Yes ! I finally had my first day off for the month of March so I decided to utilise my time by doing some casual photography ( something I am very keen to do but usually don't have the time due to my work schedule). So yours truly thought it would be a great idea to visit the RMAF (Royal Malaysian Air Force) museum near Sungai Besi.
Unfortunately, packing for this excursion wasn't that easy. I needed a high telephoto lens for the zoo, so the Zuiko 50-200 SWD was my best bet despite encountering more AF issues. For low light situations, the Nikon D3's high ISO capabilities together with some fast primes would be the best tool for the job. Using two cameras at the same time is no easy task !
To diverge a little, two F5-E fighter jet engines (which is the same aircraft as this one ) were stolen a few years ago, and the perpetrators haven't been caught ! You may read more here.
After the museum, I drove through Ampang to go to Zoo Negara. There were a lot of cars on the road (its the weekend anyway), so it took me quite a while to reach the destination. This would be my first visit to the Zoo in more than 15 years.
Entry ticket - RM 20 for adults with My Kad (Malaysian Identity Card). Non card holders - approx RM 35.
Zoo Map - RM 5
Drinks - RM 2.50 / can
Food - Minimum RM 5
Shuttle bus - RM 4 per ticket
There were also numerous donation boxes everywhere. Very soon, they'll even charge for using the toilets !
The depressing thing is although we're paying so much for everything (don't forget the sponsors eg. Maybank, ING, AmBank ), the zoo still looks as dingy and scrawny as before. Where has all the money gone to ? Why isn't our government supporting our National Zoo although they clearly have the funds to do so?
This is the Maybank sponsored enclosure. The sponsored creature is unfortunately hardly visible. Not great :s