Expedition Bali – A review

So it’s been a few weeks after my 9 day Bali adventure so I thought it’ll be good to jot down a few notes so that anyone who wants to fly to Bali (including myself again) will have some starting point to plan their awesome holiday. Prices mentioned here are in rupiah unless specified.

My Bali trip was on 1 – 9 June and we went to 3 places: Candidasa, Gili Trawangan (that’s in Lombok, not in Bali) and Kuta.

Plane tickets were SGD220 each, taxes included from Jetstar. Jetstar is awesome, booking was clean and neat. We booked the plane tickets way in advance, sometime in February that’s why prices were slightly lower i guess.

When we arrived on the 1st it was night time and a cab ride to our hotel in Candidasa was a whopping 100K pax for the 4 of us (non-metered) and the ride took 2 hours. The hotel actually provided airport transfer services for only 350K. Looks like we got ripped.. Because of some screw up with our first hotel booking, the hotel kindly offered us 2 rooms in their sister hotel that’s next door. So our first night was spent in D’ Tunjung and subsequently at Rama Shinta at Candidasa. One of the hotel staff named Paleng was exceptional, helping us organise our itinerary and was simply one of the best hotel staff I have ever met. After checking in at D’ Tunjung we went to bed (it was already night) and that concludes our first day.

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View from D’ Tunjung’s infinity pool. We went snorkelling at the rocky islands in the distance.

On the second day we went snorkelling at one of the nearby rock islands for 120K pax (after haggling) inclusive of our own boat and equipment (mask, snorkel and fins). To be honest snorkelling at candidasa wasn’t pleasant. Perhaps it’s the timing or season but water was choppy and current was strong. Sea floor was really deep and we couldn’t see much. We spotted a sea turtle but it was swimming along the depths so it was really small. 2 of us were mildly seasick after the ordeal. Nevertheless, water was clean and crystal clear. In the afternoon, we checked into Rama Shinta and went around exploring.

Candidasa isn’t a big area. It’s more like a very long street with eateries and hotels. So don’t expect white sand beaches and waves. Quiet little town to just chill. If you’re looking for more happening things to do, just give candidasa a miss. We chose candidasa because it was a springboard to Mt Agung and Padangbai (the port to Gili islands) Food isn’t particularly cheap or fantastic.

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Sunrise from the point after we descended to a warmer part of Mt Agung. Simply breath-taking

Third day, we decided to go climb Mt Agung and do whitewater rafting on the same day. A crazy idea but we’re all young men all fit from army so we decided to go with it. Thanks to Paleng who helped organise the trip for us, we paid only 800K for both activities. We woke up at 12am and boarded the car which will bring us to the starting point of the climb. When we alighted we were shivering because it was cold and the winds were blowing. We expected a hot climb so we were dressed in t-shirts and shorts and I was in a singlet. The guide was in jacket and long pants. We didn’t make it to the summit because we were shivering very badly and muscles were cramping up. Mt Agung is 3124m tall and we made it up to 2400m (my camera had an altimeter) which was not bad considering we were poorly equipped. We descended to a lower height such that it wasn’t so cold and caught the sunrise. Although we weren’t at the top, the view was still breath-taking. I recommend climbing Agung but the terrain may not be suitable for children or older folks. Many a time we had to go on all fours. Total time needed to ascend the mountain is 6 hours but if you’re fast like us (we ascended really quickly wanting to reach the top ASAP since moving would keep us warm) probably can reach in 4 – 5 hours.

Whitewater rafting was by this company called ALAM. A 2.5 hour ride down the Telaga Waja river. Rafting wasn’t difficult or particular dangerous. Just cruising down the river with really nice sights of padi fields and waterfalls (we don’t go down the waterfalls, they’re from another river/tributary) and the frequent bumps and shakes. Very pleasant ride, especially after the mountain climb. Wasn’t too taxing on the muscles. Very clean toilets and shower facilities and buffet lunch included. Comes with insurance too if I may add. Dry bag provided to keep your valuables. And that concludes our 3rd day.

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Whitewater rafting down the Telaga Waja river

Rama Shinta and D’ Tunjung are both very pleasant 3 star hotels with basic hotel amenities and pool. But strangely no water boiler. Very cosy and kampong style feel to it.

