Paragliding at Bukit Jugra today. There are a lot of fun things to do right here if you know where to look for them. Which is why I haven’t left Asia for 3 years.
First Airsoft game in Thailand, and after years of watching videos of zombie scenarios on YouTube this was also my first Zombie game ever!
The premise of the day-long MILSIM is shooting up bad guys who were doing some zombie experimentation – who in turn showed up at the later part of the day and night.
(Learned some of the ‘terrorists’ were Thai Police, which explains their skilled shooting – if it were real war, I would’ve died way back at the lake from the first stage, lol)
It is a shame indeed that despite bringing 2 GoPro cameras, I spent more time adjusting them than full immersion – or rather focused on shooting back. Hope there are better videos and pics to be collected soon.
About a dozen participants with a mix of experienced airsofters and some first-timers.
Weather was hotter than in Malaysia; I stripped my uniform along the way as time went on.
Airsoft guns used are WE M4 GBBR with the exception of the M60 AEG, which I used briefly too.
I’ve also learned to be more… understanding of ‘stupid’ characters in zombie shows. You know, those guys who stand around to be eaten and you wonder why they don’t just run away.
Because there’s fatigue, reloading isn’t as easy as in the video games, rounds are limited (all guns are gas blow back) and throw in panic, confusion, and duller sense by night… I was this close to become zombie food, lol
Check out the video here:
All in all, it was good fun!
There’s a lot of potential and possibilities for the Zombie MILSIM game to expand. I suggested to the Organizers at SIAM MILSIM to perhaps consider a survival scenario next bout with more zombies, and less ammo. That will put everyone in the REAL test for wits… and yeah, have the zombies run too!
Worth the trip to Thailand for a unique experience which I don’t have to fly to Europe or US to get. I might come back again if the scenario is unique and I’d like to come with friends next bout.
The first time I came here, my friends and I couldn’t get out in time. But… ah ha! Finally did it on my second attempt and with a different group.
With 1 Call used and 10 minutes to spare. YEAH.
6:00 AM and I find it hard to sleep. So what’s been brewing since I last wrote anything here in the last three months?
I’ve gotten use to running the show at Musemancer. Went on our first team retreat with ChromaBit in Langkawi. And last Thursday I found out I’m *this* close to hitting my ideal body weight, just 100g shy of the 65 KG mark – except that I arrived here on fats. Like, 25% body fat.
I’ve started training at the gym 3 times a week again starting this week, and to go back to this routine means less dicking around and more automation of my team.
Which is another challenge going on there.
Our Graphic Designer, Joe, is leaving us on account of Cancer. Second stage. Big shit hit the fan right there. While a new writer is coming in next week, our two Interns are about to complete their Internship with us end of this month.
Now I remember why I stayed away from starting my own physical team and premise for so many years.
But there’s no turning back already.
I’ve seen and reaped the rewards despite the higher risks.
From here on, it’s go BIG or go back home.
So here’s my next game plan for the next two months:
- Create two more traffic generation channels for sustained lead generation
- Get into the lead generation business for high-end B2Cs
- Add in (non-coaching) high ticket offers in the $297 – $497 range
- Continue launching 1-2 products a month (while the USD to Malaysian Ringgits exchange is in my favor I’m going ALL IN… it’s $1 = MYR 3.7 average again!)
And in the next 3 – 6 months:
- Invest in my first property (I bought two houses but since we occupy them they are liabilities… thus the next piece is going to be an asset)
- Do my first product launch in the Self Help niche
That’s the plan in a nutshell…
5 months since the last Viper Challenge… and that’s one more Viper Challenge accomplished! 20 km of 20 obstacles, though this time’s VC is harder than last year’s. Some of the people I came across and talked to agreed.
Joining me this time is my friend Shawn Liau from Sabah. When he planned to come to KL to do the Viper Challenge this year I wasn’t really up for it but he saved my ass back in Mount KK and that said, I owed him one. lol
I came across a few familiar faces, one of them in particular Shanker Jayroma whom I’ve not seen in years – but he’s definitely making waves in the local entrepreneur scene!
IMO this time’s Viper Challenge is better organized, and the difficulty level has gone up a bit. I didn’t train as hard as for last year, and I had 3 hours sleep prior to the event.
This time we were the first batch at 6:00 AM, though we truly got started 10 minutes later. We had to climb over a short hurdle to even get to the starting line… foreshadowing the fate of the challengers on the obstacles to come!
Ok I’m writing these down real quick before I forget!
(Some of them may not be in the precise arrangement… just counting on my memory power!)
1. Submerging into muddy ice water. It’s actually easy but I gave this a pass due to the muddy waters. Didn’t want to start out nauseas too early!
2. Jump over fire. Seems to be recycled from the last challenge, only that there is no water pool on the other side. Easy.
3. Bunker of mud. This used to be a later obstacle, seems to be moved forward this time. There were at least 4 to 5 trenches to overcome, with two of them filled with muddy water.Medium difficulty.
4. Commando crawling. Easy.
5. ‘Mountain Dew’ grappling. Hard. I overcame this last year. The organizers had since then lined up a few of the same obstacles to overcome congested traffic here. Gave this a pass though.
6. Log crossing. Climbing over four waist-level logs. Easy.
7. Climbing up a tall wall around 4-5 meters high. Psychologically scary due to the height, it scared off quite some challengers. I got this over with.
8. Inclined wall (minor). Easy. No teamwork required.
9. Muddy river. Easy.
10. Walk over fencing (should be commando crawl in watery mud). Easy.
11. Bad plumbing (5 feet water). Easy IMO but probably not so for anyone with claustrophobia. Took me a while to muster my courage to enter the pipe.
12. Long slide. This one was scary as the longer one slides the faster it gets and off he goes into the muddy water at high impact. Needs a lot of mental courage to overcome the perceived fear.
13. Bunker of mud (minor). Same as (3) as except that there are only two trenches filled with muddy waters.
14. Monkey ring. Hard. Failed this before, and I know better than to force myself.
15. Nerves of steel. Hard. I observed challengers holding onto steel wires with their legs but I followed a girl’s example of climbing the wire by hand. That worked for me despite the lack of grace!
16. Bad plumbing (6 feet). For confident swimmers only. I can’t swim. So…. skipped.
17. Crossing the plank. Hard. Wiped out.
18. Inclined wall (major). Hard. Didn’t get to do this last round but now with Shawn’s help I overcame it!
19. Underbarrel by the lake. Same as (1) but multiple underwater submerge and in cleaner waters. Did this!
20. Running up the ramp. Very hard. I failed in all three attempts here. Shawn is a seasoned climber and trains like hell. Alas, he injured his right arm at this final obstacle and that ended our attempts, as we have to get him some medical attention.
So that’s 14 out of 20 obstacles completed successfully for me.
That’s enough Viper for a long time to come!