This is a continuation from here. As I’ve said, National Service has been one of the greatest experience that I ever had because of many events that happen in my life in just 3 months time in camp and often, it made me wonder, on how and why I DID NOT actually realized the most important person in my life.
But now, I could just… thank God that I do 🙂 ! Because I realized who do I talk about all the time in camp, who is the one whom I miss the most, the one whom I first think of when I broke down and cried because I was so sad and most of all, the friends whom I have been thinking about. It amazed and surprised me in so many way on how, some friends that I wasn’t even close to or used to be close to, came into my mind :).
The question that was commonly asked to me after knowing that I went for National Service was, “OH! How was it?!” And my answer is and will always be:
Great. It was one of the greatest experience in my whole lifetime. No doubt! I would encourage you to go for it if you are selected!
And NO, the answer of mine was not out of hypocrisy, in fact it is from my heart. I kept a diary when I was in camp for 3 months and I wrote down the every single day activities and happenings of my life. I just read it back a few days ago and haha, I was laughing and at some point, I could feel my anger building up again [and will elaborate more later 🙂 promise!].
I promised my close friends to allow them to read it [in front of me that is] before I left for National Service and none of them have actually read it now. And now, do sit back and enjoy reading this post about my life in National Service for 3 months.
The blue pen ink stain.
So what exactly do we do in camp? I know what’s on your mind! This one:
Yes, we have marching. But to be very honest, I’ve only marched as much as twice or thrice. Haha! Except for those who are selected for the inter-company marching competition of course :D.
In National Service, we attend classes. Specifically, Character Building [CB Class] classes and Kenegaraan [what do you call them in English?!] [KN Class]. I prefer Character Building over Kenegaraan anytime.
A teacher on a student’s lap 🙂
In CB class, they taught us about ourselves and the people around us. They taught us how to bring out the best in ourselves and the best in others. In this class, you will find another side of yourself. This is when you realized that, what would you do when you do not have your family, friends and the people whom you know with you.
And most of all, it has brought out the best in ME and I have yet to bring out the best in others :), could someone just tell me if I did?
Cikgu Chong with Yee Ling and I.
In CB class, we have around 30+ students [depending on the number of people in the camp] and in the class, we are separated into a few groups. And every day, we will select a new leader for the group, so that each and everyone of us will have a chance to speak up in class.
And not only that, if you refuse to speak up, they will make sure that YOU DO :D. Haha! And I was one of them. It’s not that I don’t want to speak up la, but I actually had phobia of speaking in front people whom I do not know! I’m also afraid of saying stupid things you know.
I still remember the very first time I was called out in class by Cikgu Shah 1 in CB 4 to express my opinion about the class. I was so shock that I took a more than 30 seconds to stand up. When I was at the front, I was so nervous. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY!!! *Shrieks!*
My first favourite teacher, Cikgu Shah 1 and I on the last day of CB 4 😀
Finally, I said whatever that came to my mind and I was expecting people to giggle and all [boring faces and yawns?], but surprisingly, they all clapped their hands and I was even told that I can speak very, very well! 😀 Hahaha!
So, what I’ve learnt from it is that, things are not as bad as it seems sometimes :).
Do you know how in school where you are trying to explain yourself and your teacher just cut you off and will not let you say a single word anymore? Do you know how does that feels? And NO, I’m not kidding about this, but it has happened to me before.
When I was in Convent, I was not given a chance to speak up, to participate in any or whatever freaking competitions [Uhh have I?! Other than the Maths Quiz and the water rocket thingy?] and I was always shut down in Convent and I was ALWAYS the WRONG one :).
I didn’t know what are my abilities until I went for National Service. And NO, I’m not kidding you :).
In camp, we are taught to stand up for ourself, to be firm on what we believe and most of all, knowing when to be deaf to opinions. At least in camp, I know that I was not shut down and most of all, the teachers there showed us that each and everyone of us can speak up and have showed us the hidden talent in everyone of us :).
Saiful and I, emcee of the Malam Citra Puisi.
As for Kenegaraan class, I won’t be writing about it too much as I don’t really like it =\. In fact, it’s really, reallyyyyyyyyy boringggg! -_____- The only fun part is the community service and it was a sad thing that we did not have the chance to visit the old folks home 😦 Sigh!
