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18 October 2017

My Army Story Part 2

Here's the continuation of my army story. If you haven''t catch part 1 of it, here's the link to it: http://www.donnlicious.com/2017/08/my-army-story-part-1.html

So after our POP also known as Passing Out Parade, all recruits are entitled to 1 week block leave. So in this 1 week leave most of us will be going overseas, hang out with friends, etc. For me, well I'm pretty much the latter cuz I'm too broke to go overseas. LOL!

On the last few days of our block leave is the day where the army tekong group chat become super active. Your alert/notification is constantly flooding with messages one. Because this is when we'll receive our postings on our next phase of army life. Whether you get posted to SCS (Sergeant Cadet School), OCS (Officer Cadet School) or Unit (basically a trooper or driver or medic). And guess what?!?!?! I was posted to a unit. A BAD ONE SOMEMORE!!! Its more like a dumping ground when you're nowhere good or bad. I cried, I cried so bad cuz I really didn't want to spend another 1.5 years going outfield and having to CHIONG all the way. It's like BMT all over again but at another level higher.

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UNIT LIFE DAY 1
Can't remember its 21st or 22nd December that I got posted to 4th Singapore Infantry Battalion (4SIR) yeap the dumping ground that I was talking about earlier on. Who would have thought, I so "nua", can't even barely get Silver for my IPPT already, yet I'm posted to a "CHIONG SUA" unit. So together with some of my Gryphon Kias, Matthew, Ben, Jeffrey just to name a few, we were all super reluctant to report to camp. Firstly, the camp is right opposite a fucking cemetry. Secondly, we all went to google information about this camp so that we have a heads up of what to expect. Basically, nothing. LOL! We only found some information on hardware zone from the previous troopers who have already ORD saying that the cookhouse food is awesome, the bunk is haunted, toilet is haunted etc. I mean, what do you expect??? We're staying in 24hrs, 5 days a week opposite a cemetery!!!

When we reached there, we were directed to Support company. After which, they split us up into 3 platoons, platoon 10, 11, and 12. I was sad, because Matthew, Ben and Jeffrey were all posted to Platoon 11, and I was posted to Platoon 12, but luckily, there were some familiar faces from Gryphon( Hylman, Danial, Hakim and Chun Yi ) It was hard adjusting the first few days, but soon it got better. The camp even did a Christmas Day celebration for us and the cookhouse did an amazing job in the food as well. Hahahaha! But we're too early to say that.


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Vocational Fitness Training/Combat Skills Badge

Soon after we're being introduced to the Vocational Fitness Training (VFT) where we go through a few weeks of fitness training to get us ready for our upcoming exercise. Then after that we were also introduced to CSB (Combat Skills Badge) where its a MUST for all infantry unit.

Some of the requirements to attain the CSB:
- Endless amount of route march. (3km, 4km, 6km, 12km, 16km, 24km, 32km) For those that didn't do their 24km route march during their POP then they'll have to walk the 24km, if they did for their POP then they'll walk 32km after they have done their 16km route march.
- 10km Run (must finish within a specific timing, If I'm not wrong its within 60mins. Correct me if I'm wrong)

On the day of the 32km route march, we did river crossing towards the end, I can't remember at which mark, and we also did our 100m live firing at the 30km mark. For the 100m Live Firing, we are required to get 5 out of 10 shots in order not to fail.

- Weapon handling
Just some proficiency training to see how well you're handling the weapon.

- Navigation Exercise in the forest
Lol, this one is terrible, it rained the day we went out and our assault bags were soaking wet. Failed the first attempt cuz my team couldn't find the card at night. 2nd attempt on the other day, it rained as well. But lucky for my team, we had leads and information from outsiders and also the rifle coy that helped us. Somehow I feel that these kind of outfield stuff, the rifle coy are extremely good at it. Hahaha!

- At least a IPPT Silver and above
Thank god I still manage to get a silver at least!!!!

Platoon Selection

I think the killer were the route marches, the thought of it just kills me. So while we're doing this CSB shit, the commanders are also having their selection of who they want in their individual platoon. In an infantry battalion, there's Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Support. The first 3 being rifle coys and Support being the dumping ground for the recruits from Tekong. So back to the individual platoons in Support, there are Scouts (also known as Recce), Signals (they deal with signal sets) Pioneers (they set the mines and claymore and explosives to destroy the enemies), and Mortar (Artillery, but infantry context).

Of course, I wanted the easy way out, the commanders were saying how prestige the Scouts is and the amount of "CARROTS" they're gonna get after a period of time (TROLLOLOLOL FYI THE CARROTS NEVER CAME, IT LEFT!!! HAHAHAHA!!!). And they had to go through a special selection course where the commanders will wake you up at FUCKING 3am just to go down to the parade square and everything out. SO YEAP! Definitely a no no for me.

