Pokemon GO review.

Here’s to another post on Sunday night. I should be continuing my univeristy task but have done most of it and I have tommorow off so more work into it! Next weekend is finalising a ‘video’ for that task and Good Friday it’s due.

As you may not know, I am a pokemon go fanatic. I hopped onto the bandwagon after the official release and from that day on, I was hooked. Most lunchbreaks and days off I’d walk around and catch pokemon. I did take a 3.5 month hiatus until Febuary and then Pokemon 2.0 was released. Back again onto the wagon.

The biggest influx of pokemon was around July-September of last year where people were everywhere with their phones out. People from young to adults were sitting in groups even at the opera house to circular quay. Rhodes  was considered the hotspot until the council removed the pokestops due to complaints and also Rhodes being a residental area.

Anways, back to the point. The gameplay is simple. Walk around anywhere and a GPS will detect pokemon in your region. My main hotpsots was around Sydney City where there was more spawn and different pokemon.  Upsides include doing something to occupy my lunch-breaks and spare time, getting much needed active recovery walks and on a good day, enjoying the sun.  With the release of new pokemon in this version, I am keen to catch more!

Downsides include common pokemon at every hotspot (no more natus and spinarax please!) and certain pokemon, especially rare ones to run away easily. Grinding can be tough with pokemon that don’t spawn often (pointing at you Onyx!) and batery life. Be prepared to bring a portable charger when pokemon hunting for a while. It can get boring an hour or two grinding, so I suggest an hour ot two each day to hunt. Certain pokemon is region exclusive only.

 

On a random note, I question the gender of some pokemon. For example, the picture on the right is a female wobbuffet where normally it would be a male. Goldeen a male? and when transformed into Seaking a female?. Gender confusion here.

Head to beaches, parks, iconic hotspots and you’ll see more pokemon spawn around those areas. Busy towns help too.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Are you a pokemon go fan? If so, how often do you play it or are you starting out?

Until next time

x Lydia

Easy meal to go: Tuna Salad Bowl

Hello fellow bloggers. Where has the first three months gone? So the second quarter of the year began on the first of April (no April fools here). Daylight savings began with one hour back with cooler weather and early nights.

Anyways, today’s post will be a first on this blog. When it comes to food, I like to keep things simple and easy. Today will be on one of my favourite lunch-to go when I’m not bothered meal preparing. Works for dinner too.

Inthelifeoflyd’s Tuna Salad bowl:

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Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup basmati rice. Bonus if you add cardamon into the rice
  • 1 cup of salad leaves of choice but spinach or rocket works best
  • 1/2 red onion roughly diced
  • 1/2 cucumber and tomato diced
  • 1/2 large can or 1 whole small can tuna.
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • Fresh Coriander and/or basil leaves.

Instructions:

  • Evenly distribute the rice as a base.
  • Add layer of leaves,onions, tomatoes and cucumber
  • Add tuna and avocado
  • Mix lemon juice together with herbs and add to salad. Ready to eat.
  • If packing, then let salad sit overnight.

I absoleutly love this combination because of the presence of red onion, herbs and lemon juice together. When making meals, I aim to use seasonings and/or herbs over sauces to keep it as healthy as possible.

Anyways that is all that I have for you today! Feel free to add more or less of the quantities listed.

Until next time.

x Lydia

Why I like a chilled out wedding?

The title says above.

So last weekend I went to a wedding at a couple’s home one hour from where I live. ¬†Two of them were in my friendship group and have been together for four years.

Chilled out wedding means that I sit down and catch up with people that I know from the past and also hangout with my current friends. Wedidngs I’ve been have been at churches or venues. The last wedding was at Darling harbour in May and that was nice :).

Anways it all started off with a vintage drink van below:

 

Then it proceeded to the ceremony at the back yard and then it was a food marahon from the lolly jar, cheese plates to burger and quiona salad:

 

Mind you the weather was perfect!! Sydney has been pouing buckets this month and I am ready for sunshine!

Yeah, that pretty much sums up the da. A few days later, I get an invitw to another wedding which wont happen until the end of this year.

Adios!

She is back.

She is back in action with her public health class. The class is social perspectives in public health and this subject so far is quite good. Her first day also involed a community transect walk around a local town in no so great weather conditions from observing traffic, people, noise levels to shops and street commerce, even houses. From a public health perspective, it’s to get a feel of the town and how the urban environment affects one’s health. Useful for those policy-makers to suggest rules and regulations into the town to become a better living area.

There were a lot of fresh faces as the majority of people were starting out as well :).

Friday night was a friend’s birthday at the winery. Drinks and food to share around and good catch-ups.

Tommorow is a wedding so today is catch up readings and a few housework duties.

That is all ūüôā

 

Why did I choose to study Public Health?

Hello dear readers,

As you already know from my previous posts that I am currently studying public health and currently working in health adminsitration (records to be specific). ¬†I thought I’ll share my story on why I choose this and not a course related to my job?

