Memories from the Army

I was sorting through my drawers and I came across a red envelope with some handwritten note from a stranger. “That’s strange”, I thought. Why would I receive an ang bao from someone I have never met and still keep it in the drawer?

Upon reading the note, the memories came rushing back to me. About 2 – 3 years back when we were still officer cadets, the lowest life form on Earth, we had to help out in our senior’s commissioning parade. You see, there was this unwritten tradition where the newly commissioned officers have to give an ang bao to the person that saluted him first. Inside this ang bao were a customary few dollars, together with a personal note that you write to your junior to inspire him on to complete his training to become an officer.

We juniors would compete to salute as many new officers as possible, so as to “earn a couple of bucks” on another Saturday burnt.

As the saying goes, “those were the days…”


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