Sunday, October 12, 2014

Writing Again!

I've decided to start writing again. I stopped writing because i was digging deep in my thesis project, trying to publish my first author article and rediscovering my interest in reading (fiction, and reading for work never really stops)

Despite not writing on this blog, I've made progress. I've traveled, read a bunch, moved to the next step with my relationship with M, got a pet, and published my first author research paper.

I've decided to start writing again because I enjoy it and I miss it and it provides a release for the many thoughts that rummage through my mind.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fear of traveling

I am naturally a "risk analytic". I do not take risk unless I know everything I could possibly know about the event and weigh the benefits to be much greater than the risk. Another reason I prefer CDs to stocks, but that's a different story.

Any situation that takes me out of my comfort zone is always riddled with fear. My comfort zone consists of things I've come to expect everyday, i.e. grad school activities, work, church and home. Anything remotely distance to this becomes a risk, traveling is one. My common sense gets clouded with doubts and  in my mind, I quickly think of the zillion things that could go wrong. The what ifs, maybes and the assumptions.

Interestingly, that is also one of the reasons I travel. Not only to learn about places and cultures, but also to understand that different does not mean wrong.

Fear of traveling is like fear of the unknown. We are quick to judge, even hate what we don't know. Traveling has taught me to be patient, less judgmental about peoples way of life and accepting of cultural differences and beliefs.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Space Center Houston

To infinity and beyond!


I found myself in San Antonio, Texas several months ago for a conference, and afterwards I decided to take the 4hrs bus ride to Houston to visit my dear brother.


It was fun! We don't see other often so it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up and visit places he enjoy.


One of the places we went to was the Space Center Houston.


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We took pictures of ourselves in front of old space shuttles, I believe this particular one is called Explorer.


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Then, we took a ride that tours the different facilities within the grounds, including the one housing Saturn V,  and the Mission Control room (the old one).


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After the tour, my brother and I went down to the plaza for lunch and goofed around afterwards.


(By the way, if you are going to put on a space helmet (like I did below), sanitize the inside first, everyones face goes inside that thing.)




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Despite the blazing heat in the middle of March, it was fun, and educational. Not a lot of things are.


To infinity and beyond!