Saturday, 31 December 2005

Last day of the year....

It's the last day of the year again... Where did my 2005 fly off to?!?

Spent most of my day watching Hallmark's "The 10th Kingdom", and it has been really interesting ^^ Nice little re-visit to the Grimm brothers' world of fairy tales.... Can't help but admire what nice calves Kimberly Williams (Virginia Lewis) has... Nice mix of a great sense of humour and a whollop of twists... Hallmark does make such nice mini-series... The next one that I would get is probably gonna be "Dinotopia", and I would REALLY love to have the 2 books written by James Gurney. The artwork is fabulous and detailed, and the style of writing the story as if some old manuscript/diary was found in a hidden corner of a large library is really appealing to me ^^ Semester starting, and with my combination of modules, can't afford to slack too much, so I guess my show/anime watching time would need to be grossly cut down... Still have "Band of Brothers" and a couple of other Japanese movies that I bought but not yet watched... Just one more week of holidays left.... Need to get back to finishing up my scrapbook and trying to pack my room, so...

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Friday, 30 December 2005

And here come the rants....

Guess the times that I post really long posts are, more often than not, rants... and this entry is gonna be abt the past 2 days, kinda in chronological order...

-St John's Island-
Went to collect the week06 batch of blocks with Wai yesterday. Met Danwei at the lab as well, so the 3 of us went to catch the ferry in Danwei's mom's car ^^ Other than the fact that Juan here only got 2.5 hours of sleep, going to NUS early in the morning was nice and peaceful... The ferry ride was pretty uneventful, other than the fact that I had my dose of seaspray and some sun after 2 weeks of being nicely bundled up, and the wonderful sight of Singapore's rather crowded seas again... The morning started out pretty nicely... Great sun, great breeze... However, Wai forgot to take weights from the dive store, so we kinda wasted a little time waiting for Danwei to come down some... This meant that we missed the 12nn TMSI ferry back, so had to catch the 14.45h Sentosa-Kusu-St John's ferry... This wasn't too bad, esp since we were also helping Danwei move his clams out onto the reef just off the breakwaters... Being the only diver, was scampering up and down the breakwater carrying giant clams of varying sizes (and weights), all the while feeling more like a mountain goat than a human... Definitely did my fair share or exercise yesterday... Had lunch, swabbed my samples, went to the jetty and slept for like 30 min on the benches since we were abt an hour early for the ferry... Boy, I really could get used to some regular island living... if not for the fact that I am still a student... Then we caught the ferry...

Here's when the day started turning crummy... The ferry ride was really long... an hour plus, since we had to stop at Kusu for a while, plus the seats weren't very comfy, making sleeping really awkward... Then there was the part that we were kinda heading 'into' the rain... Meaning that it was raining pretty badly in Singapore... Reached Sentosa, thankfully the ticket prices were still 9 bucks per person, and not the 11 bucks that Wai thought they were... With all the stuff that we were carrying, catching a cab from the ferry terminal was the best choice, so off to the taxi pickup point we went... Were overjoyed when we saw a can already there... It was a limousine one and the cabbie said he didn't wanna take us... prob the sight of us w all our 'barang' and looking very un-tourist-like in tee and shorts (snobbish bugger) Neither of us took down the can number, so no official complaint... Anyways, it being an official taxi stand, there was a location code to call when we dialed a cab, did that and cab 7408U was to arrive in 5-8 min.... 3 min later, our cabbie called saying he was at the taxi stand and he couldn't find us... On the other hand, the two of us couldn't see him at all, and he wasn't being helpful at all by going on and on and on about how cars CANNOT drive in... Aargh... we were at the taxi-pickup point next to the ferry terminal bus stop so vehicles CAN come in... Tried to tell him that, and told him to follow the signs over but he still didn't appear after another 10 min or so, thus we tried our luck again... And Wai realises that her hp is wonky... No sound at all, so she calls on my phone, this time using the operator instead of the areacode thing, and we got another cab... Same thing kinda happened since he also called... But at least this time around he had enough sense to figure out that he might be on the wrong side of the ferry terminal and he actually came over to look for us, instead of looping ard that same wrong side of the terminal (which is what I suspect the first cabbie of doing) WAsted quite a bit of time with thie cab escapade of ours, and we were both feeling kinda cranky...

Reached NUS ard 17.30h (I think)... Unloaded stuff, washed down gear etc. Went to check mail and CORS, and suddenly realised that we couldn't bid for our LSM42xxs since we are technically still in Year 3, so off go 2 emails to LSOC... Which leads on to today...