Fourth day we took a fast boat over to Gili Trawangan (also organised by Paleng) at a price of 900K pax (includes taxi from Rama Shinta to Padangbai, return tickets for the ferry and a taxi ride to our hotel in Kuta) which we felt was very reasonable. Ferry company was called EKAJAYA FAST BOAT. Their boat was very comfortable, no air-con. Seating capacity is 66 pax. Took about an hour to get to Gili Trawangan. Upon reaching, someone from the hotel picked us up and we checked in to our “hotel” called Welcome Inn. A very basic no frills (and no aircon) hotel with only 4 rooms. Very cosy and the staff are very friendly. The Russian owner of the hotel was rather pretty if I may add. We went exploring the tide pools at low tide in the evening and saw some pretty interesting marine life like brittlestars, stonefish (very deadly, my friend almost stepped on it), lionfish (equally deadly but no one stepped on it), frogfish, mantis shrimp (the punching shrimp), various species of sea urchins and sea cucumbers.

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Stonefish hiding. Beware of these!

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Face of SATAN!! That’s if Satan was a stonefish

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Baby lionfish

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Frogfish

Fifth day we went snorkelling (glass bottomed public boat) around the gili islands for 100K in the morning, only mask and snorkel provided, we rented fins at 15K. Current was pretty calm so snorkelling was easy. Corals weren’t as colourful and marine life was rather sparse. I mean there’re lots of fishes and stuff but if you’ve been to Krabi you’ll be disappointed. BUT BUT BUT we saw lots of sea turtles, they brought us to this area with lots of sea turtles and we got to see them up close, unlike in candidasa. Lunch was at Gili Air but we had to pay, 100K was too cheap to have lunch provided. After snorkelling we went back and took a rest, explore the area and climbed this little hill to catch the sunset. Simply beautiful.

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The glass bottomed boat. Comes complete with crazy angmoh at the bow.

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Sunset from Gili Trawangan. That’s Mt Agung (taller) and Mt Baktur in the distance

Our sixth day was spent doing absolutely nothing, just relaxing, chilling and soaking in the sun, sand and surf.

Perhaps we didn’t go at peak season cuz the nightlife was really bad. There’re plenty of bars but not much going on. Drinks were cheap though. Since there’s no police on Gili T, you’ll meet plenty of people peddling magic mushrooms and marijuana under tables. But Gili T is an awesome place for a beach getaway. Sand was abit coarse, mostly crushed coral but the water is just extraodinary. Crystal clear blue waters. My friends call it listerine blue. There’re no cars or motorbikes on the island, only pony transport to keep the island as pollution free as possible. Limited water sports available so no jet skis, banana boats or sailing. Plenty of diving spots but we didn’t dive. I’m sure you’ll see lots of interesting things when you dive. The tide pools already contained so much.

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Crystal clear waters

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View from Gili T’s beach

Days 7, 8 and 9 was spent on Kuta beach. I won’t go into details for Kuta since there’re already so many Kuta reviews. On Kuta we just did some shopping, body-boarding (we didn’t surf but you can do it at 200K), massage and shopping (did I mention that already?).

In total, we spent almost SGD1000, air-fare SGD220, accom SGD186 and expenditure SGD600.

Hope this review helped! Watch the video for a better idea of what my 3 friends and I did for the trip!

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Singaporeans and NS

In response to the many comments about NS not being tough enough and girls not being appreciative.

All Singaporean boys either dread or looking forward to BMT. Through all the stories we’ve heard about BMT and life in army we either accept the challenge or shudder in fear. However, sooner or later, we all turn 18 and take our first ferry trip to Tekong. I believe many other articles have mentioned many tough activities and moments that NSFs experience during their two years so I shall not give any more examples.

I believe that the “Singaporeans are weak LOL” comment was definitely insensitive and degrading. However, according to what the writer has explained, she made the comment without even reading the article about the most recent death in NS. This sort of trigger-happy comment was uncalled for and ill-timed. The LOL at the end of the sentence could be a manner of speech. In my opinion, since she has already apologised, let’s leave her alone and end all the personal attacks on her, her family and loved ones. I believe it has already turned ugly and the personal attacks have to stop. 

