We usually use Singapore as our southeast Asian hub, so we’ve been in and out many times, but since it had been a few years since we stayed there we decided to sneak in a quick trip before Christmas, and relax for the week.
On our nightly stroll, we saw a kiosk set up where you could write a wish for the new year on one of the balls, and then your ball would be placed in the harbor as part of the New Year’s celebration. Count us in!
**( I did a google search to see how the balls were used for the New Year’s Eve celebration, and it looks like they were part of the light/fire works show. Our wishes are out there somewhere….)
Now, on to the lorikeet enclosure. For some reason I was a bird magnet! ME! All those who know me, know that I am not exactly an animal lover. But I had a lorikeet land on my head on three different occasions!
The third bird refused to leave. I was starting to panic because he was pecking at my earrings and hair (not to mention the fear of being pooped on!), so I asked Matt to help me get rid of the bird, to no avail. He wouldn’t budge. Matt finally started to blow on the bird, since we didn’t think giving him a swat would be a good idea right in front of all of the handlers. I’m sure we were quite a sight! But, alas, the bird finally left and I got outta there!
Later that evening we went back to that beautiful cathedral to hear a Christmas concert performed by The Bryson Consort of Harrow School. Harrow School is one of the oldest and most famous boy’s school’s in England, with Winston Churchill among their famous alumni.The choir regularly sings at Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, among others. The sound of those voices filling the beautiful cathedral was awe inspiring. It was one of those moments you hope to always remember.
His job was to stand at the very back of the ampitheater and throw a frisbee into the mouth of the waiting sea lion. (The lady who had gone before him got to throw the frisbee from very close range.) His first attempt was a no-go, but he asked for a second chance. The host let him try again and it was PERFECT! Right into the mouth of the sea lion! We saw the host later that day and she said that she had only seen that shot made, a handful of times. Macho man indeed! The rest of the day he kind of had a following of fans, too.
We love this zoo so much. The animals are always very active.
The free range orangutans are one of our favorite exhibits. They allow photo ops during one of the daytime feeding hours. The orangutans were MUCH more interested in their sunflower seeds than they were us, thankfully.
We love Singapore!