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Seputeh HYO Hunt results and highlights

July 29, 2007
  • Clerk of course : Pava
  • Hunt course : Klang Valley
  • Entry fees : RM 240 per car
  • Date : 29th July 2007
  • Duration : 4.5 hours
  • Prizes:
    • 1st prize : RM 1000
    • 2nd prize : RM 750
    • 3rd prize : RM 500
    • 4th-5th prizes: Hampers                       
    • 6th-8th prizes: Other gives                       

Results

  1. Toh Wei Ming, Selina Yong, Ho Mun Yee, Lily Loh (94 pts)
  2. KS Liew, Ramesh, FS Chong, KY Lim (92 pts)
  3. CK Loh, Julie Tan, Paulette Yeoh, KB Lim (82 pts)
  4. Mohan Campos and team (80 pts)

Full results:

http://www.michaelpang.com.my/home/blog.php?blog_id=161&category_id=&start=0&arcyear=&arcmonth=&curyear=&curmonth=&curday=

Riddle Raider results and highlights

Please take note of the disclaimer that everything written and posted here are of our own opinions. They do not represent any other team or the organisers’ opinion at all.

First of all, I would like to spread the joy of our team very good placing in an open hunt, in fact this is our team’s first podium finish in an open hunt. Although this is vastly helped by  another bigger hunt in Putrajaya which attracts most of the regulars, and only 3 regular teams participate in the HYO hunts out of 16 cars, excluding us, we still very delighted.

The format of the competition is 30 questions, 2 points for 1 questions and 5 treasures, 8 points for 1 treasures. Base on this format, the treasure is extremely crucial, 1 treasure equivalent to 4 route questions, so it is only right all the teams will not want to drop any treasures at all.

And if you expect us to write, how well we are working together, how everything goes right and et cetera, I afraid you are very wrong. In fact the only things that is go very right for us is the luck. Extremely good luck.

What is wrong then, my navigation skill! This is my first time I be a navigator in any hunt, and being  back seat player all the while, I tend to have the habits on concentrating too much on the preparation of the questions and always bring my team to ‘Holland’ whilst navigating. Out of the 4.5 hours hunt time, approximately 30 minutes we are not in the hunt route, this is how bad we are, diverted to somewhere else, and always try to find the way back to the origin and this cause us alot alot of time. And Pava’s, the COC, received not less than 5 phone calls to lead us back to the right track, might be his worst experience as a COC. Doing this in a short distance hunt, is nothing but disaster. Because of this time wasting, and also one of the sectors where the questions are no longer valid and the questions are misplaced in wrong sectors, yet we are not aware and spend alot of time to find the way, we are far far behind from all the other teams. I can say, with one hour left, we are not even half way, and not even answer half of the questions, with 1 treasure still pending. So, I am amazed we can make it even though we skipping the one of the sector of 4 questions by not going to the place itself, the place is in Taman Desa, and there are 5 questions in Brickfield, which we just use less than 30 seconds per question to glance through and tembak. Luckily, we hit some bulls there. So, I want to apologise to my team mates, to putting ourself to this pressures, not pleasures, especially Julie, the driver, which is very patient and cool. 

So, overall luck is very much on our side, especially we get the last treasures, worth 8 points, just 15 minutes before the disqualified time. Without the valuable points, it will be a very big difference on the standings.

Besides what happen above, the team’s teamwork is great, we managed to solve a few slightly difficult questions that other teams drop. But with three seasoned regular teams in the hunt, we knew that we can’t drop too many questions. But as mentioned above, luck is really on our side too, there is one stretch in Bangsar, which slow everybody down, because of the question is cancelled because of wrongly set and 5 of the questions are marked in the wrong sector. Because of this, other teams also impacted, and make our mistakes do not penetrate us so much.

Overall, a great experience (good and bad), great results, do not expect this after what happened above and a great escape! We were just less than 1 minute from the disqualified time.

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Neococphobia

July 28, 2007

I’m a bit late to write this, but I got offline a few days from the “best-effort” service I had received in my local Screamyx support. Supposed that the DSLAM went down and maintenance was done for PJ area. Well, suppose the DSLAM went down, the whole neighbourhood would be screaming at Screamyx (no pun intended). Lucky for us, service was restored (at best effort again) at around 1pm, which I was still at work… and my work place has filtered off this site and blocked by WebSense. My say, what a NonSense.

