Watch: Seiko Orange Monster

I’d been looking for a diver watch, and found the following:

    The Seiko SKX781 Orange Monster

Seiko Orange Monster

It’s an entry level automatic (translation: self-winding mechanical) diver watch by Seiko. It has all the requisite diver watch requirements: bright lume, unidirectional bevel, screw-in crown, solid stainless steel case.
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Video – Call Day

A light-hearted look at the crushing feeling that we feel on call.


Older, Wiser, Happier

Hello all,

It’s been a ridiculous 8 months since my last update, and honestly I just haven’t had the energy or the inclination to do so.

Sometimes work gets you down, and all the altruism in the world won’t save you from burn out. But stop trying to see the world through rose-tinted glasses and see it for what it is, with all its faults and cracks, and just appreciate the little things around.

Life is good. As long as you don’t sweat the small stuff.

So I’m happier now.

I’ll resume posting.

Pride, Honesty and Money

Thinking about the days seeing report sick in the military, one notes that there was a certain refreshing honesty to it. Compare the following scenarios of a 20 year-old NSF recruit reporting sick on Sunday evening:

“Hi Doctor, I have sore throat. My sore throat very bad one, every time sure need antibiotics. Also, can I have MC for today and tomorrow.”

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Pointless Campaign: Eating alone

Do you dare to eat alone?

Summary: Students print T-shirts saying “I dare to eat alone” for a campaign to dispel the stigma of eating alone.

Um. What? Why is this even an issue?

Lots of people choose to eat alone at times. It’s faster (J. is a speed demon at eating), timing is more convenient (some friend wants to finish a page, another wants to finish a chapter), or the schedule demands it.

Who, in their right mind, would look at a person eating lunch by himself and thinks, “Oh! What a loser! He must have no friends!” It doesn’t work that way.

How about taking that time and money and devoting it to a campaign about elderly folks with no family and no income and who stay alone?

More Mental Weakness

Names/Locations/Vocations have been changed to protect the weak. Singapore is a small city state with land area 710 square kilometres. It is not that big.

WK – WeaKling
OP – OrciPer

Background: WL has just been posted in to be a storeman at Western Singapore Camp 2 days ago, a role that allows him to go home every day.

WK: Sir, can I talk to you?

OP: Okay, what’s up?

WK: Sir, I want to be posted out. I live in Northern Area. Western Camp is very far. Cannot. I need to be posted out.

OP: Huh? Your CSM stays in Uber-Northern-Ululand and takes 2 hours to commute to work every day. I stay Eastern Area. Okay, okay… if you find it hard to commute every day, we give you bunk to stay in. You can stay in during the week and book out on weekends! Win.

WK: Sir, I don’t want to stay in. Can I be posted out?

Outcome: WK is not posted out. His extreme weakness and attempts to avoid work are noted and his work/leave/medical certificates are scrutinised and viewed with suspicion. Such is life.

Egocentric Recruits

One problem with many citizens of the Lion City and in particular the younger residents (including recruits) is their egocentricity.

During J.’s recent stint in the military, he has seen and counselled quite a few recruits who seem to hold the view that their wants (not needs) matter first and that the world owes them a living.
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