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Surviving Brunei, once again

I’ll be away from Aug 20 till Aug 30. During this period, I will not be able to update my web log as I have no access to an internet enabled computer. Though it’s only going to be a short trip, I’m definitely not looking forward to this trip as eight months ago, I told myself during one of the exercise back then that no way am I going back to Brunei jungle again.

This time round, the training is going to be more challenging as I’ll be attending a Jungle Survival Training and surviving without food and fresh water for 4 days. Furthermore, we will be given minimum equipment in our field pack to survive out there and we are expected to build an a-frame, a fire place and a trap — all of which using raw materials like vines and tree branches. The so called finale of the jungle survival phase will be escape and evasion. This phase requires us to form a group and navigate our way out of the jungle and back to base camp. Imagine the amount of effort and energy required since we have not been given food for the past 3 days and Brunei’s jungle terrain is not friendly (steep knolls and plenty of thorns everywhere). I hope I’ll be able to survive that!

Looking at the positive side, I think this would be my last outfield. After which, I’ll be able to “archive” my field pack and other outfield related items as I will no longer need them. Hope I would be able to endure the gruelling 8 days and return safely. Till then, stay tuned for post-trip updates.

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Survivor Brunei

I’ll be going to Brunei on Jan 3, 2006 for a ten days jungle orientation course. This would be my first time embarking on an overseas outfield exercise and I believe many of us are certainly not looking forward for this trip. When we were first told of this trip, many were shocked as we were told in such a short span of time. Eventually, I decided to take things easily and have a more positive outlook.

I headed down to beech road early in the morning and spend quite a little to get many outfield gears such as hammock and bungee cords as we were told that it is not advisable to sleep on the ground there. We have also been told that the living conditions there would not be as luxury as compared back in here and I’ve already mentally prepared myself for that.

Hope that things will go well and I look forward to complete the exercise and return to Singapore on Jan 12, 2006.

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