Day 12 - 5 November 2010
We had our first morning exercise session today!
Morning call was at 7am. At 7.10am, the Singapore Contingent gathered at the lobby of the 5th deck and marched into the Sports Deck.
The Solidarity Group (SG) on duty that day would conduct the morning call and night call, as well as the morning exercise. And the SG on duty this day was SG-C.
In our Sports Attire, doing our own warm-up
For morning exercise, we had the basic stretching exercises, followed by the "Do you like your neighbour?" game that was played at the SG level. The game is similar to "Blow Wind Blow", in that one person would stand within the circle and call out a certain trait (for instance: I like those who are wearing glasses!) and those who shared the trait would have to run and find an alternate spot.
To sum up the morning exercise, the song "Bad Romance" was played and everyone started dancing.
We had a Lecture by the Administrator, Ms Kaori Shiojima, a staff of the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan. The Administrator, Deputy Administrator and the Administrative Staff were appointed by the Director General of the General Promotion of Policy on Youth Affairs and Childrearing. The Administrator represents the Government of Japan, manages and coordinates the overall programme. The Administrative Staff includes the Postmaster, Nurses and Travel Agents.
Prior to her current job in the Cabinet Office, Ms Shiojima served in the Ministry of Justice and dealt with juvenile delinquents.
Lecture at the Pacific Hall
In her lecture, Ms Shiojima shared that not many youths had the chance to participate in this programme. She urged us to share our experiences with other youths after SSEAYP and accept our true self. As youth leaders, we would be the ones to determine what the world would be in 50 years time. Ending her speech, she said that she would be our Okasan (Mother) throughout this meaningful journey.
To energise myself for the next lecture, I took some rest out at the deck.
This would be my favourite hangout spot:
Next, we attended the Lecture by Captain Makoto. He shared with us that Fuji Maru is now 22 years old and that he is the 3rd Captain of the ship, having accumulated 25 years of experience on carrier.
He also described the make of the ship, as well as a brief explanation on the measurements (1 nautical mile = 40000km/360 degrees).
Captain Makoto also talked about how the various countries influence each other in terms of language and culture. Since potato was imported from Jakarta to Japan in the past, potato in Japanese is Jagaimo (Jakarta Potato). And since pumpkin was imported from Cambodia, pumpkin in Japanese is kabocha.
And the noticeboards are up! On one side of the wall leading from the lobby to the Pacific Hall were the contingent noticeboards, and on the other side were the SG noticeboards.
The Singapore Contingent noticeboard adopted a "green" concept, using plastic bottles cut-out as our mailbox. The signages "You got mail" are held up by straws. The "green" concept goes well with the theme for next year's SSEAYP International General Assembly (SIGA) which would be held in Singapore.
After lunch, we had our first SG meeting on board the ship. SG-A was lucky to have our meeting venue located at the Sky Lounge (8th floor), which provided a spectacular view.
During the meeting, we elected our representatives who would sit in the SG Sub-Committee as well as representatives who would sit in the Club Activity Sub-Committee. Nom (Japan) and Jack (Lao) would represent us in the SG Sub-Committee while Ethel (Singapore) and Touy (Lao).
Our Japan counterparts also gave each of us a surprise gift - our SG T-shirt!
After SG Meeting, I went for the Discussion Programme Steering Committee meeting which lasted till 5pm. The Singapore Contingent then had our gangway cheer practice.
At night, we had voluntary activity, which meant free time for us. Was thrilled after receiving a response from my Mortal, so I quickly wrote another message and dropped into her mailbox together along with a gift.
Jogged about 10 laps and had a long chat with Rheea who, like me, misses home very much. It was therapeutic watching the waves crash onto the ship as it sailed on. Too bad, it was not a starry night!
Nom brought me to experience Grand Bath. It was a novel experience. Couldn't forget how some of them started playing with water sprays. Anyway, that would be my first exposure to this Japanese traditional bath and the last time I set foot in...