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Foam pit can be a hazard too at trampoline park!

Came across this news on Facebook today about a Chinese woman who got injured at a trampoline park in China. The video captured showed the woman did a somersault into a foam pit. 

http://www.chinapress.com.my/?p=928372

I can’t tell what went wrong, perhaps she should have landed in a seated position. With a foam pit as a cushion I would have thought it shouldn’t be much of a problem even if one lands too awkwardly. But the woman broke the T12 vertebra as a result.

Then I googled to see if I can find more information about this news and found the following reported in The Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/14/trampoline-park-injuries-trigger-hundreds-of-ambulance-call-outs

Another woman did a jump into the foam pit and fractured her T12 vertebra. Different kind of jump, but both into the foam pit and got injured. So looks like it can be hazardous too even when you jump into something that is supposed to provide you protection. I wonder if the park owners could have done more to minimise such injuries, or that equipment suppliers should move on to use other material as cushion or something. Because the foam pit does give people the false impression that it is safe to do any silly jumps into it. And there lies the main problem I believe.

It’s official, MAPS to open on 26th June 2017!

So it’s official this time, that Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) is opening on the 26th June 2017. Despite all the rumours that they can’t make its opening in June, we now have an official date to look forward to, finally. For those who have bought an annual pass, you are advised to get your photo ID done on your first visit to MAPS. The annual pass will be valid from their opening date (not on the date of your first visit, remember!) for a year. Those who have bought a day pass during their promotional period will have their day pass valid for three months from their opening date. If you haven’t bought any yet, you can purchase a day pass from their ticketing website at https://ticketing.mapsperak.com/.

Hope this theme park is going to bring many many tourists to Ipoh, projected to be one million a year! And that it will help boost the economic activities in Ipoh, which has been dire in my opinion for the past 2 years!

Interesting insight into Lost World of Tambun

Spoke to a friend who is working in Lost World of Tambun today. Whilst it is not hard to figure out that a theme park like Lost World is a lot quieter on off peak days like school days, I was shocked when my friend told me that on a busy day there can be 12,000 visitors visiting Lost World in a day! Yes, twelve thousand! Initially I thought I heard it wrong. But nope, she then gave out further figures on their not so busy weekends that they can still draw in five to six thousand visitors. On school days (weekdays) the number of visitors is a lot smaller, in the hundreds. The variance is SO huge! 

So they open from 10am to 11pm. This means that on average there’ll be like a thousand visitors clocking in every hour on a busy day. Most probably quite a lot more at a certain time like in the morning when everyone wants to come in early for a day of fun!
Mind boggling stuff. I haven’t been to Lost World before. I guess when I do decide to go there, I’ll most certainly want to avoid their peak days! Now I understand the business case for letting out properties as homestay near Lost World.

MAPS to open its doors by June

Just when I heard rumours that MAPS is facing problem with British partners ditching the project and lack of funding to continue the project, this news about them opening in June appears. I’m eager to see if they can meet this June deadline this time. I’m not overly hopeful, having been disappointed by their postponement, twice. You see, this piece of news is not in sync with posts from their official Facebook site. MAPS did not officially mention on their Facebook that they will open in June, despite countless angry queries from ticket/pass holders asking them about its opening date. The current Menteri Besar Zambry was right to press for an answer about the opening date. But will it be enough with a statement like that?

Apparently the project is part owned by ex-MB’s son. And he is currently trying to flock a mountain, with minerals I guess, to help continue the project. So sounds like funding is still an issue. And the British partners have pulled out, so it will be interesting to see if they can run it well even if they can open its door in June. What do you think?

Master Jump and BlueBlue Playland

Following  up on my previous post about a new Trampoline Park opening in Ipoh, here are further details I found on Facebook about the new facility:

Location – The Trampoline Park is located in the MBC building (see image below)  in Gunung Rapat. It is behind OldTown cafe, which is facing the main road Jalan Gopeng (or Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah as it is known as nowadays).

 The building itself looks mostly empty, with many vacant lots. The Trampoline Park is located on the third floor, together with badminton courts and a children soft play called BlueBlue Playland.

