First cockup before even stepping into camp

**This entry was handwritten on 10 Sept 2007 0800hr**

Just booked in. First cockup of the day occur even before we step into the camp. Apparently, we are suppose to report at a newly created gate. But the map given to us was pointing to the old gate which is wrong. So everyone ended up at the wrong gate and have to take another cab to the correct reporting place. Too far for walking. End up sharing cab with 3 other people whom I don’t know. Team work even before we in-process. Haha.

They really enforce the no camera phone rules. Everyone is suppose to show their handphone at the in-process area. Those with camera phone are required to surrender it to the guard room and can only collect it when they book out. Lucky for me, I have a old Nokia 8250. Retro man.

The camp is very new. In fact, we are the 2nd batch of Reservist to use the camp. Everything from bed to locker are brand new. I’m impressed by the facilities here. There is a power point to every bed for use to charge our handphone (or PSP). The toilet look nice and has many cubicle for shower. No more queues after exercise.

Seems like going to rain soon. There is supposed to be a CO parade followed by a route march. Not sure which smart alex suggested a route march soon after we in-process. We have been doing that since last year. Crazy. Good thing is that it is going to rain soon. Looks like the parade and route march is going to be cancelled.

As per normal

Usually, reservist reporting timing is 7:30am. Not sure why is it 7am this time. But those who reach earlier have to wait as the in-processing centre is not open yet. They open around 6:50am. Heard from those usual early bird that in the past, when the reporting timing is 7:30am, the in-processing centre also opens at around 6:50am too.

Conclusion: We come early, they still as per normal.

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Wear number four too long cannot think

After in-processing, we proceed to our company line with our heavy bags. The NSF SGT told us to go armstoke to draw our arms first before going up our bunks on 2nd floor. Some of us suggested bringing our bags up to the bunk first before going to draw arms, but was rejected. The SGT say we can put our bags at level 1, go draw arms then go up. Lazy to talk logic to those who wear number four uniform for too long.

The bag already very heavy liao. Still go draw arms to add more weight, then go upstair?

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NSmen don’t need follow TSR

Had a parade first thing in the morning follow by a 3km route march. It was a rather short one. But for the sake of grumbling, many people voice out that they didn’t have 7hours of sleep the night before. Didn’t have water parade the night before. Didn’t have physical conditioning etc etc etc. But we still went on with the route march dispite not meeting the TSR. (Training Safety Regulation?) Won’t die lah.

Overheard someone saying: Eh, you walk orchard road need 7hours of sleep and water parade the night before or not?

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The wonder of number four uniform

The number four uniform is a wonderful piece of clothing. I’m not refering the design. I’m refering to the effects it does to the person wearing it. When you put on your number four uniform, you discovered that you suddenly speak lots of dialect. You can swear with many complicated words that you seldom use in daily life. You can sit down or even sleep at any place no matter how dirty the floor is.

The only side-effect: Your brain stop working.

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Endurance sleep

The easiest way to past time during reservist is to sleep. And seriously, you don’t get to sleep that much during your normal working days. Think I clocked 10 hours of sleep for the first day of reservist EXCLUDING the nap that I had in the afternoon.

End up with a terrible headache the next day. Getting weaker now. Used to be able to sleep whole afternoon and night during army time without having any problems.

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More to come…..