July 26, 2006

Sorry for the lack of updates. Life has been pretty challenging as of late.

Okay, update on my grandmother for those of you who are wondering. It’s been a week since she was admitted to GH. She’s still in a coma. Two days ago the doctors did a tracheotomy on her. It’s basically a surgery on the neck to open a direct airway through an incision in the trachea, hence the name tracheotomy.

I saw her earlier tonight and she was breathing pretty hard. That was a bit spooky for me to watch. She looked like she was having a difficult time breathing, almost as if she was in pain. It saddens me just thinking about it. No one knows when or if she will wake up though.

That’s pretty much it about her.

I found out yesterday that in August I have a seminar to do. I basically will be presenting my research paper in terms of my progress to the WHOLE faculty and others who might be interested in attending it. It will be about an hour long but I seriously doubt that I can talk for an hour about a research that is yet to be completed. It’s scheduled to take place end of August.

So now I’m scrambling to get a full-blown proposal done by mid August so that my supervisor can look at it and tell me if it needs to be altered and then CIRCULATE it among the teaching staff before they come to the seminar. That means more time for them to think of things to pick on my work. *shudders*

Another piece of news, my supervisor insisted that I travel to either Singapore or HongKong to do my research for a month or so. According to him, “your research is very current and it would be a good think if you can talk to the China watchers in either Singapore University (NUS) or HongKong University. We will try to get the Uni to fund your research.” I’m like “Errrrrrrrr….”

To be honest, I never gave that much thought so it kinda surprised me when he told me it would be a smart thing to do and that chance would seriously put me “out there” in this field. HongKong is pretty far so I will opt for NUS. Singapore is a lot closer, and NUS is afterall in the top 25 rank of the world’s top universities. I think it would be a priviledge to be able to get in there and talk to professors there. We shall see.

You know, if it were entirely up to me and money wasn’t a problem, I would so go for University of Chicago. It’s ranked like #17 in the world and best of all close to Rob. Hehehe And if you search the internet for it, the pictures of the Uni are so beautiful. Okay, I’m bias. I didn’t do any search on NUS or HKU.

Anyway, I’m signing off now. Have lots to read. Til then, be safe my readers.

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