EXORDIA: NUS Union Camp 2014 (Day 2) – THE AMAZING…disappointment

Onto Day 2, and with every camp it’s all the same old shit again; lack of sleep, just running on adrenaline. Camps really have this magic power that you can be so energized with 3-4 hours of sleep. I’m having more sleep now that school starts but somehow I’m feeling more tired and dead. 2 options: Either sleep more or more caffeine. I’m now doing the latter and it isn’t working the best so far, really treasuring the days where I can sleep wihtout an alarm. Okays all these camp posts are so delayed… so let’s go back to UC 2014!

We started off the morning with sponsorship talks, but everyone was dead/close to dying so no one was listening at all. I pity the people who have to give all these talks, I think they know that none of us are paying attention but still have to give it for the sake of giving. We had talks for close to 2 hours before we move off for the first activity of the day: The Amazing Race! Our group was assigned the purple line, and there were some activities that we had to complete at different stations. A main comm member was attached to each group to facilitate the activities, and for our group we had WH’s gf! We first had this food hunt at Giant Supermarket at Vivo where we had to find the barcodes of certain food items. We moved to Chinatown afterwards for a food hunt, where we had to order a dish starting from A,B,C,D and E. Lastly, we had to complete some activities in Little India. I didn’t really go into details for each activity because seriously, it was very boring and worse of all, it was a very hot day. I heard the idea of The Amazing Race was a last minute change since the original pool games got cancelled due to some issues from Jurong Swimming Complex (No wonder I was wondering why in our packing list we didn’t need to bring our swimming costume).

Hela @ Food Hunt!

Hela @ Food Hunt!

Getting back to school, it was close to dinner time already so we were just waiting till then. We still had 1 more activity lined up for us before dinner time, which was *drumrolls*… REVELATION! I was hoping for something simple like what they had in business: The seniors trolling us a little, then we sit down, count to 3 and take out our blindfolds together. NAHHHH it wasn’t going to be that easy. Our group of SPs were all sitting in a hall room and each of us had to go into the room 1 by 1 to do a forfeit before proceeding to guess who is our SP. If you chose incorrectly, you just keep trying till you succeed. It was quite anti-climatic that we were going to know our SP after meeting them the day before, but we only had 4 nights and the night after we were supposed to go on Date Night (which I will explain for Day 3). Some of my OG mates peeped through their blindfolds and already knew who their SP was so they managed to guess it in 1 try. Okay even if I wanted to peep I couldn’t because my eyesight is quite bad and I really rather don’t go peep and spoil the game for myself. We did really simple activities, like singing, carrying the girls and doing squats, all the lame things. A few of us (4 to be exact, which includes me) couldn’t guess who our SP was and we were quite dumbfounded. We were at our 4th try already and in my head I was like HELP ME PLEASEEEEEE JAEBALLLLLLL. My SP said that she was “of Chinese descend” and with “average length hair and height”, so I just based off these descriptions and kept guessing. I realized that there were only 3 girls waiting while there were 4 of us guys, it didn’t make sense so I probed my house head Kellie who was chilling at the side why was 1 girl missing. She pointed to herself and said: “I’m one of your SPs”. MINDBLOWN~! All of us were panicking and thinking of the possibility that our own house head could be our SP. WZ and YW both guessed Kellie and she didn’t turn out to be their SP. She was damn funny because both of them were lifting her and she kept saying that she’s heavy hahaha. I was just thinking if Kellie would go to the extent of lying that she was from Business, SAJC, and totally crap false things about herself. In the end I went with the rational choice and chose the remaining girl (excluding Kellie) and tada, I found my SP, Audrey from Cockeye! (Yes that’s really the name of her OG). I really don’t know how to phrase this because I know some people will read this so I need to put it in a subtle way; let’s just say my lucky star was there for me.

