Thursday, February 20, 2014

Being random.

As usual. Hiks.

Assalamu'alaikum! What a day to write, I mean to type out another entry. I've been lazing, so yeah, you'll be seeing more entries from me. Well, most probably, scheduled posts, if needed, in the future once I get back into the lab.

1. I thought today is Friday. Yup. Due to the fact that most of the time, Friday seems to have the calmest morning ever, almost every week. It will be slightly cloudy, with the hint of the sun hiding behind those clouds.

2. To be honest, I am under stress. I think. Or maybe that's what I've been thinking lah.

3. My younger sister is getting married in a month's time.

4. Blogging is sort of digging my honest self out. It feels so good to get yourself expressed through writing, well as long as it is not emotional and intends to destruct other people's lives, it is good then. Or maybe it isn't.

5. You know that one person that would make you smile unknowingly and sheepishly? Yes, I met that person today.

And I am still smiling.

6. I guess, I am no longer having that sweet tooth of mine anymore. Sobs. I got some kind of shock, whenever I tasted sweet things.

7. I hugged S like crazy, well, it's not like I haven't met her for so long or what, it's just the hug gave the feeling of relief. It felt so good and like she's telling me, oh babe, you can always count on'll always have me.

8. And another BFF decided to LOL at me when I invited her to my sister's wedding. Fine lah. You go fine me a good guy lah gitu. Haha

9. I am running out of time yet I skip my lab sessions so freely.

10. I, too, want to get my own version of getaway. I don't care if I have to go alone. I just need a new, refreshing breath of air. Seriously.

Itu je. Just felt the need to blog. See ya! :D

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Recipe : Sweet Potato Salad.

Assalamu'alaikum and Hi!

Please be reminded that I do not always eat that clean, to be honest. I still eat rice as usual, but of course with more veggies. What do I do when I find no veggies available? How do I supply my body with enough intake of vitamins and minerals?

With Herbalife shakes, of course! :D

So, I just finished making my own version Sweet Potato Salad! Mula-mula tu, rasa macam, 'can I really eat this?'. But, I am almost finished by now!

Inspired by Alyssia's Sweet Potato Salad. But using whatever I have in my room. I'm out of greens so that's why you're seeing all red and orange stuffs combined together. Haha. No Greek yoghurt, I thought of using natural flavour one at first, but there was none! So Mixed Berries yoghurt it is for the dressing. Oh, it doesn't have to be fat free, of course. "Fat free" does not mean it is free from other stuffs.

Ingredients :

1 small bowl of bite-sized sweet potatoes
1 medium size almost-ripe tomato (unseeded)
1/2 shallot (thinly sliced and diced)
5 spoons of Nestle Mixed Berries, Apple & Acai Yoghurt. (use the spoon provided)

1. Peel off the sweet potato skin. Add the cut ones into water until boiled. (I actually over-boiled my sweet potatoes, so they were super soft! :D)

2. Throw everything into a bowl, add up the yoghurt as dressing.

3. Mix well and you're ready to eat! :D

I believe that you don't have to be a good cook to prepare this. As long as you have sweet potatoes, then just cut them to bite-sized pieces, boil and they're ready! Thanks, Alyssia! Go follow her on Instagram right now!

Till then! ;D

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Of a tough life.

Is it?

Assalamu'alaikum! How is your day so far? Well, not doing much today, except followed up my coachee.

I am currently in the middle of my final year project. It is a requirement by both the Kulliyyah and university for me to graduate. Well, not that I am going to graduate this year, tho. LOL.

I even had four patches at once due to neck and shoulder strains. Haha
Was it tough? I guess. It depends on how you see the project itself. My project is kind of easier than other people, and normally, I don't have to twist my brain for here and there calculations, unlike my mates. So, the definition of tough actually depends on the days I struggle with the project.

Those were only for one type of medium agar composition only.
It really got to my nerves when I had to weigh the 0.01 g. Even 1 g was hard enough. Haha
As much as it is easy I say so, but the work load is no kidding, and most of the time, is so tedious. Not to mention how much waiting I have been doing, well, you measure some powder for the medium agar, add up the distilled water and let it to be autoclave for one to two hours. The fact that autoclave machine is located in the lab at the end of the corridor, and the distiller is on another floor, I think I walk almost 10,000 steps every day.


After the first session of evalution. Note that the media plates, including at the back, were only 1/4 from overall media that I need to prepare.
My babies, I mean the actinomycetes did grow up well, but I have yet isolated them, so I have no idea if I really got the rare ones. Yes! I am in the need of the rare ones, people! Some media plates did have contamination, but Alhamdulillah, praise to ALLAH, no repeats needed, well, unless the number of bacteria is not enough, there is a high possibility for me to start the pretreatments again.

After wet heat pretreatment.

I bet you won't understand even a bit of this entry, well, yeah, because it sounds so science? LOL.

My last attempt to spread from the serial dilution ended up with that. I was so frustrated that I skipped one-day lab session. LOL

As for today, nothing much can be done. The labs are undergoing cleaning and polishing processes, and that really turns  off my mood to do any work, not even writing my thesis, because I feel like I have no muse at all. The mates are continuing their work as usual, and to be honest, that really makes me feel a little bit pressured. They seem to know everything and what to do, so I choose to back off from that environment for a while. Haha. But that's what I love about going to the lab, because laziness is not an option, you are forced to do your work whether you like it or not. And at the  end of the day, it would end up as a productive day after all. Hiks.

The stool is quite high to level up the laminar flow, causing extreme back pain (that's an exaggeration, F!) and neck strain.

That's all for now. Well, I am still juggling between my final year project and my part-time job as a Herbalife Personal Wellness Coach. After a heart-to-heart session last night, I realised that my coachees' goals and my business partners' dreams are all weighed on my shoulders. They are part of the amanah and responsibility that I need to hold.

Till then, have a great and productive week! :D