… These other things might.

ouch x 5

"You won't feel a thing..."

Going to work at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) can be stressful, painful, exasperating, and potentially life-threatening. And that’s just the walk from my car to the office.

Some of my colleagues are also laying it all on the line as they journey even further to places like Greece, Germany, and Senegal as part of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF). This is where the Youth Olympic Flame makes its way from Greece to Berlin (Germany), Dakar (Senegal), Mexico City (Mexico), Auckland (New Zealand) and Seoul (Korea) before arriving in Singapore.

However, being the city slickers we are, there’s lots of germs, creepy crawlies and illnesses stuff that we don’t have immunity to. So as part of the preparation for their travels, we’ve been shipping these guys off for a generous does of invincibility – just in case.

tsk tsk...

Joey bravely facing one of five needles. *giggle*

Colleagues like Joey are making sure that they get vaccinated against yellow fever, typhoid, meningitis, hepatitis A and a fifth item that nobody seems to be able to remember (kryptonite maybe?).

After the injections, side-effects include nausea, insomnia, vivid dreams, dizziness and loss of balance. For the (un)lucky ones, they also get acute anxiety, depression and confusion thrown in for free.

But that’s not all.

Those who have gotten innoculated earlier on are starting to exhibit changes in their appearance and personality. Take Kee Haur for example, who appears in the next two pictures.

He looks normal enough...

This was taken just before the 99 days to go celebration

Once a mild-mannered reporter who joined SYOGOC for the opportunity of a lifetime, Kee Haur was selected to be part of the contingent headed off to Dakar.

This is Kee Haur now. I swear there’s something different about him that I can’t put my finger on…

Maybe it's his glasses

Maybe it's the glasses?

Photocredits: Ng Li-San,Β  Super Ng Kee Haur