Category Archives: Travel

01Jan/16

A Trip to Zoo Negara

“Let’s go to the zoo, there’s lots of things to do and the food is finger licking good!”
If you can’t remember this jingle, you were born in a great era! hehehe…

We went to Zoo Negara recently and I must say, it wasn’t like it was a year or so ago.. There’s lots of upgrading going on and they say it’ll only be ready but August 2016.. To be honest, I’m glad they’ve actually done something to improve the place..

I’m not a big fan of zoo’s only because I don’t really like seeing animals confined in small spaces when they should actually be out in the wild but at the same time, zoo’s make a good conservation to the animals which are threatened of extinction. I mean, just recently, the Sumatran rhino has been officially declared extinct in the wild.. yup.. very sad and very true.. 🙁 So when it comes to news like this, i give the zoo’s my support.

Few years ago we went to the Sabah zoo and it was far much better. So yeah, Zoo Negara is being improved and I’m glad because our zoo is a pretty sad one. What we did see new was the butterfly garden (Ariana calls it the Butterfly Imagination Garden).. So beautiful!! And the new bear confinement was nice too.. Maybe they could do with some better food stalls though.. welling heathy foods maybe?

Oh! There amphitheater was also closed for renovation so there was on sea lion show or anything.. what they did have was a little mini-show which was also not so bad.. the only slack about that was that the tourists couldn’t understand a thing as the host was speaking in malay..

What was a bummer is that tourists were throwing POPCORN at the monkeys.. I’m skema ok.. I see stuff like that going on, I immediately go and report it.. I really don’t mind if you were feeding fruits or foods of their diet but popcorn? seriously?

All in all, the girls had a great time (so did mummy!)! Ariana is already planning her next trip to the zoo and which friends she will be inviting.. I love her and her enthusiast. Can’t wait for Ameera to get to her level!

Starting the zoo trip on the tram.. RM5 for adults RM3 for children ages 2 and up

Starting the zoo trip on the tram.. RM5 for adults RM3 for children ages 2 and up

 

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paid RM5.50 for a yucky scoop of ice-cream.. LOL..

 

At the Savanah part of the zoo where the giselle, giraffe, zebra's and elephants are

At the Savanah part of the zoo where the giselle, giraffe, zebra’s and elephants are

 

Ariana's first jump shot... :)

Ariana’s first jump shot… 🙂

 

This monitor lizard or commodore dragon was seen in the lake from the gazebo which is hidden amongst the bushes..

This monitor lizard or commodore dragon was seen in the lake from the gazebo which is hidden amongst the bushes..

 

excited to be so close to the animals yet scared at the same time.. heh

excited to be so close to the animals yet scared at the same time.. heh

 

At the mini-show.. Ariana was begging me to take a photo of her with "the guy wearing the panda suit"

At the mini-show.. Ariana was begging me to take a photo of her with “the guy wearing the panda suit”

 

it was a real hot day and big grizzly was in need of a splash

it was a real hot day and big grizzly was in need of a splash

 

And after a good 4 hours at the zoo, they were zonked!

And after a good 4 hours at the zoo, they were zonked!

04Dec/15

KL Bird Park

The KL Bird Park has just got to be one of our top5 most favourite places to go.. To be honest, I had never step foot in there until I had Ariana.. Ariana and I have been going to the KL Bird Park before Ariana was even walking!! She has always found the birds to be simply fascinating and I don’t blame her.

KL Bird Park is the WORLDS largest free-flight walk-in aviary and worth every cent you pay.. Ticket prices are different for locals (with a MyKad) and tourists. Why? I find it a great idea to do that because it attracts us locals to go to places like that. We too should be able to enjoy our local beauty without having to pay such high prices.. We can’t afford that anymore..

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ANYWAY!!!! The best way I save money since we go so often is get a yearly membership. So happens, last year the KL Bird Park had some lucky draw thing and since we bought tickets, we could slip our name in the jar to be in the running to win a one year membership worth RM80. Alhamdulillah, I get an email telling me that we had won!! Ariana and I were so excited. It’s already awesome that children below the age of 3 can enter for free then having a membership which allow 1 adult and 1 child in, thats just perfect!! All we had to pay for was food and pitures (if we took them).. So we went to the bird park almost every month or at least every 2 months!! Our membership had expired the day before we went to the park last week but to renew it only cost RM40!! Yup! It’s awesome! Soooooo worth it even if you go only twice a year!

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As you can see, there are peacocks flying about free practically everywhere. You eat ice-cream, they’d literally run to you begging for some!! Obviously I don’t allow the girls to see the bird ice-cream!! Although, i did let them feed some fish food since they were feeding the fish… (Am I bad bad person??? will the birds get a tummy ache?? get sick?? DIE??? astagfirullah!!)

There are fish pond in most places with dispensers where you can buy food for just RM1 but make sure you bring some old 50coins because sometimes the shops run out of change even in the mornings.. So I make sure I bring at least RM5 worth for the girls to enjoy themselves..

