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goldrush
To show or not to show,that’s today’s question………………..

For most die hard devotees the long waited event is about to dawn.Tis the time for hobbyist to gather to see the latest equipments and fishes for sale and even take advantage of special prices to stock up food,gadgets and that elusive fish they have yearned to own.For others it has to be more important event not to be missed.The exhibitors chance upon this event to test and show their best fish nurtured over periods of months to compete against one another for that elusive crown.

As with all hobbies and indulgence,we all started as novices,encountering setbacks along the way,lost interest in some but for others,their unyielding perseverance lead to better understanding and their thirst for greater achievment propels them to seek recognition for their hobby.As serious hobbyist embark upon this learning curve,they become aware that they are not alone in this craze.Many join clubs enter forum,seeking out any solution to their keeping.Many of us go as visitors to a show.Some join the fun and in time become exhibitors themselves completing the circle of learning with the end result of probably not just looking at ranchu but actually participating themselves!
So to all those RG members who are competing in this week end show…….

.A VERY GOOD LUCK and do us proud

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Regards

goldrush
CP
Huh?
Got exhibitors and sale of food and gadgets meh? unsure.gif
For a moment I though you are refering to Aquarama 2005 (May).This weekend's event is only ranchu competition,right?
goldrush
I'm not too sure whether got sales or not as this is our first national ranchu show.Most shows that I have attended over the years have some form of exhibitors of products and fishes.So correct me if I'm wrong

goldrush
The Matrix
hahahaha ... too bad i only go see fish. no entries for me.
CP
As far as I know,there will no exhibits or sales of food,accesories or the like.Maybe I am wrong.

But sales of fishes there may be,by hobbyists and LFS (I think).Wanna buy my blackie? biggrin.gif
goldrush
On that nostalgic note perhaps,my last active goldfish competition was sometime in 1984 and 1985 era where there was not much individual participation then Those were the time I had to face LFS that brought in good grades fish like Red Sea,Swee Seng.Blue Sea ,Rainbow and Empress Aquarium.Those days the show were more catered for the LFS to market their fish rather than hobbyists competing against each other.Those trophies that I had won are now worthless ornaments that sit at a deserted corner gathering dust . I hope this time round I'll be able to see more hobbyist participation and perhaps a hobbyist clinching the coveted prize.
Wo yi jing dui chu jiang hu le.So I'll be there just as a spectator only

regards

goldrush happydance1.gif happydance1.gif happydance1.gif
CP
On this topic of showbusiness,allow me to pen my thoughs on the level of the playing field,the different expectations,aims,purpose,satisfaction and achievements:

We used to have annual koi competitions.It was said that the grand champion for next year's competition is already pre-determined this year.All you need is $$$.So what is it that I am driving at?Let us take a look at this weekend's competition,the participants:

1)LFS who brings in fishes specially for the competition.
2)Rich hobbyists who purchase 'show class' specially for the competition.
3)Hobbyists who participates from his collection,like me. biggrin.gif
4)Very dedicated hobbyists who sends in the fish that he breeds,ie not purchased.

So is the level of playing field even?The answer is obvious.Its more difficult for you to win as you go down the list.

But who has more satisfaction?I would think that the lesser you spend on a fish,the more your satisfaction if it wins.

If you can spot a $5 fish in a LFS then groom it to be a winner(no need to be champion,consolation will do),the feeling is like attaining Nirvana.

And if you send in a fish that you bred it by yourself (hints, bro Goldrush,hints) and it wins, it sure feels better than orgasm.
CP
Ha ha,
Goldrush just posted his thoughts when I was typing mine.
The Matrix
com'on goldrush ... 不失英雄,东山再起,死灰复燃。
goldrush
QUOTE(The Matrix @ Fri, 25 Feb 2005 1:35 pm)
com'on goldrush ... 不失英雄,东山再起,死灰复燃。
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Sorry matrix care to type in hanyu pinyin as my computor doesn't read chinese
desireless
QUOTE(goldrush @ Fri, 25 Feb 2005 2:54 pm)
Sorry matrix care to type in hanyu pinyin as my computor doesn't read chinese
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You need to go Microsoft update (Internet Explorer: Tools\Windows Update) to download the viewer files so you can read chinese.
The Matrix
QUOTE(goldrush @ Fri, 25 Feb 2005 2:54 pm)
Sorry matrix care to type in hanyu pinyin as my computor doesn't read chinese
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aiyo .... install the chinese encoding can or not. kekekeke.

bu shi ying xiong - no lost of heroism
dong shan zai qi - east mountain up again hahahahaha .. stage a comeback lah.
si hui fu ran - dead ash also burn again ... resurgence
CP
QUOTE(desireless @ Fri, 25 Feb 2005 3:07 pm)
You need to go Microsoft update (Internet Explorer: Tools\Windows Update) to download the viewer files so you can read chinese.
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My computer also cant read Chinese.
Even if I download that also no use because I cant read Chinese!! rofl2.gif
The Matrix
QUOTE(cpiw2002 @ Fri, 25 Feb 2005 1:30 pm)
1)LFS who brings in fishes specially for the competition.
2)Rich hobbyists who purchase 'show class' specially for the competition.
3)Hobbyists who participates from his collection,like me. biggrin.gif
4)Very dedicated hobbyists who sends in the fish that he breeds,ie not purchased.
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Cat 1 - no choice. Every business wants something. If I am a lfs or dealer, I also want to ensure i have a certain level of competency and resources so to enable my business. Even so for individuals ... as in Cat 2 ..

