Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A Day at The Zoo

I was on leave yesterday. It felt so nice waking up late in the morning and not having to rush out of the house by 7am to send Nadim to school. I just took my time, didn't have any plan for the day except for a 2-hour massage later to soothe my aching body.

I tossed and turned in bed while watching Mickey Mouse on TV with Nizzar. The little boy was very happy to see me next to him when he woke up. Finally got out of bed at 9.30am as I remembered I had to send Nadim to his Kelas Tambahan at 10.30 am.

So I hit the shower and was ready to go by 10am. I pooled everyone to come along so we could have breakfast together.

After a hearty breakfast of roti canai at Dharbar, I was thinking, "Apa nak buat ni?" I had about 1.5 hours to kill before I pick up Nadim from school at 12.30 pm. So I thought, "Let's go to the zoo nak?" It was so nearby anyway.

My maid was pretty excited but Nadira was a bit sceptical, "In this heat?" I told her I'm sure they have shades.

So off we went. Hee.. hee... me in my heels, Nizzar in his selipar jepun! So tak plan!

As it was still quite early, there were not many people around. We took the tram ~ didn't want to hurt my feet walking long distance, did I?

The little boy was pretty excited when he saw the elephants and giraffes. We saw one or two tigers, a bear, some monkeys, rhinos and hippos, zebras.. and that's about it. The tram driver told us the animals were mostly asleep as they just had their meals. Oh well... that explains the empty cages.

The last time I visited the zoo was in 1999, a good 10 years ago. Nothing much have changed since then, the animals' living conditions are still the same. Sometimes I feel sorry for the animals at our zoo. If you've visited the Singapore Zoo, I'm sure you know what I mean.

Considering the droves of people who visit the zoo especially during school holidays, I'm sure the authorities can do something about it. Make the place more lively, add more animals and attractions. The animals at our zoo looked so bored!

Nevertheless, the zoo is a great place for family outings. I only wish it is given a new life.

We didn't take any photos as we didn't bring our camera. But near the zoo entrance, there is a place where you can get your photos taken by a professional photographer for a fee. We did just that, and my husband was surprised with what he saw, "You all pegi zoo?!" He couldn't believe his eyes.



With a little pony


"Alla and ular" (as Nizzar says it)



26 comments:

AuntieYan @ Makcik Blogger said...

Salam Mrs. N,

Alaaaaa...cantiknya gambo dengan pony tuh!.....&&&&&....eeeeeeee...gelinyaaa...ular tuh!...berani betul anak dara you!...

Naz said...

MrsN,
I too love to follow impulses. I love the look on my kids' face when I surprise them with an unexpected turn to the day's plan.
Nice pictures :)

UrbAnWiTch said...

zoo? wow.
it brings back memories... wink* wink*

intan said...

i like alla's hair so lawaaaa

MrsNordin said...

Auntie,

The pony is sooo cute! Rambut dia siap trim kat depan tu! Hee... hee...

I also couldn't believe she actually wanted to take a photo with the python. Eeee... geli! But according to the guy there, it is actually harmless. But still, I wouldn't touch it!

MrsNordin said...

Naz,

When you do something on impulse, sometimes memang best. If you planned to much, takut tak jadi.

Thanks!

MrsNordin said...

Urbanwitch,

Memory apa kat zoo tu?? Macam cerita P.Ramlee "Masam2 Manis" ke?

MrsNordin said...

Intan,

She'll be happy to read your compliment! Thanks!

UrbAnWiTch said...

lebih kurang masam-masam manis la.. by the way, posing a foot/leg forward ada slimming effect la.. i am definitely mimicking that pose!

i envy nabila`s hair.

busymum100 said...

Alla? Is that how Nizzar calls her (with his pelat-ness)? That's cute. I bet the name will stay. Pegang python, eeeee......

The last time we went to the zoo was when Aina was 2 or 3.

Must be a great outing!

BTW, I'm getting better now, thanks. Too fatigue when we got back last week - ingat macam superwoman, terus gi office, kerja gila!

tireless mom said...

