Sail away…

Muahaha, what a wonderful day. Sun is shining, wind is blowing and it’s high tide… Perfect sailing conditions. Weather has been rather erratic these few days. Light or no wind and choppy seas. And this has been the case for several weeks. I’m really glad that there’s training today. WHoopee!!! Today’s been a real happy day for me haha. Except for one drawback: the report book. I find the comments rather wierd. "He may find if he gives others the space to offer their ideas, that more ideas can be generated" This comment is rather one-sided.In other words I’m domineering right? And that’s bad. I don’t want to "dominate". The reason why I shoot first most of the time is because no one wants to say something. You have something to say, SAY IT!!! Don’t be scared man…Maybe you guys think I’m "domineering" as well, but since no one wants to say or do something and someone HAS to do something, then I’LL DO IT! If you can do it better than I then go ahead! Did I stop y-lynn from writing the script? Whoever that wants to coordinate the Kungfu moves can also come and join Kevin and me. I think whoever that wrote my report has to look CLOSER…
And there’s another one that seems to be rather contradictory. "thoughts lack rigour" and "learn from the Helmsman week Divergence and Convergence" It’s rather contradictory…The reason my thoughts lack "rigour" and there are so many thoughts is because I spit everything out that comes to my head. Spit everything out, then collect the best spit. That’s my way of working. I don’t mind making mistakes, just get over it. And maybe the reason the report writer thinks I’m "domineering" is because I talk too much, maybe I talk so much that you guys give up talking and now I’m blaming you guys for not speaking up. If that’s the case I’m really sorry. I should learn to keep my thoughts to myself. Actually what I spit out is only the tip of the iceberg. I think much deeper but I don’t say those things out. The report-writer obviously doesn’t know me enough or I’m not letting him know enough. I prefer the latter… I’m a mythical person…There’s more to the lamer that you know…
 
Anyway enough about the silly report that isn’t true. I hope my parents listen to me rather than that dumb report. Actually some of it is true. Keyword:some…I just take out the good stuff out of it. Burn the rest…Okay back to sailing. I was late today, had to watch howl’s moving castle in preperation for the Japan trip. My helmsman waited dam long for me. I want to thank him. Thank you Alexi… Can tell that he’s rather jealous that we get to go to Japan…Lolz Today I must say was the best training I had with Alexi. I managed to get the "feel" of the boat and almost perfected my tacking skills. It’s quite hard looking at two things at the same time while doing two tings at the same time. It’s almost something like right eye look at the Jib (second sail), left eye look at the heel of the boat ( the slant of the boat), right hand yank trapeze wire, left hand uncleat Jib rope, legs move over to other side of the boat. Sheesh. Tough job but I love it. Not easy being a crewman. But I got to use the new boat today!!! WHOO!!! We went like SUPER fast lorz…If you think that sailing is about skill not your machine YOU ARE WRONG!!! Two sailors on par based on skill level, one will win by a LARGE margin if he uses a NEW boat. New boats thrash MOE boats anytime, unless the skill level is really different. As in really high versus ultra noob who capsizes at every tack. I really need to master the basics so I can move on to advanced stuff like "feeling" the wind, predicting wind speeds, surfing waves e.t.c. Yuppz, sailing teaches you all these.
 
I really must go pick up something useful from sailing. Air rifle teaches you accuracy, uniformed groups teaches discipline, volleyball soccer whatever teaches you teamwork and their respective skills, Red Cross teaches medical aid, ODAC develops the adventuring spirit as well as teamwork, respect and other skills, Judo develops faster reflexes, rock climbing teaches you how to…er…climb rocks. All these are practiacl skills that you will use or need in real life. What about sailing? Er… other than learning to sail, which you probably will rarely do what else can sailing teach you? Teamwork if you’re sailing a 2-man boat (that’s me!), sense of balance (to balance your boat e.t.c),  trains you to be more sensitive and observant to the environment, it also trains to to face unexpected cicumstances better.  All these are important skills. But I think the COOLEST and the GREATEST benefit that being a sailor can give is that you can predict the weather for the next 6 hours or more. where the current will be, wind change, whether it’ll rain or shine and so on…OMGosh. I want to learn to do that…
Sailing rocks
 
