Operation White Rhino 2 MILSIM

IMG_7109Yep that’s what I am here for.

Since I had to come to Indonesia to meet my IM associates in Jakarta and Bandung, I figured I might as well spend the weekend and experience Indonesian MILSIM for the second time. In the first 24 hour game last year, I fell sick later at night so I missed half the fun so I was determined to see myself through the rest of this 24 hour airsoft game.

My first stop was in Jakarta to meet Dee Ferdinand and his Calibreworks team and I spent my first 4 days here. Also got to check out the airsoft stores at STC Senayan Mall.

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While there are more variety of military gears and clothing here compared to Malaysia, the prices are very expensive! It’s still better to buy your stuffs online – or go on a shopping trip in Hong Kong.

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BTW this picture you’re seeing now? Those aren’t airsoft guns; they are Air Guns (yep there’s a difference). Shoots their own custom pellets, designed for small game hunting and if uses against human targets it can prove to be lethal too.

Not only are these air guns being sold openly, apparently you don’t need to have a permit to use them! As long as you have a ton of cash to spend – and A LOT OF IT.

On Saturday, I met up with one of the airsofters from Palembang, Dovi Spectrum, at the Jakarta airport and we both took a cab to the game site at Yonif 320 Badak Putih in Banten, which is 2 1/2 hours away from the city.

We arrived at about 10 in the morning and registered ourselves. On first impression, I think this MILSIM experience is going to be better than the last already!

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While waiting for the rest of the players from all around Java to show up, the badasses of Yonif 320 treated us to real steel shooting. 🙂
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Eventually, all the teams showed up and there were 130-140 players total participating in the weekend game.

I am beginning to catch onto Indonesia’s MILSIM tradition and format of the game; they started off with an opening ceremony – the regular army of the camp (Yonif means “battalion infantry”) would officially give permission to the Airsoft organization – Federasi Airsoft Indonesia or F.A.I. – to use their premise for war games (another synonymous term for ‘airsoft skirmish’).

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After the ceremony, everyone had a quick lunch and the first day game begins. This would go on until evening when everyone rests, have dinner, and enjoy ourselves at a mini carnival.

Night game resumes at 10:00 PM until 5:00 AM. And I must say, the best part of the MILSIM was the night game!

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Flares and explosives were shot every now and then throughout the night to illuminate the fog of war and as a bonus, add to the ambience LOL This time, I stayed throughout and I give myself a pat on the back for this 🙂

The next morning, everyone packed up, exchanged our badges and honors, take more team photos and then parted ways for our own destination. Oh yeah, I even got to shoot their Pindad SS-1 assault rifle – the standard issue weapon of Indonesia’s regular army:

Overall it’s been a great 24 hours of fun at the camp – and a great way to start the middle month of the year. 🙂 Besides the airsoft games, we got to shoot real steel, even get to have a mini carnival and the night game experience so far is unbeatable by my previous experience.

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You are looking at my biggest badge exchange so far… and this is just teams from all around Java section of Indonesia!

Some more pictures from the event:

Thanks Federasi Airsoft Indonesia for inviting me to this event and even gave me a souvenir just for coming from Malaysia; the Badasses of Yonif (Batalyon Infanterie) 320 for letting us use their base camp and even their guns to shoot real steel!

At the speed and progress you guys are making now, I won’t be surprised you can host the biggest Airsoft event in 2016 on Asian or worldwide level. Take that to the Guinness World of Records!

Oh and now I got a new goal: to get badges from US or European airsoft teams next!

Next Stop: Bandung…

Airborne Operations of Ampera

28 & 29 September 2013. An unforgettable weekend in Palembang with the Indonesian airsofters and the badass Yonif Raider 200, who are the regular army of Indonesia! It was both great fun and honor to play with/against some of the army members and learn their ways and discipline. Truly “cepat, senyap, tepat”!

BTW if you want to look up who these Yonif Raider badasses are:

http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batalyon_Infanteri_200/Raider

PHOTOS: Battle of Sai Kung

3rd March 2013.

