WISH OF A SISTER.

The day we brought you home

When  you were newly born

You were so little

I thought you were brittle



You were the cutest thing

The laughter you’d bring

And you were a smart one

We just knew that you were the one



I remember playing all alone

With no sibling to play along

And then my only wish was someone

I wouldn’t have to share with anyone



Then my prayer was answered

A little brother was granted

And the day you came home

Our hearts just felt so warm



The Chupa-Chups you always bribed us into

The ‘penthinis’ you always just clung to

The times you at once disappeared

And from under the chairs you reappeared





Even in those few bad times

You would always bring about smiles

With your jokes and clowning

We felt our problems trifling



I am not saying you are an angel all the while

And not that we agreed all the time

There were times you’d drive me nuts

And make me feel that I am a mutt



Remember the fights we always had

And all the times we made each other so mad

I am sure Thaththa and Amma thought

We just always yelled, screamed and fought



But we’d always stand up for each other

You are always my little brother

And whenever you need me

Just know that here I will be



When I remember now you’ve grown up

Seems like yesterday you were trying to stand up

But even though we are miles apart

Remember you will always be in my heart



This is to the best Malliya anyone can ever ask for, 
WISH YOU A BLESSED B’ DAY MALLIYA!

Love you a lot

Yours Akki



Friday, July 20, 2012

51. UNITED WE STAND!

WE ARE FAMILY

Life over here…hmmm..let me think. Apart from the -30˚C or even sometimes -40˚C temperature  in the winter soaring up to even a +40˚C in the summer and also apart from missing your families, life is quite nice over here. 

FROZEN
The first time we set foot over here we were rather surprised by some things like for example, female bus drivers and conductors, but in time, they become normal day to day scenarios. And for us, who are miles away from home, our group mates are like a family away from home. Thanks to them, we made it through the good and bad and are still standing strong. And believe me I have the craziest group mates ever. We are 10 all in all and 6 of us are Sri Lankans, then we have two Nigerians, one Malaysian and a Brazilian girl.
HANDS FROM MANY LANDS

I remember the first time we saw the snow fall. We were in the anatomy department and when we looked out of the window it was snowing!  We all screamed and dropped what we were doing and ran outside.  And then , we were screaming and dancing around and it was so nice even though the snow fall that day didn’t last for more than 5 minutes. Nevertheless, by now most of the others are sick of snow, but believe me, I and a few of my friends still love it as much as then (well, apart from the times we almost get frost bitten, that is).  And by now, we are almost used to seeing unsmiling faces on the road, as if these Russians’ facial muscles don’t work at all. But, anyway, it is okay as even if they don’t smile because on the other hand, they don’t poke their noses into other’s businesses, either. 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

And while talking about unforgettable incidents two major events come to my mind; one is regarding Godwin and the other Yris. 
MELTING POT!

Godwin. Well he is Nigerian and you could call him an average Nigerian guy, but well, I guess he goes a bit beyond that with all his native costumes and all (including bull’s tails and walking sticks and very, very strange hats). Some months ago we (I and Godwin) had a dispute and then some yelling for an issue neither of us remember now but what is important is how we all got back together being good buddies. This was what he posted on my wall on face book on my b’day:

I once had an issue with Hiruni . Today at her birthday party this was what came to my mind which I wish to share with all my friends on the facebook.


“The last plane crash recorded in the world was on the 8th of this month and it involved a newly manufactured Russian plane. All 45 people on board Sukhoi Superjet died after it crashed into Indonesian volcano during flight to impress buyers.
Now imagine the last moments the passengers had while in the plane when it was announced it would crash. While crashing, there was turmoil and all passengers were being thrown here and there.
There was no time to notice when one passenger stepped on another.
There was no time to fight for their luggage.
There was no time to fight for degrees and qualifications.
There was no time for competition, segregation and enmity.
It was a moment to make peace and prepare to meet their creator.
This life is like that plane. And we are like those passengers.
None of us will leave this world alive.
One hundred years ago neither we nor our parents were on earth and 100 years from now it will be same, as it was 100 years ago. We will not be here again.
There is no time therefore to fight over race, face, place and position.
There is no time to destroy others while struggling for our own survival.
There is no time for religious and ethnic wars.
No time for gossips, backbiting and jealousy.
No time for character assassinations.

