Thursday, August 30, 2007

Singapore - our last port of call

We're home now, but my account of our trip wouldn't be complete without a little on our Singapore stopover, which proved the perfect antidote to jet-lag.

Until we landed at Changi Airport in Singapore I had no idea where Boak had booked to stay for our 3 day Singapore stopover. It was to be a surprise, and I was so excited to find that we were to stay at the luxurious Raffles - The Plaza, across the road from the original Raffles.

Breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo the next day was fun - and no, we didn't share the same food! While we sat at tables eating our delicious smorgasbord breakfast, zookeepers brought the orangutans across from their enclosure, via platforms and vines hanging from the trees, to a raised platform nearby. Here we watched them eating their own breakfast, and could have our photo taken standing near them.

Do you think it's just possible they might have thought they were being brought across to watch the humans having breakfast, and to have their photo taken near these curious creatures??

Afterwards we were able to spend a few hours wandering around this beautiful zoo. The gardens are lush and, like all of Singapore, immaculately kept. The animals all looked happy (if it's possible to make such an assessment from a brief visit) and their environments were very comfortable looking.

The Singapore Zoo also impressed me with its care for visitors. Bearing in mind the high temperatures and humidity all year round, they have built air conditioned viewing shelters beside various popular animals, so you can scurry inside and cool off while you observe the wildlife - how very civilised!

Below is a collage of some of the many animals we saw, including a polar bear, white rhino, zebra, giraffe, lioness, cheetah, turtle, crocodile and flamingoes.

Here is a collage of some of the brightly coloured flowers and foliage I photographed in Singapore, including a brilliant bright pink frangipani.

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