When my wife first asked me to try boat noodle at one of their outlet in Sunway Pyramid the other day, I was somewhat hesitant to do so. I told her about the tiny portion of the noodle and the bowl

but she said she just wanna try it anyway. We didn’t have any boot noodles that day but deep inside I felt somewhat guilty for that because I know my wife been meaning to try them out for some time now.

That’s why when we visited IKEA and today, I’ve decided to have dinner at the boot noodle place next door in MyTown. The restaurant is located down at basement level. It’s a small place but always filled with customers. Ordering the noodle is a breeze thanks to the informative & helpful menu. You choose your noodle type, chicken or beef and then the extras. We decided to try a little bit of everything although two of the items on the menu is not available.

We waited close to 10 minutes for our noodles two finally arrive. A bit slow for something seemingly easy to prepare. Just as I suspected, the boat noodle comes in a tiny bowl in an even tinier portion. Like I said, I knew beforehand from all the photos posted on Instagram about the tiny portions but still I ordered just two bowls, half expecting them to be slightly bigger and more. I know we are supposed to order a dozen bowls each or something but its still stupid. I’d rather pay 10 ringgit for a large bowl of noodle then the same price for 4 tiny bowls. The noodles themselves were good but I’m still pissed at the entire concept.

All in all, I think boat noodles are overhyped and overrated. Sure they will look good on Instagram or Facebook but to have a fulfilling lunch or dinner? I don’t think so. Will I come again? Pretty unlikely Al. I have to say the atmosphere is appealing for eating with friends or partners. For the average Joe like me, I'll have my mi celup anytime.

Kidzania Kuala Lumpur Season 2

The first time I visited Kidzania Kuala Lumpur was in 2012 with my eldest kid Adam Farihin who was 8 then. It took another 5 years for me to visit it again this time with my youngest kid Hana Alisha who is 6 years old. Well the entrance fee wasn’t exactly cheap anyway, it was RM55 then but gone up to RM85 now (without discounts). Tickets for adults stayed pretty much the same and after the 20% discount for showing my Tesco Clubcard, I only paid around a hundred ringgit for both.

As always we got there bright and early. Although the official opening time is 10:00AM, we got in about half an hour early. At the counter the staff said there will be 800 school children coming that day and warned us that the queues might be longer than usual. By then it doesn’t matter if there’s a thousand people in there, since my youngest has been excited of coming for weeks. Nothing is going to stop her now and she’ll be super-disappointed should I postpone the visit even another day. We took the same escalator up the level 5 where once again they did a really thorough check on your bag. No contraband food or water will make it pass the gates. They’re dead sure of making you spend money on their pricey restaurants and food stalls.

Sure enough the place was already filled with school kids running all over the place. This time they got a numbering system where you go get booking stickers for the activities. So instead of queue for a long time, you go and take a number and then go do something else and return to the place when your time is up. This is booking system is only applicable for some of the more popular attractions though. For the rest you’ll just have to queue outside the room like normal. For the first few hours, I systematically got Hana through all the popular attractions with booking stickers. In between waiting, I let Hana play the rest of the activities.

At noon we had no choice but to spend money at their expensive restaurant. I paid 12.50 ringgit for 4 piece of nuggets and a soft drink for Hana’s lunch. As for me, I managed to sneak in a piece of sausage McMuffin with egg in my sweater which made for quite a delicious lunch. It’s not that I can’t afford to pay 30 ringgit for a flimsy lunch but it’s a matter of principle. Nothing piss me off more than being ripped off, especially at theme parks and tourist traps.

Pricey food aside, Hana had a really good time during her first visit to Kidzania. She tried about a dozen activities there and she said she liked being a policeman, fire fighter, paramedic, dentist, windows cleaner and a crew at McDonald’s most. We stayed until near the closing time at 5:00PM. After spending a hundred bucks on this I’m sure as hell is going to stay till the end. Hana made over a hundred Kidzos “working” there that day and since they don’t really accept those fake money to buy real food she only get to spend it at this one departmental store. Even then she could only swap a hundred Kidzos for one little lousy spinning toy. On the way out we had to walk through the souvenir shop and this is where most parents be forced to buy some toys or souvenir for their kicking and screaming kids or unless you’re filthy rich, you’d buy some anyway. As for me, it took some expert negotiating with Hana not to spend another dime at the way overpriced souvenir shop. I mean the cheapest thing you could buy there is a bloody key chain for 13 ringgit. And Hana wanted a silly fridge magnet for 16. Said I’d rather buy her a Happy Meal set downstairs than waste 16 ringgit on a stupid fridge magnet that she wouldn’t even play with.

