Trekkies Year-End Chalet: Goldkist Beach Resort

Posted: December 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                         Stardate: 62456.2 (Dec 15th, 2008)

Three days ago, on stardate 62447.1 (Dec 12th, 2008 / Friday) was the start of our local trekkies year-end chalet, which was mostly organized at the end of each year. It was a three-day, two night stay at East Coast Goldkist Beach Resort. As for me, this year will be my first chalet with the local trekkies, as I had never been to any of their previous chalets held in the past. The days were Friday till Sunday, and as such I had to apply my leave for Saturday to grab this opportunity. I cannot afford to miss this one, as I am looking forward to it ever since the news has been posted in the forum.

Since it was a three-day chalet, I will start off at the very first day in order.


DAY 1 – FRIDAY
Stardate: 62447.1 (Dec 12th, 2008)

Right after I reached home from work in the afternoon, I straightaway packed all my things needed for the chalet. I double-checked and re-checked the things, especially my digital camera and camcorder; to be sure they were in the bag before I left. I want to the chalet by car, where my mum had decided to send me there. Based on the forum, the chalet starts at 1800hrs, where the barbeque was held. But one of the trekkies named Fahmi, needed to book in early as he needed to get the rented barbeque pit ready. He also be expecting me to be there early also, as I had promised him that I’ll be there after my working hours ended. Another trekkie, by the named of Jeremy had also arrived early. But he needed to go for his afternoon shift where he was working, and had leave his bag behind and be back about 2200hrs. So far, those staying-in will be Fahmi, Jeremy and myself. But Jeremy will be staying for one night only, as he needed to report back for his night shift the very next day.

Front View The inside Opposite view

At around 1600hrs, the next early trekkie named Dave arrives. Aged 18, he was currently staying in Malaysia, but had joined in as the next newest member in the local Star Trek forum. According to him, he had some relatives staying in Singapore, so that’s the reason why he could spare the time to join us for this event =)

Then, at about 1700hrs, Fahmi decided its time to set up the barbeque. I had to admit, I never set up a barbeque before, so its best for me to learn how Fahmi does it. Because of the wind kept blowing every now and then, it gave us a lot of difficulty in setting up the fire, that we ended up wasting all the firestarters. Eventually, another batch had to be brought in. And by the time we had managed to heat up the barbeque within few hours time, another trekkie named Joran, been accompanied by his girlfriend has landed. That was one hell of a set up if you asked me!

The food were been brought in. Talk about the first barbeque night, and the most common food, which was the sausages meant to be barbeque were already wrecked! But all goes well in the end. However, not bad after getting a taste of its “crispy” feeling =D

Grill time! This one's ready Not bad...

Samples...=D

The sky had turned dark. A trekkie named Fatimah soon shows up, and the last happened to arrive was the founder himself, James Lee. He just came back from a cruise trip, so he does appeared rather “shack” for the moment =D Surprisingly, a Star Wars fanatic happened to drop in, who was accompanied by his girlfriend. Its good to be introduce to someone from another “clan.” =D

A Star Wars fan
That night was filled with much activity. Not only from ours, but from the neighbours as well. The moon was full tonight. Because of the glow taken from the sun, illuminating it, the moon appears like a gold coin rested high up in the night sky. We share stories, joked, laughed, as we gobbled down the food. And 0f course, my camcorder had began filming the action taking place. And my camera were snapping away shots after shots =D

At around 2200hrs, we decided to call it a night. But before the rest leave the chalet, excluding both Fahmi and me who shall be staying overnight, a group photo was taken. And on top of that, that night was our ghost hunt that were planned by Fahmi and me. We had already make preparations for it, due to last week, where both of us had conducted a 15km trekking across East Coast Park, whereby we managed to discover the Yellow Tower and the infamous underpass that links from Bayshore to East Coast Park. This time, we are gonna checked this two places at night. To see whether, the paranormal takes place, as to what many had spoken. That night is ours….

