1st March 2016 - To kick off the 1Malaysia Super Sale & Shopping Malaysia Grand Launch 2016, Tourism Malaysia organised a Shopping Hunt for all the participants in the Mega FAM trip, which includes media personnel from ASEAN and tour agents from Africa and the Middle East.
The event was held at Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC), just a few blocks away from KLCC. Participants of the Mega FAM was assigned to designated teams which comprises of local representatives from the travel industries, local publications and online media.
Before the Shopping Hunt, all the teams were briefed about their mission and objectives. Basically, participants are given 5 hours to visit 15 shopping malls, take 5 photos from each of the mall at specific locations as stated in the Shopping Hunt 'map'. They are allowed to travel (RM50 RapidKL card provided) via MRT, Monorail and Bus ONLY, strictly no taxis. Along the way they will have to collect 3 'treasure' items which will be essential in gathering points for their team. It is also compulsory for them to use the appropriate hashtags for the photos they took. All photos are then required to be uploaded to Miss Shophia Facebook Page.
Before the flag-off, the Shopping Hunt 2016 was officially launched by non other than the charismatic Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General of Tourism Malaysia. A huge group was taken at the end of this speech, before everyone proceeds to the starting line.
I only realised now that my team never took a group photo before we set off for the hunt! Anyway we strategised early, we divided ourselves in to two groups. Each group to cover the shopping malls according to location and flow of the race that will eventually end at Nu Sentral Mall. The shopping malls to be visited are Suria KLCC, Avenue K, Pavilion, Starhill Gallery, Fahrenheit 88, Lot 10, Sungei Wang, Berjaya Times Square, Quill City Mall, Sunway Putra, SOGO, Jakel Mall, Central Market, Nu Sentral and Jakel Mall.
Our first destination was Suria KLCC. This was one of the easiest one to complete, I think we did in about 10 mins. It was nice that it was a weekday, so there weren't so much human traffic.
The next mall was luckily only across Suria KLCC. The task at Avenue K was a bit challenging but we completed it quite quickly too. Avenue K is one of the newest mall in Kuala Lumpur. It serves as a urban hub where life and creativity is celebrated.
With over 60 exciting dining options including B.Bap, Fresca Mexican Kitchen, Dolly Dim Sum, Wondermama X, Simply d, Samba Brazilian Steakhouse Churrascaria, Sushi Zanmai, Ayers Rock Butcher and Grill, Fat Boy’s Burger Bar, Sushi King, Swensen’s, Bankara Ramen, Tokyo Pastry, Taste Enclave Food Atrium and Johnny Rockets, there is no doubt that Avenue K is a foodie’s heaven. Unfortunately, I don't have time to even stop at one, so I guess next time I have to. If you're into those 'escape games', this is the place to be too.
From Avenue K we had to go to the Pavilion at Bukit Bintang, which is about a kilometre plus on foot.
Pavilion was also another easy task. The competition was quite tense but still teams are willing to help each other by pointing out where the locations are. Now I'm pretty familiar with Pavilion because I never miss it every time I'm in KL but through this Hunt, I was pretty surprised that they are parts of it I don't know!
But my favourite part about Starhill Gallery is the dining area at the basement floor. From Asian to Middle East to Western and Oriental dishes, you will be spoilt for choices. And each one of them is uniquely decorated too. All together there are 15 different restaurants, you can check them out here.
Next is Fahrenheit 88, which is next to Starhill Gallery. This is my must visit in Kuala Lumpur simply because it has the largest Uniqlo store in Malaysia. It's like my Kryptonite, I cannot simply walk away empty-handed! Anyway, the mall houses a mix of regional, international and local brands with a mixture of international restaurants and entertainment too. Overall there's about 170 retail stores across 7 floors. And above the shops is the Fahrenheit Suites, a popular place especially for those who prefers a kitchen in their room.
The iconic Lot 10 was next. Before there was Pavilion, this is the star of Bukit Bintang. It houses a variety of popular brands like H&M, Zara, Timberland, Isetan amongst others. For Liverpool FC fans, this is where you'll find the LFC Store *booooooooo!* hahaha..
Next we had to cross over to Sungei Wang. Now I call this the oldskool Mall because of the layout. This award winning mall has everything. There is well over 800 retail stores for you to explore, so I'm not kidding when I say you will find everything. A day is definitely not enough here. Anyway, the task at Sungei Wang was a bit challenging, as we needed to get our "shopping passport" stamped on various floors. But other than that, the task was pretty simple.
From Sungei Wang we took the LRT to Berjaya Times Square, another popular shopping destination in KL especially for families because of the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia. The 5-Star Berjaya Times Square Hotel is also another popular place to stay in KL. There over 1,000 shoplots which includes GSC Maxx (the largest Digital Hall in Malaysia) and Tiny Taipei. And if you're a fan of Krispy Kreme, this is where you'll find it (ground floor).
With barely an hour before the end of the Shopping Hunt, we finally arrived to the final destination, Nu Sentral. Before we can rest, we had to complete some task too. I was given the responsibility to upload the photos to the designated Facebook Page for the judges to tally our points. We were also anxious waiting for our two other team mates, hoping they'll be able to upload their task too. Out of the three required treasures, which is the Karipap, Dodol and a DVD from Tourism Malaysia, we only managed to submit two of them. Despite that, we were quite confident that we'll be in the top 10.
After the official launch, cultural performances and fashion show, it was finally time for the results. The countdown begins from number 20. It was totally nerve-wrecking. My team mates and I felt kinda surreal that we made it to the top 10. And as they countdown to the top 3, it got beyond unbelievable as we're totally in the running to win the RM5000 for the first prize!
But finally, our team name was announced for the 3rd place! Alhamdulillah. It was totally unexpected and we wonder where would we place if we manage to submit all the the "treasures" required. But nevertheless, all of us were ecstatic to receive RM400 each plus some shopping vouchers worth another RM200.
Despite not getting the top spot, I'm still glad that another representative in Brunei was in the winning team. What a day it has been. Super exhausting but the adventure and rewards made it totally worth it. Thank you so much for this priceless experience Tourism Malaysia.!
For more info about shopping in Malaysia, visit the official Tourism Malaysia website here.
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