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Afec-X 2009–Chapter CAO Zijuan and WU Lan

Hi, guys. It seems Dodo had disappeared for quite a long time, but now she decides to restart writing again.

Well, first I want to tell you an intersting story. One day I received a e-mail from a totally stranger. His name was Tarbish and he found my blog of Navendu through Google, which “summarized very well Navendu’s character, and the place he has in other people’s heart“. Tarbish has never met Navendu, but they exchanged mails for identifying flowers at the webpage http://www.flowersofindia.net. He said my blog help him find the various mode of Navendu, which made me very happy and decided to keep writing, describing all of you in Afec-X!

OK, this time it would be  WU Lan and CAO Zijuan, the “two girls” as Orr always called.

the long and beautiful hair of CAO Zijuan, photoed by MO Xiaoxue

WU Lan and CAO Zijuan are both from Peking University, one of the best universities in China. They major in biology, especially on wildlife protecting. The characters of their major  make them running around, living in field for months, watching pandas mating, etc. It’s an amazing major, which I always dream about, but claims both healthy physical and emotional conditions. The two girls are from South China, appearing beautiful, slim, tender, whose occupation you might consider as teachers or nurses. Well, at least it’s my first impression about them. But as course going, I found them really powerful in the field. Really powerful women! Once we were in the rubber plantation, there are a lot climbing and downhill, I was after CAO Zijuan in the line, she climbed facilely through the way I would never try. WU Lan is amazing too, she gave us a lot of surprises, a fresh jackfruit as dessert for dinner,  picked by herself from the tree for example. WU Lan is good at photographing too, her camera has a large lens. I though she once snap a picture of mine, when I was seriously discussing the independent project with Chuck at the rubber plantation. WU Lan promised to post that pic to me, I guess she has forgotten this for a whole year and still forgetting it….

pretty smile of WU Lan, photoed by MO Xiaoxue

The most amazing thing about two girls happened on the last day we spend at Xishuangbanna. After the crazy party we had, they and LIU Yongjie (Jerry) and another boy rode on two motorcycles, running to the pumelo forest in the midnight, climbing up to the pumelo trees, picking as many pumelos as filling a whole gunny bag! Then each room of ours had a fresh pumelo! We had a pumelo party!

After our course, WU Lan and her family went to Tibet from Kunming. I believe she must enjoy the field and take a lot of pictures!

________________world cup________________________________

I’m not a big fan of football, but after yesterday’s game between German and Argentina, I decided to support German as much as I can! 4:0!! Maradona, you could sing “Don’t cry for me, Argentina” to confess, instead of streaking!

Afec-X 2009–Chapter Jer Pin Chong

Now it’s Jer Pin’s turn. Jer Pin Chong is a Malaysian, currently working in a Molecular Ecology lab in Utah State University, U.S.A. (from his blog). He can speak fluent Chinese besides Malay and English. And, yes, you are right, that’s because his ancestors are from Anxi County, Fujian Province, China,where produces the famous Tie Guanyin, a variety of oolong tea. BTW, I once asked my friend to guess his nationality; and the answer is “South Korea”. I think the reason might be that Jer Pin looks really international….

Jer Pin’s self-introduction deep impressed me, even five months passed away, I still remember all the details. Firstly he emphasized he is at least five years older than we thought. Before that, we all considered him the same age among us, 22, 23 or 24 at most. It turns out his real age is 28 years old!! Oh, man, it really shocked. All girls want his secret to be young. Secondly, he said he is skinny. Ok, that’s a easy-found out character. He looks exactly SKINNY, no wonder Yen called him a skeleton.

Jer Pin is a funny person and knows how to present his humor. When on his first presentation, he asked us if we thought it was too long, we could give him the gesture of  “cutting one’s throat”. And on the last presentation about the independt project, he made an advertisement of their equipment, said that if anyone wants to know sth about their water-depth detection, please contact them, it’s their patent. Also, when at a chat, I asked Naya and Yen to give their MSN to me, JerPin said: you can talk with each other face to face now,  why do you need a MSN? 囧….

