My last vacation to PNG was in September of 2006. And I desperately need another vacation. SOON! When I first arrived here in Japan to commence my graduate studies at Kagawa University, I noticed these guys turn up for work around 8.00am and leave for home at 10.00pm. I am doing my research with Associate Professor S. Suguri, Department of International Medical Zoology.
The official working hour in Japan starts at 9.00am and knock off time is 5.30pm. Some professors stay in their labs up to 10.00pm. A friend of mine at the Agriculture faculty told me that a professor there leaves his office at 12.00am.
My typical day would start something like this:
8.45-9.00am – arrive at the office. My apartment is only 5 minutes walk fromt the university.
9.00am-10.00am – check emails, read on-line PNG newspapers.
10.00-10.30am – check and feed the mossies (I have to keep alive mosquito colonies), check and feed the mouse (the mossies have to feed on the poor animals for their blood meals).
10.30am – 11.30am – read up on journals, articles or do some literature search.
11.30am – 1.00pm – lunch break. I know it’s a long lunch break. And I take a siesta too..LOL!
1.00pm – 2.00pm – check my blog and write up for my blog. If not writing do some random surfing e.g news, PNG forum sites, sports news etc.
2.00pm-3.00pm – do more internet surfing!..LOL..
3.00pm – 5.00pm – do some REAL WORK!
5.00pm – 6.00pm – write for my blog.
6.00pm – go home.
So that’s it. That’s how my typical day looks like.
I seem to spent more time on other things than on what my real work is. Then again, working on my blog is more fun and interesting then reading scientific papers. But sometimes, doing other things takes my mind off the scientific stuff for while and gives my neurons a break!