To all servicemen and women who have given their lives in the course of their service, rest in peace.

This post however has to be more incendiary than Singaporeans are weak LOL comment.

I always believed that if you make an accusatory post or comment, be prepared to defend it because the barrage of opposing comments are coming your way.

Before I enlisted, I was probably like the author, believing that if Singapore were to be attacked we would crash and burn with our citizen soldiers running away like hapless babies. Someone once told me that army would “psycho” you into believing that we would be able to win a war should it come to pass and that all army boys believe so when they ORD. It’s been two months since I ORD-ed and I firmly believe that Singapore has got what it takes to fight and win a war with an aggressor. Of course there are our limitations but yes, I’ve seen what equipment the SAF has and the fighting spirit of our men, we can win the war.

Perhaps this author has got the wrong idea when she hears NSFs/NSmen complaining about training. Yes it’s true we do run around in jungles with our rifles, get bitten by every insect unimaginable and get lots of injuries. But love it or hate it, it’s our duty. Singaporeans love to complain, it’s how we pass our time. Army guys love to sit together and complain about our Army days. It’s our national past time since our nation has created that common identity amongst all Singaporean men. From the lawyer to the taxi driver, NS is what they have in common.

But, do not treat our complaints as weakness.

When the siren sounds, I firmly believe that all active NSFs will heed the call to arms and our NSmen would not desert the country that we call home. For it is the time of war that Singapore would need its countrymen the most, not during a financial crisis or territorial dispute. 

On to my next point, yes enlistment is a law. Whether we like it or not, Singaporean boys have to go serve the nation. But should girls feel appreciative? I mean it’s a law after all. Maybe if all the men volunteered then the author would be appreciative? Let’s examine this in this fashion.

For example, Singapore is now at war with Country X. Our soldiers have fought Country X soldiers off our shores and brought the war to their shores trying to ensure that they cannot regroup and attack us again. I’m sure there would be scores of men who have deserted their comrades and fled with their tails between their legs.What of our women and children? I believe they would be supporting the war effort helping make equipment, food and supplies for our soldiers in another country. They would be praying day and night for their husbands, sons and bothers’ safe return. I don’t think there would be any “I don’t give a **** since it’s their duty anyway” attitude during these times. If your (the author) boyfriend/father/husband/son was off fighting the war, you would wish they gave their best during training so they would know what to do when fighting a REAL war.

To the author, I give the benefit of the doubt. The men of Singapore will valiantly defend the nation for our women and children, even for you. If you decide to leave Singapore during times of crises, remember the fallen soldiers when you return back to Singapore for they have kept your lands, culture, way of life, friends and family safe while you cowardly left us. Yes, it may have been their duty to fight the war but they did it so you could live.

For that matter, I believe that the Lim Bo Seng war memorial or any war memorial would have no impact on you because they did it for “duty” and there’s no need for appreciation. I tell you, not only the girls but even the guys should respect, remember and appreciate that they gave their lives for Singapore.

>>>To be continued.

 

ORD LOH!!!

This is a long overdue reflection of my days in Army. But here it is!

I can remember vividly the first day of my enlistment. The night before, Tammy and I were packing what extra stuff I would need in BMT, writing my name on all my barang. I was writing T. KWOK but she was writing THOMAS. K and we were discussing which would be better. The next morning, my parents, Tammy and I were in Tekong and I handed over my pink IC, never to be seen for 1 year and 10 months. And so my Army journey began.

I was in PEGASUS company and I had such wonderful memories there. BMT wasn’t like our father’s days where they beat you down and mould you up. But these days, it’s more of learning from experiences. The people in my section and platoon were awesome. I think my buddy Qing Fa deserves a special mention. I call him Raf, short for Raphael, his Christian name. We shared crazy times together, being punished together for some one else’s mistake, covering each other’s asses. He saved me from guard duty once by leaping onto my rifle and I saved him from a huge centipede crawling on his helmet. They say that in BMT, or Army in general, your buddy will become the most important person in your life for that 2 years. It’s true. Without his encouragement and support, I wouldn’t have made it through the tough times in BMT. Of  course my section was there for each other too. I’m glad that we all turned out ok and had awesome postings after POP. It was a joyous and sad moment, to finally complete our BMT phase but leave your friends for different pastures. I was fortunate and privileged to go to OCS after BMT, much to the joy of my girl. But I owe it to my friends in Pegasus platoon 4, and more importantly, platoon 4 section 2.

