Malaysia Tourism Hunt: Getting Ready for the Road Trip

We took a hearty lunch at the Nusantara Ballroom of Sheraton Imperial Hotel while a group of local artists entertained us with an endless repertoire of Malaysian and some pop music. Another group of performers portrayed the rich and colourful culture of Malaysia in a form of a dance.

Standing right next to this beautiful baby – the black Proton car at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC) car park. Behind me is the Petronas Towers.

All forty of us delegates of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt boarded the coach going to Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC) located along Ampang Road for our itinerary orientation and to get to know our respective car. It was a short orientation and only lasted for less than an hour. To get us ready for the next day’s road trip, we got our car assignments (two bloggers in each car) and proceeded to the car park behind the MATIC office. Once at the car park, there were at least 20 Proton cars in different colours neatly parked side by side, all waiting to meet us. A view of the Petronas Towers and the KL Tower made that visit a lot more fascinating.

My “riding in tandem” partner Sarah of and I got this sleek black Proton car. Yes, it’s a right-hand driven car, spacious, with comfortable interiors just for ourselves in the next four days. Though I’m not so adept with cars, I knew right there that we’re driving a very nice car which will take us through Malaysia’s freeways from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, Port Dickson down to Malacca.

We’re Team #7. Werking it!

To identify us from the rest of the group and as part of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt program, each car was fixed with the Malaysia Tourism Hunt sticker, car number, and the flag of the country the bloggers are representing. We neatly put the stickers in each front door, the front hood and at the back of the car. Sarah and I are Team No. 7 (Philippines). The other pair Rochelle and Jude is Team No. 17 (Philippines). That makes a total of 20 pairs of bloggers in all 20 cars ready for the treasure hunt.

Since most of the delegates came from countries where left-hand driving is in place, some did a test drive around the car park just to familiarise themselves with the right-hand driving.

It was pretty humid at three in the afternoon, so we did our best to finish fixing the stickers to our assigned car as early as possible. In no time, we’re done fixing the stickers so we had some time to catch up with the other participants.

After we got back to the hotel, Sarah and I sneaked out to get some Philippine peso exchanged for Malaysian Ringgit at a money changer near Corus Hotel. This will help us with our personal expenses as there might be something we’d like to buy while on the road. Money changers have the exchange rate for the Philippine currency, so you don’t have to worry if you haven’t brought with you any Malaysian currency. It was already past four in the afternoon on a Saturday, so most banks and stand alone money changers at Wisma Central have closed for the day. We proceeded to the nearby Suria KLCC instead (that’s right next the Petronas Towers) as money changers in malls have longer operating hours. They have a competitive forex rate so I got a very good deal.

We’re done with our personal errands. And we’re ready for the road trip! We just need to get the engine started and let the road trip begin.

For now, it’s time to prep up for the night’s grand event – the Citrawarna @ KL 2015.

My stories on Citrawarna,the road trip and what did I spend my ringgits on are coming up on my blog. For more stories on #MyMalaysiaChronicles, don’t forget to hit the Subscribe button.

More videos of my Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2015 videos HERE.


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