As thesis-writing goes into full-swing, many of my hobbies/interests have been neglected at the wayside… But I am not here to talk about the nature of a PhD. I am going to talk about my many wide, wide range of interests/skills/other things I’d like to master (or at least attempt) – while hoping that it will be a loooooooong time before I kick the proverbial bucket.
- fluent* in French (currently around B1-B2; aiming for C1/C2)
- fluent in German (currently around B1-B2; aiming for C1/C2)
- fluent in Spanish (currently around B1; aiming for C1/C2)
- fluent in Italian (currently around A1-A2; aiming for C1/C2… one fine day)
- some Portuguese and Dutch (hopefully B1-B2 some day… currently I can read a bit based on my knowledge of the other languages above)
- conversational Korean (enough to carry a simple conversation)
- refresh my Tamil and Sinhala (I’ve forgotten everything but a smattering of words in both languages 😦 )
Note: these levels are according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), where A1 reflects a complete beginner level and C2 a full proficiency in the language.
I still consider myself a beginner and am still ‘dabbling’ in as many genres as I like while finding my style… but I do love experimenting and taking photos of the world around me! As you can see from my Flickr photostream… there is still a bit of everything.
- The super moon
- Light painting
- Long exposure light trails at night
- The Northern Lights
- Venice Carnival
- Conceptual projects… when I get the skills
Food to cook & recipes to cry
All the good things I’ve eaten so far 😀 and learn to replicate my mom’s absolutely delicious food. Well, this sounds rather vague, doesn’t it?
- Nasi lemak
- Chicken rendang (rendang is a very thick and condensed curry)
- Laksam Kelantan
- Peranakan cuisine
- Goulash stew (the one with a thick sauce like Wiener Rindsgulasch or Schwammerlgulasch)
- Asparagus and mushroom risotto
- Pastries – lots and lots of them
- Cooking lessons on location
- A barista course – or work as a barista
- A course on pâtisserie?
Make a ketupat Kolam/rangoli
- Traditional attire to own or try on:
Dirndl, baju kurung, saree, Nyonya kebaya, cheongsam
- Dancing – rhumba, tango, bachata,
salsa, cha-cha-cha, Viennese waltz
- Go to a Latin dance bar
- Get better at Taekwondo/ participate in another competition/ learn another martial art
Forever under construction