Tight Budget for Hosting

I am currently trying to cut the cost of hosting and maintain this website. 
Previously it was only RM203.88 after one time discount. For me 
RM445.08 (after discount!) for total year is too much! That is my Pro Forma Invoice I received a few days ago to pay before it ends on next month. 

Currently, I am using the package of EBiz Lite v7 – Linux.  I am thinking to change to only WP Blogger about ~RM16 per month. But the catch is you need to pay for 36 months to get the price. 

1 month : RM28/mo
12 months: RM24/mo
24 months: RM20/mo
36 months: RM16/mo

This is the cheapest  and includes the following:

  • FREE Domain 
  • 1 Website
  • Jetpack FREE Edition
  • 10GB SSD Storage
  • 2 Email Accounts
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • Shared
  • http/2 & NGINX
  • WordPress Pre-installed
  • Recommended for 10K Monthly Visit

Mr. Shahriza Fadly workshop

After lunch, I attended Google scholar workshop by Mr. Shahriza Fadly, senior librarian of USM.

Here the details:

Title: Literature Search:  Google Scholar

Trainer: Mr. Shahriza Fadly Misaridi

Date : 28 March 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Venue: Training Room, IPS, USM.

The most useful part that I learn today is Google button.  We basically highlight the title of an article (in Wikipedia reference list) and click the button, then, Walla! The magic happens!!! You found it.

Slides are not available at this moment.

Dr Saratha workshop

Today I attended Graduate on Time (GOT) workshop by Dr Saratha.

What is GOT? GOT is completing PhD in 42 months including Senate approval.

Here the details of the workshop:

Title: How to Graduate on Time (GOT)

Trainer: Assoc Prof Dr Saratha Sathasivam

Date : 28 March 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 9 am – 12 pm

Venue: Training Room, IPS, USM.

What I’ve learned today, we must target and plan everyday, weekly and monthly. Keep on writing. Work constantly.

She recommended completing Literature Review in 2 months. What?! Yes, we need to interact with colleagues.



Dr Badrul Hisham workshops

Today I attended two workshops organized by IPS USM.  Associate Prof. Dr. Badrul Hisham Yahaya conducted both sessions.  Since it is two workshops, we need to pay RM20 for the fee. RM10 for morning and another balance for an afternoon session. Still cheap okey! #bless

The details of the workshops are as below:

  1. Thesis Writing & Examiners Expectation (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon)
  2. Publish Your Paper with Success (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Trainer: Associate Prof. Dr. Badrul Hisham Yahaya

Date : 21 March 2018 (Wednesday)

Venue: Training Room, IPS, USM.

What I’ve learned from the Morning session are:

A thesis is like a story and flow. It needs to be highlighted.  don’t go back to the 1st line and edit. Just sit and continue writing.
After you finished several sections, then you can review it.(you are the examiner now)!

And I got the answer why we call Social Sciences although nothing to do with sciences? (still, have “science” in there) .  That is because it needs scientific data to support the finding. Thanks Dr! J Got the answer!!!

The second sessions start after lunch hour.  Here what I’ve learned.

We need to submit to one journal only. Don’t send the same manuscript to multiple journals. NO “SALAMI” ARTICLES – a slice from the study – cut into a chunk. Therefore, it is not conclusive enough.

Since I am still new and novice, this part is very new to me. Dr. Badrul mentions that when a paper being reviewed, the name of the author, co-author, the institution and name of the ethical committee will be removed. This is to eliminate the biasedness due to the reputation of the author or the university.

The motto is Don’t Give Up, Keep it Up!
It is normal for the first of your submission to be rejected. It is lucky for the first submission to be accepted.





Prof Kabilan injured

Today I attended a workshop organized by IPS.

Here are the details of the workshop.

Title: Developing Questionnaire for Social Sciences Research

Trainer: Prof Dr Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan Abdullah

Date : 14 March 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Venue: Training Room, IPS, USM.


He is still coming to the workshop although got injured. Go, strong Prof!

However, he manages to stand after few hours.  You are the rock star!

Ok, done with that.  Basically, we don’t call anything in the questionnaire as a question.

What??? Yup!

We call them as an item and construct.

what I’ve learned from the workshop is we can develop questionnaire from literature (keyword) and rephrase them.
Other than that, we can conduct a focus group to form an item.

get the slides from here: Slides


Workshop: Writing An Effective Research Paper

Today I attended a workshop organized by IPS USM.

Title: Writing An Effective Research Paper

Trainer: Associate Professor Dr. Daisy Kee Mui Hung

Venue: IPS Training Room

Date: 7 Feb 2018 (Wed)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All the materials are here: https://padlet.com/daisy_kee/IPS2018.

What I learned today, we need to double check from WoS for ISI or from Scopus to ensure the reliability of the journal.  Most importantly, we need to aware of some journal might be ISI indexed in 2009, but not in the current year (2016).  It might be blacklisted and dropped from the ISI listing.

Pro tips: If we would like to submit immediately, Emerald call for paper does provide the platform for us. Easy!

P/S: Ask me if the materials are not available.