18 June 2017

Final Year Project #15 Viva


Assalamualaikum


Lalu dekat hallway, terdengar Dr cakap dekat classmate.


"Tahniah, awak dah graduate"


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Selasa, 13 Jun 2017 
pukul 9.45 am. 

Waktu untuk literally 'throw everything' depan examiners.



What is Viva?
Viva ialah oral examination. Setelah berhempas pulas buat research and projek akhir tahun, pelajar perlu menulis kajian (tesis). Akhir sekali kajian ini perlu di bentang depan examiners. Simplest explanation yang Ema boleh bagi. 


Presentation perlu simple, straight to the point, dan highlight main point. Tak perlu panjang sebab examiners dah tahu projek kita. Ini bukan research proposal defense. Apa yang diorang minat ialah bahagian result sahaja. Selebihnya ialah komen dan pembetulan tesis.



My experience
Boleh tahan gemuruh sebab examiners expert dalam kajian yang Ema buat. Nervous pun nervous. Sempat tido kejap pagi sebab sleep deprived, physical needs. 

Masalah. 30 minit sebelum start VIVA session, komputer venue Ema -2- rosak, LCD warna kuning. Venue 3 ada virus shortcut. Mana tak kerut muka FYP coordinator. Ingatkan tempat dah ok, sekali dugaan. 

Problem solved. Tukar venue, dan pinjam laptop orang. 

Kehulu kehilir luar venue. Ema no. 4. Tengok classmate keluar masuk venue. Alang-alang examiners sama, cubalah nak dengar experience dorang selepas VIVA. Ha2. Ada yang OK, ada yang tak puas...




IN VIVA






Bila classmate no.3 keluar terus Ema masuk sambil lemparkan senyuman dan lambaian kat classmates lain. Dalam hati, rasa sengih sorang-sorang macam kerang busuk..

Start presentation. Prof dan Dr tak tengok pun slide awal-awal sampailah slide method. Adalah grammar tunggang langgang. Present result pun ada terlupa ayat. Selesai present sebelum habis 10 minit, masa yang diperuntukkan. 5 minit untuk Q & A.

Soalan yang memang kena attack, dekat result.




"From you error bar (excel), it should be...So, why..."


"Don't use this use, it sounds like you are twisting the word.."


"I checked your reference for method, but I did not find this. Are you sure you take this method from this author"  
- yang serious bila Prof cakap macam tu, terus muka jadi kerut dan masam. Akhirnya settle juga kat luar venue. Confrim ada 😎.


" Why do you think Malaysia is still using this chemical.."


" From your result....it didn't seem your product is safe.."
- yang ni Ema spit out all the journal yang Ema baca untuk back up


" What is Lauric Acid..Why C12:0"


" What is MCFAs?"



Alhamdulillah. All went well. Tak ada terketar-ketar. Silent moment - except terkesima dekat reference part tu. Keluar  venue tak terkata betapa gembiranya hati ni. Minor correction. Walaupun semua orang minor correction. 1 malam edit thesis nak hantar ke kedai pulak. Minggu nak balik raya oiiii. Kalau hantar lambat nanti tak raya Ema.



Lepas habis viva second day, semua pakat serbu padang MPK. Iftar ramai-ramai~~





Ramai dah masuk masjid dan balik. Ema pun tak ada dalam gambar 😣



Final Year Project #14 Submission dan Study




Assalamualaikum


Selamat berpuasa!

Semakin lama Ema re-read thesis, semakin banyak pula jumpa correction. Bila minda dah bersih tak kusut, lagi senang untuk cari kesalahan. Ejaan, wording, sentence, bibliography yang 3 kali check pun ada yang miss. Apapun, still boleh baiki. Harap tak beri effect teruk kat markah. 



Study bahagian yang maybe akan jadi target examiners. Part yang rasa lacking tu, prepare la kena soal. Usually results and discussions. Kalau tak nak kena soal, jangan tulis dalam slides. Done. 



