Travel Log: Day 2 (Edinburgh)

To the castle!


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Daily Observation of the slighty creepy variety…

At my job, I move around a lot and meet a lot of children. And I noticed a general trend of boys having thicker and longer eyelashes. It led me into observing other men i see on trains and buses in my daily commune, where I realise men generally have thicker, longer eyelashes compared to women!!


Which makes me wonder, how in the wild it is the male animals/birds/fishes that have the flashy colouring to attract the females, is that the case of the eyelashes?

The push and pull factor of a job

Opps…Totally neglecting the blog, and I return with a slightly more serious post. I will try to post some crack movie reviews soon…(hopefully I can still remember enough details to write something entertaining)

On to the actual post…

I think I have been complaining about my work-life crisis for the past 1 week already, although I have never said it out in details what had brought on this crisis to warrant me considering of switching job.

I work as a Research Coordinator, although I tend to think that it is just a gloried work title, because I feel that the scope of my work feels more like a Research Assistant, but they gave me a nicer title because I had the qualifications to have a nicer title.

When I first began as a RC, I was lucky that the PI for the project did not mind that I had no experience, she just needed another pair of hands to help in the gather of data of the project. I work mostly independently, PI tells me what she wants, and sometimes we discuss how we should go about getting the information, then I do the task that is set out.

Pretty straightforward. 2.5years down the road the project finished, and I was faced with the prospect of being jobless, when I was offered an extension. The original project I was working on has more funding now and will be expending, so they will still be needing a RC to help in the research and evaluation part of the work. So basically I was working with the same ppl, but now I am reporting to someone new because my PI was only doing the research/evaluation for the pilot run.

Sadly with this new project somehow I have lost the original element of doing research. somehow nearly one year into the new project, we still did not have a research question. For a good part of the last year, I was basically sitting around doing nothing, accept rendering help (of non-research related variety) to my colleagues and help fill in the void when our Admin Exec left and her replacement was only coming in one month later.

seems that towards the end of last year my supervisor (i know have a supervisor and a boss, in the past I had 2 bosses (my PI and Co-PI)) kinda suddenly remember or realise that we would be missing a lot of data if we did not start any evaluation related things soon. Which lead me into a “mad scramble” of getting data. However since the ground works for this evaluation and research is not set (I think they totally forgot about it) getting data from related party has became an uphill task.

While juggling with getting new data, I had to make sense of the old data that has already been collected, and somethings there are HOLES that need to be filled by asking our partners or I have to dig to retrospectively for it, which is really a waste of time because half of the time they do not know whether they need the data in the end.

Then comes the fact that because now I am asking for data, my other colleagues had voiced out that it may be taxing for our partners to be giving me extra data among the other data they had to be providing in the first place. BUT in the end when it comes to presenting data and there are HOLES in my data and I get questioned because of it. It becomes one of those “I TOLD YOU SO” situation that I really felt like rubbing it in their face.

And then there is the data churning. The data is there, you tell me what you want and I churn it out. In no way I was trained to make a spin on things. IF you want an angle TELL ME THE ANGLE so I can work something out. The data can be seen in a lot of ways, but I will show you the most straightforward and most of the time not the most positively way because I was trained to just report the stuff as it is.

Hello?! research writing is about report your data as it is and discussing the implication and how can it be improved. Reporting data to funder and putting it in a layman’s term and putting it in a positive light is totally not my job.

To be honest, I always look at the worse result and try to improve on that..which probably will not fly with fund-ers.

And Also I do not know whether you value me for my data churning skills or my field testing skill because I can only do 1 at a time because one is office bound and the other is outfield. So everytime you ask for data remember that I cannot get new data for you!!

Sorry people that are reading, I am just whining and ranting because I am getting bored of this. I thought I was going to try new stuff, but instead i am stuck with the same old things, and new responsibility that I honestly think can be taken up by someone else if you want me to be collecting data. Just because I have a ‘RESEARCH’ in my job title doesn’t mean I need to get saddled with all sort of statistic updated that the admin stuff can easily do.

so Yes. No research end goal in mind (which it think is more than half of my work motivation , half of the time not knowing what I am doing, so this pretty much sums up my work-life crisis at the moment.

Reason to not quit is because I don’t want to leave the project uncompleted.

