Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Appreciating Nature

Remember my previous post on our stroll in TamanWetland? Taman Wetlands is divided into two  components. 
1. Taman Wetland Putrajaya 
2. Lake Recreational Centre

Among the attractions in Taman Wetland are the look-out tower, flamingo pond and the Nature Intrepretive Centre. After almost an hour of walking under the hot sun last Sunday, we thought we could do with a bit of air-conditioning and upon asking, we were told that entrance to the centre was FREE!

Located in Taman Wetland, Putrajaya, this Nature Intrepretive Centre (NIC) is a mini showcase of what the wetland offers to us in our environment. 

In Taman Wetland's case, it is to show why the wetlands is important and how it functions and its benefits. Bla bla bla
No entrance fee (I think there used to be but got waived now... maybe due to lack of visitors?) but must register first, yeah.
We entered and was greeted with this. Three floors for us to explore and we started our "journey" from the Ground floor then to Lower Ground and finally up to the first floor.

I guess due to dismal visitor count(?) some exhibits like the 240-degree cineplex was not available.

Place was still nicely maintained and since we were the only visitor that Sunday, we even got our own personal security guard following our every move! *priceless* No, he wasn't being too obvious about it and we understand he was just doing his job.
This is fun!

It's one of those 3D Aqua graphic display. This particular display got flowers sprouting up when Son walked around on the lighted area. Flowers blossoming at his every step. Cool, eh?

There was another that showed fishes swimming about too. Kids would definitely love this.
 
Some freshwater fishes in aquariums. These are a few of fish species that were released into Putrajaya Lake. That's why fishing is allowed at the Taman Wetland Water Recreational Centre (the one where the boat house is located). For a fee, of course.

Hey! There are Kelah in the lake! Kelah wor... Ikan Sempam also got. Ikan Baung too. Cannot remember what else.
Interactive showcase of other wetlands.
Map of Wetland Cell and Putrajaya.
 
This is at the Lower Ground area. Dark and creepy. Rightly so. It features the underground level of the eco-system.  Saw ada groundhog (tikus mondok, right?), lotsa earthworms and tree roots on the 3D corridor walk. Very realistic!

Not a lot of stuff here since the cineplex has nothing so we took the lift to the first floor.
There's a resource centre available up on the first floor. Books to read. Computers to use.  

Then there is this nice hanging sculpture in the middle too.

Nice area to chill out and take a break for parents while letting the kids let off steam a bit.
We got interested in this.

Adjust adjust the square paper to a correct spot until animals get shown on the screen. Dunno why it was so fun but it was!
Got nice mural to see too. And take silly photos at. Hehehe

Despite its rather small size, the centre was fun and informative for us. So much so that we were in it for almost an hour.

If you go to Taman Wetland, maybe you can make NIC a stop. At least for some air-con and learn a bot about our wetland while you're in there. Win-win. :-)

24 comments:

  1. Indeed an interesting place to visit!

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  2. The mural looks so beautiful!!!

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  3. I've always wanted to explore Taman Wetland (lari la...lsd ke hehe...okay tak eh for running?) but never got the chance to. Takut sesat la takut nak pegi pagi2 tak boleh masuk lah...
    But maybe one day I can bring the kids there. The last time we went there was yearssss ago. Picnic kot.

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    1. I think it was your trip there that got me putting Wetland in my "must-reccee-route" even though it took ages for us to finally get there. ;)

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  4. what a pleasant surprise when you were preparing to pay but somebody told you that it's all FREE huh?? hmmm, so who wouldn't love free things?? somemore walking under the scorching sun for hours, you got to get in for a break with cooling air-cond.. i would want to stay in there for a while too!! haha~~

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    1. Right? We were prepared to pay but was told it was free.

      Got one other museum, used to be free but now need to pay. That one, we tak jadi masuk lah! LOL

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  5. i love to visit all these museum and information center lah, there's where we gotta see more and learn more about things we don't usually pay attention too.. and lots of trivia knowledge that we can show off to friends and relatives after the visit too.. hmmm, i bet Raimie has a lot of stories to tell his classmates in school?? :p

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    1. I don't know whether he "bragged" about it to his buddies hahaha

      I also like to learn all these stuff that we might have difficulty learning just from going to school. :)

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  6. haha, private security guard, eksyen nia this Family Glam.. ah, biarlah, it's their job and so rare they have visitors and just let him have something to do, else he will be dozing off at the entrance.. as long as he is not disturbing then it's okay lah right??

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    1. True.

      He was just doing his job.

      And he wasn't being intrusive.

      So memang OK lah... otherwise, sure kena perli dy, or we would have left the place early ;)

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  7. alamak....me malu....gotta run and hide liao :p

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    1. I didnt know there are so many things there. Thought mostly tree of various variety only

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    2. Mana mana in Putrajaya also got trees of many varieties la. LOL

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  8. 3D Aqua graphic display. J sure will like it

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    1. He would have had a blast there!

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  9. yup...win win situation...can even go toilet break LOL

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  10. This place looks seronok and interesting for everyone! Thanks for sharing this as I didn't know it existed. Maybe tak cukup publicity.

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    1. Plenty of places in Putrajaya pun not getting as lot of publicity. Pity.

      Maybe these places are hoped to be fully utilised by Putrajaya residents?

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  11. Wahh I never know this NIC building ever exist too... Lack of promotion via the mass media on the importance of wetland conservation, especially among youngsters nowadays... After all, it's vital for the ecosystem too... =D

    Must pay a visit there whenever I stopped by there lo... soon perhaps... I just love interactive display... The school kids will definitely love it too... =D

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    1. Thank you Kak Lina for this brilliant entry... Paying respect to Mother Nature at its best... =)

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    2. Benda baik takyah promote lebih-lebih kalau we, as residents (near or far) make a point to explore.

      Kita pun tak semestinya kena ambil tahu tempat yang glamour dan ramai orang pergi je kan? ;)

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