You’re pregnant, aren’t you? Ever since I had my enormous weight gain, I have been asked this question many times in Jakarta, mostly by my Uber drivers. For some reason, some of them felt the need to verify my fertility before they took a great care in navigating the uneven pavement of the big… Continue reading Mbak, lagi hamil ya?
Being in graduate school is tough. You might be at the top of your class in high school or in your undergraduate program, but here, you pretty much are pooled in with a bunch of people who are equally academically adept, if not more. It’s very easy to fall into the routine of comparing yourself… Continue reading I, the Impostor(?)
What do you know, it’s been more than eight months since I’ve been back in Jakarta. As I’m getting more and more used to life here, I’m also starting to miss my life in Davis. Davis is my second home. It’s a city where I experienced independent adulthood for the first time. Well, I did… Continue reading (Reverse) Homesickness
“I used to think only environmental microbiology is interesting, but now I think there is a lot more to explore.” The above sentence was something that came out during the reflection session we had in the last day of the first Master’s level course I’ve ever facilitated, Selected Topics in Biotechnology. To be honest,… Continue reading I Reflect, Therefore I Apply
The third evolution of my version of spaghetti Bolognese For me, spaghetti Bolognese is another dish associated with my late childhood memory. I remember when my grandma first made it for me, probably when I was around 10, and I told her how much I loved it. Being my grandma, of course, she ended… Continue reading Cultural Exchange Series: Spaghetti Bolognese
A food historian I think the restaurant/catering business is too tough for me. However, I love food and I love learning how they are made. I also dig random trivia of the origin of food. All great cuisine comes from a culture that had the need to survive. For example, do you know that spam… Continue reading If I Weren’t a College Professor I Would Probably be…
I’m feeling blue. I know that I do not really have that many reasons to feel so, yet that’s how it is. I’m slightly disappointed with how my students’ exam scores turned out. But I know it was because I put too high of an expectation. I’m bothered by how much workload I’ve been getting versus… Continue reading Being Positive in Life is not Always Easy