Dragon Inn Floating Semporna, 20.11.2009
Last week I was in Semporna for a field work, in which i was told only 4 days before departure. So off i go, reluctantly. The journey itself took 9-10 hours by road, luckily we were provided with a good driver and a Toyota Fortuner :).. but still it's tiring lah.
FYI, the subject for my research is seaweed and it is the raw material for carrageenan, which are mainly used as thickening, gelling and binding agents, as well as stabilizer in food. Carrageenan is a natural based agent hence, it is favored in food industry. However, the quality of the carrageenan produced is very much affected by the initial processing step which is, the drying of seaweed, and that is done right after the seaweed is harvested from the sea. So my job is to dry the seaweed using different drying systems, and then determine how the heat of different drying systems affects the quality of seaweed.
What u've just read is actually a summarize of my 7 pages research proposal. More or less. :D
We stayed in Dragon Inn, the floating resort,i have complaints but since it's complimentary of XXX i better hold my tongue :). Throughout that one week I've visited the farming area of seaweed (which is 45mins-1hour journey using speedboat from the jetty), and testing an equipment purposely for seaweed's pretreatment. The latter one is very boring :p hence no pic :p :p
That hut function as the harvest station, drying station as well as home for the seaweed planters and the family. It can accommodate 5 adults + 5 kids.
seaweed farming area.
Sabah is indeed in abundance of natural resources, moreover there is a need for research and development specializing in seaweed, in order to increase the upstream or downstream production and its quality. Higher production means higher yield, and the farmers, subsequently our govt will get benefit from this. I hope with this i can open up one's narrow mind, thinking doing master is only to become a lecturer. It's way more than that.
What i really want is to be able to finish this research on time, and hopefully with the completion of this research, i can help a bit though not much, in developing the technology for seaweed in Sabah. That drives me :)
Till then, expect more posts alike to this :)