Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Run 854 Feb 24 is in Bandar Sri Damansara

RLC Harriers Run 854, 24 February 2015
Hares : Dato Steven Oon & Boon Kee
Runsite : Sri Damansara residence of the hares
Weather : Dry and warm

As we arrived at the run-site, the principal hare and his huge group
of hired hares were just coming back two and a half hours after
setting off; so we knew it was not going to be a walk in the park. The
hares have invited quite a few guests and the Assistant On-Cash Alice
was seen busily collecting run fees.

Promptly at 6.00, GrandMaster Woon pressed his roti-horn and off we
went along the road until the first check at a bus-stop. We searched
in vain for the trail until we heard "On! On!" from the back. Then it
was a long walk to the foot of a hill. This was when it became hairy
with a very steep climb with gradients ranging from 30 to 60 degrees
... the last time, we did this, it was during the rainy season ...
thank goodness, we were in the middle of the spring equinox and
therefore hot and dry.

Nevertheless, the climb along this steep path was a few hundred metres
long and quite challenging. Then we came to a junction where heroes
went left to a further climb to the telecommunication tower. Since I
never give up a chance to short-cut, I turned right down the hill and
started over-taking everyone, coming home FROP in 45 minutes to a
well-deserved shower.

The heroes came in just over the hour, with Arthur Hoi being FROP at
64 minutes .... wait, where is Mike Kuan? Apparently, he was so fast
and missed a turn and ended up doing the long long long wrong run and
came home ten minutes before eight. Dr CMYap, Uncle Teh and Auntie
Margaret, please savour and treasure this unique moment when for the
first time (and probably the last time) in your life, you came home
before Mike Kuan.

The early arrivals could only sit down and be tantalised by the sight
of a burnt offering plus a stall having all kinds of dip food. Anyway,
due to the dry weather, the beer barrel soon ran out and had to be
supplemented by three cases of canned beer.

At the circle, the hashers who managed to collect the 15 ang-pows
along the trail were suitably on-downed. A once-a-year guest, Joanna
was serenaded with her favourite song, "Woo-oo-woo-oo yeah-ye-yeah-ye,
char neen ho koh more thai pay" (caressing the breast is more
satisfying than rubbing the thigh).

JointMaster Steven Khoo set off two strings of fire-crackers and the
queues started forming in front of the roast-pig stall and the duck
stall. Table by table, people started their "lou yee sang" (with
abalone, some more) and we really tucked into the CNY offering. The
hares have been most generous with their food (including home-cooked
Hokkien mee with lots of chee-yaw-char) and drinks (two litre-bottles
of my favourite GlenMorangie)

We partied into the night and whoever missed this run missed quite a
jolly party. On! On!

P/S The next run on 3 March is the Section CNY Celebration run at the
Club. Please come in with your CNY fineries (nobody will be on-down
for not wearing RLC Hash t-shirts at the Circle and Dinner at Bunga
Raya). The event will be photographed and recorded for the next

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Run 853 Feb 17 is in Bukit Gasing PJ

Run No 853
Hares : Tarzan & Alka
Run-site : Vicinity of Bukit Gasing
Weather : Warm & Dry

It has been a good couple of years since we last visited the dream
house of Shyam and Alka and nothing has changed much. It is still a
work-in-progress. But, it looks very promising.

GM Woon pressed his new sexy roti-horn and off we ran down to the
road, passed the playground and entered the Nature Reserve. The trail
turned right up a hill and it was continuous climbing until Check #1
which was broken quite easily to the left and to the reservoir. This
path led to some more climbing until another check which led to the
abandoned temple.

Then it was down a long staircase which also serves as a drain.
Thereafter, the hares toyed with us, making us go up and down
different facets of the same hill, punctuated with no fewer than nine
checks in total. In between, we got to see a panaromic view of Old
Klang Road. 

Towards the end, the trail led down to a stream and there was a pink
notice advising short runners to keep to the left and go home via the
same entrance in. The tall runners climbed another hill before the
path leading to the playground. Then it was a final climb up to
Shyam's house. By this time, all were exhausted and would have
appreciated an escalator (like they have in Hong Kong). For the
record, Playboy Choo was FROP at 75 minutes, followed by Arthur Hoi.

The swimming pool was so inviting that many came back and jumped
straight in. There was also a shallow part where one could drink beer
and keep cool. Excellent way to end a run. 

The circle was, as usual, a rip-roaring affair of nonsense and fun.
Soon the beer ran out and we motored our way to Restoranti Italia
(moved from the old place at Thrifty's) located beside Hussein Onn Eye
Hospital in Jalan Utara. The hares have very generously provided some
more liquid refreshment including a bottle of Glen Morangie and a
GlenLivet single malt. We tucked in heartily into the Italian fare and
continued to have a jolly good time.

Next run will be at the house of Dato' Steven Oon on the sixth day of
CNY. He has very kindly extended the invitation for RLC Harriers to
bring their families.

