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"In the long, long trip of growing, there are stops along the way. It’s important to know when we need to stop, reflect, and receive. In our competitive world, that might be called a waste of time. I’ve learned that those times can be the preamble to periods of enormous growth."

- Fred Rogers

"Love is like infinity: you can’t have more or less infinity, and you can’t compare two things to see if they’re “equally infinite.” Infinity just is, and that’s the way I think love is, too."

- Fred Rogers
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Feeling out of place…

3pm-onwards in the library is an interesting time. That’s when the younger students start waltzing in, bulging backpacks and bubble teas in hand. Amidst all the Calculus 12 textbooks and Science 10 workbooks, I start to feel old as hell.

The good thing is, I still blend in with them. I could observe them, learn their secrets, and they’d be none the wiser. So far, I’ve seen some pretty hilarious things… like a kid staring at the answer key at the back of a math textbook. (I can only assume he is learning by osmosis.) Or the kid playing with his calculator for 15 straight minutes.

Hey, don’t judge me. I have to find entertainment somehow. β-lactamase and HIV protease aren’t nearly as amusing as distracted high schoolers.


done done done done!

(To the tune of the Allegro con brio from Beethoven’s Fifth)

Today marks a special occasion… the very last class of my undergrad! I went on an unplanned trip to Wesbrook, where I saw the composite portraits from the previous Microbiology & Immunology graduating classes. We shall soon join you on the wall! ^___^


The end of a biotech journey.

Guys, can we stop it with the goodbyes and farewells? I’m not ready for this yet. Yes, today was the last time we’d see each other in class, but it doesn’t mean goodbye…

Thinking back on all the incredibly happy (and outright insane) moments, I can’t help but feel a very painful twinge of sadness. I’m going to miss all of you terribly. You were like family to me.

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Caffeinated Owls
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"Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise."

- Frank Ocean
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Thank you for a lovely 2013/2014 season, Vancouver Opera.

Thank you for a lovely 2013/2014 season, Vancouver Opera.


a melody in my heart.

Not all classical music is equal. Occasionally, I hear a piece that simply leaves me breathless. It’s a painfully beautiful feeling. Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto is one of those pieces. The first time I ever heard it was on Nodame Cantabile. I was immediately drawn in by its sweeping and intricate melodies. Years and years have gone by, but it still hasn’t lost its magic.

I was fortunate enough to hear Alexander Gavrylyuk perform it with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this week. In the midst of a crazy semester, it provided a tidal wave of of solace. Scheherazade was absolutely phenomenal as well.

image^ obligatory and very relevant GIF.

The Starry Night: Histology Remix
Foreground: Vincent van Gogh. Background: H&E stain of the human ovary @ 10x magnification
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The Starry Night: Histology Remix

Foreground: Vincent van Gogh. 
Background: H&E stain of the human ovary @ 10x magnification

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Gasp! Did I just post something non classical? With lyrics?! I can explain. This is dedicated to Y Chromosome as he works through a tough evening page… because the hospital likes to interrupt our dinner dates.

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Always funny.
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Last week of undergrad classes is on the horizon…

I’m unsure if I should be ecstatic, terrified, or something in between. I honestly thought I’d be more excited than this. Perhaps it’s fatigue and general weariness of a long semester. 

Even though I keep a physical agenda and a to-do list on my phone, I find that creating an end-of-semester to-do list on tumblr oddly satisfying. (Not that anyone besides myself reads it!)

I’m so glad that all my immunology seminar presentations have already been given. One less thing to worry about. Here’s what’s keeping me busy in the next few weeks:

  • MICB 448B lab meeting presentation 
  • COMM 465 oral presentation 
  • MICB 448B Directed Studies report 
  • COMM 465 marketing plan report 
  • BIOC 403 enzyme report 
  • COMM 465 final
  • MICB 448B oral presentation/”defence”
  • BIOC 403 final
  • PAS poster-making
  • PAS conference

This is particularly relevant…

I usually don’t pay much attention to these self-improvement articles, but I guess at this stage of my life, the stress of being an almost-graduate has me feeling a little vulnerable. These tips from “30 Things You Should Stop Doing To Yourself” (Marc and Angel Hack Life, via nakererurish) stood out to me:

  • Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.  You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
  • Stop berating yourself for old mistakes – We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.

  • Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
  • Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.

  • Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
  • Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.

Dear Immunology,

After BIOT 6201 (Virology/Immunology), MICB 402 (Advanced Immunology), MICB 412 (Seminar Topics in Immunological Research), plus co-op, part-time work, and Directed Studies in immunology labs, I have come to several conclusions about how I feel about the subject:

Immunology, you are endlessly fascinating.

Immunology, I love you (most of the time).

Immunology, you drive me insane (again, most of the time).

… this sounds like the start of really awful free-verse poetry. I should just stop.