And here's the video I took of a crinoid swimming while we were at Raffles Lighthouse around a month back ^^
Tuesday, 19 December 2006
And here's the video I took of a crinoid swimming while we were at Raffles Lighthouse around a month back ^^
Ponders juanicths at 12:06
Friday, 8 December 2006
Just ended an uber long mentors meeting, and while checking the latest news online, and found out that the Sentosa IR bid went to Genting. Don't know if I should be elated/jubilated or heartbrokened that there would soon be whalesharks in Singapore.... Here's the report.
Since this would probably be my last blog entry til Delphine has been re-formatted and back in her happy state, just wanna congratulate Li Ling and Kim Yong on their wedding this weekend~~ Photos would be up once I get Delphine up and running (hopefully this by Mon), and get to organise my online photos properly...
Ponders juanicths at 19:10
Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Wednesday, 29 November 2006
Somehow this sem's exam period doesn't feel *quite* like exam time to me.... So unmotivated to study... Have a nasty feeling that I am gonna end up with Bs for my Biophysical and Samurai modules, and can kiss my 2nd Upper goodbye~~~ Only left with Marine Biology next Tue but most of my days from now til then have stuff on. Today's dive would be to get more practise with coral ID-ing with urchin-mummy and our very own coral grandmaster!! And diving along with us would be this Canadian dude working on zooanthids at Kuroshio, Japan. He's gonna be giving a talk tomorrow on zooanthid phylogeny ^^
Really looking forward to the day ahead, especially I will be catching Happy Feet with some of the labbies ^^ Hee~~
Ponders juanicths at 07:20
Wednesday, 22 November 2006
In the meantime, came across this TIME article on 60 Years of Asian Heroes. Guess Singapore's sole claim to fame in this kind of articles would only be our very own Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew. Not surprisingly, some Nobel laureates also got dubbed "hero", such as Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi (Peace prize). The winner of this year's Nobel peace prize, Muhammad Yunus, also made it into the list. A number of Japanese also made it to the list, ranging from film directors and architects to business leaders and the creators of instant noodles and Nintendo. Real glad that Miyazaki Hayao made the cut *fangirl squeal* ^^ Here's the listing of the Japanese dudes (why no dudettes?!) who have been dubbed heroes by TIME magazine:
(1) Miyazaki Hayao (STUDIO GHIBLI)
(2) Kurosawa Akira (director of 'old school' samurai flicks)
(3) Tange Kenzo (postwar architect)
(4) Morita Akio & Ibuka Masaru (the people who gave us SONY)
(5) Ozawa Seiji (maestro)
(6) Ando Momofuku (where would we be without instant noodles?)
(7) Hanae Mori, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake & Rei Kawakubo (designers)
(8) Miyamoto Shigeru (Nintendo)
(9) Oh Sadaharu (baseball)
So that's the current affairs update for now... Gotta hit the books again!!
Ponders juanicths at 08:37
Tuesday, 14 November 2006
EDIT: Before I forget again, saw my first cuttlefish in Singapore waters while diving near the breakwaters at SJI yesterday!!! Pity the crapped up vis but it was still pretty amazing!!!
Ponders juanicths at 08:21
Thursday, 9 November 2006
Experimental gripes aside, it IS rather heartening that other fellow Singaporean divers are trying to make a difference/raise awareness of the plight of our local seas by doing this kind of clean-ups once in a while. Good job to those 70 of you!! (though we would like that our racks are left alone ^^) Hantu IS one of the very few places left in Singapore that recreational divers go to for their courses and stuff, and braving the silty waters in a clean-up attempt is really good of them but what about the trash on all our other reefs?
Ponders juanicths at 07:47
Wednesday, 8 November 2006
Definitely makes up for not being able to meet him... Should make good use of my Kinokuniya membership card and grab "Life on Air" or the Blue Planet book one of theses days....
Ponders juanicths at 14:16
Tuesday, 10 October 2006
Oh wells, better get started on stuff and not waste this time that I am scrapping out to do work... All those assignments and stuff I need to prepare for my project as well... Will ramble on some more if and when I cannot sleep....
Ponders juanicths at 20:45
Monday, 9 October 2006
|You Have a Phlegmatic Temperament|
Mild mannered and laid back, you take life at a slow pace.
You are very consistent - both in emotions and actions.
You tend to absorb set backs easily. You are cool and collected.
It is difficult to offend you. You can remain composed and unemotional.
You are a great friend and lover. You don't demand much of others.
While you are quiet, you have a subtle wit that your friends know well.
At your worst, you are lazy and unwilling to work at anything.
You often get stuck in a rut, without aspirations or dreams.
You can get too dependent on others, setting yourself up for abandonment.
