I will be booking in in 3 hours’ time. A short recap of my weekend before I book in. I booked out on Friday night and it was my first time taking public transport wearing my Smart 4. Now I know why are recruits called Chao Recruits. We really do stink so I sprayed some deodorant before booking out to avoid air pollution on my long train journey…

I reached home at 9-odd, bathed, threw the clothes for washing and came online to clear a week of emails, read a week of blog and news updates on my NetVibes, browse a week of new items on Zipia, browse a week of new videos on Vimeo, read a week of tumblelogs I follow, browse a week of Interesting pictures on Flickr, surf around my Facebook account… Until around 11.30PM when I couldn’t resist the Zzz-monster anymore, I went to bed…

On Saturday, I woke 6.30AM in the morning because I remembered that I forgot to switch off my laptop before going to bed. I woke my laptop from sleep mode and found my Anderson Cooper podcasts finished downloading which was why I didn’t switch off my laptop the night before.

I switched on Cable TV and watched The Da Vinci Code on AXN before going back to bed again. I woke again at 2PM-odd, changed and followed my family to town. We sent my brother to Chinese tuition before walking to Paragon to have Japanese dessert, the one I had with Kranjians last week.

After dessert, we fetched my brother and went to SAFRA Yishun for dinner. It was my Mom’s birthday. After dinner, we had a walk at Bottle Tree Park where I popped my earphones and started watching my Anderson Cooper podcasts on my iPod nano. We headed home for a small cake-cutting for Mom later.

On Sunday, I stayed home watching The Drive of Life on Cable TV Channel 55. I called Singtel regarding the recontract of my mobile line and a new Nokia E51 non-camera edition. And now I am rushing through the bloggings I have to do…

It’s obvious that I am rushing my blog entries nowadays. No details, just journaling what I’ve done with the short time I have in the civilian world… As much as I want to make the situation improve, I really have limited time although I have about 48 hours each book out. I will have less time next week when I book out on Saturday afternoon… Let me go ponder on how to better manage my civilian time…

I feel that I had sufficient rest this weekend. I don’t feel as lethargic as last week. My cough, flu and phlegm’s alot better now. Just the occasion coughs from dryness in the throat… Guess it’s the Tekong Cough…? Nevertheless, I will still booking in with the same dreadful emotions…

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I am booking in in another 2 hours. I am going to make this quick. If you’ve been following My Lifestream on the right sidebar, you should know I am still alive and kicking.

Well, I never really updated My Lifestream except when I book out. The day I wanted to update with HelloTxt service, they changed their Mobile interface and I was totally clueless on how to update. I just tested the service with the new interface and I should be able to update through this coming week…

Actually I don’t really know what to update about either. I am not supposed to blog about anything… Maybe I would update things like, “I am having a cough…”.

In any case if you haven’t saw my shaved head picture over at My Lifestream

I really treasure my book outs. I’ve got so much to do in so little time! I went for facial on Monday, Army Market and Bugis with Xhi Ween and Guan Hong on Tuesday then I booked in on Wednesday.

I booked out on Friday, met Jin, Angela and Kai before Kai flies to Wallaby on Monday. I went to Miss Sim’s second daughter’s First Month Party yesterday, had a walk down town and Japanese dessert at Paragon with my secondary school friends.

I just went for lunch at IMM and am now preparing to book in for another week of strenuous trainings…

After a whole week of discipline and regimentation, I think I ought to pack my weekends and have fun else I really have NOTHING to blog about because I spend almost everyday in camp and I cannot blog about it! However, I don’t know how long I can keep this going because I am feeling physically drained now…

OK! I am running out of time to bathe, have dinner and go to Pasir Ris! Bye!

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In hours, I will be on The Penguin heading towards Pulau Tekong, towards a new phase in my life. National Service. I am all packed for it.

After three weeks of mind conditioning, I am quite numb to this whole idea of National Service. National Service has become something very natural to me and I am not going to resist or grumble about it. Being negative isn’t going to help, might as well be positive, accept it and make the best out of it.