Knowing that our plane of life will soon crash, let us come together as one leaving behind our differences so that when this life is over, those we left behind will have a course to rejoice that we lived well and while they may be crying that we are gone, we will be smiling to meet our creator knowing we have fought the good fight of faith, love, togetherness, unity and  ecumenism.”

And this was what brought our group back to what it was. It was all of our family away from home so a dispute just ruins everything for all of us and I am glad that we all are best buddies ever. And, as crazy as ever. The craziness doesn’t stop there. 
NO TIME FOR DIFFERENCES!

The other day, Godwin and our fellow Nigerian group mate  Chuks left for home. And, around 11.00 pm, Godda (Let’s call him that from now on) came to chat and told me that Chuks was missing.  I quickly asked him to come on Skype (through the Moscow airport WiFi] and asked what happened . Before he came on Skype I got to know that (when he chatted on face book) that Chuks had left to buy something around 3.00 pm. And it was 11.00 pm then and still he hasn’t turned up. To make the matters worse, Chuck’s passport was with Godda and Godda’s registration was with Chuks.  I was really worried.  I told him to inform the airport authorities so that they can make an announcement over PA. It wasn’t practicable as Chuks was not in the airport and so not in range.  He had got into a train and gone to the city, leaving Godda at the airport.



Then, when Godda came on Skype I got to know the details . He said that when they arrived at the airport,  Chuks has said that he wanted to buy some pen drives to take home and got into a train and gone . And after 8 hours he  still hadn’t  returned and we were worried that he was hit by some drunk Russians, or lost, or even in jail because he had no document to show for himself . And, I asked Godda why he doesn’t call him,  to see he has left his phone also with Godda. And anyway their phones don’t  work he said but I don’t know why.

Somehow their check in was at 3.00 am and even by 11.20 pm he wasn’t back. . And, if they miss the flight they have to buy the ticket again and to avoid that I was going to ask Godda to wait till about 2.00 am and then go and cancel the ticket himself because then they have to pay only a little extra and don’t have to buy the ticket again. It wasn’t possible for Godda to check in  and board the aircraft anyway because his registration was with Chuks.

Then around 12.20 am Godda said Chucks was back and he(Godda) was  eating a chicken Chuck had brought . I yelled at Chuks first  and asked where on earth he had been all this time.  He said meekly he has gone to see the city and I asked why the hell he couldn’t buy the pen drives in Kursk then he said they were cheaper in Moscow.  So, after some more scoldings I said good bye to Chuks and Godda.   
See what a pair they made? Like Thompson and Thomson in Tintin.  
Our whole group is like that.

The Good Times We Have...
FRIENDS FOREVER!
But I know one thing for sure, that is one day when we finish our work here and leave we will miss each other a lot. And we make life in a strange land away from our families easier for each other.  And also sometimes we need each other to avoid ourselves from punching some fellows in the face. This is something like that.


Yris: The other day we were coming back from the hospital on a bus and I and one of my fellow Sri Lankan girls were sitting at the back. And the Brazilian girl Yris was sitting in front of us and the seat next to her was empty.  And then, an obese lady came and sat beside Yris who was on a call. After some time we heard the lady shouting aloud in Russian and we turned our antennas to that side. Then we heard her telling at Yris not to speak on the phone in the bus (See the nerve). She said that it irritates her and to turn the phone off. And she wasn’t very quite either in telling that. The whole bus was watching the incident by now. She was also saying that if she wants to talk on phone she had to get off the bus and take a taxi. By this time my blood was boiling. And on top of that she was nudging Yris. And the amazing thing was amidst all the uproar centered on her, Yris didn’t bother to pay any attention to the lady, and just went on talking on the phone calmly.

Then to every one’s surprise and humor this lady took out her phone and was trying to call people on her phone book but unfortunately no one answered. And finally when someone answered, I guess that person didn’t have the time to be wasting, so all she got to say was “ Sdrasthithe, vciyo harasho? Dasvidaniya” which means, “Hello, is everything ok? Bye”. And everyone in the bus started laughing. And I must mention that some other people in the bus asked her what her problem was when she was yelling at the girl. And when it was Yris’s stop she never gave her room and when Yris pushed past her she just smacked her on the butt. Can you believe these people’s behavior? And, all this while all I wanted to do was go and confront that lady but my good friend next to me was stopping me.