Ponders juanicths at 13:01
Wednesday, 4 October 2006
And since the UWS tickets also came with entrance to the Dolphin Lagoon, went over with YL to take a look at out very own Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins aka pink dolphins due to the curious coloration that occurs in only the adults. The juveniles are still normal dolphin grey. Compared to the image projected by many other aquariums/marine theme parks, the dolphins here are in a sandy lagoon (as natural as any other lagoon in Sentosa that are more-or-less manmade) instead of in some pseudo-tank. It's still an enclosure, just a more "natural" looking one (kinda like how our zoo structures their habitats). Nice to see that, and relatively encouraging. The size of the enclosure and the sandiness of it's shores. Won't mind working there short-term or on a temp basis. Work there for long, sure heart break one. (Please excuse my Singlish~~) The dolphins respond to all those cues from the trainers, and I just can't help but wonder how their feelings are actually like when signaled to do those tricks.... There's also the observation that there weren't any full adults there (at least we didn't manage to spot any), so we wonder if any of the dolphins are rehabilitated back into the wild... Seeing dolphins in the wild is so much more rewarding that seeing them do parlor tricks for the amusement of tourists.... Will just have to try my luck at dolphin spotting when we go diving tomorrow instead~~
Hmm.. Would be interesting to try and find out WHY this indo-pacific humpback dolphins are PINK!! Such a shocking coloration, especially when most uniquely colored animals have some sort of toxin or poison in them.... Usually camouflage plays a larger role in the coloration of a species... Perhaps this is due to the lack of natural predators, so they just lose their pigments and the pink is from the blood? *shrugs*
Ponders juanicths at 21:08
Thursday, 28 September 2006
On top of all this, this week has been spent travelling to Sentosa EVERYDAY, to go Underwater World to count my Pocillopora damicornis larvae~~~ Been counting near to a thousand of them daily for the past 2 days... Now all the people working on corals have unofficial titles thanks to Angie.... Coral taxonomist (DW), Coral ecologist (HX), Coral conservationists (Angie, Wai), Coral master (Karenne), silt guy (Eugene 1)... And me? I'm the coral nanny... Feel like asking for a testimonial if I every decide to work in an aquarium (looking after me little ones, the fragments at the level3 aquarium, Angie's little soles, and occasionally, PY's crabbies....) In a way, it's a good thing that I don't have any pets of my own. Definitely won't have any time (or energy) to look after them...
Would be undergoing OJT on the upcoming ReefWalk on 8 Oct (Sun). Do sign up and join me!! For more details and to sign up, go to http://www.bluewatervolunteers.org/ ^_^
Also, the Sunday after that, 15 Oct, the Hantu bloggers are having another dive trip. It's SGD80. Go to the Hantu Blog at http://www.pulauhantu.org/ for more details and to signup!!
Yep, yep... Oh, one last thing. The latest issue of FiNS is out!! =^-^=
Ponders juanicths at 18:26
Wednesday, 6 September 2006
So the world mourns the loss of one charismatic wildlife documentary presenter. May not always agree with how he conducts/stages he exploits and stuff but he HAS brought nature to millions of couch potatoes and has contributed to the spreading of wildlife awareness... And so the world learns that stingrays CAN kill.... What a thought to remember as we go diving in the Singapore murk tomorrow...
'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin killed by stingray on Great Barrier Reef
Australian 'crocodile hunter' Steve Irwin killed by stingray
Ponders juanicths at 17:05
Tuesday, 5 September 2006
Then there's Mon, Delphine is revived and back, safely in my arms too!! Though I probably should re-format her real soon (not this week since I have just too many things to do...). Just so happy to have her back, then can hide in room and do work and play and all the things I do with her~~~ Oh, and HY got her call that she got into SPF on Mon as well!!! *jumps for joy*
And to top this all off, THE DIVING SUSPENSION HAS BEEN LIFTED!!!!! Meaning the cloud of gloom can be finally lifted off of lab~~ *bounces* And since Wai and I don't need to meet Martin on Thu anymore, I can go join the rest of the labbies for diving on Thu~~~ And I would be going off with HX to Tioman on Fri for our navigation course. Pls, there's pizza for dinner tonight!! Life just can't get any better, can it?
Ponders juanicths at 17:20
Wednesday, 23 August 2006
The medical checkup today was OK, since it was basically checking the normal vitals and like reflexes etc., plus the filling up of a questionaire. Now all that's left is the HUMOGOUS sorting out of safety porotocols etc to make OSHE happy... The basic guidelines are up but seems to be insufficient... Oh well. My part in this mess is to sort out the basic First Aid Kit for both the lab and for the field...
Ponders juanicths at 16:57
Monday, 21 August 2006
Wednesday, 16 August 2006
That's when I turn to blogs like Tony Wu's to cheer me up ^^ So fun!!! Wanna be at Tonga and see humpback mother and calf pairs too~~~ Not exactly at the pinacle of chirpiness but at least there's something to smile about for now.... Just wanna be able to hurry up and do trial dives in Singapore and recce possible nursery sites~~~
Ponders juanicths at 17:07
Friday, 11 August 2006
More photos have been uploaded to my Yahoo! albums, and here's a LONG overdue photo of my openwater group with Martin, our instructor and Pris and Mark our assistant instructors ^^ Just click for the full view!!
