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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/annegirl/8660091919/" title="Sunset during Reservist by Lucian Teo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8118/8660091919_86da8d6d26.jpg" class="img-center" alt="Sunset during reservist training"></a>
Having just spent the last few days out in the wilder, less developed corners of Singapore, I am thankful to finally regain access to simple things like a shower and a bed. Oh, and internet access.
Being out there speaks to me in a very primal way. We often talk about defending our land, and it literally comes down to that: a place upon which our family and friends can stand on to watch the passage of time through sunrises and sunsets.
I really missed being with Faith and the kids, but it was nice to spend some time with the guys. I know I've said it before, but every time I see how hard these guys work out there in the field, I am encouraged that for the few loud disgruntled ones who find every excuse to avoid work and sleep in the bunk, there are dozens who uphold each other with the sweat of their brow.
In social media we often talk about the silent constructive voices out there against the more boisterous destructive ones, and truth be told it sometimes takes a leap of faith to believe that they exist. I realise now that they are silent not because they are less articulate, or less informed of the issues, or less passionate than the others that dominate the discourse on social media platforms. Their voices are not as strident because they speak with actions and less with words.

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