Singapore Zoo (Part 5/5)

I love all these free-ranging monkeys, especially the chubby fellow here, the White-faced Saki. It’s a male species.

It’s feeding time for the female white-faced saki monkey. This type of New World monkey feeds on fruits, seeds, nuts and insects.

The Fragile Forest is one of my favourites at the Singapore Zoo. It’s pretty exciting and you get hair raising encounter with creepy crawlies and critters crossing your path; just like this fluffy-ear coolio that can be crawling on the branch right above you!

This black-and-white ruffed lemur gave me a fright when it suddenly cried out loudly and jumped onto the railing of the stairs that I was standing while taking a picture of it. I dare not stand close to this “spirit of the night” anymore.

A fruit bat hanging upside down, oh well, all bats hang upside down. Have you ever wondered why bats hang upside down? […]

By |May 25th, 2009|Attractions, Singapore, Zoo|12 Comments

Spotted by a Leopard

That day, I lost my way in the rainforest. To the shock of my life, I saw a leopard. There was nothing I could do. The first instinct was to hide myself behind some bushes. But alas! The beast spotted me, glaring deep into my eyes.

My jelly legs couldn’t move at all as the leopard advanced towards me.

Thank goodness, the leopard turned away as I flashed him with my Ixus!!! I was safe… so here I am, still alive and kicking, and blogging my time away! […]

By |May 17th, 2009|Attractions, Singapore, Zoo|19 Comments

The Tropical Polar Bears

For safety reasons, parents know that they have to be watchful of their children while exploring the zoo. Somehow, it seems like some adults need “special attention” too, in case they behave like this woman who jumped into the enclosure and “initially appeared to be elated as she swam towards a bear” during the bears’ feeding time last month at Berlin Zoo.

The woman was bitten several times on her arms and legs but luckily for her, this 32-year-old woman managed to escape death.

Last Nov, a 20-year-old man climbed into the pen of a panda in China and tried to hug the panda cos he thought it was very cute. But the frightened panda bit his arms and legs and he had to be rescued by the keepers.

Caution: Bears may look cuddly and friendly, but they are not TEDDY BEARS. =_=

Do you know that one of the two polar bears at the Singapore Zoo is Singaporean? In fact, the 18-year-old named Inuka is the first polar bear born in the tropics. His mother’s name is Sheba. Both bears were embroiled in controversy because they are kept in a hot equatorial climate.

Acres (Animal Concerns Research & Education Society) has done studies showing that both the polar bears are living in a stressful environment, displaying behavioural and physical signs of distress. The unsuitable […]

By |May 11th, 2009|Attractions, Singapore, Zoo|22 Comments

Singapore Zoo (Part 2/5)

Let’s continue from Singapore Zoo (Part 1/5) and explore deeper into the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia.

Tools on display in an African housing.

Watch out for the Hamadryas Baboons of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia.

It’s said to have more than 70 baboons kept in this”Great Rift Valley”.

And I just learnt that these hairless pads of skin are called ischial callosities. They provide sitting comfort for the baboons. Lucky fellow… !

What we see here are all taken behind the glass that separates us from the baboons, yet providing us a closer view of those Old World monkeys from Ethiopia. […]

By |May 3rd, 2009|Attractions, Singapore, Zoo|23 Comments

Singapore Zoo (Part 1/5)

It has been more than a decade since I last visited the Singapore Zoo, which was then known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens. Also commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo, it is one of the best zoos in the world by Forbes, presenting an “open concept” zoo where animals are enclosed in natural settings rather than keeping them behind bars.

Admission rates for an adult is S$18 and a child (3 – 12 yrs old) is S$9. Daily opening hours are from 8.30am to 6.00pm. After visiting the Zoo, you can continue the fun at the Night Safari which is located just next to the Zoo. The Night Safari is the world’s first wildlife park for night visit.

A walk through the Zoo now!

Ah Meng was a female orangutan which belonged to an endangered species; she was smuggled from Indonesia but was later given a home at the Singapore Zoo. A tourism icon and the first non-human recipient of “Special Tourism Ambassador” award in Singapore, Ah Meng passed away due to old age last year. Can you spot the late Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, with her in one of the pictures?

A cafe named after Ah Meng, serving local food.

White tigers are very rare. They suffer from a genetic condition that leaves them with snow white fur, black stripes and blue eyes.

On Nov 2008, a Malaysian cleaner was mauled to death by three white tigers after he jumped into their  enclosure. He was seen behaving erratically and passed comments like “Goodbye, you won’t see me again”, before he fell into the moat. Many onlookers witnessed the horrific attack. However, officials assured the public that the exhibit is very safe.

Two white tigers started to behave intimately in front of many visitors. […]

By |April 27th, 2009|Attractions, Singapore, Zoo|22 Comments

Marina Barrage

Officially opened in 1 Nov 2008, Marina Barrage is a dam built across the Marina Channel to create Singapore’s first freshwater urban reservoir. It’ll help Singapore to become self-sufficient in water by 2061 when its water agreement with Malaysia ends.

