Cycling again!

After a long bout with a particularly nasty flu bug, I need to get back on the saddle. Since I need to be stationed at Pasir Ris Park for this Saturday’s geophysical environment class, I have been considering riding down.

Fellow Zendog Joelle who has been urging me to do needs the motivation too, so we agreed to meet for a quick breakfast at Changi at 7.30am. This means leaving home at 5.30am and waking at 5am. Well its possible since I have been waking around 4am recently for some reason. And once I start riding, it’ll be lovely that early in the morning.

We have to treat the entire cohort to an introduction to the mangroves in 12 sessions. I had come up with an outline for the stations during the recce on Monday but will plan my specific strategy while riding down. I like to have a a build of questions leading up to the concept.

Better pack extra water and Strepsils though.

And I’d better head home now…

My old tie pin

This is a photos of my St. Andrew’s Junior College tie pin that I used in 1983-4. The college uniform was designed by the first batch of students and they threw in a tie to strangle generations that would come after them. So I wore a tie almost daily during term for two years and subsequently only wear one during convos.

We got used to them though – the biology students would tuck their ties in their shirts between the 2nd and 3rd buttons during dissections to prevent blood splatter. Securing the pin was a problem and I used to always get help from a literature buff I knew.

The junior college later reverted to using the secondary school badge in the 90’s to unite the school. SAJC physically moved back to Woodville to form the St. Andrew’s Village in 2005.

I met a bunch of JC-mates after 24 years and we used a facebook group to hold our photos. I took a quick shot of my old tie pin for the group page until a scan of a report card could be made.

Hey Sarah Sarah

I have a student who says she likes old songs. So I played her a Doris Day song. She brightened up when she heard the song, and said she and her friends used to sing this to one girl, just to drive her nuts.

The name of the girl? Sarah – they sang “Hey Sarah, Sarah”.

The name of the song? “Que Sera Sera“.

This reminded me of a Lat cartoon which had a kid howling a tune next to a jukebox, “Oh Carol, I am bloody fool!”


Andy Giger on Art for Arthropods!

One of my friends, Andrew Giger is presenting an art appreciation talk during the NUS Arts Festival. I met Andy when we travelled through six cities in the US on a museum study trip. So we’ve had a lot of discussions about museums and science communication.

He began blogging and was surprised how two local science bloggers found out within hours of his first post!

He’s now a struggling artist amongst other things, and here he is taking science communication a step further.

Andrew Giger - Art for Arthropods
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