Free Printable Thesis Motivation Quotes


I am not sure about other PhD students but personally, I need motivation to keep on going especially when I stay at home more than being at school (just once or twice per week at school). Therefore, even small things like pretty cute quotes make me feel motivated and strong.

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Here, I have compiled a few motivation quotes related to thesis writing in a single Pdf. You can just print it out on a piece of paper, cut the quotes and paste them anywhere you want: on your notebook, computer, wall, laptop, board or anywhere else.

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Or you can print the pdf on a large sticker paper like I did. I bought labels in A4 size from Labels4u through Amazon. Then I printed it on the label and taraaaaaaaaa! I got beautiful quote stickers. I just need to cut the quotes and peel the sticker off.

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I found the quotes at Pinterest, so if you are the owner of those quotes, and want me to take any quotes down, just tell me here or send me an email at upfiruz@gmail.com

I hope this small effort can spread (if not a lot, a little will do) motivation and happiness to fellow PhD friends.You can share the file with others but I hope you will link them to this particular blog post instead of putting the file elsewhere.

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Download the pdf version of the thesis motivation quotes by clicking  here.

Let us keep motivating each other! ^_^

A Long Journey ~ Part 4


 

A Long Journey

By: Zaharah Nawawi

Translated by: Firuz Akhtar Mohamad Bohari

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After bathing with fragrant soap, Rugayah put on some beautiful clothes, applied powder, and braided her hair very neatly. Anyone who later saw her face and body would feel at ease and would be willing to accept the difficult-to-explain separation.

Rugayah’s mind was no longer on Mother, her children, Sham, or any other family members. The only matter in her mind was herself, who would later be lonely in a different world that would never be revealed to anyone alive. Rugayah prepared some supplies for her journey. She took the Quran, which was kept carefully at the highest and the most protected spot on the shelf. After she finished packing, Sham arrived home. The engine rumble died at the end of the balcony.

Immediately, Rugayah put the small Quran in her big handbag. Without looking either right or left, she briskly walked to the car, her full pregnancy making it difficult to watch her feet to see where to step.

Rugayah slowly sat down in the back of the sunset red Proton Wira Aeroback.[1] Her heart and mind were floating in an unnamed place. The green trees were now colorless. The bright bougainvilleas were no longer attractive. Several weeks ago, the same feeling had come over her a few times, but it was not as intense as it was today. Rugayah took a deep breath. Deep. Then she gradually exhaled. Maybe later, maybe tomorrow, air would no longer pass through her lungs. At that time, will I be suffering, or the opposite? The thought haunted her.

Sham’s presence was ignored. The presence of Mother and the children was also neglected. Her gaze explored the clouds and sky. Her feelings flew and settled in the sky, scattered in space. She felt further away from everything that used to be her everyday life.

She paid no attention to her moving husband or the medical attendants in the hospital. Rugayah focused her attention on her responsibility towards Allah, although she had not yet arrived at the destined place. After praying, she recited the Quran. After reciting the Quran, she prayed. After performing the obligatory prayers, she performed the optional prayers. She did as many optional rituals as possible. She did not pay any attention to anyone surrounding her. At that moment, she felt she would be alone forever, without her mother, husband, children, relatives or friends, and yet everyone was only a yard away from her. She was prepared to accept the arrival of the expected moment with a heavy heart.

Near asar,[2] after the obligatory prayer, a validation sign came with a rushing sound. The amniotic fluid was already flowing. Rugayah signaled the nurse on duty. A few nurses in clean white uniforms ran and surrounded Rugayah. Each of them was ready to perform their duty. At that moment, only half of her spirit was left in her body to communicate with the nurses, who would accept the human birth into this temporary world. Asked to lie down, Rugayah lay down. Asked to sit, Rugayah sat.

The amniotic fluid had already dried out from the sac. The baby’s head was greedily rushing to look at the outside world.

“Hold it. Hold it. The doctor is not here. He has not come yet,” ordered a nurse.

“Hold it?” Rugayah felt that she could not restrain it. Her face creased with pain.

“Hold it. Hold it. Wait for the doctor.” The voice seriously asked for her restraint. Pleading. Colors of anxiety enveloped the situation, though this was not expressed through movement.

[1] Proton Wira Aeroback is one of the many designs of Malaysia’s self-manufactured cars.

[2] Asar is evening and one of the times for prayers.

