Friday 14 March 2014 92 °F
Today was my last full day on my family's amazing trip to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore. We spent the entire day as our only full day in the city-state of Singapore. I can't believe I've now been on the road for sixty days and it's nearly over!
The entire day was devoted to sightseeing with many bus, train, and tram rides, as well as a lot of walking. The public transportation was extremely fast and clean, unlike some other public transportation systems on the opposite side of the world (cough cough, Chicago's CTA). The morning was mostly comprised of trying to find our way in this sometimes confusing city, touring an Asian heritage museum, and walking. A lot of walking.
I found visiting the Anglican St. Andrew's Church very interesting. Anglican churches are beautiful in a very simple way as opposed to the intricate, ornate, and differently beautiful designs of Catholic Churches or Hindu temples. I chose not to take photographs inside of the church.
Then, we had lunch at an outdoor Mexican-themed pub while perspiring in the humid, 90+ degree heat. We tried our best to keep our attitudes positive, which pretty much worked throughout the day.
After lunch, my family and I took a myriad of different forms of transportation in order to arrive at the famous Jurong Bird Park. Since I am a birder, even though we saw an array of beautiful birds in enclosures such as parrots, ostrich, emu, cassowary, rheas, toucans, hornbills, flamingoes, pelicans, and more, I did not photograph any enclosed bird species (except for one cassowary which you can see at my family's blog--link at bottom of post). I did, however, see and photograph many wild birds at the park:
PIED IMPERIAL PIGEON (documentation photo, not for artistic purposes):
Female ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN:
JAVAN MYNA (I'm not sure what it's doing in Singapore!):
Female OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD:
AUSTRALIAN WHITE PELICAN. Life bird DALMATIAN PELICANS were also seen but not photographed.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON resting:
Me posing in front of some type of captive hornbill (in the toucan family):
Also seen but not photographed was a life bird BLACK-NAPED ORIOLE as well as a life bird HOUSE CROW.
It was a great stop, and in addition to seeing many beautiful captive birds, I managed to see wild birds, as well, and even get a few lifers!
Then, my family and I utilized public transportation in the late afternoon in order to arrive at the night zoo. Despite our dinners being consistently healthy on this trip so far, today our dinner was solely comprised of large coca colas!
In the late evening, my family and I arrived at the night zoo and we took the night tour on the zoo tram. Many animals from Asia and Africa such as lions, hyenas, hippos, and rhinoceros were seen, which was very exciting. One irritating thing was that people kept using flash photography when it was very clear that flash was not permitted.
Next, we headed to the night show at 8:30 featuring sloths that climbed on a long rope just above my mom's and my sister's heads, a giant python, and tiny otters that picked up rubbish from the ground and placed them in the proper recycling receptacles. It was quite a spectacle. Again, I was not able to take photographs because it was pitch black out and flash photography was prohibited.
Before arriving back at our rather unimpressive hotel, we traveled on a bus, two trains, and finally walked a bit more.
Overall it was an enjoyable last day of our trip. Birds-of-the-day to the life bird DALMATIAN PELICANS and BLACK-NAPED ORIOLE.
As promised, here is a link to my family's blog, which you are sure to find very humorous and informative:
Stay tuned for the post about tomorrow's crazy travel day from Singapore to Chicago, which I will write Saturday night Chicago Standard Time. Then, on Sunday, I will post a wrap-up report for the trip as a whole.
World Life List: 645 Species (6 new life birds today)