The Marina Bridge (dam) holds the nine crest gates that control water flow at the mouth of the Marina Channel. It also serves as a flood-control gate.

Er? The Singapore Flyer again? Yes! You can have a very nice view of the city from Marina Barrage.

The $226 million Marina Barrage is also a major lifestyle and tourist attraction! Many families visit this newly opened recreation centre over the weekends. The Colourful water jets add elegance to this amazing new architecture.

Get wet! Happy children running around the fountain, playing with water. […]

By |February 26th, 2009|Attractions, Singapore|49 Comments

Over 100 people stuck on Singapore Flyer

We just came back from downtown and I even managed to snap a pic of the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel before it started to drizzle. When we got home, we heard from the news that Singapore Flyer was experiencing technical fault and about 173 people were stuck on the Flyer for […]

By |December 23rd, 2008|Attractions, Good Stuff, Singapore, Travel News|14 Comments

Spot the Aquatic Creatures

Around 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by ocean. Three billion years prior to the movement of animal and plant life on land, life within the ocean had already evolved. We are really lucky to have the chance to see those amazingly beautiful fishes and exotic marine creatures from the underwater world in aquariums like Qianhu Fish Farm in Singapore.

These shy aquarium habitants are popular pet fish commonly known as Discus. They have brilliant colours on their “discus” body and are a genus of freshwater cichlid.

With such impressive colours on their bodies, it makes discus the ideal ornamental fish.

Pardon me but this Arowana is a freak! I have never seen anything like this before. As you can see, it has a hunchback and the body is distorted. This species is one of a kind and is not for sale in this fish farm.

Look at this golden arowana or dragonfish. It’s donated by Chow Yun Fatt (周润发), one of the most famous Hong Kong actors in Asia. Fyi, his wife is Singaporean. This freshwater bony fish is also not for sale. […]

By |November 24th, 2008|Attractions, Singapore|57 Comments

Sentosa island, Singapore (Part 1/4)

Sentosa island is not a theme park and is no where near Disneyland; but most tourists visit this key tourist spot of Singapore. One even told me you have not seen Singapore if you have not been to Sentosa!! Ok ok! Sentosa is a relaxing place to go to, but be prepared to pay entrance fees for most of the major tourist attractions. =P

Recently my buddy gave me free tickets to see this island again. So I went with her. Sounds cheapo right? That’s right! LOL! Perhaps because it’s not the first time I went Sentosa…

Anyway, after looking at our photos from Sentosa, who knows? You may want to see Sentosa yourself too!

How to go Sentosa?

We took Sentosa Express monorail at VivoCity shopping mall on the mainland. Fyi, the nearest MRT to VivoCity is HarbourFront MRT Station. The monorail ride only takes around 4 mins.

You can also reach the island via a short causeway from Singapore mainland. If you drive, park at Cable Car Station Car Park or Beach Car Park. If you take a taxi, drop off at Taxi Drop off point just before the Cable Car Bus Stop.

Photo taken from the monorail while crossing to Sentosa. Look at the gigantic Christmas tree at VivoCity. You know Christmas is around the corner!

If you want to enjoy the view from a higher ground, board the cable car at Mount Faber / HarbourFront Centre to Sentosa. Do you also see cable cars in the picture above?

Sentosa means peace and transquility in Malay. It only has an area of 5km². Do you know that it was named Pulau Blakang Mati, which means “Island (‘Pulau’) of Death (‘Mati’) from Behind (‘Blakang’)”?  So as to speak, it was called the island of the dead. One account claims that it was due to an outbreak of disease that almost wiped out the settlers of the island. Anyway, now the island is “growing” due to land reclamation. =D

It’s easy to tour around the island by Sentosa Bus, Sentosa Express and Beach Trams. We headed to Palawan Beach and crossed a suspension bridge to an islet which is the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. Sounds exciting right? I still don’t know why it’s called that way. Isn’t that point located in Indonesia? Please enlighten me!

Now we are looking from the observation deck on the islet, the Southernmost Point of Continent Asia! Still wondering why it’s the Southermost point of Asia…

Located at the Imbiah Lookout zone, the Tiger Sky Tower was previously called The Calsberg Sky Tower. Both […]

By |November 14th, 2008|Attractions, Sentosa, Singapore|33 Comments

Living in Singapore

Fanciful motorbike full of sunflowers, even the rider’s jacket and helmet have sunflowers all over. I’ve seen this sunflower-themed bike at least twice in Singapore, if there is only one such bike… Wonder if this is some sort of an advertisment related to sunflowers? If one day I saw a sunflower on the road, I guess I knew where it came from… Oh my, just noticed that he seemed to be wearing a Singapore flag in front of him!

You will surely feel good in this Dutch-themed toilet! Colourful clogs and fields of tulips and sunflowers are featured in this toilet at Great World City shopping mall in Singapore. There is also another toilet that features Egyptian theme.

Singapore is going to host the adrenalin-inducing 2008 Formula 1 Grand Prix from 20 Sept to 5 Oct! It will be the World’s first night racing in Formula 1 history! I know you’ll ask if I am going. The answer is […]

By |August 24th, 2008|Attractions, Singapore|20 Comments