Friday, 26 August 2016

63. Summer Break 2016

26/8/2016 4:00PM
Summer Break is almost over. It started in June and will end in less than a month. This means class will start soon! Somehow, I'm excited to start the new semester but I'm afraid at the same time. Mainly because it will be my final year and then I will go back to Malaysia and start job-hunting (which scares me a lot!). But anyway, the main purpose of this post is that I wanted to share where I've gone to and what I've been doing for the past months. Tbh, I actually spent most of my time at home. I only went outside for like 2 weeks or less, and that's it.  However, during the short time, I've been to a lot of places, so I decided to break it down into several posts.

  1. Brecon Beacons
  2. Bridgend
  3. Swansea
  4. Southampton
  5. Brighton
  6. Mayfield Lavender Farm
  7. Isle of Wight
  8. Eid 2016 *extra*
Please bear with me until I finished posting all of these. It will take some time. I will try to share as much information as possible. Meanwhile, have a look at some of the moments I had in the collage below.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

62. Exploring Bullet Journal

23/8/2016 7:08PM

So after a few months using my Personal Planner from PaperChase, I decided to let go of it and start bullet journal. Somehow, I feel like Bullet Journal has more freedom and it's more flexible than any other types of planner/journal. After I made my research on several posts in Pinterest and Instagram, I've decided, I should start bullet journaling! So, I went to the nearest stationery stores and made comparisons on which notebook is better. I bought Leuchtturm 1917 dotted notebook at Pen & Paper and got 10% off student discount. Now, after 2 weeks of using it, I must say I'm more organised, no lie. I even able to wake up at the same time every day. It's one of my achievements so far. I'll try to explain more in details of what's inside my bullet journal, probably in the next couple of weeks after I've filled in more stuff inside.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

61. Trust Your Gut

14/5/2016 9:24PM

So I had my first paper yesterday. It was OK. Not as much as I expected. I mean, for the past five years, all seven questions are the same except for the year 2013. There is also a pattern like 2012 & 2014, 2013 & 2015. So I studied, memorised and focused on the topics based on the past year questions. But things happened...

Two days before the exam, I was searching for the topic that I wanted to revise and then the random page I opened was "information systems failure". That topic actually came out once in 2013 paper only. So I just passed it through without turning back. The next day, the same thing happened. In my mind...
"Oh, it is the failure. Why is it here? Will it come out?"
"Naahhh, don't even bother it only came out once."
"But, what if?"
"ehhh no wayyyy!"
"but it could be that the pattern of the question will be 2013 & 2016!"
"No-lah! It will be 2012,2014 & 2016"
and it ended there.

However, the day of the exam (yesterday), the morning after Subuh, I opened the book for the last time, but it doesn't happen again. But my gut feeling told me that I should at least read the topic. I was contemplating whether to read it or ignore it. After few minutes of daydreaming, I decided to read it and jot down some important points.

I had the "trust your gut" stuck on my wardrobe since last year.

Fast forward to the exam hall, as I read through each question and feel dissapointed (because they changed the pattern!), question no.6 was something along the line of...

"discuss why information systems may fail in some organisation and the strategies to handle it. (100%)"

I went literally blank as I read that. How could this happen?! I do memorise the notes that I wrote at the last minute, however, I didn't answer that question because I'm not confident spending the weighage marks of 100% in a single question. I would rather answer the question with two sub-questions where the weighage marks are 60-40%.

The main point of this post is that, trust your gut! Even if you don't like it, at least do some effort on it. If it doesn't happen, fine. but if it does happen, at least you can do something about it.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

60. Becoming a planner.

3/5/2016 4:59PM

In case you didn't know, one of my 2016 goals is to be more organised. Hence, I created my very own kind of planner. In January 2016, I began designing the planner book and printed it at ePubli. The design of the planner is hugely inspired by Dear Maison Diary. Having no prior knowledge of Adobe InDesign, I tried creating the weekly & monthly pages by using Microsoft Word. But the feature on Microsoft Word wasn't that satisfying so I watch several YouTube videos on how to use InDesign to make a magazine, book etc. So I did! Combining my never-improve Photoshop skills & basic InDesign skills, I had completed the design process of my planner. All photos in the planner are taken and edited with several apps by me. Here's a sneak peek of my 2016 planner.

Monthly page

Yearly Plan page

Weekly page
Contact page
Notes page
Last page

I put inspirational quotes and Quran verse at the bottom of every weekly page. I also have a bucket list page where I list down all things that I want to achieve this year which among them include be more organised, learn modern calligraphy and brush lettering, discover Wales, hired for a part-time job and much more. I don't have the exact photo of the finished product (I somehow lost the pictures and just don't feel like taking another picture of it)

Fast forward to the end of April 2016, I was tempted to buy a 'real' planner like the Filofax and Erin Condren Life Planner. After few days of research (hahaha), I decided to buy a personal planner from PaperChase. So, on the 30th of April, I went to PaperChase store to buy the planner. I spend quite a lot of money there when I actually planned to buy A PLANNER ONLY but ended up buying other stuffs.

Some stuff that I bought that day & the white book is the planner that I made
first attempt to decorate my 1st week of May
there's really nothing to fill because I have examination event, hence no event

Starter pack.
Recycling this beautiful box from T2Tea to store my washi tapes and stamps

Some stickers and you can see that I work on a messy table >.<
I created another Instagram account for "my road to become a #planneraddict." You can find me at Instagram under username @naybeegation 

Sunday, 24 April 2016

59. Final week of 2nd Year

24/4/2014 6:42PM

It's Week 10 - officially finished all lectures for this year. The exam is coming in two weeks time and, believe me, I am not ready for it. Somehow I feel ashamed of myself that ever since I started my undergraduate studies, I became lazier day by day. The passion for waking up early in the morning, take a shower, have a breakfast and then STUDY - naaahh, I didn't really do that anymore. I didn't spend much time on studying as compared to my diploma studies.

Now that the exam is around the corner, I've just planned all my revision time in my monthly planner and hopefully everything will be fine. My May 2016 is full with revision all day all night long. It's okay tho because no pain, no gain! I'll sit for 6 papers starting 13th May until 2nd June. And then, summer break!

Inshaallah. Pray for me, I can do well in the exam. Aamiin.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

58. A new beginning

21.4.2016 / 9:25PM

"Every end is a new beginning"

Just 2 hours ago I made a post on my 'new' blog at Wordpress, but just 5 minutes ago I deleted the blog. HAHAHAHAHAHA. I wanted to start a new, fresh and clean blog so I decided to create a Wordpress. But then, I can't adapt myself working with templates, blog posts etc. I find blogger much easier to work with. (Afterall, I've devoted all my teenage years at blogger!)

Now that I'm 22 years old, I feel like I have less time to do many things. There are a lot of things I want to achieve nowadays but it seems like time is always running from me. I have many accounts on social media; Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Blogger, Instagram, Snapchat... - you name it! When I was admitted to university 4 years ago, I've become less active with my blog and soon I lost interest with social media.

You can see that my last post was in February 2015! It was a year ago! Isn't it crazy?! There are so many things happened since then. To name a few -  I've graduated my Diploma studies and I am now living abroad to continue my studies.

I think it's appropriate for me to blog about my life here. There are a lot of things happened since I live in Cardiff and I have so many things to share. The following posts of this blog would be about my study life in Cardiff, food and more interestingly - travel.