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Wednesday, 4-Jul-2007 12:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
...the V-Day...viva that is

Today really is one of the biggest days in this life of mine…well…my PhD viva takes place today at 1.00pm. Me and my Sayang arrived early as my supervisor (Georgina) would like to see me b4 d viva. By d way, she had rearranged her flight out of Mexico in order to see me prior to d viva…wahh…haruuu. She gave me quite a nasty news…that the examiners (Mark Pelling n Sarah O’Hara) may drill me about the method…as d questionnaire was not attached along with the submitted thesis…major ooppss. It turned out that Appendix II (d questionnaire) was not included in d thesis by my ‘printing krew’…hihi. So…back to base we went…to print d questionnaire for d examiners.

D viva itself was quite an event. All in all it went for about slightly more than an hour. D questions posed by d examiners…memang killer questions. But partially since my supervisor had gave me a head-up on d methods part…so bole la jugak justify the research that I had done. But overall, based on d scrutiny & detailed questions asked…I really felt that a major correction is on d way…n towards d end I almost gave up.

After all d questioning…they asked me to wait so that they can discuss d outcome later. I went straight to see my Sayang at d cafeteria and she told me later that my face looked worried and the main thing that I mentioned was ‘major…major correction’. I went to see Georgina next n told her what I thought of d viva. Shortly after, I was called back to Sarah’s office with Georgina in tow. And I was told d good news…PhD with minor correction. Alhamdullillah…n major lega!!! I just didn’t know how my face looked like then…after how I felt a few moments earlier. And I was told that they intentionally asked all d tough questions n I managed to answer them convincingly n ‘brilliantly’…eventho I myself didn’t feel as such…hhmmm.

So…alhamdullillah n thanks to everyone for their doa, encouragement as well as direct n indirect involvement in my PhD endevours… Whatever it is…today’s experience is really something else. Semoga kita semua dimurahkan rezeki, dipanjangkan umur, dan memperolehi kejayaan, insyaAllah.


d face of a 'lega' man...taken after arriving back at Elyas/Siti's place after d viva. And what did I do later that nite...well...I joined the rest chilling by playing badminton in Chillwell ...hehe... By d way, prior to going for viva, I was watching various car-related shows on tv and then Baha popped d infamous question - whether I was berlakon (probably to cover my nervousness)or am I just being me. Yea...I know...I know...you'll have to be there to understand d scenario...

So...4th of July...an Independent Day indeed...alhamdullillah...but with more challenges ahead of course


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