Ponders juanicths at 19:28
Thursday, 10 August 2006
And on to the "ups"... Got my basic gear (minus the wetsuit, since I am borrowing Jani's in the meantime...) on National Day eve~~~ *bounces* Spent just about all the leftovers of my 'ang pow' money on it, so poor Martin had to count the rather many notes.... *toothy grins* Also had quite a bit of fun copying some of the Chek Jawa cartoons that Ria did onto my mesh bag ^^ Now just need to sit back and hope to hear good news soon~~~ With the gear shopping, it feels like Absolute is turning into my third "home" (after my actual home and lab), at least for this month... Went last week to check out gear, this tues to collect gear, earlier today with HX, and next tues to try out a wetsuit that Martin managed to scout out. Funny how he called me on my handphone just as HX and I realised that he was not back at the shop... And I definitely would be in the shop at least once next month since HX and I are planning to do Underwater Navigation whilst saving up for Advance in Dec....
Ponders juanicths at 23:54
Friday, 4 August 2006
Karenne's doing the first few sessions, and learnt of quite a few more survey methods briefly last night at the NParks Biodiversity Centre @ Peirce Rd. Not the most accessible place but still not too ulu... There's another session tonight, same place, same time, to continue on the LIT codes and stuff. Thank goodness I still remember a little of what Zee went through with us last year since I would be near to dead tired by then... So basically for this course, it's NIE, NParks and MBL people all being trained together to do reef surveys, and our first training dive is on the 19th... So there's like 4 days of diving for me this month!! Don't know if I should jump for joy or not.... Should stop my rant here... Need to finish my report....
Ponders juanicths at 14:31
Wednesday, 2 August 2006
Was hunting around for some books on swimming when I came across the section with dive books. There was the usual array of books on dive sites all around the world, as well as books for beginners. And it was here that I found Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World by Tim Ecott. (No, it's not a book on tips on improving buoyancy!!) Initially, I thought it was just gonna be a series of dive anecdotes by the author, but it turns out to be this and more! It makes real good light reading material, and starts off with a little history about diving, and how the equipment started off prior to Jacques Cousteau's aqualung; a bit on how sponges were harvested and processed into their usable products; how the cause of bends was found out with more understanding of human physiology; divers pushing depth limits, resulting in the dicovery of nitrogen narcosis.... Have only read half of it, and am enjoying every bit of it. As far as I can tell, even the details on holothurians (the humble sea cucumbers) and sharks and physiology stuff is rather accurate. This is one author who HAS done his background reading. Definitely a good, informative book on mankind's fascination with the deep blue ^^ Do hunt it down in the library when you can!! The Dewey decimal code is 797.23 ECO-[REC].
And for those who are interested, here's the Amazon link to it:
p/s. On a sidenote, am getting my basic dive gear!! Too bad the Atomic Split Fins cost near to 200 after discount, so would be getting Tusa Imprex fins instead..... Now, back to my reports...
Ponders juanicths at 16:40
Monday, 24 July 2006
Monday (17 July)
Reached Tioman in the afternoon, settled into our rooms (roomed with Jaime, Peiya, and Huiwen), everybody did a cursory "swim/snorkel test" to see if anyone was hydrophobic. The visibility could have been better but it's great to be back in the water!!!
Tuesday (18 July)
We started our set of fieldwork at the mangroves with Jeremy W at 0730h. Started off by trying to take mud/sand core samples, but that only yielded like half a crab which we probably killed during the hammering process, so the experiment was changed to Uca counting in quadrats along both sides of the stream. Basically this first day of data collection was very trial-and-error for all the 8 groups.... Still, we managed to finish mid-afternoon, giving us time to snorkel!! heehee... Our group was probably the only group that had the chance to snorkel (and actually did so) everyday! Did help that my roomies and NUS groupmates are mostly waterbabies ^^ Had our nightwalk in the mangroves that had Gwynne catching Cerberus sp. for us to see, spooky (apparently) abandoned boats in the mangrove area, as well as octopus porn in the intertidal area....
