Chuva Chuva Chever Chever Borlalu Borlalu

I woke up at around 6.45, 15 minutes after I was supposed to leave home for my 7.30 class.

 

I arrived at IB at around 8.00, texted Jopi whether it still makes sense to enter the lec room (as ma’am usually dismisses early). 
Jopi said ma’am gave the class cookies and juice for breakfast (yep, still happy over the exam results).
I didn’t go to class but I still got the cookie and juice (thanks Jop.) after eating tocino + fried rice for breakfast at Gloria’s.
Next class was ecology lab. We had a great time.
We formed groups, made and described an imaginary species and showed it to the rest of the class.
Our group created a deep-sea mammal named the Philippine Trench Frangler, Ezrapigyi philippinensis. It was very cute. 🙂 
I took pictures of other species too. Haha. Chuva chuva chever chever borlalu borlalu was the imaginary call of Chuvanensis chever, a cute animal that eats fruits and flowers with a strict floral formula. Hahaha.
Of course all we did that lab class had a point, even the Nagaraya (=fish). Haha. The main points were: what makes species threatened and the problem with the Commons Principle.
Ecology lec was confusing, as always. Sir Dan discusses fast. He gave us the Bio-DAP assignment. Use the data from Makiling and play with Bio DAP. 
My lunch was Beef Salpicao from Special Treats (aka. umbrella). Half rice. Take out. Same price as original.
Plant physio lab was just reporting. Seed germination as determined by light exposure and hormone activity. It was like a ‘softer’ version of Plant Dev Bio, my other class.
We were dismissed early, so JK, Erik, Dee, Scott, Jopi, and I decided to invade the afternoon ecology lab class to see what species they came up with. 
Bekbekis manyakis made me laugh so hard. The Espi ranza too.
4.00 was the start of Fitness Friday. I brought my bike to the oval. Hehe. I didn’t want to jog.
JK,Dee, Jopi, Erik, and SCOTT jogged. 🙂 I biked. I took shortcuts when JK used the bike after me.
Good thing we finished right before the rain poured. Too bad Roni, Jenpey and Mae weren’t able to join us. 😦
Anyway, we spent our cool-down time hanging out at the IB steps. Marami naman kami.
Oh yeah, ABM recollection thingy din pala tonight.
I left IB at quarter to 7, walked to Balara, rode the jeep and went off at Tumana.
As usual, they were selling earrings again at the sidewalk (they always do). The cute ones. The cheap ones. 
I looked and I bought a pair or two.
As I walked away and turned the corner I felt something empty in my pocket. Alas, my SE T650 was gone. Only the sleeve, useless now, remained.
Most probably someone took it while I was looking for earrings to buy. 
This is the first time I got pickpocket-ed. I hope it will be the last.
I wonder if the pickpocket would laugh at my wallpaper in the phone. It was the photo I took of the Philippine Trench Frangler, all green and blue and cute. 
I wonder if the money that pickpocket would get from selling my phone will solve his/her major problems.
I wonder if my mum and dad will get mad. I haven’t told them yet.
I’ll miss all the media stuff I saved using that phone. I loved it. Anyway, I shouldn’t be that attached anymore right? Haha. I don’t have it now anyway. 
I was lucky to not have seen that pickpocket. I wouldn’t know what to do if I were held at gunpoint/knifepoint (?) whatever. I was lucky the laptop I had inside my bag was safe. So were my notes for next week’s exams.
What a day
[EDIT] okay, I told my parents already. They’re relieved i wasn’t hurt. My sister too, who came from Divi with my brother and bought SIX pairs of earrings for me. X.x

10 Most Memorable HERPeS Fieldwork Moments

(because I’m not good at making blow-by-blow accounts. haha.)
Aug 21-24 2008 Makiling Forest Reserve Bio 160 Off-Campus Fieldwork
Group: Herps (Herpetology: amphibians + reptiles)
Gameplan: Survey Makiling Frog Distribution and Abundance at Disturbed and Undisturbed Areas of the Makiling Botanic Garden
Team: Ako, Jopi, Bet, Joey, Hez, Egee, Mrose, Kacy