I suppose you can sense a bit of negativity during my visit this time. To be fair, the experience was great for my kid but not so much for me. I didn’t get to do anything in there other than stand around and watch my kid play. And don’t get me started on the cutthroat food and souvenirs. Will we come again? Not if I can help it. I’d rather we explore other attractions first.

The Reason

There comes a time in your life when the festive season has turned more like a chore than a celebration. First there’s the spending. You spend more than five hundred ringgits on new clothes and dresses, many will only be worn once or twice afterward. Especially so for my baju melayu which I see no reason to wear on other occasions. Not to mention the money you have to set aside to give out to kids and my relatives. I don’t know how you guys do it, I can barely set aside money for my savings let alone spend freely on others.

And then there’s the annual balik kampung exodus. That’s the worse of the lot. Despite my meticulous planning, taking alternative routes and shortcuts, I was still stuck for 15 hours on the road last weekend. And for the return trip I spent almost the same amount of time on the road. There’s no escaping from these horrible but expected jams during the festive season. My final grouse is how I was made to visit relatives that I practically never see or care for during the rest of the year. Yeah I know I sound like a jerk but I’m introvert and anti-social, what do you expect? My ideal day during a festive season is just hanging out at home, playing games, going out for a run in the park or just doing nothing. No need to spend lavish amount of money on things I don’t need and spending time and energy on stuff I don’t really care about.

Yet I am still doing all those things year in and year out, without fail. Why? Because it’s the socially acceptable things to do. Because sometimes in life it matters not about my happiness but those dear to me. I spend hundreds of ringgit once a year so that my wife and kids could celebrate Eid with shiny new clothes and dresses because apparently that’s what made them happy. I give out money to my nephew, niece, cousins and my relatives because it’s the tradition and also it makes them happy too. Finally, I spend over 24 hours on the road for a return trip to my home town and my in law’s place because it’s what make my wife and kids happy. She get to see her parent, her siblings and my kids get to play with their cousins. And also my grandma and mom would be glad to see me (I presume) for only the fifth or sixth time in the year. You see even if I don’t like it, I still do it anyway for reasons stated above. It’s for love, for tradition. I don’t want to raise a generation who will forsake their tradition and responsibilities just because I didn’t like it.

Liverpool FC 2016-2017 season review

Gini Wijnaldum opening the scoring in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough to secure 4th place
In the beginning of the season, I was cautiously optimistic of our chances this season. Is it finally going to be our season, finally this year? I honestly didn’t have high expectations looking at our new signings. I’ve heard of Sadio Mane but Wjlnadium? Matip? Grujic? Karius? Did Klopp asked for a sofa and was given a lamp shade ala Benitez? Still I trust Klopp enough to give him the chance and the benefit of the doubt. After all he’s know to transform virtually nobodies to superstars in his time at Dortmund and it is not his style to sign established and usually overpriced players.

We started the season strong, beating Arsenal 4-3 away and Coutinho with his now trademark curling free kick. A few games and gegenpressing wins later, Liverpool was on top of the league again for the first time in what it felt like years. Although we dropped a few spot towards Christmas, Liverpool actually looked like they were challenging for the title instead of just the usual top four. And then come new year, African Nation’s cup and injuries to key players. Needless to say things started to go downhill from there. Sadio Mane properly justified his hefty price tag with an amazing return of goals in the first few months of wearing the Red jersey. Therefore it is completely understandable that there were a cause for concern when he left to join the Senagalese national team for the African Nation’s cup in January. We already lost a good centreback in Sakho for his disciplinary issues and then there’s the Matip saga where he already declared his refusal to play for the Cameroonian national team but they took it up with FIFA causing Klopp to drop him for a few games out of uncertainty and fear of breaking the rules. In the end Matip was cleared to play but it was already too late by then and the damage done because the Reds defence was leaking like a strainer in his absence. We had Lucas as centreback FFS.

