More than one month has passed …

So much for being consistent in updating my posts, huh?

Been super busy finalising the questionnaire that I really totally forgot about blogging!

Had my SV meeting 9 May 2014 without Eimear 😦

Could go ahead with pre-testing it but Andrew suggested a focus group to carry out Q-Sort activity. Also needed to add the Surrey logo and change a few items on the questionnaire. The pre-tested version is this – Pre-Test Hostel_Experience_in_Malaysia. Contacted some friends for the Focus Group but I am really desperate to have the Q-Sort done individually as not everyone is free at the same time (eg. confirmation meetings coming up!)

Before the pre-test version, I had to define the dimensions of SI that i wanted to measure. Originally, there were two categorizations based on Murphy’s (2001?) backpacker article. I had some items already written but it was hard to categorise them to personal and functional aspects. Alhamdulillah, on 13 may 2014, I read up on cruise articles and CCI and stumbled upon Huang & Hsu’s category – superficial/spontaneous/deep interaction. It suited my CIT findings perfectly! I thank Allah for this as it was the same day I was fasting and did the Dhuha just before going to the office. He is the Greatest and it is all His Ilham!

Here’s the final SI categorisation which I email to all SVs – G2G Interaction – LEVELS and measurement plus the Draft1 Q Sort Instructions. However, none of them emailed me back so I can’t really go ahead with anything yet.

Asked Chris for a quick chat with Andrew (10am tomorrow). Hopefully he’ll say ok. The next meeting on 27 May will be about the new R.Objectives and Hypotheses as this will determine the statistical analysis I’ll need to get familiar with. Plus, I might get asked in the CHME Conference 28-30 May 2014 at the University of Derby-Buxton. The poster’s been sent for printing – Poster Jasmine Rashid Radha – CHME Conference 2014

One more thing to report, had a nice chat during bfast at Chancellor’s with k. Sarene! She had her viva Dec last year (2013) and is back here to send her corrections and have it binded. Alhamdulillah, her boss nominated her for an IAEA meeting in Vienna that provides travel allowance for her. She used it to come to Surrey and sort out her thesis stuff. Good for her 🙂



Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (11-12 April 2014)

Finally took Alya on a mini-holiday to Portsmouth. Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, Gunwharf Quays. Just a short walk to the dockyard where we went to the Mary Rose Museum, HMS Warrior/(Victory?) and Action House using the family ticket that Effa sold me. Alya and Azha went on mini-boat ride as well and she really enjoyed it.

On Saturday we got home around 3pm and Azha went off to get the car. I prepped some veg and food to cook. Papa and Mama will be arriving after 10pm so dinner had to be ready before bedtime. Did some vacuuming and got our room ready.

Sunday was a nice day. Went to the A3 boot sale and got some clothes for Harraz.

All in all, quite a nice break from work 🙂

Meeting to FINALIZE questionnaire (Yay!)

Had a bit of a problem setting the appointment for my meeting today. I never received Chris’s meeting request and apparently, Chris never received Eimear’s acceptance of the request! I am so glad I sent Chris a follow-up email and she replied straight-away.

Today’s meeting went well. Told Andrew I already booked tickets to Malaysia as it was getting more and more expensive. Plus I plan to do online surveys as well. He reminded me that I will need to design a different instrument for online ones so it is more user-friendly. Luckily the School bought the licence from Qualtrics so there’s no limit to responses.

Looking at the Conceptual Framework, the only comment from Andrew was whether or not I will be including ‘personal’ and ‘functional’ dimensions of the Social Interaction. Even if there is only one paragraph of reference that said there is a distinction between different ‘SI’, I can use this as justification. Plus my findings from the CIT interviews would back up the two dimensions.

Lots of comments about the technical aspects of the questionnaire from Andrew and Eimear. Eg. wordings, instructions, order of statements. But content of it was approved!! I am sooooo relieved that I can go ahead and have the printed version ready to be checked and then pre-tested on my Phd friends. No need for stats tests for the pilot stage!! They’re away till 6 May so will use this time to:

  1. Finalize questionnaire (use Qualtrics for online and offline)
  2. Finish transcribing
  3. Fill in demographics table for interviews
  4. Fill in Details of Incidents
  5. Draft RM Chapter

Being a little ambitious for a 3 week period but who knows, I might just make it!!!

