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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Happy Christmas 2017

Tis the eve of Christmas 2017
Illustration by Ah Guo

Saturday, 23 December 2017


Brought the girls to the hairdresser's to get their haircuts as school is reopening soon, in another week's time. I decided to do something different with my hair haha. 
Can't really tell what I did to my hair, right? :P

Friday, 22 December 2017

Happy Winter Solstice 2017

Wishing all who celebrates a Happy Winter Solstice 2017! 
I woke up early to cook tangyuan for my kids. I am not my mother so I bought the tangyuan packets from supermarket rather than make them from scratch as my mother would. :P 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Big Move

We have to move office due to some restructuring of office space. 
I went back to move today. I had lots of stuff because I have stuff since 2004. It was really bad for my back as I was moving on my own even though I could use the trolley for the moving back and fro between the old and new office. There were others who enlisted the help of their RAs. Personally, I don't feel right doing that as it is my affair, not my RAs' business. I have moved most of the bigger, important stuff into the new office but there is still more nitty-gritty stuff to be moved. Need another few more days but right now, I need to rest my back. Really feeling my age! :D     

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Winter/ Spring Cleaning

Took advantage of my leave to do some winter/ spring cleaning of my room! 
I seriously need to reorganise how I organise things! At least I still have time before Chinese New Year in February 2018 haha.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Nitty Gritty

On leave. But back at work  to do more nitty gritty administrative matters.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Take Leave?

I have a few outstanding writing tasks. Thinking of taking leave to write lol. 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Besides the original Star Wars (Episodes III to VI, 1977 to 1983), I like this new Star Wars (Episode VIII) the best because of my childhood heroes. It is hard saying good-bye to Luke and Leia in this movie (it was good-bye to Han Solo in the last movie). It is the end of the chapter for the old guard of Star Wars. Thank you for the wonderful memories!

BB-8 (to Poe): *nervous beeps* translates to "I've got a bad feeling about this."
Poe (to BB-8): "Happy beeps here, buddy. Come on. We've pulled crazier stunts than this."
Leia (to Poe): "Just for the record, Commander Dameron, I'm with the droid on this."

Yoda (to Luke): "The greatest teacher, failure is." 

Yoda (to Luke): "We are what they grow beyond. This is the true burden of all masters."

Holdo (to Leia): "May the Force be with you, always."

Leia (to Poe): "She is more interested in protecting the light than seeming like a hero." 

Luke (to Leia): "No one's ever really gone."

Kylo Ren (to Rey): "Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That's the only way to become what you are meant to be."

Luke (to Ben Solo): "The rebellion is reborn today. The war is just beginning and I will not be the last Jedi."

Luke (to Ben Solo): "See you around, kid."

Rey (to Leia): ".. it wasn't sadness or pain. It was peace and purpose." 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Last Christmas

The song, Last Christmas has a special place in my heart. I first heard it when I was in Europe for 3 weeks in 1986. I like the original version by Wham. Over the years, there have been different versions of Last Christmas and I like Ariana Grande's version. 

Last Christmas (uploaded by ArianaGrandeVEVO)

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Programme Schedule

I am involved in the programme sub-committee for another international conference that is happening in early January 2018. All I can say it is a nightmare scheduling the programme. We had extremely late, and incomplete data to work with. Other than that, still had to contend with colleagues who only knew how to talk but nowhere to be found when work needs to be done.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Runnin' (Lose it All)

Heard this advert song at the cinema when I watched Thor a while back.

Runnin' by Naughty Boy ft Beyonce, Arrow Benjamin (uploaded by NaughtyBoyVEVO)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Another day spent on the administrative aspect of research work - preparing claims. 

Monday, 11 December 2017


After two weeks away from the office, I spent the whole day clearing 200+ emails and archiving the important ones. Not the most exciting part of research work.  

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Missing Starbucks

I was surprised during my recent trip to Australia that there is no Starbucks in Canberra. No, I am not a coffee drinker. I am only more interested in the kinds of merchandise that the Australian Starbucks carries. :P

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Unwanted Guest

After my shower, I found an unwanted guest in the bathroom.
A centipede! 
How in the world did it get here?! We are staying on the 9th floor! 
What happened to the centipede? 
I killed it.  

Friday, 8 December 2017


Heard this duet when I was in Sydney.

Perfect duet by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce (uploaded by Play Music)

Friday, 24 November 2017

BtVS Fangirl!

I am undeniably a BtVS fangirl! 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Chanced Meeting

I was at a school visit to present the findings of the project to the school leaders. It was by chance that I found out my long-time friend and ex-MOE colleague, Rahidah is teaching at the school. 
Had a quick meet-up and chat with her after the meeting with the school leaders. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Liu Sha Buns

Liu Sha buns or Salted egg custard filling buns - either you love it or you dislike it.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


Just as I was preparing the slides for my AARE 2017 conference presentation, a timely article appeared which could help to strengthen my argument. :)

Monday, 20 November 2017

Decision: Star Trek or Alien?

I saw these two t-shirts. I love them both but am torn between which one to get! 
Both appeal to the geek in me. One is in my size, Small and the other is Large. Needed help to decide and sent help request via Facebook... 
Friends and relatives chipped in with the decision-making. Now I know who are Star Trek fans and who are Alien fans lol. 
In the end, I went with Star Trek because it probably won't freak people out and it is in my size lol. :D

Thursday, 16 November 2017


A colleague surprised me with a belated birthday present. It was really unexpected and I was really touched. Apparently she had it with her for a while, but we kept missing each other because of our busy schedules. Thank you! It is really sweet of you, Monica. :)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Happy Meeting

I met up with a former student, Vanessa. 
It was really great catching up with her and knowing that she is doing well and following her dreams!
I am really happy and appreciative that my former students are taking the time to meet up with me. :) 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017


needed in large quantity!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Class of MLS038 2017

MLS038 had its last class on 26 October. This bunch of teachers (HODs, Subject Heads, etc) have been most wonderful, fun and generous. Although I was teaching the class about student-involved assessment, I thoroughly enjoy learning from the teachers through their experiences and their sharing! I wish them all the best in their journey into student-involved assessment.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Early Birthday Surprise

A surprise from my colleagues and friends! 
Thank you!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Star Wars Galore

It's a dream come true for Star Wars fans on Fox Movies! Continuous screening of Star Wars movies from Episode 1 all the way to Episode 7 at one go from early morning to close to midnight! 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Starbucks' Mr Vampire Frappuccino

Mocha sauce and whipped cream at the bottom with chocolatety cereal and
strawberry puree and whipped cream on top

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Starbucks' Mrs Vampire Frappuccino

  Mrs Vampire Frappuccino - mocha sauce and whipped cream on the bottom with sweet vanilla mixed in and topped with strawberry puree and whipped cream