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In Announcements,Blog on July 2, 2012 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

The last fortnight was the most nerve-wracking episode of my PhD journey. My main supervisor “ditched” me as I can’t contact him through any means and I’m not sure why. It was out of his character to just do that without saying any reason. But the last definite plan we agreed on was to submit it last week.

The good news was that I was able to find a way to ask the School Dean to delegate the co-supervisors to sign off my thesis for submission. Another good news was that I found through a former colleague that my main supervisor is still alive but I still wasn’t sure why he has not contacted me. Finally, ready or not, I submitted my thesis last Friday. I suppose I can never please everyone even myself. I’m just glad I submitted. Now on to the long episode of waiting for the examiners’ report.




Animal Health Communication in South East Asia

In Worthy links on May 24, 2012 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

My paper, Animal Health Communication in South East Asia, was included in one of the major publications of ACIAR. The Animal biosecurity in the Mekong: future directions for research and development is one of the series of publications of ACIAR. This latest series includes the full proceedings of an international workshop held in Siem Reap, Cambodia last 10-13 August 2010. The papers in ACIAR Proceedings are peer-reviewed.

It is the first article related to my thesis published in a major publication here in Australia. A photo I took during my field study also landed the cover! 🙂

Another photo I took ages ago on one of my field missions in Cambodia. I miss working for #FAO #d40x #dslr #Cambodia #FMD #serosurveillance #pig #vet #kids #children #igersperth #igerswestoz #pinoy #pinoyexpat #b&w


Writing Pains

In Blog,Reflections,Updates on January 6, 2011 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

As a development communicator, one of the most basic rules of writing that my mentors taught me was to think about your reader (this also applies to presenting anything whether orally or visually). In doing so, you’ll save time in explaining things or writing something that might sound alien to your readers.

As I’ve started writing my dissertation, I’ve always been guided by this principle, however, I’ve started to doubt myself completely as I’ve submitted drafts after drafts and my supervisors read it as vague. I was clear with what I wanted to do, I was clear with what I did and I was clear with what I wanted to say. However, it just came out off.

There were some concepts that I have mentioned and have explained briefly but I was asked to expound on them. Agreed. The next draft, it’s another story, any mention of the concepts had to be dropped and/or was asked to just explain briefly. I’ve documented the flow of discussions on the drafts but I just don’t feel that it is worth following some inconsistent recommendations. I felt it was my fault so I had to fix it. It literally feels like a roller-coaster ride.

I have stopped writing this month to reignite my passion also my body warranted to me to rest after I hurt my back seriously. I thought the rest will give me a fresh motivation and inspiration. I think I’m wrong, it just aggravated my anxiety.

On a positive note, I think I have learned to look at the big picture and be as detailed as possible. Oh and yes, read your draft before clicking that send button—you might be submitting an older draft instead of the new one. 🙂



As my PhD journey draws to an end, I joined this year’s Poster Day of the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. This is my third and last Poster Day appearance. My first poster earned me the first ever Geoff Griffits Prize for best designed poster.

The Poster Day will be held tomorrow, 12 November. Entitled Cirque Du Science, it will be participated by masters and PhD students of the School. A number of guests from various industries are also expected to attend. The students will be available to answer questions and explain their research between 12 noon and 2:oopm. Posters will be displayed at Vet School Courtyard with the formal program starting from 3:00pm.

2010 SVBS Poster Day

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In Blog,Reflections on September 15, 2010 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , , ,

I am now nearing the end of my journey and it’s a pity that I wasn’t able to religiously document my journey. The challenge of conducting this research project was so big that I had to take extra care in consuming time. I’m supposed to be a trained writer and while I do love writing, I do not have the gift of a story-teller and occasionally slip into blocks and “minor” challenges.

This morning, however, I had the shock of my life. I am not sure what to say or feel.

The day began early as I dropped off my wife to work 4:30am in the morning. I was trying to finish a chapter yesterday and actually slept while writing the draft. Obviously I was tired than usual when I started this day. I tried to sleep again to recover and proceeded to do my chores after I woke up. I prepped the kids’ brekky and picked-up wifey again from the early morning work.  The day was normal, I think.

