National Service Part 2

Chapter 5: Back to the camp!

(January 03: 1000) - Woke up automatically, and started wondering what time DD will be coming to fetch(I'll be following his car back to the camp), rang him up, and he was still sleeping, and so i spent some minutes crawling on bed.

Took a hot shower, packed my stuffs, online some, and there he came, on the way we fetched this singh buddy, name Taran(well everyone still prefers to call him "Singh"). So DD drove both me and singh to his house.

DD took his bag and well before we left, he wanted to have voice conversation with his good friend, and while he was having his voice conversation on MSN, Singh asked, "kenape tu computer boleh cakap?" =]

(time 1400) - On highway!! DD's uncle drove really fast with the Nissan Ranger, about 170km/j, throughout the whole highway journey, only one car managed to overtook us, it was a Satria, LOL!

(time 1700) - We arrived to the camp, and everyone seems to have brought something new, there were torch lights, Mp3 players, casette players....And Ku-Chai a.k.a brought a guitar.

Chapter 6 : That's the kind of quality life.

Everyday life @ NS will be almost the same, but programs will be a little different, I'll elaborate abit, We have to wake up everyday @ 0600, 0530 for malays, and daily life will be started with the PT session, we will gather at the marching field, have daily flag raising ceremony, afterthat we will either have aerobic dance, for this one, its totally depend on the jurulatih, sometimes there were some some weird self created aerobic moves which was real funny, or sometimes we might just went throught some boring stretchings + push ups, the best we prefer its still a jog to the outside of campsite, there were yells, chants, and songs all along the way....

Breakfast time will be at 0730, normally it'll be fried rice, fried noodle, fried beehoon, and for sure an egg, and milo, and therell be breads on the table, for self service...

At 0830, everyone will fall in at the marching field, dressed in class shirt and slack pants, ready to go for the CB class(CB stands for character building, it's the 1st of 3 modules). Honestly I remember I only wore the shirt a couple of times, Its really hot, so everytime when any trainer asked, I'll say I have 1 set stolen and another set sent to laundry, everyday when we were lining up at the field, we'll hear yells or chantings from our semangat CB teachers, they are all sporting, tolerant and considerate peoples.

We'll have a short break at 1020 - 1045, where kitchens will serve some tea and some junks, afterthat we'll be back to classrooms, to continue with the CB class.

Lunch will be served everyday @ 1220, the time when everyone just feels hungry after the CB class, afterthat we'll have some free time, no activities, until 1400.

2 to 5 we'll have our activities of physical module, Ill try to recall the list.

Marching - As everyone knows, marching it's always a need for a uniform society, throughout a week we will have about 1 or 2 sessions of this, but mind my critic, marching in NS was really really bad, there were trainers who cannot march and taught us wrong commands and wrong moves, I often says, my scouting friends can do much better, even the time when they were still in form 2! The only teacher I respected of giving marching lessons, Cikgu Ali, he's real good, "head high, chest out, and stomach in" was his slogan.

The creativity sports - So far we've done one, whereby they divided us into a team of 20, we're require to fill up a big water tank which was pierced 80 holes, we were given sone news paper, and some pails, my team failed the game, we exchanged 1 of 3 pails for newspaper and we got fooled)

Jungle survival - Theyll bring us to the jungle classroom, taught us some skills of jungle survivals, Ive eaten some leafs or strange fruits throughout the whole session, they also showed us ways of building huts, booby traps and porch, every everything, its about surviving in the jungle.

Navigation - We were taught of the craft of using the compass, compass knowledge plays an important role the time in jungle.

First Aid
- We were taught some first aid technics, they showed us of how to bandage wounds, bla bla bla am not interested in all these, even in game I hated being a medic.

Water confident - This was set up specially for those who are having phobia for water, theyll et you wear the life jacket and ask you to jump into the dirty "greenish" pond, it was said that the pond is 20 fts deep.

We will have our sports time @ 1730, theyll play volleyball, basketball, football etc etc, how they play? theyll form a circle and just pass the ball around, how lame. I seldom follow, few of my friends will follow me to do some runs to build up stamina, usually we will do about 7 to 8 rounds
encircling the marching field, each round we'll stop for 5 push ups, and we will sprint for the last round.

1630 - 1800 is dinner time, usually this time there's always long queue in the canteen, everyone will be queing up waiting for meal, and smart peoples like me, will bathe 1st and wait until around 1745, where the whole canteen is so so quiet, left only a few others who often eat late, and our dinner will be like eating buffet, unlimited foods.

after the meal we will walk to the park, buy some can drinks sometimes, snacks and we will sit there to have some chat, or some "fingers guessing game"(I'm not exactly sure of what it called) those who lose were required to drink waters, so far the losing record was set by DD, he drank 2 bottles of 1.5 litres during one of the night, of course later he visited toilet often.

Activities @ night will be started at 2100, sometimes theyll play a video, sometimes we were to do reflections, every Thursday and Friday night everyone will have religion class, religious leaders of each religion will come here and preach sermons, and sad thing they dont have a class for christians, so I'm always free during Thursday and Friday night.

The camp will have a roll call @ 2230 everyday, its just simply the most hated event of the day to many peoples, we were required to fall in and wait for a long time when company leaders march to the front and report the company statues.

We are strictly warned to have the lights off during 11.

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