July 2008


Surprisingly, when I opened my email inbox this morning, there was no new mail with attachments of articles for me to vet from my boss! *phew* My eyes need that break. Besides, I have a pretty important appointment for tomorrow morning to stress over and because it has been set last minute, there’s so much preparation that I need to do with so little time! Urgh!

I’ve so much to blog about. I went to the Singapore Garden Festival on Monday and there’re so many photographs that I want to put up here. I want to write something on dreams, a relevation made to me after reading some Freud. I guess I will have to save these for the weekends, or maybe tomorrow afternoon if I happen to be really free, though I seriously doubt so. My poor computer will be decomissioned this afternoon so I will be forcibly detached from the virtual world for a few hours this afternoon. But yeah, a brand new computer! My Dell is ancient although to be fair, it’s working perfectly fine and doesn’t lag or die on me. I will miss you, my Dell.

Here are some photos from Suntec Convention Hall where the event was held:

 

This is my favourite exhibit. Don’t ask me about the flowers. I don’t like flowers in particular and I’m always at the Singapore Garden Festival (I went to the previous one as well) only for the exhibit designs, especially those incorporating home interior designs. They drive me crazy! In the good way of course, in the way that makes me drool and lust after them. I really felt like jumping onto the exhibits and lying on the sofas/beds. But I figured that it wouldn’t be a pretty sight to have security guards dragging me out from the exhibit and thrown out of the Hall.

I call that particular exhibit “My Dream Home”. Yes, I named that myself and no, I can’t remember its original name. It’s not practical but it’s lovely. Love doesn’t make sense sometimes and yes, it was love at first sight.

And I did a Karen Cheng!

No idea what it is? Well, you need to read her blog. Doing the Karen Cheng is quite popular world-wide. And yes, that was in the ladies. Do you know that Suntec Convention Hall has sparkling clean and totally deserted washrooms with pretty amazing lighting (but I’m no expert here) for some shameless photo-taking haha?

Ok, back to work. lalalalalalalalalaaaa~

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This is unusual considering that I used to blog almost daily. Sometimes even a few posts in one day.

But then again, I did say that I will be very busy these couple of weeks. It’s just insane. My boss’ deadlines are MY deadlines. My boss’ problems and questions are MINE to resolve. My boss usually just throws me a destination and expects me to find my way there on my own, be it by walking, swimming, by train or plane, as long as I get there on time. I like my boss to bits but all that proof reading is attempting to make me as blind as a bat in no time. Actually, bats are not even blind! The Microchiropteras may have poor eye sight but that of the Macrochiropteras is very keen. Then again, it depends on whether I’m a Micro or a Macro. I’m not tall, so I suppose I could be a Micro, so I could be turning blind very soon.

Wait, I’m rumbling randomly.

I don’t have the time to talk nonsense!!!

Did I say that I’m very busy???

I did?

Wait, I don’t have the time to say that I’m busy so many times!

Time to go home.

(Yeah I may be busier than usual but luckily my boss doesn’t expect me to do OT.)

While I spent my entire Honours year in the laboratory with the micropipettes, centrifuge machines and water baths, my sis who majors in Biology is spending hers, well at least the initial phase, outdoor at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. She’s doing an Honours project on a particular species of fish which is abundant in the waters of the mangroves and spends her time observing the fish in their natural habitat.

It’s fun in the sense that she’s out in the nature, feeling the warm sun on her skin, smelling the fresh air, looking at the flora and fauna. There are birds like the kingfishers and the storks, there are numerous mudskippers there and she has even spotted a gigantic monitor lizard, easily two metres long. It’s not so fun in the sense that it gets extremely boring after spending 30 minutes looking at the fish which essentially do nothing much except swimming around in schools. She’s supposed to observe how a particular feature on the body of the fish aids in their foraging (these fish eat insects), but to her dismay, she hasn’t exactly seen them feed yet. It is not possible that they don’t feed in the daytime so it must have been really discreet haha. She has actually seen an archer fish, also found in the mangrove waters but not her study fish, sprout a powerful stream of water through the surface to hit some innocent insect lounging on an overhanging branch, which is probably a rarer sight, so she may just be really unlucky.  

