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By: m a s i t a h Ghazali

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Friday, 29-Dec-2006 06:07 Email | Share | | Bookmark
I hate to go

terima kasih Rapek kerana memandu kereta, walaupun tanpa peta :)
terima kasih juga kepada Jun
dan Bash!
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'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again

*thanks June for the pictures

Thursday, 28-Dec-2006 00:57 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The day my heart sank

the farewell party
It was pretty early in the morning. Without telling him the precise time I was going to arrive - the credit was low!, he waited for me at the platform holding a travel mug which contains a hot tea. We spent a good few hours in his study/dining room overlooking a green hill, going through my thesis and talking (or more like him giving me his words of wisdom). Fiona kindly prepared us lunch and sat down with us, talking about things I would miss when I get home. Then the time came for us to say goodbye. They drove me back into Lancaster. Seeing their orange car leaving the car park makes my heart sank.

Almost everybody whom I invited to the farewell party turned up in the evening. It was a good evening - talking and laughing with people who I bonded with over the years in Lancaster. But saying goodbye was the hardest. Once again, my heart sank.

Tuesday, 26-Dec-2006 19:42 Email | Share | | Bookmark
An evening with Kak Jo & co.

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Lancaster House Hotel was fully booked. Didn't have a clue where to go from there, we went straight into town. We dined at the Ask restaurant instead.

Thanks kak Jo & abg Razman!

Friday, 22-Dec-2006 19:15 Email | Share | | Bookmark
There's a price to pay to look taller

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From dining and exchanging gifts at Bella Italia to shooting in the cold at Alex Park to watching a movie and a late night supper back at the flat.

that's what friends are for

Wednesday, 13-Dec-2006 09:35 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The weirdest day of my life

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I was very calm and composed. Maybe because I had no energy left after panicking and wondering all the possible 'what ifs' questions, every single minute in the past week. Having said that, I was extremely nervous.

It went very smoothly. Alhamdulillah (never underestimate the power of du'as!). The negotiation/defence session lasted for 150 minutes (1000-1130 & 1140-12.40). I didn't notice the time passing because, strangely enough, I enjoyed the discussion. Though I must admit, I was a little short of adrenaline in the second part, and was already fighting the temptation to dissapear.

I was asked to leave the room, eventually, at 12.40 for ten minutes. After walking up and down outside the room, I got bored. I went to kak Fidah's office for a little chat, and on the way back to the room, I could hear Alan was asking around for me downstairs. I rushed down and there I found kak Hanis, kak Rina and Alan. They were all eager to know how did it go. It was getting really emotional. The looks in kak Hanis' eyes made me feel so guilty. Because I kept it very quite about the day. Nobody in the department knew about it (except for the secretaries, Alan D and Simon L, of course! and kak rina who got to know from Alan- Alan didn't know that it was supposed to be my little secret).

Awais R then came down looking for me. He thought I already ran off!

Anticipating the verdict was nerve wrecking. Awais R then started to say something. It took me a few seconds to register what he actually said. And it was a good news. Phew! Matt J said I made a very good defense and Simon L thought it was amazing to see me working alongside Equator and didn't sidetrack. I don't know what to make out of these comments, but I felt good inside.

The first hug was from Alan. I think he too got emotional about the result. And there was tears in my eyes. Tears of joy. I have made him proud. The fatherly hug he gave me make me think about my parents.

I felt so many things in just one day. Nervous, calm, a little panic, fear, joy, pride, happy, disbelief.

This is the weirdest day of my life. and Simon L was right!

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