  1. MEETING, MEETING, MEETING. Wala pang isang oras pagdating sa TREES hostel, may meeting na ang Herps Group. Oha. Supposedly, may gagawin na kami on Day 0 (the day of arrival) sa labas, kaso nakakatakot, so natigil.. Anyway, walang araw na lumampas na wala kaming meeting. Favorite room ang 212 (glai-jen-kacy-me) pero we evicted ourselves and went to 205 (jopi-jay-al-roj) nung nagpaprocess na ng data ang inverts sa room namin after our Day1 field (kagulat yun ah, biglang andaming tao sa room. haha)
  2. SI MANG ‘PHILIP’. Ang dahilan kung bakit nasayang ang umaga namin sa Day1. Nakakainis talaga siya! Pinaakyat kami sa bahay niya (very steep road up from the bridge sa MBG) para lang samahan siyang magbihis. Tapos, nung nagpapatulong kaming maghanap ng sites for our survey, pinadaan pa kami sa matarik na muddy trail sa isang far far away place. Take note, lasing pa siya nung kinausap ni jopi ah. Buti na lang nireport namin kay mam. (Noli pala ang totoong pangalan niya.)
  3. ANONG NAP TIME?. Hehe. Pagkatapos magrevise ng method, akala namin may time pa para makapagrecharge ng katawan bago ang magdamag na panghuhuli ng palaka. Hindi pala. Nagkaproblema sa permit ng MBG (bakit raw walang pirma??) at baka hindi kami pagbuksan ng gate pagkatapos ng survey (masyado nang gabi). Buti na lang (??) may Mang Jun na nag-offer magbukas ng gate para sa amin pagkatapos ng survey. Kailangan ding picture-an ang frog specimens sa Museum of Natural History.
  4. FULL BATTLE GEAR. Transect lines? Check. Barbeque sticks na may masking tape para magmukhang flag? Check. Thermometer? Check. Sling psych? Check. Tubig? Check. Individual plastic bags with spec-tags inside? Check. Headlamps? Check. Specially made frog nets? Check. Boots? Check. Take out dinner from Kainan sa SU? Check check check. Pera pambayad sa entrance? Ah, eh.. Hahaha Let’s go!
  5. FIELDWORK SONGS c/o THE BOYS. Hindi yung “The Boys” per se, just the male division of our team – Bet, Joey, and Jopi. Making love, out of nothing at all.. making love, out of nothing at all.. I miss you like crazy, even more than words can say.. I miss you miss you mishoooo….WOOOOOOOW sweet child of miiiiiine…
  6. JOPI and EGEE’s PUTOSTUDIO. Sabi kasi ni ma’am, make very good pictures of the frogs we captured. Hehe. At first, di namin alam kung paano gagawin kasi nasa loob ng plastic yung mga palaka at nagrereflect ang plastic sa picture. Ang solusyon? 1. Baliktarin ang palaka para makahiga. Hindi siya gagalaw. (Salamat Ma’am Joni!) 2. Kunin ang palaka sa plastic bag. 3. Ilipat ang palaka sa loob ng Gladlock bag, linisin para maganda at ipatong sa isang very nice green leaf for contrast. 4. Ipasok ang Canon camera (Kelangan talaga canon?? haha.) 5. Kunin ang dorsal, ventral, front, back, pati na rin creative shots ng palaka. Tadaaaah.
