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Saturday, June 01, 2002

hehehe... there r a lot of funny posts of swmud bout ep2 and stuff... i'll just post some here..


Post 153 (67 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Siobhan
Subject: Obi Wan Wit...
Date: Sun May 19 18:34:00 2002

Just seen the film a second time, and noticed something I missed the first time.
When on Khamino and sending a message back to the Jedi, Obi Wan tells his R4
unit 'R4, scramble code 5 to Coruscant, care of the Old Folks Home...' which of
course patched him through to Yoda =)
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Post 156 (64 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Renna
Subject: >Hidden 'Easter Eggs'
Date: Sun May 19 19:12:15 2002

Siobhan writes:
> Ok, these are what I spotted so far:
> In Palpatine's chamber, the Senatorial Guards are now dressed like the
Imperial Royal Guard, in the full red armour.
> The Death Star hologram.
> The exact same 'pose' at the end of Empire was at the end of Ep II.
> Thr burning 'Naboo Cow' in the final battle
> That's all I noticed on my second viewing =)

Actually, the pose from Episode II is reversed from that of Episode V; the
droids are on the opposite side. But that's neat and twisted. ;) Also, Episode
II is the first to have the camera tilt *up* after the opening crawl; all of the
others tilt down to the action.

And for those who remember the girl with the braces in Episode I, that's Lucas's
elder daughter; she's the pudgy Twi'lek in the club. Also appearing in that
scene are Anthony Daniels and Ahmed Best (I've yet to see them myself, or I'd be
more specific).

Happy hunting ;)
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Post 159 (61 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Cy
Subject: >>>Hidden 'Easter Eggs'
Date: Sun May 19 20:42:15 2002

Liria writes:
> Maxus writes:
> > On the naboo landing platform there are 3 yt-1300 freighters to the left.
> >
> Anyone notice the ships on Coruscant and Geonosis (sp?) already have the
triangular shape of Star Destroyers?
> (This is near the very end.)
> --Lir

Also when ani/padme are landing on naboo dock, off to left are couple Falcon
type ships, and read CGI people substituted an asteroid in a scene for one of
those naboo cows. like that shoe from the first trilogy in the asteroid field
iirc. =)
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Post 175 (45 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Sen
Subject: heh
Date: Tue May 21 12:17:52 2002

A long time ago
war was beginning...

Yoda: What happen ?
Anakin: Somebody set up us the droids.
Windu: We get signal.
Yoda: What !
Windu: Main hologram turn on.
Yoda: It's you !!
Dooku: How are you gentlemen !!
Dooku: All your jedi are belong to us.
Dooku: You are on the way to destruction.
Yoda: What you say !!
Dooku: You have no chance to survive make your time.
Dooku: Ha ha ha ha ....
Yoda: Take off every clone.
Yoda: You know what you doing.
Yoda: Move 'clone'.
Yoda: For great justice.

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Post 179 (42 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Rakassa
Subject: >easter egg?
Date: Tue May 21 20:08:41 2002

Liria writes:
> Anyone else notice the symbol on the ship Obi-wan is flying is
> similar to, but not an exact match to the imperial symbol?
> It has a few more points going toward the center, like 10 instead
> of 6, but it's close enough. Is that the Republic symbol? I
> thought it was something different.
> Just a detail. =)
> --Lir
It was 8 instead of 6......and yes its the republic symbol, and yes Empy adapted
it for his new order, but its nothing new, thats been the symbol of the old
republic all along :)
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Post 185 (36 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Rakassa
Subject: >>>>>>>>>>>Wow
Date: Tue May 21 20:47:33 2002

Bubbles writes:
> Bubbles writes:
> > Bubbles writes:
> > > Quastara writes:
> > > > Hmm.. I thought she was in excelent actress in both, but the character
of Anikan has sucked royally in both. And the 'lame' movie, "where the heart is"
is a REALLY good movie.
> > > > "."
> > >
> > > her performance in Mars Attacks deserved an Oscar
> > >
> > > People were lining up to hire hire her after that one.
> > >
> > Dude, how 'bout the scene where she was almost sucked out of the storm
cellar by a tornado. That was a classic.
> >
> I am not a dude. I am a chick.

