A Boy in Singapore (Part XIV)

Wednesday – August 21, 2013

This is the last day in Singapore.. and the last chapter of this very long blog story I ever made.. part XIV!! There’s gonna be a lot of interesting picture upload because we’re going to Singapore Zoo! Yeay.

It’s gonna be our last itinerary, after checked out from hotel, carrying the baggages, photoshoot at my favorite MRT station for the last time and went to Junki place first to put all the baggages and having breakfast.

 447 LEAVING HOTEL

I still in love with the ripple effect on the wall. I wish to have this kind of thing in my future dream house/apartment (keep praying/wishing, want it so bad).

448 THE LAST JUMP

449 VISIT CHINATOWN AGAIN

Singapore zoo is far.. even Junki has too explore using her smartphone and keep looking at the GPS/map. We used MRT and bus for a long journey to the zoo. Singapore zoo has 3 zones: the zoo itself, night safari and river zoo. River zoo is new and still under construction, Junki said there will be Panda in river zoo and probably will operate next year. Next trip will plan to go to River Safari then continue to Night Safari.

Yeay, we’re arrived! Welcome to Singapore zoo. Click-click-snap then go to buy ticket and start adventure! We bought full package ticket so we can use Singapore Zoo transport car to bring us drive through the whole zoo. Just a quick zoo tour.

451 SO EXCITED 450 WELCOME TO THE ZOO

Singapopre Zoo quick tour! Very exciting!

455 ZOO TOUR

After a quick tour, now we’re on our feet and start to explore every corners of the zoo. The first section is the Frozen Tundra. This is one of the highlight in zoo. We can see a big aquarium with pool and cave. There’s a polar bear. Big and cute.. but so lonely.. just one polar bear in a big space. The water is so blue and clear.. It would be awesome if we can swim and play with the polar bear or dolphin.

453 POLAR BEAR

Another section in Frozen Tundra, we can see some animals too. There also the Polar bear board to measure its actual size if it’s standing. You can see Junki stand beside of the Polar bear board. It’s BIG! Another interesting thing is the IGLO! I feel like we’re in North pole. haha..

454 NORTH POLE

We’re walking through the path follow the map, the next is the Hippopotamus area.. in aquarium with fishes. The hippo species is pygmy hippo, a smaller hippo. They’re underwater ballerina of the river. Quite interesting to see them up close, and also the size of their teeth, scary! Big and Long! I stand beside of the Hippo Board, I’m so small.. I’ll be flat if they’re squashed me down!

549 HIPPO

Baby hippo is sleeping, the fishes is cleaning his skin, and Junki kissed him.

458 SLEEPING BABY HIPPO

Let’s continue to explore again, next is the highlight of the zoo, White Tiger. Only two white tigers, they’re cute but also fierce, love their charisma and attitude. In Singapore Zoo doesn’t has photobooth with tiger.. too bad.. I always want to hug them.

551 FABULOUS WHITE TIGER 552 WITH BIG CAT

Sungei buaya is the special area for Crocodiles (haha, Look the way I stepped on your head). I don’t like crocodiles. But we’re still going inside. Some species of crocodiles can be seen here.. small and big. The one that surprised me is the giant crocodile that sleeping in the water inside the aquarium. It really BIG and we’re so small. I think I can fit in inside its stomach.. eww.. nasty.. scary.. Looking at its jaw makes me scare.

550 CROCODILE

OK, let’s runaway from this area quick! Now we hopped into the Kangaroo Area! I think they’re friendly and want they’re hopping around the area. It’s hard to see them, they’re hiding.. try to find and take photo. They’re behind the fence, can’t take T^T. So just take it with the statue.

553 KANGOROO

I love this art! feel wild and earthy!

554 AFRICAN ART 555 EMU & WAKKA

Exploring the zoo and found a lot of good stuffs and area, such as the stone totem.. we had so much fun to take pictures here. We’re look ridiculous but fun. This area looks like a little village. Kinda interesting if see this in the zoo.

556 PLAY WITH TOTEMS

Let’s have fun at the forest, feels like Tarzan or Peterpan.

557 CRAZY JUMPS

Tunnel of wood! I like it so much.. feel like we’re in the area of fairy tale or medieval dwarf/elves place. The tunnel looks awesome!

558 WOOD TUNNEL

We’re arrived at Baboon area.. it’s large area with mountain trail design. A lot of baboons here. They’re fierce, they have a big red butt.. sometime looks scary because it seems like tumor on the butt. On the mountain trail, also has several mountain deers.

561 BABOON LEGACY 562 AT BABOON LAND\

Monkey See, Monkey Do! or reverse ? We also have big butt! slap slap!

559 ACT LIKE BABOON

Can you see the bear head?

560 ROCK OF BEAR

We’re keep moving and passing the lake side.. This is nice.. love the air. This is the edge of the Zoo. And this is area is Garden With A View. There’s an Orangutan bronze statue. We read it and found out the name is Ameng. Ameng is an orangutan and she is the brand ambassador of Singapore Zoo. She has passed away since 2008.  A lot of people seem to love her.

