Friday, August 25, 2017

The past and future

It's amazing how some reading materials elicit certain responses. She was never one for 'self help' titles. But this manga based on a tidying method by Marie Kondo made her think. While her eyes lingered on this page, she thought about her past, her future. She thought about her relationships. What she wanted in her life. 

Tracing her index finger over the arrow with the text 'Fear For The Future', her mind wandered to the three boys she ever really loved. Not at the same time, of course. She was not that kind of girl. Still, she could not but think about how her life would be like if she ended up with any one of them.

The past. The future. Perhaps it is true. She can never move on if she clings on to the past. Or if she fears the future. Deep thoughts indeed. All from a picture book on decluttering.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A very short story

He placed his right hand over hers and smiled. With his left, he reached out to press the red button labeled 'Destroy'. And the world ended in a whimper.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Random musings

This is a sunny day. Surely, the sun shines as it never shines. Compared to yesterday, the sun is certainly out in its full glory. The heat hangs in the atmosphere, thick as pea-souper, just that it's invisible. Walking along the street is a chore. Some people like the heat, but I prefer to stay frosty in the confines of my room.

Inside, it's cool. Cold, if you are not the icy kind. It's a comfortable kind of cold if you ask me.

The Spotify radio is playing tunes from a playlist called 'Life Sucks'. Life sucks at times, but not now. Now I'm just chilling in the cool air-conditioned air of a HDB room. Safe from the heat, protected from the sun. Closing my eyes, the songs about heartbreak and misery floats in the air. I'm content. Life sucks, but not now. For that hour before the sun sets, I'm just content.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beautiful sky

The sky always looks beautiful from a certain angle.

Posting from Blogo

It's been a long time since I've posted on this blog. Blogpress doesn't even work anymore so i can't use it on the iPad Pro. So basically I'm trying out this app called Blogo to see how well it works.

Nothing much to see here. Move along.

Monday, August 10, 2015

SOC in LEGO-A pictorial essay that brings back memories...

This has got to be the best thing I saw at The Little Red Brick SG50 Edition exhibition.

Seeing the LEGO recreation of the Standard Obstacle Course (SOC) brings back memories of my NS days. This is the course I did back in the days... before they changed it to whatever modern trappings you have today.

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

For me, whenever the SOC is mentioned, there's this fear that sets in me. If you are one of those ultra-fit fellows, then the SOC is probably nothing to you. But for me, it's a challenge.

After running for a short distance... I can't remember what's the distance, you come face to face with the first obstacle. It's like this humongous flat piece of thing that is smack in front of you. You have to gather all your will to jump and step on the wall to push yourself over. I've seen some folks running into the wall, and not being able to clear it... totally a morale destroyer. But once you get past this, it's not so bad... in hindsight.

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

Next up, the Parallel Bars. This is not too bad. Just have to lock your elbows and shimmy across. Easy peasy...

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

...until you get to the Monkey Swing. It's actually not that difficult to do, considering you'd have done this when you were a kid at some playground. However, you are now wearing a helmet, carrying your M-16 (yeah... we are old-school soldiers), and wearing your Standard Battle Order (SBO). All that weight means that you can't really monkey your way across.

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

After that, you get to the Low Rope. I don't know why it's called the Low Rope when it's not that low. Going up the rope requires some technique. It's all about looping the rope the right way with your boots. when you reach the top, you slap the bar and shout out the name of your Company, which during my BMT is "Echo".

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

Then comes the Horizontal Beam. This is easy. Except that you have to high-port your rifle while running across. This thing swings around a bit... but as long as you keep your balance, you'll make it across without eating dirt.

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

The Gate is next. I found this quite fun to do. You grab the bars, tumble yourself over the 'gate', and you're done. If you've never fallen head-over-heels with someone in your short lifespan of 18 years, you'd have literally done it here with the Gate. Probably need to do a little re-adjustment of your helmet and webbing after this, as they will most probably be out of place after your clear this. Oh... and don't drop your rifle while doing this.

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

When you get to this next obstacle, you'll be panting and sweating and wondering what the hell you are doing all these for. When you ascend the Balancing Log, many thoughts will be running through your head, least of all that you're doing these to defend your father, mother, girlfriend, pet goldfish, etc. Again, balance is key here. Just keep going, banish whatever thoughts you have, and just quickly run across.

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

I've no idea why this next one is called Jacob's Ladder. Biblical reference? Not sure. Not that you'll care when you see the steps looming in front of you. It's all about conquering your fear of heights. And yes, it's still about balance. Don't drop into the spaces between the logs when you're at it. It's going to be painful for your nether regions.

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

We're close to the end of this torturous endeavor. The last obstacle is The Ramp. It's just a simple ramp that you have to charge up, and then jump down. The going up is the easy part. The coming down requires a leap and carefully landing on your two feet. Many folks will complain that they got their bad ankles or knees from their less than feline-like landing.

The Little Red Brick Show SG50 Edition

It's still not the end though. You now have to run with your SBO all 800m (?) to the finishing point, where you'd be given a timing. Whether you can book out for the weekend, or have to sign for extra duty depends very much on the timing you achieve.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Taipei 2013

Fishing town on way to YeliuYeliu GeoparkYeliu GeoparkYeliu GeoparkYeliu GeoparkYeliu Geopark
Yeliu GeoparkYeliu GeoparkYeliu GeoparkYeliu GeoparkYeliu GeoparkCrab walk-Yeliu
Danshui Old StreetRiding the Danshui-Bali loopRiding the Danshui-Bali loopRiding the Danshui-Bali loopRiding the Danshui-Bali loopBoat ride back to Danshui
Riding the Danshui-Bali loopThis Giant bike is niceBoat ride back to DanshuiSunset @ DanshuiSunset @ DanshuiComputex, Taipei 2013

Taipei 2013, a set on Flickr.

Had a great, relaxing trip to Taipei... my third time there and still so much to explore. Especially a great place for riding. Wish I had my D8 with me to ride there!