Wednesday, March 08, 2006

time management

One thing that I learnt when I went to Tekong for BMT was that time passes by very slowly. I think its probably the fact that while the rest of Singapore is sleeping soundly, we all have to wake up a 5am. Of course there were times, we were allowed to wake up half an hour later. Even rarer was letting us wake up at 6am.

I remember there was this one time when we were getting our injections from the medical centre. We had woken up at 5am, did our 5BX, had breakfast then had a stand by area. So while my platoon was waiting its turn to get injected, I looked at my watch and the time was only 9am! You'd think it'll be nearer to 10 o'clock or something.

Another incident was towards the end of my BMT. After sending our weapons back to the armskote, the time was early 7 o'clock. And the best thing was lights off was at 10.30pm. This meant that I had 3 1/2 hours to do what wanted. Having so much free time was such a privilege. It also meant I had no idea what to do with so much time. After taking a shower, I just lazed around finding things to do.

One negative aspect of having very little time is the day I came back from outfield. After doing all the usual stuff and getting fucked by out seargent for our poor movement that day, the time was 10.20 pm. Lights off was at 10.30 pm. And the following day we had to wake up at 5am. You can probably imagine the rush to get cleaned up. And its not easy to get dried camo off your face.

5 comments:

ahdokboy said...

yea things were really fast paced in bmt. you have breakfast, standby area and draw arms, and it's only 8.30am! i remember the times when having 2 hours of admin time was a real luxury..haha...
indeed days were the those.

MilO said...

yea those were the days... rushing to wait and waiting to rush.

Yuchi said...

i am getting hooked on Days were the Those...

reminds one of army times.

maybe i should just include my own army stories as well...

good job so far / keep it up soldiers & ex-soldiers.

Riccardo Tan said...

PTP phase, you got a lot of personnal free time to mingle with section and platoon mate. Time to even go gym or for a job in the evening.

BMT phase was total RUSH HOUR for most recruit. However, if you have been through PTP phase either unwillingly or on purpose, you are pretty more prepared for the changes and transition to BMT phase cause you got all the foundation preapred.

No more tying Camo Nets on helmet on my first day of BMT cause I am in PTP phase! Go DELTA company!

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