RSAF Open House

To every engine, I give the breath of life.
To every control, I give my strength.
To every wing, I give the gift of flight.
I am (was) a senior technician.

I am here for a higher purpose.

I am (was) the wind.

Today my batch and I went to the RSAF Open House…because we miss the air force? lol. We went early for the aerial display, and then went to disturb our former colleagues, warrant officers, specs and NSF, in the crew room haha. Chat with some of them for quite some time, and then we went around the static display and poke around the aircraft and pretend that we don’t know anything. We took photos with the Black Knight pilots, the crew chiefs and of course ourselves with the planes. We were crew chiefs anyway. It was kind of sad that one of the pilots did not really recognise all of us. It shows how much that we are just men.

It was quite fun to talk with some of them again. It seems like we seem to appreciate our job more now that we are not doing it anymore, and we feel more pride. While many flocked to queue up to enter the cockpit, we thought that we entered until we don’t want to enter it already. While many took photos of the exhaust as if they never seen it before, we climbed into it day after day, after day. We feel that we have been there, done that.

Back To School: nus1101

First three weeks into university life, the ‘stress’ is starting to build up.

Initially, as there were no tutorials in the first two weeks, it was still quite slack. But now that tutorials have started, there’s peer pressure and stress from other people to work hard. Everyone’s like mugging somewhere or sometime. It’s quite scary, especially with all the foreign talent stealing our spaces and opportunities. It is very evident especially during tutorial classes when there are class participation marks involved. It seems like Singaporeans are less willing to answer questions and speak up.

So far, the most interesting lecture is the Marketing lecture. The lecturer is very interactive and engaging, and the advertisement videos show during the lecture are quite funny and interesting too. Second best is of course Film Art, in which finally I get to learn what I like to learn. Unfortunately, it’s slightly daunting because it is a literature-based module, and during tutorial class the artsy people will use bombastic literary words to describe. The interesting thing is, out of a class of 20+ people, there’s only 4 guys. lol. Discrete Structures are still fine, it’s maths and logic. My maths is pretty rusty, hope I can survive. Programming is not too bad, learning everything all over again in Java. Economics lecture is boring everyday. It’s not that I already know what’s it about, but the lecturer is really boring. Fortunately I can read my old JC notes. There are group projects coming up for Marketing, and need to continue doing tutorials!

Food is generally around arts and business, with the occassional stint at engin or elsewhere. The central forum is always abuzz, the library is always filled with people studying. Went to timbre musicfest last wednesday at UCC, it was not bad, although the music is very blues and a bit loud.

So far, I’ve attended two sessions of nuSTUDIOS film school, which was too crowded in my opinion. Too many people trying to learn with not much interest of staying for the long term. I also went for a Life Meeting of Campus Crusade, which was quite interesting.

University is like a mini-reunion, where you meet your old friends from secondary school and JC. Many hi-byes and with no fixed class, it’s quite difficult to make longer-lasting friends. Treasure your moments.