Thursday, July 24, 2008 I come!

Its confirmed. I will be going to Taiwan in August. Will be playing with Team Yushan or Team Falcon when I am there. Will be using Mini Invert during the games. This is really an honour to be invited to play with the Taiwanese but most important of all, to learn from them. The last time I was there, I visited the factory plant that manfacture the Mini Invert, spoke to the inventor about paintball in Singapore too. I wonder who I will meet this time... Will be going to Dye Asia as well, so if you guys want some Dye stuff, do let me know. Will be meeting a few of my Taiwan mates as well, people like Shan from Team Shocker, Zhong from Team Falcon...Prof and Qiu who gave me lots of pointers from the early days.

In fact, the one person that I am really looking forward to meet is Ollie Lang. He will be there giving pointers on how to play paintball the right way. I will be taking this opportunity to gain more knowledge about the game from him and hopefully to impart all that I have learnt to our fellow Singaporeans. Come to think of it...I might be the first Singaporean playing in the Taiwan about foreign talent.

Questions? Questions?

Recently, I have few queries from different people asking me about how to set up a paintball field. I thought this is a very tough least when I first started. There was no one to ask, no one who was willing to share, no one to tell me what to do and no one gave me directions. Believe me, before all these...I have made trips to Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, China to find out the different ingredients. Talk to people from the industry and got snub big time... All in all, it took me 2 years to plan, to learn, to play... many people think its easy, many people...

Just a few questions (simple ones):

When do you know how the tank is full?
What is a ball detent?
If the marker is in ramping mode, 2 shots in 1 squeeze. What is the problem?
What is the difference between HPA and CO2 and nitrogen?
Do you know how to chronograph a marker?

If you know all the answers with the click of the are very very good. If you can answer 1, you are observant. If you can answer 2 or are not bad. But but but, if you cant answer any...then perhaps, its not so easy starting a field. So its not easy after all... most people see the surface of the business...but really dont know much about running a paintball field.

Besides, if you dont play, you will never learn.

In the states, most paintballers are field owners, so if you dont really play the game, you can forget about starting a field. Even if you play try to answer the 5 questions above.

But again, the door is not shut on you. You can save time by working with the right people. People who have experiences running a field, people who have the passion to make things work. Hey, my title says I am a paintball consultant. So if you want to hire me? I am a gun for hire with some terms and conditions, I want a share in this idea of yours. Anything...anything related to paintball, I am interested. I can supply cheap, good and high grade paintballs (which field uses Proto for rec games?), I can supply markers, I can give you training, I can give you ideas to make things work...and most important of all, I can give you a good lead time against the rest of the other competitors. In today's world, its better to work together and work fast than to take time to learn and become rivals. Already, we have some "industry driven" rivals...As the saying goes, you know who you are. I establish the just piggy back and do things and say things behind my back. Just remember this, when the time just queue up hor. Er...the line is over there.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Support? Yes? No? Maybe?

The other day after RD5, I was having this wild thought about the X-ball lite game. Maybe, we should let more people witness X-ball. Which is a totally new dimension to paintball...its faster, its more intense, its more fun, its more loud...and definitely more tiring. Imagine this...7 of the best SPNS players come together (called themselves the SPNS All-Star) and play against Singapore's First Speedball Team, the Red Sevens, in a 10 minutes game with a 30 second interval in between games. Play as many games as possible in 10 minutes...All plaints sponsored by Red Dynasty. Wonderful right? Sounds exciting to me...and what's best...players get to vote for who they want to see on the field 2 weeks before SPNS Leg 3. I will implement this...MUST!

Recently, we have intention to dish out sponsorship deals to teams. A real and very attractive sponsorship deal I must say...masks, jersey, pants, gloves...everything. We do have a few queries from local teams but there are no concrete proposals. NOTHING! I am very surprised. NOTHING! Good that I can save some money for this deal. Then this NOTHING! reply got me the deal too lousy? or are teams just not worth sponsoring?

