Friday, October 30, 2015

First week in new unit

Hellooooo, as you may have known, I am finally out of OCS :) still not used to being acknowledged as a commissioned officer, but getting there heh. #privileges Oh, and I'm not going to write as per how I used to write during my OCS journey so yep!!

First day of reporting to camp was hectic, mainly being my alarm failed to ring and I had 5mins to scramble my smart 4, brush my teeth and get ready to go to camp. So I was late haha SHIT what a way to start! Luckily it did not affect the running of the schedule so I was let off the hook phew~ Had CO's opening address, followed by many lessons and many other addresses by various people, including RSM (Regiment Sergeant Major), USO (Unit Safety Officer) et cetera... I must say I rather love the PT culture here; will really get to improve my already not bad physique xP

Finally coming to an end of this induction programme and oh wow, turnout! A series of mentally and physically draining exercises which coupled with the crazy amount of morning PT caused me to reach my limit. But of course, I had to push myself to complete it! Shag omg :X

I BOOKED OUT FINALLY YIPEE BUT WITH A SORE BUTT AND ACHING THIGHS!!

EDIT: Just celebrated Golden Jubilee 50!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Week 39/39

It's finally the end of OCS guys and gals. What was once so far is now so near and within reach. As every day pass by second by second, minutes gradually became hours and hours turned into days. Before I knew it, I was standing on the graduating parade square itself.

Day 1
Rehearsals.

Day 2
Rehearsals.

Day 3
Rehearsals.Oh! And a random nights out which was pointless to me hence I slept in bunk.

Day 4
Rehearsals.

Day 5
Rehearsals. Got to book out in the evening but alas, I have to book in tomorrow at 8.30am. ZZZ also no point but going home is still going home.

D-day
The day I have been waiting for throughout my NS life. The morning felt so surreal that I could've pinched myself and still not felt pain. As the actual graduating parade drew closer, the tension also built up within me (familiar with the butterflies in the stomach feeling? Yup, that's it). Every minute on the parade square felt eternal yet I did not want that feeling to end, because somehow I dread the unknown, if what is to happen. We have been taught to lead, but this will be the test itself. How we fare is up to us, and I definitely do not want to screw it up. Before I knew it, I was grabbing the 2LT rank insignia and marching back onto the parade square to be properly commissioned as a fresh 2LT. My eyes actually welled up at the thought of that. Whatever people say about doing anything just to be in a commissioning parade again is true, the feeling is indescribable!


 My dad affixing on my rank

 Me and Qi Xun, a long-time exercise buddy and close friend of mine
 Me and Gerald, it's been 2 years?
 Not sure why am I slanting in the opposite direction as the Leaning Tower of Pisa
 My parents!
 Air-force buddies for life!
Part 2 of that because Xuan Wen was late. tsk.

P.S. Sorry Ulric, my 12 year friend, but I just can't seem to find our photo LOL. But it's on twitter anyway :)

Oh, and I was bored so I audio-taped me singing 小幸运 by 田馥甄. DO NOT JUDGE! Okay i'm kidding, just judge LOL!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week 38/39

Can't really say I did much over these two weeks because it's just endless parade rehearsals after rehearsals. OMG the lower back pain.

Day 1
Rehearsal.

Day 2
Somehow got rest, aka more lectures. You will never know how hard it is to find the Z monster until you face a droning monotonous lecturer who knows way too much in his field of expertise and keep wanting to digress to share more...

Day 3
ACPC (Awards Certificate Presentation Ceremony) rehearsals. It was kind of different; for one, we wore No. 2 which was the formal dining in dress attire, and secondly the rehearsing was all for a mere 10 seconds up on stage which somehow people still screw up.

Day 4
Nothing much, same old rehearsals.

Day 5
ACPC itself. In summary, it was good food turning cold because of formalities' sake, we had to wait for the higher-in-command to tuck in first before us consuming.

Day 6
Stayed back for Inter-arms relay which got pushed back due to haze. Thanks Indonesia for burning another of my weekends!

EDIT: My team for PT excellence somehow won this LOL.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Week 37/39

Joint term begins! Familiar faces from the air force and my ex-wing mates who left for artillery during Professional term. Also signifies the start of droning lectures and the torture of having to keep myself awake in order to not get confined receive the best out of all these lectures.

Day 1
Lectures. Lunch. Lectures. Remember these 3 Ls guys and gals.

Day 2
3Ls.

Day 3
Quite an refreshing change for awhile. We had PT excellence which was to compete between groups to see who fared better after a long hiatus of not doing any rigorous training. Of course, thanks to Indonesia, our very friendly and helpful counterpart near us, we could not resume the running part of this competition and hence have to be pushed back to sat (aka we had to stay back zzz). And NS being NS, had the wonderful planning idea of stacking a lecture 30mins right after the supposed end time which in the end was truncated due to the increment weather (for the less knowledgeable, I meant the haze). Imagine if we had gone on with the competition; definitely rushing and dead beat in the lectures. And that's not all, we had to go for our first commissioning parade rehearsal right after that randomly slotted lecture. Double the sleepiness WOOHOO. Okay, at least I survived the day to crash the night away.

Day 4
Lo and behold, grand planning today, just lectures.

Day 5
Whole day of parade rehearsal, I feel like my fingers are gone.  Holding the rifle still by my side for about 1 hour without rest = no joke. Now I understand why the seniors say Joint Term is the hardest phase of OCS. Shag day indeed.

Day 6
Because haze. #ihateyoujokowidodo

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Week 36/39

This week marks the end of Professional Term YAY!!!

Day 1
Nothing much I guess, mainly lectures and administrative stuff. Oh wait, we had Infantry Vocational Obstacle Course orientation... hmm quite okay

Day 2
Preparation for Platoon Assault Course, force preparation et cetera blah blah

Day 3
Platoon Assault Course! We promised our instructors that we will be the fastest and win the trophy back. Sadly, being an adept marksmen was deemed an integral skillset for an infanteer to possess hence even though we were fastest, we were last in the shooting component and thus not first. Disclaimer, I do not think I was a BOBO shooter haha XD

Day 4
Kinda forgot what happened lol... OH YEA OFF-IN-LIEU

Day 5
Le random book-in because we had to visit the artillery institute to learn about how that vocation works.