Tuesday, August 03, 2010

5:43 PM

Less than 100 days!

Time passes real quickly! My days to ORD can now be counted in double-digits. My pink IC is so much closer to my hands now. Counting by guard duties, I should have 2, at most 3 left.

Although I'm leaving the army soon, I don't seem to feel any different in the boring day-to-day routines. Discipline in my unit has been tightened to slightly below uncomfortable levels. Obeying the barking orders of commanders used to and continues to be the order of the day.

In between doing my required regimental duties, (e)books are my favourite companion. Free times do come by every now and then, hence my Iriver Story ebook reader. Currently, I'm into the books from several science fiction authors and occasionally, political/socio-economic writers. Carl Sagan's scientific essays too has renewed my interest in physics which stopped since I was drafted. Flipping through a university physics textbook, I've realised how much I've declined since the A-Levels.

Saikang this time again. Not the NDP, but the YOG. When it comes to large scale events, the army will be involved in one way or another. With its large pool of conscripts on its beck-and-call, all orders shall be fulfilled with utmost military precision. It makes me wonder about how much time has been wasted which could otherwise be used to shorten our NS liability. But we still do it, and we do it well. For the alternative of staying in camp engaging in our military stuff is worse off.

Just 3 months, 3 months and I'm out of this privileged prison.

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