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I am really, really into the Korean Front now.
What do I like about Korean War ? Comradeship, and of course love at its best.
Need I say more ?
Here is another up and coming blockbuster. Road Number One.
Watch it in U-tube for now before its release.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I am back, fighting fit. However I am grossly involved in viewing Legends of the Patriots on channel 303 on ASTRO. I believe most would have overlooked this beautiful Korean War movie, about the Korean war in the 1950s. I personally recommend everybody to view this 20 odd episodes of the movie. Scheduled for screening on prime time Saturdays and Sundays at 2020 hours and repeats on Fridays 1130 hours.
Watch it as it is highly recommended for those who do not know what fighting in a war all about. It is just not the fighting but also realities of life, heroism, love and most of all comradeship.
Enjoy the movie. Tell me if you don't like it.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
I have switched on to a new RFO net. I am under command and in direct support of another battle. I have placed myself at priority call to Ibrahim FPFs. You may follow my battles here
All guns are firing well and the battle for Ibrahim has begun. I need more fire units. Join me as some of you had. Thanks Gunners. I assure you that this will be a good fight, and you will feel good.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
We are familiar with anti-aircraft, anti-tank, anti-personnel but anti-angiogenesis? What about apoptasis, metatasis, proanthocyanidines, and Coenzymes? Wow, I hope I had spelt them right. I still cannot pronounce them though.
I did a crash language course just to understand the enemy. Big Charlie generally uses Greek and Latin languages, syntax and nuances. But I wouldn’t be surprise if the language used also contain some Sanskrit. It is highly recommended that we learn a word a day to be abreast with Big Charlie.
To keep this post as brief as possible, I link you directly to the US National Cancer Institute’s reference dictionary:
Lesson Learnt No.12
Nah, You already know this lesson.
Having been in the front line for almost a year now, I am now convinced that our conventional combat ration is unsuitable to sustain current operations against Big Charlie. Conventional supplies in fresh ration and combat ration are adequately nutritious, but not necessary sustainable in new combat environments. This is now so with higher toxicity and pollution levels in every form of food, water, air and environment. New Carcinogens are being discovered almost on a yearly basis. Food scientists, Nutritionist and Dieticians worldwide are coming up with new studies to prove and encourage eating food that are specific to combating Big Charlie. In the wake of increasing numbers of new casualties to Big Charlie, there is a spurt of new findings in the properties of plant and animal foods. There are as many confirmed researches and findings as there are scientist interested in this field of research. So much so that there seems to be a lack of control and coordination of researches and findings by any central body. Most of the time I find studies contradict themselves and are inadequately and unsatisfactorily concluded.
My personal understanding is that, there is no one magic food or mineral that will be good for every person. What is good for some people may not necessary be good for you. My understanding is actually quite simple, as no two person has the same DNA, body chemistry level, body energy level, body toxicity level and oxygen level. For example the proverbial Jack Sprat who could eat no Fat and his wife could eat no Thin. And also there are more than 150 types of Big Charlie. Dr David Servan-Schreiber, who wrote Anti Cancer: A new way of life, Dr Patrick Quillin, author of Beating Cancer with Nutrition and Dr Colin Campbell of The China Study are some of the leading doctors in food research. Not to mention also of Dr Lai Chui Nam founder of Lapis Lazuli Light Resource Centers.
I find Dr David Servan- Schreiber’s work to be adequate enough as all other works concur with his. The following combat ration is good in fighting most types of Big Charlie (Not in any particular order of food values):
Green Tea for its Polyphenols and Catechins.
Turmeric (Kunyit) for anti inflammatory properties.
Ginger for anti inflammatory properties and being a powerful antioxidant.
Cruciform Vegetables for its sulforaphan and indo-3-carbinols.
Garlic, Onions, Leeks, Shallots and Chives being ancient medicinal herbals and has anti bacterial properties.
Vegetables and fruits rich in Carotenoids for its Lycopene and Vitamin A.
Tomatoes for its Lycopene, excellent for prostate cancer.
Soy for its blocking angiogenesis properties.
Mushrooms for its Polysaccharides and Lentinian.
Seaweeds for Fucoxanthin and Fucodian causing apoptosis in cancer cells.
Food rich in Selenium for boosting effects of antioxidant mechanism.
Flaxseed oil rich in short-chain vegetal Omega-3.
Sunshine for Vitamin D.
Fish rich in Omega-3 for its fish oils.
Probiotics for its friendly bacteria.
Berries for its Ellagic acid and Polyphenols.
Citrus Fruits for its Vitamin C.
Pomegranate Juice for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Red wine for its Resveratrol and Polyphenols.
Dark Chocolate for its antioxidants, Proanthocyanidines and Polyphenols.
The above list is extracted from Dr David’s book. Take sometime to understand and digest them. Boy, do I like dark Chocolates.