  7. INTRODUCE YOURSELF. NO WAY. INTRODUCE YOURSELF. OKAAAY. Sorry sa ibang groups, pero pag-aari namin ang TREES hostel sa umaga. Haha! Solo kasi namin eh. Day 2 morning – pagkatapos ng super-late breakfast, pagka-photograph ng frogs, pagkanood ng Olympics, paghintay kina Mrose at Kacy na bumaba ng campus to buy food, pagkatapos ng super-late lunch (kami lang ata may ulam na chicken curry kasi inubusan na kami ng food.. bakit kaya), pagkatapos ng data input, at way before our next fieldwork… nanood kami ng movie sa laptop ni Bet (Bring It On: All or Nothing)! Haha. Natuwa ako kasi first time ko makanood ng Bring It On movie. Hehehe.
  8. ANG GLADLOCK AT PANGGUGULAT. Hehe. Mga Issue. 😀 Una sa lahat sorry sa Inverts sa pagborrow ng gladlock. T-T Na-stress si Hez nung tumakbo siya from MBG to TREES tapos siya yung tinanong about the Gladlock. Meron rin kasi kami, kaso maliit, pero ibabalik naman namin. Sorry talagaaaaa. Yung pangalawa, ginulat ni Bet si Mae (dapat si Carlos) sa madilim na forest.. Kagulat-gulat pero nakakatawa pero sorry na talaga, ha? Ayaw naman naming magka-atraso sa ibang groups. Peace tayo! Gu-bats. 🙂
  9. BUFO BUFO BUFO. One of the definitive moments of our fieldwork. Grabe. Akala namin halos walang makukuha sa Day2 (Disturbed) survey namin. Tapos biglang dumating sina M, Kacy at Ate Nicdye na may isang bag na punong- puno ng Bufo marinus. Huwaaaaw! Sobrang dami raw dun sa transect nila. Ang galing. Nung dinala namin sa TREES, kelangan paliguan bawat isa kasi nagrelease ng toxins yung mga toads tapos bloated na inside their individual plastic bags. Buti naman nung napaliguan, umokay na sila. Sa tingin ko gusto nilang isama sila lahat sa isang bag. Uy, salamat kay Roger for holding the bag 🙂 It took tons of courage for him to hold that bag.
  10. KULITAN/BANGAG/HUH??? MOMENTS. Haynaku, too many to mention. 
  • Go bats! Gu-bats!
  • Ang literal na nosebleed habang naghahanap ng palaka
  • Introduce yourself! Okay. – Ate Nicdye 
  • Ang fantastic shadow show ni BetJoey
  • Grabe andaming Rysotta sa transect namin! Ewwww.- herps group –tapos biglang- Andami ng kare-kare no? – Hez Huuuuuuh?? HAHA
  • *agonizing tone* Ma’am Brendaaaaaah – Jopi
  • Anong pagkakaiba ng falling star sa shooting star? – Margie
  • Ang Over-The-MBG-Bakod Olympics. Panalo si Egee. Ang haba ng bilas!
  • Ang piktyuran sa dilim sa harap ng Forestry Admin after Day 2.
  • Ang laging pagpikit nina BetJoey sa picture.
  • Ang kodakan sa gitna ng stream.
  • high pitched* OOH JOPI ANTSALAP – Bet (habang tumatawag ang nanay ni Jopi)
  • Ang lalandi naman ng mga babae dyan! – nanay ni Jopi.
  • Ay, mga lalaki po yun – Jopi. Mga bakla?! – nanay ni Jopi.
  • Ano yan, toxics? – Roger (habang hawak ang Bufo bag).
  • Ang Processing Party after Day2’s fieldwork: may ice cream, softdrinks, Stax, at Magic Flakes. Whoohoo..

