Congratulations to my sister for getting her Master’s Degree at University of Leeds! A year effort in a foreign land finally paid off! I remember sending her off at the airport on 2nd October 204 (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/mara-mesta-earadith-the-niiew-life-of-masters-degree-experience-university-of-leeds-yorkshire/) and my visit to Leeds at the end of 2014 (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/winter-united-kingdom-part-3-the-malaysian-little-match-girl-kelso-gardens-leeds/). I have to say I am both happy and positive envy with her achievement but that will heighten my spirit to further my study, definitely!
St. Pancras International – the terminal for international commuters to London!
Seeing the euphoria and the situation of the convocation here has somehow flame up my desire to study abroad; again (Hahah!). I am such a fickle-minded person. Before this, I have deliberated the bricks and bouquets of studying abroad and with my position as a government civilian (a teacher, no less!), my inclination was 80% to do PhD locally and I was all geared up to prepare my proposal on the Rhetoric Communication (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/the-road-to-phd-iinntercultural-communication-or-rhetoric-persuasive-communication-the-overture-to-neo-aristotelianism/). But now, I have no qualm to admit that my heart is 50%-50% to pursue PhD locally and abroad.
“The Meeting Place” sculpture by Paul Day at the entrance of St. Pancras.
Kakak asked me to do the simplest SWOT analysis to assuage this dilemma. My targets are :-
- To get doctorate by the age of 36 years old; OR;
- To gain new life experience abroad – academic and social lives.
Savouring Kakak’s favourite oysters at the Leeds Kirkgate Market. Sumptuous lot!
If I want to achieve the first one; I may as well pursue PhD locally this coming September 2016 and with 8 semesters, Insya ALLAH I could get my PhD; if there are no glitches! Nonetheless, if I were to keep basking on the illusion that the economy would recoup back to its healthy financial momentum and hopefully the government would allocate some funds to the universities AND hopefully would sponsor some potential candidates to study abroad – it would take years and I would probably be idling and wasting TIME!!
Simple “makan-makan” at Kak Liza’s and Kak Sally’s residences. There were Raya cookies, no less! Haha!
Kak Liza, Kakak, Kak Fida & Kak Zu – so good of Kak Liza and Kak Su for attending the convocation. The Malaysian spirit is intact!
Queuing up to enter the hall.
It was so surreal (even for Kakak) to attend a convocation in a foreign university. Unlike in Malaysia where protocols are made topmost priorities and could cause some helter-skelter; convocation in University of Leeds is simple yet fruitful. It is confined in one small hall (unlike in Malaysia where the congregation usually takes place at in a big hall) and no protocol shenanigan. The lecturers paraded in and then the Dean of Faculty gave speech and then they started to call out the long list of names. I applaud the secretary of the faculty for the effort to pronounce the exotic names correctly!
Some of the Malaysian community members such as Kak Liza, Kak Emi, Kak Sally and Kak Zu came for Kakak and Kak Fida’s convocation. The close-knitted affairs of the Malaysians are well embraced here. So touched seeing that. They even make effort to have simple “makan-makan” at their house in honor of my sister’s graduation. I really felt the “Malaysian Spirit” here in Leeds. That is why; the further you go out from your cocoon, the more your are closer to home.
Each one these graduate has his or her own plights to complete the degree. Amazing!
As for the lodging here; Kakak has made an effort to contact the Malaysian community here. So happened that one family went back to Malaysia for this Eid; so Kakak made arrangement with them. We were charged merely 40 Pound for one night. It is more of brethren spirit, I guess.
The Dean of Faculty, Professor Moizer spoke. Brilliant speech. Simple yet educational. One line he said stuck in my head : “Don’t be constraint with your first degree”. That is so me! Kakak also had the instantaneous thought of me when she heard that line! Haha!
Historical event for Kakak. My own convocation in UPM this coming October. (,”)
Leeds is our 3rd European destination. From Brussels, we took Eurostar across The English Channel headed to London and then from London, we boarded the Virgin East Coast Train to Leeds. Leeds is merely a one-night-only affair. But surely, a great welcoming place closer to home. And I guess will always be a good place in the hearts of Kakak, Abang Zam, Rifqi and Raess (if he could remember). For me although I don’t have the chance to study here but having the opportunity to peek into their cocoon enclave Malay diaspora here have been a great experience for me.
Kakak with her tutor. A friendly chap, he was.
Being Kakak, of course she likes to do out-of-the-box thing; and that includes in posing! She felt so Harry Potter in that robe!
Time for me to decide. PhD. Amin, amin, amin. God Is Great.
Kakak and I. You inspire me a lot, sis! Blood is thicker than water.