Take it to rn feminism :)
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Post 200 (22 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Siobhan
Subject: Republic 'Clone' Ships
Date: Sun May 26 18:53:46 2002

Ok, being the pilot princess, I've done some investigating into the true
designation of those Star Destroyer style ships seen at the end of Ep II, and am
pretty certain I've found the answer.
They definitely look 'Star Destroyer' type, but I couldn't find any 'SD' pics
that matched. Their definitely not Imperial Class (1 or 2), nor are they Victory
Class. I was beginning to think I'd been finally stumped.
Then, while checking other capital pics, I spotted the Interdictor. It was
almost an exact match
m), save for the globes containing the gravity well projectors. I was pretty
certain I'd found the ship, but it was an Interdictor, not a warship.
So, I started to dig further, getting info on the Interdictor class. I
discovered (from SWRPG d20: Starships of the Galacy), that the Immobiliser 408
was most successful Interdictor ship design, and that the Interdictor 408 was
built by Sienar Fleet Systems onto the heavy cruiser hull of a 'Vindicator'
class Star Destroyer.
The original, standard Vindicators were armed with a typical mox of tractor
beams, ion cannons and turbolasers, making them effective heavy cruisers. These
ships were extensively used by the early Empire, and even later when full Star
Destroyer squadrons were not available and lighter ships would not suffice. Most
were specifically designed to function without support craft and carry up to a
full wing of fighters.
As a historical note, the first Vindicator class cruiser that wasn't eventually
converted to act as an Interdictor was 'Savrip', which patrolled Mid Rim worlds
during the height of the Empire. 'Savrip' was eventually captured by Alliance
Commandos and renamed 'Molator'. The ship then served as an armed diplomatic
vessel for the Rebel Alliance, flying from planet to planet in the Outer Rim
while attempting to find support for the Rebellion.

Other SW Geeks, beat that =)
Lady Siobhan 'Darkmasque' Krieg, Imperial Navy, Princess of Pilots and Riot
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Post 202 (20 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Glenn
Subject: Yoda
Date: Sun May 26 21:20:28 2002

Yes yes, flame to hell on why I'm wrong and I'm a bad person and have no
morals...but did anyone else feel the Yoda fight scene really wasn't all that?
It got me going for a second until I realised all he was doing was spinning
around and looking nifty, without actually thinking about disabling or disarming
his opponent. I mean hell, did Count Dookie (from Gummi Bears) just say, "Gee,
guess I'll watch him spin and make some inadequate blocks because I know he
won't actually think about disarming or disabling me in any way." I know Jedi
are pansies, but jesus. The fight scene felt the same as the fights in LotR,
but LotR had the atmosphere, scary-looking people, and proper clashes to make it
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Post 204 (19 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Maelstrom
Subject: Yoda's fight
Date: Sun May 26 21:28:06 2002

I agree to some extent, because it was a lot less cool-looking the second time I
saw it (as opposed to the first time when it was a surprise and people were
cheering in the theater). But come on, give Yoda a break...

When 900 years old you reach, fight as well you will not, hmm? ;)
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Post 209 (14 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Backlash
Subject: >Anakin in SWII
Date: Tue May 28 15:13:26 2002

The only really funny part in the movie was "You don't want to sell me death
sticks. You want to go home and rethink you're life."
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Post 216 (7 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Maxus
Subject: >Republic 'Clone' Ships
Date: Tue May 28 18:02:39 2002

Since I knew I had seen the information before, I did a little research today
and found the following:


Acclamator Class Trans-Galactic Military Transport
(this is the ship referred to, but unidentified in spoilers 200)

Manufacturer: Rothana Heavy Engineering (subsidiary of KDY)

In addition to its crew, the ship can carry 16,000 clone troopers and their
support faculties and personnel- plus 80 gunships, 320 speeder bikes, 48 AT-TE's
(All Terrain Tactical Enforcer), and 36 artillery pieces.


Some extras for your personal enjoyment:

The clone trooper gunships seen on Geonosis:
LAAT/i (Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry) Repulsorlift Gunship

Manufacturer: Rothana Heavy Engineering (subsidiary of KDY)

Crew: 1 pilot/gunner, 2 aux turret gunners

Cargo: 30 clone troopers and 1 IM-6 Battlefield Medical Droid
OR 4 speeder bikes

Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter:

Delta-7 Aethersprite Light Interceptor

Manufacturer: Kuat Systems Engineering (subsidiary of KDY)
armed with 2 dual laser cannons

The hyperdrive ring is seperate from the fighter and I didn't bother to write
its info down.

