and so it is…

£75 was the damage when I had the print and bind 4 copies of my dissertation. Staples might have op’ed  me but to be fair, they did everything for me.  Last year for my undergraduate, I was a cheapskate and a newbie to the whole dissertation thing – I printed them myself and place them in a floppy plastic pocket thing. Haha. I did get a 2:1 for it, though, so all’s good. For the MA this year, I have to be more professional!

How the topic of my MA dissertation came to be was a rather random train of thought. Earlier in the year, I had a meeting with my tutor about a proposed topic, which was on ‘New Families’ i.e. friends. The reason for this pick was that I thought I should have a follow-on on my previous dissertation topic, which was titled, ‘Youth transitions to adulthood: which of these influence the transitions more than others?” But I didn’t feel ‘right’ about it. So, I had to do a whole re-think because it was almost close to the deadline for a confirmed research topic.

Then I remembered a conversation I had with an old friend about 3 years ago. When he asked what my topic was going to be for my final undergraduate project and I told him, he was, needless to say, ‘disappointed’. Heh. He felt that there was a pressing need for me to do my research on something that is a recurrent but silent problem in Brunei. So, I had a few minutes of available research on the topic, compared it to the modules I’ve studied or going to study, and presto, the topic of Civic Stratification was picked as my MA dissertation. I was lucky as well as my tutor specialized in the subject, so she became my supervisor, too. This topic, I have to admit, was at first a bit daunting and new to me, but it did feel right. Being new made me more objective in my perspective, and the people who have helped me during this study made me more determined to pursue the research further.

Throughout the duration of this research, I can honestly say that my brain was almost constantly feeling like it was going clockwork, but in a rusty kind of way. Some data cannot be obtained, some data cannot be found (so much error 404!)…And objectivity wasn’t a problem, it’s the discretion.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the whole process. Gathering data wasn’t as much fun as analyzing the data because you’re writing things down in a way that is credible, and usable in real-life situations. Knowledge is truly power! Haha :)

Anyway, all done now, well, almost. I still have to hand it in on Wednesday. Sigh, I’m gonna miss being a student…again. But University of Kent, especially :) Can’t wait to see what my next step is, though!

Chase your dreams!





a quick post!

only been a several days, and I’ve almost forgotten my password to log in to this. Apologies :)

Conducted my first skype research interview today, which went well, I think. Despite the random DC-s and a couple of sound mishaps, it went better than I expected. I can’t wait to do the rest of my interviews in the coming days :)

More later as I’m going to have my lunch now…ciao!


oh the dilemma



I’m still waiting for my ethics form to be approved (shame on me for filling it in late!), so I can’t exactly start on my research. I can, however, email people around to get networks for any help I can get with my MA dissertation. My supervisor is nothing short of amazing, but more help is always good. But I’ve still not done that…maybe tomorrow………………

The boyfriend has decided for the both of us that the trip to Sweden would be good. I’ve always wanted to travel outside the UK with him, and what better way to redeem that want, ey. I just feel a little reserved because it is for a guild meeting…He may feel more social with them as he does raid with them but I do not.

[I play WoW yes. Boyfriend introduced it to me, 3 weeks in when we first dated. I was hooked. Two years and a bit, we’re still playing together! :P]

We both have never met any of the guildies but with loads of good chat on vent and things, they seem like nice people. Another reason I feel reserved is I am Asian. A friend of mine was telling me that one of the villages she visited there was quite racist, and she hopes that I won’t go to those places. /sigh Also, all the guildies are Europeans…I just don’t want to feel the odd one out, and knowing me, I’m super shy and self-conscious :o [I’m also fat and they’re all quite fit. Lol :|]

Not sure what else there is to say.

As a first post [minus the two that I’ve deleted as I deemed them to be inappropriate…], hello and we shall commence again later.

Boring first post. I hope for a more sociological approach in the next post. Hope.



p/s: Happy Gawai to all my family and friends back home!! <3