The Sombrero Challenge of the Devil of the Death..

Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

From a Chilean internet cafe, the following email was sent:

"In the past, when you went to read a witty travel blog of a friend or family member, did you ever notice a little option that said "Accepting Donations"? Did you ever stop and think - what kind of idiot doesn't accept donations? Is it some kind of moral stand against getting some free ride? Perhaps for others. For others, in my opinion, it is borne through sheer laziness. However, whilst staring out a window across Lake Villarica and Volcano Villarica in the Lake District of Chile, inspired by a Christmas promise from Irene and a realisation that people may actually be contributing to Kieran's travel fund ( - I expect a donation for this plug), my mind returned to a regularly pondered idea: free stuff is good. Therefore, I have set up a Travel Blog Donation Mechanism of my own. But don't think that this donation mechanism is designed for free-handouts. No no no. That would be far too straightforward and not much fun. So here's the deal: For any donation made to the 'Donations of the Devil of the Death from Hell for Mark's travels', you can request me to do something - stupid, funny, daring, random etc - in a place of your choice that I will be visiting. Choose from the following list:
Santiago, Chile
Beunos Aires, Argentina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Salta, Argentina
Macchu Pichu, Peru
Mexico City, Mexico
Guadalajara, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico
Havana, Cuba
New York City, USA,
Perth, Australia
(note - this list will expand and interested parties will be notified)

Want me to go swimming in freezing waters in Chile? It's gonna cost you. Want me to do a silly line of Tequilas in Guadalajara? Well, that could harm both my physical well-being and your hip pocket. Would like to see a coup de militat in Cuba? I'm your man... for a small price.

"How do I take part?" I here you ask. Well, just go to - open "The Rest of the World of the Devil of the Death from Hell", click on "Support my Travels", follow the instructions and dominate. Outline your request with the donation and you're away. Brilliant.

Remember that all donations go to a good cause.

Note: The Committee has the right to reject any requests it deems excessive, beyond the boundary of good sense or illegal. The donations accompanying any such request will be kept as a processing fee.

After much devilish deliberation, a person who shall remain nameless, possibly my sister (or maybe we were once married), caused the following email to appear in my inbox:

"The Sombrero Challenge of the Devil of the Death from Hell...

1. The Preamble

Irene Tjhung ("Ai") has challenged Mark Tjhung ("Marky") under the proposal outlined in Donations for the Road Trip of the
Devil of the Death from Hell of Ice. Pursuant to the proposal, any person could challenge Marks to a challenge in a place of their
choice. If the challenge was completed successfully, the person would offer some reward for the troubles.

2. The Terms of the Challenge

"Ai" has made the following challenge:

Location: Mexico

Items required: 1. Sombrero (big f* off one), 2. tequila (complete w worm, no imitations please), 3. mini guitar, 4. a colourful piece of mexican busking fabric, 6. documentary cinematographers x2, 5. one helluva voice & a helluvalotta courage.

The challenge for "Marky": To set up a busking corner after drinking sufficient quantity (at discretion of drinker; this challenger promotes responsible drinking) of tequila (lick, sip, suck method) plus worm. To be wearing sombrero and whatever other culturally appropriate attire available. To then exhibit vocal/ musical talents with use of mini guitar (& gusto voice) for at least a good half hour. To have proceedings documented by a couple of camera chicks (ala Melski/ Hannah), who have also had a fair share of the tequila. To collect monetary proceedings on colourful culturally-appropriate busking cloth (or whatever really). Documentation to be sent as evidence to chellenger "Ai".

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