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Week 1

16th – 19th Jan 2014

I was honored to receive a fellowship award from Yayasan Penyelidikan Antartika Sultan Mizan, which allowed me to undertake a 2-month laboratory attachment at Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH). Besides that, INACH also offered me to participate in their 50th Antarctic Scientific Expedition from 22nd Jan – 15th Feb 2014.

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Week 8 : A stunning Chinese New Year in Antarctica

31st Jan – 6th Feb

The week of Chinese New Year was welcomed with stunning weather. However, I did not have holiday on Chinese New Year. The 2nd chinstrap penguin diet sampling had fall on the 30th Jan (Chinese New Year Eve), and I had been working overnight that day, and more laboratory work to do on the next day. Still, I was pleased that I could find some time for baking cookies to get my stomach satisfied. Well eventually, on the 6th Feb (the 7th day of Chinese New Year), we had the yusheng meal (raw fish salad, a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigour) as a starter of our dinner for celebration.

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Week 7 : The Terrifying Fur Seals

24th – 30th Jan

People might think it should be easy out to the field to collect samples but now I can tell you that this is not true especially field sampling in the coldest, driest and windiest place: Antarctica. Apart from difficulties walking on deep snow and slippery rocks, and burning feel on my fingers while collecting samples due to the freezing temperature, I also have to beware of the terrifying fur seals. It would be very unpleasant if I got bitten by them as they have sharp teeth and their saliva is full with germs. There were more than hundreds of them along the penguin pathway in Gourlay this week.

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