Archive for September 2007

Are you a carrot, an egg or coffee

OK, I know this story has been circulating thru email for a long time already. Just want to share it again with everyone. :)

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A young woman confided in her mother that life was hard, and she wanted to give up cos she was tired of struggling and fighting.

Her mother filled 3 pots of water and left them to boil. In the first pot, she put in carrots. In the second pot, she put in eggs. In the last pot, she put in coffee.

In twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished out the carrots, egg and coffee and put them in separate bowls.

She then turned to her daughter and asked, ” Tell me, what do you see?”

“Carrot, egg and coffee,” her daughter replied.

The mother then asked her daughter to feel the carrots. The daughter did and remarked that they were soft.

She then asked her daughter to break the egg. Upon doing so, she realised that the raw egg has become a hard-boiled egg.

Finally she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled when she savored its rich aroma.

Her mother then explained that each of these items faced the same adversity- boiling water. However, each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and steady. However, after bing subjected to ‘adversity’, it softened and became weak.

The egg started out fragile with a soft, liquid interior. After going through the heat, it’s insides became hardened.

The ground coffee beans, on the other hand, were totally unique. Instead of undergoing a drastic change itself, it changed the water instead.

“Which are you?” the mother asked the daughter.

“When faced with adversity, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or coffee?”

So people, think about this:

Are you a carrot, that seems strong and steady?

But with pain and adversity, wilt and become soft and limp.

Or are you an egg that started with a malleable heart and fluid spirit?

But who becomes hardened and stiff when situations heat up- like after a death, a break up, a financial hardship or some other adversity?

Or are you a coffee bean?

One that changes the hot water- the circumstance that brought the pain.

When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour- the possible essence of your life.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you can turn out better and even change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are at their greatest, how do you handle adversity?

Are you changed by your surroundings or do you bring life and flavour to them?

The Chaser – APEC stunt

Great security I must say.

I do agree with them too. If someone like Bush is allowed to attend the APEC meeting, why can’t Osama attend too? After all, both of them are the greatest terrorist.

Reservist Day Six – Missing Equipment

Missing Equipment

**This entry was handwritten on 15 Sept 2007 0025hr**

Thought could go for nights off today. But they discovered that some equipment went missing and nobody is allowed to leave the camp until it is found. Its some restricted equipment. I cannot say what is it here in the blog, but its not a weapon but its very important.

We virtually flip the entire whole camp upside down to hunt for that equipment. Heard that nobody draw it out from store. So it’s either someone stolen it or they misplaced it.

We had stand by bed to check if anyone took it. We also recount our own store to make sure everything is accounted for.

CO is going to report this case to the top and they will send the investigation branch to down to handle this issue. It’s no laughing matter. This is a pretty serious case. But everyone worked together and tried their best to help find the lost item.

Been running all over the place for the whole night. Went spec mess for supper and beer after that. Had a nice chat with some paltoon mates.

Hope this won’t affect our book out timing tomorrow. Why must this happen on Friday?

Reservist Day Five – Prepare for exercise

Prepare for exercise

**This entry was handwritten on 14 Sept 2007 1543hr**

Finished everything that we are suppose to do for today. Quite a relaxed day. Had some lesson in the morning to prepare for the main outfield exercise next week.

Didn’t have any lessons for the afternoon. But have to help my officer do some stuff. Oh well…. what to do? Come back to bunk to see everyone resting in bed. Wah ciao. Why am I the only person working?

I should go to sleep now.

Reservist Day Four – Went outfield for first time

Went outfield for first time

**This entry was handwritten on 13 Sept 2007 2205hr**

I was wrong to think that it’s going to be a relaxed day. Ended up going outfield with my officer. Everything was so last minute that I have to rush to get my equipments ready.

Actually, there is no need for me to follow them. They are doing some commander recce. I’m not required to be present at such activities. So I ended up like an idiot, standing there and doing nothing.

This is the first time I’m assigned to work with that officer. I think he is quite inexperienced. He asked one of the Sergeant to get his man to bring along some concertina wire for the night exercise. We usually need to walk quite a long distance during the night exercise. The concertina wire are coiled in a loop and is rather bulky.

The Sergeant replied to my officer “Sir, this one is Concertina wire leh, not Hula hoop” Its the best joke of the week.

Our rover had a flat tyre when we wanted to return back to camp. Took us quite some time to change the tyre because the bolt was rather tight. Returned back to camp rather late. Saw all my paltoon mates in bunk resting. I rushed to cookhouse for dinner. Had another lesson at night.

What a busy day.