Vincent was being such a blur cock because it was obvious that Kellie was his SP already since she wasn’t my SP so he was the only one left. But he proceeded to pick out someone else and had to do another forfeit. He was made to do a strip tease, which was freaking funny as he was wearing a shirt that we sweated in the whole day and Kellie was begging for help. Our other house head Gabriel came along as Kellie rushed to him for help but he was being nonchalant and told us to carry on. Using that sweaty shirt, he hooked his shirt around her neck and started dancing around here, and finally, all of us finally found our SPs (phew!). We proceeded to go to FASS canteen to have our dinner and after which we had our Fright Night night walk for our night activities. It was held somewhere near King Edward Hall and Science faculty, it was just an open area. When we reached there, we were to sit down and wait for around an hour because there were people doing it as well so there was a bottle neck. It ended up being a killing the mosquitoes session as they were relentlessly attacking our legs and we just chit chatted till our turn came. We were sent in pair by pair and we were supposed to hold hands, but no one cared and we just went in. Our mission was to collect 5 Joker cards (sort of like marbles during NBC), and honestly it wasn’t scary at all. At the start there was his abandoned small house and I was thinking “Are you kidding I need to enter that?”. It turned out there were 2 people nearby them and we just had to take the card which was placed in front of them. Throughout the whole journey, me and Audrey were just being total blur sotongs as we keep getting lost. Audrey was really terrified and I had to lead the way, but yeah so glad that it wasn’t scary at all. The councilors stationed there were trolling her and there was one case where we were lost and had to ask for directions, and after we walked away the councilor rushed up behind Audrey and screamed. I was like laughing LOL but honestly, those kind of scares are the one I hate the most.

After completing the night walk, we headed to the Science block and had to find a LT which was our next lecture place. BEING BLUR SOTONGS AGAIN… we went down this flight of stairs and realized that we were nowhere near the place where we needed to go. After using some common sense, we finally found our way back to the LT, where we were made to watch this horror movie. I wasn’t a fan of horror movies and Audrey said the back portion was terrifying so we ended up sitting out. We made our way back to Temasek Hall afterwards and bid farewell from there. (Because of the delay in writing these posts I really can’t recall much of the things we did so please excuse me in the following posts >.<). The OG made our way to the senior’s room (Which was a double room) and we did some simple drinking games, like I never and some random games. I really can’t recall much what we did during that night, but the nights here weren’t very exciting and there was a lack of HTHT. Sean was freaking funny as he continued to be this daddy figure and questioned the OG girls on anything possible. Same ol thing again, go back to our respective rooms, short sleep and onto day 3 we go!

Day 2 thoughts:

Most chill camp ever? Omg time actually passes really quick here in UC as compared to NBC, and in an instance half the camp is almost over.  I liked how I had more time to interact with my OG mates here, okay it’s not a whole lot more but it’s an ever slight improvement. Yays to my SP coming from biz as well, but I really hate forfeits. I really need to find something that I’m good at which can be a forfeit lols. And thank goodness for entertaining night walk and not frightening shit. I mean is it really fun to scare others? T.T. I’m glad there is somewhat less of a barrier between the OGLs and us. Was it just me or are these OGLs in a way more sociable? Lack of sleep is really killing me, and I really hope I don’t fall ill. *Squeezing in my half of the bed* SLEEP KTHXBYE!

To make up for the lack of photos in this post, here’s a post of my awesome Hela OGLs! 😀

(from left to right:) Carolyn, Yan Lin, Kimberlyn, Wei Hao, Sean!

(from left to right:) Carolyn, Yan Lin, Kimberlyn, Wei Hao, Sean!

Fun facts of the day regarding my secret pals so far:

– Both of their names start with A, Andrea and Audrey!

– Both of them are from Business Administration (me being the lone ranger from Accountancy)

– Both of them are short (LOL I feel awful stating it like that, height isn’t all that matters ahhh this is another #justsaying moment)

– Both of them were relatively quieter than me, so I was the one asking questions most of the time

– I didn’t keep in contact with both of them (sadly again haiz…), added Andrea on FaceBook and Twitter, added Audrey on her dead Twitter and Instagram. Only waves when we bump into each other in biz (Andrea is in the same BFS lesson with me coincidentally)

– I think my SP luck is really not bad, hearing how screwed up some of my friends’ SPs were at other camps, so guys you better start doing good stuff and accumulate some karma. Nah I’m just kidding, the best advice I can give when it comes to SP is just keep the conversation going and don’t think so much. Remember it’s all just a game so just play along with your trolling seniors, be nice and be yourself! 🙂

P.S. And on another side note, I’m not expecting myself to be posting as regularly as I thought I would be. I would play around with the sequence of these posts, maybe going to Biz O-Week as well as sharing some short thoughts on university life for me so far (I’ll do one most likely on recess week when half of the semester is gone). I’m not really productive at home so I see myself staying up late in school, be it to study or just typing out some posts here. As of right now, I’m at UTown myself plugged in with some music and chilling with my laptop. It would have been so nice if I had a residence in school so that I can stay up later and save on the travel time, but oh well just make the best with what you have. Signing off for now, I will be back! 🙂 P.P.S. 벌써 보고 싶어 ㅜㅜ

 

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EXORDIA: NUS Union Camp 2014 (Day 1) – Action One

Harley Quinn!

