Monday, November 29, 2010

Never Go To MAHA On A Sunday

If I could help it I wouldn't have gone to The Malaysian Agriculture Horticulture & Agrotourism (MAHA) International Show yesterday as it was a Sunday and I was expecting a big crowd. The Sua Rasa event by TV9 was held at the site too adding to the attraction for those who are more interested in The Sua Rasa more than the MAHA show to draw the crowd. Unfortunately I had no choice since the son who could provide the conveyance was only free on Sunday. He made the mistake of waking up late and coming to pick me up late at his sister's Taman Amanputra hom from his Shah Alam home despite his friend's warning that he must go early due to congestion at the car park. It was only after we saw the traffic jam on the highway near the expo ground that we realized the folly of coming there late. The crawl began from almost two kilometers away to the ground.
After seeing others parking their cars at the road side on both sides of the highway, we decided to do the same and walk the distance as the traffic was crawling at a pace slower than our leisurely walking speed.
Some people had brought young kids along and some even have babies. I really feel sorry for these kids and babies. Even though the sun wasn't blazing hot as it normally does, the walking activities still made us sweat profusely. The cloudy sky was definitely a blessing in disguise.
There was so much to see and I couldn't cover the whole exhibition. By 1.00 PM I had to call it quit as my legs just refuse to obey orders. As I had bought a few kgs of bananas, the prospect of walking 2 kms back to the car really made me want to conserve some energy. So we decided to go home after covering about one fifth of the whole show.
I wouldn't want to burden you all with a long write up so just see the pictures that I have taken to learn a bit of what I saw from part of the extensive exposition.
If you intend to go to MAHA, please do so on a weekday as there will be less crowd. Avoid bringing babies or even young kids even though it is very educational for the kids.
If I could get the chance, I would love to go again to cover the other sections that I have yet to cover before the exhibitions ends on the 5th of December. This time it will never be on a Sunday.

My son's kancil was crawling with other cars four abreast on the highway on the way to Mardi Serdang.

Ahead of us there more cars. This signage gave us the impression that the expo wasn't faraway.

This pretty little girl was so excited seeing me taking photographs of the traffic. The mother rolled down the window to allow me to take a clearer shot of her baby.

We were on the Litrak Highway to Kajang from Puchong. Exit 5 to the expo ground must be pretty near.

There two entrances to the expo ground. The nearest was of course Entrance 2.

It was still a distance from the parking area yet we saw this Parking full sign.

Many visitors parked their cars by the road side and walk to the site. My son Azuan did carry an umbrella just in case the weather may turn either too hot or too wet.

The no parking area and the threat of being towed away. Nobody heeded the sign.

Now you know what MAEPS stand for.

Another Parking Penuh sign and yet people are still driving into the parking area. Do they really mean it that the parking area is full?

The owner of this van was using the ruse that his van is 'Rosak' (broke dowo parking) to avoid being towed away or summoned for parking in a no parking zone. I wonder if this ruse worked for him all the time.

Upon entering the exhibition area we saw orchid and ornamental plants stalls. Sua Rasa is on our left.

The signage says the stall is 50 meters away but actually it was just beside it.

The jackfruit was cut up so you don't have to buy a whole fruit

The Orchid Society participated in MAHA.

A Rhyncostylis spp in bloom. I have a similar plant back home and it had bloomed once.

The Catleyas bear beautiful colorful flowers.

Vandas are beautiful too.

I can't resist the temptation of having my photograph taken with the blooming orchids.

Shuttle busses are provided to transport visitors to the other distant part of the show area.

Who says Malaysians don't know how to queue up?

While waiting for the shuttle buses, you can always watch the goings on around the park on the big screen near the second entrance.

Juicy roasted mutton. My full stomach due to a heavy breakfast before coming to the expo prevented me from enjoy it.

A precious Boer Stud.

An even more expensive bull to be used for breeding.

Stalls selling several varietiges of food product from mutton to beef and eggs. Satay arnab was available too.
Saw this oil palm harvester at the machinery expo by various government agencies.

The Deputy Prime Minister came to the machinery display site while I was there. I took a few shots of him and his entourage. Included in his entourage was Tan Sri Mohamad Nor Ismail whom I had served for a short while when I was in Kumpulan Fima Sdn Bhd.


pakmat said...

..I think that's what I should do..the walk will do me a lot of good..thankyou, pakzawi..and,hey, you r looking good..:) cheers..

pB said...

Salam Pok Awie

tahun ni , rasonyo tak dok reseki nok g MAHA.
Tok larat nok jalae doh ....

Pak Zawi said...

If the car was parked within the park compound I would have stayed longer. My other fear was others may double park their cars and delay my exit till they have satiated their lust ogling at the bull studs. If that happened I may have to break a few cars quarter glass to get out.
Thank you man.

Pak Zawi said...

Berapa bule dah?

AWANG said...

Hahaha..nanti di Kuching saya nak tiru cara kawan yg 'Van Rosak'.
Serupa macam Jom Heboh,,tapi sekali sekala seronok juga kita ikut festival macam ni kan,just to kill our boring at home.
Anyway Thanks for sharing yr wonderful weekend.

Pak Zawi said...

Boleh tiru taktik dia. Kalau dapat lepas setiap kali lagi bagus tapi baik bersedia kena tangkap juga. Dia letak no HP jadi mungkin penguat kuasa akan call dulu jadi boleh le merayu sebelum summon keluar.
Saya memang suka pergi tempat begini cuma saya tak suka crowd yang terlalu ramai hingga tak ada parking.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Looks like a great interactive expo, Abang Zawi! Am sure the walk was worth it. I like walking everywhere, even in our crazy tropical heat. I see there's a fair bit of emphasis on oil palm... as usual. I kesian sangat the haiwan ternakan... but I don't object to others choosing what food they eat, so I will just stay away from where animals are sold or served as food :(

Pak Zawi said...

Ee Lynn,
The emphasis of the expo is not on oil palm but I happened to visit a small section of the expo where the machines displayed were mainly involved in the oil palm industry.

Uncle said...

Patutlah Pak Zawi sihat...jalan pergi 2 km...jalan balik 2 km....

Pak Zawi said...

Uncle, tu tak termasuk jalan-jalan dalam kawasan expo. Kalau exlore semua booth senang senang boleh cover 10 km kot kalau campur 4 km pergi balik ke kereta.


salam pak zawi,

saya ni tiap tahun plan nak pegi tapi belum ada rezeki memang ada dengar yang parking susah untuk tahun ni tak dapat pegi dpt tengok gambo pak zawi pun cukupla ..thanks for sharing ...


H J Angus said...

nice photos, Zawi.
MAHA is a very successful EXPO as Malaysia is an excellent place for food products.
However the planning appears weak when they cannot provide enough parking spaces.
I hope the organisers will arrange to provide shuttle bus services from more car parks within say a 3km radius - one way to avoid the traffic jams.
Hope you are well! :)