What did we do at Genting? First, hubby threw RM300 at the arcades. Hahhaa. Well it was RM10 a pop at the various stalls thus the money flew quickly (with nothing to show for it either). Then hubby had to try his luck getting little toys from machine games. This had slightly better returns compared to the stalls but I was like... thought the kids were supposed to be playing and not YOU?? So he bought another card for them and they managed to get some action.
Shoot! Shoot! (Fish toy between them being the first of arcade toys)
We hadn't walked around all the sections before. Was quite nice to meander around looking at this and that.
Take photo at lamp post
Take photo with plant head guy
Take photo with this basket
Since it wasn't regular school holidays, Genting wasn't too crowded. Got the day pass for the indoor theme park. I noticed a few rehashed rides from the old days when JE was small. They had strict height limits though and even SE couldn't get to ride those any more.
Check out our horses!
And our car!
One thing even without crowds, it does take quite some time to get to the actual ride. The process to scan in, people choosing the horse/car/carriage etc and getting in/on, the staff going round to check the safety belts. The kids were thrilled, the adults were EXHAUSTED haha. There weren't that many benches to sit on while waiting. Neither hubby nor me are into rides so we didn't get passes for ourselves.
Yay we got cotton candy!
The kids mostly went on rides separately. JE liked the sky tower one which SE was too scared to try. SE went on this ferris wheel all by herself. Actually I was rather scared for her. This ride is very high - what if she fiddled with the door and managed to open it while her car was at the top? She was alone in the car. There was a parent-and-child queuing up with SE but the ride attendant motioned them to the next car. And the wheel kept stopping to let people in and out of cars, meaning those near the top would stay high for quite some time. I watched, heart in the mouth, throughout the 2 full rounds that constituted a ride.
Finally the ride finished. SE said it was scary but fun. And she wanted to go again. Hahaha. Well I let her go once more. And then decided better not to test luck too many times plus it was past time to go home. Sooo tired from this trip. (Some more traffic was terrible going home and next day was a school day. Gahh)
The kids were off from school couple weeks back since classrooms were needed for the UPSR exams. Well, extra holiday then! Genting this time. First thing we noticed upon arrival, our favourite makan place Bubbles n Bytes had closed. Sigh.
Gone are the days hubby was a big gambler and got free stays at suites. Our first time staying at First World (luckily for free). Oh no photos... the girls were at first comparing the size of the room, there being no bathtub, having a view into other rooms of the hotel. Later they settled down to iPads while snacking and the room got too messy to take photos heh. Guess it wasn't too bad really.
Hmm are you looking at us??
Mummy says if we stay in a different room every night, we can stay 20 years!
I had been looking forward to the food. Eat we did. Motorino for pizza (nice lah but way pricier than Bubbles and Bytes), buffet lunch at Coffee Terrace, dimsum at Wan Hoi and Oversea, Go Noodles (never a queue at the Genting outlet).
Pizza... ok it's quite good also
Gonna whack my piggy bun
It was Mooncake festival so we got to see the mooncake deco.
Sit on this giant mooncake stool
No pushing no pushing!
Theme was quite nicely done. Then again I always have a soft spot for bunny rabbits. :) The kids had fun posing with these statues...
This year Mooncake festival was both good and not-so. The good: Kids had lots of lanterns! Hubby spotted a kiosk selling traditional lanterns and took them to choose theirs. So good to see the wire-and-cellophane paper ones. The kids made their selections and then were more interested in playing with those that had lights, movements and music. How to fight technology... sigh. Refused to buy any of these new 'mutants'.
Hubby couldn't resist getting a couple of extras. Kids also made one at their art class:
Lots of lanterns!
I really like this butterfly one (think butterflies weren't one of the designs during my childhood days). It has antenna, pretty designs and even little yellow bits at the end of the wings.
We both have fish!
So lanterns, check. Mooncakes, check. Then when the actual festival rolled by... HAZE. Haha.
At least hubby lit up the lanterns and the kids still had a chance to play. On THREE different days. Lanterns not wasted then hehe.
The kids had a whole long weekend where for one reason or another, classes for gymrama/art/swimming were off. These come very rarely so must take advantage of it. :)
Off we went to Ulu Yam. It was less than an hours' drive that day. First was the world of orchids which I had noticed people posting about on FB. Oh this was nice! Well done up and green.
We are here!
At the World of Orchids! (Mummy prefers not to say the long word)
Pretty, pretty blooms
The cafe gets a thumbs up from us. Good coffee, good cakes and this waffle too. (The assam laksa was average though). Prices were KL-standard but quality was worth it. I'd happily visit very often if it was nearer home. SE announced "This has been a good day!" after happily tucking into the waffle.
Check out my berry waffle with ice-cream
Next destination was supposed to be the guava farm. But apparently fruits weren't in season until October so this place wasn't open. Take a few photos since we were there...
We are at the bee farm! No guava today
I'm helping to stir the honey. Very busy you know
Lunch obviously included the signature "lor mee" and fishcake. Had it at Swee Yen, a shop on this road where every shop seemed to sell the same thing. No pictures of food hehe.
There was a temple nearby but weather was too hot, didn't bother to go. Just walked up to this colourful wall in front for a picture.
What's your fav colour?
After that we headed to the waterfall. Well Waze showed three in the vicinity. I picked the nearest one even though the other two had the same travel times. And this was why this nearest one takes the same time to get there.... this one-track road for all of 3 kms! Rather scary not knowing when an oncoming car would appear round a bendy part of the road.
Fits only ONE lane!
A whole river to play in!
Rock, water, trees... and us
Coke tastes better out here
Kiddos liked the sand too.
Making a sand-castle
Overall a decent day trip. I wished there were just a couple more places we could go visit. Or even something to buy. Hopefully someone sets up something soon.