Posted in London, Shoes, Shopping, Travelling

Delivery Day!

So, today I received 2 parcels that I’m very excited about! One had two pairs of boots that I’d ordered last week, and the other was a surprise from my best friend who’s in the U.S.

Shoes are my heaven. I absolutely love shoes, they make me happy, and so I was on cloud 9 when I opened my first delivery from New Look –

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A little while after I’d opened this parcel, I got a text from my best friend asking me to go check for a parcel at reception. Here’s what the parcel looked like –

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Now, I didn’t have a clue what to expect, because she told me it was something I’d told her I wanted, but I couldn’t for the life of me think of what it was.

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A month ago when I’d gone back home for a visit, I’d told her that I was planning on buying a scratch map of the UK to mark everywhere that I travel this year, as a keepsake of my year in London. I’d even added a map to my wishlist on Amazon, but had never got around to buying it.

 

This right here is the very same map that I’d added to my wishlist. She knows me well! Honestly, I couldn’t ask for a more perfect gift, or a more perfect best friend!

I absolutely love travelling, and I have already been to a few places, and I’m going to go scratch them off right now!

This will be a wonderful memento of my year in the UK!

P.S. I know it’s crooked, but it took too long to get up there, so…crooked it is!

That’s all for now, folks!

Cheers,
Zee x

Quote of the Day: “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found in the pages of a passport.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted in London, Photography, Student

Canary Wharf Winter Light Festival

I decided to give myself a break from work today, because I went in to uni and just had the worst headache. My brain just refused to work and I took that as a sign that I needed to stop and relax for a bit.

It’s been really cold the past couple weeks, it was -1 in London today, and I’m not a fan of cold weather. So, I’ve essentially been hibernating as much as possible. I don’t leave the house unless absolutely necessary these days. But, there was a Light Festival up in Canary Wharf today that and since we’ve all been busy and haven’t had time to meet up this term, my residence friends and I decided to venture out into the cold to have a look at the lights.

The lights were spread in small parks around the Canary Wharf area, so we had to walk around in the cold a fair bit, but it was worth it. The light displays were really cool and pretty, and I enjoyed walking around, chatting and taking pictures of the lights.

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See, I feel so bad about not posting for a week, that I’ve posted twice today!

That’s all for now, folks!

Cheers,
Zee x

Posted in Assignments, College, Student, Studying, University

The ‘I’m sorry I haven’t posted’ Post!

It has been 8 days since I last posted; shame on me! But, I honestly have not found the time. My first term of uni was so chilled out, I felt like I had all the time in the world, and then some. This term however, I feel like there are never enough hours in the day.

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My mind is just constantly filled with work, and I am so bogged down by one deadline after the other, that I haven’t really been getting the time to just sit down and relax without worrying about work. The minute I submit one assignment, I have to get started on another one, and it’s just a vicious cycle of submissions and deadlines with no way out. I have clocked so many hours in the library this term, I don’t think it’s healthy!

 

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Sigh. I feel like I bring this upon myself, as well. I’m the kind of student who believes that school/college is more than just studying, and so just being on a course if never enough for me. Right now, along with my masters I am also student ambassador and international ambassador, and with that comes work. I’m also tutoring a kid for his GCSEs. I’m also interning at a mental health clinic. So, I have all these things to do along with my coursework and I do enjoy it, honestly, I enjoy all of it. It just gets a little overwhelming sometimes.

Having to adult everyday doesn’t help either. It’s not like I can come back from a long day at uni or work and just relax. Nope. I have to come back and cook, and wash dishes, and clean…meh.

Oh god, this post has just turned into a rant about my life right now and I promise it’s not all bad! I haven’t only been working, I’ve been going out with friends as well, and I have had a few days out that I want to write about, hopefully next week! I actually have a long list of posts that I want to write, I just need to find the time and get down to writing them. I’m literally sitting in the library right now because my lecture got postponed, and so I’ve found a bit of time to write this…aaand my time’s up. Fingers crossed, I’ll start posting regularly again next week!

Cheers,
Zee x

Posted in Advice, College, Guest Post, Studying

Group versus Solo Study: The Pros & Cons

Hey guys!

So, I wrote a post on College Mate as part of a contest, and I’d really appreciate it if you give it a read, and a like if you enjoy it!

Thank you!

Cheers,
Zee x

COLLEGE MATE

By the time we get to college, most of us think we have our study methods all figured out. I mean, we’ve been doing it for years at this point. So you’d think we’d have mastered it, right?

Wrong. Nothing prepares you for the pressure of college, and you have to find new ways to keep yourself motivated, and most importantly… awake.

In high school, I never imagined group study as a productive way to get work done. We’d tell our parents we were studying together as an excuse to meet up and chill with friends. But we never actually got any studying done.

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However, during my third year of college, I bit off way more than I could chew. On a daily basis I’d spend at least 12 hours on campus.

Coming to my room after that, all I’d see was my bed, and my mind would…

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Posted in Food, Indian, London

Dishoom – Indian Cuisine in London

I don’t have lectures on Monday’s so I woke up late, cleaned my room, made myself a smoothie and had just settled in to work on an assignment when my friend told me that she had lunch plans that fell through and so we decided to head out for lunch instead. We went to an Indian restaurant in Shoreditch called Dishoom, and I loved every aspect of it. The look of the restaurant itself was amazing – they’d managed to give the place an Indian vibe while still maintaining a rather vintage English look. The menu was really impressive and had a lot of my favourite Indian food items on it, so I was happy.

