Amazing Race 2012 @ Langkawi
Amazing Race 2012, an event held by GTO of Standard Chartered Bank. Without any experience prior joining this event, apart from Treasure Hunt, I was left amazed when it comes.
Langkawi Lagoon Resort | Amazing Race 2012
At first thought, Amazing Race was all about the jungle or highway race. It was wrong. It’s a challenges/tasks to be completed prior each destination stated in CLUE paper. Destination this year is Langkawi and we travel all the way from KL to Langkawi in 4 hours at least.
A team formed by 3 members with me as driver. Started from KL in the early morning and ended at Langkawi Lagoon Resort where all task clues were given. Skipping any tasks will cause stuck and disqualified.
Tasks only revealed when we reach designated place. We required traveling one place to another, hence car transportation is required.
This event run 2D1N over the weekend, hence we’d our short holiday cum challenges. It was too fun to miss it!
As the event started …
6.00am … Morning briefing
All participants (3 of us) gathered on the lobby @ Technology Park Malaysia (TPM). It’s a must ATTEND briefing because CLUE 1 was given here. Without CLUE 1, we’ll not able to get our ferry ticket.
Departure point … from TPM (KL) to Langkawi
Briefing from organizer … on safety and rules
Clue 1 … gets ferry ticket
11.00am … Reach Kuala Kedah jetty
All team were given about 5 hours to reach the jetty from KL to Kuala Kedah jetty for ferry departure. However, I found many participants were quite punctual and reach even earlier than us. It’s amazing race on the road for first challenge.
In fact, we’re advised not to speeding because last ferry departure would be around 2.00pm.
Parking was not sufficient at the terminal hence I was asked to drop all passenger and luggage and follow parking tout to park at people house garage nearby with daily fees.
Then, he fetched me back to terminal using his motorbike.
Terminal Kuala Kedah … alternative jetty to Kuala Perlis to Langkawi
Waiting area … all-blue participant dominated the place
Ferry group booking … we moved into queuing line
Good weather … sunny and hot
Getting ready to depart via ferry … with our entire luggage for 2D1N stay
Surrounding area … clean and organize
Comfortable seat with air-con … estimation of less than 2 hours to reach
View from the ferry … going to be 2 hours ride
1.30pm … Langkawi, The Jewel of Kedah
After a long ride via ferry, we finally touch down the island. From here, we’ve to move directly to the place where our CLUE 2 mentioned, “Find a man with Langkawi T-shirt with a hat”.
Kuah Jetty … a sight of Eagle Square
Clue 2 … pay & obtain our car key (it’s not FREE)
Outside KFC outlet … pay & get our car key (randomly take)
Some get better car, some are not. We’d taken a Proton Wira as our car rental for a day till next day (24 hours). Air-con doesn’t really cold and hence, we suffer under a hot and stuffy car. Petrol level was in low, hence we took our time to pump half tank.
Only driver need to claim the car (Clue 3) … drive back to fetch us and READY!!
Our rented car … use to complete all our challenges ahead
First challenge task (Clue 4) … finds and purchase items required
Bought from mini-market … a hunt of chocolates that sell everywhere
Submitted our items (Clue 5) … proceed for next destination (wet market)
Without help of GPS, it’s quite hard to locate those places. It would, however, great disadvantage compare those with GPS aid.
Long queue waiting their turn … to have our next Clue challenge
What are they doing at the market at this hour? … you wouldn’t believe
Gross and difficult for us guy (Clue 6) … clean the fish included its internal organ
Smelly hand (Clue 7) … how to bear with the smell?
With GPS aid … we reached this Agro Park
Lucky to have this transport transfer … save some energy under hot sun
Small lorry used to transport us … modified for park use
Camping site … large area for camper who to try family camp
Clue 8 … Easy task to prepare our own lunch
Packed on our own … nasi lemak set
Boil our own egg … waiting for 10 mins patiently
Blend our own juice using hand … 3 cups for us please
Grill our own fish … as what we’ve prepared earlier
Our lunch meal … all on our own effort
3.30pm … Late lunch at Agro Technology Park
At this hour, we’ve no choice but to eat our lunch first before proceeding. This task was a point earner. Nothing is much more delicious than what we’ve prepared on our own.
