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On the Way Home From the Doctor’s Office

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Sunday 11pm.

I trudged back home in the middle of the night, towards home. My head was spinning, and I was dragging a small, light and transparent plastic bag which contained my medication against flu and headache.

After ten minutes of walking in the light drizzle, I walked down the dimly-led pathway which led to my block…and I saw this long-haired girl a fair distance ahead of me, taking a few tentative steps forward, and suddenly spinning around and sprinted towards my direction.

“What’s wrong?” I ventured.

“Mouse,” she said.

“Oh,” I smiled. “Nah, these aren’t mice. These are rats…you can keep mice as pets, but rats, no way. Where are you going?”

It turned out that we lived in the same block. Yay.

“I’m going there myself. Let’s walk together,” I suggested.

“Okay,” she said. Even as we walked, she would glance furtively around her for any signs of rats scampering around her.

And so, I had company home that night. Yay.

This young stranger didn’t sound local.

“Chosun?” I asked.

“Don’t understand,” she said.

“Nihon jin desu ka?” I asked.

“Huh?” she asked.

“You don’t sound Singaporean, from the way you speak English. Where do you come from?”

“China,” she said.

After some talk, it transpired that she was a polytechnic student from China, and it was her first year here. Soon, we stepped into the lift and exchanged telephone numbers, and names.

“Give me a phone call – maybe we can go for a swim together?” I asked.

“Sure,” she said.

The lift door closed as she made her way back home. As the lift continued its way up to where I lived, the lighting in the lift seemed to have dimmed by several watts. I was sure it wasn’t because of the headache which made me get a medical certificate from the doctor to excuse me from work the next day.

If only she were The Girl.

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July 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm

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Bittersweet Sunday, Good Monday

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Yesterday, a shoot arose from the soil. She picked up the phone. Though she refused to take my birthday present, I’m more than happy to hear her voice :D

So – later in the evening, I managed to get a headache [and medical leave for today…zzzz] – and somehow managed to get to know a new friend from China. :D More details to come.

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July 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

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Weekly Status Update for New Year Resolutions

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Seven resolutions for 2010 – Updated to Eight

1. Hit the gymnasium for at least twice per week – Done
2. Do at least one bout of long-distance running (2.4km++) at least once per week – NOT Done :(
3. Project Juliet – zero again!
4. Watch at least five of my friends in performances. (Total count as of today in 2010: JM the short-haired, Older C-ster, Alt)
5. Stay in my new job in Jurong – Still succeeding
6. Complete at least two screenplays (First one has undergone translation, now waiting for collaborators; second one in the works)
7. Take part in at least two vocal competitions – (Twice at TA, one ongoing, two more coming up) – Done
8. Take part in at least two concerts – Done
9. Vacuum the floor every week – Done

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July 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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Weekly Status Update for New Year Resolutions

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Seven resolutions for 2010 – Updated to Eight

1. Hit the gymnasium for at least twice per week – Done
2. Do at least one bout of long-distance running (2.4km++) at least once per week – NOT Done :(
3. Project Juliet – zero again!
4. Watch at least five of my friends in performances. (Total count as of today in 2010: JM the short-haired, Older C-ster, Alt)
5. Stay in my new job in Jurong – Still succeeding
6. Complete at least two screenplays (First one has undergone translation, now waiting for collaborators; second one in the works)
7. Take part in at least two vocal competitions – (Twice at TA, one ongoing, two more coming up) – Done
8. Take part in at least two concerts – Done
9. Vacuum the floor every week – Done

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July 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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Oh, Crying Shame!

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For two years, every able-bodied male has to serve national service. After three months’ of military training, all recruits are then posted out to various places. Recruits deemed to have leadership capabilities are also sent to the School of Infantry Specialists – and Officer Cadets’ School (OCS).

After more than half a year of gruelling training, the cadets from OCS prepare for their commissioning parade, and this is where the scandal breaks out.

During a resting session, the parade instructor would pick out a Singaporean Officer Cadet at random. Sample conversation:

Instructor: Sing the words of the national anthem to me.
Cadet 1: (singing) Mali kita…
Instructor: Mali! What is mali!?
(Laughter)
Cadet 1: …
Instructor: Never mind, go on.
Cadet 1: (singing) Mali kita yayak…
What is “yayak”?!
Cadet 1: …
(Instructor stares at clueless cadet for a while)
Instructor: Sit back down.
(Cadet 1 sits down)
Next! You! The one with the specs! Stand up!
(Cadet 2 stands up)
Cadet 2: Yes sir?
Instructor: Sing the national anthem.
Cadet 2: (singing) Mari kita raya…
Instructor: Raya!

(and so on and so forth)

Sometimes you have to wonder at the state of the country when fresh-faced officer cadets, after more than six months in a military OFFICER’s school, cannot even sing the words of the national anthem!

For heaven’s sake, here are the words – I have not used google.

Mari kita rakyat Singapura
Sama-sama menuju bahagia
Cita cita kita yang mulia
Berjaya Singapore

Marilah kita bersatu
Dengan semangat yang baru
Semua kita berseru
Majulah Singapura
Majulah Singapura

If the officer corps of the SAF cannot even sing their own country’s national anthem, can they understand what they are defending?

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July 2, 2010 at 3:22 am

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