All are welcome to join Sailing. Not just sailing but VJ Sailing.
Dam SEH ling one lor…

Second Confrontation…

Wha today I was super enthu…We’re going to make the weapons for Cultural Night TODAY!!! WHOO!!! Yes yes yes!!! And drawing energy form my chi or enthu-ness, I managed to string the bow in less than 2 minutes! OMGosh, something I had never accomplished. IF some of you are wondering, those two sticks I picked up are the two most important sticks in my life. This may sound wierd but it’s true. I was playing with my home-made bow since P5, and I must say I am rather accurate except for the more than occasional flops due to the poor quality of the bow and arrow which are twigs and aren’t straight at all. But if I can actually HIT something with a bow that doesn’t bend, a bowstring made of a chain of rubber bands and arrows that aren’t straight…I must be dam pro right? Lolz, just joking, those hits must be dam tyco one. SInce I miss more than I hit heehee. Btw there’s a difference between NEVER hitting and hitting OCCASIONALLY…As for the other pole, it’s my camping stick. It has never failed to accompany me to treks and hikes. Thi8s pole has tasted the Bukit Timah Nature Trail’s soil countless times… Anyway, enough said about my sticks (okay that sounds wrong…).
Today was going fine, a rather draggy day but isn’t everyday a draggy day? Today was a little worse since I was recovering from a minor emotional wound and the thought of running 2.4 tmr. I want to run below 11 minutes. I know I can, I ran 11:05 recently and I think if I grit my teeth and sprint the last 300-400m, I might just make it under 11, just nice for an A. But I doubt I can do it tmr. Haiz. 4 periods of LA also made the day drag further…
After SS, Mr Yang came up to me and asked me to go meet him after school. I replied,"okay". And that ruined the rest of the day. LA might not have been so draggy if not for that. I felt very miserable…The same feeling after I got out of the previous session. I DON’T WANT TO DIE AGAIN…no, not this time. I’ve tried to improve…Spare me… Ever felt the feeling when your heart is pulled down by tonnes of stone? When you try to smile but just can’t, or when everyone is laughing at a really funny joke but you just can’t laugh anymore? Yah, something like that…Then I began to wonder…Mr Yang sure has the ability to shake me up huh. All he needs to say is "see me" and then I begin to tremble and have a really negative outlook for the rest of my day. So why let him intimidate me? okay, I still felt quite bad after I said this to meself.
Soon, the time arrived to meet him. (I got rather ticked off because I had to meet him instead of go make the weapons, which I would MUCH prefer to do…)  Hm… I wonder what he’s going to say now…
Okay here’s a summary on what he said. Or what I remembered or what I picked up.
Okay all in all I felt that this session wasn’t too bad as the first. At least he justified what he said and a discliamer that what he says might be wrong…So he says this: He thinks that the reason on why the class doesn’t want to listen to me or doesn’t take me seiously might be because of them or me. Is there anything about me that is hindering you all from talking to me? If so please leave a comment, you may choose to remain anonymous. And there’s a whole lot of class comm stuff about the tension within the class comm and the class and all. Basically what he was trying to drive home was to tell me to take a step back, look at things and myself, analyse the situation and then apply. Coz he "observes" that I can get rather personal…Either me against someone, or me against a group. Never me and a group against so and so. And when I say against it’s not that I dislike someone or what but also conflicts in ideas, values and stuff like that too.
Then after he he drove home his point, I asked him what he thought of the class. I can’t say what he said, I think it should be confidential. But there’s something that he said that struck me the most. One reason why the class cannot unite together is because of the clash of style. Poeple like Fashion, Starbucks, Atheletics, Studying on and on. And with these likes we have our own different styles. For me, I’m very casual, I can’t care less on fashion nor understand why people dance (I find it rather ridiculus actually), I hate coffee and I love sports and outdoor activities, and this reflects on how I do things. So for our class, it’s probably a clash of stlye. Probably not everyone enjoyed the crap board right? (At least Mr Yang didn’t) And it’s hard for the class comm. to sort this out. We need time to discuss these issues together, even then we also have clash of styles in the class comm. But I feel that that’s a good thing, we can represent the different styles in class. Then find a common stlye inherent in everyone. Perhaps?
Gee anyway if you guys have BURNING suggestions on how to improve the class in ANY ASPECT, feel free to come to me. This will be my first baby step in engaging the class. COME TO ME!!! I want your feedback. Feedback on my style, the class as a whole or any improvements that you think can be done to the class or any complaints so on and so forth. Got something to say? Tell me, I will listen and consider but your feedback cannot be one-sided. SOmething that I learnt from Mr Yang, take a step back, analyse the situation and then come and tell me. Okayz? I will be glad to have some comments on this blog entry.
Started small, ending big  Probably our motto for the class. Lolz

