Archive for February, 2010

A Fun Gathering

Posted: February 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                          Stardate: 63658.5 (Feb 28th, 2010)

Two days ago, on Feb 26th, I was been invited by one of the SPI (Singapore Paranormal Investigators) members for a casual gathering, which takes place at Marina Square. Which means, to had dinner together at the foodcourt there while we enjoyed the time off. Just like we had did last year.

But before that, he had decided to check out the Civil District Trail. Set in the heart of the city, and adjacent to the Esplanade Park, this trail marks the historic birthplace of Singapore where early settlers worked and lived, and which covers the history from the colonial period through World War Two right up to the independence. This includes, memories of the British soldiers who had died in World War One. The trial houses a great significant of the country’s most valuable, historic buildings and structures, especially monuments of notable heroes that had shape the country.

Those of us who are free can join him at 1530hrs. If not, can meet up for dinner at 1800hrs. I agreed to join him, right after I’ve concluded some policing work on paper at Bedok Police Divisional Headquarters, which ends a quarter to 1300hrs. I was there since early morning.

So, at the heritage trail itself, he will take me on an historical tour, where he will explained about the memorials here, the story behind them that make up the stage of the historic events associated with Singapore’s nationhood. As much of an advisor to the SPI, he was also an historian, and by no doubt he had been researching through the archives and books about the memorials here. Besides, its a free lesson when he’s around. Hee….=)


Seriously, I never knew much about the place, though I came to notice it before. Now that he tells me about it, I began to realize and understand the importance that had taken place. Not only about the memorials, but how prominent the trail is. Its not something like a walk-in-the-park, as the trail symbolizes a greater occurrences of landmark from the past and how the heroes here once stood on Earth, to share their tales.

Half an hour before 1800hrs, we proceed to the nearby Marina Square foodcourt for dinner. There, the rest of our gang who were been invited soon join us.

So for the entire evening was sharing a lot of stories and jokes that seems endless! Not to mention, how I ended up been smothered and teased near the end of the show into something that was awfully too pain for me to share it here. Oh well, I just have to play it along. Besides, they are one of my many friends that I trusted the most, and I knew they were just having fun with me and to cheer me up in every way they can. Thanks! =D

The fun lasted till 2200hrs. Can you believe it!? Well, time flies when you are enjoying yourself =)

We should have this gathering when there’s the time for it. Perhaps, the next round wouldn’t have to be at Marina Square. There are other interesting places that was perfect for a simple gathering. We just have to locate for one.

=)

He’s Back!

Posted: February 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                            Stardate: 63640.3 (Feb 21th, 2010)

Yesterday night, dated Feb 20th, had a jovial time with friends from the Singapore Paranormal Investigators. Dr Kenny Fong, founder of SPI had recently sent out a mass email that he will be inviting us for a Chinese New Year dinner gathering. We shall hit the Canadian Pizza located at Changi Village, as been selected. Not only that, he wishes to get to know each one of us, especially to those who are yet to meet him.

Finally! =D I have been waiting for this. I will be so regret if I had miss this out. Its fortunate that yesterday is my first off. Even if I am working, I will have to apply leave. I just couldn’t let this opportunity in getting to know the founder in person for the first time to slip away. He’s currently staying overseas, because of his job been permanently held there. So come Chinese New Year, he will return to his homeland to see his family. If I had missed yesterday, I have to wait for another year. And its a long way for that! So to me, its like meeting a famous actor that you are dying to meet for so long!

And yesterday, for those who are like me who are so eager to meet him in person were been given a lucky break to shook hands with him, before the time comes where he had to leave the country.

Here’s the fun we had =)

That was close to a reunion dinner than just a gathering. Hee….=D


Captain’s log                           Stardate: 63632.2 (Feb 18th, 2010)

It was been describe that, this park offers an oasis of tranquility, the enhance beauty and its natural wonder. Not to mention, a picturesque view of the sea. A staircase built on the edge of the secondary forest that offer a prime view of the cliff side vegetation coupled with a panoramic view of the sea.