Hi BJ

Did you meet kak Ezza there? Going to zoo on a Monday must be peaceful. We were there on Saturdays for the past two years for office function. Boleh tahan crowded. The faces of happiness, ahhh, that would be the best for the heart.

Spices of Life said...

Berani nya pegang ular and you also so berani stood by her while she is hugging the ular.. when i was home last year summer ada laa mamat india gulung ular sawa dia on his wrists. my daugter aza and i pecut lari from the kedai mamak sampai tak bayar makan.. and he pula ikut kejar us to ensure us the ular is harmless , apa lagi i buat drama laa jerit minta tolong tolong cam certa yusuf haslam

the principal said...

mrs nordin,

I saw the kindy yg ada ultraman tu kat Penang. Know what? They have another branch & kat branch tu the ultraman tgh buat action silang tgn tu.

Kitchen Guardian said...

BJ,

Kalau i tahu, i pun join you...think hajar loves animals....yeah, i know what you mean by S'pore zoo...the animals there sihat walafiat!!

BTW i also love dharbar's roti canai!!

MHB said...

love the photos!! picture of happiness gituuu...

MrsNordin said...

Urbanwitch,

Always put one foot infront whenever taking photos! I did it not becoz of the slimming effect (tho' it actually worked!) but just for style. Hee.. hee...

btw, that's not Nabila. It's Nadira.

MrsNordin said...

Busymum,

Iya... he calls her "Alla" coz he can't pronounce "R" properly. If you asked him what his name is, he'd say "NiLLa".

Hee.. hee..

MrsNordin said...

TM,

I didn't know Ezza went there too. Nanti I'll check her blog. Must be fun for you guys to be stationed there for work. Minus the heat, of course... :)

MrsNordin said...

Azieda,

I didn't take her photo with the snake. The cameraman did. It looked quite harmless actually, just geli.

The guy said, if the ular is tamed, the skin feels rough/kasar. But the wild ones would have slimy skin.

Whatever it is, I'm not touching it!

MrsNordin said...

Principal,

Really!! Eee... bilalah MrN nak pegi Penang ni!!

I've been telling him I want to go to Penang but dia buat derk je. He doesn't quite like Penang becoz of the jam. Oh well... I guess the Ultraman kindies have to wait.

Btw, I tengok your blog for pictures of animals at the Zoo. We didn't quite get to see many of them when we were there.

MrsNordin said...

KG,

I know you like Dharbar too. We've bumped into each other many times there, kan?

Eh, your house is so near the zoo lah. You can always take her anytime. Sometimes don't plan too much, just go!

MrsNordin said...

MHB,

Thanks!! Always happy to be doing something impromptu like that!

DeeDee said...

u notice tak animals kat out zoo macam tak cukup makan like that compared to foreign zoo? Aduhai, lion (my son sebut WAYEN, nizar tak boleh sebut r but this boy suka WA and SHI like SHIRAFFE SHIBRA...anyway)lion kat zoo kita punya kurus and nampak macam tak de kederat je nak mengaum. I sangat menyokong kita semua pergi zoo and support our zoo.

Long live Shebraaaa....

p/s first time I tgk org pi zoo ala vogue like you. And still maintain even on your way out. Myself, mesti ketiak dah basah2 and muka pun dah macam baru balik tuai padi.

Nadira Nordin said...

Hahaha! I wanted to try something daring for once, but really, the snake was very tame and the skin was dry. Not slimy at all!
and thanks for the compliments...hee hee :D

MrsNordin said...

Dee Dee,

Yes lah! The animals macam tak cukup makan. The lions and tigers are so skinny... kucing I kat rumah lagi gemuk!

But the Indian buffalos look very strong and tough. The tram driver told me, when the leader of the buffalo pack died sometime back, it weighed 180 tonnes! That's huge!

p/s Hello... kita naik tram lah, my dear... that's why boleh maintain vogue! Hee.. hee...

MrsNordin said...

Nadira,

I must say, you were very brave!