OCS~!

Posted: 23/01/2011 in Uncategorized

Hello everyone,

I am extremely sorry that I haven’t been able to blog for a really long time because I was enjoying my trip to Genting with Aldaias and then after which, have to book into Officer Cadet School (OCS) to begin my Officer Cadet Course (OCC).

And yes, I am in camp now typing this entry and I currently am having some self-study time to study for my upcoming tests and all. So yes, I currently am in Hotel Wing and so I guess many of you would probably have heard of Hotel Wing before and how the training over here is like. For those who don’t know, I shan’t disclose anything here, you might want to hear it from other people or do some google search. Hahas.

I pretty much miss my family and loved ones over the last few days and I won’t be able to see them until next Sunday when they come for Parent’s Day. Following which, I would then be able to book out on the 2nd of February, which is on Chinese New Year’s Eve. As per the training schedule, we would be booking out at 1200 hours. I’m not sure how true that is but I really really hope that I would be able to join my family for reunion dinner. I really pray that nothing will mess up my Chinese New Year time with family.

Anyway, life here in OCS is very much like studying in an Overseas University. Everyone here have to be really independent to manage their own time here and also their personal admin like washing clothes, cleaning up rooms, making up the beds and etc. But of course, the difference between OCS and University is that OCS is a military set-up, hence it encompasses discipline and regimentation to the max. The bunk here is a two man bunk, unlike in Tekong where the bunk is shared with 15 other people. This is actually quite a good point because we have our own personal space, our own table top and lamp to study, our own shelvings to put clothings and books, plus other personal items.

Well, it will be 37 more weeks to go and this week really flew by quickly. Next week would definitely have its own set of challenges but I am more looking forward to the Parent’s Day. Hahas. I would also be going for my Compass Test next week so I really pray hard that I would be able to score well for the test and perhaps join the Airforce. Well, God has His own plans and I shall just pray hard that things will work out.

Alright then, back to studying on the subject matter of navigation. Till then~! Loves. =)

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Happy New Year 2011 to everyone reading on my blog! Well, it is the 2nd day of New Year and I got to be back to camp tonight for the Graduation Parade rehearsals that will take place next week. My graduation parade will be held on the 8th of January 2011 at the Marina Bay Floating Platform and the 24KM Route March will commence the night before. Well, this past few days, I have been thinking about so many things. I have been thinking about my future, my present, and my past. I guess what’s past is the past. I shall not brood over it and let it affect my present or my future. As for my present, after this graduation parade, I really am hoping and praying that MINDEF will offer me a scholarship to further my studies. I shall not reveal any details yet but I really am praying that everything would fall into place. People say, ‘every decision comes with a sacrifice and a consequence’. So well, I hope the sacrifice is a worthy one.

So how was my New Year Eve and New Year spent? Well, I went out for dinner with my family at The Ship @ NEX Shopping Mall, and after which, went to the Wine Bos along Victoria Street to countdown with my very good friends (Aldaias, Alex, Min Hui, and Sandy). We had glasses of red and white wine, and although wines are meant to be appreciated, we “bottoms up” almost every single glass. I bus-ed home after that and woke up the very next morning to meet Aldaias and Alex for lunch, dinner and supper. We had kway chap for lunch, bbq seafood for dinner, and Haagen Daz ice-cream for supper. We had drinks too and well, Aldaias had Kir Royale, Alex had Gin Tonic, and I had Singapore Sling. Drinks at the Fullerton Hotel ain’t cheap! Our 3 drinks totalled up cost $70+ and I’m like gosh~! Thanks ah Aldaias if you are reading this =)

After the graduation parade, I should be heading to Malaysia together with Aldaias on the 11th to the 13th. We are planning to visit Genting Highlands on the first night and then head down to Kuala Lumpur to go on a major shopping spree for Chinese New Year clothings. Can’t wait for the NS allowance to be in by the 10th!

For this new year 2011, I do have many new year resolutions and goals that I plan to set and achieve. I probably would share more about them in my blog post next week. But honestly, I feel that I have drifted rather far away from God. I no longer feel as on fire as I was before. I no longer feel the spiritual hunger and motivation anymore. I have lost the drive and the eagerness to serve. I have backslidded. I want to slide back to God. I want to thirst and hunger for Him once again. I want to be on fire as I was the first time I gave my heart to Him. Tell me how~!

