Friday, November 21, 2008

Blinky the three eyed fish

One of the things on my overdue list of 'things to do' was to get my eyes checked.
For the past several months, I was straining my right eye whenever I wore my contacts. At the end of the day, my eyes would hurt and I'd get pretty woozy.

Not good.

So I made a point to book an appointment right after I completed Honours. I went around and found that on average, it costs $60 to do an eye-test and additional $60 for a contact lens test.

Anyway, the optometrist that I wanted to see wasn't in so he called me the next day and we had a small chat. Apparently, the contact lens I was using contained 38% water content, which is low and is NOT ideal for the eyes! The water content is important to ensure more oxygen can enter the eyes to ensure healthy eyes.

Imagine that! I've been using these 'low water content' lenses for the past 6 - 7 years. Sigh.
Why have all the other optometrists fail to tell me this? I know this partly my fault, due to my own ignorance but all those years and not a word of warning that lenses could be damaging my eyes?! ARGH!

Anyho, the next day I went in and met Dr. Simpson. We discovered that the contact lenses I was using were too loose for my eyes, in the sense that, whenever I turn my gaze from one direction to another my lenses took a while to follow, thus my vision is impaired for a split second or two. This was problematic as it is an additional strain to the eyes.

I also learn that when I blink, my eyelids cover only 80% of my eyes before they retract. This means that only 80% of my contact lenses are "cleaned" whenever I blink. I also learnt that I am likley to be 'left-eye dominant'; my left eye plays a larger role in vision. Alright, you may not find it so interesting but I sure did.

Dr. Simpson was great. He was patient and understanding. Plus he only charged me a consulation free of $30. Awesomous! Now I've got new lenses that fit well and I see so much better. I really have to start taking good care of my eyes. Afterall, I've only got one pair :)


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Old men and food

So I was walking along, enjoying the sounds pumping from my mp3 player when I spotted this old man with a receeding hairline and white hair, outside of his barber shop.

He was looking up at a threatening gray sky but as I approached him, he noticed me.
He bid me good day with a slow smile. "Come, come," he mumbled as he beckoned me to follow him.

Puzzled, I stopped and watched him enter his barber shop and fumbled for something on a desk near the door. At one point, I was beginning to worry. Was he going to stab me? (There have been recent three cases of stabbing going on in Adelaide, so you should forgive me for thinking that.)

With a big smile, he pulled out a massive bundle of what looked like baby apricots?!!

Eh? (O__o)

I was horrified as he shoved them to me, "Take, take!"

"No, I can't that's too much!" I said, thinking about how I was going to go shopping with all these fruit in my hands. There wasn't even a bag!

He nodded and started peeling away the branches and leaves, "Take, take."


So I thanked him and went my way, trying not to drop any from my two hands.
Unfortunately, I have no idea what they are (or if they are edible for that matter) or how I was going shopping.

So I threw them away in the end.
I don't mean to be disrespectful but I had to go shopping and carrying some books back home. There was just no way I could do that with them fruits in me hands.

I just wonder why I encounter such things?
Probably a year ago, this old man handed me a pumpkin.
It ended up in my tummy :)

Perhaps I look starved?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Over-dued tag quiz (1)

Another over-dued tag quiz
Yay.. (-.-)

1. What’s your ambition?
- Become self-sufficient

2. Who is more important to you? Friends or boy/girlfriend?
- Eh.. both :)

3. Describe yourself?
- Awesomous.

4. Do you think you have enough confidence?
- Yes

5. What's your dream pet?
- Er.. bunneh?

6. Do you believe in seeing a rainbow after the rain?
- Yes (-.-)

7. What is your goal for this year?
- Surviving Honours (which I have done! Yay!)

8. Do you believe in eternity love?
- MMmmm... yes.

9. What's a perfect girlfriend/boyfriend like to u? (List 10)
- My ideal boyfriend
is one who understands me (personality, needs, etc)
is one who does not judge me for who I am or what I do
is one who is supportive and earnestly listens to what I have to say
is one who is giving, patient and kind
is one who I can trust whole-heartedly
is one who enjoys chatting with me, about anything under the sun
is one who I just be a dork around and will still love me
is one who can go the distance with me
is one who I can create wonderful memories with
is quite possibly my current one.