Wednesday (19 July)
Did our next sampling at Sungei Paya under JC's watchful care for our freshwater habitat. This consisted of catching fish and crustaceans after agitating them into our nets via the rain dance/rock-and-rolling. All the crazy names and stuff, it WAS rather fun to splash about in the cool stream and wondering what we would get as the nets came up. Though Gen and I weren't very amused after one net produced 175 Caridina brachydactyla, a handful of crabs and some other random stuff.... JC didn't let us off with "TNTC" either.... At least we are semi-experts at ID-ing freshwater shrimps.... Ended our sampling at a same COLD pool near some rockfalls. Had the ENTIRE group from Lat, Ngan Kee, Tohru, JC, Bryan, Genevra, Jeremy, Huiwen and me dunking ourselves into the cold cold cold water. Some of us even tried the natural cold shower slightly further up. And this was ALL before lunch.... It was onto calculations of the bidiversity indices in the comfort of an air-conditioned room ^^ Helped Kathy drown (and preserve) a red-eyed reef crab in the middle of it all, and with the analysis done, it was off to snorkelling we went!!! Started off with Bryan, Jeremy, Huiwen and I, but some how our bunch got mixed in with some of the snorkelling TAs (Jeremy W., Eunice, and JC). The good thing about snorkelling with TAs is that they not only point out stuff to you, they also ID some of it ^^ Also found out that JC took his OW with Absolute a couple of weeks before mine... haha, such a small world.... The nightwalk yielded one caught dogfaced watersnake (my pet for the day ^^), as well as a couple of Giant Malayan Frogs, sighting of a few fireflies, and not forgetting the catfish that decided to get a taste of Dr Yeo's finger ^^
Thursday (20 July)
Went up the hill in search of reptiles and amphibians with Ming, Heok and Lat, didn't see many, though we sure got our share of a workout. Nothing much can be said of the day, except for the climb up and the interesting "shrine" under Mother Willow that had mineral water and cigarettes as offerings. Gecko eggs were also rather abundant near Mother Willow. Had the afternoon free for snorkelling again, and I managed to spot a black tip reef shark!!! Too bad none of the others did. The nightwalk we had has GOT to be the craziest we have had through the week! Went boulder climbing/scampering around the small isle just off Paya beach. AT NIGHT. WITH SLIPPERY ROCK OYSTER encrusted rocks at the base. All in search of seasnake(s) that were laying eggs at the higher areas... Was freaking out at quite a few of the more challenging areas. Managed to get through them thanks to help from Gen and Ming, as well as only thinking of moving ahead one boulder at a time.... SCARY!!! Couldn't avoid the rock oysters at the end, and JUST had to go slip on a rock and ram my left leg into some.... nice long cuts all over as my battle wounds (soon to be battle scars) And after this, we all agree that Ming is one heck of a crazy, half-mountain goat TA!!
Friday (21 July)
Last day of actual data collection and work, and our group had fish surveying with Jeff, meaning SNORKELLING!!! One FULL day!!! Which also meant sticking wounded left leg into salt water.... Stung a bit but it was still good to be in the water, half drifting and counting and ID-ing fishies (sorta) all day long. At least I got to practise recognising fishies ^^ So bad at ID-ing fishies... Forgot sunblock for the entire day, so now my back is a full shade darker that my arms, as well as slightly burnt... [Bring on the aloe!!] Best part, NO nightwalk!!!
Saturday (22 July)
Finally a day all to ourselves and our gimmicks!!! Spent the morning snorkelling at the Marine Park near Tekek and at Renggis. Spotted another black tip at Renggis and this time Huiwen and Peiya saw it too!!! So I was NOT hallucinating! Somehow the 3 of us were part of the crazy group that decided to fight the current a whole bunch at Renggis, resulting in tired little us that set out to dive after lunch.... "Jie Lo Mi" and Jeremy joined us for 2 dives at (no) Lobster Bay and 1-3 Bay... Loads of gorgonians, whip corals, gobies, nudibranchs... Saw a large angelfish and moral eel too. And my buoyancy doesn't seem to suck as much as I thought it did. Then again, we were diving at nearly double the depth that I did for most of my OW dives.... Had to add another 2 lbs to get down some how, but at least I was able to control how close I was to the corals ^^ *jumps for joy* Though I did feel like screaming at half of the other divers who had stuff dragging THROUGH the soft corals, or were happily LANDING ON corals!!! Peiya also took a real funny photo of the 2 of us... haha... Reached back real late, just in time for the group performances, and Ling Han's group had a real interesting "Tioman the Musical" for us ^^ Had a bonfire on the beach, and stayed up late teaching (and playing) bridge to (with) Jie Lo Mi (along with Jaime and Peiya)
Sunday (23 July)
Had a slow lazy morning. Breakfast, stamping of divelog, last minute souvenir shopping... The ferry came early at 1100h instead of 1200h but somehow it went to Tekek, then Berjaya, Tekek again, and then to Paya again. While it was going to-and-fro, caught most of "Shinobi" on the overhead TVs, and was giving the gist of the story to JC since the subtitles were in Malay.... Reached NUS near to 2100h (slight jam at Woodlands checkpoint, Malaysian side that is), and lugged some stuff back to lab.
Thus ends the one week of fun and excitement in Tioman. Hopefully would include some photos soon....Need to get back to reports and presentation....
