A Malaysia Day
Today, I had a bit of a Malaysia day. In an effort to be adventurous, a friend and I decided to take our children to the local balloon festival. Now, when I say local, I do not mean in KL - the festival was in Putrajaya. This was our first mistake. I find that anytime I leave the confines of KL, things tend never to go as planned. The traffic out of town was shocking. This was our second mistake. Why not just turn around and take the kids to the pool? No. We were committed.
Eventually, we arrived at our destination - sort of. We were in Putrajaya, but we still hadn't managed to locate the festival itself. We began looking for signs to direct us to the big event. None. We scanned the sky for hot air balloons. None. This, obviously, was our third mistake. This is Malaysia! What made us think there would be any evidence of a major event going on even when we were clearly within throwing distance of it? Rookies. Finally, I got smart, accessed my phone's wifi, and sorted out exactly where we were supposed to be. After driving around for another 30 minutes, we began to spot signs of life. We were finally, truly, closing in our destination!
Eventually, we made it. By now the sun was high, the kids grumpy, and we had yet to do or see anything. The clincher? Not one hot air balloon anywhere in sight. It turns out they only make an appearance during the early morning and late evening hours. No matter. We made the most of it. We grabbed some lunch in a thankfully air-conditioned cafe and took the kids on a dragon boat ride. Then, yep, you guessed it, we headed back to the car for the return journey. Fortunately, the kids went right to sleep, so we enjoyed blessed peace and quiet the whole way home. Thus, like parents everywhere, I think we can count the outing as a success! :)