Saturday, 24 May 2008

6.7 Earthquake...

Suddenly and in the middle of the night I woke up. Through my sleepy eyes I was sure the walls were shaking. Not shaking like someone is hitting them, but shaking like someone is moving them from a place to another. Well, I thought this is one hell of a dream..

Until my wife woke up also calling my name and saying EARTHQUAKE!! That is when I realized its a fact. Its an earthquake.

I dont know why at that moment I felt this is my end. I even told my wife to say al-shahadeh and just sleep!!! I did the same. But, what do you know, here I am alive and writing about the topic. Next morning we discovered it was a 6.7 earthquake. WOW!

The scary point is that a couple of days later, a deadly earthquake hits China. around 3000 people died. It could have been deadly in Japan as well!

Anyway, in Islam, Muslims who die in earthquakes are considered Shuhada; they go directly to heaven. So maybe thats why I slept peacefully that night.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Golden week: Zoooooooooo!

And its the golden week! The golden week is a long vacation in Japan which people use to have fun and spend their time here and there. Greenery Day, Children's Day and Emperor's Birthday are some of the reasons why such vacation exists in Japan.

As for me, I made use of that vacation to design a QPSK modulator using VerilogHDL...

Oh ops! Thats the part where I was day dreaming of the golden week! When I finished that work I went with my wife for a full day of fun. First, we met with the arabic neighbors in Ueno park, and had fun there. After that we went Ueno Zoo! I was so surprised to see it inside the park, did not expect it to be there.

In the zoo we spent an amazing time. Watching the Gorillas, Lions, Bears and Foxes was amazing. It was my first time seeing a Bat for real. And because my wife never saw those animals in her own eyes, it was an amazing experience for her as well.

After the zoo, we went to the usual place. What usual place? A K I H A B A R A! Its time for my periodic visit, to check things out and buy some more wires. Some people started to call me the wire man because they say I have lots of wires in the house. I dont believe I have much anyway!

I will leave you with some photos from the Zoo...