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Mon 12 Apr 2004

Ex Anambas refuses to end

Category : NUS

I thought I had completed my final obligation for the expedition by writing an article about the origins and operations of Ex Anambas. The article was written in a spurt of a couple of hours one night (except for the two pages the others provided). Typically, I had mulled about what I had wanted to write, and then wrote it up at one sitting, which was a surprise and a relief. Since I have had to think about this expedition since 1999, I suppose that helped as well!

However, I now find myself busy updating the webpage which is my trademark visually simplistic, content heavy production by Claris Homepage (Dreamweaver drives me nuts). I am also putting together material for a commemorative booklet. This is for a launch in Jakarta by the Indonesian Foreign Minister.

The Indonesians, a non-claimant country in the South China Sea, have been the hosts for this process, now 14 years old. Its regional peace they are after and I feel it has helped - a complete turn around from a once sceptical stance. Ex Anambas is regarded as an outstanding success for regional cooperation. Though I've only attended three sessions, the mood at the workshops seemed to have changed considerably. The staff and grad students who went on that trip can justifiably feel proud.

The Indonesians had (wisely I felt) decided to mark the occasion of the publication of the scientific reports. Short of options, they suggested a reprint of the scientific journal with a more relevant cover. With new species names involved, I felt we had to avoid that as it can lead to confusion. So I suggested a commemorative booklet rather than handing out a heavy scientific publication full of boring technical stuff. It's also a chance to do some justice to all the colourful photos we took of people and marine life.

So I'd best get back to it. Well, my schedule is in a mess again. At least there is the mac meetup to look forward to tomorrow. And Judi Sohn has resumed updating her weblog!

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