Wednesday, November 17, 2010


JANDA BAIK, 31 Oct 2010: There are a variety of reasons why people choose to use a nom de plume. Authors commonly use pen names to disguise their gender or race. After all, who would be attracted to read a romance novel written by Jack Muscleman or a book on plumbing authored by Angelina Daintyfeet. Many actors, musicians and entertainers also tend to use stage names for that added touch of glamour. So remaining anonymous is not all bad. But of course, there are also those who hide behind a pseudonym for evil reasons.

I adopted my pen name, 2 Romans 1 Impostor, for a bit of harmless fun. And although I chose to use a different name, I do not go to great lengths to hide my identity. Most people in the treasure hunting circles who follow this blog know who I am. Heck, I've even got pictures of myself on this site.

During the SICB (Soroptimist International Club Bangsar) Charity Treasure Hunt, we had a bit of a laugh with pseudonyms. Prior to the hunt I had exchanged several emails with Daniel who was listed as the contact person from the organizing committee. Daniel was kind enough to explain to me the mechanics behind treasure hunting. And in turn I offered to help him advertise the SICB hunt on A Hunter's Tale.

On the morning of the hunt, I struck up a conversation with two charming young-at-heart ladies from the organizing committee. Naturally I asked about Daniel and was told that he had fallen ill and won't be attending the event. At that point I actually felt sorry for the man who did all the behind-the-scenes work. After the hunt, we happen to chat again and once again the name Daniel cropped up during our conversation. And since I obviously didn't have the charm of a cassanova one of the ladies decided to let the cat out of the bag and explained that Daniel was a fictitious name they had developed for fear of being stalked. Whenever someone asked for Daniel, he was either "in the bathroom, not at home or in a meeting". Fair dinkum since there were many people with evil intentions out roaming the streets. But since we were merely communication through email, I am not so sure I understood the reason behind the fear. 

The SICB Charity Treasure Hunt was a 6 hour hunt which flagged off from Bangsar and ended in Janda Baik. The added attraction was the many seafood restaurants in Bukit Tinggi Village, located not far from Janda Baik. For one who did not appear to be active in treasure hunting circles, I felt that Francis (Lee) did a darn good job clerking the course. Many of his questions were cryptically crafted. A couple of his questions even had a sting to it and I overheard that there were a handful of teams who got stung in their haste to get to the finish line.

This is Francis Lee during the morning briefing .....

Q36 was a well-concealed container trick which we almost fell for. The added sweetener was this red-herring, a shop (can't remember the name now) which marketed several products, one of which was a Thermoscan. How clever!

Q36: Their advantage is in the heat sensing technology of their products?
Ans: Galeri Lampu Tsen

And this treasure again reminded us that every word in a treasure riddle may be important especially when dealing with a fastidious CoC.

T2: Smells great when dry and sudsy when wet,
Olive forms the later part of it, so does part of the hand in front,
After usage, the kids will feel clean, fresh and scented,
Procure 3 80g pcs and make sure they are free from any barbs.
Ans: 3 bars of Palmolive Soap, any variant except for Rose and Aloe Vera

SICB Charity Treasure Hunt
Maximum Score: 235

..... and this is Daniel giving away the prizes.

1st: Chong Voon Kiat, Margaret Sha, Claire Chin, Goh Teck Koon (235)
2nd: Peh Kok Hun, Loh Chee Kwan, Tommy Ng, Lim Say Chye (225)
3rd: Ami Akhram, Haslinda Shamsuddin, Wan Kamal Azlan, Azhanawati Wahab (210)
4th: Mohd Asri, Mazri Muda, Hagi Suhaimi, Mohd Izhar (210)
5th: Petra Rahimi & team (207.5)
6th: Johan Salul, Dr Ben Lau, Chai Koh Khai, Lau (205.5)
7th: Lim Meng Yang & team (205)
8th: Wong Tun Wee & team (195)
9th: Pavananthan & team (190)
10th: Sallehudin, Kheirul Nazib, Aziman (185)


Anonymous said...

hi, this was a very good hunt.. however, was a wee bit irked when i heard that one of the team (a not so regular team) had an unfortunate incident.. they were suppose to be placed at number 2.. but the coc and team had forgotten to count 55 points.. making them completely out of the list..

francis also was not forthcoming when approached.. and neither was he apologetic about the entire incident..

as a new comer to this sport.. i hope that COC's will also look at encourage participation in the sport... i do not believe in the quota system.. however, an incident like the above does leave a bad after taste in the mouth..

a newbie..

2 Romans 1 Impostor said...

It's unfortunate what happened to your friend. But don't let this incident dicourage you. What your friend claimed has not been proven. Besides, this kind of mistakes are rare.

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