Harley Quinn!

The Prelude:

Given the tone of my posts regarding NBC, it was a high possibility that I won’t want to join another camp. For NBC, yes I did enjoy myself but it wasn’t the omg so glad I didn’t miss it feeling. NBC was supposedly one of the better, if not the best camps out there. I just felt like I should join 1 more camp, and one which is cross-faculty so that I would meet people outside of business. Sports Camp was no go, and to be honest I didn’t really know what camps out there were available and for me. YS told me about Union Camp and registration was still ongoing, so I signed up and got a slot! UC was kinda notorious for being bad, and the biz seniors were telling us that there was no point going to UC because the camp is too big and last year’s one suck. Unlike NBC, UC (I will use UC as a short form of Union Camp) was super inefficient and my OGL only called me on Friday, 3 days before camp start omg. They sent us our packing list and although I must say our house booklet was very well designed, the packing list was really ‘extensive’. I had to bring 4 pairs of footwear: flip-flops, normal shoes, shoes which you don’t dirtied and shoes for formal wear. Like whattttt I survived NBC with only 2 types of footwear and most of the time there I was in flip-flops. Also, I had to bring 2 sets of formal wear, like omg my bag is going to explode. For UC, I was in R2 Hela and our house is called Harley Quinn! Hahas I have some affinity with red as I was already in red for NBC and I’m in the red house in UC too, yays to having red shirt already! I had a 3 week break which I basically did nothing till UC, and going to this camp is like I’m going because I don’t want to rot at home completely, but when the day comes there’s always this why did I sign up for this feeling, kinda like for my runs. Maybe it’s just because I need to wake up damn early lols, and again I have been sleeping late due to the World Cup so asking me to sleep early and wake up early was close to impossible, and I ended up having roughly around 3 hours worth of sleep only.

 

Day 1:

Met up with YS at the morning and took the MRT to Kent Ridge and waited for the shuttle bus. There was freaking a lot of people and the shuttle bus which goes to Temasek Hall, our place to meet, only comes every 15 minutes so it was just luck if the bus stops near you, otherwise you can’t get into the bus and wait for the next bus. YS managed to squeeze in but I didn’t so I was left alone. My stomach was hurting like hell so I hurried my way to the toilet and took a quick crap LOL. Ended up only taking the 9.45am bus when the meeting time was 9am, forever late me lols T.T. I arrived to TH to take attendance, before trying to find my OG at the hall only to realize they moved to somewhere else. Fortunately one of the councilors came to fetch and I saw my OG for the first time! The size of my OG was similar to NBC, just 1 more guy and girl with the same number of seniors. I was the only Biz guy there as the rest of the guys were either from Engin or SDE. There was this group of 3 guys who were from Engin and Eusoff so they knew each other before that already. For the girls, there was a healthy mix of SDE, Engin, FASS, Science, Biz. We played a few simple games before heading back to the common area where our house heads were introduced to us. We were taught 2 actions, I can’t remember the second one LOL, but whenever the house wins something, we will do action one, which is just swinging our arms up and saying “OH YEAH SONG BO!”, hence the title of this post. The seniors brought our bags to a hall room and after that, we headed to our station games! It was at the stadium area so we had games at the field and the nearby volleyball courts. The games here are way milder as compared to NBC, and the worst game is just that we have to crawl under and over people on the field. I sucked at that game and got stuck at someone because I’m sort of large in size… sorry being a burden but still we won that station hahas. (I’ll try to upload more pictures as WH has a GoPro plus selfie stick, which means perfect for camwhoring as an OG haha!)

HELA!

