Hello, there! I go by the handle Allybaster and Iā€™m a full-time PhD student, living in South Africa.

I would say I am a huge animal lover, perhaps irrationally so. If I were to see a creature (be it a squirmy bug or of the four-legged variety) in some sort of distress, I would most likely go out of my way to help it, even going as far as to put myself at unnecessarily risk. I can recall many such instances where I have done this. There was one time where I saved a pup from drowning, despite not knowing how to swim. I know that this was bad, but we both came out unscathed.

I also love collecting makeup. Most of which, I am embarrassed to admit, lies in my cupboard, usually unopened but it makes me happy, so that is all that matters. Never apologize for something that you are passionate about and if you do receive unwarranted negativity or criticism about anything really, simply take it in your stride and move on. Life is too short and unpredictable to fret over trivial matters.

I have digressed somewhat. Another thing that I enjoy immensely is preparing healthy food (mostly breakfast meals, as I have had a tendency of skipping these in the past). I love experimenting with different flavours and coming up with various ideas as to how healthy food can be morphed into something amazing. I am a firm believer in healthy eating and the saying “You are what you eat.” holds true. Ultimately, the type of food one chooses to put into their body is a true reflection of their overall health and wellbeing.

In addition to the above, my other hobbies include singing – it is something I have always done, though I would not make a profession out of it; listening to rock music (including punk, alternative metal, indie rock and folk rock); reading horror and crime fiction. I also love “The X-Files” – it’s one of my favourite TV show of all time; and from time to time, I enjoy playing World of Warcraft. I can spend the entire day farming wild boars for XP :D.

Overall, I am a very logical and analytical person by nature. I have also been described as a goofball at times because I tend to laugh at my own jokes and am mostly a happy person. I am honest to a fault, and call it as I see it. I do not believe in pretence, nor do I like hypocrisy or inequality in any way, shape, or form. Essentially, I believe in treating people as you would like them to treat you. I believe in being kind, but not being weak nor being taken advantage off. I also believe in working hard and striving for one’s goals.

If you gotten up to this point, thank you so much for visiting my blog. I truly hope that you enjoy my future content ā™„.