Berkunjung ke ‘Denham Giant Carboot Sale’


Assalamualaikum
Pada hari ini kami sekeluarga berkunjung ke ‘carboot sale’ di Denham. Ia merupakan jualan terbuka yang terbesar di West London.

Dari rumah, kami menaiki bas bernombor 607 sehingga ke stesen Uxbridge. Dari situ pula kami perlu menaiki bas 331. Secara keseluruhannya, tempoh perjalanan  lebih kurang 1 jam setengah.

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Arish dengan mainan baru

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Sudah semestinya kami banyak memborong barangan untuk Arish. Kami membelanjakan lebih kurang £20 untuk barangan bernilai £60. Memang berbaloi! Alhamdulillah.

Sesiapa yang datang ke London, jangan lepaskan peluang membeli-belah di Denham tau. ^_^

Doa Ketika Ditimpa Kesusahan/Kebuntuan


Assalamualaikum,

Jumaat hari penuh keberkatan datang lagi, alhamdulillah :)

Kali ini saya ingin berkongsi doa apabila ditimpa kesusahan. Khas untuk kawan-kawan PhD yang lain, apabila kita rasa buntu, tersekat atau susah dengan cabaran yang melanda, jangan lupa untuk meluahkan rasa hati dengan Allah di samping berusaha. Sesungguhnya Allah pendengar yang terbaik. <3

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Doa tidak semestinya diungkapkan dalam bahasa Arab. Dalam bahasa apa pun boleh. ^_^ Yang penting kita ikhlas memohon daripada Allah.

Jom berdoa!

Tawaran Menjadi Mentee untuk Mei 2015


Mentor-Mentee-orangeAssalamualaikum,

Shukran jazilan kerana ramai yang berminat untuk memohon menjadi mentee bagi April 2015. Walaubagaimanapun, saya minta maaf kerana saya hanya mampu untuk membimbing beberapa orang sahaja dalam masa sebulan.

Terima kasih tidak terhingga  atas kesudian bertanyakan soalan kepada saya tetapi sekali lagi saya memohon kemaafan kerana tidak mampu menjawab semua soalan. Jika saya berkesempatan untuk menjawab soalan pun, saya akan beri jawapan yang ringkas saja. Harapnya kalian dapat memahami kerana saya ada prioriti lain dalam tanggungjawab sebagai isteri, ibu dan pelajar PhD.

Seperti yang diwarwarkan sebelum ini, kali ini saya akan membuka lagi peluang tawaran  untuk memberi bimbingan pada beberapa orang bagi Mei 2015. Dalam kata lain, saya akan menjadi mentor untuk beberapa orang mentee. Apa itu mentoring?

“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.” Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring

Saya bukanlah pakar dalam membimbing orang tetapi saya akan cuba berkongsi ilmu dan pengalaman. Tidak kiralah apa jua perkara, contohnya: bimbingan dalam pelajaran bahasa Inggeris atau kemahiran komunikasi atau pencarian biasiswa atau persediaan untuk memohon Masters atau apa saja.

Pengumuman mengenai mentee pilihan akan keluar pada awal bulan Mei 2015. Mentee yang terpilih  akan dibimbing selama sebulan. Insya Allah, setiap bulan saya akan buka tawaran ini untuk memberi peluang pada yang lain pula. Perlu diingatkan yang saya hanya membimbing manakala mentee perlu berusaha sendiri dan bertanggungjawab atas hasil/keputusannya.

Untuk berlaku ADIL pada semua, permohonan mentee HANYA BOLEH DILAKUKAN DI POST INI SAHAJA. Ada yang beranggapan bahawa mereka perlu mempunyai blog untuk menulis komen di bawah. Ini anggapan yang tidak benar. Tiada sebarang syarat untuk menulis komen di bawah ye. Sebarang permohonan mentee yang dihantar ke emel saya atau ke mesej Facebook tidak akan dilayan dan serta-merta terkeluar daripada senarai dalam penilaian pemilihan mentee.

Kepada sesiapa yang berminat untuk menjadi mentee saya, bolehlah tulis di bahagian komen di bawah:

  1. Nama sebenar/nama samaran
  2. Emel
  3. Jantina
  4. Umur
  5. Lokasi
  6. Perkara yang memerlukan bimbingan. Berikan serba sedikit keterangan mengenainya.

