Thursday, 28 August 2014

Rites of Passage

I just finished reading Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley and it's one of the best YA books I've ever read. I am a very picky reader, I probably take more time reading book reviews when choosing books to read than actually reading the books. I guess after you've been reading so many books throughout the years, you recognise shitty books so much faster. I'm still a very busy undergrad, but I will still make time for some short reading - about 30 minutes a day (and more if the book is so good I can't put it down).

Anyway, the book is about a girl entering a military school as the first batch of females. The heroine possibly had all the odds stacked against her with unknown members of the school targeting her back for sexist reasons (the things she went through... *shudders*) and it's about her fighting back. I like books where the heroine is bad ass and strong physically and mentally, which is why I really liked the book. I hope there is a sequel to this book because I was very unsatisfied with the ending. Other than that this book is a great read.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014


"If you have to choose between economics and environment, always choose economics. "
- words by a design mentor regarding selection of processes and unit operations for plant design

Cheap always wins environment friendly in the real world. What else is new.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Sunday, 24 August 2014

One down

I survived 34 hours of not sleeping and am alive to tell the tale. I have never pulled an all nighter in uni for an assignment before and let me tell you it is as bad as I have imagined it. After submission at 3 pm I just went home and slept like there was no tomorrow. For the entire weekend I just stayed at home to recharge before I have to get into the swing of things again tomorrow for DP2. Like seriously the thing I missed most is home. I'm out the door at 5 am and I'm normally only back home after 7pm.

One down. 2 more to go. Project feedback is tomorrow. I'll tell you how it goes. For now just let me spend time with my bed before I'm too busy to.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Blessing in disguise

It's 10.40PM and I'm still at uni (I have been here since 5.30AM). I was preparing to leave but uploading important simulation files onto dropbox is taking forever ;_; I'm gonna be so sleep deprived this week because Design Package 1 is due for submission on Friday and we still have tons of calculations and writings to do. The joys of a final year chemical engineering undergrad.

One of my group member dropped out just a few days ago (less than 1 week before the due date) and hence our design scope got changed drastically on a very last minute notice. Not gonna lie, my group thought it was a blessing in disguise because it simplified our process so much and it might actually be feasible now. The school likes assigning final years to design processes that does not exist in real life to see its feasibility (it does not exist for a reason - 99% of the time it is not feasible economically or technologically).

Well, in other news I just checked my bank account and my tax return for the last financial year just came in! My first ever tax return in my life and I already pre-spent half of it on my Surface 2 two weeks ago :x though I justified it because there was a sale then, heh.

Sunday, 17 August 2014


Captured these when I was on the way to uni (on a weekend too, final year fun times). The first time it rains in two months and it rains during a huge cycling event. Bless these souls for persevering through the rain.

Other than that, watched Guardians of the Galaxy with Shin and both of us thought that it was amazing. Shin declared that it was the best Marvel movie made thus far - yep, it's that good. Action, drama, character development, comedy, touching scenes and all that wrapped in a neat little bow.

Friday, 15 August 2014


The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.