-CORS woes-
Went to NUS to hand in my form for payment as a junior mentor, as well as to check up on the appeals situation... Doesn't help that the LSOC pple send short replies that do not directly answer concerns clearly... Meaning a series of frustrating emails and a quick visit downstairs when Wai arrived... Seems like the ruling makes it impossible for me to "swap" my Year 3 Semester 2 and Year 4 Semester 1 around since I need to finish ALL my LSM32xxs BEFORE I can start on my honours project, and in order to graduate with honours, I need to graduate within 8 semesters... Kinda meaning that I 'die die' have to take a Biology concentration Level 3000 this semester... Doesn't help that almost all of them are exclusively available in Semester 1... Good thing was that my UROPS can cover 4MCs, meaning I had to squeeze one more module out, thus Comparative Animal Physiology HAS to be in my timetable... This sudden change in planning just meant that taking Marine Biology and Tropical Conservation Biology are out of the picture due to timetable clashes... Taking Japanese 5, Behavioural Biology and Comparative Animal Physiology, as well as Medical Microbiology messes my timetable up pretty badly... Not only am I totally unable to go for any TC classes, I also cannot do my collections on Thursdays... So the idea of taking Medical Microbiology is out of the window... Think it would be a rather interesting module to take but since I got a B- for Microbiology, it prob would turn out to be another CAP-puller-downer... With such, out of the other LSM42xxs that I could take, Tumour Biology turns out tobe the best choice... Catch is, it sounds really overwhelming, tho' on the bright side, I alreadyhave the textbook, meaning that wouldn't need to buy a text that I may not ever use again, plus Desmond is probably taking it as well, so I would still have company during class... However, them being classified as honours modules and me being a Year 3 who is not starting on honours yet, I can only appeal to have the in Round 2, meaning I may just be squeezed out of the class... Need to keep my fingers crossed til like Wednesday, and must remember to hand in the form to LSOC on Tuesday morning so that they can process my stuff and add the modules...

Whole thing was really frustrating, and Ifty and Linus were seeing how stressed I was getting re-working everything out... Sorry guys... Was a little intense for a while... Think I tear a little too easily; when I get real frustrated with how helpless I am in a situation I just tear real quickly... turn from pissed to teary pretty fast... Oh well, good thing the next thing I had was Narnia ^^ Made me feel so much better afterwards!

Alreay met Linus in NUS, so we headed over to Lot 1 together... Am on bus pass, so we took bus... Linus wasn't, but he still gamely led the way there. 'Old friends' are still the nicest ones to have around... But then again, the twins are always some of the nicest friends to have around ^^ Met up Harti and Joseph, and the 4 of us went to catch 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' after failing to watch it on Tues, making it my 2nd movie this week... Good seeing Joseph again after all this time, and he was nice enough to give me a Cornell shot glass ^^ Haven't seen Harti for years, tho' I wonder if she really remembers me from RJ... Other than being a truly decent adaptation of the book written by C.S. Lewis, it also gave me a number of reminders regarding my own life, as well as walk with God. Not a fab adaptation but nicely done, and it did help that the actor for Peter was rather cute ^^ Know the story more than inside out and it still strikes a chord... However, one thing I didn't really like was that the wolves and white tigers and polar bears were all on the witch's side... They are such nice animals that I like!! Hmph... Tho' the use of a phoenix to create a firewall against the witch's army was ingenious ^^ Nice person touch to this version of the book. Tho' why did the witch have to do her hair and dress/fluff in such a way that really resembles a lion's mane?!? Wait a min, or was that all from Aslan when she had him shaved?

The part about the witch's claim on all traitors, and hence Edmund, really struck a chord... Sinners that comeback are loved just as much, Jesus died in our stead... How on earth did I manage to stray so far from Him?!? Cried when Aslan went to the stone table... Knew what was gonna happen but the tears just came trickling down as images of Christ's crucifixion in 'The Passion of Christ' just appeared in my mind.... He died for us. For me. In my place for all the crap that I have ever done and might do...

-getting back on track-
Backsliding is not fun at all.... Just like on any hill/slope, going down is easy but heading back up is a crapload of work... Been kinda slipping/sliding/skidding down my own slippery road the past 6 months or so, and I feel like I need a road to help pull me up again.... Found a link to this useful online version of a RBC Discovery Series booklet "The Way Back" from today's OBD entry. Really thankful for finding it since I don't quite know where to start (other than admitting this weakness of mine to God) in the hard climb back again. ^^ Must remember the 3 Rs that I have learnt... Remember, Repent, Renew.... Really need to get back in shape... both spiritually, as well as physically. Finally gonna go back to church on New Year's Day ^^ Really must make an effort to wake up early enough... Lord, this little lostsheep is coming home~~
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I am such a sucker for quizzes...

