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.

During the first week of arrival in Punta Arenas, my schedule was filled upwith the preparation of the Antarctic expedition such as collection of warm clothing and equipment from INACH and attended the pre-expedition briefing. Despite having jetlag due to the 11-hour time difference between Chile and Malaysia, I had discussions and meetings with the INACH researchers regarding my work during the expedition and lab attachment. I was also trying to familiarize with the lab operation and to get ready the chemicals that I need during my attachment.

The laboratory building of INACH

Punta Arenas is a harbour city which overlooks the Strait of Magellan. Since the city centre is not very big, the best way to explore this peaceful and colourful city is by walking.

Plaza Muñoz Gamero – a famous plaza located in front of the INACH main building.

The statue of the Aónikenk Indians

According to a local legend, if a foreigner touches or kisses the foot of this statue, he or she will return to this city.

Flea market at the plaza

Along the coast

Cementerio Municipal de Punta Arenas

Cementerio Munipal is one of the tourist attractions in Punta Arenas. It is also one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. This cemetery houses the graves of the most influential and wealthiest families in the region. In the cemetery, cypress trees are elegantly arranged along the avenues which lead to the magnificent mausolea and tombs.

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