Weekend Wanders: Revisiting SkyAvenue @ Genting Highlands

Even though Genting Highlands is a short one hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, part of the reason why I don’t go up often is because the roads are windy and I get terrible headaches, especially with my dad driving LOL. But it sure doesn’t stop the millions of visitors who throng the mountain top entertainment hub each year to enjoy the cooling weather.

While the name Genting used to be associated with casinos and gambling, they’ve done a pretty good job at branding themselves in recent years as a more family-centric destination, with shopping, exclusive F&B brands and the upcoming FOX theme park (scheduled to open in 2018).

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It’s already been a year since I last visited Sky Avenue, GH’s lifestyle mall, when I went up for a media review of their restaurants, Burger & Lobster, Motorino and Cafes Richard. It was pretty empty back then; the concourse area wasn’t even open.

Since then, the mall has welcomed a over 70+ tenants, from F&B outlets to clothing and luxury goods, as well as entertainment outlets, gaming centres, members club, casino, and more.

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The concourse area is where the mall stages an impressive light show every hour, featuring balls of light that bob up and down in rhythmic patterns, accompanied by music. It’s called the Sky Symphony. Video below:

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Wandered around the mall and came across a family entertainment centre. There was a playground for the kids complete with animatronic dinos, train rides, vending machines, and a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum.

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The parents can probably enjoy a nice relaxing massage / fish spa while the kids have fun.

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Then Pops and the Bro went to play slot machines, while the Moomikins and I went shopping at Padini. My worries about the place having higher prices was unfounded; prices are standard, and they have a nice selection of clothes too.

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Cute outfit. Too bad I’m broke af atm.

Tbh, there wasn’t much to do apart from shopping since I don’t gamble and the theme park isn’t open yet. It didn’t feel much different from a mall down in KL, since you only get to feel the fog and cold weather when you step outside. We thought lunch at the food court-esque Malaysian Food Street would be cheaper, but the Roti Canai costs RM14!?????? Probably targeted at the foreign tourists, but come on… seven times the price is too much. I’d rather pay that amount for a meal at a nice Japanese restaurant.

There also seems to be a lack of seats. They probably want you to walk around or pop into a cafe so that you’ll spend more money.. Moomikins and I ended up sitting on the floor (we weren’t the only ones) while waiting for my dad and bro to finish their casino session. (they won seven bucks. still not enough to buy that roti canai).

Welp. Just a quick update on a weekend trip up to Genting! I’m actually looking forward to the theme park opening. Til then.

 

 

 

 

Travel Diaries – Genting Outdoor Theme Park

Every kid my age must remember growing up to at least ONE visit to this iconic theme Malaysian theme park : Genting! It has been 8 years since my last visit. Went up with the fam over a weekend. I was really excited coz I needed the holiday to escape from mounting stress at work. x__x Also coz they were revamping the place so it was a timely excursion before they shut it down for a couple of years. Apparently they’re building a FOX theme park here!

To those who don’t know, Genting Highlands is a theme park atop the mountains of Pahang, about an hour’s drive from KL. Going up with a car can be really taxing for the engine, so some people take the bus/taxi up or the cable car. Recently there was a huge bus crash here – a bus driver lost control of the vehicle and it plunged down the ravine.. more than 2/3 of the passengers died. So I’ve officially sworn off taking the bus up here even if it means taxis are more expensive lul.

Apart from the theme park(s) (there’s an indoor one too), what Genting is most famous for is definitely their casinos. But more of that in another post.

The weather was absolutely lovely. Bright, clear but cold. Reminded me of English summers.Despite being a weekday, there weren’t many people – probably coz we caught the place in it’s last legs – they’re closing it down soon for renovations. Most of the rides have been there for ages.  The place recently celebrated it’s 48th anniversary, so you can imagine how old it is. The entry for both outdoor and indoor was RM70 (pretty pricey! Considering that they closed down most of the rides already. The price we paid was purely for ‘nostalgic purposes’, imo.  :x)

This was probably the last time I would get to ride on these creaky old attractions. They were REALLY old. I don’t remember them being so forlorn and worn down from my last visit. The mechatronics made screechy metal noises, like they’d fall apart at any minute. It’s sad that this once most-sought after theme park has fallen to this dilapidated state, while everyone else goes for newer attractions. Good thing that they’re revamping it then!

On the Ferris wheel! Moo was absolutely terrified of heights, she closed her eyes through the entire 10 minute ride lol.

Wei, pops and I went on the ‘Space Shuttle’ ride (right). Which is basically a really tall tower-like structure where guests are strapped in, taken up about a 100 feet and plunged down at high speeds. The ride slowly takes you up and suspends you there for a few seconds before taking the plunge, whereby your butt literally flies off the seat. So awesome.