Well, the song ‘Because You Loved Me’ by Celine Dion that I am going to put up on this blog post is dedicated to God, my parents, my siblings, and the friends who have stood by me.

The lyrics of the song is as follows:

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I’ll be forever thankful baby
You’re the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You’re the one who saw me through through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I’m grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don’t know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You’ve been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

The Very First Letter That My Mum Wrote To Me and That Which I Received After A Heavy Tekan Session During Field Camp

“Dearest Melvin,

Hope you are adapting well in camp life. A lot of thoughts flashed in me this few day, and I realized how time flies. The thoughts of changing nappies for you as a baby still seems fresh in me and now you are growing to become a man. I believe camp life is tough and that is every stage a guy have to go through and I believe that all those toughness can actually mould you out to be a man. I mean a real man, full of responsibility and prepare you for the life ahead of you. Maybe you are not a guy with much words, but please be assured that I am willing to listen and share with you if you are willing to open your heart. By the way, please remember that every parent love their child, and you are no exception. Mummy love you and please take good care of yourself and strive on no matter how difficult it is. I know you can make it k? Looking forward to your book out day to see you again!

Love, Mummy and Daddy and your Brothers”

Sandy & I during NYE Countdown at Wine Bos

Ok, I shall blog till here then. I got to start packing my field pack and book into camp. Till then avid readers. =)

Posted: 02/01/2011 in Uncategorized

2 More Weeks to POP!

Posted: 19/12/2010 in Uncategorized

Hello everyone,

I am 2 more weeks to my graduation parade and things are definitely going to get rather exciting. Highlights for the coming weeks are as follows:

23 December, Thursday- Book Out Day
24 December, Friday- Family Dinner at Home
25 December, Saturday- Christmas Service (will be serving for the morning service, and going for the afternoon service with my friends)
26 December, Sunday- Christmas Service (will be serving for the morning service)
29 December, Wednesday- Book Out Day
30 December, Thursday- Cellgroup Thanksgiving Night 2010
31 December, Friday- New Year’s Eve
01 January, Saturday- New Year’s Day
08 January, Saturday- Graduation Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Platform

Alright, below is an extract that I found pretty meaningful, hence, do check it out!

Ben Jones | August 23, 2006

“50 Things”

Dear Class of 2010,

This will be my last entry written specifically for you; beginning with the launch of our new site in early September, I’ll begin focusing on the future class of 2011. I hope that you guys won’t be strangers; stay in touch either in person (come visit us!) or online (please drop by the blogs from time to time and say hi).

As you begin your college experience, and I prepare for my 10-year college reunion, I thought I’d leave you with the things that, in retrospect, I think are important as you navigate the next four years. I hope that some of them are helpful.

