In My Time

I’ve never been to an Army Open House because I don’t have kids to bring them to, and my family would scream if I asked them “hey you wanna go to the Army Open House and see Army gear and stuff?” and they’d scream, “We wash your Army gear every time you come back from reservist”, and they’d scream, “if that’s your idea of a joke, it’s not funny”.

So I’ve never been to an Army Open House.

Until Saturday, that is. And I was pretty chuffed about seeing the latest in Army gear, and was even more chuffed to see a sign pointing to one of them:

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Good thing I slowed down. Might have hurt some people:

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The teeming crowds didn’t seem to be bothered though:

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Apart from Army gear, it isn’t every day one gets to give a comic book to a defence minister:

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And then spend a few hours telling people “yes” at the Open House who ask in Mandarin, “Is this book for sale?”, when they actually mean to be asking, “How come it’s not free?”

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And the crowd goes wild

Still, it’s not every day one gets to autograph books for kids:

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And then meet the author of one of the country’s most popular books – one that was made a movie:

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with Angelina and Adrian Tan

Outside, my best friend was getting photographed as often as some of the exhibits:

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No, the signboard I mentioned earlier wasn’t pointing to him.

Inside, I was explaining to the Chief of Army that “no, I’m not the clown in page 36-37 of the comic book“:

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But seriously though, “In My Time” is a comic book written by me with a lot, a lot of help from various people from the publishing company, Marshall Cavendish, Mindef (who gave me all the photographs I said I wanted, although for some reason, the old Ali Baba bag couldn’t be found), and the indomitably cheerful illustrator Chua Jon Dep, who, despite being Malaysian and based in KL, managed to draw the cartoons I described to him over the phone and email over a period of two months.

And if you buy the book, you’ll see at the bottom left corner of every two pages, there’s a little marching soldier who, well, marches as you flip the pages. Yes, I know it’s called a flip book animation. That was the idea of the layout graphic artist, Lock Hong Liang, another long suffering fella who thought it was a great idea to put in the marching soldier in all the pages, then did so, then woke up one morning in a panic because he realised the pages weren’t finalised yet, and if we had swapped or omitted pages, his marching soldier animation would have gone to shits. So it was a good thing we didn’t.

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with Hong Liang and Jon Dep

The one thing that really wasn’t fun at all was the fact that Naomi was at home, her back having flared up in the last few days, and she wasn’t able to accompany me to my first ever book launch, and to see Army gear. Hmmm…

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On sale in bookstores from 21 September. Only $9.95!

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  1. Oh, and I borrowed my colleague’s new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18. Heheh.. Looking forward to taking some great shots ! (Thanks !) So, do keep a look out here. I will post some updates along the way. Oh, and I also just bought “In My Time” comic, by Mr Miyagi. Hope to finish reading it by tonight. Haha… Local product. Support support a bit… 😛

  2. Kevin Avatar

    Well done! Any chance of ordering your comic book from overseas?

  3. Kevin Avatar

    Well done! Any chance of ordering your comic book from overseas?

  4. zeenie Avatar

    Well done! That’s so cool! I’m going to get a copy when it comes out. =)
    Thanks!

  5. zeenie Avatar

    Well done! That’s so cool! I’m going to get a copy when it comes out. =)
    Thanks!

  6. Ben Avatar

    Plugged the book for you in my blog.. cant wait for it come out

  7. Ben Avatar

    Plugged the book for you in my blog.. cant wait for it come out

  8. […] some bad.. mostly fun for me.Well Mr. Miyagi and friends has released a new book, aptly called In My Time about life in the army. Probably called In My Time as a guidebook to the future generation of […]

  9. DK Avatar

    If I knew you releasing book at army open house, I will surely go down.
    Now have to wait till 21 Sept. Sigh.

  10. DK Avatar

    If I knew you releasing book at army open house, I will surely go down.
    Now have to wait till 21 Sept. Sigh.

  11. […] new book In My Time (Not Miyagi Senseh) https://www.miyagi.sg/2007/09/in-my-time/ Bout life in the army….. would be a good read next to Army Daze On sale in bookstores from 21 […]

  12. CelluloidReality Avatar

    Now that would be something humourous.

    Good luck with the book, am looking forward to seeing it.

  13. CelluloidReality Avatar

    Now that would be something humourous.

    Good luck with the book, am looking forward to seeing it.

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  15. J. Avatar
    J.

    wow! congratulations on your new “baby”! can give the baby new siblings soon like miyagi t-shirts, coffee cups, etc.?

  16. J. Avatar
    J.

    wow! congratulations on your new “baby”! can give the baby new siblings soon like miyagi t-shirts, coffee cups, etc.?

  17. 9 Avatar

    haha u met adrian, one of my favourite lawyer/writer. He has wits sharp as erm…gate pikes. I worked under his wife last time. Ok that didnt sound right. Haha

  18. 9 Avatar

    haha u met adrian, one of my favourite lawyer/writer. He has wits sharp as erm…gate pikes. I worked under his wife last time. Ok that didnt sound right. Haha

  19. w Avatar

    Congrats on the book! If I buy, will you autograph for me? And more importantly, got discount or not?

  20. w Avatar

    Congrats on the book! If I buy, will you autograph for me? And more importantly, got discount or not?

  21. Mr Miyagi Avatar

    Nabeh, Wayne, so cheap already $9.95, still want discount? GST 7% leh! See you next ICT!

  22. Mr Miyagi Avatar

    Nabeh, Wayne, so cheap already $9.95, still want discount? GST 7% leh! See you next ICT!

  23. Sirennights Avatar

    Congrats on the book. Maybe u organize some quizzes on the book and give away the books for free lah. (Although I dunno how to get the answers right without reading first the book… win win). NSmen got discount or not?

  24. Sirennights Avatar

    Congrats on the book. Maybe u organize some quizzes on the book and give away the books for free lah. (Although I dunno how to get the answers right without reading first the book… win win). NSmen got discount or not?

  25. xxingg Avatar

    woot! I gotta get one when it release~

  26. xxingg Avatar

    woot! I gotta get one when it release~

  27. […] book, which has an initial print run of 2,000 copies, was launched at the Army Open House on Sept 1, and is available at major bookstores from today at $9.30 without […]

  28. holyhunk Avatar

    Pardon my ignorance, is yours a comic book or an autobiography of sorts? I prefer wordy accounts interspersed with pictures. Will get my hands on one someday.

  29. holyhunk Avatar

    Pardon my ignorance, is yours a comic book or an autobiography of sorts? I prefer wordy accounts interspersed with pictures. Will get my hands on one someday.

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