Thursday, October 31, 2013

Upcoming events (December 2013)

So, have you plan anything for this coming December?

If not, how bout trying any one of these (or both?) hehe..

deets here

the next day : 8 December 2013 (Sunday)

deets here and here

The latter is my personal favourite. These events are kind a hybrid. with physical and mental challenge (amazing race/adventure race + treasure hunt, task). 

All the best!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

KL Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Hunt 2013 / Nestle Fitnesse Treat with DJs of

This post consists of 2 events being held in the same morning of 26th October, and I took part in both. We call it B2B (back to back) and im doing it not because of the rewards (kinda awesome one too) but because of the commitment. To friends (teammate) and to the organizer of the event. And I (think) can do it.

These events, located around 10km between each other.

One in One Utama (the only venue) and another one starts at Matic Jln. Ampang (around KL).

Let me begin with the one I joined first that morning :

Nestle Fitnesse with Hitz FM

Not only participants (only 12 of us) will get to hang out the whole day with DJ Arnold and DJ Natalie from HITZ fm radio station (man, Natalie is taller than me!) but we will be treated (by Nestle of course.. thank You!!) with few fitness sessions , which were Wall Climbing @ Camp 5 Climbing Gym, Lunch @ Opika Organic Café, sports voucher worth RM150 from Royal Sporting House, shopping for something healthy and nutritious worth RM150 @Aeon and 2 hours session at Batting cage @ Upper Roof. Ok, that’s the reward.

Here’s the story.

Budget Good-Good, we did GooD!! 

9.10am – arrived Matic Jln Ampang for the registration of our team for the Life&Times Travel KL Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Hunt 2013 happening later around 11am. Once done, rush off to One Utama and got there 15 minutes later. 

would changing it's team name will bring up any Good? :P

Once I’ve registered for Nestle Fitness with Hitz FM,  I took some time to snap pics around the gym and get to know other winners. It was an online contest by HitzFM (via Instagram and website) and we need to pose with a Nestle Fitnesse cereal to be selected to join this event. Each will receive RM500 along with treats I mentioned earlier. 

 with Dj Arnold! Woot!


front desk

inspiring, aint it?

fill up first?


Dj Natalie took the lead. Not bad..

The rock climbing session began around 10.15am. yup. Im supposed to already be on my way to meet my teammate for the next event. Xpe.. layan this one dulu. Went through the warm up climbing, then I asked permission to skip the next 2 sessions (makan2 n shopping) and drive back to Matic. Its already 10.30am! Gosh. 

And lucky that im on the road, as we need to get today’s copy of New Straits time paper for the answer to the ‘treasure’ questions given. Make a quick stop for that.

And just after I exited the Jln Duta roundabout.. tada!! Jam! Aiseh. It was clear just now when I went to OU this morning. Ok don’t panic. I got 15 min left. And my team mate keep calling me every 5 minutes or so! DON’T PANIC!

It was a slow pace traffic, but I managed to make an escape to Jalan Pahang, and make my way (slowly) to Jalan Ampang.  Arrived a minute before the Flag-Off!

Life&Times Travel KL Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Hunt 2013

Ok let’s continue with this event pulak.

9 CP (check points) altogether. 

 we argued on something! haha.. belum mula lagi pun!

Once it started, we rushed to the taxi (only public transportations were allowed) and went to our first CP (check point), Mi Ketam KL @ Jalan Keramat.
Task : Mi Ketam panas + air sirap sejuk (get creative) :P

 fakri for the 1st CP. i wonder whats the Mi Ketam taste like?

Fakri did well eating this one, and we spent only few minutes here, while I tried to get the answer the ‘treasure questions’ given before the race begin.

Total Question was 6, but Q A1 has no answer (found out about it much later). and i actually found the ANSWER! (find the answer at the end of this post)

 im trying to find the answer by any way i could :P

As we moving on, we tried to reach the CP near to each other, avoiding CP at CM (Central Market) since you can only get the stamp for the Treasure there. As I said, we can’t submit yet since we didn’t get the answer for Q A1.

There were also other tasks involved. 2 pictures needed to be taken (one from a groupie @ LRT Jelatek and another one @ CM. Uploaded them into our own FB and show them marshal the post. Easy.

Did I mentioned be creative? Being gelojoh will only choke you. Being creative makes you swallow the food faster. Haa… :P

Did a quick stop @ LRT Jelatek for this groupie : 

 posing ala Budget Good-Good

Moving on to the next CP :  NZ Curry House @ Section 5 Wangsa Maju.
Task : Roti Canai + Teh Tarik

I think Ellah enjoying this task. It was him who did the same task last year @ CM. He did swell. 

 he's enjoying his teh tarik session

Ok moving on. We were moving too fast? Yes. We did. And eat ridiculously fast and tak senonoh! Haha.. it’s a race remember?

I cant google while rushing. So while the guys take turn to makan, I managed to find all the answers for the ‘treasure’ questions. Left only Q A1. Asked everyone else that we know, no one had the answer (yet).

Next CP : En. Tan Kopitiam Muslim @ Medan Niaga Rampai
Task : Roti Bakar + Kopi.. lol.. too easy I must say?

A’ah, in and out in no time. As I said, this year’s food kinda ‘stomach’ friendly.
But to make a gap between them, food like last year should do it. Ada yang muntah! And that Fierce Curry House food last time is so hot (pedas!)

Just for the fact, I don’t really have to say anything much to these guys. It’s always a mutual understanding; we know our part and everyone pretty much know what to do next. We argued, disagree for sure along the way. But we always make sure to complete the challenge/task right.

