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PhDs, fitness club and a sparrow

Whenever people talk about PhDs, they make it seem all doom, gloom and back-breaking work. Now, I’m not trying to dispute that a PhD is tough and if you’re researching a topic like mine, you should anticipate being tucked away in a chilly lab on quiet evenings when the undergrads have all left for the day. Studying for a PhD is not easy and you will have to make sacrifices, whether to your bank account, social life or sleep.

On the other hand, if you plan your time well enough, you may be able to slot in a couple university societies. I’m taking advantage of my current, relatively clear schedule and joined the Fitness Club, which conducts group workouts several times a week in the evenings. I get to exercise and socialise; also I believe that working out in a group makes it much more palatable (and therefore effective) than working out alone.  I suppose it does help that I live on campus but I’ll take every chance I can to avoid being a hermit while I can, because I’m sure that time will come eventually.

So I’m going to enjoy every day as it comes, work my hardest to get my work done and not worry. This post actually came about when I looked out the window in my office and saw a sparrow grooming itself. Continue reading PhDs, fitness club and a sparrow

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Happy Easter/Is it Spring yet?

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I just loved this flower arrangement when I saw it in my local pub last week. I haven’t used any filters – the colours really were that deep and rich. Thing is, I haven’t seen any flowers like these outside, alive in pots. It’s pretty much April – where is spring? I feel like we skipped straight through to winter again, given that we had a couple hot sunny days a few weeks ago. Oh well. I await the heatwave with bated breath.
On a more serious note, I just want to share another aspect of Easter with everyone: it’s not just chocolate eggs and bunnies. I celebrate Easter to remember Jesus Christ’s death and sacrifice to give me salvation from the sins I have and will commit. He then rose from the dead proving He is God.
So to me, Easter is all about a certain future – I may not know what job I’ll have in the next year, nor even which country I’ll be living in but one thing I know for sure is that God loves me and one day I will have eternal life with Him. In a world filled with uncertainties left, right and centre, this message gives me hope and peace. 
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
– John 11:25-26