Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An Evening in Genting

It’s 4.00 pm on a hot Saturday afternoon. My MIL had just gone home after lunching at our house and my husband was lying on the sofa, dozing off. The air-cond was on full blast.

"Yang, I have an idea".

"What?" (eyes half shut)

"Let’s go to Genting this evening".

Silent.

Nak buat apa?”

Saja.. jalan2. Get a coffee or have our dinner there..”

Ok.” And he went back to sleep.

That was how we ended up in Genting last Saturday night.

For some reasons, we always go up to Genting Highlands late in the evening. I like it coz it’s colder at night.

The kids were excited, “Are you sure?? Why??” They couldn’t believe their parents wanted to do something crazy like that one more time.

The last time we went up was two years ago. 12 people in our Naza! 2 in front, 6 in the middle row, and 4 in the back row, all squeezed in like sardines. It wasn’t planned, that’s what made it more fun. But this time, it was just the 6 of us in our family.

The drive up took only 45 minutes. By the time we got there, it was almost 8pm. As we wound down the windows, strong icy wind blew onto our faces. Oooo… sejuk!!

I saw the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s memorial just before (or was it after??) Awana. Eee.. it was kinda spooky seeing his statue “sitting” there by the roadside!

We parked our car near First World Hotel and made our way to the indoor theme park. It was very cold! There were not that many people for a Saturday night, but I guess it was because it wasn’t a public holiday or anything like that.

We wanted to go on the Motion Master but the little boy was not allowed in as he didn’t meet the height requirement. My husband didn’t even want to try, so he agreed to take the little boy on a floating boat that goes around the theme park. That was about the only thing that my husband was willing to venture on as he is acrophobic.

The outdoor theme park was almost closing at that time, so the older kids didn’t get to go on the more adventurous rides. It was too cold anyway. The little boy was the one who went on the most rides, getting on and off the different cars and carousel. Habis satu round, “Nak naik lagi!” Habis yang tu, “Nak lagi...!” Layan je lah…

We had dinner at one of the food courts. Be prepared to spend as food is quite expensive up there. RM13 for kuey tiaw goreng, RM12.50 for nasi lemak. Coming from a food court, I think it is expensive.

Ice cream, yang kat bawah ni jual RM1 per scoop, up there is RM5 per scoop! But since we don’t go to Genting often, I bought ice creams and let the kids eat them in the cold. I used to do this in winter when I was studying in the UK. Best! Mulut berasap je lepas tu, macam naga!

It was almost 12 midnight when we were ready to go home. But not before buying a cup of latte from Starbucks @ First World to drink in the car. Ahhh… coffee in the cold is definitely heavenly!

We reached home just before 1 am. No one complained, everyone seemed happy and I'm glad we made that trip.

You should try it too one of these days. It’s only 45 minutes to go up (if you lived in Ampang lah..), it’s cold, and there are a lot of things to do. Forget the rides… just walking around the place is sufficient to make you feel good.

If you’re worried about driving up, don’t be. The road is quite safe and not steep. Hey, I’ve driven up there in my Kancil before, ok? I’m sure you can do it too!

Take care!


With Nadim infront of First World Hotel



Nabila and Risna (the new maid)




The Flying Coaster (sadly, tak dapat naik because it was near closing time)




The Rio Float



Nizzar & Mummy on the carousel




Red car!




Blue car!




After buying coffee @ Starbucks



Last shot before driving down..

18 comments:

Madam Tai Tai No More said...

As far as I can remember, I've only spent one night in Genting Highland. Usuallynya we would do day trips - pergi pagi and balik petang, before dusk. Yes, it is cold up there in the highland. Nice cold not the freezing to the bone kind of cold.

Hehehe...acrophobic is a nice synonym for 'takut'! More macho sikit. I'm now officially an acrophobic because I would never get on scary rides in whatever theme parks. Setakat Dumbo ride tu ok lagi..any higher than that - no thank you.

bella said...

Hi MrsN, Thanks for the idea!nice outing you had.

MrsNordin said...

