London here I come :)

9 02 2011

In around 24hours I should be landing in London…weeeeee. Why London might you ask? Well I will be visiting my sister (and will also get to see my brother cos he will be there at the same time surprisingly enough). But more importantly….I get to see BERNARD ­čÖé OK so it has only been around 6 weeks since I saw him last (excluding seeing him on Skype). But still…I cannot wait to see him again :). So what will this trip consist of? We haven’t got much planned. All I know is that we will be going to see Legally Blonde, the Musical, go to the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London and spend the day in Birmingham, for the Birmingham University Postgraduate Open Day. Other than that? Who knows? Bernard should be checking out some things, but I doubt it ­čÖé It is his first time there and my 3rd time in the past 2 years. So I would be happy just lounging around. But I am excited to show Bernard away.

Will tell you more once I come back ­čÖé First I have a long day at Uni tomorrow. I will start lab┬ásession┬ádemonstrations for 1st year labs. Will see how that goes. I will be demonstrating the labs for Microbiology and Cell Culture (&!*┬ú$┬ú^). Then after that, I rush to the airport ­čÖé





Impressive Service

7 02 2011

As I have previously mentioned, last week I moved into a new apartment. I am now living on the DCU campus postgraduate accommodation. What I am most impressed with is the service you get here. I had a bad (torn, water damage etc) carpet in my room, and they advised me before going up to my room the first time and advised they will be coming in to change it. Last Friday they came in, but there was more damage than they thought and they told me they will come in today. And guess what, today after Uni I came home, and found that my carpet was indeed changed. Not all of it mind you, because most was in good shape. But all the places where it was stained, torn etc. A job well done. I liked the fact that they not only keep you updated (they advised why the delay was last Friday etc), but they actually do the job. I also got a new bed base and a new lamp bulb. I still have some pending requests (heating which does not switch off, broken shower regulator, leaking shower and the bulb went off again) but these are inputted in the online system and I am pretty sure they will get to them soon.

What would I really like to be totally happy about my new apartment? That the bad smells in the apartment (especially those in the kitchen) disappear. We have a gone off cheese smell in the kitchen, which is not pleasant at all. In my room I had a smoke smell, but it seems to be getting better. Thank God for the nose getting accustomed to smells (knew the technical word once…if anyone knows please remind me).

Everyone is welcome to come visit ­čÖé

 





Moving House

2 02 2011

OK not really moving house…but moving apartment. Today the day finally came, where I moved out of my apartment at Shanowen Hall and into the DCU postgrad residence. I had a wonderful time at Shanowen Hall. I think the place is quite well organised, safe and well-kept. The people there were really nice, and I had no complaints with my apartment mates. So…why did I move you must be asking? Well, I think that living on campus has more benefits…I will be sharing the apartment with other postgrads (not that I had any complaints with my apartment┬á┬ámates, but one left last Saturday and another is leaving in a week…so I do not know who will be coming), the room is quite bigger, I will be close to my friends, the gym and the lab and I guess I think it will be more convenient.

So today, after University, I went home and finished my last bit of packing, and waited for Ross to come over. Ross kindly offered to help me transport my stuff in his car. He could not believe the amount of stuff I had (and neither did I). This accumulation was of just 4 months. I cannot imagine how it will be once I come to leave Dublin. We managed to get everything into his car in 3 trips and made our way to campus. This time round we met with Monika, so we only needed 2 trips to get everything into the apartment. After showing them a bit around, they left and I started unpacking. It took quite long but at last I have everything in place.

So what do I think of my new room? I have now met one of my new apartment mates. She is a final year PhD student in Chemistry and seems to be really really nice. The other person is a guy who is also in his final year, though I have not met him yet. The room is much bigger and I have much more storage space. Oh and I do have the longest desk ever. According to my very accurate measurements (using the length of A4 papers) the desk is more than 4m long (14 A4 papers lengthwise ­čÖé ).

On the negative side? There is a funny smell in the apartment, and I have a sort of burnt carpet in my room (but the residence operators already know about it and told me before I went in, and they should be fixing it soon, so that should be OK). The residence is nice, though I do wish we had wireless internet access. Being a University I would have expected that. But Oh Well.

Tomorrow I should be going to IKEA (thanks to Ross again) to buy some more stuff for my room, and my room would be ready. I have a much bigger room now so visitors would be more comfortable.