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diese Folgende sind zu erledigen: July 30, 2006

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Here’s my To-Do list before i fly…

  1. get one more jacket
  2. get thermal underwear, jeans, pullovers and sweaters
  3. get appliances i may need
  4. get in touch with the contact from CDC
  5. prepare my farewells
  6. settle ClubLife stuff
  7. study for DSH
  8. gather more materials for further preparations for DSH
  9. psych myself up
  10. get my Zulassungsbescheide…inform MOE of outcome.

I think that’s it?


Sunday Mourning. July 30, 2006

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i was awakened this morning by weeping
as the heavens opened and began to cry
’tis a sad and depressing morn to awaken to, i said to my love
via a text message, in less than 160 words…

and i was lying in my bed, unwilling to move
with a book in the hand, and soft rock on the radio
it was Neil Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors –
a collection of stories, tales and nightmares too.

all through this, teardrops splashed against my window
cleansing the world of all its grime and dirt;
despite the sorrow and all the sad depression
those very tears let everything start anew.

and then the tears stopped, for one does not cry forever
i imagine the skies must have dabbed at their eyes
with a handkerchief, crafted from the clouds
and green was never so green before –
and life starts, once again.

I need more sleepy Sunday mornings, that’s for sure.

Army Ranting. July 28, 2006

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It comes back to me every once in a while, when i look at the SAF now and don’t know whether to guffaw at the maggots currently serving slaving or to swear that i’ll never come back for ICT ever.

Firstly, to all my ex-swift-and-precise friends, there was an activation. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Thank goodness we never got activated. Of course, we studied everything in that pink file marked ‘SECRET’ religiously but thankfully we were never recalled on some cool Saturday afternoon to sweat and prepare for deployment. And it’s the TPQ-37, fer Chrissakes. I’m a 36 commander so obviously i’m not a god on the other platform. Give me a 36 and send me to NZ anyday man. If you can promise me that, i would consider signing on. Haha…

Here’s a link for you all to check out…in case you want to know what prompted me to write that paragraph…


Secondly, reading the article, i came across a name which probably sounds like CPT mak chee bong. Erm…i mean, CPT mak chee bye. And i’m just asking myself WHY THE FUCK they wanted to interview him. They should have interviewed the WLR section commander, IMHO…i mean, so PGM gets scrambled…SO WHAT?! Anyway, knowing his personality, i personally doubt that PGM got scrambled…he just found some way to park his ass where it doesn’t belong. The typical attention slut, of course.

Poor marcus. I think you’re going to suffer in the States, mate. I have never thought highly of him…Another one in 24 SA who i salute because of the rank and not because i respect him. I mean, you’re a captain in the 24th fucking Battalion, Singapore fucking Artillery. It would do you well to actually learn and give a fuck about the other systems, because honestly speaking your precious little bauble isn’t going to be very useful. Precision guided munitions with a reach of 20 km? Please. The Navy have that capability with a reach of more than 100 nautical miles with Harpoon, and we don’t know if they have Tomahawk do we? You can load smart Rockeyes onto a F-16 and have them lugged all the way to KL for a random nuisance strike, if you get what i mean.

You really should go for BTACC. It’ll do you a world of good. And i mean active participation, like CPTs jason, sunim, and ryan. Not sitting around in a field chair, being the sidewalk superintendent you normally are, sir. And for sidling up to me asking me how long it takes to deploy my radar? Fer Chrissakes’, do your bloody homework. Everyone knows how you screwed the ARTHUR boys back in WALLABY. Thank God you didn’t go with us to NZ…if not TA would’ve treated you worse than we treated CO.

And thanks for trying to guide our trailer out during FATEP, sir. I think we would’ve done it better without your unnecessary guidance noise. Why don’t you just wrap yourself around CO? Maybe you’ll get your S3 posting sooner if you do that – i mean, talk about personal protection and being there for your boss, and all…i’m quite sure he’ll appreciate it, considering how almost everyone else is hostile to him.

Thirdly, THUNDER WARRIOR ’06 is the last NZ exercise ever. NZ is closed from now on. So…THANK GOODNESS WE WENT! I think G6 finally found out that too many big fucks were using THUNDER WARRIOR as a cover to go on a holiday spa in NZ. HAHAHAHAH!

Fourth, my boss isn’t, and never was, and never will be, LTC ng ‘hurry up and promote me again’ hock sing. They’re CPTs francis ‘go and run’ goh and sim ‘i chain smoke’ siang ju. Let’s club soon, boss…Dbl O retro night anyone?

Lastly, the SAF is going to be à la US ARMY soon…i mean, what the fuck is it with khaki name tags and a khaki ‘SINGAPORE’ tag?! And all the pretty formation badges and all? Eh…people upstairs, wake up your bloody collective ideas lar…I mean, sure, it looks good on parade. So many badges, and everything. But i threw my SINGAPORE tag away already. No way you’re going to make me put that on my uniform…and no, KHAKI is not tactical, you stupid turds. Not in a tropical jungle environment, which is where you project your wars to be fought.

