October 24, 2015

A FRUITFUL ACADEMIC YEAR

2015 is a busy but rewarding year. I successfully published a paper with title Controlled Functionalisation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Network Electrodes for the Enhanced Voltammetric Detection of Dopamine. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015. I am still working on a few papers for publication, many more to come!! Lots new expeiment to be explored. Aza aza fighting.

Also, I received certificate in Psychology and French 1. Besides working hard in science, I need to widen my knowledge in other fields, learning psychology: the "science of mind and behaviour", can be life enhancing. Our biological, physical, cognitive, emotional and social development influences our adult aspirations, achievements and level of contentment. This certificate is good enough to explore, at an appropriate level of these dimensions of human existence and is likely to be of value both personally and professionally. Next, I took a foreign language module (French) to widen my communication skill and networking opportunity. Bonjour!!

Psychology

French


October 22, 2015

Christmas presents for my girl in Bolivia!!!

Again, Christmas is approaching. Finding the perfect Christmas gift for my girl is a difficult task. I wish to send her many things. However, many local World Vision offices cannot receive packages larger than 6” × 9” envelope for sponsored child. This year, I’ve prepared some gifts for my girl and separated them into two envelopes for postage due to oversize packaging. The postage fees increased but I hope she can receive the gifts I’ve pick special for her. Hope she will like it. The Chinese paper cut (Panda), hair band, a beautiful 3D owl swing card, and a Karrimor urban 30 rucksack!!!!

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Rucksack


Research Postgraduate Poster Showcase, 2015

Research Postgraduate Poster Showcase, 2015 (Poster Presentation; won the prize (runner up))

Poster title: Electrodeposition of nickel hydroxide on single-walled carbon nanotubes for oxidative electrocatalysis

Date of presentation: 10/06/2015 Venue (room): Ramphal building, University of Warwick 

Poster showcase is about presenting your research in a way that’s accessible to people outside your discipline. The primary aim of this event was to give you the opportunity to disseminate your research, as well as to develop your skills in the challenging art of presenting to a non-specialist audience. I found it a rewarding and enjoyable experience. I won the prize (runner up) with the 50 pound Amazon voucher.

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Feedback from assessor (content, presentation, timing).

“Very good eye contact, spoke clearly and confidently, enthusiastic about the subject, answered question confidently.”

“Lovely, full of humour, make the presentation fun, complex subject explained clearly.”

“Really clear both in poster and presentation. Made a complex topic engaging and enthusiastic about. Very well done!”

“Excellent presentation-thoroughly explained very hard to audience-very good.”


I bought a food mixer using the voucher!!!

Food mixer

I baked a cheese cake…;) Frankly speaking, not too nice to eat.

Cheese cake


June 14, 2015

Sweet Geneva

My aunt came to the UK last week and we decided to travel to Geneva for a weekend. It was a wonderful but crazy trip.

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Let’s me interpret the word “crazy” here. First, I booked the flight ticket two days before we depart. Secondly, the cloth we wore did not match the weather at all. I thought the weather in Geneva will be colder than UK, hence, I wore a thick legging before we touched down in Geneva. However, I felt so hot as I walked in the street of Geneva!! Anyway, my sweat paid off with the upgraded room to Junior Suite in New Midi Hotel. The 4 star hotel is located near the lake and the shopping streets. Our room consists of 2 living rooms, 2 bathrooms, and 3 flat TVs.

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The first day we went to have a walk to Lake of Geneva. The sunset was magnificent with the water jet 140 metres high, with 500 litres of water passing through it per second at a speed of 200 km per hour!

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The next morning, we decided to go to Mont Blanc and Chamonix at the very last minute. My aunty Mary told me since the weather in Geneva is so hot, the ice on top of the mountain must be melting and not cold at all. I can’t imagine I went up to the mountain with my long dress! I suppose to wear this dress for touring around the Geneva city. Anyway, we were in the bus without warm clothing and sunblock. Fuiyo…

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After all, the ice on top of mountain did not melt. With the pearly white flanks of the Mont Blanc massif as a sensational backdrop, the Chamonix Valley is the Alps at their most dramatic. The most famous and highest of the Aiguilles de Chamonix has been an essential world attraction. From the centre of Chamonix, a 20 minutes ride in the Aiquille du Midi cable car takes us to the gateway to the high Alps at a height of 3,842 m, where you will have a clear view of Mont Blanc.

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We managed to take lots beautiful photos on top of the mountain.

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We had our lunch in a Chinese restaurant. The food is tasty, most importantly, two handsome soldiers sitting beside us. Yeah, photo again…;)

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Due to lack of time, we missed the important attraction­ France’s largest glacier, the glistening 200m-deep Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) snakes 7 km down on the northern side of Mont Blanc, moving up to 1cm an hour (about 90m a year). However, I was fortunate enough to meet a new friend, name Ti Ming Tan, he is kind enough promise to send me some of the photos of the famous glace. Thanks to him, I promise will be back again to tour around the sea of ice.

