Saturday, July 21, 2018

1 Year Anniversary

Many things have happened since the last time I posted.

Graduated. Started working. Took a polo break (I still can't believe it that I actually took a break). Ok not a complete break but at least 90% decrease in trainings.

Work. Never expected to be doing what I am doing now. Fun but tiring. But sometimes, also made me think if this is really what I want to do for my career. Somehow the word career still sounds very daunting to me. Time really flies when I'm working. Somehow I've already worked for one year. But this one year was also very very tiring. I wonder how much longer I can last at this rate. Maybe I should conserve some energy. And we won awards today! So work is not just about eating. Hahaha.

Polo. Not sure where I should go from here. We will take one step at a time and see. People always said that polo is family. Is polo really family? Organising the competition made me see both ways. I'm grateful for a team who worked very hard and helped each other a lot a lot to make the event a successful one. And on the other hand, I also saw selfish people who don't see the works behind the scenes and only wanted things to happen in their favour. I really hope these people will take up the role of organising future competitions, and maybe they will understand the pain of the organising committee, and they will understand why the organising committee changes every year. And from the very beginning, before we even started organising this, I've believed that the federation should more responsibilities in organising this event. But oh wells. People always say, we must help for the sport to grow. But its always the same few people helping, that sometimes I really feel that its just unfair. But its all over. I'm not meddling into organising in the next 10 years at least. I shall go back to being a player, an alumni, and enjoy playing the sport.

I miss my young self, where I could do things without thinking so much. Idk where I got all those energy last time when I could survive on 3 hours of sleep a day. These days.. I can't even wake up with 6 hrs of sleep. Hurhur. Ok time to sleep.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Trip to Hong Kong

After World Champs in Normandy last year, we went to Hong Kong for Asian Champs this year!

I'm glad that we emerged first and became the champion of Asia. I saw how hard the seniors fought to clinch the title, which makes me want to train harder, be better and be part of the 8 that play for the medal. Every trip makes me more motivated to train harder. I'll train harder so that i can play in Italy next year whoosh! Being the TM for the team this year, I could understand why it was tiring for the captains when there are no TMs around. I hope i helped to relieve some stress and workload for them while they concentrated on the games during that few days. I also made many friends and met many nice people who offered help willingly whenever i need, and made the effort to speak english/chinese to me cos i can't speak cantonese at all. 

And of course, once again I yoloed and toured HK. It was tiring but fun! We went Ocean Park, Disneyland, Macau, Victoria Peak, Lantau Island and ate tons of awesome and cheap food! (and not forgetting our 1k bill of cute food that didn't taste nice LOL). 

I've also liberated myself this trip and i'm glad i did it so that i can move on in life and focus on other stuff instead of thinking of it all day.

I'll miss the long walks on Nathan Road every night and eating cha ye dan in the morning/night just below our accoms. I'll miss the non-hazy weather there, and of course the pretty night views. 

But for now, it's back to the pile of work that accumulated over the past 2 weeks. Jiayou whoosh!

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.


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.