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SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Thu Jul 04, 2002 7:21 pm

OK then. Like, barely 24 hours I arrived back from LAX, I was off to Paris. So some of you are asking why did I choose the longest ever possible way to get to Paris from Los Angeles? (LAX-TPE-SIN-CDG)

Firstly, being away from home for 10 weeks at a stretch is just too much for me. That 24 hours at home did make me feel a whole lot less homesick. Also, both my USA and Europe sectors were all redeemed using Krisflyer miles so pricing was not a problem since they were FREE!

SQ334 SIN-CDG ETD 2250

I did a phone checkin and was given seat 39D which is one of those seats in front of the wall where babies are usually put but THANKFULLY there were no babies on this flight! Got to the airport at 2200, dumped my luggage at checkin, said my goodbyes and hugs and i love yous and headed straight for gate E24.

I was one of the last people to board the aircraft 9V-SMR so I just headed straight for my seat without having to queue. Hot towels were served, our pushback was on schedule at 2255 and the safety video was screened. One of the leading stewardesses sat at the emergency exit seat which was diagonally across from where I was. We took off at 2310 just before the Air France 777 which was also headed for CDG. A Singaporean guy who looked my age and seated at 39C (opposite her) started making small talk with her and I had the feeling he was flirting with her.

Now this stewardess is not your average SIA stewardess. For the approximately 20 mins from the time before takeoff to the time the seatbelt sign was switched off I eavesdropped on their conversation. They talked about a whole range of stuff, from Singapore politics to why she disagreed with the new law that would award demerit points to drivers who fail to have their rear seat passengers buckled up to the World Cup...... Also, that guy said he was going to France to study.... so after the flirting stopped I asked him if he was from my university blah blah blah and it turned out that we were on the same programme. cool aye?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy And yes, he was flirting with her.

Supper was served. OK I have to repeat this but it had an Asian selection or a Western selection and I chose the Asian selection. It was quite good, and the same went for breakfast so i shall NOT repeat details of breakfast later! What was newsworthy about the meal service on this flight was that it was served in new serviceware that looks much better than the ghastly old red ones they used to have.

There was a German guy seated next to me (I gathered that from the German edition of a Tom Clancy novel that he was reading) Halfway through dinner, he took 3 sleeping pills and fell into a deep sleep over his food, and looked hilarious. He was like slouched foward at first, after which he twisted towards me and leaned on me. I had to push him back to his seat. This cycle repeated itself about 5 times. And he was one hell of a heavy german man!

Anyway at the 6th time he was about to start the same old cycle, he somehow pushed his entire tray table onto the floor. The elderly Chinese couple next to him screamed in shock. I looked at him and was trying not to laugh because all the tea had (very nicely, mind you...) spilt into his shoe. And there he continued in his usual slouchy position (He did look dead, actually) like nothing was wrong.

I pressed the call button and this Indian stewardess (from India) came along. I was like "This guy here has spilt everything on the floor could you please do something about it?" And she decided to wake him up. "SIR.... SIR SIR SIR SIR SIR DO YOU STILL WANT YOUR DINNER?" followed by tapping his shoulders and the tapping turned into somewhat violent shaking. Now, it was highly obvious that this gentleman was not the least bit interested in his dinner. I mean, he shoved it onto the floor. And his tea was in his shoe.

"Sir, would you like to eat off the floor?"
or perhaps "Sir, would you like to drink your tea off your shoe?"

But she persevered till he actually woke up. If anything, we should award her a prize for actually managing to wake a person who has just taken what seemed like an overdose of sleeping pills. And he said NO and went back to sleep. She cleaned it up.

There were 2 members of the cabin crew who spoke French. Their accent sounded somewhat OK when they made the landing/take off and turbulence announcements. Didn't actually get a chance to conduct a real conversation with them in French, not that my French is all that good anyway!

Oh well that was all the excitement for the rest of the flight which was 12 hours 45 mins. I watched Marry a Rich Man starring Sammi Cheng whom I adore. Watched it twice actually. There was no French movie on Krisworld in June. After which I took some Melatonin but DID NOT manage to sleep at all! Every 15 mins or so one of the cabin crew would walk down the aisles offering all sorts of things to the passengers who were awake, who numbered very few.

