Sunday, 18 December 2011

Three Months in Vancouver...and Counting...



Wahliau. I have ignored this blog for a very long time!


The good news is, I've survived 3 months of work! So what have I learned in this past 3 months?




1) I could work for Xerox some day...or the Manuals for Dummies book...


The time machine...

For some reason, my boss put me in charge of the new office printer. The CAN$20K printer (yes, it costs that much!) has been nicknamed "the time-machine" by the people in the lab, as it looks it is capable of it. I mused the first time I saw that the lab has its own personal printer (the rest of the department shares a printer which is smaller than it!), but judging by the amount of work we churn out, it's a good thing we have one.


My boss has also put me in charge of writing manuals for everything in the lab. Her reason was I have to learn from scratch anyway, so I might as well put it in writing so people that come after me can benefit.


So if academia fails (touch wood!), I might be able to work for Xerox...or the manual for dummies people.




2) You can take a Malaysian out of Malaysia, but not the stomach...




Nasi lemak! The whole works...


Malaysians naturally look for Malaysian food everywhere they go. And if they can't find it, they cook it themselves. The above was a product of 3 Malaysians coming together to satisfy our Malaysian taste buds, while introducing Malaysian food to a Persian family.


And lucky for me, there's a lot more Malaysian restaurants in Vancouver than Toronto. In fact, for our next lab outing, we're having Malaysian food at a quite-pricey joint! And the boss is paying :)




3) I want to learn how to ski...




At the Peak-to-Peak Gondola at Whistler-Blackcombe...

I went to famous ski-slopes Whistler for a visit with my cousin. Felt kind of silly at parts as we were a few of the only people who didn't know how to ski or snowboard. Really want to take it up, but heck, it's expensive! And there's the issue of me being quite injury-prone...


Which leads us to point 4:



4) I cannot avoid the injury-proneness...


The doctor at urgent care who saw me for my back injury took one look at my back and said: "Uh-oh, that doesn't look right." When I came back from getting treated (our lab is right next to urgent care, which is very convenient, teehee), my boss asked for an update. 


When she heard what the doctor said, she snorted and said "I can tell something is wrong just by looking at the front!"




5) I cannot resist animals...


Sleigh-ride at Whistler...

Horseys! Enough said...




6) A warm drink with whip-cream is the perfect thing for a cold winter day...



Hot peppermint chocolate...Yum...


Starbucks is making a profit from the cold, that I can tell you. I'm usually too cheap to pay for a drink as the cost really adds up, but in the winter, I make a beeline for hot chocolate and specialty drinks to warm up. It's nice people notice and I've been getting gift cards for Starbucks for Christmas (that and a co-worker gave me and another co-worker a gigantic Starbucks mug)...


It's amazing how popular this chain is in Vancouver. Torontonians drink a lot more Tim Hortons. But geez, I can barely find Timmies here for some reason. Walk into the lab any day, and you'd find practically all the regulars there holding a cup of java from Starbucks. Come to think of it, I might be the only one who doesn't...


Hmmm...



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Damm: it's either you are very small or the photocopier is gigantum.

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