January 1. It’s the first day of the year! Instead of celebrating, I was on my desk doing floor plans for my thesis. I realized that I should draft a restroom layout. I had this moth-gnawed Plumbing book. And luckily the page I needed was spared! I was told the book originally belonged to my grandfather who was an engineer.
I’ve been thinking about what to post for December 24. I was scanning my computer when I saw this photo of the Marina Bay Sands, a 57-storey casino-hotel at Singapore. I took this shot days before I flew back home. (I was there in Singapore for almost 22 days, October to November, because extra research needed for my oceanarium thesis.) MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!
I used a friend’s Facebook account, with “Pao’s” consent of course. Pao told me before that he has a friend in Copenhagen, Denmark. And, fortunately, “Mol” the friend was online. I was curious if there were any oceanariums in Denmark, so I popped him a message. We chatted. But I never told Mol who I really was, all he knew that I was Pao. While Mol and I were chatting, Pao was there watching and reading everything. I was careful with my words.
So…Mol told “Pao” that there is an oceanarium at another island adjacent Copenhagen. It was the Nordsøen Oceanarium, Northern Europe’s biggest aquarium. I asked him if he has been to the Nordsøen. He told me he just knew about it when he googled the word “oceanarium”. From the chat, I knew that the Nordsøen was a newly established oceanarium.
Then I asked if he has plans of visiting the Nordsøen. And if he could take pictures for a “friend of mine”. He then told me maybe in January. But after a minute or so, he chatted back an announcement from the Nordsøen website: “I januar holder vi lukket for at få tid til at lave vedligehold på vores akvarier og bygninger. Vi er klar til at tage imod gæster igen den 1/2-2011.”
In English, the Nordsøen is going to be closed the whole month of January for aquarium maintenance. And will only resume operation on February 1st. Sigh…He then told me he will try to go on February. With this, I thanked him by saying, “Det er ok. Tak for din tid. Enhver hjælp vil gøre.” I just used Google Translate for: “That’s OK. Thanks for your time. Any help will do.”
He chatted back saying that “Enhver hjælp vil gøre” was wrong Danish. He did not understand that last sentence.
Anyway, I just finished downloading VRay for my SkethcUp7. VRay is used to have a realistic appeal on computer-generated designs. I’m now ready to install the plug-in; really excited to try it.
Busy. Really busy. I was able to meet up with our thesis professor. Thank God I was not late. I showed him my floor plans and elevations of the proposed Oceanarium. Before meeting him, I was pretty worried about the quality of work. But when he saw my plans, he told me to finalize everything before January 4. Well, that was encouraging enough.
Anyway, I need to go back to my bedroom and do a little editing for the school publication. I’m planning to write one more poem and another story as contribution for the upcoming literary portfolio.
I’m doing my architecture thesis titled “Oceanarium: A Worldwide Movement to Protect the Ocean”. I’m excited. I have learned a lot of things. But, to be honest, I’m somewhat nervous about it. The schedule for the thesis defense is on February 2011. I thank God because I still have a lot of time to polish everything.
I just hope I will have enough inspiration to keep moving.