Friday, 19 December 2008

The best Electronic and Electrical Engineering School in UK

Yes, as the title spell it out, we are the best Electronic and Electrical Engineering School in the United Kingdom, according to RAE 2008 (Research Assesment Exercise 2008).
What is RAE?

The Research Assessment Exercise is a peer review exercise to evaluate the quality of research in UK higher education institutions

The primary purpose of the RAE 2008 was to produce quality profiles for each submission of research activity made by institutions. The four higher education funding bodies intend to use the quality profiles to determine their grant for research to the institutions which they fund with effect from 2009-10. Any HEI in the UK that is eligible to receive research funding from one of these bodies was eligible to participate.

Qouting the school website in a few article:
"The School is celebrating its position as Number 1 in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with an outstanding grade-point average (GPA) of 3.05, and an overwhelming 80% of activity rated as internationally excellent or World leading. This clearly confirms the School’s position as the leading electronic and electrical engineering department in the UK and a leader in the field internationally.

As a research intensive University the RAE is vitally important to us; high rankings enable us to attract increased funding and investment, as well as the very best staff and students."

Research Excellence
  1. The top electronic and electrical engineering school in the UK based on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.05, and an overwhelming 80% of staff rated 3* or 4*. This denotes research of international standing and enables us to attracting funding to invest further in our reserach and facilities and to attract and retain outstanding staff.
  2. 100 years of history and has built on its long standing tradition of microwave engineering to also lead the world in terahertz technology and the semiconductor, bio- and quantum electronic aspects of nanotechnology.
  3. Recent investment in infrastructure and research staff in communications and signal processing has projected that area onto the international stage.

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We are also having most of our research assessed as 4* and 3* as 4* being the highest rank for RAE2008. (

Thanks to Allah for granting me and husband this opportunity to study with the world class academicians, many thanks also to our sponsors for believing that we will someday... one sweet day go back to Malaysia with sufficient knowledge to be shared with our ummah.... We will try our best to study and gained as many knowledge as possible academically and also other lifelong skills so that we will bring back to Malaysia and may they will be something that will benefit our ummah. Insya-Allah. May Allah bless our journey here.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

A pat on the shoulder

Today, 17/12/2008.

Venue: Ummi's Kitchen.

Time: Breakfast Time.

Just came back from the clinic, Hubby is not feeling well, after a few weeks taking care of us, Hubby catch the fever. Encik Hubby wanted to have a light breakfast, cereal was the choice. After some milk warming in the microwave, he started to pour some cereal in the bowl, when suddenly(the use of suddenly is a good choice according to humaira, it is a "wow" word) Hafiy said, 'no abah'. Oooo he wanted to pour the cereal and encik hubby allowed him.

When encik hubby finishing eating the cereal, a small gesture that really captured my heart happened. Hafiy sat beside encik hubby and he started to pat his abah shoulder, he said .. 'abah win.. abah win..' he said that because encik hubby has finished his cereal and hafiy is celebrating it.... Another unexpected gesture by hafiy was that he started to pour another round of cereal into his abah's bowl. And he said 'tambah abah.... bagi besar' ... 'have some abah so that you'll grow big...' huhuhu.. so touching... encik hubby said to him... 'You'll be abah's friend until abah grow old and you are really grown up....' hafiy seems to understand, he nod his head and started to pat his abah shoulder again.....

A father is always the one who will pat his child shoulder, when the otherwise happen, it srikes your emotion most.

Ummi prays that you'll always be a good friend to us, especially your abah... I always witness the closeness of encik hubby and his abah, he will always find times to have a long chit chat with his abah during dinner, when we live together with them. They watched sports channel together and having chit chat again. They laughed and have good argument together. Even when we are thousand of miles apart, he will always find times to call his abah and having at least one and a half good hour of chit chating and updating each others on life.... not only his dad, he have that good relationship with his mom too... I prays that we will bring up our kids in that manner too and they will always find comfort in our presence and even not. May they find solacity in our thoughts and will always search for us in anytime and situations....

I will always remember this moment... Hafiy is 2 years 8 months and 10 days old.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Searching for Sakinah and Istiqomah in new journey

Well, It has been a month since the new journey begin. Juggling between students life and also a housewife life. It is a matter of finding the rythm. Once it rhymes then Insya-Allah everything will be in place and in order.

We were all been tested by Allah with winter flu. It took us a week to recover, it seems like the 'bugs' don't really recognize us yet even after a year. huhuhu. Alhamdulillah, the flu withdrawn bit by bit from our systems. The kids also manage to attend school. It's only Humaira that still feeling weak from the fever and cough. Hasya seems enjoying the school time again. Hafiy is strong as usual, Alhamdulillah. He understands that he needs to stay at home until next year. His nursery will only starts on September 2009. Pity him really, he has been nagging us into sending him to school. He has to be patient. He will adapt Insya-Allah.