But behind all that, it lies a hidden legend. A treasure that played a significant role in the history of Singapore. Shrouded in mystery, in the dense jungle of this typical climate that it serves as a main vital point during those times. Left behind to rust, abandoned, forgotten, until it was been discovered a century later. A vantage point, facing the sea, from where they believed the enemies will came from. But in the end, it had ended the Commanders who had fought hard to defend the country in a twisted turn to come to realize that, the enemies who were pursuing against them, from their backs.

Labrador Nature Reserve, also locally known as Labrador Park which is located in the southern part of Singapore contains the only rocky sea-cliff on the mainland that is accessible to the public. It was located beside Sentosa Island and Keppel Marina. The nature reserve, together with the park, used to be called Pasir Panjang Beach or Long Beach. As according in the history book, by year 2002, this 10 hectares of coastal secondary vegetation and its rocky shore have been gazetted as a Nature Reserve. Another title to be proud of! =D

Part of its hidden legend, it contains many historical relics from the era of World War II left behind by the British. That is because it has a long history, dating back to the 19th century.

Most interestingly, there was an old British fort, formally the Fort Pasir Panjang which was located on the hill and cliff next to the sea. The cliff’s high vantage point of their military installations led the British to identify it as a defense site to protect the entrance to the harbours of Singapore. It became one of nine sites in which the British had set up their batteries, which became part of their overall defense system for the country.

Prior to my research on this reserve, I came to understand that the findings, that were conducted by the British had showed that this former Pasir Panjang Beach was suspected to be an easy place for the enemy to land. Which is, the Japanese forces. As a result, the land was obtained by the government, and redeveloped into an expansion of Pasir Panjang Fort. Machine gun posts and barbed wire entanglements were been established, that includes a fence running along the beach. The guns facing the sea were also upgraded. There were 2 six inch 37-ton guns, which could fire 102 lb shells 10 miles, were installed in 1938, assisted by searchlights that faced the sea. Imagine all the struggle they had to put up with just to defend this small nation from been under fire.

The British made the beach an “impenetrable fortress.” Making it extremely difficult for enemy ships and troops to enter Singapore via that area. It would have proven very useful in combating the enemies.

In the end, the site did not see much action during the war. Cause the Japanese, together with all of their disposal needed had came from the Northern coast, instead of the Southern coast where the British were expecting. None of their ships passed through the area at all. As a result, much of the equipment at the fort was put to waste and this in turn, led the country to be siege by fire.

Before that, the job of the fort was only to provide a place for shelter and ammo storage for the British troops.

When the British forces surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, the equipment at the fort was quickly dismantled, closed down and abandoned for good. After the occupation was over, the fort remained closed.

There were consistent calls from the public to preserve the rich history and nature of that site, being the last mainland rocky shore and coral reef. So that explains why there are signs been erected near to the beach line, where those long explanation had stated that marine life should never been removed from the park. I had read some of the blogs regarding to this, where there’s been reports that some people had collected some shellfish with nets, even hard coral, despite the fact that there were signs that prohibits members of public to collect any form 0f marine life found at the beach. Notably fish hobbyists, and this happens during low tide.

And when they realize that putting signs are just not working, a Park Watch programme was therefore, been invented, where volunteers will help to deter any members of public that collects marine life without any source of permit. At the same time, maintaining the viability of the intertidal community within the park. At the same time, to raise their awareness of the beauty in marine life. I supposed its also got to do in maintaining the survival and conservation as well.

Amazingly, in 2001, two tunnels were discovered within the park. They were located beneath the old fort, and were probably served as a storage of ammos and other supplies needed. It was also believe that it also serve as a hideout for British troops. It was discovered that one of the tunnels goes under the sea and leads to Pulau Blakang Mati, which was known as Sentosa. Part of the tunnels have now been opened to the public.

I wonder what more lies beneath there. I might seem a little excited here, but there’s been few reports in the past, that strange artifacts were been discovered and later been exhibit in the museum. Who knows, that one day, archeologists might even came across more tunnels down within the bowels of Earth. A secret passageway, that might not only led to Sentosa. But perhaps to Malaysia….=o

So two days ago on Tuesday, dated 16th, which is my off day, I take that opportunity to open up another book of adventure. This time, I had invited a friend along, whom I know her from the Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI). I also asked her whether her boyfriend who want to tag along as well (So as NOT to suspect something!). Unfortunately, her boyfriend was worn out after returning from Malaysia with his parents after that few days spend there. But he let her tagged along with me.