As the January transfer window opens and Liverpool plagued with injury crisis, one would have expected Klopp to strengthen the squad and sign somebody right? It was the most logical thing to do. But Klopp argued that the January transfer window is a hard time to find good and suitable players for his squad and even if there are potential targets, a) They will be very costly and b) Their clubs will be hesitant to release their best player halfway through the season. Which sounds fair to me but I still thought one or two marquee signing could have helped our season tremendously towards the end. After such a promising start to the season, The Reds totally capitulated in January losing and drawing a succession of games including defeats in the FA Cup and EFL Cup semi final. We didn’t get another 3 points until the second week of February. Forget about challenging for the title, Liverpool looked to miss the top four if things didn’t improve soon.

As luck would have it, key players started to recover from injuries, Sadio Mane returned and a run of good results against the top 6 proved adequate to halt our slide into mid-table obscurity. Coupled with our good form in the first half of the season, Liverpool did enough to scrap into the top four on the last match of the season beating Middlesbrough 3-0 at home. So was our season a failure or an improvement? I’d say it’s a somewhere in between. Just when I thought it would really be our season this year, we totally crumbled midway thorugh. Fortunately we recovered just in time to salvage something towards the end. In Kopp's first full season in charge of Liverpool, a top four finish and quite possibly Champions League football is indeed an improvement over last season where we won absolutely nothing and finished in 7th. Had we not had so many injuries and absence of key players, we could have been a genuine title-challenger this season. That said, we did develop the habit of losing points and also games altogether to teams near the bottom when we should really be winning them. Compare that to our excellent result versus the top 6 teams, it’s one of those great mysteries of the universe.

Players-wise I would say Mane, Wijnaldum and Matip had been three of our best signings of the season. Countinho continued to impress with his skill and goal-scoring prowess, leading the club's goal-scoring chart with 14 goals in all competition. Adam Lallana and Emre Can proved to be a reliable and consistent performers in key matches. Daniel Sturridge however is an enigma. There's no denying his skills and ability when he's fit but unfortunately that's looking more like an exception than the norm in the past 2 seasons. If he leaves or Klopp sells him I would not protest but should he stay on for next season, he'd be a decent squad player considering his fragile fitness. We should be seeing the last of Moreno and Sakho at the club.

Now that we’ve secured top four, I can’t hardly wait for August to come. New season and quite probably exciting new signings tempted by Klopp and the Champions League. Already talks of £100-£200 million transfer kitty being bandied about and a list of world class players waiting to be signed. Right now I’m taking every news with a huge grain of salt because until it really happens, they’re just that - rumours. My wish is that Liverpool would sign a few established world class players with Mane’s quality, a 20 goals a season striker and several proven defenders to add depth and quality for the team. We need proper defenders instead of make shift fullbacks and centrebacks like Milner and Lucas. The time for buying youngster and waiting to develop them is over. We’ve got to be competing with the big clubs in the transfer department if we’re ever going to win anything. That said, I’m pretty optimistic for next season. Hopefully, Liverpool FC and Jurgen Klopp would have learned something from this season’s mistakes and build on a serious title-challenging contender because you know, next year is our season! YNWA.

How to clone your Mac hard drive using Disk Utility

Image credit: WCCFTech

Cloning and deploying Macs new or old is a regular task in my line of work. Usually I have this one master image to be used on multiple Macintosh computers. There are several ways to clone a Mac - Netrestore, Time Machine backup, Deploy Studio and the easiest and fastest of all, using the built in Disk Utility app. Today I'm going to give you the definitive guide on how to clone your entire Mac hard drive using just the Disk Utility app.

First you're going to need an external hard drive or USB drive with a bootable Mac OS on it. If you don't have one, you're going to have to create one. It's pretty straightforward really. Partition your external hard disk with GUID partition, install Mac OS on one of the partition and you're good to go. If you're still not clear, search around the net on how to install Mac OS on an external hard drive.