Midnight puke and playtime

What a night!

Harraz has been having the sniffles since the weekend and he started to cough quite badly yesterday. It was pretty hard to get him to sleep last night but he finally did drift off around 10pm, I think.

About one hour later, he woke up coughing and all his milk suddenly came out. I totally panicked and picked him up. He kept throwing up and crying. Puke was all over the bed. This really brought back memories of Alya and her kidney problem. I called Azha to come home straightaway. Tried to calm Harraz down by putting on the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ on my Iphone. He was quiet for a while but threw up again. This time his dinner came out. It took a while before he was calm. Put him on the floor and tried to take off his pjs. He seemed ok and actually smiled so I quickly washed his body and changed his clothes. Azha got home and changed the sheets straight away. I had a quick shower and nursed Harraz to sleep in Alya’s room. We opened the windows so it was less stuffy. I think it was around 1am when we both fell asleep.

The next thing I knew, he woke up again! Crying as usual but had his milk and calmed  down. Then he suddenly decided that 4.30am is a good time to play. Probably because he woke up in a new place, instead of our room. So had to follow him while he toddled between Alya’s room and our room. Decided to take him downstairs to tire him out. Two hours later, he felt sleepy (thank god) and slept in the swing. I went back to bed but was awaken by his cry.  I nursed him again and that made him sleep up till 8am. Pheww! What a way to start the day!

Such a gorgeous day for the Postgrad Graduation Ceremony. Got to the office about 11.30am after giving Harraz his brekkie. Wanted to make sure he’s ok before leaving him for the day. Plus, I think Azha needs to sleep-in as well as he hasn’t been so well either. Gave Micheal the Lindam Jump About Bouncer for his 6month baby and he seemed excited about it.

Anyway, the plan today is to:

  1. Finish off the last 4 transcripts
  2. Record all findings in a proper table
  3. Visit Aliff and Wanie’s baby at around 4pm

Well, since I’ve been blogging for an hour, I think only one transcript is realistic for today!

Bring your daughter to work day *for me!

Told Alya the night before that she could come to the office with me like we used to do before Azha came to the UK. She was excited but a little worried that she might not wake up early enough. It’s Easter Holiday and on Monday I felt really guilty for not spending the holidays with her. By the time I get home, it’s already dinner time and I have to keep an eye on Harraz too.

I think she woke up around 8am yesterday. I was finished with preparing fried rice in the kitchen and did the laundry too. She asked if she can still come to the office and I told her to get ready. After she had her shower, had a look at her hair as she seemed super-itchy last night. It was full of lice eggs, especially behind her ears!!!! Took out the lice comb but it was hopeless. Too much of them to get rid off by combing through.

Right! Time for the hairdresser’s – in the bathroom we went!! Took out Azha’s scissors, put papers on the floor and tied her hair up in little bunches. Less than 10 minutes later – new hairdo for kakak Alya!! Short but really ‘wonky’. I just butchered her hair style but hey, as long as the nits are murdered! All the while, Alya kept asking if I’ll be late for work and she was really worried. Told her I’m fine as it’s a relaxing day today, no meetings or workshops.

After breakfast, headed to the bus-stop. Alya commented that it must be tiring for me to be walking everyday to and from the bus stop. She seemed to enjoy the walk and chatted non-stop. It was a gorgeous sunny day but very, very breezy. The wait for the bus seemed ages – 20 minutes, I think, and Alya was complaining too. Reminded Alya that she has to be quiet and do her Maths or School work while I do my PhD research.

