What does it take to be part of SCDF?

This afternoon, I attended class and saw that one of my classmates had a slogan T-shirt on that read,

“Do not question what your country can do for you. Instead, ask yourself what you can do for your country.”

This evening, I came home and realized that I had a SCDF advert to do. Tell me that’s not a sign!


SCDF -
Watching over the lives of 5 million people in Singapore.

Read an interview with a firefighter here and my trip to central fire station here

So we all know that they’re the courageous everyday heroes who will be the last to leave a scene of chaos and tragedy when everyone rushes to leave, but also the first to arrive in times of need…

But what you probably don’t know is –

What does it take to be part of a life saving force that is SCDF?

(besides the obvious – courage and passion)

For people out there considering new career options or simply a whole new take on life, this could be an enlightening opportunity for you to know more about SCDF and the pre-resiquites of being part of this special team.

Umm… I wonder if they will consider a blogger?

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There are 3 main vocations - and they are Senior Officer, Fire & Rescue Specialist and Paramedic.

In crises, Senior Officers are in command.

Because the difference between life and death depends on them making the right decisions in split seconds. This critical role requires you to have a warm heart that burns with desire to help turn disasters around.
As a Senior Officer, you are revered for your ability to plan, lead and command. Whether its spearheading projects to reduce fires, enhance public emergency preparedness or strengthen the civil defence shelter programme, you possess mental and emotional clarity to do them efficiently.
Coupled with organisational and communication skills, you put the plans into action effectively.

To be a Senior Officer in SCDF, you must meet the following requirements:
Singaporean or Permanent Resident of Singapore.
Degree from a recognised University (any discipline).
Does not suffer from colour blindness and not more than 500 degrees of myopia per eye.
Physically fit. Male applicants must be PES A or B.
Minimum height is 1.6 m for male and female applicants.
Minimum weight is 50 kg for male and female applicants.
Minimum pass standard for NAPFA or IPPT.

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When you become a Fire and Rescue Specialist (FRS), you are skilled in handling a range of firefighting and rescue equipment.

You are also a highly motivated leader who is trained in incident management and fire investigation.


To be a FRS in the Civil Defence, you must meet the following requirements:

Singaporean or Permanent Resident of Singapore.
5 GCE ‘O’ level credits, GCE ‘A’ level, ITC/CBS or Polytechnic Diploma holder.
Does not suffer from colour blindness and not more than 500 degrees of myopia per eye.
Physically fit. Male applicants must be PES A or B.
Minimum height is 1.6 m for male and female applicants.
Minimum weight is 50 kg for male and female applicants.
Minimum pass standard for NAPFA or IPPT.

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Paramedics are trained to provide first-class pre-hospital care. When others panic, you are calm and quick to make sense of your patient’s needs.

You are not frightened by blood or major injuries, you are the hope in times of distress and pain.

To be a Paramedic in the Civil Defence, you must meet the following requirements:

Singaporean or Permanent Resident of Singapore.
5 GCE ‘O’ level credits, GCE ‘A’ level, ITC/CBS or Polytechnic Diploma holder.
Does not suffer from colour blindness and not more than 500 degrees of myopia per eye.
Physically fit. Male applicants must be PES A or B.
Minimum height is 1.6 m for male and female applicants.
Minimum weight is 50 kg for male and female applicants.
Minimum pass standard for NAPFA or IPPT.

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Interested in protecting the lives of your own countrymen?

Looking for something in life that gives you a purpose and that rush you feel in your gut every time you embark on a new mission?


SCDF is currently recruiting!

If you think this road is the one for you, head on over to http://pea.to/scdf4 to find out information about career prospects with SCDF, monthly salaries, benefits and more.

Not everyone needs to conform to the boring and seemingly meaningless 9-5 office jobs.


Some of us were meant to do greater things in life.

Are you one of those people?

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Flying with Bob’s Balloons over Florida

I consider myself to be an extremely wishful person.

I want many, many things in life, even the most random stuff and going on a hot air balloon happens to be one of them.

There’s something extremely tantalizing about seeing little specks of colorful balloons gliding in the air.

Why are balloons so magical?

It always puts a smile on peoples faces, no matter if you’re 5 or 50 years old.

Are you one of those people who will keep your eye on a balloon floating into the distant sky until you lose sight of it? I know I am.

Once again, I reckon this has something to do with my desire to be closer to a world completely unexplored..

Much like the deep blue ocean, there’s something appealing about being way up in the sky and amongst the clouds.

Everybody wants to feel like they can fly.

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We got picked up from our hotel by Bob’s Balloons in the wee hours of the morning so that we could be the first to catch a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise.