Here goes…

Your friends will change a lot over the next four years. Let them.
Call someone you love back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes.
In college more than ever before, songs will attach themselves to memories. Every month or two, make a mix cd, mp3 folder, whatever – just make sure you keep copies of these songs. Ten years out, they’ll be as effective as a journal in taking you back to your favorite moments.
Take naps in the middle of the afternoon with reckless abandon.
Adjust your schedule around when you are most productive and creative. If you’re nocturnal and do your best work late at night, embrace that. It may be the only time in your life when you can.
If you write your best papers the night before they are due, don’t let people tell you that you “should be more organized” or that you “should plan better.” Different things work for different people. Personally, I worked best under pressure – so I always procrastinated… and always kicked ass (which annoyed my friends to no end). 😉 Use the freedom that comes with not having grades first semester to experiment and see what works best for you.
At least a few times in your college career, do something fun and irresponsible when you should be studying. The night before my freshman year psych final, my roommate somehow scored front row seats to the Indigo Girls at a venue 2 hours away. I didn’t do so well on the final, but I haven’t thought about psych since 1993. I’ve thought about the experience of going to that show (with the guy who is now my son’s godfather) at least once a month ever since.
Become friends with your favorite professors. Recognize that they can learn from you too – in fact, that’s part of the reason they chose to be professors.
Carve out an hour every single day to be alone. (Sleeping doesn’t count.)
Go on dates. Don’t feel like every date has to turn into a relationship.
Don’t date someone your roommate has been in a relationship with.
When your friends’ parents visit, include them. You’ll get free food, etc., and you’ll help them to feel like they’re cool, hangin’ with the hip college kids.
In the first month of college, send a hand-written letter to someone who made college possible for you and describe your adventures thus far. It will mean a lot to him/her now, and it will mean a lot to you in ten years when he/she shows it to you.
Embrace the differences between you and your classmates. Always be asking yourself, “what can I learn from this person?” More of your education will come from this than from any classroom.
All-nighters are entirely overrated.
For those of you who have come to college in a long-distance relationship with someone from high school: despite what many will tell you, it can work. The key is to not let your relationship interfere with your college experience. If you don’t want to date anyone else, that’s totally fine! What’s not fine, however, is missing out on a lot of defining experiences because you’re on the phone with your boyfriend/girlfriend for three hours every day.
Working things out between friends is best done in person, not over email. (IM does not count as “in person.”) Often someone’s facial expressions will tell you more than his/her words.
Take risks.
Don’t be afraid of (or excited by) the co-ed bathrooms. The thrill is over in about 2 seconds.
Wednesday is the middle of the week; therefore on wednesday night the week is more than half over. You should celebrate accordingly. (It makes thursday and friday a lot more fun.)
Welcome failure into your lives. It’s how we grow. What matters is not that you failed, but that you recovered.
Take some classes that have nothing to do with your major(s), purely for the fun of it.
It’s important to think about the future, but it’s more important to be present in the now. You won’t get the most out of college if you think of it as a stepping stone.
When you’re living on a college campus with 400 things going on every second of every day, watching TV is pretty much a waste of your time and a waste of your parents’ money. If you’re going to watch, watch with friends so at least you can call it a “valuable social experience.”
Don’t be afraid to fall in love. When it happens, don’t take it for granted. Celebrate it, but don’t let it define your college experience.
Much of the time you once had for pleasure reading is going to disappear. Keep a list of the books you would have read had you had the time, so that you can start reading them when you graduate.
Things that seem like the end of the world really do become funny with a little time and distance. Knowing this, forget the embarassment and skip to the good part.
Every once in awhile, there will come an especially powerful moment when you can actually feel that an experience has changed who you are. Embrace these, even if they are painful.
No matter what your political or religious beliefs, be open-minded. You’re going to be challenged over the next four years in ways you can’t imagine, across all fronts. You can’t learn if you’re closed off.
If you need to get a job, find something that you actually enjoy. Just because it’s work doesn’t mean it has to suck.
Don’t always lead. It’s good to follow sometimes.
Take a lot of pictures. One of my major regrets in life is that I didn’t take more pictures in college. My excuse was the cost of film and processing. Digital cameras are cheap and you have plenty of hard drive space, so you have no excuse.
Your health and safety are more important than anything.
Ask for help. Often.
Half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at any given moment. Way more than half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at some point in the next four years. Get used to it.
In ten years very few of you will look as good as you do right now, so secretly revel in how hot you are before it’s too late.
In the long run, where you go to college doesn’t matter as much as what you do with the opportunities you’re given there. The MIT name on your resume won’t mean much if that’s the only thing on your resume. As a student here, you will have access to a variety of unique opportunities that no one else will ever have – don’t waste them.
On the flip side, don’t try to do everything. Balance = well-being.
Make perspective a priority. If you’re too close to something to have good perspective, rely on your friends to help you.
Eat badly sometimes. It’s the last time in your life when you can do this without feeling guilty about it.
Make a complete ass of yourself at least once, preferably more. It builds character.
Wash your sheets more than once a year. Trust me on this one.
If you are in a relationship and none of your friends want to hang out with you and your significant other, pay attention. They usually know better than you do.
Don’t be afraid of the weird pizza topping combinations that your new friend from across the country loves. Some of the truly awful ones actually taste pretty good. Expand your horizons.
Explore the campus thoroughly. Don’t get caught.
Life is too short to stick with a course of study that you’re no longer excited about. Switch, even if it complicates things.
Tattoos are permanent. Be very certain.
Don’t make fun of prefrosh. That was you like 2 hours ago.
Enjoy every second of the next four years. It is impossible to describe how quickly they pass.
This is the only time in your lives when your only real responsibility is to learn. Try to remember how lucky you are every day.
Be yourself. Create. Inspire, and be inspired. Grow. Laugh. Learn. Love.

Welcome to some of the best years of your lives.

