Sayonara shinnyu

Dedicated to a friend of mine, Takuya Michimoto.

I think it is unfair for someone who is bred here to serve 2 years of National Service. but nonetheless kudos for sacrificing your time and energy! Your contribution is key to why and how most Singaporeans can sleep peacefully at night.

Takuya, 3rd from right

Takuya, born and bred in Japan, moved over to Singapore when he was young but remain in an all Japanese environment here. Studied in a Jap high school, had friends who speak the same language, ate Japanese food, speak Japanese at home (though his mum is a Singaporean Chinese), listen to Jap music.

Taku’s Birthday at Himawari Japanese restaurant

We had a fantastic time together for the past 1 year in section 2, platoon 1, archer company, 11th mono, 40th SAR. We were posted to the victory battalion, strong culture of being victory warriors; best armour battalion, good results for atec.etc But that also meant we went thru alot of hell and tough training together.

Ex Wallaby, 2015

Being a Armour infantry trooper, a huge amount of our time was spend in the bx vehicle during outfield training. Troopers waiting to dismount and thrash the enemies? nahh huge amount of our time was spend in the bx sleeping and eating and waiting to get out for a grasp of fresh air.

I will always remember him siting in the bx like a boss, enjoying his first class seat when the rest of us suffer in the crappy bx. Also remembering him stoning and shag out, always expecting his outfield mode when we move out for training.

But Taku was probably the fittest guy in our section in terms of physical. Gold IPPT doesn’t seem to be a difficult task for him. Thanks for running together with me during the 8km out of camp run, my one and only ooc run and i had to start at a 8km range! This is when i get to know the difference of combat fitness and physical fitness. I clearly suck at the latter.

We also had lots of fun together, the countless nights out, maggi nights, pizza nights, duty in camp, birthday celebrations, overseas exercise. And of course not forgetting how annoying he can be. When the entire platoon is dreading to do pt, he will be the only one shouting counts loudly like a crazyman. Worst still, we had to bear with him playing his guitar and singing the same old song in our bunk for the entire year.

But we dont hate him, and we still love him very much for being part of the section. I will miss all the memories made together in our section. Thank you for everything and all the best for your future endeavors. Sayonora!

*Taku returned to Japan for his uni studies and to reside there permanently.

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Weekend ramblings

Was it a tough week? YES… i was expecting more admin time after a week of preparing and turn out for ops duty. But they had to organise ICCT( individual close combat training) in the morning and afternoon pt almost every day. We did a killer 5 km run in one of the afternoon training… manage to finish it in 24 minutes with my kangkong legs.kang-kong.

I am not involve in the guard duty for ops, but i still want my afternoon naps. Speaking of the 4NTM duty, we are the only Armour unit on ops duty. That makes us one of the most current operational active unit in the Armour formation. Sounds way cooler than doing it…lol
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There is Kinokuniya at JEM! Now i’m finally looking forward to the monthly nights out..  i started reading a Chinese novel bought from Kino the previous nights out.

Quoted from the book…

每個人有自己的表达方式, 如果你不喜歡只能說明不是為你準備的。
你可以不接受, 這是一种自由。但不屑和抨擊翻到另外個世界觀, 只能說明你的無知和武断。
大家都要遵重別人對各自 [精采生命] 的表达  : 张嘉佳

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a cup of joy!

Having llaollao on the steps of Wisma Atria and joining the filipinas in their bitching session.

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This is the typical look nice but taste bad picture… i swear Ninefresh is way better, affordable and serve more varieties than it’s rival. Ninefresh deserve to have more outlets in Singapore, at least open one in the east lah.

IMG_20150610_231250As of today, i’m left with 363 days to the end of ” Uncle, Keat Hong Camp, na ger ulu ulu beside ntu de camp”. Hurray!

Cohesion = Stronger unity?

Cohesion, a new word i learnt after entering the army. I didn’t know there will still be bonding sessions with our coy mates even though we see each other 24/7, 5 days a week. These chill out sessions can be fun sometimes and it helps to understand your mates better outside of military environment.

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my 1st group shot with plt 1
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Sometimes i prefer to chill aside while the rest drink and merry
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LOL!
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Had dinner with the plt after rotation 2 training.

Army – training ground for the mind and body. It is important to know the survival skills in order to survive living in a community. Despite the differences we have, everyone attempts to be at peace with one another and avoid escalating any conflicts known/unknown. But unfortunately lots of conflict remain unresolved. definitely not the female hormones that is causing all this.. you know how girls can make a big fuss out of a small issue.

Accepting one another flaws is one difficult thing to do, but it is part of survival skill. You will really meet all kinds of people whose lifestyle, character, actions, goes against your own beliefs and ethics. It need lots of practice of understanding and tolerance. “Keep a safe distance, does not only applies to mechanical work and train stations.” But lastly, putting aside differences for a larger good is more important than anything else.

Good friends are hard to come by, but there are nice people around. I’m thankful to meet really good commanders.. and especially my plt sergeant whom is always supportive of what i do. They are probably the only motivation to continue when difficult times comes by.

to be con’td…

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One day it’s here and then it’s gone
How are you still holding on?
How are you still holding on?

You’ve felt this way for far too long
Waiting for a change to come
You know you’re not the only one

And life passes you by
Don’t be wasting your time
On your own

You always try to see yourself
Through the eyes of someone else
Through the eyes of someone else

Too shy to say that you need help
You and everybody else
You and everybody else

Oh, life passes you by
Don’t waste your time
On your own

Yeah life passes you by
Don’t be wasting your time
All alone

As your heart gets bigger
And you try to figure out
What’s it all about

And your skin gets thicker
As you try to figure out
What’s it all about

Yeah life passes you by
Don’t waste your time
On your own

One day it’s here and then it’s gone
How are you still holding on?
How are you still holding on?

Was it only a matter of time

Touchdown to reality
It’s not exactly what you had in mind, oh
Brother, brother
Was it only a matter of time

Yeah, oh

Maybe you’ve gotta let it be
Maybe time will tell, maybe you will see, oh
Brother, brother
You really shouldn’t take it too hard

Oh

In a perfect world
In a perfect world
In a perfect world, singing