Pioneers on the other hand had to follow the rifle coy during outfield and that means more CHIONG SUA! So no no for me too. So I was deliberating between Signals and Mortar and I chose the latter eventually because #MortarLepak. But the final decisions still lies with the commanders. Like your next 1.5 years of army life depends on them. So even if you tick the platoon of your choice, it's not even 100% guaranteed you'll end up there.

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The Cohesion Day At Wavehouse
It's also the day where the company reveals who is going to which platoon, and after the reveal support coy will be heading to the wave house for our cohesion and for some of us who are posted to rifle coy, will be joining them for their cohesion. At that point of time my mind was only thinking about not getting posted to rifle coy because it's really terrible. Like I've been here for a few weeks already and after getting to know some of the people here I'm going to be send to another place where I'll have to start getting to know people from scratch again. I just can't. So when they were calling out the names for Mortar platoon, I was closing my eyes and hoping to hear my name being called. It's pretty drama if you think about it. I feel like my world is about to come crashing down. But thank god from all religion, my name was called. I'M LIKE YAAAAAAAASSSS! It was a sigh of relieve. But to some it was their worst nightmare coming alive. Tears drop when some of them didn't hear their names being called and was sent to the rifle coy. It was hard, but as days went by, they manage to adapt over there.

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Mortar Course
So after that, individual platoons began their training and expertise. All of us went through a few weeks of course training at our own respective vocation camp. Eg: Signals will be doing their training at Signal Institute, Mortar will be doing their training at Artillery Institute etc. The period was probably the best time ever. At first I didn't know anyone in my platoon because most of them were from Platoon 11. And they were already in their own clique, so naturally I would feel sort of left out. But thank god they're all pretty welcoming and open to new people joining them HAHAHAHAHA and we soon clicked.

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EX Lancer (Brunei)
This has got to be the worst overseas training out of the many. My friend from Tankie gets to go Germany and Australia for his overseas exercise and I got the shittiest out of the bunch. Initially we were told that only the Scouts, Pioneers and Rifle coys are required to go for this oversea exercise. Turns out, the whole battalion needs to go. LOL!!! I hated the person who told us that!!!

All the building up training for our combat fitness, staircase climb, and route march again just kills. It was a grueling 3 weeks in Brunei. We had to go through a 2D1N Navigation Exercise, and some miscellaneous outfield exercise in the jungle. NOTE, IT'S A JUNGLE!!!! ITS 2 TIMES AS BIG AS WHAT YOU SEE AT AH MA KENG!!!

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But all shagness and toughness couldn't be compared to the rest of the platoons. I admit, Mortar had the best times in Brunei. In fact, 70% of our time were spent in bunk, either sleeping or playing games because there's limited amount of data given to us, therefore we had to live on a budget with our data usage.

While the rest of the platoon were out in the jungle eating combat rations, we were in bunk eating canteen food. LOL!!! We didn't feel bad, cuz we all knew that we were fucked up lepak and most people hate us. HAHAHAHAHA

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I didn't look forward to the 2D1N Navigation Exercise at all honestly speaking. Because it was constantly raining every night, and we've all heard stories about how haunted the jungle is, and the creepy crawlies living out in the jungle. And yes, the insects out there are monstrous. And you can't even see anything when night time, you can put your hands away from your face and can't see them at all. It's that dark.

So lucky for Mortar platoon, we're only required to find 1 checkpoint and we can call it a day, so my Platoon Sergeant was super kind enough to hurriedly find 1 and build shelter for the night. Hahaha! Rain was expected to come at around evening time, so we quickly build our shelter and gather some woods to last us through the night. Lucky my team had Kok Yeong, who is a beast at outfield, thankfully we had him in our team who had initiate in gathering the woods, if not I think our 1 night out in the field will be quite bad because there will be no fire to keep us warm.

As the sun was setting, the rain started pouring and poor us had to gather at some really congested area together with our fieldpack and rifles partially soaked with rain water. As we're waiting for the rain to stop a little, we started our field cooking. During outfield, the best 5 star food is really your Maggie Mee. No kidding! Hahaha! Somehow it tends to taste 10 times better when you're cooking it with a mestin. Hahahaha! The next day we woke up early at first light and started packing our stuff and head on to the meeting point. It was a long and torturous walk because of the slopes and uneven grounds. Needless to say it was raining the day before and the ground was super muddy. But long story short, we manage to get back to the meeting point on time and that concludes my 2D1N Navigation Exercise.

