Thursday, May 27, 2010

Learning the Enemy Language

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:


Allen Lai


Lesson Learnt No.12

Nah, You already know this lesson.

Combat Ration

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.


Allen Lai


Lesson Learnt No.11

Knowing what you eat is not as important as knowing what is eating you.


End of Mission

“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

War rumours

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.

Allen Lai

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.

Enemy Profiling

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.

Counter attack

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.

c. Surgical.

d. Chemotherapy.

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.

a. Prayers.

b. Meditation.

c. Hypnotism.

d. Imagery.

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.

Allen Lai

Lesson learnt No 7

We should adopt elements of approaches 2 and 3 above to avoid approach 1.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A minor hich

Hi all,

It is true that you can't think when your A- hole clogs up. Mine did at the tail end of my battles.

Hold on, will you ? I'll get myself a plumber.

Allen Lai

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A bit of help needed

Hello all,

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Thank you

Allen Lai

Monday, May 17, 2010

Enemy Attack Plan

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.

An old lesson but never learnt. Prevention is better than cure.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fireplan Phase 2

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.

Allen Lai

Lessons learnt No 6.

Do a full medical checkup. It will save your life.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

War Game

13 May 2010 0930 hours

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


Radiation, Photon

Charge .....30 Gy.

10 MegaVolts

10 seconds

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?

Allen Lai

Lessons learnt No 5

Know your terrain and fight on grounds of your own choosing.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Radiological Fallout

12 May 2010 0900 hrs

At the close of Fireplan HUKM, my terrain is badly burnt and scorched, particularly in the target areas. There is no real NBC warfare gears or personnel wears for protection against radiological beams. Only lead material can block radiological beams, and that is very heavy to suit up.

Radiological fallout is far more severe and devastating than NBC fallout. There are some prescribed remedies for personnel affected by NBC fallouts, but not radiological fallouts. Radiological beams are essentially photons or electrons elements that will ‘fry’ you from inside out. It goes through anything save lead. Traumas and side-effects derived from radiological threats are very difficult to stabilize. You wouldn’t want to come to the frontline to see for yourselves, the many casualties in the battlefield. I see them every day. I am glad to have been a soldier. I am trained and is more capable to manage battle stress and battle fatigue. I have leadership talents and skills carved into me for the whole period of my service. I am glad to be a Gunner. I can see the big picture. I must lead by example, I must teach survival skills to the less knowledgeable. I must not display my fears and worries. I had been a CO and BC. I am decisive. I must remain strong to bring everybody home safe.

I had agreed with the CO of the Radiological Regiment to go ahead with his fireplan. It would mean agreeing to what we call a Scorch Earth Policy. Burn everything, leave nothing for the enemy. If we the enemy with radiological fire, then we must be prepared to sacrifice our front line troops nearest the targets as well. I have no option. I must be strong. The CO had also explained that he would tailor his fireplan to my terrain. I am strong and fit enough to withstand 30 fire missions.

Today the CO had ordered Check firing on the 20th fire mission. Stop by Safety!! My terrain is badly scorched and marred. The whole terrain had dried up and dehydrated. I itch in most parts and my terrain had become very brittle. A normal minor scratch would bring out blood. My terrain is literally hot throughout the day and night, inspite air-conditioning. I am beginning to suffer hypothermia. The state of dehydration had caused diarrhea. My blood pressure is now around 90/55 and dropping.

The CO needs to modify the fireplan for the safety of my surviving troops.

Allen Lai

Lessons learnt No 4

Cancer does not choose its victims. We allow cancer cells to grow in our bodies.

Military Speak

TENNNNHUT! (Attention!) This is a command given by a Parade Commander or a Troop Commander to get his contingent or troops to stand at attention in a military parade or ‘drill’ training. This command normally precedes other commands such as, ‘From the left, Quick March!’, ‘From the left, Forward March!’, ‘Right Turn!’, ‘Left Turn!’, ’Shoulder Arms!’, ‘Present Arms!’, ‘Troop Halt!’ and more.