Lesson Learnt No.11
Knowing what you eat is not as important as knowing what is eating you.
“The guns, thank GOD, the guns...” I borrow this Rudyard Kipling’s quote from the Gunners Club. I am really thankful to GOD and the guns. Today is the end of my fireplan HUKM Phase 2. I took the last fire mission personally. ZU1011. All guns firing with their barrels blazing hot. I observed full impacts on the target. I did not see any enemy surrender. The enemy will not surrender, they will try to hide to fight another day. I will not take prisoners. The rules of engagement in this front is unlike any conventional warfare. Kill or be killed. My enemy engaged me at the wrong front. The enemy underestimated me and he will pay for his mistake. I will not spare any quarters.
Phase 2 comprising 12 more fire missions took its toll on me and almost did me in. I could barely sustain Phase 1 with 20 fire missions. A total of 32 fire missions are a lot to take. I am glad that I am graded FE at my last PULHEEMS test. I am fairly fit before the fireplan. Others fighting in the same front with me, were in a worser shape than me. One had to do a modification and was stopped in the middle of her fireplan and she was evacuated to the base hospital. My whole terrain is drenched dry and the most sensitive point was closed for operation. I literally could not do my daily business in the morning and night. The pain I endure in each trip to the field toilet is indescribable. The torn and cut areas in between my legs caused by the rubbers of my running shorts would not heal as quickly as I would like them. I will have to continue to walk like a pregnant penguin for the next two weeks. I also have prickly heat pin pokes all over my terrain. I cannot apply any soap, lotions, creams or medications, as the radiation retained in my terrain will not subside for the next two weeks. My body radiates out heat and aches, I have short stressed spells of head spins and nauseas. Otherwise I am fine.
I was given medical leave for 6 weeks before I report to HUKM again. The CO of Oncology Regiment told me that all was well with my fireplan. However it will take up to 6 weeks before full intelligence and operational reports can be collected and collated.
I thank the HUKM personnel for standing by me daily. They had stood by me, and others with full dedication to duty and professionalism. They had no fear of the hazards in the frontline, nor were they affected physiologically by the daily interactions with combatants like me. And I admit that most others are really non- combatants and they had fear and despair in their eyes. Most untrained and unprofessional personnel will need constant counseling when facing such traumas on a daily basis. I salute the present HUKM staff doing their job. I will be glad to share each and every one of my medals with them. They had earned it as well. I brought a nice cake and some biscuits to celebrate my victory with them and my fellow frontliners. They appreciated my camaraderie.
I must thank my wife Peggy, for standing by me and my family. She deserves the KPK medal, a medal my brother John Lai received whilst in service many years ago. He described the KPK medal as 'just short of the PGB medal' as his bravery was not in the face of the enemy.
Finally I wish to thank you, my family members, friends and everybody else who had offered prayers and thoughts for me. A big thank you.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
In the midst of my campaign I am bombarded with war rumours. This is bound to happen with the ease of access to the highways, broadbands, emails and internet. There are as many war rumours as there are victims of the war and survivors and caregivers. And there are even more war rumours coming from unscrupulous war scavengers, always ever ready to make money from casualties victims and survivors. These war scavengers will even sell junk technologies, nutrition’s and new magic cures. There is NO ONE MAGIC CURE. There will always be more disinformation than information.
All war rumours from victims and survivors from the war, are generally genuine and sincere, we should not discard them totally as they mean well. However they are always not necessary workable solutions. Unscrupulous corporations will use the vulnerability of victims’ want to survive. Victims want Hope. Any Hope. Unscrupulous corporations act like angels, but they are disguised in clever psychological and marketing techniques. Values in their products are hyped up stuff.
I am in part, a war rumour myself. I will continue to dig up war rumours in search of a genuine remedy for myself and other victims. But how do I separate the chaff from the stalk? I apply my own rules of engagement as follows:
1. Successful war rumours from survivors are generally genuine. They are worth a second thought.
2. War rumors supported by medical researchers are fairly good. However they need more independent researches and confirmation.
3. A good rule of engagement is not to take it in totality. Look for the caveats and motives of the rumour. Bad rumours will stand out like a sore thumb.
4. Always listen and read the fine prints and also in-between the lines.
5. I will be very cautious if it is a free trail as they are always filled with hidden costs. They say that there is no free lunch.
6. I am also apprehensive of some testimonials supporting the products.
7. I always test the products using the ‘truth of the matter test’.
8. If a person says it is 100% good, it is 100% junk.
9. I always visit regulated sources for information. My guiding foundation will always be based from Dr David Servans-Schreiber’s book ‘Anti cancer: A new way of life’
10. There is no one cure for all. If the product does not pinpoint t a specific type of cancer, it is to be discarded.
We should never allow our fears and hopelessness distort the truth of the matter. We do not have fears and hopelessness as help is always at hand.
