It is my forth winter in Japan since I first visited. I have adapted to the winter survival skills although sometimes I am a little over-estimate my cold resistance. Haha!
Le Supervisor always worry about my well-being, especially in winter. “Because there is no winter in Malaysia and the Malaysia-born me is vulnerable and susceptible to winter.” ← My self-description when we first met 🐧🐧🐧. That statement somehow rooted deep into him. 😜
On cold days, he would patiently telling me to keep warm, stay in the warm place (our office), put on extra clothing etc, he even mentally preparing me for the cold when I was away in Malaysia 😀. I can feel his concern every time he nags like an old lady 👵. LOL!!!
I appreciate his kindness very well and I usually listen to his advice 👍, for instant:
When we are heading to our external labs, he would stop me in the way: “Put that on (my jacket)! It is cold outside!”, I put it on. ✌
He would adjust the temperature in the lab for me when I work alone in there not realizing the arrival of the evening 🎑. He would send portable heater all the way to the old cold instrumental lab to me after sunset to keep me warm 🌠 etc. Well, if you ask, of course I do take care of him in equivalent matters whenever applicable as well. REMINDERs: (1) Don’t take people for granted 👆. (2) Good relationship works with mutual contribution into it. 😊
Sometimes, he offers me his “winter gadgets” because he feels like I am not kept warm enough. “Here, have my jacket!”, “Angelyn, please get ear muffler or the wind will blow your ears away.”, “I have extra blankets that you can use, I can bring it to your house. It is very warm. 😎”, “You need to wrap your neck. Although it smells bad, but you can have my muffler…” No, I didn’t accept his muffler because I don’t want to smell like a smelly man. Hahahahaha!!! 😂😂😂
When the temperature goes below 0°C, his worries somehow increase. “Angelyn, it is getting colder, is your house warm enough?”, “Do you have heater at home?”, “Do you want me to go to your house and check on it?”, “Do you have kotatsu (heated table)? I can get you one.”…. I am always touched by his kindness and reply his concern by keeping myself in good condition. 💝
Today, I got to the office with a little noise in my nose (Oh oh… 😐). I sneak into the pantry quietly to have some hot drink before getting into our office. F san, our secretary greeted me: “Oh, Angelyn! You caught a cold???”, in the highest volume she could achieve. 😵
“Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……”, I don’t want her to alarm Le Supervisor because it isn’t a cold. I just rode my bike way too fast and froze my nose. 😜Hehehehe…
After warming up myself, I entered the office preparing to get nag on. But hey, Le Supervisor was not here! 🎉🎉🎉Pheeeeewwwww………
“Angelyn, F san said you caught a cold.” Ahha, here it comes….. 😅
“I told you to keep warm, don’t you remember that?” ← Serious face like a fierce big brother. 👺
Pulling my ears with my hands + Puss in Boots eyes, I said: “I did, I did keep myself warm. I turn on my heater all the time when I am at home. See, I am wearing a jacket 🙌. I am not having a cold, just it was cold this morning. You see, I am fine.” *inhale and exhale normally, thanks to the hot drink 💃 *
With relief, he continued: “It is getting colder, please keep yourself warm. I don’t want you to fall sick.”
Me: “Yea, yea, yea, I will. I even bought a humidifier and maintain the humidity in the room always. See, my skin is not dry and I don’t have nose bleeding anymore.” *Touching my face like a facial wash ambassador 💆 *
He got his beam on 😃: “Good! Turn it on 24-hour but don’t grow mold and fungus in your room.”
“Ok, I will maintain the humidity at 100% and make sure I only grow mushrooms, shitake, enoki… just mushrooms! 🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄”
We were laughing joyfully in the lab thanks to my working nose or I would have to be drown in his recitation of endless nag 🌊🌊🌊. Wahahahaha!!!
I don’t know, I might have just save myself from that by not telling him that it was because I played too long in the snow ⛄. Or he might shoot me with the micropipette tips. RUN!!!! Hahahahahaha… 😁