Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Finally, after three and a half years, I submitted my thesis for examination this afternoon.

And it was really without much ceremony: I gave four copies of my thesis to the graduate school, was told that I will stop receiving my living stipend beginning from tomorrow, and that I will have to start paying for the health insurance from my own pocket beginning from next month. So after submitting my thesis I have become poorer. How anticlimactic!

At UWA, they will give you a "PhinisheD!" mug when you hand in your thesis for examination.

The fun thing today was that I made the rounds with the mug in my hand, telling everyone I know that I have finally given birth after such a long gestation period!


ria said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to reading about your new adventures!

glhopman said...

congratulations, good luck with a job (if that is whats next) i look forward to your future posts

Denis Wilson said...

Welcome back to the world of unemployed bloggers, Dr Chai.
Hope you find a paying position soon.
But you are entitled to a little break.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Hi Ria, Glhopman & Denis,

Thanks. I was so relieved that I completed the writing of my thesis.
My next step is to write papers while waiting for feedback from the examiners. Actually I have written to the curator of marine invertebrates of the Western Australian Museum for a voluntary position. It will be lab-based as I can't scuba dive, but it's what I want anyway. And she is happy to meet up for a chat. I will let you know how it goes.


glhopman said...

good luck with the position. just out of curiosity, do you plan on learning to scuba dive in the future?

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Hi Glhopman,

Yes. But probably not in the next few months. I am thinking of learning it in Malaysia when I go home for holiday.


Woodie said...

Congratulations! I look forward to the fascinating posts that await us after you begin volunteering at the museum. (I take it for granted that you'll get the position, of course. Followed shortly by a paid job somewhere.)

I hope you do get the chance to become scuba certified while on holiday. Not just because that'll help your marine biology career, but also because the awesome photos that you share with us will be even better when you're not struggling with either waves washing you about on the surface, or the need to come up for air.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Thanks again Woodie.

Yeah I think SCUBA diving will allow me to go deeper and explore more locations. So it's something I must really do in future.

It's also fantastic to know that you and others are looking forward to future posts on this blog. I am not sure what will happen this time next year. But my plan is that if I find a job in Malaysia or any other countries, I would like to blog about the marine life there. It should be interesting I think! This blog has been going on reasonably well, so there is no reason to kill it : )


fremantlebiz said...

Almost a year late with congratulations Dr Chai. I must have been in a time warp somewhere. Actually I was searching for your answer to my q of what camera you were using, but couldn't find it. Can you tell me again please. Cheers, Dr Paul.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Ha! Thanks, Paul.

Sorry I must have missed your q somehow. For snorkeling/free-diving, I use a Pentax Optio W60, which is a simple compact digital camera. I couldn't afford a serious, expensive underwater camera, and still can't :) You can take the camera to a max of 4-5 meters.