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ROD 2012: Goodbye RVNCC

I didn’t know time would pass this fast. Now… where should I start from? I don’t think anyone would be able to survive through this whole post but I just want to note this down forever ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been rushing ROD presents for the last few days along with 4G class chalet hence I haven’t had spare time to blog, but here goes.

4 years literally passed in a flash. I don’t know if I have ever written this in my blog- but I am an appeal student through Clementi PS’s Choir. I returned from Korea on December 29 2008 and there was no update about my appeal result. I called in to the school- and I was told that if I were willing to join a Uniformed Group in the event I fail my Choir audition, I would be placed on priority list. I agreed without a second thought, and 2 hours later came the phone call with the confirmed offer. I was squealing with delight and jumping with joy around my whole house, my family members were all so happy for me and I really liked that feeling. I just never considered “What if I really fail my Choir audition?” because I was so confident of my singing ability. I guess I could really sing 4 years ago.

I remember sitting in the computer lab that day, asking the people around me which UG choice I should put. Honestly, I had already wanted to place NCC (Girls) because of my PSLs (Maam Weely and Senior Xiuyun) and my classmates but I viewed it as an embarrassment- hence I quickly submitted it and didn’t want to tell anyone about it. I knew the odds of failing my Choir audition were really high but I never expected myself to really get into NCC.

The day I received my CCA results (09/02/2009), I saw the class list that changed my entire secondary school life from there. My classmate got into Choir, and I got into NCC. I started to ๆ€จๅคฉๆ€จไบบ, thinking why it was that I failed my Choir audition, why didn’t I work harder? Why did I cheer so hard that I lost my voice for the audition? Why, why, why? It seemed that my entire life came crashing down on me- suddenly I’m forced to do something I wasn’t willing to do, something I disliked, something I never imagined myself doing.

I was on my way to peer tutoring with Ling Sheng when I cried really badly on the bus. I knew nuts about the CCA even though I attended the UG Orientation. Ling Sheng said that I might grow to like it, and I tried to take it as a comfort. Yes, seniors were nice, seniors were friendly. I remember Senior Shereen approaching me thrice to tell me the same thing- “JOIN NCC GIRLS!” but I didn’t care duh. I mean, hah, really? Hello everybody I am from Choir and I want to join Choir.

The first time we fell in at the container blocks- I saw Mr Lee Guan Shin taking our attendance. We had to fall in in rows of three, and I was absolutely annoyed because I was made to stand stationary on the very first day. Seriously! Girls left the platoon one by one to tell teachers their excuses valid reasons for not being able to join a Uniformed Group. I wanted to get out and join any CCA. Anything, clubs, sports, I was so certain that anywhere else would be better than NCC. However the problem was that I appealed into RV, and I agreed to their “Terms and Conditions” already. There was no way I could get out of the CCA. I was really envious of the people who left one by one. NCC was the last rubbish dump any girl would want to belong to- it had the most slots left and it was the only CCA other people could transfer to.

I survived the first few CCAs doing sedia, senangdiri, sedia, senangdiri, kekanan pusing, kekiri pusing, BUT IT GOT REALLY BORING. Other Uniformed Groups started to pick up their fun elements and I remember trying my best to cheat myself that NCC was the best. Saying stuff like “Our uniform is free!” and “We got 2 different uniforms” started to get really common especially since there wasn’t really anything to flaunt about our CCA.

However, the suffering slowly got better and I started to appreciate the fact that I was in NCC. I remember running during our 2nd PT session (6 rounds on the outer lane, according to my memory) and staring at the back of the shirt of the girl in front of me. “River Valley NCC” I really couldn’t believe it. It’s like I rediscovered that I was in NCC, this time facing it a lot more positively, a lot happier. In fact, it slowly became my sense of pride. Whenever I attended family gatherings, no one would believe that I was placed in NCC.

March Camp was shit but I kinda enjoyed it- it exposed to me the harsh realities of the life of Uniformed Group members, and I thought perhaps this was a good change. I changed my mindset since then. I was really happy in my CCA, I thought perhaps nothing else would change this.

