Yup, after three excruciating (read: madrama) weeks of waiting, my official books have finally arrived! 🙂
Well, they actually arrived Bahrain a day after dispatch from UK on 27.08.13.
However, customs clearing process took 18 days plus a painful (read: kuripotness) BHD 51.500 duty & COO charges apparently “in line with current regulations requiring a COO for any shipment address to or c/o a commercial entity”. Wat da fish.
I then requested CIPS UK to provide me a COO (Certificate of Origin) so I won’t be charged / will be able to refund the charges. However they sent in a different format (can’t blame CIPS anyhow because it’s not usually required for books/magazines/publication shipments) which was of course not acceptable to Customs.
Hays. Nagbayad na nga ako. Didn’t want to argue either with DHL or the Customs nor go through a long and annoying process. Time is Gold.
Sabagay, once I opened the box, super happy na ko Ate Charo. I excitedly skimmed through the five course books + five revision notes. I was smiling ear to ear, as in. 🙂
I have already planned to take 3 subjects in the Nov 2013 exams and the rest in Jan 2014. Having the books confirmed that I’d be able to review formally, I went to the CIPS website and booked the 3 exams with MCG Bahrain as my Exam Centre.
Exam fees at GBP 90/subject, so 3 subjects equals GBP 270/- (BHD 162/-). Salamat sa Visa card. MCG’s exam sit-in fees at BHD 15/subject can be paid in cash during the first day of exams.
Next, I made calculations how to maximize my remaining 64 days over almost 40 chapters. I basically have to cover a chapter every day and answer 10 test questions for practice.
I plan to do mock Summary exams after each subject / book, then go over the revision notes until approaching Exam week.
NB: This would put to very good use the free days from Eid Al Adha holiday, Hijri New Year & Ashoora. Kaso nakakatempt mag travel, awts.
Basta magpractice lang ng practice ng essay writing pag may time. Dapat e highly legible hehehe.
Kaya ko to, aja!
And so we begin…. 🙂