Encik suami will have his VIVA transfer after the Christmas Holiday Insya-Allah. Will be praying for his success.

Misses mak and abah so much. We have not able to contact them since 2 weeks ago. Mak and Abah performing Hajj now. I think they are in Makkah now. I pray that Allah will grant them will Haji Mabrur and may their journey be safe and they will be healthy to perform their pilgrim.
Really misses to hear their voice.

Insya-Allah will update more...........

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The New Journey will begin soon


It has been almost a year since I've been a full housewife. I like each and everybit of it. I enjoy every second of it. I am so grateful for the time that Allah granted for to be with my family FULL TIME. When I said full time, it is really full time. It is the most happiest moment in my life. Being far away from our truly "support system" (Perantau lah katakan..... mak ayah jauh tu..) it really teaches us a lot. We have learned a lot of true meaning as a person, a parents, children and the whole family itself. There are lots of give and take. Lots of sharing. Lots of joy and happy moments. Until we cannot remember the 'grey' moments. All bright and shiny. I really want to thank my husband for his understanding and support through this journey as a housewife. He never fail to be my great cheerleader, whenever I need one. I really hope that I have been the same to him. As time goes by, I really fall in love with being a housewife.

However, it is almost time to say welcome student life. Hmmmmmm think I need my most handsome cheerleader again hehehehehe. I would not say that I am going to say goodbye to my housewife title. As now, I believe that a woman would never leave this title whenever they get married. Eventhough they are career women, they still hold the housewife title. So I am gonna be a proud student and housewife soon.

3rd November 2008 will the new mark in my life. InsyaAllah I will enroll as a postgraduate student with Electrical Engineering School, University of Leeds. I hope all of you will pray for my success. I hope you all will pray for Mel's success too. May Allah guide me through this new journey each and every step of it. Hubby, Mel will be going through a critical phase of a PhD, which 'PhD Transfer'. He has to prove in a first year VIVA that his project is novel and feasable. He has been working so hard and I pray that Allah will granted him with success. I know you can do it Darling, Allah always love to hear us begging for help and we will do so. May Allah give us hidayah all the time.

I am nervous yet the same time I can't wait to experience this new journey............................................

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

May you be blessed forever

Assalamualaikum and good day to all

It has been a while since I blog last time. This time, it is the turn to do some wedding wish for my brother in law. Haznor and Farah. They will get married this November. All the best wishes for both of them. We are really sorry that we could not make it to the wedding. Really sorry about that. How we wish we could be there with all the family to welcome Farah into our happy family. How we wish we could be there to celebrate the happy moment for the couple. We were really waiting for this moment to come and yet we could not be there together celebrating.
This video is just a small portion of feeling that we can expressed. There are lots more that we want to say and share. However, words can never expressed the feelings of regret, the feelings of happiness, the feelings of thankfulness, all jumble up.

But one thing for sure. We will be praying for all the goodness in life could bring for both of our couple. May Allah shower them with blessing and never ending love story. Life should be celebrated one day at a time. Yesterday was a past that should be made as a history to learn from, today is the most of time that should be celebrated as if tomorrow will never come. Tomorrow is something that is not in our power to determine about. Plan your tomorrow as if we will live for thousand of years. And live today as if tomorrow will never come.
To Nor, We pray that you will be a good leader in your young family. May your family grow to be an example of good muslim family. To Farah, we pray that you will be a good helper to your family leader. May you be a good muslimah and wife to Nor.

Salam to all with lots of love from all of us here in Leeds, United Kingdom,

Hizamel Mohd Hizan, Aziati Husna Awang, Humaira Ardini Hizamel, Hasya Amalin Hizamel and Hafiy Addin Hizamel.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Anything I can help?

I've been through this lifelong journey with lots of unselfish people... I thank Allah for letting this people to be part of my life.... My parents, My loving Hubby, My Parents in law, my siblings and my in laws and all my families not forgetting my friends in every of my pitch stops. Lately there are addition to my life 3 blossoms that will always be the apples of my eyes.

As a human being, life is not always bright.. there will be some tumbling after... and I thank Allah there always somebody to lend a shoulder and ears....

I just had this feeling, someone so close at heart is having trouble in life. Is it the study? or is it your personal life? She has always been with me through his life... she share many joys and never fail to be beside me when I am down....

I have tried all my best to support her in every way.. emotionally, materially and physically..... being so far away from her right now has made me so helpless... being a big sister meke me so aware of every tone and gesture.... being far I can only judge the tone.... I am hoping I can help in anyway......

Dear lil sis,

you know that I will always lend my ears and shoulder... be it anything... you know how to reach me......

we always love you and support you... your target is high and reachable... I've seen more potential of you which you did not even realize... study hard and smart dear sis... we wish to see you here in September 2009....

The blossoms always miss and love you so much....

till then

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Cari Rentak

Lamanya tak blogging.....