The symbol on Obi-Wan's fighter:

A disc with 8 spokes- the icon comes from the Bendu Monks' study of numerology-
the number 9 (the disc plus the spokes) is symbolic of the "beneficient
presence of the Force in a unitary galaxy."

Also of note- the symbol Palpatine chose for the Empire is a defamation of the
above icon- two of the spokes are removed.


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Post 218 (5 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Kess
Subject: Changes to Return of the Jedi?!
Date: Thu May 30 20:21:25 2002

Sacrilige, says I. I know most of the male population out there
is just drooling to see more shots of Natalie Portman, but in

Also rumors about everyone's favorite Gungan JAR JAR showing up
in A NEW HOPE. Which, if it happens, Star Wars fans around the
globe will burn miniature George Lucas figures in effigy, no doubt.

After all, if all of these stories were written before the release
of A New Hope, why the need for changes? Isn't Georgie omniscent?

Apparently not... This was printed on Ain't It Cool News, so it
must be true -- see link below.

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Post 222 (1 more) in spoilers:
Poster: Gqc
Subject: ep4 changes
Date: Fri May 31 16:56:16 2002

Inside an Imperial conference room abord the Death Star, various officials are
arguing about various issues.
Grand Moff Tarkin : Grand Moff Binks, would you please unveil the true power of
this battlestation.
Grand Moff Binks: Meesa pushen dis button, cause biiig bombad explosion, breaken
up dis planet "Alderaan."
Computer: Self destruct imminent, countdown set to 20 minutes.
Grand Moff Binks: oopsa, wrongsa button.
Computer: Self destruct sequence changed to 3 minute countdown.

Computer: Self destruct sequence overridden.
Motti: Cease this foolishness, Jar Jar, or I shall cease to believe in your

Vader: I find your lack of faith... disturbing.
Grand Moff Binks: Meesa sorry, Motti, Isa make it up to you.

Grand Moff Tarkin: Jar Jar, no!! Do nott touch those buttons again.
Grand Moff Binks: Okeday, mesa go back to my living cell.

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Anatomy lecturer Norm Eizenburg on men using urinals- "Newton's 4th law of motion. Some of you might not have heard it before ... it's 'No matter how hard you shake it, the last drop always runs down one leg'. " (looks very pleased with himself).
Student service ended at 8 today not at 8.30 (*whoopeeee*) i arrived 10 minutes early, conspicuously early, if only to avoid stainless steel scrubbing duty. Was loading dirty dishes 'n stuff into the dishwasher... and somehow ended up getting 2 loads of trays stuck in the dishwasher (overload).

Did some studying .... Got this weird niggling at the back of my mind for the last few days- i remembered sending an email to ralph to find out how things were going, sometime around the time my mum received the call from his officer. Finally got around to digging up my Yahoo! outbox and found i sent it on sunday the 12 of May. Followed by an email replying joel, and the next one was dated tuesday 14 may- the email i sent out to my class with his ward no. and details asking them to visit him.

Which means the day i emailed him was the very same day he was admitted to changi general hospital.

*Fumes* *whines* *buries face*

It's been 3 weeks already... and the *doctors don't know very much abt what he's got ... 3 whole weeks... God, please heal him ....

Oh this is wonderful:

(From THIS is TRUE for 26 May:)

TALKIE TOASTER: Residents in Hooke, Dorset, England, were a bit shocked when toasters and other appliances began talking. In Russian. "It's unnerving," says John Dalton, chair of the Hooke Parish Council. "Normally it just makes toast." The problem has been traced to a high- power BBC radio station a mile outside town. The station's spokesman notes that "two different types of metal next to each other can pick up a radio signal. The two bits of metal act as a very basic diode and turn the signal into sound." He promises technicians will help homeowners clear up the interference, but first "I'd love to hear the toaster." (PA) ...Maybe later -- it just left on a world tour.

My BMT section's gonna meet again later. I hope at least half of us will turn up this time!

