Postponed…

I am sorry to announce that my “Ask Jenny” for this week will have to be postponed. But read on because I have an announcement about next weeks installment of “Ask Jenny”. I have been feeling a bit under the weather and was diagnosed with a bladder infection at the hospital today. Dum Dum Dum…. Such a bummer. On the bright side, a full medical work up to see why I was feeling so funky only cost $20. I can definitely live with that.

Anyways it’s not so bad, but I am feeling pretty lethargic, so I am taking some sick days. I will be back on Friday to regale you with our traveling tales.

And now for the big announcement!

Chad and I have decided that we are going to both answer the same question on occasion,, depending on the topic, so now you will be able to get both of our perspectives on some of the questions. It will be an “Ask Jenny/Ask Chad” series once a month or so. The name is not finalized yet, any ideas for us? This also gives you the opportunity to ask Chad a question directly. We are still working on how we will go about this, but we are both really excited! So if you have a question for one or both of us, just leave a comment and I will put it on the list to choose from for next week.

Thanks for being patient with me this week. I am off to drink gallons and gallons of water now.

Until we meet again….

Escape – The Theme Park

by Chad R. Mitchell
Disclaimer: Escape did not request this review. We received no monetary or other compensation. All opinions expressed are those of the author. For more information, please see our disclosures

We love theme parks, especially the Disney variety. We enjoy the fun, the rides, and the food. We are well aware they are an escape from reality, and that by attending them we are fueling the machine that drives the entertainment industry. We are okay with it…

However, during a recent trip to Penang, Malaysia we had an opportunity to visit a different sort of amusement park. We did our usual research about things to do, with kids, and found out that there was indeed a theme park on the island! Imagine our disappointment excitement when it turned out the parks central theme was not of the cartoon variety. All kidding aside, we were very intrigued by a theme park that billed itself as a “…departure from the conventional ideas of roller-coaster rides, and sugar coated fantasies.”

Escape – in a name it is perfect. It prides itself on being what other theme parks are not: Ecologically friendly, activity focused, and all ages friendly. The park is a work of art, designed to use the trees that are in place, and the local environment as a playground. There are different levels of activity for all ages, and all of them are designed to get the body moving! And move you shall! I don’t think any of us have ever had so much fun while exercising… And if a park can make us enjoy physical exertion, then you know we were having fun. I know Jenny loves to exercise, but I love to play, not be forced into a setting where the exercise feels like work.

The video up top is essentially a glowing review of our time at Escape. I could go on and on and on about the food, the various “rides,” and the fun of running around this park, but I’ll let the video do the talking. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and a video is a bunch of pictures, so it has to be better than many thousands of words… right?

Details:

Entrance fee: (worth every penny!)

  • Future Kids ( Below 4 years old ) – FREE
  • Junior Kids ( 4- 12 years old ) – 45 RM
  • Big Kids ( 13 – 60 years old ) – 60 RM
  • Super Kids ( Above 60 years) – 45 RM

Hours:

  • Open Tue-Sun 9am-6pm
    …and Monday when it’s a holiday.
  • Ticket counter CLOSED at 4:30pm

Don’t Forget:

  • Must wear sport shoes. (They rent them cheap! 10RM with socks!)
  • Outside food and drinks are strictly not allowed, even your own tumbler or water bottle. They have a wide variety of delicious food and beverages available.
  • Locker rental, showers and dressing rooms are available for you.

Safety:

  • Safety is their number 1 priority and they take it very seriously. We encourage you to read their park rules before arriving.
  • ESCAPE is a SCAM FREE tourist destination in Malaysia. (They mean it. No scams.)

 

 

Monday Montage: Driving in Phuket

Driving in Phuket can be stressful, or exciting depending on my mood. One thing that is constant about driving here is that you will always see something bizarre. Sometimes it is something as cool as a monkey in a sidecar, but most often it is just someone driving on the wrong side of the road, or seeing a multitude of people on one small scooter. Despite the fact that I have now been driving here for 7 months, I still feel like a new driver every time I get behind the wheel.

Someone asked me recently what driving here looks like, so I decided to take our car camera (we have it always on while we drive in case of accidents) and download the video to show you all. This is my first time putting something I recorded up on And Three To Go, and luckily Chad knew how to make it blog ready! I would have been completely lost on my own.

Happy Monday! And stay safe on the roads out there!