My 4D number in pegasus was 4209.

Once in OCS, I realised that BMT was just the appetiser. OCS made the tough times in BMT look like a stroll in the park. It was there that I was stripped down to nothing and treated like dirt. It was there that I made a foolish mistake, I committed a Negligent Discharge, which resulted in a 14 RCP (cadet version of SOL) right after my 10 day field camp. So essentially I couldn’t go home for about a month. And Tammy was leaving for London 2 days after my RCP ended. Those were trying times for me. Being stuck in camp gave me time to think about my existence in Army, ponder about my sufferings in OCS. I never had a conclusion then. But again, I had the support of my wonderful section mates. GOLF Wing Platoon 1 Section 3. And my buddies Yao Hui and then Josh. Both of whom has helped me greatly.

In OCS, there’s a saying that goes: When you’re suffering, look left and look right, your buddies are suffering with you; you are not alone. Without my buddies, I would never have completed OCS service term, got my first GOLD for IPPT, dug the cursed fire trench, navigated in the jungle and most importantly, reach the glorious commissioning day. It was in Golf wing that I saw the best in a man. How self-sacrificing my buddies can be, how they stick their necks out for their friends, how they bounce back from adversity stronger than before and their fighting spirit to achieve what has their goals. Never had I felt camaraderie as strong as this and my only wish was that I were half as good as the men they were.

My 4D numbers in OCS were 1309 then1301

After service term, I was lucky to enter the artillery formation. A new twist to all the infanteering that we had done since BMT. New relationships were forged and lessons learnt. Here in FAOCC (Field Artillery Officer Cadet Course), I saw, again, the best in a man but also the worst in a man. I will not describe the ill things I have seen. I have learnt many new skills and values but the most important of all was integrity. Be true to yourself and be true to your friends. In artillery, we had tough times and joyful times. Never had I taken a longer exam in my life, a 4 hour planning exam beats the longest A level paper hands down. Fast march with at least half our body weight. But we had fun times in the officers mess too.

My 4D numbers were X301 then L101

Finally the awaited day came. We received our swords and our graduating certs but my proudest moment was marching into the parade square during the commissioning parade. My parents and Tammy were there. Tammy came back from London for my commissioning. All the blood, sweat and tears and memories condensed into that 1 bar that I will wear on my chest till the end of my service as a NSmen.

Yes, blood, sweat and tears. Blood, sweat and tears that my buddies and I have shed for 9 months, finally came to an end.

Now being an officer is a whole new ball game. I was posted to 21SA as the Dy S3. Life was very eventful and again, many lessons were learnt. My upper study was very helpful and experienced and he taught me the ways of the Dy S3. Gone were the days trying to shirk responsibility, every morning when I come down from work, that bar on my chest reminds me that it’s time to start performing, living it up. Again it all boils down to responsibility and integrity. Responsible for my work and the guys in the branch and integrity to hold myself together. I have learned that command and control is not only outwards and directed to your men, but also inwards to command and master yourself.

I would like to thank the guys in my branch for teaching me so much, all the precious lessons I’ve learnt, I shall never forget. Gary, Isaac, Desmond, Teng, John, Kai Sheng, Kuan Wei, Chang Lok, Ryan, Rong, Beng, Heng Sui, Roy, Ananda, Fabian, Xerxes, Chee Kiong, Kelvin and of course my beloved Dy S2, Boon Bin and understudies Philbert and Suresh. Not forgetting my batch of officers: Ian Yang, Erusha, Mervin, Rakesh, Zong Ye, Nicholas and BSO Zhide. Thank you for making my life a joy in 21 SA.

During my life in 21 SA, I’ve been to Wallaby and Thunder Warrior. A rare privilege that I am most thankful for. ORD was bittersweet, I’m finally out of a regimented organisation, free to pursue my fancies but also to leave my friends behind.