Nearby Dino Park was still open, but badly maintained. The river was dirty and had clumps of i-dont-even-know-what floating in them. The dinosaur animatronics were creaky, and I think T-Rex had an exposed robotic claw, with skin peeling off it’s sides. Also their roars were not synchronised with jaw movement, so it seemed as if it was roaring with it’s mouth closed lol.

One of the worst rides was probably the ‘haunted house’. A complete RIPOFF. They should just call it ‘Dark house’ coz you couldn’t see shit inside. It was dank, smelly and there wasn’t even a fake mechanical ghost to pop out at us.

Another thing that was still open was the bumper boats and boat rides where you have to pedal to make it move. Didn’t go on those coz didn’t bring change of clothes in case we got wet.We also went on the roller coaster ride, which was a lamefest as well. Idk if it’s coz I’ve been to the ones in UK and Disneyland, so the local ones are unexciting in comparison.

Overall I was rather disappointed with the outdoor theme park. It brings back a sense of nostalgia, but they’re definitely not up to grade for today. Most of the rides were squeaky and looked like they had since the 1970s, some were closed for maintenance. It’s just sad to see such a nice theme park that used to be so grand in such a dilapidated state. Oh well. Hope the renovations are for the better!

Macau Day 3 – Home

Really sorry for the lack of updates.. been sooo lazy lately and no mood to blog ^^ Busy gaming and reading Ranma (407 chapters! And I’m only at 50, lol). It seems not many people visit this blog anyway.

This is my third post about Macau, so enjoy!

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Woke up a little later on the last day of our visit to Macau island. Flight would be in the evening so we decided to do some more sightseeing.Walked around to this temple/monastery near our hotel and took a few pix, then walked back to the hotel again. Lol

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The famed casino in Macau : the Venetian!
Wanting to save on taxi money, we foolishly decided to walk to the place, since our hotel’s pretty receptionist told us we could get there on foot.
OMG it was so frickin’ far! We walked for over half an hour, until our legs nearly broke. Lol.
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We finally made it!
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The Venetian is a 5 star hotel/casino/shopping centre and it is themed on Venice and European grandiose. The interior is decorated with mock buildings in an old European style.
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Quaint lamps decorating a ‘street’.
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The whole ceiling was painted to resemble a blue sky with white clouds. They also have deep blue water canals where gondoliers will take you around and sing, just like in Venice (for a price, of course).
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The mock buildings were really beautiful and elaborate. Makes me want to go see the real Venice!
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Bro remembering his gf back in Malaysia and acting emo… just kidding he doesn’t have one
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Soaring columns of gold in the shopping center. Felt like I was in a palace or something!
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Pinocchio puppet. It looked so life like with its intricate costume and beady eyes that seem to look at you.
They had this whole shop selling dolls such as these with costumes straight out of the renaissance era. They also sold beautiful masks of gold, silver and every colour imaginable, such as those you see in movies and costume parties. The mysterious stranger with the mask asks the heroine for a dance.
I couldn’t take pictures though because the salesperson shooed me away (rather rudely) when they saw me trying to.
The sight was so beautiful and mysterious: all those lovely masks arranged neatly on the wall, of every shape and colour and hues imaginable.
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A gondolier on his rounds
And man, can these guys really sing ! With their soprano voices that ring clear and loud, the whole stretch down the canal could hear their melodic voices.
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Souvenirs on sale
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Ceiling with beautiful paintings. Bro was like ‘Yer why so many naked people one’ lol.
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Even the toilet was super grand
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One of the gondoliers was kind enough to pose for me, but it was hard to get a good shot becoz the boat was moving and my camera sucks and the light was bad. T__T
But OMG the guy was like, SUPER HOTTTT!
Dark hair, fair skin, dark dark eyes, deep soprano voice. (not to mention hot bod and muscular arms ;P)
Even hotter than jared leto if i may say so… *nah, jared’s always the hottest * ^^
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Time for lunch! There’s this famous row of shops here that sells good food. I think it was called Rio de Cunha, or something along those lines. Road names here are a mouthful.
Nothing like a piping hot, fresh out of the oven glazed egg tart on a cold day!
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The lane that sells so many goodies and delectables. I wish I could’ve tried every shop ( and regret it later when I tip the scales) but even the glutton-est part of me could’nt stuff so much in one day. There was just too many to choose from.
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My last ever pork chop bun here.
*sobs*
I’ve fallen in love with you, pork chop bun !
When will I ever see or taste you again?
T__T
And so, ends my holiday. I enjoyed it, short though it was. 😀