river safari, singapore

how is it Monday again! but I thought I’d help start it off on a good note with these gorgeous (even if I do say so myself) photos of the animals at the river safari.

I recently posted about my trip to the Singapore zoo, which was an interesting visit made even more special through nostalgia – and the river safari certainly doesn’t have the same handicap distinction, given its recent opening in the past year or so. but I massively enjoyed my day out here. there’s just so much to see, and I can even bear the outdoors for the joy of being out there (notable for I truly detest being under the sun).

plus, there are pandas. those make up for nearly everything.

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the singapore zoo, mandai

just a short one, to say HELLO I’M ALIVE AND WELL, but I’m traveling in China and eating so much that this blogging thing is taking pause.

if you’re doing your own sort of traveling in my part of the world – the singapore zoo is a lovely, lovely whole-day attraction that I managed to return to just a couple weeks ago.

I have old memories of school trips here – but it’s just as overwhelming and just as amazing as an adult (and it makes for fantastic photos, too).

there’s good eating to be had at the zoo too, and not too expensive if you’re already prepared for it. we had good nasi lemak – fragrant rice cooked with coconut milk, with a slightly dry chicken (though plenty tasty) and very good sweet chilli (really the point of the dish) – and a good, thick rendition of laksa redolent with more coconut milk and tender noodles.

surprisingly good food, and a even more surprisingly fantastic visit in all – a definite must visit.

The Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore 729826
tel + +65 6269 3411

cingjing, a summary

absolutely beautiful. breathtakingly, shutter-snappingly gorgeous. you see these scenes on the telly and it’s pretty, right, but it’s another thing altogether when you find yourself in the rolling hills and beneath the shade of the sakura. it was late in the season when we arrived, so while the trees weren’t effervescently blooming, they did hold a few late pink blooms – which was more than enough, coupled with the view it so wonderfully framed.

it’s not an eating town so much (one of the best things was the oden at 7-eleven), but the sightseeing makes up for it.

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not a dragon, nor a fly

I’m out of action today – bogged down by an inflamed throat and my efforts to get to work – and food isn’t really on the mind, really.

so here are a few shots of this beautiful dragonfly we saw on the way to a restaurant a couple weeks ago – so well-behaved, and amenable to more-than-a-few clicks of my shutter. those colours are just something, eh?