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A Quarter of A Century

10th December 2014

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So, I found this in my mailbox. I was literally laughing out loud while reading this letter. If it was meant to be a surprise, I’m surprised! Whoever wrote this deserve my standing ovation. The logo is pretty impressive. Meticulous.

I google these words “Bevande, Canto, Dragobarca” and found out that they are in Italian. It means “Drinking. Singing. Dragon Boat”.

It’s totally made my day but the suspense of not knowing what’s in store is killing me!

 

13th December 2014

At 07 00 hours I received a text from an unknown number (well played) informing me that the 2 escorts that suppose to pick me will be late.

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When the 2X escorts arrived, I nearly died. Looks like they did put in effort in dressing up. Well done, Soldier! Happiest morning ever. Never did I expect my 2 escorts to be Bao Gege & Yen Kai! I must say, I am surprised!

20141213_072106(Inside Joke) The entire time, we were laughing at Bao Gege’s attire as it looks as if his body is planning to go 3 different places – Upper Body: It’s what he would wear for DB training; Butt: It’s what he would wear when he go town; Feet: It’s what he would wear for reservist

We grabbed a cab to Mandai Road. I Thought we will be going to the Zoo until they walked into this trail…

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Embarrassed much. This is by far the most embarrassing thing I ever did in my 25 years living on this planet.  I’ve received countless dirty stares.

There was a Chinese couple that walked past me. I overheard the guy telling the girl that “I am a nutcase!” C’mon, It’s a birthday sabotage. Loosen up a bit will ya?!

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20141213_110750We decided to drop the tree top hall. Too shagged & No time!

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1A we-fie for every checkpoint: Woodcutter Trail, Bukit Pangjang, Rifle Range, Instead of moving our bum to MacRitchie nature trail, we made a wrong turn and ended up at Upper Thomson Road. We had to track back to MacRitchie as there will be another escort taking over. All in all, we took 6 hours!

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20141213_125320I had fun! Thank you boys for taking up this physical-demanding slot of the day! Lots of love. Face Throwing A Kiss

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20141213_132316Escort #3, Kingyiu, came to pick me up for lunch.

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10389176_10152933877546972_6237750034009639417_nAfter lunch escort #4 (Mingyun) & #5 (Jiahe) appeared and they brought me to the 2nd activity of the day: Ice Skating!

After 6 hours of hiking, my legs aren’t mine anymore. They made me skate non-stop for 1.5hours. Beyond tired. Mingyun left after the ice-skating to fulfil her soldier’s duty. Despite your tight schedule you made time for me. I love you. Face Throwing A Kiss

Jiahe & Kingyiu brought me to Harbour Front. It was raining cats and dogs so, they texted the HQ and asking for further instruction. While queuing up to buy myself a drink, they came up with Plan B. Impressive Thumbs Up Sign Later I was told that the original plan was to go to Wave House @ Sentosa. Thanked God for the rain! I can’t imagine how am I suppose to balance on the surfboard for another hour.

IMG-20141214-WA0022In agony! Kingyiu & Jiahe didn’t allow me to sleep on the train. They even forbid me to take the escalator or the elevator. With my already aching legs, I had to climb stairs! The stairs at all NEL station’s are exceptionally long.

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So, we went rock climbing instead!

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IMG-20141214-WA0039This policeman left after rock climbing. He had to pick his Mum up from the airport! Weekends are exceptionally precious to NSF still, you gave me half of your Saturday! Love you lots Face Throwing A Kiss

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IMG-20141214-WA0041Toast & Egg for dinner!

The last activity is pretty obvious. Anyway Bao Gege had already let the cat out of the bag during hiking. While we were walking and singing Bao Gege went, “later the K session I want to sing this song” then he showed me the “opps” look. haha! Anyway, I knew eating at Toast Box was to stall for time for the rest to do their last minute preparation.

10805798_10152936391101972_7548631889253481600_n How can we not end the day with something that brought us together (besides Dragon Boat)?

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IMG-20141214-WA0047Because of my love of Teh Ping (Ice Milk Tea), they got me 1 litre worth. I have never drank so much Teh Ping to the extent of puking. Effort Much.

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IMG-20141214-WA0079This girl followed me almost the entire day. She is as tired as I am. Thank you, lovely.

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19 hours worth of (physical) activities. Pure madness. Thank you everyone for keeping me occupied & happy from 0700 hours to 0200 hours. Whether you’re involved in the planning, coordinating, or executing of this operation, you deserve my standing ovation. I will safe keep these awesome memories in my heart.