Death by the sword…

Hello people one and all, death by the sword, cool title for our Japanese Kungfu flick huh? Today we had to vacate VJ by 11 a.m. so the police could come and get ready for the General Elections. VJ is going to be used as a polling station. Yay, only got 2 periods of Lang Arts…Whew.
After school, we all went to Suntec to discuss the script for cultural night. We were trying to decide which script to use, Fundoshi or Kungfu flick. So go Suntec and discuss lor, and at the same time rehearse the script. It was supposed to be a class event or hoped to be but in the end only er… 12+ ppl went? Haiz…anyway once we reached Suntec we immediately went to get something to eat. The others went to eat Subway while Ah zhai and me went to try Carl’s Junior and OMGosh…although it was freaking expensive but it was so NICE!!! OMGosh, I love Carl’s Junior now…Lolz. So after our lunch and many distractions we finally got our way to Sky Tower. There was an open area so we went there but it was wet sheesh. SO i wiped off the water with a plastic bag and then laid my bag there. And soon everyone started piling their stuff on my bag. Haiz. Even Caitlin who claimed her bag was waterproof. There was this little pond in the middle of the space and ZJ gat the inspiration to go and write osvot on one of the pebbles and throw it back in from the other "marked" pebbles…Another distraction haiz…We ended up at the family corner seating in a circle on a circular bench. That was when we finally started proper…
I went thru what was in the script first and then we added on or took away some stuff and we have a perfect script. Our aim was to make the teachers cry, at least one of them. Either make them laugh till they cry or really cry because our ending is rather tragic…I think it can really make you cry. I bet that some of the more emotional ones would really break down in tears Lolz… …
I think that this was the first proper meeting that I have attended when everyone is focused. FOCUS people! Haha, look at how much we managed to accomplish during an hour and a half. We practically revised the ENTIRE script, came up with an extremely well thought plot and the best ending ever. Can you guys imagine if we weren’t distracted before that? What could we have accomplished? So much more!!! I’m not criticizing you guys. I think you guys are great! Just that we can afford to focus more. Okay people? Haha, when we focus we can get things done, double time!
Haha, anyways tomorrow’s Stephanie’s birthday!!! Happy birthday to you…LOLz…We actually wanted to dunk her in that pond in the middle of the place I mentioned earlier but Stephanie was SO terrified that we just had to give it up. She was clinging on to Rhoda for dear life. Lolz…Solution? Dunk both! But she really got SO TERRORISED that she started screaming…We gave up in the end. Not ethical for a guy to make a girl cry for the fun of it right? It’s her birthday after all…And it’s also not right for girls to take advantage of guys to do silly favours for them. So DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT MAKING US WAIT FOR HALF AN HOUR FOR YOU TO BROWSE THROUGH CLOTHES…or else we won’t keep our side of the bargain…It’s not ethical. All about respect man…
Ohwells, I felt that I understood alot of people more today, their working styles and their strengths and HER working style and strengths. Haha. Can’t help but notice. Sorry if you feel that I’m a little biased towards that person… Cynthia and Ah Zhai would know haha.
 