Well, Jer Pin has been choosen as the will-be most successful scholar at the end of Afec-X, due to his preciseness, aspiration to knowledge and effort. Jer Pin is scerious about academy. I once were in the same group with him at the field. He labeled and I recorded. He asked me to write down every information, and made a special remark if we could not make 100 percent about the species. I didn’t understand why and thought he would be too rigid.  He said ” My job is detecting the gene sequence, sometimes it takes our several days to find out a error was due to the wrong samples, which orginal comes from the people’s careless who collect samples at field. So, if  we do this more carefully, it will save people in lab a lot of time.” And I once saw his records of their independent project, which was really explicit. Moreover, he is not only disciplined in research himself, but also advices so to his friends, Yen for instance. That’s what the characteristic I need to learn from him.

For his life style, Jer Pin likes eating cookies and bought two bags of cookies with him back to U.S.  His literary interest is reading horror fictions, such as Cai Jun’s series of 荒村公寓 (Mason of Deserted Village )…….

I like this photo very much, I think Jer Pin is enjoying Bhakta's feet.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, hope you can find a girl in 2010. Looking forward to it~

Afec-X 2009–Chapter Orr

Orr is a girl from Thailand. Her name is Jitwadee Khoonwongsa, a little bit long and complicated for us, so she let us call her Orr for short. We are in the same age, so we share many things in common, like the same style of earrings.

I guess the greatest characteristic of Orr is that she likes drinking beer very much and she drinks beer everyday. At first I was a little bit  shocked about her habit, but cold beer is a really good choice in hot Xishuangbanna.  However, I’m still not good at drinking beer, but Orr is really good at it. And due to the beer thing, she gave the nick name “Baby dog” to Navendu cause he refused beer.

Orr is a good looking girl, but actually she is like a guy, strong and boyish, which we could tell it from her favorate beer. She has a watch, a boyish watch, which shoulc be described as cool rather than cute. And she looks good in the field suit too.  She has been observing birds in the field for a long time. It’s not easy for a girl to undertake this work. I think I should learn from her.

Orr has good taste in dressing. Every girl in Afec-X made a suit of Dai dress, and all my friends believe her suit is the best. They even described my suit as ” the tast of country girl”, but her suit as ” elegant” …. Well, that’s true….

And Orr is naughty too. She is good at taking photos and she does take a lot of wonderful pics, such as Sleeping Navendu, Carla in a nap and Eating Zhang Minggang….  She could catch the wonderful moment and shoot the pics. What could I say, such a naughty girl who brings a lot fun to us. Let’s review these moments and enjoy!

Orr likes stealing mangos very much too. She always asked Navendu to help her climb up mango trees at night and get green mangos, singing “mango, mango!” and “Navendu, Navendu!”

Everytime I catch her on MSN, she is at work, such as still papers for reading or works to do. I know she is really good at her study, but hope she could manage all these things better, and look into the bright side of work, people and life.

Afec-X 2009–Chapter Liu Shengjie

Hi, guys, today we are going to talk about Liu Shengjie, the boy who always asked about “Money!”. Hohoh.

Liu Shengjie and Orr

the harmonious back view of Orr and Liu

Liu Shengjie is a boy from Hebei Province, China. He is always sunny, but sometimes quiet, especially in lecture time. Well, I think the most primary character of Liu is that he likes offering help, but first giving you a complain. For instance, I asked him for accompanying me to catch spiders, he said “oh, it’s too hard”. But actually, I knew he would offer help after all these complains. And the truth is, he went to the rubber with me that night and we went through a heavy rain. Thanks, Liu.

Liu Shengjie

Liu is a really nice guy, and we all like making fun with him. At the beginning, we made jokes between him and Jer Pin. Then we made fun of him with Orr. I don’t know why we could always have materials for us to make fun too. Maybe that’s just another evidence to prove him a nice guy—helping us to be happy. Oh, sorry, Liu….

once be a photo of Week

once be a photo of Week

The last days of Afec-X, he had to go back home cause his mother was sick. The last time I saw him, he seemed really upset and worried. That’s because he is a good son. Luckily his mother got better. Hope your mother will be healthy and live long.