Next CP : Rojak & Cendol Salleh @ Jalan Maarof, Bangsar

I think this is the stall that used to open just behind the Maybank and infront of the MCD Telawi. Now the stall can be found under the tree, in front of Petronas Station (100m away from its original location). I love the rojak. But the thing is that, I must gulp down everything as fast as I could. And with a bowl or icy Cendol too! (talking about brain freeze). Done in couple of minutes. Yes. I ate my rojak with my hand! Haha..  (you might not want to sit beside me or else you might throw up) :P

Im absolutely sure theres no answer for Q A1. Last resort. Muka tembok. Tanya organizer. They replied : The question is void! Aiseh..  New strategy : Re-route!

Next CP : Restoran Samre Jalan Pantai Dalam :
Task here : Nasi gulai kawah.

 met with Dyat's team here

This area is actually easy to find, as I’ve passed by this place many times. But the restaurant isn’t that famous (online) so Googling some of these eateries won’t help (same case like Saleh Rojak. Found it by accident). Come to think of it, if its famous, then sure you’ll find it in no time kan? No fun in that :P

This is where the expertise of your taxi driver comes handy. At least that guy knows the area, then we should get to that exact place, correctly. A detour, and wrong turn, could cost you more time. And time is very essential in any race. Especially this one.

We did stop from time to time to ask for directions. Yup, we even got stopped at a roadblock! :P nothing to be worried, we have all the necessary evidence that we are in a race (team tag, event shirts and all). *muka panic + excited* haha..

Next CP : Restoran A.Hassan S/B, Velodrome Biz Park
Well, I volunteered at first, but when they mentioned the menu is not just rice + ayam golek, I leave it to Lek to proceed. With his skill we call it, ‘Makan takde Gigi’ (don’t know what to translate, literally, gulp down everything) we spent around 3 minutes and done! 

 famous in Cheras. will come back to try the food

Next CP : Central Market
Now where can you get to eat something that is served on board, on the ground at CM? Air Asia served the ever famous Nasi Lemak Pak Nasser  n Satay for this challenge. I didn’t get to eat as I have to do another task. Take a groupie pic n post on my FB, then clear the stamp with the marshall. Ellah took this one. 

err.. thought the girl in Red will be serving us?

yum.. yum.. tp kami x dapat makan :P 

ok off to Shazana Pau! Nop,  no idea where it is

at this point, we kind thought this jam would ruin everything!

Next CP : 2nd Last one – Shazana Pau @ Jln Raja Alang, Kg Baru
At first we thought its somewhere in the row of stalls near the Pasar Chow Kit. We were wrong. Its on the other side of that road. Rushed there, and I volunteered for this one : 2 hot pau and a hot teh-o.  Hehe..  Try eating a hot Pau with hot Teh-o while your friend asking you to eat it in haste! Epic!

Last CP : Lobby Seri Pacific Hotel
A small bowl of dimsum ke ape ntah, ke yong tau fu (something like that) got chilli, an ice cream, a can of 100 Plus for the last task. At this point we were still in doubt that we were the first team to arrive, and Lek steal the limelight by taking this task, and showing his Makan Takde Gigi skill! Done. Thats how you do it. Budget Good-Good style!

final meal of the day!

We were then asked to stand by for the camera, and make a run to the main stage!

Wohoo!! We were the 1st to arrive! Champion! It was surreal! The next team arrived minutes just after we did. Tight race it was. 

we made it!

we got an exclusive interview!

in the paper too!

Its 2.15pm. A short interview was conducted by a reporter from NST. I let the guys do the talking. Im off to the next event. Get my car at MATIC and drive back to OU. Traffic was fare. Took the Penchala Link route (via Jln Duta).

Arrived OU around 3.15pm.  The last session starts around 4.30pm. Its batting Cage.
After half an hour,  they requested all of us for a groupie pic and presented us with more goodies!

 Upper roof! First time here


Post event activities for KL Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Hunt 2013  : 

Lucky draws : (we did get lucky this time too!)


Another makan challenge! Who can beat that guy? :P  (thats Lek btw)

Its already 5.15pm, and I have to drive back to Seri Pacific Hotel to meet my team mate. And just in time for that exclusive interview, which you can view it here :


Haha! i was just mumbling! It was kinda emotional race, not because we fought each other or anything, but because what happened last year. Read it here.

More stories Here, Here and Here

Pro :

All and all, It was an enjoyable race.  In a matter of fact, im actually racing with my friends from 3 other teams!

Food task was easy, so everyone can eat/take turn eating them. 

Cons : 

Briefing should be done bi language but i think most of the participants understand the briefing given in Bahasa Malaysia. 
That stamp they put on our hands should have been put on paper. Give another set of paper/passport or something, as the stamp gives away after a while (with sweat and constant moving). By the time you reach the next CP, the stamp already faded or gone!

The Marshall should synchronize with each other, as what happened at the Pau task, where this one marshal said its okay to proceed, while the other one said its not ok, bla.. bla.. I went ahead and eat my pau, by the time they finish arguing, im done with the task. :P

Food was easy. What’s not was the traffic, and the challenge faced from other teams.  And the event should have started early like last year. Not almost to lunch hour (even if its Saturday).

give us like dri-fit-kinda tee as we actually running here and there during this event. besides, i would proudly wear them around after that. good for promotion?

I hope that you enjoy reading my post. do leave a comment or two? 

FYi, the organizer said that they will open this event for international participants next year. Let’s see if there’s Durian and Sambal tempoyak will be on the menu next! Haa.. I doubt those foreigners could finish it.. or could they? 

And Thanks to New Strait Times and Red Adventure for organizing such event. 

Burp! Excuse us! (our team's name last year, btw) :P 

oh.. heres the Answer for Q A.1 : 

got it? hehe..