That day, was a public holiday in regards to the Chinese New Year. There’s a direct bus 408, which routes from HarbourFront Bus Interchange towards Labrador Park, and back again. But it only operates on weekends and public holidays, from 1100hrs (first bus) to 2100hrs.

We disembarked at the busstop which was directly at the entrance of the park. The weather was a cooling one and the clouds, as what I’ve noticed, seems to be held a nimbus. I sure hope it doesn’t rain when we are busy exploring this historical place!

WELCOME TO LABRADOR NATURE RESERVE


Before we begin, I began to relate some of the key areas of the park to my friend which I had came across in my research. Not to mention, the prominent ones. The old British fort, which I had mentioned earlier and the Dragon’s Teeth Gate, which was literally a craggy granite outcrop and formerly stood at the gateway to Keppel Harbour in Singapore. I have seen pictures of it from books, magazine, in the past, and always thought of checking it out in full view. Well, that day is the day =)

We start off by entering the Old Fort Entrance, which was next to the busstop. Too bad there’s isn’t a visitor center around, where I can easily obtain a map, and to mark out the areas we had already covered. So for this case, I had to make use of my senses. And to use the map taken from the internet while I’m blogging.

So, here we go. From the starting point which I had circle in red.

As I believe, this is where the British had set up this entire ground as their defense port, as well as their perimeter base. Their batteries facing towards the sea, where in those times that the British had expected the invading Japanese forces to infiltrated from that position. Yes, they are well prepared. But prepared at the wrong turn….

Few meters away, we stumbled into the ancient relic. Remnants of the fort and underground bunkers of old Fort Pasir Panjang lies shrouded under the trees that seem cast away. As what both of us had noticed, what appeared to be windows or doors that leads into the bunkers were all been patched up by cement as to prevent any willful entry. Seems really interesting though, that the British had set this all up on such a place. Unfortunately, they happened to overlook in that wrong point of time.

But imagine yourself, standing at this point of time. Imagine yourself, traveling back to the past and to see before your very eyes, the actual happenings. What really is the tension like? How was the environment? The struggle to win. The call for survival. How was the fort been arrange? How were the bunkers were like, before they were all been patched up many years later. Standing and observing from this edge does felt like as though the wind from the past still exists. Never a doubt time would past and change so quickly. History here, was well said.

A meter away lies the big gun! Its an old 6-inch gun barrel, and based on what it is written on the board, this cool toy was been found one meter below the ground at the site of the former Beach Road Camp in March 2001. This 6-inch was similar to the two 6-inch Rifled Bridge Loading guns that were deployed at the Labrador during the war, and the discovery serves as an apt reminder of the importance role played in strategy used during the Battle of Singapore in 1942.

Guess what? I’m really gone back to the past! For only a brief period. Hee…=D

Thanks to my friend who had taken this shot. Hee..=)

Other than those areas that can be accessible in the past, it appears that what we see today in the park are only the gun positions and not the gun. What we saw was only one gun so far. The rest appeared to have trees grown on top of it, from where the guns have been and from where it was been lay wasted. However, these had reminded Singaporeans that wrong military strategy used, by no doubt, can lead to a disaster. Winston Churchill, a British politician also known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II, and served twice as the country’s Prime Minister had called the fall of Singapore “the greatest disaster to British arms which our history records.”

The whole stretch were all the rest of the fort that were left abandoned. Its all that remains of those times….

We soon came to a clearing, and what later stood before our eyes was a tall dominant structure that were curtain by vegetation.


Behind those closed door, was the underground complexes used during the WWII for the storage of ammos and supplies which was discovered in 2001 as I mentioned earlier. However, visitors have to paid in order to gain access to the tunnel. $8.60 per entry for adults. I do had this urge to catch a glimpse of how the tunnels would look like, and to soared into the past at the same time. But my friend decided it would be better if there’s more than two of us, as she would prefer. So “we can scare each other” as what she says… =O

Hmm….mmm ??????