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This time we went to the Bird Park, the bird show was called off due to rain. Yes! We were stuck in the park for about an hour before we could walk out only to get stuck again for another hour. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of the education centre we were stuck in during the rain but it was a pretty cool place. It had information on the birth cycle of a chicken, ostrich eggs for you to step on just to prove how strong the eggs are and seriously, they are strong! I stood on them with Ameera in my arms once and not even a crack! subhanAllah! There is also a little hatchery for chickens and ducks in the next learning house but you can’t touch them, though sadly some people do (NOT US OKAY!!)..

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What we did manage to do before the rain was Ariana’s favourite.. Feeding the birds.. All you have to do is donate a bare minimum of RM2 and you will get either a cup of milk or a cup of kuachi (pumpkin seeds) to feed the birds.. If the dude on duty is in a good mood, most times he’d fill you up again for free. But we usually put more than RM2 in the donation box because we want the birds to be well taken care of.

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I must say though.. I food served in the Hornbill Restaurant is real good.. Once when we went to the planetarium, we decided to just eat here because it’s food was good and you also get a good view of the park.. Not just that, most times while you’re eating, the birds are usually up in the trees watching.. So if you have a child that doesn’t sit still to eat their food, just tell them that, “the birds are looking to see how much of a good girl you are eating your food”. Works like a charm! hehe

I have to say though, if you haven’t gone to the bird park, whether or not you have children, it’s a must go.. Who knows, if it rains, you might actually meet new people and make new friends like we did.. 🙂

 

 

this hornbill was seriously enjoying the rain

this hornbill was seriously enjoying the rain

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09Oct/15

11 Things to Pack For The Beach

There’s nothing better than a day in the sun, sand, the best of company (family, of course) and the best packed child-friendly beach bag (and car).. Packing the essentials can be tricky but to help you out, here’s what every family needs to pack for the beach (and car trip) to make the day (or trip) perfect.

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Bubbles Resort, Perhentian Island

1. Sunscreen

DUH! Even if it weren’t the beach, sunscreen is an essential product everyone needs to practice daily application. Be sure to apply a braod sprectrum of 15 SPF or higher. It would be best to apply your sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes before exposure to the sun and reapply every 2 hours and after getting out of the water.

2. Towels

OK.. Of course towels.. But… Unless you’re staying in a hotel and they are provided, towels are always needed for your day trips to the beach. For littles, in the market, there are plenty of cute wearable towels which can be slipped over their heads and will NEVER slip off. LOVE EM!!

3. Sand Toys

As typical as it can get but it’s what every child just loves to play with. buckets, spades and watering cans.. Why not add a few things like cake topper flags for the final product or even collect some seashells to decorate those cute little sand castles.

4. Snacks

you can be simple with the snack or you can go full on BBQ picnic style. But if it’s simple that you want, nothing beats the sandwiches, biscuits and chopped fruits. Easy fruits like grapes (seedless of course), apples and bananas are great but if you have planned this trip for a while, you could prep up some melon, papaya and maybe some mango just as an example of messy fruits which needs cutting up.

5. Beach Mat

having sand on your hands and feet is great but when it’s time for a snack, you don’t really wanna be eating it as well.. the crush is so unbearable, seriously!

6. Tent or Beach Umbrella

Umbrella’s seem to be too much baggage for me to carry with my girls so I opt on bringing a tent with us which is light enough for even the littles to help out.. Depending on how many of you there are, there is a wide range of tents out there for a party of 2 all the way up to a party of 8 (yes, they exist and are so cool!). If you bring a small tent, you’d probably not be in it much because your stuff would overtake the whole tent. But it’s a great space for your littles to take a nap if needed.

6. Fan

Be it a hand fan or a small electric fan, the beach can get HOT to a point of URGH! Having a fan is always good to cool down the littles in between making sand castles and splashing in the water.

7. Whistle (for each child)

For safety reasons of course! sometimes our littles like to wonder off. Explain to them, when you blow your whistle if you can’t find them, they need to blow their whistle when they hear yours. That way you know if they’re just near by or far away. Just make sure you give them the whistles AT the beach and not IN the car!!

8. Baby Powder

OK.. Initially, i didn’t really believe this but when we went to Perhentian recently, I figured I’d give it a try and OMG!! The best idea EVER!! I would have a small tube of powder ready at the porch before getting into our room and would slap some on the girls before entering and in seriously does work. Every bit of sand just falls off. I swear by the use of baby powder to avoid sand everywhere!!

9. First Aid Kit

We always need to be safe than sorry. Doesn’t have to be a full on kit either. Most times, I have a small ziploc filled with little things in my bag.. Plasters, tiger balm, pawpaw ointment, magic oil (a family product of generations) and hand sanitiser.. simple as that! 🙂

10. Sun Hats

Hats are always great to keep the sun out of your childrens faces and to avoid monster burning too after all the sun screen has been rinsed off after a swim. Also avoids pre-mature wrinkles too since your little won’t have to squint so much because of the sun! :p

11. Diving Slate

Children just love drawing and drawing on paper on the beach is pretty much impossible. Why not try using a diving slate. I suggest this as I’m a diver myself and I have one at hand and found very useful for the girls. They simply love it! You could also try making one yourself, just try googling it.