Here's a crappy video. And another one.
Arrrggggh. Been spending too much time thinking about holidays- surfing
under the excuse
a) i needed to find out if i had to bring my sleeping bag back to singapore for it (turns out i do, unless i bring something equivalent along)
b) i needed to find out how to get there. Turns out kuala trengganu is quite quite far away... east of penang or thereabouts. Might be taking a bus into johor, and taking an internal flight from senai or something like that. Hmm.... bus to johor, teksi to senai airport, internal flight to kuala trengganu airport, teksi to SEATRU centre in the universiti kolej (it looks quite nearby on the map-with-no-scale)... arriving at 8.30am. Hrmm.. which is quite early, i'll have to set off at, like,

Oh no!! the only flight to kuala trengganu arriving in the morning of 29 june before 8.30 am is a subang (KL) flight to kuala trengganu, 7.30am to 8.15am!!! How am i going to be at subang at 7.30am?? Hm... bus into JB/subang airport...?

Don't really to inconvenience parents or relatives to drive me in .

and Jitterbugs- http://www.swingapore.com/ and the ymca website for their june/july classes. I even went to the nature society (singapore)'s page to look at their activities in that time.
and thinking abt holiday plans.

Have nothing to look forward to today except for
a) finishing today's quota of studies
b) student service. Not actually looking forward to it - 2hours of Student service is such a waste of time... esp in exam periods!!! I feel like skipping it and paying the $24 fine; i earned that in my paid student service last week already. But i'm already planning to skip the one on the 15th of june, after my last paper (going on shopping trip with jiaming and the rest to chadstone!!)
Hrmm. Not bad except for the surfboarding bit.
Okay okay... i'll go back to studying ....

because i thought this
picture was pretty, laura of mewing.net told me this: "you enjoy sitcoms,
popcorn, horses, and perhaps surfboarding. you lost your virginity either very early (under the age of eleven)
or very late (over the age of thirty). you take politics and religion very seriously, and when you were a kid,
you had a penchant for getting lost in shopping malls and/or amusement parks. your favorite color is most
likely blue or green, and you are terrified of spiders." whatever will
laura tell you??
The~2nd-^rule: #28

You know there's nothing quite like the stranglehold of the unilinear narrative when it takes thirty-odd years before anyone publishes a photo of our country's founding father looking furtive. Skyscrapers are usually stronger than history and horizons. The last time I saw a proper horizon here was at Lim Chu Kang cemetery during Qing Ming. When anything is designated as an Enhancement Project start worrying. Or in other words, whenever people see photos of places here that haven't been touched yet, they say it looks like another country.
Teng Qian Xi

I don't like the second-wrule-dot-com. The advertisements, I mean. The last time i was back in singapore, i saw a poster outside the National library (desecration~!) advertising the website; it had a Ernie and Bert on it- subverting sesame street! (And i don't like "Bert is evil" websites either.)

Thursday, May 30, 2002

Definitely in a Grease* mood. (=

"Grease (is the word)"- BeeGees, Grease OST
I solve my problems and I see the light
We gotta plug and think, we gotta feed it right
There ain't no danger we can go to far
We start believing now but we can be what we are

Grease is the word
They think our love is just a growing pain
Why don't they understand, It's just a crying shame
Their lips are lying only real is real
We start to find out now we got to be what we be

Grease is the word
It's got groove it's got meaning
Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion
Grease is the way we are feeling

We take the pressure and we throw away
Conventionality belongs to yesterday
There is a chance that we can make it so far
We start believing now but we can be who we are

"We go together"- Grease OST
We go together like ramma lamma lamma a ding gadi dinga dong
Remembered forever like shoo wha shoo wha shoo wha shoo
yippidy boom che boom
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop that's the way it should be
Waooo Yeah

We're one of a kind like dip da dip da dip do whap she dobby do
Our names are sighed like boogy boogy boogy boogy shooby shoo
wap shoo wap
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop we'll always be like one

Ramma lamma lamma a dingity ding da dong
Shoo bop shoo wadda wadda yippity boom sha boom
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop
Yip da dip da dip shoo bop sha dooby do
Boogy boogy boogy boogy shooby sho wap sho wap
Sha na na na na na na na yippity dip da do
Ramma lamma lamma a dingity ding da dong
Shoo bop shoo wadda wadda yippity boom sha boom
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop
Yip da dip da dip shoo bopp sha dooby do
Boogy boogy boogy boogy shooby sho wap sho wap
Sha na na na na na na na yippity dip da do
A womp bop a looma a womp bam boom

Tuesday, May 28, 2002


Sea turtle volunteer! Sounds really cool! I want! (=
I'm keen on doing this in my june/july break.
Arrrgggh. Exams starting on next friday- 7 june!

Too near too near!! Panic panic panic!
Not supposed to go online; andrew is supposed to turn into a true-blue mugger and avoid icq. And blogger.