Neococphobia – (read as new-cock-four-biar)
A certain phobia towards new unknown CoCs – who don’t even know what is “Treasure Hunting”, and ended up with a pretty huge backlash from returning to the roots of “oh well, let’s get back to the good-ol’-scavenger-hunt-and-count-the-batangs-at-the-mamak-stall”

The Hunters’ Holy Crusade
About 40 regular hunters had enough of the bullshit smeared on their faces nonsense spat by the CoCs of STFOGA, walked out of the hunt – right before the hunt actually started. The whole drama lasted about 3 or 4 hours with the presence of police (Wasn’t the police meant to deter crimes and going around to catch big time criminals? What were they doing there handling some peaceful drama? Sounds like cowardice from the organizers).
This would be the first time in history (well, the only one I know of other than the infamous PenDrive event not long ago) that hunters had walked off a hunt with bitter memories.
A truly good entry for Malaysia’s Book of Records under the Hall of (S)hame.

Professional ConArtists
Last we’ve heard, there were nonsensical hunt questions in the “hunt” itself. Eg: What’s the owner’s name of this mamak stall?
I’ll be frank to answer “Your momma!”. Alright, I wouldn’t. Perhaps “Your papa!”

And what was with the hunt details to advertise “Klang Valley hunt”? Hunters were made to go all the way to Melaka. Oh, now we know, Melaka is actually still under Klang Valley’s area. How ingenuine!

And those crap rules the COC had last minute inserted, eg: having stickers to earn an extra 40 points, what does it have to do with a Hunt? I see no point.

The Malaysian (Rojak) Hunt
We are proud to be Malaysians, and to having a special hunt culture here in our own country, that’s something to be applauded for! Our Hunt traditions (ok, I’m not that old to know so much, but ce5nt had been posting a few comments about these things, so credits to him 😉 ), had evolved from so many years ago. From a scavenger hunt back then to a much more complicated affair now, aren’t we hunters proud of this? A friend of mine in Australia recently joined a Scavenger hunt and compared it to the hunts that I had went through, he said “Well, now I find my hunts are not hunts at all”.

Why ruin the culture to appease some “big shots” and the same time displease the local hunt community? Nothing’s worth more than the experience of going through a good hunt.

More controversies showing up
The hunters who walked out that day received cheque refunds, but our RR’s team got a stop-cheque order before the cheque clearing. Is this turning into a scam now? RM 250 might not sound much nowadays, but was it worth that? A bad experience, woke up early in the morning to walk out, and a stop-cheque order? Even Masterkard has to bow down before them to be able to provide such “experience”.

Update (30/07/07) : Updates from Mike’s blog, and not only RR’s team hit by bouncing cheques (boing boing). Hunters are currently awaiting response from STFOGA Excos who claims to be looking for “Ernie Jumayla” – the undersigned for those “refund” cheques.
Hunters, transform and roll out! (I wonder how would hunters transform? More riddles oozing out of the body? Ewww)

Le Hunter’s Croisade
Anyone who’s facing the same problem on the stop-cheque or anything else, pls voice up and let’s fight as a community, not as individuals. This is the time to show the strength and unity of the community! If it is a fight that they want, then it is a fight that they will get!

Phobically yours,
RR Siao Lang

Related posts
Mike’s blog
It aint over til the fat lady sings

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July 2007 Riddling Riddles – Riddle 9 (FINAL)

July 27, 2007

FIRST PRIZE: Free & Easy Package to Medan (see below for more details)

Theme: Food Court. For any Q&A correspondence and question answering, pls email to riddleQA@gmail.com.

Hey fellow hunters! This is the FINAL 2 Killer Riddles for the month. In fact, they are the final riddles of this format. So what better way to end it than to end it with a bang! As mentioned in another thread “Medan for FREE?”, this time Claire is offering the lucky draw voucher for a 3D/2N Free & Easy trip to Medan which she recently won to the winner’s of Killer Riddles, complete with explanation to his/her answers. Voucher info:

INCLUDES:
Free & Easy Package to Medan: 3D/2N stay at Semarak Hotel, return airport transfers and daily breakfast.
EXCLUDES:
Return air tickets, food except breakfast, souvenirs.

