Mega update 3

I can safely say that I have found a home in NBS, given its fked up culture and work load. Like I mentioned previously, we somehow got together, everyone of different backgrounds, education, circumstances whatever. All of us knew we could have been placed in a different OG, even orientation camp. I see this as more than a coincidence–I trust that this arrangement was planned by God and I hope to make use of what He has given me to the fullest.

Our seniors strongly encouraged us to meet up everyday for something, so the onus fell on D who was the best freshie. Credits to him for doing it well even though it was stressful and tiring for him. After a chicken rice dinner on that Saturday itself, we did the chew-and-chew [nsfw] and things kicked off from there.

Sunday: playnation. Monday: lunch. Tues: uniqlo lol but since P was working there, it made sense [not many people went, but still counted lol]. We went for bash on that coming Saturday and D&D as well. There were also lunch/dinner outings here and there and I thought these were instrumental in keeping almost everyone together. There were driftwood but we felt it was better to just let it go.

With school staring proper, it was hard as I tried to get my NS brain into gear again. Most topics were rather ‘fluff’ ie no concrete facts to study except stats/math. I can’t say I’m better now since I am but a small fish in the ocean. It has been an incredibly draining first quarter as the work kept on coming. Coupled with my many commitments [harmonica, handball, IIC subcomm and even next year’s FOC], I really dk how I can survive.

Speaking of FOC, I had applied the role just for fun and lo and behold I got it. I don’t know whether it was really easy to get the role but oh well I have to make do.

I have been advised to drop activities for now as next sem is going to be a fking killer I think. Here’s to more shit along the way!

Mega update 2

Tbh, I didn’t know how I got into NBSFOC. I replied the form as soon as I received it at work and even though selection was supposedly more random rather than looking at your social media, I thought there was an element of fastest fingers first. When I look back, I considered myself very lucky to have been put in this OG called Thanos 🙂

My reaction was like ‘meh’ when I received the msg from the CGL. I had to perform the ‘running man challenge’, with other options as dubsmash or the bottle flipping challenge. I was at a wedding when everyone started sending in their introductory selfies and on pain of a forfeit, I sent the only one that I had during NDP as the trishaw rider. So during the first pre-camp at Vivocity, everyone chipped in some materials to build the mascot but as mentioned previously, I was late. I got a few questions on the Cru shirt I was wearing and I felt fking awks initially. Especially when they were announcing the fake freshies, I felt lost as I wasn’t around for the first part. It was quite shocking to see them do the ‘photo formation’, where the girls piled on top of the guys at the bottom. A tourist tried to take a photo, but was stopped by a senior. At that time, I felt quite uneasy about the ppl I saw and I basically didn’t bother myself reading through the whatsapp msgs during the hall camps. The second pre-camp was 1 day before the main camp proper, so there was a potluck and tying up of loose ends. From there, I started interacting with others and felt more comfortable.

First day: some talk by the dean of NBS with all the orientation camps there, followed by introduction of the CGLs and many other main comm ppl from each of 16 OGs!! I realised that there are 8 clans, and 2 OGs in each. It is supposed to be a symbiotic relationship of some sorts.  We played typical games such as 猫抓老鼠, 皇上,5+5, and Nippon [random names but they were quite fun to play]. P was my partner for that day and we got along quite ok I guess. It was wet games but it wasn’t very tame either! We had a SSM session before we tried unsuccessfully to decide what dance moves to learn for the finale night. 2nd day was pool day and I swear it was quite shag. Pushing someone on a float without wearing life jackets was the stupidest thing ever. I felt like a burden as I was unable to help A get the ball during captain’s ball. Night run was also quite taxing–we had to run around to finish the tasks and avoid being caught. QN was quite on as well as we ran around the south spine.

Next day was the much-hyped beach day. The seniors kept mentioning it and emphasised the importance of winning the telematch. After sleeping at 2am and waking at 5am to go to the beach, everyone was conked out on the bus. The beach games were way better than the hall ones, possibly because there were more ppl around? I can safely say the telematch was indeed no joke. It was physically intense, especially with running from one end to another and the human tunnel/centipede as well. Many grand seniors turned up and they sort of  ‘assisted’ us to victory, because other OGs were doing so. The crucial difference was that we had more seniors to help than the rest, and everyone had their game face on. Right after beach day we went to Fairy Point chalet at Changi and played ‘the bus of lust’: just passing sweets from mouth to mouth and it was quite hilarious. After a good BBQ, we were put to the test by doing the bowl clan cheer in front of the seniors. Apparently they found mine quite funny and D couldn’t keep a straight face. JH’s one was all the more amusing because he forgot the lines lol. We had to practice the dance after that and I believed everyone were quite tired and sian. Everything ended at 4am and we had to wake up at 5.30am zzz. There was another round of games ie water bombs before we had to go to the audi again to listen to the talks. After the obligatory Insta account sharing, by that time, everyone was ‘gone case’ already. Dance time came and we tried our best. It was still comforting to know that we won the beach telematch, best mascot and waterbomb telematch despite not winning best OG. During the best freshie dance, one of them dropped his pants while the senior school management was watching. It got terribly awkward as damage control ensued while the teachers were left bemused. Since the next day was welcome day, we stayed up again to chill and have fun. After getting to know ppl in the welcome day group, we then proceeded to meet up for dinner at Lenas, where the freshie chat was created and we talked about the whirlwind 5 days.

