PhD student @ NTU 🇸🇬| Logophile | Artist | Wanderer | Sri Lankan|


I’m Rochelle Silva, a second-year PhD student at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. I was born and bred in Sri Lanka, a beautiful country aptly called “The pearl of the Indian Ocean”.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, with…

Fun Poetry Prompt: something with the initials HR

A lub dub, lub dub,
Strong and weak, racing and slow,
Signal of a life.

Thanks to Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她) for the fun prompt. You can read her poem here.

It got me thinking. What do the initials HR mean to me? Human Resources? Hrithik Roshan? Heart Rate? I…

Cooking a hard-boiled egg doesn’t have to be hard.

If you told me that two years ago, I would have laughed at you. It was an adventure for me back then; either the egg would disintegrate into wispy trails in water or I wouldn’t be able to get the shell off properly. “How can you think of cooking if you can’t do this simple task correctly?”, I often berated myself.

However, I wanted to master this task. I found a video that helped me. Here are some little tips to make it easier.

  • Add some salt to the water
  • Once the water starts boiling, leave it boiling for about 3 minutes before you turn off the cooker
  • After you turn off the cooker, leave the eggs in hot water for about 15 mins
  • Transfer the eggs to cold water and remove the shell inside the water.

Voilà! Enjoy your treat!

Do you believe that pigs can fly?

A few weeks back, I received an incredibly cute ‘angel pig’ from a friend. While admiring the sheer creativity of the gift, I remembered an article another friend of mine had written sometime back. Titled ’cause pigs can fly’, it elegantly explained the whys and wherefores of making pigs fly…

Rochelle Silva

PhD student @ NTU 🇸🇬| Logophile | Artist| Wanderer | Coffee Lover | Sri Lankan| | Buy me a ☕

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