Edit slide satu persatu. Daripada 21 cut down kepada 16. Walaupun slide tu tak banyak word per slide. Apapun, tak perlu mereleret. Examiners dah baca dah thesis awal-awal. 




Tengah fikirkan persiapan mental ....dan fizikal. Bulan puasa, takut perut krok krok bila present. 


22 May 2017

Last Biotech 131 Dinner Night & Family Day



Assalamualaikum



'The Moment' when the boy dropped his phone. #CAUGHT ON CAMERA. Legend says the creatures under the lake are worshipping the phone.

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Okay. Joke aside. PHOTO SPREE!!.Last gathering untuk family biotech. Instead of organizing malam 'glamourous' dan penuh 'formaliti' and Dress Code, kami dikerahkan untuk membayar RM50 for 2D 1N BBQ Night dan Family Day di Kempville Resort, Kuantan. 



As soon as arriving, semua berlari nak pergi makan keropok Lekor Kemaman



BBQ NIGHT






Macam scallop. Maybe Ema try masak nanti










Baby Prodigy!



 First time selepas 5 tahun berputih mata dalam event 'Lucky Draw', Ema dapat bawa balik biskuuttttt




FAMILY DAY


Next morning, 'Aktiviti Lasak'. Instruktor tak ada, semua berkeliaran main sesuka hati tanpa paksaan. Dangerous, sebab bak kata Ema, sister dan brother, dua-dua sama 😈



Sori cameraman sebab jerit marah. Lain kali jangan hayun bila Ema ada, 'culture shock' nanti



Tak sempat nak mendayung rasa macam dah nak tenggelam  sebab orang sebelah duk menggelabah  :P 💕 Kak Shy




Orang Sabah nakk kahwin Disember tuu. Untungla siapa yang dapat memikat hati Kak Fatin Beautiful





Bila isteri menggandung sebelah tengok, si suami kena nampak macho



Saya suka berpaut



Dan berpaut







Sukan lasak atas air




Try to make this picture appropriate



Ada pantai tapi tak dapat pergi

Sister duk mereput tunggu gate bukak dan pergi dive kat pantai






AND IT'S A WRAP



P/S: Thank you for all the moments until now

13 May 2017

Kelas tamat maka kita...



Assalamualaikum

Apa perasaan bila dah tamat kelas. 

Tak perlu....
berkejar ke kelas? 
risau bangun lambat? 
Fikir nak pakai baju apa, pilih tudung mana?
Mengadap screen projektor bagai bertahun lamanya?
Risau kena target dengan lecturer?
Nak menghadam pula 'suapan-suapan' yang melimpah-limpah....









Siapakah anda seterusnya - researcher, lab assistant, biotechnologist, lecturer, Dean, Professor, writer, entrepreneur, environmentalist, Chef, swimmer/diver, research assistant, businessman/woman, CEO, father, mother, a good old friend..... GOOD LUCK






Kelas dah tamat, so the first movement is to clean and clear all the notes. Ema banyak notes kertas sebab Ema suka print hardcopies. Minta classmate iklankan dekat junior, kot-kot ada yang nak. Tapi no response. 



My notes are arranged neatly..ni baru separuh


Instead of buang,




Kita

Image result for burn notes meme












 Recycle!


Thank You uncle


.......


"Salma tak pernah tidur dalam kelas"
dalam hati, Ema tersengih sorang-sorang....



Hakikatnya. Itu benar. 
Kenapa?
Sementara belek notes-notes lama, jawapannya memang dah tertulis terlukis di situ


'normal' notes look like this


 When I feel sleepy and bored in class















When you pull your friend into a mess




ADVANCE LEVEL OF BORREEDOMM!!






Masih ingat lagi. 
Kelas 'English for Occupational Purpose'.
Sitting at the front row.
Rasa mengantuk dan bosan melampau.
Nani perasan, dia terus bagi.............note book dia
Dia suruh lukis sambil google character Luffy One Piece yang dia minat
The rest is ART.