‘Blighty’, taken from the Hindustani name for “home”, ‘Blighty’ refers to Britain. It is also used to describe a debilitating wound – to “get a Blighty” is to receive a wound serious enough to be posted home.
‘No Man’s Land’ is the area between the trenches of both armies fighting against each other.

‘Brass’ means officers, so ‘Top Brass’ means very senior officers.

Nicknames used by the military are short, clever, or even derogatory substitute names for persons, organisations or even things. Example: Rifle is to 'bondook' or 'Gat' - as Tea is to 'Cha.'

'Bondook' and 'Cha' originate from India when the British Army was based there, whereas 'gat' is a nickname for a gangster's weapon. And you will have, ‘Cha Walla’ (the tea man), and ‘Dhobi Walla’ (the laundryman).

All the nicknames above continue to be used on a daily basis by all British Military personnel today.

As a young man in the 70’s, I served the army as a commissioned officer with the Malaysian Artillery Regiment after completing a tough one-year cadet officer training at the Royal Military College (RMC (MTD)), Kuala Lumpur and we all, commissioned officers, non - commissioned officers (NCOs) and other ranks (ORs) spoke and wrote, either during formal or informal occasions, mainly in English. This made it easier and more convenient for us as at that time, we had to deal and work with the British, American, Australian, New Zealander and Canadian officers, NCOs and ORs when attending courses or training, operations, administration and during rest and recreation (R & R) periods as well. All officers, we were told, are ‘officers and gentlemen’.

The military has an uncanny style and method in cutting short words, phrases and sentences and many were replaced with codes and call signs which fit the description, ‘short and sharp’. These nicknames, codes and call signs are classified as ‘R’ or ‘restricted’ meaning that their use is restricted for use by military personnel only. Eventually however, some of these codes and call signs leaked and got into the mainstream and many people, the civilians, are found using them. Military personnel consider themselves as people and soldiers; all other human beings are termed as ‘civilians’, ‘civvies’ or ‘chogeys’. (‘Chogeys’ are locally employed civilians).

The most common codes I hear now being used by civilians often, especially when texting messages through their cellphones, aren’t that many and they are, ‘roger’, ‘over’, ‘out’, ‘wrong’, ‘correction’, ‘chief’, ‘digger’ (Australian), ‘wildo’, ‘wilco’, etc. However, many civilians use them wrongly, e.g. ‘ok roger’, ‘ok roger bye’, ‘out bye’, ‘wrong correction’, etc. When you use ‘roger’, there’s no need to add ‘ok’ before or after it because ‘ok’ is already implied and understood. One normally answers, ‘roger’ or ‘roger over’, not ‘ok roger over’. The code ‘over’ is normally paired with ‘out’ at the end of a communication when using radios or signal equipment. ‘Roger’ is used to indicate that he understands what the other person is saying. Normally, it is used at the end of a communication and almost always followed by ‘out’. In an oral conversation, when one speaks to the other, e.g. between a superior officer and his subordinate officer face - to – face, in a meeting or a conference, most of the talking are done by the superior officer and it is usually very quick. ‘Yes Sir’ and ‘No Sir’ are almost always the only responses heard from a subordinate officer. Subordinates do not normally question their superiors. Young officers or subalterns are, ‘to be seen and not heard’. When a subordinate officer deals face - to - face with a superior officer, always, at the end of the conversation, he would stand at attention facing his superior and salute him which is a formal military form of respect and say, ‘Thank you, Sir’, and then, ‘Permission to leave, Sir,’ whilst at the same time kicking his heels, salutes (he never smiles because one is not supposed to, to show that he is disciplined, hungry, serious and mean) and then dismiss and quickly marches back to his unit to carry out whatever ‘orders’ he received.

Ladies, regardless whether they are older or younger than the officers (and gentlemen), are always addressed as ’Ma’am’. The ladies, naturally, would feel most delighted with this treatment.