Andrew gan
Heh, is this really what I am? Wingardium Leviosa!

which children's storybook character are you?

this quiz was made by colleen

Monday, May 27, 2002

I really should plan a schedule for next weekend. I'm beginning to feel reticent.

If you want to read an exhaustive list of comments on 'How Girls Waste Time', go ahead.

Andrew: A Great Catch / Progress Quest

Something to embarass Andrew when his friends in Melbourne come read this page:


"I hate how everyone has to be shallow And deep- about anything and everything. And my life is mine- think very carefully before you tell me how to run it.
- quoteworthy bit from andrew.

sheila and i were just squealing over his best-girlfriend-potential or s.o. quotient - this guy plays with his hair, is emotionally expressive, doesn't follow sports and likes to gossip! best of all, he resembles paddington! he's the dream s.n.a.g. (as compared to the knuckle-scraping-ground-chauvanist that is chan kairen;) we all want! quick, someone snap him up!:)"

Oh please do leave a multitude of comments, Melbourne rockers!

An interesting game concept: Auto playing RPGs!

Progress Quest

"Progress Quest is a next generation computer role-playing game. Gamers who have played modern online role-playing games, or almost any computer role-playing game, or who have at any time installed or upgraded their operating system, will find themselves incredibly comfortable with Progress Quest's very familiar gameplay. Progress Quest follows reverently in the footsteps of recent smash hit online worlds, but is careful to streamline the more tedious aspects of those offerings. Players will still have the satisfaction of building their character from a ninety-pound level 1 teenager, to an incredibly puissant, magically imbued warrior, well able to snuff out the lives of a barnload of bugbears without need of so much as a lunch break. Yet, gone are the tedious micromanagement and other frustrations common to that older generation of RPG's...

Progress Quest belongs to a new breed of "fire and forget" RPG's. There is no need to interact with Progress Quest at all; it will make progress with you or without you."
Ooo. I am told the raffles guys 2001 yearbook's finally out. Haha. (And RJ still hasn't gotten their act together and got theirs out. I want my yearbook!)

But then I haven't even gotten down to moving the existing page.

Sunday, May 26, 2002

Impressive. Most impressive.

I should stop linking to sites with just a few cryptic words.

Andrew Gan (can't shake the habit of including the surnames, picked up in 1L'96/2L'97 with 3 Andrews in the class), after visiting the aforementioned URL:

"i wish i could have studied in rgs.... "

This resolved ip visited my page:ROTI-PRATA.MIT.EDU

I spent the day vegging. Yeh. At least I had Blue Bear contact time.


Mmm. Just had a Cadbury's Creme Egg. I last had one in March 2001 in London. They're nice - "milk chocolate with soft fondant centre". My sister and brother in law, both sugar haters, however, profess to find it disgusting.

It's $4.95 for a pack of 3 though. Compared to 30p for one in the Tube stations... Oh well.
Bookout post:

Restored Post

So this week, promised to be "one of the most fun and also one of the most siong weeks" of our course, was neither very fun nor very siong. At least not so much that it killed us. Luckily, we are still learning paramedical stuff, so we have time to recuperate from combat medic training. Due to the combat phase starting, we're getting more and more water parades. Methinks I'll stealthily fill my water bottle with some cranberry juice next time!

That said, stretcher carrying sucks. Even with light casualties, it's very tiring, and after monday's exertion, my shoulders and lower-arms-just-below-the-elbows hurt till Thursday. We were actually supposed to carry a casualty-less stretcher for a time on Monday, but Kumar -had- to go find a casualty. And stretcherless carrying is even worse. I was so shagged that on Tuesday morning I couldn't walk straight for 5 mins after getting up.

I think repeated sightings of uncovered Malay male genitalia are driving me crazy! Help! It wouldn't be so bad if it were confined to the toilet, but they like to walk around in the bunk in their birthday suits for extended periods of time. Luckily it's largely confined to the Malays. If all the others decided to follow suit (up from the 1 or 2 who do it infrequently now), I'd probably dig out my eyes. What a change from Aliff, who wore shorts under his pants because he didn't like to show off his underwear. But then many of the Malays don't even *wear* underwear. At least they bathe a lot, presumably because they like to be clean.

