Thursday, 5 November 2015

Zoo Negara, Malaysia

The kids have been asking about wild animals and 
the zoo is as close as we get to the wild ones.
And by the kids, I mean my son. My daughter is only interested in her boyfriend, Pocoyo.

The Son was excited for days before the trip.
The tickets were a tad expensive for the expereince but
we know it's not easy to maintain a zoo with minimal support from a lousy government.
Unless the monkeys here work in the PM's department, then maybe can upgrade la.

In total, I paid RM 150 for 4 adults (one foreigner price) and 2 kids. 
For the record, I paid since hubs graced us with his presence.

Once inside, we paid a ringgit for the map...and off they went!
I felt tired just from watching them run all over the place and we only just started five seconds ago.

The Kids' Area has this nice little structure.
It could have been better maintained.

Behind that is this little cave with some display.
I am not sure what we are supposed to see here because all we'd seen was cobwebs.

I wanted to ride the pony but they were having a bath. 

There are lots of monkey/gibbons/apes/siamangs.
I cannot differrentiate them.
So, they were all monkeys until I see the signage.

 These Seladangs...mannnnnn.
The son got so excited because one was pooping and my son was shouting.
"Look! It's doing a ta pian...wa lao ehhhhh."
And then the another one next to it started peeing!
God, it was embarrassing to say the least.

We didn't see a single bear in the this was all we did :D

At the deer area, this poor tapir was resting and Tiger started shouting at him, 
"Oh my God...he's dead. Mama! He's deadddddd"

"Oh...he's sleeping...."

"...and lazy."

Dragon spotted this cute little mouse deer.
Sang Kancil, my favorite Malay story character.

As we struggled on in the sweltering heat, Tiger found a snail.
"New pet. Please hold for me."
And I walked around with this in my hands for the rest of the trip.

More seladangs.
I guess these must breed easily. So many of them.

The Chimpanzee and Orang Utan Area.
It's amazing how human like they are.

 Next was the Savannah Area.
The kids were exhausted by now and we rested in a cabana while we observed the zebras.

Trying to get some nice shots with my old phone.

I am no expert but I thought the zebras were magnificent and looked really healthy.

 The giraffe.

After the trip, The Son was so fired up to learn about animals!
We used the map from the Zoo as a guide to the animals we would like to read about.
Just two or three animals daily.
We usually do a little reading and watched some National Geographic documentary on Youtube.
This is us, incorporating interest-led learning into our homeschool :)

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Petrosains Visit 2015

I think Petrosains needs no introduction.
Think of it as Malaysia's modern museum focusing on the petroleum industry.
This is the grand entrance.

Picture from Petrosains website

The kids are getting used to regular 'learning trips'
While Tiger actually learns something new, Dragon's intention is to get rid of excess energy.
The queue was long as we waited for the Dark Ride to take us upstairs.

Once inside, they rushed to whatever display was closest.
They are like a couple of hungry wolves, sometimes.

This is the coin tornado that looks like a funnel.
We've seen one of these in a shopping mall recently as part of a donation drive for the
national kidney foundation. I think we donated rm10 worth of coins then.
At Petrosains, they used metal washers of different sizes.

The electrostatic plasma tube

Used his body as a conductor to transfer the energy to the light tube.
There was a personnel nearby to explain everything.
but Tiger was just happy he was Electric Man for a few seconds.

 Next, is the Outer Space section.
Lots of buttons to keep these boys happy.
It is even better than the Planetarium Negara.

They love Miles From Tomorrowland.

The wind tunnel

The infrared camera

 Model of the interior of a space station

There were hands on activities in almost every section in Petrosains.

The programmable rover (supposedly on Mars)

Next was the dinosaurs display. 
There was a T-rex and the kids kept asking for other dinosaurs.
The information regarding the formation of petroleum were largely ignored.

Next section has a stage for talks and shows.
And tables of tools and gadgets for simple physics

Demo: Using non-fat milk to make curd magnets

The diggers..which they turned off the moment my kids sat on it.
They are turned off during talks and performances.
So, next time, try these first.

A simple mining machine with conveyor belt and pulleys.

The toddler area.

This is the super cool interactive art panels.
Hubs and I were total noobs.
We probably enjoyed these more than the kids :p

The kids were too young to appreciate the oil rig.
"Nothing to see here!"
So, Tiger and I spent our time at this interactive station.
He tried using orange peel oil to create a spark.

Her reaction said it all. 
My kid is farneeeeeee!

Coloring using natural ingredients:
Coffee, tumeric, pandan, red cabbage.

The kids love the race cars exhibit.
Mind game. Using brain waves to move the metal ball? 


The big kid.

She couldn't reach the pedal. Hehe.
So, she disturbed the brother instead :)

Great place, great value.
Call in advance for a reservation if you don't want to wait for tickets.
They have time slots, so you may not get in if it's full.

Visit the Petrosains website for printables and more information.

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