KKz, we’re going to meet up again on vesak day to rehearse the improved script and the action so try to keep that day free.
Chow/ciao…Lolz

Charlie Company

Wha…today got no sailing training. AGAIN…Why must sailing always be dependant on the wind. If the J2s can learn to drive the powerboat I want to learn too!!! OMGosh, can you imagine? While everyone is slugging it out at sea in sailboats you are in the powerboat zooming around effortlessly, rocking everyone with the waves that you make…WoHo, what a life huh…
Anyway no sailing training turned out to be a blessing. We ended up playing badminton!!! I got to improve my badminton skills and arm muscles (if it helps). I can smack now!!! WhooHoo!!! But most importantly I feel that I’m more bonded with my helmsman and the rest of the team. I feel like one of them now lol…Everytime when I’m around people who are older or have better skills than I that I am trying to improve (eg. they’re all pro-ded sailors while I’m some lousy mid-fleet-er) I tend to be very quiet and shy. Can’t help it…some inferiority complex. haiz. Must get over it. The sailing team is so fun and loving. I love the sailing team. We will come in national first again. We shall rule and own them all…
And keep her flag unfurled…-The Victorian Anthem
After Badminton and instant noodles, I was just in time to join the air-riflers when they were about to go back. And they were eating the jelly ice-cream thing. And all of us were refering to it as a phallic symbol but Yiling just couldn’t get it!!! OMGosh, we shall not taint her innocent mind. But we all had a good laugh at her "ignorance" to "reality"…Take note, inverted commas…""""" Hahaz, then we were all on our way home on the 31 bus.
OMGosh, today’s afternoon was really a pick-up from this morning. In the morning (I shall not say who) really pissed me off. Why can’t anybody appreciate what I’m doing? I thank all those who do. I shall not raise this up because everytime I think of that person I feel like knocking that person out cold, probably slit that person’s throat too. 5 months and such hatred begins, actually if I could "do-away" with quite a few people in class. But nonetheless they are still 06v13. So many differences, so little understanding. But variety is the spice of life isn’t it? WRONG. I want a peaceful environment with little personality variations. Honestly I would rather have it all stay the same…Haiz…girls especially. Sheesh!
What an afternoon, badminton with the sailing team (they’re very pro…) and TC with my pals who are all guys btw. I really miss sitting down and having a good TCS and laughing our heads off and stuff. Haiz, those were the days. Now we’re so caught up in our own miserable lives that we miss out all that is good. Friendship. Have we really appreciated a friend? Returning a favour, saying thanks from the heart (not just a causual thanks) or been someone for others to lean upon? Hmmmm. Probably minimal? Very few right? Haiz, cherish this TCS man…that’s where friendship begins. And my "company" also appreciates me for what I do best, crapping. It’s the key element to TC. I appreciate people and people appreciate me. We’re all brothers. These are the friends that I would die for. Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I will NEVER even consider giving my life for 06v13. Maybe half of it but not the entire 06v13. So much for class spirit? Ask yourself then, would you die for 06v13?
About two days back, my brother in Pipa (dun laugh, it’s not funny), sent me an email, some Tickle survey. One question: Would you die for Loh Li Quan? I clicked ‘yes’ without hesitation, then I saw the results, only 56% of those who voted would die for him. the other 44%? If I asked whether you would die for me probably ‘no’ right? Who would want to die for some lame shit? We could do without him ANYWAY. Is this friendship? Yes. Casual friendship. But what I feel is something more called Brotherhood. Brothers would die for one another, it’s not a one-sided thing. the see-saw is level, the see-saw will never tilt if one person from each side gets off at the same time. Same for brotherhood, no one dies alone. Brotherhood is friendship elevated to a MUCH MUCH MUCH higher level.
So now I ask you, do you feel friendship or Brotherhood in 06v13? Would you die for 06v13?
Okay maybe I’m being too extreme about death, how about sacrificing something close to you or something great? Would you still do it?
 
