I was supposed to spend the long Labor Day weekend in KL with my friend, Wahida, and her friend. We planned to spend the time at a hotel, go watch a random movie and of course, karaoke.
But meh, I bailed out at the very last minute. Instead, I was in my room all day for days watching Kdramas. I jumped from one series to another. From My Love From The Stars to Master’s Sun to some other web dramas.
It wasn’t that bad actually.
By the way, Korean class went alright. I skipped one night because I was too tired from working all day long. Other than that, I managed to introduced myself in Korean pretty decently.
On May 10, Kak Farhana and I went to collect our graduation photos at UTM. I seriously wanted to rip all of mine to pieces because my photos came out so so badly. It was me, not the photographers’ fault. I just need to fix my face, seriously.
I also went back home again this month (surprise!). This time it was for 2 weeks and I drove. It took me 7 solid hours to reach home but it was worth it. I cried a little once I arrived, not from being emotional or whatever but because I couldn’t feel my butt for 10 minutes and my legs were numb.
I was invited to attend this award ceremony together with 2 other friends, Hasna & Amir. So I took a day off work.
Me, Hasna and Amir.
There were only about 60 recipients so the ceremony lasted for I believe a little over an hour. After that, we went for a quick photo shoot and lunch.
Oh man, I hated the robe! It made me, who’s already fat, looked fatter like large, LAAAAARGE!
Friday . March 22.
Rehearsal & Best Student Awards Ceremony
Only me and Kak Farhana went to the rehearsal. It was early in the morning and I was very tired because the night before I was too exhausted from cleaning my room so I couldn’t sleep. I went to pick up my mom and my sister at 5 a.m., we had breakfast together and the I went straight to Dewan Sultan Iskandar where the rehearsal took place.
After rehearsal, me and Kak Farhana walked to our cars and suddenly she told me she had a surprise for me.
I always wanted a tall single-stem sunflower for my graduation. You’re super sweet lah Kak Pana.
Later that day, I attended another academic award ceremony. This time it was the Best Postgraduate Student Awards hosted by School of Graduate Studies, UTM.
I was accompanied by mom and sister as all the recipients were allowed to bring 2 guests.
Saturday. March 23.
Finally came the day. The conferment session for postgraduates was in the morning. We had to register at the lobby of Student’s Union Building from 6:45-7:15 a.m. It was obviously too early for me. Insane.
We were already in queue since 7:15 a.m and it took us forever to get into the hall, Dewan Sultan Iskandar. Even though it was pretty early in the morning, it was scorching hot! My hijab was soaked and it was not attractive at all, lol.
Four hours later, the graduation ceremony came to an end. The campus was way too crowded so my family decided to leave early but not before taking a couple of decent pictures.
So surreal. After two years of blood and tears, I finally graduated with a master’s degree.
I’m thankful though for the opportunity and for the support especially from my family. Before I get a little too emotional, let’s just end this post right here.
Woot! So I paid my tuition fee and finally my name was on the list of graduate. I was glad. I mean, heart was (or is) still aching from what happened with MyBrain (my scholarship). Anyway, I already got my graduation outfit sorted. Actually me and my mom went shopping together for batik sutera (silk) when I was home last month.
A lot happened before the graduation day (April 23). I shall do a separate post for Graduation Day.
And I have to say that April has to be the most stressful month for me, by far.
Other than graduation, I also had Korean Language Class which was okay even though I got nervous from time to time. My brain is aging I guess because I was having a hard time to memorize the words my teacher taught me. On top of that, I was assigned to do something grueling at work, which I hated, ugh! I was in charge to appoint teachers as substitute/ emergency teachers for one whole month.
But the best thing for April was Day6 comeback. Yes, a Korean BAND. They were streaming live on V App at midnight and it was the best!
Still waiting for the goddamn graduation invitation letter. I was mad because the list of graduates was out in the university website but I couldn’t verify my name. But then I realized that I had not pay the tuition fee for the final semester yet hence, no graduation! It was not my fault at all because I was sponsored by MyBrain, a scholarship program for postgraduate. They were supposed to pay my fee but they did not. In fact, still up until today, they do not. I had to pay with my own money! But they promised (after 3 millions of phone calls by me) that they would pay me back in three weeks if I send in the documentations one more time.
Yes, I sent in the agreement, the contract and everything they told me to. Again, it wasn’t my fault at all. They emailed me the wrong documentations in the first place and thus the contract was invalid. So they emailed me the right ones (hopefully) and I already sent it back via snail mail, pfft! It was complicated and I was tired.
But I want my money back!
If anyone ever experienced the same problem with MyBrain, do let me know how it was like dealing with it. Leave a comment or something, I would love to know how long do I have to wait until I get my money back.
So, enough with that.
Just when I thought I’ve had enough with school and actually swore to never going back, I registered for a foreign language class.
At the same university I went to get my master’s degree.
I will do a separate post for this particular class. And also another post for my trip to Legoland. I went to Legoland for the 3rd time, I think? It was nothing special but I got the ticket for free, so why not?
By the way, if you are a fan of KPop, which I am recently (yea, judge me), you might know the boy group, Got7. They made a comeback on March 20 I believe. So while I was at Legoland, I made a little tribute to them, lol.
Also, I went back home again this month. I legit go back to Terengganu every month, which is awesome!
Results for the final semester was out (I did well, heh) so for the rest of the month, I just waited for the graduation invitation letter, which I already knew will be emailed to me by March, but still.
I was however still struggling with the International Education Post Graduate Seminar paper. I was supposed to present my thesis last year but somehow managed to duck it and I thought it was over and out. But later I was told that I still need to send in the paper to be published.
So I edited the paper like I was advised to. However in the end, I didn’t send it in because I was lazy.
In this month also, I sent my brother off to Australia. Thank goodness his flight was during my day off so I had a chance to drive him to the airport. My mom and sister were also at the airport. Actually, my sister drove us there.
None of us cried. Or at least I know I didn’t.
Oh, I went home for almost a week for Chinese New Year. It was fun as always. I think that was the highlight of the month, being at home.
Shida was heavily pregnant at that time when we hung out at Sutera Mall. The reason we went to the mall wasn’t because of the Noodle Boat alone but also because I wanted to buy the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 for myself and my sister (ahem, a little charity there).
I’ve been slacking these past 5 months, I know. It is already June and here I am typing this post for the January update.
Nobody cares anyway. Nobody reads this anyway.
So, here the recap for the month of January. I finished my final exams on day 3 of 2016 and I think I did pretty good. I don’t know, lol.
And then, there was also this research thesis thingymajiggy and conference papers as well as an article manuscript. Yes, all the fun stuff. Of course as I’m writing this post, they are no longer a nuisance. However looking back, I don’t know lah how I managed to handle all those things– plus work.
Life was chaotic and I was homesick.
But I remember the moment when I handled these hardbound copies to the faculty and to my supervisor…
… I was all set to party till dawn and ready to conquer a mountain! *cue epic music*