Next you'll have to create a master image of the source hard drive that you are going to clone. Open Disk Utility on the source computer. Select the Macintoh HD logical partition (second one under the physical drive) and click New Image. Save the disk image with a meaningful name and image format compressed to save space. Creating this disk image should take a while, especially if you have a lot of data inside. When you're done, copy this disk image to the external hard drive with the bootable Mac on.

After that, boot your Mac with the bootable external hard drive that you have or created earlier. Another method is to use a bootable Mac installer drive or a recovery partition but it would be slightly more complicated to navigate the installer menu instead of a full-fledged operating system. So once Mac OS from your external drive is loaded, double click on the source disk image you created earlier to mount it.

If the verification process takes too long, you can always click Skip.

Erasing the logical partition

Erasing the physical disk

Now open up Disk Utility and you're going to erase the hard disk on the destination Mac, which is the one the Mac OS is currently loaded on. You need to erase both the logical volume (second partition) and physical disk (first partition) as shown in the pictures above.

When you're done erasing, next you're going to restore the source image to the destination hard disk. Since you've already mounted the disk image earlier, it will show in Disk Utility as shown above. Drag the disk image, in my case Macintosh HD to the Source box. Then drag the logical volume you've just erase (in my case its called Untitled) to the Destination box. Finally click Restore to start the cloning (restore) process.

Disk Utility will now copy your disk image block by block. This process will take between a few minutes to over an hour depending on the size of your hard disk and data. For example, the 25GB image that I used took about 9 minutes to finish copying.

When you're done, just restart the Mac and it will boot with the new image, just like that. I created this guide because over time I tend to forget the correct partition to drag and the important steps to take (like erasing the destination hard drive first) to accomplish this cloning exercise. If you follow these steps exactly to the letter, you will hopefully will not encounter any problem in cloning your Mac. The most common mistakes are like dragging the wrong partition or not mounting the source image first beforehand. If you see a dialogue box about scanning the disk image first before restoring, you probably missed a step earlier or you've selected the wrong partition. Remember it is always the second partition for the source and destination image. Other common problems you could encounter include faulty external hard drive, faulty external hard drive cable (no kidding) or a corrupt source image. This guide was created on a Yosemite 10.10 machine but it should be similar on Sierra or newer systems.

How to setup Mi Wi-Fi 3C as a Wi-Fi repeater

Mi Wi-Fi 3C is an affordable wireless router from Xiaomi which offers up to 300Mbps Wi-Fi speed at 2.4GHz frequency. It is slightly cheaper than its brother the Mi Wi-Fi 3 which features a faster processor and more RAM. The major difference between the 3C and the 3 is that the Mi Wi-FI 3 has a USB 2.0 port to plug in your USB drive or external hard drive while the 3C does not. 

You can use this router as a secondary router (because it's not really compatible as a broadband  router in Malaysia) or simply as a repeater. Here's how to setup the Mi Wi-Fi 3C as a repeater. Some of the instructions are in chinese and I have translated them for your convenience. First thing to do is to plug in the Mi Wi-Fi 3C to a power point. You don't need to plug in any network cables to the router because you're setting it up as a repeater.

First of all you need to install the Mi Wi-Fi app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Next login to the app with your existing or new Mi account. It is possible to skip login but your settings and Mi hardware list will not appear on the Mi Wi-Fi app on this phone or any other device that you use. Logging in will sync and remember all the Mi devices that you have configured before.

After that you need to connect with your new Mi router. Click on Go to Wi-Fi Settings.

Select your new Mi router. It should go by the name Xiaomi_XXXX or something like that.

Next you will do the actual set up of the router.

Click Agree to continue on this page.

Here, choose the Repeater mode.

Enter the SSID and password of your main router. If it is hidden, you need to enter the network name manually. Click Next when you're done.

On this screen, enter the new Wi-Fi name for your Mi router. Since you're going to use it as a repeater, you need to enter the same SSID and password as your main router.

Now you need to enter a new administrator username and password for your Mi router. You will need to enter this username and password whenever you want to access the router via its IP address.

