As part of the programme she is required to accumulate points for extra co-curricular activities - any programme that can develop her strength, enhance her knowledge, develop new skills etc.
Few years back she & I and my sis participated in Treasure Hunt event organized by The Sun (2005). That time we didn't win anything as we were new and clueless on how to read cryptic clues and solve the puzzles (we did however managed to secure top 10 placing in monorail hunt 2003 - beginner's luck).
Now, that she's back here she suggested that we tried again (after many years), I forwarded to her some treasure hunt sites and we finally chose an event organized by YKN (Yayasan Kebajikan Negara) - the prize seems good (even though we don't think we'll win anything) and we can participate in charity event.
So, Friday night (17/7/09), I went to sleep at my sis's house in Jalan U-Thant since we need to be at the flag off point early (flag off at 7.30am). That night, I couldn't sleep - 1) lots of mozzies (in the end my niece & I stayed up and managed to kill 7-8 mozzies) then we finally managed to sleep, but after an hour or 2 hours of sleep a loud noise can be heard from outside due to on-going road work...urgh...
I only managed to catch few winks then time to get up (5.30am) - after subuh prayer, we went to Pandan Indah to tapau McD's breakfast (breakfast cum lunch - my sis tapau 2 burger for each of us). We reached Pusat Sains Negara (flag off point) quite late, 10 minutes before flag off. After short briefing, photo session, off we go with tulips and questionaires in hand.
First stop at South City Seri Kembangan. 2 portions here and we only managed to solve correctly answers in 2nd portion. Then we continued with our hunting.
We managed to submit our first part of the questionaires at check point 1 (Medan Selera Sri Kendong in Rembau); after collecting 2nd part of the questionaires we started hunting and submitted the questionaire at last check point (Rumah Seri Kenangan Cheng, Melaka).
We can only check-in into D'Village Resort at 3pm so we spotted Aunty & Uncle Kopitiam after we left Rumah Cheng, decided to stop for lunch. The shop is new and the owner (I think he's the owner) very friendly and attentive. My niece had mihun sup and I had their chicken curry set lunch and we tapau fried rice for my sis (she had bad headache and slept in a car). Taste? Typical kopitiam food..
- Bee hoon soup RM4.50
- Chicken curry set (includes rice and lime juice) RM5.50
- Kampung fried rice RM4.50
- Hot coffee RM1.40
- Fresh orange juice RM3.50
- Carrot orange juice RM3.90
- Lemon orange juice RM3.90
After lunch we proceeded to D'Village Resort. Check-in was a breeze as the organizer was very efficient n organized :-)
As we enrolled in family category, we were given family chalet - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms basically 2 individual chalets linked together with adjoining door. Reasonably clean with basic facilities - I don't mind going there again.
After resting a while we decided to explore nearby attractions - first stop - butterfly park (farm?) - the place looked abandoned..perhaps they closed for renovation? Next stop - Mini Malaysia / Asean Village - they closed at 6pm and we reached there slightly after 6pm...sigh..so we just walked around the compound and returned to hotel..we spotted a playing ground opposite the hotel (Dataran something) and decided to stop by so that my nephew can play there. While waiting for him, an ice cream man (with motorbike) came and we enjoyed his ice cream (homemade?) reminded me of my childhood days in my kampung...
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That night we had dinner (included in our Treasure Hunt package) and after dinner, main event of the night - the organizer revealed the answers and prize giving ceremony. We secured 3rd place in family category and 16th place in open category...not bad huh...considering this was our 4th hunt and our last hunt was like 4 years ago....
(hmm..trying to recall our 1st hunt...my eldest sis asked us to join her in a hunt organized by FRIM some time in 1993? something about eco/green or earth thingy...we were totally clueless..and gave up after few questions.......we didn't even know how to read tulip!)
Dinner was good. Lots of food and only 5 adults and 3 kids sharing the food (well..2 kids since my nephew doesn't eat rice or any dishes).
- Stir fried sawi
- tom yum
- sweet sour fish
- fried chicken
- masak lemak udang
- asam pedas ikan (Malacca specialty)
- ulam & sambal belacan
Next day's breakfast was nasi lemak, fried noodles and bread...nasi lemak was actually quite tasty...
We checked out at 12noon and decided to drive around Jonker Street and stopped by to try Eye of Malacca.....after that we went to Portuguese Settlement for our lunch.
The stalls -
- Seafood Terrace
- Joan n El' Chico's - we had our lunch here
- Joe Splash Five
- Big Benz Fountain
- Jenny Kopitiam
- J&J Corner
- De Costas
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