In brief...

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
My interests vary from conservation to education to heritage to Nature (biodiversity & wildlife) to outdoor activities to life in general.
They occupy most of my waking moment.
Do read my blogs, follow me on Twitter (@jocelynesze) and friend me on Facebook (subject to my discretion). Visit my Nature blog, Nature Rambles, at http://natureramble.wordpress.com.

UPDATE 2 Apr 2017 - This site is no longer maintained, please visit jocelynesze.wordpress.com if you're interested in more recent writing.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Updates.

Is usually the subject of my emails to my supervisors. I'm not quite progressing as fast as I would like in my project, partly perhaps because I'm not working hard enough?, partly because I often have to go back and repeat analyses cos I realised I made a mistake somewhere in my code, partly because I'm sometimes just waiting for people to reply some query I have.

It's been a most interesting year, in terms of the things I've been learning. Nothing so much biological as much as computational. I'm starting to wonder why I even did zoology, and when I watch documentaries there's always that slight nostalgia, as though being a field biologist is now a long gone dream. Which when I think about it, is quite silly cos I'm still just a masters student with the rest of my career ahead of me.

When you're trying to unzip 100 folders at once. I find it fascinating how the computer chooses a random point on the screen to put a new finder window and stacks it till it can't anymore and finds another random point. And yes, I have a countdown of the number of days to my thesis submission.
I've been trying to get my computational and data management skills up to scratch, like using git/github to version control. I'm just mildly amused really, at what I'm doing now and how different it is to what I thought a few years ago that I would be doing now. I am enjoying it though, still.

At least my 'zoological' training didn't go to waste I guess, I managed to get all but two of the questions right in this animal quiz..

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wanderlust.

I think every two months or so, I'm struck by wanderlust and the irrepressible urge to go somewhere on my own. And when I can't, I start planning where to go. And not just travel anywhere. I crave waldeinsamkeit.


Image from Give A Shit About Nature.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Into a fantasy.



Into A Fantasy - Alexander Rybak (from HTTYD2)

I have a dream
You are there
High above the clouds somewhere
Rain is falling from the sky
But it never touches you
You're way up high

No more worries
No more fears
You have made them disappear
Sadness tried to steal the show
But now it feels like many years ago

And I
I will be with you every step (Hey! Hey!)
Tonight
I found a friend in you
And I'll keep you close forever

Come fly with me (oh-oh oh-oh)
Into a fantasy (oh-oh oh-oh)
Where you can be
Whoever you want to be
Come fly with me

We can fly all day long
Show me the world
Sing me a song
Tell me what the future holds
You and me will paint it all in gold!

And I
I will believe your every word (Hey! Hey!)
'Cause I
I have a friend in you
We'll always stay together

Come fly with me (oh-oh oh-oh)
Into a fantasy (oh-oh oh-oh)
Where you can be
Whoever you want to be
Come fly with me

(Hey!)

And I
I will be with you every step
Tonight
I found a friend in you
And I keep you close forever

Come fly with me
Into a fantasy
Where you can be
Whoever you want to be
Come fly with me

Come fly with me (oh-oh oh-oh)
Into a fantasy (oh-oh oh-oh)
Where you can be
Whoever you want to be
Come fly with me

(Hey!)

Friday, May 06, 2016

Micro failures and achievements.

The term microadventure was coined by Alastair Humphreys, which he defined as "overnight outdoor adventure that is "small and achievable, for normal people with real lives"". To encourage people to go outdoors and have adventures more often, cos it's good for you. I guess cos 'adventure' to most people seems like something that others do, that it's a big thing which makes it slightly daunting.

Similarly, we seem to only make a fuss over major failures and achievements in life. Setbacks in life like failing an important exam, or milestones in life like getting accepted into a prestigious university (yeah my examples are rather academic-oriented, I wonder why...). But they say it's the little things in life that matter.

And so in that spirit, my microfailure was having to switch my laptop back into English (I set it to Mandarin Chinese about a month ago, in an attempt to keep up my Mother Tongue), cos I was getting too frustrated with not being able to find what I needed (to edit graphs in Excel). It's rather tragic, but then again, I'm not sure if my parents, both of whom are Chinese-educated, would have been able to efficiently navigate their computers in Chinese either... So I guess the extent of my Chinese language ability now is limited to being able to sing/understand Chinese songs.

On the other hand, my code writing in R has definitely improved. Fair enough, I'm often using the same functions and commands, but I've slowly added to my repertoire of 'basic functions', can incorporate checks, and can write slightly more eloquently. Gives me a sense of satisfaction (almost as much as flashing a difficult route) when a block of code I've written from scratch and not tested out line by line works without giving me errors.

Also, I made aubergine (aka eggplant/brinjal) lasagna (first time baking a lasagna!) two days ago, and it turned out pretty decent, and made pasta from scratch yesterday. Pasta wasn't perfect (dough was a bit too dry), but for a first try, it wasn't too bad.

This masters course is as much about improving my cooking skills as it is about improving my research/coding skills...