Terracotta Warriors In Seattle

Terracotta Warriors were in town for a limited engagement in two cities in the US. Seattle was lucky to have the traveling exhibition come to Seattle before heading back to China. While Nana was in town for our birthdays we went to see the exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. We happen to go on the same day of the Seattle University graduation at Key Arena and some festival at the Seattle Center park. Just think in another year this will be me walking around in my black cap and gown from Northwest University.

….back to the Terracotta Warriors…..

We got our timed tickets for the first group of the day so there was not a whole lot of people in the exhibit. The whole exhibits were in the making of these terracotta statues, the science behind preserving them, how the site was found, and the history of the Qin (Chin) Dynasty, the first emperor of China. The special thing about this exhibit is the fact you can get up close to the artifacts were at the excavation site in China you cannot.

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Nana and I posing in front of the statues

 


The surprising thing I learned in this exhibit is the first man-made pigment was founded during this time called Huns Purple which is barium copper silicate. This pigment is stable enough to conduct electricity and is made of this compound it is found in many electronics such as a smartphone. A science nerd moment right there! This compound was found on terracotta warriors and pottery of the time period.

List of paint pigments used to paint the warriors

 

 


After the tour of the Terracotta Warriors, we headed over to McMenamin’s in lower Queen Anne for some lunch. The place was hopping since families of graduates from the university graduation where there the celebrate. The food was done pub style and the theme of the restaurant was done like an old pub in 60s England.

The rest of the day was spent walking around the Seattle Center area and going to the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront.

More Information:
Pacific Science Center Exhibits

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Victorian Murder Mystery: The International Sherlock Holmes Exhibition

The game is afoot….

Sherlock Holmes is a much-loved “high functioning sociopath” we all are very familiar with. I would not call me a fan girl of the show Sherlock, but I cannot wait for the new season to come in the BBC in January 2017. So I could not resist going to see The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Pacific Science Center instead of braving the Black Friday craziness.

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Outside the exhibition

The day was a crisp cold day in downtown Seattle with some sunshine peeking out from the clouds. With a peppermint mocha in hand, I made my way to line gathering outside the entrance to be the first few people inside. The exhibition is about how the character of Sherlock became, the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle life (he was one of many who contribute to the beginnings of forensic science), and taking the visitor on a hunt for clues to solve a mystery using the same basic techniques as Sherlock would use during the Victorian times.

At the beginning of the exhibition you are given a small detective notebook with pages for activities within the exhibit to solve a crime. Each part of the exhibit has the background on how the field of forensic started, how those techniques are still in use today and the background knowledge on some of the clues you will encounter while solving the crime. As you walk through the exhibition you are deducting clues and facts in order to figure out what happened at the scene of a crime.

Towards the end of the exhibition there is a section devoted to various shows and movies spun out of the books known to many. One thing I did learn from this section is the phrase “elementary” was never a line uttered by Sherlock or Watson in any of the books written by Conan Doyle. It was added as an effect for a movie back in 1937.

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At times I was a little confused on how you are supposed to go about collecting the clues. At one point I had a hard time finding one of articles in 221b Baker Street home of Sherlock Holmes. I had to ask a volunteer for help. It ended up being one of those ah ha moments that should have happened sooner (palm to forehead). One thing I thought was missing was how forensic scientist today use Sherlock Holmes’ techniques to solve crimes. Oh well the scientist in me is always trying to get more young kids interested in sciences (especially young girls).

Overall the exhibition is worth exploring especially if a fan of Sherlock Holmes and you want to put those amateur sleuthing skills to good use. I enjoyed learning about how forensic science came about in Victorian London England, and knowing more about a great-great grandfather who was a London “bobby” on the streets of London around the same time as Jack the Ripper was roaming around.

…. as for whodunit, you will have come see for yourself for the answer.

More Information:
Pacific Science Center Pacific Science Center Exhibit runs until January 8, 2017.

Never theorize before you have data. Invariably you end up twisting fact to suit…:

Pushing Forward To Curing Cancer

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This past week has given nothing but sad news on the cancer front. All week there was not one day we did not hear another famous person has died from cancer. This is just a small sliver of the pie of how many people around the world died of cancer this week. Cancer touches every corner of society, and no one is fully immune to the effects it has.

As a research associate in cancer research there isn’t a day go by that I do not hear another statistic about the rate of cancer deaths and survivors. Cancer is complex. Complex as the very person it has affected. Cancer is self against self. It is the bully on the playground that doesn’t just take lunch money, it takes a life. A self made parasite to which every researcher, doctor, nurse, family and society is fighting everyday. Each type of cancer has a different way of bullying, and that is the reason why in research we are still pushing forward towards the ultimate goal: Cure Cancer.