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On the last day, we toured around the city.

The reformation wall

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At the heart of the Parc des Bastions, the main protagonists of the Reformation, John Calvin, William Farel, Theodore Beza and John Knox, were depicted in giant statues and bas-reliefs. The giant chess game was of fun!!

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St Peter's Cathedral

It was built in the 12th century, in 1535 at the time of the Reformation, the Cathedral became a place of Protestant worship. We went up to the 157 steps of the north tower and were rewarded with an incredible view of the city and the lake.

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The flower clock

Its diameter is 5 metres - the largest of its kind in the world until the installation of a 15 metres flower clock in Tehran, Iran. Geneva's "L'horloge fleurie" was created in 1955 as a symbol of the city's watchmakers and dedication to nature.

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Stroll along the backstreets and discover the city’s many historical treasures.


June 02, 2015

The Letter

I have been sponsoring Rosaura in Bolivia starting from last year. She’s ten years old and blossoming into an absolutely gorgeous girl.

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Today, I received her first annual progress report and photos. I am so happy to see my sponsored child growing in knowledge, health and self-confidence. I am delighted to know she has received the presents I bought for her last Christmas. I wonder whether she has received her birthday present or not? She wrote to me by herself and the letter is translated to English. I get to know more about her family and circumstances. I am looking forward to her first letter in English and I am pretty sure it will not be long for me to wait! Hearing from a little girl from halfway around the world makes my day nicer. I love sponsoring Rosaura, it is amazing and more than just giving the money, it’s like getting a new family member.

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May 16, 2015

Catching sun with my very own hand

Eclipse in my hand

Eclipse in my hand

Great eclipse successfully captured by WEIG on 20 March, 2015. The early risers have glimpsed the great solar eclipse in University of Warwick. The sky was plunged into darkness as the moon came between us and the Sun. We manage to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon.

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Solar eclipse with an iPhone through protective glasses

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Eclipse watchers in University of Warwick

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May 15, 2015

University of Warwick, Coventry scientist takes her science to Parliament

Writing about web page http://www.setforbritain.org.uk/

I am a third year PhD student at University of Warwick, hailing from Malaysia, have attended Parliament to present my science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET forBritain on Monday, 9 March 2015.

My poster on research about simple synthesis of nanoscale material to increase the efficiency of fuel cell, judged against dozens of other scientist’s research in the only national competition of its kind.

I was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament. Attending SET for Britain gives me the opportunity to tell people the story, exploring new technology in and outside of my field-electrochemistry.

Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said, “This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

“These early career engineers, mathematician and scientists are the architects of our future and SET forBritainis politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry, the London Mathematical Society, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from [Wiley, ESSAR, WMG, INEOS, Institute of Biomedical Science, Clay Mathematics Institute, Bank of England, and SCI.


Physical Sciences Exhibition

Exhibition



November 02, 2014

Fly me to the moon

Writing about web page http://www.microflights.com/

Flying a microlight is a unique and exhilarating experience. It was a wonderful Saturday morning; we decided to try something special. Looking for the best view over Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of the great Shakespeare? We have found it! Flying a microlight and enjoy panoramic views over the city!

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Begin with a short briefing from a professional instructor, hopping into a microlight. We fly from Long Marston Airfield to Stratford, the sunshine just alright to me, wind blowing strongly and we can’t even hold properly our bulky camera.

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We fail to take any beautiful picture from the top, but we were greeted with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, the best view ever over Stratford.

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After the flying journey, we saw how people playing with radio-controlled aircraft of a wide variety styles. It’s superb.

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October 26, 2014

My lives will never be the same again to sponsor a child–Rosaura

Sponsor a child-World Vision


I am so excited to sponsor a child with World Vision. She has a beautiful name Rosaura, like a rose. She is 9 years old from Bolivia. As I know, Bolivia is the poorest country in South America with over 2 million children are living in hunger and poverty. In rural areas, only 7 % of children complete primary school. Every fifth child falls victim to the worst forms of child labour, mainly in mining, sugar, and even sex industries! Sadly, domestic violence is common. I wish I can do something to help, at least to protect the chosen one-Rosaura. Like children everywhere, Rosaura loves to play with dolls and she loves cooking! I am so proud of her, thinking that I can’t cook properly when I was in my first year study of PhD. I can’t wait to hear more news from her. I hope with my sponsorship will do more than help Rosaura from bad things happening to her. I wish she can receive a proper education and improve the quality of life for family.

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Christmas is approaching; I have prepared a small Christmas present to her. It might seem early, but knowing it’s got a long journey to reach her, I need to post the presents to her in good time! I am planning to visit her at some point next year.

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This experience will be a life changing for me and my sponsored child. I hope she will grow up to become everything she can be, full of happiness, joy and good opportunities to her life.


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