I’m wearing the same coat over and over again coz it was the warmest clothing I had @__@

I wasn’t expecting such cold temperatures… We had flurries of snow in Las Vegas the previous time I was there, and it wasn’t even this cold.

First they bring out the huge lump of a balloon, and the accompanying basket plus a strong fan to blow air into the deflated balloon..

Taking a pic with it while it’s being inflated!

It was still 5+am when we were preparing for take off so it was still pitch dark.

Sam had to help them with the setting up but I was too busy taking pics :P

You’re supposed to hold the sides of the deflated balloon firmly so enough air can get in the right way.

Once they have enough air in, they use their… erm… dragon fire breathing device to heat up the air. Remember primary school science? Hot air rises!

Hence the name Hot Air Balloon. *feels smart*

Breaking dawn! And no, not the stupid book.

Busy taking pictures again… I always use two different cameras, so the pictures may appear to be very different.

O hai balloon, you’re filling up quite nicely!

It was quite a mad rush because one minute I’m just standing around taking pictures, waiting for everything to be done and the next moment they were like “Ok we’re good to go, quick, get in!!!”

Managing a hot air balloon is different from flying a plane. You don’t really get to control take off and landing, or sometimes even the course of your route. You just flow wherever and whenever the wind takes you.

And that’s the beauty of it all, isn’t it?

You hop into an oversized balloon for a ride, sitting in a basket, letting nature take its course and not really knowing what to expect or which path you’ll end up on.

Kinda just like life.

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And we’re off!!!!!!

Up, up and away we go!

Every time I look at hot air balloons, they always seem to be gliding really smoothly in the sky, so I definitely wasn’t expecting a shaky take off!

It didn’t just magically levitate itself into the sky as I thought it would lol.

We moved inch by inch, imagine someone tugging at us from one side of the basket with a rope.. That invisible rope, would be the wind itself.

Sometimes it tipped over at one side so much, our pilot had to throw his entire weight on the other side to make sure we didn’t completely fall out of the basket!

It wasn’t dangerous or anything, but it certainly was thrilling.

When we were high enough up in the air, everything stabilized… and the experience was quite surreal.

Even though we couldn’t choose our exact route, our pilot could manoeuver the balloon so that..

We were skimming over lakes one moment


And gliding over tree tops the next


Sooooo pretty!

He asked if we wanted to go really high or really low.. we decided to stay quite low so we could see everything we never would have on a plane cuz planes fly too high!

Plus it was fun yelling to people below :)

Candid excited me!

I get really excited every time we fly really low, at one point it was so low while we were flying over tree tops that some branches kinda broke off LOL



Hi baby!!!

He’s been going “zomg hot air balloon!!!” for like a month before we even went on it hehe.

I think I was being a bit of a wuss cuz I insisted that the pilot and Sam stand on the left and right side respectively so the basket wouldn’t be tipped over to one side and I wouldn’t have to feel like I’m going to fall out!

The pilot kept laughing at me and teasing me, sometimes purposely tipping the basket over so much I felt my heart drop T_T



a moment to remember


I’ve been dying to do this for so long!! ^.^

Flying in a hot air balloon is really different from parasailing, or flying in an aeroplane, etc…
When you’re in a plane, pretty much all you can see are clouds. When you’re parasailing, all that’s below you is water..

I’m amazed by how many different experiences one can get.

For some reason, when I think of hot air ballooning, I think that if there was a god, this would be his view of the world he created.

It’s like taking a step back to admire his work.

I can’t decide whether I prefer the sunrise or sunset.. They both paint beautiful colours into the sky.

*sighs*

Isn’t it absolutely stunning?

We had other people flying with us that day, check out the cute little specks in the background!


BEST way to catch a sunrise, EVER.

The whole experience lasted for about an hour, so I had plenty of time to take in the sights and sounds… and think about what a great start it is to my morning.

That’s my “deep in thought” face, and that’s our pilot being goofy. LOL. I told you he likes to tease me!

Looking at Orlando from a whole new perspective

It was funny to see the cars slow down when we were hovering really near them. They look like toy cars godzilla would pick up and eat hehe

Typical streets of Orlando



….Good morning to you too, Florida!



That’s us in the water reflection!!! ♥

I really do miss Orlando.. It was the perfect holiday :’)

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An hour passed sooner than we thought, and then it was time for us to land.

Our pilot had to pick a big enough grassland for us to land on, and I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if the winds suddenly picked up and we found ourselves landing in the middle of a road or on top of a building.

But of course none of that happened, Bob’s Balloons are veterans in their field and we had a perfectly smooth landing.

….Ok I lied about perfect landing.

I wanted to take a video to show you guys how rough it actually was (landing) but my pilot strictly said I should bend my knees a little and hold on to the hand rails the whole time, until the balloon comes to a complete stop.