Extracted from: “http://www.mitadmissions.org/topics/life/workplay_balance_at_mit/50_things.shtml”

Alright, I shall blog till here then. Got to rush off and go book in already. Cheers and happy holidays everyone! =)

Hello everyone, its been such a long week since I last blogged and truly, I am really glad that all the high key events for my basic military training is almost over. It will be three more weeks from now to the graduation parade and I really cannot wait. Everyone has been asking me whether I would be able to go to Officer Cadet School or Specialist Cadet School and all; but well, we will have to wait till the posting is out. Due to some complications with MINDEF, I would have to wait and see if I could appeal for them to review my application.

Well for this week, I just want to share that ever since I enlisted into National Service, I begin to love, cherish, and treasure my family more, and not take them for granted. They say that NS turns boys into men and really, its very true. Many of my section mates felt the same way as I do and as much as we can, we want to try and be home often for dinner. By nature, I am really a very quiet individual, even at home. Hence, I don’t really share much nor talk much. However, after enlisting, I began to open up little by little. Thus, I really am glad that as such, I am able to appear more sociable and friendly towards other people, hopefully. =)

Ok, its less than 3 hours to booking in and I got to go and prepare now. Nevertheless, before I end off this entry, I just want to say that Christmas is coming! So presents are most welcomed! Hahas . . .

*Wishlist for Christmas* (hint hint to family members reading my blog! lol)

Apple Ipad 3G
Watch (mine spoilt after being outfield)
Call of Duty: Black Ops
*Any geeky and digital stuffs! Lols.

Meaningful Things I Did The Past Week

Achieved marksmanship for my live range (041210, Saturday)
Donated blood (091210, Thursday)
Collected my studio photos (091210, Thursday)
BBQ with section mates at my place for the very 1st time (101210, Friday)
Sent my youngest brother to school (111210, Saturday)
Picked my second brother from camp for the very 1st time (111210, Saturday)
Caught a movie with my youngest brother for the very 1st time (111210, Saturday)

Till the next time I blog!~

Field Camp is Over!~

Posted: 28/11/2010 in Uncategorized

FINALLY, I have managed to pull through field camp after 5 days of hell. Seriously, it was not easy. Although I prayed for good weather, it rained everyday except for the last day of field camp. 0.o’! The whole camp site was so super muddy that the mud sticks to my boots no matter where I walked. Well, here is a brief overview of what I did over the last 5 days.

Day 1

We did a 8 KM route march to our camp site and upon reaching, we were told to construct our shelter there. After pitching up our tents, my buddy and I had to dig a canal around our tent so as to prevent rainwater from coming into our tent. No less than 2 hours, the canal we dug was put to the test. It started to rain heavily and the rainwater could be seen flowing down the canal and we thought that it was rather successful. But after 15 mins of rain, parts of the canal were choked with water and water started to seep into our tent. Seriously, both my buddy and I felt so demoralised because this meant that we had to sleep in muddy waters for the next 2 nights.

Day 2

We had Individual Field Craft lessons for the whole entire day. Nothing much really happened except the fact that my buddy and I had to sleep and live in mud. Tekan session also started on this day and it was expected to get more intense over the next few days.

Day 3

We were woken up with an expected turnout. Thunderflash was thrown all over the place, Trip Flare was lit, Sergeants were screaming profanities all over the shop to wake all of us up. As it was an artillery fire drill, we had to quickly tear down our tent, pack up all our bags, account for the platoon strength, had our bags and equipment checked, and go for a 2KM route march. Then we had a tekan session, followed by breakfast. After which, we had a lesson on digging shellscrape and then it was our turn to dig our own shellscrape. For me, it was manageable as the ground where I was on was rather soft. However, I felt really disgusted because I dug many earthworms and even 1 centipede which was really huge and fierce. Imagine sleeping in a shellscrape like mine! We then had a rather intense tekan session once again and literally, after everything, we felt so frustrated and tired that some of us started to tear. Our uniforms were literally like those of the US Army, solid brown! Letters from our parents were then given to us and when I received and read mine from my parents, I teared because it was rather touching and I knew I had to push on no matter how tough the field camp may be. We then had a muddy lunch, wrote back to our parents to thank them for encouraging us, and went back to digging our shellscrape. However, the weather was not really kind to us and it started to rain heavily. Hence, our shellscrape was filled with water. By the time the rain stopped, it was dinner and we then had a confidence night walk. This night was one of the longest and coldest night I have ever experienced in my whole entire life. Because our shellscrape was flooded with the rainwater, we had to lay our groundsheet on the muddy ground and gather in groups of 3 to sleep together. As our pants, underwear, and boots were all wet, it made things worst because we were literally freezing throughout the whole entire night. I myself slept less than 2 hours and had to wake up most of the time trying to keep myself warm by burning solid fuels and tree branches. I seriously wanted to fall out but because my buddy and section mates were all pushing on, I am really glad I survived that night.