10. Who do you look up to?
- My mom :)

11. What is your bad habits?
- I tend to procrastinate a lot

12. Is there anything you wanna tell the ppl who hates you?
- Aww.. don't hate me because I'm lovable. Hehe.

13. Do you cherish every single friendship of yours?
- I only cherish friends who have been there for me through thick and thin.

14. What does flying means to you?
- Being in the air? (-.-)

15. What do you crave for the most currently?
- Dumplings

16. Most unexpected gift you received so far and when?
- Love :)
- It's been a while but I feel it every day

17. Describe the person who tagged you in 7 words.
- She's bubbly, friendly, sweet, intelligent, funny, and has massive eyes! (O.O)

18. What have you done to yourself make yourself happy?
- Believing in myself and achieving goals that I have set out

19. What will u become in another 10 years to come?
- Still happy and hopefully satisfied with life

20. What is ur lucky number?
- Don't have one. Don't need one.

Remove one question from above and add in your personal question.
Make a total of 20 questions and tag 8 people.
List them out at the end of the post. Notify them in their cbox that they've been tagged.
Whoever does the tag will have blessings from all.

Sharon Yong
Soo Hui
Joshua Tan
Chow Mei

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It is done.

It's all over.

Surprisingly the seminar I had to give yesterday went well :)
I am extremely relieved. (Despite not being able to answer some questions correctly and getting flustered for a bit)

Locky and I had a practice run on Monday in front of the other lab members and our supervisors.
Unfortunately, I didn't do really well that day, particularly with the questions so you can't blame me for being extremely anxious the whole day and not being able to sleep well. It was haunting me! In addition, Dr. John Hayball (our Honours course coordinator) insisted that we arrived by 8.15am to load our talks into the computer so I had a mere three hours of restless sleep before the presentation.

It was great to see everyone again, although we were all feeling a bit sick and anxious.
Well, at least I was. I tried to eat a banana, which I usually devour (Love banananaaas! Happy fruit/herb) but I had no appetite. It tasted terrible but I had to eat something or my brain will be deprived of sugaaaaar.

Fortunately I was the first to present at 9am :)
The academic staff turnup was quite poor. There were several students coming and out, families as naturally, lab members for support as well as examiners who were there to question us and grade our presentation. I think at least 30 people attended my seminar.

While I was presenting, Andrew (my supervisor) kept nodding encouragingly at me which was great but sometimes distracted me a wee bit. Hehe.
Surprisingly, 20 minutes went by really quickly.

Fortunately for me, my examiners (this chick with a British accent and a chinese man) were really nice to me. They didn't probe me or ask any tricky questions. Other audience members asked uncomplicated questions as well. So yay for me!

Some examiners were a little mean as they persistantly asked difficult questions. Most of us managed to answer questions well, so it was all good. It wasn't like our examiners were out to get us or anything. But it's often hard to think that way, especially when you're put on the spot light. For me, it was a horrid 10 minutes of vulnerability.

In all, everyone's talk went well. One of my examiners sought Hayball to ask for my contact details. Turns out, he's interested in taking me in as a PhD student.
This to me, was a surprise. Flattering but unexpected.

Hayball thinks I should consider it. Long said I should go for it.
And my supervisor Andrew said I shouldn't.
We both know how difficult Honours was for me. I struggled.
To be honest, I don't think I've got what it takes to do the same thing for three/four years.

Andrew advised me to take a year off and if I wanted to do a PhD, he would be more than happy to take me under his wing. He's awesooome, isn't he?
I'm truly thankful for the wonderful people I've worked with. The people in the lab were a bunch of supportive, intelligent and genuinely lovely people.
After our seminars, they took us to the pub to toast us. And we're going to have a lunch gathering on Thursday as well to celebrate.

I can't believe a year just went by. The past several months were just emotionally draining.
There were days when I felt like I couldn't go on. I cried endlessly. I panicked every couple hours. Conjuring sentences took me ages, making me feel it was almost impossible to complete my writing. It was not a pretty sight.

But I've done it.
It's all over.

It's time to move on to the next phase of my life!

PS: I may be getting a bunneh!! Hehee!! :D

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Completion of honours in less than 12 hours.







*silent scream*
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