Rasa macam memberontak dalam kelas sebab 2 jam ignore class like it was invisible...




Conclusion

Kalau mengantuk,
lecturer bagi permission untuk makan, minum, keluar pegi tandas...
gunakanlah sebaik mungkin......






11 May 2017

Final Year Project #13 Challenging



Assalamualaikum




A:  Who wants to be a scientist??
Others: Salmaaa! SALMAA!!
Me: .......



A: Who wants to be a lecturer??
Others:........*dead silence*
Me: "Seriously? No one shouting my name now??"





It seems like they know me, but they are not. 
I'm really 'flattered' you are praying for my success as a scientist, but honey, that's not my future plan @ top priority. 


A scientist can be a lecturer, and a lecturer can be a scientist. 

But my interest is residing on one side. 
I know it's 'adat' for calling out and pointing fingers to other (not to themselves), but we are senior now, I don't think people will drop this so-called custom soon until they get married.

Imagine a 35 y/o citizen picking other people names,..................you can't! Because no such things will probably happen.   



Image result for people point finger at you



Sometimes it can be ok, but sometimes it can be really annoying. How true it may be, I just want my small voice to speak out and say 'Don't talk of others, talk of yourselves'

It's really irritating, especially when it's wrong.

I never said I want to become a 'scientist', who is the person in the world said that?? Don't mess with my future.


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Dah habis sesi lepas perasaan. 
My current progress in thesis.


Since thesis submission - which supposedly is tomorrow - is postponed to 24th May, we got extra 2 weeks to finish the unfinished business. Yet, I'm still planning on submitting earlier. Already plan this before they drag the due date. So be it. I'm so sorry my SV since she's probably struggling to check my draft gain and again. 😃

Today is seminar day by Dr. Kamariah Long, a prominent figure in Biotechnology Research from MARDI. She's the 'Coconut Queen'.And bla bla bla ..talk talk talk. 


So, one important thing she said was 'to develop an identity'


it reminds me of a quote; 

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different

I got what I came for. I was preparing for my VIVA @ Oral presentation for my FYP, encountered a lot of shortcomings in my research. Since basically this title was offered by my Supervisor, the sense of belongings is not there. Meaning, you are conducting a project as 'hired worker'. You do what you are asked to do. It creates a barrier, a limitation to what you can do. 


Sadly, I just break through the barrier recently,. It took a while, but I missed it.  


Right now I'm creating a counterplan.
By digesting knowledge and more research and reading. 




p/s: aaahh. Emma Swan will no longer be in Once Upon a Time.. She is the story! Save the savior



8 May 2017

Sister's Biotech 131 Night




Assalamualaikum



me: To those who will be getting married in 2-3 weeks...

classmates: *GASSSPPPPPP*. HA! Kantoi!!





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Yesterday night was filled with Bollywood, acapella, gifts, photo frenzy etc.



Image result for girls only no boys allowed





Here come the first wave. When you put Bollywood and girls together, we might find Madhuri Dixit, Kajol or Karisma Kapoor somewhere on the stage. The uncontrolled and unorganized version I mean. Still, A for efforts. All was gone during this crisis time...


SV: Why you send your draft late?
Student 1: I was practicing Bollywood's dance
SV: Why you also send late?
Student 2: I was finding my 'inner' Kajol


Related image


Sisters really love to dance Bollywood..



I have to admit, I went loose yesterday night too. Putting up my LED screen and wave like crazy at the back....If i'm in front, I will be tight as a penguin.


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We had 3 'Divas' belted out some notes. Our Top Female Student sang like she almost got A- for singing. In reality, she hit the notes like she is answering calculus. Confident and effortless.(I never heard her in Smule). She always sings in the car. Unluckily, I was there too. I was horrid like usual. But, yesterday, I controlled myself. I don't want to overshadow the singers. 