Once the rest of the trekkies had left the chalet grounds, both of us proceed on our way towards the Yellow Tower. I never knew, that could be so many campers spending the night near the beach along the way. Their tents were a stretched along the coast! There’s even some campers, who had established their tents next to the roadside. Indeed, I’m surprised….. =O

Nearly half an hour, we could make out the solid structure of the Yellow Tower. Compare during in board daylight, it appeared more larger, and seems “alive” at night. Just by staring at it does give me the creeps……

While Fahmi started scanning the base of the Tower with his EMF, I began to take the shot of the whole tower front view from the coastline. Seen through the screen of the camera, there appeared to be only one of the so-called “orb” been detected at the top right next to the tower. But, when been viewed in full definition through my computer, this is what I came across!

Yellow Tower taken at night

There appears to be more than just one orb! I was taken back by surprise when discovered this! I swear, there is none of the orbs flying around before this photo was taken. It so happened, that the tower does held a suspense, somewhere…..

The EMF was going crazy when comes to these two particular spots. My camcorder was rolling much film at these spots. Not to mention, those sudden drops of temperature, and that shivers felt at the back of our neck! Dudes, I ain’t kidding!

Here’s more where it came from…

More Orbs Upper deck Other end of the deck

We spend about 10 to 15 minutes investigating the tower. And during that time, its always the same two spots (above last two photos) that kept the EMF going almost berserk! Not to mention, how “cold” it is everytime we landed on that spot. I’m telling you, its not the weather I’m talking about!

Soon, we leave the place. Our next one, was the all time, infamous underpass. But before we ventured there, we had to head back to the chalet, where the trekkie named Jeremy had called up Fahmi, saying that he’s on the way back from his workplace. So we had decided to bring him along to investigate the underpass. Furthermore, another trekkie also by the named of James were coming over with Jeremy. But just for a little visit, and gobbled up any left overs.

James stays about half an hour before he left. Once Jeremy had freshen himself up, we proceed for the underpass. The time, was already somewhere, midnight.

The underpass appeared more alive at night. Even at a distance, the entry of the underpass where like the jaws of a monster. Like as though its waiting for its victim. Luring them in. Luring them into the unknown.

Well…..I guess I was involved in too much paranormal on that night. Hah! =D

Underpass Orbs detected Entry End of pass Intensive readings

Fahmi’s EMF doesn’t picked up much readings when moving through the underpass, until when we reaches the end of it. Presence of a sudden “cold” and at the same time, the EMF detects certain areas to be “cold.” Compare from last week where both Fahmi and I had investigate the pass during board daylight, our second visit on the night had taken a much stronger presence…..=o

Furthermore, we also investigate the Bird Sanctuary a.k.a “Devil’s Playground” as what the local ghost hunters calls it, that circulars near the underpass. Few of the photos were seen to have those orbs detected. Once again, I’m certain they are NOT there before the photos were taken.

Scanning.... Green... Scanning.... Devil's Hideout Deep within... Tracking....

20 minutes is all we had taken the time to spare. Although we have not encountered any sign of paranormal activity that would “spook” us out, we do picked up some traces, especially those orbs and some “cold spots” that we can at least expected. Even from the Yellow Tower. From these two places, there is the stories to tell. To conclude, both still remains, a mystery….

It was half an hour before 0200hrs, where we end the ghost hunt. We also had to head back quickly towards the chalet because the gate we are entering closes at 0200hrs.

Another day gone, and couldn’t wait for the next big day =)


DAY 2 – SATURDAY
Stardate: 62450.5 (Dec 13th, 2008)

Both Jeremy and Fahmi were still in dreamland when I woke up early morning. (And I though “Klingons” who was Fahmi’s alter ego used to woke up early in the morning to exercise for the “Challenge of Spirit” which consists of meditation and bathing which signifies purification of both mind and body. Hah! =D) Yesterday’s pizza which Fahmi had ordered two sets from Canadian Pizza, and left only one piece still in the box when I opened one of them. Well, it could be a waste of not eating a left over good food that still appeared fresh from the box =D

Jeremy soon woke up and head for the toilet when I was watching television. A while later, I head upstairs to grab my towel. That’s where I caught sight of Fahmi opened his eyes sharp. Like an android which was been activated after all the systems were set to go =D

Surprisingly, at about 1000hrs, newest trekkie named Dave, arrives at our doorstep. He’s early to spend the whole day with us. Right after Fahmi, Jeremy and myself had freshen up, we head down towards Mcdonalds for our breakfast, which was located at the heart of Marine Cove.

