Archive for September, 2007

First Bookout

That’s right, I’m home from Pulau Tekong after two weeks of confinement. I actually got a day off earlier because I was ill. On Wednesday morning I went to the Medical Centre and got an Attend B for my sore throat; light duties only. A few hours later I had a bad fever. I felt rotten for the rest of the day. Section Commander asked me to go report sick again, and I got Attend C; unfit for duties. And got that me a day off earlier. My bunk people joked that I was the first one to clock both Attends in one day.

In any case, I was posted to Viper Company. It is prime property, being close to the jetty, emart and cookhouse. Medical Centre is damn far away though. I do however, have the fortune of having my bunk on the second floor. Sorry guys, no photographs. Cameras are not allowed.

The personnel are quite all right. Most of the officers and specialists are from Ulysses, so Christopher Kwok’s intelligence was accurate. The SAF core value ‘Care for soldiers’ can certainly be seen. (I’m hoping it’s not just because it’s the first two weeks.)

There are a few things I had to get used to, namely:

1) Sleeping and waking early

2) Being organized

3) Doing things fast

4) Calling myself Recruit blah blah blah and addressing blah blah Sir or blah blah Sergeant

I’m used to shouting loudly and not moving in a squad. I guess it’s due to my NPCC training. Still, there are some things I can work on I guess.

My section isn’t too bad. We take care of each other well. Buddy is all right. I don’t really know the rest of the platoon well, but I guess there will be time for it.

I will have to go back in on Sunday evening. Till then, I will make use of the downtime well.


Friday was my last day at work. Boss took us out to dinner at Central. We went to Wakashachiya. The restaurant was specializing in Nagoya cuisine. 美味しいです!The food was really good. A good place to go if you are willing to spend money. (And willing to queue.)
Spent Saturday slacking at home. I went to Joshua’s house for dinner and drinks.

Attended Curia on Sunday. Served the Chant Mass at St Peter and St Paul at five forty five pm. It was good. I tried ringing the bells. I never did sanctus bells before. Well it was a good experience.

I bought my stuff from the army market on Monday. I also made a new pair of glasses, just in case. Edward bought dinner that night. Ernest, Norman and Constantine were there too. We went to a Chinese restaurant in Keong Saik Street called Beijing Folk Restaurant (北京人餐馆) The barbeque buffet was $12 per head. It was fantastic. The beer was good too. We had Yanjing Beer.

I collected my glasses on Tuesday. I also got my hair cut. Why cut one’s hair when he can get it cut on Tekong? For one, it’s free; and it’s a proper haircut.

I did my last minute shopping today and my last minute packing too. I have never packed so many things into my backpack before. I hope I’m not the only one who is bringing in lots of stuff.

Well, wish me luck. Pray for me, dear friends. See you in two weeks!

employment ending, conscription commencing shortly….

Work ends on Friday. I will have Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to get myself ready for National Service. Frankly, I’m not ready at all.

I have to get my stuff over the weekend. It’s going to be busy. So far I have accumulated one pair of white army socks and one tube of tiger balm muscle rub courtesy of John Sim. He was also kind enough to give me a tutorial on how to do the uniforms on Monday night.

Wednesday was stressful. I spent the whole workday doing setups for the customers from Comex. Everybody was quite stressed, a few tempers flared, even. I didn’t sell anything. Oh well, maybe they will come back tomorrow. Or next week when I’m no longer around.

Last Wednesday was a good day off. I went to watch Secret with Charmaine. I had not seen her in years. It was good to meet her once more. She is still the same quiet girl.

Next week I will join the ranks of several hundred recruits. The time has come.


Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us

Stella Matutina, ora pro nobis

Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, pray for us

St Michael the Archangel, pray for us

St Jude, pray for us

St Benedict, pray for us

St Dominic, pray for us

St Anthony, pray for us