563 LAKE SIDE

564 AMENG

Strike a pose with Orangutan family.

566 CRAZY PRIMATES

In the wood, we feel, we hunt, we love..

567 FREE

Move to a more friendly reptile, It’s Giant Turtle/Tortoise. They’re big. They can be one of the eldest animal here, they can live more than 100 year. There also a bronze statue of the giant turtle. I think the zoo staffs know that we’re thinking to ride on the turtle shell, a lot of people like to take picture with it.

565 GIANT TURTLE

We’re most done. The next area is the Cat Country. I think we’re kinda hard to found this place. All about cat and big cat. We saw wild cat, lion, jaguar, and cheetah. I love cats, especially the wild cat (dunno what its name). The cheetahs are fierce and active. They’re keep walking around, we can see them through the glass. I came close to the glass wall, and the cheetah is right in front of me. I wanna take picture with it, just when I turned my head away, the glass wall shake, the cheetah is rushing on me and hit the glass wall. wah, I’m shock.. so fierce. Lucky the glass wall is not break. After the cheetah did it, it just laying on the floor and look around.

568 CUTE CAT 569 CHEETAH

We’re so happy with this adventure. Let’s see the animals!

571 ADVENTURER 452 ANIMALS 1 452 ANIMALS 2 452 ANIMALS 3

Time to leave the zoo, the last section is the Singapore Zoo Store, which sell a lot of dolls and souvenirs of the zoo. Quite interesting to see all colorful animal plushie.

570 THE SHOP

FINISH! This is the end of my Singapore tour, so tight, rushy but so happy to be able to visit a lot of places. We’re going back to Chinatown, take my stuff then off to Changi Airport. Junki also follow me there, until I depart. Thank you for Junki, She’s a great tour guide and friend, also Jesse. We’re all share a beautiful memory here. hopefully we can travel again together.

572 UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, CHANGI

THE END

A Boy In Singapore (Part VII)

Let’s dive down to the S.E.A. Aquarium. We will swim to the ocean with tons of fishes, but be careful with the sharks. Blub blub blub~

I always love to visit a place like this, such as Sea World at Jakarta, Aquaria at Kuala Lumpur, I also remember when I was a kid, I’ve been to Underwater World – Sentosa Singapore.. It also good, still remember that aquarium pillar. S.E.A.Aquarium is believe to be the largest aquarium in the World (is it ?), lived hundred of species. I love the living of the sea, they’re colorful, magical and beautiful, aren’t they?

We changed our clothes cause it’s all sweaty and smelly after rumbled at USS. Then we entered the S.E.A. Aquarium building. It has a big hall with a big giant ship inside. It’s an ancient chinese giant ship. It has a moving kirin’s (ancient chinese myth lion) head at the front edge of the ship. It’s massive, cause the size is enormous comparing with the normal size ship surround it.

We walked to the passage, there’s booths and display like an art exhibition. Displaying clothes, sculpture, kites, woodcrafts etc. In my mind based on what I saw, it’s look like a historical exhibition of Silk Road (cmiiw). Sailing, merchandising, art and cultural stuffs. Kinda interesting.

354 SEA ENTRANCE & HALL

355 WE CHANGED

We reached the entrance to the S.E.A. Aquarium, showed the ticket and let’s dive. The aquarium interior is dark, mostly black and blue color. Enter through the glass tunnel. We can see the shipwreck, corals and fishes. Love the blue color of the sea. When we took the photo. Our skin turn blue.

356 THE PATH TO THE SEA

357 INSIDE THE SEA

Let’s go deep inside. Now we can see several aquariums in  several sizes and shapes. They’re colorful and so beautiful. I love what I see. Great blue color filled with hundred fishes and corals. I love the big pillar aquarium in  the center of the hall. A lot of fishes makes me wanna swim with them. We took a lot pictures, mostly the marine life scene. Can’t miss it!

358 INTO THE BLUE

360 WE'RE BLUE

“The Gate Of The Sea”

365 GATE OF THE SEA

“Under the sea~ Under the Sea~”

359 PARADISEA

Remind me of “The Little Mermaid” and “Finding Nemo” 🙂

372 OCEAN LIFE

One of my favorite spot at S.E.A. Aquarium is the Pillar of the Sea. Tube shape Aquarium with hundred fishes and colorful colar reef. Love the luminate blue color, feel magical.

361 THE PILLAR OF THE SEA

Wonderful glowing blue behind us.. like a holy light.

362 MAGICAL BLUE WORLD

Now I really amazed with what I am seeing now.. It’s the first time I see an aquarium with Dolphins, usually sharks right.. now it’s dolphin!! It’s amazinggg… I can see the dolphins very close. Usually saw dolphins at TV, Sea, outdoor/indoor sea pool. They’re good swimmers, they’re very active, fast and cute.. looks friendly, wanna swim with them. I think there’re 8 – 10 dolphin in this big aquarium. It’s hard to took a nice pictures of them. They’re swimming fast and we’re prohibited to use flash in the aquarium.

