Week 129: Little indulgences

On Monday I took a nice walk in the Victoria Embankment Gardens, dropped by my favourite pastries shop, Melba at the Savoy, and had a honey lemon ginger éclair and English breakfast tea. The weather was beautiful, and I genuinely felt relaxation and excitement in these longest days of the summer. (The longest day of […]

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Hong Kong

If I had gone to Hong Kong alone, my eight-day stay would have been very different. I would have spent most of my time at the conference, and in the evenings, stayed in my hotel room and worked. Because Luca joined me for the entire trip, we toured Hong Kong together. We went to Victoria […]

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Weeks 127 and 128: My fourth conference

I returned to the UK on Saturday evening after a 12-hour KLM flight from Hong Kong (transferring at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport). I had little time to recuperate before I was back at work on Monday. Before flying to Hong Kong, Week 127 was spent preparing teaching materials for teachers who agreed to cover my classes […]

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Supervision meeting reports

I am reading through all the supervision meeting reports I’ve made over the past two and a half years. It feels like reading another diary of my PhD journey, filled with lots of suggestions and feedback from my supervisors. 🙂 This enriches my motivation to write chapter drafts! In a meeting, I write notes, and immediately […]

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Weeks 125 and 126: See the overview of the thesis

Happy June! I will finish making my conference poster this weekend, then will get it printed on fabric and fly to Hong Kong soon. Last week I had supervisory days. Based on my supervisors’ feedback, I’ve updated the thesis structure, descriptions for seven chapters, and the project schedule. They all became more transparent. My thesis […]

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Being happy in mundane things

Monday was a beautiful sunny day with blue sky and warm temperature. As I walked towards the rail station, the warm sunshine and green leaves of the trees in the wind felt simply wonderful. I don’t know why, but I was filled with great happiness. I took some pictures of the sky and the town […]

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