20 January 2008 – Short Update

Reader’s note: This was not supposed to be the first post of the year, but due to my lack of inspiration and time I will delay my intended post titled ‘Anno MMVIII: 2007 After Action Review’.

We had M203 and MATADOR live firing last Monday. It was fun, but we had to get up damn early. The damned rocket launcher was so damn heavy, I missed by a mile because I aimed too low. Plus, the optical sight almost destroyed my right eye. I think I would have gone blind if I was firing an RPG instead. But it was a good experience.

There was endurance run and fast march also. If not for the encouragement of my platoon guys, I wouldn’t have made it. Thanks guys!

Exercise GYPSY II was on Thursday at Mandai Reservoir. By the grace of God we managed to find all the checkpoints, with some help from other groups passing by. Carrying the signal set was not an easy task, even with rotation. Sigh, I need to work on my fitness.

Miraculously we had a Friday night bookout. It was the only thing we were all looking forward to the whole week. We had some 9 Div/Infantry Pride Day Exhibition at the Leaders’ Hall. There was a prize giving ceremony for Work Improvement Team Scheme. Some Corporal got the top prize and to top it off, Friday was his ORD day. It’s not everyday that you have a General hand your Certificate of Service and Pink IC to you. I swear, the sun was shining and the birds were singing, because somebody ORDed.

I went to Legion meeting at Maris Stella on Saturday, the first time in many months. It was good to be home. I had a long talk with a few of the young ones. Very fruitful.

I went to a talk conducted by the Family Life Society’s Nick Chui. I’ve known Nick for a while, and he is a good speaker. The talk was about the Holy Father’s first encyclical Deus Caritas Est. It was a fruitful talk, much needed spiritual input. After the talk I headed to Novena for the 5 pm devotion to Our Lady. I spent the evening walking around town after that.

I went to the 11 am Mass on Sunday, with my parents as usual. Argh, there was some visiting African priest who was singing during the homily. Best of all, the congregation was singing along with him. He was preaching something about Jesus being our walking stick. As expected, talked too much during the sign of peace, sang a funny ‘Go the Mass has ended’ at the final blessing. Damn, I should use the walking stick to give this guy a solid whack on the head. For a moment I thought Africa was the last bastion of conservatism and tradition. I think I made a mistake somewhere.

I went to meet with the Legion officers for a planning meeting regarding the Officers’ Camp in March. Goodness, there is so much to plan and prepare for. We are all very shocked. On a side note, Fr Francis Lee is agreeable with our plan to start a new young adult praesidium. Please pray for us that everything will go well.

Mother of Christ, O Star of the sea, pray for the wanderer, pray for me.

4 Responses to “20 January 2008 – Short Update”

  1. 1 Andrew January 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    What’s ORD?

    Anyway, I think if Malaysia and Singapore were to go to war, since all you fellas know how to fight and we’re…. how, shall I put it… not that fit, the only think to do is send you some of our suicide bombers… =)

  2. 2 Ian Finian January 26, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Operationally Ready Date. The end of 2 years of National Service.

    Bah, war… what is it good for?

  3. 3 Michael Feng January 28, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Interesting that you ask Our Lady Star of the Sea to pray for you the wanderer since I believe, Exercise Wanderer should be coming up after Gypsy II. As OOCs, we called it Exercise Horlanderer as many of the trainees would get themselves hopelessly lost. You should ask your sergeant about the northern part of Tekong and how trainees can get lost there for hours.

    I was manning the signal set when a trainee comms in, “Sergeant! The map says there should be a hill of height 10m in front of us, but all around us is flat land!”

    Ask them about the ghost stories for Exercise Grand slam!

  4. 4 Ian Finian February 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Goodness, Michael, I wasn’t even thinking of Ex Wanderer when I thought of the hymn, but now that you mention it….


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