This process takes time, and time is the essence in a person’s life. It may seem to the world we are going at this too slowly, but the truth is we are making strides towards this goal everyday. In the past few years more and more people are surviving cancer then dying of it (may not seem like it this past week). More people are becoming aware of how to prevent certain types of cancers, and more being diagnosed in the early stages where treatment is the most effective.

One day not so far off cancer will be cured. When this day comes there will be many tears of joy shed. Until then I will keep pushing forward towards the goal to curing cancer.

Sing Me A Song Of A Lass That Is Gone….

…..say could that lass be I? Merry of soul she sailed on a day, over the sea to Skye. Billow and breeze, islands and seas, mountains of rain and sun. All that was good, all that was fair, all that was me is gone.

~Robert Louis Stevenson‘s poem Sing Me a Song of a Lad That Is Gone. Modified Version From Outlander’s Theme song.

You may have noticed this is the opening theme song to the wildly popular Outlander Series by Dannia Gabaldon. It is true that I am a huge fan of the book series and the Starz TV series, and I believe the love story between the two main characters is better than the love story told by Fifty Shades of Gray. But this not a post about me being a huge fan of Outlander, more of a post about why this song is stuck in my head for the past twelve months. Am I the lass in this song? I could be.

 Being Walked Away From…..

I’m so sick of that same love old love, that sh*t it tears me up, I’m so sick of the same old love, my body had enough, that same old love. Feels like I’ve blown apart, I’m so sick of the same old love the kind that breaks your heart. That same old love. -Selena Gomez Same Old Love.

 It seems like ages ago when I last saw or talked to him. I believe it was never meant to be, and other priorities took the place of him after he walked out of my life forever. I had other plans with my life, and things I needed to accomplished for me without him being around to hinder the progress. Yet him being selfish was truly the best thing for me in the end. Looking back I realized I was not really putting myself first enough times in the relationship and he never full there for me. He was just passing through my life, and never really meant to stay long. Another lesson on the path to finding the person I meant to be with. Making the choice to not be friends after the breakup is and always be the best decision I have made after the breakup. I wanted to move on without him hanging in the background. As I said in a post, I wish him the best of luck in his life and that he find happiness along the way.

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 Finished A 5k Run…..

The best feeling as if you are invincible and breaking all the limitations you put on yourself come right off after crossing the finish line. Seeing the numbers of how well I did for a beginner still amazes  me. I did that? WOW! After this, there was no stopping me from enjoying running and participate in fun runs and other races throughout the year. Running has tough me a whole lot about myself and how to deal with life’s disappointments. I am thankful for a friend in telling me of this fun run. Made all the difference in healing. I am hoping to run my first half marathon soon. Will have to see!

Must Be Something In The Water….

In front of family, friends and a whole congregation, I gave my life to Jesus. After three years attending church I decided to be baptized and I thank a dear friend of mine who helped me see I was ready to do this. I will not lie it did change parts of my life for the better and paved the way for a very wonderful thing to happen later on in the year (scroll down to see what it was). A new life has begun.

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 Beautiful Smile Is Born Again…..

I have had braces in the past, and over the years my teeth have decided to move on their own accord. Now as I write this my pearly whites are now straight! Adult braces are not nearly as bad as I thought they would be. I believe it is starting to become more common for adults to have braces, and having them on even gives you better confidence then when a teenager. Not to mention the fact that I had to go through countless job interviews smiling with them. Thank goodness for advancement in braces since I had them as a teenager. Instead of two years of metal in my mouth, I had them for only eight months! Time to flash those beautiful teeth!

 Accomplished Whole30 and Began Paleo….

I think I fell off the wagon two times before the third time stuck with me (you can thank having braces for getting me to finish!). Just getting a hold of the book It Starts With Food from the local library and The Whole30 Cook Book spelled out more about how to be successful then just reading pins off of Pinterest. Just seeing other people’s results was just amazing to drop all that bloating weight on Instagram. In the end I managed to stay on the diet for thirty days on the diet and lost a lot of health problems I had after completing the program. Was not easy to do, but I am glad I stuck through with it for as long as I did.

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 One Career Door Closed, Another Will Open…..

You cannot make lemonade with rotten lemons. They are rotten for a reason!

There are times where you can no longer ride the roller coaster any longer. At the beginning of this year that was as true as ever. For the past three and half years I had been riding the ups and downs at a company that was struggling. One day it sold to another larger company that did not care about the people nor the product and so I had to do what was best for me. Walking into a job every day and not knowing what will become of you is the most stressful situation you could possibly be in. In the end I was laid off and in itself was a blessing for being let go, I was moving on was for the best. As heart breaking to leave people who became like family to you for three and half years, and knowing the team built through those times will never be the same. I will never forget what each and everyone taught me while working with them.