2h45 mins before touchdown in CDG, somewhere over Eastern Europe, Breakfast was served. As promised I shall not dwell on the details of breakfast since they're the same as before. The guy seated across the aisle from me at 39C had apparently gone to the galley a couple of times during the flight to talk with the leading stewardess. Apparently he does it on all flights (according to him) Actually he had done a detailed analysis of every single female member of the cabin crew on our flight and he didn't hesitate to share it with me. So collectively we conducted our own joint detailed analysis of the female cabin crew on our flight. We both decided that the Indian one had a very big attitude problem since she didn't smile one bit throughout the flight.... And come on, waking the German man up was not worth the trouble!

The leading stewardess sat opposite him for landing again. This time both of us talked to her about everything under the sun. To the behaviour of the French to how the French lost to Senegal to the Louis Vuiton shop that all the SIA girls frequent at Champs Elysees.

And she had nice motherly parting words too. "You boys behave yourself and do what you're supposed to do and not do what you're not supposed to. It's very tempting when you have all the freedom in the world!"

Awwhhh wasn't that nice? And during disembarkation that guy had obviously fallen so in love with her he (and I as a result) waited and chatted with her till every single passenger had left the aircraft.

Paris CDG AEROGARE 1 is the most ugly airport I have ever been to in the developed world. AEROGARE 2 is so much better but of course Air France has the pleasure of that terminal all to itself. The immigration queue wasn't that long and French immigration officials hardly ever ask you any questions especially when you come from low risk countries like Singapore. Our baggage came out after a 20 min wait and we headed to the arrivals area to wait for our friends coming in on CX, TG and MH. SQ 334 is the first flight to arrive in from East Asia every morning at CDG.

I know none of you are train freaks but at 5 that evening I took the TGV from Gare de Lyon in Paris to Grenoble (a town 100km east of Lyon and 2 hours west of Geneva) where I spent the entire month of June with a French family and at French classes.

Once again thank you for reading. Sorry if i was boring! Merci et A Bientot!

 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Thu Jul 04, 2002 8:14 pm

Great report Docpepz,

There is actually a stark difference between Leading Stewardesses and your standard run of the mill girls in blue.

I recall my last flight with the company, I was seated in F and had difficulty deciding which of the 4 main courses to choose from. The LSS invited me to the galley during transit (there was no crew change and we weren't allowed to disembark) and laid out all 4 courses to help me decide. I received the best inflight service ever on that swansong flight. After dinner, I spent the rest of the flight in the galley with her, the Chief Steward, a steward and his boyfriend (a leading crew in Y) having the famous satay party.

Whereas those in blue are still struggling with their new found accents, those girls in green can be a joy to chat with. Their experience really shows on long haul flights.

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Ryanair!!!
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Thu Jul 04, 2002 8:32 pm

Salut!

Merci beaucoup Docpepz! Tu parles francaise? The crew who spoke Frence, were they de Singapopour? Singapourien? I used to know two stewards who attended the Frence Course at the Alliance Francaise Singapour so that they could concentrate on SIN-CDG flights.

Anyway, your report is tres magnifique et tres bien! Je parle francaise mais je ne parle pas tres bien...  Sad I am still trying!

Cheers
Ryan
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Thu Jul 04, 2002 9:53 pm

Ryanair,

oui je parle francais mais pas tres bien. j'ai commence etudier francais il y a 1 ans a l'Universite National de Singapour. Et toi? Apres j'ai passe 4 semaines en France, je pense que mon francaise a ameliore un peu..... Parce-que tous les jours il faut parler francais, je ne parle que francais.... haha.

mon report etait tres magnifique? ah c'est pas possible parce-que je pense que il etait tres ennuyeux.

N'oublies pas m'envoyer un email, s'il te plait! L'adresse est:

chcsq288@hotmail.com

Quand tu vas a l'aeroport Changi, peut-etre je peut aller avec toi parce-que l'aeroport est pres de chez moi.

