Rockstars In Tai Tong Organic Ecopark

Kids went to what is predominantly a petting zoo for them, over the national holiday...

Strike a pose

Open 9-6pm, last entry at 5pm..

If you like animals you should probably budget an extra hour...

Fine, two extra hours...

The stables are clean, airy and relatively sunny...

Pick a child...

Horsie (real name "Wasabisabi")  ate my hand

(These horses are so used to being given treats they keep gently stamping their hooves for more carrots)

"Belle's" stall was empty when we were feeding the others.. We soon find her here -

"All she wants for Christmas......"

Giving little kiddie rides! (Kids have to be 3 years and above)

Turns out, Belle is a bit of a celebrity

When she's not horsing around at the end of the day

Photo op...

 

(Some attractions are quite crowded, but not so much the animal ones, strangely.. and all around, well-labelled flora and fauna...)

Wait, hold that thought -

This one time when Hamster Ninja went "Daddy can I have one?" she meant..... ............................................................

Who let the cows out..

Rope playground

This the entrance to Animal Village, that houses emus, peacocks, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs

(In other words, Daddy Can I Have One City :D)

Those goat kids only drink milk though... and interestingly no one tries to touch them - our kids are probably the "worst" ones - I overhear one local mum telling her toddler something like "these things are full of worms" in Cantonese

We used to max out our leave for weeks in Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, and drive out to many Aussie petting zoos and wine valleys with the kids; I'd say this large Petting Zoo Where No One Pets The Animals out in Yuen Long is at least comparable, but with one key difference - no little kids following the little kids (:D sorry) about and not much risk of stepping on animal poop most of the time because much fewer animals are roaming freely... In fact, I think the stalls don't smell that much (those are animals after all) but I overhear at least a few complaints from local visitors, about the animals' smell...

Just these two were out, plus the two dark coloured kids in a previous pic

They look like chicken eggs..

Rockstar calls this the largest guinea pig home in the world 😀

OK - this one, we've never seen in Aussieland 😀

What are all these people doing??

This is what they call "net fishing" - and initially we're kinda dubious about all the little kids AND their parents crowding around this teeny little paddling pool with goldfish in it. There are a few other tubs around, all with goldfish in them, but you can't erm, "net fish" anywhere else but in this pool...

Turns out, the "nets" (note the "used" pile at right) are flimsy, made of a very delicate paper, that breaks apart very easily if you try to chase the goldfish to catch them - even swishing the "nets" too vigorously in the water breaks the paper

"You'll kill them -" Rockstar is stopped very quickly by attendants, when he uses his hands

As a result, both kids go through many, many, many nets, before........

Success (note broken paper near goldfish's tail).

Her too.

No kidding. That's part of Rockstar's total final haul.

And that's part of her haul (I didn't think to take final pictures of how many in total, but I think Rockstar had just under 20 and Hamster Ninja eventually had 8 or 9)

They spent more than an hour in the heat fishing for them things, and easily the first 20-30 mins they turned up absolutely nothing. Couldn't catch even one goldfish. We initially even wondered how the little local kids before us managed to get 2 or 3 fish to exchange for prizes. It takes awhile to learn to move the "nets" slowly, because otherwise the fish break through the paper quite easily...

In the end it was very rewarding, the kids felt so rewarded for their perseverance and we had a hard time getting the kids to leave, but it took a lot of patience, be warned 🙂

At the end of the game, the Fish Ninjas put their haul back in the kiddie pool, and get to pick a bag of two goldfish each, to bring home (a.k.a. Potential Unexpected Pet Hazard)

Family selfie (That is Rockstar's "Happy Face" for pictures :D)

Epilogue:

Well of course we have to validate the Fish Ninja effort 🙂 So we went to the supermarket for goldfish supplies... Naturally the fish also came with 😀

"This could be your cousin..." Uh...

Hamster Ninja happily washing rocks for the "goldfish bowl"

One of em has "white spot", the fungal condition - fair warning, if you were thinking to put them in an existing tank you may want to look them over carefully), so I managed the kids expectations about how long these were going to live...

Next holiday we went back, to this haul:

 

(They pretty much empty the paddling pool, put everyone back in after, and then catch them all over again, with the exception of Hamster Ninja also offering her goldfish-catching services to various random other little kids)

So now we have 7. One died inexplicably from the first batch, but it wasn't the one with the fungal condition; and one of HN's fish has just one eye (which she thinks makes it special, and so she has named it One Eye) as she fusses over the tanks...

...prompting the "15 year old puppy" to demand more attention...

 
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Holy High-Achieving Mid-Autumn Lantern-Makers

The Chinese Department at Kennedy School organises a (completely-voluntary-participation, resulting-in-Rockstar-never-having-participated haha) recycled material lantern-making competition every Mid-Autumn Festival, and this year I happened to be in school when the lanterns were still up just after the kids had been voting for them (kids get 3 votes each, for the numbered entries) - or, put another way:

Holy Haagen Dasz Tub 2.5-foot Dragon - DIS is art. And by art I mean How Has Haagen Dasz Not Called Up To Buy This Thing For Display In Their Office Lobby (pic off school newsletter)

(Like, obviously someone has to actually consume that much of the product before they can use it to make the lantern right... what better endorsement than a satisfied customer 🙂 )

Better'n Bradley Cooper In Da Lobby (pic from celebritypixus.com)

When the kids' school says, "Let's make lanterns out of recycled materials to celebrate Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival"...

...this is what happens.

This wide green feathered disk (being photo-bombed by a Take-out Lunch Robot Sporting 3D Glasses) features Nespresso capsules

George Clooney Is So Last Mid-Autumn 😛 (pic from Business Insider)

AND this one which appears to be a cluster of dream catchers hanging in the Y2 section (no idea whose this is) is Hamster Ninja's personal favourite...

Talk about serious enthusiasm...

Happy Early Mid-Autumn Festival!!!

ps: Oh right - this was Hamster Ninja's -

She did it very slowly, bit by bit - Mooncake holders, drinking straws, leftover birthday party decor - she took one evening to tie the cova cake ribbon into a long series of..... taekwondo belt knots "because that's the only knot I know how.."

And this is her posing very proudly because her lantern was displayed next to her friend's (she's also posing under another of her friends' lanterns in one of the pictures above... and eating yoghurt drops :P)

     
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Wordless Wednesday: Private Joke

Dog And Her Pet Human Part II: So remember when Hamster Ninja promised JD a pillow off her bed if she made it home from the animal emergency centre?

No kidding

That one's still going - only, HN brings the pillow along for JD when walking the dog now...

The pillow follows the child following the dog everywhere, so the travelling circus accumulates more and more stuff everywhere they go...

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