So we skipped that part, and head out to where we started. From there, we approached the park itself, that offers visitors the “oasis of tranquility and a picturesque view of the sea.” Yes indeed, the area was very open and the wind here was more cooling than before. There’s a few campers around and people going fishing. The entire coastal line was been erected by fences, so I supposed that means…..no swimming is allowed…???

There’s even an oil refinery been set up in the area, and a long oil jetty that comes with a pipeline been built. There’s even a view of Sentosa, as well as Keppel Harbour. Man! I could stay here for hours just to enjoy the peace here. All freedom here just to get away from the city life and have a peace of my mind.

Few meters away, we came across this Machine Gun Post or Machine Gun Pillboxes. As what I came to found out, with very thick walls, they were difficult to destroy by artillery barrage. Similar to a bunker, soldiers position inside can fire through those narrow slits been cut in the wall.

I went around the back of the structure, hoping to see whether there’s an entry to get through. However, it was been patched up.

And right next to it, just a stone throw away, lies something of a distinctive pillar. With a tall, thin and four sided look that ends with a pyramidal top, this structure is better named as an obelisk.

I came to understand that years ago, the SPI had came in contact of this unique structure. Based on the report shown, it was previously painted in white. But now, as years grow by, the paint were badly peeled, cracked and even part of its brick were left exposed.

From the report given, SPI managed to found out the truth through a historian. This obelisk, or referred as the Labrador Obelisk was previously the marker of the most southern tip of Asia continent, which was been erected by the British during the 18th century. It was also mentioned that, in the past, the cliff was at the edge of the coast line of the Labrador battery. Where the obelisk was standing, it is used to be right at the edge of the shore before it was extended due to a recent land reclamation project.

Besides that, what else could it be? Was it somesort of a responsible of knowledge? A passageway into time that plays its own beginning and its own ending? Sounds ironic, don’t you think? It just stood there in solitude, ever since it was been constructed decades ago. Was it all that been has filled its purpose, that seem to be pushing eagerly at the edge of all boundaries? The thought of it does cross my mind, and that it just seems overwhelming…..

Then, we caught sighted of the old British fort, which was built on that very part of the cliff. As history stated, the fort was one of the 11 coastal artillery forts built by the British in the 19th century to defend the western passageway into Keppel Harbour against piracy and foreign naval powers. There it stood, with an aerial view of the sea and that it provides a commanding view of approaching ships entering into the harbour. I wonder, is there a way to go up there just to get an upclose observation? And I doubt so there is. Or perhaps, it was been restricted for a certain specific reason? Whatever there may be, it seems clearly out of bounds. And besides, I had found no source of info that indicates visitors could take a peak up there during my study about the park.

We took a five minute break to catch the view of the ocean before proceeding. Our next stop was to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Dragon’s Teeth Gate, which lies a few feet away from where we had caught sighted of the old British fort.

In Chinese, “Dragon’s Teeth Gate” was describe as “Long Ya Men,” and impressively was known locally by the Malays in earlier times as “Batu Berlayar” or “Sailing Rock.”

This craggy granite outcrop, formerly stood at the gateway to Keppel Harbour in Singapore. It served as a navigational aids to ancient mariners, that sails through the swift waters of the narrow channel between them. The rocks were documented in a navigational map belonging to a Ming dynasty’s Admiral Zheng He and also in Wang Dayuan’s historical maritime annal, known as Wu Bei Zhi. It was shown on the board, right next to the structure. The Long Ya Men’s unique features assisted the Admiral in navigating the waters around Singapore during his seven maritime voyages to the west between 1405 and 1433 AD. However, the rocky outcrops were subsequently destroyed by the British in 1848 to widen the channel for larger vessels to sail through.

Then, in 2005, a symbolic replica was erected by the Singapore Government near its original site to mark the role it played in Singapore’s maritime history. Looks like you can’t change the ways how history has to be. Even despite being a replica, it does served its purpose to tell the tales and to passed down to generations to come =)

The look of this unique structure does makes me to pause longer and gazed upon it with much concentration than before. In the past, I’ve only seen pictures of it, and never could have thought that day will be the day I finally get to see it right infront of my very eyes. It was more than just a piece of granite. It seems to act like a gateway through time. That seem to held certain answers for the one who are been searching for.

