As for today, we have already been in Newcastle for 15 days. There are about 45 more days for us to stay here. The whether is still very cold for spring. Everybody is adapting quite well. The kids have managed to adapt with the cold whether. However, we can see that they really miss schooling life. My other half is coping to be a full time mother while doing some of her proof reading work remotely. She told me earlier at the park (Nunsmoor Park) that if she had to follow me to do Ph.D for three years in the UK, she will be insane! Why? This is because she is already used to her career life. She has plenty of work to do and she could not imagine if she suddenly need to leave all those activities and become a full time housewife. Haha…luckily she will only experience this for 2 months only.
Our home is comfortable and warm. I wanted to blog about the house but I don’t have the time to do so. I want to upload as much photos and videos possible to show the house. Well that actually consumes much of my time. Just wait. I’ll make a special blogpost for my 2 months home soon.
4 Season Clock
The 4 season clock here is quite tough to follow. The day is now far longer than the night. Wait till its summer and we will have longer daylight. Subuh (sun rise) is at 3.30 am. At 4.30 am the day is clear and Subuh has just ended. Then Isya’ is at 10.15 pm as of today. If we used another “mazhab’s” prayer time, the Isya’ is at 11pm. We have to get used of the clock.
My Tasks in this 2 months
What about my main purpose here? Doing some research attachment. I’m a man with a mission. I’m working as hard as possible to complete my thermodynamic modelling for my reactions. I have had 2 meetings with 2 of my supervisors here. The 3rd meeting will be next week. In each meeting, I need to show some progress. Who dares to meet the supervisor with zero progress!!! I won’t there to do that. I don’t have a face to do that.
Basically I have 2 major objectives coming to Newcastle University. I need to (1) write and complete my thermodynamic feasibility paper and (2) write and complete another paper – Glycerol to Hydrogen (GTH).
Then, I broke my objective to smaller parts. They are (1) to obtain the Gibbs free energy of all compounds related to my study as a function of pressure and temperature (2) to learn to use Matlab to solve 15 simultaneous non-linear equations (3) to write that thermodynamic paper (4) to write that GTH paper (5) to learn various new reactors available under the chemical engineering and advance material group (CEAM), and finally (6) to learn various other equipments available in CEAM.
Some of you may think that I’m having lots of fun here. However, you may not know the level of stress I’m having at this point. I’m trying my best to maintain my composure as well as balance in emotion and spiritual. Not only that I have to take care of my own tasks and mission, I also need to take care of my family and their feelings. The kids especially need some recreational activities to make them happy. They are not schooling for 2 months and that makes them bored.
I remembered one of the postdoc asked another PhD student in the research associate room I’m positioned, “How are you coping with your stress level?”… Aha… That surprised me. I think postgrads and postdocs here are quite stressful with their life. Maybe… I don’t know.
Hmm.. that reminds me that I also need to blog about my school and office here. I mean my work station. That will follow suit soon.
Visit to Angel of the North
OK enough about that. Let me just share a new video and photos on our trip to “Angel of the North“. It was really a wonderful visit. I saw this in movies or TV before. Suddenly, after renting a Ford Fiesta, drove it, I got lost somewhere I don’t know. I don’t have a GPS or satnav with me nor do I have a map. I just based on the main road called A167. Then I got lost. While figuring the way, I saw one big statue with wings and that is the Angel of the North. Gosh…Now I’m seeing it with my own eyes while I’m lost.
More photos of Angle of the North are uploaded in Facebook.com/cyzasector