Braving the cold for another shot at fame


FOUR Malaysians once again braved the cold in Harbin last week in a bid to chip their way to fame again at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Competition.  

They were John Yong from Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur, Harun Jalil from Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur, Justin Lee Kok Jin from Sutera Harbour Sabah and Pun Soong Wah.  

Although veterans of ice carving, it was still a challenge for them, pitted against 45 other teams from 19 countries.  

SHAPING UP: (from left)Yong, Pun and Harun working on a piece of ice sculpture at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Competition last week.

“We only had to endure cold in the hands when we carved ice back home. Here we have to endure temperatures of minus-26°C for many hours,” said Yong who was the head of the Malaysian delegation. 

“Our electrical tools also often get jammed because of the severe cold here.” 

Harun is the most experienced of the four, having competed here three times before. 

The four have won prizes before – the Second Prize in Snow and Ice Sculpturing in 2004 and the Creativity Prize last year. 

Each team was given a block of ice harvested from the Songhuajiang river to work on.  

Harun teamed up with Pun to carve a beautiful ice hornbill, while Yong teamed up with Justin to carve an icy work titled “Beautiful World.”  

The results of the ice sculpting competition are expected to be announced soon. 

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