12Jun/14

Outdoor Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

kuala lumpurI’m a very ourdoorsie kind of person. I’m in love with nature and i hope to bring my children up to love nature too. For many, the weather is always pretty hot in Kuala Lumpur which makes us all dread to wanna take our kids anywhere the sun shines. We tend to go to places with air-conditioning ie; the mall. Those there may be may places which provide things to do for your littles, children do need fresh air and lots of sunshine for their development.

Having a day out with more than one child requires planning. While planning, here are a number of things to be considered in to making sure your day goes well.

  • Weather – The weather in KL is usually hot and humid. Outdoor fun is usually best done either early in the morning or late afternoon. Make sure you bring enough water (although water is sold everywhere) and sunscreen.
  • Location – Most attractions are located in Kuala Lumpur city centre. Although there are many in the suburbs as well. Peak hours are madness making traffic insane between 7am-9am and 5pm-8pm. Public transport isn’t too pricey. Trains take you all around town and the Klang Valley but a taxi would usually be necessary from the station to your destination.
  • Children Age/height – The activities you choose should suitable with childs age or else there would be someone left out of all the fun. Some attractions for children required a minimum age and/height. Kindly visit the respective theme park official website for aged and height recommendations.
  • Cost – Find an activity which fits your budget. For tourists, some out of town activities would require chartering a taxi/car. If possible, book all inclusive packages which include meals, entry tickets and transportation. This would be perfect for budgeting your holiday/outing.

Here are a few of my favourite places to take my girls outdoors.

    • KL BIRD PARK

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      The bird park has always been one of our favourite places to go. Located just 5 minutes from the city centre in the serene and scenic famous Lake Gardens, the KL Bird park is also well known as the “World’s Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary”. Birds fly freely as you walk about and peacocks flaunting their trains during mating or lekking season on the very paths you walk on. There are bird shows twice a day, bird feeding throughout the day (but at certain times) and there are also opportunities to take a picture with the birds in many corners of the park. Have a birthday coming up? You can even throw a birthday party with a package which provides a private tour of the park! Too cool!

      The park is open daily from 9am-6pm.

      ZOO NEGARA

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      Which child does not like going to the zoo? The KL zoo may not be the best zoo to go to as many may say, I personally feel that it’s because the lack of funds and manpower, however, it’s always nice to go anyway. Ariana is in love with all animals great and small. The zoo is always a place to allow her to explore and appreciate both the flora and fauna. There is a sea-lion and bird show which happens twice a day daily where you can also take pictures with the animals which is great fun! There is a tram ride, at a small charge, for those who cant be bothered walking. Best part of all, there are food stop located all around the zoo which are AIR CONDITIONED! :p If you and your family would like, you can even adopt an animal. Visit here for more info. We’ve just got some panda’s in too!!

      The zoo is open daily from 9am-5pm and local entry fee differ from tourist entry fees.

      Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur

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      Playgrounds, boat rides and horseback riding. This is one place where your child will fall in love with the outdoors. We take Ariana to this park so she can ride the horses almost every weekend and it is super duper cheap! She adores horses and already has her favourite horse she insists on riding every time we take her. After riding, there are little stalls you can hang out at for a drink and snack or if you want, pack some food and have a picnic by the lake. Maybe bring a kite and you could fly them about at the empty spaces around. Horseback riding sessions are available every weekend, public holidays and school holidays twice a day from 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm. For horse riding, charges are RM1.50 for adults and RM1.00 for children for 1 round. A trainer is at hand to walk the horse with the rider. Horse drawn carriage rides are also available at RM1.00 for adults and RM0.50 for children for 1 round for groups of 4-5 people. Parking is full almost all the time so be ready for some traffic and time in the car hunting for a space unless you decide to take public transport.If you don’t mind the travel, there are a few fun places to go out of town which you could take account. Traveling will take no more than 2 hours either place and worth every second of the journey.

 

  • FIRE FLY PARK, Kuala Selangor
    firefly parkWe have yet to make it to the firefly park as a family because of my “skema” strict sleeping schedule but its definately on our to-do list as I have been there as a child. Fireflies (also known as kelip-kelip in malay meaning ‘blink-blink’) all are found along the river on the mangrove tree species called berembang. It is said that Kuala Selangor has one of the largest firefly colonies in the world.
    Operating hours are usually between 7pm – 10.30pm daily (except for rainy days).
    TANAH AINA, Raub, Pahang
    tanah ainaFor a more exciting weekend adventure, Tanah Aina has always been our number one jungle retreat. Located just over an hour away from the city centre, there is no place better than an ultimate 5 star camping trip in the worlds oldest tropical rain forest to take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Prices are all inclusive of food, accommodation (tents, dorms and chalets), jungle tracking and morning walk to watch the sun rise. However, there are additional charges for the flying fox and other extra activities. For the mummy’s who want to relax while daddy takes over, there is a spa which will just do the trick!