So Much Going On!

No matter how much I say to myself “I won’t let life come in between my blogging…“, but unfortunately it always does. Life does come in between, and you’re left feeling guilty and shitty that you’ve abandoned the one thing in your life that gave you absolute JOY. I miss doing this. Hitting my two index fingers on the keyboard (yeah I type like a child) and pouring my heart out. Anyway, this is a “lame-excuse post“, a post describing the things that have happened to me and my family (don’t worry it’s all good news) over the last couple of days, and how I am always NOT-HERE anymore. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. MY BROTHER GOT ENGAGED!!

YAASS! The one thing my family was anxiously waiting for finally happened! We found my Bro’s Miss Right 😀 And God, she is…. AHMAZING. I couldn’t have asked for a better sister-in-law. She is not only a talented writer (anyone who can write well is a winner in my books) but she’s also THE most compassionate person ON EARTH. She has great taste in movies, music and novels (thank God for that). And she is gorgeous. My little future nephews and nieces are gonna be soooo cute 😛 Hahaha I’m really excited for the wedding. It’s gonna happen in next year’s February most probably.

She has already become my sister/best friend in this one month, and I absolutely LOVE her. I don’t wanna get into the specifics, coz she is like a really private person when it comes to her own life, so that’s why I’m not gonna reveal too much 😀 But just know this, me and my family are the luckiest people on Earth to have her in our family. We all love ya so much Amna, you dash insaan. :3

Love Ya

2. I GOT A GREAT NEW JOB!

Alhamdulillah I got a really cool kickass new job. Well actually two. The thing is, I got a really great offer from this company called RepairDesk; it was sort of a startup that sells point of sale systems for repair shops, and they were huge overseas, especially in the UK and USA. I loved the work there, and the team was such a delight to work with.

But then I got another job offer for a Social Media position from this bigger multinational company, called Cresset Technology. CressetTech is one of the oldest and biggest digital agencies in my country. And they deal with a heck load of huge clients, mostly the biggest fashion brands of the country. So they offered me better pay and more exposure, therefore I decided to pursue that instead. So now I’m currently working there. The work is so amazing, I’m getting to learn new stuff everyday. I really do see myself building a career here. Before this I didn’t know the F of Fashion 😀 but now I’m getting the hang of it and love the work they do. I sometimes feel like Anne Hathaway from The Devil Wears Prada 😛 Yes, I’m that clueless, but it’s so much fun 😀

Clueless Me

3. I GOT A NEW PHONE!

Well, technically speaking this isn’t a part of the lame excuse 😀 I just feel like showing off :’) Actually my previous phone Motorola Moto G was acting out and had become a pain in the arse, so my Dad decided to gift me a new phone. Yes, HE IS the best Dad in the world.

I selected the LG G3. And aahhh man, it’s the best decision of my life. I actually wanted a phone that took kickass pictures and this was the best in the market within the price range. Take a look at this picture I took. It’s like top notch DSLR quality, right? *beaming with happiness*

LG G3 Camera
*heavy breathing*

4. GETTING NEW DECORATIONS FOR MY ROOM!

Well, now because I have some spare money lying around I decided to spice up my room. I won’t show it to you until it’s finished so stay tuned :3

5. Well that’s pretty much it.

Told you, it’s a lame excuse post. These aren’t reasons enough to abandon writing. I used to think that when I start with my job I’ll get the free time to write at night, but right now my body isn’t accepting this new routine. I get home by 7pm and sleep by 11. In between I try to take out time to do some reading and spend time with my family. I’ll try my best to keep up with you guys on the weekends at least. Almost everyday I experience something that I wanna write about. I note down those ideas in my post-its, but then again, I never have the time anymore to dedicate half an hour to you. That’s so pathetic on so many levels. I’ll try guys, I’ll try my best. I miss you all so much.

Papa bless. ❤

StayFocusd: An Effective App for Fighting Procrastination

Procrastination is known as the phenomenon where you forgo your responsibilities and delay your work in order to pursue pointless activities, such as:

  • Opening shitty entertainment websites where you read mind-numbing articles on celebrities who have nothing to do with your existence.
  • Taking online quizzes that tell you what kind of a person you are (like you don’t know already) and/or which Hemsworth brother you’ll get married to in your next life.
  • Scrolling through the Facebook News Feed and seeing your friends post unnecessary details of their private life, watching them bask in the glory of their “marital bliss” and then cringing at the baby pictures of their not-so-cute children (but still saying the obligatory “AAWWW” because you don’t wanna seem like an a-hole); all of which eventually makes you feel like punching someone in the schwantz.
  • Going on YouTube and seeing someone else play games for a living while you sit in front of a screen, eating ice-cream and falling deeper and deeper into the abyss of the interwebs until one day you feel dead inside.
Procrastination
Credit: Someecards

If YOU are a victim of procrastination then look no further, because I come bearing the cure. *aaaaaaa* (the sound of a shiny bright light coming down from the Heavens)

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At A Crossroads; Or Maybe Not

We all see bloggers taking a few weeks off, leaving their blogs/websites alone and isolated in the overcrowded wasteland of the internet. Once they come back, they apologize and give some totally justifiable reasons for their absence. But I’m not gonna apologize. Why?