Aby and Micheal was in the office when I arrived. I gave Alya her Maths book and she seemed to be focusing well. I tidied the desk a bit and started to analyse the interview transcripts. At about 12 noon, Effa and Hafiz met up with Aby to have lunch in town. Alya didn’t want to go so we went to Amigo’s (The Surrey Shop) for lunch. Had halal hotdog (Yay!) and pizza. Bumped into Azlin and chatted for a while. Then we went to the lake to pick some daisies. Alya insisted that she can make a daisy chain herself and she did! Stayed for a while and sent some work to my supervisors – NEW CF with SI as MEDIATOR and 3rd draft (SV) survey questions. I’m still waiting for Chris to set up the meeting with Andrew, Eimear and Leon. Hope it’s soon because I do want to get the questionnaires pre-tested asap!

When I got home, Andrew emailed saying that I was making excellent progress, eventhough he hasn’t had time to look at the questionnaires yet. That made me feel a whole lot better 🙂

Miserable Monday Morning

The day started with a light drizzle of rain. Waited for the bus at 8am. Possibly missed the 7.55am bus but the next one arrived pretty early. Alya starts Easter hols today for 2 weeks so they were all still in bed.

Anyway, just to update what happened on Friday. Finished the transcripts (checking of transcripts) for:

  1. Gap year female at TGS1
  2. Gap year female at TGS2

Decided to start the transcription for Japanese student but that ended quite quickly, at 5 minutes into the interview!

Alya had early school closure so Azha brought her in with Adik. Stayed in the surau. What a lucky day for the kids as this generous Arabic lady in a gorgeous jubah gave them £20 each. Plus Alya got a packet of Mentos from one of the students praying there. 

Anyway, came back to the office and went to lunch with Lily at Young’s. Printed off a few articles (I think) and discussed about our philosophical stance in research methods.

So today is the start to the new week. I’m proud to announce that 2 transcriptions have been completed by 2pm! YAY! Alhamdulillah.

  1. The Japanese student – this was so hard as his speech wasn’t so clear.
  2. The family staying at Lazyboys – background noise was very annoying!

Printed some articles during a short break. There are new publications on CCI plus a whole thesis on the topic! When am I ever going to find the time to read all this material!!!

3 transcriptions done!

Pretty pleased with myself. Got into office around 11.15am after picking up the ‘birthday present’ from town. Had my mocha and onion puff. Straight away opened up the recordings. Well, talked to Abby a bit and went on the internet.

Asked Azha to look up Portsmouth hotels near Gunwharf Quays. Treat him on his birthday as well as a much needed break for me! Plus Alya has her term break and there’s a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum where a submarine is opened to the public. Effa’s tickets are not used yet and it expires 20 April 2014!

So I managed to (check) the transcription for three interviews:

  1. The Moroccan guy at OPG – very hard to do because of the accent and I think the recorder was not near enough to him. Even my voice sounded mumbling!
  2. The Finnish couple at Lazyboys – much more clearer as they spoke English at a slower pace.
  3. The Solo Swedish traveller at Lazyboys – This one took up very little time too.
  4. Wanted to start on the TSG1 interview but thought I’d take a quick break.


Oh, yes, I meant to blog about Alison’s feedback Ch1 Intro. Had the meeting with her yesterday (2 April 2014) at 12noon. She had my work on the computer screen with comments being highlighted on the softcopy. I did my own ‘corrections’ on printed paper. Alison said I wrote really well! Very clear, even better than some native speakers 🙂

She asked if my supervisors ever told me how well I write. Told her that Leon said it was very good academic writing but Andrew reminded him not to tell me that too much just in case I slack off. Hahah.

Anyway, she said she was struggling to find anything wrong with my work. It was all grammatically correct. Some sentences were a bit long-winded but they were correct grammatically. She did ask if it was for my thesis or confirmation report as there were a few ‘future tense’ sentences. A few words were not ‘academic enough’ eg. do not mind, find out. Plus I should be more concise and use less words eg. take out ‘that there has been, that other customers that are present’ so the sentences are more assertive. Plus I should use a ‘comma’ before the end of the ‘authors’ I’m citing to help the reader process the name of the authors. It was a very good tutorial as I got to know how I’m doing in terms of my writing and how I could improve it further.

Alison also asked if I knew for sure that my funding was going to run out and said that she’s sure I’ll be fine!