A moment later, we carried on our move. Proceeding towards the other end of the coastal line where there’s stood the jetty. By then, the weather had appeared dull, and dark clouds had started to become visible. I sure hope it doesn’t rained while we were on our way there. I really want to catch another sight of this picturesque view from there.

So, we’ve made it. Haha! =D

WHAT A VIEW!!

A while later, we felt raindrops on our heads. Uh-0h…Better make a move fast before it gets any worse. I was hoping to find a shelter, so we can rest at the same time when its raining. But most of the huts within range were been occupied by the visitors. So in the end, as suggested to my friend, why not we head back to the busstop instead, as our shelter. It seems a distance away, but we can make it though.

And guess what? We are nearly to the busstop when it began to rain cats and dogs. Its fortunate we are close within range and not that awfully drenched. There’s a few people there also, taking shelter from the pouring rain.

There, we took our rest, while waiting for the rain to stop. My friend then realized that we happened to miss a path when we were exploring the Old Fort Entrance where we first start off. There’ a T-junction there, as what she had noticed, and that we had missed that side of the path. I don’t seem to recall seeing a “T-junction” there actually. But what the heck, we can re-enter there once the rain stops. There might be more historical relics hidden deep within that part of the woods.

It turns out there’s none. Only additional traces of what remains of the fort. Other than that, we are actually trekking along the man-made path.

Well, I guess we’ve seen the most besides the prominent ones. Except for the secret tunnels where my friend had suggested that it would be better and more fun if there’s more than two of us within our group. I just had to agreed with her.

By the time we boarded the bus to call it a day, the time was a quarter to 1500hrs as I had remember. Quite surprise to notice that we had actually ended this outing early….

And so, we headed towards VivoCity for our lunch once the bus reaches HarbourFront Bus Terminal. We had Burger King for that, and the rest of the time we spend was to summarize about the park itself, talked about paranormal stuff and even shared some jokes =D

This drags on till HarbourFront MRT Station where we took the train home. And from here, you should have seen how she playfully, teased me till I cannot stand it! But I know her well, and its good to have a jovial friend like her to spend time with =)

Nevertheless, thanks to her who had assist me during the historical walkthrough, I’m glad that I’ve managed to complete my next Book of Adventure. Labrador Park is deemed one of the most prominent site when comes through the history of time, and its worth on educational learning process for all ages. A paradise dominated with wonders of relics, that was worth not to be miss! =D

Captain’s log                         Stardate: 63610.2 (Feb 10th, 2010)

Our partner in costuming and role-playing, MoviaMania had invited our StarTrek fansite to participate for this highly anticipated and extravaganza Singapore Airshow 2010. Is a 6-day event, taking place from 2nd to 7th Feb. The first 4 days are exclusively for trade attendees while the final two weekend days are open to public at the Changi Exhibition Center, from 0930hrs to 1700hrs. There will be those from Star Wars, even a Green Power Ranger, Wolverine from X-Men and many more.

Ultimately, the airshow will transform its base into a giant family oriented carnival, rather than just to express business and optimism. With us in it been invited to participate as customers, by no doubt the visitors will be amazed to catch us and other role-playing participants roaming about through the exhibition center.

So, how can you not missed this opportunity when you are really addicted into costume play? Its another excitement for us to be place in the spotlight. To be at the airshow as costumers was something more than just thrilling, as its not only national, but its based on international as well. Here we are talking about the world aviation industry, those top aircraft makers, the Boeing and Airbus and a key demand driver, which happens to be the explosion of budget air travel. The last time I’ve been to the airshow was in 2002, and the anticipation as well as the expectations was never a doubt. Increased percentage of overseas visitors always seems to be on the level, and the organizers were proud to announced that they have been receiving good feedbacks on the improved arrangements with regards to crowd management. This efforts were made to ensure easier access to and from the airshow. Keep it up the good work guys! =D

Most highlights for this year airshow, there will also be traditional local games like congkak and capteh, located at the sports museum showcase. You can even played handball or table tennis with representatives from the Youth Olympic Games.

Most impressive of all, was the debut appearance of the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the newest F-35 Lighting Strike to tagged along with the RSAF AH-64 Apache, F-16 and that includes the F-111.