The Trampoline Park, called Master Jump, looks like this, with basketball rings, soft foam pool, and rock climbing wall to add variety to it. Nothing extraordinary, looks like one my friend showed me in KL, with no air-conditioning too. They however have a massive ceiling fan, like those you can find in some food courts in Ipoh.

The pricing for playing in Master Jump is as follows. Note that the rate is per hour. Can’t tell if it is expensive or not, but the socks certainly are, at RM10 a pair! And all customers have to fill in “Declaration & Waiver Form”, which essentially means that you will bear all the risk of playing in the Trampoline Park. Like I said in my previous post, you better make sure you know what you are signing your kids up for and that your kids are not going to do anything silly there without supervision. 

Updated 3/5/2017: Don’t be fooled into thinking that it is safe to do any silly jump into the foam pit too!

Updated 18/7/2017: Horrible horrible account of what happened to a boy at a trampoline park on his birthday and the trauma the family have to go through.

And check with the staff there to see if they know what to do in case there is an emergency, whether it be to do with first aid or evacuation procedure.

Located next to Master Jump is BlueBlue Playland, which should be more suitable for my daughter. It has a big climb frame like one in Cheeky Tots (probably bigger, I couldn’t tell because I haven’t been there before) too, but with an ocean theme. One thing that concerns me is this soft play does not seem to be air-conditioned (no air cond ducts and all). Will it be enough with just another massive ceiling fan to cool the place down? It is located on the third floor, directly under the roof, and I think it will be like an oven on a hot afternoon! Fan assisted oven LOL I really haven’t been to a soft play that is not air-conditioned in Malaysia. I would really like to know what parents think about such soft play. The children will be sweaty and smelly very quickly. And when there are tens of such sweaty and smelly children running amok in the playland, I’m not sure if I want to be around for long even if I manage to keep myself cool in the fan assisted oven 🙂

Moving on to the pricing. I’m surprised that they are going to charge newborn for going into the softplay too. I have a son a few months old. He can’t sit upright yet, can’t really crawl, only just started to flex his fingers to grip things. I’ll be very interested to see if they provide any baby toys suitable for newborn to justify charging such fee! Apart from that, they are also charging quite a lot more than other soft plays in Ipoh, notably Cheeky Tots. This makes BlueBlue Playland the most expensive softplay now. At RM28, it is RM6.50 more expensive than Cheeky Tots on weekends, and RM12 dearer on a Friday! As for accompanying adults, additional adult is charged at RM10 during peak days! This is insane. It invariably discourages parents with one child from spending time together as a family unit in BlueBlue Playland. And the socks! RM7 for a pair of socks! Utter despair. On the bright side, they allow OKU (with OKU pass) to play for free in their playland from Monday to Thursday. Even on peak day, it is only RM5 for the OKU. 

I was initially rather excited by the new soft play in town, but was put off by the pricing, not to mention the oven bit. What do you think?

Four PokeStops at De Garden

De Garden is a fantastic place for Pokemon Go players to go collect Pokeballs etc. Do you know there are four PokeStops around De Garden!
Four PokeStops at De Garden

At the De Garden entrance
De Garden entrance

Water fountain facing the main road
Water fountain front De Garden

Where Peugeot show room used to be, next to Digi service centre or below Cheeky Tots [now some work is going on there, apparently a Japanese restaurant is moving in]
Peugeot Silver Lion

Water fountain round the back
Fountain of XMs

While collecting my items, also found out that some work is going on where Ayam Penyet used to be.
New Korean Restaurant

A Korean restaurant is moving in, hence making it the third Korean restaurant after Dao-Rae Korean BBQ and Daebak Dakgalbi. Strong presence of Korean culture at De Garden, with a Korean fashion outlet there too. Next time if you fancy Korean food in Ipoh, De Garden is THE place to go to, on top of it being a great hangout place for Pokemon Go players LOL

Updated on 19/10/2016:
The new Korean restaurant is called DOMA. Soft opened on 15th October. Formally opening on 20th October. Check them out on their Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/doma.modern.korean/
This is only their second outlet. The first one is located in Mont Kiara KL. Very brave to open an outlet here in Ipoh. Am I excited about the food they serve? Nope. I’m more an observer curious about how the Ipoh market responds to it.

