In 1988, I finished 12 years in of my education in the Anglo-Chinese School and entered the Army for two and a half years of National Service. I spent most of that as a clerk in Headquarters, 4th Singapore Armoured Brigade, which fuelled my knight in tarnished armour complex.

A few things came out of that. I lost weight, learned to use weaponry, made a few more friends, my hair developed an inexplicable curliness after being straight for 18 years (chalk it up to the stress of having it shaved off for Basic Training), and I had time to write the stories that eventually became The Nightmare Factory, which was published in 1991.

Which was cool. Hated the rest of the Army, though.

national day 1990 - with General Winston Choo

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