I’m at a very early stage in my teaching career. I’ve been working as a teacher of Japanese while doing my PhD for three years now. Most of us teachers have to deal with the same emotions. It’s a sad feeling when we have to say goodbye to classes we really like. In January this year, […]Read more "Time to say goodbye to a really nice class"
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 […]Read more "Week 129: Little indulgences"
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 […]Read more "Hong Kong"
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 […]Read more "Weeks 127 and 128: My fourth conference"
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 […]Read more "Supervision meeting reports"
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 […]Read more "Weeks 125 and 126: See the overview of the thesis"