Diary of Victor Buencamino

February 2, 1942

Rice dealers gathered at the NARIC this morning and I explained the new policy ordered regarding the selling of rice in the markets. I wonder if they understood my explanations.

Things are not going on well in Singapore. How long will the British last? The Japanese seems to be winning in all campaigns. It is good to give the first blow. But it is better to fire the last shot.

More troops have arrived in the city. Reinforcements. They are so many they look like ants crawling all over the streets. Several of them had long beards.

Struck by a statement of Chiang Kai-shek. “If we perspire more in times of peace, we shall bleed less in times of war.”

The tragedy of man is that he learns by experience.

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