Great job, herpmates! Di pa tapos ang trabaho natin! May paper pa tayo! :))

Good Luck to Me. Hahaha!

My schedule for first sem AY 2008-2009. What do I do with my precious 30-min breaks? Haha. Kawawang mga taga-College of Science.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:30 AM – 08:30 AM     BIO 121 WFQ/WFXY    BIO 121 WFQ/WFXY     
08:30 AM – 11:30 AM   BIO 122 THV/THRU  BIO 160 WFGV/WFRU  BIO 122 THV/THRU  BIO 160 WFGV/WFRU     
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM              
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM   BIO 122 THV/THRU  BIO 160 WFGV/WFRU  BIO 122 THV/THRU  BIO 160 WFGV/WFRU     
01:00 PM – 01:30 PM              
01:30 PM – 02:30 PM   BIO 130 THW/THXY    BIO 130 THW/THXY       
02:30 PM – 05:30 PM   BIO 130 THW/THXY  BIO 121 WFQ/WFXY  BIO 130 THW/THXY  BIO 121 WFQ/WFXY     


Biology 121 – Plant Physiology
Fundamental aspects of plant vital functions, including nutrition, photosynthesis, absorption, and translocation of materials, growth and development
Prerequisites: Biology 101, Chemistry 40 and 40.1
Class hours: 8 (2 lecture and 6 laboratory)
Credit: 4 units

Biology 122 – Animal Physiology
Principles of animal functions with emphasis on the physiological regulations and adaptations
 Prerequisites: Biology 12, Chemistry 40 and 40.1
Class hours: 8 (2 lecture and 6 laboratory)
Credit: 4 units

Biology 130 – Plant Developmental Biology
Developmental mechanisms in selected lower vascular and higher vascular plants, and cellular and molecular aspects of development
Prerequisite: Biology 101
Class hours: 8 (2 lecture and 6 laboratory)
Credit: 4 units

Biology 160 – Fundamentals of Ecology
Principles of plant and animal associations
Prerequisite: Senior standing
Class hours: 8 (2 lecture and 6 laboratory)
Credit: 4 units

PLUS the thesis work pa (not fixed sked)

Biology 200 – Undergraduate Thesis
Prerequisite: Senior standing
Credit: 4 units (1 year, 2 units/semester)
 

… and I have 18 units of majors this sem. No GE’s, PE’s, non-bio major subjects, and PI 100 because I’ve finished them all. Waaaah.

Excited na ko! 😀
(Haha. I want to see my fellow batchmates na. 🙂 Huwaaaaw we are seniors na kasi and we’re supposed to be cool .)

Thoughts:

*Tanong. Second sem pa ba magsisimula ang application for med school? Hehe. Ignorante ako. 😀

*Wala akong 150 (cell bio)! X.x next sem ko pa siya makukuha. Ibig sabihin di ko pwede kunin ang 151 (immunobiology) as elective. Sana i-offer na ang animal behavior or parasitology next sem! Pleeeeeeease! Hehe.

A Week Summed Up with Headlines

Linggo

Margie Ditches NMAT Review to have Time for Family, 116.1 Exam

Lunes

Nakagugulantang! Exam sa 116.1, Medyo (MEDYO LANG) Dumali!
Margie Redeems Herself with a Better Report on Schistosoma
Massive Practice ng Biogyugan, Nilangaw!
Jopi Dance, Nakalilito ang Formation!

Martes

USC Election Day Today
Sir Penuliar, Nabadtrip sa mga Tumambay na Estudyante sa 102, Nagpa-quiz!
Milagro: Margie, Hindi Nakatulog sa 102 Lec!
Sir Quilang: Slavedriver ba Talaga?

Miyerkules

Preserved Cat Now Brainless
116 Exam Doomed
Decor Com Head Sick, Roni Takes Over
Dance Medley 2 in Grave Danger of Being Shortened Yet Again
Dance Medley 2 Now Less Than 7 Minutes
Biogyugan 2008: Where are the Seniors?!
Al Siy Makes Grand Entrance at Biogyugan
“Marge, may talent ka pala?” – Gil Penuliar
“Ang Halay!” – Ian Fontanilla
Biogyugan 2008 a Success But Ended Too Soon

Huwebes

Mga Inaaral na Molluscs, Patuloy na Dumarami! Mga Estudyante ng 116.1, Dismayado!
116.1 Students take Early 102 Lec Exam