Basically I graduated with a bachelor of Science in Safety, Health and Environment. After sitting in uni for sometime and graduating 5 years ago, I knew I needed to find full-time work. Months before my grduation ceremony in November 2011, my mum mentioned working in hospital and took it as an opportunity to try. During my studies, I did a range of volunteer work at univeristy and took on student casual jobs mostly in student adminsitration, even a stint in christmas retail the first year of univeristy ended. These were mainly to bump my experience so I didn’t want to be a graduate without experience (yes this happens). From these experiences, I enjoyed being able to make a difference to students and acquire general clerical experience. I did a stint at a pharmacy a few months after but the experience and environment was isolating, overwhelming and depressing, nor did I want to work for elderly pharmacy store owners and so I quit and it wasn’t for me.

I started looking for health jobs and applied for a local but wasnt successful that time. That was December 2011 and then I went on holiday and held off job hunting until I got back. January 2012, ¬†I applied for a records position but at a hosptial on the North Side, interviewed twice but ended up with a temporary position and May was when I started full time. Mostly behind the scenes work and a year later and my contract was extended. However, I wasn’t being fullfilled as it became repetitive and that time I started looking for permanent jobs and I was successful in securing one closer to home in a newly created department to where I am now, same field.

August 2015 hit and I decided to go back into study as I needed change from the indutry I am currently in. At that stage, I was getting exposure to outside the department and I still remember being a secretary for the steering committee for a project. Management changed and unfortunately I haven’t had an opportuniy to outside thie department last year. I also paid all my debt from my previous study. One of my aspirations was health policy but now am considering enviromental health, communciable disease or research / project roles. At that stage, I decided to attend the post-graduate nights in Septmeber and then the univeristy i’m currently at was introducing my current degree to commence in 2016 and went ot that to. I applied online and then November 2015. I was offered my current degree and am about to resume second year very soon.

I’ve also mentioned in one of my previous posts that I am no longer inspired and fullfilled on where I am working. Intellect is also what I am looking in my future job. Yes I have colleagues that are doing coding courses / health administration courses but honestly, I am not interested nor is it my passion in that area. For the time being, I’ll just take on roles that suit me until I can get roles in my desired areas. ¬†I really need to get out of this bubble that I in.

I would rather work with research / projects / rather than being chained to a clerical dead end job with uninspiring colleagues way off my league, brain turned into mush and feeling dead inside. A year ago I was working on my skills but after last minute changes in roles not being filled approrpriately in the final quarter of last year and seeing it all, ¬†I’m done. Yes for reselience but you reach a a point and need to get out. Another rant done.

I find that public health does serve a purpose in life in preventing, promoting and prolonging life.

At times I do worry whether I will get a foot in the door in public health. Where I work isn’t helping me achieve this so time to seek another avenue. I’m not on campus frequently either. Maybe I want to switch to health policy degree or switch to something else or transfer. I’m at a loss here… The jobs I see and interested in require a completed masters, experience ¬†and skils in course that I haven’t even done yet :(. ¬†A lot of these roles are temporary and I know I am a long way to where I want to be.

On the upside, 2 Distinctions so far :).

There’s my story and I hope you enjoyed reading it or if you are feeling the same then I empathise with you.

Blogging here makes me feel better.

Until next time.

x L

Personal experience with Aspergers.

Hello again,

As you may have seen that I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child. So I decided to shed my light on this topic.

The definition of Asperger’s is ‘high functioning’ on the Austim spectrum disorder spectrum and have difficulty with social, emotional and communcation skills. They view the world differently and have particular interests. High functioning means it’s less severe than compared to people on the Autism spectrum disorder.

When I was younger it was hard growing up. Getting upset over little things but most likely being sensitive, being socially awkard (having little friends), found it hard to adapt to change from primary to high school. I was put in a special class for the first 2 years of primary school. Being diagnosed early and with appropriate therapy did help me become ok, with a few slip ups here and there. The high school years consisted of school, tutoring, minimal social life. Honestly, I feel like I didnt need those resources as I felt I was spoonfed rather than using my own brain. Also I didn’t like my body image as I struggled with weight.

I happened to be a ‘walking dictionary’ when I was younger. Aspergians tend to be wired differnetly and see thing differently.

The high school from university in contrast was a better tranisition as I really dislked the school I was in. I didn’t feel upset or anything like that. This may be different from notmal Aspergerians who can sometimes struggle with univeristy. ¬†Subject wise in university, I ended up dropping out of arts as I really wanted to finish my degree. Plus the coursework wasn;t easy as the language progressed. Same with science subjects where I only lasted 1 year in a pharmacoloiy/physiology and decided it wasn’t for me. ¬†That’s where I switched to a dafety major in which the content was easier to absorb from a commerce subject to a statistics which was ok to me.¬†I’m definetly no math person either and found words / writing suited me better.