While waiting for our food to arrive, my friend and I barely spoke, we were so taken in by the ambience of the restaurant, we just kept looking around and taking pictures. What I loved was their attention to detail when designing the place, every part of the restaurant kept with the theme and all the different decorations fit perfectly with one another. There was also a Hindi translation of everything written around the walls in Dishoom and I really enjoyed that touch!

When the food arrived we were so ready to pig out, having only had a smoothie for breakfast, and the food did not disappoint! The Indian in me was very happy with the taste of every dish we ordered, honestly, I couldn’t fault a thing. Everything was also really filling, and towards the end of the meal we had reached a point where our stomachs could take no more food, but it was all so good we just couldn’t bear to waste anything, and so we continued to stuff ourselves.

Sadly, we had no room left for dessert after the main course, although the options looked absolutely. But, I know that I’ll definitely go back to Dishoom again, and so I was alright leaving dessert for next time.

Walking into the restaurant I thought it would be expensive, but it was surprisingly reasonable. As a college student I would not say that it was cheap at all, but it wasn’t expensive either. Dishoom had a charming ambience, food that made my soul happy, and prices that did not put a dent in my wallet – all in all, a very enjoyable spontaneous lunch, and one I’m glad I went on even though it meant not getting any time to work on assignments today.

So, there you have it, guys. If you’re ever in the mood for Indian cuisine, give Dishoom a try!

That’s all for now, folks!

Hope you’re having a good morning/afternoon/night wherever you are!

Cheers,
Zee

Quote of the Day: “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

Posted in London, Snow, Student

London Snow!

Right, so, as you know, I’m an international student here in London. And by international I mean India, which is a warm country. Where I’m from, temperatures are around 25 degrees in winter. So, it’s safe to say that there’s no snow where I’m from.

Which is why I’m really excited to say that this week it snowed in London! Now, I have seen snow before, but only a handful of times, while on holiday. This is different. This time it’s snowing in the place where I live! The minute it started snowing, I got so excited, I ran down to our courtyard and tried to capture it on my camera, and the English people around me found it very amusing.

It snowed twice this week, but it wasn’t even proper snow that settles on the ground. It was basically just raining, and for a while the rain turned to snow, and then back to rain again. However, you know what else snow means? Low temperatures. And that, for me, isn’t good news. I’m Indian, okay? Our bodies are not equipped to deal with cold weather. I don’t leave my room now unless absolutely necessary and my room is always toasty. My heater is usually cranked up to max and my windows are kept shut, allowing no cold air into my comfortably warm room.

Anyway, I was just really happy about the snow and wanted to share the news! I took a short video of it that you can watch on my Instagram here – Snow!

That’s all for now, folks!

Hope you’re having a good morning/afternoon/night wherever you are!

Cheers,
Zee

Quote of the Day: “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it’s a magical event” – J.B. Priestley

Posted in London, Student

Library-ing on a Saturday

It’s right after winter break, fun time’s over and it’s back to the grind for me. While I was home over break, I avoided all work and I’m now paying for it. I’m spending my Saturday in the library, and I’m taking a break from my essays to write this.

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Yesterday, I made a list of the amount of work I needed to get done in the day and guess how much I got through? Absolutely nothing. When I’m in the comfort of my bedroom, I get no work done ever. Unlimited internet is way too tempting, and I end up wasting my day in bed watching YouTube, and then for some reason feel tired, even though I’ve done nothing all day. So, today I decided to be responsible and not let myself get stuck in the vicious cycle of “oh I’ll just watch one more video, and then get down to work”. I don’t even know why I tell myself that anymore; it’s a lie I don’t even believe. My will power stands to shame in front of YouTube.

Also, I realized once I was in the library that I’d forgotten the most important thing – my headphones. To be honest, I live a minute away from the library, but I’m too lazy and it’s too cold and so I choose to suffer in silence rather than venture back to my flat to retrieve my headphones. To be fair, though, if I left the library, I wouldn’t have come back, so it’s probably for the best that I get as much work as I can done in the silence, when the alternative is that I leave and just don’t return.

I’m working on an assignment that I’m quite excited about, right now. So, I’m writing a dissertation on a topic related to the LGBT community, and my supervisor asked me to teach a masters level class at my university with her, on the subject. It’s a great opportunity, and while I’m a little nervous, I’m really looking forward to it. I should actually get back to it, since I’ve got to send her a lesson plan soon.

Oh, I made a banana smoothie today and it’s my favourite go-to smoothie. Literally the same recipe as the one I put up yesterday, only with bananas instead of berries. I’ve also just realized that I don’t have any food made at home, so I’m going to have to get back and cook after this. Why, world, why must I adult? Sigh.

Anyway, on that note, that’s all for now, folks!

Hope you’re having a good morning/afternoon/night wherever you are! (Honestly, though, I really do hope that you’re having a more enjoyable Saturday than me.)

Cheers,
Zee

Quote of the Day: “I think part of being an adult is leaving the fairytale behind.” – Rashida Jones