VALIDITY PERIOD: Until 30th September 2007.
Valid during weekends and public holidays without any surcharge. You may choose to upgrade your package by paying the difference.
TOUR AGENCY: Redland Holidays (main sponsor of Novice Hunt).

So what are you waiting for? Grab your thinking caps and start cracking now! Times ticking!
 

Note:
Anyone who wish to add more spice by contributing their non-utilised vouchers for this competition, please contacts us. We will add it in for the second prize onwards.

Killer Riddles:

1) A tune for an address with a gal’s reference. (8 letters)

2) Spread the joy in the mirror and in between. (9 letters)

This time, we have ‘graciously’ included a cryptic HINT that will ‘assist’ you in narrowing down your search for the answer to Killer Riddles. Solve the Hint and you are a step closer to the answers.

Killer Riddle’s Hint:

3) Be mean without asking first. (8 letters)

How to determine the winners:

Riddles open from 27th July, Friday, 9.00 pm to 3rd August, Friday, 9.00 pm.The winners will be determined by the tie-breaker below:

a) Getting 2 correct Killer Riddles and correct Killer Riddle’s Hint
b) Getting 2 correct Killer Riddles only
c) Getting 1 correct Killer Riddles and correct Killer Riddle’s Hint
d) Getting 1 correct Killer Riddles only
e) Getting correct Killer Riddle’s Hint only
f) Time factor

So, even you can’t break all the clues, you still can send your ‘tembak’ answers. If no one breaks it, with this tie-breaker format you still stand a chance to win the MEDAN trip. But mind you, 1 person 1 entry only. Those that send more than 1 mail to us using the same email address will be disqualified. Also, please let us know the name you want us to publish you as.

Good Luck!

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Menara Optometry Hunt 2007

July 26, 2007
  • Clerk of course : Fun Hunt People (Zahrol)
  • Hunt course : Klang Valley
  • Entry fees : RM 160 per car
  • Date : 12th August, 2007
  • Prizes :
    • 1st prize : RM 1,000       
    • 2nd prize : RM 600 
    • 3rd prize : RM 400
    • 4th prize – 15th prize : Consolation prize 

                

Riddle Raiders team lineup:

  1. Driver : Joshua Chong
  2. Navigator : SL Chin 
  3. Passenger 1 : TK Goh
  4. Passenger 2: CK Loh 
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Seputeh HYO Treasure Hunt 2007

July 26, 2007
  • Clerk of course : Pava
  • Hunt course : Klang Valley
  • Entry fees : RM 240 per car
  • Date : 29th July, 2007
  • Prizes :
    • 1st prize : RM1000       
    • 2nd prize : RM750
    • 3rd prize : RM500

                

Riddle Raiders team lineup:

  1. Driver : Julie Tan 
  2. Navigator : CK Loh 
  3. Passenger 1 : Paulette Yeoh 
  4. Passenger 2: KB Lim 
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Riddling Riddles, New Format, New Look – start from August (Wish List)

July 23, 2007

Hi,

As mentioned earlier, weekly Riddling Riddles will have new look, new format instead of current one when only involve us to post the riddles every Friday.

Reason:

  1. More people will involve in clues crafting, everybody can learn and get comments from the rest.
  2. More people will exposed to various clues styles and techniques involved by solving different COC’s clues.
  3. No access in the office for Joshua, CK and William, prohibit us to post at the designated time, thus the competition might not be that fair without fix/consistent post time.

How it works:

  1. No more competition format at this moment, maybe later.
  2. Everyone can post us anything from Category A to Category D to riddleqa@gmail.com. Cut off time every Friday 7 pm. Missing the cut off time, will be carry forward to next week.
  3. RR will post it somewhere on Friday, 9 pm to Saturday, 9 am, every week.
  4. The answers of the riddle will be disclosed by the riddle crafter instead of RR, on the following Friday, 9 pm to Saturday, 9 am.

