Awana Genting Trip with Nuffnang [Sponsored] -Part 1 of 2

I was with the Nuffies for a 2D1N Awana Genting Trip that was generously and graciously sponsored by Genting and the trip was really fun and extraordinary! Ok, just to make my point clear; our trip was unlike the usual Genting Trip. In fact, our Genting Trip was very much in the “wilderness” [the sort you would associate Outward Bound Singapore with].

We were told to report to Golden Mile Complex at 0630 hours and I had to wake up at 0500 hours to prepare myself! Well, it has been a long time since I’ve woken up at hours like these since my army days and so, I cabbed down and was there pretty early.

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Having grabbed some light snacks from the nearby Caltex Petrol Kiosk to munch on during the trip, I met up with the Nuffies and we boarded the Five Stars Tours Coach.

Sitting beside me whilst on the way to Genting were two lovely ladies, MeiTing & Michelle! Please don’t get the wrong idea here! All of us are happily attached to our other half 🙂

We had a short stopover at Yong Peng and I got my Malaysia Mobile SIM Card here for RM$30. By the way, the Malaysia SIM Card that I got allows me to make phone calls, send SMS-es, and surf the Internet! For unlimited data access, it would cost RM$8 a day and that is relatively cheap to me because if I were to use Data Roaming via Singtel, it would cost SGD$22 per MB! What a total ripoff right?!

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That’s the mobile store that sells the Mobile SIM Card.

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I didn’t really had the mood for any heavy breakfast so I ended up walking around and seeing what snacks I could buy to munch on.

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I was rather intrigued by their Koi Fishes because they were super huge; unlike my Koi Fishes at home which are quite small in size.

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From Awana Genting with Nuffnang 2012

By the way, the Five Stars Tours Coach was rather comfy and offers a rather spacious leg space. I could even lean the seat all the way back as though I’m sleeping on my couch!

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The more atas [high-class] Five Stars Tours Coach even has Personal Entertainment, Videos On Demand [VOD], Massage Chair + Snoozer Seats, and even Guide Services.

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Nothing much to see during the journey to Genting except trees, trees, and more trees.

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Managed to wake up in time to capture this shot of Kuala Lumpur’s famous landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers!

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And after the uber long journey, we finally reached Awana Genting!

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The plot of land which Awana Genting sits on is extremely large! Getting from one point to another point can be really tiring!

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To energise us after a long journey on the coach, we were treated to a buffet lunch at the Rajawali Coffee House where a wide range of food choices were available for us to choose from.

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The dining area at Rajawali Coffee House is huge! There’s even a stage platform for occasional performances.

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I managed to capture this beautiful shot of the Golf Course from where we were seated at Rajawali Coffee House.

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Feeling quite “important” and “privileged” for the day.

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The Nuffies having lunch together.

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Yummy and juicy fruits that were ultra fresh!

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I had quite a healthy lunch consisting of fruits, desserts, and salad. Didn’t really have the appetite for a heavy lunch especially after the long journey.

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Travelling to Sarawak Long House [our camping site] from Awana Genting’s Lobby can be quite a distance. So, we travelled on the mini buggy to get there.

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While waiting for the rest of the Nuffies to arrive via the buggy, I took the liberty to explore the surroundings and shoot some photographs.

We could either sleep in the tents or the Long House.

Thankfully, we didn’t have to build/setup the tents. It was all ready for us and there were even mattresses placed inside the tents already.

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Even the logs and chairs for the campfire at night were all setup and ready when we got there. Superb!

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This is the common area of the Long House. The doors that you see are actually the doors to the respective rooms.

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Ta-dah! Welcome to the sleeping area at the Long House!

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When everyone arrived at the Long House, we were given a short tour around the campsite by Zul! He is a very nice and friendly facilitator throughout our entire stay. [photo courtesy of Nuffnang]

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Welcome to the toilet.

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The toilet isn’t as bad as what most people would think. If everyone is cooperative and makes a conscientious effort to aim their pee and clean up the mess, the toilet is actually quite liveable. The only thing which probably irked everyone was the constant flying insects and etc.

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And this is the shower area. Many people would think that the showers at the campsites don’t have hot water but well, the shower does come with hot water; which I believe everyone is really thankful for!

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From where we were, we could spot the Chin Swee Temple! Further up is Resorts World Genting.

