Randomness in pics

I had been taking pics over the past two weeks of what I am up to, and boy was I busy! So here’s a quick rundown of what I was upto:

Indulged in some proper junk post class on the way home…

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Magnums Chocolate truffle is the best

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Went to chennai to resolve university issues and write the practical exam

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Check out this cabs sticker at the airport! Hilarious!

IMG-20150703-WA0031View from the plane

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So glad to be part of the world when we’re technologically advanced enough to fly through clouds and view them like this! I wish I could live on clouds.

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Waited at the Chennai airport for good 4 hours before we were allowed to get in. They don’t have sufficient seating arrangements in the airport, which is super inconvenient for tourists/non residential travelers.

IMG-20150703-WA0033Received my re-issued passport!

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Worked like a maniac to complete the record, flew to Chennai again for it.

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New academic year at madrasa began! Was doing prep for it while in Chennai after classes.

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Liked the chandelier in the hotel, looks like falling stars…

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Saturday 11th July was a super busy day, had 9AM class at HAP secundrabad, then went for the SEN orientation at school. Followed by Iftar at my cousins fiances house.

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Batools class door, so cute

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Batool really enjoyed spending time with family, and I relaxed too, and even though it was a late Saturday, I was all prepped for another busy day at the madrasa.

Quite a bit of regular homework coming in PP2 she’s finally gotten settled into the class and is coping up okay.

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As for the coming days, I have an exam on Wed, a target submission of assignments on 30th, group counseling sessions at school, and may add spoken Arabic classes to the list after Eid 🙂

The birthday month started off very hectic, planning for a dinner out with my gal pals on Thurs! Looking forward to just relaxing and enjoying the company of young, spirited women who keep me sane.

The week that was too fast and life update

This week went fast!…Super fast. I have gotten into the school rhythm of my daughter and myself. Making to-do notes for each day she’s at school so I can catch up with everything I have piled up. Organising never ends. Trust me!. But the more I get done the more productive I feel.

Tomorrow is Saturday and I am taking a much needed break, alone. Have a tonne of work to accomplish (this always happens). When I am exhausted and desperately want a day out for myself, I tend to have a heap of work to do as well. But staying positive, I shall chillax and be alone and I’m not quite sure what I will do, but am just glad I’m going to be getting some peace. Both my buddies are busy, so it’s just me.

Now getting to the update, diploma officially starts July 1st, and it’s one serious diploma, with dead lines and a long list of assignments/submissions. Am I excited? HELL YEA!

I am also looking into starting my masters as soon as I’m done with my diploma. I don’t like the idea of doing your degrees like your school, however the aim is to be PhD by 30! so…..Anyway, was looking at colleges and MSc psychology is available at Ambedkar Open university. But the website doesn’t have detailed information on the course, will have to go there myself and check out. Also I don’t know anyone personally who is studying from there to get inside information on that.

Madras university was a bit of a nightmare. And just the fact that it’s in Chennai, no matter how “good” it may be, it’s just not practical, the Indian education system is way too screwed up for students who genuinely want to study. The curriculum was fine, but the books were hideous, too many errors, the centers don’t notify students promptly, the results are a joke, there’s no guidance whatsoever, communication is slow and via post which makes it insanely ridiculous. It’s all just too stressful. People who opt for distance education are looking for non-stressful ways to education, because they’re already busy with other responsibilities/commitments. And don’t get me wrong, working hard is different from being stressed due to irresponsible behaviour n the part of the university. I am all for working hard.

I am half considering masters from outside India (a girl can dream can’t she?).

Life is going fine, I’ve been slacking on my blogging, and it’s partly because the week is flying by! (Excuses excuses) hehe. I have to get my blogging more organised.

Where have I been?

It’s shamelessly been over a month that I posted on this blog. I somehow was in a writers block and a lot has happened.

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1. I am now a graduate, even though I haven’t received all my documents. My university is yet to mail those to me.

2. I have successfully completed 8 months of volunteer work at Focus High School as a student counselor.

3. My Sunday school celebrated its third annual day on Sunday April 27th.

4. My application has been accepted at the Institute of Holistic Mental Health – IHMH for a post graduate diploma in school psychology. This will be my first official step into the field of educational psychology/School psychology.

5. The daughter will start school in June InshaAllah. I have started to make mental notes of school supplies and waiting eagerly to get more information from the school. I am going to be a mommy of a school going girl! so excited. Have started to mentally prepare her for the new chapter in her life. Both me and the daughter will be at the same school, only I will go twice a week and she won’t know I work there. More posts coming up on that soon.

6. I am also a part of an NGO in the making. more details on that later.

My folks here from Dubai for some work and Batool is over the moon with excitement. I am trying to get myself organised, cooked Hariyali chicken today, recipe to come soon.

What have you all been upto?