Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Syifa Az Zahra reciting Doa Qunut

Doa Qunut yang dihafal atas permintaan Syifa sendiri sebab dia rasa ada bacaan yang tak lengkap setiap kali dia solat Subuh. Ada minta dia teruskan hafalan Yaasin (suku Yaasin telah dia hafal) dan surah2 lazim yang lain dulu, tapi dia insist dan lebih minat untuk selesaikan hafalan ni dulu. Selalunya dia mampu hafal 1 ayat untuk 1 hari. Tapi disebabkan mama & abah on off ajar dia, pembelajaran pun diselang-selikan dengan tafsir Quran & Hadis dan mengaji, selain dari hafalan, so doa Qunut ni ambil masa dekat sebulan untuk complete memorized. Banyak lagi sebutan yang Syifa perlu perbaiki. Syifa belum masuk Al-Quran pun lagi walaupun umur dah 6 tahun. Masih di penghujung Iqra' 5. Tajwid, sebutan dan kelancaran bacaan masih banyak yang perlu diasah. Mama kena banyak sabar.

Syifa dan Doa Qunut

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Inspiring thoughts for those who are still in the battleship

Quote from inspiring words of Dr Thien Lee Mei. It's the biggest wake up call for me indeed.
Dear all,

It is always a miracle when you believe that you can do it. Yes, I submitted my 10 copies for viva within two years. It seems unbelievable especially when I was a part timer in my first 11 months. Within this period, I slept almost 3 hours only per day and woke up at 3am to read articles for almost 3 hours daily. This is the only time that I have to pursue my PhD with the agreement to my family and children that they should be prioritized over my PhD.

However, this is definitely not good for mental health. Therefore, I decided to take non-paid leave to continue my studies. No choice, because I fail to get scholarship from KPM, not even call for interview too. Subsequently, i convert to be a full time student at my 12th months till to date. As such, I told myself that I must success! 2 years is my target. Programming my mind that there is no time to frustrated, cry or demotivated etc even though I encountered it. The only thing that in my mind is look for alternatives in order to solve the problem asap. Setting up the time frame for each stage of research process (proposal defense, data collection, previva, viva etc) and it must be achieved! Even waiting for viva, I still wake up earlier to read articles and write paper. Actually, I did enjoy this kind of life.

No doubt, to produce a sound and justifiable thesis is not an easy task. There are uncountable difficulties and obstacles that have to be overcome throughout the whole research process. Therefore, writing a thesis needs a great deal of knowledge, skill, persistence, time management, commitment, and ingenuity. Really think and behave like a PhD scholar. Moreover, having a committed and knowledgeable supervisor; critical peers who always challenge and question me about the content of the thesis from a variety of aspects; and knowledge networking from the same and different field are always be the advantages.

Completing the PhD thesis serves as a starting point for me to deepen my knowledge in doing research. Hope I can contribute my limited knowledge to this academic group from time to time.

Above is just my personal experience in pursuing the journey. Of course, different people have different way to achieve his or her target. Hopes this is only a personal experience sharing and serve no more than that. Thanks again and all the best! Enjoy your life with PhD studies because it is so precious to us.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Part 2: Kembara ilmu ke 'Krabi' bersama Tihani & Az Zahra

Here the journey continue..

Krabi or Crabby ?

Krabi, here we come !

Early morning on the second day, after performing Solat Subuh at Masjid Wilayah Krabi, we stopped at a restaurant located in Krabi town at around 7 am (Thai time). I tasted Roti Canai and Nasi Kerabu and they were just perfect for my throat. By the way, entering Thailand means that you should adjust your watch 1 hour later to suit Thai time.

Halal Restaurant selling Roti Canai and variety of Nasi

The next pit stop waz here.

Jee-Or nama tempat ni. Souvenir shop.

Ada tempat berposing kat 'Jee-Or' ni

Test power camera la konon.

Souvenir stalls lagi... Kat sini banyak hasil laut dari cangkerang (shells).

Pusat Penyelidikan Ikan & Penyu, Krabi. 
This place was developed for research purposes besides welcoming the presence of students and public visitors.