You Were A Jaguar

A shapeshifter that understands the patterns of chaos.
You are powerful and move without fear in dark places.


You Are a Tinsel Tree

For you, Christmas is no different than the rest of the year.
And this means you do things your own way - and continue to surprise people.


What Your Sleeping Position Says

You have a passion for everything - including sleeping.
Outgoing and brash, you tend to still shock those who know you well.
You tend to be selfish. You are the most likely type to hog the covers.
You gravitate toward comfort and don't like extreme situations.


You Are 50% Weird

Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!


You Are a Henna Gaijin!

You're not Japanese, but you wish you were!
You can use chopsticks with your eyes closed, and you've memorized hundreds of Kanji.
You even answer your phone "moshi moshi."
While the number of anime videos you've seen is way higher than the number of dates you've been on, there's hope.
Play the sexy, mysterous gaijin, and you'll have plenty of Japanese meat.


Your World View

You are a cautious type, neutral, and rather insecure.
You would agree with the idea that everybody has his price...
And in your own case it would not be high.

You are ruled by an inferiority complex and not easy to assess.
How do you present yourself to the world?
An idealist, a moralist, a conformist keeping up with the Joneses?


Your Birth Month is May

Unique and creative, you seek your own path in life.
You love change and are able to adapt to any situation.

Your soul reflects: Sweetness, joy, and a complete life.

Your gemstone: Emerald

Your flower: Lily of the Valley

Your colors: Yellow, red, and green


Pesto Pizza

Adventurous and hedonistic.
You live for new experiences and tastes
And you're not the type to have your pizza the same way twice
If they can put it on pizza, you're up for trying it!


Slow and Steady

Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy.

They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.

It'd really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment.

They expect you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then usually decide against it.


How You Live Your Life

You tend to deprive yourself of things you crave, for your own good.

You are always tactful and diplomatic. You let people down gently.

Your friends tend to be a as quirky as you are - which is saying a lot!

You tend to always dream of things within reach - and you usually get them.


Your Eyes Should Be Brown

Your eyes reflect: Depth and wisdom

What's hidden behind your eyes: A tender heart


You Have a Melancholic Temperament

Introspective and reflective, you think about everything and anything.
You are a soft-hearted daydreamer. You long for your ideal life.
You love silence and solitude. Everyday life is usually too chaotic for you.

Given enough time alone, it's easy for you to find inner peace.
You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life.
Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.

At your worst, you brood and sulk. Your negative thoughts can trap you.
You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others.
You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.


You Are 20% Boyish and 80% Girlish

Even if you're not a girl, you're very feminine.
You're in touch with your feelings, and your heart rules you.
A bit of a emotional roller coaster, one moment you're up and the next you're down.
But no matter what, you try to be as cute and perky as possible.


You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulses


Your Birthdate: May 1

You are a natural born leader, even if those leadership talents haven't been developed yet.
You have the power and self confidence to succeed in life, and your power grows daily.
Besides power, you also have a great deal of creativity that enables you to innovate instead of fail.
You are a visionary, seeing the big picture instead of all of the trivial little details.

Your strength: Your supreme genius

Your weakness: Your inappropriate sensitivity

Your power color: Gold

Your power symbol: Star

Your power month: January


Your Inner Child Is Surprised

You see many things through the eyes of a child.
Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.
You cherish all of the details in life.
Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.


Your Blog Should Be Purple

You're an expressive, offbeat blogger who tends to write about anything and everything.
You tend to set blogging trends, and you're the most likely to write your own meme or survey.
You are a bit distant though. Your blog is all about you - not what anyone else has to say.


Your Animal Personality

Your Power Animal: Eagle

Animal You Were in a Past Life: Whale

You are active, a challenger, and optimistic.
Hard-working, you are always working towards a set goal.


Your Personality Profile

You are dreamy, peaceful, and young at heart.
Optimistic and caring, you tend to see the best in people.
You tend to be always smiling - and making others smile.

You are shy and intelligent... and a very hard worker.
You're also funny, but many people don't see your funny side.
Your subtle dry humor leaves your close friends in stitches.


Your Career Type: Social

You are helpful, friendly, and trustworthy.
Your talents lie in teaching, nursing, giving information, and solving social problems.

You would make an excellent:

Counselor - Dental Hygienist - Librarian
Nurse - Parole Officer - Personal Trainer
Physical Therapist - Social Worker - Teacher

The worst career options for your are realistic careers, like truck driver or farmer.


