It was Friday (14/06/2013). The beginning of the weekend. Nothing special for the day, it was just like the other days. I came to the lab and was working with my PhD stuff. I was finalizing my first year review report that the deadline was in 3 days. I added the Gantt chart of my research works in the future works section. Since, I got no technical feedback from my spv, at the rest of time I just read, read and read papers. Oh God, please bless me with very best luck and great success at the day of the Viva of my first year review. It will be the end of my PhD probation period, that determine whether I am qualified or not to be a PhD candidate. Please, help me ya Allah.
In the afternoon, I hop to the University Park, for making Jumah Prayer. As always, there were a bunch of Muslim brothers originating from differing countries came to the same place, the muslim prayer room in Portland Building, University Park, University of Nottingham. I always find genuine serenity and happiness in this place, a place where everyone shares his sincere smile, where everyone offers his warm brotherhood in the sake of God.
After making Jumah prayer and having small chats with some brothers, I had a meeting, the final meeting, for Indonesian Festival 2013, that will be held on the next day. It was a thorough briefing about the program for all organizing committee members. It was quite surprising, the committee looked work very well and quite well-prepared even if the number of committee is quite few and they had very limited time for preparation due to the final examination. Two thumbs up, for the organizing committee. another note worthy achievement was that the committee successfully rose thousands pound sterling money from some sponsors such as Indomie and Teh Botol Sosro.
The meeting ended at around 03.30 pm. I came along with Mas Udin, Mas Walid, and Arif to George Green Library. We had further works on finishing our Bahasa Indonesia workshop media and toolkit. We were preparing a booklet depicting the Indonesian people, culture and people at glance. We also prepared a Bahasa Puzzle, a puzzle of matching words in Bahasa Indonesia versus English. We were very lucky, the library provided many excellent discussion rooms. To be honest, it was my first time to utilize the facility. The cozy sofa, wide-screen PC, and electronic color marker made the meeting so enjoyable.
The Ashar time prayer called us at 05.30 PM. We went back to the prayer room in Portland Building for Ashar prayer. Afterwards, we worked back in Portland Building, there were some PCs connected to University network available to use by any students. We did not need to worry about saving files problem, because the university provided a free drive space accessible from any PC connected to the university networks. When we start working, we were starving badly. Thus, we ordered halal fried chicken advertised in brochures located in the prayer room. We ordered 14 pieces chicken wings, 4 boiled rice, and 4 cans of coke for only £14. It was very modest order isn’t it. But, because we were starving and ate together, the food taste extremely good. Even, we ate each single grain of the rice.
We finished up when the Maghrib prayer was calling. After the maghrib prayer, Arif and mas Udin went home while Mas Walid and me went to the lab at Jubilee Campus to print out our work. I was very lucky, the Lab provided free high quality color printer, photocopy machine, as well as binding machine for free. We finished up at 01.30 am, in the morning. We walked through the river nearby Queen Medical Center from Jubilee Campus to Dunkirk. Arriving at home, I did not go to sleep promptly. The Subuh time was at 02.30 PM, so I thought it was more sensible to sleep after the Subuh Prayer.
Thanks God for the day. It should be worth to remember one day later in the future times.