Ponders juanicths at 16:13
Friday, 14 July 2006
Ponders juanicths at 16:06
Monday, 10 July 2006
1) 1st BWV AGM as a registered organisation!!! Have no idea why I went for the AGM (other than the email that MS sent to tell the ReefWalkers abt it...) Everybody seemed to know everybody else lor... But it was a gd way to meet the other pple (not from lab) that are involved... Plus got a lift all the way home!! Thanks DW!!! So now we haf Zee and Abby as our chair and vice respectively, and they are both busy with finishing up their theses ^^
2) started on the field studies mod last wed, heading out to Tioman on Monday (17 July) ^^ We actually have a free day on Sat, and I do hope the weather holds up and I can go dive (and get more prac on my buoyancy~~) This just means that I haf gotta go change more money to dive... Can't wait to save up and get my own equip, man~~ The lectures have been quite rushed, and I just hope that I can rush out our 2 indiv reports by 04 Aug... Need to start reading up on stats as well... Need to do some basic stats for our reports, and I DEFINITELY need to quite a bit for my hons that I wld start work on when I get back from Tioman....
3) finally went for basic openwater!! *jumps for joy* did our 5 dives at Dayang 30Jun-02Jul.. photos would be up once I bug the rest from Belle and HX... the trip was a whole bunch of fun thanks to HX, Belle, Yanmei, K-yang, Isaac, Dan, ZF, as well as the instructors and DMs from Absolute (Martin, Mark, Pris, Yao...) Great pple, and all the pple staying at the resort gathering to watch World Cup on Sat too~~ Funny how everybody seems to be at Dayang at the same time. Weidi was there w another diveshop, Andrew was doing advance, even Gill's Jacki was ard.... To my OW group, "Peeps! Thanks for the great fun, and it's time to start saving for advance~~~"
Not many underwater photos since Mark only brought his digicam dn for the last leisure dive...
Juan is finally diving!!! (With Pris just below, a demo of our multi-layered diving ^^)
Quick demo on mask clearing ^^
Bumphead parrotfish (aka reef luohan) with 2 other smaller fishies...
One of the turtles that we saw on just abt EVERY dive (except for the first one that is)
4) The internship w JTB was a blast!! 3 weeks of doing all sort of paperwork, booking of tour groups, plane flights, train tix, packing of goodie bags.... it has been a real great experience.... just too much for me to say everything here, so I guess it would hafta wait til I put the photos up on my yahoo albums, and add my comments in the captions ^^ and there was also the drastic change in hairstyle btwn Japan and Dayang.... hee~~
And coming up, there's Youth Sunday on this Sunday!! In the choir again, but Min's solo is absolutely gorgeous~~~
p/s. reminder to self. must try and blog in PROPER english. The rate I am going, my english is just gonna go down the drain and I can just forget about JET altogether~~~ *whines* And just for the fun of it, this is how much my blog seems to be worth at the moment, in spite of me NOT having any ads or anything... Maybe I should just put some up and get my blog to earn soe money for me *ponders* Should go bug Watson and Walt on how to go about doing something about it...
Ponders juanicths at 22:28
Monday, 22 May 2006
Took SIA this time round, and there was quite a bit of turbulence... esp when we were having lunch... oh well、at least I got to watch the live action movie of TOUCH (あだち充のタッチ) ^^ took Nankai over from KIX to Shin-Imamiya, to get to Raizan South where we met up with Peiyen's fren, Mine. Really interesting guy who's super 優しい (SOO hard to find these kinda guys in SG... haha...). REALLY helped us with settling how to get to Hiroshima from Osaka, and when we tried to treat him to dinner (we had sushi 0_o), he was like doing little favors and stuff back, and even walked us all the way back to the hotel (somehow he didn't seem too convinced that we wld be OK since there were 3 of us and I know my way ard Raizan) even tho' it WAS getting late and he still needed to travel quite some distance home..... Clarinda would be joining us tmr morning and prob be mtg up w Mine again in the afternoon, and another of Peiyen's friends in the evening...
It's midnight here, and hardly got any sleep last night, so would head up to catch some shut eye... would try and post some photos up tmr morning (later today I mean) お休みなさい～
Ponders juanicths at 22:55
Monday, 17 April 2006
Anyways, some quick updates before I get stuck in the exam runt.... Firstly, the friend that I have been blogging about ain't mad at me anymore ^^ *phew* Well, she says she hasn't quite forgiven me about my attitude during the project, and I understand that, I really am glad that she isn't pissed anymore ^^ Still have a couple of friends to patch up with, though I shldn't risk further aggravating them during the exam period... Really do hope that I can make up with them.
Finally done with ALL my assignments, and can concentrate on MUGGING Well, my exam schedule is up for all those who are interested.... This time round, I REALLY have something(s) on that would keep me going through the PILES of mugging....
