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Archive for July, 2006

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Feelin’ Pink

Woohoo! Finally got back my pink IC! After spending almost two years in a cold dark room in CMPB, it’s finally back in my wallet.

Went back to camp today with Desmond to finalise the disruption paperwork. Bought some curry puffs there also to treat the guys who are still stuck there. To say that 3SIR is a screwed up battalion is an understatement… A whole bunch of people are gonna disrupt today and the S3 ops spec is nowhere to be found plus the entire S2 branch is missing. How the hell are we gonna disrupt if the important people are missing? Good thing the S3 clerk and Dy S1 could stand-in for them and handle the returning of camp pass and signing of clearance form…

Took a cab down to CMPB straight away and exchange our 11Bs for our pink ICs. I could say that I’ve never been happier seeing a small pink card and for the green one… They can lose it for all I care…


My precioussss

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Newfound Jealousy

Went down to Esplanade and attended Shirlyn Tan’s Newfound Jealousy performance with Hairol last night. Shirlyn Tan and The UnXpected band was awesome and they totally blew the house away. They started off with a great rendition of Annie Lenox’s Why (Thanks to Hairol for the heads up) and followed by songs of their own creations. (Only could think of the song name Newfound Jealousy… Since that is the title of the concert) The performance was wonderful, they managed to get the instruments to sing together in the songs, something which you don’t experience often. The 1 hour performance flew by instantly… Must be something about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity…

Since we bought the tix quite early, there’s an early bird promo where we have a free post-show refreshment at Aria Bistro, which consisted of a free-flow non-alcoholic drink and some fingerfood.


Aria Bistro
Hairol’s ‘torchlight’ was super bright

Shirlyn came in the bar after a while and we managed to take some pics with her. Hairol’s pic, which was taken by yours truly was quite clear. As for mine… Well…


Quailty of camera-phone sucks…
Nuff said…

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Qualifying English Test

Took my QET yesterday at NUS. The QET consist of two sections, the first being text editing, where you spot the error, be it spelling or grammar, and correct it. For that section, I don’t think I did well… Most of the time I can’t really spot the grammatical errors (I’m really weak at grammar…) The text passage was something about global warming, climate changes and what the world is doing about it. The next section is essay writing where you have to write an essay regarding the passage in the section where you have to read first before you can start writing. The topic of the reading passage is on how Germany is moving towards renewable energy sources and the obstacles they encountered and how they overcame them. After reading the passage, you’ll have write an essay on the topic about how crucial is developing renewable energy sources in your country. Since it’s sort of an argumentative essay, I have not much problem writing it. The main problem was thinking out the points that you want to write and then write it out. Having limited time and low room temperature wasn’t really helping. I spent quite a long time thinking about the points and also how to phrase them. And by the time I put down my pen, time was almost up. I think this is the first time in over two years that I used so much brain power…

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Eat Fresh!

Bought a Subway sandwich the other day and was thinking of how absurdly expensive was the sandwich… Six friggin’ dollars for a bread, some ham and loads of veggies… Although it was expensive, it was still more healthy and much more tasty than the other fastfood restaurant. Then it came upon me, why not get the stuff from supermarkets and make the sandwich myself. So I went to NTUC with my mum to get the ingredients; Breakfast ham, capsuciums, cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce; and tada~:

I reckon it to cost no more than $2. The only thing missing is the sauce. Subway’s red wine vinaigrette is the best. Maybe I can make some on my own.

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The (Mis)Adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow

Watched Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest yesterday with Hairol at Cathay Cineleisure. Jack Sparrow is still the crafty cynical weasel that he was during the first installment of the movie and this time round he still manage to get himself into deep trouble. At the same time he also drag Will and Elizabeth into the same shit he is in. A great show, surpassing all the other movies released lately I dare say. As with many movies lately, there’s a small clip after the credit but I don’t quite think that its worth the 5+ mins wait. Nonetheless its still quite funny.

Shopped around after the show and went to both i21 and Apple Centre at Wheelock. Fell in love with the new MacBook… (Yes… Yes… I’m a geek… I fall in love with computers…) It’s sleek and beautiful and it runs Windows too. (Not that I love Windows… But I’ve been working in a Windows environment for so long… Quite hard to make the switch)
The Notebook Ownership Scheme at NUS is also selling the MacBook… Now I’m so tempted…

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FFI

Went to back to camp today to do my FFI and also hunt down signatures for my clearance form.

Had an appointment for the dental FFI at 1015 but when I got there, still have to wait for almost 30mins before the dentist took my case… Wonder why one must still go through all the trouble to book and stuff like that when you still have to wait when you get there… “Is the SAF an efficient organisation?” Kinda dumb question to ask during surveys… The dental examination was real quick, just need to sit down on the chair and let the dentist inspect the teeth. Told me that both my wisdom tooth are gonna grow out soon, especially the one on the left. Hopefully it isn’t gonna hurt…

Went down straight to the medical centre to register for my medical FFI. Was told to come back at 1400 to register… WTF? Refer to the previous survey question…

Meanwhile, while waiting, went to hunt down the signatures for clearance… Manage to get all except those from S1, S2 and S3 branch… The Ops Spec went for urgent leave so we can’t get his signature… Talk cock with GuoSheng while waiting for time to pass… What a waste of time…