When one uses the code ‘wrong’, he follows with the correction or amendment straightaway. It’s incorrect to say, ‘wrong correction …’ followed by the correction or amendments. Alternatively, one can use the term ‘correction’ followed by the corrections or amendments. ‘Chief’ can be used to mean commander and ‘digger’, normally used by the Australian army, is used when referring to soldiers. ‘Wildo’ (pronounced ‘weel doo’) means ‘will do’ and ‘wilco’ (pronounced ‘weel ko’) means ‘will comply’ with (the instruction or the order given). An officer would say, ‘I say again’ when he wants to repeat something he had said earlier to make sure that his troops had heard him clearly or, ‘Say again’ if he wants to ask a person to repeat what that person says. E.g. ‘Enemy location, ‘I read Delta 37 23.516 - 122 02.625, I say again, enemy location, ………. ’. A typical two-way communication exchange between a Battery Commander (BC) and his Gun Position Officer (GPO) during an operations using standard issue signal equipment would be: ‘Calling Echo 11, this is Sunray, over’. His GPO replies, ‘Echo 11, come in, over,’ (it’s not Echo Eleven, but Echo One One) and so on until the communication ends normally with, ‘Echo 11, wilco, over’ before finally the BC says, ‘Sunray, report every hour on the hour, good luck, over and out,’ in case of a nice BC. They would already have synchronised their watches earlier during the exchange. (Communications between officers and men of the other Corps are quite similar except for the use of their respective ‘call signs’).

In an Artillery unit, either the field or the air defence unit, where they handle the biggest guns and howitzers, they (gunners) are normally attached and put ‘Under Administration’ and sometimes ‘Under Command’, depending on the situation, of an infantry battalion, brigade, division or corp. Regardless of the size of the unit, whether it is a troop, a battery or a regiment, a brigade or even a division or any bigger ‘formation’, they are referred to by their nickname ‘Sheldrake’. Other examples are: ‘Indians’ or ‘Dog Face’ or also known as (aka) ‘foot soldiers’ for the Infantry, ‘Sappers’ for the Engineer Corps, ‘Monkeys’ or ‘Mud Puppy’ for the Military Police, ‘Jimmy’ or ‘Scaleys’ for the Signals Corp, etc. Commanding Officers (COs) of battalions or regiments use the codenames ‘Zulu’ and Battery Commanders (Bty Com) or Company Commanders (Coy Com) use the codenames ‘X-Ray’ and their nicknames is ‘Sunray’, so each unit, regardless of which corps they are from, have their own ‘Zulus’, ‘X – Rays’ and ‘Sunrays’. All ‘Corps’ in the British Army and the British Military including the Air Force and the Navy have the prefix ‘Royal’ before their respective regimental names to indicate that they are units belonging to the Queen’s (Kingdom of Gt. Britain) and had received the HRH Queen’s Royal commission and ‘Royal Colours’, e.g. Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, 1st Royal Infantry Brigade, 52nd Royal Field Artillery Corp, etc. In Malaysia, most units use the title ‘DiRaja’ (after being accorded the ‘Royal Commission and Royal Colours’ by the Yang DiPertuan Agong) placed after the respective units’ names e.g. Regimen Ketiga Artileri DiRaja (3 RAD).
The British Army is the land armed forces branch of Her Majesty's Armed Forces in the United Kingdom. It came into being with the unification of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The new British Army incorporated Regiments that had already existed in England and Scotland and was administered by the War Office from London. It has been managed by the Ministry of Defence since 1963.

NATO Phonetic Alphabet

NATO’s (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) phonetic alphabet below is used by the armed forces to provide an easy to understand language in the heat of battle. It reduces misinterpretation from background noise, weak radio signals, distorted audio, and radio operator accent. It originated in the 1950s.

A - Alpha
B - Bravo
C - Charlie
D - Delta
E - Echo
F - Foxtrot
G - Golf
H - Hotel
I - India
J - Juliet
K - Kilo
L - Lima
M - Mike
N - November
O - Oscar
P - Papa
Q - Quebec
R - Romeo
S - Sierra
T - Tango
U - Uniform
V - Victor
W - Whisky
X - X-ray
Y - Yankee
Z - Zulu

Military speak or military parlance is the vernacular used within the military and embraces all aspects of service life; it can be described as both a "code" and a "classification" of something. Like many close and closed communities, the language used can often be full of jargon and not readily intelligible to outsiders - sometimes this is for military operational or security reasons; other times it is because of the natural evolution of the day-to-day language used in the various units.
For example: Captain, this situation is 'Scale A' ('Scale A' being an army's parlance for "This situation requires the closest of attention and resources and all members of relevance should be present.")
The military has developed its own slang, partly as means of self-identification. This slang is also used to reinforce the (usually friendly) interservice rivalries. Some terms are derogatory to varying degrees and many service personnel take some pleasure in the sense of shared hardship which they endure and which is reflected in the slang terms.

