JULY 12 2020
NUI THI VAI
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Chippy, Zidane
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr. T, Secs
It was a longer than usual trip on the Hashmobile this week, as 50+ Hashers headed out to Nui Thi Vai, near Phu My.
We walked up the road from the drop-off point and turned into the bush after Secs’ Chalk Talk, noting that today’s trail would be quite long. It was also very interesting, with temples, shrines, caves and tiny shacks dotted along the route!
The first hour or so was spent going mostly upwards, including several open lookout points for the selfie aficionados. Then ‘ascent’ morphed into ‘descent’, but the interesting sites and scenes continued unabated!
Finally, after following 1,200+ steps down through the Thi Vai temple complex including statues of fierce dragons and historic warriors, we emerged at almost the same spot we’d started, thus completing a classic A-A trail!
The pack was well strung out by this time, so the sheltered Down Down area gradually filled over the next half hour or so with more and more Hashers arriving from the afternoon’s exertions and heading for the eskies. Then the banh mi’s and fruit were unpacked by the foodies including lead ‘slicer and dicer’ Ms Canh–many thanks once again to all involved, because the energy hits were very welcome!
We’d been lucky with no rain all day, but now the sky began to darken so Hash Flash Chom Chom arranged the group photo, and then duty Ringmaster Uncle called the Circle.
Hares Mr T, Secs, Chippy and Zidane were duly recognised with a points score of 27 out of 10 (several higher and lower scores being discarded along the way…); then today’s Hash Virgins were welcomed, along with returnees. Secs and Bull Ant ‘volunteered’ as Sinners for another free beer(!), before Mr Dong took the floor to spruik his Banana Leaf restaurant at 203 Nguyen Van Troi–just south of the corner with Le Hong Phong–also open for breakfast, with pancakes!
The Circle was closed with a reminder to make sure the friends you invite on Sundays are told about the need to wear suitable exercise clothing, especially sturdy footwear–very important because most of our trails involve bush tracks and rocks!
As usual, next week’s run details will be advised via the website and mailing list when confirmed (just before week’s end); please make sure you register, so the hardworking MMC can ensure sufficient food and drinks for everyone!
Explainer – Hashing in Vung Tau: VTH3 relocated to a new Hash kennel at Lily’s Baradise (formerly Tommy’s), in February 2020. At the same time, a Hasher who had been banned for anti-social behaviour convened an invalid AGM (with no authority to convene anything!); that meeting elected a ‘new’ committee by falsely claiming the incumbent MMC had been voted out–which was pure fantasy on their part. Predictably, they still haven’t developed their own identity–preferring instead to ‘copy and paste’ our VTH3 branding and history, when all they would need to start a valid alternate Hash is to think of a (different) name and launch it!
*Hint: there’s no legal requirement to register names, logos, trademarks, etc for clubs or hobby groups–you need only perform due diligence to ensure the branding you’d like to use is not already in use by someone else (as ours has been since 1992!).
Meanwhile, the real VTH3’s storied history continues on this site and social media, and we also communicate via our official mailing list–to which all friends of VTH3 are welcome:
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Footnote: We continue to reassess our activities every week to ensure compliance with the VN government’s latest Covid-19 edicts and advice; we wish all friends and fellow residents of Vung Tau an infection-free journey through these still uncertain times–please stay aware, avoid complacency and, above all: be safe!
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