Nes­tle Drum­stick road­trip to egypt

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By NIKI CHEONG

THE bus car­ry­ing about 20 tourists from Malaysia was barely half an hour away from the Cairo In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Egypt when some­one whis­pered ex­cit­edly, “Look, it’s the Pyra­mids!”.

Ev­ery­one on the bus turned to the right and through the dusty win­dows, started snap­ping pic­tures of the faint sil­hou­ette of the only re­main­ing an­cient won­der of the world.

Thus be­gan the jour­ney for eight peo­ple and their guests in Egypt, their re­ward for win­ning the “Nes­tle Drum­strick Road­trip to Egypt” com­pe­ti­tion.

The eight win­ners had pre­vi­ously en­tered an SMS-based com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the ice-cream brand for the chance to win a sixnight, nine-day trip to the north African coun­try.

It was the first visit to Egypt for all of the par­tic­i­pants, but the ex­cite­ment dis­si­pated through a long late-night flight. Still, any sense of lethargy from the jour­ney dis­ap­peared as they went trig­ger-happy with their cam­eras, try­ing to cap­ture their first im­ages of the Egyp­tian icon.

The par­tic­i­pants of the trip con­tin­ued this en­thu­si­asm for photo-tak­ing through­out the trip as they spent two nights each in Cairo, the Western Deserts, and in the an­cient city of Luxor.

Such was the ex­cite­ment of the par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the trip that Ganesh Venu­gopal, an avid-skate­boarder, even lugged his board across the seas to skate in the desert.

“The best moment of the trip for me was when they took us into the desert. I loved ev­ery moment of it and even got to skate­board along the long dusty road,” said Ganesh.

The desert also made an im­pact on Vance Ho from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

“My best moment was when we first vis­ited the white desert be­cause at first sight, it looked like a desert full of snow,” he shared.

In the first two days, the par­tic­i­pants stayed at the Ba­hariya Oa­sis, where they got a chance to visit places like Black Moun­tain, where the desert is filled with an­cient bal­satic flow, and Crys­tal Moun­tain, which is filled with hy­dro­ther­mal crys­tals.

Be­sides the deserts, par­tic­i­pants also went to see the Great Pyra­mids of Giza and the Sphinx in Cairo, as well as the Kar­nak Tem­ple in Luxor.

What set the trip apart from reg­u­lar tours, though, were the “ad­ven­tures” that the par­tic­i­pants ex­pe­ri­enced.

Be­sides the hours of four-wheel driv­ing in the bumpy deserts, the par­tic­i­pants went on camel rides in the

Ganesh Venu­gopal shares a pic­ture of him­self skat­ing on a road pass­ing through the El Ba­harya Oa­sis in the Western Desert. A guide lead­ing two camels across the Western Deserts in Egypt as the sun sets.

to as he at­tempts is amused Hng Gaik Hi

Tee Yee Wen. his girl­friend “mum­mify” Some of the par­tic­i­pants

of the Nes­tle pos­ing for a photo Drum­stick: at the Luxor Te Road­trip to Egypt

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