Biyernes

Lissa Caceres, Muntikan nang Maiwan sa 116.1 Field Trip!
Van ni Mang Mar, di Kumapit ang Clutch, Stranded sa NLEX
“Gusto ko STAND-UP!” – Brenda Hernandez
Grande Island: Engrande Nga Ba?
Motorola Charger ni Jen, Nawawala!
Inverts Thrive at Grande Island
Students Have Fun Despite Wounds
Annie, Lissa, Euni Sing with the Grande Island Band
Jopi at Margie, Pilit na Pinapasayaw
Kacy, Dapat na nga bang Mag-daMoves na kay Al?
Al, Pakipot kay Kacy!
Trapping Insects in Total Darkness Turns out to be Totally Cool
Baraha Night, Hindi Tuloy

Sabado

All Wake Up Late
Breakfast Turns out to be Non-buffet; M’Brenda Disappointed
Crab Hunting Yields Good Specimens at the Rocky Shoreline of Grande Island
Jen Marcha, Binigyan ng Surprise Birthday Mirienda!
Huling Hirit: Swimming sa Beach
No Time For Lunch: The Ferry Calls
Missing Motorola Charger Found Inside Hotel Cabinet
Tatlong Hotel Towel ng Room ****, Nawawala Raw!
Pitong Tao Naiwan ng Ferry
M’Brenda at S’Ian, Bumuwelta Laban sa Maling Akusasyon ng Staff ng Grande Island
Pitong Taong Naiwan ng Ferry, Nakabalik na sa SBMA
116.1 Reunited 😀


Fastest 80 pesos loss in my life so far.

Bago ko ipaliwanag ang title…

Things I did today

1. Bio 102 exam sa IB– ho hum.. wala naman akong masabi except masyadong maraming shark stations. Diba? Hmph! Late pa nakasimula yung exam. Alam mo yung feeling na paulit ulit mo na siyang inaral tapos nakakatamad na tapos pagdating ng exam parang wala ka nang naalala/ walang kuneksyon ang inaral mo sa tinatanong sa exam? Parang ganun..

2. Lunch sa Jollibee Philcoa – yey. Masaya.

3. CRAdLe Outreach sa may day care center sa Barangay UP Campus – nagsilbing induction ko into the org. Masayang makahalubilo muli sa mga bata. Sobra. Kahit pasaway sila, or maingay or magulo, isang yakap lang solb na. Haaay 🙂 Member na ko ng CRAdLe!!

4. Adventure sa Kamuning – kasama ko sina (kuya?) ej at (kuya??!) marlon. Napatunayan ko sa sarili ko na mas tsismoso ang guys sa girls. Hahaha! Pero nakisali na rin ako sa pakikipagtsismisan. Ang saya nila kasama papunta sa place lalo na nung nag-detour sa Red Ribbon (sumilip lang), Goldilocks (bumili ng 16 Choco Rhumble. -OMG sa kakaulit kong pagsabi ng choco rhumble since this afternoon saka ko lang nagets kung bakit siya Choco Rhumble! Kasi may Rhum! XD ang stuuuupid-), at yung malapit na ukay-ukay (tumingin kung merong overcoat na pang guy na pwedeng gamitin pang creative shot ni marlon sa yearbook kaso wala eh).

5. Joint bday blowout nina jb at Edwin sa bahay ni jb sa Kamuning – Ayos! Debut nila pareho. Hahahaha. Sa wakas nakita ko na rin si Danika (tama ba spelling), Robbie, Edwin, at Krisha. Nakita ko uli sina Ogan, Miguel, at James. Patawa ang agarang pagdating ni Omar (dapat nag head dress ka! haha). Maraming food (20 in pizza!!!) at masaya naman ang buong event. Kaso I had to leave early kasi..

6. UP EuFAIRia sa UP Sunken Garden – maraming salamat kay Aidz sa matiyagang pagpila for me and Jom. Haha. Mga ilang oras na ata siya nakapila. Nung nakabalik na kong UP there was literally an ocean of people sa may entrance part. Whoa! Andami talagang tao. Last day na kasi. Although sabi ni marlon libre na ang entrance sa last day, 80 pesos pa rin binayad ko for my ticket. Haha. Buti na lang nakita ko si Jom in spite of all the people. (text text “Dito ako sa may orange na voks” “Nasa kalsada ba yung voks?” “Ay umalis na” haha)

    Pagkakita ko kay Jom narealize ko na mahabang mahaba na talaga yung pila. At lumabas ang mean powers ko! Haha. Nagcut kami sa pila!! Haha! Bad bad bad. Di naman kasi nakatingin yung magkakabarkadang nakapila nung nagkaron ng space sa harap nila. Hehe. Nakisingit kami discreetly. Buti naman di sila nagalit.
   