MAPS to postpone their opening date, again?!

Heard from an acquaintance who has dealings with the Movie Animation Park Studio (MAPS) in Perak that he is fairly certain that they won’t be ready by December 2016. MAPS have already postponed their opening date to 1 December from June 2016 when they called me in April. Now sounds like they are going to postpone again. From what I understand, MAPS couldn’t settle payment with contractors even for small amount of money (circa tens of thousand). When money is not coming in, contractors naturally deserted them. Without workers I don’t suppose they can get much work done by December. And even if they can get it open in December, it is likely that they can only get a portion of the site ready. I have bought Perak passes for my family members. And we are yet to get the photo passes done (at their entrance?). Perhaps it is worth going there soon, to take a look as well to see how they are getting on.

AEON Kinta City’s makeover

Now that we know that AEON Kinta City is not packing up as once feared, I’m sure the Ipoh folks are curious what is in the pipeline at the end of the current makeover effort.

Exterior wise apparently they want to bring the appearance of the shopping mall to be more inline with the rest of AEONs around the country. They are also adding awnings to the ground level shops/restaurants, presumably to provide a more appealing look and feel from the outside too?

Inside, this row of shops/F&B outlets are undergoing renovation.
F&B outlets AEON Kinta City
So like I said in one of my earlier post, the ground floor is going to be populated by F&B outlets. But it is not known what outlets will occupy them, apart from the existing names like Sushi King and Johny. And they will be ready in August, which is only 2 months away. I’m sceptical.

Following that, they will renovate the shop lots upstairs. There I really couldn’t care less, as I seldom buy things these days anyway. I do however genuinely hope some decent F&B outlets move in to the ground floor space.

MAPS postponed their opening date

Received a call from Movie Animation Park Studio (MAPS) that they have postponed their opening date to 1st December 2016. As a Perak Pass holder, I can go get my photo pass done from 1st July onwards. There is going to be a soft opening on 1st June, which I am not quite sure what you can do there from the phone conversation. As for single day tickets, the expiry date will be revised, so it won’t expire on the 30th September since they only open on the 1st December. But the customer rep couldn’t confirm when exactly is the expiry date though. So the opening date will coincide with year end school holiday. It will be interesting, the park is going to be packed with people. If the staff is not well drilled I can foresee that it is going to be chaotic there. Let’s see.

Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS)

Contrary to what I read in the media, the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) located in Meru Ipoh will only open in July this year. There will be a carnival end of this February, but activities are limited at the entrance only.  

MAPS pre-opening offers
 At first it seems good value to buy the Perak Pass. But the thing is I’m not sure I’m going to bring my family there more than once a year. And RM180 per adult is still a lot of money. For a family of just three of us, it works out to be a whopping RM510! Besides, my daughter is not into movies or animations yet. 

The layout of the park looks like this:

Layout of MAPS
It didn’t strike me to be that big a park. Perhaps I expected it to be bigger. The river that separates the main entrance from the park perhaps has made the park looks small LOL.

After much considerations, I ended up buying only Day Passes for the three of us. RM280 is still a lot of money considering that I’m not very sure if there is an awful lot of activities for adults to do in the park. But since it is something new in Ipoh, I suppose we will need to pay a visit no matter what 🙂

Updated 27/2/2016: Wife and I ended up purchasing the Perak Pass as well, so that my brother’s and sister’s family, who are not Perak-born, could pay at the Perak Pass’s rate for their annual passes. It works like this, there is this Buy 3 Free 1 (family?) offer on Perak Pass where only Perak-born residents can buy. But you don’t need everyone paying for the pass to be Perak-born, which makes sense because within a family the husband or wife may not necessarily Perak-born. To take up this offer, you only need one of them to be Perak-born. Hence our roles in extending the offer to my brother’s and sister’s families, respectively, even though we didn’t initially want to buy the passes. And apparently you can add-on up to two more persons, which means that they can pay at the Perak Pass’s rate too. The day passes that we bought are now going their way, as we don’t intend to pay more than we already paid. When they come back to Ipoh, we will need to arrange to go to the theme park together to get the photo passes done (from March onwards), for each and everyone. It is cheating a little, but the MAPS’s people were not fussed, so why not.