Gina,

You can accompany Nordin the next time we go on such trips. He doesn't do roller coasters, cable cars, not even fairies' wheels.

And yes, you both can go on the Dumbo ride with Nizzar! Hee.. hee...

MrsNordin said...

Bella,

Sure, no problem. You go, ok?

DadaIQ said...

BJ
We also like to go on ad-hoc trips like this. Why not try Umbai for seafood. Pegi around 4pm and reach there on time for dinner. Last two weeks we planned to go to Tanjung Malim for lunch at one the kedai nasi padang, tapi tak jadi.

See you tomorrow.

busymum100 said...

MrsN,

Your Nizzar is sure cuter each day! Rasa nk cubit2 pipi dia!

Ah, the recent x-mas was the first time we didn't spend in Fraser's Hills (since 2003). Me miss the cold weather.. dah over 1 month tak naik bukit.. Timw2 "winter" ni, mmg sejuk mlm2 katy atas bukit tu. Tp Fraser's Hills tak de Star Buck lah.. Ada kopi 3 dlm 1 je.

tireless mom said...

So Shila's impulse has gotten onto you ye. The pics showed them all. Semua gelak besar and seronok!

AuntieYan @ Makcik Blogger said...

Salam Mrs.N,

Sometimes, a prompt ideas just turned out to be exciting and enjoyable.

You percaya, ....I've never been to Genting!(yg. lain in the family dah sampai)..ha!..ha!...teringin nak pergi, but selalu end up tak jadi!...Ha...perhaps I boleh buat plan...to celebrate my 30th anniversary there....ehemmmm...!

Macam tak percaya saja you with Nadim....errr...macam dengan boyfriend saja....dah besar dah dia...:-)

p/s:...bayangkan kalau you all buat bloggers meet kat sana, sure ributtt....;-)

MrsNordin said...

Hi Dada,

I thought of Umbai, but it was further to drive. So I decided on Genting.

Dulu, I pernah drive up to Penang just to eat at Gurney Drive and then come back to KL. Gila!

Tanjung Malim tu selalu juga, makan roti pau at that corner shop. I never knew there's a nasi padang shop there. Must check it out!

MrsNordin said...

Busymum,

The last time I was in Fraser's was in 2004. We stayed at Shell bungalow. It's a nice place to relax but too quiet for my liking. My friend Superwoman was in Fraser's last weekend. Itu pun ad hoc, no plan!

I hope you've settled down at the new house!

MrsNordin said...

TM,

We were texting each other that evening when she told me she was going to Fraser's. At that time, I was getting ready to go to Genting. What a coincidence...

MrsNordin said...

Auntie Yan,

Now, that's an idea! Bloggers meet in Genting Highlands! All makcik bloggers naik roller coaster. Sure haru!!

Yes, go there for your anniversary (if you're not planning to go to Bali or Maldives, that is..:) ) It'll be something to remember since you've never been there before. Take care!

intan yus said...

thanks to this post we might go up there too soon!

kay_leeda said...

Ahhh...I wanna go now. It's been so long since we went up Genting. Now you giving me ideas :)

Nice pics you hv here too :)

MrsNordin said...

Hi Intan,

Yes! Go! You'll like it.


Kay,

I wrote this piece for the same reason, to encourage you all to try Genting at night. It's not all about the amusement park, there are other things that you can do. Do you know that up there pun ada kedai mamak? In Resort Hotel, if I'm not mistaken. It's actually the staff's cafeteria but public can go also. Wahhh.. minum Nescafe tarik panas sambil makan roti telur in Genting Hinglands memang best!!

Ummi365 said...

I have never thought of that.. yes my house is also 45 min away from genting. Maybe one day should just take the kids up there petang2 kan. kalau takut nak drive down tidur jelah kat atas.. good idea.. tq dear.

MrsNordin said...

Ummi,

Yes, kalau malas nak turun balik, tidur je kat sana. Ada banyak hotel & apartments, pilih saja...

Aidi-Safuan said...

wah...nice and crazy trip!