Fun at Austin Heights Water Adventure Park

Once exams are done, we might just hop over to Austin Heights Water Adventure Park to destress again.
Look at the kids, all young and adventurous, all of them posing in front of Yellow Wall.

(Please checkout our video below too)
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You can ice skate and trampoline jump at Austin Heights & Adventure Park too. How many activities are they trying to squeeze into this complex?
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大舅’s family will swim with us today. Are you ready for some thrills or to beat the heat?
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Kids are wondering why Water Park so quiet haha. Feels like we had the pools and slides to ourselves 🙂
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Please tell me this view is enchanting, for a moment, we forgot we are standing on a platform 5 or 6 storeys high.
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The vast area around Taman Mount Austin is still quite undeveloped.
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If your kiddos are adrenalin junkies, “Yellow Wall and SuperSurf” will keep them occupied whole day 🙂
Gif of “Yellow Wall” does not look scary or steep, but trust me when I tell you that dingy feels like overturning anytime haha!
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(Tip: Scream or laugh, it does help to reduce anxiety haha!)
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“SuperSurf”, challenge each other and see who wins. Six to go. (Tip: to go fast, lay low)
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“Splash World” for the little ones, the bucket of water is complimentary. This playground is where kids play catcher.
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“Lazy River” is a wet and fun way to relax, but with our kids around, the currents will be turbulent :p
“Wave Pool” is fun too, ride the waves on your floats (not in photo)
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The other slides and features are on the map below (credit Austin Heights Adventure Park website)
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Video (link) – Photos and videos cannot convey the amount of FUN we enjoyed at Austin Heights Water Park

Steps are steep and tall, floats are heavy. A porter parent will be helpful. (hint hint to the Dads)
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Prince 33, comfortable stay with walking distance to good food (all around). We will not hesitate to recommend Prince 33 to our friends.
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We will share more about Prince 33 and cafe-hopping in another post.
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Ticket Prices for Water park:
Adults (12 and above) – RM 118
Child (3 to 12) – RM 98

People will compare between Austin Heights Water Park or Legoland Waterpark.
a) Price-wise very similar
b) I would say Legoland is more suitable for the smaller kids, whereas Austin Heights are for bigger kids and teenagers (Read our Legoland review here)
c) Grab the combo-tickets for more value added experience

Additional tips :
– Food and snacks are not allowed inside the water park, but the canteen does serve decent Nasi Lemak and finger food (reasonably priced).
– Lockers (two sizes) are available for full day rental (unlimited)
– Hide your GoPro well, staff have strict orders to stop your GoPro-selfie down the tubes

– Austin Heights Water Adventure Park is just 5 min walk from Prince 33 hotel
– GPS 1.561601, 103.775655 (about 20km from Woodlands checkpoint)
– Look out for latest updates and promotions on their Website and Fanpage

More photos of Fun and Food uploaded on our Fanpage album.

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Paddle Fest 2016 at Anchorvale CC

Look at Boon Kang’s smile, he had so much fun at PA Paddle Fest!
Tiring too, but a sense of achievement.
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We had signed up for PA PaddleFest at Anchorvale CC, I thought it would be cool to expose kids to kayaking, and at a neighbourhood river.
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There are up to 20 other kayaks in our group expedition, most are newbies.
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Boon Kang went with me on the expedition (about 1.5 hours including rest), Boon Yee and Xin went for the tryouts (30 to 45 minutes)
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It was a novelty for us to paddle under the bridge (TPE expressway) or so close to the mangroves.
I have always wanted to bring the kids kayaking in MacRitchie or any other reservoirs, so glad I could join them!
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Hello any otters out there?
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If we have more time, Kang and me might even row up to Punggol Waterway point or Punggol Dam 🙂
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Punggol Dam (a) and Waterway Point (b). Do pop by our cycling trip up Seletar North too.
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Paddle Fun 🙂
Everyone seem to be very shy, but our clothes are always soaked from non-stop splashing haha :p
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Obstacle course, abseiling, rappelling and more carnival activities to engage families.
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Video (Video Link) : Paddle Fun, kids love kayaking 🙂

Clear blue sky, cool water, we cannot wait for the next water venture. Do pop by Fanpage PA WaterVenture for the next event on the 24th April Marina Bay 🙂
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Addition tips :
– PA Water Venture kayak tryout events are free
– Future events will be posted on PA Water-Venture Fanpage, next one 24th April.