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Oh, and everyone was pretty thankful that there was power points for us to charge our phones and cameras! Truly a lifesaver indeed! By the way, there are 7 power points and it is definitely not enough. So, if you are heading there anytime soon, it would be wise to bring along a super-long multi-plug!

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Since I didn’t expect that there would be power points, I actually bought along my Energizer XP4001 Universal Portable Charger which allowed me to fully charge my iPhone 5 twice! So yeah, I didn’t have to compete with others for the plug. 😛

After touring around the campsite, we broke up into 4 different groups and started the programme proper.

Here’s a photo of my team [Team Duo], consisting of Peishi, Diana, Kelvin, and myself.

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Doing the chicken dance as a form of warm-up!

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We started the ECO Treasure Hunt with the Tangram Puzzle and seriously, it was difficult and complex. Thankfully, my team managed to clear this and all thanks to Peishi for her brilliant mind!

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We had to decide for ourselves if time or points was more important. Obviously, the more difficult the puzzle, the more points there are; but that would also mean more time taken to complete the puzzle due to its complexity.

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Having completed our first challenge, our second challenge was to locate the ECO Park and complete a physical activity. And so, when we reached the ECO Park, we found out that our second challenge was to get hooked up to the flying fox, and while flying mid-air, drop two golf balls into the hula hoops to gain points.

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The task sounds and looks pretty easy but it sure wasn’t.

Here’s Kelvin flying like a boss.

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Our team managed to get two golf balls inside the hula hoops.

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Following which, our third challenge was to locate the Sunrise and Sunset Complex where the Archery and Wall Climbing are situated; and shoot some arrows + climb some wall.

A photo of MeiTing’s Team at the Archery Range [photo courtesy of Nuffnang]

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I have tried Archery a couple of times before but I only managed to hit the target only once! Darn! [photo courtesy of Nuffnang]

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MeiTing’s team at the Wall Climbing area. [photo courtesy of Nuffnang] I really do miss rock-climbing a lot; since I was quite an active climber in the past!

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Go Go Team Duo!

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We were supposed to have a go at Abseiling but due to the wet weather, it was called off. =(

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After the ECO Treasure Hunt, we were all so famished that we could eat a cow! Boy were we glad when it was time for the BBQ Dinner at Pasir Ikan Bakar!

Seriously, the BBQ Dinner was way better than the lunch at Rajawali Coffee House and the food prepared by the Chefs were oh so yummy!

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Fresh seafood waiting to be BBQ-ed!

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Delicious food dishes that were prepared by the Chefs.

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Oohhhh! I really missed those BBQ food! Maybe its time to head over to Chomps Chomps soon!

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Yummy BBQ Dinner that was plated by one of the Nuffies! [photo courtesy of Nuffnang]

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Sweet and tempting-licious desserts treat!

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Fruits, fruits and more fruits!

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Group Photo during the BBQ Dinner! Machiam like attending some Wedding Banquet.

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The BBQ Dinner was so fabulous that we really ate a lot! And after dinner, we headed to the campfire area for some lighthearted games like “Passing the Balloon a-la Dare Style”, “Guess the Leader”, “Charades”, and etc.

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To kickoff the night activity, we had a group challenge where we had to eat [or literally downed] 2 sticks of Solero Split Ice-Creams and then aim and throw the Ice-Cream Sticks into a box to gain points.

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Trying my very best to finish the Ice-Cream after a really heavy dinner!

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In the end, my team only managed to get 1 Ice-Cream Stick into the box.

Adiji ahdiji ah uh ah, adiji adiji zim bom ba, ah au ah, zim bom ba, rah rah rah! [The campfire certainly reminded me of my camping days in the National Cadet Corps]

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Colourful lightsticks to brighten up and cheerify the atmosphere ! [Photo courtesy of Nuffnang]

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Anyways, the weather wasn’t that good when we were there. It was raining on and off and as a result, we had to move to the Long House and continue with the rest of the night activities there. [Photo courtesy of Nuffnang]

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The last game we had was Charades and it was really funny because we came out with some really funny moves that were totally unrelated to what we were supposed to act about!

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Well, the game of Charades very much ended the night on a high note and the mystical feeling at the Long House was simply stunning with the mists and all. We had a light supper before heading to bed and this very much concluded day 1 of our trip to Awana Genting.

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I will be publishing Part 2 of the 2D1N Awana Genting Trip blog entry tomorrow so stay tuned! Meanwhile, enjoy the photos and God bless! 🙂