Waterfall play at Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat

We came here last in 2014! 🤣🤣 The place did not change much! Entry fee is still RM2 per adult, RM1 per kid and RM3 per car. It is rather clean as compared to the public parks in Klang Valley.

The best thing – we came at the right time with no crowd and we were initially the only two families playing at the chilling waterfall. They had better time playing ’cooking’ at the bottom part. Towards the end, they went into the chilling river and little waterfalls before they saw a frog and screamed like they saw zombies. 🤣🤣 They forgotten about the rocks and ran across them. 🤣🤣🤣

We spent two hours there. Hubby and I ate while waiting for them. They had their packed lunch in the car on our way back!

Video: https://youtube.com/shorts/kq5nCt9yqEo?feature=share

A return visit to 99 Wonderland Park

We came here before Covid19. The ticketing price doubled/tripled because they brought in some endangered species, namely crocodile, Tapir and sun bear. If you go in the day, there’s nothing much to shout about because you can’t watch the water fountain light performances (but my family are lazy to go out at night 🤣🤣 and we don’t like crowded places). The walk is about 2km and we walked two rounds to maximise our ticketing price! 🙄😛😂 (Norrah is above 90cm, despite STILL below 5yo and so she has her own ticket also).

Compared to Farm in the city, this place is less interactive – though we can still feed some of the animals like ostrich, deer and Mara. Besides the entrance fee, every other rides need additional fee like buggy ride, boat ride and train ride. It became more commercialised.

Photo: https://youtu.be/Uwzax70tYHQ

Hiking Bukit Sri Bintang

Our second and last hike for this Raya holiday. If not because of the moving hikers (in and out) plus cars parked along the road, we won’t know the entrance to trail. There isn’t a signboard. We followed a group of hikers to one of the entrances (there are many routes, it seems).

We started out with a steep hike down and followed by a steep hike up before we reached the first peak (a view overseeing KL Tower and sight of Merdeka 118). We made a pit stop before moving to the next peak. We constantly moved upwards on two steep trails. Not long after, we reached the other peak that oversees KLCC tower. Next, we chose the wrong trail that brought us downhill in 15 minutes (actually we didn’t know that we have arrived at the bottom of the hill until we suddenly remembered the renovating bungalow we saw upon arrival🤣). All done in an hour.

The girls especially the elder twos handled the slopes well without us holding them. The hiking that we went so far, has well trained them to be more versatile. They become more aware of each of their steps. Nikki did slipped twice because of the slippery downward slope. In fact, I slipped once too while moving up. It was rather muddy this morning as it rained in the wee hours.

There are many trails in this hill. We will most likely be back one day to reach the highest peak.

because of the steep hill (plus Norrah wanted me to hold her today), I kept my phone in the bag most of the time when hiking 🤣 so fewer photos while hiking this round. There are many mushrooms that we saw along the way.

We had shaved ice after our picnic in the car. 😛

Video: https://youtu.be/cxBnap_AVis

Our first visit to Ara Damansara Park

Last day of Raya school holiday!

(Nikki: Still got Saturday and Sunday right???🙄🙄)

I wanted to bring them outdoor. Somewhere not so near but not far. 🫢😛🤣 Actually I have known this park for some time – Ara Damansara Park. Not many reviews on it. So today I decided to explore it (as it satisfies my criteria – not very near but not far😂).

It is located JUST opposite of the Ara Damansara mosque (where we bought lemang). There are parking but limited spots (as in if you go on crowded day). So, today our parking is just easy and right in front the entrance. Only few families around at our time.

Impressive park, on our first visit. 😂 The water lilies pond is eye catching upon arrival. Nice walking paths, but some spots are muddy. Overall about 2km walk. The girls had fun running up and down the little hills/slopes. There is a little river stream. I did put my foot in and it sunk (my daughter ‘scolded’ me ‘what are you trying to do?’🙄🙄🤣🤣). 🫢🤣 So, ’no’ to playing in the river. They had fun playing both the exercise equipment segment and the playground. And they had a good sweat.

We ended with a picnic under their ready made canopy. It was really relaxing. The park is filled with Nikki’s Aunty voice. 🙄🙄🙄 Even Norrah said ‘she is so noisy!’

