Lustful Wanderers S.H.O.T. !

 

Hashes are, for practical reasons, locality based, which accounts for why almost all clubs are named after the towns/cities/regions where they originate from and congregate for their runs. Because there are no fixed and fast rules, no insufferable and condescending authority to impose DOs and DON’Ts – a sacrament most holy to all hashers – majority of hashes have developed their very own unique characteristics and idiosyncrasies, coming in various guises and concepts with different or marginally altered sets of rules/bylaws. The resultant lack of homogeneity is what makes inter-hashing, or hashing with chapters other than one’s own, so interesting.

The mushrooming of hash clubs and consequently the increasing frequency of celebration runs in recent years has spawned inter-hashing activities and travels as hashers, most of whom are naturally wanderlust with a big dose of travel bugs in them, visit and reciprocates visits. Of late, this wayfaring hashing trend has been made more affordable due in large part to the availability of economy/budget flights. Whereas the average person traveled overseas perhaps only once a year just 20 years ago, he/she could now afford to venture abroad 2, 3 or more times yearly, irrespective of the appreciation of real disposable income. Promotional flight tickets offered by Air Asia, Asia’s largest and best networked low cost carrier, for example, could cost less than travels by car, bus, or even train. In fact, if one log in and make internet booking at the opportune time, it could even cost nothing, as a large group of hashers recently found out to their absolute delight.

Latching onto this symbiotic complement between the need for hash travels and the availability cum proliferation of budget flights, a group of like-minded hashers banded together to form the Solstice Hash On Tour (S.H.O.T.) which, as its name implies, hashes twice a year on the weekends nearest to the winter and summer solstices, and always in a different, exotic location. Taking a leaf out of the Interhash tradition, this upstart allows attending participants to choose their next run destination, with interested hares presenting their proposed destinations, and the party that garners the majority vote wins. Whichever destination the members select, it promises to be yet another great sojourn for this group of wandering hashers.

With flight tickets for hares’ recces and a generous dollop of freebies both sponsored by our earlier patron Air Asia, the nascent travelling hash took flight with its inaugural run/excursion to the idyllic destination of Bali in June 2005. Attended by close to a hundred travelling participants from various countries and aided by the local host Bali H3 which turned up in force and helped ground arrangements, the event was an unqualified success. Following in its wake, the succeeding run/excursion to Angeles City of the Philippines was near as well attended. The coming-of-age 3rd run, a milestone that gave it entry into the Hash Genealogy as a properly constituted hash chapter, was held in Koh Samet, Thailand.

Side trips and ancillary events are important constituents, and many turns up with their non-hashing spouses and partners, ample testimony to the wholesome approach and endeavor of the hash.

SHOT Committee

Grandmasters - Dave ‘Kamikaze’ Settergren, Opera Cheong

Webmaster - Mike ‘Snakebite’ Sanders

On Cash/committee - Ben ‘Juicy Rump’ Kulen

Asst On Cash/Committee - Maureen ‘Wetdream’ Tong

Runs to date include:

  1. Bali, Indonesia, Jun-2005
  2. Angeles City, Phillipines, Dec-2005
  3. Koh Samet, Thailand, Jun-2006
  4. Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec-2006
  5. Hanoi, Vietnam, Jun-2007
  6. Shenzhen, China, Dec-2007
  7. Krakatoa, Indonesia, Jun-2008
  8. Vientianne, Laos, Dec-2008
  9. Guilin, China, Jun-2009
  10. Saigon, Vietnam, Dec-2009
  11. Bandung, Indonesia, Jun-2010
  12. Kandy, Sri Lanka, Dec-2010
  13. Zhang Jia Jie, China, Jun-2011
  14. Yangon, Myanmar, Dec-2011
  15. Makassar, Indonesia, Jun-2012
  16. Chengdu, China, Dec-2012
  17. Siem Reap, Cambodia, Jun-2013
  18. Brisbane, Australia, Dec-2013
  19. Hua Hin, Thailand, Jun-2014
  20. Medan, Indonesia, Dec-2014
  21. Hoi An, Vietnam, Jun-2015
  22. Boracay, Philippines, Dec-2015
  23. Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Jun-2016
  24. Hyderabad, India, Dec-2016
  25. Miri-Sarawak, Malaysia, Jun-2017
  26. Vang Vieng, Laos, Dec-2017
  27. Sengiggi, Lombok, Jun-2018
  28. Kampot, Cambodia, Dec-2018
  29. Fukuoka, Japan, Jun-2019
  30. Pai, Thailand, Dec-2019
  31. Muar, Malaysia, Dec-2021
  32. Krabi, Thailand, Jun-2022
  33. Phu Quoc, Vietnam, Dec-2022
  34. Yoygakarta, Indonesia, Jun-2023
  35. Batangas, Philippines, Dec-2023
  36. Kunming, China, Jun-2024