BECAUSE I SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED MY MASTERS DEGREE!! THAT’S WHY!!

I just got the final result today in the mail and I’m now officially a Master of Business and Information Technology!

Can't Touch This

[Word of Caution: The following content may sound a little “braggy”. But dammit I deserve this!]

So where were you exactly these two months?

Oh I was busy finishing up a few projects, getting over a ton of assignments, giving quizzes, preparing for the final academic exams of my life, and NAILING those exams! Boo-Yah!

Well what’s your final CGPA Miss Smarty Pants?

Ah you know, just 3.80. 😉 Nothing big, nothing big. :3
(my country follows the 4 grade point system tho)

What are your plans now? Did you get any job offers? HAH!

Actually I got two really good offers in the past two weeks. One was from my own professor Sir Umer who taught me the course of Enterprise Resource Planning and he runs his own software house – MindWorks Systems. The offer was extremely tempting and an amazing opportunity for me, but unfortunately I had to decline. The other one was from another software house, ICM, and the salary they were offering was pretty nifty. But I declined that one as well.

BUT WHY? I don’t mean this as an insult but are you mentally challenged or something?

Lol no I turned them down for two reasons:

  1. I want to give some time to a few courses of my own choice right now. I want to invest a little time in the things I WANT to learn, not what I HAVE to learn. Most of all I want to continue sharpening my skills in Graphic Design and Web Dev.
  2. I’ve spent the last 18 years of my life being a Miss Goody Two Shoes, getting straight A’s, conforming to the system, being constricted within a time table etc. But now I think I deserve a little bit time off for myself. Learn at my own pace and procrastinate without feeling guilty. Go out more and just have FUN without any repercussions. I’ve also stock-piled a shit-ton of movies, bought myself a Netflix subscription, bought and downloaded almost 70 books, and I’m planning to get through all of this in the coming 5 months. After that it’ll probably be time to be serious again. But for now, my only objective for these couple of months is to “Nurture Abeeha.

So that’s why I was gone for so long. The past few days were a little hard for my tiny cute little brain, because I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. Every graduate goes through this once the studies end. But now that I’ve got a blueprint made out, I’m feeling a lot more relieved and relaxed. In fact, the most relaxed I’ve felt in YEARS. F*ck Adult Responsibilities (for now)!

Wait For All of This to Blow Over

As for the blog, oh I’m back for good. I’ll be irritating ya’ll with my useless opinion more frequently because I’ve got a lot of free time on my hands now ^_^ And hey, I’m almost about to touch 300 subscribers! Yay!!

It’s so good to be back ❤

FRUSTRATION!

The beginning of this year hasn’t been too “peachy” for me. I am literally (yes, li-te-ral-ly) punching these words on my keyboard right now. Yeah, GREAT CONTRAST WITH MY PREVIOUS POST!!

Hooooo, deep breaths Abeeha.

Breathe in, breathe out.

Relax…

Okay…

Screams Internally

Here goes…

First of all let me say I love my country – I can happily give my life for it – but I do hate ONE thing. We have really shitty internet.

So the internet services of Pakistan rely on two big ass submarine fiber optic cables; one is the SeaMeWe and the other is IMeWe.

(who came up with those names by the way?)

Nowadays, we Pakistanis are YET AGAIN facing severe outages in our bandwidth due to the GOD FORSAKEN IMeWe cable. Read more about it from this link here. And of course my life is a living hell right now because my ISP is PTCL, the one provider that is most reliant on the IMeWe.

Because of this:

  1. I can’t browse WordPress easily. To open a fellow followers blog I have to retry 50 times. YES, FIFTY FUDGING TIMES to open ONE blog! And even then the pages open up in simple HTML (i.e. in a shitty ass non-graphical format)
  2. If I post a comment on any post I have to submit it in 10 retries MINIMUM.
  3. I am unable to make important Skype calls. And if I mistakenly DO get connected to a call it drops in under 5 minutes.
  4. I am unable to receive or send messages on Whatsapp. *facepalm*
  5. I can’t view any posts or pictures on Facebook.

Oo, but I CAN Google things. That’s the one site working smoothly 😀 So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Let’s do one quicky Google Search…

Pakistan Internet

 

To the people who do the so-called “Maintenance” of these cables, next time don’t fix the damage by sticking a f@#%ing chewed bubble gum around the f@#%ing wire. Having two major outages in the span of a year is PATHETIC.

And to my WP Family, I’m sorry if I’m unable to visit your blogs for the next few days. I have been dying to read all your New Years posts, but opening just one blog takes an average of 30 minutes. Therefore I apologize for my absence. Well, I’m not really absent, I’m just sitting here BANGING my head on the keyboard.

Thank You 2015

[Note: Yeah, I couldn’t come up with a more clever way to title this post. Sigh. Please bear with me.]

We all know 2015 was a year filled with tragedies for so many people; lives were lost, people were banished from their homeland, families were torn apart. But this year also taught us the power of endurance of the human spirit. It taught us that people are still kind and generous regardless of what race, creed or religion the helpless belong to. It taught us that our enemies sure can hurt us but they can’t break us. So before going any further, look back to the year and focus on the positive. Focus on the GOOD in humanity. There’s plenty of it in this world 🙂

Now let’s get to why I wanna thank 2015, speaking from personal experience.

