I remember that I was in Form 3 when I heard the much eagerly anticipated news.
We were going to Genting Highlands! My sister and I had heard so much about the
Theme Park there that we were raring to go and try out its rides.
there after a long and tiring coach journey. Wisps of clouds were
scudding nearby only metres above our heads.
After enjoying the free buffet lunch, we had much energy to expend. My sister
had retrieved a sketch plan of the amusement complex it had two sections: indoor
and outdoor. We decided to explore the outdoor rides first, while there was
daylight and the weather was fine. Firstly, we had to consider the question of
financing our quest to experience the pleasures of the park. After much
cajoling, we managed to wheedle RM250 from our parents.
The first thing we headed for was the gigantic Rollercoaster. We had seen it
rising like a gigantic steel super structure as our coach inched up the mountain
passes. However, as we neared the structure, we spied a notice. It announced,
much to our disappointment, that the rollercoaster was closed for repairs.
Noticing just a slight queue, we made a dash for the choo-choo train ride.
"So childish!" My sis scorned. However, its path went round the outdoor park and
we could have an overview of the fair's rides. Having made a round of the park,
we headed for our desired. The outdoor lake had only a smattering of paddle
boats. As the sky was overcast and the pond water had a dirty slimy-green
appearance, we decided to give it a miss. Instead, we decided to try the "Giant
Octopus". This was a contraption which had box-like seats at the end of its
tentacle-like arms. We got ourselves securely strapped. Then, without warning,
we felt ourselves lifted by its arms to a height of about ten metres. We had a
view of a fair number of the park's rides, including the dark, bobbing heads of
the jostling crowd below. Then we were swinging round. Just as I was feeling
dizzy, the Octopus let out a "sigh" and suddenly deposited us at ground level.
My sis and I had enough of being passive participants. We had a go at trying
our luck at some game stalls. After garnering a few miserable packets of
crackers, we decided that our money would be better spent on the Bumper Cars.
What a time we had! We had a go at ramming our own and other cars silly. Having
emerged from these vehicles feeling slightly dizzy and winded, we decided to
take a break. It was a relief to slake our
thirst with icy cold cola drinks.
Next, we visited the indoor section. This was within the hotel complex. We
nearly got lost moving about the numerous passageways. When we finally found the
place, a noise like a roaring waterfall hit us. Scores of arcade machines were
being operated by eager young people. Amid the flashing lights and electronic
sounds, we made our way to a queue forming beside the entrance to a room. The
sign outside proclaimed `Journey to the Stars Have a thrilling space experience
you will never forget." After a half-hour wait, our patience was wearing thin
and our nerves were being frazzled by the
noisy din. Suddenly,
I spotted the entrance price. It was RM 15 and not RM5 as I had thought. My
sister scolded me for my carelessness. Making mental calculations, we decided
that the money would be better spent on a pizza meal at the nearest pizza
There and then, we broke out from the queue and headed back to Mum and Dad
who were waiting for us outside the park. Thus ended our visit which was