Take care everyone! ^_^

6 Tabiat Ibu Bapa Efektif


Sebagai seorang ibu, saya sentiasa berusaha memikirkan cara terbaik untuk membesarkan anak teruna saya. Pelbagai cara didikan anak wujud di dunia ini, maka kita perlulah bijak mencari dan cuba yang mana sesuai dan terbaik untuk anak kita. <3

Di sini saya ingin berkongsi beberapa tabiat yang baik dalam mendidik anak. Semoga kita sama-sama dapat menjadi ibu bapa yang terbaik untuk anak kita. ^_^

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Simplify Your Sentences in Writing


Academic writing is different than other types of writing. It needs to be clear, concise, precise and hence makes me stressful to complete the word count requirement. Therefore I tend to ‘exaggerate’ and make longer sentences just to achieve the word target. Ahah!

I have to change this habit so that I be more straight forward and less ‘beating around the bush’ in writing. Here I would like to share a list of sentences that can be simplified. Let us try our best, friends! <3

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Mencari Perkataan Arab (Kategori: Haiwan)


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Assalamualaikum :D

Ketika saya mengajar Bahasa Arab di UKM (sempat mengajar setahun sebelum saya sambung belajar), saya banyak mengadakan permainan di dalam kuliyah untuk memupuk rasa ‘seronok’ dalam mempelajari bahasa syurga itu. Kiranya 2/3 sesi kuliyyah adalah sesi pembelajaran, 1/3 pula sesi permainan. Learning whatever language is fun, isn’t it? ;) Di samping itu, saya ‘memaksa’ anak murid mencipta permainan Bahasa Arab dengan memberi tugasan setiap minggu dengan harapan mereka menjadi kreatif dalam sesi pengajaran Bahasa Arab untuk anak murid mereka pula kelak.

Di blog ini, saya akan kongsikan hasil kerja anak murid saya supaya ia dapat dimanfaatkan bersama-sama. Mudah-mudahan para pelajar saya akan mendapat pahala berterusan apabila hasil kerja mereka digunakan untuk menyemarakkan lagi pembelajaran Bahasa Arab.

Untuk tugasan ini, saya suruh mereka buat kotak pencarian perkataan dengan huruf arab tetapi pembayangnya perlulah di dalam Bahasa Melayu. Kalau pembayangnya Bahasa Arab juga, senang sangatlah pula kan? Hehe.

Sesiapa yang menggunakan hasil kerja ini untuk sesi pengajaran, harapnya dapat beritahu dengan meninggalkan komen di bawah atau emel di upfiruz@gmail.com supaya saya dapat membuat pemerhatian mengenai keberkesanan permainan dalam pengajaran Bahasa Arab. Syukran jazilan :D

Karya: Nursaera binti Mohd Dahalan

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Kategori: Haiwan

Pembayang

  1. Ayam
  2. Kucing
  3. Kura-kura
  4. Monyet
  5. Lembu
  6. Kambing
  7. Itik
  8. Zirafah
  9. Gajah
  10. Buaya

Buat dulu ye~ baru tengok jawapan. Hehe.

Jawapan:

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Hayya bil ‘arabiyyah!

Selamat mencuba.

A Long Journey ~ Part 3


Walaupun kini saya seorang isteri dan ibu, saya masih tetap seorang kakak sulung yang sentiasa merindui adik-adik. Sejak berumur 13 tahun, kami akan tinggal di asrama. Jadi kami hanya bersama-sama di rumah sehingga darjah 6 sahaja. Bukan mudah untuk kami berkumpul dan kami sangat menghargai peluang keemasan untuk berkumpul yang hanya datang sekali-sekala.

Antara kenangan termanis dalam hidup saya adalah tinggal di Korea selama sebulan bersama-sama adik perempuan saya. Wah, bestnyaaaaaaaaa! Makan, tidur, berjalan-jalan, bergosip kiranya semua dibuat bersama-sama. Saya harap satu hari nanti kami akan dapat merasa peluang sebegitu lagi.

Oh, my baby girls, I miss you so much!

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And of course I miss my brothers too! Hehe~

Ok sekarang kita sambung terjemahan cerpen ‘Perjalanan yang Jauh’ karya Zaharah Nawawi. Selamat membaca!

A Long Journey

By: Zaharah Nawawi

Translated by: Firuz Akhtar Mohamad Bohari

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“Abang Sham’s friend gave us those as presents, Mother.” It was the only excuse Rugayah could think of at the moment.

Mother went out, leaving Rugayah. She left the things just as they were, without rearranging them.