So, these are just two stories out of the many many incidents we have faced. And to say all I will have to write on forever. But what matters is that we have our own faults and misunderstandings but we all stick together in the end. No matter what. And right now they are in their own countries or traveling the world. And I want to tell you guys that no matter what, you are the best group mates ever… the perfect combination of different personalities. 

A STORY WRITTEN BY HIRUNI, MY DAUGHTER.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

50. HEYDUDE'S BLOGOVERSARY!

All the way from home to the unknown...


Hey Dudes, 

Isn't Posting the 50th post on the Blogoversary, a cool coincidence? 

These were my stepping stones.
  1. ·        Hey Dudes
  2. ·        Buckle Up Dudes
  3. ·        Mckaa – Dude Of A Kind
  4. ·        Those Cool Security Dudes
  5. ·        My Ram And Cache
  6. ·        Deepa, Please Don’t Ask What Happened ToThe Tomatoes!
  7. ·        Dudes, Ever Watched A 7d Movie> Not3d! Wow!!
  8. ·        Labor Pains 1 - The Pregnant Dude
  9. ·        Labor Pains 2 – Ok Ladies, Don’t Say IDidn’t Warn You
  10. ·        Labor Pains 3 – Labor Screams In MultiLanguages
  11. ·        I Updated “Dudes, Ever Watched A 7dMovie> Not 3d! Wow!!”
  12. ·        “That’s A Sick Joke, Dude!!!”
  13. ·        I Hit My First Two 1000s SimultaneouslyDudes!!!
  14. ·        Forgive Me Dude If You Can
  15. ·        This Is Amazing Dudes
  16. ·        The Wonder Years With My Kids – 1
  17. ·        The Wonder Years With My Kids – 2
  18. ·        Narrow Escapes  1 Saved By The Shoestrings
  19. ·        Narrow Escapes  2 Saved Just Because I Was Broke
  20. ·        Narrow Escapes  3 Saved By The Faulty Starter Motor
  21. ·        Narrow Escapes  4 Stuck In The Railway Crossing
  22. ·        Don’t Drink And DrIvE!  The Soul Touching Poem
  23. ·        Narrow Escapes  5 The Rampage
  24. ·        Narrow Escapes  6 Erratic Driver On The Highway
  25. ·        Narrow Escapes  7 The Day I Nearly Lost An Eye
  26. ·        Home Sweet Home, Here We Come
  27. ·        Our English Teacher
  28. ·        The Most Important Thing In One’s Life
  29. ·        Home Sweet Home, Here We Come 2
  30. ·        Proud To Be Sri Lankan, Dude!
  31. ·        Close Encounters Of The Cops Kind
  32. ·        You Also Thought Sri Lankan DriversAre The Worst In The World?
  33. ·        මේජාතික දිනයටවත් ටික ටික ගෙවන්න කොන්දක් ගමුද?
  34. ·        The Day I Was Delighted To Hear About ATragedy
  35. ·        Do You Get That Feeling Of Déjà Vu WhenYou Read This?
  36. ·        Close Encounters Of The Cops Kind -The Midnight Sermon
  37. ·        Close Encounters Of The Cops Kind - Nice Try, Dude!
  38. ·        Close Encounters Of The Cops Kind - I Just Wanted To Make You Talk!
  39. ·        How I Quit Smoking At Last!
  40. ·        The Blogwalkers Method Of FightingTerror With Terror
  41. ·        Blogwalker’s Pit Stops On The Highway
  42. ·        About Someone Very Special
  43. ·        Nightmare For Road Trippers
  44. ·        Dudes’ What The Hell Kind Of Logic IsThis?
  45. ·        Shame On You, If That’s You!
  46. ·        Goodbye My Unseen Friend!
  47. ·        You
  48. ·        Have You Had Your Daily Dose Of PoisonToday?
  49. ·        Happy Birthday, You Cool Dude!

    Thanks for being with HeyDude and මට හිතෙන හැටි for one Whole Year.
    Please Keep Visiting. Happy Reading!
    HENRYBLOGWALKER THE DUDE.
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