November 4, you might wondering what makes it so important to be the title of this post. It’s the day when I start to do the military service to thank the country I love, Taiwan.
To be honest, I wasn’t scared or terrified at all before entering the troop. Contrarily, my mind remained unreasonably calm. I don’t know why… During the Europe trip, I was mentally preparing myself for whatever is coming. Maybe it’s the undetermined way of trip-organising keeps me on the track of being so brave and strong.
Love trying new things is my nature, and doing the military service is not an exception.
A lot of people hate doing the service; however, I think it is extremely awesome to be a soldier. You get to fight for justice and wear the cool uniform. Yes, there are pros and cons, but seriously, the service training is not as hard as it used to be compared to my dad’s.
Ilan – Where the journey begins
So Ilan, the eastern city of Taiwan where I spent nearly one and a half months for the basic training to become a soldier. The place where I met a group of people and became close friends afterward. We slept in the same room, we had classes together, we did stupid-fun things to live off the boring moments… so many goofy and fun moments I can think of, but there is a specific one I can never forget — Birthday.
November 30, the day I expected the most to come, was nothing special but ordinary. I didn’t get to celebrate it in any ways, but I did spend the day with these guys.
I’ve got to say, I felt really fulfilled after spending my birthday with you guys. You guys make me happy and laugh all the time. Even though I guess none of you remember it was my birthday, but that was not necessary. As long as I’m happy, there is nothing more I could wish for.
Oh! I forgot to mention, I also took my first picture with my uniform…😳😳😳
New Base – Army 269th Mechanized Infantry Brigade
Anyway, I just moved to a new base this week, where I’m gonna spend for the rest of my service. It’s in Taoyuan, west northern of Taiwan, which is also close to my uni. Serving as a field artillery soldier, it is quite tricky in terms of what I do.
In fact, my job has nothing to do with the field artillery.
In the troop. I am a counselling officer. What I do is that if a solder has a mental issue like feeling depressing or just needs someone to talk to, I’m the one they are looking for. You can basically call me a nanny. Haha! Except that I don’t clean dippers and vomits.
Next week, it’s gonna be the first week of my work. Can’t wait for what’s coming… and CHRISTMAS!!! I hope the Christmas cards I sent have arrived safe and sound.
At last, I want to share my new favourite quote I saw this week:
“Life is filled with so many exciting twists and turns. Hop off the straight and narrow whenever you can and take the winding paths. Experience the exhilaration of the view from the edge. Because the moments spent there, that take your breath away, are what make you feel truly alive.” — Stacey Charter
Happy holiday everyone! 🙂