Monday, August 21, 2017


Monday, August 21, 2017
USM is very near and dear to my heart

But, Jenan will always have a special place in my heart...


Monday, July 24, 2017


Monday, July 24, 2017
An excerpt from The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers by Saldana (2013)

...should serve as our ideal goals as qualitative researchers:
Only understanding matters.
We must not just transform our data, we must transcend them.
Insight is our forte.
The whole purpose of the enterprise is discovery and revelation.
We do it to be profound...   
                                                          written by Harry F. Wolcott 

p/s: I honestly don't want to "label" myself as a qualitative or quantitative researcher. That would be totally depending on the research questions. Whether the answer could be discovered through quantitative or qualitative methods. I can be both, I would say. I am a pragmatic... "doing what works best"  بإذن الله

Monday, July 10, 2017


Monday, July 10, 2017
I just read some of my posts from over the years... and ... I realized...

I used to love planning!


It's scary to plan now!!! Because am afraid that I couldn't make it :( 


W: we're doing crazy things!

M: love is crazy

I don't need anything from him. Letting him know was enough for me. To keep on smiling :) 

like crazy,

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I lost my beloved father on 14 November 2015. Just five days after my daughter's birthday. Exactly a month after that, 14 December 2015 is my birthday. And he is supposed to be 58 years old on 27 December 2015. And my newborn was just over two months on that day, Saturday, when my mom called early in the morning, waktu subuh.

Rindunya.... Ya Allah... Rindunya...

Banyak "benda tak sempat" dengan arwah ... Merantau, belajar jauh dari parents yang tinggal di Sabah sejak berumur 13 tahun. Sekolah di Kedah. kemudian matrikulasi di Labuan, dan sambung degree dan master di Penang.

Sudah niat untuk parents aku datang ke US, menghabiskan masa 6 bulan di sini sebelum kami balik ke Malaysia for good akhir tahun ini ... dan kami semua akan tinggal bersama di Penang.

Ya Allah ... niat aku dan suami serta arwah dan ummi tak kesampaian... Ya Allah ...

Allah sebaik-baik perancang... Ya Allah...

Redha itu,
tidak tercapai dengan kata.
tapi dicapai dengan hati, fikiran dan imannya.

Redha itu bila Allah tarik orang yang kau paling sayang,
kau masih tersenyum dan senang.
Bukan kerana kau kejam. tapi kerana kau tahu dia ditempat yang lebih baik.
Dan dosa-dosanya terhenti setakat matinya.


Kali terakhir aku peluk, kucup tangannya masa arwah dan ummi balik ke Malaysia pada awal tahun 2015.

Allahu... rindunya...

I still can't looked through photos yang ada arwah bapak... tak tahan... sebak...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

3 Tips to Write a Lot!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I would like to share 3 tips to write a lot that I've summarized from the How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, written by Paul J. Silvia, PhD. There are a lot of useful information and guideline in his book, but I found these tips can be applied in my writing journey.

My daugther, Husna was learning to write a lot, before learning A B C! 
Husna at 4 months young. She's 21 months now :) 

This book was an assigned reading for my Instructional Systems Research Seminar that I took in Spring 2014.

Alhamdulillah, I'm officially a PhD candidate in spring 2015 and become an ABD (all but dissertation) student! which also means that I need to gear up my writing!

So, here's the tips:

Tip #1: Make a schedule and stick to it! 

Ralph Keyes (2003), a professional writer, noted that "the simple fact of sitting down to write day after day is what makes writers productive" (p. 49). The author, Paul shared that he allocated 2 hours in the morning strictly for writing only. He ensures that he spent time writing directly after waking up with coffee in hand. No checking emails or morning news.

*Please note that allocated time for writing doesn't mean that you will only "write/type", reading articles, revising your writing, analyzing data can also be the activities that you can achieve during your allocated writing time.  

My plan: Allocated at least 2 hours after subuh prayer for my writing time. No emails/facebook/blogs during this precious time. Also remember to write outside of this allocated writing time.

Tip #2: Set your concrete daily goals. 

It's good that you have writing goals such as complete my literature review or defend my prospectus in three months. But, it's better to be more specific and concrete. Write daily goals that are manageable and you'll be happy once you achieve it. For examples:

  • Write at least 200 words.
  • Print the first draft I finished yesterday, read it, and revise it. 
  • Add missing reference

My plan: I plan to write my daily concrete goals based on the headings that I've brainstormed for my prospectus. For example:

  • Develop a table of problem based learning definitions
  • Use the table to summarize what and how students learn in a problem based learning lesson 

Tip #3: Monitor your writing progress. 

Paul stated that by monitoring our writing progress, we will keep our goals salient and help us to stay focus, sit down and write as well as help us to set better goals. He uses a SPSS file with variables called month, date, day, words (number of words he wrote), goal, and project (different writing work such as grants, journal articles).

My plan: Currently, I do have a notebook where I jot down what I did for the day. Maybe I'll try using an excel file to systematically monitor my progress.

Best of luck!

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