Note to Self: Your monologues can be interesting

Somehow, the universe find its way to give you a little treat in the midst of your struggles. In this vast virtual realm, a curious little girl (from the other side of the world) found me today. Answering her questions reminded me of the whys. And with that, feels like I got bit of sunshine again.

Okaaaay, now, back to stopping that ever-towering data pile from mocking me!! #thesisblues


Hi, my name is avery and i’m doing an essay for school on marine biology and I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me!  It would be great if you could get back to me. Thank you 🙂


(1) What is an average workday like for you?

I am currently into coral research so an average workday involves coral interaction in different forms: may this be on a diving fieldwork, on a laboratory or field scale experiment, or on my laptop as I analyse my data pile.

A very realistic depiction of the usual self on the job


(2) What is your favourite part about your job?

It’s peculiarity. Everyday is unpredictable, every encounter you have may either scare the hell out of you, or drown you in amazement! Also, this field allows you to ask curiosity-driven questions, then gives (you) chance to figure out how to answer them.

On this night dive, I got so amused with a little cuttlefish that I “Where’s my dive buddy?!” Yes, it was dumb. I realized I was alone in the dark, underwater, with a tiny torch. Lesson learned: always be alert, when all else fail, follow the light.


(3) Does your job involve traveling, if so how much?

Yes, it does! I am from the Philippines, deemed as the centre of marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle. Most of the research trips I have been involved with are in sites across this country. Work also gave me the opportunity to go to Hawaii, and recently, to Qingdao.

Criss-crossing labyrinth of corals in a marine protected area in El Nido, Palawan. Fins up!


(4-5) What degree did you need for your job? what classes did you take in college to prepare you for your job?:

I got a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and currently, am a graduate student in Marine Science. The thing that prepared me the most for this job I guess is more of the mindset: NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. As cliché as it may seem, this has helped me throughout my career. Life (in general) involves a lot of hard work in all aspects, and having this outlook in mind gives you hope.

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