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Monday, February 27, 2006
Next Book In Date: My ORD Date
It's almost over. I can sense it coming. Today is the last day I'll ever stay more than an hour in camp. We finally returned every single thing. Our bedsheets, blankets n field equipment had all been returned to the store man. My cupboard is totally empty now. I had cleared out all the stuff. I'm not going back to stay in the bunk anymore. Two long years in Seletar Camp has finally passed. All the shit is coming to an end now. When I left this evening, I don't even need to lock my cupboard anymore. The Yale lock that served for more than two years is retiring. I won't miss this place, but I will miss my great buddies who suffered with me n the rest during trainings.
I'm waiting to collect my pink Identification Card on the 15th of March. The last time I saw it was 16th January 2004. I want it back in my wallet soon.
It's the 28th again tmr. Hai.. I still remember I asked her to come with me when I ORD on the day. She didn't hesitate at all n agreed on going with me. But it seems that nothing of that sort will happen.
She promised so much, but still left me in the end. I'm feeling the pain again......
--16 days to ORD--
This 2yr old sneakers had been thru all the tough trainings with me. I felt sad throwing it away
My empty cupboard
Lunch today. My last ever meal in camp. ORD loh!!!!!
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Liverpool won the premier league game 1-0 tonight, beating
In tonight's SuperHost show grand finale,
Today I went for my first pump at the gas station. My thirsty Sunny is sucking up petrol like crazy. I don't think it's the way I drive that caused it. In fact, I always switch into neutral gear whenever possible. Within 9 days, I used up three quarter tank, n I never even traveled a lot. So yeah, I went for the Shell Formula95 petrol n pump it to full tank. A total of 26litres were sucked in n it cost me 39 bucks. 9days cost me S$39, that's roughly S$4.30 per day.
I gotta book in again tomorrow morning. Nope, I'm not driving back. I would rather sleep on the bus while on my way to camp. Perhaps it'll be the 2nd last time I head back there. It will be another round of de-kitting n even more thorough area cleaning. ORD is getting nearer n nearer. The day I've been waiting for since 16th Jan 2004 is finally within my sight.
This is Charlyn...
End of the finale
Receiving well wishes from fellow contestants
Watched this today. No wonder it's an award winning film. The storyline is truly awe inspiring
Saw II. Unlike more sequels, this one picked up where it left off in the 1st episode n packs more punch. The great twist at the end of it is really unexpected. If u don't mind the blood n gore, go watch it
Last DVD of the day. I love epic time movies in the way that they fight wars. The preparation, the "pep talk", they're all so massive. Kingdom of Heaven is special in a way that it mentions abt the history of Jerusalem, the war between Muslims n Christians. I'll give it 4/5 stars
Kway chup for dinner at ST81. Nice one..
My thirsty Sunny is happily drinking away.
I was unpacking all the stuff I brought back from
28th April 2004, Wednesday
After that, we had a lecture on "Training Safety". It was boring, the lesson didn't interest me at all. However, I have to admit what was taught was definitely necessary. The lesson lasted all the way till lunch time. We had the stupid chin-up regime again b4 we can consume our lunch. By this time, I was hungry n tired from the long lecture. I'm sick of seeing the bar. Nonetheless, we had to do it. Lunch, it was western food, PERFECT!!
We had a self study session in the lecture room after lunch. I find it very stupid that we had to be forced to study when we're already grown ups. This is redundant. Finally, we had our test n it was easy, but not idiot proof. Took barely 15min to finish it. There was thunder n lightning during dinner time, so we didn't have to march, how cool... The rest of the night belonged to us. I miss Kim..... Three more days to booking out.
29th April 2004, Thursday
Firstly, we had Level A suit revision in the morning. We were being tested on our efficiency in handling of the suit n SCBA. I love handling these sophisticated stuff n the test was of no problem to me. However, my assistant, Jeevan from platoon 3, took so long to set up everything n zipping up the suit, I had to suffer very long in the hot suit. I wonder whether he paid attention during lessons.