Once we hit the ground, we bounced up and down a couple of times before skidding a few metres across the field.

Let’s just say, landing was a lot rougher than take off.

And this time we REALLY almost tipped out.

Well, the pilot did lol.

He fell out then he used all his strength to try and hold the balloon back. It was an interesting situation. First the Sea Screamer on Clearwater Beach, now this.

Why is it whatever we are on is always tipping over?!

I also then half-wondered what would’ve happen if the balloon continued flying into the sky, with just me and Sam without the pilot?

But I’m not complaining.

It’s the unexpected things that happen in a holiday that makes it so memorable and unique ♥

I loved every moment of it.

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Sam definitely seemed to agree ;)

The moment we landed, he started singing and doing YMCA actions… I don’t even know why LOL but when Sam starts breaking into song, you can be sure he’s in a good mood!

Here’s a showcase of his silly antics just for laughs:

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…Hehehe silly billy!!! :>

The only thing I miss more than Orlando is my boyfriend.




Happy us!!!

We tend to act like little children whenever we get really excited or when we’re extremely happy.. We’re different, yet alike in so many ways. I think I found my soul mate :D

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We celebrated our first hot air balloon flight, the start of a great day and life itself with a complimentary champagne toast by Bob’s Balloons

They also offered chips with salsa / pastries and other yummy goodies, which I wasted no time in wolfing down ^.^

Finally, we wrapped up the experience by helping them put away the ginormous balloon.

“Come and help us, don’t worry we won’t charge you extra!”

Deflating this balloon is no easy feat, it took 5 grown men and a young girl plus a lot of effort to get everything done.

….Thank you Bob’s Balloons for making our first hot air balloon experience a wonderful one.

Now I can scratch off another item on my “Things I want to do before I die” list.
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Gliding around in the air on a basket attached to a colorful balloon while overlooking one of America’s most beautiful states?


Check.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Clearwater Beach

Some day, I’m going to be on a boat out at sea, trying to spot dolphins and looking out to an orange horizon while listening to this song and remembering how I blogged about doing it.

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Each time I travel and explore a new place, I make it a point to visit one of their beaches. I like to say, You’ve never been to a country if you’ve never been to their beach”

What’s a holiday without some fun in the sun?

And so we took a 3 hour bus ride from Orlando to Clearwater Beach.

They picked us up early in the morning and it was a beautiful start to the day with brilliant weather..

I wasn’t expecting to be greeted by gloomy clouds and strong gusts of wind.

They said the weather was going to be cold, but I didn’t know it was going to be this cold.

We decided to carry on to have a lunch buffet on board before starting our day’s activities, and hopefully by then we’ll see a change in weather.

Despite mother nature going against us, we refused to let it bring us down. We were already at Clearwater Beach and freezing weather or not, we’re GOING to hit the beach!

On Board the “Calypso Queen”

Happy boyfriend!

We shared a table with a China girl who was traveling all alone, and she offered to take this picture for us. She looked a little lost and lonely, so I started a conversation with her in Chinese.

It’s funny to see peoples reaction when they realize I actually do speak (a little) chinese. The girl’s got guts to wander around the US all alone..

This country isn’t exactly the most welcoming nor safe place.

Quite annoyed with the weather… but it wasn’t for long!

We finished lunch, and to my delight it was sunny again!!!

Not as sunny as I’d like it to be, but sunnier than before and sunny enough.

The winds, however, were unforgiving and made the weather still freezing cold.

At first, I was only wearing a beach dress over my bikini, thinking it’d be enough.

Then I had to put my jacket on.

Then I literally froze to death (like seriously) so Sam went and bought me some matching white pants to make sure I didn’t die of hypothermia. Oversized holiday pants ftw!

I know it was winter, but it’s still Florida yo!!! Whatever happened to the Sunshine State?

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I planned this trip to Orlando super meticulously, trying to make sure every activity and moment we had was perfect so I went online and did my research on which was the best boat ride at Clearwater Beach.

Ended up booking a 1 hour ride on this Sea Screamer, after reading a lot of good reviews.

They promised dolphin sightings, otherwise you get a free ride with them again. Dolphins love to ride in the boats wake, and I was really dying to see them jumping around the boat!

Holidays are the bestttttttt!

Loving the sun!

Sam was wearing my sunnies coz he lost his lol

Friendly boat captain

The boat started moving and our tour officially started!

We passed by gorgeous waterfront houses and they mentioned the names of some celebrities who stayed there.

Seeing that no one was sitting in the front now (we realized why later), we took the opportunity and sat at the front thinking we got the best seats in the house! Oh how wrong we were…



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When I said it was a really windy day… I meant it was a really really REALLY windy day.

