Don’t get pregnant while doing your PhD!

Here’s a post shared by the Thesis Whisperer on her blog. It’s too late for me but would you agree on this?


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!

Progress after one day of blogging

Yesterday (Monday 24 March 2014) I have managed to:

  • Send Alison a draft of Chapter One: Introduction so she can give feedback on my writing. Made some changes from the confirmation report based on Alison’s suggestions in the last tutorial as well as incorporating Scott’s comments. I’m hoping that I have covered all the contents that is required for this chapter. This is what I sent her
  • Written up a ‘Writing Target’ in terms of no. of words to be achieved for each thesis chapter. Looked up a few thesis plus the ‘How to do PhD’ books to decide on the word count to be achieved. I have included the different sections of my confirmation report as part of the word count. Here’s the file: Writing Targets

Next on my to do list:

  • Improve questionnaire after SV meeting. Possibly add more servicescape items, esp the ones related to hostels (Refer Musa & Thirumoorthi etc) and take out personality items?
  • Redo CF without the moderators (if agreed by Andrew, Leon and Eimear!)
  • Re-write the Intro Chapter with new Research Objectives
  • Draft LR structure based on CF
  • Draft RM structure, especially interview part

The list does keep getting longer!