The Light Sensation : Love Series event at MAEPS Serdang was so badly reviewed that I went with butterflies in my stomach. I probably wouldn’t be so apprehensive, if it wasn’t a family outing with the BIG and the small in the family.
The many complaints by netcitizens include: horrendous traffic jam, expensive parking, long ticket queue, lack of toilet facility resulting in long queue for toilet facility, long queue for shuttle bus/tram, expensive food and also the lack of choice, crowded, etc.
Thanks to these reviews and complaints, I managed to plan the outing in advance. There were so much thoughts and pre-planning that went behind the outing, with the hope of a smooth-sailing evening.
I was torn between buying in advance, or on the spot.
Some people lamented that the queue for pre-purchase tickets was longer than cash purchase! Why so? 2 reasons: 1) Despite having a pre-purchase ticket, there is still a need to queue again for wristband collection 2) New lucky draw coupons were given, despite having filled the lucky draw portion on the ticket stub
Tsk. Event planning not thought through, that’s my two cents.
I decided to buy the tickets in advance, and 7-Eleven is my first choice as it is cheaper than Ticket Charge. The latter charges additional RM 2 processing fee and RM 1.50 internet fee. I was surprised that 7-Eleven is still selling tickets at Early Bird price, which supposedly ends on 6 Sept 2016. I paid RM 16 for adult ticket, instead of RM 20 Door Sale ticket. Children ticket’s price is the same at RM 5; no Early Bird promotion for Children’s ticket.
I managed to get 4 tickets (3 adults and 1 child) from 7-Eleven at my neighbourhood, but had to search for the tickets at three different outlets. At the first 7-Eleven store, I managed to grab their last adult ticket. There were many children tickets still; and I bought one from this outlet. The second 7-Eleven outlet was sold out. And finally, managed to buy 2 more adult tickets from the third 7-Eleven outlet. Altogether, I bought 3 adult tickets and 1 children ticket and saved RM 12.
The event starts at 5pm, and ends at 12mn.
We were one of the many few that arrived super duper early, around 4pm. This means one hour before the door opens at 5pm. Kiasu? Not really … Kiasi more like it ..
People started queuing at the ticketing booth around 4.30pm, and we joined the queue around 4.40pm.
The counter opens at 5.00pm, and we were already inside the venue around 5.05pm. Make sure you get your wristband on, before you walk in. Staff are available to help with the wristband, if you need help.
If you want to follow suit by arriving early, there is a restaurant next to it, called Restoran Steamboat MAEPS. You will be able to buy drinks (mainly canned drinks) from this restaurant, and sit around waiting. Their dinner service only starts at 6pm.
Map of Light Sensation
Map reading was left in the good hand of my younger niece, and she did a pretty good job out of it.
Traffic, Parking and Tram Queue
Not only that we safely escaped the traffic jam problem by arriving early, we also managed to scout around for the closest parking.
There are two parking bays located close (50-100 meters) to the ticketing booth and Light Sensation entrance. Probably because we were so early; we didn’t even have to pay the parking fee and we saved RM 5-10. From the complaints that I read, premium parking is charged RM 10, and normal parking at RM 5.
And this also eliminates the need for shuttle tram/bus to car park. When we left the venue around 8pm, we was a long queue for the shuttle tram/bus ride.
Another point to note that the parking bay where we parked, was empty when we left. We found out that the road was closed, and people were ‘forced’ to park at parking bays far from the event entrance. Tsk.
My group includes vegetarians and picky eater; food might be a problem. To solve the hearsay food problem, we brought our own dinner. Mom fried noodle and I bought sushi.
To be fair to the organizer, the F&B offerings were neither bad, nor cutthroat expensive. The pricing is a typical-event food pricing.
As we came prepared with food, we only bought drinks and dessert: The Laughing Monkey’s Lemonade at RM 5 per glass, Food Tree’s Mint longan lychee drink at RM 7 per glass, Melaka Cendol King’s Cendol at RM 5 and ABC at RM 6.
We didn’t face any problems, despite the grouses by netcitizens on the lack of facility.
There are 3 washroom facilities indicated in the map: one at Restoran Steamboat MAEPS, one immediately after ticketing booth and another one at lucky draw coupons drop-off area. In addition, we also came across toilet at the parking area and Portable Toilets inside the event area, just behind the night market area.
My mom and niece managed to use the Portable Toilets easily, sans queue. They have 2 cubicles for women, and 1 cubicle for men.
Was it worth it?
Yes, in my humble opinions.
There are Escape Room games that costs RM 10, and also Ferris Wheel rides at RM 6 per person.
You get bird eye views of the whole area on the Ferris Wheel rides, but blocked view from inside the cart. You’ll be able to see that the landscape has been shaped according to a flower shape.
We didn’t walk up the Lookout Tower, and only walked passed the Love Zone.
To go or not to go?
Yes, go for it .. the event is extended until 1 October.
But, go with people who know how to appreciate such event. I agreed to a certain extent with many reviews that these are so-called just lighted flowers. But broaden your perspective, and you’ll see a bigger picture: that these are not just some lighted flowers.
Due to the many uphill slopes, this event might not be suitable for people with mobility issue. Mom, for example, didn’t walk around much, but spent most time sitting down on our picnic map.
And she said, “Real flowers are nicer. The real flowers I went to see in Singapore, is so much nicer. And why only use white light? Colorful light .. pink, yellow will make it nicer.” Hmm .. Black and white are never senior citizens’ favorite color, huh?
Light Sensation : Love Series
Venue: Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS), Serdang
Date: Wednesday, 07 September 2016 to Saturday, 17 September, extended until Saturday, 01 October
Time: 5.00pm- 12.00am