Finally, for those who would say that Army is a waste of time, I beg to differ. I have learned so much and gained much more out of Army than I would in 2 years in any other organisation. When pushed to the extremes, the true colours of people will emerge and trust me when I say I have seen the best and the worst in people. There are many role models that we can find in army but also many negative examples. Army is what we make of it. Everyone is faced with the same 2 years, you can only gain as much as what you put into it. For those who have yet to enter Army, go in with an open mind and seek to learn new knowledge. For those who are still in Army, try to learn as much as you can and to try new things. For those who have come and gone, don’t forget the things that you have learned back in your glory days.

As of now, my days in Army has drawn to a close and a chapter of my life come to an end. I regret nothing and I am proud to say that I am no longer a boy but a man.

ORD loh!

Fallout Tokyo

As of now, I’m sitting in the Duty Room in my battalion, sucking up number 2 out of 3 extras. Will not mention how I got those but it was incredibly stupid and a very painful lesson learnt. Ohwells. At least Tams is in SG and we can call each other more freely. But we must look to the future and the future holds a overseas trip with BAHNEP and gf to TOKYO!!!

But as we all know, Tokyo and supposedly the whole of Japan is engulfed in a toxic radioactive cloud and the poor Japanese people are mutating into a new race of man.. or are they? With the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, tainted beef scare, everyone is scared shitless about going to Japan, which so happens to be my choice destination because it’s so FRIGGIN cheap to go there! I’m ridin’ the waves of paranoia now and I’m LOVIN it! So therefore, this post shall be dedicate to debunking the myths about the land of the rising sun.

Firstly we must understand HOW we quantify radioactivity. There’re many ways and units to quantify radioactivity but I shall just state the 2 more common and important ones.

1. The Becquerel

One Bq is defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second (Wiki). For un-sciency people, the Bq is a measure of HOW radioactive a SUBSTANCE is. So if substance A is 5000 Bq, it is more radioactive than, say substance B which is 1000 Bq.

2. The Sievert

The sievert (symbol: Sv) is the International System of Units (SI) SI derived unit of dose equivalent radiation. It attempts to quantitatively evaluate the biological effects of ionizing radiation (Wiki). Once again, for un-sciency people, the Sv measures the HARM radioactivity has on us.

Now, on to the serious stuff.

If we want to know what’s bad for us, we must first know what’s normal. The world average radiation count is 3.0 mSv (wiki) and pre-fukushima radiation count for Japan is 3.81 mSv. Yeah, that’s higher than average but look at USA it’s a #!?*$&@ high at 6.20 mSv! Sources of radiation come from natural and man-made sources. Natural sources come from cosmic rays, food such as bananas, Radon gas in the atmosphere. Man-made sources come from nuclear reactors, nuclear-related stuff, glow-in-the-dark goods and the like.

Now for some sources

  • A typical chest X-ray involves exposure of about 0.02 mSv, while a dental one can be 0.01 mSv
  • Airline crew members flying the New York-to-Tokyo polar route are exposed to 9 mSv a year.
  • Exposure to 100 mSv a year is the lowest level at which any increase in cancer is clearly evident. A cumulative 1,000 mSv would probably cause a fatal cancer many years later in five out of every 100 persons exposed to it.
  • A single 1,000 mSv dose causes radiation sickness such as nausea but not death. A single dose of 5,000 mSv would kill about half of those exposed to it within a month. (the World Nuclear Association and the Atomic Energy Council, Taiwan)

” Radioactive cesium emits gamma rays, which can damage cellular DNA and raise the risk of cancer. The levels found in the beef, though, would become a health concern only if a person ate large quantities every day for a year, said Shizuko Kakinuma, a researcher at Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences who sits on an independent committee investigating the Fukushima Daiichi accident. “With a Japanese diet, that’s unlikely,” she said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. One or two meals wouldn’t have much effect. ” (Foxnews)

” On Monday, Fukushima officials told a news conference that they detected up to 157,000 becquerels of radioactive caesium per kilogram in straw used at the farms — about 520 times the government-designated limit.” (Yahoo news)

Effects of exposure in a day (Wiki)

