Friday, July 27, 2012

Uncertain Future

I should be doing some scientific writing stuff but here I am, once again, in this trance... All I can think of right now is this, What will happen to me? After this, what am I going to do? Where am I headed? What will my life be?

Honestly, I really don't know the answer.

There are a lot of opportunities out there but I really don't know which one(s) to pursue. This is me right now: "I want to do this but I also want to do that...and that, and that."  And weighing things out, each has its own pros and cons. So I'm kind of stuck.

And this is what I try to avoid the most: People asking me what I would do, my plans, etc. I try to give them some answers, like, "Uhm, probably I'll be working in ------. Blah, blah, blah, blah" just so I can end the conversation.  But here's what I really want to say, "I, myself, even don't know what I will do so could you please stop asking me all those things?" I'm kind of rude but that's really what I feel. It's kind of depressing that you yourself still can't quite figure out what you will be and then comes other people looking for some answers.

But, with all the confusion and uncertainty, I still believe that I have a purpose in life...

...and that God has destined me for something great.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

One (work) down

Finally done with the abstracts! Yey!  Thank you God! Submitted the two abstracts last Monday. After some minor revisions, the prof then sent the abstracts to the IPMB coordinator yesterday. I just hope it'll be accepted.  Our lab will be opting for the poster presentation.  But poster presentation or oral presentation, I'm okay either way because it's such a pleasure and a great experience to be able to present one's work in front of the international scientific community.

Okay, so one work down.

I still need to write a paper for a "short communication". Plus two more papers and a manuscript (to work at) in the horizon. But I should take it one step at a time. So now, I'll be focusing first on the short comm. paper.

One big shoutout: God bless me and aja!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Under the Lovely Summer Night

Fashion blogs and retail online shops are becoming my "happy place" nowadays. It's like an escape from the daily routines of life.

White, as we all know, symbolizes purity and for me, it is also one of the colors that evokes timelessness. Black, white, and red are my top picks. Aside from color, other factors include the cut, design, the material from which the clothing is made, and the way it fits the body. 

I am definitely loving the pieces above from Whistles. Those dresses are made from embroidered and crochet materials, which are perfect for this summer season. I can imagine wearing the first two dresses while walking in a park under the heat of the sun, exploring the beauty of nature, then after getting tired and exhausted from all the walking and wandering, I'll enter a museum or an art gallery to feast my eyes with all the treasures of the world's rich history. The maxi dress, I'll be wearing while walking along the beach with a special someone under the lovely summer night, feeling the sand and water beneath our feet. Now, am I'm starting to sound a little romantic? Haha! Well, this girl is after all a hopeless romantic.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ciao FB

Today, I decided to bid goodbye(temporarily) to Facebook. Yes, for the nth time! Haha! You see, Facebook and I have this love-hate relationship going on (please refer here and here). And this time, it's for the sole reason that it's eating up my time. Well, the blame doesn't entirely go to Facebook (lucky you Mark Zuckerberg!). Of course, it's also my fault. I can't help but check my FB (and other people's) several times a day. But now, I really need to focus on some important matters because the deadlines are nearly approaching.

Ciao fb!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

One Sophisticated Lady

Since I'm kind of stressed out already reading scientific journals, I decided to have a break. And by break I mean doing something that will put a smile on my face and that would be this: fashion inspiration. I set my eyes in the ASOS website and looked for some dresses. I was looking for some clean-cut, tailored pieces that imbibe sophistication and professionalism but are also stylish. Time and again, ASOS never fails me.

Black and peplum seals the deal, don't you think?

Here is a piece in a lighter color, a shade in between red rose and pink, which I truly adore.

The following pieces don't really fall into what I mentioned above -clean cut and tailored outfits that show sophistication and professionalism - they're more of ladylike/feminine pieces (vibrant colors, patterns, texture, cut-outs) but if you just add a blazer or a sweater, well, you've got what it takes to look professional.

This one is fierce!  From daytime to nighttime.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Her Life These Days

After this summer, I only have one semester left before graduation. Whew, time flies so fast! I really feel happy and...well, panicky. Yes, your read it right. Panicky. Panic-mode. It's only a matter of time before my thesis defense and I have yet to organize all my work. I'm nearly at the end of the experiment and we're just waiting for the final results. Waiting for the transformed plants to grow and hoping that one of them will have the same phenotype as that of the mutants. But there's one big problem: if we don't get the expected results, we'll have to do something else, or in other words, start all over again (which I hope we won't).

So this July, I also have many deadlines: two abstracts and one paper. Well, I'd better do good because my future depends on those. And besides, I should really do good because the one I've been praying, that international conference - we're going there! Yay! Thank you God! 

But I also got another problem. I was so excited with the conference that I'm already thinking of the outfits and other things I would need and I'm already planning to buy this and that and this. Haha! I was thinking I will allot the money I'd get from the tutorials to my 'conference expenses'. But all of a sudden, my student said that she and his brother will not continue the tutoring anymore. I never expected that it would happen last Saturday but I kept calm and collected and said that it's okay. So there, all my to-buys have suddenly disappeared from view. However, I think that it's also a blessing in disguise because now, I would have more time in doing my paper and abstracts. And yes, I still have another student. But I'm not expecting anymore that I'd get my 'conference expenses' from my tutorial. I'll just be thrifty and save more from my allowance.

So yeah, I got lots of things to do and some problems to face but I'm also thankful for all that is happening right now. Life is indeed full of challenges, surprises, and of course, blessings. All we have to do is to trust Him and have faith that everything will be alright. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Little Photo Collection

Just wanna share some of the images I took with my phone.

Trees in the university during winter and spring seasons

Cherry blossoms lining up the parks and the university

Just the mere sight of these brings me back to the beauty of winter and spring. It also puts me in a calm state (which I badly need now because of too much worry about my lost pair of earrings).

Good night everyone!

Mayweed Chamomiles in bloom during spring

Sunday, July 1, 2012

New haircut, Aztec Healing Clay, and Empties

Hi everyone! Just a little update. I've never gotten a haircut since I left the Philippines last July. It's been 7 months alrea...