– Do bring a bottle of mineral water with you, we were quite thirsty after one hour of paddeling
– Apply generous amount of suntan lotion, cool down by splashing water

Our inaugural kayaking was at Anchorvale Community Centre:
– Nearest LRT is Farmway and GPS 1.396993, 103.886839

More paddle Fun photos uploaded on our Fanpage album, Dragonboating next round?

Sabah Canopy walk and waterfall

From most itinerary, Sabah Canopy walk and Poring Hot Spring would most likely be the day’s highlights.
For us, it was definitely Kipunjit waterfall (and fish spa!)

On day 5 of our Sabah trip, we spend almost 1 hour in and around the chilling waters, dipping, catching fish or fish spa.
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Quick Summary from map : From the entrance (carpark, South of Outdoor sulphur bath tub), we walk North pass Butterfly towards Canopy Walk at “B”. Section “C” was further North, and closed during our visit. After we came down from the Canopy Walk, we headed East towards Kipungit Waterfall.
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(Point D) Poring Hot Spring area is about 3 to 4 hours drive away from Kota Kinabalu.
Referring to Google Map below, reference our Sabah itinerary post for point A, B and C.
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We drove towards Poring Hot Spring after one night at Kinabalu Park. We arrived at the hot spring, but no dip yet.
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We do not smell much sulphur, so I guess the spring water is good and not pungent for kids. There are common bathtubs for you to dip your feet or whole body, both genders. However, I am concern that those who come later might be soaking in dead skins from other users (yucks!)

If you have been to Taiwan or Japan’s hot spring, you will not miss anything, otherwise treat hot spring like a novelty.
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From the entrance, we had to do a mini hike to reach the famous Sabah Canopy Walk.
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Canopy walk, sway left sway right, 40m above ground 🙂
Joking, the sway is minimum, but some “active and cheeky” kids keep on bouncing on the canopy platform!
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We were pleasantly surprised than Boon Kang and Boon Xin cross the bridge without much drama 🙂
Boon Kang had already surprised us earlier when we zipline between Gaya and Sapi island.
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After the Canopy walk (which took around 20 minutes), we headed inland towards Kipungit waterfall. This was a special request from me, and I was glad everyone enjoyed the cool (actually it is chilling) water, no leeches yeah 🙂

A refreshing way to rub off our fatigue and perspiration.
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Area is relative quiet, no changing room or toilet, so change into your wardrobe “tactically”. As with all waterfalls, rocks can be slippery and sharp, do remind everyone to thread carefully.

The fishes are hungry and quickly nibble on our toes. We had one hour of Fun at Kipunjit waterfall.
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Video (link) : Fun Waterfall and Canopy Walk

Butterfly Garden is not happening, we recommend you to skip. So few butterflies fluttering around.
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Slide pool for our lunch, kids wanted to swim again! Parents decided to chill by the pool side. The water here is not hot-spring, kids just enjoy more slides and water fun. (below 18 yers old, RM1 per person per hour, above 18, RM3 per person per hour)
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Back to Kota Kinabalu city, we pop by Amazing Borneo’s fantastic (modern and chic) office before heading off for dinner. Lido Square offers hawker centre style food, we enjoyed some bbq Sabah streetfood.
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After so many days, we really miss Singapore’s hawker centre food 🙂

Additional tips about Poring Hot spring surroundings:
– Sabah Canopy Walk – you will be charge RM5 for any photographic equipment (x1 ticket for Smartphone, x1 your camera etc)
– Otherwise, it is relative safe to walk across
– Waterfall – Do not approach after heavy rain as there might be sudden gush of water, be careful of under current
– Hot Spring – always dip your feet to gauge your comfort level (and tolerance first). Most venue will recommend maximum 15 minutes, cool down, before attempting again
– Stay hydrated, we were perspiring profusely in the forest
– Wear comfortable covered shoe, avoid sandals. Path can be slippery and narrow (near to waterfall)

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Do pop by our Sabah itinerary and photos below.
Sabah 8D7N itinerary
– Sabah Day 1 – Street food discovery
– Sabah Day 2 – White Water Rafting!
– Sabah Day 3 – Twin Islands Hopping
– Sabah Day 4 AM – Desa Cow Farm
– Day 4 PM – Kinabalu Park
– Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring + Waterfall + Canopy walk
– Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort – Luxury Villa
– Day 7 – Gaya Island Resort Family Activities

More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album :
Day 1 and 2 – Klagan hotel, White Water rafting
Day 3 – Water sports, Island hopping
Day 4 – Desa Cow Farm and Kinabalu Park
Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring and vicinity
Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort
Day 7 – Snorkeling and private beach
Day 8 – Hiking, Home sweet home