Monday, February 1, 2010


PULAI, 12 SEP 2009: What an emotional roller coaster of a hunt, the Atmah Charity Hunt had panned out to be (for us). Our spell in seventh heaven at the end of the hunt proved to be shortlived as we were abruptly summoned back to earth (just a few hours later).

Once again the hunt started 36 hours earlier, as soon as the treasure riddles were distributed at the end of the briefing session. Based on the experience of past Atmah hunts, most hunters would have definitely welcomed the "extra" hunting hours. Who can ever forget the evasive Pringles from 2008? Although the quintet of treasures for this year weren't exactly Grab & Go material, gladly they were more readily available. Nevertheless the Murukku treasure did cause a small ripple amongst the regular hunters and most would have gone the extra mile in search of the variety with the single "K" which proved slightly more evasive (which in the end hadn't mattered).

T2: Sejenis makanan yang dikaitkan dengan perayaan cahaya,
Kini digemar oleh masyarakat majmuk di Malaysia,
Kalau salah ukur mu tonjollah juadah yang diminta,
Ha jangan pula tergesa-gesa, hanya tepungnya dipinta.
Ans: 1 packet of Muruku Flour.

With the treasures out of the way on hunt day, 8.5 hours seemed like an eternity for 30 questions. The CoC included 2 in-car challenges which were nothing more than a Googling exercise really - one was an activity to unscramble letters to form names of towns in Johor and the other basically a Michael Jackson trivia. Fast forward 7.5 hours and we were in the carpark of Pulai Springs Resort quietly working on one route question with the engine running.

Q20: Somehow force me to make a statement.
Ans: CMN Trading.

In the wake of the Teoh Beng Hock saga and with a cleverly camouflaged fodder, I felt that Q20 deserved full points.

Shortly after, when one of us solved it while flipping through the contents in the camera, the entire car erupted. There were fist pumps, high-fives and Hula dance moves in celebration. I would describe the elation as being akin to "scoring a goal in the last minute of injury time that would have tied the match and put us through on the away-goals rule".

So when informed later that we had "committed an infringement when putting the ball into the net, an event missed by the referee but caught on camera, and the goal would not count" it did suck big time!

Sigh! You can be sure that all Enterprises' will be triple and quadruple checked in the coming hunts.

And on the subject of infringements, there was one question in the hunt that caught my attention. Not one to ramble on boo-boos and create a lot of rumbles, I am more interested in discouraging all from being over-dependent on the Spell Checker in Microsft Word!

Q6. A long rumbling story.
Ans: Ryan Bundle.

Atmah Charity Treasure Hunt Results
(Maximum possible score: 121 pts)

1st: Alexander Hoh, Andre Teh, Muhammad Razif Ahmad, Darmataksiah Abai (121)
2nd: Chai Koh Khai, Margaret Sha, Woo Ee Wen, Chong Voon Kiat (119)
3rd: Ramesh Rajaratnam, Liew Kok Seng, Lim Kong Yew, Jayaram Menon (115)
4th: Peh Kok Hun, Lim Say Chye, Yeong Kig Siew, Tommy Ng (113)
5th: Lim Soo Khian, Claire Chin, Julie Tan, Goh Teck Koon (112)
6th: Ruben Chelliah, Angeline Chelliah, Mohan Campos & team (111)
7th: Pauline, Joey, Ruben, Lenny (111)
8th: Lee Ling Fei, Teh Boon Kai, Sam Rahman, Loh Chee Kwan (111)
9th: Mohd Asri, Ahmad Zahrol, Sallehudin & team (109)
10th: Venkateswaran, Buvanes, Simon, Eeswaran (108)

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