SOME KL-ites are shunning the big city lights of the federal capital, to get away from the hustle and bustle of the rat race, heat, congestion, noise and pollution, and seeking respite from work and some quiet time to de-stress.
Believe it or not, one such place that seems to fill that void is an unassuming little park designed for fishing enthusiasts, located just a little over 10km from the heart of the city -- in Bukit Jalil.
The park has two ponds -- one for fish and the other for prawns.
They are located right next to each other but are run by two different companies.
The fish pond has been in operation since 2012 and is now a favourite hangout for a diverse group of people, including avid anglers and those who are simply looking for a spot to chill with friends.
The fish pond is managed by Jimmy Lim, 39, who runs the place with his father.
“I get all sorts of people coming here, some are anglers while others just want to unwind and relax.
“Like that guy over there,” he said, pointing to a guy who was glued to a TV screen.
“He comes here almost every night after 10pm, just to hang out,” he added.
The regular visitor is Jason Yap, a 32-year-old real estate agent, who said he enjoyed the cool crisp air near the pond.
“It’s peaceful here. Very breezy too, especially at night,” he said, adding that he hardly ever fished, but came here mostly to chat with friends.
Echoing Yap’s sentiment is S. Kumar, 29, who frequents the pond in the evening.
Kumar, who works as a supervisor, is an avid angler.
“I come here to fish because it is the closest open-air fishing pond in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
“Otherwise, I have to travel quite a distance out of the city to find a nice fishing spot.
“Since I like night fishing, this place is just perfect.”
For insurance agent CS Kee, it is the cool air and view of the night sky that he enjoys.
“I like coming here because it is probably the only place within the city where I can fish and get a good view of the night at the same time,” said Kee.
“Since most commercial fishing ponds are indoors, this one is a breath of fresh air,” he added.
Lim charges RM18 for two hours and RM23 for three hours to fish at the pond.
Apart from fishing, many people also frequent the pond nearby for prawn-catching.
The prawn pond is run by 28-year-old Terrance Lee.
Located indoors, its set-up is more modern , hence wooing a younger clientele.
You can get freshwater prawns and tiger prawns here. The line and hook are available for rent.
“We are not really interested in prawn-fishing, this is just a nice way to come together and hang out with friends,” said Marcel Berthelette, 35, from Canada.
“It’s cheaper than hanging out in the city centre or a dance club,” he added.
“The bonus is that at the end of the night, we go home with some fresh prawns and the wife is happy to cook it,” his friend, Erim McDonald, 45, quipped.
Lee charges RM48 for three hours for those catching tiger prawns and RM58 for those fishing for other prawns.
Couples wanting to catch freshwater prawns, pay RM88 for three hours.
Both ponds are open 24-hours a day, everyday. The busiest times are Friday and Saturday nights.
The location is Jalan 16/155C Bukit Jalil. (GPS Coordinate: 3.057959.101.666852).