But, the best thing is that they brought us to the Sepang International Circuit [SIC][I’ve never been there before haha!], Jabatan Pertahanan and all, ok, don’t remember so much! =| But it was not too bad la overall :D.
L-R: Vinnie, Choo Sien, Me, Even
That’s us at SIC and do you know how much are the seats that we are sitting on! They cost RM500 per day for a seat!!! And I feel so lucky because I can sit on this RM500 per day seat for free hahaha! Somemore that day got this don’t know what motorbike performance, not bad .
Behind us was actually the rooms where VIP-s sit and watch the whole performance for RM1000 per day -.-”’ Tell you what, I would rather watch it on my black and white TV and use the RM1000 for shopping and I can buy at least 2 Guess handbags ok!
This is Putrajaya 🙂 ! I didn’t know that Putrajaya was that beautiful! Haha! They brought us to Putrajaya to watch this rakit competition which was REALLY boring but heck, the place is nice and we can chit chat and get free cakes somemore, so we don’t really mind the boredom and KENNETH KUAN, MAY I KNOW WHY ARE YOU SITTING SO FAR AWAY FROM ME!
After my dreading darurat I wanna come here and take photos! Ee Jane, Ai Leng, Ching Yin and Porkie! MAKE TIME FOR IT!!
The cream colour one is nice.
We went camping too and I tried to help them to set up the tents but in the end they realized that I couldn’t set up a tent because I have NEVER went camping before and all of them had [Hahahahaha! I told you I avoided camps my whole life!!] and in the end, they appointed me as the AJK Makanan & Minuman and to snap photos =| Well, that’s much better I tell you haha! 😀
No, I don’t know anything about camping so don’t ask me =|.
But I helped to make lemang! It was my first time and it’s fun actually haha! 😀
Nasi pulut, santan milk.
Close up of the nasi pulut 😀
Cooking the lemang.
Ta-daaaaa! 😀 Lemang = BEST!
I like this picture a lot! 🙂 Taken by Michael Mok! 😀
I NEVER like camping and had never went for one as well and avoided it as much as I could. I hated camping!! =| You know why, because WHY SLEEP OUTDOORS WHEN YOU HAVE A SOFT BED INDOORS!!! >=(
And so, I kept on telling myself that I’m going to have backache, neck-ache and all when I woke up after sleeping in the tent and it turns up to be the other way round! 🙂 I feel more refreshed instead haha! 😀 Sleeping outdoors was a whole new experience but still, I prefer sleeping on my bed =p.
In camp, we have 4 teams, the A [Alpha], B [Bravo], C [Charlie] and D [Delta] team. I was in the Delta team and you see, even in camp I love Add Maths!! 😀 And for each team, we have our own motto, tepuk-tepuk sorakan [the best one of all!] and our very own flag to represent our team identity. And mind you, if you ever lost your team’s flag [misplacing the flag], you will definitely need to be very well prepared for the consequences.
The Alpha flag with the name Bahtera 🙂
Bravo’s flag with the name Kesatria 🙂 I love their flag the most of all! You should see when they are doing the presentation and the audience just WOW-ed the whole time 🙂 They won the first place for the presentation anyway and they totally deserved it! 🙂
Charlie’s team flag with the name Kesatria as well! Haha 😀
Delta’s flag with the name Sembilu. And it’s ugly. Yes it’s so ugly and don’t come and tell me that it’s nice. I know it’s my team’s flag but what the heck, it’s still ugly! -.-” And later on someone told me that Sembilu means dalam kesakitan like what the fall la wei -.-”’
Well, whoever idea was that of course :).
You will not like to see this situation. A flag missing simply means that a team is late or they lost their flag =|…
The pangkat-s emblem that the trainees with such rank have to wear on their shoulders and it means, the more lines you have on your emblem, the heavier is the responsiblity on your shoulder 🙂 Rankings in the camp among the trainees:
Rank 1: Penghulu, Penghuluwati [Something like Head Prefect la]
Rank 2: Penolong Penghulu, Penolong Penghuluwati
Rank 3: IC Kompeni [Team Leader]
Rank 4: Penolong IC Kompeni
Rank 5: Ketua Dorm [Without an emblem 🙂 ]
We are also given a chance to join the RMAF Marathon Run and it was fun though I was running alone. NOOOOOO, actually I was with my friends and then there are too many people and then I walked too fast and was talking as well so I didn’t notice what’s going on la you know.