Finally click on Start the Internet.

The setup is finally completed. You can find out the IP address of the Mi router in the Settings page. To confirm that your devices is actually connected to the Mi repeater and not your main router, you need to install a network diagnostic app such as Net Analyzer. It can show you the manufacturer and MAC address of the router that your device is connected to. If you're having problem configuring the Mi Wi-FI, try to hard reset the router by pressing the tiny reset button.

GoPro Hero 4 Session review

Being a (self-proclaimed) avid mountaineer and outdoorsy person, owning my own action camera has been a dream of mine. Imagine being able to record videos while climbing a treacherous mountain and rewarding myself with a wide-angle group photo at the mountain peak. Or take that thrilling video of me cascading down a white-water rapid or that dream under water photo shoot in our beautiful coral reefs. The possibilities are endless.

As much as I’m tempted to get one of those cheap Chinese knockoff for 300-400 ringgit, I’ve decided against it. As always, I’ve done an extensive research on all my options, from the ridiculously low priced SJCams, Mi Yi cameras to to Sony and the crowd favorite - GoPro action cameras. One thing I noticed is that, the cheaper the camera the lower quality of the image and videos it will capture. While expensive doesn’t always mean better but in this case it’s definitely is. Sure the SJCam and Yi action cameras are much-much cheaper and they have almost all the capabilities of a standard GoPro but at the end of the day, the GoPro always have the edge in term of the quality for your photos and videos. The pictures always look better on dry land as well as underwater and the wide-angle video recording is comparable to that of a flagship smartphone. The cheaper ones meanwhile looks like they’re taken from a budget smartphone.

So what should my first action cam be, from a list of half a dozen or so branded cameras? After my research, I’ve shortlisted the GoPro and also the Sony action cam and since Sony’s camera is hard to come by especially in the second hand market, I bought myself a second hand GoPro Hero 4 Session for just 800 ringgit. The Hero 4 Session is an entry level action camera from GoPro. It features a smaller cube form factor made of rubber and metal with just two buttons and no screen at all. Apart from the buttons, you control the camera and also view your recordings from a smartphone. On the top of the camera is the big record button which also doubles as the select button. At the back is the small menu button to cycle through the menu options. On the side of the camera is a side door which opens to the micro USB port for charging and a microSD card slot which supports up to 64GB microSD cards and that’s it. In the box you’ll get 2 frames and mounting buckles for side or vertical mounting a few thumb screws.

The GoPro Hero 4 Session is completely waterproof up to 10 meters so you don’t need any special casing for it unlike the Hero 4 Silver and Black. The battery is also built in and not swappable but it could last at least 2 hours of video recording. You can control the GoPro by cycling through the menu button at the back of the camera which is quite awkward at first but you’ll get used to it. You can also connect it to the Capture app which is available on iOS and Android. By default, pressing the big record button on top will start video recording immediately unless you have manually entered photo mode previously. Using the Capture companion app is much easier since you can actually see through the camera’s lens before recording or capturing photos. However, connecting to the app to the GoPro via Wi-Fi may drain the battery slightly faster because the Wi-Fi needs to be on all the time. One more thing, once you started video recording, you can no longer see what’s going on through the camera’s screen.

There are basically three camera modes - video, photo and time lapse. The video mode is further separated into normal video and continuous video and the photo mode into normal, time lapse and burst mode which takes 10 photos in one second. The maximum video quality is 1440p 30fps Ultra Wide resolution while the photo quality is 8 megapixel only which is slightly lower than its GoPro Silver sibling. Video and photo quality? That’s where it shines. It is comparable to those taken on an iPhone 5, which is pretty good if you consider its size and price. On my field test, the GoPro Hero 4 Session passed all the tests with flying colors. It survived a few hours on the beach of Port Dickson and a day in Sunway Lagoon. It also survived a couple of accidental drop tests on the pavement. Even without any extra housing, this GoPro is quite tough and rigid.

What I like about the Hero 4 Session is its small and compact size. I could easily slid it into my pocket or clip it with the optional accessory to my back pack. I like the fact that it’s waterproof without any casing and I could quickly start recording with just a push of a button.