Haiz, anyway back to my day. There was this curious incident that happened on the bus. The bus engine suddenly stopped.
Sheng Chow: Don’t panic, don’t panic
[lights and aircon goes off] or situation gets worse
Fits of laughter. Haiyah, can’t really explain to you what happned, u need the context.
 Lolz, I think my blog entry is long enough so I’ll end it here.
 
PS. I took the first step today (let you go figure what that means).
 
To all my brothers out there from the far corners of the Earth, just to let you know, that I will die for you
 
 
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Homosexuality redefined…

During IM today we were discussing about whether Homosexuality is right or wrong in a religious context, and I felt that I had to stand up and speak for the Christian faith. Things under Christianity like the concepts of Grace, saalvation, the holy trinity, heaven and hell and much more are very hard to understand to a non-christian. (I will not use the term ‘pagan’ because I find it rather degratory) As it is said in the Bible.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The Spiritual man makes judgements about all things, but he is not subject to any man’s judgement: "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
So as our topic was on homosexuality I had to say what a Christian would think towards Homosexuality. This entire entry is dedicated to this topic so please take some time to read through.
 
Christianity is DEFINITELY against homosexuality. To a Chirstian, homosexuality is WRONG. This "mindset" as non-christians call it will not change so long as the Bible is true. Homosexuality is unnatural, sinful.
As Paul wrote in  Romas 1:26-27 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
The Bible is the standard for all Christians for it is the word of God, as we have seen from those 2 verses, we can already come to realise that God does not tolerate homosexuality. In geneis 18-19, God totally wiped out Sodom and Gomorrah because of their grievious sins. Imagine a world where the people have unnatural relations and are not ashamed of it. And because of this God wants them totally wiped out.
Now, you may be considering: So? all these rubbish about God and all. Christianity is all about PLEASING God? That’s a very bo liao religion isn’t it? But I tell you it isn’t. God created us for the purpose of worshipping him. Key word: created If not we wouldn’t have existed. Why do we love God? Because he first loved us. Not something easy to accept but come look for me if you want to know more. Now back to homosexuality.
Someone asked this," How do we know that what we’re doing is wrong and homosexuality is actually right?" Well, if homosexuality was right then why did God create Adam and Eve? Souldn’t he create Adam and George? Some food for thought. Now I shall go in depth into why I say that homosexuality is wrong
 
Number 1. Look at our physical properties. We were not created or "evolved" to have same-sex relations. Our bodies aren’t just made to do it…
 
Number 2. God says it is wrong. God is divine, omniscience, omnipotent and omnipresent, he knows us better than we do. He is the one who can discern right from wrong. And He tells us that homosexuality is wrong. So we shoiuld take his word for it. Listen to authority, hmmm maybe I should attach my philo essay to this blog entry about right and wrong and how we don’t know right and wrong until we we receive divine intervention but MSN spaces don’t let me do that haish…
 
Number 3. It just feels wrong. It’s a gut feeling. Our heart tells us that it is wrong or unacceptable to some extent. Why? Because we were PROGRAMMED to. As I said earlier, we were originally NOT supposed to have unnatural relationships with the same gender. So our ci=onscience is like a fail-safe mechanism that tells us not to do it.
 
Yuppz I think that is all that I have to say. Remember, this is from a traditional Presbyterian Protestant (in other words Christian)’s point of view towards Homosexuality. Feel free to comment based on religious, social or legal contexts…