Keeping the Awe!

Hi readers! I am back from blogging dormancy... Your girl was busy 'Phd-ing' et cetera, et cetera... ­čśÇ I was recently introspecting about ways in which I can boost my motivation to do my PhD, especially at the times when I feel down and uninspired. Of course setting research goals such as publishing can definitely … Continue reading Keeping the Awe!

Demanding Attention : Tiny Scientist with Voice.

Hello Readers! I've had a few busy weeks recently and fell behind on my blog posts. I'm in the process of packing my things to move to self storage as the tenancy at my current flat is approaching the end. There are a few days in between moving out and moving into the new place, … Continue reading Demanding Attention : Tiny Scientist with Voice.

Overcoming Instrument Stress

One bad experience with a scientific instrument can make it a stressful experience using it every time afterwards. That summarizes my relationship with a particular microscope in my department. This ┬átransmission electron microscope (TEM) requires a slow, steady and cautious sample input/output procedure. During one training session, I'd been warned that poor handling of the … Continue reading Overcoming Instrument Stress

Digging for information- PhD reading

First things first, you are probably wondering why there's a pug digging into the sand at the beach in this article's feature image. The dog's actions are a metaphor for my PhD reading and the background beach is... just a calm setting that invokes peaceful emotions that counter the other PhD induced existential crisis feelings … Continue reading Digging for information- PhD reading

the PhD Cook

I want to cover something more lighthearted this week so the ┬átopic is..... food! Glorious food. More specifically, ┬áI 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 ­čÖé 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