KUALA LUMPUR: A host of local hidden getaway gems was unearthed in Round 4 of The Star’s 45@45 Giveaways, with participants sharing little-known escapes, events and foodie finds.
Contestants were required to submit a short write-up and a relevant photo in pursuit of one of the RM100,000 worth of prizes for this round.
The 45@45 Giveaways are being held to celebrate The Star’s 45th birthday.
Check out the winners’ list for Giveaway 4 at contests.thestar.com.my/45anniversary/giveaway4/winners.aspx.
Goh Lin Lin, 45, from Penang, sent in a breathtaking photo of the womenfolk of Kuala Perlis fly-fishing in the gold-tipped, verdant paddy fields and wrote about how amazing it was to see the ladies angling for the freshwater ikan puyu.
“Everywhere you turn, there are at least three ladies in one plot, baiting, casting, waiting, yanking and repeating the whole process with such gusto, you will want to give it a go, too!” she said.
For her poignant description and evocative picture, Goh won an eight-day German Christmas Markets Tour for two.
She will be heading to Germany on a flight sponsored by Holiday Tours, with accommodation, some meals, sight-seeing tours and transfers courtesy of Trafalgar. The prize is worth RM15,976.
Second prize winner KL-ite Nur Afzan Murtadza, 24, wrote about the crystal clear waters and sandy white beaches of Mataking Island in Semporna.
She won one of the two Italian Intermezzo trips up for grabs, each worth RM9,150.
Kamala Vainy Kanapathy Pillai, 48, from Sarawak, wrote of “amazing Borneo and its beautiful Kelabit community”.
“Bario has a unique celebration that is not found anywhere else in Asia – the Irau Mekaa Ngadan,” she said, referring to a name-giving ceremony for parents and grandparents.
Kamala won an AirAsia X return ticket to Perth, Australia, worth RM2,982.
Erica Mak Kar Kay, 28, from Selangor, was completely captivated by the aptly-named Tasik Cermin in Ipoh and captured the imagination of the judges with a description of “glistening water made of fluid glass” and flora that forms a halo around the completely still lake.
She won a two-day stay for two at The Andaman in Langkawi (worth RM4,230).
There were entries on chasing waterfalls in Kuala Selangor, a picturesque railway station in the small Kelantanese town of Dabong and charcoal kilns in Kuala Trong, as well as a myriad forest reserve and waterfalls, traditional biscuit makers and island resorts.
The judges had a tough time deciding on the entries.
There are two more rounds for the 45@45 Giveaways, each one unique.
Look out for the next round starting on Oct 24.
Click on contests.thestar.com.my/45anniversary/ to enter.
The Star celebrated its 45th anniversary on Sept 9.
Look out for some of the winning entries for Round 4, which will be run in Star2 from Oct 22.