One fine Sunday morning, as I was sleeping away peacefully dreaming of something
And so it was a text from a fellow Kuching blogger, SleepyHao who informed me that he and his merry gang were on the way from Kajang to KLCC, and asked me to tag along their visit to the Aquaria.
Part of me wanted to just pretend nothing happened and return to that perfect dreamland, yet another part of me forced myself to rise up and prepare myself for the spontaneous journey. Guess Sundays are supposed to be lazy, no?
I SEE YOU WITH ONE EYE
And so I dragged my huge heavy ass out of the bed and prepared as quickly as I could. I flew out of the house without even having breaky, rushing my way to the bus since I know that I will definitely be late already. Stopped at KL Central and pushed and squeezed my way into the packed LRT with a bunch of sardine wannabes that very well smelled like sardines already to begin with. Poor Hao and gang, had to wait for me for over an hour.
And so we went into the line of queue for our tickets. At the counter, I discovered that the concession price is charged differently for local and international students.
Seriously, WTFFFFFFFF ????
Why the heck would there be any difference between international and local students? International students would have to spend much more since everything else outside Malaysia will be more expensive, hence us poor students would have less to save in return. This is just purely not sensible. I uttered loudly near the ticketing counter "What a ridiculous discrimination !!!" I think the counter lady heard me and rolled her ugly eyes.
I AM THE CUTEST THING
And so I paid that extra RM5. Sometimes I just hate the way people run things in Malaysia.
The whole Aquaria was broken down into several parts, starting from the earlier part that represented the rain-forest end and slowly moving into the later parts of the rivers, and ultimately the oceans. The creatures and animals on display were mostly placed behind glass. Once we stepped our foot into the place, I saw Miao and Hao starting to click their shutters, hence I did the same too.
There were soooooo many things to photograph there, but to be honest, only a handful of the exhibits were good looking and the rest were just plain uninteresting.
Though this was my first time to Aquaria, but it was not my first time visiting a waterworld
SOMETHING IS BROKEN......
The fact is, AQWA having more variety of fishes and many other creatures, live performances and a bigger splash pool, despite their slightly smaller size compared to the Aquaria at KLCC. In AQWA, you get really, really colourful fishes, Nemo (clown fish), Dory, JELLYFISH, and of course sea lions. None of those are displayed at Aquaria, and I believe the reason would be that none of those mentioned creatures/fishes were found in Malaysia to begin with.
Probably Aquaria displays only the local species, but you have to admit though if you have visited that place, most of the fishes there were VERY UGLY.
Nevertheless, considering that Aquaria is situated right in the middle of the city, the whole setup was rather impressive. Must have costed Millions to build such a place.
THE UNDERWATER TUNNEL
SHARK FIN SOUP FOR DINNER?
Photographing inside Aquaria was an extreme challenge for me. Not having breakfast, and skipping lunch at noon did not help me a bit. For the first time, I discover the horror of shooting pictures under extreme low light condition (without flash) with a thundering growling empty stomach. My body was shaking from time to time, and under the humid though cool atmosphere, with a huge crowd (it was a Sunday), especially the kids running around bumping into you, it was very difficult to pull out shake-free shots.
I did what I could, and some of the pictures turned out rather useable. I must remind myself not to shoot under extreme hunger ever again, espeically the shots that require superbly steady hands.
A GIANT STINGRAY AND A MINI-SHARK
REACHING FOR THE STINGRAY
I should have brought a bottle of water with me. Being dehydrated was not helping. Going into the blue blue under water tunnel just made my conditions worse. Looking through the roundish glasses made the images kind of distorted, and trying to focus under terrible lighting, I started to get headache and dizziness.
It truly was amazing how Aquaria could maintain the salinity of the salt water, and the PH balance and everything else in the water. AQWA in Perth was situated right next to the ocean, hence I believe the sea water was used to fill up the tank for the tunnel. But in KLCC, right in the middle of the city, it must have costed a lot, and taken a huge effort to maintain the live-able condition of the waters for the undersea creatures.
Alright, enough pictures of the creatures, lets see some humans !!
This is the gang that travelled all the way from Malacca, and stayed in KL for a brief visit.
CAMWHORING @ Aquaria
EVERYTHING IN THE PICHA, Featuring STINGRAY and SHARK
THE GROUP SHOT
When we were out of the Aquaria it was already after 3pm. We have spent more than 2 and a half hours in there. At that point, I was not feeling hungry anymore, probably because the extreme thirst and exhaustion took over. I was dying for a glass of cold water.
We decided to grab a bite at KLCC Shopping place. When the gang decided to go to Burger King, I was beaming with joy, because it means, I get FREE refills for any of the soft drinks !! Whoo hooooo...... Plus I have been craving for Whopper.
I know there is nothing special about the Whopper here in Malaysia, and I dare say Whopper in Perth I have tasted was much better, but hey, I still rank the Whopper higher than any beef burgers you find in McD, or any other burger operating outlets out there.
While we were waiting for our food, we took more pictures.
MIAO & SLEEPYHAO
Miao from http://akiraceo.blogspot.com/
SleepyHao from http://sleepyhao.blogspot.com/
And when I saw the food, ohhhhhhh it was like a reward from heaven. I gulped down my first glass of drink, and went to refill TWICE. I could have had more, but I think if I did that, I would have looked like a freak in front of everyone. We all had a hearty meal at Burger King, and though the price is slightly higher than other places, but hey, you pay for the quality in the food.
ONION RING AND FRIES
STUFFING WHOPPER INTO....
Can you guess whose mouth that was?
After lunch (which was superbly delayed) we went out to the KLCC park, and more pictures did we take. Under such exhaustion, it was a wonder how everyone could still pull smiles on their faces !!
FACES UNDER THE CLOUDED SUN
Nian You, Geek, Hao, Jian, Nicole, Sze Ming
It was great meeting up with everyone. Hope to catch up with everyone when I do visit Malacca soon. It was definitely an afternoon well spent, though a little rushed, and dreadfully tiring.