We got to see a lot of city landscape, but we didn’t get to see any dolphins this time! :(

They said it was because of the bad weather… Awwww!!!!

And that wasn’t even the worst part.

All of a sudden the weather became stupidly bad, so bad that the waves started getting REALLY big and the boat ride became 100x rougher.

This was a really small boat we were on, the waves and dips were so big that it felt like we were on a roller coaster!!

Each time we didn’t manage to “cut” a wave properly, the boat would crash onto the water really hard and sent unwelcoming amounts of water splashing onto our faces.

WTF.

At first it was a little spritz here and there, we got our hair and clothes wet but thought it was not such a big deal…

Then the waves got bigger and the ride got rockier and soon we were completely drenched in sea water.

Like 100% dripping wet.

Then they said that the weather condition is too bad to be on the water, so they raced back to the direction we came from at top speed.

I SWEAR I ALMOST DIED!!!!!

Firstly, the boat rocked back and forth SO much that at one point it felt like we were going to be capsized. I know it sounds dramatic, but sheesh, if you were there you’d be shitting your pants too!!!

Me and Sam couldn’t stop shivering and clutching onto each other for warmth, because not only was it an extremely cold and windy day, we also happened to be soaked from head to toe in sea water and racing back to shore in a wet boat at top speed.

Just splendid.

It was the single most cold moment of my life and I felt numb from head to toe.

Note to self – don’t go on soaky boat rides when the weather is 0 degrees.

Thankfully, we managed to arrive back on shore safe and sound… No capsizing or dying of hypothermia or anything tragic like that.

We didn’t get to see dolphins but we sure did get one hell of a ride.

Despite the unforseen circumstances, it was actually still quite fun because we weren’t the only ones who got wet!

Pretty much everyone sitting in the first four rows were completely soaked and we would scream and shout like little children whenever the boat made a huge dip or when more water came splashing onto our faces.

Always brings a smile to my face when I think about it.

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After all that drama, we couldn’t wait to just unwind on the beach..

There’s a certain appeal about beaches that I just can’t ignore.

No, I’m not a surfer, I’m a hopeless swimmer and I’m not even a fan of suntanning… But I do like parasailing and jet skiing. Does that count?

Simply put – I just really, really appreciate the change of environment. Some place I can let my hair loose, kick off my heels and just run around barefooted in the sand.

If I look out towards the horizon, I’m staring straight into a world I’ve never known…

So mysterious and alluring.

So hostile, yet welcoming.

And when I look past my shoulder, urbanization and civilization is all I see.

Isn’t it amazing that 80% of Earth is covered by oceans, and yet we know almost nothing about it?

Perhaps I like being on the beach because I feel like I’m sitting on the doorstep of the ocean.. Sitting on the only thing that separates the underwater world from the world we know.

I love this picture. This picture best represents what Clearwater Beach is actually like – rainbow umbrellas, lots of sea gulls, fine white sand and simply beautiful.

No doubt about the fact that my dream house is on a beach, sitting on the coastline so I feel closer to the ocean.. and the amazing creatures that live in it!

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How I wish Singapore had nice beaches.

Oh well.. I won’t be staying in Singapore for long anyway. Most probably going to Melbourne and Australia has GORGEOUS beaches!

They had cosy little cabanas for rent! I’ve seen beach chairs and big umbrellas for rent, but this is a first. And a great idea too.

It was the perfect little hideout for us for a few hours…

They provided us with chairs, but we ditched the chairs and bought towels so we could just lie down on the soft sand and look up into the sky.


They say happiness is contagious. And it is.

Another reason why I love the beach is because people are always having a great time. Wherever you go, you see smiling and hear laughter.. it just rubs off on you.

That, plus the sound of crashing waves and my boyfriend hugging me in our little cabana, made the perfect lullaby and it wasn’t long before we both fell asleep.

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I woke up a few hours later forgetting where I was.. then realized I’m in some beach in Florida with some dude I met from L4D.

Pretty amazing.

We decided to grab some dinner then head back to our hotel, but not before checking out their flea market on the beach!

They had a lot of really neat handicrafts for sale, and I bought a cute angel made out of pretty seashells for my mum.

Flea markets are so fun to shop at ♥

We picked this quaint little seaside restaurant called Crabby Bill’s and had the most satisfying dinner there.

They had AMAZING food at crazily affordable prices. ♥

By far one of the best crabs I’ve ever had. Nothing like fresh crab claws dipped in melted butter! Salivating at the thought of it.

No better way to end a nice day with a nice meal.

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We only had a short while to eat before we had to catch our ride back home..

And that, was the end of our day at Clearwater Beach.

The sound of waves crashing against the shore.. the salty taste in the sea breeze. Oh how I miss those simple, irreplaceable things.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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