And collar tab ranks for officers? Epaulettes please. Collar tabs on No. 4 is a seriously bad idea…do you know how many officers were shot in Vietnam because their collar tabs were spotted by Viet Cong snipers almost a mile away? I mean, if you issue me collar tabs, then please don’t expect me to wear them if we go into combat. Be smart, not a retard. What the freak.

The Smoker’s Code of Conduct July 26, 2006

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NOTE: This is an original unedited version of an article which is slated for publication on ClubLife. Do drop by, please (aiya, support-support a bit la) for more on the good life! Any grammatical/vocabulary errors are the author’s own, and he does not accepts responsibility for it. He is abhorrentthankful for your feedback.

Okay, so there are now little yellow boxes all around Singapore. Kopitiams are now increasingly smoke-free (much to the chagrin of smokers, i’m sure.) But will they really reduce the number of smokers in Singapore?

I’ll admit it. I picked up the fags in the Army. I’m stopping now, but if you shake a pack of fags in my face and offer me one, there’s still a 50% chance i’ll accept it, albeit with a guilty shrug and a sheepish smile. (I’ll try a cigar, anyday however, so will anyone treat me to one?) And here are some things which, as a fagger, you should watch out about. Spare a thought for the people around you.

  1. Your mom/dad/lover/siblings will bug you incessantly. Of course, you can fag in private. But since fagging is a social thing, where’s the fun in fagging in private? Well, be smart and cover your tracks, if you have to. You don’t want that irate parent/lover shaking a pack in your face, throwing all sorts of accusations at you. And can you imagine the disappointment they experience? Remember: THEY LOVE YOU, even if you fag. It happened to me once. I don’t intend for it to happen again. And that’s why i’m quitting. I don’t want to disappoint anyone, anymore.
  2. Get mints. Even smokers shun someone who’s just had two in a row, especially if your fags are the especially smelly kind (Reds, especially, of any brand.) If you must fag, and image is important, get mints. Or change your brand. Dunhills/Mild Sevens tend to reek less than brands like Viceroy or Marlboro. And they have nifty stuff like charcoal filters, which filter out more toxins. Smoke is bad for you, however. Don’t forget. Alternatively, get a box of mints which you’ll carry around you all the time. Pop two before you go for that important appointment.
  3. Smoke can be irritating. If you can, find a yellow box. If not, avoid bus-stops and coffeeshops. Smoke irritates the eyes of others, smokers included. If you don’t want people to tell you to get lost because your smoke/ash is getting in their eyes, change the way you smoke, or smoke less. Even better, don’t smoke in front of these people at all.
  4. Your hands are going to be smelly. It’s been shown in a study that your hands will only smell squeaky clean if you work in a chemical factory, or a week after quitting. Take that into consideration. How will that next handshake smell like? Of course, you can cover it with cologne, or if you’re smart, you can get a metal holder which those ah peks use to smoke their smelly Reds. That way, you’ll do away with the smelly hands problem. Alternatively, if you can finish a fag without using your hands, then i have nothing to say. Give that man a cigar!
  5. So will your clothes, actually. A-pack-a-day man? Watch those clothes. Summer cologne, which is offered by many brands, tend to be fresher and last shorter than eau de toilette. Also, get a muskier smell to mask the tobacco, not a fresh sprightly citrus zest scent. Also, the material of your clothes also matter. If your clothes are more porous, they tend to trap the smell for longer. Wash them regularly, if you will. Watch out, mister Tobacco.
  6. Cigarettes are NOT really that useful. Of course, they may help you get that leggy femme fatale at the club. And they may help you to detect laser motion sensors. And they’re useful in the Army, when it’s 4 a.m. and you’re stuck in some Godforsaken training area, complete with Commando mosquitoes. But outside, they’re not really that useful. Oxygen sticks aren’t exactly that symbolic of the Alpha Male of yore. Of course, if you can pull off the look, then do whatever cooks your noodle, y’know?

