Its now coming to the end of fourth week of semester. Oh God..it felt like as if it was yesterday I took 3 flights of stairs bringing my personal stuff up to my current room. Yes people..my new room is located at the uppermost floor of the building. Imagine going through this every single day? My previous room was in the same block but I was the 1st floor, everything like the stairs, hot water and washing machine is within my reach basically. Anyways I should be thankful, knowing that I prayed hard to get into college for this final semester..Allah had made it easy for me. So alhamdulillah.
This semester is all about our final year project. I only have one class, the rest of the week would be fully occupied doing my benchwork. I have over 100 samples of white moss or scientifically known as Leucobryum sp. and must make at least 4 microscopic slides of their leaf and stem cross sections. In layman terms, I have to slice the leaf and stem, like make it very2 thin so that under the microscope I can get a transversal view (top view) and the cells can be seen clearly. I posted a picture of one of the cross sections that I made and many assumed it to be ulat, lintah etc. Ahahahahahahah okay. This is the challenge of being a Biology student. Apparently living things are so diverse, many cannot distinguish which is which. So its our role to educate them!
What my bench work really looks like. 9-5 everyday lol
This the cross section of the leaf base. I felt so intimidated by the beauty of this had to 4 pics!
So this is the picture that I posted on Facebook. On the left is the base part and on the right is the cross section.
So far I've completed only 18 samples and I have approximately 72 more samples to go until the 8th week. iCryyyy. I do however enjoy doing the benchwork because theres no wifi connection in the lab and currently not subscribed to any internet data plan, which means I'm not disturbed! Its more like a time out place where I can fully focus on the work, even though its very much redundant, but I reckon it could take my mind off a bit from you know thinking about those final year student symptoms.....lol.
Anyhoots. Last week, I was given the opportunity by my previous employer (MNS) to attend this nature congress..FOR FREE. I was beyond ecstatic knowing that MNS was so freaking kind to sponsor all the interns and become their participants for the 3 days. I must day, being there made me realize theres so much work, mainly conservation efforts in Malaysia to be done. I was at the MNS Diamond Jubilee Symposium all the time and many of the speakers are experts on all sorts thing like Tapir, Hornbills, Elephants, Forest, Marine ecosystem and imagine how excited I was throughout the symposium? Listening to all these experts, sharing their experiences and findings of their researches did at least give me insights on what I should do in the future. It seems that also..I was more keen in doing something practical for the Malaysian Biodiversity scene and I don't think I'm the office type of person. I would rather go out to field and explore this vast land. InshaAllah may Allah ease this journey :)
Kak Miera and Calvin were my intern mates. And on the left is Sofwan, my junior whom is very passionate about Butterflies and other insects.
The haze seems to worsen day by day. I feel so suffocated even being INDOORS. My eyes are so pedih. This is a test for everyone. And saddened by the authorities too. No enformenents or any efforts made to tackle this problem. Is the rakyat's life worth to be put at stake? Its not a typical haze, not when it is resulted from continuous forest fires. Haizzz. Praying hard that things will be better by a day or two. Our TNC from HEP already announced that if the IPU has reached beyond 300 by morning, classes will be cancelled. Well I aint getting my work delayed just because of the haze (indoors beb). Drink plenty of water and get yourself masked!