I would say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it is quite curious how we, strangers, from 1 August until now, have grown together in this journey so far. The little sleep and anecdotes we shared are still somewhere in our memory even though we may start to forget as schoolwork swamps in.

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Much love to everyone here!

Mega update 1

It’s been a while since I wrote anything so here goes…finally had a chance to catch a breather during non-recess ‘recess week’ bleah

First up: passed my driving test after 1 bad attempt haha. I had done everything well but struck the kerb during vertical parking, and I just got so sian and didn’t pay attention to my surroundings. So I drove out and almost hit the car from the other side lulz. The TP had to brake for me and I knew I was screwed. Yet, he was already lenient by not awarding immediate failures but 28 points…

The next test was about the same–almost screwed up the vertical parking again. Yet nothing much happened, just that the tester was quite naggy: he kept reminding me to watch out for traffic etc and once had to lay the horn himself on an errant jaywalker. Basically, he expected me to do the horning myself when I wasn’t even sure doing so would brand me as a troublemaker. I was nervous that I would fail yet again, but luckily the free counts offset the actual points. Screw 18 points-a license is still a licence. I had to watch a safety [read:nsfw] video of traffic victims etc but it felt so good leaving CDC once and for all. Throughout my time there, most instructors were nice enough chaps [Mr Jonathan and David] but there were a few that were fking pressurizing–Golem effect taking place here huh?! Surprisingly, there were quite a few Arsenal fans too–had a good time chatting about soccer during dreary driving.

Cru camp: not bad, most chill camp ever! Learnt about Cru in general and activities were quite ok. Virgin experience playing Resistance till late and interacting with the ppl in the group as well. For some reason we changed locations from Cru HQ to St Andrew’s village, but overall it was not bad. We tried the famous chicken rice at Bishan before I had to rush off for NBSFOC pre-camp [more of that later].

So after submitting the obligatory video of me doing some weird shit for hall FOC, I had to pack and checked in on 23/7. The pre-camp before that already exposed me to the ppl that were inside Cama–quite a decent bunch. I remembered playing dirty games where they turned an area of field into an uninhabitable, squelchy swamp through a quirky mix of paint, water, shampoo and god knows what else. There was also pool day [jumped from 5m platform, landed badly] and beach day [didn’t really do that well]. Oh and did I mention the Secret Partner? Basically everyone were paired up with the opposite gender on the second day and you were supposed to know your partner as much as possible without revealing your name. Right after beach day, the guys were subjected to rounds of embarrassing shit [fked up pledge and stunts]. I considered myself lucky as I was able to guess my SP correctly on the first try–I had asked a specific question, but everyone raised their hands in an attempt to throw the guy off. I just felt that the girl I was looking at was the correct one and hey presto, I was right! We went out to watch Ghostbusters and then chatted at the skating rink–it was an interesting experience but it remained where it was. During the Amazing race, we went to laser tag and a trampoline park–it was quite enjoyable as I simply camped at a corner to pick out the opponents. There was also this segment called NG100: it was seemingly simple tasks that had to be completed in 100 seconds. The most frustrating part was the constant repeating of the actions, hence the term NG. Most of these games were luck-based, and it was incredibly demoralising for us to be denied time and time again. We spent some 2 hours on it before we completed it with much jubilation. On the last day, we had cheer fight and though we didn’t win best OG, it felt good to scream the cheers. Some people had UOC/sports camp the very next day so it was quite shag for them lol.

I quickly realised after NBSFOC, it was draining to focus my energy on two groups and so I had to make a decision. It sucks not being as involved as before, especially when I was v reluctant to go for hall D&D and even other activities. Yet, I also noted I had almost faded away to a ‘phantom’. This bred a new question: should I carry on or not? The drifting away is real af and a lot has to do to the people that you are with I guess…