We were greeted by this beautiful tall butterfly-carved wood tower.
Earlier on at my mother's house, Sze-En all of the sudden asked Aunt Rachel for money because she doesn't have any spending money. She only had RM1 and that she claimed was for God. So Aunt Rachel gave her RM3, and to be fair, gave Brian RM3 too. Aunt Rachel then told Sze-En that she would have to spend her later on, which Sze-En happily agreed.
The 3 adults received the ice-cream next and we paid accordingly. Sze-En was the last to receive her ice-cream and she was expecting one of us to pay, when Aunt Rachel asked her to pay with her own spending money. She sheepishly took out her purse and paid for her own ice-cream. This does not mean that she is stingy because as far as I know, she has a generous heart.
A guinea pig I think, a black parrot (not sure whether it's a parrot or not, but it sure looks like one) and some thorny stick insects... it least that's what it says in the information board. They looked like leaves and we were asked to find them in the plant leaves. After like 10 seconds Rachel spotted 3 of them up on the "ceiling" of the cage. They didn't want to be mistaken for the leaves, I suppose.
Some, probably more than 10 display of reptiles before entering the butterfly park.
5.02pm and we are now officially in the butterfly's habitat. Where are all the butterflies?
Not many butterflies to be seen. I think I saw less 10 ten butterflies. Hmmm.... I wonder what happened to the rest of them.
We forced Brian and Sze-En to take this picture with the American Alligators. They were so afraid even though these alligators were caged up. You can hardly see the alligators because the kids refused to get any closer to the reptiles, and so I took a closed up one for the kids to remember when they are older.
5.10pm -We are now at the
Some interesting plants...
As we walked along the path after the Koi pond, we reached the tortoise territory and saw this Asian tortoise trying to get out of it's compound. We stared at it for a while wondering if it could really climb out when suddenly someone spotted ( I think it was Tusi) a tortoise err... turned turtle.
It was trying to turn itself upright again. Tusi was full of compassion and wanted to help this hard-shelled friend. We didn't allow her to do so and thought of the next best thing, that was to tell one of the employees when we exit.
We watched the tortoises for a while especially the "turtled" tortoise which was struggling to get back on its feet again. We thought its friend who was nearby would help and it looked as though it was helping, when a 3rd tortoise (pic-2nd row, left) "ran" up to the struggling one to lend a helping uh... hand. In the end the poor tortoise managed to fall back on its feet again (not sure if the friends helped in any way or not), its dignity restored and the two friends were seen soothing the traumatized tortoise.
Sounds like a fairy tale, but that was what exactly happened. I didn't have time to switch my camera to video mode, otherwise I would tape the whole scene. :)
Next, we came to the Star Tortoise. Not so exciting. They didn't move at all.
Then, there were some... I think water tortoises.
There is some kind of a notice saying that the management has been consistantly monitoring the sensitive skin of the Tapir..etc.
5.26pm. Further along the path, we saw the big birds -The Cassowary and Emu.
A Great Argus Pheasant.
Crocodiles, more than 10 of them living here.
A Blue-crowned Pigeon.
This is certainly a rushed visit. The kids enjoyed this place more than Mini Malaysia. Probably in a couple of years time we'll come here again.
It was still bright and Sze-En wanted to go somewhere... anywhere but home. Knowing that by the time we reach home, it would be dark and so we said we would bring them to the Jejantas (Bridge) Restaurant. Sze-En cheerfully agreed because she knew that there was a KFC restaurant there and she wanted to eat chicken rice.
When we reach there, all of us wanted to eat at A&W's and so she gave in to us.
It was already about 8pm when we reached home. Tusi was so tired that my mom asked her to bathe and sleep straight away.
It was an interesting trip. We must have walked a lot because the next day our muscles ached like as though we climbed a mountain the day before.
Excursion date : 19 March 2009, Thursday.