Then one of my colleagues mentioned that he needed to go to downtown KL to his travel agency to address some issues with his planned flight back to his home in India. As such, we decided that, instead of watching the movie at Mid Valley, we’d watch it at KLCC instead, since it would be more convenient for him.
Then, we figured, since we were going to be at KLCC anyway, why didn’t we go check out the skybridge tour? I’d never actually been up to the skybridge before, since tickets are always gone by at least 11 am every day, so I thought I could actually do it now. Hence, we decided to meet up at KLCC at around 9 am to 10 am (since I was informed by Sharizal that I should at least be there by 10 to get the tickets).
So, Saturday morning rolls in – and I oversleep. (Don’t blame me, ‘k, I’ve been perpetually tired and stressed-out this last 2 weeks or so). My alarm clock also decided to take this opportunity to slow down by about 30 minutes. All in all, I was seriously running behind schedule and so decided to forego breakfast (took coffee though. Can’t do nothin’ without my mornin’ coffee fix) and took off for KLCC via Putra LRT.
I reached KLCC at around a quarter to 10 am, met up with my colleagues and made our way to the place where they give out skybridge tickets, and found out that the tickets allocated to the morning tour were all out. The only ones left were for the 2.30 pm tour, and since we’d already booked the movie tickets for the 2.10 pm slot, that pretty much meant that our chance of visiting the skybridge on the day was out the window.
So, instead of being up at the skybridge and taking pics of the land down below, I did it the other way round.
So now we had loads of time to kill, and no weapon with which to do it. It was then I remembered the Aquaria. Having seen it mentioned in the newspapers, TV and even some blogs, I suggested to my colleagues that it might be worth checking it out.
So we headed off to this newest of the KLCC stable of tourist attractions, which, by the way, is located inside the KLCC Convention Centre. Ask the staff at the Information Desk if you don’t know how to get there.
I had heard that the ticket prices for admission is half-price during this Merdeka month, and so I was temporarily dumbfounded when we found out that the price is RM 20 for adults – which means that it will be RM 38 from next month. Ouch.
But since we were there anyway, we went ahead and purchased the tickets and were immediately ushered in by a phalanx of very polite, very enthusiastic and very helpful staff personnel, who wished us well and reminded us to keep our tickets to be shown when we eventually exit. I did ask one female staff what’d happen if we lost the ticket – would we be locked in and not allowed to leave? Would we be fed to the sharks? She just giggled nervously and looked away.
The next time you’re in there, do look closely at the meat they feed the fishes, ok?
Alright, enough words for now. Time for some pictures.
I took all of them using my standard cheap digicam, which you’re allowed to take in by the way – as long as you DON’T USE THE FLASH!!!! I’m frankly stunned by the number of people who were flashing their cameras away at the fishes and snakes etc… please lah, if you can’t follow simple instructions like that (which are there for a reason), do us all a favour and don’t reproduce.
The green rat snake. No rats in sight. A staff member said it ate small mice. So why call it a rat snake?
That’s a monitor lizard, right? Iguana? Biawak?
There’s a horned toad in this picture. See it?
Small python. Also eats mice. I like taking snake pictures – I was born in the Year Of The Ssssssnake, you know….
A cool way of maximising fish storage space – put the small ones in a tube!
A closer look at the aquarium-tube-wossname.
This is truly a great place for the kids – it’s still fun for adults, but kids will just lap it up, especially if they love Finding Nemo.
A gorgeous piece of coral reef in miniature. It’s really quite beautiful to look at. I’m actually quite tempted to go diving. But first I guess I need to learn how to swim….
Another of those tube thingies, much smaller than the previous one. They really seem to love this style…
This is a very cool touch-screen information kiosk. The design is very clean and easy on the eyes, and the software is very responsive and fast. Plus there is a lot of useful info crammed into these devices. Definitely worth a lot of money. Now I can see why they’re charging so much for admission…
The very large tank wall near the exits. Bring the kids here after all the walking, sit down on the seats provided and let your offspring loose on the glass display. I found that most kids just loved this part, despite the simplicity of the experience (it is after all, just looking at fish through the glass).
OK, that was the pictures. And now, for the very first time on this blog, I proudly present to you – VIDEO!
Download the video here (10.78 MB, in WMV format)
Much of the footage here is from the tunnel “ride” (you basically get on a moving walkway that transports you through the tunnel, while you gawk at the fishes and manta rays and occasional shark that wanders by. Great for lazy people.) If you’re lucky, and I mean, REALLY lucky, you might be in time to watch the divers feed the sharks. Unfortunately, there’s no set time or schedule (at least, it’s not shown to the general public) so you never really know when the shark-feeding takes place.
There’s also a short bit showing the touch-screen information kiosk, and the whole video ends with some kids going nuts at the large tank glass wall. As I’ve said, the kids will just love it. If they don’t, dump them into the tanks, those ungrateful wret… oops, sorry, I’m in a Willy-Wonka-type-of-mood, right now, I guess… 😉