Most of us trekkies had gave a restounding yes to participate for this event, and some of us like myself had volunteered for the two days. We shall be given a special pass for participants involved, that will be collected by our founder, James Lee during the opening of the airshow which takes place at Suntec City on Feb 1st.

As always, I will be dressed up as my favourite Star Trek character, which is the Borg-Assimilated Starfleet officer. And this time around, I will appeared more hideous than just the mask and the arm that were part of my character. Cause I will be also wearing this Borg-half suit.

Why I say its a Borg-half suit, because this one is only part of the Borg suit assembly. Reno, organizer of MoviaMania had taken this from one of his old SWAT vest, and thought that its a good idea to make a Borg-half suit out of it. He knows that Borg is my favourite character and since mine is literally a “Starfleet officer who had just been assimilated, but not yet a fully developed Borg drone,” why not get the upper part of my body to had part of the Borg assembly been implanted on it? The half suit will draped over my Starfleet uniform. Just to show that, I’m still in the uniform even if I were already been assimilated. You know, something like, halfway in progress for me =D

Reno had torn off several layers of the vest just to give it a rugged look. He will attached some parts to the back, and let me pour out my own ideas for the front of the suit. Took me nearly a month to complete. Use many kinds of materials that was perfect for a Borg suit. There’s few areas of the suit where I had gone through all the trouble to redo those over and over again until I get it right. And I even installed an LED light to it.

Technically, I will be improvising more into it when there’s a need to. Perhaps, add more lights or those tubes! =D

Anyway, here are our members who are present for Day 1.

1 – James (Founder)
2 – Janice (James’s wife)
3 – Md.Ariffin (Me)
4 – Stephanie
5 – Bryan
6 – Franklin
7 – Jasmin
8 – Richard
9 – Fiona
10 – Peter

Both Richard and Stephanie will not be there the whole day, as they had their own schedule in the afternoon. So they only be in their costume in the morning.

Day 1
February 6th, 2010
Stardate: 63597.9

The time was somewhere between 0800 to 0900hrs. The weather was scorching hot. But it doesn’t really matter to us, cause we are here for the spotlight =) And at the same time, we can also catch the aerial display been performed, which starts at 1130hrs and 1500hrs on both days. This includes, to be amazed by the planes, especially the latest addition been exhibit on the field, and those models and latest state-of-the-air equipments that were been exhibit inside the exhibition center.

Ok, I will fast forward from here, skipping the registration, the screening, and towards Function Room 1 which was inside the exhibition center. Its currently booked for the participants involved for the costuming. We are given two rounds to roam the exhibition hall and for the visitors to smothered on us while posed for the camera. One in the morning, and the last round will be in the afternoon. And we are given an hour to get the visitors attention before heading back to the function room to rest.

And in-between our break, we can catch the aerial displayed. At the same time we can have our lunch that was been provided.

Ok, here I go! The photos taken will tell you more =)

But before that, let’s begin with my personal introduction…

What’s before……

And what’s after……


“I am Locutus of Borg. My purpose is to serve to the collective and to the will of the Queen. You shall be assimilated, and your culture shall adapt to service us. Negotiation is irrelevant. Resistance is Futile!”

=D

This is where the fun begins…..

Right at the moment we stepped out from the function room, visitors started drawing out their cameras. Flashes of them were all around the corner, and I nearly were blinded by them. We were like as though Hollywood stars that just emerged out from behind the curtains. And at that very instant, cameras from reporters and excited fans started flashing right before our very eyes. Some would screamed enthusiastically, as they were amazed, intrigued by our presence. Its just so look like the same thing! =)

Just imagine, every step we took, there will be visitors from every corner suddenly appeared as they were so eager to posed with us. Sometimes they just appeared out of nowhere. Once they are done, there will be another excited ones. Followed by another. Then another. Continously, like as though there’s a queue for a photograph session. You can even feel their wind brushes on you.