Je m'excuse pour les fautes de grammaire.

Merci et A bientot!

Docteur Pepz.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Thu Jul 04, 2002 11:03 pm

Mon dieu!,

Mon amie, your French is better than mine. J'ai commence etudier Francaise il y a deux ans a Poly... mais je ne parles pas avec mon amie. So I have lost touch in a big way!

Et oui, your report etait tres magnifique. Jesus... I am trying!

Your grammar is, thus, pardoned... hee hee!

cheers
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Thu Jul 04, 2002 11:21 pm

Ah oui, mais pourquoi pas je ne peux pas parler le français aussi?! eh eh!

C'était un très bien reportage. C'est agréable pour lire que les Filles Singapourienne sont excellent. Mais, je pense que la Fille Indienne était un peu rauque quand elle disait à l'homme à côté de toi. C'est pas bien. Je ne m'impresionne pas. Je pense que tu as besoin de plaindre à customer_relations@singaporeair.com.sg

J'attends avec impatience pour votre reportage prochain.
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Thu Jul 04, 2002 11:23 pm



Aussi Le Table Favori De Hemingway.
Le Dôme Boulevard Du Montparnasse. Metro À Vavin.
SQ À Paris.

Je ne pouvais pas résister! (I could not resist!)
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Thu Jul 04, 2002 11:53 pm

gutten tag

wait a mionute... mind to talk in simple english. find its hard to understand. please lah.

obidesey
p/s thats all i know.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 1:25 am

Singapore_Air,

Some how I am not surprised, tu es de Vietnam? Non?
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 1:30 am

Ryanair!!!
Oui, c'est vrai. Mais, je suis né ici en Angleterre, mais mes parents sonts Vietnamiens.

Mais, j'adore ton compangie aérienne national.

Singapore Airlines - Le Meilleur Chemin Pour Voler
Tout autour le monde, la fille Singapourienne, tu es un chemin de voler fantastique

(rough translations)
Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 4:16 am

Where's that babblefish when u need that URL.. damn!

NO URLS in signature
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 5:18 am

Ah ha....
So, SQ772, your last station must have been one of these: CAI, IST, JNB, KHI, LHE. Chances are it was KHI or LHE, ya? I'm onto you!!
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 6:33 am

Tsentsan:
Be careful what you wish for. The Babelfish is reputed to have caused more inter-galactic wars than anything else in the known galaxy.

The Douglas Adams fans out there will know what I am talking about  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 4:01 pm

Ex_SQer...

je sais... sorry, I mean, I know where SQ772's stations were. How about hanging a bait in front of me? hahahaha....


Cheers
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 4:07 pm

Ex-SQer...eh....throwing smoke screen was my forte in NS and SQ  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

You think I am not aware that you "beh song" because I know your stn but you don't know mine is it?  Wink/being sarcastic

If you want exact stations, no problem, just not here. You're so resourceful, finding my contact should be chicken feet.

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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 4:17 pm

SQ772:
Very easy for me to find out - I just need to ask someone. But no lah I got better things to do than that. So there.

Ryanair!!!
What kind of bait are we talking about here? Will Coco Ng's head on a silver platter be enuff?
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 4:20 pm

Ryanair!!!, bien sur, the crew who spoke French were ne a Singapour ou Malasie.  Wink/being sarcastic That was my best shot...hahah pardon moi sil vous plait.
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 4:25 pm

Ryanair!!!, I am trying to get that dagger out of my back...can you help me drive it in deeper?
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 5:52 pm

SQ772... What were you tallking about? Dagger? Now why would I do such a thing? Aww... me? C'mon!

Er... for me, Coco Ng's head would do nothing for me coz she would still be smiling blankly, not knowing what hit her. I would like the heads of all the nasty, bitchy, pinkerton-esque, vegeterian-dishing, insincere SQ Girls, and feed them to the participants of Boot Camp.

Merci Beaucoup!
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 6:14 pm

Bonjour...

