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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 ūüėČ ), 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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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 РVirtual 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 РWeekend 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.