Lesson learnt No 9
GOD won’t grant us our wants, HE will always grant us our needs. We will have to work it out to get our wants from HIS grants.
We know more and more of the enemy each day. Thanks to many heroes, dedicated doctors and researchers worldwide. Thanks to GOD for granting our needs. I surmise the enemy’s profile below:
The enemy is afraid of GOD.
The enemy is defeatable.
Cannot live in oxygenated terrain.
Cannot live in alkaline terrain.
Can be poisoned.
Can commit suicide.
Can be easily tricked.
Gluttonous, hence easily starved.
The enemy is now being defeated with new medical technology breakthroughs.
The enemy is defeatable by alternative approaches.
Lesson learnt No 8
Act upon the profiles above. The enemy is defeatable.
The counter attack has always been a commander’s nightmare. When do we counter attack? When is our position really, really untenable ? Untenable is always our keyword. So hard to define. Yes, we have our local counter attacks plans in place. But when should we trigger our main counter attack ?
The enemy is well contained and successfully bombarded with my Fireplan HUKM. Phase 2 was even more intense. I am at the tail end of my fireplan phase 2. I have suffered heavy casualties. I am fully exhausted and just barely coping with my collateral damages. My troops are in their last stage of grouping. Latest sitreps are very encouraging and intreps have been reporting that the enemy is in complete disarray. I am ready to launch my main counter attack.
I had done my appreciation . I conclude that there are 3 main options with several approaches in each of the option. I have listed them below:
1. Classical approach.
a. Hormone therapy.
b. Radiotherapy internal, external administered.
e. Immunotherapy – Provenge.
2. Traditional or alternative approach.
a. Diet plan.
b. Change lifestyle plan.
c. Exercise plan.
d. Need for enzymes.
e. Need for good metabolism.
3. Spiritual approach.
I have applied some of the above approaches as follows:
Options 1a, 1b, 2c, 3a and 3d.
These counter attack approaches have been successful todate. I will now begin with options 2a, 2b, 2 d and 2e. These approaches will complete my main counter attack plan.
Lesson learnt No 7
We should adopt elements of approaches 2 and 3 above to avoid approach 1.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
17 May 2010 0900 hours
The enemy’s attack plan and tactics are quite complex but reasonably straightforward. The CO of the Oncology Regiment is responsible to study the enemy’s organization, growth, maneuver and attack plans. He is responsible to prepare damage control and counter attack plans.
By and large the enemy comes from our own troops which had mutinied and changed their uniforms. There are as many as 150 different types of enemy, each type depending on where they prefer to lodge in. Big Charlie is the common name given to them. But we know each type is very individual and has different levels of aggressiveness. The enemy quietly digs in and hide inside our terrain for up to five years sometimes. They greet new agents known as carcinogens and form alliances with them. They then grow from strength to strength in a standard drill called inflammation and the enemy will very quickly form a firm base in our weakest areas. These bases are both soft gel like lumps or hard benign tumors. Sometimes some bases are false alarms, these are malignant tumours. The enemy’s preparation stage are stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3. They then start to maneuver and metastases throughout our terrain at stage 4, via strategic junctions and routes. Some aggressive enemies breakout even at stage two.
The enemy in stage 1 is cleverly camouflaged and lie below radar sights and other modern monitoring sensors. It is almost impossible to detect them. They are sometimes detected only by accident by a GD regimental officer investigating and probing other threats. The enemy in stage two is still very careful in not revealing itself. Generally it does not leave any telltale signs nor any symptoms suspecting of its existence. Our infantry patrols and Koris reports do sometime pick up their clandestine activities. The enemy in stage three is fairly bold and aggressive. They are fairly detectable and arrogantly attack our weak points. There will be frequent contacts and firefights with own troops. The enemy breaks out in a blitzkrieg in stage 4. This is their home run so to speak. They are almost unstoppable. The Chemo approach is the only known counter attack, normally after radiological and surgical counter attacks. Kill the enemy or be killed.
The enemy is quite clever and does not kill us directly. They are great eaters and consume all our supplies and our troops will start to suffer and die from malnutrition’s. We will be wasted away, literally. I cannot describe the enemy’s activities in my terrain as I did not detect them until stage three. The enemy, thankfully is quite docile and did not create any symptoms or fuss. I detected my enemy through a late PSA investigation because I had difficulty in peeing. But then it is a natural phenomena for the aged, hence I had neglected my regular PULHEEMS.
Lesson No 6.
Lesson No 6.
An old lesson but never learnt. Prevention is better than cure.
Friday, May 14, 2010
14 May 2010 0700 hours
The CO Radiological Regiment called me to his Tac HQ to discuss and plan for phase 2 to Fireplan HUKM. The collateral damage caused by the radiation fallout is unacceptable. I am BBQed, ready to eat.
