Boga Lake

Boga Lake

From jungle trekking to caving, water sports, climbing the Via Ferrata to abseiling, these were some of the challenges that Perak media members were put through in a 2D/1N team building programme hosted by the Lost World of Tambun in Ipoh.

Lost World of Tambun Adventure Park

Lost World of Tambun Adventure Park

warm-up

warm-up

Gua Datok
The first activity that the 22 media practitioners were put through was Gua Datok Trail, starting with a climb of 630 steps. This gigantic magical cave of initiation ceremony is said to be more than 400 millions years old.

beginning of Gua Datok trail

beginning of Gua Datok trail

part of the 630 steps

part of the 630 steps

The first cave chamber is known as keyhole chamber. After a short trail, we reached the Secret Chamber, which has a skull of a tapir, believed to be used in a sacrificial ritual a long time ago.

 L-R: Zam, Shahrol, Zul & Shafiq

L-R: Zam, Shahrol, Zul & Shafiq

Rosli (Ipoh Echo) shines his headlamp towards the dome of the cave

Rosli (Ipoh Echo) shines his headlamp towards the dome of the cave

Walking ahead, descending a steep flight of stairs, we reached the “sinki hole”, which was filled with many crystallites or similar formations on the cave walls. The highlight of this trail was certainly Gua Datok at a height of 515 feet above sea level, at the end of the course.

Fiza enjoying Gua Datok

Fiza enjoying Gua Datok

crystal formation

crystal formation

Also known as Picasso Cave, it is believed that Dato’ Panglima Kinta Ngah Abdul Jaafar went into hiding here, hence the name of the cave, Gua Datok.

 huge wooden chair that still faces the direction for Muslim prayer

huge wooden chair that still faces the direction for Muslim prayer

I did it too!

I did it too!

Remains of human presence in Gua Datok included a large wooden chair, which still faces the direction of prayer for Muslims (arah kiblat).

just another day at the office

just another day at the office

Triple X Challenge
From the cave, into the water, as Triple X Challenge is a water activity conducted at the disused mining pond. Anyone with a mining background would know how deep these pools can get, but worry not as all participants are required to wear a life jacket, irrespective of one’s ability to swim.

 water confidence exercise before the Triple X Challenge

water confidence exercise before the Triple X Challenge

The X in the name of this activity means a challenge, so there are actually three challenges. First of all, participants form two groups. Each member has to cross the pond to collect ropes, which would then be joined together to form a longer one.

The second X means transfer of members across the pond using a float, pulled by the long rope that was made in the first hurdle of the challenge.

And the third X, well it wasn’t much of a challenge as participators had to enter a tent to collect water. However, this task isn’t as easy as it sounds. I’m just not sharing the real challenge here as this is an experience you have to discover for yourself.

Sleeping under the stars
After two strenuous activities, a scrumptious meal and a dip in the theme park’s famed hot springs, it was time to call it a day. No, we did not spend the night in a fancy hotel, but under the stars in a tent that has been furnished with hotel-grade beds and bedding, as well as simple luxuries of a hotel room.

one of the spacious tents for glamping

one of the spacious tents for glamping

Glamorous camping, it is called, or in short, Glamping. While this is not a new experience, Lost World of Tambun is the only theme park in Malaysia that offers glamping. I think that anyone who wishes to spend time with Mother Nature, yet unwilling to go back to basics, should try glamping at Lost World of Tambun for this different experience of family vacation, with modern bathroom facilities.

6th Mile Tunnel
The day started early for us as it was time for another wet activity. This time, it was the 6th Mile Tunnel. No, not its length, but the name of the place along Tanjung Rambutan Road!

 crossing muddy waters to begin the 6th Mile Tunnel challenge

crossing muddy waters to begin the 6th Mile Tunnel challenge

Be prepared to get wet and dirty as you will have to overcome stretches of the trail that have mud that goes up to your knees, water that is as high as your chest, narrow cave pathways that can only fit one slim person through, in pitch-black darkness.

starting point of 6th Mile Tunnel

starting point of 6th Mile Tunnel

While the 6th Mile Tunnel may not seem like a great challenge to most people, it could pose a huge problem to those who suffer from claustrophobia, which is why, it is an awesome activity to be included in a team building programme.

6th Mile Tunnel finishing point

6th Mile Tunnel finishing point

Via Farreta & Abseiling
Ground games weren’t enough as Via Farreta and abseiling awaited us. It wasn’t that high of a climb along the iron path.

Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

The trickiness was that there was no iron in some parts of the wall! Argh, how could this be? But of course, this was all part of the challenge. We were in safe hands of the experts, anyway, so we just went ahead, climbed and abseilled! Bravo!

abseiling with Ros (L)

abseiling with Ros (L)

Super Adventure Race
To wrap up our two days of activities was Super Adventure Race, inspired by The Amazing Race and Running Man. Gosh, did they make us run all over the park from north to south, north again to west and beyond.

part of the challenge in Super Adventure Race

part of the challenge in Super Adventure Race

This two-hour race was definitely a huge test on our fitness level, particularly after going through all the earlier challenges. But as usual, our competitive streak emerged and my team was declared winners for this segment. Woohoo!

Forging friendship & building mental strength
Needless to say, participating in a team building programme is not about winning or losing. It’s about forging closer friendship and building our personal mental strength in the face of adversities.

It teaches us that although we may not be able to do much as an individual, in a group, we can overcome whatever challenges that come our way.

Personally, I am slightly aquaphobic but with the support and encouragement from my team mates, I managed to complete all the courses that were arranged for us, including water activities.

yours truly being interviewed on TV

yours truly being interviewed on TV

Last but not least, don’t we all need a good excuse to get out from the office?

Thank you Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP) for organising Perak Media Fun Day and also Lost World of Tambun for hosting us at LWOT Adventure Park.

Event: Perak Media Fun Day
Venue: Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh
Date: 18th & 19th Sept, 2019

Image credit: Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak where applicable.

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