Next destination … Buffalo Park
Committee was around … quickly go in for next task immediately
Five tasks to be complete … with each task earn a ribbon
Cost for each rides for outsider … currently we do all for FREE
Participant with tasks briefing … not many know how to do
Telling us to use this rope and cutter to bring back grass … chop & tight it in
Feed the buffalo … we did it for free
Free job as well … pick up the shit
Proudly having one pile … the stinky job
Moving buffalo from Point A back to Point A … wish they follow you else stuck in middle
Buffalo riding … I’m the buffalo riding my team member as my turn
Last task is easiest one … drink the buffalo milk, FREE of course
Clue 10 … proceeding to Oriental Village, a tourist place
Oriental Village entrance … where Langkawi Geopark located
Clue 11 … splitting task for every of us
Boat paddling at the lake … it’s closed from public, only open for us
Cost for paddling … for each boat, depending on pax
Challenges … looking for ball with number assigned to us
One of the challenges is … rabbit feeding & identifies its gender
FREE entrance … only pay for food cost
Feeding the group … which one is female?
My turn for Snake Challenge … take out the ball with snake on shoulder
Get the ball from this container contain snake … must overcome the fear!
Elephant Challenge … much easier task
Feed the elephant with bread … easy to complete
Breath-taking scenery … I wish I’m a visitors, not participant
Crowded cable-car line-up … hope to get this ride in my next visit
Clue 12 … proceeding to paddy field
Called Laman Padi … this is paddy field entrance
Clue 13 … three tasks to be complete
Paddy Challenge … chunk in the crop on the designated area
Get the source of crop here … moved to designated area for planting
Our work … is this planted nicely?
Fish Challenge … catch the fish using the net, but very hard
Traditional Skill Challenge … time-consuming but has to do it
We tried our skill … put piece by piece
Passed or not? … I don’t think so
Clue 14 … last clue where we heading to the Resort and check-in
Car park full … lead us to park at road side near our stay
Checking-in … Langkawi Lagoon is a wonderful resort
7.00pm … Check-in Langkawi Lagoon
We were hit by the rain during the check-in. In fact, our challenge in Paddy Field already started raining and we stuck for half an hour. Delaying our move for final Clue.
Fortunately, we reached before dinner started. Checking in quite late and we moved to our room immediately with buggy service. Our unit was water chalet which deems to be luxurious and wonderful.
Stay in third floor … walk up one floor, open the door and walk up again
Corner bed … for one person
Double bed for 2 pax … studio type
Kitchen corner … look useless for us
Oversee the sea … from kitchen’s window
What a nice sunset view … without sun but amazing feel
Dinner in open air … good ambiance and romantic
Free flow of beer … one of the favorite of this free duty island
Scrumptious dinner … most awaiting meal of the day
11.30pm … Good night Langkawi
After having a scrumptious dinner, we’d our own sweet time looking around the resort. Since it was a raining day, the place was wet and cold. Nothing beat our feel to enjoy the holiday after a series of challenges went up our head, hitting beyond our expectation and capabilities.
We’d all the way and now we’re survived. Enjoy the night and it’s a meaningful day for me, at least.
Night view of our chalet … nothing but cooling air
7.00am … Good morning Langkawi
I’m expecting a morning walk before going for breakfast. I woke up early and enjoy the cooling and fresh air from my chalet. Staying at highest floor give advantage of seeing all over the place.
What a good holiday here … thank you Amazing Race for giving me this chance. I hope to stay longer.
Stand at balcony … our unit is facing the mountain
Going up and down from this stair case … stayed at third floor
Our neighbor unit … quiet and holiday feel
Catching sunrise soon
Pathway to chalets
Our group picture … Andrew, ME & Wesley
Low tide sea … in the early morning
Entrance to chalet unit … buggy ride is available
Swimming pool … for adult
Breakfast outdoor … near the pool
My breakfast … common Malaysian food
10.30am … Check-out for Langkawi round-the-island trip
We did an early check-out because we wanted to fully utilize our time in Langkawi. Since we’ve paid for car rental, why not use for travel around before departing back to mainland?
After all, we decided to stop at Kota Mahsuri (Makam Mahsuri).
An entrance fees is RM5.
Entrance of Kota Mahsuri … famous for group tourist
Crematorium of Mahsuri … a story behind her death
3D story telling … to understand the story in visual way
2.00pm … Departure to mainland from jetty
Due to time constraint for us, we’re not able to visit most places in Langkawi, left aside our main priority, which is shopping all the way in FREE DUTY shop in town.
We purchased liquor, beer, chocolate and some souvenirs back. These items were much cheaper and it’s worth to buy here. Imagine a cost of tin of beer same with cost of Coke drink? I bought one for RM1.80 only.
Waving goodbye … ended our trip for Langkawi
Overall, the Amazing Race event was giving me a very good experience. Most of the task given was beyond my imagination to test my ability to overcome it. Nothing I can say I can’t do it when it was in front of me.
Although it’s a short and rush for most tasks, I’m looking forward to join again. An advantage if it’s held over a holiday destination (ie. island). Town is fun but island enhanced further my experience.
I shall be back for a holiday trip soon.