Lunch time, chin ups again. Then, we had Individual Protective Equipment(IPE) drills revision. Our SBO n helmet were our additional gears this time round, which made things even more difficult for us. It was not easy to do things with the thick rubber gloves on n our eyes closed.
Our sergeants later told us we will have our Smoke Chamber Test next Monday. I'm excited but yet afraid because they said it will make us cry a lot with the tear inducing pellets. Heck@!
My day ended after dinner. It was a very hectic day. I'’s raining very heavily in Seletar now, guess it'll be a cold night for us. I hope Kim won't forget her blanket.
3rd May 2004, Monday
The drill was short n then we had to prepare for our "adventure" at the Smoke Training Facility(STF). I was nervous, wondering what was installed for me. Upon reaching the smoke chamber, I saw the "gas room". It's green n fairly small, not what I had expected. I waited pretty long for my turn to come. I dawn up my protective suit quite easily when my turn came as previous practices were useful.
First entrance, we did the 5BX, took out our mask n walked outta room. The smoke stung my skin, made me tear like crazy n mucous flowed outta my nose, showing no sign of stopping. It was then I realized the importance of wearing our protective suit properly. Second entrance, we had to perform Immediate Action, Immediate Decontamination n drinking drills. Third n last entrance, we had to perform the canister change drill. The overall encounter was fun. It was one kind of an experience, but the feeling of the smoke wasn't pleasant at all. I hope I won't have to go through this often in the future.
4th May 2004, Tuesday
We had to fall in at 7.30am to get ready for the run. I felt tired, unwilling to run the long 4.5km. I have never imagined I'll run so much in a week, until I came into 39SCE. The run kicked off after a warm up n I ran at my slow comfortable pace, clocking a time of 26min19sec. It was slow, but I believe I can do better.
I was even more tired after the run. My muscles are aching like hell n the rest of the day was a torture. A run like this destroyed my day. Fortunately, it was just revision for the rest of the day, nothing strenuous. Lunch n dinner was good though.
Tomorrow is going to be our practical test day. Hope I won't screw up. I'm dead beat now, how I wish I can hug her to sleep.
5th May 2004, Wednesday
We had our practical test at the Multipurpose Hall. First up, IPE drills. It wasn't easy n I neglected the little details of some of the drills. Lunch time, western food wasn't as good as we all thought it might be.
After lunch, it was back to the test again. This time, it was the Lightweight Decontamination Suit(LDS), DCS(Decontamination Crew Suit) n Level A suit. These three were much easier to handle. However, I hate the wet feeling of the suits as they feel dirty. The test dragged on till dusk. The optometrists came to our camp at night to measure the degree of our eyesight into order to provide us with lenses in our gas masks. I went for it. Haha.. It was nice having a look at those young female Optometrists. Finally, everything ended at 9.15pm. Tiring day...
6th May 2004, Thursday
After the game, it was lecture time. It was on the boring COLPRO Protective Shelter System(CPSS). We had to wait till 12plus to have our lunch. We were all famished. Had theory test right after lunch, It was ok, but not easy, hopefully I can pass. Had a short rest after the test n we had another revision on the IPE drills. It was essential as all of us were not very good in our drills yet.
Our day ended after dinner. During the daily Routine Oder(RO), our PC came down n talked to us about the handphone incident 2 nights ago. I have to admit my platoon's discipline is poor. It is so unlike the level I had to maintain in Raven Company during my Basic Military Training. I think we have to wake up our idea b4 something drastic happens. Tensions are getting high...
7th May 2004, Friday
Did area cleaning n rested till 9am. Then we were instructed to carry the dismantled version of the CPSS to the volleyball court. The Air Purification Unit n Air-Condition Unit were fucking heavy. They can break your back just by carrying them. We received our test result next n I was relieved that I passed. Had porridge for lunch n we went back to check out the set up version of the CPSS. The guys from the other company had it done for us cos we're still new to it. It is very big, but the inside was hot n stuffy, just like what PC had told us.
