Ate Mae says that Ate Lea is the best Tagalog teacher, so today I learned to say “mahal kita” which means “I love you.” Last year, she taught Peter the same phrase and sent him to say it to someone in the lab. It seems to be their form of hazing here in the C4 lab. Ate Mae and Kuya Efren, UPLB students working under the same supervisor as me, also love to sing, so we’re planning to go to videoke one night while I’m here.
Lab isn’t all fun and games, though! Today I ran PCR using a new gene and primer (never tested before) and prepared my own agarose gel for gel electrophoresis. I also spent some time just sorting chemicals to find the right ones for the protocol Hsiang is trying to publish.