Any comments on the aircraft itself?

Take care,

alvin
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 6:55 pm

The aircraft was 9V-SMR which would make it nearly 10 years old. However I could hardly tell cos it was very well maintained and kept. There are some SM series Megatops from SQ that are quite badly maintained in the interior but this was definitely not one of them.

eh you all why you never rate this post one?
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Fri Jul 05, 2002 7:10 pm

You bet! VH-OJG I flew on in March, much better than the younger 9V-SMS!
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sat Jul 06, 2002 2:00 pm

Let me guess ex-SQer.......its Incheon. It's in his email :P

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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sat Jul 06, 2002 6:22 pm

9V-SVA... how was I supposed to know that? He witheld the email address in his profile. What a wanker. hehehe.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sat Jul 06, 2002 7:22 pm

what you can expect from Darryl Chua, hehehe.  Big thumbs up Great report doc!
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sat Jul 06, 2002 9:05 pm


Bonjour a tous,

C'etait un beau petit vol que tu as raconté...
Was also very fun to see all of you speak in French your all getting
good... especially the one at NUS...

Mes prochaine vacance arrive et je vais prendre un vol
d'air canada entre Montréal et Vancouver puis je vais avoir
la chance de voyager sur la compagnie Singapore Airlines
dans un beau 777-2xxER.

J'ai très hâte de voir comment va être le service...
Ma copine est à Singapour et elle vient de terminer
sa première session de francais a l'alliance francaise de Singapour.
et je vais la voir bientôt...

Was nice hearing a little touch of french in this board...
if you guys need any tips or have any question
about a different "accent" of the french language
give me a buzz... Im from the french part of Canada
...

Nimen Zaitian  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Wo qù tangenjie mai dongxi  Smile/happy/getting dizzy (sorry couldn`t remember tones Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Nicolas
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sun Jul 07, 2002 3:37 pm


9V-SVA... how was I supposed to know that? He witheld the email address in his profile. What a wanker. hehehe.

Ex_SQer...a case of pot calling the kettle black?  Smokin cool
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sun Jul 07, 2002 4:21 pm

Hello, Mr. Kettle, I presume? How very pleased to meet you. Let me introduce myself. I'm Mr. Pot. Such a privilege to finally get to know you.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sun Jul 07, 2002 4:30 pm

The pleasure's all mine... I have a nice pot of tea brewing, come over for some cream puffs and scones whenever you are in the area , will ya?  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sun Jul 07, 2002 5:22 pm

Only if the scones come with real clotted cream.

By the way we used to serve those on MAN-CDG when those flights departed in the afternoon. Big hit with the paxs.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sun Jul 07, 2002 8:50 pm

Scones are usually dripping in saturated fat. And the butter and the cream, ewrgh. No good at all. It'd take hours of running to get rid of all that off your waist. Like my friends in school used to say; a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. Very intelligent. Heehe.. had nothing to add, just had to say something on this board on my second weekend out. Big grin
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 08, 2002 12:40 am

Carmy, how is Tekong? Think I know your answer already...probably loving every moment of it  Laugh out loud

As for scones, clotted cream or what not....I am sure just one climb up Botak Hill in our lovely 35 deg C weather should be enough to burn off all those saturated fats. Have seen those new resorts, I mean bunks, that you guys now live in....sigh, you younger generation just have it soooo good! (you should see the slump they called Camp One that I was in...) And the air-conditioned ferry you take to camp... what can I say, but nothing beats standing in an RPL watching the planes zoom over you as you approached/departed Commando Jetty.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 08, 2002 4:22 am

Air conditioned ferry?!? Good grief, you guys are pampered, I tell you, spoilt rotten! When I was a Camp 1 it was a dump with dusty swirls. Everyone had a cough by Week 3 because of the dust. But it was still awesome to sit outside my bunk and watch planes while I cleaned my rifle or had any spare time. Not that I had much spare time because (1) I was identified as OCS potential early on and I kena tekan a lot and (2) my buddy was a blur f*** who had bladder (or bowel) problems and was always getting into trouble. If he wasn't being tekan-ed he was in the bathroom.

