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The Prequel: The One About Graduation. Posted on 10th Aug 2009, 3:25pm by Alvin

Graduation was exactly 1 month ago.Amidst all the joyous celebrations, ecstatic photo-taking and tears of joy, one can’t help that it’s been a long 5 years…

Who could forget our M1 Medicamp held in the old Boy’s Brigade Sembawang camp, where we first met our OG mates? And the subsequent crazy Rag & Flag days and nights spent outside the old library, pasting shiny coloured papers on 5 different backdrops / making big sweets / sewing costumes / rehearsing dance moves? One thing led to another, and it has been 5 crazy years of colourful memories – Float, Yunnan, MUNUS, Lokun, Playhouse, CHP, SIP…

People may have walked in and out of our lives during the last 5 years, but there has always been 1 constant…

He was there, as we plodded foreign lands in our wanderlust: from neighbouring Cambodia to far-flung Africa; running after trains/ships/planes with heavy backpacks…

He was there, when we sneaked out to supper / board games / KTV to maintain our sanity amidst studying for the never-ending exams: remember running out in the middle of Psych for a game of Puerto Rico at Holland V Settler’s? or to KBox AMK in the middle of lunch at Derm?

He was there, and helped keep our feet firmly planted (in the library) when it was time to study: yes, the good old Medical library (and the rather sad looking medicinal herb garden outside), the brown wooden benches outside, and the rather painful red tables and chairs with a gazillion holes in them ready to turn your bottom into a tessellated tile pattern…

He was there, to forgive us when we make mistakes. Oh, a plenty there are – but what’s important is that we pick ourselves up to become better people!

He was there, staying by our sides through the long nights slaving over CHP / Playhouse / studying. How many of us can forget ploughing the HDB flats of Clementi in M4 CHP years, armed with weighing scales and measuring tapes to measure the waist-hip-ratio of the residents? Or sewing costumes and sticking props till 2am for Playhouse despite clinics lasting till 6pm and starting 6am the next?

It has been a long 5 years. Thank you, Lord, for being the ever constant in change.

As we celebrate the end of 5 years, we must never forget God’s guiding hand along the journey – for this is only the end of a beginning of a calling of a lifetime.

Happy commencement to all my fellow HOs! =)

~ Alvin Tng

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