Here are some websites readers may go to for more information on ‘military speak’. There are of course many more, official and unofficial websites, found on the internet. The British Military always strictly sticks to tradition and custom. All British Army, Navy and Air Force branches and units have their own official websites.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Test post from iPAD

This is a test upload from my iPAD.
Pretyped and uploaded when wifi becomes avaialable.

Allen Lai

Visit to the gun position

Siemens Mevatron Radiation Accelerator

11 MAY 2010 1130 hrs

As the battle fiercely rages on, I visited the gun position of the In Direct Support Regiment. (Radiology Unit).
As at today my ORBAT have increased with the following units:

In Direct Support and at priority call for Fireplan HUKM

1. Oncology Regiment HUKM
2. Radiology Regiment HUKM
In support

1. GS (Urology) Regiment HUKM
2. GS (Medical)Regiment Putrajaya
3. GS (Ophthalmology) Regiment Putrajaya
4. GS (Orthopedic) Regiment Putrajaya

All the batteries in the Radiology Regiment are equipped with the high powered Siemens Mevatron Linear accelerators. (See picture above). This radiation linear accelerator equipment is very versatile and can fire up to 15 Megavolts. It fires Photons and Electrons measured in Greys (GY).
Fireplan HUKM was planned by the CO of the Oncology Regiment. The CO had ordered 7 targets to be fired with at least 4 missions per target. Each target is fired upon for 10 seconds.
The target list was then circulated to all fire units. The Radiology Regiment having received the target list will then use the data as predicted targets. The predicted target list is then placed over scanned images of the terrain. I was then called into a simulation room to confirm the targets in my terrain. A full survey and mapping exercise will be conducted by the survey and BDP personnel. The targets are then registered and sent to the fire units. Survey data will be circulated to all units. And all units will be upgraded Divisional Grid.
In the gun position I was met by the Bty Comd, a survey officer, a BDP personnel and one gun number. The BDP personnel and gun number are lady personnel. A full survey and marking of the targets in the terrain will be conducted and lines passed to the guns. Center of arcs will be marked in the terrain. Four registered will be fired on a daily basis. My fireplan have always been on time and on target. We have successfully finished 20 fire missions todate. Target analysis have just come in and my PSA reading has fallen further to 1.44. We are on track to victory. Thank you all.
The CO is now planning a Phase 2 to the Fireplan.

Allen Lai

Lessons No 3.

Prevention is the only and best cure for Cancer. Take care always.

Monday, May 10, 2010


Hello all,
This is a radiocheck. I am testing my comms to you via my new Apple iPAD.
Sourced it direct from the US last weekend.
If you can read this, then my comms to you is strenght 5.
I will eventually be able to send to you my sitreps direct from the frontline.


Allen Lai

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Review of the Situation

06 May 2010 0400 hrs
The battle is still raging as I start to ponder.
What is happening ? WHY me ? There MUST be a mistake somewhere. People makes mistakes. Right? Intreps have shown how the enemy had advanced to Stage Three. Steady I said to myself. I must remain calm. I must remain calm at all cost because I must display leadership and control.
I thought about the basics. It must start with the basics. We have always been told to go back to the basics. Do an appreciation or do a SWOT appraisal, but what ever do not panic. I started to look at my terrain.
I am male and 66 years old. I should have about 6 trillion troops under command. Our troops are organized as cells, nodes and organs. I would have about 2 trillion combat troops and the remainder combat support and logistics troops. Combat troops seek and destroys enemy troops wherever there is a a contact. They fight 24 /7 hours without taking any annual leave.
My troops recruit and retrench on a daily basis. They are fairly organized and regulated. They form designated defense lines with self immunizer units. However they need high value supplies and food. But immunizer units degrade over time and age. At my age I admit some combat troops do loose their firefights sometimes. I maintain regular PULHEEMS checkups and ARTEP tests to ensure that my troops are FE always and fairly fit for battle. But alas I admit to being complacent for quite some time. I had taken things for granted. My troops soon became inferior to the enemy. This is the truth of the matter.
I then considered the enemy. I must respect the enemy. Sun Tzu had advised us to know our enemy.
The enemy comprised mainly from Free Radicals, they had mutinied and are running amok. The enemy is sustained in anaerobic conditions in the terrain. It avoids an alkaline situation and strives with happy hours in acidic conditions in the terrain. The enemy cohorts quickly with other radicals known as carcinogens.

