Gathering of the Asian nations and supporters of PALS at Clark...
20 - 22 August 2010 - Red Sevens from Singapore travelled to
Clark Manila, Philippines for the United Paintballers
Philippines International Championship (UPPIC) 2010 and were
they treated with excellent hospitality and a great paintball
event. UPPIC is also Leg 2 of the PALS Series where the Red
Sevens took the Division 2 Champions title during the previous
leg in Pattaya, Thailand.
Missing out on the semi spot with just a single game point, the
Red Sevens did not qualify for Day 2 of the tournament and spent
the 2nd day coaching and "pod bitching" for Team Ku. Jane, Red
Sevens, discovered that it was just as tiring cleaning and
filling a hundred pods brought by Team Ku with the help from
Hiro, Ben, Fonjen, Arthur, Paul with special guest-pod-bitches
from Indonesia, Ronnie and Hadi. Good teamwork, guys!!
Participated by about 30 teams across 4 divisions with
participants coming from USA, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia,
Japan, Taiwan, Iran, Indonesia and host country Philippines,
this tournament is indeed an international affair. Located in a
former US airbase, participants were housed in a two-storey
villa with a mixture of 2 or 3 bedrooms with full kitchen
facilities and a wide range of cable channels for TV surfing.
Walk down the main road and be treated with wide variety of
Asian food from Korean to Japanese food. To illustrate the
organisers' hospitality, the villa of the team from Japan, Team
Ku, was located ideally just beside the Japanese restaurant. As
Khaine (Team Ku) said, "It's great! You know... sushi = japan =
more sushi!" And if there is really nothing much to do, there is
a 24-hour casino for all paintball players to try a hand at the
roulette or the baccarat table. Each player could even double
their chips with a special limited casino coupon from the
organisers and casino! Well... most of the teams contributed to
the Philippines economy by end of the tournament.
Meals for most of the Red Sevens guys were simple fare with
either BBQ chicken rice at the SM Mall which was about 15
minutes away by jeepney or instant noodles readily available at
a standalone ''mama" stall within the resort. A grand meal at
Holiday Inn was the best meal of the whole trip with
international buffet serving Chinese, Filipino, Japanese food
and an incredible dessert bar serving ice cream wrapped crepe
and a full range of toppings.
Being typical Singaporeans, we, of course, had to live up to the
reputation and went shopping at the only booth for the event
tshirts and lanyards! While scouting for sizes of the tshirts at
the booth, we were haggled, in fact, more impressed than
haggled, by a kid crooning Taio Cruz's latest song. He, together
with a group of children, was trying to sell us bamboo-like
flutes, tick-tocks, deadly-looking arrows with bows and
blow-darts (in case you are wondering, we didn't buy anything of
those items). When we first heard the tune, most of us were
wondering who was blasting the CD of Taio Cruz! Only when we
looked down, we discovered the 7-10ish year old boy singing the
song! Maybe another potential youtube hit for the talented
Filipino (like Charice Pempengco!)? Other than all these, we
also managed to grab some photographs with the friendly guys
from Global Gutz.
Red Sevens wish to thank Mary Ann, Leo Sy, Mr Tony, Rick, Mark
and several friends in the Philippines who had gone out of their
way to make this event possible and arrange for a great stay for
us all. Red Sevens would also like to thank all the referees
from Asia Refs led by Mr Junaidi in refereeing this tournament,
and, the PALS Committee for bringing another great event to the
Asia region again! Within the team, it was also great to meet up
with teammates/friends from other countries including Arthur
Chang, Fonjen, Betty who had a sunny (really hot!) time taking
photos and videos for the team! Looking forward to Red Sevens'
next adventure already...
Words by Ben "King" and Jane "ELLE" with a quote from Khaine
Smith, Team Ku
Red Sevens arrives in Clark, Philippines
and is immediately met by the warm organisers - Mary Ann, Rick
and a crew of welcome party... Thank you Mark and Kiko!
Red Sevens' very very very serious
"carbo-loading diet plans" + strategy board talk...
Our daily walk to the paintball field...
enjoying the nature and the fresh air!
Arthur and Red Sevens proudly using quality batteries from
Furious Powercells and Furious Barrels
Pimp Paul showering his love on his
boys... behind the camera were Ben and Arthur running over to
share the love... Jane was excluded and Betty was behind the
Team Photo Time!!! Any guess on what Hiro
was doing with his left hand on the face? Hehe...
Post-games "carbo-loading" at Mimosa
Resort - The London Pub
And of course... Fonjen challenging Betty
to a game of darts... I wonder who won...
Photographs contributed by Betty's camera and whoever's IPhones...