From Egypt to UK

26 04 2009

When? 25 April 2009, Where? Shangri-la Hotel & Sahara Tent, Bukit Bintang


Travel from the pyramids of Egypt through the Enid Blyton-like lakes of United Kingdom to the Eiffel Tower and Rome – all without leaving our meeting venue in KL! Now that was going to be a challenge but we were up for letting guest speakers Rotaractor Ziad El-Adawy and GSE team member Tang Weng Cheong take control and steer our minds through these exotic locations.

Ziad, who is currently a student at Universiti Teknologi Petronas, certainly put in a lot of effort on his presentation – despite being in the middle of finals. He shared his experiences of living in Egypt and took us through time from the historical days of Pharaohs to the modern cities (and for some of us who still had images of Egypt being a desert, we were amazed at how developed and green Egypt really is!). The interests of the avid travelers in our club was certainly peaked and his Q&A session was filled with questions on the cost of traveling to Egypt and must-see itineraries.  

Next up was alumni Cheong who had just returned from his Group Study Exchange trip to the Lake District, UK. Cheong shared on the wonderful Rotary hosts he had and vocational visits he got to be a part of – including trying his hand at being a firefighter! For more of their adventures, you can check out their blog. Cheong also shared pictures from his extended solo trip to Paris and Rome as well as a unique tip – To get great pictures of yourself in front of landmarks when traveling alone – look out for people carrying SLR cameras and get them to assist. Cheong even got a National Geographic photographer to shoot him in front of Eiffel tower!

After that, we planned to have an international cuisine in line with the IS avenue talks. Since we had an Egyptian in our midsts, we decided to host him to dinner at Sahara Tent which is famous for Middle Eastern cuisine and even won a Special Tourism Award. This restaurant also highly recommended by Anu as well and Ziad helped suggest what authentic food we should try. We had Hummus spread and Falafel (spiced chickpea balls) as our appetizer, Cheong was having Moussaka and Kavita was having lamb couscous for their main course. The food is excellent, by the end of the day everyone is satisfied on what they have. We also exchanged portions of our food with each other, sharing is caring as they say.


Rediscovering Kuala Lumpur

11 04 2009

When? 11 April 2009, Where? Shangri-la > KLCC Twin Towers > Colonial KL area
Report by Rtr David Lee

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We may live and work in the city of KL but not many of us really venture into areas which most foreign visitors and tourists to our city do! With this in mind, President Kavita came up with a fun challenge for us RACKL members and guests – rediscover our city’s roots ala The Amazing Race. Not only did we have to run around the old part of Kuala Lumpur to solve the mysterious clues she set and take pictures as proof, but we had to do it all taking…. Public transport!

Also joining us were two visiting Rotaractors from Bangladesh – Enamul and Raj who were game to tag along and coincidentally, the hunt was a good introduction to KL for them… hehe. Three groups of four took part and while it was quite simple (all you needed was a camera and some knowledge about the history and geography), it was challenging to finish it in time.

A couple of surprises were in store though – one, we were to look for answers in a museum near Dataran Merdeka but unfortunately, it was closed for renovation! Then, the weather took a turn for the worse and it started raining heavily so we had to abandon the hunt halfway.

All the groups gathered at the final checkpoint of Restaurant Jamek near the Masjid Jamek LRT station and the scores were tallied up. It was a close race between all three groups and we wrapped up with the obligatory prize giving and fellowship dinner.