  • 0 – 0.25 Sv (0 – 250 mSv): None
  • 0.25 – 1 Sv (250 – 1000 mSv): Some people feel nausea and loss of appetite; bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen damaged.
  • 1 – 3 Sv (1000 – 3000 mSv): Mild to severe nausea, loss of appetite, infection; more severe bone marrow, lymph node, spleen damage; recovery probable, not assured.
  • 3 – 6 Sv (3000 – 6000 mSv): Severe nausea, loss of appetite; hemorrhaging, infection, diarrhea, peeling of skin, sterility; death if untreated.
  • 6 – 10 Sv (6000 – 10000 mSv): Above symptoms plus central nervous system impairment; death expected.
  • Above 10 Sv (10000 mSv): Incapacitation and death.
My conclusion
 
On top of a substance’s radioactivity and the effect it has on humans, we must also consider the dosage. Meaning how much radiation absorbed per unit time. We all know a large amount of radiation in a short amount of time is a sure fire way to get killed. Hiroshima victims died within days and weeks after the bombs landed. But what about small doses (small amounts in short periods of time, like a 7D6N holiday)? Will it cause long term effects? Will it have any negative effect at all? I found this article that aptly says it all.
 
” Much has been learned by studying the health records of the survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We know from these that some of the health effects of exposure to radiation do not appear unless a certain quite large dose is absorbed. However, many other effects, especially cancers are readily detectable and occur more often in those with moderate doses. At lower doses and dose rates, there is a degree of recovery in cells and in tissues. “
 
” However, at low doses of radiation, there is still considerable uncertainty about the overall effects. It is presumed that exposure to radiation, even at the levels of natural background, may involve some additional risk of cancer. However, this has yet to be established. To determine precisely the risk at low doses by epidemiology would mean observing millions of people at higher and lower dose levels. Such an analysis would be complicated by the absence of a control group which had not been exposed to any radiation. In addition, there are thousands of substances in our everyday life besides radiation that can also cause cancer, including tobacco smoke, ultraviolet light, asbestos, some chemical dyes, fungal toxins in food, viruses, and even heat.”
 
” There is also experimental evidence from animal studies that exposure to radiation can cause genetic effects. However, the studies of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki give no indication of this for humans. Again, if there were any hereditary effects of exposure to low-level radiation, they could be detected only by careful analysis of a large volume of statistical data.  “
 
(http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Factsheets/English/radlife.html) So at the end of the day, we still do not have a definite answer for whether the radiation scare in Japan is worth the fright. But since some of us engage in far more toxic activities such as smoking, inhaling 2nd hand smoke, excessive drinking, unprotected sex and other vices (maybe some the result of other’s vices). I personally believe that the radiation scare is not justified in Tokyo. I know that there’re many other factors to include such as the spread of radiation from Fukushima itself through winds/soils/water but I can assure that background radiation in Tokyo is not a concern for travellers.
 

Army Revelations

Revalations that I had while being stuck in camp for the weekend. Not for punishment but to serve the nation in case somebody decides to do something funny. So I’m ALERT during the weekend to cover the nations hind so we can all go shop, watch HARRY POTTER, eat and play with peace of mind.

Officership in the SAF is quite a lonely job. There’re loads of men and specialists who are waiting for an opportunity to undermine what you do. Some times it’s just healthy seargent vs officer rivalry but to some it can be an obsession if the officer is a real mess up and well…messes things up on a daily basis. It’s comforting to know that most of the men in my unit are friendly to us officers and not officer-adverse since we don’t torture them and stuff. So we do get their respect and sometimes sympathy when we are arrowed to do officer-specific jobs like being on 2 NTM for a week, being safety officer or having to conduct all sorts of stuff.

Being in the army is like being in a two year dream. You wake up and everyone’s in the future. Take a look at your female JC friends, driving cars, second year in university, new stuff. Take a look at your phone, you’re 2 years behind technologically speaking. You haven’t found the time to watch a movie that was screened two years ago. People talking about things that you haven’t even heard of. Off you go to uni and every single morsel of academia has evaporated from your brain. v = u + at seems, at most, vaguely familiar. It’s the start of real life and the end of the dream. It’s like being a stranger in your own land. I used to be able to teach tuition, now I can hardly remember anything. Sometimes, it’s not fair. Why we are called to serve our nation, forfeiting 2 years of our lives to defend a nation whom nobody believes will stand the tide of war. How can we have faith in the army if the very people whom we defend have no faith in it. Is army just a waste of 2 years of our lives? 2 years and more because of reservice. I beg to differ.