We had no nights off this week, not even one. We were actually due to have one on Wednesday actually, but NTUC Income -had- to come and talk to us to try to con us to buy their 'Pioneer Policy' (which they'd tried to do to all of us in BMT already!). SAF is probably happy to let all these companies come in to sell us things because they get a healthy share of the proceeds.

Another irritating thing people like to do: When numbering off, the person who's supposed to give the final tally ('x and x blank files') sometimes likes to mumble. Incidentally, it's always a Malay (Ed: On the issue of racism, be assured that this is an observation borne out by repeated trials :) There are nice Malays around. And non-Indians do irritating things too. Like the lame '9 and 2 blanks, 1 in SBO' thing that some people liked to do.)

I saw 2 Staff Sergeants using m100 series Palms. So much for no palmtops in SAF camps.

Apparently one person in another platoon is excused IV (being poked, that is) because he is a national snooker or billiards player. Gah.

Raffi tried to trick me by claiming that he was a Zoroastrian. Imagine his surprise when I called his bluff! Aww :)

Apparently there's a way to stop one's subscription to Pioneer Magazine. But the price is not worth the trouble of unsubscribing, and besides, I want to support Kairen! :)

Jason Lau doesn't believe I didn't cry the last 2 IVs :)

Apparently the SAF, following everything else in Singapore, is kiasu. They're the only military in the world that uses the stupid 16g Yakult Straws that leave permanent scars for IVs.

Some guy haram-ed his Nasi Lemak. He went to the food stall and got a piece of Luncheon Meat put on the packet. Luncheon Meat is nice with Nasi Lemak (sans chili of course).

I'm surprised. The margarine they gave us for breakfast one day was made from Soyabean Oil and not Palm. Wah. And we got "Chicken Chasseur" again. Only this Chasseur (pepperish brown sauce) was different from the last (slightly sweet tomato-ey sauce). Gasp, horror.

Because of the days with Combat Medic training and rain on Tuesday, we had only 1 morning 5BX, but boy was it a tough one. Relatively at any rate. We ran 6 rounds around the parade square and did jumping jacks - 10 counts of 8 and alternate leg thrusts - 10 counts of 4. Not to count pushups for being late. Oh well.

Often when we fall in for 5BX in the morning, we will see the MOCC trainees running. I wonder how early they wake up. Must be tough.

Roy used paramedical scissors to clean his toenails. Eee.

We were sitting around in the nursing room waiting for our break to end. Being bored, most of them decided to play Taupok. Except it was rather unprofessionally done - there was a big space in the middle of the room and everyone was seated in a circle around the space, and when people entered the room they were asked to sit down. Ahh if they'd take lessons from the people in RI and RJ... It was rather violent though - one Bruneian jumped onto the writhing mass from a chair!

It's very sad. About 15 of us were loading the store tonner for the river crossing, when Joshua spotted 2 girls (maybe middle sec in age) in sports attire across the road. The rest became excited when they started up the overhead bridge, and they stopped loading the tonner to take up positions by the side of the road, some standing, some squatting and those on the tonner leaning out to peer. When I pointed out that what they were doing was very obvious, someone shouted "Contacted!" and proned. Finally the sergeant got us to fall in facing him (ie the overhead bridge). Everyone rushed to be in the first two rows, and I was one of only 2 or 3 in the last row.

On Friday we went to Seletar Camp, a gigantic camp with colonial era (or at least colonial style) buildings, with many sections, each with their own guardhouses, for our "river crossing". Except that it was more of a pond - it was not even 50m across. And we never entered the water except to test our lifejackets due to Cat 1 (Lightning Alert). And because we didn't wear garters, my pants kept getting caught on my boots and got torn. We actually had to learn a jettison drill, where we have to throw off our helmet, rifle and webbing in 6 seconds if we're drowning. However, I think that the rush and the panic from having to meet the timing will more likely get you entangled and decrease your chances of survival. At least the food we got from there was much better than that at SMM. And we had PORK! It's been so long since I've had pork in an SAF camp, and luncheon meat doesn't count (tis nice, but more squishy meat). So SFI -can- cook good food.

Some of my bunk mates call one sergeant Sergeant Fei2 Rou4. Not only is this an approximation to his name, it does describe him somewhat :)

I'm sick of people, especially the "garang" sergeant, making bad polar bear jokes! Grr. Maybe I'll bring in my pig next week.