(2) 3-week internship in Hiroshima, after which I would be back to start on my Honours project before starting on...
(3) Special semester with LSM4263 Field Studies in Biodiversity, an intensive 3 weeks that includes a 1-week fieldtrip to Tioman (for the THIRD time~~)
(4) And of course, there's always my anime and dramas and books that are beckoning to me~~~
Busy busy busy....
Ponders juanicths at 17:15
Friday, 14 April 2006
On the downside, me getting selected seems to haf riffled more than a few feathers.... 2 other frens (that I dinnoe applied for this) seem to be somewat upset that I got in and they din.. Wonder how they even found out.. (maybe from my MSN nick but then I dinnoe abt it at that time) Was surprised when one of them SMSed me yesterday asking abt it, esp since she seems to be pissed at me the past few weeks (things HAVE felt awkward and I haf no idea how to go abt patching things up).... After cfming that I did apply and get thru, I get this SMS "If u're not interested in e hiroshima one, can pls withdraw? xxx (the other fren) is v upset abt not getting. If some1 withdraws @ least she has a chance." Before then, I cld only establish that she also applied but dinnoe if she got selected or not, so I just checked with her, and I get "Yes, only you and aaa (yet another fren) got in. Happy?" Really sounds like I did a bad thing by applying.... Tho' I dun see the prob w me applying, and I dun even noe how they selected lor... Plus I din say submit the application til the Friday before the dateline... Was gonna brush it off as carrying fwd of the awkwardness and un-friendliness btwn the 2 of us til I read her blog.... Feel grossly misunderstood.... Come on! I din apply just so that I cld "book" a place and deprive u guys of a space!! Just being one of the dunno-how-many-pple who have an interest in Japan.... Seems like I have developed this knack for riling up pple against me recently....
so yah, go figure, and any constructive advice/inputs are more than welcome....
And she responds.... Ah yesh, do admit that I was more than anal during the project (esp towards the ends of the entire thing), and really troubled you guys a lot more than I should have. I'm really sorry for all the trouble and added work that you had to put in, and I did apologise for it. Yesh, we were ALL busy and I had loads of cockups that resulted in tonnes of problems for the rest.... I was definitely in the wrong for that incident. Hontou ni warukatta. Not that I think that things would immediately go back to how it was before but would I even have a second chance at being friends?
Not gg to go into anymore detail... Dun wanna have this turn into some kinda blog squabble or wateva... Plus, wat has that gotta do w the internship thingie?
Ponders juanicths at 15:10
Wednesday, 12 April 2006
Japanese 0ral later this evening... hope I dun pull Yilin dn along with me.... Still have behavioral and tumor assignments to finish by this weekend as well, and the NANA translation job (why does chp 54 haf so much dialogue?!) Must try and make sure my CAP remains above 3.5....
Anyways, seems like I probably would be able to take BOTH biz jap and jap 6 next AY, assuming that there are NO timetable clashes ^^ Signed up for the field studies module during special sem, so I no longer need to take developmental bio~~ *yay* there goes 3 weeks in July, but I get to go to Tioman again for a week ^^ Love doing field studies there! So good that Tioman has so many diff types of habitats within walking distance of Paya Beach Resort ^^
Ponders juanicths at 15:25
Sunday, 9 April 2006
*goes back to the movie and a tear-fest*
Nice seeing a new perspective to the original anime, with the introduction of another family (that DOES survive the war) to tell the story as a kinda flashback from 2005, and set in Kobe during the war years (Showa period), and atempts to make it a little more realistic than 2 children trying to survive all on their own during the last year of WWII. But isn't Sawano Hisako too harsh on the 2 kids, all the same? War and hunger just seems to bring out the worst in humans, but isn't there some way to survive together cooperatively? Or am I just being over-idealistic?
Ponders juanicths at 13:55
Tuesday, 4 April 2006
Kinda in dire straits now since my coherency level is like this... oh well.... back to mugging the near-to-2-page long vocab list for TA... dunno how many I can remember, but need to finish it up and then do the readings for tmr's behavioral discussions, as well as my Japanese 2000 word essay.....
Ponders juanicths at 15:25
Tuesday, 21 March 2006
Chances are the next proper entry would be just before/during reading week....
Okies, enough abt me.... Mum seems to be enjoying her weekly 40DoP discussion sessions @ Auntie Poh Khim's ^^ REALLY glad that she not only signed up for the campaign, but also joined a discussion group (all that talk abt her being worried abt pple gossiping behind her back... there may be some black sheeps ard who don't know ant confidentiality amg a church group, tho' I think it's basic courtesy to just keep wat is said amg acquaintances/friends amg the pple involved, esp for more sensitive issues) Mondays are her sharing days, where I come back from NUS and there she is, waiting to share abt the pple in her discussion group, and how the discussion went ^^ Of course, she can't share too much details with me, but still happy that she is feeling comfortable with the group. If she decides to stay on and come to church regularly after the campaign, it would be fabulous!! Been praying for my immediate family that they would either come to church on a regular basis or come to know and trust God and Jesus as their person Lord and Savior ^^ Shall keep on praying and believing!