I only know that I’ve lost my friends when people are looking at me wondering why am I talking to myself while laughing -.-”’ So, now you know why my blog’s theme is Syiok Sendiri, because I happen to be just like that.
The starting point before I lost my friends =|.
After I err… lost them =|… And oh! We are running along the aircraft track by the way! 🙂
So all the way I ran without my friends and I kept on walking/running while snapping photos [everyone was looking at me ’cause I still have time and mood for photos] and looking for people whom I know. And I met Kenneth the best friend and in the end I think either he ran faster than me or vice versa, don’t remember la =|
I tell you what, I was soooo excited when I saw the Mid Valley City signboard, I was thinking about running towards Mid Valley to walk around and then take the KTM home and… okay I’m just kidding :D…
BUT I JUST WISHED THAT I COULD SEE MID VALLEY!! =| And I know Kenneth loves Mid Valley cause he stays 5 minutes away from Mid Valley HAHAHA! 😀
Sponges, plastic bottles, paper cups.
WHEN I SAW THIS SIGN, I ALMOST FAINTED I TELL YOU! Because I remember that I heard that my category run was 10 km and when I saw this sign, I went like what the fall, 18 km!! Only to realize that it’s for another category =|
And I got number 113 out of thousands of participants in my category 🙂 ! My friends whom I’ve lost reached 30 minutes later =p
MY MEDAL!!! Only top 225 get okay! 😀 😀 😀 !!! And it’s my first marathon run in my whole life!!! 😀 😀 !!!
My precioussssssss! 😀
We are given a chance to vote in the camp pilihan raya as well 😀 Trust me, it was fun and exciting! 🙂 Haha! They put up a show everywhere with this orang gila [Seri!!] walking around, chasing after teachers [Oh goodness, anyone saw Cikgu Pet, Cikgu OUUTT and Cikgu Shah 1 running away! Hahaha!], gangsters and all, it was FUN! 🙂
GAYS! 😀 Hahaha! 😀
The first time I saw this banner I was actually screaming in my heart! LOOK AT THE WORD PUISI!!! I was just like oh my gawd, PUISI?! KOMSAS? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!*Bawls* I’m here for a holiday vacation, not another shitty komsas session -_________-!!!
This is what everyone is doing when they have ceramah in the hall and the day where people actually recite puisi, sajak etc. It’s boring la ok. Sorry if this offended anyone of you =|.
But then, this puisi thingy that we expected to be shit boring turns up to be bloody hell of fun! 😀 You see, we are all seperated into groups and I ran out of my group to join the urus setia so that I don’t need to recite any puisi haha! 😀
Kenneth Kuan who is busy designing cards :). That’s how Kenneth and I started talking actually 😀 And he is the only friend whom I speak English to after Benjamin, Alloysius and Dinesh left :(.
His artwork :).
Kenneth and his masterpiece 😀
Close up of his masterpiece 😀
The 2nd masterpiece 🙂 😀 !
We have the Malam Citra Puisi event in conjuction of this puisi-puisi thingy and the thing is, THIS EVENT IS FUN AND GREAT! The trainees were trained to perform the sajak 🙂 And most of all, it shows the talent of many in acting, reciting sajak/puisi and the talent of all to work together and to make it happen 🙂
Salim reciting the puisi/sajak 🙂
Yin Lin during a practice. Yin Lin is a very beautiful and intelligent girl 🙂 and probably one of the nicest and friendliest girl I’ve ever known 😀
Saiful and I as the emcee 🙂 😀 It’s my first time as well haha! 😀
Some of my best friends: Li Mei, Yin Lin, Sook Yee [Bao Bei!! :D] and I 😀
Fiza, one of my best friend as well and I 😀
Shu Ping [Shopping] with her cute head band 😀 And she is SUPER SKINNY, yes skinnier than Ching Yin!!
3 of my favourite teachers who turned up that day: Cikgu Shawn, Cikgu Shah 1 and Cikgu Shah 2 and they are all not older than 25 years old 😀
Overall, it was a great and interesting event and it was not boring at all 🙂 :D.
Let me tell you what we dread the most, we dread marching and having our handphones collected back =| Every Saturday 5 pm, we are given back our handphone and the following day, at 9 pm, we have to hand in our phone =|
Yana, my team IC collecting the handphones.
Last minute phone calls. Still got 2 minutes to 9 pm what!
