Funny how it’s the Impreza WRX Challenge but all the cards on site were the Subaru Legacy.
I took part with no expectations, though was hoping that I beat my previous time of 23 hours 52 minutes.
I don’t know whether it was a sign that I got the same spot as I did in 2007, but this time, the car was situated much further back and I had the privilege of hiding under the shadows of Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. That granted me a lot of shade from the afternoon sun, I was only exposed to direct sunlight for less than 3 hours.
On top of that, it rained heavily in the afternoon. I don’t know about the rest, but I was really shivering because it was too cold. My clothes were heavily soaked with rain water, and the cold wind blowing through my clothes was unbearable. Half my mind was telling me to give it up, but I guess a lot of people were looking forward to dropping by, so that gave me something to look forward to.
That was when I wished I had been exposed to direct sunlight. It would have helped to dry my clothes better, but the rain stopped only after 4pm and half the sun was already beginning to set. If I am ever given a choice to be left in the extreme cold or heat, I would certainly look back on this experience to make my decision.
A lot of my friends dropped by, including some whom I have not seen in ages! Both my sisters dropped by too, and they bumped into each other there. This wasn’t planned at all.
I have an upcoming exam on Tuesday, so I was planning to leave by Sunday afternoon. My only question was when to leave.
I was thinking to myself, if it rains again at night, I will be gone for sure. I don’t want to put myself through the cold again, but otherwise, I probably would want to leave at a good timing.
I was thinking of leaving at the 14th hour, but I held on.
I thought of leaving again at the 15th hour, and the Chinese guy in front of me left, but I decided to hold on.
I thought of leaving again at the 16th hour, but I continued to hold.. And decided that I should leave at 16:16:16.
I said my goodbyes to the rest of the contestants on my car, and waited for the clock to countdown.
At 16:16:16 sharp, I attempted to lift my palm but the tall malay guy standing beside me pushed my palm firmly on the decal. He didn’t let me go. After all, we chatted with each other so much for the past 16 hours and supported each other in various ways. We gave each other massages, took turns to stretch, and signalled each other if a marshaller was approaching.
I told him that I really had to go, and so I counted down again, and left at 16:17:18.
I was just in the competition for fun.
I had no intentions of staying for long, and yeah, I enjoyed myself while it lasted. 🙂
(The tall malay guy beside me is still in the competition after 36 hours. I wish him all the best.)