April 17, 2007

Not-so-Amazing Race...

"The Amazing Race" came to our city!
Our language teacher canceled today.
So we thought it would be a great day to see some sites, and
afterwards make the greatest blog post ever.
An Amazing Race theme.
Our "tasks" for this leg of the journey...
1. Pet the "mouse deer"
2. See the famous bird park (and identify the famous "Horn bill")

Then we would have finished the blog with us posing in front of this same house at the Pit Stop...
...this post would have been so cool.
You all would have been SO impressed.

So we set out to find the house behind these folks.
We knew about where it was downtown
(think Central Park NYC, but on a mountain and HOT tropical weather...the bird park and mouse deer petting zoo are all around the same area)

This post would have blown your mind.
But instead it was one big "Road Block" and "Yield" after another

First when we arrived we parked and attempted to find the bird park and/or the Big park that the AR-House was in.
There were no signs directing us.
No clues.
So after climbing, I'm NOT lying, a billion steps, we found something...

The Planetarium.
Cool- as in it had AC- but we were on a tight schedule and we set off- after getting directions from the locals' pointing- toward the bird park.
On the way we passed Stonehenge.
Not a bird
not the AR-house
not a mouse-deer.
It was so hot I had to talk Anthony into doing something 'funny' for this picture.
Then we kept walking...
We saw no monkeys, but this picture is fun.
And I could stand in the shade while I took it.
Did I mention it was 46,000 degrees outside?
Because it was.
Then we found it.
We were pumped.
But then we found out the entry price was RM30.00 per person.
60 Ringgit for something without rollercoasters? psha.
After an unsuccessful attempt at getting a discount price,
we found out the "Orchid and Hibiscus" garden across the street was free.
Aunt Danny...ever considered something like this to display your orchids?
There were tons, but we'll only bore you with one up-close flower picture.
The Orchid Gardens had hills to climb and not a lot of shade.
And there were no mouse deer or AR-houses
But it did have the largest orchid species in the world.
The Orchid park had one trick up it's sleeve that we weren't expecting.
Yes, that's a snake eating a frog.
The poor frog was making squeaking sounds.
Very sad.

But as standing on the surface of the sun wasn't on the agenda,
we decided to set out for the big park that held the AR House and the mouse deer.

After criss-crossing the orchid garden a couple more times,
asking directions from 3 or 4 more locals,
getting closer to dehydration,
and walking another 9,000 Kilometers,
we found the Park!
We wasted no time looking for the mouse deer...
(only had about 45 minutes left before we had to leave)
We got directions from 2 more locals.
Walked a few hundred more kilometers and finally found the mouse deer petting zoo.
We were not happy.

By this point we were so deep in the park we had NO idea where we were.
And we only had 30 minutes left
(finding our way back to the car was included in the time frame).
We then abandoned the Amazing Race House search.
So all we had to show for our day out was 4 pit stains.

Don't get us wrong.
We used our language.
We saw some "National Geographic" type things.
We worked the calves and the hamstrings.
But instead of giving you a really cool "Amazing Race" blog post,
it's more like we were "eliminated."

We'll be back in the All-stars round.
So stay tuned...


Cara said...

HILARIOUS! I miss you guys! Leaving Saturday for Honduras...SO excited...maybe I'll see some cool stuff there, like you guys are!

Chanclers said...

boooo for elimination! but if we would have been there you'd at least have beaten us because we wouldn't have been able to leave until the frog was completely inside he snake. you know us, National Geo fans!

SouthAsiaRocks said...

haha! THat was a great post! That rocked!!! We have days totally like that :) We have a vol team in right now and I feel like it's going just like your "race" haha :) Well, looks like you had fun anyway :)

Cool Shirt Sharon! I think I have one almost exactly like it! I didn't realize that you wore clothes like we do here - cool :)

whoo hoo! Looks like fun :) STay cool :)

Laney said...

ya'll are like the coolest ppl ever!! i mean i'm pretty sure my spit fire self would be fussin' at somebody at the end of a day like that, but ya'll just laugh and take fun pictures. what a blessing!! love ya'll!

Lauren said...

So I'm an Amazing Race fan and when they went to KL Tara & I were so excited! You all should totally do the show! :) Thanks for the present-LOVE IT! (and it fits perfectly!) Love, Lauren