We are now currently alive. So, so far so good.
AND WE ACTUALLY DID MAKE IT TO SINGAPORE!!
It was a great time, although we were all slightly crook in the head (some much more than others) and of course four out of five of us had never been out of Australia, and only one of the six of us actually had done this sort of thing a hundred times, so- thank goodness for you Dad.
Singapore was absolutely lovely, it was really enjoyable and the people there were either a) friendly or b) very friendly. What I found made it so enjoyable was a) it was all so clean!! You could see an occasional cleaner here and there but other than them you had to wonder how nearly every corner and pavement knew no litter or rubbish. The gardens all over the city were well groomed and colourful. Colour was everywhere, even at night it was not at all dull. I thought during our departure from Darwin that Darwin was bright with lights at night. But Singapore overshone Darwin on that score by far (excuse the pun). I mean, check it out! No joke when I say Singaporians even have lights on their kites!!
Singapore highlight for me: the Singapore Zoo
Singapore ‘lowlight’ for me: Forgetting my passport in the airport bathrooms –whaaat a waaay to start your first overseas adventure. Bleghgkk. (And I now thoroughly believe that waiting until your way, way older until you have your first heart attack is much better than having it young.)
But, I totally don’t want to talk about that, so lets stick with the Zoo part. ‘Cause everyone loves the Zoo. We did.
My three favourite animals that I saw in the whooooole Zoo I think would be the otters, the white tiger, and the chimps. The otters were so wonderful and adorable; they loved the attention and were continually doing backflips into the water just for the gathered audience. They were the cutest ever –I’ve loved otters for ages (when I was little my friends and I would pretend to be otters when we went to the pool) but I had never actually seen one real. I ended up just sticking with taking a few recordings of them because they moved so fast and I couldn’t for the life of me get a still shot of them diving and being adorable. (I think I only took one good one.)
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The white tiger was amazing. He was so stunning! He (well I assume he was a he) was continually pacing up and down one rock ledge, even though he had a large pen (with very snazzy interior decorating too) and just watched us the whole time as we took photos. I never ever knew how HUGE their paws were!!
And the chimps were such characters. I couldn’t stop laughing. The adult ones were actually pretty boring I’ll admit, but the juniors were such jokers! I was continuously watching two especially –one was a really tiny little fellow, who was just too darn adorable. Another was slightly older and was always and always swinging on a rope-like palm branch back and forth. And then he’d fall crashing down, meander or scramble back up again, and either strike a pose or get right back into swinging.
Singapore Zoo is known world wide as one of the largest and most visited Zoo’s in the world. And I can see why. It was a supercalafragalisticesyaladosious time. I saw animals at the Zoo that I never thought I’d see until I actually went to their home country. I think my jaw seriously dropped on several occasions without me realising until faithful sister commented with a laugh. SO MANY AWESOME ANIMALS.
All in all, an awesome time with an awesome family.
…And now to Istanbul.