Ponders juanicths at 09:14
Thursday, 16 March 2006
Tuesday, 7 March 2006
The first one is this guy that keeps his stuff near my area, well, he kinda took over Junliang's area since JL went for NOC, so fair enough... But the only thing that griped me was that if I come later to NUS, he would WITHOUT fail be sprawled on the table (right in front of my stuff and not his, mine you) sleeping, with his notes spread out... Which can be understandable since we do get tired and need a shut eye or two in between mugging, but this fellow just sleeps there for a few hours!! The even more irritating thing is that his bag would ALWAYS be on the table no matter what... even if he is awake and the room is crowded, and he DEFINITELY knows this since crowded SPS = noisy SPS....
And this morning as I come in, I see tonnes of ST2238 notes spread all over my area, so it seems like there were some nightowls mugging for mid-terms... peanut shells (and bits of peanuts on the floor and on the table as well) She got up when I turned on the lights but was OK with me moving her stuff a little so that I could have some space... What was NOT OK was that her fren sleeping in the chair just next to her is using MY nice furry huggable jacket!!! *whines* And I really LOVE to hug it, so now since some guy has used it (prob for the whole nite), it's gonna stink of someone else... a someone else that I dun even noe!!! So need to lug it home for washing... gonna go bitch to mum when I get home.... as if I din already have so many things to carry homw with my file, Jap text and lappie.... such a crummy way to start off the day :( they just woke up, and that stupid guy doesn't even have the sense to return my jacket!!! Aargh.... really need to talk to these pple.... simply no idea of what it means to be a community.... Lord, just give me the calmness and words to talk to them about my jacket, that I dun end up being unneighborly or unloving....
Just talked to that guy, and he's not even from SPS... just came to study with the girl... really cannot stand he attitude.... reacted with a "I didn't know it's your jacket" when I only mentioned about not any ol' how use pple's stuff (so, if he realises that it's mine, shldn't he just return it instead of just leave it in a messy little pile on the chair he was sleeping in?!), and an utterly insincere and un apologetic "I'm sorry"... Furthermore, if he already heard me complaining to Ifty earlier (which I tink he did since he was a little to ready with his reactions), shouldn't he like hurry up and return my jacket and apologise, instead of just leaving it, and walk around the room packing his stuff?! I know I would hurry up and return the stuff and apologise ON MY OWN ACCORD and MEAN my sorries.... Really can't stand it when pple just use my stuff w/o asking, and esp w/o letting me know later..... *collects jacket* Wonderful.... now my jacket smells Indian (not that I wanna be racist) but that's not exactly wat I wld want sth that I love to snuggle and hug to smell that way......... *cries*
Ponders juanicths at 07:25
Wednesday, 1 March 2006
On a side note, it seems that my latest posts dun seem to show up somehow, have to refresh a couple of times to read them... so weird...
Ponders juanicths at 08:26
Tuesday, 28 February 2006
40DoP was started w a semi-blast on Sunday with us watching a vid by Rick Warren ^^ Mum signed up with a discussion group, so thankful for that ^^ Julia, May and Yanni also signed up, so ard half of my PCG are in the same discussion group to be led by Walt and Les... Pity Grace is in China, tho it does seem that she is enjoying herself with her granny. Really pray that God would give me the strength and energy to do the 40DoP materials faithfully through the rest of he next 38 days, esp with all the school stuff that needs to be done, and knowing how much I procrastinate... I can only lean on God's strength and peace. Once I have survived my March, the battle would be more than half done!! April heralds in exams, then need to start planning for honors, and I really wonder if either profs would wanna keep me on to do more stuff on the biofilms... Shall worry about honors project after I get past this sem and UROPS....
Miss my days lazing ard in the sun or on a boat....
Ponders juanicths at 13:30
Monday, 13 February 2006
On a side note, Grace is flying off to China (til ard July) for SEP tonight.... *sobz*
Ponders juanicths at 20:30
Wednesday, 8 February 2006
Good news for those who need prosthetic limbs! Tazawa-sensei is here to help ^^ Customised artificial limbs instead of the one-size-fits-all factory made ones...
Biodoversity scores yet another point! More funky species found in PNG ^^ *throws confetti* Tho' on the flip side, this also means more species that we KNOW we are gonna go gaga over and exploit over the next few years.... Need to resist temptation to buy tix and fly over to PNG now....