Special thanks would go to my Part A specialists- Maam Feei and Senior Shirleen. I remember them coming to act looking so approachable, friendly and they would chat with us on MSN all the time ๐Ÿ™‚ They tried their best to be close to us on a personal level rather than people of authority. According to them, previous batches of specialists never did that but they really wanted us to feel at home in NCC. There was a point in time I was so crazy about NCC, I counted down the hours to CCA on Tuesdays and Fridays. I looked forward to falling in, to meet my platoonmates again, to meet my specialists again, something must have been really wrong with me. It was crazy, it was tiring, but I still looked forward to it. I was offered to join a 2nd CCA (ask me personally if you would wish to know), but I turned it down right away without a thought. NCC was my home already. I was never going to find a second home.

After they stepped down, things pretty much changed though. I’m not sure if it’s because of the way things were running or the new specialists, or maybe I just got sick of the routine of drills and PT, but things just weren’t the same anymore.

That’s when NCC life for me dipped to the lowest point. I really hated CCA, that few months attending CCA were horrendously dreadful. During CCA, we would drill for very long periods of time and I would grab every chance to check my watch. During water breaks, it would be only 3.50pm or something… and my mind would be like “Crap we still have 2 hours more.” I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one feeling this way though- my platoon bonded through this. Hating and bitching of our CCA, we even headed to the arcade to release our angst at an innocent screen LOL. Thinking back, it was pretty funny ๐Ÿ™‚

Until now, I really cannot understand how this love-hate relationship existed, but I remember finding every opportunity to miss CCA. I was a PSL and it was really easy for me to get involved in activities that would miss CCA. Huimin and I signed up (oops ๆ‹†็ฉฟ her) for stupid things such as supporting matches and ICAS papers just so we could skip CCA on a Tuesday evening.

We were that desperate to get away from the 3 hours of CCA.

Those dreadful days passed even faster than the interesting activities though- we passed our March Camp really well because we were so used to the routine. I guess I was really lucky enough to land myself in a NCC interview for the first time in my life- I thought that was really nice because it recognised my efforts for the entire camp. I knew for a fact that I wouldn’t leave RVNCC- but the only problem was that I didn’t enjoy CCA as much as before. And true enough, I never found back the same enthusiasm I had for act.

Things got better with introduction of new activities during Part B- no matter how noobish my standard was, somehow I managed to squeeze myself into Orienteering, Shooting and Challenge Quest. Taking part in those competitions made me feel more attached to NCC. I guess I should be thankful that I had that competitive streak in me, I wanted to be better than the rest. Sorry if I sound selfish here my dear platoonmates, but I liked being competitive. Even though we did not win anything much due to my excellent sabotage for most of the competitions, I enjoyed my participation in them.

The turning point in my NCC life: selection for FSD Course. I expected 2 out of the 4 FSD Team 2010 people to get in, hence I didn’t think much of it. Afterall, it is probably customary for people of experience to lead the next batch of cadets in FSD. When they drilled us randomly and strictly one day, I knew they were doing selections. For PTI Course maybe? I think I did pretty well because I had been practising drills then at home, I thought my foot drills were getting really horrendous. But I never expected myself to get into FSD Course. From then on, I started looking at drill videos every single day. I was supposed to unleash the creativity within me. BUT HOW? How do you start choreographing a routine from scratch? How was I supposed to lead a team when I was completely foreign to this subject matter?

I guess the thing that defeated me the most was how I was put down by people, I was really discouraged. However, all the same I wanted to prove others wrong. Undoubtedly, this pulled apart the bond between my platoon. But from then on, I had to take on a whole new responsibility for RVNCC, which was to maintain the glory we had for RV FSD. They had attained National 2nd the previous year, and it wasn’t going to be easy. I guess I shall not elaborate more on my FSD life since it’s all over my blog, but it was really tough. I cried so much during that period, I was so sick, but I held on. Thinking about it, I guess I was really strong. I don’t think I’ll be willing to do it all over again. Furthermore, I don’t think I should elaborate more about FSD being the largest disappointment in my life thus far? My biggest guilt and my biggest regret.

