Heatwave fails to dampen the holiday spirit

Having a blast: (Left) Children cooling down and making memories at Sunway Lagoon. Zoo Negara is another holiday favourite for families. — CHAN TAK KONG and AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The sweltering heat currently has not stopped people from enjoying their holidays – in fact, many are having a splashing time.

Architect Edric Choo, 47, said his wife and kids had been eagerly waiting for their planned trip to Sunway Lagoon theme park during the current week-long school holiday.

“My wife loves theme parks and she basically planned this entire trip as both she and the kids love jumping into the pools to cool off.

“My three kids in particular, aged between six and 13, had been reminding me constantly about the hot weather we’ve been having every day for weeks before the school holidays began,” he said, adding that they were staying for a week.

The Kelana Jaya resident said his family would also be heading to a National Park next before the end of the school holidays.

Mohd Nur Rashdan, 33, said he loves visiting Sunway Lagoon with his family of five so much that they visit almost every week from their home in Bangsar South to soak in the cool waters.

“I managed to get the annual passport for cheap at around RM200 each for both me and my wife when it was on promotion a few years ago.

“Since then, we’ve come nearly every weekend and holiday especially as the current weather has become unbearably hot,” said Mohd Nur, who works as a field visit officer.

Enjoying herself at the park, Norizan A Kamaludeen, 44, said her family of five love coming here for the thrilling water slides.

“We just can’t get enough of the excitement and rush of sliding down the water slides as it’s hard to find another water theme park of this quality nearby,” she said.

Another place families love to visit during school breaks is Zoo Negara, where they can have an up-close look at their favourite animals.

One visitor who wanted to be known only as Susan, 41, brought her eight-year-old daughter to the zoo to see the pandas at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre.

“My daughter loves seeing the pandas eating and growling,” Susan said, referring to Fu Wa and Feng Yi, the giant pandas that were loaned to Malaysia in 2014 for 10 years.

“I want her to experience the animals first-hand and get to know their names,” she added.

Muhammad Izzat, 35, wanted to make use of the holiday to spend time with his two children aged five and seven.

“They were excited to see the pandas from China for the first time, but they also loved seeing the giraffes, zebras and ostriches,” he added.

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