And that’s about it. My advice would be for you, dear fagger, to QUIT. Hopefully one day i’ll walk the streets of Singapore completely smoke-free. And those are just the social standpoints of it. I don’t want to delve into the medical aspects of it. Have fun. If you must light up, remember: put others before yourself. Consideration will go a long way in any society, be they smokers or not.

ich kenne nichts, das so schön ist wie du. July 25, 2006

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you know they say, in every man’s life there comes a time
when you get struck by the arrow of Cupid; by the love of God
and sometimes this love brings thunder to your life
yea, it brings a storm, so sing about it…

there is more to love than this; love is more than just a kiss
will we take it to that step, will we do more than just connect?
and will you bring the thunder in my life
and the fire in my eyes?
‘coz then there will be days of pleasure where
everything far will be so near…

i have never felt thunder or lightning like this…
i have never been struck by a wonder like this…

ich könnte tagelang von dir erzählen
ohne deinen Namen auf nur einmal zu erwähnen
unter Schmerzen oder unter Tränen würde dein
Name als meine Linderung dienen

jede deiner Bewegungen sind erstrebenswert, und
jede Stunde mit dir ist so lebenswert
nichts ist vergleichbar mit denen, was du gibst mit,
denen, was du zeigst uns, wie du lebst, wie du liebst…

ich kenne nichts, ich kenne nichts, das so schön ist wie du…
i’ve never seen, there’s never been anything with the beauty of you…

schöne Tage mit dir sind kostbar,
so kostbar wie den Weg zum Morgenstern
ich zelebriere sie wie einen Festtag,
an dem ich immer wieder Neues von dir lerne

im Moment ist es das Schönste, dich zu kennen
dich zu kennen ist wohl das Beste, was ich hab’
verzeih mir, aber dieses sag ich nochmal
deinen Namen zu nennen ist wohl das Schönste, was ich sag’

ich kenne nichts, ich kenne nichts, das so schön ist wie du
i’ve never seen, there’s never been anything with the beauty of you…

Protected: An einer Kreuzung stehen gebleiben. July 25, 2006

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Earwax III: Saturday Night Fever July 24, 2006

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Do you like the ’80s?

Ah, the ’80s. I wasn’t born yet, but it was probably a time of big hair, boys wearing more make-up than the girls, the New Wave, electric pink, and the rise of Madonna. And so here i am (after a long hiatus,) back with you on Earwax. Tonight, we’re going back to Saturday Night Fever! All the songs you’ll ever need for dancing the night away.

Isn’t it amazing how Retro night is still wildly popular in the clubbing scene? Saturday nights at dbl O, for example, are still filled with people who were definitely not very ’80s-ish grooving away to the songs which were probably in fashion when they were just toddlers.

(Actually, all you need is a couple of vodka-Red Bulls, a keen eye for hot girls, and a good song from the DJ and you’re set.)

Songs from groups like Ace of Base, Irene Cara, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, or the Pet Shop Boys may make you cringe, but they’re really quite groovy songs…once you get into the mood, that is…if you really want to complete the retro look, grab a pink shirt, white pants, white shoes, aviator’s sunglasses, and you can Afro your hair if you will.

Oh, and you can look for retro acts like Alcazar, who produced a new retro-dance-pop album in 2004, Alcazarized. Or Bluelagoon. Apparently, in some parts of the world, retro is still in.

And here’s a playlist for you (which you can download, freeloaders…)

  1. Ace of Base – The Sign
  2. Alcazar – Physical
  3. Aneka – Japanese Boy
  4. Bananarama – Love in the First Degree
  5. Belinda Carlisle – Summer Rain
  6. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – I’ve Had the Time of My Life
  7. Bluelagoon – Break My Stride
  8. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
  9. DJ Bobo feat. Irene Cara – What a Feeling 2002
  10. Hall & Oates – Out of Touch
  11. Lionel Ritchie – All Night Long
  12. Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
  13. Nena – 99 Luftballons
  14. Rick Astley – Together Forever
  15. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  16. Safri Duo feat. Michael MacDonald – Sweet Freedom 2002
  17. The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
  18. The Outfield – Your Love
  19. Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
  20. Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
  21. Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby.

Have a good retro night.

II: ich will nur wissen… July 24, 2006

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I only want to know…

who you hang on to, so that you don’t fall.
if you’ll hold my hand so that you’ll never be lonely again.
if you’ll give in to temptation for the sake of your love.
if you can see beauty when everything falls apart.
if you’ll dare to be silly, for the sake of me and of us.
if you’ll spend a night with me alone, trusting me.
if you’ll dare to entrust all your heart to me.

if you can live with the failings of life, be they mine or yours,
without trying to hide or to not notice them;
if you can live with the happiness and blessings, mine or yours,
if you let the smallest of blessings fill you with ecstacy and joy;
if you can trust, when people trust you,
for the sake of your love and your dreams…
if you have ever fallen so deeply in love it hurt,
and if you believe in yourself when your world is torn asunder?

Lastly, i want to know if you can be by yourself, and feel safe in the emptiest voids of life and love.

I: es interessiert mich nicht, ob… July 24, 2006

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I’m not interested in knowing…

what your name is and how much money you have.
if we’re truly made for one another.
how old are you, and how you earn your living.
if red is the colour of your love.
what, where and how it was with him.
if the stories you tell me are true.
what they think of us.
if the tone of your voice is truly pure…

A Break from All the Love and Emotion July 24, 2006

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We weren’t allowed to use our handphones during OBS…so we made do. Mine’s an Asics! What’s yours?