Part C life came by really quick, and we attended so many courses and parades. That’s when my love for NCC rekindled itself very much, I looked forward to HQ NCC activities, I looked forward to act, and I guess NCC Day Parade really marked the change. The moment practice ended on a Friday, I’d look forward to next Friday’s rehearsal, and for the entire week it would be my motivation. Posting period brought out the most conflicts from within my platoon, but I guess it couldn’t be helped. Specialist Course was also a major change from cadet to cadet leader, suddenly the whole unit greeted us as sergeants even though we were mere cadets. Suddenly you had to earn your own rank, suddenly everything that I had been learning for the past 3 years made perfect sense. Afterall, what would a Part A cadet think about learning Individual Field Craft?

Suddenly the prospect of taking over the unit seemed really near as well. That was when all of us had to start thinking- what did we want? What post was the most suitable for us, and what would we really enjoy doing?

Ever since Part B life, I’ve wanted to be a Part B PC. I really disliked my Part B life very much hence I never wanted my cadets to feel the same way as me. I wanted to change things for a Part B cadet because in my opinion, drills and PT were not simply the way out. However, I started to doubt myself during posting period because it meant taking the new Part As and I thought I wouldn’t be able to change the platoon standards. I thought it was really fearful to take over a new batch of cadets who would be missing their old specialists very much. Most significantly, my Part B standard was atrocious and I wasn’t ready to deal with rubbish cadets like me.

Hence I made a rash decision to change my desired post last minute- ask me personally if you would like to know ๐Ÿ™‚

When results were released, I had expected myself to be a Part B specialist. True enough, I got it due to my suitability. I don’t know why, but suddenly I got really really thankful that I did not get what I aimed for. My specialists thought I was really disappointed, but not at all. I am a people-oriented person, why would I want to busy myself with admin work? And most importantly, I guess the greatest achievement of specialist life will actually come from your cadets, not the approval of never ending proposals. Talking about that, I respect Jiawen and Jieling for having tanked so much admin work all these while ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, I am really glad I have been Part B PC. Through the year taking Part Bs (or As for that matter in 2011), I have learnt a lot. I started off as an idiot, I attended acts without doing enough background checks on them, didn’t double check their standard with their previous specialists, didn’t even plan a PT properly. Slowly, I improved. I reminded myself of my goals, to make CCA fun, to make sure nobody quitted, to make sure my cadets liked the CCA as much as possible. Even though I definitely haven’t been 100% successful in doing so, I hope the Part Bs are not on the verge of quitting anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

I read one of the ROD letters today, asking for a dedication to the Part Bs HAHAHA so… yeah.

Hello my lovely Part Bs ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been a pretty long year! I got a shock when I found out that there were 3 out of 13 people in your platoon older than me- I got a shock when I found out that there are so many different types of people… weird ones, crazy ones, quiet ones… all in one literally. I really dreaded specialist life, preparing No.4 as a specialist is much more dreadful than preparing it as a cadet. I had to make sure my collars were starched nicely enough so that you girls didn’t end up staring at mine with shifty eyes, I had to make sure your uniform was in tip top condition or I did not have the rights to criticise your uniform parts.

However, things get enjoyable the moment I run down the camp, down the stairs to see you guys. Everytime I walk down to hear any of you greeting me after falling in, it was really pleasant ๐Ÿ™‚ it brought joy to me whenever I got tired or cranky in class, and I looked forward to going for CCA. Whenever there’s a fun PT, I would look forward to taking you guys cause I know that would be one of the acts you all end up smiling, laughing or anything. Whenever you girls mentioned that you enjoyed act at the end of the day, that easily made my day. Chenxi Annqing and I tried our best to help you all love CCA, enjoy CCA and perhaps consider staying for the years ahead. I don’t know if we have been successful because we can no longer see things from a cadet’s perspective, but I’m glad many of you have picked up the passion along the way.