Yes, Carmy, eat all the scones you like - you'll have no problem working it off. Send my regards to Botak Hill. And from now on you will have to call me "Sir". hehe.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 08, 2002 6:09 pm

Speaking of buddies... my buddy and I went a long way together... same sec school, BMT buddies, same unit/company, same course in uni, same job in SQ, posted to the same country (but different station)... unfortunately, I got all the sh*t from his station since his flight always diverted to my station during the winter months when the fog set in (in fact 4 times during one horrific winter)!
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 08, 2002 7:43 pm

Well after ITD MY blur f*** buddy went to the Transport school where he was out-of-course for being a potentially dangerous driver. He was a complete panic stricken nincompoop who couldn't handle one ounce of pressure. I think he was inbred - always going to the toilet (bladder/bowel problems at age 18?!?). He had a right master hand and left master eye, so sometimes I had phenomenal CTS scores thanks to him. His helmet was crooked and it broke and the metal knocked against his skull and he didn't know how to fix it (I fixed it for him). Gee... what else...? Oh yes ITD instructors always tried to steal your weapon, yes? Well he was one of the easiest targets. When we were out in the field there were nights where I did not get one wink of sleep because I had to watch his weapon (and no he didn't have to be asleep for them to steal it).

Now this guy is a true case of Die C*** Stand.

It's been almost 15 years and I still want to punch his lights out. I would have had a much happier time in Tekong if not for him. He is a classic example of why some heterosexuals (please God let him not be gay) should not be allowed to breed.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 08, 2002 8:03 pm

For the well being of Singapore's (or where ever he decides to settle down) future, just pray that he IS gay so that he doesn't ever feel the urge to procreate.

We had your buddy's clone in our BMT company (who later became my platoon mate in the unit), always dazed, always talking about doing "it" with a horse, always getting the rest of us into deep sh*t... he suffered terribly under our hands though, but we do not regret what we had done one wee bit.

We pee-ed into his helmet when he was in the sick bay, we threw his boots into the forested area when we were in Thailand...and of course the monthly "blanket party"...(just a hint to the uninitiated, blanket parties are NOT pyjama parties).... watch the movie "Full Metal Jacket" and you will get a pretty good idea what blanket parties are! I have not seen him since ROD.

The moral of my story is.... it's ok to GENG, just don't do it at the expense of your fellow platoon mates!

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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 08, 2002 8:15 pm

Unfortunately, these clones are out there... contaminating every intake of BMT recruits. Watch it... the truth is out there... I had every version of it from BMT right through to OCS. From Singapore to Brunei, from Nee Soon to Rockhampton... they ARE THERE!
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Tue Jul 09, 2002 3:23 am

Sad part is, he didn't "geng". He was genuinely f***ed up and incompetent.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sat Jul 13, 2002 6:14 pm

Ok it's the weekend again and time for me to reply once more. About the blur f***s that exist, my gosh, to quote a friend of mine I met the other day, I've never seen sooooooo many blur cocks in one sitting. GAWD! I don't know what the f*** is going through their heads but for crying out loud, I never realised people could be SOOO stupid!!!

And camp one is still in use because I have to run there like an idiot about once a week when they conduct aqua jogging lessons at the swimming pool there. The coughs are still rampant, and I got the cough like err.. a week after I entered the not exactly new Basic Military Training Centre.

And gosh, the number of guys who have bellies at this tender age is simply amazing. I'd say probably a third about the guys in my platoon have bellies. I don't know how much beer they drink but my gosh, a beer belly at 20?!?!?!?! Aren't they the least bit concerned that they're so fat?!?

And the number of cheena people out there is so simply amazing. Gosh, I never knew there were people out there who can't even string a proper sentence together. When they're asking stuff, they can actually be unable to express themselves and have to ask the people around them what some word is in English. I never thought I had a problem with cheena people, especially since I spent ten years of my life in SAP schools, but God save them, their standard of English is simply just err.. worse than I'd expected.