Not only that, we even ended up rooted on the spot that we can’t even move because of the visitors rushing to take our photos. Its really amazing! The children especially, when comes to notice of my hideous appearance. Once again, seems like the Borg had gotten quite a lot of attention, and the half-Borg suit really does the work =D I never could have imagine this to be so attractable =)

And of course, some of the kids ended up crying just by one look at my face. Well, can’t be help when afterall, the character I am were supposed to be one of the worst kind. Hee….=D

I wonder if the visitors were aware that there’s gonna be some walked-in characters of their favourites roaming around the exhibition center. I supposed, its part of the family-oriented carnival, as what been stated in the news. But our appearance does catch those visitors to be worth a surprise! =D

We soon called it a time-out after that hour or so entertaining the visitors and head back to the function room. Believe me, we almost never made it back, cause some of the visitors were still chasing after us. I’m the worse of all, as my popularity of being a hideous species was been dragged and even hugged by girls…..=o

Finally, we can have our break. And at the same time, we can watch the aerial display that were been commenced.

Here’s some photos taken.

The Apache performing maneuvers. Did not managed to catch the first few aerial display. But the stunning performance of the Apache was good enough.

Lunch was soon been provided and we can finally fill up our empty stomach before we go for another round in the afternoon.

Ok, its time to suit up for another round. This time, we are more pump and eager to entertain those people, and most of them were seen watching us from behind the glass door. Indeed, they were totally amazed by the suits that we are putting on, and some even started taking photos of us while we dressed up.

Hey, some privacy here! You mind!?

And before the action takes place again, a group photo of our fansite and together with the rest of the participants involved were taken.

The doors are opened and we are once again back on the red carpet! =D

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Time ends really fast when you are enjoying yourselves, and that you don’t even realize it until a call was given that time is up and to head back to the function room. Its time to call it a day. But its not over yet, cause we still had one more day for entertainment. The first day was already a hit success and we ought to do it again! =D

Day 2
February 7th, 2010
Stardate: 63600.8

Members involved for this day:

1 – James
2 – Janice
3 – Md.Ariffin
4 – Bryan
5 – James Wong
6 – Jasmin
7 – Jeremy
8 – Franklin
9 – Stephanie
10 – Peter (Will be joining in the afternoon)

The morning weather was a hot one without a doubt as we Star Trek fans headed our way towards the exhibition center. Its the last day of the air show, and we are all looking forward for the last round and to give the best like what we had did the day before =)

From here, I will fast forward >>>>>> towards the function room. Photos taken were before we enter the center, and our present location where we had started to suit up.

Love this one! Now, choose your kind to side along you in battle!

=D

1 = James
– Character played: Ferengi

2 = Janice
– Character played: Starfleet Chief Engineer

3 = Stephanie
– Character played: Vulcan

4 = Md.Ariffin
– Character played: Borg-Assimilated Starfleet officer

5 = James Wong
– Character played: Talaxian

6 = Jasmin
– Character played: Ferengi

7 = Jeremy
– Character played: Lt Commander Data

8 = Franklin
– Character played: Commander Spock, Jr

9 = Bryan
– Character played: Vulcan

The doors are soon opened, and once again we are greeted with tons of excited visitors and flashes from their camera.

Even the cops on duty couldn’t help it but to be amazed when we pass near the entrance of the exhibition. And as what I’ve notice, a few of them seem to appeared so eager in wanting their picture taken with us. Well guys, we be happy too, I supposed. But I don’t think your superiors will. Hee….=)

Its really surprising to see that most of the visitors happened to recognize us from Star Trek than it was used to. Of course, there will still be a few that would mistaken us for Star Wars characters. I even heard from a group, who thought that we are from StarGate =o No harm done, cause we will correct them for that =) But most of the time down there, we heard was “Star Trek.” Seems like our fansite had become more recognizable, and I believe it was ever since the launch of the new Star Trek movie which opens last year. And from where we had appeared in the newspaper, and that many of us were been interviewed as well, it seems that the introduction of our local fansite had brought much publicity this time around. And from there, we ought to keep up the good work and to remained bounded to our fansite =)

After all that entertainment, we head back to the function room for our break and lunch. At the same time, the aerial display was been commenced. I’ve decided not to take some photos of the flying display or planes that were been exhibit, as I’m totally worn out and choose to remain in the air-conditioned room. Hah! =D

Like on the first day, we will given another round in the afternoon. Not only that, we will also head up to the VIP lounge, still in our costume. There will be some guests there, that will be thrilled once we show up.

