First half of the term…full of events

Hey guys;

So, it’s been almost 2 months since I last posted, and a number of events have gone by throughout this first half-term. The welcoming camp came and went, and the Ecosystems and Natural Resources day trip also came and went. Overall, this first half-term is just full of events…

Let’s start with the welcoming camp…

Contradicting my belief that the trip is going to be wonderful and all, turns out the reality was a different story. The clear sign is that there are restrictions on the use of phones and clocks, which I must say is really weird for a trip in the 21st century like that. Knowing this, I initially thought up of 3 possible actions: Cave in, boycott, or defy. Though caving in would seem simple, but…what’s the point of a trip if I can’t take photos and videos of all of the amazing activities? Boycott…a good idea, but…staying home is even more boring. Defy…seems a very good idea though, and that’s a good way of sending a strong message to the organizing committee that I do not agree. For unknown reasons I failed to carry out this act of defiance though, and to this day I do still regret my decision not to carry out an act of defiance. Though in the end I decided to cave in, but at the same time not to make others see me as enjoying, because…honestly I’m not enjoying the camp at all. When people dance hard, I just not put effort in, or just stand still. When people sings, I just stay silent, and I rejected any offer of snacks, and pretend not to be too hungry (in fact, I’m not that hungry at the time). I don’t know why the committee have to be so technophobic…claiming that it’s the tradition? Well I don’t see it as a valid excuse for applying such technophobic policies, and were this to be true, then my simple conclusion is…this organizing committee is just too conservative to fit into the modern world of the 21st century where electronics like smartphones have become part of our lives. And…I’m sure the camp next term will be the same, so…I don’t think I will join, and to the greater extent, the welcoming activities next term as they’re going to be the same, but with different set of people. The only positive thing about this camp is that the rooms were air conditioned with private bathrooms and toilets, and the food was good.

Now, on to the Phetchaburi trip…

The day trip was great, and was indeed the first university trip where I was finally allowed to take photos and videos as there was no silly, technophobic, ultra conservative policies, though we were warned that animals like monkeys can steal our phones though.

We left MUIC at around 06:00 or so, stopping for breakfast shortly at a petrol station. I had my breakfast at Mcdonalds, and I just learned that they offer breakfast that actually contain rice.

After the breakfast break, we push on, bound for Phetchaburi, arriving there at around 08:00 or 09:00. We first gathered at a remote school close to the investigation site for the instructions on using the equipment. I must say, the way that these were carried out, for example the measurement of dissolved oxygen level and pH, was not so technologically advanced compared to what I did during my ESS trip to Khao Yai or Chiang Mai. Liquid indicators and a reference table was used instead of a probe with reading scales. The first site was a mangrove forest, and it’s good we don’t have to walk in the mud. The fact that there were monkeys was true, and they did get in the way sometimes.

We had lunch at around 10:30 or 11:00, which was quite early to be honest. We all ate at a seafood restaurant, and the food was great! Throughout the first half of the day the weather was quite hot though. After lunch, we moved on to the next site, which is at the beach, and the weather was a bit cooler thanks to the winds, and I managed to collect 2 seashells for myself! The next investigation involved the collection of marine samples, to be used for close-up examinations in the lab during Monday’s lesson.

We left for MUIC at around 14:00 or 14:30, not sure of the exact time. We made a few stops, both for a quick toilet break and to buy desserts. The desserts at Phetchaburi were amazing, and now I can see why the province was so famous for its desserts…they’re very yummy and there’s plenty of Thai desserts to choose from! We arrived back at MUIC at around 18:30 or 19:00, thanks to the horrible traffic conditions that caused the delay. Overall the trip was amazing, and I will certainly rate this trip as one of the best events of 2015.

Coming up next…the Nature Lovers Club residential trip to Pattaya tomorrow to Sunday…I’m very excited for that, and I do have high confidence that I will be allowed to take photos and videos, so…hopefully I will be able to give this residential trip the rating of the best event of 2015, along with another residential trip in November. STA Halloween Carnival is also coming up, next Friday, and another Ecosystems and Natural Resources day trip to Khao Yai on November 1st.

Anyway, that’s it for now…