Sunday, August 24, 2008

City Chase Singapore 2008

This is my second time participating in the City Chase Singapore.
My team (Jon & myself) - Boong - last year's ranking was number 15.
As for this year, I kept telling friends and jon that I had already packed my bag for Morocco Trip (where the winning team will represent Singapore for the International City Chase in November).
I was really kidding, as we were quite slack and did not really meet up to strategize or plan, however, we had a rough idea how to do it from last year's experience.
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Prior to the race, we surveyed the competition landscape and this year's competitors (221 teams) looked much fitter and prepared than last year's participants. This year's hints for the pit-stops were much more difficult than last year. There were17 hints/clues given for 17 pit-stops. To complete the race, all the team must finish 10 pit-stops (correctly solving the hint for the pit-stop and finishing the task at the pit-stop).
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Example of one of the hints:
Brainfreeze.
It is where a Dutch Icon stands, but look for the Rock and not for the sand.
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Pit-Stop: It is an ice-cream shop in Holland Village.
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My team took ONE HOUR to roughly solve around 8 hints (not even 10) and plan our route, before we set off.
By the time, we left the starting point, we were already the last few teams.
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Guess What?
After 4hrs 17mins, We came in No. 2
It was a pleasant surprise as I thought we would be No. 10.
I knew that we were doing well, as at pit-stop No. 5, they were already reporting our progress to the organiser.
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Even though we were happy that we came in second, we felt abit disappointed that we only lost out to the winning team by only 9 mins.
So no prize for runner-up.
No Morocco Trip.
But at least, our names are mentioned in the website below.
haha... Cheap Thrill!
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"August 23rd 2008, Singapore… 221 teams flagged off at Central today for Nat Geo City Chase Singapore with Cameron Richards and Greg Shand coming in first with a time of four hours, eight minutes and 57 seconds. Boo Wei Jie Jonathan and *** **** *** finished second and Audrey and Scott Mitchell came in third with a time of four hours 17minutes and five seconds and four hours 29 minutes and 16 seconds respectively."
Winning Team
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As part of the rules, only Singapore Citizens or PRs could represent Singapore for the event. So when I was crossing the finishing line, I was quite happy to see 2 Ang Mos. The first 2 questions that I asked were "What's our position?" and "Are they Singapore PRs?"
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Unfortunately, both of them are PRs and have been living in Singapore for around 10 years.
Anyway, in the event that they couldn't make it for the Morocco event, the runner-up team will replace them.


Boong Team
(Winning team were getting interviewed at the background)
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Boon: "We are the No. 2 team"
Jon: "We are the first Asian team"
Nobody cares about runner-up team, so we gotta do this to make ourselves happy.
haha...
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It was raining quite heavily during the race, and I had a fall after clearing the 3rd Pit-stop.
I was thinking... "Damn! We still have 7 pit-stops to clear, and I do not have plaster etc..."
At least, I learnt that there are alot of nice Singaporeans. =)
One guy gave me a plaster, and advised us how to get to the next pit-stop via bus.
He wished us good luck and alighted the bus.
nice!
It's a simple act of kindness that made me happy and grateful!
THANK YOU!!!
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Highlights:
- Jumping off from a 5m platform into the pool
(I have a new found respect for all the olympian divers who could do so much turns and twisting within that short time.)
- Eating 3 worms
(The kind that you feed to birds. At least, it's tasteless.)
- Jogging in the rain
- Don't care about others' expression when I looked drenched and dirty.
- Not blaming each other for mistakes (We are a team!!!)
- "Don't care about results, let's do our best!" attitude
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At the end, it's the journey that matters!


5 comments:

Yingel said...

Congrats, and I'm sure it was real fun. And yes, totally agreed that it is the journey that counts.

Yingel said...

Congrats, and I'm sure it was real fun. And yes, totally agreed that it is the journey that counts.

Loyd Pek said...

wah! very impressive!

your friend looks familiar. runner ups never counts but hey, you are asian no.1! hahahaha

Loyd Pek said...

wah! very impressive!

your friend looks familiar. runner ups never counts but hey, you are asian no.1! hahahaha

RF said...

I AM SO PROUD OF THE ARBOR FAMILY.

You guys are my rockstars.