Wednesday, April 20, 2005

"Who you talking to?"



In my full-time NS unit, duty armourers were scheduled for duty on the same day as their guard duty - especially where there were trainees in our unit. When our Armourer IC and 2IC do guard duty, they will also stay in. On such a "joyous" occassion, our Armskote office would become the refuge of trainers wanting to chill after night training.

One night, I was scheduled as the duty guard together with my Armourer IC. One of the trainers, a regular, returned early from training, looking very pale and frightened. This was a bad sign - he was one of the most "bo-chap" and fearless trainers we had, as well as one of the friendliest. After being fed a few warm milo's he finally told us the source of his fear.

Apparently, he had taken his trainees out for a night orientation course as usual. As was usual for him, he was chatting away with the trainees. This night, he had been chatting away with one particular trainee. He yakked and yakked until this trainee suddenly became quiet, which prompted this trainer to turn around. No trainees were in sight! He had been so engrossed in the conversation that he didn't notice that his trainees had disappeared!

Our intrepid trainer did the only thing he could - he backtracked until he found the trainees. He eventually found them cowering away under some undergrowth. The strange thing was, they all refused to say anything to the trainer, until the trainer threatened to recommend them for charge.

At this threat, one of them said...

"Sergeant ah...li ah chua ka ka ki kong we?" (Translation: Sergeant, why were you talking to yourself?")

9 comments:

Edwin said...

woah, scary....

Roxanne said...

Could be hallucination. One of my classmate actually saw men charging out of the trees towards him during training before his friend shook him out of it.

Anthony said...

Roxanne - hope so. I tried not to call this post a "ghost story" to allow the readers to draw their own conclusion.

Still, it was one of the freakiest things that happened at my old unit.

ivan said...

Anthony: my camp was the old CMPB, up at Dempsey road, hahaha many many scary stories... used to be the army hospital, then kempetai HQ, and it comes complete with a morgue!

Agagooga said...

Dempsey road haunted?

No wonder HQ MC was stayout...

Anthony said...

Heh...no, still not going to reveal my old army unit. If you look carefully though you will see I've left some clues.

Considering all the "death through negligence" stories I get near my camp, though, I'm not suprised my camp is so...dirty.

kureshii said...

hmm, SOL (sch of logistics) at seletar used to be a british army hospital, there're even 2 pits which were purportedly used to dump dead patients...i didn't see anything there in my 7-week log course though

alvin_kok9747 said...

Hi Ivan & Anthony,

I believed you have more stories to share about the Old Tanglin Barracks...

I am very interested to conduct an interview with you guys, hope you can reply to my request soon.

My email : alvin_kok9747@yahoo.com.sg

btw, do you guys have any idea of the exact location of the former SAF Psychiatric Branch (Tanglin Camp) ?

Clyde said...

It will not succeed as a matter of fact, that is what I consider.
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