Liu, hope we will meet again, cause the goodbye we said was too rushed. And hope your mother and all your family will be healthy.

Afec-X–Chapter Carla Monoy

Carla is a girl who is a little bit older than me –but the same age with HuaXia, and comes from Philippines. After she got her balcony degree of biology, she worded for a year then decided to study further on masters’ degree.

I remember her self-introduction clearly even so many days have been past, cause it is a really brilliant self-introduction. She said she wants to get a degree on ecology and conversation, which could combine her favorate thing-travel-with work together. And she served for a NGO once, traveled to many places. Besides this, she loves children and could get along with them well. I still can remember her photo of balcony degree she showed to us on the self-introduction, with the long hair and beautiful smile, Carla looks so gentle and elegant.

Carla in a powerful gesture

Carla in a powerful gesture

Carla is a very hard working student. Afec-X gave us many works, such as reading materials and writing the proposals. Carla didn’t bring a laptop with her, so she had to go to library for the public computers. Though it is so inconvenient, she finished reading all the papers Chuck gave us and worked out a great proposal. And she sat in the very front of every lecture, taking notes carefully and asking questions. So she got the Prize as “Most Hard Working” Award!

Carla at field, with her bright smile

Carla at field, with her bright smile

Carla’s oral English is extremly wonderful, which I think is the best among all our girls. She uses the word “powerful” to describe my high-heels. And asked us “Am I looked rich now?” with the glisten braclet.  Because she is the first Philippines I came acorss, I could not tell whether it is because of a Philippnie or because of herself. Besides oral English, she writes blog in English fluently. When I read her post ” On the Way Home”, telling us her experience about rushing to airport and getting the chance of sitting in the first class, I can’t help but laugh. What a brilliant story teller!

And Carla is good at playing with children, also, she enjoys playing with children. The four babies at Afec-X are very cute, and all of us like them very much. But Carla is the only guy could get their favorate impression. I like them too, but I don’t know how to get along with children, so although I wanted to play with them eagerly, I didn’t know what to say, what to do. But Carla is really good at this, she understands what they want, what they like, and they all like to play with her too! How amazing!

Carla with the baby

Carla with the baby

We once talked about going abroad for Ph.D, and she hadn’t yet decided. Well, in my opinion, Carla, you have passion and the will, you should go outside for further study! Good Luck!

Afec-x2009–Chapter FAN Huan

FAN Huan, whose English name is Heather, is this week’s person.

I knew Heather before this course, because Heather and I joined the same broadcasting organization, we broadcasted news every Thursday night. Of course, it is not professional, but we enjoyed it very much. And we choose a same course, Forest Ecology, which makes us become good friends. She is the special person I should thank to, cause she is the one who gave the news of this course. If there is no Heather, I cannot be in XTBG, knowing so many fantastic people. So, thanks, Heather.

all colleagues in front of radio station, can you recognize Heather and I?

all colleagues in front of radio station, can you recognize Heather and I?

Heather is a girl who has magic to make everyone likes her. She is humorous, remembering all the funny plots in Friends and using them at hand. The last night at XTBG, we talked about the age issue, then Heather said once Joey in Friends wearing big clothes and saying “Hey, Buddy!” to act as a teenager. Well, her act was very funny and exactly the same with Joey!!

Heather in her college shirt

Heather in her college shirt-by Orr

With many years practice of violin, Heather is great in music. She plays violin great, and sings great, with great passion. She has a sensitive feeling about art and aesthetic, which also shows out in her dress style. I like her personal dress style very much.

Heather is also sensitive in academy. She is interested in many disciplines, especially the plant taxonomy. When we were in Beijing, she once explained the differeces about beach blossom and plum blossom to me, but, unfortunately,  I couldn’t fully understand the sepal, or the pistil. hohoh, hope Heather would do even greater in her study.

