Singapore 2013 || Singapore Zoo + River Safari

Last June, I was looking at cheap airfares without really planning to go anywhere. I happened on dirt cheap tickets to Taiwan (right on my birthday week) but due to the ongoing conflict between the two countries, I thought it was safer to not go. But by then I have already convinced myself that I will be going out of town on my birthday, so I scoured the net for cheap airfare and decided to go to Singapore! Who else would I go with other than my favorite travel buddy? This is actually our first foreign trip (and couple trip) together! I even bought him a Panda sleeping mask since we had a late night flight.

Dad picked us up at the airport since we were staying with him. Yay for free accommodation! We woke up real late but no worries since we’re relaxed when on vacation. It’s C’s first time in Singapore so I decided to bring him to all the places I loved going to whenever we went to visit my dad.

I absolutely love commuting in Singapore. It is so easy! C and I took the train and the bus to get to the zoo.

We bought the 3-in-1 tickets which (if I remember correctly) costs SG$ 65. We got there around lunchtime so we had lunch before entering the zoo. We both had Nasi Lemak and huge glasses of Iced Tea.

Not really C’s cup of tea, what with all the walking and the scorching heat. It took a lot of persuasions to get this guy to smile for a photo!

We were early for the elephant show, and got good seats! Pro tip: head to the amphitheater at least 30 minutes before the show to get good seats. 🙂

Amphitheater – no nice photos of the performance here but it was awesome!

Chicken Boy and Cupcake Girl with Weird Strangers

POLAR BEAR, WHERE NA U? Unfortunately, the polar bear was out of sight the whole time we were at its’ viewing area while waiting for the rain to subside. Sigh.

After the zoo, we headed to the River Safari that was located beside the Singapore Zoo. C was already tired from walking but traveling with me meant that he would have to do so – a lot. Haha! Unlike the vast Singapore zoo where it would be hard to find one path to view everything, the River Safari is easier to tour.

Scary piranhas.

They had a lot of floor to ceiling viewing areas which were calming for me but made C very queasy.

Look at this cute panda straw bottle! C was dissuading me from buying this but it was too cute!

Panda exhibit! They had both a red panda and the usual black and white pandas. And a cute panda couple!

Amazon Flooded Forest

On our way out of River Safari, we encountered a huge panda!

After the River Safari, we had an ice cream sandwich at Orchard Road before heading to Esplanade and the Merlion Park at One Fullerton. We got a little lost after getting off the train that C has started to become grumpy. But that’s okay, he still got to see the famous Marina Bay Sands.

We met up with my dad to have dinner after a series of platform transfers. We ate at the nearby mall. Hello, Indian food!

Singapore Zoo

80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore 729826

Opening Hours: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM daily

River Safari

80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore 729826

Opening Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM daily

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