  Went Back To Finish My Bachelors Degree….

If you had asked where I would have been twelve months ago I would never had said I went back to school. After being laid off from Dendreon and going through a string of interviews that were going nowhere fast, I decide on a whim to apply to Northwest University’s biology program. To the surprise of me I was accepted to the University two weeks before classes began. In this a new journey began, and a new beginning was starting to take shape. I’m still amazed at what has transpired over four months studying, and learning what it means to realize a long-lost dream was about to be accomplished. Three years are going to go by fast, and judging by how fast time flew when at Dendreon, it means this too will past quick. Maybe this time I will continue to reach higher in my career with the completion of my dream.

Sophmore At Northwest University Fall 2015
Sophomore At Northwest University Fall 2015

Life takes us to unexpected places we never thought we would go. Plans we thought we had go to the wayside, while other plans are made. Dreams happen, old goals are reignited and most of all, things we thought would last forever or awhile come to an end. In one year everything in life changes and you are never the same again.

The more I reflect on what has all transpired over the last twelve months, there has been a lot of changes and a lot of new beginnings happening all at once. I never thought I would be where I am today as I am right now.  “For every new beginning comes from another beginning’s end” The Closure. I guess that is what being in your twenties is all about and learning to be the lass that is gone. Gone to become something more then she has ever been before, and new adventures to go on.

A Sudden Light….While I Was Away

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View from Work

Clang-clang goes the trolley! As I write this blog post I am currently looking out over heart of South Lake Union (more like Rolling Street Flats Apt). After three years at Dendreon, I have finally moved on in my career and started anew again in a whole new area of biotechnology. I am currently temp for a few months (hopefully will be brought on full-time after 3-6 months) at PATH in Seattle. I have gone from cancer research for a midsize pharma company to Malaria research in a global health organization. This will be a new challenge for me since I am so used to the way things are in industry compare to an academic/non-profit like lab setting. I am hoping my industry knowledge will be put to real use at some point in the research I am doing for the eradication of malaria. I am lucky again to be working with a team of very dedicated individuals who have a passion for the work they do, and really have an environment for collaboration within the building. I never thought in a million years I would be doing research in infectious diseases, but here I am finally getting my chance.

One of the great perks besides having Amazon and other tech companies around is the access to great restaurants and food trucks. I tried a new restaurant with my fellow coworkers the other day. Mio Sushi in South Lake Union. I have been trying to get my former colleagues to try it from Dendreon without any luck, so on the third day of working at PATH, I was invited to a lunch celebration. So what did I have?

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Sushi-Combo Roll

Sushi of course! I tried the Roll Combo which included small versions of cucumber, tuna and California rolls. Not much of an explorer in the sushi department, but its a start in trying a new place out. They have a huge menu for just sushi rolls and a lot of other combo stuff you see at other sushi restaurants in the Seattle area. Another adventure in food is having take out at Whole Foods across the street from where I work. I realized how crazy it gets around lunch time when all the area’s employees decent on the place for quick pick up lunch items. There is everything you could possibly want to have is offered at this market and it is expensive to eat there everyday! My chicken wrap alone cost around $8. You can really tell how expensive Seattle has become lately by the prices of rent and food. Then again Whole Food is expensive place to shop along with PCC in Edmonds so I cannot complain.

While away I had braces put on at the beginning of March, and so far my teeth have been straightening out at a faster pace then I thought was possible. I guess they have been through this before, so it was just moving them back to were they needed to be in the first place. I have completed my Whole30 diet and now continuing on for a second round. I wont post the Instagram photos that I have seen people do to show the before and after on this blog (You don’t need to see me in my skives!), but there was a slight change in how I look. I have noticed a little more energy, clearer complexion, and feel better about my eating habits.

A sudden light did happened…..

There has been a lot of things changing in my life right now, and as for the paradigm shift that happened, I can say it has made me more aware of what is going on around me, and where I would like to go next in my life. In the short few months of the new year I went through some life changing challenges and a few crazy moments that have altered my path. There was a need to start again somewhere new after being stuck so long in limbo. After my layoff from Dendreon and a week later starting a new position at another organization, the sudden light of realizing I am where I belong at this present moment. What came out of the breakup, the job loss, and moving in another direction, is the happiness that I have been missing for a long time came back. Finally the paradigm shift happens and suddenly there is light at the end of the tunnel I have been traveling down came into view. Let’s see where this next chapter in my life takes me.