A look of disappointment and sadness appeared on her face. No words were uttered to Rugayah. Mother’s steps were furious and sulky. Rugayah’s feelings for her mother, which had already become distanced over the last two or three months, grew even more distant with this attitude. Rugayah lost all will. She remained still, like a dead log, like a plastic mannequin. Her thoughts began to fly far away. Why had Sham taken the baby’s clothes from the car trunk last week? Oh, it was because Sham had sent the car in for servicing. The answer appeared by itself, resolving the chaos of the question.

Why is mother showing such a sorrowful attitude during these final moments before I have to face a difficult struggle? To Rugayah, living in a critical moment like this was extremely torturing. It was as though she was becoming more distant from all her surroundings. Far from relatives, and far from the world. She was heading towards a battle at an unknown location. Far away, further and further.

Sweat dampened her forehead. Rugayah wiped it away. She struggled to fight the feelings that were rising within her. She tried to head towards Mother to calm her down, but did not have the strength to combat her own feelings of distance.

It’s too late. Mother is already heartbroken because I wouldn’t listen to her advice. All the baby preparations are ready. Getting rid of the items now would be useless. With that decision made, Rugayah resolved to continue her steps and bring along all of the baby items. The faraway world seemed to wave at her. The nearer the time came for Sham to return and bring her to the hospital, the smaller, gloomier, and darker she felt. The thought lingered: Will Mother’s words become reality?

Rugayah sat at the edge of the bed. No. Not because of the preparations made for the baby. Everything happens only because Allah permits it. Her thoughts convinced her. She clasped her hands, looking at the words Alif Lam Lam Ha,[1] which were clear in her head.

Once again, Rugayah tried to go to Mother and comfort her. She wanted to stress that diapers couldn’t cause anyone’s death. Only Allah had the power to make a person live or die. However, she could not lift her feet. Her heart was floating, as if the universe was slowly spinning further, towards a wide, empty space.

”Syahadah,”[2] she uttered several times, in an attempt to find the calmness that had already been buried in the heaps of anxious dust. The weird feeling finally could not be avoided any longer. She had to accept the fact that she would not say anything to her mother or, especially, to Sham and her children. She did not want to sadden her family. She did not want to force their tears by accompanying her on the long journey that she was about to experience. It would be critical to await the journey until the last sparkle of her eyes.

She steadied her feelings, looking to continue the journey to the faraway world, and began to prepare. She bathed herself, making herself as clean as possible. The doctor or nurse or the person who, later, would be in charge of cleaning her body for the last time would not feel nauseated or disgusted. She wanted to go in a clean and untroubled state.

[1] This is the alphabetical spelling of the word Allah.

[2] Syahadah is the Muslim declaration of belief in the oneness of Allah and acceptance of Muhammad as God’s prophet. It is uttered on many occasions. In this case, it is to calm an uneasy heart.

Kosong dan Hilang


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Buat kerja part time guide orang Malaysia jalan-jalan kat Seoul bukanlah mudah seperti yang disangka. Bila banyak orang, maka banyaklah ragamnya. Ada yang datang Korea sebab suka drama dan Runningman. Jadi semua tempat Runningman pernah pergi, dia pun nak pegi jugak.

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Ada yang datang sebab suka shopping. Customer macam ni memang payah dilayan. Kalau nak beli beg yang diperbuat daripada kulit belut, memang jenuh kita cari kat Google mane boleh beli. Orang macam ni selalunya sanggup berhabis duit beribu-ribu ringgit. Lagi susah bila bawak orang yang nak shopping tu duit tak banyak. Jenuh kita tawar-menawar dengan orang Korea. Yang sakit hati tu, bila tak jadi beli, kita pun keluar dari kedai slumber je, orang Korea sumpah seranah kita pakai Korean language yang kita je paham, orang Malaysia tak paham-_-

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Ada jugak yang datang sebab nak makan. Geng-geng macam ni memang kita kena layan dengan pergi ke setiap restoran yang boleh dimakan dan penat jawab soalan macam “Eh, apa nama mi yang warna hitam tu?” dan “Kat mana kita boleh makan makanan Korea yang putih-putih, rice cake kot eh? Yang dalam kuah merah tu?”

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Kadang-kadang tu kita sampai nervous bawak orang Malaysia yang banyak soalan. Kalau banyak soalan dan boleh terima jawapan kita tak pe jugak. Ni yang banyak komen atau tak puas hati dengan jawapan kita, macam dia pulak yang dah tinggal di Korea lebih 5 tahun.