THANK YOU!

When 2014 was nearing the end, I was at the lowest possible point in my life, and I had no clue whatsoever that the coming year will prove to be by far the absolute best year of my entire existence. I was told since I was a kid that when it feels like life SUCKS – that it’s not giving you lemons, it’s throwing huge ass watermelons right at your nose – THAT’S the point where you should be relaxed that things are now gonna turn for the better. I didn’t quite believe it back then but now I’ve learnt that the best thing about a bad patch in your life is that it doesn’t last forever.

Mine didn’t as well, and I am eternally thankful for this year which has been the pinnacle of my personal growth.

Nah, I didn’t land a big job, or get thousands of followers on this blog, or did anything that quantifies material success. What I achieved was far more fulfilling than that. What I feel today, this satisfaction, this hope, this calmness, this can never be achieved by money or fame. Yeah sure, everyone has their own definition of happiness; if money and fame makes someone happy then good for them. Heck, for the past 4 years even I myself used to think of money and success as the ultimate answer. But this year changed me as a person. I am NOTHING like I was a year before, and believe me, that’s a really good thing.

My personal achievements in 2015 might seem laughable to some people, but let’s just say they’re a pretty huge deal for me. 🙂

Alright without further ado, here’s my year in review 😉

(oh snap that rhymed)

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How I Celebrated Christmas

Christmas time isn’t just a time of celebration for Christians, it’s also a special day to us Muslims as well! Well, a lot of people might not agree with me; some would say, “Well it ain’t your holiday, you don’t hold the same beliefs, stick to your Eid.”, others would say, “You sure do love Jesus, but you shouldn’t celebrate Christmas.”, while rest of the world might think, “We don’t give a damn about what you do and don’t believe in, we just love Christmas ‘coz of the lights and the food.”

But deep inside, I’ve loved Christmas since I was a child, and me and my family have always celebrated this day like it’s another “Eid” for us.

Simpsons Dance

Sure, we don’t get to have an XMas Tree, or do any lighting decorations, or even exchange any gifts (boooo), but me and my fam have always made special plans for this day and this time was no different. So, come on and see a little glimpse of how a cute little Muslim family celebrated Christmas.

Sharing the Love With our Christian Bros:

Where I live we don’t get to meet many Christians families around us. So when I come across some I always make sure they feel we’re part of the same brotherhood (which we actually ARE; don’t forget we also love Jesus as much as you do, duh). So lucky for me, where I’ve moved (to my new home) we have a Christian fam living right near us. When the day started we took some delicious sweets and gifted it to them in a nice little box (wrapped up real cute with a ribbon and all).

My family loves it when we make people smile, it’s a part of our Life Mantra, “Your day isn’t complete until you’ve made someone smile.” Therefore it warmed my heart when their Mom and Sis hugged me real tight. ❤ It got me off to a perfect start of a great day.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS THAN WATCHING STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS ON PREMIERE DAY!!! *FANGIRLINGGGG*!!!

Star Wars The Force Awakens
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Yesssss, Star Wars The Force Awakens premiered yesterday in Pakistan, and I had the honor of watching it on the First Day, First Show! Thanks to me for booking my seats early. :3

Please don’t judge me when I say I had never seen the Star Wars franchise. I always wanted to catch up but I never found the time! So I had to watch all 6 parts just recently (10 days ago) because I wanted to be up-to-date when I see TFA. And oh boy, was I missing out. Now whenever I hear the Star Wars theme music I get a mini “Fangasm”.

I’ll do a detailed review of the original trilogy, the prequels and The Force Awakens some other day, but right now let’s just talk about the overall experience!

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Don’t You DARE Say You Did This For Me

I don’t usually repost, but I had to do this today. You know guys, no matter how much pain and hatred they try to spread, and try to give the 1.6 billion (and counting) Muslims of the world a bad name, the 99.9% of that population will do everything in OUR power to prove them wrong.

There will always be people like me and billions others – till the end of time – who will love and cherish every religion, every caste, every creed, every race, like they’re our own blood. It’s called being Human.

Mark my words you terrorist a**holes: I’m proud to be a Muslim, and I feel sorry for you.

My heart goes out to the victims of the Paris attacks and their families. May God grant them patience in this harsh time. #PrayForParis

Perhaps yes, perhaps no. Exactly? I don't know.

A while ago, during Ramadan to be precise, I wrote a little something that was inspired/ induced, I am not sure what wording to go with here, by my religion being “named and shamed” in the media. Today, I was reminded of that post, and if you watched the news in the last couple of hours, you will know why.

Whenever the media prepares it’s annual, (and these days monthly) brainwashing ritual of the masses, so it can turn them against little ole’ me- I start to fret. I get just as scared as you when a terror attack happens. I fear for my life and safety just as much as the next guy, believe me. I am barely 5ft tall.

You know when I get mad and not just sad though? When the low lifes who do this shit say they did it for me and the future generations…

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