Tengok orang bagi makan ikan besar.

Ikan sebesar ni ada dalam kolam tu.

Boleh pegang penyu..

Cow-fish yang camera-friendly

Finally at 1.30 pm, we managed to checked-in our Hotel - Golden Hill Hotel. Our last shower was yesterday's evening. Therefore, the feelings of relaxing was not there to continue the journey. Everybody needs to recharge.

An outskirt hotel with free WIFI
Planning for night activities? Krabi night market in town center only operate on weekends.
Painting the green busker. Seems like he was immune to tickle.

Till we meet again on Part 3 for more exciting and adventurous journey we promise. Bye!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Part 1: Kembara ilmu 'Selatan Thai' bersama Tihani & Az Zahra

The blog had been silent for quite some times, but not the blog owner. So many things happened these few months and the most touching experiences was when both my kiddos were admitted in ward.  

If I'm not mistaken, some day before Aidilfitri last month, my abah mentioned about Krabi trip. Once heard about 'Krabi' I quickly suggested that I am so much interested to join abah. Frankly, I first heard about Krabi a few month ago when my friend in PSP text-ed me telling that they will be going for a vacation in Krabi bringing all her 5 kids aged between 2 to 7 years old and what impressed me was that they will drive there with they own car. Another thing that struck me at that time was how was she going to handle all her 5 small kids simultaneously. I do some research about Krabi soon after that to know what is special about the place. Got it. I am very sure I will get a new fresh experiences in Krabi. You all gonna know why by following this entry till the end.

Our travel route which took us almost 1500 km (return)

We are not going there by plane, nor by car. Here is our transport.

We traveled in a group of 43 people where 80% of them were the experienced one (pensioners) :). Some of them had traveled to more than 9 countries in Europe and many more in Middle East and Asia. Hurm...inspired me..

The beauty of this journey was it was infused alternately with some short 'tazkirah' by the trip organizer himself (Bro Nik) and VCD ceramah agama Ustaz Azhar Idrus. All the participants were also constantly be reminded of the importance of performing Solat including Solat-Solat sunat apabila menjejakkan kaki ke masjid to get blessings from Allah SWT.  We have visited a number of Masjid in Krabi and also in Phuket Island. Along the way, we were reminded and felt amazed of the greatness of our Creator. MasyaAllah, what a nice journey I've ever had.

Masjid Wilayah Krabi

With some of the trip participants in front of a huge mosque in Krabi.

Passing the Sadao border at nearly 12 am, me and hubby carrying the sleepy kids to stamp our passport. Then, we just passed by Dannok town which is adjacent to Sadao, admiring the foods selling at the stalls along the aisles. Luckily the bus driver stopped in the heart of town center of Hatnyai (around 2 hours journey from Dannok). Imagine what time that was! It was nearly 2.30 am. There were also many Halal stalls selling eye-catching foods and the taste was heaven.

Udang ni 40 Baht per piece = RM 4 saja sekoq

Tak tanya pulak sotong katok ni berapa harga

Pulut durian ni di mana-mana pun ada. But I opted for pulut ayam. Dapat makan 3 kali pulut ayam di sana. Satisfied..hahahaha. Gambar takda la pulak sebab bungkus makan atas bas.

This was the place where bomb blast incident were happened in Hatnyai in April 2012. We already planned for Hatnyai visit with USM teammate a week after the incident, unfortunately it need to be cancelled. Alhamdulillah, Allah had made the best arrangement for us. Stalls that we were having our supper was just in front of these hotels. Indeed, a very strategic place and I guess there will be a lot of Muslims here as there are a lot of Halal foods nearby. Oh Allah, please protect our brothers and sisters here.

Heyya, this is just the end of Part 1. So stay tune with us for more fascinating stories. Let my mama take a deep breathe so that she can compose more stories..:) Lemme tell you one secret. She actually hates writing too long. Come on mama, you can do it.

Am I being a good girl all the way mama?

p/s: Some pictures courtesy from Abg Sham & Kak Fairus - They provided quality pictures taken using DSLR I guess :)