Had a good rest till 3.30pm n it was time for IPE drills again. It was easy after so many practices we've had. Dinner was average, but we had sharks' fin soup, without the sharks' fin that is. Friday has ended n it will be book out day tomorrow. Can't wait to see my dear Kim......
31st May 2004, Monday
Chin ups b4 lunch; the meal was good. Had a "standby universe" after lunch. It's another one of the brainless stuff in army. So troublesome to bring EVERYTHING out of our cupboard for the sergeants to check for illegal items. Luckily they didn't find anything.
Evening, we played soccer!! Sergeant Jun You joined in n played against my team. He has the speed of a Formula One car, racing down the court chasing for the ball. One of his tackles even tripped me off my feet. Nevertheless, it was fun playing with him. It will be book out day tomorrow. Please come quickly......
3rd June 2004, Thursday
Went back to bunk, took a bath n we had to put on the gas mask at 9am. The feeling is shit, but we have no choice. Had the hot n stuffy mask on our faces till lunch time at 12noon. 3hrs straight, we were half dead. Thank god lunch was good n our mood became better.
Back to the mask again at 1.30pm, all the way to 3pm. It was getting harder as time passed. We even had to study for a test with the mask on. After a while, I really felt giddy straining my poor eyes to read the notes. Our optical lenses are still not ready yet. 300degrees of astigmatism per eye for me is no joke.
Soon, the test was conducted n it was very tough. Failure is not impossibe. Had dinner n my day ended. Eventhough we didn't do much, but we were all exhausted. The mask is really powerful...
4th June 2004, Friday
Area cleaning again after a short rest. The drains surrounding the guard house were pathetic. The construction workers threw so much soil into the drains, I had a hell time cleaning it. We even saw a burst water pump n a lot of fresh drinking water was wasted. During our routine standby area, our water supply was cut off. Must be the burst pump.
It was back to masking up at 9am. I felt really thirsty but there was no water to drink. Had porridge for lunch, one of the ways to quench my thirst. Had to mask up again at 1.30pm. It was getting real tiring. Unfortunately, some of us were caught without the mask n the whole platoon was made to fall in n stand still for 25minutes. Then, SG Vincent showed us all the other equipment that we haven't learnt. There are still a lot to learn even when we've already been in 39SCE for 2 months. It's Saturday tomorrow, our book out day. Hope PS won't give us another dreaded 100 push ups b4 booking out.
Friday, February 24, 2006
19 more days to go!!!
Phew.. I'm back from camp finally. Booked out very very late due to the massive area cleaning we had to do in our ever so dusty bunk today. I drove back to camp last night. Went to pick up my bunk mate, Jun Liang, along the way. Last night was the 2nd time I hit the expressway, the TPE to be exact. I hit 90km/h, my 1st ever experience at that speed. It felt fine though, no trembling of the steering on my Sunny. The whole car was pretty stable even at 90km/h unlike the Toyota Vios I drove during my driving lessons. Driving back to camp was damn cool as I don't have to walk the bloody long road into my unit n I don't have to wear any proper attire. I booked in with my army singlet n running shorts. How comfortable! Haha..
There was a battalion physical training this morning. It was a long n tiring 7km run. I went for it; my longest ever run in close to 3 months. I ran for about 6.5km n walked the rest in the midst of the run. The whole distance took me 35min flat to complete, not bad considering the fact that my stamina still needs a lot of tuning. My knee still hurts a little while running but thank god I was feeling good after the run. I think I have to apply the hot pack later n give it a good massage.
