Archive for January 2006

Mock Surprise Exercise

Still remember 4 years ago while I was still a NSF. My unit, like most active unit, will be assigned to perform Alert Red duties. Alert Red means your unit will be the first to go eat bullet front line should anyone tries to attack singapore. One company will stay in camp 24/7 including weekends. This company is suppose to move out within 7 minutes when the alarm goes off. The rest of the units will carry a oh piang pager when booking out.

This is how prepared we are in defence.

There will be a test to see how prepared your unit is. The top will activate the unit for an exercise and we are suppose to deploy at some area. This exercise is suppose to be a surprise. Yeah, right.

There can be no surprise when it comes to mock exercise.

Those who are involved in planning the mock exercise will leak out information regarding the date and time when the exercise is supposed to be held. Once the information reaches those involved in the exercise, they will put in extra effort to prepare for the exercise to ensure that they don’t fail the test. Welcome to SAF.

Our unit got the info about the date and time of the exercise more than 1 week before hand. Everyone spend the week preparing for that “surprise” exercise. It look so articifial. On the day of the exercise, everyone were told to wake up earlier than usual to have breakfast. We draw our arms from the armskote earlier than usual and change to our number 4 uniform earlier than usual. Everyone was in full gears before the alarm was sounded.

So everyone was ready, sitting in their bunk, with the pager on the table….. waiting….. waiting….. waiting…..

Finally, the alarm sounded, the company who is supposed to move out within 7 minutes got fall in faster than usual. All our pagers sounded and we all cheered. We are activated for a “surprised” mock exercise.

This is how “wayang” things are…… And I guess things are still the same 4 years later.


Exercise Northstar V was conducted over the island today morning. It is suppose to be a surprise mock exercise. But I bet all the personnel involved in the exercise were already in full gears before the first “bomb blast” went off.

What is the point?

Strings & Serenades – Corrinne May in Concert


Feb 12 2006, Sunday @ 7.30pm
NUS University Cultural Centre Concert Hall

Corrinne performs with an 8 piece string section and her band. Featuring new songs and favourites from both Corrinne’s albums. Tickets @ $30, $40 and $50.


Tempted….. Anyone interested???
Wondering if there is any Angel in Disguise who will give me a free ticket…. :D

May You Always Experience This Kind Of Love

Someone posted a very interesting poem at Iris’s blog. Just want to share with everyone.

If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth
but didn’t love others,
I would only be making meaningless noise
like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I had the gift of prophecy,
and if I knew all the mysteries of the future
and knew everything about everything,
but didn’t love others, what good would I be?
And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move,
without love I would be no good to anybody.

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body,
I could boast about it;
but if I didn’t love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.

Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
Love does not demand its own way.
Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.
It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Dr. Howdy


Z sms me today asking where am I. Told her I’m at Orchard. At first she thought I was out with H. But she was wrong. I’m alone, as usual.

Come on lah, how lucky can I get? I’m aleady very lucky that I didn’t countdown alone. Don’t expect too much. Don’t think will be that lucky again. H has been rather cold towards me lately. Maybe because she knew my advancement and is trying to get away. Or maybe its her nature. Maybe she is avoiding me, or maybe she is playing hard to get.

Whatever it is, she is driving me crazy lately…..

Sometimes I wonder if she is a train to my destination or just a roller coaster. I really hope she could bring me out of singlehood and to the destination I’m been looking forward to. But it is beginning to seems like she is just another roller coaster ride. Full of ups and down. End of the day, you go back to where you start your ride.


T was asking me why I recently keep talking about getting attached/married stuff. He say it doesn’t sound like me. He say I am beginning to sound like J. Perhaps it is because I’ve reach the age when J start talking about getting attached/married stuff. He is 1 year older than me. Perhaps the age to start worrying about being single is around 26 year old. Maybe it will end at around 30 ba. By then, its either you already gotten attached/married or you already given up hope.

I’m still considering if I should get a vietnam bride if I pass the age of 35.


Singapore Blogsphere is going to be rather quiet for the weekend. Quite a handful of celebrities bloggers are in Malaysia now attending Cowboy’s Wedding. They are stuck in a hotel without WIFI!!!! **HORROR** A blogger’s nightmare.

Anyway, congrats to him. :)


Walking alone orchard road. The drizzle didn’t stop me as I continue to walk on the streets without umbrella. Seeing couples sharing an umbrella, how sweet.

Wanted to have a nice cup of coffee at coffee bean, But couldn’t find a seat. Would be nice if I’m not alone. At least someone could chop a seat while I go order the drinks.

Wish you could be there……

Armchair Critics

Don’t you just hate it when you got 2 armchair critics in your home while you are trying to get something done?

AC: You need to use the screw to secure it lah.
Me: I already told you many times that I’ve lost the screw. Got any other option?
AC: Nope.

Me: **Turning the thing**
AC: You need to turn the thing more to get it out.
Me: You so good you try lah. **Pass it to AC**
AC: You do better.

AC: Not straight lah.
Me: Yes, I can see not straight. Can’t you see I’m trying to straighten it?
AC: **Cont sitting at sofa looking at me struggling**

AC: Its sliding down.
Me: I know, I’m trying to tighten it?
AC: **Still cont sitting at sofa looking at me struggling**

AC: Like that cannot work lah.
Me: You come do lah.
AC: I’m just telling you cannot mah. **Still sitting at sofa**

Its already very annoying that the whole damn thing doesn’t work. The last thing I need is 2 armchair critics commenting on everything that I’m doing. I also have eyes. I know it is not stright. I know it is loose. Can’t you see I’m trying to fix it? Its either you come help, or just shut up.