Image result for tone deaf meme
I'm not tone-deaf. Simply can't sing



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Gift exchange..thanks Allah it is just between the sisters. I don't know what to do if brothers are included too. Hard to find a present. Imagine brother getting a beauty mask or sister getting masked rider cards (It did happen in our 1st year, it was Batman/Superman something)











I GOT IKEA! I just want IKEA bag with IKEA stuff, but I know there is no IKEA stuff. So, basically, I got thrilled by IKEA logo bag. It's okk. I just happy with anything in it





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They picked out names for 'heart to heart moments'. I pull out a paper with lucky names. Luckily, I was not from ' The Lucky' 5. All finished when they had to call for few extra speech. So, I had to make the last speech as 'the youngest in class'. My fault, I shouldn't proclaim that earlier... 

I was very happy, excited and -hyper- to give out my 'will'.As predicted, it was all over the place. But all was well. 



And then it turned out, there was no name on the paper....They just call any names - mostly the quiet and reserved ones- out..(semangat sister ni cabut nama 😒...)



I felt betrayed......



I wanted to share this earlier during my speech, but I forgot..... So, here goes



Click to enlarge if you forgot you have a bad eyesight



               Again, thank you, my friends, for making me a better person.


Gambar wajib setiap event



Oh yeah! No one is getting married this month. I mistakenly said that. It is supposed to be next month.....I jus created havoc. Sorreiii.




p/s: Last class this week!!!!!


2 May 2017

Final Year Project #12 Kata-kata tidak perlu berbunga




Assalamualaikum


Next week nak kena hantar thesis, malam nanti nak hantar final draft to my SV. Hampir 1 bulan tulis Result and Discussion. 1 bulan tak cukup sebab nak kena baca banyak scientific papers untuk back-up results yang hampir ke laut. Scan paper macam scan makanan dekat supermaket, kutip mana yang nak..


Sebelum ni ada hantar part introduction, banyak grammtical error. Hantar result and discussion, pun banyak grammatical error..






Malam nanti nak hantar remaining part of thesis. Tak nak pisang berbuah 3 kali, check grammar betul-betul. Tapi Microsoft Word 2013 Ema tak betul, tak check in detail..Oleh sebab tu, Ema download 'Grammarly' - sebab tertengok ad dekat youtube-





Efficient. Dia akan bagi explanation kenapa salah dan perlukan correction.Bukan untuk microsoft word sahaja, mesej social network, comment youtube and even post blog ni pun dia check grammar! Tapi kalau nak check plagiarism, kena bayar lebih.







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Enough promoting Grammarly app. Situation FYP students UIA sekarang ialah..

Ada yang masih berada di makmal. Ada yang sedang mengemas kini thesis. Ada yang...melancong...

Pesanan Ema untuk yang berada dalam 'kekalutan' atau nervous takut tak siap, fokuskan pada menulis tesis. Keep writting simple, conscise and clear (penangan EOP class), ayat tidak perlu berbunga sakura, bunga kertas pun dah cantik. Don't be too wordy. Cite banyak papers, dan baca banyak papers. Check Format! 


Nak pulak hujung ni ada banyak program dan outing . Lepas submit thesis, pergi outing 2D 1N di Kempeville Resort. Sister ni tak sabar nak jalan-jalan sebelum graduate~



p/s: Shopping hadiah untuk exchange gifts Biotech Sister Night dekat Daiso macam cari barang sendiri. 

24 April 2017

Jungle Trekking FRIM Kepong



Assalamualaikum 


'Jangan ambil apa-apa kecuali?..'

'Jangan tinggal apa-apa kecali?..'

'Jangan bunuh apa-apa kecuali?..'

Itu pesanan (dan teka-teki) ranger selaku pengiring group kitorang sebelum masuk hutan FRIM.
Jawapannya senang dan quite witty..