HELA! (If you look behind us the other group was still struggling with at the game whoops)

We had our lunch at 2pm and because I didn’t have breakfast, I was freaking hungry so yays to food. We had a little time till our next games so more small games! We played games like… ehh I never knew some of their exact names, like MRT, watermelon point here and there, fast food jump up and down. The two people sitting beside me had no mercy when it came to hitting my thighs T.T. Moving on to more games, I liked how most of these games didn’t have a physical element and not all of them had girls linking arms to guys. Some of the games were recurring from NBC, like eating weird stuff and playing captain’s ball with random things. The games here at UC imo were more fun, maybe because we were actually winning? HAHA lols, the game which I really enjoyed the most was this game where a group of 5 will look at this 4 pictures and guess a 5-letter word, after which we must use our body to form the word. Every time you solve one, you get to splash your opponent! The important elements for a game to be fun is that everyone is involved, there isn’t a physical element and it’s more than just a solo effort but rather a team effort. We continued our games till 5pm so we had our dinner at 5+pm. OMG what….. I had my meal 3 hours ago and I’m having one more again? We were allowed to wash up and change but most of the guys didn’t because we were lazy/we didn’t know what other games were remaining for us. Unlike NBC, we never had a program booklet so we were left to constantly asking our OGLs. More chilling and down time, and we were off to our SP games!

For UC SP, it was more straightforward as we were pre-assigned one to us already. The guys were made to sit in a line and our code-name was Jack. I was Jack 6 so my partner was Jill 6! We were lead to the track and we met our SPs for the first time! Before that, our OGLs mentioned that we had to talk to our SP for around 2 hours so we better think about some topics to talk about. For my previous SP at NBC, I managed to speak quite well to my SP so I didn’t really think too much about what to talk about and just let it come naturally. As always, we were made to hold hands and talk and my SP’s first remark was: “Huh really need to hold hands ah”, I’m like ehh whatttt? It turns out that it was her first uni camp and she didn’t believe that everyone else was doing it. Ah the return of the SP facilitator voice, BOY BOY AH GIRL GIRL AH. I think she was just experiencing the cultural shock, like what I felt just a month ago with my SP games. It’s supposedly normal for uni camps so I told her to just go with the flow and if she really felt uncomfortable, she can always tell the councilors. As the guy, I think it’s an unspoken rule to be the one leading the talk so I just went ahead and introduced myself, as well as just asking questions. Although we were discouraged from asking the very cliche questions, like what school, what CCA etc, I still asked just for the sake of asking. Some facts about her at the start was that she was from SAJC, her CCA at school was ‘Saints-for-Christ’, she got into KR Hall despite not going to their exposure camp. When I asked what faculty was she from, she said business and I’m like OMG you serious?!! Such a freaking coincidence hahas what were the odds that my SP was someone from biz as well! The next natural question was to ask if she went for NBC, but she didn’t go as she wasn’t selected. She said she only wrote a few words for the questions during the registration so future freshies do take note: Take all the questions they ask in the registration seriously!

Try and spot me! :P and don't you think something is off here? (HINT HINT!)

Try and spot me! 😛 and don’t you think something is off here? (HINT HINT!)

I went to talking to her how crazy NBC was and this went around half an hour lol! I went to further explained about the SP games at NBC and how the seniors were forever trolling us. She went to ask what was the worst thing I did for NBC and I told her that I was made to do the Titanic pose with my previous SP. Out of nowhere, a facilitator went “So you like Titanic pose ah?”. LOLSHIT! I was busy defending myself for the next few minutes and after that I was constantly called out as “Ehh who’s the guy who wanted to do Titatnic pose?” In the end I didn’t do it so all is well ahahaha. We continued to talk and talk… really we talked damn a lot, and she (like any girl) was very interested on how I looked like. I was being honest once again, telling that I was this tall guy who wore spectacles. On a side note, maybe I should have been cheeky and said some lies. The 4f/24 guys were talking about this and how they were lying like saying that they are this short and fat guy with many pimples on his face, or saying that they are half Mongolian or half Korean. Jill 6 was ‘of Chinese descent’, and was of ‘average’ height and ‘average’ hair length. Alright that wasn’t really helpful, but oh well didn’t really dwell on that. She was also red light status, but she was also trolling me a little by saying that she was pink light, and after she made that statement I was a little shocked and silent because honestly, it isn’t everyday you talk to someone  of that traffic light. She was told that you should troll your SP a little during these talks, hmmm it’s her first camp and she has already learnt well LOL. Maybe I should have trolled abit myself instead of just being too truthful hahas.