Thank you everyone for putting in so much effort and your precious time to take up different shifts. (I manage to get hold of the operation charlie Whiskey chat log. Couldn’t stop laughing!). The suspense of not knowing where to go or what to do next is the major killer but I had so much fun and beyond touched! 谢谢 XOXO

P.s.: Commando 就是 Commando. Yenkai is the Commanding Officer in this Operation Charlie Whiskey. The letter, the planning, coordinating and execution deserved many many love from me. Good Job, Pretty impressed.

 

15th December 2015

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& I spent the rest of the day with bf

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20141215_231339Anyway, Happy Birthday to Me!

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Singapore River Regatta 2014

I appreciate everyone for coming down to show your support. Beyond touched!

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Good race, everyone! It’s my honour to be able to paddle with all of you. Thank you for allowing me to end my season on a high. My experience with this team has always been 10/10. The people in PLK are beyond friendly & genuine. I’m so glad to meet so many wonderful individuals. See all of you in 2016!

 

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Perth

Beyond blessed to be given the opportunity to fly over to Perth to experience 2 weeks ECU campus life. So, I spent 16 days in Perth with this bunch of boys

10435907_10152758564121972_8973995371904944219_nMandatory we-fie before our flight!

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10696454_10152804013521972_1996990725335919646_nWoke up just in time to catch down under’s sunrise at 30 000 feet

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Our SAF Bungalow at Joondalup wasn’t ready so we had to stay somewhere for 2 days.

The Old Swan Barrack

It used to be an army barrack. Too cool not to stay there!

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Seriously lack of sleep faces!

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We spend the following day at Freemantle!

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First day of school!

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& our SAF Bungalow at Joondalup is finally ready. Thank you BF for helping us to book this place. Fell in love with this place.

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10363083_10152806193836972_4105133945516013410_nCoincidentally, KT & gang stays right in front of our unit! They drop by every night. Love the crowd.

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The Lab Rat

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1653572_10152806211531972_5886307957209209690_nLaughing out Loud. They manage to find a store that sells all the Asian-y stuff! All thanks to this store, Hanif put a generous amount of sambal, chilli & garlic in our dinner every night. Fiery Poop every morning!!

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1779673_10152810963971972_3016934406895977736_nBecause every night is movie night. After dinner and before writing our report.

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Because school ended early… the famous blue house!

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Driving back to our bungalow after groceries shopping, we saw the sun setting. & off to chasing sunset!

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Pretty pleased with this bunch of people. They were constantly planning to play some kind of sports in between classes! Beside paddling, I suck at all other sports! They were kind and patient with my terrible motor control.

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We love weekends! No school!

Freemantle Prison

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Mad happy because Perth Royal Show happens to fall on period we’re there. Mother of all Carnivals!

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10645252_10152808855851972_1690948588090772810_nHanif wasn’t pleased because we made him to take the ride with us

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10593110_10152808856306972_1317981933629760295_nA we-fie after the 15 minutes fireworks. Best fireworks ever!

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I guess everyone is pretty stress with our assignments.

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We nearly didn’t make it to Sand Dune because it was an hour plus drive from Joondalup. KT & I insisted on going. I’m glad we did.

10471258_10152816111831972_7465658589488375361_nClimbing up that Mother of all slope causes me to hit HRmax!

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& off to chasing sunset after Sand Dune

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We invited some guests over for dinner. Right after Sand dune was a mad rush back to cook for everyone.

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Woke up really early for PAINT BALL!

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Wildlife Park. Yay to Student rates!

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I miss watching the sunsets & rainbows, eating indo mee, having my meals packed with sambal, chill & garlic, singing during those car rides, being the burden, staying up late, running out of the house while we were cooking halfway to catch the blood moon (& forgetting to turn off the stove!!) & doing the weirdest and silliest stuff with all of you. I had too much fun in Perth. Thank you everyone for all these awesome memories!

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Tough Mudder Sunshine Coast

“Let’s go take part in Tough Mudder!” they say

That’s the start of our Journey.

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DSC_0340Skypoint Climb. 5 minutes walk from Beachcombers

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DSC_0143The Skypoint Climb. I was up at the pointy part!

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There was one morning, I woke up feeling YOLO and had the urged of doing something YOLO. I grabbed my phone and google-d “Skydiving in Gold Coast”, called & booked a slot. Everything happened so fast that I didn’t allow my brain to process what is to come. Had to leave the apartment ASAP before I chicken out.

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1609925_10152685975966972_7667797034893892893_n#YOLO #datadrenaline I will do it again!

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DSC_0386I can never get enough of the beach in Gold Coast!

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I had to text Rock after my skydiving to fly in to bring me more ka-ching ka-ching! Had to survive the following 2 days with less than 100bucks. No more tourisy activities!