The army has taught me many life lessons that the normal pursuit of academia can never provide. That’s why to a certain extent, I believe that the fairer sex should also serve alongside their countrymen in defending the nation. How can you tell if someone is genuinely telling the truth? How should you deal with someone who claims family problems as an excuse? How do you command the respect of your peers without being “wayang”? To some extent, the army experience does simulate real work experience for us most-probable white collared workers. Interactions between your superior and subordinates. Being taught from the ground up and stuff like that. Invaluable experience.

oh pity me…

Oh pity me… Rant rant… My life is at a all time low. Call it the mid-NS life crisis. Feeling the blues…

First things first, it’s REALLY not my fault that I “don’t have a life”. The last thing I need is someone who’s unappreciative of NS. And, no offence but it usually comes from the opposite gender.

“Do you watch *insert some random angmoh TV serial like Glee or House*?”

“Er…”

“Oh wait you’re in NS, you don’t have a life”

Maybe she said that without ill intent but it’s REALLY annoying how insensitive people can be towards NS. Here I am, making the most out of NS, hoping that whatever little I contribution I give to the SAF as a young second lieutenant can change a little something and there’re people who probably don’t give a shit. And treat you like shit. I mean I’m serving the nation here. At least TELL me what’s going on in your *insert some random angmoh TV serial like Glee or House? And for the record, I DON’T watch those shows anyway. Fallout 3 is waayyy more exciting. Muahahaha. But anyway, it really does hurt to be cast aside by people you’re trying to protect. Bah.

Sometimes you wonder in your bunk whilst staring at the ceiling. Why the **** did I have to go through 9 months of OCS, tekan, torture and flood of nonsense to do what I’m doing now? I carried half my body weight for more than 8km, ran my lungs out to get GOLD for IPPT, bruised a few fingers stripping the GPMG in record time, get punished for absolutely no reason or for someone else’s crime. Now I sit in the office, clearing email and running almost half the battalion. Ok maybe I overestimated myself, but I do run at the very least a small degree of the battalion. It almost seems that all that training has gone down the toilet. Mental strength, physical tenacity? My privates clear emails better than me. what the fish is going on? So here I am, trying to find my place in the whole stream of the SAF. Till I find my answer, I’m still going to be staring at the ceiling.

Second, there’s this special someone who is REALLLYYY getting on my nerves and poking me the wrong way. Pardon the understatement. This person is probably the personification of irritation. Honestly all I need is one little shove to get him/her/it out of the way but I don’t really know why I’m not doing that. I’m too merciful..

Third, I’m being consumed by my own pride. As much as I enjoy waiting for someone’s pompous arrogant ass to come crashing down to the depth of the Atlantic, I realise that I am too being that pompous arrogant ass. I’ve come to believe that I can do anything on my own. That help might sometimes just get in the way. I use my past achievements to thumb down others. I laugh at the weak. How often have I found myself using “officer power” or indirectly pulling rank. How often do I undermine a weaker acquaintance’s academic achievements with my own. I’ve been blessed thus far. It’s time to share God’s blessings for God did not bless us to be proud but to share it with everyone. So splash some cold water at my face, I’ll never be proud again. For I came from humble roots and humble I shall stay.

 

Ok, totally random but I found this pic lying around in my com. A Starcraft battlecruiser made from Spore! Quite nice hor?

Battlecruiser operational

Spore Battlecruiser

 

Rant rant

Honestly there’s nothing much to rant about. Life’s been pretty ok. My unit 21SA has been very good to all of us. Other than the fact that there’s a never ending avalanche of work to be done. It’s amazing how one single email can turn an otherwise lazy office into a mad scramble.

Funny how other people don’t have that much things to do in my unit. Sucks to be me to have such a wide job scope. Bweh. And I don’t get paid as much as other people cuz I’m a “staff officer” so I get $100 combat pay instead of the full $150. But neverminds my appointment has taught me much.

>>>To be continued