Rested for the rest of the morning, chatting with my company medics about driving lessons. Had lunch at 12.30pm n slept till 2.30pm. I think it'll be the last time we'll sleep that long on our beds. After the good sleep, it was time for work. We had to throw away the old Lightweight Decon Suit(a type of chemical suit). At last, my platoon de-kitted at 4pm. We returned all of our gas masks n chemical protective suits. Woohoo!! I definitely won't miss those torturing n brain damaging chemical suits. We all felt a huge weight off our shoulders after parting with our "weapons". Hehe..
After that, we cleared our cupboards, packing everything up, ready to bring all of them home. It has been almost 2 yrs since I 1st stepped into Seletar Camp. I can still remember the day I unpacked everything into my cupboard, how turned off I felt, how worried I was about what am I going to do in a chemical defence unit n how much I miss my ex-gf while I'm in camp.
When we were done with packing up, we had to do a real thorough area cleaning in our respective bunks. Every single one of us did our part, no one was slacking. It was such a rare sight to see everyone cleaning the bunk. Perhaps the sudden rise in enthusiasm was fired up by the fact that we're leaving the hateful Seletar Camp very soon.
A "standby area" was conducted after the cleaning up process. Our platoon sergeant came n inspected the bunk, pointing out the places we had neglected during the clean up. Every mistake constituted to us doing 10 pushups. The result?? My bunk mates n me did 200 in total. Freak.. All of us almost died after the "good training". When everything was over, it was already 6.30pm. We were of cos both uber hungry n tired. I drove my company mates out of the camp upon seeing them struggle to carry out the huge n super heavy bags. Sent Jun Liang home after that n I reached back home a shacked man. Lucky I had the car to get myself home, or else I can't imagine carrying the bloody heavy load back.
It has been a week since I passed my driving test. I had since used up half a tank of petrol in my Sunny. The rate at which the petrol is being used up, I realized that this Nissan Sunny is a petrol guzzler, even though it's a manual transmission car. Can u imagine how much petrol it's gonna drink up if it's an auto car? I need money, petrol is damn expensive.
---19 more days to ORD---
Packing up my cupboard
One last look b4 taking down her picture in my cupboard. It has been 293 days since we broke up
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Today we had a platoon ORD gathering, that is, our last gathering b4 we leave The Army. Went to HabourFront Centre to have a buffet dim sum at the DragonGate Chinese Restaurant. Ken made the choice of the restaurant n I muz say he's got good taste. The food was good, n the price is pretty reasonable. The amount we had, it's definitely worth more than the S$15 each of us paid. There were 12 of us, obviously not the whole platoon was around(we have 22). The 12 of us took up a huge table n we ate like savagers. It was as if we hadn't ate for a few days. Haha, I think the waitresses there were shocked with the amount of food we ordered n finished. Everytime a new dish touched down on the table, it would be gone within 1minute. That was how fast we were.
We entered the restaurant at 12noon n left at 2pm, a total of 2hours of savage eating. It's a good thing that we actually know when to stop ordering. Haha.. Had a birthday cake after eating to celebrate for those early babies in our platoon, me included. When everything ended, we left as a happy platoon, feeling damn satisfied with the amount of food we ate. Haha.. That's the trademark of army boys. We'll always eat like savagers.
After the buffet, some of us went off while the rest headed to People's Park Centre at
After ChinaTown, the rest went home while I went to Bugis'
The temple trip took me almost half an hour squeezing in n coming out. Then I went to
Back to camp now. Buh Bye~
Jun Liang(left) n Samuel in the MRT. "Catch me if u can", says Samuel
My platoon mates waiting at HabourFront MRT station
In the lift
Wore my new German jersey today
Waiting to entre the restaurant
At the table
The restaurant is BiGG
1st up, century egg congee
1st batch of dim sum
3mins later, all gone~
Ma Po Tofu
Drunken steamed chicken
Prawn ball with crabstick
The fried stuff
seaweed prawn wrap
More to come
2nd batch of dim sum
Dessert, fruits in milk sago
Cake with candles
Is the cake so hard? Needing so many people to cut it
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