I have learnt a lot in this year, thank you for such a wonderful experience. I will never ever ever regret taking up this post of a Part B specialist and getting to know all of you all ๐Ÿ˜€ I miss all of you already!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I do hope with all my heart that the total strength will remain 13 next year ๐Ÿ˜€

All the best for Part C life ๐Ÿ™‚ Most personal comments and NCC specific details are already in your book (sorry for the bad colours and handwriting), “See you again next year” Heh ๐Ÿ™‚ Forever your PC, forever my Part Bs :-))

ROD concert today was wonderful, it was obvious a lot of effort had been put into planning the concert and all the decorations, great job Part Cs ๐Ÿ™‚ The door gifts were wonderful too. The customised light stick was really amazing omg.

Most importantly, thank you Part Bs, the presents I received today just reminded me why I’ll never ever ever regret taking you all.

I really loved the handwritten cards, thank you for all your efforts ๐Ÿ™‚ The presents were really awesome and I’ll never forget today ๐Ÿ˜€

And last dedication, to the most important people on this journey,

Evidently, the whole company is not here, but thank you for having been on this journey with me, Delta ’12. The crazy loud noises that will never get old, the creation of new scandals anytime anywhere with all of you, and how proactive you guys were such that we could plan things on the go whenever we wanted to do something. Thank you for tolerating my bullshit all this while, tolerating my retardness and my weight (random), as well as making conversations so painless. Today’s dance was amazing and Call Me Maybe will always remind me of RVNCC Delta ’12 from now on ๐Ÿ™‚

First act 09/02/2009
POP-ed 08/08/2012
ROD-ed 29/10/2012

After I joined NCC, I certainly became more outgoing, more sociable, more vocal and grew to have a lot more initiative than I did in Primary School. I have grown up a lot, matured a lot and learnt a lot from this wonderful journey. Thank you RVNCC, for developing me into a physically and mentally stronger person, for equipping me with so many life skills, for bringing me so many friends, and for such an amazing and unique experience these 4 years. Nothing would beat this experience ever.

Given a choice again, I’ll never pick another company, I’ll never pick another post, and I’ll never pick another CCA.


Last day of school with 4G ’12

In the blink of an eye, it’s been two years.

I still remember how I missed 2C ’10 so freaking badly because the bond was so strong… thinking I’d never be able to fit in in this class of people. To top it off, 2C was so freaking quiet and 3G (then) was so noisy.

I remember class allocation being released on Christmas Eve 2011 and freaking out cause of the weird classmates I was getting- so many NCC people were in 4L and I was like in what… 4G?! RANDOM CLASS MAX? The only thing that comforted me was Kay Vin being in the same class as me- unfortunately this will be the end to 8 years being classmates, because we will definitely split into different classes next year.

I was so sad LOL seriously pretty upset. And all the monkeys… siao liao. Seriously omg ๅ‡ ๅฒไบ† they were still throwing paper balls around in class?!?!?!

…and it’s already been 2 years since then?

Major events included RV Carnival when I barely knew anyone, and there was just so much to do in so little time.
Y3 LCD Camp, where we really had the taste of class bonding for the first time.
Short hair era, where other classes viewed us as ugly mushrooms but we were just so proud of it HAHAHA.

Days of mugging and chionging passed so quickly, I remember Ms Pan telling us in Year 2 that Year 3 life was no joke- but we’d be able to cope with it in time to come… and not long later in Year 4 we changed into the Senior High uniform.

Oh my god I don’t even know where to start from because so much has happened- but yet everything feels like yesterday. The first day in 2011 when we walked in to see so many new schoolmates (PRCs). The first CIP when we ended up at Terence’s house after newspaper collection. The first PE lesson of the year when we all got killed by Mr Lim didn’t feel too long ago either… and how we ran to recess whenever we were really hungry ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t draw comparisons because it’s been 2 years since 2C has been together, but I’ll never regret choosing my combination and dying in History elective, because it landed me in this amazing class.

Thank you 4G 2012 for all these wonderful experiences, I’ll remember them for life.

This movie outing today was totally impromptu- everyone thought it was just trolling on the class WhatsApp group as usual LOL. IT WAS PLANNED AT 7.45PM AND WE WERE TO MEET AT 8.30PM. And guess what, 9 people turned up HAHAHA. It felt so heartening to see everyone again ๐Ÿ™‚ even though it’s just been like 7 hours LOL.