2nd round soon came about and we all began to gear up. James Wong, Bryan and Stephanie won’t be joining us in the afternoon as they had their own schedule to settle with. Peter soon shows up, and be joining us throughout the whole afternoon.

The 2nd round was like a merry-go-round for us. People were tapping onto our shoulders every now and then, in asking to posed with us for the camera. They even surrounded us, like an angry mob. It was so tremendous! The children love it! Its like, everywhere we turn, there will be those who wanted to pose with us. So much of that had left us to stay rooted on our spot and to wonder, how much more can we endure? Haha! =D But that’s how role-playing characters were, and founder James Lee were right about one thing, that people love to see you in masks. And speaking of masks, I do intend of trying out the Captain Kirk mask, as James had mentioned before, that he do have it. As well as Captain Picard’s. Such as for Star Trek, I’m a fan of Captain Kirk, so why not one day I gave out an impression of my favourite Starfleet hero by wearing the mask. I already own the uniform and the belt that comes complete with the phaser gun and comm device. With the mask on, it’ll be perfect! =D

We are indeed, really pump at this point of time. Not only visitors, but representatives of certain airline groups, as well as Polytechnic students that projects the studies of aircraft engineering also wanted to pose a picture with us. Surprisingly, most of them turned out to be Star Trek fans, and their picture taken with us will be worth a memorable one =)

That hour of entertaining the visitors was complete and we head back to the function room. We will be given a twenty minutes rest before we head up to the VIP area. This will be the last act we shall posed.

Moments later, we were up there. The VIP area comes with a balcony that has the view of the field, and this is where we will stand behind the parapet edge. Looking down at the people below, who gasped with excitement and started drawing out their cameras. Up there, we posed. One shot after another. This was even better than before! And the wind here, even if I had my Borg mask on, I could still feel the freshness that slipped through the gaps, brushes against my skin. Blowing the sweat away. Never knew that it would feel so good. Hee….=)

Then, the moment arrived, where a group photo of every participants involved were taken.


We soon exit from there and head back to the function room. Its time to pack up and call it a day. Before we left, we were each given a goodie bag as an appreciation for volunteering as costumers for this event. From our side, James will kept the remaining goodie bags for those of our members who had also participate but wasn’t there during the last round. He will give it to them when we meet up.

As much as the organizers were appreciated by our performances as costumers, we too, were honour to be invited to be part of it. Looks like this year’s airshow had more than what it had bargain for. And seems like our presence there had caught the visitors attention much more than the array display of state-of-the-air flight technology. But it was worth every turn that we had gone though. And I can say that, the way how the visitors had swarm upon us, was more increasing than recent events that we had participate =)

And I think the fact that the reason why we are there for, its probably due to this year’s airshow slogan..

TOO HOT TO MISS!

=D

Captain’s log                         Stardate: 63594.1 (Feb 4th, 2010)

The Chinese Kay Poh is the English busybody, obviously one who always minds other people’s business. And with all due respect to its residents, I wonder how a road which is off River Valley Road is named Kay Poh Road…

Out of curiousity, I had asked one of my senior colleagues when he was my partner for our recent tour of duty, whether he heard of such a road. He did so, as he had drive there a few times before. Also, he reminded me not to confuse kay poh with chai poh, as he had some of his non-Chinese friends confused with the terms.

Subsequently, it reminds him of an ugly scene that stays vivid in his mind, about a cruel incident on an old Hock Lee bus when he was much younger. As far as he can remember, there’s this dark, skinny woman, quite old by the appearance of wrinkles on her face. According to him, she was, however all dolled up, and was slow in getting off the bus, moving like some prima donna who was so conscious of her looks. And at the same time, touching her scanty permed hair now and then to make sure no strand came loose. As soon as she disembarked, the impatient conductor was heard grunted in Hokkien: “Old like chai poh and yet so hiao!

According to my colleague, Chai Poh is a dried, salted vegetable that looks brown and kinda shrivelled. Hiao can best described as vain and flirtatious. In comes to a circumstances, such a woman displayed with such an intention that was mentioned above is said to be inviting trouble from men.

And don’t be surprised when comes to men themselves, especially if that person of such an questionable repute is an old man. Therefore, he’s a Chico Pek.