1) Lousy deal? I dont think so...this is actually a partial sponsorship that we are giving away and I am pretty sure that if I am a newbie in the sport and I want to get some recognition in the game and be serious about the sport, I will find ways and means to make my sport cheaper to play. E.g. subsidized equipment, sponsored paintballs, tagged markers (only exclusive used to my team), etc. But people are just so short sighted...they want to know what's the catch??? of course there are some catches....simple. Support the field! Give us the right support! Promote the field! Promote paintball! which then leads me to my second thought.

2) If you are one of those players who have asked newbies to play overseas...then sorry, you are not supporting the field and thus dont qualify for the sponsorship...Not only that, you are losing out on a lot more other things, e.g. no discounts, no "going by left" deal for you, no special offer, no "give face". To get the field going, we need local support, no support, no SPNS no paintball tournament in Singapore, no people training and teams willing to participate in local leagues, no one playing tournament paintball in the field, no one to watch, one knows about paintball....its a cycle. Yes, I have played in overseas tournament...and still is...I am exposed to playing fact, I have been invited to play for a Taiwan team in the Taiwan League this August...HELL AM I GOING! But one thing that I am very sure...I will come back with the knowledge, share the experiences with others and make things grow in Singapore. Dont support the field and expect the field to support you? Dream on! ...oh...just to let the cat out of the bag...I am going to meet Ollie Lang next month. Yes, the paintball divine, Oliver Lang himself...this is like meeting Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods...Lang it is...

While saying all these...there are also people who have been very supportive to local paintball! I salute you and thank you for that! Yes, we made some money out from stupid bastard...but we return to the community with better paintballs!!! better markers!!! better rest areas!!! better bunkers!!! better ideas!!! But if you dont play and support us....HELL am I going to support you. You go and @#$%$cked yourself...hahaha...crude I know. but this is how it goes...and always remember the pasture is always greener on the other side.

And lastly, we will have good news by the end of the year...dont support local worries. When its time...just stand in the line..."no by left" this time...members only!

Thanks hor...dont say I neber say leh...told you before and you dun believe.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Paintball Association (Singapore)

Paintball Association (Singapore), the driving force behind promoting paintball in Singapore. Its legitimacy was questioned today by a forum member. Good, at least someone bothers to ask about PBAS. Bad, when our stinky stench of integrity is being questioned, "merely Jane?" WOWOWO..."lack of info....hey I am the boss, need info...."Hahaha....can't blame him.

In fact, he has opened up a can of worms, which is good as information is being shared among forum members and also getting people to know about history of PBAS.

Yes, I do agree that a website is important, makes it look professional and well structured. But hell no am I going to jump in without some serious consideration. A mockery it will, if we are invited for Asia tournaments and we tell the organizers that our markers are not with us and they are all kept in our neighbouring country....!!!! What do you think their reply will be? What we need is time...not rushing into things. I don't see our Prime Minister getting instructions from me on how we should run a country??? I don't see a fighter plane pilot getting instructions from me on how to fly a plane??? Well....not that its impossible but it just take time. Time to learn, time to embrace the current situation, time to appreciate the things that have been done, time to learn how to walk, time to learn how to drink, time to learn HOW TO PLAY PAINTBALL, time to learn how to fix a marker, time to learn how to fill a gas tank, time to learn how to differentiate good and bad paintballs, time to learn how to change a firing bolt. All these in 1 day? SUPERMAN AH??? Come on...

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Asian Invitational Championship 2008/ Flora Fest 2008

Its official! Red Sevens will be participating in the Asian Invitational Championship as a representative team from Singapore. We have gotten everyone's committment in this competition and we will be going out full force to play but most importantly to have a fun time. 10 teams from Asia will be representing their respective countries and we are proud to be able to "represent" Singapore. My guess for the 10 teams will be representatives from Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Brunei...I could be wrong. But then again...its a time to get where Asia teams get together. This competition could well be the most difficult and most challenging since the Red Sevens formation, playing against the best in the region!!! But hell no are we giving up! We will play and put on a good show, if not a display of good sportsmanship and paintball ambassadors for Singapore.

Icing to the competition is the appearance of 4 NPPL teams, we were told that Dynasty, Bushwackers, Infamous and XSV will be there. Not too sure if this is going to happen...but going by the look of the Malaysia government staging such a competition and so close to Singapore, I hope this will tickle Singapore government to look at paintball from the sporting perspective.

We'll see...