PUBLIC lecture on 16th November 2007
The Berkeley Club of Singapore will be hosting a public lecture event, featuring the University of California, Berkeley's esteemed Nobel Laureate, Dr George Smoot III... Lynn, our logistic for practical astronomy went and here is her report...
Mooey: Are we lost?
(wandering aimlessly outside Oriental Hotel)
Mooey: Wo you yi dian bei pian de gan jue... (I feel like I have been cheated a little…)
Lynn: This is where the fun begins…
Both Mooey and I started scrambling high and low for Ritz Carlton Hotel to attend the much anticipated seminar held by guest speaker Dr. George Smoot, invited by the Berkeley Club of Singapore. A Nobel Laureate in Physics and an active researcher in Astrophysics and Cosmology, Dr. Smoot is no doubt one of the elites in his field. Don’t play play.
After getting directions to the exact location from Oriental, we went back to Marina Square shopping mall and Mooey soon vanished into thin air. Strange. He re-emerged again, looking dazed this time. Giddy? Can’t be. Apparently, he was looking for Henry (an ex-NP astro guy) who was also joining us for the seminar.
Henry soon caught up with us when we were about to leave, so three of us set off for the crazy hunt of Ritz. And it’s already 6.05 pm (the seminar begins at 6pm)!! Mooey was complaining that by the time we reach, we will only get to hear the ending speech. Touchwood!
It was total madness and a real roller coaster ride all the way to Ritz. And did I mention about having a map with me? Well…now you do. Geographical maps are plain useless when you are lost in an underground shopping centre, trust me. Been there, experienced it. After following more directions and keeping towards the right, much to our relief we finally found Ritz Carlton! Woohoooo! Ok, I should hold back my excitement.
Thinking our ordeal is over, we headed straight for Ballroom 1 and took a lift to Level 1. There, the place looked rather obscured, and there was no ‘Dr. George Smoot’ signboard or any signs of an ongoing astronomy talk there.
Mooey: Are we at the right place? Doesn’t look right to me.
Henry: Huh? Don’t tell me we came to the wrong place again?
Caught in the middle of two evils, I approached the lady receptionist there to clarify.
Lynn: D&^%! The seminar is at Level 2?? Then why the h**k is the venue listed as Ballroom 1? And why are there no ballrooms listed on Level 2 in the lift? #@%$@!*^%#*@!%
(grumbles to self)
Mooey: Yeah, why is the Ballroom at Level 2?
Lynn: I know why… Maybe…The first programme of the evening is to have dinner here before moving up.
(turns away from the receptionist and walks towards the lift grumbling)
Mooey: Lynn gou4 le3 gou4 le3...! (Enough is enough!) You are making me hungry!
(raises voice a little)
With precious minutes ticking by, we finally found the venue! It was about 6.15pm when we reached.
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