We left on our adventure to Singapore a few days ago, it was a rough start as the plane was delayed by two hours and we had tired and cranky children on our hands. After a quick 5 hour flight we landed in Sri Lanka, a familiar site for our eyes as we had spent our last Christmas there. We raced through the airport staying only long enough to say “hi” to the big statue of Buddha and use the toilet. As we settled in for our last flight we prayed to the luggage gods that everything would arrive safely on the other side. We landed in Singapore and were all amazed at the huge airport, the twinkling Christmas lights and the fact that all of our luggage made it there. We stepped out on to the street where the rain was lashing down and climbed in to the cab to head to our apartment where we would be living for the next few days.
After fourteen hours of sleep we were ready to go and explore. We took the metro down to pick up our park passes, the muppets were pumped to be riding on a train for the first time and learned quickly how to navigate the maps and mind the gap when “alighting” the train. There were people everywhere, but what looked like crazy chaos was actually amazingly orderly. Everyone walked where they were suppose to and lined up to get on to busses and trains. We found our way to the Singapore Zoo which also houses the River Safari and the Night Safari, the muppets were tired and excited about seeing all the animals on the River Safari. We walked through river exhibits that included animals from the Mississippi , the Nile, the Ganges and the Yangtze rivers. We got to see the Giant Panda Jia Jia, watch giant river otters fight and play over our heads and be amazed by the graceful Manatee. The oldest muppets dream of seeing an Arapaima and a Red tailed catfish came true and the middle and youngest were excited to see the giant fresh water stingrays.
We were already in animal overload as we made our way to the Night Safari. We were all tired, hungry and angry as we entered the park. After out sugar levels were back to normal we decided we should get in line to ride the Tram through the darkened park. The line up at that point was monstrous and we made a decision to walk when one of the park staff told us it should only take an hour. For a while we were the only ones walking through the park which was cool but incredibly creepy at the same time. We stumbled across some river otters, fishing cats, mouse deer and civets on our night walk. It was amazing watching them in their night time habitat. As we sat to rest our feet at the civet enclosure one of the keepers stopped to talk to the boys. He was telling them about the differences in the two animals in the enclosure. Every question he asked them they got right without even a second guess, I think he was taken off guard not realizing that my children watch Nat Geo Wild every day!
Our night adventure continued and did not take one our but was coming close to two, our feet ached and we decided to head for home. On our way out the boys wanted to go in to the giant flying squirrel enclosure. I reluctantly agreed since after being in the bat enclosure the same night my fear of things flying at my head was at a all time high. As we walked through things rustled in the bushes and moved in the trees. The boys were enthralled but I was done and getting out of there fast when suddenly WHOOSH through the trees and through my hair flew a squirrel! I screamed and the boys (all of them) laughed in excitement. “Did you see that Mum, that flying squirrel almost landed on your head!!” I was totally creeped out by that point but it was the highlight of the night for the muppets.
We made our way to the front of the park and we were convinced by a member of the staff to take the tram tour as well. We were able to see a bunch of the animals that we could not see from the walking trails including the Indian Lions, Tapir and the Nile Hippos. After a thirty min bus ride, and two trains we arrived at our metro station. It was midnight and we were not sure if the muppets would last the ten minute walk to our apartment. So we decided to stop at McDonald’s for a midnight ice-cream. We all walked home happily ice-cream in hand, as we reached the apartment I asked the middle muppet what his favourite part of the day was. He thought and thought and finally said “Well the flying squirrel on your head was pretty cool” everyone was in agreement that the flying squirrel on mummy’s head was the highlight of the night and well worth the price of admission!
The muppets have had three days now in Singapore and are now well versed in using the metro system, eating “street meat” and navigating the markets. So far this city that seems to never sleeps has pulled us in, overwhelmed us and made us fall in love with it. Our adventures will continue for the next few days, so excited to see what they will bring.