Ponders juanicths at 12:33
Friday, 3 February 2006
Actually, really wanna encourage all those who are able, to go and be regular blood donors.... Singapore does need REGULAR donors, instead of those who just appear during blood donation drives and then forget abt it altogether.... Do go regularly every 3 months, can? Really wanna be able to but.... Anyway, here are some links that u guys might wanna check out...
(1) Siva's site abt blood donations
(3) Bloodstocks indicator
Ponders juanicths at 18:04
Thursday, 2 February 2006
Really great to be able to understand snatches of the little Japanese that was spoken during the show ^^ So cool~ Didn't expect to see him any time soon since I don't really watch (or notice) J-dramas... Haha... What a nice way to start the day off.... Pity there was some mix up and we din reach back in NUS in time to go donate blood (esp since Des had to go finish up his Bible study prep) ... Guess there's tmr, since EW01 won't be available for me and Wai to do our casting.... Okies... Shall stop bumming in SPS and start heading over to lab~
Ponders juanicths at 14:46
Wednesday, 1 February 2006
Started the day off by spending more-or-less the entire morning making onigiri, onigiri and more onigiri prob can make onigiri with my eyes closed by now... all those endless bowls of rice that my mum kept dishing out... all for my relatives who were coming over ard lunchtime... tink I wld be staying away from rice for a while Mich and Chunzhen, sorry but dun expect any from me any time soon... tho' i still need to figure out wat's the best seasoning and fillings to have....Maybe shld just randomly try out the diff seasonings that are available in the diff supermarts since I got my ingredients from the Compasspoint Cold Storage the day before... And thus was my 2nd forage into making onigiri... One of my aunts was trying to teach me how to make chawan mushi the nite before but not a hot fan of it, plus her method results in rather salty ones.... Tink am too used to mum's less-salt-less sugar-less-seasoning style of cooking... Oh well.... Maybe I shld just stick to my mini-adventures with instant mee and how to make them more interesting w watever's available in the fridge.... Mum and I also had a fun time trying out the various ways to cook the soba properly, and since most of my relatives aren't really Jap food fans, it was also rather amusing to teach everybody how to eat soba Still haf 150mL or so of soba sauce in the fridge.... Dunno wat to do with it, tho' mum wld prob just use it as some kinda soup base.... Also pretty fun trying to figure out how much water to add to the S&B powdered wasabi to get a nice paste of the the correct "wasabi-ness".... Wonder what happened to that little can.... Tink one of my aunts brought it home since grandpa just loves wasabi
After the lunch madness, Juan went to hide in her messy little room to type out the 作文ドラフト for today's TB class (that ended up being peer marked anyway), before changing and heading over to Clifford Pier to join in the 1st public ReefWalk of the year @ Kusu Yay!! Evening walk, and here marks the start of my "career" as a guide, as well as the start of more photos!!! Bwahaha...
The back of the funky junk boat we were on...
Rays of light shining through the clouds during the leisurely boatride...
Landscape ver ^^
Just shining thru'
My group, with Freddy as the guide and Adeline as the OJT... Interestingly enough, my group had like 6 NIE trainees, 5 of which were on the walk to give them some ideas for a bio fieldtrip that they have to plan... Had an interesting time chatting with them after the walk in the darkness of Kusu while waiting for the junk to come pick us up...
Welcome to the main Kusu lagoon....
The group crowding ard a....
Poor thing is overturned....
Carpet anemone when the tide is out...
Marks of our passage....
2 types of sponges along with a massine carpet anemone....
And so we hit the coral region...
Check out the skyline~~
Funky marine spider!! Des just had to ask if it cld be caught...
And dusk falls...
Start of one of the nicest sunsets I have seen in Singapore....
Ya, bet u can tell that I am a sucker for clouds and skylines~~
The ride back was great, with me seeing Singapore from the sea at nite ^^ Simply amazing!! And the best part was that shortly after we berthed and disembarked, there were fireworks coming from the direction of Fullerton!!! So amazing!! Think this is prob one of the most amazing CNY days I have had in quite a while~~ Had fun preparing food, going on a nice intertidal walk, seeing Kusu in the darkness of nite, nice boat ride, meeting new pple and getting re-acquainted with others, and fireworks to top it all off!!! Pity I cldn't watch the entire fireworks since Dad was already there to fetch me, but still, it was a great way to end the long CNY weekend....
Ponders juanicths at 23:05
Sunday, 29 January 2006
Me and sis....
Bro and me....
Oh look at him scowl!
See how we bond as sibs ^^
And it goes on...
But wait, that was actually all posing!!
And so the Juan photos take over *bwahaha*
Me and the tote bag which I am hardly even gonna use.... Therefore a photo as a memento ^^
Me attempting to pose and bro attempting to operate the digicam...
And yesh, wat wld narcissism be without an attempted self-portrait?
And so ends the barrage of Juan-centred photos... Do not expect this any time soon again.... Tink I shld just stick to taking photos of scenery and frens ^^
Ponders juanicths at 20:24