I let the photos and video samples above and below speak for itself. The GoPRO Hero 4 Session (quite a mouthful, I know) is the best entry level action camera you can get on the market. Of course if you have slightly more budget, you should definitely get the Hero 4 Silver or even Hero 5 with an LCD screen and 4K recording for 400 to a thousand ringgit more. But if you have a really tight budget like me, just settle with the Hero 4 Session. The lack of LCD screen is not that big of a deal to me since I can always connect it to my phone which is a chore sometimes but I’ll survive. For its price and recording quality, I’d highly recommend the Hero 4 session to the SJCams and Yi cameras in the market which is slightly cheaper but take crap photos and videos. Trust me, the investment is totally worth it because at the end of the day, you’d want the best quality photos and videos from your action camera.

More sample videos:

Port Dickson
Gunung Angsi hike
Motorcycle evening ride
Time lapse

Sunway Lagoon review

There’s a few places of interest that I haven’t visited yet in my 18 years living in the Klang Valley. One of them is none other than Sunway Lagoon near Petaling Jaya. Despite being just 15 kilometers from my place, I have not actually visited the popular theme park for several reasons. First it’s rather expensive. I didn’t have the urge to visit them then when I was younger and I as the years go by and I had a few children of my own, the ticket prices have gone up considerably as well. So it didn’t become our first choice when deciding on holiday destinations. Not until recently though. My wife through a friend of a friend of hers fixed for us a few tickets for only RM250. That’s like 50 ringgit each for my family of five. Unbelievably cheap right? Don’t ask me how they got it although I believe the tickets were bought under some corporate accounts hence the massive discount.

We arrived early that Saturday morning, just after the park gates open at 10:00 AM. There’s ample parking around the theme park either at the Sunway Pyramid mall or one of the few hotels in the surrounding area. We were looking for the Pyramid Tower Hotel parking which offers a 7 ringgit single entry rate but somehow I missed that one and parked at a different hotel instead and paid double the price. Never mind, as long as you don’t park haphazardly and get your car clamped or towed away. We got our wristbands beforehand so on the day we just waltz in casually through the entrance. Of course we need to scan our wristband first at the gate. They do check your backpacks for outside food but not so thoroughly like some people reported. Honestly if we hid some sandwiches or nasi lemak at the bottom of the bag, we should have got away with it. There’s so many attractions and rides to try, so many places to visit but only 8 hours to do all of that so understandably you can’t possible do them all. Our plan was to try as many rides and attractions as we could for the day and if we missed some of them, it’s okay. There’s always next time (or is it?).

First order of the day was to rent a locker and stuff our bags and belongings into it. There’s two types of lockers - one regular school-sized locker for RM22 and another bigger RM43 baggage locker. Remember to bring only the bare necessities along because the regular locker is not that big and you don’t really want to carry a bag all over the park. It will be a real chore when somebody has to look after it when every body is in the water. Towels and spare cloths are really all that you’ll ever need. Ideally you should stuff everything in the locker and just bring yourself to the parks. Some rides even require you to remove your glasses, wristwatch and jewelries so bear that in mind. The dress code is pretty relaxed inside Sunway Lagoon. You can get away with pretty much anything - track bottoms, t-shirts and hijabs in the water. Being a muslim majority country, Sunway Lagoon wouldn’t want to turn away the half of their customers with a strict dress code.

Sunway Lagoon is basically divided into two wet and dry parks. Technically there are 6 parks but they are divided into wet and dry parks with a several of them featuring wet and dry attractions. The totally wet parks include the water park (duh) and Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon while the dry parks are amusement, wildlife and scream parks. The extreme park and some parts of the amusement park features both wet and dry rides. We decided to try out some of the more popular rides in the water park first in the morning before the crowd swell in the afternoon and later. Some of the must try rides include the Vuvuzela, African Phyton and Congo Challenge among others. Some of these rides have height limit, usually below 110 to 120 cm so be prepared to leave your kids behind (with an adult) before you try them.

