1. final briefing before flag off

1. final briefing before flag off

Some sixty media representatives, including bloggers and social media influencers, pitted their hunting skills to try to emerge champions in the inaugural 2-day food & fun hunt hosted by Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut.

2. Mee Kari Ramli Bidor, first stop of the hunt

2. Mee Kari Ramli Bidor, first stop of the hunt

3. James Cendol, Sitiawan

3. James Cendol, Sitiawan

The hunt, which was jointly organised by veteran hunt planner Time Out Solutions, combined a host of activities and challenges.

4. Phil downs a bowl of James Cendol in Sitiawan, as wife Ann feels exasperated

4. Phil downs a bowl of James Cendol in Sitiawan, as wife Ann feels exasperated

5. Tua Pek Kong Temple along Jalan Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan

5. Tua Pek Kong Temple along Jalan Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan

The objective was to provide participants with an opportunity to explore local cuisines unique to the state of Perak, as well as to rediscover the many tourist attractions in the state, in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2017.

6. fishing challenge at Meranti Fishing Farm in Sitiawan

6. fishing challenge at Meranti Fishing Farm in Sitiawan

7. dinner at the end of Day 1 with live entertainment by Otai Buskers

7. dinner at the end of Day 1 with live entertainment by Otai Buskers

Flagging off from Swiss-Garden Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur by Mr. Patrick Tee, General Manager of Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut, the first stop of the hunt was Bidor’s Mee Kari Ramli.

8. golf challenge

8. golf challenge

9. hunters search for answers at Segari Turtle Sanctuary

9. hunters search for answers at Segari Turtle Sanctuary

From there, the hunt took participants to Teluk Intan, Sitiawan, Manjung and Lumut, before Day 1 wrapped up. Our room at Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut never felt that comfortable, after a hard day of hunting.

10. the road is really long

10. the road is really long

11. Phil and his wife, Ann, pan marbles, a challenge at Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge #5

11. Phil and his wife, Ann, pan marbles, a challenge at Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge #5

Day 2 seemed easier for my team mates and I (Team 06) although the journey felt longer. From the Swiss-Garden Golf Club, we then went to Segari Turtle Sanctuary, Pantai Remis, Beruas Museum, Batu Gajah, Tanjung Tualang and Ayer Tawar, before returning to Lumut.

12. Bubur Perak

12. Bubur Perak

13. the twelve different flavours of bubur

13. the twelve different flavours of bubur

Indeed, we covered one too many towns. Nonetheless, we completed the challenges on time. In fact, we had plenty of time to spare, being the first team to check in at the Finish Station. Perhaps, we had gotten the hang of the mechanics already by then.

14. Ann tries to finish the two bowls of bubur

14. Ann tries to finish the two bowls of bubur

15. a visit to Kim Hock Bakery, Ayer Tawar

15. a visit to Kim Hock Bakery, Ayer Tawar

I felt that my team members, Philemon and his wife Ann, and myself formed a really solid team, and it proved to be true when Team Super Sixers were announced as the champions of the hunt. In addition, we won Most Creative Photo Caption, while Philemon was declared Best Dressed (Male).

16. hunters arranging bread

16. hunters arranging bread

17. one round on the ATV

17. one round on the ATV

Besides prizes for the top five teams, five winners in the social media category were declared as well: Best Selfie, Best Wefie, Most Creative Pose, Photo with Most Likes and Most Creative Photo Caption, which my team won.

18. hunters collecting remis, a clam species

18. hunters collecting remis, a clam species

19. Phil and his turtle before it is released

19. Phil and his turtle before it is released

What a memorable weekend it turned out to be, which included a turtle release programme, courtesy of Segari Turtle Sanctuary and the Ministry of Fisheries Perak.

20. green turtles being released into the sea

20. green turtles being released into the sea

21. beach gala dinner with 'fisherman' theme

21. beach gala dinner with ‘fisherman’ theme

This is one hunt that would stay long in my memory. My personal treasure hunt record currently stands at two outings for two wins. Yay!

22. nominees for Best Dressed (Male)

22. nominees for Best Dressed (Male)

23. the champions: Super Sixers, receiving our prize from En. Izudin Merican (Group General Manager, Swiss-Garden International)

23. the champions: Super Sixers, receiving our prize from En. Izudin Merican (Group General Manager, Swiss-Garden International)

Event: Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut Food & Fun Hunt
Venue: Perak
Date: 13th – 15th Jan, 2017

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