When the enemy gathers enough strength, it will metastasis into our main stream lifelines and limp nodes. The enemy’s thrust and push will be almost impossible to contain. They form strong colonies called Tumours.
We also know the enemy does kamikaze style apoptosis when given certain type of food. It actually commits suicide. The enemy is very vulnerable to deception. Big idiots, if I must say.
I conclude that I must fight on grounds of my own choosing. I must fight an unconventional warfare. I must first contain the enemy and then blast the enemy with Chemical and Radiological arsenals. I must create an alkali and oxygenated environment in my terrain, by consuming good nutrients and exercising.
Last but not least I must call up my Higher Reserves. I must open up my communication channels to GOD. I cannot communicate with HIM if I am not calm, if I remain angry and frustrated. I am blessed that I have received great calmness and strength from HIM and my signals to him are always answered, even when my messages are relayed to HIM by my family members and friends. GOD bless all of them.
I am glad to be a fighter, a Gunner fighter at that.
So much for now. Lets adjourn to the officers’ mess in the field for a drink. Cheers.

Allen Lai

Lesson learnt No 2.

Don’t ever take your life for granted. It is vulnerable.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Battle Plans

2 May 2010 0800 hrs

I am back at the frontline again. Glad to be back to take personal charge of the battle. We are halfway through our Fire Plan. We had agreed to 30 fire missions and we had fired 13 missions todate. Target analysis had just come in and we are pleased that we are on time and on targets. Target analysis under the PSA format and score line came down from 20 plus points to 2.34 points to finally 1.44 points. These results showed that our fireplans are effective and on track.

I am glad to have concrete alliance with the best elite forces in the country. HUKM have tremendous expertise and experience in destroying the enemy. HUKM have very specialized and seasoned personnel and fire units. HUKM had proposed a dual approach to eliminate the enemy. Firstly we need to contain the enemy and stabilize the situation. HUKM proposed to do this by using the Hormone Line as the first line of attack to force the enemy to dig in, and to stop a blitzkrieg. The Hormone attack plan had paid off nicely despite some minor setbacks and side effects in our terrain. The Hormone attack plan had completely caught the enemy by surprise. The enemy retreated and had dug in and moved into their defence phase. We had successfully contained the enemy for destruction.

Having contained the enemy, HUKM proposed a NBC attack, particularly a Radiological attack. Standard NATO High Explosive shells are not effective. We will fire 30 fire missions at 10 seconds intervals, at selected High Value Targets. We had selected 7 HVTs in the enemy’s Vital ground. The Fire Plan scheduled 4 fire missions on each HVT. We had agreed to accept a calculated loss of own troops as casualties in the vicinity of the target areas. This is most unfortunate and we pray that our frontline troops recover, reorg, and regroup quickly to continue to maintain the momentum on the ground attacks.

Whilst HUKM’s main twin attack plans were in place, I had taken additional steps to cut off the enemy’s supplies and food and also to reinforce our own forces resources. I had been too aggressive in the support plan that had resulted some setbacks in the admin areas, particularly with shortages of toilets in the field. HUKM quickly addressed the situation and had advised me to delay my support plans to poison the enemy’s supplies and to enhance our troops fighting capabilities. I agreed and had put my support plans on hold for the time being.

The battle continues.

Lesson learnt No.1

Spend time to be fit or spend time to be sick.