From the water park, we moved to the extreme park to try out some of the rides. Our younger children went off to the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon since they don’t get to try much of the extreme park rides anyway. Later we had lunch at one of the restaurants available inside the park called Lighthouse Bistro. Sure enough the food price was easily double of that outside so we bought the cheapest one off the menu. After that we continue on to the surf beach to enjoy the artificial waves. They only make the waves once for half an hour just on weekends or public holidays so you’ve got to be there when they do. The frequency if I remember correctly is once every 5 minutes and it’s quite fun. Unlike a real beach, this one is pretty harmless and even the young ones get to enjoy it.

Around 5 o’ clock we left the wet park, changed and moved on the the amusement park. I know we should have gone sooner but trying to reason with your kids who were enjoying the water park too much about that. It is only later that they realised they don’t have much time to try out the other parks. Still we get to try some of the rides at the amusement park which were quite fun. They were not as numerous as Genting’s theme park but still enjoyable. We tried out a few carousels, before splitting to try the ferris wheel and roller coaster. Much to my disappointment however, it started to rain while we were waiting for our turn. And they were pretty adamant not to operate the roller coaster in the rain for fear of lightning. So we tried the only other interesting place available which is the Scream Park a.k.a the haunted house. The were not kidding when they say children below 7 are not advised to come in. Hana insisted of following us into the house at first but changed her mind after the first door. Luckily we just escort her out through the entrance nearby to her waiting mother and then continued with our walk-through. I would strongly advise against bringing your primary school or younger children along cause you could possibly scar them for life. As a man of reason and science, nothing inside the scream park could scare me much although a few of the jump-scares managed to ever so slightly startle me. Instead I feel rather sorry for the tireless workers in make-ups trying to scare the visitors out of their wits day in and day out. C’est la vie.

By the time Adam and I finished the scream park, the place was already closed. One park we didn't get to visit that day was the wildlife park because there were simply not enough time. We proceed to the exit in the drizzling rain. I know visiting the souvenir shop was not really a good idea with these kids around but I did anyway and end up buying fridge magnets and a few key chains for them. Did we had fun at Sunway Lagoon? Absolutely. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it, even me and my wife enjoyed all of the rides. Did we had enough time to try it all? Absolutely not. Some of the rides have prohibitively long queues so we decided to try out only the most interesting ones. Also, many of the rides impose a height limit so your kindergarten-going children most likely won’t able to go in. So being a model parent like we are, we had to skip some of the good rides altogether as not to disappoint our youngest one (too much). Ideally we should need around two days to fully enjoy all the parks available but then we would need to buy one ticket for each day. And they’re not exactly cheap either, just like the expensive food they sell inside. If money is no object, you should allocate two days to try out everything inside Sunway Lagoon, one day for the wet park and the next day for the dry parks.

My final advice to you is to come early so you’ll have more time to try out most of the rides and attractions. Buy your tickets in advance and online so you’ll skip the long walk-in queue. Coming on weekdays and school days should get you much cheaper tickets but that would mean your kids will have to skip school for the entire day (maybe you could try it at the end of their term and/or after exams?). Remember to look for the Pyramid Tower Hotel and park at their basement to enjoy the 7 ringgit per entry rate. Don’t forget to wear sun block for yourself and especially for your kids. If you’re visiting for the day, set a time out from the wet park and follow through it or else you’ll miss the other parks. They don’t officially allow you to bring along your action cams or smartphones during the rides but most of the time, they’ll just look away and let you use them anyway except for one that involves a vacuum tube which prohibits jewelries let alone cameras or phones. Despite my iPhone being waterproof and all, I don't have the guts to carry it along for the rides and every where around the park so I just used my trusty GoPro instead. If you have one, it's the best type of camera to bring along. Small, unobtrusive and fits nicely in your pocket. Also although the ticket says access to all parks, you still need to pay separately for the pay-per ride activities like bungy jump, G-Force X and go kart. If you haven't visited it already, Sunway Lagoon is a nice place to bring your family to for a fun day in the water and also the rides at the amusement park. Yes it is a bit expensive but for me at least, it's really worth it. For more info on ticket prices and promotion, visit the official Sunway Lagoon website.