Category A – Virtual Hunt (Weekly created column)

RR will provide 40 to 80 real life shop names like Blogger Hunt Encore every month. For all the 4 to 5 weeks, everybody is welcomed to craft their clues and send to RR’s mail for the posting done from Friday, 9 pm to Saturday, 9 am.

Category B – Theme Riddle (Weekly created column, if any)

Riddle crafters can post theme riddle to RR’s mail. Remember to include the below info when sending to our mail.

  1. Theme Riddle
  2. Themes (for example, food court, multi nasional and etc.)
  3. How many letters?
  4. Email address to post the answer. 

Category C – Treasure Riddle (Weekly created column, if any)

Riddle crafters can post treasure riddle to RR’s mail. Remember to include the below info when sending to our mail.

  1. Treasure Riddle
  2. Email address to post the answer. 

Category D – Anything Under the Sun (Weekly created column, if any)

Can be French lessons, bombastic Scrabble words description, interesting piece of general knowledge for sharing, interesting previous hunt clues, interesting hunt ideas to share and anything under the sun, which are not in Category A, Category B and Category C. Send to RR’s mail if you all think worthwhile sharing.

Category E – Weekend Hunt Experience (Weekly created column)

This is to share the hunt experience on the weekend.

Highlight of the Week

Those very good riddles from Category A to Category D, that RR think is worthwhile trying, will be upgraded to Highlight of the week. For those, who short of time and can’t afford to go for every riddles, maybe he/she can go for Highlight of the Week first.

Please give your feedback. Above are the framework we come up for the future RR’s Riddling Riddles weekly. Any comments, recomendations and wish lists are welcomed, before we kick start the new format on the first Friday of August.

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Riddle raiders raided Penang… or rather Penang raided us

July 23, 2007

*This version only applicable for CK and Josh

Was high on caffeine for the past few days, and the lack of sleep almost killed CK and me (hahaha, don’t tell CK, he was sleeping while I was driving. I almost fell asleep in front of the wheel, dozing off a few times for split seconds)

While we were in Penang, we had these activities:

  1. Eat here and eat there
  2. Driving
  3. Talking
  4. Gossiping
  5. Cleaning and messing (lol, sorry Paulette for messing with your pastry utensils)
  6. Walking and looking
  7. Surveying (one might wonder what Penang has to do with surveying. It was us going Gurney plaza to look around the hunting grounds to know what and where the stuffs that we need. Good thing we now know there’s a ColdStorage at the lower groundfloor)


Paradigm shifters shifted paradigms

One of the good stuffs CoC put up was a pre-hunt challenge (Leg 1). It was more of a look-see-answer kind of activity, but limited to one minute time to answer 8 knowledge questions. This puts the non-regulars on par with the regulars, as with one minute, you c0uln’t do anything with these knowledge questions, except to know them or tembak them. Imagine given a picture of China Olympics’ mascot, would you know the name of the particular mascot? Well, both CK and me do not. Overall, we scored an OK result in this Leg 1 hunt.

Perhaps, paradigms…
Both of us find it quite hard to go into the flow, considering we are more used to KL hunts. This is more of a lame excuse than a fact itself. We did find a hard time to decipher what Chian Min is trying to code, but we end up either decoding it too far-fetched, or falling short. Overall, we wasted quite a lot of time at the beginning of the hunt trying to grab the flow of language and style.

This is also the first time for both of us going for a full walk hunt. Past experiences only had 30% or less walk hunts incorporated into the full hunt. It’s pretty tiring to go from 7th floor down to ground floor. And then scouring each floor, now I am really exhausted.

Panic kicked in even during the first 4 questions. Looking at the time and answer sheet, it really terrifies us to know our progress vs time. Luckily we managed to calm ourselves down by the 6th question.

Stenophobia
I personally find hunts in shopping complex is more difficult than a motor hunt.

First, you need to deal with the people in the walk path. With motor hunts, you can honk the guy blocking you. BUT, in a walk hunt, other patrons might not understand your “Excuse me, sir / maam”. Personally, I find myself cussing more under my breath than saying “Excuse me”. Patrons can be inconsiderate up till gathering or stopping suddenly in front of an escalator. When trying to ask for space to go through, they don’t seem to hear my soft-spoken “excuse me”.

