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30 is the new 25 .. [Jul. 28th, 2008|08:49 pm]
[Current Location |hommeee]
[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]
[Current Music |foxnews]

aaannnd that marks the end of the twenties together :)

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Aaaaahhhhhh [Nov. 21st, 2007|05:51 pm]
[Current Location |Worky]
[Current Mood |workingworking]
[Current Music |Janitors]

I think I have a love-hate relationship with writing. I absolutely detest the initial starting phase, be it a 200 word abstract, a proposal, a paper or the $%!@# thesis, which is probably why I only blog when I have to write .. I'd much rather write nonsense than write science. However once I get "in the zone" there is a endorphic sense of high when the words flow and things finally seem to make sense. Getting to the "zone" though, is quite a pain .. I'd much rather just read (storybooks). 

Anyways. If anyone cares, I'm (still) alive!! Looking forward to the fun and games next week and over Xmas when family comes up .. but in the meantime .. Must. Finish. Woorrrrrrrkkk. Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh.

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Rice [Aug. 20th, 2007|01:04 pm]
[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |scaredhot and oily]
[Current Music |kenshin!]

Why is it that when you drop rice on a white floor, you can never seem to find it no matter how hard you vacumn/wipe/magic mop/stare at the floor, but the minute you step on the floor you step on bits of the $(#@! rice!! 
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Salad [Aug. 16th, 2007|02:20 pm]
[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |workingtrying to do work]
[Current Music |history of phoenix]

As usual, I only blog regularly when I have alot of work to do. In this case it's a bunch of readings to read, trawl pubmed for literature, a shitload of data to analyze (so what's new right) and my immunology textbook to pore over since I've practically given back everything to my lecturers. We just killed 5 mice the other day and I'm just looking at the data we acquired in despair .. I think I'll go mad when we eventually increase the mice number to 20 or 50.

I don't have anything particularly interesting to write, but I thought I should write down a salad dressing that I saw demonstrated (ala aunty cooking show) on TV before going off to work one morning. I really like it as it's a change from the usual balsamic vinegar-olive oil dressing that I do, the difference is in the addition of mustard, sugar and lemon juice to the balsamic vinegar-olive oil concoction so it tastes more tangy/savoury (?) .  The cooking demonstrator/aunty claims that the addition of mustard helps to make the olive oil based dressing stick to the salad better instead of concentrating at the bottom of the salad bowl. I don't know about that .. my dressing still sticks to the bottom of the bowl. I don't usually take mustard, but I like it here.

Anyway I realised that there's nothing I like to eat on the cafeteria menu tomorrow, so I thought I would make a salad with baby spinach, ham (apparently bacon goes better with this dressing according to the cooking demonstrator/aunty but it was abit too late at night to be smelling bacon grease), tomatoes and toasted pine nuts (my latest thing, courtesy of the refrigerator clearing Roths before they left) with the dressing and pepper to taste, for lunch tomorrow, and clear the refrigerator at the same time. Even former-thousand-island-faithful Win liked the dressing and kept snitching the ham to eat. Bah. Having said that I suspect I will end up going over to the cafeteria to get a bread stick or something to go with it .. I NEED MY CARBS! 

I really like the pine nuts. Maybe we should have a regular stash in the freezer.

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The Grand Canyon is very Grand. [Aug. 14th, 2007|12:31 pm]
[Current Location |Tempe]
[Current Mood |dirtyHOTTTTT]
[Current Music |I'm no Superman]

After weeks of bugging the Win to go camping, he finally succumbed under my relentless prattering of campingcampingcamping and we drove up to the North Rim, Grand Canyon. My lab mates were highly amused at the camping equipment we had acquired which in addition to a tent of course, included a (shit) shovel, expensive firewood, lamp/splunker torch, foam mats, tarp, campstove and propane fuel, collapsible water tank, etcetcetc. We were obviously trying to camp in comfort, none of that stake hammering OBS nonsense! We stopped short of getting the air mattress (with bedsheets), camp chairs, camp table, camp tablecloth and camp tablecloth pins as that would've been going slightly overboard to the point of ridiculous. The lab mates also thought we were slightly crazy to drive 7 hrs (1hr for lunch!) to sleep on the ground in 8 degree (Celsius!) weather and potentially get gored by javelinas/coyotes/bears. Thankfully all we heard were coyotes "singing" at night as well as squirrels jostling at our tent for food in the morning and trying to carry the expensive atas firewood away. The "primitive" campground we were at had suprising clean compost toilets (no need for the shovel), picnic table and bench, a fire pit for your campfire, a water point, and parking!! None of that OBS nonsense! Heh.

We had previously gone up to the South Rim at the Grand Canyon last year, where most people usually go, and did the usual drive by sightseeing, flitting through various view points. However, the North Rim, 4 hrs away, was totally different. Less people, less jostling, more ponderosa pines, very Salem. High Country. The ponderosa pine forest was burnt at various parts, giving the landscape a stark alien beauty. I would highly recommend anyone planning to do the Grand Canyon to also extend a trip to the North Rim, the views you get there are more than worth the long drive up, which is also extremely beautiful in itself.