Terlalu sibuk rasanya diri nie.... melayan kerenah anak2 yang tak pernah lekang kegembiraan dan rempah perasa kehidupan... tak pernah jemu.. setiap hari menunggu perkara baru yang akan anak2 hidangkan dalam menu perlakuan mereka.

Humaira: Setiap hari dengan penuh pertanyaan, yang selalunya akan mengundang soal di minda sendiri, Mana dia dapat soalan2 yang macam ni? Diri sendiri tak pernah kot rasanya bertanya soalan2 yang macam ni dulu. Last Night tengok balik cerita Day after tomorrow, ombak besar macam lautan menghempas Manhattan. Humaira Ardini tanya, kenapa dunia kat situ dah macam tu? is it another world abah? Is it a different world than ours? Abah said: No, it is just a fiction. The story writter just imagine that and they do it in a movie. Humaira: "ooooooo, do they just did it using computer?. Abah and ummi looked at each other. and say"yes".

Hasya: Sama macam humaira.... selalu banyak soalan, lagi-lagi dia dok rumah jer ngan ummi ngan hafiy. Hasya paling rajin sekali kalau nak kutip kain kering, sidai kain, lipat kain.. rajin sangat tolong ummi kat rumah. Still saying no to school... I bet just for a while. Hasya paling obsess dengan duit. hari2 mintak duit.... ummi can I have one pound... Ummi why can't I have 10 pound? Ummi when are you giving me my 6 pound? so obsess.... satu hari tu dia siap tidur ngan duit2 kat tepi2 dia... 1 pound, 2 pence, 1pence... Bangun jer dari tidur, duit dah kat bawah katil, first soalan .. mana duit Hasya..?

Hafiy: waaaaaa this boy is the most exciting to watch and listen to at this time around. Yer la baru 2 tahun. Cakapnya masih pelat.. so memang kena dengar betul2.. ummi jer yang paham. Vocabulary dia dah banyak.. hari2 ada jer ayat2 baru... meyyy... apound...meeyyy.. tiru ayat hasya. Dah terrer main bola. Paling obsess dengan model2 kereta kecik... just recently obsess dengan remote control car. abis semua kereta dia ingat remote control car. "meeeyy tak ata tank ku" ..... "ummi tak kata thank you pun..." hahahahaha..." Tank ku meyyy" guess what???

Ok Encik suami dah balik main badminton. Nak pegi melayan suami dan anak-anak dulu... choww


Thursday, 15 May 2008

New House and New Environment

It has been quite a while since the last posting, well moving to new house with all the chaos and of course main reason is the delay in internet networking setup.
First Day in Holborn: All the malay community helped with the stuffs we even had our small feist. In a way to say thanks for their help. All the ladies cooked "sup daging", "air asam ala utara", "kari kepala ikan" and some side dishes. But, unfortunately 2 of the blossoms were having fever, Hafiy and Hasya, quite bad. Must be infected by Humaira virus. Humaira got hers a week before. So there goes the sleepless night for me and Encik Suami. Hafiy woke up about 4 times that night.
Second Day in Holborn: Humaira was saying that she was really bored. She cannot go to the new school yet. The City Council has to give the green light first. Eventually, thanks to Disney Channel, she was really occupied. Third Day in Holborn: will be continued

Thursday, 24 April 2008


Salam to all,

Hijrah? Ehmmm pindah rumah... sekarang kat Beeston, Alhamdulillah baru nie ada rezeki dapat offer rumah university. Walking distance to the university, so apa lagi grab the chance. Encik suami kata hijrah rumah baru nie, cara study pun kena hijrah, Insya-Allah boleh.

Rumah universiti memang proper, with three rooms. so ada satu spare room for a study room. Kalau Puan isteri start study tahun nie boleh aaa share bilik study ngan ncik suami hehehehe....

The blossoms? they are not so keen not so excited, the reason being, separation from their best buddies. As for Humaira Ardini, she has settled in the last school, making a lots of friends, has a great teacher (Miss Mailhac), she is bit sad (actually ummi dia yang terlebih sad, hahahaha) to leave the school. Hasya Amalin, tak kisah as long as ada ummi abah. Hafiy Addin lagik tak kisah, mana2 sama saja.

OK the blossoms really grumpy... kena layan diorg plak.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

First step into blogging world

Our Blossoms

Salam to all,

Have been reading most of the blogs quite a while and think that this gonna be our first step into the blogging world. Major intentions are actually to update our family back home in Malaysia. Secondly might be to have some new friends and old friends back.

All the children obviously missing home so much. They miss their tok tok, tah, tok mak and tok wan a lot. Not forgetting mak cik arita. They always wanted to buy flowers and save them for mak cik. Promise is a promise they said.

Time to go now, have to cook some meal. Ikan Talapia steam. hehehehe.. miss home so much. we miss u all so much.


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