Wa­ter, wa­ter ev­ery­where

Our young read­ers have a splashing time in a wa­ter city.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STARCHILD -

IN City On Wa­ter, all build­ings are sur­rounded by wa­ter. Ev­ery­one knows how to swim and the lit­tle ones have to take swim­ming lessons at an early age. Life goes by quite bliss­fully.

In­stead of roads, there are wa­ter­ways. So, there are no traf­fic jams dur­ing rush hour.

Let’s read what Starchild read­ers have to say about City On Wa­ter:

Noor Elisha Zulk­i­fli, 10, says: “I can’t be­lieve that I have ar­rived at this fa­mous city, which is a group of is­lands, in­ter-linked by colour­ful bridges. Each is­land is unique and prom­ises tourists a re­fresh­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mer­maid Bay has a statue of a mer­maid and a beau­ti­ful beach. It is heaven to those who want to bask in the warm sun­shine or play in the wa­ter.

Wa­ter City also of­fers first-class ac­com­mo­da­tion at its five-star ho­tel.

Tourists and city-dwellers can en­joy fun­filled ac­tiv­i­ties such as wind­surf­ing, sun­bathing, whale-watch­ing and even para-glid­ing.

Hawk­ers and veg­etable sell­ers op­er­ate from their sam­pans, much like the float­ing mar­ket in Bangkok, writes Noor Elisha.

Jas­mine Lim Sim Min, nine, likes this wa­ter city be­cause you can live close to the fishes and be in con­tact with the sea just like Ariel, the Mer­maid.

“There are great restau­rants, fun fairs and peo­ple sell­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles on boats. A pink dol­phin will send us to school ev­ery day. This city uses less en­ergy and is en­vi­ron­ment-friendly. I love this city and hope to live here.”

Jac­que­line Sow, nine, says that build­ings in her Wa­ter City are made of sparkling jew­els, corals and sea shells. In the cen­tre of the city is Crys­tal Palace, a build­ing with di­a­monds. It is guarded by sea horses.

“There is a bright chan­de­lier dan­gling in the mid­dle of the palace, soft green corals sur­round­ing the palace, a car­pet of bright red moss and cute yel­low lanterns glim­mer­ing at ev­ery corner of the palace.

“There are four mer­maids who play mes­meris­ing mu­sic in the palace.

“Star­li­cious Res­tau­rant serves sweet roasted jelly­beans, honey marsh­mal­lows, pink pies, rain­bow bis­cuits and hot blue cup­cakes. Bunny Cake is a must-try,” writes Jac­que­line.

You can snap your fin­gers and Tinki Bus or Twin­kle Taxi will be at your ser­vice.

Night time is mag­i­cal. The gleam­ing moon­light on the wa­ter is one of the most breath­tak­ing sights in the city. And when you sink your teeth into the Bunny Cake and lis­ten to mer­maids play­ing their mu­sic, all your wor­ries will melt away.

Cy­ber­land is the con­cept city on wa­ter that Lim Xi­wei, seven, has de­signed.

Cars and buses are spe­cially mod­i­fied to travel on wa­ter and you can even take a wa­ter taxi.

“This city has the most ef­fi­cient trans­port sys­tem in the world. All modes of trans­port run on air,” writes Xi­wei, adding that peo­ple don’t have to rely on petrol any­more.

There are mo­bile food and fruit stalls to cater to the hun­gry. Ve­hi­cles can stop by an air re­fill sta­tion if the need arises. “It is a nice place to live be­cause there is no air pol­lu­tion and it is an en­vi­ron­ment-friendly city.”

Venice in Italy is an ex­am­ple of a City On Wa­ter, writes Lau­ryn Tan Zi Yi, five.

“This city has many canals (which are like roads) and brick bridges that con­nect one part of the city to an­other. Peo­ple travel in spe­cial boats called gon­do­las.

“Gon­do­las which are used to carry tourists are beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated and some of the gon­doliers are tal­ented mu­si­cians,” she writes. They sing as they row the boats and some even play the ac­cor­dian to en­ter­tain tourists.

From the gon­do­las, tourists can view palaces, churches and other fa­mous build­ings.

In­stead of the school bus, the chil­dren go to school by ferry in City On Wa­ter, says Carmen Wong Xue Men, nine. “It is a very ex­cit­ing place be­cause it is sur­rounded by wa­ter and it is Noor Elisha Zulk­i­fli, 10

Bhu­ven­raj Ganesh,

Ooi Kai Yan, 9

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