26 March, 2009

Severity of The Loss

. 26 March, 2009

I was impressed when one of my colleagues whose beloved wife passed away last week, took no breaks from working. The next day after the funeral, he worked normally at his office. The way he talked and his face expression was just as he used to be. He seems to make an effort to live each day fully and enjoy it, despite the loss. I suppose that although he bears to go on with his life as if nothing had happened,the grief is still present in his feelings, dreams and physiological changes. This approach to grief may be designed to maintain a good social front and not be a burden to friends and family - especially the children.

Feelings of loss, especially with regard to a loved one, can never completely go away. There will always be moments when we will miss them. The process of recovery for everyone is different. Some can recover quickly, while others can take a full year or more. This will also depend on the severity of the loss. That is why people usually take at least three days breaks from works after the funeral of his/her beloved one. Some even took longer. I recall how my late mother in law – after the death of my father in law- required more than one month of mourning in order to integrate the loss into her life. The loss had influenced her well-being and her daily activities some time. It was the presence of family members and friends around her that healed her out from the grief more rapidly.

I put salute to my colleague who has been facing the loss of his beloved one without having to put him into deep grievance for long time. He really is so tough and seemed to be realistic that every person will experience the loss of a beloved one through death and dying in time. Friends are always there for him. I wish him and his children well with this.

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21 March, 2009

Parasailing at Batu Ferringghi

. 21 March, 2009

Parasailing is an activity whereby you ascend through the sky while hanging from a parachute and being towed by a speedboat or other vehicle. It is a recreational activity where a person is towed behind a boat or other vehicle while attached to a specially designed parachute, known as a parasail.
The boat then drives off, carrying the parascender into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender actually has little or no control over the parachute. Anyone can parasail and no skill or training is necessary.

When I with my husband and son visited Penang recently, we had a chance to visit Batu Ferringhi beach. There are many recreational activities can be done there such as water jet skiing, horse riding, parasailing etc. My grown up son wanted to parasail. The fee for parasailing is 80RM/person per session of about 10-15 minutes. The weather was fine and the wind blew moderately, which is ideal condition for parasailing. The beach guard put the life vest and tied the parachute rope on my son. There is a short red fabric tied at the lower part of the parachute rope within a reachable distance from the shoulder of the paracender. The red stuff is to be pulled by paracender to control the direction when he or she is approaching the ground.

After making sure the parasailing equipment is in good condition the ground assistants take position at each side of the parasail to hold it open. When things are ready, the parasailing assistants signal the boat driver to accellerate slowly until the tow line is pulled tout. My son then took a few quick strides and are pulled aloft. In seconds he liftoff, rose up in the air. Watching him rising uphill far away in the sky took my breath away, though I was not nervous, but was astonished and proud of my son’s being brave. He likes to play with challenging activities since he was a young child.

After about 10 minutes aloft, the boat driver accelerate slowly, re-engages the winch to pull my son back down to sea level. At the end of the trip he should turn the motion toward the beach, but he almost forget to pull the red stuff. Perhaps he was too amazed, nervous and excited. My husband and the beach guards yelled him to pull the red stuff above his left shoulder. It was not too late when he eventually saw us shouting at him. He pulled the stuff right away and the parachute turned to the left approaching the beach. He landed safely, a bit wet splashed by the sea water because he landed near sea side. Walking down toward the beach he grinned with an overwhelming desire to do it again!

I actually wanted to parasail as well because it looks challenging and wonderful experience. But I had to put off my desire because I did not wear proper outfits comfortable for parasailing. On my next visit to Penang I hope I could go parasailing at Batu Ferringhi beach.

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02 March, 2009

I've been up to ....

. 02 March, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Well, it’s the break session of the class for my doctoral program, but that doesn’t mean I could take a break from reading and writing research proposal. I plan to complete this in (hopefully) 6 months. I have spent long time before choosing the topic, since the topic chosen should be one that interests me, and represents an area of study that I can use to identify me as one with special expertise in a particular area.
The doctoral dissertation should demonstrate breadth of learning, and ability to investigate problems independently and efficiently, must be a significant contribution to scholarship; should reveal one’s ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize, and demonstrate thorough knowledge of the literature relating the project. Therefore it is very important to proceed with forethought into the dissertation process, because it is important part of doctoral program that the dissertation is uniquely to me.

More specifically, some criteria indicating the doctoral research are the research should present the relevance of existing theories of the problem ; include an original and unique dimension which builds on cited research, enable the candidate to enter the national or regional debate, be sufficiently broad from which to generalize to a larger audience, acculturate the candidate to differing academic communities, encourage the continuation of scholarly activity and, reflect the methodology appropriate to the type of research commonly found in dissertations. Environmental management is so broad, it includes multi disciplines. I am on a bit further from choosing the topic for my dissertation. Overloaded!! This might be the only suitable word to figure out what I’ve been up to at the moment. Yet, I enjoy it because I have reached the final selection of my topic which is the starting point to enter the next phase of the program.

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