Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Guys, I invited myself to BV and signed in. It was easy, just follow the instructions in your email sent by blogger. If you haven't got a google account, just create a new one by clicking "create your account now" and you'll get into BV in a wink and you will become a contributor. If you have any problem, let me know.

Amid at BV

Kotobian Tadau Tagayo do Kaamatan

Dear Borneensis people,
I wish you Kotobian Tadau Tagayo do Kaamatan and happy holidays. Just be careful on the road, the rice brew may just turn on a lot of things. See you guys again when we all come back.


p/s We might face a little bit of delay if we wanted to key in data into the musebase - you can see the problem posted by Azrie at the institute. But that doesn't stop us from actually preparing the specime and the data form. Students who are staying back are eager to do this for Borneensis (well, the frog and the fish groups are, at least!).


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Process Room

Hello Everyone!
Some of our students who did fieldwork in Tawau and Klias recently are working in the Process room this week. Some guys from the fish group are staying back for the whole break (which is good, since they're planning to go to the field this coming month - thesis). Thanks to you Peth for allowing them to work there.

I noticed that there are too many furniture that are not suppose to be in there - 2 exam tables, 3-4 arm-chairs that are suppose to be at the pantry, some boxes. I've asked Agos (and probably Ehsan, who heard me and maybe decided to help Agos :) ) to remove them and do a little bit of cleaning on the sink.

Because we are working with alcohol and formalin, it seems the air circulation in the room is not that good. May be we need to install an exhaust fan later - now I asked the students to open door and window when working. Also, because we do a little bit of cleaning for the bottles and vials in the room, the sink seems to be too small (and it makes you angry!). Peth, we need to talk about this with other borneensis guys sometimes.

OK, have a nice day.


Monday, May 21, 2007

It pays to know yourself! (so much about collecting for Borneensis)

Guys, what if you were stung by some bloody wasps and you're hypersensitive? What if, soon after you were stung, you developed the sensitivity responses and your skin started itching, your earlobes felt numb and thicker, you started coughing and boy, you just couldn't let it go. What if soon after that your breathing became more difficult and minutes after that you stopped breathing altogether? You're dead. Period.

Whether this happened here, Lembah In-Situ or Tabin, it didn't really matter. You make news, that's for sure. And if you made the choice, you're a specimen.

It pays to know if you were hypersensitive to anything, stings or not. It also pays if your friends you have in that situation knew how to do tracheostmy - and you do not like how this is done. If this is not for saving life, it is pretty close to slaughtering a chicken.

Now, let's take some precautions:
a) Know yourself a little bit more, try to remember if you have been told by your doctor about hypersensitivity.
b) Take your medicine
c) Check your first-aid kit BEFORE going into the forest (mine was not checked, and apparently anti-histamine and piriton tablets were ot replaced)
d) Don't make this post stops you from contributing for borneensis.

I was THAT (about 5 minutes) close!


Friday, May 11, 2007

Borneensis guys in Klias

We have just got back from Klias peat swamp. Sure, there a loads of specimens, and many are very-very interesting. But before that, I want to tell you that I found Kalsum's hut. It is about to fall and rotting fast. It is about 15 feet, made of timber and bamboo. It has windows and a door, a step-ladder and the roof is covered with a blue rain tarp. When she was finishing her project, she stayed there all by herself for one whole month on end. Why no picture? Yes, I will get it soon and will send it to her, too. My camera was wet while wading chest-deep water to get across entering the swamp - we were crossing the Sungai api Api. It was still flooding yesterday, although fading a little. Arifin sat neneath a tree and spent a good 10 minutes looking at the hut, yesterday. This morning, I could imagine why.

Kalsum's determination is hard to imagine, guys. I love this girl!