But anyway, the resort that you guys see is only the exterior. The kind of silly nonsense they make us do to mantain the place is so silly. Just this week, we were made to sit down and start scrubbing the walls with, horrors of horrors, insect repellant. It was just so amusing to be scrubbing walls with the rags and insect repellant.

But it's been all right so far I guess, my company is considerably "welfare" compared to some of the other companies, so no complaints there. My OC and CSM are both incredibly nice. And oh yeah, gosh, I'm terrified of jumping off the ramp at the SOC, the very last obstacle. So I carry the silly rifle and scream like an idiot YAAAAAAAAAAAA and just before I jump off I just could faint and die. But hell, the SOC is so bloody fun. Love climbing up the rope! Big grin

And oh yeah, you get a really good view of planes landing at the SOC grounds. Saw the QF F1 landing when I was there two weeks ago I think, at around err 0730. I saw an airline I couldn't recognise landing today whilst I was on the AIR CONDITIONED ferry back to the mainland. Tried to poke my head out, but the ferry was AIR CONDITIONED so obviously I'd hit the glass window if I stretched any further.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sun Jul 14, 2002 2:01 pm

Sounds like so much fun. Here's my take of the situation in your coy.

And gosh, the number of guys who have bellies at this tender age is simply amazing. I'd say probably a third about the guys in my platoon have bellies. I don't know how much beer they drink but my gosh, a beer belly at 20?!?!?!?! Aren't they the least bit concerned that they're so fat?!?

Did it ever occur to you that you could be in an "obese" platoon? I thought those obese guys now go for 5 mth BMT training? Why are you in an obese coy? You overweight too? heheh

And the number of cheena people out there is so simply amazing. Gosh, I never knew there were people out there who can't even string a proper sentence together. When they're asking stuff, they can actually be unable to express themselves and have to ask the people around them what some word is in English. I never thought I had a problem with cheena people, especially since I spent ten years of my life in SAP schools, but God save them, their standard of English is simply just err.. worse than I'd expected.

These people are generally known as the AH BENG in mainland Singapore. But I guess it is a little difficult to recognise them when all of you are in No.4, and spotting a crew cut.

my company is considerably "welfare" compared to some of the other companies, so no complaints there

There must be a "white horse" somewhere in your coy. Go hunt him down, and make friends with him. It's worth it even if he falls into any of the categories cited above.

The ramp is the easiest obstacle IMO. It marks the end of the course, and you just have to sprint to the end point. My biggest worry was the low wall (but it was mainly psychological), cock up there and that's it, be prepared for a re-run. Never had problems with SOC though, just feared it for some reason.

Cheers!
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sun Jul 14, 2002 2:18 pm

Obese platoon?! Horrors, haha, no lah it's just that there're some guys who look perfectly fine until you actually see them topless and realise they actually have a beer belly. Every other part of the body looks fine except for that belly poking out. I think it must be too much beer. Heheh. Or are you implying I'm fat! Heheh.

And oh yeah, it's quite amusing when you see the smokers fall in for their smoking break. The kind of nonsense they have to shout when they fall out, like, "Smoking causes cancer and is bad for me but good for Sergeant XYZ." Quite amusing.

Never had a problem with Ah Bengs what, my four years in a cheena secondary school gave me a fair bit of experience mixing with Ah bengs, but I guess I must be quite out of touch with the Beng scene. hehee.

White horse? What white horse? Don't get you there.

Yucks, the ramp is scary. The wall is quite fun though. Love climbing over it. Sprint to the end point? Usually by the time I reach the ramp I'm half dead so I'd be jogging leisurely to the end point rather than sprinting. Haha.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sun Jul 14, 2002 2:37 pm

"White Horse" aka some big shot's son. I had 2 white horses in my coy during BMT, one was the son of an MP, the other the son of a Minister. You never heard of this term? Wow, or could it be white horses no longer have to do NS?

Or are you implying I'm fat!
ooh no...how would I ever dare imply that you are FAT?  Big grin

"Smoking causes cancer and is bad for me but good for Sergeant XYZ." Quite amusing.

