RAUB, 7 Jan 2012: Contrary to what most hunters would say, for me, the Sentul Rotary Treasure Hunt was not my first hunt of 2012! Rather it was the Raub hunt. Organized by Andre, the day's food hunt had been one I had been patiently anticipating. The town of Raub, I have heard had much to offer. Besides, the road less travelled between Bentong and Raub is without doubt refreshing.
The flag-off for the 7 hour hunt took place at the BHP Station just after the Gombak toll, an unorthodox choice of venue yet adequate, since there were only 4 participating cars. Teams were flagged-off when the last of the cars arrived shortly before 8:30am. Foo Seong's team appeared on paper to be the most experienced. And with 6 pax in his entourage, his team was the largest too clearly encouraged by the "as many as the car can fit" regulation. Alex's team with a pair of seasoned campaigners looked promising too.
The teams arrived at the first Pit stop, Kedai Kopi Tong Nam Bee (No.55, Jalan Tun Razak, Raub) after slightly over an hour. The first challenge I must say caught some of us off-guard for it wasn't exactly in the briefing notes text to me a day earlier. Fortunately we arrived hungry and no one was complaining as the breakfast WAS rather good.
Next, our tulips guided us to the Raub Durian Orchard, which was less than 20 minutes away from our previous stop. Covering approximately 10 acres in land area, it was certainly more than a durian orchard. Also spotted within its compound were passion fruit trees, mangosteen trees, pulasan trees, rambutan trees, banana trees, dukung trees and a home for swiftlets.