Hobbies | to learn

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
  • Self-portrait 
  • The Northern Lights
  • Venice Carnival
  • Taekwondo
  • 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?

Asian cuisine

  • Nasi lemak
  • Chicken rendang (rendang is a very thick and condensed curry)
  • Laksam Kelantan
  • Peranakan cuisine
  • Chicken curry 
  • Tomyam

European cuisine

  • Goulash soup 
  • Goulash stew (the one with a thick sauce like Wiener Rindsgulasch or Schwammerlgulasch)
  • Asparagus and mushroom risotto
  • Pastries – lots and lots of them

Cooking courses

  • Cooking lessons on location
  • A barista course – or work as a barista
  • A course on pâtisserie?

Cultural stuff

  • Make a ketupat
  • Kolam/rangoli
  • Traditional attire to own or try on: Dirndl, baju kurung, saree, Nyonya kebaya, cheongsam

Other hobbies

  • 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

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