After really close to 2 hours of talking, we were off to our SP games. Yes they made us talk really that long, I talk until I had to keep stretching my legs because it’s really tiring to just sit there 2 hours you know >.<. I can’t recall the exact order of the games, but of course it isn’t SP games without eating pocky… Should you feel more or less awkward if you’re doing this kind of activity with someone attached? For me I felt less awkward I guess, and I was being super careful because it was her first camp and didn’t want her to feel too comfortable. That said, we ate the pocky until the stage that I could feel her breathing, but the stupid OGL was like telling us there was like 7.5492383542cm worth of pocky and he demanded the leftover pocky to be less than 2cm. In the end the OGL tried to force our heads together and he said we failed our mission because it wasn’t less than 2cm. Ugh whatever moving on. We proceeded to eat a strand of noodle which had no taste, but the OGL had mercy on us and told one of us to bite off after a while. There was also this game where my SP had to feed me water to drink (Remembered this is all done blindfolded), and after she had the feeling of where my mouth was, she proceeded to start pouring the water… into my nose .__.”. The water started coming back out and she was asking me if I coughed out the water. Good guess my friend, I wished that was the case too LOL. There was also this game where we had to draw our SP, I ended up drawing a stick figure at first but got nagged to draw a nicer version. We ended up never seeing our drawings fyi, and our last game was where our SP had to wash our hair with shampoo. I must say my SP did a pretty good job hahas, and she took extra care in ensuring all the shampoo got washed off by constantly pouring water over my head.

Hands on shoulders, we headed back to the grandstand and took out our blindfolds. We weren’t actually supposed to take them because our SPs were still making their way back as well. The guys had their standard chat regarding our SPs, and a few of them actually managed to get a look of their SPs by cheating a little. Again, I didn’t really bother since really it’s all just a game. Finally we made our way back to TH and got assigned our rooms, and 2 guys would have to share 1 room. I roomed with BW and we moved our stuff to our room. Finally we got to shower and I would say the shower at TH wasn’t as good as KR, but that wasn’t very important and omg it always feel good to have a shower after a long day. The girl’s showers were too crowded so C ended us just going to the guy’s shower instead. (With us guarding of course) Wow seriously no fear man this girl! We ate our supper and proceeded to the senior’s room to have HTHT+play some simple games. The HTHT wasn’t much, the interesting fact was that all of us freshies were green light while 4 of our 5 seniors are red light, 2 of whom met their BFs from hall. We played first impressions and most of the people chosen when it came to certain questions were quite expected. Except when C singled me out as the “person most likely to please one’s self immediately after camp ends”._________.” She was like no offence and I shrugged it off, but inside my head I was like offence taken tsk. The next morning we had sponsorship talks which wasn’t too important so we ended up talking close to 5am. BW was dozing off and couldn’t take it so we left around 4am. Instead of taking turns to sleep on the bed, we just squeezed onto the same bed. It didn’t really matter if I had space to toss and turn because really at camps. the time you take to fall asleep, confirm less than 5 minutes!

idk why i look the most pale in this pic >.<

idk why i look the most pale in this pic >.<

 

Day 1 thoughts:

(in biz camp I wrote it out on my diary, but for UC i typed it into my phone cause it isn’t really very convenient to be writing as I was rooming with someone) The craziness level really dropped quite a lot from biz camp, but nonetheless super crazy doesn’t always equate to fun, and I enjoyed the stations games here more as compared to NBC. And it feels good to be actually winning now HAHA :x. The organization is really quite bad, but it’s too early to judge and I shan’t comment. A very chill Day 1, and honestly chill is good! ^^ In NBC I never had the time to use my phone, here I’m forever scrambling to find a port to charge my phone; really a significant difference. SP games are much more elaborate here, and yays to knowing 1 more person in biz! Can’t wait for Day 2, please let it be as chill as Day 1 hahas but first… let me sleep. *sleep emoticon*

Extra thoughts when writing this post: 

damn I’m really comparing a lot between UC and NBC, which I really shouldn’t do. To be honest I could have wrote more but it’s really getting too wordy. I’m at 2.9k word count here, absolutely crazy. And half of it was about the SP segment lols.  Day 2 was quite boring so hopefully I will go below the 2k word count. Sorry if you aren’t interested about SP activities, because for Day 2 I think half or even more than half the post will be about it LOL. UC really put more emphasis on SP activities so I would have more to talk about, and their other activities, I’ll leave my comments for my next post. MUST KEEP THE POSTS COMING LET’S GO!