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I shall skip all the boring outfield trainings and get to the RNR at Brunei. LOL!!! Okay, so basically after every overseas army training exercise there'll be a day or two for Rest & Relax (R&R in short), depending on your unit some may have 3 days some just 2, it varies. So anyway, for Brunei, there's practically NOTHING to do during your R&R. There's only 1 infamous mall at Brunei which you have probably heard from your friends which is called "THE MALL". The day before we left for our R&R, we had to send all our duffel bags and barang barangs back for them to ship it back to SG. After which, the following morning we set off on the 3 hour ferry ride back to the mainland and star our 1 day tour from there. So after all the tour and etc which really didn't take much into the 1 day that we had, and we are left with 8 hours for us to do our own stuff. Basically 8 hours for you to rot yourself in Brunei. Well, it was once in a lifetime experience I would say. I watched a movie which takes up to an hour half, and I still have plenty of time left. So a few of my friends and I decided to just roam around aimlessly and explore. In the end we ended up at the arcade at "THE MALL" where we saw many of our unit people there, including our sergeant major. Hahaha! OHYAH! AND I ALMOST COULDN'T GET BACK TO SINGAPORE.

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So here's the story, my friends and I are so immersed in the arcade games that I didn't notice that my 11B had drop out from my pocket. Thankfully kind hearted souls still exists, the guy from the arcade center tapped my shoulder and ask if the 11B was mine. And I was like, OMG YES! Without realising that I've actually dropped it. WHEW!!! Thank god. So after that we head off for dinner at some restaurants, and bus back to (I forgot the name of the camp) and had to everything out again for inspection. Then after that to the airport. When we reached Changi Airport, we had to wait 2 hours until we can get our duffel bags cause apparently, something cock up and our duffel bags ended up at some other place instead of our lane's conveyor belt. And that summarizes my overseas training at Brunei.

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Alright, I think that's enough for 1 post. I'll post the next 1 year of my army journey in part 3. Till next post. :)

27 August 2017

IMPACT Mints Blogger's Party

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Back in July I was invited by Matrix Star Marketing to attend the first ever IMPACT Mints media party held at Bread Yard Café. If you don't know what Impact Mints is, it is flavored mints that comes in various different colored tins that packs a punch to every bits when you pop it in your mouth.

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19 August 2017

My Army Story Part 1

It has been so long since I last posted an entry and I guess its about time to update this little online diary of mine. If you have been following me on my instagram/snapchat, you would have probably know that I've ORD almost a month ago. After a long consideration and procrastination, I've decided to search high and low for all the photos that are related to my army days and do up a timeline of my 2 years of serving the army.

30th July 2015 (BMT)

Like most boys who have just finished their tertiary education, I was enlisted to Pulau Tekong for my Basic Military Training. There are some who are of "special case" where they'll get posted to Mono intake also known as unit directly but I'll get to that at a later part of this story.

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02 June 2017

Teenage Gorgeous You Café Trail

Last week, Teenage teams organized a cafe hopping session together with the Teenage Gorgeous You 2017 finalists. As we're waiting for everyone to arrive at the venue. The team drop a huge surprise challenge for us, and that is we need to shoot, film, and edit a video by the end of the cafe hopping session and submit it, and it be used as our video and instagram submission. To add on to the difficulty, we will be doing the challenge in pairs and I'm paired up with Tyler (@Tylomere). Good thing I paired with him because he's super easy to work with. We split up the workload with him taking/editing the photos while I shoot/edit the videos. And I must say we worked really well as a team. :)




27 May 2017

Debunk Your Skincare Myths With Dr. Belmeur


This week's challenge is all about skincare. The fellow team from Teenage have given us finalists the task of finding 5 skincare myths and have them debunk to our followers/readers. Before we go on any further with this post, do take a look a this video that I've did in collaboration with THEFACESHOP.

19 May 2017

EAT.SHOP.PLAY at 313@somerset

Wow, in a blink of an eye it's already the 4th challenge. For this week, it's all about spending the day at 313@somerset aka the Lifestyle Challenge. But there's a twist, the finalists were all given random alphabets and are required to only go to shops with those alphabets on it. So for example if I got "O" as one of my alphabets, I would have to go to shops starting with "O". For instance, "Old Chang Kee", and/or "OWNDAYS". In addition, we need to come up with minimum 4 activities to do at 313@somerset.

For me, I've gotten the alphabets (C. D. J. L. U. Y). It was hard initially because most of the shops with the alphabets that I was given revolves around F&B, so it got me thinking quite hard as to how I'm going to come out with 4 activities to do at the 313@somerset, because I can't be possibly eating for the whole entire day right? But thanks to my friend Angie (@YourApplePie) who happens to be a lifestyle blogger herself, she manage to give me some ideas as to how to make the idea and plan flow. So without further ado, let's get started with this post shall we?

