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.
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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...

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