AUGUST 30 2020
Hares: Anagram, Bull Ant, Secs
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr.T, Snowball, Secs
Ringmaster: Chom Chom
This week took us to the magnificent Cambodian temple on Big Mountain. After registration at Tommy’s we headed to one of our favourite down-down spots - the swimming pool at Hem 112 Tran Phu. From there we bundled into a convoy of taxis that would take us to the starting point on the other side of the mountain near 750 Tran Phu. Once everyone had assembled our Hare, Secs, gave us an overview of the trail. We’ll go up a narrow Hem climbing the steps past the many temples until we reach nearly the top where red ribbons will indicate a right turn in the bush. Follow the ribbons until we see the steps up to the Cambodian temple. Once at the temple look for more ribbons that will guide us out of the temple through the bush until we get to Ho May Park Road - from there simply cross the road and follow the ribbons to familiar 600 steps that lead down to the Chinese temple and then its a right turn into Hem 112 and back to the swimming pool.
So on-on we go up the picturesque Hem flanked by ornate temples, under the hot sun stopping only to look back at the amazing views of Vung Tau. By the time we reached the turn off into the bush many of us were sweating and out of breath. We trudged forward until out of nowhere we were confronted with the imposing and elaborate Khymer style staircase decorated with intricate Buddhist statues and Hindu iconography. We climbed the many steps until we were in the serene grounds of the temple itself. There our Hash House Yoginis treated us to an Apsara like performance to everyone’s amazement. After the show we followed the red ribbons through the back of the temple in to the lush green jungle where a well trodden path led to Ho May Park road and on to the steps down the other side of the mountain. With legs trembling we finally made it down and then finally pushed up the steep hill back to the resort.
Back at the swimming pool ice cold soft drinks and delicious beer were waiting for us to slake our thirst. Soon our Hash Helpers were preparing succulent roast pork, Banh Mi, salad and fruit. After some convivial conversation with our companions we are treated to yet another yogic performance of synchronised superhuman feats of flexibility by the Yoginis.
We took the group photo and then taking the reins for the first time as Ringmaster, our very own Mr. Affable, Chummy Chom Chom called us together for his inaugural Circle. He introduced our Hares, Anagram, Bull And and Secs who received full marks from our happy Hashers. Next up was the Virgins, this week we had several newbies hailing from Vung Tau, Ba Ria, HCM and China - and, after a false start, we welcomed them with the ‘We are Vung Tau Hashers” song. Then it was time for our returnees to give us their excuses as to why they’d been away. Pinkie and her husband had been busy with the children and travelling and two of the Yoginis had simply been ‘busy’. It was a great first time Circle - thanks Chom Chom we look forward to many more to come!
We ended the circle with a reminder to all Hasher that they need to register on the website before coming on the Hash so that we know how much supplies we need to buy and transportation to arrange.
And so endeth yet another great Hash - until next week…...on-on
RUN 948 GALLERY