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!


New CF and 3rd draft questionnaire

Just a quick post to upload the work I have done today and yesterday. Monday was mainly looking up past cruise articles and hostelling experience to finalize the servicescape and social interaction constructs. Did a bit of work on the questionnaire based on Andrew’s comments:

  1. Less categories of ages – This is based on Hecht & Martin and Cave et al’s findings that younger guests prefer social aspects of hostelling but older guests don’t mind paying more for privacy.
  2. Education –  Less categories. Need to show professional young adults are choosing hostels for reasons that are different from students. Hecht & Martin (?) states that well-educated guests expect and demand higher standards and maybe more privacy.
  3. Employment status to include full-time, part-time, unemployed, retiree, student and others. This info relates to characteristics of flashpackers as well as the changing demographics of backpackers/hostel guests.
  4. Added ‘Total nights in Malaysian hostel’
  5. Took out completely ‘Accommodation type typically used’ as it wasn’t relevant to the research
  6. Leave ‘Guest-to-guest’ interaction scales for now as more reading is needed plus findings from CIT.
  7. Took out Guests’ Behaviours as it was overlapping with Section Five (Fellow Guests)
  8. Must justify why OCP (Other Customers’ Perception) should be included
  9. SEE is fine but need justification why it is appropriate to adapt seeing that the original research was conducted in a hedonic setting using sporting events. Hostels are utilitarian, so opposite to hedonic.

Anyway, here’s the rough 3rd draft survey questions.

This morning, I collected the printed articles from yesterday. Mostly on tourist-to-tourist interaction. Can’t really remember why I suddenly decided to work on the revised CF! Probably after going through Musa & Thirumoorthi’s article to finalize the questionnaire items, I quickly printed out their CF to compare to mine. Then read the article on social and physical atmospherics in sporting events that had a similar CF to mine. It made sense to carry on with the CF and then use this as a base for my survey items. Anyway, here’s the CF to-date: NEW CF with SI as MEDIATOR with REF

So now, at 2.07pm the aim is to finish with transcribing the OZ couple in Reggae Hostel. Azha needs me to go home early and sort out the car rental for his parents’ trip.

UPDATE at 5.15pm – Finished the transcript for OZ couple! Yay! Alhamdulillah. Tidied up the ‘recordings’ title name and made a new folder for it. Gonna start the next transcribing tomorrow – The Moroccan Guy in OPG.

Azha’s coming to campus with the kids to play near the lake. Nice weather so better make the most out of it. Azha thought the concert was today instead of tomorrow so that’s why he asked to sort out the car today. Nyanyuknyaa.

Friday’s work (28 March 2014)

It’s Tuesday now so I can hardly remember what happened last Friday! I do remember having lunch with Harraz and Azha in Hillside. Then we walked to University Court to send the baby stuff to Fairus. Her room is packed with stuff! She’s waiting to move to a 1+ bed apartment in Battersea Court. We spoke for nearly an hour about studies, bfeeding and babies. When I left, it was already past 4pm and I bumped into Cynthia at the Duke of Edinburgh building. She was on her way to a meeting with her supervisor. Caught up on our PhD progress.

So, in terms of PhD work, I think I printed a couple of articles and tried to continue transcribing. Checked Lily’s work on the OZ couple staying at Reggae Hostel, Penang. That lasted only 7 minutes into the interview … Not so good …

Contemplated on going to a drop-in session at the Centre for Wellbeing to talk to someone about the pressure I am under to finish my PhD by March. Maybe the faint feeling is a sign of anxiety? Plus I looked up info on financial hardship and I think I might want to ask for some help with Azha’s visa renewal. £587 is a lot of money. Especially since I have used up £2253 for the flights back to KL. Dipped into my savings as well as maxed my credit card!!

So all in all, Friday wasn’t as productive, research-wise. But it did a lot of good ‘socialising’ with Fai, Cynthia, baby Harraz and of course, my superhero hubby!