the PhD Cook

I want to cover something more lighthearted this week so the  topic is..... food! Glorious food. More specifically,  I want to share how the longer hours and stresses of the postgraduate academic life have changed my cooking habits and meals. Not to spoil anything, but I'd say it's not a bad direction. There are two … Continue reading the PhD Cook

Science through the years: High-School to DPhil

Back in secondary school and during my undergraduate, there was no hiding that I was a competitive student. I definitely had a passion for learning and was very focused to understand what I was being taught, so I think achieving good grades was a manifestation of those traits. Of course I also wanted to be … Continue reading Science through the years: High-School to DPhil

Productivity and Keeping a Daily Planner

So after months of keeping the blog private and sharing with only my close family and friends, I decided last week to let go of my inhibitions and shared it on the Facebooks 🙂 Woohoo! The decision was encouraged by two things. My friends actually seemed to enjoy what I wrote so that boosted my … Continue reading Productivity and Keeping a Daily Planner

The Inner Work Efficiency Voice

It's been a while since I last wrote but that's not to say that I'm falling short of experiences to share. Rather, I've either had relaxing weekends void of any thoughtful process or just always procrastinated from writing here. Or at least that's what I tell myself. This week, I'd like to talk about listening … Continue reading The Inner Work Efficiency Voice

Appreciation of Failure

After being numbed by the happiness of finally getting positive results in my nanotube synthesis experiments, I was dealt a blow when I repeated the experiment and my tubes refused to exist. Strangely, I felt a similar numbing feeling. Instead of being tinged with the disbelief of success, this numbing feeling was one that threatened … Continue reading Appreciation of Failure

Importance of inter-personal relations amongst members of the research group

This Sunday I had the chance to go karting with several of my research group members. Despite averaging second to last place for the races, I had a blast! Besides realizing that I quite like attempting to drift around corners at high speed, I found inspiration for this week's blog- the importance of inter-personal relations … Continue reading Importance of inter-personal relations amongst members of the research group

Hello. The emotional scientist here.

Hello and welcome! Recently, my PhD supervisor commented that my writing style for a review article was rather romantic. I appreciated her description and took it as a compliment that my style stood out amongst the others. Even so, I understood that my deemed romanticism, although allowing for an easy read, was to be toned down because scientific writing is expected to be fact-based and objective. This critique of my article set my thoughts in a rather confused direction....