Thursday, 30 July 2015

Far From the Madding Crowd

I don't have time to watch movies nowadays... certainly one that takes more than two hours. But I recently watched this movie... Far From the Madding Crowd...

I have always been drawn to classic movies, ones that are especially set in England. I'm the Jane Austen, Bronte sisters, Downton Abbey type of woman. Anyhow, the movie above is based from a classic piece of literature by Thomas Hardy. He finished writing the story in 1874 but later made some changes for the 1901 edition. So you can imagine how the setting of the movie is like. At that time, women were not independent and becoming the master or 'boss' was unusual. Bathsheba was different. Because of her boldness and beauty, she had many admirers. She had trouble choosing a suitor. 

In the end, her one true love was.... Okay I'm not going to spill the details if you haven't watched or seen the movie yet. You can find out the ending on your own. Just prepare a packet of tissue by your side. I cried while watching the movie and my husband found it ridiculous. Men!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The kid in me

Oh lalalala... I'm guilty of watching cartoons whenever I feel like watching it. Then again, why should I feel guilty? I can watch whatever I want. Better watch cartoons than adult movies full of improper scenes. Right? Anyway, I do feel that watching cartoons is relevant to my work and interest because I'm studying about children. Thus, I need to know what's current on the kid's TV too. There are a lot of other cartoons out there like Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, My Little Ponies, Postman Pat (my childhood fav), Upin & Ipin, etc etc but these three are my current favorite...

Charlie and Lola

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

Peppa Pig

They have books too and I'm starting to collect Charlie and Lola's books. I love how the brother (Charlie) takes care of his little sister (Lola). Such a clever boy! He can be a good example to all brothers out there who have a little sister.

*Note: All photos were taken from Google.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Study date

It has been a while. How was your weekend? Mine was filled with lots of ketupat and rendang in lieu with Eid celebration. It was also filled with love and laughters. I don't fancy ketupat and rendang much. I love soto ayam! I like everything soupy. Now that's my cup of tea.

Anyhooo, School has reopened. So I'm back on my feet - slowly though. Not that I go to school here in Malaysia but I have to get work done. My husband is studying like mad because he has exams next week. I on the other hand have to submit my interview transcriptions to my supervisors.

Transcribing is not hard work, I can tell you that. But it's boring. You have to listen to the interview and type the conversation word per word. I had to rewind and re-rewind the audio just to get the right words. My interview was in Bahasa Melayu so I have to translate that into English as soon as I finish the transcribing. 

I do my work at several places. Sometimes at the library, sometimes on my bed and sometimes at the cafe. I love doing work at the cafe best (only when I'm just typing. I love the library when I'm concentrating on my readings). Something about the smell of coffee and the ambiance of cafes make me energize. I don't drink coffee but my husband is a coffee lover. Today, we are studying at Artisan Coffee, Petaling Jaya. It's wonderful because I get to eat cake while typing. hohohoho....

Chocolate chip cheese cake and his latte. 

It's Friday today. Have a barakah Friday everyone. Until next time. xxx

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Eid is approaching

Eid-ul Fitri is around the corner. There's only one more day to fast which means tonight is the last night for tarawih prayers. I'm feeling sad because somehow I think I didn't do enough ibadah (good deeds) this Ramadan. Got too much on my plate. Then again, those are all excuses. I'm hoping I will live long enough to meet another Ramadan next year and many more years to come. May Allah reward us for whatever good we did so far. Ameen.

With that being said, Eid is a happy day. I've got a new mini kurung (Malay's traditional dress) ready to wear for Eid. A dress that matches my husband's costume! Weeeeee can't wait! This will be our first time wearing matching coloured clothes for Eid. It's our first Eid together too. It should be a memorable one, filled with happy memories. InsyaaAllah.

Happy Eid Mubarak to all of my muslim brothers and sisters. Taqabalallahu minna wa minkum

Monday, 13 July 2015

Being happy

I received an email saying that my research grant has been approved! I couldn't be more happier. Alhamdulillah. 

My PhD progress is quite slow at the moment. I've been sleeping a lot. A bit tired for some reasons.  It's hot here in Malaysia. I get tired in the afternoon and need to take naps. However, I have started  doing my pilot study and I think it is going well. I try to finish off my research in the morning when I'm still full of energy. By 2pm, I have to stop doing work for awhile and take a nap. I'm no robot. I'm only an aging human being and my body and brain need rest. 

I am happy when I sleep. I know I'm on track with my studies so it's okay to lay back a little. InsyaaAllah I'll get things done on time. Pray for me. Maybe I'll be more productive next month? Who knows...

As long as you know what you are doing, then just do it. Only you know yourself more than anyone else. Just don't forget your goals. Always stay positive and keep on track. Aim to reach the goal and do your very best to achieve it. Good luck to all of you. Wish me luck too!

Picture taken from here.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Human ethics

After a month of waiting for my human ethics' application to be approved, finally it has been approved. Alhamdulilah. 

Now I can get started with data collection. 

First I have to do a pilot study. Based on the pilot study's report, I can then begin my main data collection. This is challenging, scary and exciting at the same time. Too many mixed emotions. Wish me luck! 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Be the miracle

I am currently reading this book entitled "Be the miracle". It is a gift from my special colleague. She gave it to me before I went to New Zealand for the first time last year. I didn't have the time to read the book until now. This book is amazing! It is such an inspiration. This book is written by a woman who is battling through cancer. Her illness inspired her to write her first book. She gives encouragements and advices about life and choices we make everyday. Know that each of our choices  can make the impossible possible.

My favorite part in the book is this one:

"Before you say anything about someone, ask yourself three questions:

Is it kind?
Is it true?
Is it necessary?"

Aren't we all guilty of gossiping about someone? If you gossip about someone's good quality and praising him/her, I believe that is fine. But when you gossip bad things about that person, you should watch your words carefully. Sometimes what you say might not even be true. When that happens, you'll be spreading lies or fitnah. 

In this holy month, make a vow to change for the better. Less gossips and less unnecessary talk. It's better to keep quite than talking bad things. This reminds me of a hadith:

Abu Hurayrah relates that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak a good word or remain silent."

Let us all change for the better. Let's be our own miracle. InsyaaAllah.