10 May 2011

Travel Tuesday: Holiday Villa Cherating – 21st Annual Sand sculpting competition

Holiday Villa Cherating held its annual sand sculpting competition just last Sunday.

Sand Sculpting website

Thanks to Advertlets I was there with 8 other bloggers for the competition as well. :)
We did a videoshoot of the resort, interviewed the manager who gave us a comprehensive tour of the place & dined on scrumptious food during our stay!

Advertlets team

** Beach holiday + sand sculpting + time spent catching up with friends made for an awesome weekend! :)

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There’s a lot I have to share about the premise – Holiday Villa Cherating; which was lovely especially for the Eastern Pavilion private chalets  but that will be reviewed in proper another time. Now let’s see what’s the sand sculpting competition is all about shall we??

For a start, the prizes were a good enough bait; the 1st prize being a reward of RM3,000.00 in cash & a 4-day/3-night stay at  Diwangkara Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Sanur, Bali, 2nd prize RM2,000.00 in cash & a 3-day/2-night stay at Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi while the 3rd prize is RM1,000.00 in cash and a 3-day/2-night stay at Holiday Villa Subang, Malaysia. In addition, each winning team gets a gift memento. There are also special holiday awards for various categories : “Best Teamwork by Family” & “Best Teamwork by Students”.

I was seriously amazed at some of the brilliant sand sculptures that was created in the span of 2 hours. Some teams were certainly professionals in their approach (they came equipped with spades, sprayers, decorative items such as seashells, pails etc!) while there were those that were obviously sculpting for fun. Whichever it was, all 30 teams that took part were in high spirits & there were a air of exuberance on the beach that morning.  :)

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Each team were allocated a demarcation of space measuring 10 ft x 10 ft (3.05 m x 3.05m). We were given a number & a white flag to decorate as our own.

Here’s my team’s slot - No. 5. Can you guess what we are sculpting?

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And Josh’s, Bolehland’s & FeeQ’s team flag. So charming isn’t it? LOL!

Advertlets flag

The theme for the sand sculpting competition is “Animal World“. While some of the better sculptures were remarkable, the rest were predictably “starfish”, “turtles” & “octopus”.

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Lot’s of turtles right? LOL!

One of the better ones which caught my eye was this. This intricately modelled sculpture has a lion overlapping with a snake & a dolphin. Very creative, thumbs up!!

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This one has an elephant head & a snake tail.

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View from the back.

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My team – Diyana, Jason , & her hubby did a tarantula instead! We started by piling up the sand for the main body. That involved some arms work as we digged around our plot amassing a swell of sand as high as possible. Like I said; while some teams came prepared with shovels & pails, all we had was our hands. And a small toy bucket that belongs to Miki, Diyana’s son. LOL!

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Once we had the “shape” in place, we worked on slowly shaping out the mound of sand to our desired form.

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Here is me busy shaping tarantula eggs. ;p

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Josh, Dan & Wai Kit from Bolehland.net & FeeQ made a lobster sculpture.

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Of which I sat on after the competition. Hahaha!

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Our finished product: Team Advertlets 1 & Team Advertlets 2!

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The competition started at 830am & by 10am, the judges went around for the first round of judging. At this point, the judges were looking at “teamwork“, costumes (yes, points are awarded to those who dressed up in uniformity or in costumes) & the team flag.

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Finally, the last round of judging was at 1130am, where the competition was officially declared to have ended.

Below: Angry Birds. LOL!
Well, it is an animal.. so cute isn’t it? ;-)

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Congratulations to the winners! As you can see, the costumes certainly counts towards the result, as all teams that won were decked out in creative outfits!

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We were served a wonderful spread of food after the event. Nom noms! :)

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Speech by the management of Holiday Villa Cherating.

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Everyone chilling after their hard work in the sand, sea & sun!

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Final pose with our team Tarantula! ;-)

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So, is anyone game for some sandsculpting activity next year?? I feel like going again! I’m also going to be much more well prepared with flags, costumes and props to increase my chances of winning!

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Thanks again to Holiday Villa & Advertlets for the beach weekend getaway! :)


Lot 1303, Mukim Sungai Karang,
26080 Kuantan,
Pahang Darul Makmur,

Tel: (609)-581 9500
(609)-581 9500
Fax: (609)-581 9178
Email: saleschv@holidayvilla.com.my

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10 May 2011

Thristhan says:

Wow, so much fun. Wish I was free to join you peeps. Maybe next year :)


Rebecca Reply:

Oh why weren’t you there??


10 May 2011

prince n princess mum says:

The sand sculpting is so amazingly done.. Interesting!~


Rebecca Reply:

Yes, I never thought it was possible to sculpt such amazing detailed pieces of art!


10 May 2011

Jess says:

WOW , Cherating beach sands so fine and perfect for sand sculpting, quite amazing how they did it ! Which animal is the winners ah ?? Your team Tarantula not that bad :dd D maybe not poisonous enoughhh!! :s cratch:


Rebecca Reply:

YES! the sand was very clean & fine. As for the winners – guess??? ;p


10 May 2011

msihua says:

That looks like a massively fun outing and event! Those octopus sculptures are amazing! And LOL at angry birds!


Rebecca Reply:

Hhaha! It was a creative idea wasn’t it? Angry Birds!


11 May 2011

Isaac Tan says:

That is some awesome sand sculptures! You guys are one creative lot I would say!


Rebecca Reply:

Hahha! Do join us next year yea! i will try to organise a bigger group & bring more bloggers!


11 May 2011

ping says:

Gosh! That sounds like so much fun! The tarantula looks pretty good too! And I guess everybody won in the end, eh? .. with all that food and goodies and fun, fun, fun!


rebeccasaw Reply:

Hi Ping! Thks fr dropping by my little blog & leaving a comment :)
Yes everyone had fun, I myself was surprised how fun it could be building sand sculptures ;p


11 May 2011

jfook says:

I wish I was there!!!! Sad I have to be in Kuching


rebeccasaw Reply:

Ya lor!


11 May 2011

Joe says:


click the link and see who is standing next to daphne


rebeccasaw Reply:

Hi joe! Oh wow! ;p It’s me!!!



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