travelogue – Singapore

I flew to Singapore unexpectedly much against the advice of backpackers.

Unexpectedly, I quite enjoyed the city state.

Though Singapore is only 100km from the equator, the weather was lovely while I was there.

It’s ultra-modern, ultra-clean and impressive to look at. Many credit former leader Mr. Lee for steering Singapore to juggernaut economic status.

Many blame Lee too for creating a police state. I chewed gum when I was there — a crime in Singapore.

000It’s known to be expensive — but not if you if you stay in Little India & eat on Arab Street. Masala Dosa at famous Komala’s. And the street food at the night markets is the best I’ve ever found.

Raffles Hotel Singapore.

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All the fables of the exotic East.

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The Russells told me to visit the zoos of Singapore, perhaps the best in the world. The beautifully landscaped Jurong Bird Park expanded my appreciation. I’ve been a closet birder ever since.

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Jurong Bird Park is very well done. Beautiful landscaping.

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At the excellent raptor show, I was first to volunteer. A number of impressive carnivore birds landed on my gloved fist. They pack a surprising wallop.

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Singapore Zoo is best known for its orang-utan enclosure. They are so human, even super-human, that it’s scary.

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Singapore Zoo allows close contact with animals. I spent all day there, following the feeding schedule. A fantastic place.

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I took a break for dinner, then returned to enjoy the zoo at night. You can both walk the enclosures and take a small, slow train.

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Some day all zoos will be like the one in Singapore.

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An important site for me was the Changi Prison memorial, out near Changi airport.

James Clavell’s King Rat, based on his own experiences as a Japanese POW there, is one of my favourite books. It was a pilgrimage for me, inspired by instructions from IB.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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