You Should Get a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts)

You're a blooming artistic talent, even if you aren't quite convinced.
You'd make an incredible artist, photographer, or film maker.


You Should Learn Japanese

You're cutting edge, and you are ready to delve into wacky Japanese culture.
From Engrish to eating contests, you're born to be a crazy gaijin. Saiko!


Your Hidden Talent

Your natural talent is interpersonal relations and dealing with people.
You communicate well and are able to bring disparate groups together.
Your calming presence helps everything go more smoothly.
People crave your praise and complements.



You are 14% Rational, 57% Extroverted, 14% Brutal, and 28% Arrogant.

You are the Hippie! Characterized by a strong sense of extroversion, irrationality, gentleness, and humility, you no doubt frolic through fields preaching peace and love to all! You are probably either very spiritual or needlessly paranoid about "the man", like most hippies, as a result of your focus on intuition and feelings over cold, brutal logic. You are also very, very social. And like any hippie who would have no qualms about hitchiking across the country just to meet some interesting people, you also love to interact with others, even complete strangers. Because we know most any hippie is peace-loving and humble, it stands to reason that you, as well, are terribly gentle and humble, almost to the point of revulsion. Your carefree attitude of peace and harmony is probably very, very sickening to realists or cynics or anyone who isn't a hippie, to tell the truth. In short, your personality is defective because you are overly emotional, extroverted, gentle, and humble--thus making you an annoying hippie. And you listen to psychadelic rock and smoke a whole lot of pot. Okay, maybe not, but I wouldn't be surprised if you did.

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.

2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.


Your exact opposite is the Sociopath.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Televangelist, and the Robot.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

If you like good humor, be sure to take my girlfriend's Mullet Test, because it is much more awesome than this test.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 20% on Arrogance

Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
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Tuesday, 27 December 2005

All Muddled Up...

Narnia is just TOO popular.... Went to PS today, with the intentions of watching it but it was soldout all the way til the 6pm show (which was only left w the first 3 rows).... So went to watch King Kong instead.... Peter Jackson directed, Naomi Watts and Andrien Brody starred, and Andy Serkis was the man in the suit again!! This time as King Kong of those beautifully gorgeous golden eyes~~ *melts* If anything, Kong KNOWS how to get great views of the scenery... Both in the natural jungle and in the concrete jungle that New York is/was.... Plus had some serious discussion, that has resulted in my slightly muddled state of mind....

Juan really needs to spend time doing some thinking by herself... Feel like a boat with a spoilt compass and dislocated rudder, just set adrift in the open sea... Been backsliding too long... How on earth did I get here... No aim, no focus, lost.... Need to get back to my first love, God... Boy, oh boy.... Timing cannot be any better... Walt called to update me a little abt the 40DOP that AMC is gonna embark on, and there are no such things as coincidences when it comes to God and His timing...

First things first.... Need to REALLY sort out my walk... The at-the-moment-non-existent walk.... Then prob my room and the kinda-sticky situation I am in now.... And CORS bidding starts proper on 29th.... And to top it all off, my bag has somehow managed to swallow my stick eraser and my thumbdrive... Meaning it's prob time for me to go back to my backpack.... Hope to find them soon.....

28 Dec, 11am, EDIT: And they turn up on my chair in lab.... PHEW
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Thursday, 22 December 2005

Back to online quizzes ^^

I'm exceptionally artistic!

Virtues: You look for immense creativity and individuality in people, including yourself. You're not happy with anything less than brilliant, and you focus on being expressive. You value energy, liveliness, and upbeat personalities, but you're not supportive of moodiness when you yourself can be unreliably moody. Seeking activity, you like the bustle of business but need the secluded atmosphere of a studio or private corner.

Aspirations: You feel the need to express your talents, whether it be through writing, drawing, singing, dancing, composing, performing, or photographing. While you strive to ever improve your work, you want to display it as soon as possible when your impatience kicks in. You want to be a prodigy but you might not have the means right at your fingertips. Trust me, do NOT move to New York to do it. Yeesh!

Quirks: Conformists bother you because of their lack of individuality. You're often late or unreliable. You're showy and refuse to share the spotlight. You only tell little white lies. You worm your way into the hearts of others, but be careful; some people despise the show-offs.

Factors: Surround yourself with activity and you'll always have material to work with. Involve friends and family in your projects so they don't feel like envious outsiders.

Future: Show business or not, you'll settle down happily if you're among those who appreciate your natural talents and desire to perform. Don't stay in one place too long, and don't be too hasty in defining your relationships. Who are you to judge what only time will tell?

