Thanx James for the tips - a real reminder for us:
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Another photo page in a series of photo posting today... a lazy day after two days of long journey to Kuantan and Muadzam Syah in the past two days for meeting with the research respondents.
Last Sunday we went to KLCC wading pool. It was fun especially for the kids. The two brothers were really enjoying the day whilst Ainaa seemed to be fear for her safety in the kids water park. Throughout the afternoon, she remained in our cuddle, refused to go into the water.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
To save time and cost of journey to different libraries, the service of inter-library loan (ILL) would be indispensable. ILL is the service to get books borrowed by a library which we have borrowing capacity from other libraries in the country especially university and public libraries including the National Library.
But the experience that we had so far is sadly frustrating. Coming back from a country which I could rate the ILL service as tip-top, it is still long way for the libraries in this country to improve. It was not that I had never tried to use the service before starting my current undertaking, which the performance could be considered overall as low, but just hoping that things had improved over the year.
Out of 12 requests that I made since last months, only 2 requests were successful so far, which reached to the base library only after about 4 weeks. There were 6 requests made to the library of an institution that I attached with. The 2 successful requests were from this library. The other 6 were made from u-pustaka, which none was successful.
On top of that, despite the so many online services exist in the university, the request for ILL could only be made through a paper form to be signed and sent to the base library.
So, shall I just forget the service?
Sunday, July 3, 2011
We are still in the home country for the fieldwork. In the course of this up-and-down process, we also came across with more than what we expected. In Kuantan, we met with an old friend from the university that we studied before. He had just finished his PhD and already published his first book. Congratulation our dear friend. We hope to follow suit.
In FRIM, we met with Dr Lim Hin Fui, a senior researcher in the forest research institute. He gave us a special gift - he said a gift for life. It is indeed. It is about healthy food which is a good guide for everyday food to avoid diseases. It is ironic that we are always worried about so many things and risks against life and healthbut in fact it is the food that we take every day that could be the real cause for concern.