Wednesday, July 2, 2014


The weeks after my successful viva had been hectic as well. I did my minor corrections, and after approval of the final manuscript, I sent the file for printing and binding. Then the final submission. And waiting for graduation.

I graduated last 25th June 2014. That was another major milestone. My PhD journey which started in 2009 has reached its final destination. After which another journey begins - or resumes from previous, i.e. back to the workforce.

So here I am now. I have left Scotland and have returned to Thailand. And with a couple or so of job prospects. 

This blog ends with this article. Further blog postings will be at my Carnation... because life is beautiful blog.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

the viva

So after the submission of thesis I had to wait for the viva, an oral examination or defense.

That was last week. Now I am enjoying my new status, as a new PhD (a graduand and will be a graduate soon). As my supervisor said, I came out of it unscathed! Yes, after all the hard work, early mornings, late nights, and in-betweens, I can now relax. I have some minor corrections to make. And doing cosmetic stuff on my graphs, i.e. change the colours to black patterns. Tedious stuff but got to do it.

Just smiling now, and enjoying the weather...thanking one and all for the help, encouragement and support.

Saturday, May 3, 2014


another milestone, a bigger one this time. submission of my phd thesis. it took me very long hours to work on it ... and less sleep ... but finally got it all together but it is not perfect. so now i am reading through my manuscript, the same one being read by my examiners before my oral final exam (viva voce), and i have found a number of mistakes already. thank God finally got it done. the trainor in our phd writing workshop said that the failure of phd students is not to submit their thesis, so if you submit, you are already one step to success!

Friday, February 7, 2014

a small milestone...

Today a small milestone in my PhD journey was achieved. I was able to submit my thesis title to the Student Admin office. As per regulations, thesis titles need to be submitted at least 2 months prior to final thesis submission. This means my title should be the final one. Minor changes are allowed but it is preferred to have no more changes. So it is a small milestone but still major for me as this means I really have to tighten things with my manuscript. After submission, I went back to my PhD desk and did not feel like doing anything with my manuscript. And it was Friday afternoon as well. But I have to mark my calendar re: how many weeks before final submission. I have to do a weekly countdown and be firm with myself regarding the use of my time. It's true that I have submitted my draft manuscript to my supervisor but there are still lots of work to do on it. So I can not relax that much as yet ... the journey continues...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

2014 now

So what is going on with me now? Am I still in the midst of a fishful existence? Still of course! Not just fish but shrimp as well! And so many other world now is full of words, numbers, papers, books, graphs, tables, etc .... I am writing, reading, understanding, etc... creating mind maps sometimes... just trying to finish my manuscript. It.Is.Hard. It is like, you read a lot, and there are lots of ideas out there, and you have your own ideas as well. They are all swirling inside your head. How to get them all down in paper? And then you need to balance your life with something non-fish. Just so you can have a peaceful existence this time. Music, that's it! Other topics to read also helps. Cooking. Baking. Shopping. The latter one is limited coz of budget constraints. So that's me at this time. Hope to get back to blog writing again on a regular basis.

Shared food with Bangladeshi, Greek, Mexican & Omani friends last Sunday. I cooked the noodles.