Kali ni, tajuk diberi Kosong dan Hilang sebab nak kongsi pengalaman manis, guide Najwa Latif dan keluarga kat Seoul. Best weh, hehe… AIMB bukanlah peminat NL ni, tapi tau la jugak lagu2 dia. Pernah dengar masa balik Malaysia.

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Masa mula2 pergi jemput NL dan keluarga kat airport, Boss bagitau yang ketua trip ni namanya Ika Latif dan diorang ni 5 orang. Oh, ok… tanpa sebarang syak dan wasangka, AIMB pergi la airport, nampak macam 5 orang segrup tu, AIMB terus je approach.

“Ika Latif ke?” AIMB tanya. Ika tu pun mengaku dan memperkenalkan keluarga dia “Ni mak, ni adik, ni kakak bla bla bla…..” AIMB pun tengok sekali imbas lalu terkeluar dari mulut tanpa sedar. “Eh, kenapa muka macam Najwa Latif eh?”. Diorang gelak2 je.

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AIMB tak amik pusing pun dan terus ke kerusi berdekatan untuk bagi sedikit penerangan. Dah duduk, sekali lagi AIMB cakap “Eh, kenapa muka korang macam Najwa Latif eh?” Terus Ika Latif tu cakap sambil point ke seseorang yang duduk kat sebelah AIMB, “Ni memang Najwa Latif pun”.

Terkejut giler mase tu, baru start tengok muka orang yang sebelah AIMB, eh memang betul Najwa Latif. Mungkin terkejut sebab tak de bodyguard sampai tertanya ke dia. “Tak de bodyguard ke?” NL cakap: “Oh kalau kat Malaysia adalah, sini tak ade.”

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AIMB pun update Fb cite ke orang yang guest kali ni NL. Terkejut sebab tak sangka dan setahu AIMB dulu penah tengok Astro, cite pasal NL ni. Kakak dia mase tu tak bertudung, masa kat Incheon semua yang datang bertudung, Alhamdulillah. Sebab tu boleh tak kenal bila sekali imbas. Lepas dari tu, AIMB terus jadi femes di kalangan student JPA kat Korea ni, haha… Tapi femes dengan ‘Isteri Acap bawak NL jalan’, bukan namaku sendiri.

Best jalan dengan NL dan keluarga dia ni. Gila-gila, humble dan senang je. Tak banyak ragam. Dah la mase diorang datang tu hujan. Kesian, tapi kitorang harung jugak. Memang best, lagi2 kalau time amik gambar, macam2 posing ada. Posing yang kalau media dapat, habislah…Haha~

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Sumber: Instagram Najwa Latif

 

Paling best sekali masa jalan kat Nami Island. Nami Island kan hujung dunia, so masa balik naik subway tu memang lama sangat terasa. Jadi kitorang pun sembang pasal dunia artis. Semangat weh, macam-macam benda baru dapat tahu. Artis tu, artis ni. Sampai ke meja makan kitorang sembang lagi. Sorrylah tak boleh nak share kat sini, kalau nak tau pm AIMB, wuahahaha…

Kenangan terindah dengan NL ni, ade satu malam tu tumpang nak solat kat bilik NL ni. So, habis solat tu, terbuka cerita lain. Sembang punya sembang punya sembang tak tengok jam dah pukul 11. Rumah AIMB kat Suwon, Seoul ke Suwon makan masa sejam setengah. Mak NL pun tak bagi balik, dia suruh tidur je dengan diorang. AIMB dah risau esok nak pakai baju apa, eh NL offer amik baju die…hahaha, Alhamdulillah, ade jugak baju artis yang AIMB dapat. Nak cuci dan pulangkan balik ke NL memang tak sempat, jadi AIMB dapat amik terus. Assssssa!  So malam tu telpon la hubby AIMB, mintak izin nak tidur Seoul malam tu, diiringi dengan suara NL yang cuba memberi sokongan di belakang.

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Korang bayangkan, kalau la artis Malaysia yang lain. Ada ke yang nak amik pakej student ni? Penat kot, jalan banyak, sakit kaki. Baik diorang amik tour and travel yang beribu2 mahal tu. So, kesimpulannya NL ni memang sweet. Nampak pendiam dan baik hati. Dia paling rapat dengan mak dia, kalau jalan tu, asyik berkepit je dengan mak dia. Setiap kali tengok diorang, buat AIMB rindu mak di Malaysia. Buat NL dan keluarga kot2 terbaca blog ni, minta maap. Ostazah Pilihan suh tulis apa2, dah tak ade idea, pasal ni je yang masih tersemat di hati sampai sekarang^^

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