*** And the other patrons might find us hunters a nuisance!! “What are these snafus doing here with a weird looking clipboard and a brick looking dictionaries. Move along, I am trying to do some shopping here!”

Well, believe most of us should be considerate, especially when trying to stand somewhere along the walkway. While we indulge ourselves in cryptics, we shouldn’t block other’s way (especially in a motor hunt, unless you love the sound of honking)

Legolas might be useful here
How we wished for elven eyesight! Another great insertion by the CoCs to level the playing ground by introducing 5 observation questions, which they call it I-SPY. However, these are not easy stuffs and most of the signs are pretty much boards / signages that one would usually ignore normally.

This is pretty great since observation is one of the hunting criteria, and this fully test our observation skills to the max.

Nothing fancy but
This may be one of the very few hunts that have good food. What’s more satisfying for a hunter than a good lunch / dinner after a tiring long hunt.

You are pretty much interested in this
Results to come soon, as i am hitting the bed now. zzzzzzzzz

Signing off,
Josh

CK’s add-on
So, just to add up some of my personal feel and view.

My feel
Great feeling, meet up almost all the Penang regulars. Being told that almost all the Penang regulars turn up. Highly competitive competition. And this is a theme hunt, theme is “Sports and Fitness” in conjunction with “Sports and Fitness Carnival”. So, the general knowledge quiz and all the 15 walk hunt questions are sports related. Well, I am more than happy even though I do not know before hand it is a theme hunt. My general knowledge in sports are better than in entertainments. So, I was glad. At least, less phone call to make.

Basically, this is a hunt that test most of the hunt essential elements in 2 hours, yet it is so fun. I can say, it is meticulously designed hunt. Great hunt, I enjoy so much, thanks, Master Liong!

Hunt Essential Element 1 – General Knowledge (24%)
Every hunt have that, but this hunt has slight difference. The difference is 24 points of the total 100 points of the hunt, are general knowledge quiz of 8 questions. Each questions, 3 points. And, all must be done on the spot within 5 minutes and no phone call. Either you know it or you shoot it, no helper. Feel like we are in the examination, where the examiners are beside us monitoring no copying among each others, whilst we are answering the objective question A, B, C, D and E. Generally, we are doing ok, drop 2 questions. The first question dropped, they show us a one World Cup Logo, and we suppose to field in which World Cup year is that. The second question dropped, they show us a mascot of one of the five mascots of Beijing 2008, and we suppose to know the name of the mascot. Because, of this format, there are very chance for your team to beat more regular team, if you really do well in this section and the regular team is not. I learn something new in this section, the 5 mascots name are Bei Bei, Jing Jing, Huan Huan, Ying Ying and Ni Ni. That means, “Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni”, literaly means “Beijing Welcome You”.

Hunt Essential Element 2 – Observation (15%)
Again this is slighly different. We need to hunt in 5 floors in the Penang second largest shopping mall. Yes, 5 floors, if include the treasure, it is 6 floors. All in 2 hours. It is demanding and tiring. We need to be fast to complete the whole task, yet if we do it fast, we will miss the I-Spy Observation, 15 points, each level have 1 question. We suppose to spot the signs that normally we will not notice and pay attention to. This might sound easy, but again to us, this is the most difficult part. We understand that we can’t do so many U-turn, only 2 hours for hunting 5 floors, each floors have 3 well-crafted clues that need time to break and an I-spy challenge. And also we need to break 4 treasures and buy it. So, we decide on every floors, we will solve the 3 clues concurrently with the I-spy. A bad strategy, as mentioned by Joshua earlier, for the first 25 minutes spend, we only cover Ground Floor, and we get nothing, not a single clue is broken and no I-spy is spied. The time was tickling. We really panicked. This was like Blogger Hunt again. Obviously, we are not good at multi-tasking, and we decided to do it separately, solve the cryptic clues first then only spot the I-spy. A time consuming and tiring strategy, but at least we get something and boost up the confidence there.

