Week 95: Tidying up

Research has been moving forward little by little. I’ve been revising Chapter 2. The reviews I have worked on for the past four months were initially just a section, but as I discussed it with my supervisors, we extended it to further relevant scopes and added references, and it has become a chapter. I am […]

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Week 94: Writing and Anpan-making

I have been making good progress in revising Chapter 2. If I evaluate my level of productivity on a 1-10 scale, this week was a 9, compared to a 6 two weeks ago. What motivates me most now is the thought of sharing my findings with my research participants when I fly to Tokyo and […]

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Weeks 92 and 93: Coffee break with colleagues and my birthday

I’ve been working on my conference paper by clarifying descriptions, adding more references and grouping data more precisely. I’ve also submitted my proposal for a conference taking place in Hong Kong next year.   A reason to be unmotivated Two weeks ago, I was struggling a bit to stay motivated and listening to audiobooks on […]

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Week 91: Being together for three years

This week has been very relaxing and felt nice and slow. My supervisor has often told me that I should take some time off from work after the conference. So, without feeling guilty about taking a break from work, I have been spending time reading some non-academic books and recipes, cooking meals and baking. But […]

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Week 90: Oral presentation

This week, I spent five days in Cardiff attending a conference. Cardiff was truly beautiful: clean, fun and a much lovelier city than I expected. Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to look around the city apart from the university area, but I would like to go back one day and travel around Wales for […]

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Week 89: Presentation rehearsal

I have read tips on websites on how to present research at academic conferences. This week, I rehearsed my presentation with Luca again and again and revised my script and slides. In the first practice run-through, I talked about most of the things I wanted to include, which took 40 minutes (but my slot is […]

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