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Lawatan ke FRIM was organized to fulfill our subject requirement. Previous year masuk Taman Negara Pahang tapi tahun ni aktiviti kitorang adalah jungle trekking di FRIM. Bayaran dikenakan RM6.50, the rest Department Bioteknoologi managed. 

1 batch ada 76 orang. Dipecah kepada 4 kumpulan dan diketuai seorang pengiring. Satu pengiring bayarannya ~RM120/group. Bertuahla pergi ramai-ramai. Max orang 19/group. 

Walaupun banyak tempat menarik yang menjadi tarikan FRIM, but the most -must-thing-to-do bila datang FRIM adalah Canopy Walk. Jambatan gantung sepanjang 150 m pada ketinggian 30 m ni memang perlu cuba. Selain  dapat tengok panorama hutan dan hirup udara segar, kita juga dapat tengok KL dari sini!







Sayangnya, kitorang tak dapat naik pun. Oleh sebab jambatan ini hampir capai 'tarikh luput' dan pokok-pokok pun dah semakin tua, hanya 60 visitor/day dibenarkan naik. Last day to try is before 25 June 2017 before it will be officially close. Akan ada jambatan baru (inshaallah) tapi unknown bila nak siap. 




Oleh sebab tak boleh naik atas, kita tengok bawah. Ikan Naga aka Arapaima. Gergasi. Lebarnya mencecah 2.5 meter. Uniknya ikan invasive ni, kita kena tepuk tangan untuk panggil dia. Makanan favouritenya ialah ayam dan..ikan.



Sebelum masuk hutan, selfie dulu


Research Gallery


Galeri FRIM menempatkan hasil kajian dan produk yang dihasilkan FRIM. Galeri pameran pun ada untuk mengenali flora dan fauna yang terdapat di hutan. Mostly banyak kayu. Serba serbi kayu. Siapa yang sukakan material kayu memang akan suka.



Jungle trekking

Jungle trekking mengambil masa 1 jam dalam laluan sepanjang 1.5  km. Guide lead dan membawa kami mengenal hutan, pokok, daun, serangga dan 'phenomena' yang terdapat di hutan FRIM.




Putat Laut 


  

Pokok yang ditebang FRIM - kerana tua dan berisiko akan tumbang

Crown Shyness


Antara pemandangan cantik serba indah yang perlukan masa untuk mengahyati. It just perfectly 'untouched'. Bak kata guide, daunnya tak bersentuh, macam mahram. 😌😳 . Pemandangan ini hanya terdapat di 3 tempat di bumi ni, dan FRIM adalah salah satunya. Pokok yang menghasilkan crown shyness tu pokok kapur. Gambar ni pernah diambil oleh photographer National Geographic



1241514.  Crown shyness among secondary growth trees, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia
Courtesy of National Geographic






Kami banyak diberi penerangan pasal pokok, daun dan serangga yang kami jumpa tengah jalan. Haiwan memang tak ada sebab dia dah mark kawasan kami lalu. They can smell us. Tapi malam-malam, kancil, musang and wild boar akan keluar, tapi di kawasan lain.  Memang low chance untuk tersempak dengan haiwan waktu jungle trekking.


Sorry la ya tak ambil banyak gambar cantik-cantik. Handphone biasa-biasa. Yang cantik tu sebab orang yang ada DSLR ambik. 




Curtain call with En. Farhan selaku guide and Dr. Zarina - our lecturer

In the end, it was a splendid but short adventure. Walaupun tak dapat canopy walk, nak pergi waterfall -- pun tak dapat. kena jalan 1.5 km dan semua lapar tunggu makanan.. Asyik terperut depan laptop siapkan thesis sampai tak boleh tidur malam. Takut imnsonia. Tapi lepas balik trip, alhamdulillah dapat tidur awal dengan nyenyak. Next trip in calendar biotech. 2 Days 1 night dekat Kempville, kuantan. 


p/s: Currently in hate-love relationship sebab wifi uia laju sangat tapi block Sci-hubb access (slowing my thesis writting).


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