We have been celebrating Sungei Buloh’s anniversary as a reserve since 1997. This is the first year I’m away but with good reason (talking about marine trash in Brunei).
The Toddycats presence has been coordinated by Dr Joelle Lai of the Raffles Museum of Buodiversity Research. Her first gig was Festival of Biodiversity. It’s a really great feeling as she was initiated into the mud at no less than Mandai mangrove in 1998!
And because she’s in charge now, I managed to finish marking before the 6th of December, Buloh’s birthday, and mine!
And this photo and the others streaming in on Toddycats LINE are a great birthday present!
It’s lovely seeing this fresh, capable faces at the reserve all set and ready to engage visitors. On the line up (there are 20+ of them signed up) are newbies who will be given OJT by their seniors with a single station. Accuracy is an important issue with us, and speaking accurately about few things is possible!
Some old fogies, from when we conducted the walks in the 90s, are with them and it’s lovely to see this inter-generational interaction!
Cats hang out on sofa.
Princesses’ hang out in town.
In a way, marking exam papers is calming. You have to abandon everything else and reject all appointments to just do one thing.
So it is meditative.
Besides the cats for company, I was also listening to music. When I got my MacBook Pro with its smaller SSD hardisk, I had chucked everything out. With my lecture files finally settled, there was space to rip my CDs back on again.
After such a hiatus, iTunes album management has improved lots and I found myself adding missing album covers last Saturday.
It was a journey back in time as I looked up art work. I recalled buying ABBA’s Super Trooper album for $3.50; with a Supreme (SR) label, and plonking a pretty penny for a Deutsche Grammophon cassette tape at Beethoven Record House. I think it was $14 – even more expensive than a Verbatim floppy disk then! I still have that tape somewhere.
And Naxos and its east European ensembles who did a great job, I still think. They all have wiki pages so its easy to read up about all this and the music pieces.
The best part, ironically, was when I was exhausted and needed a break. Then I sat back and just listened.
I store my exam documents on an encrypted Disk Image during the couple of weeks we do marking and marks processing. I still use that old method from 2007 which I described in this blog post; its a pretty neat tool.
To keep things cheery while crunching data and conducting tedious verifications with MS Excel, I add icons to my folders. I hardly look at icons anymore, so the fun is mostly in picking them out, I guess!
With marks verification and submission over, its a last look before these are filed away and flushed from my system!
Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve celebrates her 20th anniversary this Saturday with numerous events lined up, including the Raffles Museum Toddycats who will be part of the bog bash!
This year will be the biggest bash ever, so some 20 Toddycats are signed up to educate and entertain visitors with stories from the swamp. They will bring along museum specimens and tell tales of form and function and conduct walks.
In addition to swampy stories, there will also be these events organised for the public: Trash Bin Painting, Face Painting, Origami, Journey (Exhibition), Flora & Fauna (Exhibition) and a Nature Hut launch.
Update: Fri 06 Dec 2013 – All set to go!
My unmarked pile of scripts from one module is well protected by a sleeping Mr Bats. He is in a post-meal stupor which is a sacred thing.
I need to do an Indiana Jones skull switching operation right now. If I disturb the cat, angels will weep.
Update: I drew close and heard him purring. That’s it, an early night for me today!