Afec-X2009–Chapter Mo Xiaoxue

Mo Xiaoxue is a doctoral candidate in XTBG. She comes from the famous “Beauty City”, Chongqing, and she herself is very beautiful, a pair of big eyes on the a pretty face and with a plait on one side.

the right one is Mo, can you see her bardien plait?

the right one is Mo, can you see her bardien plait?--By Orr

The most staring character of Mo is that she is good at taking photos. She has two appareil photo reflexs and countless scenes, and she knows every aspect of parameters about cameras. However, the most important part is that Mo has a creative thought and sensitive feeling about beauty. She could find a unique angel of normal view and present it as an amazing photo. The photo which most impressing me is the one that her hand carries several moons. I think this idea is brilliant. And two weeks ago, cause there was a meeting held in my institute, we needed one photo to make a background panel.  So Mo is the first and only person I asked help for and she has not let down. She gave me one great landscape photo, even the size is perfect for the background panel.

created by Mo

created by Mo

Although Mo doesn’t like reading papers, she is smart, and can always  find the creative point to do further study.  One of her own projects is to study the coffin material of a minority ethnic group, which is a unique plant  species. This idea is very innovated and full of  cultural ambience. I hope I can have that kind of innovation.

Mo is now in Beijing, I am going to visit her and Cici and Deli. Hope Mo will enjoy her romantic relationship with that nice guy.  🙂

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yesterday I went to visit Mo and Deli, we had some red wine at the balcony and Mo took a portrait of me, which I like very much.

the sunlight is gentle at 4pm in the winter of Beijing.

the sunlight is gentle at 4pm in the winter of Beijing--By Mo

Afec-X 2009–Chapter Bhakta Karki

Long time no see, then this time I decide to write something about my great partner Bhakta.

bhakta

bhakta with our measurement tool

Bhakta, as he wrote in his own blog, is a young mountain forester; and his ultimate goal is to be a pure Natural Resource Manager. Bhakta comes from the foot of Himalaya, and served a NGO to do some experiments on the majestical mountains. He got his masters’ degree at Austria, and I guess he now is in Canada, to continue his study on Ph.D. He has passion and does really great on his major. He devoted himself for the ecology thing.

Bhakta is a fashionable gentleman; he has the “hip-hop” spirit and life style. He walks like a hip-hopper, he talks as singing hip-hop, especially the Bhakta Brand “hey, Gentleman”! After a while, all people in spider group used to begin a conversation with “Hey, Gentleman!” no matter it is girl or boy.

bhakta

his brand gesture-hip hop gentleman

Bhakta is really good at searching literary. He knows well how to use the Internet, and how to find the perfect keywords. On our first independent project, he found several very useful papers for Mo and me. Besides the searching ability, he could organize the information we found from Internet, and write a good essay in few hours. As he said on his blog, he found Afec-X information on Google, and applied after the DEADLINE! Then after getting the accepted letter, he got the grand from WWF, to support the fly ticket! What a lucky dog! But he deserves this, cause he is such a hard-working young guy and good at information searching.

great partners

great partners--exactly same gesture

I have to say sorry to Bhakta. Because of my persistent on the close range photogrammetry project, he had to suffer unfair arrogant and temper from me. But he never complained. A great partner!

Hope you enjoy your new life at Canada, Bhakta Gentleman!

Afec-X 2009–Chapter Nayana

Hey, Naya, buddy!

The first time I met Nayana was the day before the opening of Afec-X, Heather took Nayana and Navendu to find something as dinner. Only through comparison you can have feeling of somebody or something. At that time, Nayana was with Navendu, cause I didn’t like Navendu at that time, I thought Nayana was much cuter and nicer than that unfriendly Indian guy. And at the first several meals, Nayana would give a “wow, great” praise for every plate of food and used his big camera to take photos, which likes a kid very much. This is the first impression of Nayana.

scared boy

Then on his self-introduction, Nayana showed his big crush on butterflies. He once had a perfect job, but he prefers nature more than computer screen, so he quitted that job and do the butterfly major. Everytime we went to field, Nayana would focus on finding butterflies. The most amazing thing is that butterflies like Nayana too. I remember two times butterflies stayed on his body rather than us and we all felt surprised about it. I guess that’s because butterflies can feel the love from Nayana.

full hearted Nayana-taking shoot of butterfly

full hearted Nayana-taking shoot of butterfly

After I joined the spider group, I needed to go to forests to catch spiders at night. So I asked Nayana for help, giving me a accompany. But he told me that he would just give me accompany and would never show me the clue of spiders. And once I found a spider but failed to catch it, Nayana would thank God; if I caught one spider, Nayana would say “oh, bless”. He believes in Buddha, eats little meat and wears a yellow line on his wrist which was prayed at a temple.

too tired to walk

too tired to walk

Nayana likes taking photo and knows well of photo equipments, he expressed great passion on Mo Xiaoxue’s cameras. Because of the interests of taking photos, Nayana has a sensitive feeling of beauty and emotion. I guess that’s the reason he could find a beautiful girl and has a happy life at so early an age.

