Christmas 2012 Blog Series includes :
- Our Christmas Day Masquerade Lunch Buffet at Shook!
- The JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur Experience
- Our Accomodation in Hotel 1915 Kuala Lumpur
- The Day Before Christmas 2012 in Kuala Lumpur
- Our Noche Buena and Media Noche
They called this Personnel Basket Transfer, used to transfer a worker to and from a crew boat or supply boat to a jackup rig, offshore platform, semi-submersible or other structures. When I saw this, I remember one of Gabby’s godparents’ photo (Rob’s) shot when he was swinging with similar structure while at work on a rig in Middle East. This and a lot more are showcased in Petrosains in KLCC-Suria Shopping Complex.
23 December 2012. Sunday. Petrosains, 4th level KLCC-Suria Shopping Complex. Two days before Christmas, Tina and I brought Gabby to this Science museum in Kuala Lumpur. It felt like we went to an educational field trip again! While Gabby tried to enjoy and interact with every display and features, Tina and I honestly felt Petrosains is “too-kiddie” but of course, nothing’s wrong with that. In fact it simplified Science and some concepts of Oil mining for children to appreciate and absorb quite easily however, we felt something lacking. It’s either we expected too much or we’ve seen a lot better Science museums back home. Perhaps both. Or probably, it’s just us. To each his own of course.
KLCC-Suria Shopping Complex this festive holiday season has simple Christmas decors. Compared to other malls in Kuala Lumpur, they opted to keep it low.
At its 4th level is Petrosains. Long queue when we arrived at around few minutes before 12noon. Thankfully, I didn’t need to wait and stand on the line to purchase our tickets because I was ushered promptly upon asking to the lane for those who have reservations online or via phone. I did ours through phone call. I paid RM50 (PhP 700) for a family package that included tickets for the 3 of us. Not bad compared to tickets to Science museums in Manila (but I know, you get what you paid for, right?). Despite its affordability, the cost (of almost all entrance rates to anything in Malaysia) for non-Malaysians/tourists is always more expensive than locals. In my honest opinion, this draws tourism farther rather than being attractive. Again, this is only my two-cents-worth.
It was high noon, must have lunch. Gabby spotted his favorite amongst the kiosks in food gallery at the same level of the mall, hence we gave in. Pepper Lunch is a family’s favorite! We always crave for this DIY-affordable steak-rice meals for we don’t have it in our current home base in Penang. Hmmmm. Yummy!
Oops, but the Malaysian food crew who prepared it must have enjoyed seasoning it with LOTSA PEPPER! Just because it’s Pepper Lunch doesn’t mean it’ll be pepper all over. Believe me, we’ve tasted its versions in Manila, Makati, Hong Kong, Singapore and even in the other branch in Kuala Lumpur which is in Pavilion Mall -it’s not supposed to be that hot! I should’ve instructed him to prepare our hot plates NOT TOO SPICY. Result : Gabby didn’t finish his Pepper Lunch Beef Pepper Rice plate for the first time. Oh well.
After lunch, back to Petrosains. There are free lockers at the entrance to store backpacks, shopping bags, food and drinks that are not allowed inside. Cameras are OK to bring. Excitement to experience this Science Museum diminished when we needed to wait for more than 30 minutes to go in. C’mmon, I didn’t go on queue because I had reservations online but still… Fine. We’re left no option but to wait for our turn, smile while killing time.
It took us almost forever to take the Dark Ride. Relax, relax lang! *sigh*
Then when we hopped on this wheeled semi-spherical black thingie that rolls passengers up and back and down and up while holograms and film projections about environment and oil and Malaysian people are shown, it took another 15 minutes for it to shuttle us to the main Petrosains Exhibit halls. OK. At this early, Tina and I therefore conclude, Petrosains is good just for once. There you go!
Finally, the exhibit proper! First off, Gabby tried the Plasma Tube where a friendly staff explained to him how it works.
As I understood it (I tried while capturing photos!), Gabby was asked to feel the tranfer of energy from the source to something that he was instructed to hold. End of story. Next : the making of a tornado. It looks more fun!
My family and I love Malaysia’s very own, Wayang Kulit or shadow puppet! We even bought a Rama and Sita wayang from Kota Bharu in Kelantan a year ago. Glad we saw some on display in Petrosains.
Moving on…”Selamat Datang” means Welcome!
Then the area became more interesting. Thank goodness!
Funny that Dino rapped (not sang) a lyrics in Bahasa Melayu. Fantastic!
Some things about the Earth – mountains, soil, mining and oil…
I also liked this humongous magnifying lens where the fangs of a model-tiger project.
Lava lava love!
The Sparkz area incorporates interactive Science and playtime!
Cute play place. Cuter kids..
The (helicopter) simulator that we didn’t try for a minimal fee of 3 ringgit each pax…
Then Gabby dared to hold a fireball over a demonstration. His eyes said he was excited but his hands showed fear. Ok lang iyan, anak! It doesn’t make you less! Truth is, your curiosity rocks! *Don’t try this at home, kids!*
Molecular churva -according to Tina…
Was this 3D or 4D -15-minute-movie? I forgot, I’m sorry. What I remembered clearly was the fact that I felt asleep. Sorry, I came from a long journey. *pun intended* Dare I say, Petrosains should enhanced this little theater! This what happens when your patrons already experienced the ones in Disneyland and Universal Studios. Comparison kills! Truth is, mediocrity isn’t the way to attract customers! Must improved!
Although the purpose of bringing Science and the oil industry to the young ones is apparent, people behind Petrosains must be reminded that Science is continuously evolving and so it follows that they should upgrade their displays with the times. It’s already the age of everything in command with a flick of a finger pad, isn’t it? And please, do something with the speed of flow of exit; even people who are not claustrophobic experienced the anxiety of being one. Thank you!