Once all the boys has arrived, I moved out from Beachcombers and went to Hilton Apartment (5 mins walk). The apartment is too awesome (especially the wifi!).

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20140816_101152The view from balcony

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20140815_153003My Shopping bags carriers. We will be the death of each other when comes to shopping. No more shopping trips with them!

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IMG-20140816-WA0007If you’re happened to be in Gold Coast (& you’re a Singaporean) Please, please, please visit them!

Lot 1 (Next to Beachcombers)
Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217, Australia

I had my breakfast at Lot 1 almost everyday in Gold Coast. Yummy omelette, excellent service! Taste a little bit like home. After chit chatting with the lady owner, found out she is a Singaporean! When the boys flew in, I brought all of them to meet my new friend.

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20140815_184813Last night in Goldcoast, club crawl.

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Stupid things we did right after our crawl.

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20140816_101051Samson being really emo about leaving Goldcoast.

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20140816_101345Boys will be boys, they locked me up in the balcony. I nearly froze to death.

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20140816_102320How many Asians does it take to load all our belongings into the car?

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 Our Apartment in Brisbane!

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Getting ready for Tough Mudder! Nah. We were pretty sure that we won’t be able to wake up early to take a group shot before leaving for sunshine coast so, we decided to change into our race attire right after our dinner.

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IMG-20140817-WA0027Power-packed breakfast before leaving for Sunshine Coast

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race_394_photo_8337590The mud made us exceptionally tanned (I was in serious pain). Right after this picture, I got carried into the medic tent.

I accidentally slipped and kicked half of my toe nail out from the nail bed at the 6km mark. I had to finish the remaining 15km in pain. It was only at the 2nd last obstacle, the whole nail got ripped off from the bed. It was bleeding and the sand was rubbing against the nail bed. I could barely walk.  I’m really thankful for these boys. They were really encouraging and comforting. They took turns to carry me from the 2nd last obstacle to the last obstacle. We started it as a team, we finished it as a team. Thank You for allowing me to be part of this.

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Okay, Tough Mudder Aftermath! We found mud and sand at the weirdest part of our body – butt crack, nostril, inner ear, armpits, gums. You name it, you will find it! I bathed 3 times but I will still find mud at some part of my body the following day. Washing our mud-soaked clothing right after tough mudder is as tiring as going through the  whole race course. Rinsed at least 5 times but I still find mud in our clothes! BUT… It’s worth it. Would it do again! We’re already planning where to go next.

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Before Kelvyn left us to spend time the rest of the day with his family, he had instructed them to bring me to the hospital to get Tetanus Shot. Instead we….

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Last day in Brisbane!

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Singapore Dragon Boat Festival 2014

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It’s an honour to be able to row our asses off together. Thank you everyone for giving your all! Continue to stay in pain and stay hungry! VUVU SAAA! Dat adrenaline.

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Thank you for coming down to give us your support. It meant a lot.

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Mt. Fansipan, Vietnam

Used to dread going on trekking trips but I’ve learned to enjoy them anyway.

I am too lazy to write a wordy post so these pictures will speak for itself.

 

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The porters took care of our meals. Exceptionally yummy (or probably we were too hungry).

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Sleeping Quarters

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One of my favourite chaperon trips. There were many moments during the ascending part, I thought we won’t be able to complete the climb as many students started to experience muscle cramps. Yes, ONE AFTER ANOTHER. Against all odds, we’ve made it up and down safely!

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DBS Marina Regatta 2014

My first official race with PLK and definitely not my last 🙂 One of the smoothest race ever (except the fact that SDBA screw up the last part)

20140517_075529As usual, my woman brought me breakfast – Black Coffee & Bacon Strips

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Thank you for coming down to give us your support. Appreciate it!

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20140517_131838There were too many of us and the selfie stick wasn’t long enough. We had to improvise it!

*20140517_131948Still, it wasn’t long enough. We used someone’s paddle to lengthen it some more

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IMG-20140517-WA0002*tada*

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IMG-20140517-WA0011We brought selfie to a whole new level

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Our Minor Finals. We fought a great fight.

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10382995_10152243629624635_2012462056895372827_nPassing the finishing line with rage (literally). Credits: Choo Yut Shing

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Selfie stick, boredom and crazy team mates

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IMG-20140517-WA0027Thank you girls! Despite SDBA’s screw up, I had an awesome time riding waves with all of you. Whooosh!

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IMG-20140517-WA0044We found love in an “awkward” place

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10363986_10154192093445377_6862225043541688877_nCredits: Chris Tew

I could spend the next hour whining about how terribly SDBA screw up and deny our chance in going in to grand finals but I decided no to. When life gives you lemon, remember that lemon. Winning a medal is a bonus, what matter most is the fight you gave was your best.