It was yet another beautiful day in Singapore. I had mixed feelings about today. Why? Because Mr. D would be leaving me in Singapore and heading back to the sandpit. How come? This trip was planned well in advance ... when he suddenly scored a new job ... and as a newbie he couldn't get many days off. Thank God for the rest of my family being around. If they hadn't joined us on this trip, I would have been touring Singapore solo!
Today, we were going to visit Singapore Zoo & River Safari which were right next to each other. Although the easiest way to reach there would be using a taxi, we used public transport. Click here to know how to get around. We reached the zoo around 10am and intended to leave by 3pm, so that Mr. D could reach the airport on time.
Singapore Zoo is not just another zoo. First of all, its huge! Do not be deceived by that map they give you. It makes the zoo look so small! I got lost twice. There are a lot of shows all through the day. We managed to see one show ... i.e "Rainforest Fights Back ", however we got lost trying to find our way to the other shows. Another thing we saw was the zookeeper feeding the tigers. I happened to see many animals that I've never seen in my life like a zebra (yes, I hadn't seen one until then), polar bear, Orangutan, kaola and more. For those who do not prefer to walk around the zoo, there's a tram.
It was almost 1.30 pm when we decided to have lunch. By the way, you have to try this delicious chocolate filled panda bun available at the food court. After lunch, we crossed over to the other side and headed to the River Safari.
The first thing we saw here were the pandas. They were so adorable ... like a bunch of teletubbies. This was the first time any of us had seen a panda.
Then, we went for the Amazon River Quest ride. We purchased our tickets for this ride online and in advance. You have to be there on time, or you'll miss your turn. In this ride, a little boat takes you along a river and you get to witness some amazing wildlife present in the world's largest tropical rainforest. P.S. If you are sitting in front, there are chances that you might get completely wet! Poor Mr. D & my cousin!
We also explored the Amazon Flooded Forest, aquarium and the rest of the place stopping at this little fruit sorbet stand on the way. Again, this is something that you shouldn't miss. They serve the sorbet in actual fruit shells/peels.
By the time we finished, it was 3.30pm ... just in time for Mr. D to bid goodbye to Singapore. We headed to the hotel, wished him a safe trip and proceeded to the shopping area of Singapore - Orchard Road.
Orchard Road is considered to be the entertainment hub of Singapore ... filled with a number of shopping malls. If you're looking for high-end or budget shopping, its here. We walked around sipping on fresh juices and other edible stuff on our way. After a walk that never seemed to end, we ended up somewhere near the area where I had stayed in when I first visited Singapore. Sure I didn't recognize the place, but I remember the name of the hotel .. and a chain of restaurants right next to it. We had dinner at one of these restaurants and proceeded for a foot message at a Chinese massage parlour nearby. Gosh ... everyone needed this after all that walking!
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