All this could not have been possible if not for the words of a lecturer and a doctor who opened my eyes to a whole new perspective about National Service. I have come of age and it’s time that I shoulder the responsibilities a man should, including the duty to protect this island, its people, its properties and my very own family. If Singaporean men don’t do it, who’s going to do it…?

I have always shun tasks because I am afraid it will become my responsibility. However, it’s an inevitable human cycle that we age and more is expected of us. I am sure we all want to remain as carefree children, but we have to accept when it’s our time to step out of our comfort zone.

For now, I am going to bid my family, friends, hair, laptop, Samsung X820, iPod nano, DS Lite, digital camera, internet, blog, books, TV, bed and whatever I have/enjoy, goodbye. I’ll see all of you in 2 to 3 weeks time during my first book-out.

Tekong, here I am. Psychologically ready but not physically. I put my trust in you to make me “all-ready”. Tomorrow, I will be known as Recruit Chew.

P.S. You can take note of any updates on my Lifestream/Tumblelog, first sector on the right sidebar. I have found the way to update there and on Facebook.

I knew this was coming. I knew I will have to do this. I am selling my 2 month old, refurbished, 8GB, black, 3rd Generation iPod nano to fund myself a new 4th Generation iPod nano.

10/10 Condition. It has NO flaws on body as it was fitted into the DLO Jam Jacket with Earbud Management upon unpacking as shown in the picture. It has NO scratches on screen.

I bought this from Apple Store SG, at the current price of $218. I think it’s only fair that its value depreciate through my 2 months of minimal usage. I am going to sell my iPod 3G nano for $168 with whatever it came with and I am also throwing in the DLO Jam Jacket with Earbud Management (worth $39) for FREE.


  • Holds up to 2,000 songs
  • Up to 24 hours of music playback
  • Up to 5 hours of video playback
  • 49.2 g
  • 69.8 x 52.3 x 6.5 mm
  • Apple Earphones
  • USB cable
  • Dock adapter

Years ago when I was in kindergarten, my teacher asked us to draw or write about our ambitions. I remember clearly that I drew a policeman. I was a NPCC cadet when I was in secondary school. That was the closest I was… No, I no longer want to be a policeman now.

Recently, I realise the importance and power of ambitions, dreams and goals. I realise that most people around us don’t know what do they really want. They have nothing in mind to strive towards. I am also one such person so I’ve got no right to comment on others. We’re all bumpers. Bumping along the education system. However, striving to be the best in whatever we’re doing can be a goal. I must strive to do my best in my national service and in my studies.

I made myself a list of interesting jobs which seem so impossible. Earning your keep by doing something you love and certainly have fun. I would love to be a:

  • Traveller like Anthony Bourdain
  • Party Planner like David Tutera
  • Financial Advisor like Suze Orman
  • Foodie like Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver
  • Entrepreneur
  • Actor like Johnny Depp
  • Fashionista
  • Talk Show Host like Oprah
  • Journalist like Anderson Cooper

What’re your ambitions? Maybe time to start dreaming…


After years of lamenting whether I will be able to enter a local University with my ailing school results, I am glad to announce that I am offered admission into Singapore Management University (SMU)’s Bachelor of Business Management programme at Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) for the Academic Year 2010-11.

Yes, this is rather late news. I received the notification on 20 June. I had also previously wrote a note at Mr. D. Well, I haven’t had a chance to write about it until now since I haven’t been blogging…

Yes, I am going to Business Management instead of Accountancy. Actually I was first offered admission to the Accountancy programme at SMU but I appealed to Business Management and I got it. Being offered Accountancy was great because I screwed up my interview. Having my appeal gone through was unbelieveable.

Yes, a Business Management degree is known to be more general than an Accountancy degree. However, I am planning to work towards the specialised tracks of Wealth Management or Investment Banking within the degree. If I manage some funding from scholarships, I might want to try doing a second major in Law or Social Sciences also. I think the Li Ka Shing Library will be my second home… Hopefully, I will be able to go on an exchange programme at one of the over 140 universities in 41 countries.

I know I am so going to have fun in the vibrant school environment. For now, I have to concentrate on fulfilling my national service liability first…

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Posted on: May 28, 2008

Pictures from my Graduation.

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