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What Is Tring 313?
Tring 313 is a mobile application that brings users a revolutionary service that utilizes location-based targeting technology. It is available on iOS devices (iPhones, iPods and iPads) and helps users discover exclusive offers and promotions from over 170 retailers within 313@somerset, within walking distance from your current location.

How To Use The Tring 313 Mobile App?
First you have to download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, (Tring313). Then, you can sign up via FaceBook account (which I did), and allow it to detect your location. Voila, you're done.

Most importantly, the app is FREE for download. Browse offers/deals and to receive application alerts. Once the app has been installed in your iOS device, you will be able to search for offers/deals that you would like to download/purchase. Payment can be made through PayPal or Credit Card.

For more information about the Tring 313 Mobile App, you can click on the link here: http://www.313somerset.com.sg/general/tring-313-faqs to find out more.

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That summarize my day at 313@somerset. It's definitely a fun experience shopping with only the alphabets given to us. Furthermore, using the Tring 313 mobile app has allowed me to receive and check for deals and offers whenever I'm near 313@somerset's vicinity.

So to conclude this post, here are the list of activities that I did at 313@somerset.
1. Have breakfast to start off your day
2. Shop for a head to toe outfit for the next day of work and/or school
3. Take OOTD at Instagram worthy place
4. Lunch break at Basement 3
5. Great deals from Tring 313 offers and coupons.
6. Stress relieve at Cocoa Colony
7. Gather your friends together for some catch up session
8. Takeaway food to get ready for the next day

Shops Featured.
C - Cotton On, Coco Ichibanya, Churro101, Challenger, Cocoa Colony, Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, Candy Empire, CHARLES & KEITH (In Video)

D - Duke Bakery, Deen Xpress (In Video)

J - JiBiru Craft Beer Bar (In Video)

L - LE Underground/L.E WAY, Love Bonito, Lacoste (In Video)

U - umisushi (Post and Video)

Y - Ya Kun Kaya Toast, Yayoiken, Yoogane, Yoshinoya (Post and Video)

Before I end off this post, here's the video that I did for Challenge 4. It's the first time I step out of my comfort zone to sing and act in front of the public, so pardon me if I look like a awkward penguin. So anyways, here's the video. Enjoy. :)




08 May 2017

What's Your Style

For challenge 3, the finalists were given a specific style to embody, and for me, I got Athlete as my theme for this challenge.

So today I will be sharing some of the tips and tricks as to how to achieve that Athlete/Sporty look. For me, style is a personal preference, different people have different style and I can't force you to follow what I'm about to show you in this post, but I do hope that my tips and ideas will be able to give you some inspiration as to how you want to style your pieces next time. Remember, dress to express, not to impress.

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Here's the video I did for this challenge.
Hope you guys enjoy reading this post and stay tune for more upcoming challenges that I'll be doing for this competition. :)



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03 May 2017

Teenage YouTube Challenge

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For this week's challenge, we are task to do up a Chubby Bunny YouTube video so as to compete against the past Teenage Gorgeous You contestants to see who's video can come out on top.
Initially when given the challenge brief for this, I was quite skeptical as to how Chubby Bunny and pick up lines is going to blend. Reason being, we had to make it funny and yet engaging at the same time, so at that point there were many thought process that was going through my head.
In the midst of brainstorming for this challenge, my mind immediately think of Ben (@BenVoda) from TGY 2016 where he did a YouTube lip sync video with his alter persona - Bennita. So after much discussion, we finally made out some time to film for this challenge video.

To balance out "Bennita's" outgoing and vibrant personality, I had to go on par with "her" and dressed myself as "Donna". During the filming process, we both could not help it but to feel scared that people might just walk in and see 2 guys wearing wig and filming video in front of a camera, we just can't. So thank god Noelle (@NoelleMikazuki) who is nice and kind enough to push away her busy schedule just so she could help me with this challenge.

Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable day of filming, and because of this, I also get to meet up with both Ben and Noelle after a long time of not seeing each other. We all laughed so hard when filming and both Ben and I had a tough time trying to say out those pick up lines with all the marshmallows in our mouth. We both even teared a little. 😂

Now for the final production, the video. It's about 9mins long but I will break it down here so that you guys will know what to expect and which scenes to keep a lookout for.

Intro:
00:00 - 02:08
Challenge Start | End:
02:09 -07:40
Forfeit:
08:03 - 08:25
Closing Runway Walk:
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25 April 2017

5 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Kaplan (Wilkie Edge)


Be it shopping or dining, I'm pretty sure Wilkie Edge is not at the top of your list. My experience there has definitely gave me a different view and perspective of how this building is. Today, I will be showing you some of the interesting facts that I’ve found, and also the things that Wilkie Edge building has to offer.

31 March 2017

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