The medical took about 5 mins to complete… Waited 3 hours for a 5min medical checkup… (Third reference to the survey question…)

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Anima Sana In Corpore Sano

Went to Sim Lim Square and Queensway today with Kenny to buy his HDD, RAM and also to string his tennis racket. Met up with him at Bugis MRT and went down to the SISTIC counter first to collect the tickets to Shirlyn Tan’s Newfound Jealousy. In case you are wondering, thats the Shirlyn from The UnXpected band. She’s performing her own original songs at the Esplanade on the 28th. Hairol is the guy responsible for bringing my attention to this performance and sucessfully persuaded me to go… Oh well, here goes my $27. (Suppose to be $25 but those sneaky bastards at SISTIC added another $2 booking fee per tix and a 20 cent handling fee when I have to collect it on my own… Those bloodsuckers… And don’t mention to me the stupid online ticketing system…)


Ticketing Intelligence? Yeah, right…

We walked around Sim Lim Square while Kenny looked for the Best Bargain (pun intended) to get his HDD and RAM. As its a weekday (Monday plus the night before was the World Cup finals), the place was quite empty, not like in the weekends where there were tons of people. I got myself a Sanyo Refresh Quick Charger at Alan Photo. Although I already had a battery charger, the one I got was a super slow charger… It took a whopping 12 hours to fully charge four AA batteries… They say time is money and in this case, I have to spend money to save time.

We made our way down to Queensway next to string Kenny’s racket. Same as SLS, the place was not as crowded as in the weekends due to the weekday and World Cup effect. In fact, a shop owner told me that some of his workers didn’t turn up for work at all after watching the World Cup. Interesting, the shop that Kenny went to string his racket had a ‘waiting list’ even though it’s operating at 33.3% and there isn’t much customer around… Kenny recommended me the ASIC DS Trainer when I was looking around for my running shoes. Its very light and feels comfy when worn. There’s a 25% discount on ASIC shoes in the GSS period so after discount the shoe cost $156. Seems like I’ve been spending quite a lot on shoes lately… I think I’m going broke soon…

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Survivor: Pulau Tekong

Outwit, Outplay, Outlast

Nope, I didn’t join any reality tv show but I’ve just complete my 5 day Combat Survival Training Package. (Its interesting on how they come out with words like “Package” etc to make it sound nice, but I digress…) Like what I’ve posted previously, it involves a nav-ex, POW training and living-off-the-land. And for the skinning part last friday, I decided to kill an eel instead of a frog. Less tedious when gutting, but still as gross…

The whole thing started off on Monday when we went down to SMI for some basic tracking lessons, some interaction with the tracking dog and attack dog from SAFPU and a lesson on escape and evasion and resistance to interrogation. The tracking dog they sent was a Labrador, a young and playful dog and the attack dog was a Belgian Shepard.

We went down to Tekong after dinner and spent the night at the shophouses near Eastern Pier. Since it was a clear night, the sky was filled with stars. Didn’t know you could see so many stars in Singapore, although its not on the Singapore Mainland and Tekong is a restricted area.

The next day was the start of the navigation exercise, Escape and Evasion, a scenario play where our assault boat has capsized while in transit to a landing beach. We have to topo to a Partisan Point to link up with local resistance (the scenario play is that Tekong is an ally and has been invaded by the Redland Army and we are there to liberate them, “De oppresso liber“), find a checkpoint, a log point, before proceeding to the end point at Eastern Pier. It was quite easy for my team as we had a commander who was trained in SISPEC Tekong, so he knew the place like the back of his hands. Throughout the entire nav-ex, there were enemies ambushing us and there was suppose to be tracking dogs but they didn’t come until my team reach the endpoint…

The next scenario play is that while we were being trooplifted out of the battle area, we were ambushed and taken as Prisoner of War and thus began the most miserable 12 hours of my life. (Kiefer Sunderland had his 24, I have my Resistance to Interrogation…) We were first “herded” into a holding area to await processing. Next, we were being processed, where we were asked basic questions like rank, name, serial number and unit. We were then given a prisoner number, blindfolded and handcuffed. When they’ve finished processing us, we were gathered at an area for stress positions. This where they order us to stand, kneel and bend our back and at the same time stretch out our hands. This is suppose to maintain blood circulation or so they say, but I’m thinking its to keep us awake for the entire night. One by one we were called into the interrogation room where the interrogator will grill us for various information. Some were called once and some were called twice. I personally think that being interrogated is better then being outside doing those stress positions. Because we were all blindfolded, we didn’t know the time and whats happening around us. At first it was still ok, but as the night goes on, fatigue sets in and it really screw your head. You totally felt like shit during the last few hours… The POW ended with the rescue by SOF of our army. Some story, huh?

The training phase next transit to the so-called R&R, Rest and Relaxation. We were assigned to our own site where we were to build our own survival equipments, stuff like A-frame to sleep on, fireplace, trap etc. Base on how well you built the equipments, you’ll be given food rewards. For the two nights, we were given whole spring chicken and sweet potatoes, which were raw and for the first night, we had prawns for dinner. I have never tasted such sweet chicken soup in my whole life, must be due to the hunger and lack of food. We ate so much sweet potatoes that I’m kind of sick of it… And cookhouse fresh ration never tasted better.