The Rush – 8.9.2007

During our firm’s career fair, we managed to recruit a number of students to join our post event by the name The Rush. The concept is similar with the Amazing Race save that the locations are around Klang Valley.
I teamed up with V, one of the most competitive and enthusiastic partners of the firm, fellow colleague LCB and 2 girls by the name Cherrien and Catherine.
There are around 20 teams. The organisers have appointed a supervisor for each team to ensure that they don’t cheat and comply with all given tasks.
The hardest part of this competition is waking up at 6AM on a Saturday morning. I cursed the bright fellow who fixed 730AM for registration.
On the very morning, we found out that one of the girls (our team) was wearing high heels. V forced the girl to change into a pair slipper, belonging to this driver – who wears them when he washes the car.
Our first task involves running to the LRT station to take a train to the highest flagpole in the world at Dataran Merdeka. As soon as the starting whistle blew, we rushed to the LRT station and we were among the first few teams to reach the station.
Unfortunately, the train came a bit later and hence other teams managed to catch up.
The train to Dataran Merdeka is pretty short – around 4 – 5 stops. At our 2nd stop, we realised something. We forgot about our team supervisor! We left her behind!
Although her presence is not necessary, she has to be around when the task is completed. Nevertheless, we continued without her.
Our first task in Dataran Merdeka involves looking for the following items:
(1) a Bar of soap
(2) a green ribbon
(3) a green strand of rope
(4) a stick of crayon
V: Where can we find this?
Me: 7-11!!!
V: Let’s gooo!
Then after purchasing the bar of soap and crayons, we were told that we have to look for it around Dataran Merdeka. Bahger.
Fortunately, we managed to spot all the required items quickly and our supervisor finally found her way to Dataran Merdeka.
Upon completing the first task, we have to walk all the way to Lake Gardens to perform the second task – eat 3 durians.
We chose the smallest durians and managed to finish this task quickly. Our supervisor even ate some of our durians even though she is not supposed to do so 😛

Our next task was to head to the KL Court Complex at Jalan Duta by taxi.
Since we have 6 people in our team, we had to split into 2 groups for our taxi. The first team left with a taxi quickly. V and I flagged down another shortly. We were the leading team at that time.
While flagging for a taxi, I accidentally stepped on a nail – leaving me with a bruised foot. Fortunately, it didn’t penetrate my feet but it hurts like crap.
The subsequent task was quite easy, V and I wasn’t involved in it as our first team managed to complete it without us. Next task is to take a taxi to the National Monument. Great, our taxi just left but we can take the taxis of the later teams. However, the later teams realised that they need a taxi for the next task and immediately booked their taxi.

National Momument
One team was unfortunate to have their taxi stolen by us, when V screamed at the taxi driver, “I PAY YOU RM50!!!”.
Another colleague was better, when the taxi driver told that his taxi has been booked, he said, “Yeah I know, we’re from the same company!”. The taxi driver took him.
There were 2 more tasks which involved 2 other destinations. The last and final task and destination was the KLCC Park. We have to look for a Marshall for the next clue.

One of the tasks involved dancing.
Half and hour later, the Marshall was no where to be seen. Other teams had caught up. They too had problems looking for the Marshall.
After strolling around the park, covering every possible place and spending half an hour under the hot sun, I decided to venture out into KLCC shopping mall even though the clue made no reference to KLCC shopping centre. And there, I found 2 other colleagues strolling around KLCC. They were the Marshall. O_O They were late!! I understand that we were the first team to locate the Marshall!
The clue provided by the Marshall was, “Look for the man in green, and then, in a group, recite the words “itsy bitsy spider yellow pokka dotted bikini”.
Indeed it was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
In light that we’ve combed the KLCC park with no sights of any suspicious man in green, we split into 2 groups to comb the KLCC Shopping mall. Half an hour later, no sight of the bloody green man. Bahger. At that time, most of our colleagues were no where to be seen.
After combing the entire KLCC Shopping mall, we were, no doubt, very desperate. The last team would have to wear a loser tag and dance in front of everyone. We had to choice but to call another colleague for help.
We wasted our time looking for the green man in KLCC Shopping Mall. From the first team, we dropped to one of the last teams.
We ran towards the end of the park to look for the green man and eventually found the bugger. Fortunately, we were not last but one of the last teams. I immediately text one of my colleagues from one of the last teams informing her of the green man.
Upon reciting the bloody line to the bloody green man, we rushed back to the office to be greeted with rest of the teams.
We were fortunate that we didn’t emerge as the last team but indeed disappointed as we were one of the leading teams.

G the Loser!
Notwithstanding the above, we had fun. I’m glad that I participated in this event.
Oh, after the event, I went to play futsal for 2 hours, went drinking until 1am and on the next day, went rock climbing. I had to see a Doctor on Monday!

Right after the event – blisters!

8 thoughts on “The Rush – 8.9.2007”

  1. Qustion to the lawyer: My sister send her friend’s personal item which includes pirated CDs. Now the item is held by customs. Who will be held liable for the pirated CDs? my sister or her friend?

  2. Thrillseeker: why would your sister be so intelligent to send pirated CDs by post? just refuse to claim it, say it’s not hers.
    xes: lee hish lawyers got nothing better to do one is it?

  3. great challenge. u dont get the chance to do this all the time. probably once in a lifetime. i love amazing race. 🙂

  4. Ah. Considering this firm as one of my choices for chambering, though many have given me the….you want to work like a dog, go there… response. How true is it that 1am is the usual time ppl leave the office? [Apparently due to the high billing target?]
    Wouldn’t the work-load at any other big firm around be more or less the same? [Though i’ve not heard of ppl complaining about the work-load at other firms]

  5. Darren: now taufu already.
    Thrillseeker: if she goes to collect it, she will get into trouble as the packet is addressed to her. however, she can either say its not hers or the cd is for private and domestic use. it’s a defence under the copyright act.
    CGH: im too pooor to travel 🙁
    cm: we do more than working like a dog 😛
    visitor: i think this would be my first and last time .. NO MORe!
    S: it’s a misconception that we work until 1am everyday. we hardly leave around that time. as for other big firms, some firms work like us but some doesnt. i think it would depend on which department / partner you work for. if you need more info, just mail me. this place is not a good forum to discuss about my firm 😀

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