368 DOLPHIN'S COVE

The next is the Touch Pool. There are staffs who will inform us about the sea animals in the pool. We can touch sea animals here such as starfishes, ray fishes, sea urchins, shells, and this is cute.. the squirting crab (ahh forget to took its picture). It looks like a fake, like a plastic toy/rock, but it’s alive. And if we touch/push gently its upper shell..it will squirt! Cute! One more thing that caught my eyes is the Shark’s Eggs.. first time see it, stunned. Never knew that Shark’s Eggs will looks like transparent orange shell with a moving embrio inside it, The eggs hooked together looks like a sea plant. For me, It’s more looks like alien eggs in the movie. Very cool.. knew something = learned something.

363 TOUCH POOL

Next journey ahead. It’s a very very dark passage with color lights in the aquarium. What’s inside ? The Ballerina of the Sea, Jellyfish. Usually jellyfish is kinda minor things to see in Aquarium I’ve been visited. But S.E.A. Aquarium is awesome to put Jellyfishes into a very great section. We can see several aquariums. Cute white bubbly little jellyfishes looks more like swimming marshmallows or friendly alien babies. Looks so soft. Some Jellyfishes have a long tentacles that looks like ribbons/ruffles makes them looks like a very elegant wedding dress/bride. Other one with red orange color kinda active remind me of super diva Beyonce, haha. Beware of it, they said it can sting!

369 LITTLE DANCERS

The Bride, swimming with elegance with her bride maids.

  371 THE BRIDE

This is BEYONCE. I named it. She looks hot and sexy. Ruffles, long hair, looks dominant.

370 BEYONCE

Not finished yet. We are breathless to see the big aquarium with full of transparent jellyfishes. They’re bubbly cute!! The aquarium will light/luminate some color light. The jellyfishes will follow the light colors, for example when the light turns red the jellyfishes will be red. Blue and blue, green and green. Love the jellyfishes movement, slow motion but elegant, waving their umbrella-like body (or I also can say wedding veil) in random harmony. We tried to take pictures but the results were too dark. We love it so much. Probably the BEST spot in S.E.A. Aquarium. Fascinating yet so calm. Trapped into the ocean dream. How wonderful if you can do Mind and Body classes here like Yoga or BODYBALANCE®, so dreamy!

367 BALLERINA

Hard to leave the Jellyfishes section. We explored more to the deep and reached the edge. It’s a massive superbig Aquarium in front of us which I think it’s like a big IMAX screen in cinema. A lot of water, a lot of fishes and a lot of people stay here, sitting down calmly and watching the fishes swimming freely. Just a little bit disappointed because the water is not really clear, so it a little bit blur to see. We take a rest and just sinking into the sea fantasy. Sometime we can see the Manta Ray, it’s a fish that has big ‘wings’ fin to swim, it waves its fin up and down to swim but more looks like it’s flying. It’s also the Ballerina of the sea. So graceful. Some little fishes are swimming together with it. Beautiful. I can stay here whole day. Why can be so calm and peaceful.. Love it so much.

373 GIGANTIC AQUARIUM

S.E.A. Aquarium route actually is like a big ‘U’, now we have reached the edge, there’s another passage way heading to the exit. On the way, we also passed several pure water aquarium with tropical fishes, sea water aquarium with giant crabs, octopus, nautilus, fugu (puffed fish), etc. Fugu is cute, buy we can’t see it bloated its body..only if there is a threat. Just keep swimming~

364 WE BELONG TO THE SEA

366 DIVE DEEPER

Now finally there’s SHARK section. Every aquarium in the world always have this section. A lot of various sharks here, small and big.. active swimming and passive sleeping under the sea. Sharks are good swimmers but dolphins look more friendly haha.. The species of sharks always kinda the same like what I saw before at Aquaria. I think I saw Hammerhead Shark and Tiger Shark at Sea World – Jakarta or Underwater World – Singapore before. I think that’s special, also I wonder is there an aquarium in the world who display THE GREAT WHITE SHARK ? It’s nasty!! Curious..

374 SHARK TALE

After walked along the route, we finally reached at the end of S.E.A. Aquarium. Still feeling amazed, will be back someday and hoping there’s more sea animals, more unique and better. We went out, saw an ice cream store – ii GELATO di BRUNO.. we bought it 2 flavors in one cone and share together. Quite good. Time has reached 7 pm. The aquarium will be closed soon. 😦

 375 ICE CREAM

We went out and back to the giant ship again. We’re at the back of the ship. We can see some animals statue on the ship, remind me of Noah Ark. Around the ship, there’s souvenir shop, selling merchandise of S.E.A. Aquarium such as plushie, dolls, snow globe, T shirts, fridge magnet etc. Kinda expensive so we just took picture with it.

376 NOAH ARK

Ok, S.E.A. Aquarium FINISHED! Let’s go back to the land. Part of Your World.. 😀

(Continue to Part VIII)