Two things that saved my beauty for Japan’s Winter

As the other three fishes know I had a long trip (actually only three weeks) trip to Japan during their winter. And the cold, dry air did not help with the tropical girl me. The first two days my nose couldn’t stop sneezing and running. In fact I finished about one tissue box within those two days. The consequence of that action was – my nose peeled like crap. It was sore, flakey and I was crying. I mean I was in Japan! Who doesn’t want to look pretty in Japan (even though I was in Osaka…). So this came to my rescue.



Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate! I’ve been using this for about … 1.5 years? Maybe? I can’t remember but I do love it though the effect was not as obvious as it was in Japan. The dry winter in Japan caused my skin to be really crusty dry for about 70% of the day. But because of that, every time I applied this, it gets absorbed immediately and it was super effective! To combat the cold, I applied a layer of my moisturizer after that. Back to my nose. I don’t know what made me think of it, but I decided to drop one drop on my nose and massaged it in. (Usually two to three drops is enough for the whole face.) And I did this for the next two to three nights. Lo and behold, my nose was as good as new. O___O I was so amazed and I swear by this since then.

The second item was this. ダリヤつばきオイル配合のヘア美容液 (Dariya Tsubaki Oil Infused Treatment Serum). Tsubaki or Camellia oil is actually used since the Heian period in Japan and they do smell nice! Dariya Tsubaki Oil infused hair products are a mix of Red and White camelias. 


Back to the serum. The constant cold winds (and not to mention I washed my hair only every other day), my hair was constantly tangled. I was crying from all the tugging and loss of hair. So one day I couldn’t take it and went to one of their pharmacies (they sell more cosmetic stuff than medicine) and contemplated really long before buying this. I was skeptical at first. But after applying it to my towel dried hair I realised, my fingers just went through my hair with ease! Even with a comb I had ZERO problem at all. I am SO amazed and regretted not buying more of their Tsubaki hair range in Japan. But next time I will!


Hmm.. Restless

Just being restless and come over to this blog. Hahahaha… Nothing much here. ._. 

Quiet Lunch: Dean & Deluca


Decided to break off from my colleagues for lunch as I need my own quiet moments of peace and tranquility.

Usually when I dine alone, I will prefer to treat myself with more expensive food to satisfy my stomach.  So I went to Dean & Deluca located at the dying yet surviving Orchard Central 4th floor. I ordered a take away since the place looks crowded. But there are empty tables and seats so I decided to ask if I can dine in instead.


Salmon & Spinach Quiche. 8.20 & a cuppa of hot Green Tea Latte. 6.00

I am not a big fan of quiche but this made me a fan. The ingredients are nicely placed where every mouthful of the quiche is filled with smoked salmon and spinach. The crust is nice to my taste. It is not too hard or watery.
Green tea latte is on the milkier side. Purists green tea fans might not like the taste of it. It does reminds me of green tea kitkat after taste. I do love it, however I would ask for less sugar if possible next time. It is not overly sweet like Starbucks, but I ain’t a sweet-tooth person.

Well this sums up my first post here and omg. I am suppose to blog other stuffs here before this. My bad.

Hehe. 😉


Realise that I have been nelegecting the blog for 2 weeks. Partly due to be being a lazy ass as well as me having a short attention span and getting distracted by fanfictions.

Anyway…Previously I wanted to blog about the bloodtype diet, because on an night out with my fellow fishies, we came across a shop that sold vitamin supplements according to your bloodtype. So I did some googling about the blood type diet (although my mother actually bought the book “Eat right 4 your type”). Well..I discovered that I actually eat a number of stuff that is not very suitable for my bloodtype (if you are interested it is O), and I feel fine. Besides a lot of the material are based on western culture, and very hard to apply to an Asian setting (seriously?! It will be very hard for me to not eat grains..rice is at least in 1 meal a day).

So I guess overall I still think that a balance diet and execrising is the key to losing weight. Even if you are not, it is still the key of maintain good health. 


Robert aka Mr. Grassjelly and I had an epic conversation about my colleague called RH. RH creates issues that our client has with our system and assigns to us. And at the rate he is assigning to us, we all got a bit fed up. Last week, Mr. Grassjelly suggested that we should fire RH because he is the source of all issues. And this is the continued conversation …

(Btw. it’s just before lunch)

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