Next week, on Tuesday night I believe, we will have our OC night, a night for us to relax and have "fun". Now every platoon has to put up 2 items, a song and something else. For our second item, we were going to do skipping, with some people performing nifty tricks. As a backup plan, we had Comical Bodybuilding (Well, I was slotted to be one of the contestants. And probably the winner). However, our sergeant wants us to do a sketch. Since the dawn of time, when groups of people have been made to put up performances for events, with relatively short periods of time to prepare, they have chosen to fall back on the time honoured fallback of the sketch. So we will probably have all 4 platoons doing sketches now. And the sketches will invariably be on army life. This is ridiculously staid and boring, going down the well trodden route. Supposedly sketches earn more points, but what's the point?

We are planning to have a chalet on the 8th of June. Someone wrote on the whiteboard, "***** Girls compulsory". When I mused to Joshua how many girls would want to go to a party with army boys and get ravished (with eyes, verbally or otherwise), he replied, "More than you think". On second thought, I agree. Which means it'll be all the lians and party girls.

My sleeping patterns have changed slightly. Instead of spending the whole night on the nice, cool (albeit a touch dirty even after sweeping) floor, I now wake at 4+ and go to my bed. Weird.


"[On Steven] If he's She Man who are the Masters of the Universe?"

"[ICQ msg on the Detention Barracks] We live next to DB. It looks like a chalet wif 2 layers of barbed wire fence."

"[On Pioneer magazine] How come ah, I don't subscribe but I also have [it]? Damn it man, I don't want it."

"I don't possess any of this. L-U-S-T."

"[To me referring to him and Kumar] I think you have a more active social life than us"

"[On there being no night snack and our desire to order pizza] 2353535. Add up, sign 26 extra... [Remembers to put a 6 in front] 32."

"[NTUC Pioneer Policy form] For you and your parents
Take a policy to protect yourself. Do this for your parents who have put in much effort to bring you up... It is important for every person to have life insurance."

"Indian Thaipusam. Vasu put all the IV... Put the 10g, then all the blood come out. (?)"

"[On the cookhouse's cream soups] It's either cream of nothing or cream of water."

"Just in case, the moment you see thunder, you run (lightning)"

"[While marching] Jeebye, don't dig your boots. Drag your boots... That's the way I like it."

"[Khairul to me, coveting my food] What is buddies for? [Me: All you do is take my food and show me your cock.] (are)"

"[On the planned chalet] Gabriel, you drink or not? [Me: Ahh, no] You will learn. [Platoon mate: Gabriel, you smoke or not?] [Me: Ah? No!] [Mate: You will learn]"
Haha. Someone on the arts scene:

"yeah they're really annoying. they all think damn highly of themselves, believe that the country is screwed up, can be saved by freedom of speech, and of course fuss about the whole thing ad nauseum. of course, if freedom of speech existed we could tell all of them how boring their poetry readings were"

And more interesting stuff.
I'm in the ormond college choir as a bass!!!!!

I think I will change my impression of Rachmaninoff's music being horrible. It's just some of the terrible piano pieces.


My sister's made Prawn Toast. Yummy!

I was searching for a Power Rangers logo for my phone, after my earlier find of a ringtone to manually program in. Unfortunately, my valiant efforts failed so I went to draw an "Air!" one manually.

Later I completed my Little Fugue (BWV 578) ringtone. After difficulties that day, I finished the last flourish effortlessly. It does end awkwardly though, but then, it's a fugue. I want dotted notes to be available for Nokia ringtones! My brother in law wonders why I'm so good at it :)

Now I'm doing 'All Things Bright And Beautiful' for my sister
Went for an outing with my BMT section earlier. Attendance was dismal - 4/13 of us turned up.

We went to watch 'Mean Machine' but we had to kill an hour. So we went to Ubar to drink their expensive drinks. And the other 3 played Taiti and drank syrup-water as a forfeit. And I read the pretentious gibberish on their wall!

Quoth I:

The Juice Zone

Look beyond and see a territory that reconceptualizes urban space, abandon the search for the static soul of traditional urbanism and seek instead the city's transitional realms here at the Juice Zone. Conventional notions of metropolitan forms have characterized this bar as a squeeze center and periphery model, initially established as a core of relatively uniform intensity surrounded by radial zones of decreasing density that dissipates to an inevitable edge. Seek solace in the Juice Zone."

Interestingly, past and present met for a fleeting moment as I met my current platoon mate Joshua with 2 JC classmates watching the same movie.
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