Holly COW! They actually make smokers do that?? THIS IS DISCRIMINATION and HUMILIATING !!!! Thank GOD there wasn't even such a thing as "Yellow Boxes" during my NS days!!

The best part of SOC is the final sprint!!! Beat my personal 8.15min record and you are on your way to OCS!...  Big grin
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Sun Jul 14, 2002 7:54 pm

SQ772:
8.15min for SOC? I kowtow to you.
Oh, and White Horse status is more common than you think. You don't have to be a minister's son or something. You just have to belong to a reasonably well-to-do family or a reasonably well-connected one... in other words as long as your NOKs can raise hell if something happens to you, you'll be classed as a W.H.. Heck I was one.

Carmy:
Yeah I thought BMT was divided into 3, 4, or 5 month courses now. Shouldn't be so many unfit guys around you if you yourself are fit. During my time we were divided into Cat A, B+, B- and C platoons. I was B+.... and I used to feel sorry for the guys in the Cat C platoon - extra PT, etc.

I was most amazed at the number of guys who couldn't swim, though. I think it was close to a third. Even in OCs we had two in my platoon who couldn't swim.

NS did make me grow up, though, and fast! I went to a mission school, so my exposure to Bengs was minimal, and NS was a bit of a shock to the system for me. I'd been relatively coddled until then. One of the worst things I ever had to do when I was an officer was to call some NOK late at night to tell them (in my broken Malay) that their son was in D.B. for possession of drugs.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 15, 2002 12:11 am

8.15min - with the threat of staying back on Saturdays for SOC training, hell, even if my lungs burst, kidneys malfunctioned, I would still sprint to the end! If I may add, 8.15min was considered average in my platoon. The best timing someone got was 7min plus. My 8.15min was achieved with a little help from a bottle of RED BULL tonic the night before and abstaining from cigarettes 24hrs before the run... oh, and I was (and still freaking am) Cat A.

Anyone with any practical advice on how to get myself downgraded? This annual IPPT and In Camp Training thingy is really getting on my nerves!!!!! Sigh...if only I am a W.H....

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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 15, 2002 12:39 am

Oh, forgot to mention swimming...

I hated swimming lessons in BMT! The lessons were primarily for the non-swimmer folks and therefore there was no role for me to play there (I was in the school team previously). I thought I could score some points by getting involved in coaching some of my platoon mates, but noooo....the PTIs would have none of that!

Instead, the swimmers were tasked to picking up leaves (aka area cleaning) that were incessantly falling off the trees as we picked them. For every 1 leave that we picked, 20 more fell. Wonder which freaking MINDEF officer's bright idea was it to plant so many trees around the pool! STUPID C**K!
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 15, 2002 3:59 am

That's a surprise - during swimming those of us who passed the test on the first lesson were allowed to hang out at the pool and play. They gave us a couple of waterpolo balls and left us to our own devices. I liked that. Still can't get over the number of folks who didn't swim, though. Their parents did them a disservice.

I can't remember my best SOC timing but in ITS I think I was around 9 min. In OCS it was much faster!
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 15, 2002 11:21 am

God forbid, a W.H. picking leaves?!!! They probably scheduled a non-WH platoon to do it.
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 15, 2002 3:27 pm

Please lah, W.H.'s are a dime a dozen. I should know - I became an S1 after OCS.
 
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 15, 2002 4:20 pm

Just out of curiosity. At what stage are Singaporean males identified as WH? Does MINDEF track some big shot's son from the moment he is born, or does the big shot have to personally tell MINDEF to "take care of his son"?

My S1 was/is a fashion model. He joined STAR SEARCH after completing his degree, signed on with MediaCorp and ended up being the flower vase in a few drama serials...hilarious when he tried to act macho!...failed miserably Big grin
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RE: SQ 334 SIN-CDG

Mon Jul 15, 2002 7:08 pm

W.H. status is assigned before you start. I don't know the exact mechanics of how they assign it, but I would guess that some data in your background will trigger the system somewhere to investigate your background in more detail.

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