Later on, we dropped by at Citta Mall for toilet. And we got a quick run at Village Grocer. It didn’t end just like that. We went swimming right after we arrived home.

Now everyone can nap like a log! 🤣

Video: https://youtu.be/XXmH9HJN3yk

A visit to Eco Grandeur

Dragonfly park and Grandeur Lab @ Eco Grandeur, Puncak Alam

We thought this place is pretty near. 🤣🤣 It took us about 30- 40 minutes drive from our place (same distance as Cyberjaya). It is nearing Kuala Selangor, which is rather secluded. But the best part is there was almost nobody, especially at its Dragonfly park. (Just few families came and went off to take photos)

It is named Dragonfly park because of the shape of the park, though we do see some dragon flies around. It is about a 2km walk to complete the whole park. It is a new township and very European feel.

The kids enjoyed the place because we allowed them on the playground (since no one there). They were happier to able to go under the bridge (tunnel).

After completing the walk, we drove to Grandeur Lab (actually we somehow walked pass it when completing the Dragonfly park walk). Most shops were closed today except for a Chinese cafe, Jaya Grocer, Gong Cha, Caring Pharmacy and a coffee shop. We had our mini picnic at the bench (I brought wraps) and they had ice cream, bought from the supermarket.

Photos: https://youtu.be/o6NDmMUOsdg

Tamarind Square @ Cyberjaya

Today supposed to be an outdoor day but it was raining in the morning. So, we made an impromptu visit to Tamarind Square @ Cyberjaya with the main intention to browse/buy books from Book Xcess. We did that actually – spent close to 1.5-2 hours there.

But we actually found the setting of the building (though many abandoned and empty units) more impressive for photo taking! 🤣🤣 it is called ‘Instagramable’! 😛

Video: https://youtu.be/_Uq8mxyqfn4

Our first time at Bukit Serdang Hiking Trail

Bukit Serdang Hiking Trail

Unlike the other trails we went so far, Bukit Serdang hill has fewer visible signboards; and if there are, they are in Chinese. So, we got ourselves guessing on which trail to go. We overheard (from other hikers) – one to the sunrise and another to MEX highway view. We took those trails. The one to the sunrise hill is easier (there is a dog temple and nursery at the peak) while the one to MEX highway view is steeper. On our way back to Taman U (where our car was parked) from MEX highway view, we stopped by at the little river stream. The girls enjoyed that little area most. We would probably be back for the two other trails one day.

Overall, it took us 2 hours and 10 minutes. Parking is ample at our timing and maybe because not many in town already. Or else, one has to park at Kolam Pancing Ikan Taman U and walk over. No toilet available (as far as our concern). There are alot of stray dogs around especially at the entrance of the trail. Some dogs also went up the trails. There were few monkeys in the forest. We didn’t bother them, and so they didn’t bother us.

Today Nikki is the ‘leader’ by leading us the most and she showed full of enthusiasm especially when going downhill. Noelle enjoyed the hikes until she was running out of energy (because hungry). Luckily I packed some biscuits – so we had a short break at MEX highway view peak. Hubby was the same as Noelle – he said my biscuits saved his life, or else I need to carry him down. 🙄😒Norrah went without complain and insisted on not removing her mask despite on some steeper paths (I too gave up by removing at those paths).

Photo: https://youtu.be/MDcqjUiy_-8

A morning at Pantai Telok Kemang

After a gap of 6 months, we were back at Pantai Telok Kemang this morning. Our third consecutive beach visit to the same spot- we like it here because it is less polluted compared to Sepang/Bagan Lalang (and which is nearer to home – west coast of Peninsular Malaysia). We thought of coming today before the long weekend and Hari Raya holiday – so that it would be less crowded. And because of Ramadan, fewer crowds too today.

We told the kids to wake up at 6am, which they did – had breakfast and shower; and off we went around 7am. We arrived at the beach around 8.30am. Some people were already there. Some seem to just finishing off their CSR duties – cleaning the beach. So, this morning we had a very clean beach! 😛

We spent more than two hours there; managed to find a rather shaded spot. Our initial plan was to have our picnic in the car. But since we had a good spot and fewer crowds, we decided to picnic at the beach itself. In fact, we went to another public toilet (the other end), which was cleaner (maybe because not many people) – this time they manage to get a really good wash after the play.

