Diary of a SAHM – Day 490
In my previous post, I shared about Joshayne’s fascination with all things on wheels and how we seized the opportunity to teach him about various types of vehicles and their parts. Apart from that, we have also been trying to get him acquainted with various animals (and insects); and what better way to introduce him to the world of animals than to let him see for himself? Thus began our visits to “animal places,” i.e. zoos, farms, parks etc.
i. Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh Perak
We went to the Lost World of Tambun together with my parents in November last year. We only paid RM30 per pax as we managed to get discounted tickets; the normal rates were RM50.00 for adults and RM43.00 for children under 12. We went during a weekend so there were many visitors but it wasn’t too overcrowded since it wasn’t a public holiday and the school holidays had not started yet. We thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely stroll through the petting zoo and the entertaining tiger feeding show.
At the petting zoo, we were welcomed by Ruby, the super adorable raccoon. Then we walked through a transparent tunnel to look at different species of snakes in the serpentarium. Can you spot the cold-blooded reptiles in the following pictures?
*I absolutely love this candid shot!
The Bird Paradise, which boasted 500 birds from 18 species, was quite impressive. In the aviary, the birds roamed freely in a natural setting.
There were many other animals at the Rock Canopy, Rabbit Wonderland, Marmoset Tree House, Tortoise Kingdom and Rainforest Trail, etc.
Here are some of the pictures that Kiate managed to capture.
*Roar* The Siberian tigers @ Tiger Valley
ii. Penang Butterfly Farm, Penang
Butterfly Farm is a very famous tourist attraction in Penang. We visited the Butterfly Farm in January this year when Ain and her friend, Miriam, came to visit. Admission fees for foreign visitors were RM27 for adults and RM15 for children under 12. Domestic visitors (upon presentation of MyKad/MyKid) were entitled to a 33.3% discount. Even with the discount, I still found it overpriced (RM18); it took us less than 45 minutes to finish touring the whole site. To its credit, though, the place was very well-maintained and potentially educational IF you read the signs and paid attention to the guided tour. I didn’t get to do either as I was busy entertaining a little tot who just discovered the joy of stamping – undoubtedly the main attraction for him here.
We saw many beautiful butterflies, and even pupae (chrysalis) and caterpillars. In addition, there were also giant millipedes, lizards, ducks, frogs, scorpions, stick and leaf insects, spiders, etc. Joshayne was only interested in the ducks!
*Penang Butterfly Farm is currently closed to public as upgrading works are in progress. It will re-open in December 2015.
iii. Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium of the Fisheries Research Institute, Penang (Bayan Lepas)
This was one of our unplanned weekend trip (April’15) that turned out to be very enjoyable. The aquarium was well-maintained and there were many species of fish and other marine life here to keep the little one entertained for half-an-hour or so. The admission fees were only RM5 for adults and RM2 for children under 12. Joshayne was thrilled to see the fishes on display and kept pointing excitedly at them while saying “fish, fish”, “eye” and “tail.”
iv. Taiping Zoo, Perak
We went to Taiping Zoo on a Saturday, which was also a public holiday (Agong’s birthday) and the last weekend of a two-week school break; and as expected, the zoo was packed! Entry tickets (inclusive of GST) were reasonably priced at RM17 for adults and RM8.50 for children.
Daddy and Mummy were excited as this was our first trip to the zoo with Joshayne, but the li’l one was unimpressed – as evident in his “cool” expression (or rather, the lack of expressions) in the pictures below. I’m really glad that Kiate managed to capture pictures of the animals though; Joshayne responded positively when I showed him the pictures a few days later and he was able to identify some of the animals. In hindsight, his indifference during the visit could be due to the crowd and also the hot and humid weather (he was sweating profusely).
At Taiping Zoo, we saw orang utans, chimpanzees, monkeys, bears, wild boars, elephants, zebras, camels, giraffes, deer, crocodiles, different species of birds, lions, otters, etc. I’m sure there were more, but I can’t recall all. Ops. Here are some of the pictures….
v. Countryside Stable, Penang (Sg. Burung, Balik Pulau)
This was another unplanned visit (June’15). We went to Balik Pulau with Angelia and while eating durian at one of the stalls, we saw the Countryside Stable sign by the roadside. Since it was nearby, we decided to check it out. The stable was very well-kept and the admission fees were only RM5 for adults and RM3 for children under 12. We bought a tray of imported hay (RM5) to feed the horses. There were perhaps around 30 horses and ponies of various breeds, a few donkeys and two deer. Joshayne was wary of the big animals and kept a safe distance.
On our way home, we saw this aviary by the river bank. We parked the car and came out to admire the beautiful birds (for FREE). They were amazingly colourful. It was the highlight of the day for Joshayne.
vi. Saanen Dairy Goat Farm, Penang (Balik Pulau)
I first came to know about this goat farm through a blog. It was highly recommended for families with young children and received many favourable reviews on TripAdvisor. After waiting for months, we finally had the opportunity to visit Saanen Dairy Goat Farm last weekend. And indeed, it lived up to our expectations. Visitors are welcomed to tour the farm and feed the goats for FREE. How awesome is that!
Joshayne took a while to warm up to the goats; but with a bit of coaxing, he finally mustered up the courage to feed them. He fell in love with the guinea pig (pictured below) though – he reached out to stroke it without any prompting from me. Besides the goats and guinea pig, we also saw chickens, rabbits, dogs, sheep, and also cows (on our way home).
*Joshayne enjoyed the fresh goat’s milk; he finished the whole bottle within minutes (probably because it was chilled). RM7 per bottle (250ml).