Monthly Archives: July 2004

faraway

i just feel so… distant, so disconnected, from all my friends tonight.

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national day

looks like i haven’t been able to escape national day after all. i’d be part of the flag party for my camp… sucky! probably burn a few hours for the rehearsal and stuff. grr.

oh well, better then having a few weekends for the actual NDP… but i might have to do guard duty on the actual day itself! sheesh.

oh the new-looking car i got back last saturday? turns out there were some problems… basically some wiring was screwed up. like brake and light connectors swapped (this isn’t as bad as it sounds, actually) and other stuff. happily it was able to be fixed rather quickly when i brought it back to the workshop last night… although forking out about an hour (inclusive travel time) from my night-out timing was rather painful.

being a mechanic seems fun. or rather, knowing how to tinker with cars… doing it full-time would be just too much for me. ho hum.

fixed

car’s back! it’s in really great shape now, considering. haha. ‘cos they repainted certain parts and stuff. it looks brand new! well, more or less.

hopefully i’d be able to keep the phrase ‘safe driving’ in my head. for awhile at least.

friends

i’ve started watching friends. downloaded episodes. i’ve watched various random episodes before, but never really followed it… starting at season 1, it’s really quite cool how the show’d lasted ten years… aside from its great entertainment value, i really admire how the (albeit fictional) clique managed to stay together so long… wow. do such things really happen? haha. i dunno. oh well.

spanner

is spanner pronounced ‘spare-ner’, or ‘spar-nah’? i think it’s the former, but like everyone in my camp pronounces the latter.

not boiled eggs.

experimentations in hot-water cooking returns once more!

cracking the egg open and then adding boiling water was a complete flop. i ended up with eggy soup for the noodles, which was useless since the ones i had were meant for dry consumption. results were much improved the next day when i (half-)cooked a half-boiled egg with hot water before cracking it into the cooked noodles. but still not very satisfactory… sucks. ah heck i’ve kinda got sick of instant noodles anyway. plus i’m regaining all the weight i’d lost since bmt. haha.

so i think this is the end. of hot-water cooking for me, anyway.

boiled eggs?

experimentations in hot-water cooking continues…

i’m bringing 2 eggs into camp… hopefully they’d be able to boil in hot water in the plastic container! otherwise i’d be left with gooey noodles. hmm. ah heck. adds a little flavour to them, right?

studying

whoah. whoever knew studying would prove so fruitful? haha. i’m currently still in the lead for test results. haha. if i continue to score well i’d be getting a ‘best knowledge’ plaque as a souvenir for my course.

doubt i’d be getting a bayonet, though. i’m just too slack. if there’re too many people doing a task, for example, i’d be one of the first to go back to bunk to zzz. heh. oh well. we can only hope, i guess.

allan>> maybe i’d give you a treat or something if i really do get one. haha. my SOH inspiration?

gimmeacushypostingiwantacushyposting blah i wonder how it’s like as a signal spec at safti? heard they have some there. going to ROC as support staff and then going for r&r after that sounds pretty cool. free of charge, right? wonder if i’d ever get to do that.

just 7 weeks till i’m a 3SG… then 8 months to go before ORD…

accident

bah. my first accident. didn’t decelerate when going down a ramp (which is basically a downward sharp turn) and so i skidded. and smashed the railing at the side of the expressway. quite badly, at that. thankfully (and very luckily, i think), no one was hurt. at all. no other vehicle was involved, in fact!

stupid stupid stupid. the road was wet (it’d rained earlier). my tyres needed replacing. so many little factors (including my stupid love of going not-so-slowly) contributing to this. hai.

i’m gonna drive like a turtle from now on. err. a moderately-fast one, anyway. drive safe, dudes! can’t imagine what it’d have been like if i’d actually injured someone. sheesh.

signal review

life at signal institute has been highly enjoyable for me thus far. it’s not just the slack culture (we’re given more than an hour of free time after breakfast and lunch, and the last lesson usually ends by dinnertime, after which it’s slacking again). well, i guess that’s a big part of it. but for the first time in a long while in my ns life, i’m actually doing stuff which i find interesting.

what i’m doing, by the way, is basically stuff regarding radio and line communication (line communication’s like setting up simple telephone networks and stuff). it’s not exactly the most interesting thing out in the world, but i definitely enjoy this stuff as compared to the cheong sua life.

leopard-crawls, shellscrape-digging, that’s not exactly my preferred vocation.

i’m actually studying for the tests i’m going through here. i was only aiming for best knowledge initially, but my brother kinda encouraged me to go for top 3 trainees (who’ll receive a funky gold or silver bayonet as a memento). the top trainees are apparently more likely to stay in SI as instructors. the odds aren’t that bad – my course strength is only 20.

free souvenir, (relatively) cushy posting, what’s there not to like? hopefully i’m good enough, though. haven’t exactly been excelling in the military so far.

oh well. time will tell.