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Mon 02 Oct 2006
NUSSU SAVE Green Carnival
Category : Singapore Naturalist
Mon 02 Oct 2006 - Spent the day at NUS' Green Carnival; forgot my tumbler so got pretty dehydrated until Ladybug turned up with a 1.25L bottle.
We met NUS' relatively new Deputy President (Administration). The good news is he is taking over the sustainable campus initiative. Folks from CGC and OED are elated about this, as this means the top down process will be activated and that, we all know, works wonders! They have waited a long time for this and are part of the reason it is finally happening.
The foetal dugong was once again the crowd puller, and gawking turns to understanding as we chat with the viewer. The reality is that most initially think the horseshoe crab is a stingray, the pangolin is an armadillo and dugong is a pig or manatee!!
The Toddycats could not switch out of their public education mode, despite this current exhibit's objective to hunt down a few new recruits. No one wanted to abandon the confused. Even unlikely new recruit material like the "Milo Uncle" was not neglected. He was quite interested and so was attended to faithfully.
Still, it was nice to see the natual instincts and passion of the Toddycats for public education. Despite that, somehow, we recruited seven willing souls, exceeding our wild targets (yeah we're picky)! And a few willing individuals are coming for the gallery tour.
Mid-afternoon, during a lull, the Leaf Monkey struggled and moaned and wailed as she is wont to do (which is why she is also rabid monkey), she eventually squeeze out a blog post.
Rush hour in the middle of the day greeted us with a flurry of people, but any growing idea about limiting our presence went out the window when we signed up two volunteers just as were packing up, after 6pm. No way we'd want to miss such people.
Thankfully that evening, museum curator YKL rescued us with the department's pick up and we even shifted junk in the garage to try to stuff the entire vehicle inside, without having to unload the pickup! We failed by about 10cm, and I can't believe we tried that when we were all so tired.
The day ended with ice-cream.
There will be lots to discuss with regards to exhibition design and undergrad response, and we need to better integrate our exhibits, web resources, participant and vounteer opportunities. Still we did okay as it generated lots of ideas, met old friends, established some contacts and found out news.
The Exhibition Team simply has to be a priority in 2007. I just need to catch my breath and sort out a plan. I want to coordinate our plan with other groups, some of whom could do with the help, as also our library talk plans.
I'll need some peace in November and December to sort this out. So I've decided not to novices for this year's Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk. I'll tackle that tradition myself, with the help of a few old hands from the Habitat Group (e.g. Lekowala and Ladybug). It's the tenth year of this walk, and it will be nice to take it easy. Just turn up and guide. How enjoyable!
Off to bed now, another stint tomorrow. Hmm..how to find time tomorrrow to prepare my slide talk for Wednesday?!