Sinister was totally screwed up omg it was so scary and I couldn’t tolerate the suspense ๐Ÿ˜ฆ My heart was beating like crazy LOL. Kang Tze kept whining beside me throughout the movie and went like “WALAO YOU ALL WANT WATCH GORE WATCH HAPPY TREE FRIENDS LA WHY ARE WE WATCHING THIS SCREWED UP MOVIE”, Cathy “Wahhhh why we never watch Taichi 0” LOLOL. My whole row had their hands cupped on their faces HAHAHA.

It doesn’t feel like the last day of school, but from now onwards I know my schedule is gonna be really crappy.

Every Tuesday and Thursday I have Floorball,
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have work at the childcare,
This weekend I’ll be having my class chalet, and I have 2 Outreach sessions at Pei Hwa Presbyterian and Xingnan on 29th and 30th October :S I hope I can memorise my script in time ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

All the best to myself and I hope I survive my November holidays, and I hope I can finish my ROD letters/presents in time for 29th October ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Class lunch

Make-up class lunch,

Class photo with our 10 pizza boxes HAHAHA

Hehehe 6 out of the 10 pizzas ordered cause everyone was busy munching to care for a nice photo LOL.

Closeup on my favourite- but I don’t know what’s the flavour HAHAHA.

Tomorrow’s the last day with this amazing class- I don’t know how time flew by so quickly. Class allocation out, RV Carnival in January 2011… it flew by. It really flew by.

I’ll miss this class very dearly. Shall elaborate more some day, need to rush stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

People I love

Life pretty sucks nowadays, I don’t know why. I guess I just haven’t been in the best of moods? Maybe it’s because of the fact that I’ll be leaving 4G very soon… or maybe because… I don’t know.

I really seek solace in home. It’s such a joy to go home to see my family every single night hahaha. I sound like some self-obsessed freak but I really can’t wait to get home every single day.

Today was a day made greater by my wonderful siblings once again ๐Ÿ˜€

USS Halloween HAHAHA awwwwwww my brother is so nice I love him for nuts

Just cause I helped him with some Blackberry alert issue? MY COUSIN ROCKS TOO HAHAHA

and my wonderful sister who tides me over when I’m cash-strapped woohoo I need a few more weeks to reach my target amount omg ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I really can’t miss SHINee World this time booo. I swear I’ll return my siblings soon HAHAHA I owe my sister $10 and my brother $20 oops

AHAHA ALL THESE CONVERSATIONS were made in just one dayyy…

and I made use of a blank polaroid yesterday woohoo cause it came out and the picture didn’t develop? Don’t waste it ma ๐Ÿ™‚

HAHAHA shall place it at a strategic location to see it everyday. Omg the cutest faces I have ever drawn LOL

Life sucks sometimes, but I know there will always be these people around to make it awesome. I hope they’ll never leave me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ll be the last one because my elder siblings are probably going to get married before me and get out of the house and find someone else and bla bla bla… but for the longest time ever I hope they’ll always be with me ๐Ÿ™‚

Night life at Clarke Quay

With the best company of all time hehehe.

I was decked in shirt and shorts (walao I thought go out with sister only mah) but omg it was like a taboo there? Everyone was preparing to go clubbing and hence it was dresses, tubes, heels, blah blah blah. LOL I LOOKED LIKE A BULLSHIT AMONG THEM.