Find your soul type



Class: Archangel
Alliance: Light

You are a caring soul and somewhat of a people
person. You are very concerned about others and
about the world around you. You like connecting
with people and always want to be of help. As a
guardian your role would be to watch over the
human souls on earth and help them when they
are in trouble.

Your Angelic Name: Raphael

Which Warrior Angel are You and Whose Side are You On? (With Anime Pics)
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Okies... back in nice warm sunny SG... actually been back since Tues evening, but been unpacking and sorting stuff, and getting used to perspiring and stuff... Now mainly sorting thru photos, mine are kinda done (except for some that I UL to Chin Siang's laptop and del from my comp), now grabbing photos off others....

2 movies I wanna watch: (1) NARNIA - the lion, the witch and the wardrobe, and (2) the Promise.... Any interested parties who haf yet to watch these, pls contact me ASAP! Thanks!!
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Saturday, 10 December 2005

今広島の星が丘にいる ^^

Hehz... Was checking email for a bit just now, so a quick update ^^ Quite difficult typing with a Japanese keyboard... So many extra buttons to use... Guess there goes the idea of getting an iBook in Japan.... Anyways, am using my host family's comp at the moment, and I really haf got to keep this short since I am getting pretty cold again *bleah* Quite amazing staying halfway up an actual mountain... Far from the main Hiroshima city area but great scenery and stuff (like seeing random patches of snow, and getting half frozen when I step out of the house in the morning...), so I kinda get to experience the best of both sides ^^ Doubt I can post anything while I am in Osaka since none of the 8 of us brought our laptops. Might try again before we leave Hiroshima.... Takes a bit to get used to the transportation (like when u get up on the bus, u enter by the rear and exit by the front, and their transportation is SUPER on time... not like SG's that the predicted arrival time is ALWAYS wrong....) and traffic lights here, but other than that, it really seems to be pretty similar to life back in Singapore except with more land and a diff language.... That shld be all for now, prob more stuff (including some photos) when I get back!! ^^
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Thursday, 1 December 2005

Week 02 Biofilm...

First day of December of 2005, and today was my last trip to St John's Island before I head off to Japan next week ^^ (those licky pple going for the Summer Exchange thingie to Sydney wld be leaving on Sat morning, meaning I ain't gonna see them til mid-Jan).... Since Jani left last nite (and coming back for like 3 days while I am away, meaning I won't see her for at least a month...), and Wai had plant physio this morning, Oozie and Caleb helped collect the blocks from the reef... They also went to check on the structure that was re-built during reading week, and it collapsed AGAIN..... Oh well, guess another re-contstruction effort needs to be organised soon ^^ The sea was pretty chopy when we left the Yacht Club, and the seaspray was unbelievably strong.... Was getting pretty wet before we even reach the divespot at SJI.... Then when we got there, the boatman promptly informed us that the anchor was spoilt, and since it was so choppy AND with the heavy rain rapidly heading in our direction, we had to wait it out on Mudskipper for at least 20min or so.... During this explanation, this HUGE wave just crashed against the leftside of the boat, and EVERYBODY got real wet. Wish I cld have caught Oozie's expression... But then again, since my camera ain't water-proof, it was a gd thing that I din't bring it ^^ First ride on Mudskipper w/o Jani, and the weather was weird... The choppy sea did make it really conducive for sleeping ^^ Good thing that there were only 3 of us (other than the boatmen), so we cld all kinda lie down and nap....

Rain moved on pretty fast, and the 2 of them went down to get my trays as well as check on the structure... Then on to TMSI to collect the blocks in the tanks (that were by now real icky and full of slimy algae (Wai is prob gonna get a heyday when she helps collect my blocks in 2 weeks' time ^^) Was like playing treasure hunt trying to find the 20 correct blocks in a tank containing 100 of them, well at least at first since I missed some of the blocks due to all the algae.... Really can't imagine how the tanks wld look like after 10 weeks.... The ones from the reef appeared to have more silt deposit than biofilm on them but I shall find out properly when I do the DNA extraction after I get back.... Got Oozie and Caleb to help in the swabbing of the blocks, and guess the only confusing part was probably my labelling system *lol* Thanks guys, you two were a great help today!! Everything is stored in the freezer now.... Not looking forward to doing tonnes of DNA extraction when I get back... Hope that Jani has already settled ordering of the chemicals through the Environmental Science lab @ engine...

Think I better head home soon and work out what I need to buy for the trip, as well as list out what I wanna buy ON the trip ^^ Need to remember to change money by Mon...
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