Aspergians struggle with the social side of things, can become easily overwhelmed. I didn’t really get into the whole student parties, clubs etc. When I was invited, I declined. ¬†I did however undertake casual jobs and volunteer work throughout my degree. Sure sex was a common thing but I just didn’t get it nor did it cross my mind. Looking back I didn’t really care, aside from the one encounter (see first timers story).

Yeah sure I had a few crush rejections but honestly, we go through that. There have been one’s that show interest but I have no attraction to.

If I desire something, I find it hard to communicate hence I prefer the males to ask me if they are interested. I couldn’t do all the talking as it sometimes drains me brain cells (if you are an Aspie, then you’ll understand).¬†¬†I too can become overwhelmed on whether they are looking for the same thing or not. If I go through a dry spell¬†then let it be. If there was an opporunity then I’d take it but likewise, not going to overthink it.

Now that I’m older, if i do get invited or if there is a social event, I don’t mind going although I’d rather be dancing the night away ¬†(if there was one) then sitting around and chatting.

I keep things short and sweet and if i need to explain, then I am happy to explain just as long as we are both on the same page.

Making out and excessive cuddling doesn’t do it for me as gives me a sense of being suffocated. I dont mind being ‘touched’ elsewhere though.

Work wise, in relation to my last post, Aspergians can loose focus and that’s what I feel with my past two full time jobs. Sure there are ways to say X and yes these are techniques but do i really have to be a robot? ¬†It doesn’t fullfill me if you have read the last post.

So there is my experience with ¬†Aspergers Syndrome and for those who have goals from personal to learning, I’d say go for it!

Till next time

x L

How I feel right now, career wise.

Here’s another thought post (if you do find them interesting) on a different note:

The job that I do is mentally unstimulating, unfullfilling and dull. At the end of each day I come out feeling blah or drained. I’ve been in the field for nearly 5 years and I feel that I haven’t gone far. I feel like on repeat day in day out when I answer calls and do behind the scenes work. Meeting mintues, setting agendas like providing support is what I am capable of doing. Project work or research is what I’d like to get exposure on. ¬†I’ll only take on positions if suited until I can finish my degree and shift my focus towards public health, unless I find something that is more suited to my career goals. I cant predict the future.

In a place where most have kids, all female (apart from one male but taken), ¬†I would rather tune out to what they say. Also it’s different when your career goals are compeltely different and that I am seeking change. If there was a public health unit or anyone in that field that would like to take me, I put my hand up to get experience!

Where I am work wise, I don’t feel that I am making a difference if that makes sense? I’ve decided to undertake a public health degree to change career paths, ¬†make things better, meaningful and improve the quality of health and life.

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Public health, even the major I studied at my previous univeristy covers occupational health and safety.
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Prevent. Promote. Protect

Will I be able to get experience in those fields?? With colleagues who aren’t on the same focus doesnt make me feel inspired to work there.

Anwyays enough of me ranting :(.

Anyways, over and out.

The end of my longer-break from work.

Yes, as the title says, I am nearing the end of my work break :(. I didn’t take much leave in January this year. Now I only have 2-3 days left but am going to use that for the 2 days that I have at classes this month and my first class is in two weeks.

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Overall what did I do? Aside from the weather being rather shitty and yes some days did drag on and yes it wa snice to sleep in. Th elongest was 3 weeks but that was in transition between my old job and my current.  I did watch Fifty Shdaes Darker, pokemon go hunting in the city (yes I am back on it!), walks, massage and cupping (separate days), caught up with people, visited my uni to check out a few events and appointments.

I tried out an ‘on demand’ app [Pure} this week. It’s a hit amd miss for me as the ones I saw weren’t attractive, far away (why send me a request if you’re so far away). You’ll see same faces pop up time to time again but I’ll ¬†move on thanks. ¬†There’s an upside though so you’re not bombared by heaps of creeps.

It’s only been 5 days so far that I used it. 2 out of the 5 requests i found good looking but far from where I live :(. ¬†Plus it eats my data and having to post every hour = bye data. Once I go back to work, I’ll probs take a break from it and maybe see how much I get billed then decide to unsubscribe.

I stand in the middle. 2.5-3 out of 5. ¬†It depends on the day and time on when you use it. Also it depends where you live as well. The thing I question: nearby but still shows users far away from the suburb? Most likely¬†there’s not much users around my area and/or I’m not game yet to do it but I’ll keep in on my phone. Having one hour limit = less users.

Post break blues but then I remind myself that I have class 2 days this month and then its easter. ¬†A few positions popped up during this time. 5 months ago I had an interview however on the waiting list. There havent been suited jobs during that period which is why I have been out of the application process. I want to get out from where I am and it will come. I remember struggling for a year and two months (temporarily employed) to get my current job and it’s hard but likewise, keep on searching.

Life is life. Recharged is what describes me but once work hits it’s dull mode again. Kind of over where I am now.

This was a good break and I needed it after some rather long weeks at work.

Anyways, over and out.

x L

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