Sunday, May 21, 2006

good first run...

Boy was it a tiring day yesterday. We were at the start by 530am and was 3rd in row for the treasure hunt. All 4 of us were pumped with excitement. We looked like drug addicts after a fix. Cars started to trickle in soon after and before you know it, the place was packed. I couldn't believe my eyes as 280 cars lined up. I think there were about 1000 participants in all roaming about munching on some breakfast and drinking coffee. After a short briefing the race was on at 730am.

There were 2 legs. The first was pretty easy. We just had to get to 4 locations of various sponsors and get our form chopped. After that we had to solve 1 riddle for the first treasure. We sped through that as if the cops were on our ass. Manage to accomplish everything within an hour. Then it was Leg 2. Thats when all hell broke loose. We had a total of 30 questions ranging from anagrams to riddles to direct translations. The idea was to drive to certain locations according to our tulip (driver) notes and find signs that are related to our answers. We had to pinpoint the exact sign and right down the full details. Any form of difference is a straight zero. Sounds easy enough but it was no walk in the park. We were breaking down by the 3rd question. The lack of sleep didn't help either. Plus the damn questions were HARD! Many of the questions we just guessed on the answers as it seemed right and there was a sign board on it. Surprisingly we those correct and the ones we thought we nailed we got wrong. LOL. I'm proud to say that for our first ever hunt we only got 6 wrong.

The hunt ended around 2pm. We managed to reach just 7 minutes before the allocated time slot. This too because of one of our crew who forgot to fill in a handful of questions plus spelling a few more wrong. Arrggghh. That pissed me off big time. I would have torn his freaking head off if I could. After all that rushing and ensuring we got it done right, one nut has to spoil it. The delay did cost us a place or 2 as well, so you can imagine the frustration. At the end of it all we were the 54th car out of 260. Something I was rather proud of although I was aiming for Top 50. If we only got one more question right we would have been in that category. Thankfully Top 110 cars got something to take home. We won a Phillips Portable CD Player each. Not something I want but at least something worthwhile.

All in all it was a great adventure. There were excitement, anger, frustration, joy and many other moments. I think it would have made for a great documentary. LOL. Can't wait for the next Treasure Hunt. Hope this time we break into the Top 20s. =)

We got a whole load of pictures taken but none uploaded yet. Will post them once I receive em'. Cheeers.

Update: Sadly out of 260 odd pictures I could only grab the 3 below which was worth posting. Sigh. What a waste of a photographer?!

the 1000 odd participants...

the Gundens!

damn you look familiar??

2 comments:

HotRoD said...

forget the previous comments... silap type d..it should read : y talk bout me on the post... :(

sbd18 said...

truth had to be told...