Norrah no longer fears the beach and the sea. 🤣🤣🤣 She doesn’t need us to hold her anymore. And she is no more OCD with the sand. 😂

Everyone had a great relaxing morning. We managed to pack curry chicken bun and some snack for dinner from Seremban on our way back. We (hubby and I) achieved our KPI by reaching home before naptime! 🤣

Video: https://youtu.be/fgpuza3R3Lc

Our visit to Selangor Fruit Valley

It has been three years or so since we were here. The place has improvised. We paid RM15 per adult and RM10 per kid for entry. We went through trams and tractors to arrive at various spots like the centre point, deer farm, rabbit farm, jetty, duck farm, Rumah kampung and nursery. When we arrived and after getting our tickets, we were given free water bottles and fruits to eat while waiting for the tram.

Despite the crowd, they have an organised system on who go on the tram (queue according to receipt number and the number on the entry tickets). But it gets a little disorganised after the rabbit farm (no longer following the queue system but on first come first system). So we have to wait a little longer especially at the Rumah Kampung. We actually thought the girls will merely enjoy the rabbit farm. But at the end, they enjoy the whole valley.

Despite it being just a half day trip, we felt like we went for a holiday somewhere far from home/outstation 🤣. We drove about an hour to the place. Also, it is our first time going on tram/tractor with groups of people.

It is open air and most people are on masks. They even checked MySejahtera vaccination status before giving entry to the car park. They have clean toilets too (at every stop, even at car park).

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Deer park @ Selangor Fruit Valley

When we came here three years back, they didn’t stop the tram. This time they allowed visitors 5 minutes for feeding the deers. Long beans were sold a RM1 per pack (small bunch).

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Caught fish 🤣🤣🤣 (this is a new section next to the rabbit park).

RM3 for 5 minutes catching fish (one net). But the men there were kind to let us try out more than 5 minutes. 🤣🤣

We caught:

Noelle – 2 (she had two more but escaped)

Nikki – 1

Mummy 😛 – 3 (I helped Norrah but become so addictive to fish)

So in total, we had 5 fish. They wanted to bring them back home, so we bought a plastic aquarium for RM6. I told them these fish not meant to be pet as it is meant to be fed to other fish/tortoise and also it won’t last long – since we don’t have gas tank for them (so to prepare them that it will die🙄🤣). In fact, on our way back, one already pengsan and KO! 😛😂

We also saw new born hedgehogs.

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Rumah Kampung @ Selangor Fruit Valley

Instead of the man-made decoration at malls, today they get to go into a Rumah kampung/papan (though it is also man-made 🤣).

This is also the last stop where we could get our fresh coconut drinks. We found a shade under the tree and the kids had the biscuits that I brought along. There were also fried banana/nangka, but we didn’t buy. We bought guavas back home for our weekly fruit snack.

There are also chickens, fowls and goats (gated) beside the house.

Video: https://youtu.be/7LK5EjKPXzs

Going on a LRT ride

We miss doing this after more than two years. And they were so excited when we told them about the train ride.

The great thing about having a station not too far from our place (minus the daily noise 🤣 actually we are numb to the sound already), we just walked there. We took a longer ride, made a u-turn ride, went down to tapau food, took another u-turn ride before adjourning home. The two elder girls no longer can hitch on free rides 🤣🤣 – 6 years old and above has to pay a fare for it. No long wait despite it being weekend and so much spacing in the train.

I heard them saying ‘today is the best day ever!’ And Nikki said ‘You know why today is a good day? Because we drank Goodday milk!’ 🤣

I know some people who love travelling around the world, but they don’t ride on local transports 🤣🤣🤣 ok, please support local, they are not bad! <<

Good slow walk for the kids who were just vaccinated yesterday. Not much effect except for Nikki complaining feeling tired and turning cranky before going to bed last night. Today she is much better. Both say sore and tired arms. <<<

Video: https://youtu.be/wuuy-VK2AlE