December 15, 2015
Picnic at Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Yes I can hear what you're thinking. You're wondering, "So these people are so free to go for a picnic?" "You mean - bring food to a park and eat? All the effort? In this weather?" "They've got nothing to do..." 

Well, quite the contrary, we are very busy people

For the past few months, I've been working in front of the computer all day, every day, hustling in and out. The intensity of eletromagnetic radiation and cortisol stress hormone in my biological system is merely a few percent away from raising red warning and triggering loud siren. I need good food, good time and good place. I need greenery and fresh air. Rather than lazing around the house as I usually do on weekends, I want to spend a different Sunday morning. 

Picnic at Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Photos by Jeannette Lai and me

The Perdana Botanical Gardens, or better known as Lake Gardens, is situated right at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. I'm so glad to find it very suitable for outings. The area is family-friendly and children-friendly. You can have picnic, photoshoot, group activities or even a birthday party here. You know some of the parks can be a little run-down and dumpy right? I'm quite impressed - Lake Gardens is a top-notcher. 

The feast was a collective effort from all nine of us. Yes, there're nine of us, which is a lot. I was worried that nobody would care to come out on a Sunday morning, fearing it might rain and be troublesome. Well, despite their busy schedule, they were there. We had sushi, cakes, Swiss rolls, sandwiches, fruits, juices and coffee. Together they formed a beautiful and colourful frame. 

Picnic at Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Picnic at Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Picnic at Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Kent brought all his equipment and performed a live coffee brewing session. 

If you're planning a picnic, don't worry it's easy-peasy. Just invite some interesting friends and have a small potluck party. Also, here're some points to note:

  • check the weather forecast. Have a plan B.
  • check if the place is allowed for picnic. We had ours at the Canopy area, and afterwards we were informed by the staff that we're not permitted to have food and drinks here. It's an area designated for cyclists or skaters. He let us off this time and suggested that we'd better have the picnic somewhere in a pondok or on the grass. 
  • bring wet wipes and water for cleaning.

Picnic at Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Picnic at Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Kent was the only guy. Seriously we need more guys to join us. Is picnic a girly thing to do? Is it?! Should I find a way to make it more manly so that we can expand the crowd? Haha.

Having a picnic is a small wish of mine for 2015. I've been talking about it for months. Thanks to all these lovely people who made it happen. It's a relaxing and wonderful Sunday morning. I'm looking forward to have more picnics. Maybe you'd want to join us?

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