On! On!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Run 852 Feb 10 is an In Run - RLC

  • Run 852 is by Kumar & Prema
  • February 10, 2015 Tuesday 6pm
  • In Run - RLC
It was a very dry day with temperature reaching the upper 80's. As GM
TYWoon pressed his roti-horn, we all walked down reluctantly in the
blazing heat across Jalan Parliment towards Padang Merbok (where a few
months ago, Anwar Ibrahim was rallying; but alas, today, he is
unjustly condemned to another 5 years in jail by an all-Malay panel
... how come they do not trust a Chinese or an Indian to toe the

The trail led up the hill and then there was a check ... Thambi Chai
found it but he was the only one to run within the marked route while
the rest ran outside on the road. Soon the trail brought us into a
mini-jungle while we enjoyed the coolness under the canopy of verdant
cover. Alas, the coolness had to end and we soon found ourselves near
the reservoir. 

Then, we turned left up towards Legend Hotel. But the hares were kind
and allowed us to veer towards Jalan Tunku (how come they did not
allow our first PM, Tunku Abdul Rahman to keep his official residence
as a remembrance present when they can spend billions to house Dr M
and Razak's son in opulent comfort in Putra Jaya?). We then came
across Belvedere and up a small slope into the old familiar padang
pandan and then up into the road back to the Club.

At the junction, a piece of paper advised SCB (short cut bastards) to
turn left and run home for an early shower. The rest ran on into the
Dragon Trail and then up to the fences around Parliament House, down
Jalan Ledang and then home. It had been a lovely run, quite suitable
for the hot day.

Then came the surprises ;
Mike Kuan, predicted to arrive home in 48 minutes but actually clocked
in at 45 minutes, followed by Playboy Choo; Both of them failed to see
the SCB sign and actually ran the short run. The others, led by Arthur
Hoi, CCGoh and Steven Yong, went into the Dragon Trail, up the
Parliament house fencing, down Jalan Ledang and home in 61 minutes.

The Circle started without the GM (even Burns failed to turn up) but
we had a lot of fun. Then it was to Chez StevenKhoo in Bangsar where
for RM180 per table, we were treated to a sumptious meal with garupa
fish, chicken and other delight ... much much better than the RM12
nasi lemak we had some time ago ... and JM Steven Khoo threw in the
"loh yee san" 

All fair and square ... we had a good run, a better circle and a
lovely dinner ... what more can you ask for?  
A nubile lady to massage you? Dream on

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Run 851 Feb 3 5pm is in Tropika Kemensah, Ulu Kelang

  • Run 851 is by GM Woon and Jenny
  • February 3, 2015 Tuesday 5.00 pm
  • Tropika Kemensah behind Zoo Negara
The instructions were simple ... go to the zoo and follow directions.
We all got there in good time and soon the joint masters, Steven Khoo
and C.K.Leong pressed the horn and got everybody running towards the
new gated community very unimaginatively called the Residence.

The trail led up to an uphill path and went on for a while before
coming down into a jungly bit. Here, there was a delay ... someone
said "too steep, turn back" (later found out to be scaremonger Vivien
Hoi) The rest went on and climbed down paths alongside old rubber

The path was strewn with old Barisan Nasional streamers from the last
general elections ... probably the remnants of exhortations to illegal
immigrants to vote for BN. Around here, a couple was spotted with the
man using a twig of leaves beating the poor wife in front to get her
to move her blooming arse (remember My Fair Lady?). On closer
inspection, it was found that the faithful husband was merely chasing
away mosquitoes from his wife. Alamak, Richard Low, don't lah set such
high standards of spousal care.

Then it was inevitable that we had to climb up and down. Here was a
bamboo forest, filled with dry leaves on the ground and extremely
slippery (as Boss found to her cost when she slipped and injured her
wrist) We meandered our way and soon saw a small settlement and came
upon a divide ... left for the long run and right for the longer run.
Professor Tie was seen loitering around but he was waiting for people
to leave so he could turn left. 

The turn left led to a 400 metre climb up a steep gradient (30 to 60
degree) until we reached the bootcamp of Mount Everest. Since we did
not have the permit to climb Everest, we continued down and came back
within 70 minutes, much to the relief of Alice.

Jenny Woon who sleeps with the main hare, outdid hereself, providing
chee-keok-sheen with hard-boiled eggs and some other delights.

In the meantime, the longer runners went up the same hill but
gradually through jungle paths to rejoin the rest for the final
downhill route. Then it was a long agonising wait for the stragglers
in the form of Chin FK, YabbaYabbaDo and Dr Yap ... they did not come
out until darkness set in around 7.40.

Then the hilarious Circle started. As usual, the irrelevant tried to
be relevant. Charges flew left, right and centre as we observed
immigrant workers do their marketing. CCGoh went round with sunglasses
on ... he looked like someone with conjunctivitis or a blue-film
actor. But he performed a most useful function, filling up beer

Soon it was time to do the long drive to Beng Kee where we tucked in
heartily to some delicious food washed down with a single malt
(courtesy of Chairman Burns) and a Johnnie Walker Green Label
(courtesy of GM Woon). 

As the sun set in Bombay, we RLC Harriers felt on top of the world ...
an excellent run on a public holiday, lovely cold beer, delicious food
and fantastic company ... who could ask for more?
C'est la vie (That's life)