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Singapore: The Most Honest & Disciplined Country In The World

Sometime in November 1999, Ernie B, Jun, E and I had a chance to visit Brunei and Singapore on official capacity. We were part of an Official Delegation of the Philippine Army to attend the ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet in Brunei. On our way back to Manila, we dropped by Singapore for two days on the invitation of one of our classmates who was then the Defense Attache of the Philippines to Singapore.

On our second day, our host invited us to play a round of golf at the Sembawang Golf Course which is a military golf course run by the Singapore Air Force. The golf course is very accessible from the city and main thoroughfares. We were in one golf flight and started playing after lunch. I can still recall that the golf course was clean and well-maintained. After playing five holes, the siren or horn sounded off at the golf course which served as warning that plays should be stopped due to thunderstorm and lightning. It started to rain and we had to go immediately to the clubhouse.

At that time, we were using golf carts and we did not had any caddies. We had to carry our selected clubs in approaching the putting green. On the last hole that we played before the rain and thunsderstorm, I carried my putter and my pitching wedge towards the green. I just finished putting my ball to the hole when the horn/siren sounded. I immediately ran towards the golf cart as the rainfall became stronger. We proceeded to the Clubhouse to wait for the rain to stop.

For almost one hour, the rains and lightning did not stop and we just waited and spent time at the clubhouse resting and talking with one another over a glass of beer. We finally decided not to pursue with our game and went back to our hotel. On the following day, we were on our way back to Manila.

After a few days in Manila, I played a round of golf with Ernie E and to my surprise my pitching wedge was missing from my golf bag. I immediately tried to recall the last time I used my golf set and it came to my mind that I left my pitching wedge at the fifth hole at Sembawang Golf Course in Singapore.

With the hope of recovering my Hirohomna Pitching Wege from Singapore, I called my classmate in Singapore telling him that I left my pitching wedge at the golf course where we played when we were there. After a day, he gave me a positive feedback that he was able to recover my “lost” pitching wedge.

I finally got back my pitching wedge when the Commanding General of the Phlippine Army and his Party visited Singapore in an official visit three months after I played golf in Singapore. The Aide-de-Camp of the Commanding General hand-carried my pitching wedge during the plane flight from Singapore to Manila.

This is an experience to prove that the Singaporean are the most honest people in the world. I was very thankful to my classmate who was then the Defense Attache in Singapore. Military officers who were assigned and took their military “schooling” in Singapore would attest to the honesty and discipline of the Singaporeans. How I wish Filipinos are as disciplined and honest as the Singaporeans.

 

 

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