All entries for August 2005

August 28, 2005

Lazy Me!

Oh my God! What a person I am. I'm so lazy to do my work! Many of my friends had already submitted their dissertation. But here I am, still do nothing productive. Anyway, I'll have to finish all the corrections before 10 September. I have less than 14 days now. Moreover, I'll have to pack all my belongings and move to stay somewhere else for a wekk before coming back to my own room after one week. Many works awaiing me.

But what I'm going to do now is to post a new picture I'd just got from my friend. It's the picture taken on our day out at Warwick castle. This picture shows while we were climbing up the stairs to get to the tower.


August 24, 2005

Back to Work

Yesterday I had a meeting with my supervisor almost 2 hours! Can't believe it. I was so tired after the meeting until I give myself an excuse to resume my work today. However, my enginge is not yet fully heated. My pace is still slow. I'll try to warm up more.

Nothing is easy at all. To finish the first draft was not easy and I think to make corrections will not be easy as well. Have to try harder.


August 22, 2005

Try Out

What am I doing right now. I should be reading through my draft once again before I'll meet my supervisor tomorrow. But I just give myself an excuse that I'd read and made notes to ask her already so I shouldn't have any problem. Therefore, I'm here trying to experiment putting an image on to my entry (not just put them into my galleries). I saw my friend did it on her blog. I then realised that I can try this out too. Nothing really interesting about this picture. It's just a basil I grow and eat. I took this picture myself some times ago. Let's see whether I'll succeed with the image insertion.

Day Out at Warwick Castle

Yesterday my friends and I went to Warwick Castle. We were lucky that the weather was so good. It was sunny all day so it was very perfect for our day out.

Warwick Castle is a medieval castle. It was built in 1086 (almost a thousand years now). We went there by Stage coach no. X1 which runs only during summer time.

After buying each person a ticket, we went inside the castle ground. There were so many activities and shows happening around the castle. We decided to see some shows first for the morning and we went into the castle in the afternoon. Warwcik Castle had many towers so we went up there to see the scenery. I climbed endless spiral staircases. It was fun although it was also very tiring. The stairs were so narrow and dark. Can't imagine how people in those days climb these stairs. I expect that they should have a bigger figure than us Thai people who are smaller built. Anyway, everybody was so interested to climb up and experience for ourselves at the top of the towers.

Then we went down to the ground and went down the dungeon to see all the things they had to show us. We saw people producing weapons preparing for war, their daily living, etc. After that we went to see some more rooms inside the castle. By this time we were already so tired although there're so many places left to be seen. We decided to go to Victorian rose garden for our last place and then came back outside. I needed to catch a bus back to my accommodation before there was no bus. So I boarded a bus at 5.05. This was my first journey alone on the bus in England. I was a little bit nervous but the driver was helpful. He told me when we reached the bus stop I had to get off. So I arrived back safely, very tiring but also very enjoy my day out in such a sunny day.


August 19, 2005

Accidentally Found Out

Follow-up to In LA 2 Years Ago from Pomme

How strange to find out my friend's page on google search. She had never told me she had put our pictures onto her web. I accidentally found it out today while I searched on google for my name (so free until don't know what to do!).

In LA 2 Years Ago

Writing about web page http://www.csun.edu/~nk51526/Octpics.htm

My friends and I in LA.

Almost Set Fire Alarm!

Yesterday I almost set fire alarm! The reason is because I went into the kitchen to cook my lunch. I didn't see that the plug of the kettle was lying on the cooker. I lighted the cooker and put my pot down for my pasta sauce. Then, I started to smell something strange. It's not the smell of my olive oil – so what is it? Luckily that I decided to turn the cooker off first and tried to find where that smell came from. I found out with horror that I'd burned part of the cable of the plug!!! What if I didn't suspect anything and continue to cook? What if the switch on the kettle was on? Oh, I don't want to imagine! Anyway, I was lucky that I didn't get myself hurt and didn't set fire alarm. As a consequence, the officers came to replace a new kettle for our kitchen and rearrange the location of the kettle away from the cooker so that it won't happen again in the future as well as for the safety sake.

Relaxation?

I have not done anything at all this week except relax! I give myself an excuse that I'd already submitted the first draft and I shall wait for the reply from my supervisor before I restart my work again. Actually, I still have some more things to do but you know..just can't get start with it. How bad I am. Anyway, I promise myself that I'll start as soon as my supervisor get back to me with her feedback and prepare myself to have a meeting with her. Therefore, I try to relax myself a little before picking up stress to hold again.

Talking about stress, I like one email my colleague sent me some times ago about stress management. I think the article in thee is very good and give me "gold". I can interpret it as follow:

"Small things can bring you a lot of stress if you never put them down and give yourself a break. Hence, the way to manage your stress is that know when to hold stress and when to put it down and rest for a while before holding it up again. In this way, you'll not have a nervous breakdown."

Guess I interpret it correctly. Anyway, from this email, I'm now putting my stress down for a while before I'll pick it up again next week. Is it my excuse to do nothing at all???


August 14, 2005

A Wet Day in Cambridge

Yesterday I went to Cambridge with my friend. I'd waited for this trip for over a month. We boarded a coach from the campus. It took us around 2 hours to reach our destination. The weather was lovely with sunshine and cool breeze.

We first went to the Tourist Information to check about places we should visit. Anyway, we ended up joining a walking tour which was quite good. Our guide gave us a lot of information. Now I understand how the college system at Cambridge works (although not throughly but better than before). Our first stop was King's College which the guide told us, it was built by King Henry VI and took almost a hundred year to finish. We then went to different colleges until the tour ended. By that time we were starving. So Noon and I decided to go for McDonald because we were in a hurry to team up with Lek and her friends for a punting trip.

It was not very good in the afternoon because it started to rain. We had to hold umbrellas while we were on the boat. The umbrellas obscured all the view. :( Anyway, we managed to find some fun at last by shouting at one another to throw the umbreall away when someone sit on the opposite side saw a beautiful scene good for photographs. Our punter name is "Rosy" She's very kind. She turned our boat back when Noon ask her because she wanted to take a good picture at the King's college (the same scene we saw in the Korean movie called "All About Eve" – our favourite and our inspiration to come to Cambridge). It happened that we were on the same boat with some Korean students. So we had a bit of chat about that.

After the boat trip, Noon seperated from te rest of us to do some shopping. I joined Lek and her group to walk to places we saw on the boat and took some pictures. Then we met up with Noon again and walked back to our coach soaked. The coach left at 6 and headed back to Warwick. The sun just found its way out from the cloud during this time!

Such a tired but with good experiences trip.


August 10, 2005

Braille Production Process

While I searched for information to be used in my dissertation today, I came across the web sites of National Braille Press (where I ordered Harry Potter) and American Foundation of the Blind. The information I found on these 2 web sites this time is about the process of braille production. However, their process seem very complicated than the process I had experience in my work in Thailand. This leads to the thinking whether the quality of braille production in Thailand is really up to the standard? Nevertheless, we also produced good braille books as well. So maybe we should stick to the old simpler way? But I'm not sure that our textbooks are that good anyway. Especially those texts with various tables and graphics. I wish I would have a chance to go and have a tour in these organisations one day so I can understand them better.

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