Here’s some snapshots I took along the way.

The ocean

By the lake

We’ve entered the fast food restaurant and only to find that breakfast is over =( Let alone the numbers of hungry people that had accomodate the restaurant. Oh well, lunch is lunch =D

Marine Cove At the fountain Lunch

Once done, we proceed to the 7-11 store just around the corner, where Fahmi needs to buy some 1.5 litres of water bottle for that second day of barbeque. On top of that, Jeremy and I needed to head down to Parkway Parade in the afternoon, whereby we need to buy more food for the barbeque, as that night we’ll be expecting more trekkies to show up.

Along the way back to the chalet, Fahmi receives a call from a trekkie. I might spell his name incorrectly, so I used his nickame that were used in the forum instead, which was “lhs1701.” He informs that he’s coming over to the chalet to hand over some sci-fiction CDs to Fahmi. Fahmi responded that he needed to wait at the chalet for a few minutes as we are on our way back from lunch.

“lhs17o1” said that he won’t be staying for the barbeque, as he need to wake up early morning the next day to accompany his wife to walk along the Western Ridges. He just dropped by to hand over the CDs to Fahmi. At least, he had taken a good look at the chalet and within its vicinity =) And before he left, a group photo was taken.

group-photo-3

For the next afternoon, the four of us challenge ourselves in a game of Monopoly – Star Wars edition, that were brought in by the Star Wars fan the day before. There’s also the game of Risk, also Star Wars edition. But we never play the game, as none of us knew how.

Its been a long time since I last played Monopoly. Playing it once again does refresh my mind in those that I have forgotten. Of course, I ended up going bankrupt after within an hour when my piece landed on one of Dave’s property, and ended up paying all. And I don’ think getting mortage would do any good. Oh well, its only a game =D

The game begins Cards Feel my wrath! Base is growing

By late afternoon, both Jeremy and I head down towards Parkway Parade to buy the extra food needed. Jeremy even brought a warp packet of squids. I had doubt, anyone of us will eat those. But Jeremy just added that to the shopping list. Just in case, he claims…

Once the groceries were brought back to the chalet, we began to prepared the food. With Jeremy does all the cutting on the carrots, corns and potatoes, he does appeared like a good chef to start off with… =D

Chef All ready Preparation

Once Fahmi gets the rented barbeque pit, I’ve decided to set up the fire once Fahmi gets the barbeque pit on its stand. Its time for me to learn how to set one, since I had gotten the idea from Fahmi.

Well, not bad for first starters. Hah! =D Not much of a wind blowing on the second day. The fire did went out several times, however. But that was something common to be encountered for during any barbeque. Jeremy soon joins in and help to pile up several of the charcoals over the fire. In the meantime, the food were all prepared and those needed to be barbeque were placed on the grill once the heat were on the level.

Moments later, James and his wife, also a trekkie named Janice shows up. About half an hour later, another trekkie whose named I’ve forgotten, but nickname as “daleth” from the local forum landed. Minutes pass and the activity began to fill with much excitement from ours. At the same time, from the neighbours as well. The barbeque grill were refilled with those needed to be grill, and more people came over at the same time to join in the fun. And just before the sky turns dark, another trekkie named Simon, (I think that’s his name) shows up together with this wife and son. An hour later, Fatimah arrives. And once again, both of my camcorder and digital camera were rolling and snapping picture away as we enjoyed the evening =)

Mouth waters More butter Grill The smoke Ready to be serve

The atmosphere was a breeze. Each time you passes across the chalet grounds, there will be the familiar sounds of joy and excitement from one chalet after another. I’m just glad that I managed to join in as my first time, year-end chalet with the local trekkies. Never do I felt so excited, as to compare from other chalets that I’ve attended. To me, joining in the fun for the trekkies chalet is something new, and always, awaiting surprises =)

Messy scene Fanning Wanna bite?

