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Re: Tawau POIs and Tracks

#51 Post by bartmp8 » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:52 pm

Xiamen is around 30deg but we raced in Shanghang Minxi Fujian. Day temp is around 26deg.
It is not strange to have Dragon boat year round, some ppl play soccer, others row boats.
In China they prefer to row boats because you can only fit 22 ppl on a soccer field at a time.
What are you going to do with the other half billion or so left behind? Dragon boat solves
that problem. There are no limits as to the number of teams, each race lasts 4-5 min,
you just have to have lots of heats and eliminations.

This competition have 23 on a boat but we have seen up to 78 pax on 1 long
dragon boat (China). This Competition happens to celebrate the Hakka Festival (Harvest???).
The next big race would be in Pelembang in Dec but I don't think we have the moolah to go
although we were invited (unfortunately the invitation is not accompanied with free
airfares and accommodations/board unlike this Hakka Festival invitation.

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Re: Tawau POIs and Tracks

#52 Post by bernGPS » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:56 pm

bartmp8 wrote: This competition have 23 on a boat but we have seen up to 78 pax on 1 long
dragon boat (China). This Competition happens to celebrate the Hakka Festival (Harvest???).
The next big race would be in Pelembang in Dec but I don't think we have the moolah to go
although we were invited (unfortunately the invitation is not accompanied with free
airfares and accommodations/board unlike this Hakka Festival invitation.
Pity no extra ticket for an official photographer. ](*,)

So how did the Tongkang fare?

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Re: Tawau POIs and Tracks

#53 Post by bartmp8 » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:12 pm

:-$ not Tongkang, Sdk Hakka Association. We came 8th out of 12 teams.
Taiwan came, Indonesia was there (The National Team - the only non Chinese team) and us.
The rest were Hakka Teams from all over Fujian Province. The Indonesia team barely won
ahead of the local Shanghang Team. The format was crazy, we did four 1000m races within
2 hours. Each team had on average 10 min rest between races and its back to queuing up
for the nest race. To make matters worse, you had to row 1000m to the starting line. They
don't provide a tow boat. Will post some pictures when I get back.

This is an experience trip for us. IF we are invited back for the next one, we know what to
expect and hopefully do better. To win it, I think we have to discard all the "experienced"
rowers (aka all the uncles) which we are not prepared to do. On average, we were the
"oldest" team. We were definately the heaviest team. What we lacked in rowing prowess,
we made up by drinking everybody under the table. Even the Taiwanese who thinks they can
handle their Koa-liang, avoided us like the plague. All the Tapai, Lihing and sepuluh-tiga
prepared us well, after all we are sponsored by Carlberg every trip. :wink:

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Re: Tawau POIs and Tracks

#54 Post by bctk68 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:48 pm

bctk68 wrote: Bro Bart, you're really into dragon boats are you? ... but dragon boat race in China this time of the year? ... itsn't it a little cold? .... well, hope you don't fall off the boat & freeze your buns off... come back safely
bernGPS wrote:The buns are insulated but the b*lls are not :mrgreen:
=P~ lets leave the story as that :oops:

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#55 Post by bartmp8 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:23 pm

Sorry, forgot to upload some photos from China:
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The Sdk Hakka Association Dragon Team
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The venue of the race. They closed off the water gate on both ends making
a perfect river for the race
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Practice time
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We get fed very well. I think they are trying to weaken us by over feeding.
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Yummy soup ... anyone??
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Look at the oppositions: all young, skinny, same height and same hairstyle
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Now look at us

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#56 Post by bartmp8 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:39 pm

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China sure knows how to make an event happening
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Doesn't matter they can't play, its the noise that's important
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The aunties were not forgotten, they too can cause a ruckus.
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As long as they are happy, we are happy too
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First they asked us to gamble ...
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Then they fed us turtle eggs ...
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Then interview after interview they asked us how we felt. I think they were
surprised that Malaysians can speak more Chinese dialects than the average Chinaman.
We can converse in Hakka, Cantonese, Hockkian, Teochew, Hainam, Mandarin, English and even
interpret for the Indonesian Team.
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We had fans both young
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and old ...
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Even the Hotel Staff came to support us

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#57 Post by bartmp8 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:41 pm

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We were entertained with lip syncing dancers to songs with English swear words ...
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... but who cares?? The crowd didn't notice it and we were too distracted to react
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Some Hakka Mountain Songstress from Taiwan
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Then they presented us with our cheque for 8th placing (RMB 5000)
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While the local favourite got 2nd place and a nice flower pot
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And the 1st Place Indonesian Team went home with RMB 90,000 and an even bigger
flower pot
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So with the formalities over, we had a chat with the local constabularies ...
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checked out the local parking lot ...
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dropped into the local fastfood joint (you see that Coke machine? Pepsi came out of it)
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On the way back, we met this young fellow who insisted his mother go buy some Chinese Flags so he could
return the favour for our gifts to him earlier on in the day. This is a good kid, hope he stays good and be
successful in life
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Us at the farewell dinner with the "TYT" of fujian and Mayor of Shanghang

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#58 Post by bartmp8 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:56 pm

Then it was time for us to go on a 4 hour bus journey from Shanghang to Xiamen for our flight home.
Here are some of the scenes along the way
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The gerai payung payung just like Malaysia where you can get vege, chicken, ducks and dogs & cats :x
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Plenty of Truck stops this this for toilet, food and ciggies break. This place is famous for Chairman Mao's brief escapade
during the war. It was with the support of the Hakka wielding changkul that he was able to achieve his dreams (so we were told)
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The highway are fantastic, no need to wind up and down a mountain. Whenever there is a mountain in the way, tunnel thru it.
If you emerge out of the mountain and find a gorge, just built a bridge.
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This bunch of bananas fed all 30 pax on the bus. (RMB 10.00)
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No camera trick, the banana is longer than the palm of my hand

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#59 Post by bartmp8 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:46 pm

Some scenes from Xiamen
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Fruits are cheap but make sure you haggle. We had 30 pax so getting the best price was not a prob.
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Leather goods
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Tea shop
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Every nook and cranny is utilised, this as a shop selling dried stuff
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2 lanes for cars, 1 lane for parking and 1 lane + kaki lima for pedestrians
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KFC selling Portuguese eggtart
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Love the architecture
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If there is a nation of ppl worse than Malaysians when it comes to littering, its probably the Chinese but why are the
streets so clean? because of hard working ppl going around picking it up even on a Sunday

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#60 Post by bartmp8 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:02 pm

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It took me almost 5 min to take this picture because ppl keep walking in front of the camera.
Despite its name, I wasn't feeling too peaceful. Its a street full of pushcart food stalls
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I would describe it as an hamburger with eggs instead of a bun
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Luk luk Xiamen style
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Chestnuts
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Sometimes its good to see something you are familiar with even if it is only Pizza Hut
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One of those hardworking cleaners in action
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Cuppa tea after a tiring walk
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These members are certainly brave. Seating almost in the middle of a 3 way junction eating dinner. Reminded me of
the guys playing poker in the middle of a charging bull ring you see on you-tube
Thanks for looking.

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