Whilst I am barely OK, I had witnessed that others were worst off than me. This week’s gory lost films from WWII, currently shown in ASTRO’s History Channel pales by comparison to my daily visits to the frontline.
I am sorry for a Form 3 girl with enemies in her brain area, causing her to loose her sights. I am just as sorry to see a Standard 5 boy suffering with enemy in his blood stream. He is just down and out, thin as a scarecrow, in a wheelchair looking real bad. Another man in his fifties is fighting his last fight. He sits in his wheelchair, lifeless, confused and hopeless. Everyday I see more and more new casualties. Unfortunately most others would have taken the Chemo path in addition to radiation. The former has the most trauma and fallout effects.
I stayed strong and I talk to them, trying not to look into their eyes. I melt when I look into their eyes. It is always in the eyes that we see their true feelings and fears. The blind girl would only stare blankly, back at me. A CO does not cry in front of his men. Sometimes I “minta diri” for a couple of minutes. I am proud that I have tried and had brought comfort to each and every one of my new friends. I am glad to have acquired EQ and other soft skills whilst as a Gunner officer in the army. It has been seeing to my men first and last always… Always. I share my knowledge of the enemy with them, I share my personal combat strategy and most of all I bring them hope. I am glad they have accepted my leadership, a role I know I can and must play. It makes me stronger too. I am a Gunner.
The CO Radiological Regiment is pleased to see me taking my beatings well. With 20 fire missions successfully conducted, I start to feel a bit lethargic. Notwithstanding being scorched and badly burnt, my strong leg muzzles weaken, I feel dizzy, tired and purge at night. This drains my energy. I park my rover in the wagon line area , 27 steps below the Tac HQ. I climbed the steps everyday and I wished it had been 26 steps. Seriously.
The officers, staff in the gun position, BDP staff and survey team worked efficiently as a team. I salute them as they remain strong and dedicated to their duties and roles despite seeing miseries and sufferings on a daily basis. They go about doing their job without complaining. However I hope they would enhance their service level a bit more with better soft skills. They should be given a High Morale allowance for this line of occupation.
I reported to the simulation room. A quick request brought in more aerial photos and scans. Overlays and tracings are made. The CO then analyzed the overall picture and selected another 4 targets to be fired 3 times at 10 seconds each. Phase 2 would have a total of 12 more fire missions. The survey team quickly surveyed and registered the targets ZU1008 through ZU1012.The target lists and records were circulated to all gun positions.
I thanked the CO and made my way directly back to the frontline.
Lessons learnt No 6.
Do a full medical checkup. It will save your life.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
War games are played by military formations, units and personnel to visualize a potential outcome of a strategy or tactics employed. Scenarios are set and tokens are placed and played, with resolutions generated by computers or umpires. It is very much a mind game of sorts.
I also played war games daily in the frontline. I create positive scenarios and positive resolutions all the time when our guns are firing. Positive thinking is a very powerful tool. It brings out the best in us. It harnesses and release all the good hormones in our terrain and maneuvers them to the right direction. We become winners all the time and that is good. Mind imageries are also taught in meditations,Yoga, Pilates, and most cultural/religious cultures.
Each day as I visit the gun position, I see our gunners preparing for the fireplan. Bearings and Elevations and Angle of Sights are set to the assigned targets. Bearings are still measured in degrees and elevations measured in millimeters. Munitions are loaded. A Safety Officer would check the center of arcs, survey data and gridlines in the good old ARTY board. I will then ask the GPO permission to order the fire orders. I still remember the elements of fireorders necessary to fire the guns.
I have a built- in TANOY speaker system and I would shout the fire orders into it.
Fire Mission Bty
Charge .....30 Gy.
Enemy dug in.
At my command…..
I wait until the safety officer clears me and I shout TEMBAK.
The guns fire with a whirling sound for ten seconds. And I would order Check Firing before I order for the next target ZU1002. We fire 4 targets for 10 seconds each per day. Ten seconds is a long time when I am lying motionless on my terrain. I would bring out my binoculars and observe the target areas. I actually can visualize the fall of shots. The crumps (sometimes a late gun ?) and smoke and dust kicked up. It is a joy to visualize the enemy being hit with a direct full barrage of radiation beam. I can vividly recollect the tight crump when all the guns are calibrated and compensated for bearings and elevations. I am actually most happy to be able to visualize the effects of a bombardment. It makes my day. And I long for my next fire mission. I am glad I am a Gunner, trained in the ASAHAN ranges.
Targets destroyed. End of mission. Hurray……another successful fire mission.
I can smell the fresh aroma of cordite. Just like when we were in the gun position in Asahan. Can you smell it too?
Lessons learnt No 5
Know your terrain and fight on grounds of your own choosing.