Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Reds in town... Day 0

The eagles have landed

After 4.5 hours of flight time, we have finally reached Taiwan. Before boarding the plane, the team managed to catch up with Ken Tsuda at the airport. He was on his way to the Philippines after a night in Singapore. Ken told us that he would love to come by again and time his business trip so that he can spend a weekend in KL when its the World Cup Asia. He also told us that he would love to spend a weekend in Singapore the next time he comes by. "I would love to play some paintball in Singapore"... So I guess the local community is in for a treat in the near future.

In Taiwan, we are imposing on our old friend Arthur who has kindly let us mess up his place again. Straight after landing, Arthur came to pick us from the airport and we went for a Teppanyaki dinner Taiwan style... Gerald had his first taste of the Taiwanese food by ordering a super duper spicy beef set and we were wondering if it was raining in the restaurant. Of course now that we are in Taiwan... its almost like TOM, TOM, TOM and TOM everywhere we go. Tomorrow, we will be going shopping...

Arthur checking out food again...

Last heard, there will be 12 participating teams, 6 local and 6 international teams. Other than Red Sevens from Singapore, we also have Datis from Iran, Incarnate from Canada, KU from Japan, SWAT from Australia and a team from Germany.

2nd Asia Paintball Invitational Tournament 2009 Day -1

One more day before flying to Taiwan... and again a surprise visit by Ken Tsuda from Oakland Blast... just like before... The last time when Ken was in town, he gave us pointers on how to play the bunkers by taking one step back from the bunker that you are in so as to have a wider angle during offensive shooting. Well....Ken is in town again but because he is flying off to the Philippines the next day, we did not arrange for any quick bite or coffee with him. But nevertheless, Ken's visit was just so timely... just in time to catch up with him and checking with him on the pro league before leaving for Taiwan.

Ken brought a surprise for Jane. He brought her a customized Oakland Blast paintball jersey with her name on it. If you dont know what this means... it means Jane got herself a FREE pro jersey. and the significance of this is that pro paintball teams do not make customized jerseys for players who are not related to the team, not even when you are ready to pay for it. According to Ken, this is the first time that the team has done this from someone outside the team. Only paintball divas get these customized made jerseys and they are made for promotional purposes. He brought in a few other jerseys too...one of Jason's, Kenny's and Luke's and get them all signed. The Red Sevens team will wear the Oakland Blast Jersey during one of our games in Taiwan to thank Ken for his wonderful gesture and to help promote Oakland Blast to the Taiwanese teams.

What a Blast!