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Monday, August 01, 2005
A memorable event from Army Exercise

8th July 2005, 0018h. That was the first time I saw a real live scorpion in my 24 years of existence. It goes to show how urbanized Singapore is that one never really see such stuff around any more. Of course, seeing a real live scorpion is nothing compared to experiencing its sting first hand, which was what I did before I actually saw the scorpion.

I woke up in the middle of the night with this burning sensation in my left forearm. For anyone who has experienced a bee sting, it's quite similar but slightly more painful. There were no sting marks anywhere or any swelling, which was really strange. Considering how badly the venom burns, you would expect at least some visible allergic reaction. Anyway, I deduced that a scorpion must be the culprit so I moved my belongings around to see if I can find it. Ironically, the tiny yellowish scorpion was seeking protection under the very thing that would cause its ultimate demise -- i.e. my army boots. I have to say it was quite a hardy creature. I had to hit it 4 times with my boot before it finally stopped twitching.

So thanks to the army, I have now had a taste of both bee and scorpion venom. My next encounter would have to be a centipede. And if the wuxia novels are correct, I might actually become bai3 du2 bu4 qin1 (immune to all poisons) haha!

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Yiheng made
4:01 AM


haha.. bai du bu qin!? the first sting sensitises you to worse allergic reactions on the next sting. you prob end up with swollen body and breathing problems.. keep some antihistamines on the next training. might just save your life and qin your du!! heh..
By Blogger gooofygal, at 5:55 PM  

shucks! and i thought the human body was so adaptive. oh well, i won't be training in thailand any more. next overseas training should be new zealand and there are NO scorpions there, yay!
By Anonymous Yiheng, at 9:00 PM  

NZ is a great place! i hope you have some free time to go around. Do try bungee jumping, sky diving, white water rafting and even hiking. the forests in NZ are pretty safe from nasty snakes and scorpions! when will that be?
By Blogger gooofygal, at 10:11 PM  

probably early next year. i doubt there'll be so much freedom, it is an army exercise after all haha. but my friends and i will probably rent a car and drive out of town during the rest period if possible.
By Anonymous Yiheng, at 10:20 PM  

ever tot abt snake bites?? get biten too often and you'll turn allergic to anti-venoms.
By Blogger Trinetra, at 7:34 PM  

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