Ten to 8am, I dropped off wifey to her second job. Drove off. I was about a kilometer from my wife’s work when I realised that I was thinking about what I was going to write today, the arguments, etc. That’s fine, isn’t it? But then I had this feeling of having a bucket of cold water poured on me when I realised that I was driving to uni already! I totally blacked out in the 1km that I was driving and didn’t realise what was happening or what I was doing. I prayed so hard to compose myself and made sure I was back to reality. I wasn’t even prepared to go to school yet!

I drove back home. I thought of visiting the health service. Resorted to just posting what happened online and a nurse friend told me that I had an “automode” episode when the brain processed things faster than usual. He said it was “normal” during stressful episodes.

Bittersweet? Yes but thank God I’m still sane.



Maturity is:

  • the ability to stick with a job until it’s finished;
  • the ability to do a job without being supervised;
  • the ability to carry money without spending it; and,
  • the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.

Abigail Van Buren

Posted August 18, 2010 by Jim


A place to call home

In Blog,Ideas on October 25, 2009 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

What do international students usually consider after deciding on the course and establishing the reputation of the university that they would go to? I reckon that they will consider whether the university community is safe and pleasant.

Even if I was an outsider, I would have ranked Murdoch University as one of one of the best university communities here in Australia. There are a number of things that make Murdoch a very special place to live and study. And here is my list:

  • Quenda sanctuary: A university doubling as a wildlife sanctuary is an excellent marketing characteristic as it shows the commitment of the institution to environmental issues. I’m glad that Murdoch University is one of such Uni. It aims to be a refuge for these small urban dwellers. A signage somewhere in the Uni describes Quendas as “small bandicoots with small muscular bodies and strong legs for digging.” My first encounter with these little furry creatures was just outside our trailer office. I thought it was a big rat but its nose was too pointy to be one. It is supposed to be a nocturnal animal but I guess the human invasion modified the lifestyle of some of them. I found this one coming out from under the Asian Food whether it is foraging left-over food or calls the Asian Food base as his home, I’m not sure.
  • Quenda

  • Asian Food: International and local students and staff troop this food shop every high noon. The queues could stretch as long as 8 meters during peak hours during the sem. I’m a rice eater so this is an obvious choice and yes, it is conveniently located just outside our trailer office. I also heard that it has a Facebook fan page (and there’s one who set-up a hate page)?!  🙂
  • Bush Court: Where all the action happens—from protest actions, exhibit, markets among others. Although this is way too small from the university field back in my university back home, it is a pleasant place to unwind.
  • Chinese Garden: Small garden near the Education and Humanities buildings. There are ducks that sometimes hang around there. This is the first place that I fell in love with here at the Uni
  • Vet School: Murdoch University is the only school that offers veterinary science in Western Australia. As of this writing, it is the uni’s most popular course offered. The school also boast of being the “first course in Australia to be awarded accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association AVMA.” This is especially good for graduates who also want to take their practice in North America.
  • Anatomy Museum: If you’re into bones (whether it is the TV series or the literal one), then this place is for you. You’ll find different displays of bones of different animal species. So, whether you will be reviewing for your anatomy class or just a curious George, head on to the anatomy museum at the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.
  • Emu bone

  • Farm: if there’s a vet school, yes there is a farm around the corner. The farm is located around 100 metres walk South of Murdoch College. It caters to There is a farm at the uni and it primarily caters to dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, goat, pigs, alpaca and horses. More information on the services that they offer here.
  • Leading Vet Hospital: It follows that if the Uni is one of the leading vet school in the country, it also has a good hospital to complement it. The School boasts of the state-of-the-art facilities in the hospital including internationally renowned vet faculty staff.
  • Graduate Centre: Despite the plans to abolish this centre, I guess this is one of the most important ‘hubs’ for international graduate students. The centre is obviously undermanned but it has delivered despite some stressful phase to some graduate students, including me. I’m a bit ambivalent on the plan to abolish this centre but one uni official assured graduate students that the new one will be better and there will be “a specific team for supporting HDR students.” Whether they will deliver, let’s wait and see.
  • Training Learning Centre: Everybody needs some TLC. Yes, any new student should acquaint him/herself of the services rendered by the TLC—whether it is academic or just trying to get some study management skills. This is the place to go. Whether you like to hone up on your lecture on statistics, English grammar, managing time among others, the Training Learning Centre is the place to go. Joining their program is as easy as just signing the paper on their bulletin board. The ever accommodating staff and lecturers are a big bonus.

And my list could go on and on but that’s all for now folks.


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