She has to stay on the bridge to observe the fish swimming below for the entire day, even when it gets really boring. Fortunately for her, the other organisms around keep her occupied and sometimes amused. Not the mosquitoes though. They are draining her blood alive and the last time I checked with her, she was not exactly smiling. She gets visitors from time to time too, I mean, the reserve gets groups of visitors from schools and other organisations occasionally, and often these people keep her entertained with their comments and conversations. On the other hand, they may just think that she’s weird because she does nothing but just sits on the edge of the wooden bridge and uses a videocamera to film the fish who are doing nothing but zooming around in the water.

Swimming is of course prohibited in the reserve as with all other reserves or reservoirs. Unless of course you happen to be a fish, otter, monitor lizard, mudskipper or crocodile. However, I think any person with sufficient common sense will not jump into the waters of Sungei Buloh. It’s not really clean (it’s mangroves for goodness sake) and I’m not sure if it’s deep enough to drown in it as well. As usual, there is a sign that warns people of crocodiles in the waters. There was a day when a teacher brought a group of primary school students to the reserve and my sister was super amused at how the kids were amazed by the particular sign. They couldn’t seem to believe that there are crocodiles in the wild, in the very waters of Sungei Buloh where they now stood, and were chattering excitedly nonstop about the crocodiles. My sis couldn’t bear to break it to them that there might not be crocodiles afterall.

Anyway she almost burst into laughter when a student made a plea to his teacher, “Teacher, can you jump into the water please? We want to see the crocodiles.”

Gawd. Kids of these days are really smart. To use their teacher as a bait, firstly, they can get to see the fascinating crocodiles and secondly, no more homework for them. Man, why didn’t I think of that when I was still in primary school?!    

I heard this over the radio this morning and thought I should share it with everyone else before I end my day at work and go for my movie:

Desmodus rotundus

One day, a vampire bat flew back to its nest covered in blood. The other bats upon seeing all that blood got very excited and scrambled around the bat, asking it where it got all the blood from and wanting to know the source.

“Where did you get all that blood from?? Food! Food! Food!”

Hounded by everyone, the bat asked them to follow it, and out they all flew of the dark dingy cave they called home, hundreds and thousands of them, casting a dark night-like shadow on the ground over which they flew. Following the bat, they all flew over stretches of fields and even across a wide river. Down a valley they flew. And into a forest.

Finally the bat called everyone to a halt.

“Have we reached? Have we reached? Where’s all that blood, all that food???” everyone asked urgently.

“Now, now,” said the bat calmly, and everyone hushed.

The bat continued, “Now everyone, do you see that tree?” It pointed to a huge tree with a vast trunk and thick canopy standing in the middle of the forest.

“Yes, yes, we do,” everyone replied excitedly.

“Ok, because I did not.”

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Oh no, did you get the joke? I hope my humour’s not too off the course for you haha.

A conversation between my very adorable baby sister (ok she’s turning 20 this year) and I:

Me: Do you know how the brain cell of an idiot dies?

Sis: *after a minute of pondering* Huh? How?

Me: Of loneliness *bwahahahaha*

*three seconds of silence*

Sis: *bewildered look on her face* Huh? Why? I don’t get it!!!!

Me: *bwahahahaha* That’s how your brain cell dies too!!!! *bwahahahaha*

Sis: *still wondering hard*

 

*five minutes later when my other sis walked into the room*

Me: *gesturing to our baby sis who still didn’t get it* She doesn’t get the joke.

Both of us: *bwahahahahahahahahaha*

 

I hope you DO get the joke.

The very adorable Jerry Fu strutting the runway for Romeo Gigli:

I actually have never liked the waif look, but I kinda like him.

And yeah, we saw him first (or so we claimed anyway).

(from Urban, Straits Times)

Haha I’m not the only one having mental constipation! Someone else is too!

On a sidenote, I’ve been busy for the whole of the past week and will be for the next few days as well, I guess. My boss has a (in her own words) looming deadline of, not one but two freakingly heavy academic works which she’s the editor of. I’m so proud of her. One is the first ever publication of its kind in Singapore and the other is an internationally acclaimed journal. She’s so very excited but the workload is almost killing her. Which is why I’ve been helping her with the editorial work but all that staring at the computer screen is killing my eyes!!! I feel like I’m going blind!!! It doesn’t help that all the articles are heavily loaded with yawn-inducing medical terms.

I wonder if my name will appear on both publications as the sub-editor. Ok, I guess not.  

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