Heyo Singaporeans out there! Here’s wishing Singapore and all fellow Singaporeans a “Happy 53rd birthday!” How did you guys celebrate our nation’s birthday aka Singapore’s National Day? I hope you enjoyed the public holiday as much as I did! For me, I went on a “Parkhopper Plus” (Adult: S$88; Child: S$68) adventure and visited 4 parks plus all tram rides and boat rides – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, and River Safari. I also went to explore “Rainforest Lumina”, a multimedia night walk on the wild side, which opened recently this July 2018. I spent 3 days in a row to complete my visits to all these 5 amazing places. Woohoo! I felt a great sense of accomplishment and as though I have already walked and trained enough for my upcoming Army Half Marathon 2018!!!!!!!!!!! Let’s zoom in to see some highlights of these trips.
On National Day itself, I went to the Jurong Bird Park and showed my love for Singapore with a beautifully designed National Day paint art on my hand! I was lucky enough to catch the Sunny Mascot at the Meet and Greet near the Penguin Coast Walkway too. I even got close up interactions with some of the birds around the park. It was a nice experience. I loved the penguins the most.
After work on a Friday night, I headed to Night Safari. The fire show was awesome!
Did you know that an owl can turn its head 270 degrees? I witnessed it myself! And otters are smart and cute animals that know how to remind us to reduce, reuse and recycle while they performed at the animal show.
The free flying bats are cute and friendly. They don’t bite. So don’t worry or scream when they fly around you or near you as they are harmless. They eat fruits FYI.
My Saturday morning was well spent in the zoo. I had a great time walking around the different areas to spot a variety of animals including tame ones like zebras and ostriches and fierce ones like cheetahs and lions.
One of my favorites include a close up interaction with a ring tailed lemur. It’s super cute! Another one would be seeing the friendly giant elephants use their trunks to splash water towards the audience during the animal show. It was fascinating. They could even use their trunks to move and push the heavy logs into and out of the rivers. I chanced upon and ate our “National Flag” design mashed potato and chicken pie too! It’s yummy.
Look at the two loving giraffes and all the other playful and curious animals! The red river hog is also quite cute as it looks somewhat like a pig. It is actually also known as the bush pig and is a wild member of the pig family living in Africa.
The brilliant sea lion even unraveled a special national day message to wish Singapore a happy birthday. It’s so well trained.
Check out the entertaining splash safari show!
There’s a recent new area called the “Retopia” where you get to see sun-loving gliding lizards to the majestic king cobra. I spotted a blue frog and a furry giant spider too.
Monkeys, kangaroos, crocodiles and squirrels are also some of the more common animals that you can expect to see in the zoo.
Let’s move on from the zoo to the river safari! I seem to be able to find more versions of monkeys in the river safari. Overall, the river safari is a more chill walk as it’s much smaller in scale compared to the zoo.
You must try the “Amazon River Quest” boat ride in the River Safari. It’s eye-opening as you sit inside a small boat and cruise along to see the river animals around you while getting splashed by some water along the ride. I enjoyed it a lot!
Lots of fishes, big and small, can be found in the river safari. You can examine them in details as they swim elegantly near you in those beautiful and huge tanks.
I also touched a starfish! It felt rough. One of the fishes can even swim on its belly. So interesting.
The reservoir cruise is free; you can just queue and hop onto one to enjoy a slow and relaxed scenic ride around the reservoir. Enjoy the calmness of the waves and windy sea breeze throughout this peaceful ride. Another interesting thing to do at the river safari is to go to the Boat Plaza to watch a story telling session “Once Upon A River” where you can discover fascinating river inhabitants and catch the native wildlife in action.
Reality Check: The weather is bright and sunny and I’m loving it! I felt super healthy by exercising and walking up and down and everywhere. Fret not, you won’t sweat too much though, as most of the open-air places are covered with lots of trees and some of the indoor attractions are even air-conditioned.
The main highlight in river safari would be the giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, and the cute red panda. Don’t forget to stop by the panda cafe for a tea break and try the panda cappuccino and panda buns!
Over at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and River Safari, there is also an ongoing promotion where you spend $30 in a single receipt at any of the gifts shops and you will be entitled to 1 stamp. Collect 4 stamps to exchange for a free soft toy! I exchanged for a canola at the river safari and proudly completed my quest!
When the day ends for the real animals, the quirky group of creature crew takes on the role to protect the rainforest at night. Venture into the immersive multi-sensory journey of luminous rainforest where only virtual animals and humans roam. The creature crew believes that every species has the power to give back to the rainforest: nature, animals and humans too. Their motto, “We Are One”, means that everyone has a special role to play, even you!
Ever wondered what happens in the rainforest at night? Come play, sing and discover a magical and enchanted world as you pull the vines aside and meander along the path to where a lush and luminous universe awaits you. For wherever the creature crew roams, the rainforest blooms with wonder. The tickets are priced at $22 for adults and $16 for children. This is a special night walk that felt like the movie “Avatar” to me.
The details of the above attractions are as follows:
Jurong Bird Park (8.30am to 6.00pm daily)
Address: 2 Jurong Hill Singapore 628925
Singapore Zoo (8.30am to 6.00pm daily)
River Safari (10.00am to 7.00pm daily)
Night Safari (7.15pm to 12.00am daily)
Rainforest Lumina at Singapore Zoo (7.30pm to 12.00am daily)
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826
Enjoy your trip! Thanks for reading!