The handphones in the box. Can anyone spot my handphone strap?! No, NOT the blue colour Mickey Mouse one 😀
They bring us to church and the temple every week according to your religion and one Wesak day, I went to the temple together with some other Christians because, there is food and our friends are going along, so why not 😀
The vegetarian food at the temple 😀 I love! ❤ 😀
The Buddhist and some sesat-ed Christians 😀
When we first reach the temple, they gave all of us colok and air bunga, Jessamine and I [two of the sesat-ed Christians] told them that we’ve already put the colok and taken the air bunga we are Christians =| and proceed to run away so that no one come thrusting yellow strings, colok-s and air bunga into our hands =|
We are very much relieved when CD told the person in charge that we are Christians -_- Aiyo, say la earlier then we don’t need to keep on rejecting their gifts =| We don’t mean it ah, sorry =|
The secret that we will keep for life :)…
Now, some random photos with my friends and my camp 😀
This is Benjamin and I. Benjamin is one of the straight A’s scorer for SPM in our camp and he is a really lucky guy!! Let me tell you why! He was selected for JPA scholarship, UPU and even got the offer for matriculation! Sigh, he reminds me of Zaharah who was selected for everything as well [WOMAN! I HATE YOU!! 😦 ]
I just wish that… we had more conversations.
The decoration on our dorm wall 😀
Ice-cream on a hot sunny day 🙂
Fiza’s hand and the can of Coca-cola with Cikgu Pet at the back 😀 Haha! Perfect! 🙂
Cikgu Pet [another favourite teacher of mine! :D] and I after canoeing :D.
Jessamine and I 🙂 😀
Jessamine, my first friend from Bintulu, Sarawak 🙂 I will never forget how you phone me when I was writing my diary because you left your towel in the dorm haha! 😀
Morning jog 😀
The Tesco 😀 Haha, no la, koperasi but we all call it Tesco 😀
Dinner/Lunch!! 😀 Ayam masak merah, nasi tomato, acar, oranges! 😀 😀 ! Best food ever!!! 😀
When you have nothing better to do 😀
My dorm mates and I 😀 And till today, when I read back my diary, I can still feel some anger [as mentioned earlier on] because I remember how this story spinner in the dorm spins up so many stories about my friends and myself and how she spins so many stories in order to gain sympathy from teachers [Oh for heaven sake!] and how she fatt hau in front of the guys *pukes* and yea, no one likes her.
This is Roza! 😀 She is a really sweet girl with an amazing voice! 🙂 She is extremely polite as well. Trust me, even when she’s angry, she’ll never shout at that person but to discuss the problem in a nice way that you simply cannot be angry with her at all! 🙂
Lapangan sasar 😀 !
So, that’s all about my National Service experience! 😀 I hope you all didn’t fall asleep la *.* =D
National Service is indeed and has been one in a lifetime experience for me :), therefore, go with an open heart and mind and be sure to enjoy it 🙂 :D.
And this part of the post, is about the Christmas Eve meeting with my friends and we exchanged presents. You know what, we exchange presents by picking numbers and Ai Leng and I tertukar hadiah. Haiyo Ah Lui, see la, after cerai already only got FATE haha! 😀
Ai Leng and I wrapped each other present in the car in front of each other =|
Thank you Ai Leng for the lovely photo frame, I will definitely make good use of it by putting my prettiest photo 😀
And Meow, this is what I got 😀
Ah Lui, this part of the post is for you! 😀 Since your new Ah Pa is Porkie, therefore, you MIGHT have a little bit of his characteristics =|.
Actually Porkie’s real name is Carson. The name Porkie was given by Ee Jane I think. Because Carson sounds like Parkson, then sounds like Pork San [God of Pork], then it was shorten to Porkie =|. That’s how he was called Porkie till now la.
If you want to know why you are easily stressed up, remember, you got the gene from him.
If you ever wonder why are you such a computer/internet addict and sit until so unlady like, remember, you INHERITED the gene from your new Daddy! =|
If you ever wonder why are you so vain that each time you saw a mirror, you must whip out your camera to snap a photo of yourself, remember, you got it from it from him
If you are wondering why are you such a procrastinator, nah, look at him, you got it from him .
And if you ever wonder why do you love sleeping so much, nah, this photo is the answer to it .
And lastly, Happy New Year to everyone! 😀 Hope this isn’t too late eh? 😀 Haha !!