Cat 2 - not necessary rich individuals lah. When comes to such competition, who can control. Be it this individual pick the fish himself or the dealer in Cat 1 pick for him, it's still a certain level of understanding and also wants something out of the money. But who cares. I knew some individuals that paid nuclear pricing for fish which are champions in earlier show but yet cannot win in other events.

Cat 3 and Cat 4 I would lump as 1 cat. No matter what, in our local context, there ain't many breeders in goldfish. And to obtain a good line of fish or even just to grow them. We do not have the resources, well unless rich enough to have a backyard delicated to do so. Not in our hdb flat definitely. It will be a long long long long while before we can even form a breeders' class competition, as this takes a lot of integrity and pride in their line.

A portion of Cat 2 can even classified into Cat 3. Some might buy show class fish and groom further. Some buy young fish and make things happen. As a consumer, we sit in the middle of the import/export market to siphone off any good reasonable fish.

When comes to competition, really, there is no need to bother about who is who. The judges do not look at the depth of your pocket or how u have kept the fish or even bother about who breed the fish, it is the fish that do all the talking; swimming.

Like you have mentioned, for individuals that won any form of prizes, then it is up to this individual/business objectives on what he wants - fame, pride, money, show off, babes ...

Nothing new to this aquatic hobby/business ...
mountain
haha.. who wanna be borned poor .. hahaha..



sorry .. let me try again .. hahahahaha.. i not rich hor ..
goldrush
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and one must decide what is best for themselves. I must agree that that those who exhibit deserve admiration. These are die hard fans who are willing to share their prized fish with everyone for a day and nothing gives a genuine hobbyist more pleasure than seeing all the fine ranchus swimming together at a single venue .In doing so we increase our appreciation of our own fish as well as give us the aspiration to own that better fish in the near future.(if our pocket allows)As for me the thrills of competing are over.Over the years,I had the pleasure of exhibiting both kois and goldfish.Unfortunately the pain of post competitive loss still lingers on.Although I have no firm evidence to connect my losses to the shows,I felt that maybe the stress involved could perhaps trigger any unwanted diseases.It is for this reason, whether rightly or wrongly, that I have decided not to exhibit again.It is not my intention to criticize any shows especially this forth coming one.Neither is this my intention to dissuade any bros from participating. Perhaps it is due to my selfishness and concern for the health of my fish that is stronger than my desire to exhibit.

Cheers yes.gif yes.gif yes.gif

goldrush
The Matrix
QUOTE(Seacucumber @ Fri, 25 Feb 2005 5:19 pm)
simi orgasm?? too vague....
since most of us are males, you should use the word EJACULATION...
oohh ohhh......oohh.....AHHHhhhhhHHHhhhhhh
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buy an Aqua-o-matic Osim brand .... remove the ahhh and enjoy the ohhh ...

ohhh all the way ...
CP
QUOTE(goldrush @ Fri, 25 Feb 2005 5:21 pm)
.Unfortunately the pain of post competitive loss still lingers on.Although I have no firm evidence to connect my losses  to the shows,I felt that maybe the stress involved could perhaps trigger any unwanted diseases.
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Ya...I have heard of few cases whereby the fish dies after returning from comp.However in the forthcoming one since its only a one day affair hope that the fishes are not stressed as badly as those 3 days affair one.
The Matrix
QUOTE(goldrush @ Fri, 25 Feb 2005 1:23 pm)
On that  nostalgic note perhaps,my last active goldfish competition was sometime in  1984 and 1985 era where there was not much individual participation then Those were the time I had to face LFS that brought in good grades fish like Red Sea,Swee Seng.Blue Sea ,Rainbow and Empress Aquarium.Those days the show were more catered for the LFS to market their fish rather than hobbyists competing against each other.Those trophies that I had won are now worthless ornaments that sit at a deserted corner gathering dust .

goldrush happydance1.gif  happydance1.gif  happydance1.gif
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Got a nice bubble eyes pair trophy ? hmmmm .... i trying to recall ... there ain't a lot of die hard hobbyists that really cheong with commercial entities during then.
goldrush
QUOTE(The Matrix @ Sat, 26 Feb 2005 11:36 pm)
Got a nice bubble eyes pair trophy ? hmmmm .... i trying to recall ... there ain't a lot of die hard hobbyists that really cheong with commercial entities during then.
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Sorry matrix,I wasn't into bubbles bubbles.
I won prizes for calico oranda,red and white ranchu(which they spelled on the trophy LANCHO ha)calico ranchus and rhyukins.If I have the time I wil ltry to take a pic of those abandoned trophies.(if dust permits)

goldrush good_very.gif
goldrush
To add, if my memory permits

One was held at Bukit Timah Beauty World and the other in some building called Yeo's building.

So any idea who I am????????????

regards

goldrush
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