I feel highly pertubed about the fact that there’s this guy who approached sister and I to ask if we wanted to be in the guest list to enter the club? Technical terms actually I don’t really understand- oh my god from my attire I obviously look like I’m 13…? I MEAN, I’M WEARING SHORTS! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Walao I don’t look old please… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But it was so paiseh to walk up and down with chiobus omg. I felt slightly comforted whenever I saw someone else wearing casual/shorts/SLIPPERS hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜€

So the only underage chill out place in Clarke Quay has got to be Starbucks- where we bought a drink… and snuck Subway in nyehehehe. Both are 24 hours ๐Ÿ˜€

My food intake yesterday was crazy crazy crazy, I haven’t eaten so much since Australia…?! Damn. Oh and my eyebags are crazily horrendous ๐Ÿ˜ฆ probably because it’s night time…? Woah lack of sleep even after exams, I’ll die when the holidays arrive LOL not a single free weekday wow

Today was a pissing day -_- sigh. Felt like killing anything and everything in my way this morning :@

Sports Carnival CIP

To be honest I thought that the objective of the event wasn’t really met- it was supposed to be a sports carnival for all the residents, but most people went there for free gifts?

The liveliness at the CC pretty much paled in comparison to Taman Jurong CC where the residents were more proactive… with many more children? ๐Ÿ˜€

But nevermind, definitely a fun CIP to undertake…? Serve the community at a CC yo HAHAHA. It’s called Let’s Sweat! I believe LOL.

Highlight of the day: Polaroids with Ngoc Tham and Hillary LOL omg they had so so so many films I was tempted to take so many more ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Joey for asking me to attend this!

We had Pizza Hut for lunch treated by the organiser (?) but I felt bad because we did quite little (there weren’t many people at the event!) and we were like eating into hid pockets oops :/

I had a lot of bread today omg I love bread so much

1. Mr. Bean’s Caramel Custard
2. Gardenia Chocolate Bun (by the event!)
3. 3 large slices of pizza
4. Durian puff bought by my brother

and I don’t think I really worked out all those carbs today HAHAHA. Ate a pretty fatty dinner with a fatty drink as well darn….

Sometimes, I look at all my food and all I think is YUM DELICIOUS HAHAHA THAT’S IT WATCH ME ALL OF IT IS GOING INTO MY TUMMY. Some other times, I’ll be looking at the light reflected off the chicken wing and shit… maybe I shouldn’t eat that? Or should I? Maybe just a bit? How about I cut down on my rice? Then I’ll not eat this tomorrow, then I’ll not have this for another week, then, then…

My poor metabolism rate is highly irritating ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It’s okay, I shall be thankful I can still eat…? African children cannot even choose what they want to eat…?!?! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sports Appreciation Night

It was damn shuang to enjoy the buffet dinner today because:

1. We had 2.4km run in the morning.
2. We did games for PE which was much more enjoyable and more strenuous since we ran throughout the 1 hour PE session.

We had nothing to do from 11am to 4.45pm hence we just hobo-ed around in the canteen waiting for the night to begin LOL.

The best picture of the buffet I could capture because there were SO many people omg. Sorry not photographer. 5 long lines of food HAHAHA UG Appreciation Night back in June only had 2 lines and we already couldn’t finish the food…?! OMG SPORTS PEOPLE ARE SUCH PIGS LOL I had 2 servings of dinner (i.e. 2 of what’s on the right of the picture), 2 bowls of honeydew sago and 1 cup of jelly. I mean really, I forgot about fats. I just recalled though.

(I shall not mention the McDonald Strawberry Sundae I had for supper…?!)

Mr Lee Wung Yew (ex-Olympian in 2008) graced the ceremony as the Guest-Of-Honour! His speech was really interesting, telling us all about his personal life and how his passion brought him up to the Olympics ๐Ÿ™‚ It was really engaging and quite inspirational I guess? ๐Ÿ˜€ Mr Steven Quek also shared his experience coaching students… full of respect for them hahaha.

I don’t feel that much of an athlete sadly, since I’m only 4 months into a sport CCA? But I really respect all the athletes for having endured this far, really takes a lot of mental endurance and discipline ๐Ÿ˜€

RV Floorball Year 4s with the GOH! ๐Ÿ˜€

and our first ever batch photo, unfortunately left with a strength of 9 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I sincerely hope more people will join Floorball (and not quit of course!) 9 is really too small a number ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

No matter how tough training gets, I’ll pull through it… and put in my very best to improve myself? I should stop getting lazier ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Of course, ไธๅฏไปฅๅฝ“ไธ€ไธช็ฉบๆƒณๅฎถ!