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25 January 2015
NUI DINH - "Get to da choppa!"
A large group of mostly familiar faces registered at Offshore Bar 1 on Sunday for this week's top secret mission: "Get To Da Choppa". We climbed aboard the Hashmobile and made it to Nui Dinh in good time. But that's where "religious forces" worked against us as busloads of devotees were all trying to reach the pagoda to celebrate the anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment!
We finally made it to the dirt road leading to the lake and dismounted for Basil's Chalk-Talk, which included a reminder to watch out for "the bamboo enemy". Our mission was further jeopardised by the unseen enemy's cyber attacks which disabled our walkie talkies - we were on our own!
"On On" we went, up the steep hill and into the bamboo forest with "death by a thousand spikes" awaiting the unwary - not to mention plenty of "grovelling on hands and knees" to navigate past some large boulders on a near-vertical ascent!
Bamboo spikes notwithstanding, it was an interesting trail through the forest - up to some big rocks for plenty of "happy snaps" against a scenic backdrop, then down again past a rock cave that had been "home" for jungle troops in wartime, as evidenced by rusty food cans on the floor.
We finally emerged from the forest onto an open dirt track, which offered a pleasant stroll past the lake and on to the eskies. Most of the Hashers enjoyed the usual healthy snacks and ice-cold drinks, but the younger set opted for potato chips that Blackhawk had "thoughtfully" purchased at the coffee shop by the lake!
Rowdy Water gracefully accepted nomination as duty Ring Master, and he selected Tiny Tim to rate the trail - aided by Peach Melba's supporting translation. TT awarded full marks: 10/10, which everyone agreed was a fair assessment of what had been an "excellent" trail! TT then helped hares Basil, The Gardener and Ms Banana duly quaff their reward (co-Hare Samson was absent on work duty!).
Hash Virgins Mr Hoang and his sister Ms Do Thien were welcomed (they had been introduced by Hard Drive), then sinner Ms Van Anh was penalised for littering (in full view of Hash Flash!), and one of Ciprian's friends, Ms Phuong, was given the Hash tag "Madonna" to wide acclaim.
Returnees Taffy, Vicky, Private Business, Ayrat and Hard Drive were welcomed back; and a vote of thanks was made to Mother Teresa and Ice Water for supplying the delicious snacks.
Next week's run will be set by Mountain Goat on her favourite block of land: Big Mountain!
We'll meet next Sunday, as usual, in Offshore Bar 1 beer garden at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.
In the meantime, if anyone is wondering whether our intrepid Hashers reached their goal "Da Choppa" on Sunday, you should have been there and then you'd know the answer!
If you weren't there, you can "catch up" by joining us next Sunday when we search for "A perfect world" on run #666 (all will be explained next week!).
Reporting: Basil, Uncle
Hares: Basil, SamSon, The Gardener, Ms Banana
Hash Flash: Hard Drive, Kojak
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