Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Jakarta, Indonesia aka Crazy Town

Indonesia is a country that truly is unlike any other country in the world. It is so crazy here that the word crazy actually means 'normal'.
The road rules are worse than in Manila, (if that is possible) and the streets are covered in rubbish. But if you look past that and talk with the locals, they are some of the nicest people in the world.
The hotel is nice and the staff will bend over backwards to help you, but you may have to explain things a few times. Their English is ok, but some words get lost in translation. For example i ordered a ceaser salad at the hotel when i checked in and a pizza arrived haha. Not what i was expecting.

The bowling centre is 60 lanes, split into 40 on 1 level and 20 on another level. They play completely different too.

The lane condition for the Indonesian Open is extremley tough. The ratio is 1.5:1, meaning that any error in speed or accuracy is punished. It's the way bowling was meant to be i think.

I attempted to qualify in the morning and afternoon, had an ok ball reaction, was just throwing a bad shot every so often, and those bad shots really hurt your scores.
The night squad i changed my approach and played much smarter and straighter and bowling great. 930 for 4 games which will qualify easy on this pattern.

The finals are in a couple of days so i will take a few days off and relax and watch my mates bowl and support them, hoping they all make the cut.

I'll update you again in a couple of days


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