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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Horror Marathon Weekend

Let the horror marathon weekend begin!
Since Starhub is offering free viewing of channels for a week, we are taking this opportunity to catch all the horror movies and tv series on Thrill. :) 

Friday, 11 August 2017

2-in-1 Sunset

Two set of colours in one sunset - orange and pink

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Retreat, Celebration and Farewell

It's timely for a mini-celebration with my RAs as we accomplished milestones within two of my projects - completion of data collection and completion of preliminary data analysis. 
I booked the four of us for a soap-making workshop at Soap Ministry. It is nice to be away from the office for a while and it is great for team-building and bonding as well, not that we need it much lol. 
All excited to start our soap making!
Hard at work trying to blend two essential oils
Going nuts blending scents
Cheryl pouring her soap mixture into the molds
A wefie while waiting for the soaps to harden
Our own customised soaps
We had lots of fun at the soap-making workshop. It was "difficult" too as we had to make decisions on what herb, what essential oil and what molds to use. We asked plenty of questions and we learnt lots too about the different herbs and essential oils and their benefits.
Besides it being a celebration of hard work, it is also a celebration of friendship and farewell lunch for Cheryl. We had it at our favourite Swensens.
Our favourite Earthquake sundae! 
Thank you, Cheryl for being part of our team. It has been a blast and we welcome you back anytime! We wish you all the best. Keep in touch! :)

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Happy National Day 2017!

Happy Birthday, Singapore! 
No better way to celebrate Singapore's birthday with National Day illustrations by Singapore's talented artists. :)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Living in Harmony

Perfect example of living in harmony.

Monday, 7 August 2017

ND Break

Looking forward to the National Day break. 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Starbucks' National Day Drink

Shiok-ah-cccino with coffee jelly, gula melaka drizzle and toasted coconut

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Kit Kat

I am always intrigued by the different flavours that Kit Kat comes up with.
"You Are an Original Kit Kat"
You are a very down to earth and regular person. And you are very okay with that... you're proud of your realism.
You think rules are important, and you don't mind playing by them to get ahead. You really appreciate structure and order.

You see the world as how it is, and you don't get caught up in unrealistic dreams. You have a good head for learning and remember facts.
You are a practical person who loves to think about how things work. You don't appreciate strangeness for its own sake.
What Flavor Kit Kat Are You?

Friday, 4 August 2017

Military Blimp

This is the first time I have ever seen the military blimp so close at my workplace in Jurong! :)

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Coding, Cake and Cuppa

Coding my data while enjoying a Starbucks Local Delights, Ovaltine Chocolate Cake with a cuppa. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Farewell/Thank You Gift

I received a thank you gift from my RA and friend, Cheryl who is leaving my project. There was no need for her to do so but it is a wonderfully practical gift! In my favourite colour too, green! It is a office table desk organiser with mouse pad. I put it to use immediately. :) Thank you, Cheryl! 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Manuscript Proof

I submitted my manuscript proof back to the publisher after accepting the changes they have made, attending to their production related questions and suggesting several minor corrections, e.g. typo. 

Monday, 31 July 2017

Summer Plan

The perfect summer plan for me! Lol.
"You Should Binge Watch TV"

When it comes to summer, you'll take a hard pass. You're happy to spend as much time indoors as possible. Some may accuse you of being a vampire, and while you don't like the sun, wouldn't mind catching up on vampire TV shows.

You've got staying cool in the summer down to a science, so much so that you may even sip warm tea under a blanket with the A/C running. Just because it's summer outside doesn't mean it has to be summer inside. You'll reemerge from your cocoon by Halloween... maybe!
How Should You Beat the Heat?

Sunday, 30 July 2017

SBG Tyersall-Gallop Core

My friend, Vanessa and I went to visit the new Tyersall-Gallop Core at Singapore Botanic Garden. We walked on the elevated boardwalk of the SPH Walk of Giants and round the Keppel Discovery Wetlands before proceeding to a yummy breakfast at Bee's Knees at The Garage. 
My breakfast - Pork sausage, scrambled egg, hash brown, and salad
Red junglefowl

Friday, 28 July 2017

Starbucks Local Delights

Here are the Starbucks' Local Delights cakes which I have tried - Horlicks White Chocolate Cake, Pulut Hitam Cake and Ondeh Ondeh Gula Melaka Cake (forgot to take photo). So far, I like both Horlicks and Pulut Hitam cakes. 
Horlicks White Chocolate Cake with Granola Dark Mocha Frappuccino
Pulut Hitam Cake

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Healthy Eating at Lean Bento

Discovered this healthly eating place, Lean Bento. Felt healthier after eating my customised Honey Miso Salmon bento. :P
Honey miso salmon, sweet potato mash, scrambled egg, corn and salad

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Lunch Catch-up

I had lunch with a former NIE colleague and friend who is now working at MOE. It was a great catch-up session. Thanks for lunch, Han Jing!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Change of Environment

Two days in a row, I have had meetings at MOE. It is a nice change of environment and at the same time, it reminded me of my MOE HQ days. 

Monday, 24 July 2017

AERA 2018

In less than 4 days, my team and I managed to churn out 3 abstracts (not more than 2000 words each) to be submitted to AERA 2018 on 24 July 2017.  
Now that they are submitted, we shall cross our fingers and wait for the best. 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Cats

Can never get enough of them. Unfortunately this bunch has to stay indoors as they will venture off and get lost! 

Saturday, 22 July 2017

RPC 2017 Appreciation Lunch

We had our RPC 2017 Appreciation Lunch at Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt. It was a great lunch, being in the company of some pretty awesome colleagues and friends. :)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Marieann's PSG Dedicated Service Award 2017

I attended St Margaret's Secondary School's 175th Speech & Prize-giving Day. 
I am really proud to see Marieann on stage to receive the PSG Dedicated Service Award 2017 for her outstanding contributions to Library Club! This is her second year as a CCA leader since she became one when she was in Sec 2. She has definitely outdone me! I used to be Head Librarian in SCGS Secondary but never received any award lol. Besides the trophy and the certificate, she also received a cheque of $100. 
The silly girl initially didn't want to attend the prize-giving and would rather help out backstage as she did at last year's Speech & Prize-giving Day. Although she seemed as if it didn't bother her, I could tell that it meant a lot to her that I attended the prize-giving. :) 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

AERA 2018?

Due to a last minute directive, some of us will be rushing to submit abstracts for AERA 2018 due on 24 July 2017. :O 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Professional Judgement

What will you do if someone, not in your profession, doubts your professional judgement? 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

SAPA Workshop

Today is the second workshop that I conducted at Springfield Secondary School. I really enjoyed interacting with the teachers and the VP as they started on their hands-on after my brief recap of SAPA (self-assessment and peer assessment). The highlight of the workshop was the sharing by all the groups which I thought were extremely beneficial to all. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Preparation

Either I am getting better at this or I am just getting better at this lol. Preparing for tomorrow's workshop doesn't seem to take up too much time now. Only took me half a day to prepare.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Cat Therapy

Whenever I am in need of cat therapy, I would go over to my friend's place for tea. She has 3 cats! 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Off to England

My parents are off to England for a 3 months' break. Enjoy yourselves! See you back in Singapore in October! 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Personal Growth 2017

One of my personal growth and achievements since becoming a Research Scientist on 1 June 2016: Organising the Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2017 31 May - 2 June with a super efficient team of colleagues and friends! It has been a truly enriching process and experience. :)

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Sweet Break

My RA and friend, Cheryl and I went for data collection today. We rewarded ourselves with bingsu after a good day's work. :)
My Milo Dino bingsu and Cheryl's Breakfast Cereal bingsu