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Day 1: 21st Sept, 2012
And so, after two days of orientation, briefing and tour around Putrajaya, the first day of Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2012 dawned on us. A press conference by Tourism Minister of Malaysia, Y.B. Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, was held in the morning. She explained to all present, the objectives of the Hunt. The main one is to promote Malaysia as a fly-and-drive destination, hence the participation of local and foreign media and also travel agents.
We were soon flagged off by the Minister, and the convoy of about 35 vehicles, all sponsored by Proton Bhd., with police outriders and Jabatan Pertahanan Awam (JPAM) covering our back.
Our first check point was Kuala Kubu Baru; it is a Malay village at the foot of Fraser’s Hill. There, we participated in a historical walk and food trail. It was quite a tough challenge and we had to walk about two blocks of shop houses, trying to search for answers based on vague clues. This activity ended after 30 minutes.
After an icy bowl of cendol at Kak Jah’s, the convoy snaked its way up hill to Fraser’s Hill. It was so chilly up there!!! We put up for the night at Shahzan’s Inn, but only after being put through the most arduous task of running uphill and down hill for two hours participating in a challenge, discovering what nature has to offer, really observing in detail.
That wasn’t all. We had to go for a night trail as well, before we could get to bed for a good night’s rest!
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