Day 4

We had our Ground Battle Course the whole entire day. Nothing much really happened except that my platoon had a tekan session at night. Thankfully, it was not very cold at night and I was able to catch some sleep after my sentry duty. It was also the night I encountered a wild boar.

Day 5

Well, we had tekan session in the morning and we had to cover back our shellscrape. After which, we then had a paintball session. Not as exciting as the one I have played outside. However, the training programme was really tight and we literally had to do everything fast in order to book out on time. Nothing much happened except that we had to do fast clean-up, fast returning of arms, and fast book out.

The Aftermath? Well, I still have rashes all over my hand and yes, it was the first time I ever experienced heat rash. It was so painful that it literally felt like thousands of needles poking my skin. I had lots of clothing that had to be washed which is already ready by now. And yes, a smelly and stinky boot which is also fresh and ready to be used for booking in later.

Although field camp was seriously very tough because of the adverse weather condition, nevertheless; I am also glad that this high key event for my BMT assessment is over. This also meant that I am one step closer to my graduation parade. Well, I have less than 5 hours more to booking in and I will not be able to book out next week as I would be having my SIT test over the weekends, (another 3 days 2 nights outfield)! Alright then, I shall blog till here for now. I would be visiting the new shopping mall nearby my place which has already opened and would be buying some stuffs to stock up for the week. Till then!~

Wow, the month of November is coming to an end soon. Time really indeed fly so fast and soon, its going to be December. That can only mean one thing for sure; one more month to my BMT Graduation Parade! Well, I will be having my field camp next week so I will not be contactable at all. As such, should you need to drop me any message, please kindly sms me and I will reply you as soon as my field camp is over, which probably would be the 27th of November 2010 (Saturday). Do also pray for me as I go for my field camp because I seriously hope that the weather will be good and that I will not fall sick or suffer from any injuries.

I just listened to Yiruma- River Flows In You. It’s such a touching piece which really kinda moved me. In fact, I also listened to other pieces like “Kiss The Rain”, and “If I Could See You Again”, and I felt rather emo. I thought to myself and prayed to God that He will take the emptiness and loneliness away. Oh well, how I really wish someone could fill up the missing pieces of my life. God spoke today and Abba Father is really indeed such a great God. Proverbs 3:5-6 [Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths]. Lord, I trust You and know that You have prepared greater things ahead of me.

All right, I shall end my entry here. Its less than 2 hours to booking in. Take care everyone and see you all soon! =)

Last week was indeed an awesome week for me. Not only am I a diploma graduate now, I officially passed my IPPT last Thursday and it was truly a cause for celebration. All in all, my company took a total of 4 IPPT assessments; I failed the 1st one, was unable to take the 2nd one due to injury, failed my 3rd one and finally, on the 4th attempt, passed my IPPT. Personally, the only concern I have for IPPT is my Standing Board Jump (SBJ). I can’t really jump far because I probably have adopted all the wrong techniques I learnt back in secondary school. Nevertheless, I am glad that I am able to scrape through the SBJ and am now working towards a Silver for IPPT.

Well, that was all for last week but for this week, training is slightly tougher, both physically and also mentally. Because my whole company is now in the BMT phase, we are being challenged out of our comfort zone daily. Nevertheless, despite the tough training, I believe that the reason for it is justifiable. Training is a form of preparation and so far, I have indeed seen the fruits of training harder. I am now more fitter as compared to last time and I am able to stretch my breaking limit further.

Next week will be my field camp and it is a super high key event. Hence, please do not be surprised or alarm as I will not be contactable from this Sunday onwards till probably next Saturday or Sunday. Do pray for me and I look forward to sharing more with you all soon. =) God bless!~