Here is the first blog from Saylin which are also posted in his blog at http://12miles-out.tumblr.com/
With his own words, SayLin wrote..
My name is SayLin, and I’m a Biology Major in the National University of Singapore(NUS). I have a keen interest in Environmental Biology with an emphasis on Wildlife Conservation. The evolutionary processes that shape and drive the fascinating array of organisms also greatly interest me. I have just completed the 2nd year of my course, so hopefully my interest in this field will eventually get more specific.
I am an ex-employee of Night Safari Singapore, having held the post of Junior Trainer Presenter in the Animal Presentations Department. More will be written about my experiences and feelings about my 1.5year stint there. I am the Sterilizations Officer in the NUS Cat Cafe, a part of the NUS Animal Welfare Society. I have been responsible for most of the systematic sterilizations of stray cats on campus. Apart from official commitments, I have taken on various voluntary opportunities in the field of Biology.
Right now, I am in Sandakan, Sabah, East Malaysia, at the South-eastern tip of Borneo Island. My 3 weeks here is as a volunteer at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre(BSBCC) by Researcher Wong Siew Te. I am here with 3 other ex colleagues from Night Safari. This opportunity was kindly provided by Prof Sivasothi from my course in NUS.
Apparently, everywhere in Sandakan is referenced by how far it is from the town centre. So right now, this blog is set up at the BSBCC Staff Quarters - 12 miles out. This blog will be about my various experiences in this field.
Posted May 13, 2010 at 2:19pmSandakan, Borneo: Day 1
The day started off very apprehensively for me. Months of preparations and arrangements led to today, and still I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The internet can only provide that much information, and I only have my experience in Sibu, Sarawak back in 2004 as a comparison. My cousin works here in Sandakan though, but its at least 2 hours drive from where I am, with Sungai Kinabatangan, the largest river in Sabah to cross.
More pictures to come of my 4-legged and feathered housemates. Medical check-up and orientation of BSBCC facility tomorrow. Can’t wait to see the Sun Bears. Must sleep now. Cheers all.
*Mark’s blog of our Borneo Adventures @ http://matahari-bears.tumblr.com/