BioD – Part I

Biodiversity – LSM 1103. A module that requires me to be awake and aware at 8 in the morning on a Wednesday. 8 a.m in the middle of the week!! Someone on the time-table community (whoever makes time-tables anyway?) is a very cruel person.

Anyway, the module has one redeeming quality. The Practical sessions. Now, I wasn’t very eager at the beginning of the semester about these practicals. Last semester’s practical sessions were horrible. 12 hours a week spent in labs – doing actual work. Plus mounds of lab reports. (My friends and I actually got pretty famous for our ‘lab reports’. The Life Science gang would always be busy, cuz they had some lab report or another to finish. Ah, how we infuriated the Engin gang!) I’d never have believed I could’ve gotten through so much work if I hadn’t actually done so. So the prospect of another 4-hour lab this semester wasn’t particularly comforting. Boy, were we in for a surprise!

The first few lab sessions went normally enough. Too normally. We (Soleil, Macho Girl, Andromeda and I…isn’t it always about us? :P) had done stuff like this all through the previous semester, and were craving for a change. We got our wish about 3 or 4 weeks into the sem. We were going for our first field trip! I took the news decently enough, but in my head, I was going, ‘Yeeeeehaw! Field Trip! Yipsie-dooooda!!’ (Oh, c’mon! Like you wouldn’t have jumped for joy at the prospect of 4 hours outside in the open after hours of being cooped inside a freezing, relatively unexciting lab!)

It didn’t turn out quite as I thought. We spent a good part of our lab session that week inside the lab, watching what our TA called ‘Plant pornography’. Movie after movie showing plant life-cycles. Now, I’m a Biology-fan, but yawn. Those movies were so damn boring! Way to make porn uninteresting. *sigh*

On the flip side, we did go outside. We took a loooong walk all around Kent Ridge and observed the plant and animal life there. It wasn’t the most exciting thing in the world (plus, we were faced with the prospect of writing an essay the minute we got back to the lab), but we enjoyed our ‘day out’. Something’s better than nothing, right?

For a few weeks after that we went through normal but good lab sessions. Nothing too boring, but nothing terribly exciting either. And then came our next field trip. To the friggin’ beach!!! Whoa! Too cool! Suddenly, I had nothing but love for the module.

I remember the day we left for Changi beach. We were the first people on the bus; like little children on their first excursion we sat waiting for the bus to move. When it did, I actually felt like singing a nice happy song and getting the others to join in with me (luckily, I refrained myself in time!). After a long, extremely enjoyable 1 hour ride, we got to our destination. We split into our respective groups, and got to work.

My group was one of the first to get into the water. We were supposed to learn how to work the net to catch fish and weed, but I don’t think anyone was listening. We just all rushed into the water, got completely drenched and played around for a while. As a consequence, we spent the rest of the session walking around in wet, heavy clothes. And any time we got close to getting dry, our TA would lead us right into another body of water, and come tell us to have a look at the interesting stuff. (Some of these ‘interesting’ things were barnacles on a rock, and the underwater ones scratched at my leg and made it bleed! I spent the rest of the trip chanelling Captain Haddock : ‘The blistering bloody barnacles bit me!!’ :P)

At the end of trip, exhausted but happy, we went to the changing rooms to get into dry and warm clothes. We came back…and everyone was gone! The buses had left, and we had been left behind! (‘The blistering bloody buses abandoned us!!’) We mooned around a bit, abusing the buses and all the people who hadn’t missed us. Once we’d gotten our heads around the fact that the buses really had gone and wouldn’t be coming back, we tried flagging down a taxi. It took us a long time to get one, and by the time we were all in the cab, we were pretty much ready to pass out from the exhaustion. Our cab-driver, taking advantage of our tired silence, merrily chatted all through the trip, and even gave us a 10 cent discount when we reached PGP! 🙂

The trip had been good, but the whole bus incident left us with a sour feeling. Ah, what a perfect trip it would’ve been if not for us missing that bus! Well, little did we know that our final field trip to the zoo would be one of the best we’d ever had!

Coming up: The zoo. And pictures!! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “BioD – Part I

  1. Clueless April 10, 2006 / 3:38 am

    #Sayesha,29th April *sniff* :(But I’ll try and post before that if I have time. :)#The Girl,Yeah we do, don’t we? I always bitch about studies and exams and stuff, but once in a while, it makes me happy to think I’m having more fun than some friends I knew back in school. Yep, I’m selfish! ;)And thanks for the sweet wishes! 🙂

  2. The Girl Who Sold The World April 10, 2006 / 2:01 am

    WOW! You guys have so much fun even when you’re taken out with the intention of studying?! Darn…lucky people! :PALL THE BEST FOR REMAINING EXAMS! 😀

  3. Sayesha April 9, 2006 / 7:35 pm

    When are exams getting over bacha??

  4. Clueless April 7, 2006 / 5:24 pm

    #MG,Pebbles in the shoes! I completely forgot! Darn those annoying things! :PBTW, hope u recovered from the grave injury u sustained as a result of ur battle with the barnacles!! :PIt’ll take some time *sniff*, but I’ll get better. Thanks for the kind wishes, though! ;)#ann@,Oh dear. I’m so sorry for keeping you guys hanging for so long. You’re so sweet for having checked for updates regularly! You know how its been this semester. So much to do, so little time. I’m just waiting for the holidays so that I can write more! :)#Anon,Hmm…I’m trying to place you, but I can’t really figure out who you are! Well, I guess that was the intention, so…good work! :PAh, yes. I’m so glad I took Bio. I would’ve suffered otherwise. Wise decision, yes. :)#Sayesha,Exams. Studies. Work. :(But post will be out soon. Don’t worry. 🙂

  5. Sayesha April 4, 2006 / 1:21 pm

    Okay lazybum, out with the pics! 😀

  6. Anonymous April 1, 2006 / 8:05 pm

    cute post 🙂 its so nice to see that you have so much fun at your practical classes. It almost makes me wish i had taken up biology. Staring at computer screens is not all that fun, if you know what i mean :(i hope you continue to have enjoyable practicals in Biodiversity 🙂

  7. AnN@ April 1, 2006 / 7:28 pm

    Ah! Finally some activity on your blog! i’ve been checking almost everyday hoping to see a new post up but for 29 days i’ve been disappointed :p i guess this sem its not lab reports but actual mugging that has kept u from blogging 😉 i can’t wait for the zoo post!

  8. Macho Girl March 30, 2006 / 11:16 pm

    Changi beach trip was fun!!!! Even though, after every biod practical we faced the prospect of a test, I enjoyed them! For a change, instead of looking into microscopes, we were seeing stuff with our naked eye!!!!!!! I sorta liked every single practical session, whether inside or outside the lab. Plant porn wud be an exception where i just drifted off to sleep. Terrible videos! But i liked our TA. She seemed to know her stuff and was really nice. In changi, i didn’t mind the walking around in wet clothes part. I only minded the darn-stones-in-my-shoes-are-poking-me part. (ouch)! Billions of bloody blistering pebbles in the shoe!! 😉 BTW, hope u recovered from the grave injury u sustained as a result of ur battle with the barnacles!! :PThe zoo was awesome though!!! can’t wait to read that post!! U have written this one beautifully! Brings back memories…… *sigh*.. I love biod pracs 🙂 And i love this post 😀

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