Sunday, May 08, 2005

The tree near SOC start point

For those who used to train or stay in Armour Camp or Sg. Gedong Camp in faraway Lim Chu Kang, they would be familiar with the SOC route. Perhaps they have designated a new route now, but during my time (more than 10 years ago), the starting point is opposite the basketball court and training shed of a HQ building.

Most combat soldiers hate SOC, and the nervousness would usually translate into loose bladder before the start of the SOC tests or trainings. Naturally, many would empty their bladders at the same spot near the start point… under a particular tree. This tree is now gone as a new building was built over the land. Anyway, the tree was HUGE! Its canopy provides great shade from the hot sun, the trunk was thick, the roots were spreading across the land…

Somehow, the gallons of pee that generations of “Armoured Warriors” let go before SOC had nourished the tree to this impressive size. It should be a historic icon of Sg. Gedong Camp.

5 comments:

Agagooga said...

Which HQ building? 46SAR?

Now it's beside the Medical Centre.

Edwin said...

maybe u might see a try there in the near future agagooga.

Agagooga said...

Huh? I doubt they'll change the SOC starting point again.

Gabriel Wu said...

They did, as recently as March 05. Citing safety reasons, as cars usually traverse the road between the front of the medical center to the ATC canteen.
The start point is now along the SOC course, turning right into the original SOC route.

gaston said...

Tekong Sispec also sama sama, all trying to unload half-litre of pee so not so heavy when running haha, that particular 3 metre radius damn lush greenery sia