Tuesday, 8 April 2014
08.04.2014 - 08.04.2014
Up relatively early today and after a quick breakfast in our room we made for the Orchard MRT station at about 07:30. We travelled to the Boon Lay MRT Station via about 15 stations and a change of line and then an express bus to the Jurong Bird Park, arriving there about 09:00. By the time we walked to the entrance, oriented ourselves after a few false starts we found our way to the 10:00 show of the Falconers. There were also owls and vultures on display. A well conducted and most interesting display. Next stop was the 11:00 display in the Pool Amphitheatre where a number of colourful and very clever birds kept us entertained. I managed to capture a few minutes of video and one or two reasonable still shots.
We completed the circuit of the park walking in and out of some huge aviaries and seeing many girds without the intrusion of wire netting. There was an impressive variety of birds in appropriately sized cages and all appeared to be well looked after. I was surprised at the shear number and varieties of pelicans. There was also a large collection of flamingos who like the pelicans appeared unrestrained. It was close to 14:00 by the time we left the park and made our way back to the MRT on the #194 bus.
With a minimum of fuss we rode the trains to "Little India". I was impressed by the good manners of many of the young people who offered up their seats for older passengers. The whole system, trains, stations and signage operates very efficiently and moves a LOT of people quickly and in air-conditioned comfort for no more than $2.40 per one-way trip. As good as any we've travelled on.
Little India was a slightly different experience to Chinatown with a overwhelming emphases on colourful saris, materials and children's clothing in a bewildering array of colours and styles. There was also a reasonable selection of fresh produce and off course the GOLD jewelry. We managed to restrain ourselves, limiting our purchases to a meal, a 'batik' shirt for me and a colourful pair of pants for Jenny. It was close to 16:00 as we rode the MRT back to Orchard Station.
On our walk back to the hotel we passed the jewelry store where we were due to pick up Jenny's re-sized ring tomorrow. We were spotted by Mr Super Salesman who beckoned us in as the ring was ready now. Fits Jenny's finger perfectly. Back to the hotel to unwind and cool off. Decided to repeat last night's walk to the food court for dinner. Stepped outside and found that it was raining with the threat of thunder in the air. We turned chicken and settled for a McDonald's which was less than half a block away. I had a McSpicy burger which was very tasty, Jenny stuck with the Filet'O'Fish.
Back in the hotel by 19:00 and it was great to sit down and write up the day's events.
I'll try to upload this and an image of a 'Toucan' to my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-04-08
Cheers .. Tony