    Nung nakita ko na si Aidz (nakapasok na siya tapos lumabas ulit to meet us) nagtataka siya kung pano kami nakasingit. hehe. After mga 15 minutes of lining up nakapasok na kami at naka-meet up sina Darryl at Maral na kumakain na sa may field malapit sa Ferris Wheel. It was nice seeing both of them again.

    Wala pang 5 minutes na pagupo ko sa field tinawagan na ko ni Dad sabi umuwi na raw ako (nasa Bicol siya ah). Kamusta naman… Di ko naikot yung mga food stalls (although busog na ko) di ko nakita yung banda (well, hindi ko habol yun), at hindi ako nakapagFerris Wheel (HUHUHU promise ito talaga habol ko…) pinauwi na ko! Late na kasi. Hmph ang eighty pesos kooooooo

    Di bale, nagpaiwan na lang si Aidz (hero kita talaga ngayon kasi pumila ka for us) sa fair kasi may mga kasama siya. Nagtaxi na lang kami nina Darryl, Jom, at Maral kasi lahat naman kami sa may bandang Concepcion dadaan. At pinag-usapan namin ang lovelife ni Darryl pauwi. Pagdating sa Tropical (nakauwi na si Maral) hinintay ko si Mum na sunduin ako. Sinamahan naman ako nina Darryl at Jom maghintay. Hahaha. Rubik’s Cube naman ang topic. Hahaha. Nung nasundo na ko naglakad na lang si Jom pauwi at nagjeep si Darryl. 😀

Busy Saturday pero masaya. Haaay. Review ulit bukas! Este mamaya.

Double Entendre.

A double entendre is a figure of speech similar to the pun, in which a spoken phrase can be understood in either of two ways. – wikipedia

[All these happened yesterday]

Bio 102: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (lec)

Ma’am P: What muscle is found exclusively in male mammals?

Psych classmate (itago sa pangalang JACKIE): Uh.. errector muscle?

HAHAHA mali sagot niya but it was really funny

Bio 140: Genetics (lab)

Exercise was about tetrad analysis in Sordaria. Sir Q was explaining how haploid mutant (t) and wild (+) strains of Sordaria meet and merge to form diploid zygotes that immediately form haploid ascospores inside cases called asci. Siyempre drawing drawing sa board..

Anyway I don’t know kung ako lang nakapansin pero parang maraming natatawa (si Sir din ata!) nung nagddrawing na siya ng mga drawing na si Sir lang ang nakakaintindi. Pero sure ako na pwede talaga siya mamisinterpret. hehe. Ano ba yan, hyphae ng mycelium ng fungi o dalawang taong naghoholding hands? Diploid zygote ba yan o some other thing with the arrow like thingy (hmm basta yun yon!)? Ang saya ng Bio 140! Tingnang mabuti ang larawan. Natatawa ka rin ba?

Playing nurse.

Today at Bio 140 (genetics) lab we had a fairly easy exercise about multiple alleles by analyzing the distribution of ABO blood groups in our class.

Glaiza and I, being conveniently close to sir Q, became the assistants. Initially we were supposed to be the “medical technicians” (putting antiserum on the blood smear) but when sir got confused and all with the pen lancet thingy I was promoted as the “nurse” for the girls in our class. Haha!

When I was the one being analyzed for the blood sample (thanks for pricking my pinky, Abby!) I realize it’s much, much harder to anticipate being pricked on.

I still enjoyed it, though.

People with the same blood type as mine comprise only 4% of the nation. Ooh. Cool!