Cause once the clock hits 2100hrs, James began to make the announcement that its…..GAME TIME!!!! There’s prizes to be won, and one of them attracts us the most. It was a Star Trek, The Next Generation chess set. Its a grand prize to those who win the final round. Really an eye-opener and everyone just felt the urge to grab it.

Prizes to be won

The game start off with a quiz. Before that, James wants us to team up in pairs. Once done, each team should have a name. I paired up with Jeremy, whose team named is “Anything.” Is Jeremy’s idea to give such a name for our team. Hah! =D

Taken from a Star Trek book who James had, the first guessing game was to identify which species and character’s names, who had worn certain uniforms seen in the episodes and movies. Whoever answer it correctly will get one Star Trek customized card game as a token. This game is to test how knowledgable you are in Star Trek. Looks like I had to do more study on Star Trek, cause even the simplest ones I ended up confused! And during the game, another trekkie named Hameed shows up, and joined in with Janice and Fatimah whose team named is “Whatever.” Haha! =D

The game ends with the team who had the number of cards win. And this goes to both Fahmi and Dave, whose team named is “Spartans.” Each won a set of Star Trek bookmarks. Congrats!

Winners

Next game, was related from our own. This one is to identify which of us trekkies, who wore the mask or half-mask of Star Trek characters, and to which costume event he or she participates. Including the year as well. This one does appeared tough, cause to me, the only event I ever attended was the Toys and Comic Convention held in June. And that was the day where I had decided to be a member of this fan club. So I had totally no idea who was behind those make-up or masks, or which year and event held. Unless, they looked kinda familiar or their faces were seen. But I just took a guess anyway to see if I’m right.

While during the game, another trekkie named Sofyan shows up, and both Jeremy and I immediately dragged him to join our team. Hah! =D

And the winner for this round goes to, team named “Whatever!” And all three were awarded with a complete set of Star Trek door knots. Congrats! =D

Winners

Now, the final round. This time, its even more exciting. Its from the classic game of Bingo. But James had created a Star Trek version of it. And instead of the usual columns and rows filled with numbers, James had type in our names that was used in the forum. He had a bag with him, that was filled with small cut-out papers that has our names printed on them. Exactly like Bingo, when a name has been called out, each one of us had to search for it from the given slip of paper that has different set of names printed on them. When a name has been found, the players will used a toothpick that was been given each to poke on the box, as to indicate that the name were called.

And while the game was running, trekkie Franklin arrived on the spot, as the last man.

Ohhhhhh..anything lah! Cool game! Outnumbered!!

We really had a lot of fun playing this. The last remaining prizes were the Star Trek Encyclopedia, Deep Space Technical Manual and the making of Star Trek Deep Space Nine. And of course, the Star Trek chess set as the grand prize. The winners for this goes to Sofyan, Franklin, Hameed, Fatimah, Dave and Janice. And the chess set goes to Sofyan after winning the final round. I was eyeing that Encyclopedia actually, and was hoping if I can win that. There’s a few runs during the game that I was almost close to winning. Oh well, better luck next time… =)

The game ends right after the grand prize were handed out. And here comes the group photo:

Group photo

Jeremy had already left for his night shift duty, since he had only stayed for a single night. Now only both Fahmi and myself, as we had decided to stay in for two nights. James and the rest of the trekkies spend about another hour in the chalet, with most of us helping in clearing the place out, before they called it a night.

The last trekkie leaves, and both Fahmi and myself had the chalet once again to ourselves.

Moments later, we are on a maiden voyage to dreamland…..Zzzzzzzzzzz…=)

Day 3 – Sunday
Stardate: 62453.3 (Dec 14th, 2008)

Its time to disembarked =D Once both of us had freshen up, we head towards Macdonalds for breakfast.

The three day chalet does start off pretty well. I had told myself that when we were packing up our things. I really enjoyed a good time, and especially yesterday’s game of Bingo. I really wished the rest of the trekkies who were unable to attend were here for the chalet. Like they used to say, the more, the merrier =)

Furthermore, I’m looking forward for the next year round; if there’s nothing clashes on me due to my work. I wouldn’t want to miss out the next big happening =)

Live long and prosper
Md.Ariffin a.k.a captainphoton24

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