Singapore: The Return of the Bowers

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White tiger
Having checked back into the same hostel Saturday night, but woke on Sunday ready for a long day at the zoo! MRT and bus combo got us there by 10am and we didn't leave until over 12 hours later. Much fun was had!

Too many animals to recall in writing, but I'll try and cover the main ones.

Otters are cute but smelly. White tigers are incredibly beautiful. Pygmy hippos are not that small. Warthogs are, well, warthogs. The Splash Safari show was great - penguins and manatees followed by Philip the sealion who could imitate seals, balance balls on his nose, splash people etc. Definitely in little kid mode by now.

Giant tortoises are indeed massive. Chimpanzees are smart. Proboscis monkeys are very ugly and startled when just woken. Flying foxes are not foxes and they like fruit, a lot.
Philip the sealion showing off
Leopards spots have other spots inside them. Male lions are scared of female lions. Giraffes are tall and zebras stripey. Cheetahs spots don't have spots inside them. Rhinos are shy. Crocodiles can eat at least 6 whole raw chickens in one sitting. Baboons are a hungry and noisy lot, but can do somersaults.

Elephant show was even better than the water one. Incredibly intelligent animals with real character. Impressive watching them walk along a narrow log (even turning around on it), putting a hat on the trainer, pushing logs around, laying down, kicking coconuts around before crushing them. We even got to feed one at the end - their trunks are really leathery and covered in bristles.

Monkeys come in all shapes and sizes. Orangutans have some very human qualities, like sucking thumbs.
Ugly Proboscis monkey
Polar bears don't swim on demand. Guanacos look more at home in Bolivia.

Zoo done, it was time for dinner and a Nonya style chicken curry that was amazingly good. Not content with simply the zoo, we had also bought tickets for the night safari! 7pm we headed into the night safari complex and started with the animal show. More unpredictable these animals, so not everything goes according to plan, but that just makes it more real and less polished. Sarah was exceedingly glad that she wasn't sat on the seats under which the huge python was hiding for half the show before being brought out.

Show over we jumped on the tram to explore, having to put up with the chattering of kids and guide's commentary. Still, was pretty amazing to see animals at night, lit up by the occasional lamp. We jumped off the tram halfway round to do a walking track that took in flying squirrels, giraffes and leopards amongst others.
Feeding an elephant
Leopards definitely my favourite, prowling around in the shadows. Back on the tram to finish the loop before walking on the second trail to see some fishing cats (who sadly weren't fishing), mouse deer and otters. Definitely well worth staying on into the evening for.

Monday morning saw a later start (due to late night...) and our final travel day. Shopping was the mornings activity, with Sarah heading off to Orchard Road and me heading to Sim Lim Square and electronics. Cameras again no cheaper than England, which by now was expected! We met back up along Orchard road and Sarah took me to one of the many malls there - I was glad it was just one! Shopping over, we grabbed lunch at a food court and then walked to the Botanic gardens for a wander.
Baboon
Managed to avoid most of the rain showers by taking shelter, and before we knew it was time to head back to the hostel, via a wander through Little India, to start the homeward journey.

MRT back to the airport was efficient as ever, check in was smooth and queue-less, dinner was mcdonalds (weird craving of ours since leaving Chile) and then it was time to head to our gate. Excitement to be going home and seeing friends and family, but definitely some sadness to be finishing this amazing trip.

Until England,
Luke
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White tiger
White tiger
Philip the sealion showing off
Philip the sealion showing off
Ugly Proboscis monkey
Ugly Proboscis monkey
Feeding an elephant
Feeding an elephant
Baboon
Baboon
Elephant show
Elephant show
Zoo excitement
Zoo excitement
Mall time
Mall time
Botanic gardens
Botanic gardens
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