8 years ago today, I was just starting out my online business on a second hand computer and 56K modem for Internet connection in the suburbs of Gelang Patah.

On this day, another list from my Dream Bucket was about to be realized.

The 15 of us had our early breakfast in the streets of Mongkok before taking a bus to Sai Kung with the Hong Kong airsoft players. We would later take a ferry across to an island – and damn, the jungle here is super dense! The last time anyone came here was 6 months ago.

I was nervous at first, in spite of being told that this is just a friendly match with no serious competition whatsoever. Probably because of the fact that 6 of my team mates came to Hong Kong last year only to get trashed badly in a series of CQB skirmishes.

And the fact that their average player has nearly 20 years of experience in airsofting – the ‘youngest’ player has 10 years of experience. I feel like a rookie now.

For most of the day, our Malaysian team pitted against the Hong Kong team Unicorn and its allies in over 4 rounds.

The outcome for each round is not that clear since each round timed out with survivors from both sides, but this much is clear: the Hong Kong players are superior in tactics. And of course, since we are fighting on THEIR turf they have the benefit of knowing the terrain already + they get to mod their airsoft guns, whereas for many of us our airsoft guns were stock.

I don’t know if this is something to be proud of mentioning but… we actually did pwn them badly in 2 of the fast, direct-confrontation matches – maybe thanks to us growing up in our Malaysian ‘samseng’ culture? Haha!

I’m pretty certain if they put in an effort they could beat us flatly but that wasn’t the objective. 🙂 At the end of the day, we forged new connections and friendships through the tactical sport – and we are now in touch through Facebook and WhatsApp. Will this be a great motivator for me to finally speak Cantonese?

And hey, the prospects are bright – since these guys are national players we are now in the loop whenever there are airsoft games or tournaments going on outside of Malaysia.

Alright I won’t bore you too much with the details, I’ll share some of the photos I took on this big day. 🙂

 

It was an expensive trip to Hong Kong – and a rushed one – but I don’t regret coming here at all. 🙂

ADDED 9th April 2013:

This is overdue… finally here’s the compiled video footage from my GoPro camera when playing Airsoft in Hong Kong. Enjoy! 🙂

Airsoft Shopping In Mongkok

This is an experience never to be forgotten.

I had just realized one of my dreams through this trip, and that is to pit against other players in an airsoft game… overseas!

We’ve planned this since last year August and on 1st March 2013, a team of 15 of us Malaysians flew in and met up at the Hong Kong International Airport. While a majority of us are from mainland Malaysia, 1 flew in from the UK and another came from Indonesia.

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I am beginning to think this is how Jackie Chan came up with the title for his Rush Hour movie. As soon as we arrived at our hotel at Kings de Nathan in Mongkok, we hustled to the first airsoft store: Redwolf Airsoft.

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It was a few train stations away and while we had several hours before the store closes that day, time seemed to fly when we browsed through galleries after galleries of replica fire arms. 🙂

Just when I thought only women would spend several hours shopping in a Chanel, Burberry or LV store… guess I was wrong. 😛

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I was lucky to secure my purchases in time before the store closes, but some of us needed to come back again the next day.

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And our spending spree didn’t stop even on Day 2. We checked out the other stores like eHobby Asia and Shooter CB Gear, and so many other airsoft stores as they were lined up next to each other on the streets.

IMG_2744Talk about feeling like a kid in a candy store… wait, make that candy streets!

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So that’s what we’ve been doing basically for the first 2 days in Hong Kong. It was a first time for some of us (including me) and problem is, I am a banana – I can’t speak Cantonese. I had to count on my friends to help me get around.

And good thing we brought our walkie talkies with us so we kept in touch with each other as we split up every now and then on the busy streets of Mongkok to buy our Airsoft gears.

All these in good preparation and anticipation for what’s to come… the battle against experienced Hong Kong airsoft players.

To be continued…