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I have been back in Australia, and more specifically, Canberra, for almost a week. Canberra hasn’t changed much, apart from having a second bubble tea (this time round in the city) in the span of three months. But, I have. I think I can better manage the loneliness that comes with Canberra these days, although I did cry a little on Thursday mainly because I only saw and talked to one fellow PhD peer the other day. The second time is always better, isn’t it? That said, I have my social needs. Unlike some other PhD students, I just can’t seem to survive without social interactions. Having a social life makes me happy.

So, what makes you happy? The other day, I was just thinking about this. The simplest things (sometimes strangely superficial) makes me happy in Canberra. You can’t ask for much here. 🙂

These are the things that kept me happy for the past week since I’ve been back in Canberra:

– coffee with Lorenzo & Kas in the city the moment I got back to Canberra. We needed human contact! (Kas actually had the fb’s status that said: “2011 begins. Where is everybody? Human contact needed.” That’s Canberra for you.)

– having two of your friends tell you: “You’ve lost weight!” Well, I did lose 7kg from June 2010. But, I am pretty much back to the weight I was right before I started on PhD in Jan 2010. I have a few more kilos to go to get to where I want. But, for now, while I’m not skinny, I am within the healthy weight range. So, that’s good.

– my own office finally! Well, I’m sharing it with two others. But, it’s a huge difference from sharing with 7 others. I’ve progressed from Part A (coursework) PhD student to Part B (research) PhD student. I miss the synergy we had in the Part A room though.

Say bye to many weekday/weekend sessions in the Part A room…

And, hello to…

– a slow jog/walk by Lake Burley Griffin. That marks attempt number 1 in getting my fitness back after the operation. The progress is slow, but at least it’s moving.

– the same exact summer flowers blooming in the same exact spot in ANU (the first flowers I noticed in ANU last year!)

– just a short break/lunch with Patrick & Kas in ANU.

– Catch up with Rohini & meeting her mom!

– Tea at 11pm with Kas at the college’s bench. We were just chatting about gym, the different PhDs we are on, and eventually got really amused with the summer scholars that are from everywhere in Australia/NZ.

– Texting Mushi who’s in Fiji!

– Buying birthday gifts for friends in the city. I stepped into Canberra Center yesterday for the first time since I got back 🙂

– Finally getting a car wash done this morning! It took an hour of waiting. But, the car is really clean and nice now, and no longer dusty!

I am in the office. It’s time to get started on the work that needs to be done, having just received an email from one of my supervisor. 2011 goals coming up in the next post or so.

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Written by Jasmine

January 8, 2011 at 14:27

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