CHINESE NEW YEAR RUN 2010
Run : 2159
Date : 24 Feb 2010
Runsite :Seri Alam .
OC : Bulldog 019-7774480
BLASTING INTO THE TIGER YEAR!
It was a literal blast into the Lunar Tiger Year; the whole evening was punctuated with the loud blast of firecrackers and brilliant pyrotechnics. The run-site was at the ever-popular SERI ALAM EQUESTRIAN (now Big Valley Ranch) 大谷牧场 and the OC BULLDOG (哈巴狗) and his K-9 pack were there early to welcome us and the money-collecting portfolio was assigned to our ever-industrious JM Ice-cream (冰淇淋). Good Girl! As the takraw team wound up their noisy game, we gathered in front of the arch for a group shoot.
The run was befitting the festival occasion, short and sweet. The beginning was a stroll over the vast cleared-up land on the left of the ranch; this arid ground is earmarked for some cultivation and we could sense that another of our hashing habitat is fast vanishing! From the plains the paper then entered the unkempt rubber plantation which was a tricky trek, with tripping tendrils and spiky thorns! Paper emerged from this jungle safari and landed us on what Dongfanghong (东方红) said was the ‘Highway’! The papered trail veered right along this broad track and ventured to the vicinity of the Indon enclave. There were only three simple checks and as the pack was dispersed, no one actually claimed credit for breaking them; many SCBs stumbled on the paper long before the checkers did! According to co-hare Flintstone (火石), due to the pusillanimity of Bulldog and his pack, the trail was cut short to a premature end towards the right side of the paddock; it was supposed to traverse the high-tension and penetrate into the nether regions near the quarry’s edge. In any case, the front-runners weren’t complaining, considering it was the CNY Run.
Back at base, there were trays of finger-food that can even satiate the horses! And to top it all an appropriate tee with an emblazoned Tiger Head was given to spur us to a roaring start. As usual our sweet ladies extended their feminine touch to put things in order, doling out the tee, collecting dough, distributing tangerines and executing the menial chores. A slight drizzle didn’t dampen the merriment; OC Bulldog held the umbrella while our ten-tonner Anthony (暗灯逆) lit the cracker-fuses! What a racket it was! The highlight of the evening was of course the Lion Dance courtesy of the Pandan Sum Sheng Meow (三神庙) and the ensuing pyrotechnics. The twin lions left some configurations with the arrangement of the tangerine pulps for the punters to decipher and everyone was scratching his head trying to interpret the deliberate ambiguity! After the lions left, it was the turn of the GM to don on his Tiger image and he started us off with the weekly Swing Low and then he passed the baton to the Whip Handsome Law (寒酸佬) who, despite the lack of time, managed to rope in the New Year sinners! The ‘Tiger Show’ came to an end way past 9.15 and we drove in convoys to FOO TOO in Rinting for the CNY banquet with an upgraded menu from our usual fare. Thanks OC and your pack and
MAY MYRIAD THINGS GO ACCORDING TO YOUR WISH AND MAY YOUR BODIES STAY HEALTHY!