3 series

So it has officially been 3 weeks since I started the temp job
and also 30 years and a bit old

since then, I have:

– had my phone completed frazzled out resulting to the lost of data which includes photos, videos and contacts
(it felt as if the universe wanted me to reset my life and carefully select the people I want to be in contact with? or am I just overanalysing as usual?)

– agreed to be part of a panel in an international forum
(my current boss’ mantra is “say yes, fear later”)
It would be in a month’s time and am trying not to panic
(my current boss’ other mantra is “fake it till you make it”)

– participated in a science show by Petrosains at KLCC
which was a lot of fun I must admit. Never would I have imagined that I would be cutting up “antibodies” and buying silly string AND it is part of work heh. I helped with some of the slides as ppt is kinda my thing.

– agreed to give a lecture to master’s students about CRISPR
which would be interesting
am excited to make the slides and I really want to try my best at this scicomm thing. so fingers crossed!

last but not least,
– had my birthday celebration spent with just the mom over dinner
it has been more than 10 years since I was able to spend it with her with you know being away from home and all. we went to this place called Fuego which was so good. I almost gave up on the ‘western food’ here but Fuego proved me wrong.

I have been genuinely enjoying my time at home while I figure out everything else. I think mom is secretly happy that she has a teman now 🙂



1. graduating in less than a month (EEP!) – need a haircut
2. job hunting sucks, BIG time. I mean rejection within 30 minutes of applying? REALLY?
3. being an adult is hard? a 30-year old one who just got out of grad-school is having a hard time
4. Rafael is so charming and supportive – I need a Rafael in my life rn
5. time is running out so fast it is not even funny – SO many things to do, so little time



okay so this has been awhile
what have I done?
apparently I was using the blog to procrastinate while I write my thesis


I submitted the thesis on the 11th of Nov
(which trust me, took foreverrrr to check and recheck and compile)
that was such a relief to have it just out of my life (albeit temporarily)

I then started to write my paper which is taking me longer than I expect it to be and so I also resumed being in the lab
(seriously, was missing being on my feet after months on my bum)

2018 came around (dafuk how is it 2018 already?)
you know what that means right?
wawasan 2020 is looming
I got my corrections from the examiners sometime end of Jan
did the corrections in a week (they were minor so pretty breezy)
tho I must admit, I did get a wee bit overwhelmed with the responsed
granted this is the first time (ever) I received criticism based on my writing from people who do not know me at all
but after that all okaydokay
and BOOM – just received the completion letter today

apparently I can’t use the title yet
so predoc it is!


I got a bit emotional today
thinking about all the things that have been done, all the mistakes, all the blood, sweat and tears (truckloads of tears)
and how my family and I sacrificed a lot for this
but it will be worth it
just wished that my dad could’ve been here to see me graduate