Sunday, November 9, 2014

Missing the sunsets and sunrises.

I want to go for intertidal walks again.

But polo is eating up all my time.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Trip to Normandy/Paris

Have always wanted to revive the blog with nature stuff but I guess I don't have the time for that.

Been busy with school and trainings and whatnots.

This trip to Normandy has definitely widened my vision, reignited my passion and refueled my determination. I think I can understand why people train so hard and fight so hard to be in the Top 8 or to be in the team, to go there to play against the stronger opponents. Those people there are really much different from those that we see in Singapore. I'm glad that I got the chance to be exposed and seen this at such an early (?) age.

Weather was cold but we fought hard. I think this is the first time we were so focused in polo. First time we felt like we are full-time/world-class athletes with little kids my height running to us for our signatures. Felt so cool and awesome. Watching the best players up close from all over the world congregating in a small town, displaying their skills and awing the spectators; small movements that can never be seen through videos; experience that can never be expressed in words. Makes me want to train harder, be a better player, and come back to meet these people again. But for now, I just want to improve my skills, my fitness and be a better player.

Paris was a nice place, but i guess it's not a place for me. There's nothing much to do other than shopping and eating. Never understood why branded goods are so appealing to people. I was wowed when I saw people/families spending money on those like as though they were buying groceries. Perhaps i'll only understand this a few years later. Disneyland was fun, but I concluded that I don't like to travel in big groups. And i concluded that museums and art works don't really appeal to me. Although the zoo and the aquarium were not as big/diverse as the others that i've seen, I still enjoyed it the most. The zoo was especially clean and spacious. The aquarium had a mixture of stuff that I didn't expect. And of course the great company that I had was awesome (:

Missing the time I had in Normandy, where I loved warming up in the cold weather, but hated going down into the freezing water. Playing polo in such cold temperatures were fun cos it makes me want to paddle faster and I don't feel the sore or fatigue in the water. BUT out of water it's another matter.

I don't regret spending so much time and money there. I hope that my tiny brain can capture and remember every single moment that I've experienced there and churn them into sources of motivation for the next few years of my life.

#backtoreality

For now, I need to catch up with school work and train harder.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Blog Revival

I haven't been blogging for the last 2-3 years but i've decided to revive this blog!

Many things happened in the last few years. Went for many field trips and worked at different places. Made many new friends and learnt a lot of new things! There are many things that I want to do now and one of it is to revive this blog! I shall try to blog at least once a month! :)

I'm currently a freshman in the BES programme in NUS! :) 2 weeks of school has passed. There were ups and downs but i'm definitely looking forward to the next 4 years in NUS.

I've lots of photos from previous field trips which I didnt blog about and I've been slacking off and didn't take photos for many of the field trips recently. But i think that photos are good records and will be useful (i hope) in the future so I shall have the discipline to bring my camera around in the future!

PS. I shall blog again SOON.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Basic Insect Identification from Insect Survey

Yay! I'm finally blogging. I realised i haven't been blogging for more than half a year. I was busy + lazy. Haha.

We went to Semakau to a land survey on insects and spiders some time ago last month. So after we caught those little creatures from the forest, Tammy and Ms Wang taught us how to ID the insects! (i was too lazy to take pictures so no pictures ): shall put in the pictures slowly when i take pictures of them next time :D)

And so, we started from the Orders that are commonly seen.

Order Orthoptera
- Have enlarged hind legs (those that can hop!)
- E.g. Grasshopper, cricket, katydid

Order Hemiptera 
- Front part of forewings hardened, back of forewings is membranous (Have a big 'X' on its back)
- Long, sucking mouth parts
- E.g. True bugs including hoppers

Order Coleoptera
- Entire forewing is hardened, folded over hindwing
- Hindwing hidden
- E.g. Lady bug

Order Blattaria
- Head is hidden under the pronotum
- E.g. Cockroach!

Order Lepidoptera
- Wings covered with scales
- E.g. Butterflies (club-shaped antenna) and Moths (Hairy/furry antenna)

Order Diptera
- 1 pair of wings
- Reduced hind wings for balancing called halteres
- E.g. Houseflies, Mosquitoes

Order Hymenoptera
- Membranous wings
- Narrow waist
- E.g. Bees, Wasps, Ants

Order Odonata
- Both pairs of wings are not coupled
- E.g. Dragonfly, Damselfly

Order Phasmida
- Resemble plant parts
- E.g. Stick insect, Leaf insect

Order Neuroptera
- Wings are net-like or nerve-like
- E.g. Lacewings

Hopefully i can remember them soooooooooooooooooon. Hehehehe.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Story of Liana


Lianas are woody climbers. They are often known as the 'highway' of the forest. The leaves of the liana are found near the top of the canopy to absorb as much sunlight as possible for photosynthesis. The liana then spreads along a few trees as it grows. This forms the 'highway' at the canopy of the forest, thus the animals like squirrels do not need to climb up and down the trees to get from one tree top to another. If one of the trees twined by the liana is to fall in the forest, it will bring down the other trees too. This allows the pioneer species to grow when there is a sudden gap in the canopy.

Story of Fig Tree and Fig Wasp


This is a White leaf fig (Ficus grossularioides).

Although fig trees are called 无花果 in chinese, (literally means no flower fruit), they do have flowers that are enclosed in the fig.

All figs have 4 prominent features.
1. Sap.
2. Prominent bud.
3. Triangular vein on the underside of the leaf.
4. Scars on the stem of the plant.

Fig trees have a symbiotic relationship with the fig wasps. Fig wasps are the only pollinators of the fig trees. The female fig wasp will drill its way through the fig, passing through the mouth of the fig which is covered with male flowers. Then, she will deposit her eggs in the cavity which is covered with female flowers. While depositing her eggs, she will also deposit some of the pollen that she was carrying. This helps to fertilize the flowers in the figs. However, as the hole is very small, the female wasp will usually lose its wings and die inside the fig after laying her eggs.

As the fig develops, the wasp eggs hatch and develop into larvae. After going through the pupal stage, the mature male will mate with a female, then it will dig its way out of the fig, creating a tunnel for the females to go through. The males usually sacrifice themselves and distract the preys around the figs to ensure that the females can continue the life cycle successfully.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Story of Macaranga

Haven't blog for a long time! Since exams are over and I promised someone that i'll blog, so here I am. Haha. I've been tasked to tell the 'story' of Macaranga... so here it is!

The Macaranga is also known as the Common Mahang, which has a symbiotic relationship with the ants. The ants will protect the plant by gnawing off any climbers that tries to climb onto the plant.

In return, the plant has stipules (black ring) that supplies the ants with food (lipids). It has hollow stems which serves as nesting place for ants, and also allow the ants to move freely inside the plant, and small holes on the stems to allow ants to move in and out of the plant.