Thursday, August 25, 2005
O My! Mafia as headily.
Hey! I am a malady if so.
Ahoy! Safely I'm a maid.
Ahoy! I'm a deaf, slimy.
I'm a safe may holiday.
Oh My! I. I am a safe lady.
I am a holy fame daisy.
Oh! I'm easy Mafia lady.
Anyone can guess what I'm up to?
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Today prof laid out the final plans for our project. We'll be collecting samples from factory workers in 2 weeks' time. He really needs a sense of humour. He was giving instructions (70 copies of the questionnaire) and he went like...are u sure u can remember all I've said..do u need to write it down or do u have an excellent photographic memory. Well in the first place, I think it should go under audio memory..and secondly..I think 70 copies is not a very complicated thing to remember. Then he said I'll be in-charge of the entire project from now on..from sample collection to storage to data entry and analysis. Sounds like a mouthful. According to him the PI's job is only to bring in the money. I don't mind doing all the work...but what worries me is that his grant hasn't come in...so I dunno when I'll be a full time RA. Since I'm only a JUINOR RA, I should be given half the workload. I didn't ask for the power, but now I got the responsibility. Anyway, I shall take things in stride - since I do wanna proof to him afterall that I'm capable of pursuing my PhD (since I'm not an official student yet). Hope things go smoothly.
Today's lab work was hilarious. The preparation part was easy...just pipetting stuff here n there..but when it came to measuring the reading on the spectophotometer, my graphs hardly tallied (which reminds me...I'm supposed to be doing the analysis now...). I did another run and it was SLIGHTLY better. Guess I better improve on my techniques...for this assay..practice makes perfect (I hope). My friend CW who also did honours was getting worried cos in his new lab he didn't have any wet lab stuff to do, mostly just analysing statistical data. He was pretty disturbed with the idea that he'd be losing touch with lab work. That set me thinking...gosh...did NUS train us so well that we life scientists are gonna feel strange without our micro-pippetes?? Hope not...
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Later on I did some retail therapy. Metro is dangerous. Everytime I step in there, especially at Causeway Pt, I always end up buying something! I got myself a light blue blouse (wanted to follow the palm-reader's advice to wear brighter colours...). Saw this reaaaalllyyyy cool blouse at Hejab Iran but unfortunately it cost like $139!!! Shall wait for my next tuition pay and I'm gonna get it for sure! Went in to JL after that; tried on a couple of pants which to my horror didn't fit despite being..well..err...big. Haha. Either my ass is getting ferociously huge or they have screwed up size labels (I'd like to think it's the latter..). Bought a pair of sandals which I don't really need...my excuse was that I don't have white ones. Well...my two major weaknesses: bags n sandals. :P All that shopping made me tired..I slept the whole journey home in 963 (so much for wanting to explore the bus route..). Ok it's time to show off my loot to sis. See ya!
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Later on went to meet Mel n Far to watch Charlie n the Choc Factory at plaza sing. We went to the food court but weirdly I had no appetite for lunch. Settled with papaya juice and chiku on a stick...of which 1/3 dropped on the ground (careless me)...yet I was still feeling bloated (maybe it was the twister fries...tho i only ate half of it...hmmm...). The movie was pretty entertaining, albeit some lame jokes (like how apparently everyone knows that u have to whip the cow in order to get whipped cream!)...guess I have to re-read the book to recall some of the jokes. The oompa-loompas looked gross..din expect them to have such a...well..ugly face. Haha. Had imagined them to be cute little creatures. Oh well, the comfort was that Johnny Depp was as cute as ever n i think he portrayed the character pretty well. Mel had to leave early to complete some office work so Far n i hanged ard for a bit. Till we realised how boring the place was...so instead of walking ard we just sat at Gelare for an ice cream waffle. Yummy.
At abt 5 plus we walked to Orchard MRT. Far went off n i met up with ruth n felicia. we were supposed to go for retail therapy...but then i realised i spent half my pay on food alone...so therapy had to wait. We walked ard taka for awhile then went to the food court for dinner. I didnt know why I forced myself to eat...probably cos there was no food at home n i didn't wanna go hungry at 2am. Viva was in taka as well and as "fate" would have wanted...we "bumped" into each other (well according to her she actually sent out her search party...and they were abt to call the search mission off..till i told her i was sitting in front of the chicken rice stall). After dinner, we did some aimless walking...somehow we ended up at wisma and then decided to get a drink...so we headed back to taka to coffee bean. the best part is that we sat there talking for so long without ordering any drinks. and even as we were about to leave, ruth got us some plain water. haha. good thing we didn't get chased out. i wasn't feeling well (dinner made me feel nauseated and the crowd noise gave me a terrible headache...perhaps after-effects of not having slept well the previous night cos of that horrible nightmare i had) so we left pretty early (sorry gals). and to make matters worse 502 was crowded n i had to put up with the bus swaying here n there while standing. was talking to flo on the phone n she got worried so i got down near holland n took a cab back. never felt so giddy...took a couple of panadols n slept early. oh but not before i opened felicia's gift...a cute pooh ceramic bowl with a surprise underneath the lid..haha. blue eyeshadow..hmm..shall wear it when i feel bold haha. thanks girl! :)
Thursday, August 11, 2005
I'm a leader...the palm-reader told me that today. Lakshmi asked me whether I wanted to get my palm read cos she and Ro had theirs read the day before. Why not I guess...she said it wouldn't be anything life changing. Haha. The first thing the fellow said was that I was a leader so I should use my leadership qualities more. Hmmm... A few things he said were true..like I have strong intuition (so I should rely on it more...except in matters of the heart it seems heh). And since I'm a born leader I wouldn't fit being bossed around as a housewife (future husband..whoever u are..read that! haha. oh and apparently future husband's gonna be a foreigner...). He mentioned that I was very observant (quite true too) so I should be in research...and I worry a hell lot so I should take a step back next time and look at the big picture before worrying myself to death. Haha. He made some predictions which hmmm..I dun really believe in so shall not put it down. Just that I'm looking forward to 33 when there could be a possibility that I'll migrate (yes..finally!!)
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Second part of my celebrations was on Sunday. Flo brought me for a manicure n pedicure. The manicurist was appalled when she saw my toenails..."When was the last time u had a pedicure??" "Hmmm...this is my first time" And she was like "wow I'm honoured to be doing ur first" Haha. She was trying her best to do it fast cos Flo wanted a pedi too but as she put it "ur toenails are quite..." I guess she meant "yucks" haha. It was nice being pampered. Now I know why the ladies love going for them. I tried to be as dainty as I could cos the varnish hadn't dried. But as I scratched my arm...I was like...nooooooo. The polish form my index finger came off and I was like DAMN. Luckily Ling was nice enough to patch it up for me..heh. Well the next time I go, I'll just get a pedi. Cos with the housework n stuff that I'm doing, the polish is disappearing pretty fast.
We finally cut my b'day cake on Monday. Sakura was bugging me to come home early since Sunday, but I guess she was too tired to celebrate. Plus my parents were not home. So on Monday (apparently the cake was in the fridge since Sat..hmm...) I finally blew my candles...forgetting to make a wish first (age catches up on ya yeah?). Sakura actually played along about wrapping up my presents (which I picked out myself) and handing them to me "officially". Cutie. Haha.
Ok that's all for now. Looks like my wishlist is pretty complete. Thanks again guys! :)