Family Trip: Singapore 2007 (Part III)

Posted: July 1, 2007 in Family Time

The Family woke up early again on the 3rd day, and went for breakfast at the ‘Pig Out’.

As usual it was full of mostly young Caucasian tourists (there was one old couple). The only Asians staying at the hotel, it seemed, were us, and a Malay/Indian family… the other Asian group (young people) was apparently Singaporean and not tourists at all! 

After breakfast, the Family drove to the Esplanade (Theatres On The Bay ), which was really 2 huge buildings shaped like silver durians! 

In addition to housing a world class concert hall similar to our Petronas Symphony Concert Hall, it also boasted a 2,000 seat European-Opera-House theatre spanning 4 levels, and 2 smaller studios for smaller scale performances. 

Jendela’, the Esplanade’s main exhibition gallery for visual arts was opened on this very day, but admission was by invitation only (and we were not invited). 

There is also an outdoor theatre (fronting the Marina Bay!) and a mall, but being this early in the morning, we only had the privilege of truly enjoying the artistically designed concourse and courtyard. 

Aba and Ama did manage to buy Esplanade T-shirts on promotion, one each, though! 

After about an hour, the Family again utilised the Autopass to leave the Esplanade’s car park, and made our way to Vivo City (located near the entrance of Sentosa Gateway). 

Vivo City is one of the most impressive malls that Aba and Ama has yet seen, and considering that Aba and Ama has been to quite a few places, this is saying something. 

Apart from being ultra modern with humongous walkways (who says Singapore has no land?), a nice entrance with a series of ‘playing’ fountains to attract kids, and a diverse selection of tenants and exhibition space, it also has a large rooftop area devoted to water features, rock gardens and terraces overlooking the bay. 

There are a few shops there, including a fitness centre where people can workout in air conditioned area and still get a bay view.  Very nice! 

And then it was off to the Zoo! 

Thankfully the weather was clear but cool, so it was a good substitute for the Night Safari that we missed on Friday. 

First off, it was lunch at the food court.  

Then the Family went for a proper exploration of the Singapore Zoo. 

The entrance itself immediately impressed upon us that this was going to be quite different from Zoo Negara – it was a plank walkway high off the ground with trees on the sides, conjuring an atmosphere of going on a jungle adventure! 

By walking and taking the tram, we fully explored the Zoo, visiting Orang Utans, birds, big cats, dogs, reptiles, horses (Ama and May’s animal birth year), bears and all manner of animals that had the Kids in ecstasy. 

Aba’s lime flavoured Popsicle with vanilla flavoured ice-cream filling (purchased from zoo vendor) helped cool down the Kids in between rest stops. (The Twins had been walking without the stroller the whole day!) 

Finally, it was evening. 

We took dinner at the KFC, before going to the Causeway, and back to Good Ol’ Malaysia! 

It was unfortunately, very jammed up with many cars heading backs as well (40+ minutes!).

And then it was the long drive home from J.B. The Kids fell asleep in the car almost immediately as they had been walking all day. 

On the way home, we stopped again at the Restaurant Jejantas. 

Reached home safe and sound around 11pm – everyone was SUPER tired!

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Comments
  1. eveのmum says:

    huh~ i can feel your tired just reading the articles,
    it’s a short journey, but ~~~ so excited!

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  2. wong says:

    eveのmum, tired but Super Happy till now (at least the Kids are) 😉

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