I often met him on Gtalk, and usually it’s even before 6:00 at their local time, so Nayana is a very hardworking guy, and good at his work. So, Good luck, Naya~

Afec-X2009 –Chapter YI Zhuangfang

This week’s topic person is Nana.

pink peacock

pink peacock

It is no exaggeration to say that YI Zhuangfang is a legend. She is a typical Dai girl, having both beauty and smart, and good at dancing. As a girl origined from Xishuangbanna, after graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University, she choose to go back to her hometown, and wish to make her hometown better. The spirit should be highly praised and learned by other Chinese students. Now she is the first Dai lady who is a Ph.D student, officially. And her supervisor is a foreigner, Chuck Cannon, amazing ha.

Her home is not far from the tropical botanic garden, it is a small but nice place. Although not young anymore, her mother is still beautiful and hospitable, who is good at cooking. I like the eggplant and fish BBQ very much, and, the bamboo shoot and chicken in sticky rice too. Their house is a typical bamboo tower-people live in the second floor and some furnitures being put in the ground floor. Her mother is a  lady who knows how to enjoy life, she puts photos of all the family around their house, including the pic when Nana graduated from university, the pic they attained a performance, etc. Comparing to my own home, you can hardly find a single photo around every corner, but the white wall…

nana's bamboo house and food

I guess the characteristics Nana’s mother has influenced Nana a lot, which makes her a generous and helpful lady. On the last day we all the candidates voted for a person who is most helpful, Nana undoutly got the prize. As a student in XTBG and also a local person, she considered herself as half hostess and tried her best to guarantee our one month living in Xishuangbanna comfortable. Thanks, Miss Nana, you deserves this honor. There is one scenario I always arise  in my mind, which is that day we spider group went out for field work. She asked me to stay there and went into the intensive forest herselves, saying that : younger sister is born to be took care, which makes me always feel heat when recall this conversation. What’s more, I forgot my coat and umbrella in Navendu’s bag, then Nana mailed them to me, with some presents together. Thanks so much!!

I already told you  that Nana is the Dai Lady with the highest school record, but her goal is not just this title. Nana’s major in university is Physical Geography (the same with me, hoh), and now she is focusing on the rubber plantation in Xishuangbanna, which has sharply destroyed local physical environment. Her ph.d dissertation will build a model, helping control the sprawl of rubber plantations. She wants to make use of her attained knowledge to help her hometown and local people. It is not a easy job. We once talked about this, and she gave us  one example. once she called to her mother asked what was she doing, her mother answered as ” I’m burning the forest and plan to plant rubber”. Jeremy asked ” Then how did you response?”, Nana said:” What could I say? I just kept silence.” Rubber is the best income for local citizens, but, worst for local environment. We all understand it’s hard, but Keep going, Nana. We believe in you.

nana on presentation

Nana is a beautiful girl as I mentioned before, and she likes high-heels very much. She climbed up the Great Wall with a horrible high heels, omg…… And the day we spent in XTBG, it was rarely for her to not wear a high heel. However, she looks gorgeous in high heels.

Nana is good at dancing. She made a performance at the last night in XTBG, as a pink peacock. But since Jeremy told us that spiders  dance for mating, and only male spiders dance, we always make fun of Nana. But to be honest, I love her dancing very much.

And this girl is a proper candidate for being a wife, cause she is good at cooking too. the Pineapple Rice she cooked for us is stunning. Yummy >_< I wish I could make them too. So, boys, do sth now!

Hope we can meet again, Nana!

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Happy Birthday to China~