"Ice age coming," Idioteque by Radiohead.
So the semester has come to an end. I dare say that this semester has been the hardest, the second half in particular. Nearing the end of it, all I could think was "Nak balik Malaysia!" This coming from the guy that didn't want to return to Malaysia for the whole two years that he was to spend in Australia but has nonetheless returned twice already. I just felt like I needed to escape the workload and constant thinking that I have to do when doing assignments here. I used to be able to write a one-thousand-word essay in less than two hours without breaking a sweat. But now five hours of furrowed-brow is needed to squeeze out a two-hundred word paragraph. But of course, back then I didn't need to do tonnes of background reading and substantiate my sentences with references, but still, not good. Not good at all.
Alas, that is behind me now and should be kept there. Lessons for the future? Third year is no walk in the park. It's more like a sprint-as-if-a-dog-is-chasing-you-and-you're-lunch-if-you-aren't-fast-enough. You really have to hunker down and get serious. That means less "celebratory 2 hour Facebook/Twitter sessions because you've written a paragraph" because the fact of the matter is you just don't have the time. Time management continues to be an issue and I really need to work on it, as any good student should.
So winter break is here. Plans for anak pak man?
Firstly I'm going to get back in front of the camera. Two long overdue videos are waiting to be shot while others will also have to done. I'm also thinking about making another channel to post videos that don't really fit into the "IniAnwarHadi" category (whatever that may be). The second channel will consist of random moments, travelogs, music (ooh, music), and basically everything else lah kot.
To help me stay on track and not just spend 90% of my time on Youtube/Facebook/Twitter, I have drawn up a "mutaba'ah amal" (daily "to-do list") of sorts that doesn't only include the ibadah part of my life but everything else too. It's still in beta mode, so we'll see how that goes.
I also have the National Conference Games (rugby) to look forward to. After only playing a game and a half last time around, I'm keen on contributing more this year, inshaAllah. The team is shaping up and we'll see how it goes.
While everything is going on, Ramadhan is drawing ever closer. Excited yet? I wrote about my thoughts on Ramadhan last year here. Click if you'd like to read.
I'll update this blog more regularly during this break (hopefully) because it's an item in my mutaba'ah amal thingy. I really should come up with a name for it. Soon.
May peace be upon you.