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Why is my lunch bag so big?

Most ladies I know would have a small bag to carry their paraphernalia out to lunch and the bag will look like this one.

Little lunch bag

What people normally bring out during lunch time

Most of these ladies will have their wallet, a packet of tissue, an umbrella and maybe some mints. I used to be one of those ladies, until quite recently when I started bring out more things than just the wallet and the umbrella.

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So, what kind of job are you looking for?

This question has been flung at me when I say that I’m looking for a new job. It’s also the one question that I have trouble answering. That’s because I don’t know what I’m looking for. All I know is that it’s not another research lab, or at least not the kind that I’m working at right now.

What I do know is that I want a job that pays more than this current one, good working environment where I can be happy, good hours, a place where I can grow my career and family-friendly. And preferably science-based, just not research.

I know that it doesn’t really narrow down the job pool but that’s not going to stop me from spamming my resume to every other position that I think I qualify for, and even some that seems interesting that I don’t think I have the qualifications for it.

I’m hoping that I get a call back and a new job soon. I don’t think that I can survive for much longer here. My soul, it is dying slowly.


My Facial Routine (Why It Takes Me Forever To Get Ready)

I had acne through my teenage years and right up to my late twenties, so I get a little more particular about my face than most people. It takes me about an hour just to deal with my face when I get ready in the morning. I don’t know about anyone else but to me, that’s the norm.

Here’s my face routine in the morning:

1. I swipe on the toner.

2. Slap on the pre-treatment serum.

3. Moisturise.

4. Slap on the sun block.

During this time I usually have my breakfast and then I start on my make up. This is just to allow the moisturiser to settle, so that my make up won’t slide off over the course of the day. Or something like that.
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I Guess It’s Done

On Tuesday was the last day that I had to turn up on campus for exams. I had to present all the work I’ve done in my project in a poster format. It wasn’t a good day for me but I’m just glad it’s done. All I have to do now is to wait for my results and see if my cumulative GPA will allow me to graduate.

I’m going back to work next week but I’m glad that I have at least a week to rest, recover and relax after all that blood, sweat and tears I shed in the course of the entire programme.

It hasn’t been easy but I don’t regret it.

It’s been a good learning experience and the classmates I’ve met along the line have been wonderful and interesting.

Once I’ve graduated, I can plan for other things. Maybe another MSc, this time in Science Communication.


Realisation of the day

It’s orientation week at Republic Polytechnic and today is when all the clubs and interest groups are out in force to recruit the new students. I must say, no matter what I think about the school, they have very interesting clubs that I wish we’re around when I was in polytehnic.

It made me realise how different I am now than that teenager I was back then. If you take away the hormonal angst, I was an introvert who’d rather stay at home and watch TV than go out and explore. Of course, being tied with a tight allowance also made it hard to go out.

Anyway, back to these interest groups in this school. The teenage me would not have taken up any of the clubs or I I had no choice but to pick one, I’d find the one that required the least amount of work and must be indoors.

Now, if given a chance, I’d sign up to join the capoeira club or the adventure learning club. It seemed interesting and fun. Sarah told me that they even have an MMA club here which sounds awesome. Too bad that if I want to join any of these things now, I’m going to have to join the commercial classes for adults.

I think that the teenage me might have missed out on a lot of things but I might have turned out to be a totally different person now of she was anymore outgoing.


Frankly, just procrastinating

Right now, I’m sitting at a local Starbucks, listening to music and drinking coffee while I’m supposed to be studying. I look at the diagrams of xylem vessels and all I can think about is how relatively gross they look.

I’m only in the 3rd lecture of the first topic and exam is in a week. I should be panicking. I should be rushing to study but while a part of me is starting to panic, the rest if me is blasé about it. At least for now.


How Starbucks helped me gain weight

Ever since I’ve been going to Starbucks almost daily, I realised that I’ve been packing on a little pudginess around the tummy, enough that my tiny muffin top looks a little more obvious.

I realised that I’ve even taking a lot more milk (and sugar) that I normally would if I was at work and is most likely the reason for my pudginess.

I have an iced caramel macchiato with an extra shot of coffee every time I go to Starbucks.

I’m actually a little glad that I’ll be at work in a few more weeks so I’ll most likely ( well, hopefully) lose that weight when I start work.