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Post midnight wishes [Jul. 29th, 2007|04:03 pm]
[Current Location |Home]
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |Happy Birthday]

Yay you are a(nother) year older! 

Good thing you did your mid life crisis at 24 ...

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Last day of being home alone [Jul. 19th, 2007|11:51 am]
[Current Location |home alone]
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[Current Music |gimme a quesadilla!]

Yet another fluffy, uninsightful post but I've never claimed otherwise. I think I've adapted pretty well to living alone, especially having accomplished how to have the maximum variety of home cooked meals with the minimum amount of time spent standing over the stove, like cooking a week's worth of rice to go with various things, although I always look forward to the last day's worth of rice .. where I can have the excuse to make fried rice!! I think get a cheap thrill out of being able to plan my week's worth of meals at the start of the week ..

But I think being a real hermit would drive me crazy, one can only survive on 24: season 1and meal planning for so long. And of course, I only discover 24: season 1 after 6 seasons. It is however, still damn exciting!! Even when I know in advance the ending and how the various subplots turn out.

The plants are starting to annoy me .. they can't seem to extend beyond just being sproutlings .. I keep waiting for something like jen's onion growth spurt so I would wake up every morning and peer excitedly at the patio only to be disappointed. Maybe I need to leave the country for like 2 weeks and then have them do a jack-in-the-beanstalk growth spurt

I guess I am looking forward to the win returning .. time to clean up the house! That is .. when he returns to clean it  .. heh.

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So I asked my dad how the shopping was along Oxford Street ... [Jul. 2nd, 2007|05:31 am]
[Current Location |Homeee]
[Current Mood |contentcontent]

"Mum bought u a cheap t shirt u want anything else?"

For some reason that just totally cracked me up .. if you know my mum, it's somehow just SO. HER. I think  winstontlchowand I are the only ones faithfully still wearing her Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Elephants of Thailand t shirts respectively. Although I suspect Emerald Buddha got left back in Bedok Reservoir .. 

Meanwhile I potted a bunch of herb seeds from this $7.99 herb grow kit a while back .. and they are all sprouting! Thanks to winstontlchow's enthusiastic watering. I shall post pics when they look a little less pathetic. Do you think herbs need fertilizer? (And no Andy, I refuse to use my poo.) I'm getting ridiculously housewife sometimes, like getting ridiculously excited at picking up corningware bowls at clearance. Or trying to decide what kitchen/house gadget to get next. 

I'm also still very amazed at how cheap books are over here if you just look at it dollar for dollar. A good sized (brand new) fantasy novel for $7.99 and this is not counting like the discounts from the rewards programs that bookstores like Borders have. YIPPEEE!

Ok I should get back to writing my "Summary of Prior Research Accomplishments". Hah.

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In an attempt to update more .. [May. 6th, 2007|07:54 am]
[Current Location |Home]
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]

How the HELL do you write your own reference letter without sounding like an egoistical idiot, OR a meek measly little mouse?? Bah. Is there like a good template or format out there for this?? I've written about 5 lines and stopped cos I started feeling really really stupid. Maybe I should go take a nap and sleep off the 8.99 Indian lunch buffet instead.

In other things, I'm also trying to figure out how to organise the shoe hell hole at the entrance of our apartment when there's no space for a shoe cabinet and not much space on the nearby wall to hammer any shoe racks on anyway...
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I AM ALIVE! [Apr. 25th, 2007|01:55 pm]
[Current Location |Fermented soy bean in MALAY]
[Current Mood |sicksick]
[Current Music |Sun Yanzi (he's a convert! haha)]

Omg. It's been so long since I've last posted. Thanks to winstontlchow's constant nagging, I've decided to update (Update your livejournal! Fix your facebook profile!)! Let's see .. in the last 8 months I've graduated (YAY), (finally) gotten gainfully employed, got married, moved more than 10 000 (17 000 according to Krisflyer I think)  miles away from my beloved family and friends (and still trying to readjust), moved house twice (ok the first one was more of a hole than a house), bought two cars, had one car stolen (and found), amongst other stuff. We live in interesting times indeed and I don't even know where to start. 

Workwise, the learning curve is pretty steep as it's a whole new field for me, but it was exactly what I wanted, to learn something new, so I can't really complain there although it gets rather frustrating at times. Just spent a weekend in San Francisco  and although it was just 2.5 days, it was great (rainy) fun. After so long in spaced out Arizona, I finally got my fix of traipsing around in a big city, not to mention the eating (and eating and eating). It was also good to see delighttand  nilmandra again!  AAG 2008? Now I sound like a geographer. Anyway there's no way I can possibly update even 1 month's worth of happenings not to mention 8, plus pictures supposedly say more than words, so here are some photos of what's been going on the last 3 months(thanks again to riendeland nuanda77:)) ..

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