Thursday, March 27, 2014


It's 2014. It's already March. Actually, it will be April next week. Come to think of it, this will be my first blog entry for this year. Forgive my blogging hiatus. It wasn't intentional. I was just so busy with juggling research, social life, academic engagements, and getting fit.

The past three months have been a rollercoaster ride. Before we head on to this year, let me just recall some activities in the latter part of December 2013. December was a beautiful month to begin with. It was the month that my ethics clearance was approved and I started recruiting respondents for my research. It was also the month that I began interviewing a few individuals. As I interviewed, transcribing took place. Along with transcribing, continuous recruitment of respondents took place. I was anxious not to get respondents. Hence, that anxiety compelled me to religiously scout interviewees. As a result, I didn't have a vacation. I only took December 25 and January 1 as days off to recuperate from a stressful and demanding PhD research. I don't regret it. Although I didn't have much rest, at least, the time spent with friends and reconnecting with my family and friends in the Philippines via Skype was glorious.