Imagine you are in a hunt of competing so many tasks in 2 hours, and on the first 20-25 minutes, you get nothing, solve nothing, how you will feel? The I-spy thing really impacted our performance and strategy. We try not to miss it because it is a gift points, but if we concentrate too much, it will impact the whole game. We are talking about spotting a very small sign at the floors of Penang second largest shopping mall without telling you which sector the sign is.

Hunt Essential Element 3 – Strategy & Team work
This hunt test the strategy & team work. Team that apply better strategy have bigger advantage. Alot of decision-making need to be done, either you hunt upwards first, or you hunt downwards first which majority of the teams are doing base on the starting point at 7th floor. The upper floor shops are much more than the lower floor shops, but less patrons. The lower floor shops are less patron at the hunt start time, but the crowds were building up slowly.

And a big decision on whether to go for treasure first, or to solve first. In normal hunt, team normally go for treasure first to gain physicological advantage. But if you gain the treasure first in this hunt, it means you need to carry the treasures for 2 hours, whilst you are hunting, additional baggage to your bags of thesaurus, and the chances of exposing the treasures to other teams. And if you don’t get the treasures first, and get it last, there are chances it is run out of stocks, all the 55 teams were buying the same treasures in the same place, who knows, there are nasty teams that will buy all the stocks, if you get what I mean. And getting it last, also have another disadvantage, the submitting point is on 1pm at 7th floor, if you get it last, means you need to beat the crowds to go from Basement floor to 7th floor.

Strategy wise we are not doing too well, end up instead of hunting 5 floors, we were actually hunting for 10 floors. Every floor, we need to be back to cover what we miss earlier. As mentioned earlier, we try not to, but end up getting nothing. If only we have a better strategy and plan, we might get better result. The teams that finished 4th to 12th (our team), are just 10 points different. Every single decision counts.

Hunt Essential Element 4 – Cryptic Hunt Clues
Just to be short in this, well crafted clues, fair clues. The champion get 85 points out of 100 points, yet every single clues except one clues are not broken by the 55 teams.  And that unbroken clues actually is an easy question, but need meticulous observation in a upper level floor where there are many shops there and the time was tickling. In other word, all the clues are solvable, and we learn something new too. Initially, we don’t know the style of the COC, take us some time to adapt and see through the questions. Well crafted clues with well chosen words, most is not too-hard question, but every single one is either deceiving or need observation.

My view
Great Hunt! Great Experience! Just to share some of my views, most of it are small tiny things that are different from Klang Valley Hunt. Let us start with not so tiny thing, the food, it is much better than any other hunt I have attended in Klang Valley. Can’t a good treasure hunt have a good food too? Penang show us it is possible. Then, other things I observed are the presentations, they are very intimate and close. For example, they are slide shows on the pictures taken, almost every pictures, add up with the comments with the hunters name on it with some funny remarks. It is like one big family hunt together. Another things, I found it interesting is, for the top 5 prize, a detail breakdown of the points scored are shown in the slide shows. Teams can really analyse where they go wrong, and which area they excel to beat the other teams.

Above views are my wish list on the future Klang Valley Hunt! 

Result

  1. Jayaram Menon, Lim Yao-Han (85 pts)
  2. Ho Seng Hooi, Chin Kar Peng (84 pts)
  3. Yeoh Ban Lye & Yeoh Teck Chuan (82 pts)
  4. Goh Leap Sean & Lim Chin Wei (79 pts) 
  5. Sabri & Yap Weng Heng (79 pts) 
  6. Stephen Chin & Lai Kong Wai (78 pts)
  7. Chandra Segar & Teh Boon Teong (78 pts)
  8. Sin Yoong Leong & Josephine Chan (75 pts)
  9. Cheok Wye Leong & Elaine Cheong (72 pts)
  10. Edward Yeap & Jason Khoo (72 pts)
  11. Hor Joon Teik & Kwan Ee Lun (70 pts) 
  12. Loh Chee Kwan & Joshua Chong (69 pts)
  13. Dr. Zainariah & Dr. Chong (67 pts)
  14. Lim Keng Beng & Lim Sha Lyn (66 pts)
  15. Emmalyn Tan & Yeong Kit Yee (66 pts)