Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nightdreaming

As opposed to ‘daydreaming’, when in the actual daytime I spend most of the time fast asleep. 

Now, I’m thinking of the loooooong holidays I’m going to have after my Edexcel exams ends smack in Feb 1. Wild thoughts of almost anything managed to find their way out, so I’m trying to condense them and pick up some of the best ideas I’m thinking of right now.

1. Amateur Telescope Making in Feb – March

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I’ve no idea how long it takes, and whether Dr Chong in USM have the time for it…. but just thinking of making a DIY 8-inch Dob makes me drool. I admit I’m not really cut out for DIY jobs though, I hope Simpson will be able to go together with this trip to Penang.

2. Pegawai Khidmat Singkat in National Planetarium

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I’ve already applied for the job, but so far no replies yet. If I am able to land it I will forgo the other one I suppose. I’ll be able to work in the Planetarium dome with the awesome displays and the zero gravity room, going on events and rocket competitions, and even bring the SS to the Planetarium for a good time! Not to forget the Venus transit in June, I’ll be able to man the booths over there too!

3. Work and Travel at USA (Custer State Park, Apr – June)

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It’s another thing I wish to do during this long break. I’ve also applied for the job, hope I’ll land it in case the Planetarium job falls through. Pay’s good, and I will be able to enjoy the blessed nature of the state park. I really hope I can land it actually, funding myself for more astronomy equip and experiencing the night sky in one go!

4. Singapore Air Show in Feb

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With regards to my university applications as aerospace engineering (the closest i can get to astronautics a.k.a. space exploration) and a love for machines. I just saw a Volunteer application form but they state foreigners are only allowed if they have a work permit bla bla bla. Might write to them… it sounds interesting.

The air show is the closest I can get to experiencing real aerospace near these area I suppose. And I actually have a fantasy of piloting small aircrafts after playing GTA San Andreas hehe, it reminded me of the days back in Kerteh and the small airport over there full with choppers and small planes. 

5.  maybe a Space Camp in MCKL

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Depends on the current committee lol. But that’s an inspiration I got after scanning through NASA’s Year of the Solar System website and browsing through the recommended activities. I visualise a one-week exhibition of the Solar System, followed by a Space Camp featuring a simple bottle rocket workshop, the interesting moon formation station game, and stargazing of the Moon and Saturn at night in the college. The lecturers might also wanna throw in some astrophysics as per Edexcel Physics. Better still, if USM wanna come over and play and maybe have a full-fledged 3D2N astronomy camp! astronomy camps shouldn’t be limited to schoolchildren! 

In conclusion, a job, an astronomy/aviation adventure, and an astronomy outreach before undergrad starts!

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